Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 4,056
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
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Gots: 815 | FT: 22
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Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.
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Ratings: 4,056 | Reviews: 646
Photo of glass_house
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My expectations were somewhat tempered after hearing a few people downplay this beer before I finally got the chance to try it. Does it deserve to be mentioned with the best of the best? Not quite, but excellent nonetheless.

Pours a deep dark hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head that hangs around for a while. Quite a looker. The balance of tropical fruit and bitter hop resin is the most impressive feature. Lots of pineapple and mango in the nose. An initial burst of tropical and floral sweetness on the palate quickly gives way to the piney bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. It's a bit on the light side, but substantial enough to carry the flavors well.

Overall, I'd consider it a top tier IPA, just not quite up there with the best of the best. I overpaid for my bottle just to finally try it. Glad I did, but I'll likely only buy it again if I find it at a more reasonable price.

Photo of gcasher
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amber in color with a big frothy white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy and the initial flavor is a sweet fruity hoppy beer with subtle dank piney hops following. The only weakness in this beer for me was the mouthfeel. It was much thinner than I like.

Photo of Buffett
2.95/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer many times, but this latest batch tastes like a light version of itself. Not at all what it usually tastes like. Very thin..... On draught at Sunset ..6/28
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Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/16/2015
A: Beautiful golden bronze like in color with minimal head. Super clear until the final pour from the bottle which is cloudy.

S: Strong notes of grapefruit and some pine. Tropical notes were also present, but not overbearing.

T: Upon first sip, bitterness is detected from the hops. There is a tropical citrus base that can be tasted mid sip. Has a dry finish that seems to dull the tropical character quite a bit.

M: Hops prickly to the tongue, medium-high carbonation. Hops are fairly bitter with a tad bit of stickiness that is also present. A tad bit watery mouthfeel as well.

O: Glad that I finally tracked down a bottle of the elusive "Lunch"!! Solid IPA, but nothing to write home about. Not sure if it meets the hype.

Photo of Beergasm1
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the pour farm in New Bedford,Ma

Having the beer on tap, the beer is great but not as great as expected.

Smell comes off as a strong hop oil, if that's your thing you'll love it.

Taste same as the smell a strong back bone of hop oil, straight hop bomb.

Drinkability- the beer goes down great, very easy to drink.

May sound like I hate this beer, but it honestly is worth trying at least once. Compared to other great beers it's not even close.

Photo of sperk12
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stopped at their tasting room on my way home from Boothbay and tried this one on draft. It was everything I had hoped it would be. My only regret is that the 6 bottles I picked up will run out quickly and I'll have to wait until we visit Maine again next summer. still glad that I had an opportunity to finally try this great beer.

Photo of Rfortier
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great balanced taste good color with fruity citrus nose.

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I didn't have principles, I'd pour this. How this beer has the hype it does is mind-boggling. No bright hop character, faint nose, boring malt bill, and just an uninteresting and mediocre IPA. It was pretty and the body of the beer was nice but that's where it ended.

Photo of garyloveman
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not impressed with the pour. Want more haze but colour saves it. Smells of light fruit, lemon. Taste is a dry citrus with really well matched hop bitterness. Well carbonated.

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed this one yet; available every couple weeks in RI and always worth the purchase at $6.99.

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2 weeks ago, pours hazy gold orange color with a foamy 1-2 finger slightly off white head with a ton of bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left great spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down. A small layer lingered on top for another fine looking Maine IPA, and the second half of the bottle poured just as nicely.

Smells of tropical fruit, fresh hops and a bowl of citrus fruit; the nose is light and airy but has strong indications of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit pith, pineapple, mango, tangerine, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, light caramel, graham cracker, passion fruit and mild spices. All in all it’s soft and fragrant and not an in your face hoppy IPA, but at the same time the smell is wonderful with really juicy fresh hop aromas. Very kind on the nose, it is balanced and near perfect.

Tastes like it smells, with big citrus hops up front and a mix of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, guava, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, lightly roasted grains, graham cracker, passion fruit, tea leaf, biscuit, wheat bread crust, dry floral hops or dry flowers, and spices like pepper, coriander and a hint of cinnamon; slightly bitter but the full flavored citrus hops just add some more complexity that it is similar to licking a grapefruit that then gets washed away by a crisp cookie or a graham cracker. Tasty indeed and extremely well balanced, this was very easy to drink and hides the 7% completely.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy and smooth side with very mild carbonation that seems thin, a medium body that’s thicker than the mouthfeel in general, and a slightly bitter finish that is semi-dry and full of juicy citrus hops like this brew was dry hopped.

Drinks and flows down so much easier than 7% ABV, I haven’t had this in a few years and compared notes from 2012 and found it just as great now as it was back then which shows how well Maine Beer Company makes all of their beers. Not a hop bomb, just a fantastic well balanced IPA that is impressive in every way. A very high recommendation, if you don’t mind spending a little extra for a bomber then get this every time you see it as it has always been excellent. Lunch is up there with the best IPA’s every made.

Photo of dleigh
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy IPA--I know it's a matter of taste, but I have more respect brewers who can produce a dope clear IPA. The smell is nice, with some subtle tropical fruit, kind of like Zombie Dust. The taste just doesn't carry that fruitiness from the smell through, though. I think this could be a great beer, but it's missing something in the taste. Bottle dated 6/2/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from HopSynonymous (you rock!). Bottled 5/19/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a pale, opaque orange yellow with a full three fingers of white head. A full ring lingers throughout and imparts some large flakes of lace.

Aromas of orange, pineapple, berries. There is a mild sweetness but the nose seems to be all about the fruity hops.

Those delicious fruity hops continue in the flavor with oranges, papaya, mango, pine and subtle bready sweetness. Great balance that showcases hops and totally covers any alcohol.

Smooth medium feel with supple carbonation. Citrus and lightly tropical notes linger in the finish.

While perhaps not quite up to the expectation, Lunch is a great, balanced IPA. Subtle malts make a nice bed for the bright, fruity hops.

Photo of TBonez477
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice, juicy IPA. Bitterness is not strong which allows the citrus and tropical flavors really come through.

Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at The Great Bear in Portland, ME. Perfect toasted orange, slightly hazy appearance with a Snow White head, 1/8". Excellent frothy lacing. Sweet N' piny aroma, as well as apricot. Flavor is resinous and not too harshly bitter like many IPAs. It's pretty mellow despite the initial flavor.

Photo of KidDoc
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried at ACBF in Boston and enjoyed it. Had another the next day at TITS in Allston. Given how much better it was the next day, there are a lot beers from ACBF that I need to try with a clean palate. Love all MBC beers (so far)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX in Charleston for $8.
A: pours a shiny golden color, the kind you would see on gold bars at Fort Knox haha, 2 finger brilliant white foam head that fades to the perimeter, syrupy stringy lacing, carbonation
S: citrus fruits of orange, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, malt, papaya, very soft flavors
M: medium creamy body, slight dry finish
T: orange, papaya, citrus, salty cracker, bitter hops, malt, finish of earthy green hops, piney resin that slowly numbs the taste buds and leaves a slight oily resin in the tongue.
O: really solid brew, very well balanced between bitter and malt, the aroma is kinda soft considering the flavors you get, definitely a +90 brew. Hop heads will enjoy. Alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you with an empty stomach.

Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swung by the Nashua Garden today for some post bike ride libations. Saw Lunch on, so I sez "wtf, Gus?!".

It's a bright, slightly hazy golden hue, with slow, scattered carbo meandering about. Head is creamy and white, though short. Lacing is decent, too. Nose has some pithy citrus and a hint of sweetness. Not overly strong, though. Body is medium at best, and it is somewhat smooth.

Flavor is light on malt and sweetness, with bitterness prevailing. There's some grapefruit and lemon peel, with plenty of rindy, pithy hopping. The finish is rather dry, with the bitterness lingering a tad. It's really a bitter-bomb, though I've had many such creations which have given me more pleasure (Double Jack, DirtWolf, Big A).... Seems like a product of the tickerati hype machine (THM™). Quite glad that I snagged it during Happy hour for only $3.50/pint. Prosit!

3.94/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Mmart802
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heartier than other pale ales. A little bitter, but still has a strong hop finish.

Photo of EraDehops
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really yummy citrus bust and an effervescent mouthfeel, great! Little yeasty, but only a tad in the back and I still think it's like a 4.6 beer. Really thin and easy to drink. Very good. Heady's my fav for reference

Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/21/15. Lovely tropical notes. Nice yellowish orange color with medium carbonation. Hops with tropical flavors. So smooth and drinkable. I would drink this all day everyday.

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely worth the wait. Fantastic.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I might have been expecting a little too much from this one but over all a very good beer.

Photo of captainkrad
3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light and refreshing. I wad expecting more depth and flavor...

Photo of von_kaiser
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome on tap. Bottle is a big letdown IMO.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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