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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
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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 394
Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with a decent head.

Aromas are spicy, malty, and tea like.

Taste is tea like, a bit creamy from the malts, grainy, and with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. There is also some baked fruit flavors in there as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated, thick and full.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice amber ale. Sessionable and worth trying.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with two fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Pretty serene, albeit hazy underneath the head. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of caramel, toffee, floral hops, unknown spicy notes, faint chocolate, sweetened iced team, lemon zest, herbal hops, plum juice and some overall roastiness. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but good for an amber. Earthy rye hops, sweetened iced tea, roasty caramel, toffee, herbal hops, sugary floral notes, honey, light menthol and faint spicy Mexican chocolate. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This is a very good representative of an American Amber. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slighty murky brownish red color with a small off white head. Head has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- A bit of yeast spice, a touch of citrus and bready malts.

T- Quite a bit of orange, lemon, bit of pine and spice. Everything was pretty tame.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seemed about middle of the road.

O- Nothing special here. Pretty boring.

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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 beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of caramel sweetness. A medium bodied amber ale. The roasted malts are mild and slightly sweet. Hops are citrusy. Nice balance. Mild flavors, chocolate, caramel, apples and pineapple. Nice, but it finishes a little too sweet for an amber. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber orange with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Caramel dominates the aroma. Some lightly toasted breadiness. Not much outside that.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malt forward. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee. Hops are concealed, but do well to add a touch of citrus bitterness and to keep this from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light body. A touch creamy. Carbonation lends to a decent bite.

Overall - One of the better offerings from Lost Coast. Full flavored and easy to drink. Though slightly tilted in favor of malts, has good balance. There's nothing complex about this beer, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pi Bar in San Francisco. I expected a good amber ale and got one slightly on the crappier side of average.

Pours amber (what a surprise!) with a one-finger white head. Standard appearance for the style.

Aroma is fairly faint and citrusy - blood orange to be exact - with a little caramel malt.

Flavor is not too assertive caramel malt with a large citrus presence. Blood orange and a little grapefruit. Some black tea comes out as the beer warms a bit.

Palate is fairly bland and somewhat astringent. Medium-light body.

Overall, I did not like this beer much, and not only because it wasn't over 10% ABV or -bal aged. It just wasn't a very good amber ale. I didn't finish the glass because I had to drive and didn't want to waste my sobriety on this when Supplication, Death & Taxes, and Blind Pig were on tap.

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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed on 11/29/07.

Bottle vintage not present on label in provided place. Pours a deep amber with large, energetic bubbles forming a tan head that quickly becomes a thin skin. Unexpected aroma of sweet oranges and normal malty notes. More bitter than I expected, but still far short of being hop juice. Not terribly sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel and the slightest hint of those oranges again make up the balance of the flavor. A mild bitterness remains on the midtongue after each quaff.

Not bad at all.

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Photo of atsprings
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full crisp amber with a quickly diminishing head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of rich caramel malt with understated earthy hops. The taste was of burnt caramel with pine hops lingering in the aftertaste. There was a decent balance between the two. The mouthfeel was slightly bitter, weighing a little heavy for a beer of 5.5%, not too strongly, though. This is certainly an enjoyable amber beer, just not too high on my overall list.

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Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Offa
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, to me, quite good as US "amber ales" go.

Somewhat deep copper amber and very bubbly, it has a medium light tan head that is bubbly and steadily dissipates to a thin, lasting top. It leaves a little lace.

The aroma is a little earthy, mostly caramelly malt with grain, bread, citrus (grapefruit plus others), and a hint of pine.

The taste is earthy, caramel, grain, pine, citrus that just leans to grapefruit, spices, and herbs. Alcohol is noticeable but generally in a positive way, warming, faintly spicey, and still smooth. The flavours are well-rounded flavours and it has some light complexity, with hints of herbal German pilsner and earthy-caramelly English pale ale.

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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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Photo of JDV
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a medium sized offwhite head. Smell is of light sweet malt, and some hops slowly show as it warms up. Taste is nice and sweet and malty, with creamy flavors of caramel with a faint hop bitterness that grows a bit. I really like this amber and wish I could get it here. Just what I want an amber to be.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and amber in color. Very thin white head disappears immediately, however it did leave a bit of lace around the glass.

Caramel notes, and floral hop aroma in the nose, not much else. It was tough to even pull these notes out.

A bit of toasty malt, combined with some earthy, slightly floral hops. Finishes dry.

Medium body, and easy to drink. Ok, but not that impressive.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy amber brown color. An off-white head dissiaptes to a thin layer of bubbles. Rings of light foamy lacing stick to the glass. The beer smells malty and caramel-sweet. The taste profile is what a good solid amber should be like: sweet malt up front, with faint bready character in the middle. A hint of hops in the finish. The beer is medium to light bodied.

Overall, just a good solid amber ale. Just what I expect, and good enough to session.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip it forms a loose tan head that falls to nothing after a couple pulls. String lace. Amber body with moderate carbonation.

Slightly toasted malts make up the bulk of this brew. It rounds out quite nicely with light fruity undertones and a crisp finish. There is really not alot going on here and to me is a straight forward beer that is neither exciting or offensive. Run of the mill? not exactly as this is such a wide open style I've yet to find a run of the mill amber/red. This is tasty, rounded and easy to take down.

Notes: To hit my palate just right this needs more of hop side to it. Although the hops are evident most of the balancing comes from the fruits and crisp carbonation. Decent.

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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 BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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 mntlover
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with big frothy head, leaves nice lacing on my glass. Smells of carmel hinted malt not much hop aroma. Tastes sweet and malty, sligth hint of hops. Leaves dry slightly astringent tastein your mouth. Overall an average amber ale not a great one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied for amber ale. Drinkable brew but will not replace my favorite amber, the search must go on!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle in Tamarindo, CR. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is caramel malt, herbal hops, cherries and some coffee. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew, I was surprised to find it in desperate place.

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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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Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid, crystal-clear amber ale with a lumpy off-white head. The aroma is of piny hops, malt, biscuits and hay. The flavor is of medicinal, complicated hops, sweet, smooth malt. It's dry, almost sour and well bittered. Nice West Coast Amber!
(rated May 2, 2007)

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The "amber ale" style is usually a pretty boring one, if the beer was more exciting it'd be a pale ale or some other style. However, this beer did not disappoint; I found it to be pretty interesting.

It had a gold-amber color which was clear but not brilliant. Head was plentiful and laced. Aroma was hoppy with a bit of DMS (canned corn) aroma. Flavor was also hoppy with some maltiness anda noticeable amount of butteriness (diacetyl?). Mouthfeel was appropriate. All-in-all, pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled 2/1/14, so 3 months and change.

Pint looks slightly hazy amber color with a small creamy off white head. good carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is faintly of cut grass malt with an even fainter suggestion of hops

Taste shows a pretty decent balance, though leaning more toward the malt side. A pleasant biting bitterness around the tongue

Mouth is medium and a bit foamy.

Overall a decent enough beer, actually got more enjoyable toward the end. Nothing to really brag about, label's prettty cool though.

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Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fingers worth of foamy beige head that continues to lace the pint glass. Completely clear and light amber color.
S-Nice caramel malt aroma, toasted nuttiness in here too.
T-Dominant toasty nuttiness. Reminds me of a nut brown ale. Slight spicy hop finish.
M-Medium bodied, high carbonation, finish is a bit long thanks to the spicy hops and finishes dry.
D-An easy one to drink.
O-This is a solid beer. Easy to drink and tasty. Well done, I like this one a lot more than their wheat beer.

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Alleycat Amber from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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