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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JLapadura, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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

joemcgrath27, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BeeGinner
3.5/5  rDev 0%

BeeGinner, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of demgoth
3/5  rDev -14.3%

demgoth, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

shand, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JDLucas2000, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Lupie
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Lupie, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Halftime beverage. Thankfully no lobsters in this brew since I am allergic to shellfish.

A - Twist off is noted but I used a bottle opener. Pours a good amber brown with nice carbonation leading to an inch of foam. Head is slightly sticky with lace.

S - A bit more hop forward but I get the caramel and toasted biscuit like malts that I enjoy in these brews.

T - Wow the hops balance well with the malts in this too. I get caramel not as sweet as my last red but balanced biscuit malts and a clean finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice medium body.

Overall I enjoy this beer it's a bit more hoppy but taste is a good red ale. Not sure if I would pay 13-20 dollars a six pack but worth the 2 dollar single.

DrDemento456, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of zonalax
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

zonalax, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

rderedin, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -14.3%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Jamstone714, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev 0%

tclapper, Dec 21, 2011
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.3%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · Fridge temp · Best before August 2012

Appearance: Pours that classic amber color with a light brown, 1.5" head. Great retention and lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Deeper caramel malts than the other ambers I've recently enjoyed. No hops aromas, but some of that typical cereal grain that I enjoy.

Taste: Somewhat roasted caramel malts and an equal amount of bitterness to back the whole thing up. This is definitely a more assertive amber ale than the others. I like it!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, malty, bitter, dry and a bit boozy.

Overall: I am impressed by this beer. It is not conventional, and throws a lot at the drinker in question. Very nice.

Risser09, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

tpauer, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, some caramel, mild hops, and light fruit. Not a super dynamic flavor (not that the style lends itself to dynamism), but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a drinkable enough beer, but also fairly forgettable as well.

avalon07, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Vinlespo, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.