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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-31-2012 04:43:47 | More by jumbopanda
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2012 21:08:52 | More by Molson2000
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-22-2012 22:07:06 | More by TrojanWheels
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-22-2012 10:12:53 | More by GAlcaraz1
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-20-2012 22:38:45 | More by avckc
Photo of MelissaJ


2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an amber ale. Nothing too special about it.

S: Smells like watery bread with very slight caramel

T: Tastes like watery bread. Disappointing. Very slight hints of spice and caramel but not at all complimenting the different notes.

M: Body? What body?

O: Average, but not a recommended "drinkability" average. Just a bad average.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:09:37 | More by MelissaJ
Photo of TerrenceOBrien

New York

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich amber color that's just the slightest bit cloudy sports a lightly-colored half-inch head. The nose is sweet, with hints of malt and bread, and the flavor doesn't deviate much from that. Taste is more of cereal than bread, with an almost molasses like sweetness upfront, followed by a small amount of hoppy bitterness and spice. It goes down crisp and dry, with a heavy dose of carbonation that may turn off some. Overall doesn't offer anything particularly unique, but definitely a solid offering in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:16:44 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I hate reviewing beers that I did not like, because I do not like to insult or bash on stuff, but this was a very bad beer. I actually like this brewery, and have enjoyed other stuff, but this is just a weak offering.

A- Looks like an amber ale

S- Non-descript. Bready, grainy. Nothing to get excited about. You kind of know what you are getting into when you smell it.

T- Exactly what you would expect based on the smell. There is nothing the least bit quality that hits you. It just tastes like grainy, watery, bready bad beer

M- Carbonated but no real body

O- just a poor beer. It tasted like a worse version of Killians. I poured out half. I have 2 more and will not drink them

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 14:38:13 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-27-2011 13:06:39 | More by Lantern
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-26-2011 15:00:21 | More by ericwilson54
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4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying the Alley Cat Amber from Lost Coast this week. It was part of a make your own six-pck at the local Binny's. The beer poured a very nice clear amber with slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is a sweet malt with a tinge of fruit character. The taste is a very smooth male base with some hop balance....not sure of the hop used but it really helps this beer. Themouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good amber...I would rank it with Boont Amber from Anderson Valley.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:35:52 | More by WoodBrew
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-17-2011 19:01:52 | More by tclapper
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clarity in this amber colored beer with a foamy off-white head on top that sticks around for a good long while. Lots of visible carbonation. Good bit of caramel on the nose with a light balance of floral hops. Kolsh-like actually, very light in the aromatics but clean. Lemon solvent-like smells as well.

Malt is the name of the game here, but not sweet necessarily. Definitely a good amount of caramel malt and bread-like characteristics. There is a small hint of spicy hops that dance around the edges briefly, but get swallowed up by the caramel. A very slight prickle is caught from the hops and carbonation in the middle but it is short lived, letting the caramel and bread do the work. Medium body with an appropriately medium to high level of carbonation. Still reminds me a bit of a kolsh with a light amount of lemony funk and easy drinkability.

Definitely not bad, as the balance is good for the style. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:47:15 | More by chodinheaven
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-02-2011 22:24:48 | More by jcanddr
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-28-2011 23:25:45 | More by nmann08
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-27-2011 06:10:57 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-19-2011 16:40:04 | More by Finatic
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-19-2011 05:49:45 | More by johnhenryconway
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-15-2011 21:01:57 | More by projhex
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-15-2011 04:08:15 | More by KidRagnarok
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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 1 pt 6 oz bottle into Pilsner glass on 10-16-11

A: Poured a thick domed head, about three fingers width. Some lacing. No cloudiness, but a light nutty color.

S: Spiciness with caramel undertones. Really nice aroma.

T: Enjoyed the taste a lot. Very smooth caramel sort of flavor, which offset the spicier hops.

M: Bit thin, but not bad.

O: I've been waiting to try Lost Coast for a while now, was not disappointed. Would buy again. Also really cool labels.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:06:48 | More by Murrhey
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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice domed head. Leaves spotty lace. Cloudy, darker amber color.

Mild, lighter malt. Light hop aroma. Typical for the style.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Starts with some nutty malt flavors and there is a light bittering hop. The body is typical for the style.

In baseball parlance, there are no errors. But, there are no hits either.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:52:25 | More by smcolw
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Im having this beer in the bottle, so unfortunately I can't see it.

S: I get warm honey and french bread. Some molasses and spices...orange peel.

T: Again with the molasses up front. There is sort of a liquorice bitterness at the end. In the middle, there is a pretty average beer taste. Standard but nice amber ale taste.

M: Dry but refreshing. High carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty decent beer by Lost Coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:03:58 | More by Jemonster
Photo of dgilks


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy light tan head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Very light fruitiness with a mild malty aroma. Nothing special.

Silky, nutty caramelised malts. Not too sweet. No real hop presence other than a slight bitterness. Fine.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonaton. Nice.

A fair attempt at an amber but there isn’t enough flavour or aroma here to bring it all together.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:39:25 | More by dgilks
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking amber color. The head was pretty big and white. Settled with a pretty nice lacing on it. The smell of the see had some sweet malts and hops in the mix. The taste was pleasing with the sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a good carbonation to it. Overall its a pretty good amber ale, not sure if I'd need it again though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 19:35:13 | More by Knapp85
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.