Lobster Ale
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #946
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3.5 | pDev: 12.57%
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
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Notes: 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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Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice red ale. Pleasant the whole way through! The slightest hoppy tang gave it character, but not so much that it became overwhelming. Would love to try this one again, since there are details I'm forgetting.

Mar 24, 2021
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SlainteAlbanyNY from New York

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belfast Bay Lobster Ale is a great red copper ale. If you don’t like red ales you won’t like this ale. Please don’t rate ales you don’t really like. Rate ales based on the ale and what it’s supposed to tase like. Thanks.

Aug 23, 2020
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gueuzeonhigh from Maine

3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Skeptical at first but after polishing off a bottle-- actually a nice ale.
It presents a nice hoppy start with a firm but not over powering flavor and a clean finish.
This ale has enough flavor "weight" that gives it larger than average flavor presentation and enough complexity to make it more than a simple hot weather thirst quencher.
Look is that of a reddish/brown with a short lived slight head.
It's really worth a try if you stumble across it.

Feb 01, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish copper hue with oatmeal colored head. Some toffee and raisin on the nose. There is a considerable bitter hop character. Some raisin. Some bitter pill character. It's not smooth as it is advertised in the description you can read above. I am not a fan of this beer.

Jul 07, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red with slight head and minimal lacing. Has a nice hoppy aroma and is crisp and dry with a slight bitter aftertaste on the finish. Good, not great....prefer the Bell's version of this amber/red ale style.

Mar 24, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, ME.

This one pours a nice and slightly hazy copper red color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like caramel, very light chocolate, and just a bit of citrusy hops.

I'm surprised by how much this one works for me. It's very basic, and appears to have been made as something inoffensive to go with seafood. Despite that, it's well brewed, with a very nice maltiness- slight chocolate, caramel, and most of all- rich breadiness. There's a touch of hop bitterness, and slight fruitiness. It all blends very well together.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, rich, and clean mouthfeel, and a nice smooth finish.

This beer does exactly what it tried to do, and that is impressive enough for me.

Oct 02, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L — Pours a well-filtered medium amber with a one-finger off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and some lacing
S — Caramel, barley malts, touch of coffee/chocolate(?)
T — Barley malts, caramel, hint of grassy hoppiness, sugar, and nutmeg
F — Medium+ carb, medium- mouthfeel. Crisp, with a lasting, semi-sweet finish
O — Great Maine coast brew to enjoy with a seafood meal. Cleanses the palate wonderfully and has enough body without being overpowering. Not amazing by any means, but one of my favorite regionals simply because of the nostalgia I have associated with it


Sep 26, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

It pours a clear, rich reddish-brown and is capped with a thin half inch off white head.

The nose somewhat weak, just caramel malt and mineral aromas. Decent bitterness up front with a fairly heavy, but not overly sweet caramel malt character in the back. It finishes smooth and clean with a delayed bite from the carbonation and some hop bitterness coming after. Body and carbonation are both middling.

Overall not memorable but certainly drinkable.

Sep 11, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear deep copper color with a very small off white head that disappears very quickly and leaves a few whispy lines of lacing behind.

The smell is very mild and bland. Muted notes of caramel and toffee are the only notes present.

Taste is similar, but improved by the fruity esters that accompany the caramel and toffee malt flavors present in the smell. Still fairly mild though.

The feel is very light and thin with low carbonation. Not much to it at all, but it does go down easy.

Overall this beer is ok. Not something I will choose to revisit, but not offensive either. A bit malty for my liking, but since the flavors are rather mild it doesn't come across as a "malt bomb."

Aug 02, 2017
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Radome from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

L - Attractive medium brown with lots of red color; crystal clear. Head is light tan, thick, fluffy and persistent.

S - Aromas are dominated by specialty malt, with strong brown sugar and caramel notes. Hops are in the background but are definitely there.

T - Strong flavors of caramel malt, brown sugar and raisins. Other flavors have a tough time breaking through. Yeast does not contribute anything. Hops are just a low woody, earthy note.

F - Thin body. Very low carbonation. No alcohol presence. Hops bitterness is low to moderate.

O - Overall this is an OK beer. I find the body too thin and lacking in carbonation as the biggest flaws, but the aromas and flavors are too one-dimensional with a massive level of crystal malt. Some more malt or hops backbone would improve this beer, in my opinion..

Feb 29, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Rich reddish-brown with decent off-white head.

Smell: Caramel. dark fruit, English hops.

Taste: Lots of fruity esters, caramel, and a light roastiness. Some light English hops and nuts on the finish. Lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body. Not as dry as I prefer.

Overall: Not what I think of as an American Red Ale. Apparently it is modeled after Red Ales made in the Atlantic provinces of Canada, which probably makes this more of an English style. Pretty good but has a weak finish.

Feb 28, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

2.66/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On draught at Oyster Bar @ Grand Central NYC- pour is copper color with little carbonation and little head; no hint of malts/hops or other grains. The initial sip is hop bitterness that quickly softens to semi-sweet on backside.

Feb 14, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours ruby red (not quite cooked lobster red) with a fizzy head that immediately disappears. No lacing.

Not much to speak of on the nose. Really smells like an older malt bill. I do not get anything in this description - maybe it's my palate.

It has a bit of hop bitterness but not much malt sweetness balancing it out. It's more of a copper/iron/mineral flavor profile overall. Not a fan.

Jan 21, 2016
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on draft at Kennebec Tavern in Bath Maine. Nice reddish amber color. Not getting a lot on the nose. Taste is ok, very run-of-the-mill amber ale. Nothing to distinguish this from your average amber ale. Glad I got it at a reduced price during happy hour.

Sep 06, 2015
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breardon1776 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a red ale, this is a good beer. Has a great reddish hue and pours a slight head which is light. Mild lacing. I find the aroma to be of the same flavors I taste. Caramel, toffee, whiskey and oak. Crisp drink and small bite on the palate. Overall a good beer, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

Aug 18, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Dark amber toward copper in color. Transparent and watery in appearance. Pours with a thick layer of foam the the surface of the beer that disappears quickly without a trace; no real head. Upon close inspection there were some small bubbles present; however the beer overall appeared flat.

Smell: Mostly smelled sweet malt mixed with faint aroma of grain. Decent.

Taste: Lots of malt, slight bit of grain with a slight hoppy finish. Acceptable, but unremarkable.

Feel: Thinner side of medium in terms of body. Slight fizz from the mild carbonation. Mildly dry finish. In general refreshing.

Overall: Overall there is nothing wrong with this ale; it was fine to drink. I found it unremarkable and not memorable. With so many better beers on the market today, this ale was kind of boring in comparison. If someone served me this, I could certainly drink it. However I could not see me purchasing this ale in the future.

Aug 03, 2015
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BeerEsquire from Connecticut

2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smooth, very drinkable but non-distinct. Definitely brewed for the middle of the road, don't believe it will standout in an amber drinkers bevy of choices. Color is saison like, hazy non-uniform, with very slight caramel sweetness on the nose.

Mar 27, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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. Very British.

Jul 05, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Jan 08, 2014
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

p-one finger head

a-white head that settles down to form a white film on top. Dark golden amber but more on the brown/orange side than it is red.

s-caramel with a burnt/roast kind of smell

t-first impression matches the nose with the burnt taste, which almost reminds more of a scotch ale. On the back end there is caramel sweetness and a bready malt.

m-light/medium texture and light carbonation.

o-a pretty good beer thats worth a try. Reminds me a bit of a scotch ale with its burnt characteristic, but thats certainly not a bad thing.

Dec 20, 2013
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Dec 08, 2013
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sep 03, 2013
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Taylor1989 from New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Murphy's taproom in Manchester.

A- a dark copper color with a nice foamy white head.
S-very bready yeast smell very reminiscent of shipyards old thumper, I'm thinking ringwood yeast.
T- bready as in the aroma. There is hop presence mellowed out by a nice malty flavor. I get some Carmel as well
O- very drinkable ale. Tasty and enjoyable.

Aug 31, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing nonetheless. The nose is bready. This offering has the basic malty flavor of most decent reds and a semi-dry finish. This is certainly a respectable beer, but there is definitely nothing special here.

Jul 24, 2013
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panamaniac from Florida

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tab at the refinery in Tampa, FL very decent ale easy to drink complemented the burgers and fries that I had for dinner. As far as Red ales you could do worse is easy to drink, more of a session beer than a showstopper. Flavors varie between sweet caramel and slight hops.

Jul 07, 2013
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