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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber

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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Mark


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Typical amber ale, caramel maltiness and subtle hopping on the finish. Clear amber, thick white head, and solid lacing. nice refreshing drinkable ale from Lost Coast. Thin watery mouthfeel only drawback.

10-26-2002 20:57:13 | More by Mark
Photo of atigerlife


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a reddish brown witha small creamy slightly off-white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty and light hops.

Taste matches aroma: malty with light hops. Some apple and a wood-like flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing and somewhat lifeless.

Overall, very drinkable and sessionable. Definitely worth a taste.

12-31-2008 23:54:23 | More by atigerlife
Photo of deebo


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

A-Pours a fingers worth of foamy beige head that continues to lace the pint glass. Completely clear and light amber color.
S-Nice caramel malt aroma, toasted nuttiness in here too.
T-Dominant toasty nuttiness. Reminds me of a nut brown ale. Slight spicy hop finish.
M-Medium bodied, high carbonation, finish is a bit long thanks to the spicy hops and finishes dry.
D-An easy one to drink.
O-This is a solid beer. Easy to drink and tasty. Well done, I like this one a lot more than their wheat beer.

02-17-2012 01:20:30 | More by deebo
Photo of BostonPhilly


3/5  rDev -16.7%

09-14-2013 16:40:49 | More by BostonPhilly
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2012 21:35:58 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-22-2014 03:20:53 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
Photo of Nage37


4.5/5  rDev +25%

02-20-2012 22:41:38 | More by Nage37
Photo of kemoarps


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

enh. It was ok, not bad, just wasn't really my cup of tea.

it poured a decent light rusty colour, with a decent head that eventually dissipated, but stuck around for a reasonable amount of time.

The smell was underwhelming, not leaving much of an impression on me, certainly nothing lasting. In fact, I find myself retesting again and again moreso than usual just to try and write this short paragraph. Smells citrusy and hoppier than I had anticiapted (not to say that it is an overhopped beer necessarily, just that based on other reviews and just kind of general understanding, I expected more of a malt profile than I noticed.)

The taste is again ok. Not spectacular, but not bad. It follows in the footsteps of the smell, with a citrusy aspect with a little bit more emphasis on hops and a little less on malts than I expected, though the malts are more readily available to the tongue than they are the nose.

It hits the tongue like a fairly standard microbrew, which I realize sounds like a copout answer, but it's really the best way I can think of to describe it. it's got decent carbonation as it plays across the tongue, and is not leave to much of a residue in the mouth.

It's a reasonably drinkable beer, again, nothing that makes it standout in my opinion, but is not overwhelming and restrictive in ways that other beers can be. sessionable, though my personal taste would prefer some diversity.

overall, an ok beer. nothing exceptional, but no glaring weaknesses. If you find yourself with the opportunity and it's reasonably priced, it can be tasty enough, but I would definitely not go out of my way to find it.

09-18-2008 01:07:10 | More by kemoarps
Photo of TheMarkE


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-09-2013 23:07:31 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of ruckus232


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color with an alright amount of off white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a little bit of a nutty flavor.

Taste: Has a taste fairly similar to the smell but there is also a nice bitterness that compliments the sweetness.

07-17-2010 20:04:59 | More by ruckus232
Photo of sgregory


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-25-2013 22:31:45 | More by sgregory
Photo of confer


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a cloudy gold but almost amber. No head. Very cloudy appears unfiltered.
When the beer was real cold not much aroma, I never got around to letting the beer warm to much. Faint maltiness if you smell real hard.
Taste is enjoyable. Not a real whole lot going on.It has a malty orange taste. Feels fairly thick and creamy.
Overall not a bad beer and also reasonably priced.

02-09-2011 01:46:20 | More by confer
Photo of Natural510


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

I'm normally not a big fan of Lost Coast beers, but this one was quite tasty.
Poured on-tap into a 20oz glass, this was sweet with very notable malt & hop presence. Again, most West Coast ales overdo themselves with hoppiness...but Alleycat was not excessively bitter, as it was balanced by the malt.
Very drinkable amber, I'll likely order this again on-tap where available.

01-23-2008 22:54:40 | More by Natural510
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-22-2012 22:07:06 | More by TrojanWheels
Photo of emwild12


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-13-2014 04:29:22 | More by emwild12
Photo of dhbiker0889


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-29-2012 03:41:35 | More by dhbiker0889
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed this brew while overlooking the Pacific at a friend's place in Santa Barbara.

A-Semi-clear bright-amber beer with some moderate, though not unattractive, floaties. 2-finger, beautiful frothy head rose off the pour, light tan in color.

S-Toffee with a slight dry chocoloate hit.

T-Slight hoppy spiciness melds nicely with a somewhat rich choco-biscuity malt foundation. Flavor is lighter in weight, while still being full. Finish is clean, relatively dry, with a hint of chocolate.

M-Moderate to moderate-light body. Carbonation is easy, pleasant.

D-Very drinkable, nearly to a sessionable status. Plus, the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean view may have skewed my opinion of this brew's drinkability :D

09-15-2010 17:25:06 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Poured a light copper. Two fingers of thick, off-white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a spotted lacing and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Spicy at first, with a cinnamon and pine blast. Then it mellows to caramel and tangerine citrus.

Taste: Thankfully, the spice from the smell is nonexistent, but the caramel and tangerine citrus is prevalent. There's a nice little hop bite at the end that is well balanced with the malts.

Drinkability: Decent and tasty brew, and very drinkable.

11-21-2009 08:48:28 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of delta490


3.29/5  rDev -8.6%

A-nice cloudy amber color. Short lives head that leaves minimal lacing.
S- malty. Sweet. A little hops. Mostly sweet.
T- has a caramel sweetness with a slight bitterness on the finish.
M- thinner with no carbonation.
O- not bad. Needs a little more depth.

06-17-2013 11:40:55 | More by delta490
Photo of ToddThompson

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

07-09-2014 14:17:34 | More by ToddThompson
Photo of theopholis


2.98/5  rDev -17.2%

Appearance- Clear, deep, rich amber. The color is gorgeous. Small off-white head with no staying power or lace.

Aroma- Malt sweetness mixed in with just a faint smell of hops. Maybe a hint of caramel. As it warms, it starts smelling a tad sour.

Taste- Very little malt sweetness. Some bittering hops, and a bit of graininess. Kind of metallic in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Kind of thin. A bit over-carbonated to.

Drinkability- Not wretched, but not great.

02-27-2007 06:22:20 | More by theopholis
Photo of tonistruth


4.72/5  rDev +31.1%

A- pours an orangish red copper color with a 1/2" beige head. Leaves lace on the glass, retention is not bad at all.

S- strong grainy hop smell but has a kind of sweetness to it, Caramel scent comes out as beer warms. Refreshing scent.

T- sweetness from the malts that blends perfectly with the bite of the hops. sweet yet grainy. Toasted malts as well. Faint sweet grain aftertaste. Very yummy. Then, just when you think it can't get any better. this awesome spice comes out as the beer warms.

M- a joy to have on the palate, nice body, nice carbonation, just coarse enough to be fun.

D- i would drink this all day if i could. absolutely blew my mind. Must try, must keep on hand if u like ambers that are hoppy.

amazing, dont know what to say, i just kept getting increasingly sadder as the glass emptied.

03-31-2006 18:20:18 | More by tonistruth
Photo of JBogan


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

A somewhat cloudy brown beer with a small slightly off white head which left almost no lacing.

Smelled and tasted buttery, bot not too much so, along with a bisquit bite. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel was thick and just a little too flat for my taste.

Not a very memorable beer. It's about average for it's style, but really nothing going on here that beckons me back for more. As my scores suggest, just an average brew.

09-20-2008 02:30:45 | More by JBogan
Photo of johnhenryconway

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-19-2011 05:49:45 | More by johnhenryconway
Photo of Murph


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours a nice darker amber with a decent creamy off white head that leaves a good lace all the way down the glass. Toasty malt and floral hops in the nose. Rather malty for an amber. Nice hop bite starts you off but the bite slowly fades into smooth, creamy, and toasty malt with a lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Nice creamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of body but the brew loses a few points for getting a little sticky on the tongue the warmer it gets. The sticky, cloyingness takes a little bit away from the drinkablity. All in all this is a very nice amber ale.

07-15-2002 23:13:24 | More by Murph
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.