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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 369
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | 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: 165 | Hads: 369
Photo of matjack85
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL for just $1.00. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed copper color with a nice 2½-finger fluffy egg shell colored head that lasted awhile. Not a lot of lacing, but there was some.

The smell had a nice malt and caramel aroma to it with some subtle hop presence underneath.

Mostly malt and caramel flavor, but the hops don't stay hidden in the taste. They provide a mild bitterness and some citrus flavor to the beer. Well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. My only com[plaint is that I found the beer to be severely undercarbonated.

Easy to drink. A cut above your average red. I just wish it had more spritz. (714 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco. I expected a good amber ale and got one slightly on the crappier side of average.

Pours amber (what a surprise!) with a one-finger white head. Standard appearance for the style.

Aroma is fairly faint and citrusy - blood orange to be exact - with a little caramel malt.

Flavor is not too assertive caramel malt with a large citrus presence. Blood orange and a little grapefruit. Some black tea comes out as the beer warms a bit.

Palate is fairly bland and somewhat astringent. Medium-light body.

Overall, I did not like this beer much, and not only because it wasn't over 10% ABV or -bal aged. It just wasn't a very good amber ale. I didn't finish the glass because I had to drive and didn't want to waste my sobriety on this when Supplication, Death & Taxes, and Blind Pig were on tap. (825 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full crisp amber with a quickly diminishing head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of rich caramel malt with understated earthy hops. The taste was of burnt caramel with pine hops lingering in the aftertaste. There was a decent balance between the two. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter, weighing a little heavy for a beer of 5.5%, not too strongly, though. This is certainly an enjoyable amber beer, just not too high on my overall list. (461 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Lost Coast. Nutty, orangey, hopsy finish, not over the top, nice session beer, innofensive, fairly tasty. I'm guiessing this is one of there best selling beers, but even so, its not bland or anything, its really pleasant, nothing wrong, just not overly complex or anything, Tasty beer. (289 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, to me, quite good as US "amber ales" go.

Somewhat deep copper amber and very bubbly, it has a medium light tan head that is bubbly and steadily dissipates to a thin, lasting top. It leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a little earthy, mostly caramelly malt with grain, bread, citrus (grapefruit plus others), and a hint of pine.

The taste is earthy, caramel, grain, pine, citrus that just leans to grapefruit, spices, and herbs. Alcohol is noticeable but generally in a positive way, warming, faintly spicey, and still smooth. The flavours are well-rounded flavours and it has some light complexity, with hints of herbal German pilsner and earthy-caramelly English pale ale. (688 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed on 11/29/07.

Bottle vintage not present on label in provided place. Pours a deep amber with large, energetic bubbles forming a tan head that quickly becomes a thin skin. Unexpected aroma of sweet oranges and normal malty notes. More bitter than I expected, but still far short of being hop juice. Not terribly sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel and the slightest hint of those oranges again make up the balance of the flavor. A mild bitterness remains on the midtongue after each quaff.

Not bad at all. (525 characters)

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a thin off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet caramel malt with a slight amount of hops coming out

T - Like the smell sweet caramel malt upfront with a decent hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer sure its not mind blowing but it has a good taste making it easy to drink a few of these in a night (435 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a medium sized offwhite head. Smell is of light sweet malt, and some hops slowly show as it warms up. Taste is nice and sweet and malty, with creamy flavors of caramel with a faint hop bitterness that grows a bit. I really like this amber and wish I could get it here. Just what I want an amber to be. (323 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and amber in color. Very thin white head disappears immediately, however it did leave a bit of lace around the glass.

Caramel notes, and floral hop aroma in the nose, not much else. It was tough to even pull these notes out.

A bit of toasty malt, combined with some earthy, slightly floral hops. Finishes dry.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Ok, but not that impressive. (394 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip it forms a loose tan head that falls to nothing after a couple pulls. String lace. Amber body with moderate carbonation.

Slightly toasted malts make up the bulk of this brew. It rounds out quite nicely with light fruity undertones and a crisp finish. There is really not alot going on here and to me is a straight forward beer that is neither exciting or offensive. Run of the mill? not exactly as this is such a wide open style I've yet to find a run of the mill amber/red. This is tasty, rounded and easy to take down.

Notes: To hit my palate just right this needs more of hop side to it. Although the hops are evident most of the balancing comes from the fruits and crisp carbonation. Decent. (733 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.83 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with two fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Pretty serene, albeit hazy underneath the head. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of caramel, toffee, floral hops, unknown spicy notes, faint chocolate, sweetened iced team, lemon zest, herbal hops, plum juice and some overall roastiness. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but good for an amber. Earthy rye hops, sweetened iced tea, roasty caramel, toffee, herbal hops, sugary floral notes, honey, light menthol and faint spicy Mexican chocolate. (Taste - 3.88)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.63)

This is a very good representative of an American Amber. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+ (1,181 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep amber with a slight red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin and even cap. Stringy lacing

Toasty malts give off a little bit of caramel. The hops are spicy with a little bit of citrus in there.

More caramel in the flavor. The malts seems slightly thin and watery, with the hops giving some grapefruit flavors, but only a little. Full bodied.

The beer overall seems a bit muted. Decent as something to go with a meal, but I'm not enjoying this one by itself. (512 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with big frothy head, leaves nice lacing on my glass. Smells of carmel hinted malt not much hop aroma. Tastes sweet and malty, sligth hint of hops. Leaves dry slightly astringent tastein your mouth. Overall an average amber ale not a great one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied for amber ale. Drinkable brew but will not replace my favorite amber, the search must go on! (383 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Caramel dominates the aroma. Some lightly toasted breadiness. Not much outside that.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malt forward. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee. Hops are concealed, but do well to add a touch of citrus bitterness and to keep this from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light body. A touch creamy. Carbonation lends to a decent bite.

Overall - One of the better offerings from Lost Coast. Full flavored and easy to drink. Though slightly tilted in favor of malts, has good balance. There's nothing complex about this beer, but it's pretty tasty. (706 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a half finger of off-white foam, mix of multiple bubble sizes creates a dimpling effect right from the start, not much retention so enjoy this while you can, thin surface coating fares better, the lacing too delicate to stick much. Faintest gauzy quality in the reddish amber liquid, true to the category, remains mostly transparent, yellows out at the glass bottom. Malty nose of cocoa, chocolate powder, brown sugar and hard toffee candy, the orange to tangerine citrus more sweet than sour, very lightly roasted nuts, has spine without the hops getting all herbaceous on you, curious lack of distinct fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation puts a big charge into it, close to a whirlpool effect, definitely keeps it scrubbing along the mouth walls and tongue. Here too favors the malts, if by a closer margin, the cocoa and brown sugar not that sugary and knit into the green grass to straw and orange, lemon led citrus. Hard to say the florality ever gets it in gear. More nutty with an echo of tarry earth through the end. Makes an earnest attempt at fashioning a distinct personality but two or more missteps scotch the deal. In the end, you search unsuccessfully for an underlying guiding principle. (1,222 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid, crystal-clear amber ale with a lumpy off-white head. The aroma is of piny hops, malt, biscuits and hay. The flavor is of medicinal, complicated hops, sweet, smooth malt. It's dry, almost sour and well bittered. Nice West Coast Amber!
(rated May 2, 2007) (270 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy amber brown color. An off-white head dissiaptes to a thin layer of bubbles. Rings of light foamy lacing stick to the glass. The beer smells malty and caramel-sweet. The taste profile is what a good solid amber should be like: sweet malt up front, with faint bready character in the middle. A hint of hops in the finish. The beer is medium to light bodied.

Overall, just a good solid amber ale. Just what I expect, and good enough to session. (497 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "amber ale" style is usually a pretty boring one, if the beer was more exciting it'd be a pale ale or some other style. However, this beer did not disappoint; I found it to be pretty interesting.

It had a gold-amber color which was clear but not brilliant. Head was plentiful and laced. Aroma was hoppy with a bit of DMS (canned corn) aroma. Flavor was also hoppy with some maltiness anda noticeable amount of butteriness (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel was appropriate. All-in-all, pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI. (572 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bronze...aromas of boiled sugar overlaid with mild caramel and vanilla. Not intense.
On the palate it offers simple gumdrop sweetness and very mild bitterness. It adds up to a fairly dry experience overall. Pleasant woodiness cuts into the pooled, confectionary qualities abruptly leaving a hollowish impression on the finish. Good flavors, just not particularly well-timed. Adolescent yeast. (393 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured, this amber ale was a light amber color with little foam that dissapated with in a few seconds. The smell was of roasted malts with a caramel aroma and a hint of citrus. The taste was more of a citrus/hoppy flavor with very little on the roasted malts or caramel. The flavor was not what the aroma brought to my nose. (329 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label is typical Lost Coast with an abstract cat with an eyepatch. No freshness info.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a fairly thin tan colored head that has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet and caramel - just a hint of fruity hops. Seems to be a bit of brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste starts out pretty sweet. Dries out near the end with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad amber - a bit sweet for my tastes though. Seems to be a well crafted beer otherwise. (627 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright and clear amber-copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. It does finish with a nice and clean dryness, a very tasty amber ale. (276 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this extra.

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a good white head that retains fairly well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is of some sharp rock candy like malt profile with a touch of hops, but this one defenitely smells like it will be balanced, and defenitely more traditional american style, not one of the hoppier ambers that are popular of late.

Taste is quite nice. A very good balance between some crisp malt sweetness and a mild west coast hop profile. The beginning is driven my rock candy like sharp sweetness with a slight touch of citrus. Hops make their presence known most through the middle and on the finish, but are still evenly contested by the malts, and certainly not an intensely hoppy beer by any means. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish, and in the aftertaste, and the malt profile turns a tad more creamy on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is ok for the most part. Slight overcarbonation, but viscosity is right on, and it has a nice crisp feel without being too dry.

Drinkability is typical for a good amber, a bit better maybe. Could defenitely put away a few of these, and the abv is right about where I would expect it to be.

Overall a nice amber that represents the more traditional american ambers quite well. There is a decent hop presence here though, not devoid of such. This is a good session amber. This one is slightly underrated IMO, really not a bad beer at all. Nothing amazing or fancy, but a good everyday amber. (1,498 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I never go out of my way to review beers by Lost Coast, but this was handed to me as a gift and I have friends who are fans of this one. Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a reddish, amber color (which I would hope), complete with decent 2 fingers worth of a white head, as well as present but not dense carbonation. Lacing is surprisingly present in spades around the glass, and head retention lasts a long while, never fully giving up and turning into a ring. Definitely thickened, which is notable here as far as the standards of Lost Coast beers go. Not bad, but definitely only slightly above average for the amber ale style.

The aroma consists of a caramel forward smell, as well as a bit of toasted crispness, and subtle hoppiness. However, the flavor at hand remains very, very dull. The touch of sweetness definitely works in favor, and I do enjoy how there's a slight earthy hop profile in midst of the malts, but there's something really weird underneath it all, almost resembling cornbread or something. Smells slightly oxidized as a result - not offensive by any means, only mediocre.

The flavor is far better, and avoids crossing with any of the off flavors I was getting in the aroma. There's an immediate syrupy caramel, biscuit flavor that immediately coats the palate, as well as a bit of graininess, maybe some honey, cider, and cracked barley. The finish is filled with slight citrus-laden hops, as well as more astringency from the graininess, and while it's not balanced, it's refreshing and easy to drink. Slightly boozy at the back, which came as a surprise. Never goes flat too quickly, and never too sweet or syrupy - although it almost gets there. Recommended drinking this cold.

This is by far one of the few beers by these guys that I could have several in one session. Very drinkable and tasty, and fairly balanced, although lacks complexity and leans a bit too much on the malts, almost to the point of getting too syrupy. Not bad, definitely a straightforward if only slightly underwhelming amber. (2,055 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz. bomber with a bottled on date of Sept. 03. This amber ale had a clear copper color with a quick-diminishing whitish head. Gobs of splotchy lace was deposited on the glass walls.
The nose had a pleasant caramel malt aroma and a prominant floral hops note. The taste was a bit uneven. At times it seemed a bit watery, other times full and satisfying. I can't explain it. Anyway, the malts and hops blended well together for an overall enjoyable amber ale. The sweetness of the malts permeated the front, tasting a little wooden at times. There was a good herbal hops bitterness inthe finish. Strangely, at times a light sea salt flavor hit the back of my tongue. This added to that unevenness I referred to.
Lost Coast has produced some likeable brews (their 8-ball Stout) and some not-so-likeable ones (Great White wit). Alleycat Amber falls somewhere in the middle. Not a bad brew but there are better ambers out there. (942 characters)

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.