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607. Blue Lobster Brewing Piscataquaweisse

PiscataquaweisseThere has been a fair amount of press about Blue Lobster over the past few months and not all of it has been positive. The firing of brewer David Sakolsky and subsequent actions. I am not going to go into any of that here and stay focused on the beer.

Piscataquaweisse was brewed when David was still at Blue Lobster and was one of only 3 beers that made it into bottles. This one is a 375 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. In addition to being an excellent beer this one also takes the honor of lowest ABV beer I have reviewed, not too many options out there uner 3% alcohol.

Appearance is a beautiful red/pink color with almost no head. Aroma is slightly tart and fruity. It has been a long time since I tried a plum so not entirely sure what they smell/taste like but this beer used both blueberries and plums. Taste followed with some nice juicy fruit up front and a light tart finish. I have not tried many Berliner Wiesses so I a far from an expert but this was an excellent beer that I had to keep reminding myself to drink slow and enjoy.
Pros:
Very tasty
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Brewed with NH Wild Blueberries and ME Plums.

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578. Blue Lobster Excess Galaxy

Blue Lobster Excess GalaxyDave at Blue Lobster makes some great beer and I really enjoy going down to Hampton and hanging out at the tasting room. Last time I was down I only had a few minutes and grabbed two 750s of the Excess Galaxy. At first I was not sure if this was a different beer than my previously reviewed Excess is Not Rebellion (Galaxy Edition) but after tasting it I was convinced it was a different beer. Just to confirm I contacted Dave and he did say it is a different beer, both double IPAs and both hopped entirely with Galaxy hops.

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma had lots of citrus and pineapple and a bit of pine. Taste follows with a very tropical feel and very little bitterness which is surprising for a double IPA. If you like your DIPAs with lots of juicy fruits like I do you need to make your way to Hampton, NH and check out what Blue Lobster is brewing. 
Pros:
Lots of citrus/tropical fruits
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster FB Page
Brewers Description:

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493. Blue Lobster Excess is not Rebellion (Columbus Edition)

ExcessAfter drinking the black IPA from Blue Lobster I had to go back to my favorite style – the double IPA. This is the third installment of their Excess is not Rebellion series of double IPAs, this one using only Columbus hops.

This beer could be summed up in one word – dank! Because I like to type I will give you a little more detail. Color is a very nice orange with a small head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Lots of aroma from this beer with citrus and tropical fruits – very pleasant. Taste is surprising for a single hop beer a lot of different things happening. Certainly lots of same citrus, tropical hop flavor but you also get a nice bitterness and the oily resin remnants that I like in my DIPAs.

I liked this one better than the Galaxy edition but probably not quite as well as the original which used a blend of 3 hop varieties; Galaxy, Centennial and Citra. Hopefully Blue Lobster continues to experiment with single hop DIPAs as this was fantastic.
Pros: 
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Single Hopped DIPA

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492. Blue Lobster Red Door (Paint it Black)

Blue Lobster Red DoorBlue Lobster is making some great beer in Hampton, NH and if you enjoy craft beer you need to make the trip. When checking out their Facebook page I saw David’s version of a black IPA was on and had to try it as this is a style that I still have not accepted.

Color is not surprising, black with a nice thick tan head. Aroma has plenty of the roasted malts you expect from a black IPA but also a fair amount of piney hops. Taste is where most black IPAs lose me and this one is no different. The huge amounts of roasted malts and just a hint of hops if you really look for them. Bitterness is where it should be for an IPA but I still get lost in all the malts.

Don’t get me wrong this is a good beer and one of the better black IPAs I have had but I simply don’t get this style. If you enjoy black IPAs you will enjoy this beer.
Pros: 
Cons:

Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: VT Black IPA

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484. Blue Lobster Hamptonweisse

Blue Lobster HamptonweisseI believe there is a big void in the craft beer market for truly sessionable beer. Some brewers are getting there with flavorful beer in the 4.5% ABV area but not many are doing anything under 4% and even fewer are daring enough to put out a 2.9% ABV beer like this one from Blue Lobster.

This beer is a Berlinerweisse made with apricot and kiwi. Sounds like odd ingredients for a beer but it works really well. Color is very light with a nice white head, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is tart and I have to be honest I don’t eat a lot of apricot or kiwi so I can only assume that it what I am smelling with this beer.

Taste is excellent with a very nice tart and very refreshing. I believe they finished this off at the brewery recently but I hope they bring it back for another round before the end of the Summer. If they do be sure to buy a couple of 750s or a 2 liter as it will go down very easy. 
Pros:  
Very flavorful and easy to drink 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 2.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Berlinerweisse, with an additional fruiting of Apricot and Kiwi. This bright summer beer is very effervescent and tart.

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453. Blue Lobster Excess is not Rebellion (Galaxy Edition)

Blue Lobster Excess Is Not RebellionExcess is not Rebellion started as Blue Lobster’s double IPA using a mix of 3 different hop varieties (reviewed here). Brewer David Sakolsky decided to keep the name as he moves through a series of double IPAs using a single hop variety. The first in this series is the Galaxy Edition.

This beer is a beautiful deep orange with a thick off white head. Aroma is very strong with lots of tropical hop goodness. This one is off to a great start and the taste continues down that path. Lots of hops (no surprise there) with a nice combination of tropical, pine and earthy flavors. The beer is well balanced and quite complex considering it only has a single type of hop.

Finish is only slightly bitter and the beer hides the alcohol very well. Excess is not Rebellion is refreshing when I find many double IPAs not to be. 
Pros:
Flavorful, complex and well balanced
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description:

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451. Blue Lobster Lunatique Homard

Blue Lobster Lunatique HomardThis beer was brewed for the opening of WHYM Craft Biere Cafe in Portsmouth. Love it when two of my customers get together to do great things. This is a saison brewed with honey and tangelos which sounded very interesting.

I tried the beer at the brewery while chatting with the brewer David and took home a couple of 750s, one for me and others to share with my Maine beer friends. The beer has a great bright orange color with no head or lacing. Lots of things happening with the aroma with some earthy hops and other things that I can’t quite place. The taste and mouthfeel are where this one excels. Plenty of citrus notes and sweetness from the honey.

This beer had a lot of things going for it being a saison with a fair amount of citrus flavor, just the right amount of sweet and a very clean finish that leaves you wanting more. I hope this one comes around again and is not a one time thing. 
Pros: Taste and mouthfeel
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Lunatique Homard, The Whimsical Lobster, is our interpretation of a Biere De Miel. Starting with a French Saison base, this beer is brewed with 22% Meadowfoam Honey and Minneola Tangelo zest and juice. This beer was brewed as a dedication to WHYM Craft Biere Cafe in Portsmouth, NH.

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436. Blue Lobster Brewing Lobster Genome Project .1

Blue Lobster GenomeThis is the first beer from Blue Lobster that didn’t get a high rating from me. That may be more due to the style than the beer itself as Biere de Garde are not overly exciting. This was brewed as a base beer for a port barrel aged beer that should add a lot to the original brew.

This beer has a nice deep red color with a thin tan head. Not a lot of aroma but what is there is a light malt. Taste is simple with the same sweet light malts coming in and only a slight bitterness in the finish. Overall this is a fairly simple beer but should work well as the base for their port barrel aged experiment. Looking forward to that beer when it is available. 
Pros: 

Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (Facebook  Page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Biere De Garde. Brewed in collaboration with Paul Vaughn utilizing fresh ground Tennessee Grits. Clean, malty, and unassuming. This beer is also the base for Paul’s Boutique, our brett/bacteria port barrel Biere De Garde.

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411. Blue Lobster Brewing Black Claw

Blue Lobster Black ClawSo many breweries are going for the big imperial stouts with 10%+ ABVs but sometimes you just need an easy drinking low ABV stout to drink after work. Black Claw from Blue Lobster is a great choice for those nights.

Color is dark brown with a two finger tan head with big lazy bubbles. Aroma has lots of roasted malts chocolate and coffee for the most part with a hint of hop. Taste is what I expect from a stout with the same chocolate/coffee to start and just a hint of earthy hops to balance things out. This is not a thick syrupy stout just a nice easy drinking after dinner drink. 
Pros:
Very tasty with low ABV for a stout
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: American stout

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410. Blue Lobster Brewing Red Sky at Night

Blue Lobster Red Sky

Red Sky at Night is Blue Lobster Brewing’s Imperial Amber ale. Unlike many amber/red ales this one has a great hop presence. The beer pours a deep red with a thick off white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The aromas are mostly caramel but some of the hop character does come through. Doesn’t smell as good as the Gold Claw or Stalkholm Syndrome but still a very inviting beer.

Taste is where this one excels with a complex mix of malts and hops. Being an amber ale there is plenty of sweet malts to start but the piney/earthy hops quickly kick in with a slightly bitter finish. This drinks far too easy for an 8.1% beer and would have been dangerous if I opted for the 2L growler instead of just the 750.
Pros:
Complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Red Sky At Night is our interpretation of an Imperial American Amber. Hopped with Nugget, Galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin over a heavily malty, caramel backbone.

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