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:
308
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
12.82%
 
 
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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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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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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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