gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it with a bowl of clam chowder at the Lobster Cooker in Freeport, Me. This brew is great. Nice reddish color with some foamy head. Nice malty fragrance. Good hop and malt balance. Great palate with a dry finish. Excellent with fresh seafood or social afair.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard to coax a definitive adjective out of the aroma, so I'll leave it at fruity. It had a very nice reddish brown appearance, with a small, short lasting head. Lots of carbonation with a grainy taste. Some hops in the finish to provide a little bite.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale lacks any indistinguishable characteristics but is an all around good drinking beer. Nice apple malt flavor with litte bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice and tasty.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light bronze-amber. Husky, slightly breadcrusty aroma leans towards earthiness. Malty flavour with some light earthy hopping (seemed fuggley to me but I didn’t verify that). Sweetish, earthy, field-like finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber brown color topped with a thick creamt head. Sweet yet sour malty aroma with a touch of hoppiness. Sweet malt flavor quickly turning hoppy. medium bodied and relatively dry.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish copper. Small off white head. A bubble of carbonation. Buttery aroma with a hint of wine-ish fruit. Mellow, a touch fluffy with a fruit skin aftertaste mixed with a toasted malt base. Medium body. Very mild hop flavor and bitterness. Mainly dry with an oaken, cherry skin fruitiness. A hair cloying. Finishes with a dextrin fullness and yeasty push. OK, but this could be an old sample as it was not marked.
Davhgbrew (925) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weird aroma I can’t put my finger on. Has a rich creamy mouthfeel, thicker than most of the reds I’ve had. Interesting brew, almost barley wine-ish.
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and smooth for an ale. Taste is great, but all I could think of was Lobster.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the second beer I’ve had from Belfast Bay, and though not as good as McGovern’s Oatmeal Stout, it was very good. Aroma was somewhat weak, and the ’apple/pear notes’ might be a streach, but if you’re looking for it, you may find it immediately after you swallow. Otherwise, a crisp red ale with good balancing hops.