Lobster Ale
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #960
Ranked #44,470
3.5 | pDev: 12.86%
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Lobster AleLobster Ale
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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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper color with a little bit of amber with a small off-white head. The taste is sweet and slightly toasted biscuity malt with just a touch of caramel and very minimal hops. The taste is toasted malts with biscuits and caramel with a subtle hoppiness in the finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that I enjoyed and would make a pretty nice session brew if I had some more bottles. I don't think I would purchase again, but I certainly wouldn't turn down if offered to me again. Worth a try.

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Photo of breardon1776
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.

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of NickySop
2.62/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of captenaj
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In keeping with it's name, this poured a deep red with a creamy head.
S: Mild hops and not much else.
T: Hops, which was pretty strong.
M: Thin, moderate carbonation.
D: There wasn't much to this beer, although the flavor that was there wasn't bad. This was nice with food but on it's own, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much.

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Photo of BMaurais
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OompaMentor
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Frank_Pumphandle
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of mmoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billybob
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dakin
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a good 2 finger head that drops to a nice cover that lasts throughout.

Smell is very bland. Just a hint of sweet malt.

Taste is not bad at all. Definetly a buttery yeast, Ringwood?? Some malty bready goodness, but not much else.

Overall, this is a easy drinking ale, but not much in complexity. Worth a try.

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Photo of adam36
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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 Holderness
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


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jg24rules
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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