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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | 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 HoorayBeer
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blefast Bay's Lobster Ale is quite a delicious red ale. Sat down with this the other day and was very surprised at the taste and feel of this beer. Dan says, "A winey smell almost, not like most beers." Caramels and a sugary smell. Very red coloring, almost amber coloring, very appealing. First taste was awesome, sweet, very rich in flavor. Excites the tastebuds well. Very smoote going down and easy to drink. Slight taste of hops, and the sweetness of the caramel and maybe a lil roasted cocoa beans maybe? Excellent brew if you ever run across it.

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Photo of EPseja
4.39/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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.

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Photo of charlesw
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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!

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very interesting brew. The aroma has a very sea-like quality to it. almost like some fesh kelp or even some shell was thrown in. Flavor is buttery with hints of raw grain. This would go very well with any sea-food dish.

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Photo of beergirlblog
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful amber-reddish, with a decent white head that stayed around until I'd almost finished the beer.

It smells sweet and malty and roasted-- the word sticky comes to mind, but I think that's a mental rehashing of caramel. The aroma skews towards being overly malty smelling.

The taste however, is a really nice, if not complex, balance between the caramel and roasted and malt flavors. There's a light hint of bitterness that keeps the other the flavors in check. The carbonation level is a little higher than what I normally like, but it worked alright with the taste profile and the way in which I was drinking the beer (while at work, classsyyy)

It tastes thin and sweet and again, roasted, in the mouth, nothing to complain about here.

Definitely drinkable. I had several. At least way more drinkable than most things. Good balance of flavor, thickness, and carbonation.

I'll definitely drink it again, especially because I can drink it on tap for free.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. Deep amber red hue. Good sized bone white head with very good retention. Lacing comes in sheets. I pick up wiffs of butterscotch, carmelize malts and west coast hops. The first thing I realize upon drinking is that this tastes like yet another brew from Maine that uses Ringwood. I may be mistaken, but I'm getting some of the flavors typically generated by this yeast: Butterscotch, fruity esters and a buttery feel. The crystal malts create a nice caramel malt effect. Hops balance more than add characer. The body is about medium-full. And carbonation seems about right. And there'a distinct dryness to the finish that has me going back for more rather quickly. Nice change of pace for an amber and pretty tasty.

Lobster Ales First, Everything Else Can Wait...Thanks JohnnyP.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a coppery brown beer that poured with an off white head that seemed to fade just a bit too fast. Aroma is of flowery hops and a bit of sweet malt. The aroma is reflected in the flavor, a nice dose of bitter hops with enough malty sweetness to balance them out. A tasty red ale that I will be trying again.

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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 matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle

Pours a deep amber, reddish brown. Nice tan head, about 1/2 inch thick that leaves little lace. Smells slightly bitter with light malty aromas and hints of apple.

Tastes immediately bitter and hoppy although that quickly fades. Not that hoppy. Smooth and buttery if you can imagine that, hint of coriander with a caramel finish. Light to medium bodied and a very drinkable brew.

I grab a six-pack of Lobster Ale, cross Rt. 1 and drink it while eating lobster dinners at Young's Lobster Pound here in Belfast. Tastes best under these circumstances.

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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 dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 Hagbard
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 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 bob3701
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was drawn in to buying this from the packaging though the boat on the lable should have been a lobster boat, don't you think? Poured into a pint glass the head disappated to nothing very rapidly. A somewhat murky amber color with striking red highlights. Just looking at this beer I thought it was not going to be good but it had an interesting aroma and with the first sip I thought it was a damn good beer. This went down real easy and my son and I killed the six pack in the blink of an eye.

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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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 ToasterChef
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz pint glass at the Great Lost Bear. It's fairly dark at the bar, so it's hard to judge the appearance, but it looks like a dark copper color. It's quite clear and has almost no head. It has a light hop aroma. There is a good caramel malt flavor to the Lobster ale (no, it doesn't taste like a lobster) that is balanced with some non-bitter hop flavors. There's a medium body and almost no coating of the mouth; it goes down clean. Personally, I find this beer very drinkable. I'm a big fan of red ales, and this is one of the best ones readily available in Maine. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/25/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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 berley31
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, quickly-diminishing white head. Body is dark amber and completely clear.

S: Some light smokiness is present, along with the caramel malt you expect to detect with an amber ale. It's pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

T: Nice flavor with an overall short-to-average duration, it's lightly sweet without being a bit cloying, with a bit of a smoky and caramel taste to the whole thing.

M: Light-bodied, with a thin-oily texture and average carbonation.

D: Nothing special, but pretty solid... easily drinkable and not offensive at all, so wouldn't be a problem to quaff a couple. I wonder how many people they scare off who think this beer may taste like lobster? Trust me, they exist.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and crystal malt scent along with some Ringwood yeast esters. It's dry with a light hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a very smooth pale and crystal malt flavor. It has a balanced taste and a dry/clean finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's nothing outstanding, but a solid offering nonetheless.

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