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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
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
394
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.73%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 394
Photo of MelissaJ
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an amber ale. Nothing too special about it.

S: Smells like watery bread with very slight caramel

T: Tastes like watery bread. Disappointing. Very slight hints of spice and caramel but not at all complimenting the different notes.

M: Body? What body?

O: Average, but not a recommended "drinkability" average. Just a bad average.

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich amber color that's just the slightest bit cloudy sports a lightly-colored half-inch head. The nose is sweet, with hints of malt and bread, and the flavor doesn't deviate much from that. Taste is more of cereal than bread, with an almost molasses like sweetness upfront, followed by a small amount of hoppy bitterness and spice. It goes down crisp and dry, with a heavy dose of carbonation that may turn off some. Overall doesn't offer anything particularly unique, but definitely a solid offering in the style.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.18/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I hate reviewing beers that I did not like, because I do not like to insult or bash on stuff, but this was a very bad beer. I actually like this brewery, and have enjoyed other stuff, but this is just a weak offering.

A- Looks like an amber ale

S- Non-descript. Bready, grainy. Nothing to get excited about. You kind of know what you are getting into when you smell it.

T- Exactly what you would expect based on the smell. There is nothing the least bit quality that hits you. It just tastes like grainy, watery, bready bad beer

M- Carbonated but no real body

O- just a poor beer. It tasted like a worse version of Killians. I poured out half. I have 2 more and will not drink them

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying the Alley Cat Amber from Lost Coast this week. It was part of a make your own six-pck at the local Binny's. The beer poured a very nice clear amber with slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is a sweet malt with a tinge of fruit character. The taste is a very smooth male base with some hop balance....not sure of the hop used but it really helps this beer. Themouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good amber...I would rank it with Boont Amber from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good clarity in this amber colored beer with a foamy off-white head on top that sticks around for a good long while. Lots of visible carbonation. Good bit of caramel on the nose with a light balance of floral hops. Kolsh-like actually, very light in the aromatics but clean. Lemon solvent-like smells as well.

Malt is the name of the game here, but not sweet necessarily. Definitely a good amount of caramel malt and bread-like characteristics. There is a small hint of spicy hops that dance around the edges briefly, but get swallowed up by the caramel. A very slight prickle is caught from the hops and carbonation in the middle but it is short lived, letting the caramel and bread do the work. Medium body with an appropriately medium to high level of carbonation. Still reminds me a bit of a kolsh with a light amount of lemony funk and easy drinkability.

Definitely not bad, as the balance is good for the style. Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 1 pt 6 oz bottle into Pilsner glass on 10-16-11

A: Poured a thick domed head, about three fingers width. Some lacing. No cloudiness, but a light nutty color.

S: Spiciness with caramel undertones. Really nice aroma.

T: Enjoyed the taste a lot. Very smooth caramel sort of flavor, which offset the spicier hops.

M: Bit thin, but not bad.

O: I've been waiting to try Lost Coast for a while now, was not disappointed. Would buy again. Also really cool labels.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice domed head. Leaves spotty lace. Cloudy, darker amber color.

Mild, lighter malt. Light hop aroma. Typical for the style.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Starts with some nutty malt flavors and there is a light bittering hop. The body is typical for the style.

In baseball parlance, there are no errors. But, there are no hits either.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Im having this beer in the bottle, so unfortunately I can't see it.

S: I get warm honey and french bread. Some molasses and spices...orange peel.

T: Again with the molasses up front. There is sort of a liquorice bitterness at the end. In the middle, there is a pretty average beer taste. Standard but nice amber ale taste.

M: Dry but refreshing. High carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty decent beer by Lost Coast.

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Photo of dgilks
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber colour with a creamy light tan head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Very light fruitiness with a mild malty aroma. Nothing special.

Silky, nutty caramelised malts. Not too sweet. No real hop presence other than a slight bitterness. Fine.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonaton. Nice.

A fair attempt at an amber but there isn’t enough flavour or aroma here to bring it all together.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking amber color. The head was pretty big and white. Settled with a pretty nice lacing on it. The smell of the see had some sweet malts and hops in the mix. The taste was pleasing with the sweetness and the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and had a good carbonation to it. Overall its a pretty good amber ale, not sure if I'd need it again though.

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Photo of matjack85
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle brought back from Florida thanks to my girlfriend, 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured a translucent reddish brown, with two fingers of offwhite head. Sticky head that leaves sheets of lace. Nose is interesting, but leaves me concerned of a bottle that's past its prime. Some interesting caramel, with odd chocolate notes. I can't seem to get a notion of mint chocolate caramel wafers out of my mind at this point. Horrendous for the style, but intriguing nonetheless. No hop character to speak of. Taste starts off with a boatload of caramel which dominates throughout, but suspicions of a dated bottle are confirmed I'd say (no bottling date to ensure this however). This chocolate flavour appears again, a very mild bitterness and a slight hint of citrus. Minimal hop character otherwise. Has some moderate weight in the mouth, but doesn't do much for me as an amber. Interesting on its own, but far from the style at this point. Curious nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 srandycarter
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a half finger of off-white foam, mix of multiple bubble sizes creates a dimpling effect right from the start, not much retention so enjoy this while you can, thin surface coating fares better, the lacing too delicate to stick much. Faintest gauzy quality in the reddish amber liquid, true to the category, remains mostly transparent, yellows out at the glass bottom. Malty nose of cocoa, chocolate powder, brown sugar and hard toffee candy, the orange to tangerine citrus more sweet than sour, very lightly roasted nuts, has spine without the hops getting all herbaceous on you, curious lack of distinct fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation puts a big charge into it, close to a whirlpool effect, definitely keeps it scrubbing along the mouth walls and tongue. Here too favors the malts, if by a closer margin, the cocoa and brown sugar not that sugary and knit into the green grass to straw and orange, lemon led citrus. Hard to say the florality ever gets it in gear. More nutty with an echo of tarry earth through the end. Makes an earnest attempt at fashioning a distinct personality but two or more missteps scotch the deal. In the end, you search unsuccessfully for an underlying guiding principle.

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Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold but almost amber. No head. Very cloudy appears unfiltered.
When the beer was real cold not much aroma, I never got around to letting the beer warm to much. Faint maltiness if you smell real hard.
Taste is enjoyable. Not a real whole lot going on.It has a malty orange taste. Feels fairly thick and creamy.
Overall not a bad beer and also reasonably priced.

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Photo of bierguru
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
head laces out quick but pours white body is a copper with red hues

S -
kind of nutty a bit sweet but mostly malty and toasted notes

T -
huge malty taste with some toasted undertones very mild hop character

M -
mild body slight drying in the mouth and puckering in the checks

D -
its decent probably wouldnt try again wasnt to impressive and felt like it was missing something

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Photo of gpogo
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed burnt orange amber color with noticeable carbonation. Light tan head about a centimeter of foam.

A- Light caramel aroma, and a hint of chocolate. I feel my fridge made this beer a bit colder than it should be.

T- Wow, this is more full flavored than most amber ales I've had. Lot's of toasty caramel malt flavors, with a bit of chocolate. It finishes with a spicy hop bite, but not overdone.

M- Medium body, not as light as other ambers feel. Slightly creamy even. Moderate carbonation.

D- I think I found my new favorite amber. I could drink a few of these without feeling too ick.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed this brew while overlooking the Pacific at a friend's place in Santa Barbara.

A-Semi-clear bright-amber beer with some moderate, though not unattractive, floaties. 2-finger, beautiful frothy head rose off the pour, light tan in color.

S-Toffee with a slight dry chocoloate hit.

T-Slight hoppy spiciness melds nicely with a somewhat rich choco-biscuity malt foundation. Flavor is lighter in weight, while still being full. Finish is clean, relatively dry, with a hint of chocolate.

M-Moderate to moderate-light body. Carbonation is easy, pleasant.

D-Very drinkable, nearly to a sessionable status. Plus, the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean view may have skewed my opinion of this brew's drinkability :D

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -8.3%
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 +13.5%
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 +0.6%
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 -3.6%
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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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.63 out of 5 based on 394 ratings.
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