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Lobster Ale | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
belfastbaybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
304
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the local restaurants is trying to improve its beer list by offering more New England microbrews. This beer is a dark amber/reddish color with a small white head and a little bit of lacing. It has a sweet, spicy aroma. The taste is a nice combination of hops and malt, just not anything really special. Decent beer to drink.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.65/5  rDev +4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of these on 7/22/04, at a grocery in Belfast, just a few miles north of the cabin we rented. This red ale, with a red lobster on the label, was a sentimental favorite during my vacation. This one pours a reddish/copper body with a smallish, ivory head that leaves immense, sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Caramel greets the nose, as the aroma is first enjoyed, but several malts seem to be present here. Piney hops are also prominent.

Mouthfeel has a solid, medium body with moderate carbonation.

The taste is crisp, with a dominant hops and yeast bitterness on top of a smoothing, caramel malt backbone. There is a hint of the unusual yeast(ringwood?) present in so many of the Maine coast microbrews that adds a weird earthy character.

A well balanced, and enjoyable amber/red ale from Belfast, Maine, that should be served with...what else, but freshly steamed lobster.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 22oz stein.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a off white head and medium lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and carmel.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and thicker feel than expected. Taste of roasted malts, carmel, with hints pine notes and some buttery characteristics.

Overall: Decent brew, went great with my seafood dinner on a crisp fall day.

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3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of OompaMentor
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
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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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny copper colored with streams of bubbles rising up to a full inch of tightly bubbled foam capped with lumpy craters. Excellent head retention.

Aroma of biscuity malt with some cinnamon spiciness, accented with grassy notes.

Taste of semi-sweet malt, some ripe fruit and cinnamon, and a certain metallic tinge. Bits of toffee and caramel.

Watery mouthfeel, finishes with a slight tingle.

Pretty average beer, no need to have this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangy red with a big white head. Smells of malt and yeast and a little nutty.

The taste is quite pleasent. Caramel malts up front with the hops in the middle followed by some grain and alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is good and it goes down easy.

I would order this if out for pizza or something pub fare like. A nice little brew.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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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.

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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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