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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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 bjoyce12:
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bjoyce12

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%

Try to drink local and sampled this on a recent trip through Maine. Seems to be very popular, but I think it's due to the lobster on the label. It was present at every commercial clambake event.

Nothing notable to the beer itself. No memorable aroma nor taste. Far more worthwhile local ales to try if you're in Maine; Allagash, Sebago, and Kennebc River, in that order.

09-04-2008 16:37:40 | More by bjoyce12
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

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. 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.

09-03-2013 01:51:57 | More by ExtraStout
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%

11-17-2011 02:53:23 | More by Mac19872
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

08-06-2013 20:30:56 | More by TTripp725
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +4%

08-16-2014 15:46:49 | More by Doomcifer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-04-2013 23:04:06 | More by JakerLou
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merlin48

Kentucky

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
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Cavanaghty

Maine

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
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-29-2012 05:18:23 | More by NilocRellim
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

07-09-2012 21:33:19 | More by Milkysunshine
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +14%

11-16-2011 02:47:56 | More by virinow
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

03-03-2013 01:52:27 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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far333

Connecticut

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
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yankeeheel

Maine

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
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Culture

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%

09-23-2013 22:01:09 | More by Culture
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briandaube

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-20-2013 21:41:41 | More by briandaube
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johnyb

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

08-15-2012 02:38:38 | More by johnyb
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

07-01-2013 02:27:14 | More by dcbeers
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

12-24-2012 04:15:30 | More by Loveyourbeer
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dacrza1

New Jersey

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
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

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.

07-14-2007 14:22:07 | More by NJpadreFan
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Qbncgr

New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev +6%

08-16-2014 20:02:05 | More by Qbncgr
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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.