Alleycat Amber
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #606
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,701
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
413
From:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  67
SCORE
82
Good
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Photo of FireMedk
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with moderate carbonation and has a smell of malt along with a malt taste, one you would expect from a Miller Lite or Budweiser. That’s what this tasted like to me if I had to compare it to anything. Sweet while drinking with a dry light hoppy finish. Not worth the price. The kind of beer I would drink once I’ve had a couple already.

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Photo of davida1225
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Yard House Vegas. Nice color, robust head that lasted (but not too much). Smooth drinking, reasonable ABV. Not quite a session ale, but good enough for more than one.

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Photo of Steveslats1
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this VERY nice amber. A golden amber color with a refreshing taste. Moderate hops with some malty notes. The ABV is moderate.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack Tamuras $8.29
Smell of caramel
Amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Caramel malt taste, easy drinking but would have liked a bolder taste as this one is a little on the thin side
Overall a nice beer that I would drink again, but there are a lot more desirable beers at this price range that I would buy first.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes with a clear body and copper amber color with thick silky off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to a layer of everlasting effervescence atop and leaving plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot along the way.

In a nose, it is roasted, caramel, dough, grain, and biscuity sweet from malt. Hop is also there providing notes of earthy, leafty, and mild fruity.

The taste is led by roasted and toasted malt and closely followed by sweet and biscuity malt. Hop introduces itself through the palate with its mild fruitiness, some earthiness, and gentle bitter touch.

Medium body with rather low to moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is semi-smooth with a dry finish.

Decent amber, very easy to drink but do not expect something special.

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Photo of gandres
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap [email protected] Eureka,CA
Appearance: Brown, clear, big off white head goes away slowly, lacing
Aroma: malty
Taste: lightly bitter
Palate: medium body, abrupt finish
Overall: good beer ok to repeat, but not to look for
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Your usual amber colored beer in the amber style. 1/2" white head. Aroma was that red malt and mossy vibe.

Taste hit its stride in the proper amount of toasting of a red/amber malt style, some c hops, but not abundant, bitterness is sturdy, minimal orange citrus hop mouthfeel to go with it.

Would recommend only for people who are big red ale fans, other than that, its an average beer for your average fan.

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Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pretty copper/Amber with a nice off white head. Aromas and flavors of toasted grain, biscuit, a hint of earthy dry leaves. Nice slightly creamy mouthfeel with a medium high level of carbonation. A nice little amber ale which is inexpensive.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in Tamarindo, CR. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is caramel malt, herbal hops, cherries and some coffee. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew, I was surprised to find it in desperate place.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one top notch and tasty brew. Dark copper color, a small skin of head, streaky lacing. Caramel, malt with a light hop accent. Mildly sweet with a hint of stinging bitterness. Really, really enjoyable.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With a bold amber color, it gives off fresh, crisp, roasted toffee malt, with the subtle spice and hops that weaves nicely within the malt. It is very balanced overall. It does get a bit too hoppy in the aftertaste, but it disappears back in a balanced state before you know it’s there. Has a very nice mouthfeel that fits the style and makes for a perfect substitute for a typical lager. Overall, a fantastically made red ale that pushes close to the "too hoppy" territory, but done right so even the malt-forward people can enjoy it!

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Photo of MishRodz
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't say anything bad about this one. It's a amazing "in-between" beer style. A little dark version, not too malty and not too light. Smells so good and taste like it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

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

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of gulfscuba
5/5  rDev +38.5%

I had 2 of these beers at Dogtober Fest in Dunedin, FL last weekend. It was a very good amber and I really enjoyed them. I am going to buy more in the future!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled 2/1/14, so 3 months and change.

Pint looks slightly hazy amber color with a small creamy off white head. good carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is faintly of cut grass malt with an even fainter suggestion of hops

Taste shows a pretty decent balance, though leaning more toward the malt side. A pleasant biting bitterness around the tongue

Mouth is medium and a bit foamy.

Overall a decent enough beer, actually got more enjoyable toward the end. Nothing to really brag about, label's pretty cool though.

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Photo of brewbattles
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus

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Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep amber color with a finger-width head. Nothing too big on the nose, but a hint of bread and caramel. Taste was more on the malty side - almost no hop presence. It was a very smooth drink, but one that I don't think I would care for in a session or if there were alternate choices. Something about it gets, I don't know, old quickly. It's a good beer, but not a great one. This is a recurring theme for Lost Coast.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly hazy light brown liquid is capped by a huge tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted caramel malts, and a faint pine hop.

Taste follows closely to aroma, with the toasted malts and a hint of the hop.

Texture is very smooth, if a bit thin, but very drinkable.

A very mellow brew, flavor is not special, but at least it's solid.

DOA

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Photo of nrbw23
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.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a slight head and good color

Smell is nice - a little dried fruit mixes with typical malt notes

Taste is what i would expect from an amber - it's a drinkable brew but really lacks any complexity - a little spice at the finish perhaps but that's about it a solid 3

overall this is a average example of a style i'm not crazy about to begin with, not a beer i would order but drinkable nonetheless

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16oz Yankee pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer pours a clear, dark golden amber hue, with one solid finger of foamy and wispy pale beige head, which leaves a nice fuzzy hedgerow of lace around the glass as everything settles in.

It smells of faint grainy malt, some mild citrus cough-drops, and a bit of leafy, earthy hop dryness. The taste is sour, doughy malt, mild leafy, weedy hops, and a soft needling citrus alcohol edge.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body an unremarkable medium weight, and smooth, but with that weird acerbic red ale metallic stripe. It finishes fairly off-dry, the stale pastry malt facing little challenge from any latent hop attitude.

A so-so amber ale, one which you could put back in substantial amounts if so need be. I picked this one from among many, because, even though Lost Coast is represented at home, this particular offering isn't - maybe the fact that our biggest local micro is called Alley Kat has something to do with that?

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