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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Lobster AleLobster Ale

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 274
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 274
Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got in a trade with johnnnie! Thanks!

Pours a decent looking red ale. Light amber color with a decent head.

Smell is sweet. Very sweet, and kind of like a cheap table wine. Maybe some sugar added somewhere.

Ok taste isnt all that great. Very astringent. Lager-esqe. Underneath is somewhat of a smoked malt feeling. Very dry and crisp.

Not real sure about where this one sits. That wine smell translates to the taste, but it's so astringent that I cant rate it highly. If you were to take away that bite, it might be a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently have a sixteen ounce draft of this. It was not the most outstanding of beers, pretty much what you would expect of the style and abv.

Look was more light brown than red although there were some red hues. Carbonation was very light. Beer in general was clear.

Aroma was slightly malty, a little sweet. Not too outstanding but I suppose it was to style.

Flavor was also not great but nothing wrong with it. Sweet, malty, a little light on the body.

This is more of a lawnmower beer than anything else but as such it wasn't terrible.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a 6-pack of this while camping, and I poured into a pint glass. The beer is a deep, dark auburn color, with ruby highlights and a thick, chunky, airy, off-white head. Malty and boozey aromas, with bits of toasted oats on the nose. The flavors are crystal malt-like, with roasted/carmelized characters, and a cloying sweet aftertaste. Mid to light bodied, with a finish that coats and clings a bit. Decent.

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Photo of drcarver
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a fairly rich and deep amber hue and is capped with a nice frothy antique white head that drops splats of lace all over the glass' wall. The nose has a good deal of UK fruity yeast character, offering light notes of currant and plum. Flavor-wise, there is a good deal of earthy-herbal nuance that enjoins the aforementioned UK yeasty fruitiness. The feel is softly carbonated and just about square at medium-bodied. Overall, not stunning, but it drinks very nice.

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Photo of koopa
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at "Treats" in some town in Maine.

Appearance: Pours a decent garnet tinged brown...very iced tea like with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, slight yeast fruit - almost apricot like, and a mineral water tinge.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink session style red. Nothing fancy or spectacular but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Murky dark tan with a reddish hue. Decent head with minimal lacing.

S: Malty and roasty. Not much hop presence in the smell, but light florals in there somewhere. Faint notes of dark ripe fruit and cocoa.

T: Again, malty. Pretty much follows the smell exactly.

D: A decent 'no think' amber ale.

Value: Overpriced.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice ale from Belfast Bay Brewing.

Taste is smooth and a little hoppy. Not overly powerful or dominating-- just well balanced. Crisp.

Smell is a medium bodied ale with a bit of hoppiness.

Although it's a nice beer, it's sort of unmemorable. There's really not a huge reason to search out this rare find.

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Photo of beergod1
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber pour with off white creamy head that lasts all the way through. Decent lacing sweet caramel/bready aroma ... taste of trademark Red Ale "roasted Malt" with a creamy mouthfeel, some light piney notes and a light bitterness in the finish, Kinda dry, almost a metallic lingering taste on the tongue. an average amber ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, burnt orange into a pint glass with a slight head.

Not much in the nose, slight malt and a little musty.

Surprisingly good flavor, nothing like the scent. The taste is mostly caramel and sweet malts, with some roasted notes in the background. A little bit of flowery hops and a touch of grains comes in next. Overall it's got a nice malty taste with some other flavors in the background that add a nice character to the brew.

Medium body, refreshing, and balanced.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into an American pint glass, it poured a reddish amber with one finger of white and a healthy dose of carbonation; average retention and lacing. Smelled of caramel apple, nuttiness, and malt. The taste revealed nothing additional; simply a balanced malty, slightly fruity amber ale, with a semi-sweet finish. Medium-bodied, with high carbonation. Decent session amber.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, light coloring, nice head that sticks around awhile.

s- nice malt, some sweetness, a touch of vanilla as well, no real hop presence.

t- solid red ale, sweeter than most perhaps, with a bit of vanilla and spice again, nice toast to the malts.

m- medium body.

d- this is a drinkable beer, not so sure that i would get it again, but i was glad that i got the chance to try it. i'm a bit of a shellfish-head so this was the reasoning behind it as well.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper and rusty amber color. Two finger tan head recedes to a thick film of foam with good bubbling. Good looking beer all the way through my twelve ounce bottle.

The arom has some deep toasted bready malt aromas. With a sweet caramel and bread crust finish after each whiff. Maybe a little too sweet smelling for a red ale in my opinion.

The flavor starts with a lovely toasted bread and grain bill. Then slowly caramelizes and sweetens to the finish. This caramel toasted malt sweetness lingers a bit after each sip.

The palate is a bit syrupy to the feel along with its somewhat too much sweetness. All in all a pretty asy to drink beer that could us a little less sweetness.

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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 bceagles39
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Pours a dark copper color. White head with good lacing.

Faint smell of sweet maltiness.

Decently balanced taste between the malt and bitterness/earthiness of the style.

Thin mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, goes down easy.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty standard beer. The appearance is of a nice amber hue with a quickly fading white head. Nothing is left on the glass to remind you that there was even a beer in there. Smell is a nice carmel malt and the flavor is a little grainy. The mouth feel is smooth, but uneventful and unexciting. A nice beer to have if nothing else is around.

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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 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 OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-amber with a foamy 1 finger head that dissipated to a faint skim. No lacing.

Tons of caramel aromas in this one. Light hop leaf scent, and a bit of toasted malt.

Caramel malt sweetness, backed with some light hop bitterness and finishing with an odd soapy flavor (really -- after the first few sips, I was really hunting for it, and it is there). Funny enough, if it had a touch more bitterness, and no soap, this is a blind test dead ringer for Gritty's Best Bitter. Very very close.

Lightly adequate carbonation and medium body. Which it had a bit more fizz.

Overall, very very easy to drink, and a middle of the road amber ale. I've had better, but also far worse. Decent.

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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 Morey
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper color with brilliant clarity (especially for a red). Nice white head with tight bubble formation that settled to a thin lace after about 10 minutes or so.

Smells of roasted malts and buttery lobster tail (ok...not really, but it would pair nicely).

Taste is primarily the amber malts with a pinch of subtle hop character.

Mouthfeel is thin yet refreshing.

I could easily drink this beer for the night.

Morey's Bottom Line: Nothing earth shattering, but I like this beer. Easy to drink, but with plenty of flavor. I talked to the head brewer at Belfast and he wanted this beer to be sessionable...and it definitely is.

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