Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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 DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Town and Country, on to the beer:

As you might expect, it's amber in color. The smell very citrusy, but not to be overpowering enough to keep the dough and caramel flavors disguised. Taste is more of the same, with a touch of pine riding along. It's a pretty standard amber ale that's worth a try or two.

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight hoppy note, with caramel. The taste is sweet, hoppy, bitter, nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Amber ale.

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of liamt07
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle brought back from Florida thanks to my girlfriend, 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured a translucent reddish brown, with two fingers of offwhite head. Sticky head that leaves sheets of lace. Nose is interesting, but leaves me concerned of a bottle that's past its prime. Some interesting caramel, with odd chocolate notes. I can't seem to get a notion of mint chocolate caramel wafers out of my mind at this point. Horrendous for the style, but intriguing nonetheless. No hop character to speak of. Taste starts off with a boatload of caramel which dominates throughout, but suspicions of a dated bottle are confirmed I'd say (no bottling date to ensure this however). This chocolate flavour appears again, a very mild bitterness and a slight hint of citrus. Minimal hop character otherwise. Has some moderate weight in the mouth, but doesn't do much for me as an amber. Interesting on its own, but far from the style at this point. Curious nonetheless.

Photo of Bighuge
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, glowing scarlet red appearance. Thin beige head recedes to a slight rimming rather quickly. Lace is sparse. Nice caramel malt sweetness on the nose. But also a munich malt like breadiness. Sweet nose. Good. Toasted malt and caramel malt are at the forefront of the flavor. Some slight fruity, estery qualities. Quite minimal though. Hops provide a dry, snappy finish. Quenching to an extent. Nice little beer here.

Thanks Bum from Long Beach.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear honey-amber color, perhaps a touch lighter than most of the style, with just under an inch of off-white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected malt, slightly sweet, with a nice citrusy hop scent at the back. The flavors were also a nice blend of malt and hops, with perhaps a slight pine flavor to go with the citrus.

The body was good, not as full as most the style but a little crisper instead. Drinkability was very good. This is an excellent compromise beer, non-craft drinkers and us beer geeks will both be OK with it.

Overall, a solid beer from a solid, quiet brewery. Grab a pint or a sixer.

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with yellow highlights with a half finger of head and left a little lacing on the glass.

S: the nuttiness and caramel really come though on the nose with a decent malt presence and slight booze notes.

T: the nuttiness is much more potent on the taste with a big caramel malt character which also had a faint hop bite at the end.

M: the brew was light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but nutty and slight hop bitter finish.

D: it drank good and was not as hoopy as I thought it would be but went really good paired with nachos fron the yard house.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.)

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.”

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
82 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.