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BEER INFO

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

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:
392
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
12
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57
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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 392
Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With a bold amber color, it gives off fresh, crisp, roasted toffee malt, with the subtle spice and hops that weaves nicely within the malt. It is very balanced overall. It does get a bit too hoppy in the aftertaste, but it disappears back in a balanced state before you know it’s there. Has a very nice mouthfeel that fits the style and makes for a perfect substitute for a typical lager. Overall, a fantastically made red ale that pushes close to the "too hoppy" territory, but done right so even the malt-forward people can enjoy it!

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Photo of MobBarley
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a decent, creamy head that persists and splatters the glass with lace. Smell is floral up front with some caramel developing late. The taste is immediately sugary before an astringent hoppy bite roars to the fore. The finish is smooth, drying, creamy and a little bit toasty with a bitter-sweetness remaining to coat the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious....very creamy and chewy. Drinkability is tip-top. Unique and very strong all around.

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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 HumuloneRed
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. It pours a red/amber color with a lasting fluffy off white head with incredible soapy laving.

Very enjoyable malty sweat and bready nose with notes of citrus.

The flavor is pretty balanced with emphasis on the malt sweetness. A very tasty brew.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light brown/tangerine with a light head and thin lacing from a bottle that's reminiscent of the Harlem jazz scene.

S - Heavy citrus and yeast aromas permeate making this beer seem more and more like a honey-wheat style. Unassuming and inoffensive, nothing distinct.

T/M - Heavy tangerine with hints of honey, lemon, mild pine, but overall there isn't much going on here. Thin and lacking a variety on the palate. Easy drinking but flavors only come in on the back end for the casual drinker.

O - Very much a mediocre brew that's unlikely to win over the beer fans or people curious to try new things. A great brewery's less-than-shining entry.

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Photo of grindcore666
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a thin head out of this one which pours a reddish brown. Lacing was very good, overall looks hazy and smooth. Aroma is pretty airy (almost sniffed some beer into my nose), but there's a soft hop presence which suggests a clean and gentle beer.

This one tastes crisp in it's glorious carbonation, medium hop levels, and nice very slightly malted, but still hoppy, aftertaste. This one definitely has the trademark Lost Coast sugars that I've found in their other brews including Great White.

This one tastes super clean - made with Evian water?

Not an aggressive amber, and still fully enjoyable; so it's without a doubt a session favorite of mine.

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Photo of stawn
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi transparent golden brown with a finger of tanish cream colored head.

S - Smells sweet and mildly hoppy with some citrus notes.

T - The spice from the initial hops are followed up by the sweet malt of this amber. Its almost a hybrid amber with the amount of hops present. Bordering on a good IPA, with an amber body. Not as hoppy as an IPA, but one of the hoppiest ambers I have had. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Lacing sticks around forever.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and has a great full body.

D - Absolutely great amber. They guys at Lost Coast hit a home run with this one. I could (and probably will) drink this on a regular basis!

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Photo of nerow
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 tyanow
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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 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 brewbattles
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

http://youtu.be/RaXcBiJExus

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Photo of hopbar
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer on the Wall - Beers of the Month Club
12 oz. bottle
Pint Glass

A: Nice reddish-orange tones with fluffy, cloud-like head.

S: Good mixture of fruits and pine; aromas were nicely balanced.

T: Medium to low hop taste; Citrus, almost orange flavored, with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

M: Average body.

D: I was very satisfied with this one. Definitely my favorite out of the three received by mail.

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Photo of Ozone34
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight amber/red haze. Nice lace around the edges, lasts throughout the drinking.

Smell of hops and malts.

Slightly hoppy, hoppy is the style I presume, but not overwhelming, very balanced with the caramel backing.

Carbonation hits just right and finishes nice.

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Photo of Surefire
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice amber to copper color, no faults in appearance
S: Malts and hops pronounced
T: Sweet and bitter tastes have a nice balance. Caremel malts very noticable. Lots of flavors.
M: Medium body
D: Very drinkable, has the right amount of contrasts for the style.

Overall, a very good amber to copper ale that offers full flavors and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of bataround
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color, shiny and clear. Beige head, minimal lacing.
Some sweet caramel malt smells. Also notable metallic presence to start. Smell smoothed out.
Taste was sweet, caramel and crystal malts. Lots of sweet malty presence. Just a hint of cascade hops, maybe. Just slightly acidic citrus flavors at to finish. Was very tasty and good to pair with hearty meals. Medium bodied, tastes and feel thinned out toward the end, but thats ok.
Overall worth the purchase and worth a try.

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Photo of MishRodz
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't say anything bad about this one. It's a amazing "in-between" beer style. A little dark version, not too malty and not too light. Smells so good and taste like it.

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Photo of DrScotch
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 AL3C
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation
Poured into a Chimay chalice from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Appearance
Mostly Cloudy. Very amber. Quite nice overall, looks delicious. Doesn’t look too thin either.
Also appears to have a very small amount of sediment as well and since I’ve seen no one else mention it, that may be due to the age. Hmm…

Smell
Lighter… Smells sweet though, caramel and malt. Also very notable bread smell, but paired with the sweetness. Sweet bread.

Taste
Similar to the aroma but with a slight bitterness, especially in the finish. Pleasing though, a little different than most ambers to me.

Mouthfeel
Very nice. A great balance and makes it more appealing overall.

Drinkability
A little sweet to drink a lot of. A pint would probably satisfy me for flavor before I moved on.

Overall though, from my experience Lost Coast never lets you down.

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Photo of fatalbert23
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 gulfscuba
5/5  rDev +37.7%

I had 2 of these beers at Dogtober Fest in Dunedin, FL last weekend. It was a very good amber and I really enjoyed them. I am going to buy more in the future!

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