Lobster Ale
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

Lobster AleLobster Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #958
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,457
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 12.86%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
342
From:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
80
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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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Photo of Sheppard
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish copper hue with oatmeal colored head. Some toffee and raisin on the nose. There is a considerable bitter hop character. Some raisin. Some bitter pill character. It's not smooth as it is advertised in the description you can read above. I am not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of Mugman8
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red with slight head and minimal lacing. Has a nice hoppy aroma and is crisp and dry with a slight bitter aftertaste on the finish. Good, not great....prefer the Bell's version of this amber/red ale style.

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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 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

77/100

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Photo of BJB13
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

It pours a clear, rich reddish-brown and is capped with a thin half inch off white head.

The nose somewhat weak, just caramel malt and mineral aromas. Decent bitterness up front with a fairly heavy, but not overly sweet caramel malt character in the back. It finishes smooth and clean with a delayed bite from the carbonation and some hop bitterness coming after. Body and carbonation are both middling.

Overall not memorable but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear deep copper color with a very small off white head that disappears very quickly and leaves a few whispy lines of lacing behind.

The smell is very mild and bland. Muted notes of caramel and toffee are the only notes present.

Taste is similar, but improved by the fruity esters that accompany the caramel and toffee malt flavors present in the smell. Still fairly mild though.

The feel is very light and thin with low carbonation. Not much to it at all, but it does go down easy.

Overall this beer is ok. Not something I will choose to revisit, but not offensive either. A bit malty for my liking, but since the flavors are rather mild it doesn't come across as a "malt bomb."

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Photo of Radome
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
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 bsp77
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
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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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 oldn00b
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
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 JebBeerFish
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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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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 sprat1960
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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 BeerEsquire
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
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 smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Clear. Small head but there's plenty of tiny spots of lace.

Caramelized malt aroma--semisweet. Light floral hop nose.

Leans slightly to the hop side. The malt is well toasted and mildly sweet. The hop is featured in the swallow. The aftertaste is more of the same. Full body with a decent level of bubbles. Very British.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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 CTbrew32
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

p-one finger head

a-white head that settles down to form a white film on top. Dark golden amber but more on the brown/orange side than it is red.

s-caramel with a burnt/roast kind of smell

t-first impression matches the nose with the burnt taste, which almost reminds more of a scotch ale. On the back end there is caramel sweetness and a bready malt.

m-light/medium texture and light carbonation.

o-a pretty good beer thats worth a try. Reminds me a bit of a scotch ale with its burnt characteristic, but thats certainly not a bad thing.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before June 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass

a: Gorgeous clear dark amber, an offwhite head faded to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Slightly fruity bitterness over caramel malt. Rather sweet finish.

m: Light to moderate and tangy.

o: A tasty brew which is probably best called by the rather broad names on the label and here, "Amber/Red Ale.". I did save it for a lobster dinner and it went well with it. Also a pretty enjoyable sipper which becomes a little more caramel malty as it warms.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Taylor1989
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Murphy's taproom in Manchester.

A- a dark copper color with a nice foamy white head.
S-very bready yeast smell very reminiscent of shipyards old thumper, I'm thinking ringwood yeast.
T- bready as in the aroma. There is hop presence mellowed out by a nice malty flavor. I get some Carmel as well
O- very drinkable ale. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing nonetheless. The nose is bready. This offering has the basic malty flavor of most decent reds and a semi-dry finish. This is certainly a respectable beer, but there is definitely nothing special here.

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Photo of panamaniac
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tab at the refinery in Tampa, FL very decent ale easy to drink complemented the burgers and fries that I had for dinner. As far as Red ales you could do worse is easy to drink, more of a session beer than a showstopper. Flavors varie between sweet caramel and slight hops.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with nice clarity and two-finger tan head that disappears quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with some caramel and spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Definitely can taste the malt backbone but also some citrus fruits and a good amount of hops. A little bit of caramel, likely from the malt.

Mouthfeel: More to the body than I'd expect but nice creaminess and solid carbonation. A fairly easy drinking beer and smooth.

Overall: I liked this one and would definitely try it again. A nice easy drinking amber that is sessionable and a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with slightly more than moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film in the center of the glass and a thin ring at the edges. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts with just a touch caramel and light fruit sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts along with some caramel malts. Light amounts of fruit (apple) sweetness and some caramel sweetness. Minimal amounts of grassy hop flavors and almost no discernable bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink because of the lighter body, low ABV, and pleasant (yet lighter) flavors. Enjoyable and sessionable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full toasted malt, burnt caramel and diactyl.

The taste mirrored the aroma oncall front with an additional light herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a suprisingly dry finish.

Overall a decent malt forward red ale.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 342 ratings