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Alleycat Amber | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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

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

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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of WickedBeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of csustar001
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of putnam
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bronze...aromas of boiled sugar overlaid with mild caramel and vanilla. Not intense.
On the palate it offers simple gumdrop sweetness and very mild bitterness. It adds up to a fairly dry experience overall. Pleasant woodiness cuts into the pooled, confectionary qualities abruptly leaving a hollowish impression on the finish. Good flavors, just not particularly well-timed. Adolescent yeast.

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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 closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rowew
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label is typical Lost Coast with an abstract cat with an eyepatch. No freshness info.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber color with a fairly thin tan colored head that has good retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly sweet and caramel - just a hint of fruity hops. Seems to be a bit of brown sugar aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would have expected. Taste starts out pretty sweet. Dries out near the end with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad amber - a bit sweet for my tastes though. Seems to be a well crafted beer otherwise.

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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 maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright and clear amber-copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. It does finish with a nice and clean dryness, a very tasty amber ale.

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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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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 Beernoobie
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz. bomber with a bottled on date of Sept. 03. This amber ale had a clear copper color with a quick-diminishing whitish head. Gobs of splotchy lace was deposited on the glass walls.
The nose had a pleasant caramel malt aroma and a prominant floral hops note. The taste was a bit uneven. At times it seemed a bit watery, other times full and satisfying. I can't explain it. Anyway, the malts and hops blended well together for an overall enjoyable amber ale. The sweetness of the malts permeated the front, tasting a little wooden at times. There was a good herbal hops bitterness inthe finish. Strangely, at times a light sea salt flavor hit the back of my tongue. This added to that unevenness I referred to.
Lost Coast has produced some likeable brews (their 8-ball Stout) and some not-so-likeable ones (Great White wit). Alleycat Amber falls somewhere in the middle. Not a bad brew but there are better ambers out there.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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 neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the four new Lost Coast beers available at John's Grocery in Iowa City. A decent amber ale. Pours to a clear amber color with a nice thick white head. Lacing is decent.

The smell is just a little bit hoppy and metallic while the malt provides a good caramel backing. Just slightly biscuity.

The taste is decent. At first it seems like licking a wet dog, but it gets better as it warms. A little more hoppy and biscuity, a little less metallic.

The body is medium. Could be more drinkable without the metallic and wet dog flavors.

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Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

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