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Lobster Ale | Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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Lobster AleLobster Ale

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

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.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a seriously strange beer.

Pours a deep amber with a thin head. The aroma is thin and unpleasantly sour. The flavor is powerful, raw, and sour, with overtones of raisins and plums and sour cherry. It is sour and exotic. There is both bitterness and sourness on the back end. The mouthfeel is thin and seems to accentuate the thin, sour, vinegary character of the beer.

Maybe someone likes this beer. I don't.

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Photo of Jayli
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a clear reddish-brown Red Ale with a large, creamy head. Minimal lacing throughout. There is a sweetness to the smell along with hops. It has a mild malty taste in the middle, and a very bitter finish with an unappealing aftertaste. The body is firm in my mouth. Overall, a bit bland and is a rather forgettable beer.

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Photo of fattyre
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium dark red/brown color with a large creamy light tan head. The mouthfeel is somewhat firm. The smell is crisp and sweetish with a mild cedary aroma. The taste is a mild "airy"maltiness with mild bitter middle and lingerring malt with an odd "plasticy" flavor. This is a very mild red ale which might be a good transitional brew but overall very bland and forgetable.

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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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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish color, lacey head. Pretty uneventful beer, although it was a good few steps up from a macro. It just lay there, nothing out of the ordinary for taste. I felt like I was just drinking a beverage to drink it, not because I enjoyed it. I'll pass next time I see this.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, medium dark, reddish-brown Red Ale with a large, creamy, tan head. There is a sweetness to the smell along with hops. It has a mild malty taste in the middle, and a bitter-grapefruit like finish. The body is firm in my mouth. Overall, a bit bland in comparison to what it could be.

(source: Gift; ME)

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Photo of oldn00b
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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 GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
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 david18
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Douglas14
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very dark orange color (almost at the point of red) with an o.k. head that leaves minimal lace. The aroma is mainly of roasted malt and hops with a little bit of spice to it. The taste is also of hops and malt. The beer is nice but nothing special...worth trying.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 bceagles39
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 jwc215
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish copper with a thin white, lasting head.

The smell is of caramel with butter and slight sour notes.

The taste is of sweet caramel candy with butter. Ringwood yeast shines through. Some restrained, non-descript hops are there. Sweet, quick finish.

Buttery smooth in a light body.

Well, the buttery aroma doesn't help much. And, while it is smooth, it's a rather pedestrian red ale that is rather heavy on the diacetyl and Ringwood yeast. I can see some people liking it more than others. As for me, one was enough.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Try to drink local and sampled this on a recent trip through Maine. Seems to be very popular, but I think it's due to the lobster on the label. It was present at every commercial clambake event.

Nothing notable to the beer itself. No memorable aroma nor taste. Far more worthwhile local ales to try if you're in Maine; Allagash, Sebago, and Kennebc River, in that order.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for the bottle. Finally fished it out of the back of the fridge.

Appearance: Pretty much clear. Slight haze. Deep, rich copper with some darker amber highlights. Head is white and drops to a small collar and wispy cap in short order. No lacing to speak of and minimal carbonation.

Smell: Solid caramel malt backbone. Nice sugary sweetness layered over some biscuity notes. A touch of citrus from the hops. More sweet than anything else. Biscuit and bread with a slight corn aroma as well. Mild toasted elements as well. Everything is very mellow.

Taste: A little more citrus than the nose. Hitting some minor grapefruit skin with a mild herbal/floral element. Biscuity, very biscuity with some caramel malt sweetness. Super light, super pale, crystal malts in the back as well. Some toasted elements give it a bit more depth. Vaguely musty with some apple core and other estery notes. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium with a moderate, and just barely there, carbonation. Relatively clean. Easy to drink.

Overall: You would only need Lock to catch this Lobster.

Decent. Middle of the roud and drinkable. Nice and sweet with enough hop balance to keep it from being another malty sweetish mess of nothing. A bit too grassy overall with a weird floral element that doesn't quite work with the toasted malts.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brassy red color, good clarity, topped with a thin white head. The head dissipates to a broken mist almost immediately, but retains a thin ring all the way through the glass.
The aroma is mainly a toasty maltiness, wth a nice hop balance. Moderate diacetyl butterscotch, with a bit of caramel and husky graininess. Some very light floral esters, with a touch of nuttiness.
The flavor starts with some toasty malt up front, tapering into a grainy butterscotch diacetyl middle. Very light esters, mostly an indiscernable floral flavor, moving into a piney, herbal hop finish. Agressive carbonation, lending a filling mouthfeel, although the body is sort of light. Some caramel maltiness and grain in the finish, with a husky, freshly cracked grain aftertaste. The diacetyl seems to dominate throughtout the beer, with a sort of rye bread flavor prevailing over all others.
Not a bad red ale, but some of the off flavors are a bit overbearing, and the carbonation seems too high for how light the body is. Worth a try, but i doubt I'll get it again.

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Photo of ATPete
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
best by 12/09

Pours a murkey amber/orange brown color with a small white head that vanished very quickly. Decent nose, simple malt and yeast esters. Sweet malt, awkward, almost sour bitterness and a looming machine funk going on here and a grainy aftertaste. Medium/light body. I think this beer would shine a little brighter with food, but i dont think i'll revisit.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish body, light red/amber tints you could say, with a decent head. Minor hop and malts hit the nose. The taste is primarily malty, with the malts being subdued and leaving a little bit of dryness and thinness (plus some carbonation) on the tongue. Little simplistic and not too much in the malt department. I did like this beer, I'm just not sure if I'd bother with it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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 sprat1960
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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..

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Topside in Gloucester. This was a couple months ago and i'm looking back over my notes, so I hope I can remember it.

A: Brown amber slight red and slightly clear. The light head retains pretty well.

N: Nose is of a light red ale with some toasty light malts, pretty lager like though.

T: Taste is purely red ale style, some lightly toasted malts and slight earthiness. Slightly bitter. Pretty light, crisp, and refreshing, but lacking on flavor.

M: Very light on the mouth, little creamy and low carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and crisp.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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