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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
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117
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303
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 303
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 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 Hagbard
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As this amber gold beer splashes into the pint glass, there is an audible fizziness as the carbonation is released. This quickly fades leaving a nice thick white head, which also quickly fades. The aroma is slightly hoppy with an interesting caramel sweetness hiding in the background. These two aromas play against each other to nice effect. The caramel makes its appearance in the taste from the get go. Sweetly, but far from cloying. A fair amount of bitterness is delivered to the back of the tongue via pin pricks of carbonation. This bitterness cuts through the sweetness of the initial taste. The finish is dry with very little of the sweetness remaining. This is a surprisingly nice beer. The sweetness is very interesting and never becomes cloying, which is a large turnoff for me. It is very drinkable, I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. However, I do think the carbonation makes it a little bit filling.

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

12 oz longneck, brown bottle, twist off cap. BBE month and year notched on label.

This ale poured a clear, light coffee brown color with creamy, tan foam that persisted a bit and coated the glass and left lacing. There was a steady stream of fine bubbles. The smell was mildly malty with a touch of caramel. The smell improved as the glass warmed. The taste was mildly malty with a hint of caramel and a light fruitiness. The mild hop bitterness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and very dry. The body was medium with good carbonation. The finish was very dry with some fruitiness. This was a rather pleasant and easy drinking ale.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer extravasates the 12 ounce brown bottle a halcyon reddish-brown with a diminutive and frothy light tan head, the lace a sealing sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp to the senses, start has a nice malt profile, somewhat sweet with the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a personable acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer and my thanks goes to Carmen for this bottle which is a new beer and brewery to me.

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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 yankeeheel
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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Photo of oberon
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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
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