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Alleycat Amber - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
82
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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 18:30:44 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 17:18:46 | More by UncleJimbo
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 16:31:01 | More by Suds
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 13:16:12 | More by merlin48
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 00:01:51 | More by tgbljb
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twelveinches

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-25-2014 16:13:42 | More by twelveinches
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 21:50:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:26:07 | More by flexabull
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srandycarter

California

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:54:50 | More by srandycarter
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 20:52:05 | More by williamjbauer
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beerguy101

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 03:49:46 | More by beerguy101
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nickd717

California

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 18:35:49 | More by nickd717
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-27-2012 06:56:44 | More by beerpadawan
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 03:08:09 | More by WDJersey
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 21:43:46 | More by atsprings
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 13:52:00 | More by rastaman
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2012 21:08:52 | More by Molson2000
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matjack85

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:34:12 | More by matjack85
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-13-2012 04:52:57 | More by cliff1066
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-26-2014 00:20:03 | More by Smarty_Pints
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-17-2011 19:01:52 | More by tclapper
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-26-2012 08:32:00 | More by shelby415
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Offa

California

4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 18:33:04 | More by Offa
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-01-2014 17:50:37 | More by KevMo84
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nrbw23

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 20:47:26 | More by nrbw23
Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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