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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Photo of kaseydad
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour. Hazy amber/light brown color with a good amount of foam that quickly dissolves.

Sweet candy aroma with some nice roasted malts are easily identifiable.

An initial spicy flavor with a mellowing malty backbone. There is some nice hoppiness which is present on the swallow. A small aftertaste on the buds is also noticable.

I was hoping for a smoother mouthfeel by the looks but it is somewhat harsh.

The drinkability is good with multiples easily consumed.

Definitely a nice Amber Ale from the folks at Lost Coast. I recall drinking this years ago and not liking it though they may have changed their recipe somewhat as the blend is much nicer.

Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, almost brownish-orange from the bottle. The nose contains slight piney, floral aroma. Its pretty subdued.

The taste is of light malt and the hops assert themselves enough throught the gulp. Definitely a very nice malt, not so much sweet caramel, but grainy malt.

Moutfeel is, as I noticed in the Lost Coast Downtown Brown, to be a tad on the watery side. In this Amber ale, its not so bad, just ever so slightly.

The drinkability is good, as this beer is pleasant, doesn't kick you in the butt on either side of the malt or hops bill, and is a refreshing, crisp brew, especially here in the summertime.

Photo of StevieW
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label has a cartoonish alleycat on the front.
Medium amber color, shiny and clear. Beige head, minimal lacing.
Some sweet carmel malt smells. Also notable metallic presence to start. Smell smoothed out.
Taste was sweet, carmel and crystal malts. Lots of sweet malty presence. Just a hint of cascade hops, maybe. Just slightly acidic citrus flavors at to finish. Was very tasty and good to pair with hearty meals. Medium bodied, tastes and feel thinned out toward the end, but thats ok.
Overall worth the purchase and worth a try.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of 8 Ball Stout while on Long Island...Shoreline Beverage to be exact.
Was surprised to find this bottle mixed in (not thrilled) and figured I was cheated. After trying this beer, I feel it was a blessing in disguise.
Pours a very inviting bright copper...almost what I'd expect from a pumpkin spiced brew. A decent amount of beige head sits on top w/ very minimal lacing that has practically no cling. Still, a very attractive offering.
The aroma is a bit mild...a floral hop character w/ some caramel mixed in.
Taste is one very tasty sip after another...very well balanced w/ a huge hop presence (for its style). Carmelized malt keeps this beer balanced...I do not detect anything that would classify this as a Red.
Mouthfeel is decent...not thin at all and has no lingering bitterness.
This could be one of the easiest brews to consume if given the opportunity.
Another solid beer from Lost Coast.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy amber/brown with a light cream colored head, which quickly dissipated. The aroma is heavy of malt with some degree of caramel noted. The taste is mostly malt with a slight touch of bitterness. It has somewhat of a bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is full and suits the beer nicely. This is a smooth beer which I’d consider a strong choice for sessions.

Photo of kemoarps
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful caramel color hue with a very imppressive head and lacing. Carbonation contiunues the entire time. Slightly cloudy. Carbonation sparkles in the mouth. Sweeter than the average amber but a nice aftertaste. A little too sweet to be considered "very dinkable." Label and name doe snot suggest anything impressive but it was to my liking.

Photo of aubuc1
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber/brown with some golden highlights and a one finger light tan head.

Smell is malty, yet galanced hoppy as expected.

Taste is a very nice hoppy, malty beer. Balanced and easy to drink, this is a really good, simple amber ale. I am glad to have discovered this beer, as it is a little cheaper than a similar bells.

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mixed_master7
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dnichols
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew at poker night with a table full of buddies. Unfortunately I drank from the bottle so much of the finer features were lost to the night.

A: It appeared to have an amber hue with a ting of orange.

S: It had a nice even malt aroma accented with citrusy hops and white fruit.

T: It was well balanced between the malty sweet hops, tangy apples and oranges.

M: Light body with a sweet front and citrusy back and a clean and refreshing finish.

D: Real nice session brew. Light body, moderate ABV, balanced flavors and clean finish.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue of brown with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smell is citric hops with caramel malt background, exactly what you expect from an american amber. Taste is pretty malty for an american amber, really was expecting more of a hops profile than i got because of the very nice indica IPA but it just wasnt there. Begins with a very light citrus hops flavor thats barely noticeable and a caramel malt flavor with hints of molasses. Really an exceedingly average beer, i really wanted to like it but it just wasnt anything out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation which isnt exactly appropriate for an American Amber. The drinkability is pretty good, but overally this beer is nothing to get excited about and i probably wont buy it again, even a single.

Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer.

Appearance- reddish brown, transparent

Smell- malty, very nice

Taste- malty, sweet

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, will drink it again, got six more anyway lol, another great beer from Lost Coast Brewery

Photo of Mark
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of twowheelssoar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ToddThompson
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of KlayWey
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.