Alleycat Amber | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber
BA SCORE
41.3%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 400 ratings
Alleycat AmberAlleycat Amber
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,915
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
400
Liked:
165
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
12.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
60
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of kemoarps
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

enh. It was ok, not bad, just wasn't really my cup of tea.

it poured a decent light rusty colour, with a decent head that eventually dissipated, but stuck around for a reasonable amount of time.

The smell was underwhelming, not leaving much of an impression on me, certainly nothing lasting. In fact, I find myself retesting again and again moreso than usual just to try and write this short paragraph. Smells citrusy and hoppier than I had anticiapted (not to say that it is an overhopped beer necessarily, just that based on other reviews and just kind of general understanding, I expected more of a malt profile than I noticed.)

The taste is again ok. Not spectacular, but not bad. It follows in the footsteps of the smell, with a citrusy aspect with a little bit more emphasis on hops and a little less on malts than I expected, though the malts are more readily available to the tongue than they are the nose.

It hits the tongue like a fairly standard microbrew, which I realize sounds like a copout answer, but it's really the best way I can think of to describe it. it's got decent carbonation as it plays across the tongue, and is not leave to much of a residue in the mouth.

It's a reasonably drinkable beer, again, nothing that makes it standout in my opinion, but is not overwhelming and restrictive in ways that other beers can be. sessionable, though my personal taste would prefer some diversity.

overall, an ok beer. nothing exceptional, but no glaring weaknesses. If you find yourself with the opportunity and it's reasonably priced, it can be tasty enough, but I would definitely not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[email protected] 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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A somewhat cloudy brown beer with a small slightly off white head which left almost no lacing.

Smelled and tasted buttery, bot not too much so, along with a bisquit bite. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel was thick and just a little too flat for my taste.

Not a very memorable beer. It's about average for it's style, but really nothing going on here that beckons me back for more. As my scores suggest, just an average brew.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a very reddish brown color to it, with minimal head. doesn't have a very strong aroma to it, some hops to it but nothing truly distinguishable. my first sip i immediately sense wateryness to it, not alot of body to it. tastes somewhat malty, but nothing great, not alot of uniquess to it. relatively drinkable overall

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Photo of BierReise
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not very exciting, kind of bland in my opinion. Clear amber with nice head but poor retention. Aroma is light, cascade and sweet malt but Mbodied with very slight if any bitterness. Flavor is pretty basic and similar to a Sam Adams Ale or a Petes Wicked Ale. I liked their Brown Ale much better and their Stout is also pretty decent.

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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 HappyHourHero
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oatmeal colored head fades quickly to a thing ring. Fairly sweet malt and caramel aroma. Transparent dark amber colored beer. Mildy sweet cereal malt and hoppy tea flavor. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is lacking resulting in a beer who's sweetness becomes overpowering.

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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 BradBLR
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first lost coast I have reviewed and it was ok. The appearance was a medium amber color with a yellowish head that did not last long and had very little lacing. Also this beer is unfiltered because it had a case of the floaties. Smell was a lightly sweet malty aroma.

Taste was crisp, with a slight sweetness and it was balanced with a little lower than average amount of hops The mouthfeel was light with out a lot of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorites. If your a fan of lost coast, give it a try.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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 williamjbauer
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a decent head that dissipates to a collar and some islands; a bit of lacing

Smell: A bit of roasted malt, some caramel and a touch of hops

Taste: Moderate caramel flavors predominate; the taste dries out quickly and is ever so slightly phenolic on the finish; a dash of hops and some residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue seal the deal

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied/slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant enough amber; just a tad too sweet to score higher

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mixed_master7
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of split_element
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of HopkingGonzalo
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bvermilion
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 41.3% out of 100 with 400 ratings
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