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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,412
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 814
Gots: 491 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Imperial pint glass on 8/1/11.

A - Poured a crystal clear yet boldly effervescent golden/honey amber-colored liquid with a two-and-a-half finger high wall of dense off-white froth on top that retained magnificently and produced splashes of lacing all around the glass.

S - One of the most authentic West Coast aromas I've come across from an East Coast IPA. Reeks of bold citrus fruit (especially grapefruit) and, to a lesser degree, pine. Malt presence is sweet and unobtrusive, which lets the hop character shine, giving Lunch a bright, crisp aromatic nose, which the fairly strong fume of alcohol let's you know that Lunch ain't messing around!

T - Bold citrus character slaps the face initially, although the twang of the alcohol is fiercely apparent for a 7% ABV brew, which threw me for a loop. Still, the sweet caramel malt character takes a back seat to the citrus and pine attributes, giving the flavor definite West Coast appeal. This sucker has the full flavor of a DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with a sticky, oily slickness and bristly carbonation. Finish is dry with an assertive hop bite on the palate that lingers for a while, leaving a prickly sensation on the tastebuds.

D - This was bottled on 5/8/11, yet this tasted pretty damn fresh! Really glad I was able to find some of this stuff. Beer... it's not just for breakfast anymore. This is one liquid lunch I could enjoy over and over for my second meal of the day.

ffejherb, Aug 02, 2011
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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.

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The aroma is is fruity hops very very fresh. Wonderful.

The taste well what can I say its probably the best IPA I've ever had. The taste is all hops but never overwhelming. The flavor starts sweet becomes a citrus hop flavor and ends with a slight bitter of hops flavor. Wonderful.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,412 ratings.