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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Lobster AleLobster Ale

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2002

Lobster Ale is a copper "Red" ale with a medium hop flavor and aroma. It offers all the qualities of "Red Ale" with subtle levels of fruity-ester flavor and hint of caramel. A slight yeast haze and chill gives Lobster Ale a clear. foamy. rich head. Belfast Bay Brewing Co, is near tile Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia known for it Red Ale breweries.

When Pat Mullen's wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale. a user-friendly red ale seemed to be the perfect brew, We scaled back on the heavily hopped formulas our neighbors produce. We then added slight amounts of black and dark crystal grains to produce a smooth. medium hopped brew. The result is a very flavorful and drinkable red ale with an extremely smooth finish.
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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on draft at Kennebec Tavern in Bath Maine. Nice reddish amber color. Not getting a lot on the nose. Taste is ok, very run-of-the-mill amber ale. Nothing to distinguish this from your average amber ale. Glad I got it at a reduced price during happy hour.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a red ale, this is a good beer. Has a great reddish hue and pours a slight head which is light. Mild lacing. I find the aroma to be of the same flavors I taste. Caramel, toffee, whiskey and oak. Crisp drink and small bite on the palate. Overall a good beer, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Dark amber toward copper in color. Transparent and watery in appearance. Pours with a thick layer of foam the the surface of the beer that disappears quickly without a trace; no real head. Upon close inspection there were some small bubbles present; however the beer overall appeared flat.

Smell: Mostly smelled sweet malt mixed with faint aroma of grain. Decent.

Taste: Lots of malt, slight bit of grain with a slight hoppy finish. Acceptable, but unremarkable.

Feel: Thinner side of medium in terms of body. Slight fizz from the mild carbonation. Mildly dry finish. In general refreshing.

Overall: Overall there is nothing wrong with this ale; it was fine to drink. I found it unremarkable and not memorable. With so many better beers on the market today, this ale was kind of boring in comparison. If someone served me this, I could certainly drink it. However I could not see me purchasing this ale in the future.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smooth, very drinkable but non-distinct. Definitely brewed for the middle of the road, don't believe it will standout in an amber drinkers bevy of choices. Color is saison like, hazy non-uniform, with very slight caramel sweetness on the nose.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Clear. Small head but there's plenty of tiny spots of lace.

Caramelized malt aroma--semisweet. Light floral hop nose.

Leans slightly to the hop side. The malt is well toasted and mildly sweet. The hop is featured in the swallow. The aftertaste is more of the same. Full body with a decent level of bubbles.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes dated October 16th, 2013 while vacationing in New England...

Dark copper body w/lingering, persistent thin head. Strong caramel and toffee aromas. Taste much like the aroma w/light hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; sweet w/o cloyingness.

A wonderful, malt-centric beer. Big yet very approachable.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

p-one finger head

a-white head that settles down to form a white film on top. Dark golden amber but more on the brown/orange side than it is red.

s-caramel with a burnt/roast kind of smell

t-first impression matches the nose with the burnt taste, which almost reminds more of a scotch ale. On the back end there is caramel sweetness and a bready malt.

m-light/medium texture and light carbonation.

o-a pretty good beer thats worth a try. Reminds me a bit of a scotch ale with its burnt characteristic, but thats certainly not a bad thing.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before June 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass

a: Gorgeous clear dark amber, an offwhite head faded to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Slightly fruity bitterness over caramel malt. Rather sweet finish.

m: Light to moderate and tangy.

o: A tasty brew which is probably best called by the rather broad names on the label and here, "Amber/Red Ale.". I did save it for a lobster dinner and it went well with it. Also a pretty enjoyable sipper which becomes a little more caramel malty as it warms.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus and a good burst of hops bitterness. There’s a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, I could drink a few of these and it’s an all right beer to stick with for an evening if you want something with a little substance that isn’t very heavy, but overall it just seemed ordinary to me.

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Photo of Taylor1989
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Murphy's taproom in Manchester.

A- a dark copper color with a nice foamy white head.
S-very bready yeast smell very reminiscent of shipyards old thumper, I'm thinking ringwood yeast.
T- bready as in the aroma. There is hop presence mellowed out by a nice malty flavor. I get some Carmel as well
O- very drinkable ale. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing nonetheless. The nose is bready. This offering has the basic malty flavor of most decent reds and a semi-dry finish. This is certainly a respectable beer, but there is definitely nothing special here.

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Photo of panamaniac
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tab at the refinery in Tampa, FL very decent ale easy to drink complemented the burgers and fries that I had for dinner. As far as Red ales you could do worse is easy to drink, more of a session beer than a showstopper. Flavors varie between sweet caramel and slight hops.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with nice clarity and two-finger tan head that disappears quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with some caramel and spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Definitely can taste the malt backbone but also some citrus fruits and a good amount of hops. A little bit of caramel, likely from the malt.

Mouthfeel: More to the body than I'd expect but nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A fairly easy drinking beer and smooth.

Overall: I liked this one and would definitely try it again. A nice easy drinking amber that is sessionable and a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film in the center of the glass and a thin ring at the edges. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts with just a touch caramel and light fruit sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts along with some caramel malts. Light amounts of fruit (apple) sweetness and some caramel sweetness. Minimal amounts of grassy hop flavors and almost no discernable bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink because of the lighter body, low ABV, and pleasant (yet lighter) flavors. Enjoyable and sessionable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full toasted malt, burnt caramel and diactyl.

The taste mirrored the aroma oncall front with an additional light herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a suprisingly dry finish.

Overall a decent malt forward red ale.

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Photo of fx20736
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

nice amber with a head that is colored halfway between offwhite and washed out sandstone. nice lacing.

aroma; a pleasing orchard fruit sweetness lays over the pale malt, hint of some hops.

mouthfeel is very good.

taste: moderately malty with a faint fruitiness and some nice hoppy bitterness at the end. there is a slight 'unfinished' quality to the aftertaste that is slightly rough.

Notes: a pretty good beer that seems halfway between an English Bitter and an Irish Red Ale. This is definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle. Finally fished it out of the back of the fridge.

Appearance: Pretty much clear. Slight haze. Deep, rich copper with some darker amber highlights. Head is white and drops to a small collar and wispy cap in short order. No lacing to speak of and minimal carbonation.

Smell: Solid caramel malt backbone. Nice sugary sweetness layered over some biscuity notes. A touch of citrus from the hops. More sweet than anything else. Biscuit and bread with a slight corn aroma as well. Mild toasted elements as well. Everything is very mellow.

Taste: A little more citrus than the nose. Hitting some minor grapefruit skin with a mild herbal/floral element. Biscuity, very biscuity with some caramel malt sweetness. Super light, super pale, crystal malts in the back as well. Some toasted elements give it a bit more depth. Vaguely musty with some apple core and other estery notes. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium with a moderate, and just barely there, carbonation. Relatively clean. Easy to drink.

Overall: You would only need Lock to catch this Lobster.

Decent. Middle of the roud and drinkable. Nice and sweet with enough hop balance to keep it from being another malty sweetish mess of nothing. A bit too grassy overall with a weird floral element that doesn't quite work with the toasted malts.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy beige head that died down but consistently left a thin coating of bubbles on the surface and edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some notes of caramel malts and faint hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little airy and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather light-bodied for an amber ale (it seems to more resemble and Irish Red Ale) so it's easy to drink and very sessionable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/2/12

Appearance: Medium amber color with a lot of copper - clear, pours with a little, off-white head, leaves some nice, spotty lacing

Smell: Caramel malts and bread - lightly toasted, lightly sweet, lightly caramelized - lightly sweet bread - some light citrus in the background - something that smells vaguely British - very mild overall, but not bad, just average

Taste: Caramel malts and crystal malts - lightly toasted, lightly cooked - malty sweetness with minimal bitterness - some light, fruity esters - some lightly and musty flavors - somewhat lacking hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, low carbonation, very drinkable

Overall: Not exciting, but not bad

American Amber/Red Ales vary quite wildly. Some are hoppy, some are malty, some are both... This is British. Must be the yeast. This is very drinkable, but not something to write home about.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 22oz stein.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a off white head and medium lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and carmel.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and thicker feel than expected. Taste of roasted malts, carmel, with hints pine notes and some buttery characteristics.

Overall: Decent brew, went great with my seafood dinner on a crisp fall day.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 27/6/12

A clear reddish amber with some tiny particles and very few visible bubbles but a solid two fingers of light tan foam that retains well leaving a few partial rings of lace

S loads of dark toffee and bread, some herbal hops and a little iced tea

T close to the smell with more of an earthy aspect and even some faint chocolate, just a little nutty and everything I could smell's still there

M it has some body too it and good carbonation, a little slippery after the fact and a faint nutty aftertaste

O a bit of a surprise because I didn't expect all that much but it was pretty solid, not the most exciting style but I thought it was a good example of one

You can really taste the lobster, no but for real though I'd drink this again

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear deep copper, tall tan head after a fairly aggressive drunken pour, left some random blobs of lacing
S - bready and nutty with hints of leafy hops, generally pleasant
T - malt heavy with sweet, nutty, and light roasty flavours, generous leafy hop balance, a slight phenolic hint on finish
M - medium to light body, lower carbonation, light dry finish with a little bit of that teeth coating sweetness
O - classic medium malty flavoured red ale, type of brew that would go great with a hearty meal

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Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by December 2012?? A 12-month shelf-life seems a touch optimistic for a 5% amber...

Pours a translucent red color with huge amounts of visible carbonation. Head is tiny. Aroma is that of a nice, malty red. Not too much beyond the malts on the nose, besides a touch of grains. The taste is very good, it's got a solid caramel malt kick with just a touch of grains and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and on the lighter side of medium, and has a nice dry finish. The drinkability on this is very good. Overall, this is a solid red. It won't wow you, but it's a solid, drinkable beer that I'd pick up a sixer of if I ever see it around again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Halftime beverage. Thankfully no lobsters in this brew since I am allergic to shellfish.

A - Twist off is noted but I used a bottle opener. Pours a good amber brown with nice carbonation leading to an inch of foam. Head is slightly sticky with lace.

S - A bit more hop forward but I get the caramel and toasted biscuit like malts that I enjoy in these brews.

T - Wow the hops balance well with the malts in this too. I get caramel not as sweet as my last red but balanced biscuit malts and a clean finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice medium body.

Overall I enjoy this beer it's a bit more hoppy but taste is a good red ale. Not sure if I would pay 13-20 dollars a six pack but worth the 2 dollar single.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a new arrival on the usual suspect Alberta liquor store shelves. I've seen it going anywhere from $13 to $19 a sixer - yikes.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with two broad fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves a band of thick webbed lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of fairly strong bready caramel malt, a bit of sweet nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. The taste is more caramel malt, an iota of metallic edginess, some faint citrus, and earthy, flinty hops. The carbonation is average, and slightly peppy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy, but generally smooth, especially for the style. It finishes with a turn to the dry and bitter, as the sweet malt tails off, and the aforementioned hops fill the gap.

Not too shabby, as my experience with this style is typically underwhelming, off-flavours abounding. Here, though, we have a nice malty, balanced, red ale - a candidate for deeper, unexamined indulgence, for sure. It's just too bad about the retarded US import prices for it around here.

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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.