Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | 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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firstly, I'm glad someone finally wised-up and made a "Lobster Ale" for Maine. I mean, geez, you could put a lobster on almost anything and sell it to tourists! And the label looks good too, with a nautical connection with the white and red, a painting of a ship, and a lobster claw sneaking in! Good for them.

Secondly, it smells like a Maine beer. For whatever reason, those Maine brewers love their Ringwood yeast. It's toned down, but it's there. Lots of nice fruit, a balancing mineralish edge, and an undertone of buttery diacetyl that widens the entire gustatory experience.

It looks great in the glass as well with a very dark copper body that gleems with orange and gold highlights when held to the light, and a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves wide rings of thin, foamy lace.

There's lots of caramel to the maltiness, but fortunately it's not over-done, and extra-fortunately, doesn't show any oxygenation (which normally lends overtly bready and sticky-sugar notes). A median bitterness balances it, and there are some leafy, floral and grassy hops backing it. Add the character that the yeast lends into the mix, and you've got yourself a winner! A fairly straightforward ale that's not over-done in any way but still offers plenty of flavor and character.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with a little bit of amber with a small off-white head. The taste is sweet and slightly toasted biscuity malt with just a touch of caramel and very minimal hops. The taste is toasted malts with biscuits and caramel with a subtle hoppiness in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that I enjoyed and would make a pretty nice session brew if I had some more bottles. I don't think I would purchase again, but I certainly wouldn't turn down if offered to me again. Worth a try.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish color, lacey head. Pretty uneventful beer, although it was a good few steps up from a macro. It just lay there, nothing out of the ordinary for taste. I felt like I was just drinking a beverage to drink it, not because I enjoyed it. I'll pass next time I see this.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, this one was average. Picked up a single bottle just because I thought the name "lobster ale" was very unique. Anyways, Lobster Ale poured a reddish amber color, but airing more on the lighter side. Your usual ordinary thin 2 finger white head appeared, but dissipated rather quickly. No lacing to speak of. Not much in the aroma department either- possibly some caramel other sweet scents. Taste was overly metallic for me with hints of nuts and bread in addition to the hops. Very crisp and could potentially be refreshing, but for some reason this beer just did not do it for me. Worth a try though.

Photo of drcarver
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep amber with a slowly rising 1 finger head. decent lacing sticks to the top as the head fades, but little lacing decorates the side of the glass.

S - very sweet. raisins and sugar? a bit of smokiness toward the back and a comforting pub aroma as well.

T/M full bodied slightly sugary and coats the tongue. quickly fading aftertaste has a hint of bitter to cut through the sweet. taste of sweet bread on the front with smoke at the end.

O - a very nice beer.

Photo of fattyre
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium dark red/brown color with a large creamy light tan head. The mouthfeel is somewhat firm. The smell is crisp and sweetish with a mild cedary aroma. The taste is a mild "airy"maltiness with mild bitter middle and lingerring malt with an odd "plasticy" flavor. This is a very mild red ale which might be a good transitional brew but overall very bland and forgetable.

Photo of Hagbard
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As this amber gold beer splashes into the pint glass, there is an audible fizziness as the carbonation is released. This quickly fades leaving a nice thick white head, which also quickly fades. The aroma is slightly hoppy with an interesting caramel sweetness hiding in the background. These two aromas play against each other to nice effect. The caramel makes its appearance in the taste from the get go. Sweetly, but far from cloying. A fair amount of bitterness is delivered to the back of the tongue via pin pricks of carbonation. This bitterness cuts through the sweetness of the initial taste. The finish is dry with very little of the sweetness remaining. This is a surprisingly nice beer. The sweetness is very interesting and never becomes cloying, which is a large turnoff for me. It is very drinkable, I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. However, I do think the carbonation makes it a little bit filling.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of August 2010. Sampled on November 7, 2009. The pour is more copper and bronze than red but there are few hints of ruby in the mix. The head was thick and frothy. Fruity and malty sensations are ley with the first whiff of the aroma. The mouthfeel tends to be medium and smooth. The taste has a nice balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. A good clean hoppy and dry ending. A decent enough brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but dark cherry red with a creamy off white two finger head.

S: sweet caramel malt and fruitiness with some biscuity scents and a light herbal hopping.

T: The initial flavor was biscuity backed by some sweet caramel malting and a light herbal hopping. There was fruitiness with a touch of hoppiness that was earthy in the finish. Overall a fairly good offering flavor-wise.

M: Good mouthful, creamy with lots of malt sweetness and smooth going down accompanied by a good amount of carbonation.

D: A decent example for this style overall that makes for a good session ale that goes down easy enough.

Photo of charlesw
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In side-by-side comparisons that we ran on the local reds, this one came out far ahead of the other commercial brews. It has a much maltier flavor than the others and a very pleasing aroma.

The most amazing thing about this particular brew is how well it goes with a shot of Oban! The malt of the ale and the smoke of the scotch blend perfectly for a most satisfying mouth experience!

We noticed that they tend to sell it on the young side - ie. it's the kind of thing that you'd want to buy and age for another month in your basement. This greatly increased the smoothness and our overall appreciation of it!

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From on tap creates a very small half finger head of cream colored bubbles, leaving a nice dark brown with reddish hues in color. Very good lacing.

Bouquet is very closed though. Faint barley malt but not much else, fairly simple but nothing off putting or faulty

Taste is much improved though with spice cloves, good hop/malt finishing. Hop finishing is actually nice and not bitter at all, and there is a great taste of dark brown bread as well.

Drinkability is better than average, I could have it again.

Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.89. I never saw any beers from this brewery in the Chicago area before so I was anxious to try it. The bottle had a best before date of Dec. 2010 notched out on it and this is only June of '10 so it should be plenty fresh.

The beer poured a clear, copper/amber color that turned bright golden orange when held to the light. The 1 finger white head lasted about a minute and a half before fading to a thin rim at the top of the glass and it left nice lacing with every sip.

It has a nice malty smell - mostly caramel, with some pear aroma underneath the malt.

A nice blend of crystal and caramel malt form the backbone of this beer with some apple/pear fruitiness coming thru as well. No noticeable hop presence until the finish where you get just a touch of bitterness.

Light to medium body with a pretty big dose of carbonation which helps make it crisp and refreshing.

The only sign of alcohol at all is in the finish with the hops, but it is barely noticeable. This is a really easy to drink red ale.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.