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
Ratings:
311
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
12.82%
 
 
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of HoorayBeer
4.57/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blefast Bay's Lobster Ale is quite a delicious red ale. Sat down with this the other day and was very surprised at the taste and feel of this beer. Dan says, "A winey smell almost, not like most beers." Caramels and a sugary smell. Very red coloring, almost amber coloring, very appealing. First taste was awesome, sweet, very rich in flavor. Excites the tastebuds well. Very smoote going down and easy to drink. Slight taste of hops, and the sweetness of the caramel and maybe a lil roasted cocoa beans maybe? Excellent brew if you ever run across it.

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Photo of zonalax
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of EPseja
4.39/5  rDev +25.1%
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 NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belfast Bay- Lobster Ale

Appearance- Dark ruby red with a small but sticky head.
Smell- Big strong caramel malt with an earthy hop aroma.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt. Fruit flavors slighty come through. Cherry and plum.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and chewy. Big flavor in the end with an even dry bitterness.

Overall-
Drink a 6 pack of this and you feel full!?
This sh!t is good. My local liquor store carries 6ers and I must have bought half of their stock.

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Photo of charlesw
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In side-by-side comparisons that we ran on the local reds, this one came out far ahead of the other commercial brews. It has a much maltier flavor than the others and a very pleasing aroma.

The most amazing thing about this particular brew is how well it goes with a shot of Oban! The malt of the ale and the smoke of the scotch blend perfectly for a most satisfying mouth experience!

We noticed that they tend to sell it on the young side - ie. it's the kind of thing that you'd want to buy and age for another month in your basement. This greatly increased the smoothness and our overall appreciation of it!

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Photo of Bear1964
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drewvel
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very interesting brew. The aroma has a very sea-like quality to it. almost like some fesh kelp or even some shell was thrown in. Flavor is buttery with hints of raw grain. This would go very well with any sea-food dish.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of texasspottedcow
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of DGSchmitt
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of ejane
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BostonKyle
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of jebrew
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of beergirlblog
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful amber-reddish, with a decent white head that stayed around until I'd almost finished the beer.

It smells sweet and malty and roasted-- the word sticky comes to mind, but I think that's a mental rehashing of caramel. The aroma skews towards being overly malty smelling.

The taste however, is a really nice, if not complex, balance between the caramel and roasted and malt flavors. There's a light hint of bitterness that keeps the other the flavors in check. The carbonation level is a little higher than what I normally like, but it worked alright with the taste profile and the way in which I was drinking the beer (while at work, classsyyy)

It tastes thin and sweet and again, roasted, in the mouth, nothing to complain about here.

Definitely drinkable. I had several. At least way more drinkable than most things. Good balance of flavor, thickness, and carbonation.

I'll definitely drink it again, especially because I can drink it on tap for free.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part. Deep amber red hue. Good sized bone white head with very good retention. Lacing comes in sheets. I pick up wiffs of butterscotch, carmelize malts and west coast hops. The first thing I realize upon drinking is that this tastes like yet another brew from Maine that uses Ringwood. I may be mistaken, but I'm getting some of the flavors typically generated by this yeast: Butterscotch, fruity esters and a buttery feel. The crystal malts create a nice caramel malt effect. Hops balance more than add characer. The body is about medium-full. And carbonation seems about right. And there'a distinct dryness to the finish that has me going back for more rather quickly. Nice change of pace for an amber and pretty tasty.

Lobster Ales First, Everything Else Can Wait...Thanks JohnnyP.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Born_Beerknurd
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a coppery brown beer that poured with an off white head that seemed to fade just a bit too fast. Aroma is of flowery hops and a bit of sweet malt. The aroma is reflected in the flavor, a nice dose of bitter hops with enough malty sweetness to balance them out. A tasty red ale that I will be trying again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle

Pours a deep amber, reddish brown. Nice tan head, about 1/2 inch thick that leaves little lace. Smells slightly bitter with light malty aromas and hints of apple.

Tastes immediately bitter and hoppy although that quickly fades. Not that hoppy. Smooth and buttery if you can imagine that, hint of coriander with a caramel finish. Light to medium bodied and a very drinkable brew.

I grab a six-pack of Lobster Ale, cross Rt. 1 and drink it while eating lobster dinners at Young's Lobster Pound here in Belfast. Tastes best under these circumstances.

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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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