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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Not Rated.
Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 378
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard amber and red colored beer, good carbonation to it, smell was of irish moss.

Tastes straight up, good enough toast feel to the malt, hop presence, but nothing that is going to blow you away or be confused for nugget nectar, bitterness kept in check. Slightly bready. Tiny bit of citrus orange like flavor on the backend.

A decent beer to have around, nothing too adventurous, but it has its time and place.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty auburn with no head. The bubbling is very hard to see i this slightly opaque beer. But you can see the bubbling. The aroma has some very dark breads and a light plum note. The taste has an overall bready English pale ale taste. The hops jump in somewhere in the middle of the palate, giving a light hint of orange peel. The palate is a bit thick and grainy, but still sessionable.

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Photo of dgilks
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after it abandons the 22 ounce brown bottle for my mug a slightly beclouded orange-amber color, the head is smallish, frothy and a very light tan in color, the lace forms a fairly tight skirt upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and pleasant, the start is damn close to being cloying, nice malt presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is dispassionately acidic, the hops garden-variety, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer, but almost too sweet for me.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Jax Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, Florida. A dark amber color brew with a thin off-white head and substantial lacing. It had a nice malty scent including some light piney hops. The first taste suggested banana and more hops with very decent carbonation to lively things up. It has some bready/biscuit qualities along with some brown sugar sweetness. It has a slightly dry finish that goes well with the sweet flavors for a very pleasing end. Very easy to drink especially with such good flavor. It's only knock for my tastes is that it was too thin in body which seemed a bit odd with so much good flavor going on. But I liked this and would suggest a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light brown color with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Settles into a topographous layer that sticks around for some time.

Smell is pretty spot on for an amber, dry toasty biscuit aroma with a few hints of strawberries and clover. Has a very nice floral and mildly citrus hop bouquet.

Mmm, this is a pretty good amber. Very biscuity and sweetly malted. A bit of toasty malt and west coast hoppiness balance things out for a nice clean finish with a touch of lingering bitterness. This is my first Lost Coast beer and I must say, I'm impressed. Very tasty, not boring at all for the humble amber style.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with 2 finger off white head and moderate head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, malt, grapefruit hot notes.

T - Follows the smell, decent balance but won't blow your mind.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation

O - Slightly above average Amber, not my favorite, probably won't get it again, but try it!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a light amber hue, low beige film+ringed head, and decent lace. Nice light spicy hop aroma and flavor. Very nicely balanced with hops on the forefront and some light roasted malts underneath. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice light hop finish.

I remember this one being pretty darn hoppy when I had it many years ago ... seek out a fresher one.

Per Label: "Roasted Caramel Malt and spicy German and American hops"

Bottled: Sep '05 (notched)
Tasted: 08/31/06

($3.49 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, dark cloudy orange with a head that showed good retention and lacing.

Smell – Deep citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. I can also pick up apple cider.

Taste – Yes, this is an evenly hopped ale with a nice slightly-sweet malt backbone with a hint of raw apple cider (not the sugary kind).

Mouthfeel – Fairly big for a pale ale, this one is chewy and somewhat dry.

Drinkability – This was the first beer of the night and I was parched, so it went down quite well. The excellent balance and dry finished made this one a “buy again.”

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Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Iowa.

Regular pour for an amber. The color is more brown than amber, but with a little hint of reddish brown. There's a small head when you pour it but it goes away.

Smells pretty darn good, though. Solid malt, most caramel, backed up by a solid hop, mostly fruity.

Tastes surprisingly hoppy to start. A little citrusy and a little dry. Nice west coast hops, just complex enough, moving into a pronounced caramel and sugar malt ending.

Hoppier than your average amber but with enough balance to keep you drinking.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost copper color, with reddish-orange highlights and a generous, very pretty lace. The aroma is very satisfying: it’s full of malt, with toasted and caramel flavors, and a muted citric, grassy hop smell. The taste is a slightly sweet, with a peppery flavor mixed with a little yeast. It has a fairly light body, and an almost watery finish. Although I really liked the smell of this brew, it sort of let me down in the taste and finish. A more full-flavored, gripping brew would have been more suited to the very nice aroma.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Classic Lost Coast labeling which I am used to seeing on their other beers, well except for the 8-Ball Stout maybe. A colorful label with a cartoon like frontage. Has a picture of an AlleyCat stood in a Trash Can. My last Lost Coast beer was plagued with a multitude of nicks on the date section, I’m glad to report that this label seems to be correctly nicked. Bottle Date is September 2003. No listed strength but registers the ingredients as “Roasted Caramel Malt and Spicy German & American Hops”.

Appearance: Nice orange amber body with a large off-white head when it is first poured, rather shabbily by me I have to admit. The head soon settles to a thin ¼” covering which remains uniformly smooth but it never disappears.

Nose: Caramel malts and toffee in the nose, sweet but pleasantly so, fresh & fruity aspects mingle freely.

Taste: A little sticky at the start and sickly in the middle but the cloying feel soon disappears in the latter third. Starts with an ‘over-chewed’ caramel toffee start, which has some milk chocolate in it. The middle is fruity, with some apples, mushy pears and a light grapefruit feel. Sharp bitterness starts to balance the earlier cloying feel. More fruits in the back end, squashed apricots and peaches as well as a hoppier feel. It all seems to balance itself out somehow. Rather a tasty Amber overall, just a little too cloying to begin with and a tad too sugary.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, with a good feel and an above average density. Solid mouthfeel with a smooth toffee feel at times that becomes a little chewy in the early stages. Residual cloying feel at the start detracts from the much cleaner fruity and hoppy finish at the end.

Drinkability: A decent enough Amber but the cloying sweetness in the front third does become a distraction at times, so much so that it looses a lot of Drinkability in the longer term. The cleaner finish is much more appreciated but forgotten with the start of the next mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty Amber Ale, but nothing outstanding, yet far from disappointing - just a smidgeon too much cloying sweetness to make it a good Amber.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/7/08. Bottle. Pours a light amber with a small white head. Aroma of mainly floral hops. Flavor of floral hops, wheat, sweet malt. A little hoppy for an amber ale (to me) and it is very similar to a pale ale. Nevertheless, it is very balanced and so smooth to drink, an excellent session beer. Very underrated- a very enjoyable beer. Would definitely pick up again.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty standard and average amber ale (not a bad thing). Poured a reddish-bronze. Aroma was caramel malt. A little more hopped than average, but well within bounds for the style. The malt was a bit sweet, yet still had a bit of an edge with some acidity at the finish. Not outstanding, but worthwhile.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - murky, deep amber color, not much of a white-ish head that thinned to ring, no lace.

S - initial aroma out of the bottle was hops, but after sitting in a glass for a while the sweet malts can be detected.

T - very good balanced taste with the malts winning the flavor battle.

M - very light mouthfeel, almost fizzy.

D - I enjoyed my one sample and I might pick this up again sometime.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas.

This amber ale poured a cloudy, amber/red color with dark, crumbly tan foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was nicely malty. The taste was quite hoppy with citrusy hops (northwest hops) and a good malty flavor to balance. The mouthfeel was dry and hoppy with medium-full body and good carbonation. The malty flavor lingered in the finish. This was a good amber ale, though this sample showed a touch of oxidation.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Leaf and Ale, in Knoxville, Tn. This pours a clear amber body with a one finger, orange tinted beige head that retains well and leaves lots of patchy lace.
The aroma is citrusy hops of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Pale malt sweetness takes the edge off the hop aromas to produce a slightly restrained bouquet.
Mouthfeel has a nice medium full body for style and has above average carbonation to hold it together.
Taste is very nice, with fruity orange and pink grapefruit hop flavors which gently fold into a caramel flavored malt backbone. The hops have a fresh taste which highlights a bittersweet finish.
This one is like a good American ESB on steroids. Tasty citrusy hops give this amber a very pleasant drinkability.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear reddish amber color with moderate off-white creamy head. Great retention and bountious lacing.
Smell is notable for piney hops with a mild background scent of caramel hops.
Taste also brings the hops to the forefront with only a modest amount of malt detected.
The malt begins to show through at the finish balancing the hops in an exquisite fashion.
Very drinkable. Very refreshing.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - orange amber with high clarity. A small tan head barely holds a cover but manages some nice lace. The bottom pour adds 'quite' a bit of sediment.

Aroma - bready, crackery, with orangey citrus. Very bright and fresh smelling.

Taste - a biscuity grain, gets just a tad thin at the swallow, then bridges to some mild/moderate hopping. Unable to shake that dilutedness, no one hop flavor prevails. A little citrusy, not quite piny, not especially bitter just not hitting the registers in any area. With warming, some orangey florals do come out but not by much. The finish is clean but forgettable. A reasonably good taste overall just not very much of it.

Mouthfeel - thin to average body that is generally good, and a nice crispness.

Drinkability - average sessionability for any season, though I expect you'd buy this for lack of anything better. Not so much a knock as much as a comment to this beer's position above the macros but below better crafties.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, dark honey color, off white head leaves to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Light malt and lots of metal. I smell metal.

T - Light malty beverage, some bitterness. Easy.

M - Don't like the metal smell and taste. Good carb, med to light body.

D - Low ABV and not over the top. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy light amber color with an off-white head that hangs in there and then leaves a thin lace for the remainder of the pint. Nose is light hops with a more dominant caramel toasty/biscuity sweetness. Palate is on the malty side as well, again with caramel and toasty flavors, maybe some black tea also, and modest hop bitterness to round it out. Easy drinking.

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Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are spicy, malty, and tea like.

Taste is tea like, a bit creamy from the malts, grainy, and with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. There is also some baked fruit flavors in there as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated, thick and full.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice amber ale. Sessionable and worth trying.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received with the August MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured an amber red color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of caramel malts and not much else. Taste is a bit more complex than the average amber, caramel malts predominate but there is a nice floral citrus hop dancing in the background that makes for a pleasurable finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is an enjoyable beer that I would recommend to amber fans!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of caramel sweetness. A medium bodied amber ale. The roasted malts are mild and slightly sweet. Hops are citrusy. Nice balance. Mild flavors, chocolate, caramel, apples and pineapple. Nice, but it finishes a little too sweet for an amber. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slighty murky brownish red color with a small off white head. Head has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- A bit of yeast spice, a touch of citrus and bready malts.

T- Quite a bit of orange, lemon, bit of pine and spice. Everything was pretty tame.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed about middle of the road.

O- Nothing special here. Pretty boring.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.