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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

621 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 621
Hads: 4,212
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 2.78%
Wants: 1,048
Gots: 910 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by AltBock:
Photo of AltBock
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a plain Jane egg shell white label. Everything on the label is in small print. Break out the magnifying glass. The back of the label only contains the mandatory US info and a description about the brewery. Off to the left side of the bottle is an inked bottled date. My bottle was bottled on 03/26/13. MBC would like it if you drink their beer within 90 days of the bottles date. My bottle was close to being 2 months old when I cracked it open. Still good!

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this lunch was an easy on the eyes hazy golden apricot orange with a faint streak of lemon yellow toward the bottom of the glass. The head of foam was equally impressive as the sweet ass color. On top was of this golden brew was a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head if foam. This head of foam didn't have to be somewhere else so a small skim of foam and a moderate sized string of rings stuck around until the last drop of beer was gone. Beautiful appearance!

The first whiff of beer was a subtle mix of tart citrus fruits and pine. It was pretty good, but I thought it could have done better. When I swirled the beer around a tad, that awoke the beast from its slumber. Out comes the strong aroma of tart citrus fruits. Leading the citrus pack was the grapefruit. Following the grapefruit was the lemon, apricot, pineapple, and oranges. When the citrus fruits settled down, it then let the pine to come in and play. This beer still wasn't done. After the pine, the beer then finished up with a subtle whiff of caramel, a pinch of grass, and a few floral notes. My eyes and nose couldn't get enough of this beer.

My first two senses couldn't get enough of this beer. Let's see if my tastebuds couldn't get their fill of this beer. I could tell this beer didn't want to mess around. Right off the bat was the bitter citrus hops. These hops lingered on for a few seconds before it let in the tart citrus fruits. There was more of a fruit variety in the aroma. The taste still had its fair share of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Following the fruits was a layer of pine. Once I got passed all of the citrus elements and pine, I found a tiny taste of toasted caramel malt. I would have though the citrus hops & fruits would have completely covered that up. After that the beer finished up with some floral notes. A very good taste, but my nose and eyes enjoyed this beer more than my tastebuds.

This was a medium bodied West Coast Style IPA that wasn't lacking in either carbonation or aftertaste. The aftertaste was full flavored and bitter with citrus hops, a select citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Like the head of foam, the aftertaste had nowhere to be so it stuck around. It will take about two glasses of water to rid your mouth of this nice bitter aftertaste.

Wow! What a beer. I've had 2 MBC beers so far and every one of them has been really good. They must be doing something right up there in Maine. Would I drink this again? I certainly would like another one! I would like to thank my good BA friend RCM505 for hooking me up with this winner. (3,091 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

A good IPA, but the taste never lived up to the nose (52 characters)

Photo of jow_42
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz bottle (thanks Nathan!) poured into an oversized Modern Times tulip glass

A - An awesome, dark amber color. 2+ fingers of bright white head. Looks amazing in the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, stone fruit, apricot, pineapple, some melon, maybe some sweet berries? Citrus - grapefruit, oranges. Little bit of piney, resinous, dankness underneath.

T - Delicious. Tropical fruits up front. Mango, pineapple. I get an almost raspberry sweetness. Middle of the mouth you get awesome grapefruit bitterness, and it finishes sweet to balance out that bitterness. Very refreshing, and easy drinking for a 7% beer.

O - The bottle was 6 weeks old when I got my hands on it, and it was still one of the best IPAs I have had. Highly, highly recommended. (774 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very good beer and my new favorite from the brewery. What impressed me the most about this beer is how light and delicate the flavors are, but also how well the melded together. Taste is citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine, and light malt. This is one I will pick up again. (286 characters)

Photo of dleigh
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle born on 2/2/15 (sent by MNishCT77) into IPA glasses; one clear, one with lees added.

The core is a glowing clear golden amber with an eggshell white foamy head with fair retention. Lacing is nice, but does not persist long.

Pithy citrus, orange over the top of lemon and a squirt of lime waft up perfumy. Thick pine sits behind, but is big, too. fill the nose. Malts are sweet, almost bready in the glass on the lees.

It jumps up sharp and bitter into the mouth with almost pickled fruit wedges. Sweetness comes in behind on the point of a pine needle. It turns sharp, then and fades into a floral clean. A bit short, along with the mouthfeel.

Juicy and astringent, both punctuated by heavy carbonation. Again, clean, but thin.

Overall, I find this brew goes past citrus clean to downright angular. It's a pungent array of compelling sensations, and killer IPA elements, and I'd go back for more. I appreciate the craft, but can't deeply enjoy it without food. Thai and mild Indian work well. (1,018 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Slow pour still produces a sizable head; dull amber glow sans sediment. Fresh clementines, nectarines, strawberry taffy, toasted bread, nutty yeast and fresh-cut grass in the nose. Rustic, smooth yet bitty mouthfeel—a beer of sub- stance. Tame bitterness, though the flavor flogs the taste buds for a while. Nice hop bite with citric and herbal flavors, and some spice in the middle as the dry maltiness tries to rise above. Apple and pear fruitiness, warming alcohol and graininess try to stave off the hop flavor, but it just keeps pushing along. Pretty amazing brew, bringing back some clout for the true East Coast IPAs. (686 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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