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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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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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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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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poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

nice amber with a head that is colored halfway between offwhite and washed out sandstone. nice lacing.

aroma; a pleasing orchard fruit sweetness lays over the pale malt, hint of some hops.

mouthfeel is very good.

taste: moderately malty with a faint fruitiness and some nice hoppy bitterness at the end. there is a slight 'unfinished' quality to the aftertaste that is slightly rough.

Notes: a pretty good beer that seems halfway between an English Bitter and an Irish Red Ale. This is definitely worth drinking again.

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