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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Dark ruby color, moderate head of foam, big fruity nose. Robust fruity palate is packed with apple-pear character, nice malt backbone, barely balancing hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (925) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 6, 2001
Nice and smooth for an ale. Taste is great, but all I could think of was Lobster.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2001
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.

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