Lobster Ale
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

Lobster AleLobster Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #986
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,346
Avg:
3.49 | pDev: 12.89%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
340
From:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
79
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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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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 340
Photo of fx20736
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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 metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and creamy beige head that died down but consistently left a thin coating of bubbles on the surface and edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some notes of caramel malts and faint hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little airy and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather light-bodied for an amber ale (it seems to more resemble and Irish Red Ale) so it's easy to drink and very sessionable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/2/12

Appearance: Medium amber color with a lot of copper - clear, pours with a little, off-white head, leaves some nice, spotty lacing

Smell: Caramel malts and bread - lightly toasted, lightly sweet, lightly caramelized - lightly sweet bread - some light citrus in the background - something that smells vaguely British - very mild overall, but not bad, just average

Taste: Caramel malts and crystal malts - lightly toasted, lightly cooked - malty sweetness with minimal bitterness - some light, fruity esters - some lightly and musty flavors - somewhat lacking hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, low carbonation, very drinkable

Overall: Not exciting, but not bad

American Amber/Red Ales vary quite wildly. Some are hoppy, some are malty, some are both... This is British. Must be the yeast. This is very drinkable, but not something to write home about.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 22oz stein.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a off white head and medium lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and carmel.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and thicker feel than expected. Taste of roasted malts, carmel, with hints pine notes and some buttery characteristics.

Overall: Decent brew, went great with my seafood dinner on a crisp fall day.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 27/6/12

A clear reddish amber with some tiny particles and very few visible bubbles but a solid two fingers of light tan foam that retains well leaving a few partial rings of lace

S loads of dark toffee and bread, some herbal hops and a little iced tea

T close to the smell with more of an earthy aspect and even some faint chocolate, just a little nutty and everything I could smell's still there

M it has some body too it and good carbonation, a little slippery after the fact and a faint nutty aftertaste

O a bit of a surprise because I didn't expect all that much but it was pretty solid, not the most exciting style but I thought it was a good example of one

You can really taste the lobster, no but for real though I'd drink this again

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear deep copper, tall tan head after a fairly aggressive drunken pour, left some random blobs of lacing
S - bready and nutty with hints of leafy hops, generally pleasant
T - malt heavy with sweet, nutty, and light roasty flavours, generous leafy hop balance, a slight phenolic hint on finish
M - medium to light body, lower carbonation, light dry finish with a little bit of that teeth coating sweetness
O - classic medium malty flavoured red ale, type of brew that would go great with a hearty meal

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Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by December 2012?? A 12-month shelf-life seems a touch optimistic for a 5% amber...

Pours a translucent red color with huge amounts of visible carbonation. Head is tiny. Aroma is that of a nice, malty red. Not too much beyond the malts on the nose, besides a touch of grains. The taste is very good, it's got a solid caramel malt kick with just a touch of grains and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and on the lighter side of medium, and has a nice dry finish. The drinkability on this is very good. Overall, this is a solid red. It won't wow you, but it's a solid, drinkable beer that I'd pick up a sixer of if I ever see it around again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Halftime beverage. Thankfully no lobsters in this brew since I am allergic to shellfish.

A - Twist off is noted but I used a bottle opener. Pours a good amber brown with nice carbonation leading to an inch of foam. Head is slightly sticky with lace.

S - A bit more hop forward but I get the caramel and toasted biscuit like malts that I enjoy in these brews.

T - Wow the hops balance well with the malts in this too. I get caramel not as sweet as my last red but balanced biscuit malts and a clean finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice medium body.

Overall I enjoy this beer it's a bit more hoppy but taste is a good red ale. Not sure if I would pay 13-20 dollars a six pack but worth the 2 dollar single.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a new arrival on the usual suspect Alberta liquor store shelves. I've seen it going anywhere from $13 to $19 a sixer - yikes.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with two broad fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves a band of thick webbed lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of fairly strong bready caramel malt, a bit of sweet nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. The taste is more caramel malt, an iota of metallic edginess, some faint citrus, and earthy, flinty hops. The carbonation is average, and slightly peppy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy, but generally smooth, especially for the style. It finishes with a turn to the dry and bitter, as the sweet malt tails off, and the aforementioned hops fill the gap.

Not too shabby, as my experience with this style is typically underwhelming, off-flavours abounding. Here, though, we have a nice malty, balanced, red ale - a candidate for deeper, unexamined indulgence, for sure. It's just too bad about the retarded US import prices for it around here.

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Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · Fridge temp · Best before August 2012

Appearance: Pours that classic amber color with a light brown, 1.5" head. Great retention and lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Deeper caramel malts than the other ambers I've recently enjoyed. No hops aromas, but some of that typical cereal grain that I enjoy.

Taste: Somewhat roasted caramel malts and an equal amount of bitterness to back the whole thing up. This is definitely a more assertive amber ale than the others. I like it!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, malty, bitter, dry and a bit boozy.

Overall: I am impressed by this beer. It is not conventional, and throws a lot at the drinker in question. Very nice.

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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, some caramel, mild hops, and light fruit. Not a super dynamic flavor (not that the style lends itself to dynamism), but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a drinkable enough beer, but also fairly forgettable as well.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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 david18
3/5  rDev -14%
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 GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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 drcarver
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep amber with a slowly rising 1 finger head. decent lacing sticks to the top as the head fades, but little lacing decorates the side of the glass.

S - very sweet. raisins and sugar? a bit of smokiness toward the back and a comforting pub aroma as well.

T/M full bodied slightly sugary and coats the tongue. quickly fading aftertaste has a hint of bitter to cut through the sweet. taste of sweet bread on the front with smoke at the end.

O - a very nice beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a fairly rich and deep amber hue and is capped with a nice frothy antique white head that drops splats of lace all over the glass' wall. The nose has a good deal of UK fruity yeast character, offering light notes of currant and plum. Flavor-wise, there is a good deal of earthy-herbal nuance that enjoins the aforementioned UK yeasty fruitiness. The feel is softly carbonated and just about square at medium-bodied. Overall, not stunning, but it drinks very nice.

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Photo of koopa
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at "Treats" in some town in Maine.

Appearance: Pours a decent garnet tinged brown...very iced tea like with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, slight yeast fruit - almost apricot like, and a mineral water tinge.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink session style red. Nothing fancy or spectacular but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: Murky dark tan with a reddish hue. Decent head with minimal lacing.

S: Malty and roasty. Not much hop presence in the smell, but light florals in there somewhere. Faint notes of dark ripe fruit and cocoa.

T: Again, malty. Pretty much follows the smell exactly.

D: A decent 'no think' amber ale.

Value: Overpriced.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice ale from Belfast Bay Brewing.

Taste is smooth and a little hoppy. Not overly powerful or dominating-- just well balanced. Crisp.

Smell is a medium bodied ale with a bit of hoppiness.

Although it's a nice beer, it's sort of unmemorable. There's really not a huge reason to search out this rare find.

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Photo of beergod1
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear amber pour with off white creamy head that lasts all the way through. Decent lacing sweet caramel/bready aroma ... taste of trademark Red Ale "roasted Malt" with a creamy mouthfeel, some light piney notes and a light bitterness in the finish, Kinda dry, almost a metallic lingering taste on the tongue. an average amber ale.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From on tap creates a very small half finger head of cream colored bubbles, leaving a nice dark brown with reddish hues in color. Very good lacing.

Bouquet is very closed though. Faint barley malt but not much else, fairly simple but nothing off putting or faulty

Taste is much improved though with spice cloves, good hop/malt finishing. Hop finishing is actually nice and not bitter at all, and there is a great taste of dark brown bread as well.

Drinkability is better than average, I could have it again.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, burnt orange into a pint glass with a slight head.

Not much in the nose, slight malt and a little musty.

Surprisingly good flavor, nothing like the scent. The taste is mostly caramel and sweet malts, with some roasted notes in the background. A little bit of flowery hops and a touch of grains comes in next. Overall it's got a nice malty taste with some other flavors in the background that add a nice character to the brew.

Medium body, refreshing, and balanced.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale hops, slight citrus hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of pale malt, and hint of grain. Overall, decent beer, but nothing really stands out as being above average.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into an American pint glass, it poured a reddish amber with one finger of white and a healthy dose of carbonation; average retention and lacing. Smelled of caramel apple, nuttiness, and malt. The taste revealed nothing additional; simply a balanced malty, slightly fruity amber ale, with a semi-sweet finish. Medium-bodied, with high carbonation. Decent session amber.

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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 340 ratings