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Alleycat Amber | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
lostcoast.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

BEER STATS
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#37,116
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
403
pDev:
12.47%
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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it dissipated to a thin soapy layer in just a few seconds. It's got allot of Co2, very high, the soapy layer held atop my beer for most of consumption but no real lacing left.

S - Very soft aroma here. I get mildly floral hop notes, a bit of pine & pineapple. Underneath is mild malts consisting of caramel & a bit of brown sugar, soft toasty notes.

T - Wow, I get allot of unexpected hop flavors here, like mango & grapefruit, soft pear, very much like Pale Ale hopping. After the hops upfront is soft grainy notes, toast, caramel. It finishes with mild bitterness, a hop citrus flavor that almost cuts through the mild malts, and a bit of lingering grainy notes.

M - Very smooth with a medium body. Soft crispness.

D - Drinkability is around average, as I would like to sit drink 2-3 of these but not much more. I liked the unexpected hop profile that this one has, I would have liked a richer malt profile though. All in all a good Red Ale, I'd have it again but I wouldn't consistently buy it.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Pint

a: Dark orange or copper color, just slightly hazy, almost clear. Semi-creamy off-white head. Splashing lacing.

s: Nice mixture of citrus / floral hops and some nutty, caramel malts. Getting some mango, grapefruit, orange from the hops as well.

t: Hop forward amber.. Citrus hops up front, just the faintest bit of pine. Fruit comes afterward and it's about 50/50 from the malt and hops. I get orange, mango, grapefruit, grape and plumb. Finishes with caramel, a little floral hops and dough-like malt. Light lingering bitterness.

m: Medium, with moderate carbonation.

d: Too much hops for my liking, when i want an amber, i want a drinkable, moderately malted brew with a low amount of hops.

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Photo of boss302
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a red beer with a nice head. The head lasts most of the glass.

S Fresh flowery hop aroma with a malty note also.

T Very rich malty flavor, but hops are definitely a big part of the provile. There is a little bready/biscuity flavor also. Some bite at the back of the tongue in the finish, but otherwise clean with no off-flavors.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D Quite good, flavorful, boldly hopped amber ale. Less hopped than pale ales, and a good balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color with an alright amount of off white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a little bit of a nutty flavor.

Taste: Has a taste fairly similar to the smell but there is also a nice bitterness that compliments the sweetness.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from a Lee's Discount Warehouse in Las Vegas and driven across the border into Utah for tasting.

Walking all day in Bryce Canyon, I knew I'd want something proper to drink during the evenings and Utah's 4%ABV laws didn't seem to cry out to me very much, so that is why I took some decent beers into the state with me, this one included.

Poured a few times into my motel plastic toothbrush tumbler the beer appeared an amber colour (but not catty), on top of each pour sat a tan coloured head.

The smells given off were of sweet molasses reminding me of toffee and malted bicuits.

Strangely the first taste was a hop bitterness, a tangy unexpected hit considering the aroma. Slowly the sweetness from the smell took over and balanced out the original hop hit.

Pleasant without setting the world alight and at 5.5%ABV no problem driving in the morning.

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

Look - Dark caramel and heavy-looking. Good foam and carbonation levels.

Smell - Typical ale smell, mostly malty-smelling and very little hop smell. I couldn't make out any fruity smells.

Mouthfeel - Light medium. Very subtle creaminess.

Taste - The hops that I missed in the smell I got from the taste, but still very subtle. Nice, strong feel at the back of the palate with a noticeable tingling up near the sinus/soft palate, perhaps from the "spicy German and American hops" advertised on the bottle. Other than that nice little tingle at the back, the taste seems a little bland and ordinary to me.

Drinkability - I would give this one a high drinkablilty. Even though it is sort of lacking in taste, it makes up for it in that light mouthfeel. I think I could easily throw a few of these back before I even realized it.

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Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored body with a bit of yeast remnant. The head at three quarters of an inch is a light tan.

S - Slightly fruity aroma consisting mainly of malt.

T - Malty to start having a sweet flavor. There's a nice transition into a hoppy middle and then back to a mice fruity ending. The finish is that again of mild fruit and a hint of hops.

M - It has a nice medium thickness to it that really makes the beer. This is it's finest quality.

~ This is a flavorful brew and one that I bet would be a real treat when sampled straight from the tap. Next time I'm out west I'll have to see if I can find it someplace.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. An average amber, an average beer. Amber highlights with white lace. Very drinkable from malting, though a tad of sourness in there. Malty aroma, some hops within.Average mouthfeel.Leaves sweetish aftertaste.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light copper. Two fingers of thick, off-white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a spotted lacing and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Spicy at first, with a cinnamon and pine blast. Then it mellows to caramel and tangerine citrus.

Taste: Thankfully, the spice from the smell is nonexistent, but the caramel and tangerine citrus is prevalent. There's a nice little hop bite at the end that is well balanced with the malts.

Drinkability: Decent and tasty brew, and very drinkable.

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Photo of nerow
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, slightly hazy amber into a standard pint glass. One finger head, great retention. Sweet smelling, some mild maltiness. Honeyed flavors predominate with a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is merely average, nothing special here. Easy drinking, it's a good sessioner.

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Photo of DrScotch
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer, mostly because it is a comfortable, well-made amber - sometimes, I don't want anything too extreme in flavour, and this really fits the bill!

Amber in colour, caramel and toffee nose with the slightest hop hint. Nice deep flavour, malty with no bitterness, possibly slightly cloying but not enough to stop me drinking.

I like this beer as it is, but if they could drop the ABV to about 3.5%, this would be a great everyday session beer, kinda like a mild-amber hybrid.

That said, I can feel a bit of a cold coming on, it's dark outside and I am really enjoying this beer sitting on the couch watching the ballgame.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour. Hazy amber/light brown color with a good amount of foam that quickly dissolves.

Sweet candy aroma with some nice roasted malts are easily identifiable.

An initial spicy flavor with a mellowing malty backbone. There is some nice hoppiness which is present on the swallow. A small aftertaste on the buds is also noticable.

I was hoping for a smoother mouthfeel by the looks but it is somewhat harsh.

The drinkability is good with multiples easily consumed.

Definitely a nice Amber Ale from the folks at Lost Coast. I recall drinking this years ago and not liking it though they may have changed their recipe somewhat as the blend is much nicer.

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Photo of fatalbert23
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good quality beer which I purchased for 2.99 in a 22oz bomber. There is nothing extra-ordinary about this beer I think and to me reminds me a lil bit of my homebrew. Got some malty smell and taste which is pleasant.

A- Amber with a shade of red to it obviously and I found there was a creamy thick head that formed with good lacing.

S- malty

T-again slightly malty and a toasted flavor that took a few sips to lock on to

M-good smooth

D-would probly limit myself to 1 bomber of this bc of the heavy flavor and the fact that it tastes like something I brew so why pay 2.99...

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Photo of tyanow
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat clear strawberry amber color, is a foamy tan head that dissipates quickly and leave surprisingly little lacing.

The aroma is not much to speak of. It's kind of a bland biscuit.

The taste is also nothing to get excited about. Not offensive but disappointing. Oddly there is almost no complexity to the flavor but also there are no stand out tones worth mentioning.

I keep reading that this is a medium body beer. I disagree. I get a watery, lighter body highly effervescent mouthfeel.

Some of the ambers from California are quite remarkable and delicious i.e. Boont Amber and Hop Head Red (although this is a bit of an amber IPA to me).

Some of Lost Coast's Beers are memorable and exciting i.e. 8 Ball Stout and Winterbraun.

Alleycat is none of these things. If I was served it at a party I wouldn't complain but I wouldn't reach for one of these again.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer.

Appearance- reddish brown, transparent

Smell- malty, very nice

Taste- malty, sweet

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, will drink it again, got six more anyway lol, another great beer from Lost Coast Brewery

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a rather quirky looking "alley cat" on the label. There is something stamped on the bottle 09/j/08, but I am not sure this is a freshness code.
Poured a slightly hazy, reddish amber with little head retention or lacing.

The aroma was of inviting sweet malts and some spiciness.

As an amber, it was spot on - initial sweet maltiness that lingers on the tongue without being cloying. This one has a refreshing flavor with subtle hop bitterness.

This is a good medium bodied ale that is not overly carbonated and leaves a sweet refreshing taste in the mouth long after the sip.

I have to rank this amber ale right up there with my favorite - Bell's Amber. It has a great deal of complexity for just an "amber" style. You could easily enjoy this one in the warm or cold weather. There are a few lost coast ales in my area, but sadly this is not one of them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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 nickfl
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger of light brown head on a hazy amber- brown body with some chunks floating in it. No lace. Not promising...

S - Malty with some toasted notes and caramel. Minor citrus/ spicy hop presence in the background.

T - Malty and sweet with lots of caramel flavor. Clean yeast profile in the middle and the malt fades as some moderate spicy, nobel hop flavors appear towards the finish. Just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice, drinkable amber ale that tastes much better than it looks. There seems to have been an attempt to make this a more hop oriented beer than it turned out to be, but the use of German hops just doesn't work for me. Worth trying, but I probably won't ever feel the need to buy this again.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 403 ratings
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