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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

metter98, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish amber with a minimal crème head. Nose is like the candy part of a red candy apple. Flavor is a bit too tangy. Lacks balance and maturity. Feel is decent. It is drinkable, sure. But this lack of balance and screaming tangy edge just kills it for me.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Topside in Gloucester. This was a couple months ago and i'm looking back over my notes, so I hope I can remember it.

A: Brown amber slight red and slightly clear. The light head retains pretty well.

N: Nose is of a light red ale with some toasty light malts, pretty lager like though.

T: Taste is purely red ale style, some lightly toasted malts and slight earthiness. Slightly bitter. Pretty light, crisp, and refreshing, but lacking on flavor.

M: Very light on the mouth, little creamy and low carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and crisp.

jlindros, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

WesWes, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish copper with a thin white, lasting head.

The smell is of caramel with butter and slight sour notes.

The taste is of sweet caramel candy with butter. Ringwood yeast shines through. Some restrained, non-descript hops are there. Sweet, quick finish.

Buttery smooth in a light body.

Well, the buttery aroma doesn't help much. And, while it is smooth, it's a rather pedestrian red ale that is rather heavy on the diacetyl and Ringwood yeast. I can see some people liking it more than others. As for me, one was enough.

jwc215, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 21, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  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.

smcolw, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film in the center of the glass and a thin ring at the edges. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts with just a touch caramel and light fruit sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts along with some caramel malts. Light amounts of fruit (apple) sweetness and some caramel sweetness. Minimal amounts of grassy hop flavors and almost no discernable bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink because of the lighter body, low ABV, and pleasant (yet lighter) flavors. Enjoyable and sessionable.

dbrauneis, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good red ale, with plenty of carbonation that took a while to settle. Not hoppy very easy to drink.

jdhilt, Feb 01, 2002
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +14%

wrightst, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full toasted malt, burnt caramel and diactyl.

The taste mirrored the aroma oncall front with an additional light herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a suprisingly dry finish.

Overall a decent malt forward red ale.

plaid75, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Bighuge, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale hops, slight citrus hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of pale malt, and hint of grain. Overall, decent beer, but nothing really stands out as being above average.

Tone, Aug 26, 2010
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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.