Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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Reviews by EPseja:
4.43/5 rDev +26.2%
Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature. Thanks to BA yelterdow for the hookup!
A - Deep chestnut brown with a fluffy, sand-colored head. Retention is mediocre, and lacing is sporadic but cohesive in the spots where it does form.
S - Biscuity English maltiness with a touch of hoppy florals. Simple, but elegant. Nothing more or less than it should be for this style.
T - Starts with the smooth mellowness of a finely crafted Barry White tune; sweet without being overtly sappy. Dry and biscuity in the middle, with a perfectly balanced dryness in the end and a pleasing, toasty aftertaste. An excellent example of simple, "non-extreme" finesse.
M - Easy and slightly watery on the way in, rising to a creamy froth with a vibrant effervescence on the tongue. Quickly condenses to a seafoam wave for a quick and fulfilling swallow.
D - This is the definition of a fantastic session beer, and one that could hardly be surpassed as a companion for a good steak dinner. Upon first smell and taste, I could easily have mistaken this for a great English ESB. It's got the right mouthfeel, and a supreme balance that keeps the next sip constantly coming. This beer is the antithesis of everything extreme brewers are trying to accomplish -- and thankfully so.
01-02-2010 00:29:58 | More by EPseja
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
This beer pours a nice amber with a big sticky,creamy head,aroma is very light with some soapy qualities to go along with a subtle nutty aroma.Flavor is malty,malty,and more malty.A dryer malty beer that not to sweet a nice crisp finish was the highlight of this beer for me,the light feeling of the body was the lowlight.
10-19-2003 00:02:28 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
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. Theres 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 its an all right beer to stick with for an evening if you want something with a little substance that isnt very heavy, but overall it just seemed ordinary to me.
09-03-2013 01:51:57 | More by ExtraStout
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
One of the local restaurants is trying to improve its beer list by offering more New England microbrews. This beer is a dark amber/reddish color with a small white head and a little bit of lacing. It has a sweet, spicy aroma. The taste is a nice combination of hops and malt, just not anything really special. Decent beer to drink.
07-08-2008 11:47:51 | More by lordofthewiens
3.85/5 rDev +9.7%
Bought a sixer of these on 7/22/04, at a grocery in Belfast, just a few miles north of the cabin we rented. This red ale, with a red lobster on the label, was a sentimental favorite during my vacation. This one pours a reddish/copper body with a smallish, ivory head that leaves immense, sheets of lace down the side of the glass.
Caramel greets the nose, as the aroma is first enjoyed, but several malts seem to be present here. Piney hops are also prominent.
Mouthfeel has a solid, medium body with moderate carbonation.
The taste is crisp, with a dominant hops and yeast bitterness on top of a smoothing, caramel malt backbone. There is a hint of the unusual yeast(ringwood?) present in so many of the Maine coast microbrews that adds a weird earthy character.
A well balanced, and enjoyable amber/red ale from Belfast, Maine, that should be served with...what else, but freshly steamed lobster.
07-29-2004 12:03:39 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +14%
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.
09-16-2012 22:16:18 | More by Cavanaghty
3.38/5 rDev -3.7%
Shiny copper colored with streams of bubbles rising up to a full inch of tightly bubbled foam capped with lumpy craters. Excellent head retention.
Aroma of biscuity malt with some cinnamon spiciness, accented with grassy notes.
Taste of semi-sweet malt, some ripe fruit and cinnamon, and a certain metallic tinge. Bits of toffee and caramel.
Watery mouthfeel, finishes with a slight tingle.
Pretty average beer, no need to have this one again.
03-23-2008 21:03:36 | More by far333
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a orangy red with a big white head. Smells of malt and yeast and a little nutty.
The taste is quite pleasent. Caramel malts up front with the hops in the middle followed by some grain and alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is good and it goes down easy.
I would order this if out for pizza or something pub fare like. A nice little brew.
10-23-2003 21:22:16 | More by yankeeheel
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
12-17-2011 00:05:27 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
First tasted this at a Yanks/O's tailgate in a Silo; take two from home in a pint glass... smooth malty scents with slightly fruity yeasts--excellent balance... dark ruby, almost purplish brown body with a thin off-white head--bold and assertive... effervescent, full-bodied ale, smooth and palatably textured... first taste impression is the solid malt; secondary tastes include a bit of spiciness--not dramatic, but enjoyable... the word for this beer is BALANCE, although recent reviewers seem not to be so taken by this aspect. Wouldn't have known this was Shipyard's doing unless otherwise noted by website...solid.
08-11-2008 15:06:07 | More by dacrza1
4.35/5 rDev +23.9%
Belfast Bay- Lobster Ale
Appearance- Dark ruby red with a small but sticky head.
Smell- Big strong caramel malt with an earthy hop aroma.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt. Fruit flavors slighty come through. Cherry and plum.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and chewy. Big flavor in the end with an even dry bitterness.
Drink a 6 pack of this and you feel full!?
This sh!t is good. My local liquor store carries 6ers and I must have bought half of their stock.
07-14-2007 14:22:07 | More by NJpadreFan
Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.