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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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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Reviews by Taylor1989:
Photo of Taylor1989
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Taylor1989, Aug 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

ExtraStout, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -14.3%

TTripp725, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev 0%

JakerLou, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Cavanaghty, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Milkysunshine, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +14.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

far333, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

yankeeheel, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of Culture
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Culture, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev 0%

briandaube, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 08:50 PM
Photo of johnyb
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

dcbeers, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

dacrza1, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Overall-
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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 14, 2007
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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.