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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
174
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.63 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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