Lobster Ale
Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

Lobster AleLobster Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #983
ABV:
5%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,521
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 thecarster1
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, light coloring, nice head that sticks around awhile.

s- nice malt, some sweetness, a touch of vanilla as well, no real hop presence.

t- solid red ale, sweeter than most perhaps, with a bit of vanilla and spice again, nice toast to the malts.

m- medium body.

d- this is a drinkable beer, not so sure that i would get it again, but i was glad that i got the chance to try it. i'm a bit of a shellfish-head so this was the reasoning behind it as well.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper and rusty amber color. Two finger tan head recedes to a thick film of foam with good bubbling. Good looking beer all the way through my twelve ounce bottle.

The arom has some deep toasted bready malt aromas. With a sweet caramel and bread crust finish after each whiff. Maybe a little too sweet smelling for a red ale in my opinion.

The flavor starts with a lovely toasted bread and grain bill. Then slowly caramelizes and sweetens to the finish. This caramel toasted malt sweetness lingers a bit after each sip.

The palate is a bit syrupy to the feel along with its somewhat too much sweetness. All in all a pretty asy to drink beer that could us a little less sweetness.

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Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.89. I never saw any beers from this brewery in the Chicago area before so I was anxious to try it. The bottle had a best before date of Dec. 2010 notched out on it and this is only June of '10 so it should be plenty fresh.

The beer poured a clear, copper/amber color that turned bright golden orange when held to the light. The 1 finger white head lasted about a minute and a half before fading to a thin rim at the top of the glass and it left nice lacing with every sip.

It has a nice malty smell - mostly caramel, with some pear aroma underneath the malt.

A nice blend of crystal and caramel malt form the backbone of this beer with some apple/pear fruitiness coming thru as well. No noticeable hop presence until the finish where you get just a touch of bitterness.

Light to medium body with a pretty big dose of carbonation which helps make it crisp and refreshing.

The only sign of alcohol at all is in the finish with the hops, but it is barely noticeable. This is a really easy to drink red ale.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Pours a dark copper color. White head with good lacing.

Faint smell of sweet maltiness.

Decently balanced taste between the malt and bitterness/earthiness of the style.

Thin mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, goes down easy.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty standard beer. The appearance is of a nice amber hue with a quickly fading white head. Nothing is left on the glass to remind you that there was even a beer in there. Smell is a nice carmel malt and the flavor is a little grainy. The mouth feel is smooth, but uneventful and unexciting. A nice beer to have if nothing else is around.

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Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, quickly-diminishing white head. Body is dark amber and completely clear.

S: Some light smokiness is present, along with the caramel malt you expect to detect with an amber ale. It's pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

T: Nice flavor with an overall short-to-average duration, it's lightly sweet without being a bit cloying, with a bit of a smoky and caramel taste to the whole thing.

M: Light-bodied, with a thin-oily texture and average carbonation.

D: Nothing special, but pretty solid... easily drinkable and not offensive at all, so wouldn't be a problem to quaff a couple. I wonder how many people they scare off who think this beer may taste like lobster? Trust me, they exist.

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Photo of EPseja
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature. Thanks to BA yelterdow for the hookup!

A - Deep chestnut brown with a fluffy, sand-colored head. Retention is mediocre, and lacing is sporadic but cohesive in the spots where it does form.

S - Biscuity English maltiness with a touch of hoppy florals. Simple, but elegant. Nothing more or less than it should be for this style.

T - Starts with the smooth mellowness of a finely crafted Barry White tune; sweet without being overtly sappy. Dry and biscuity in the middle, with a perfectly balanced dryness in the end and a pleasing, toasty aftertaste. An excellent example of simple, "non-extreme" finesse.

M - Easy and slightly watery on the way in, rising to a creamy froth with a vibrant effervescence on the tongue. Quickly condenses to a seafoam wave for a quick and fulfilling swallow.

D - This is the definition of a fantastic session beer, and one that could hardly be surpassed as a companion for a good steak dinner. Upon first smell and taste, I could easily have mistaken this for a great English ESB. It's got the right mouthfeel, and a supreme balance that keeps the next sip constantly coming. This beer is the antithesis of everything extreme brewers are trying to accomplish -- and thankfully so.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-amber with a foamy 1 finger head that dissipated to a faint skim. No lacing.

Tons of caramel aromas in this one. Light hop leaf scent, and a bit of toasted malt.

Caramel malt sweetness, backed with some light hop bitterness and finishing with an odd soapy flavor (really -- after the first few sips, I was really hunting for it, and it is there). Funny enough, if it had a touch more bitterness, and no soap, this is a blind test dead ringer for Gritty's Best Bitter. Very very close.

Lightly adequate carbonation and medium body. Which it had a bit more fizz.

Overall, very very easy to drink, and a middle of the road amber ale. I've had better, but also far worse. Decent.

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Photo of bob3701
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was drawn in to buying this from the packaging though the boat on the lable should have been a lobster boat, don't you think? Poured into a pint glass the head disappated to nothing very rapidly. A somewhat murky amber color with striking red highlights. Just looking at this beer I thought it was not going to be good but it had an interesting aroma and with the first sip I thought it was a damn good beer. This went down real easy and my son and I killed the six pack in the blink of an eye.

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Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-copper color with brilliant clarity (especially for a red). Nice white head with tight bubble formation that settled to a thin lace after about 10 minutes or so.

Smells of roasted malts and buttery lobster tail (ok...not really, but it would pair nicely).

Taste is primarily the amber malts with a pinch of subtle hop character.

Mouthfeel is thin yet refreshing.

I could easily drink this beer for the night.

Morey's Bottom Line: Nothing earth shattering, but I like this beer. Easy to drink, but with plenty of flavor. I talked to the head brewer at Belfast and he wanted this beer to be sessionable...and it definitely is.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of August 2010. Sampled on November 7, 2009. The pour is more copper and bronze than red but there are few hints of ruby in the mix. The head was thick and frothy. Fruity and malty sensations are ley with the first whiff of the aroma. The mouthfeel tends to be medium and smooth. The taste has a nice balance of bitterness and malty sweetness. A good clean hoppy and dry ending. A decent enough brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Topside in Gloucester. This was a couple months ago and i'm looking back over my notes, so I hope I can remember it.

A: Brown amber slight red and slightly clear. The light head retains pretty well.

N: Nose is of a light red ale with some toasty light malts, pretty lager like though.

T: Taste is purely red ale style, some lightly toasted malts and slight earthiness. Slightly bitter. Pretty light, crisp, and refreshing, but lacking on flavor.

M: Very light on the mouth, little creamy and low carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and crisp.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz pint glass at the Great Lost Bear. It's fairly dark at the bar, so it's hard to judge the appearance, but it looks like a dark copper color. It's quite clear and has almost no head. It has a light hop aroma. There is a good caramel malt flavor to the Lobster ale (no, it doesn't taste like a lobster) that is balanced with some non-bitter hop flavors. There's a medium body and almost no coating of the mouth; it goes down clean. Personally, I find this beer very drinkable. I'm a big fan of red ales, and this is one of the best ones readily available in Maine. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Red Ale. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a small white head. Head retention and lacing are very average. Smell is malt, not that pronounced.

I liked the taste, malty (more bready than sweet) a little buttery and a hint of a crisp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Thin not to the point of being watery, but still thin. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability. A good candidate for a session beer. solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of drtth
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice dark copper color with a ¼" light-tan head that recedes fairly soon to a patch of foam and a small ring. Sipping early on produces a fair number of spots of lacing. However before the beer is half gone the head and lacing are a thing of the past.

Smell: The aroma has a buttery caramel character with an almost metallic character in the background. There also seems to be an earthy note from the hops.

Taste: The faintly metallic taste is present in the flavor, along with the lightly sweet caramel from the pale malts. About mid-way through the hops emerge with a definite but not unpleasant or overly strong earthy and herbal character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and smooth. Early on the carbonation is light with a steady scattered pattern of bubbles and a slightly prickly feeling. However, by the end of the beer the carbonation has been pretty much gone for a while. The finish is medium to long and dry as the earthy bitterness of the hops take over and then just fade away.

Drinkability: This is solid beer that I enjoyed drinking. I would have it again if available but I'll not be actively seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of beergirlblog
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful amber-reddish, with a decent white head that stayed around until I'd almost finished the beer.

It smells sweet and malty and roasted-- the word sticky comes to mind, but I think that's a mental rehashing of caramel. The aroma skews towards being overly malty smelling.

The taste however, is a really nice, if not complex, balance between the caramel and roasted and malt flavors. There's a light hint of bitterness that keeps the other the flavors in check. The carbonation level is a little higher than what I normally like, but it worked alright with the taste profile and the way in which I was drinking the beer (while at work, classsyyy)

It tastes thin and sweet and again, roasted, in the mouth, nothing to complain about here.

Definitely drinkable. I had several. At least way more drinkable than most things. Good balance of flavor, thickness, and carbonation.

I'll definitely drink it again, especially because I can drink it on tap for free.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, dark amber. Decent and dense two finger head produces a rich deep tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and toasty malts with just a hint at hops.

T: Nice and malty, plenty of roasted malts, some charred caramel. At the end there's light palette cleaning hops at the end.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

D: Not a great beer, but solid. Worked well with the clams and king crab I had.

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Photo of captenaj
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In keeping with it's name, this poured a deep red with a creamy head.
S: Mild hops and not much else.
T: Hops, which was pretty strong.
M: Thin, moderate carbonation.
D: There wasn't much to this beer, although the flavor that was there wasn't bad. This was nice with food but on it's own, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much.

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Photo of Schwab
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured beer in glass and have to admit that it has a really nice amber-red-ish color. Leaves also a nice head, not very big but ok. Carbonation level seems also decent and beer is very well balanced between hops and malts. Mouthfeel is decent. Taste is good and definitely wants you to get some more

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Photo of ATPete
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
best by 12/09

Pours a murkey amber/orange brown color with a small white head that vanished very quickly. Decent nose, simple malt and yeast esters. Sweet malt, awkward, almost sour bitterness and a looming machine funk going on here and a grainy aftertaste. Medium/light body. I think this beer would shine a little brighter with food, but i dont think i'll revisit.

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

Out of a bottle found in Topsham, this red ale was a mahogany color with some ruby highlights visible against sunlight. The head was a finger of khaki foam that displayed good retention and modest lacing. The aroma was of toasted malt, some mustiness and light hops. The flavors were slightly sour, roasted malt, citrus-like hops and a bit of nuttiness. The finish was crisp and bitter. The mouthfeel was slightly oily, the body medium and the carbonation medium. A very average beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firstly, I'm glad someone finally wised-up and made a "Lobster Ale" for Maine. I mean, geez, you could put a lobster on almost anything and sell it to tourists! And the label looks good too, with a nautical connection with the white and red, a painting of a ship, and a lobster claw sneaking in! Good for them.

Secondly, it smells like a Maine beer. For whatever reason, those Maine brewers love their Ringwood yeast. It's toned down, but it's there. Lots of nice fruit, a balancing mineralish edge, and an undertone of buttery diacetyl that widens the entire gustatory experience.

It looks great in the glass as well with a very dark copper body that gleems with orange and gold highlights when held to the light, and a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves wide rings of thin, foamy lace.

There's lots of caramel to the maltiness, but fortunately it's not over-done, and extra-fortunately, doesn't show any oxygenation (which normally lends overtly bready and sticky-sugar notes). A median bitterness balances it, and there are some leafy, floral and grassy hops backing it. Add the character that the yeast lends into the mix, and you've got yourself a winner! A fairly straightforward ale that's not over-done in any way but still offers plenty of flavor and character.

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Photo of cleeze
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark amber color with a bit of redness to it, especially when its held up the light. The head is slight and dissipates pretty quickly. The smell is nothing that amazing, malty with some caramel. It smells very sweet and syrupy, kind of like Killian's. Kind of weak.

Taste is interesting. Its got a lot of carbonation and only a slight taste of malt and hops. Its the kind of beer that certain people love since it has an appealing label and nothing all that amazing in the bottle. No intense maltiness, no super hoppiness or anything that would really set it aside from other beers. Nope, its just a decent, average amber ale...

I bet the tourist drink this shit up though

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belfast Brewing Company's tapof a red lobster claw facing downward caught my eye at Camaradas the other night and figured I had not had an red in some time.

A: Poured into a pint glass to reveal a shiny crimson with a finger and a half creamy head. Sticky lace and strong retention for this sharp looking beer.

S: The nose was very too timid to show off the sweet malt and cascade hops.

T: Crystal malts are prominent in the flavor but perhaps a mixe of dry as well. Hop profile was subdued to my sensors. Ringwood yeast was enjoyable but the flavor lasting power could be improved or perhaps the lightness is intentional.

M: Medium and dry that builds your desire to quaf another one.

D: I enjoyed the Lobster Ale and would recommend to others that don't want a big beer but want to pack away a few

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

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus and some graininess. Tastes of caramel, citrus, grainy, and toasted malts. Toasty and grainy all the way around.

Notes from 10/02/07.

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Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 340 ratings