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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,382
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,090
Gots: 996 | FT: 22
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: 645 | Hads: 4,382
Photo of mahak213
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

13 day old bottle into a FFF Teku-

Appearance- Really pretty, hazy, golden orange with a big, fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Smell- Huge grapefruit, pine, and orange zest. Totally hop forward, with no real detectable malt presence.

Taste- Similar to the nose, tons of bitter grapefruit and orange. As it warms up I get a bit more sweetness and some peach flavors. Finishes with a big blast of pine

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is light, but present. Has a bit of a creamy feel to it, and a super dry finish.

Overall- I'm digging it, and glad I was able to get a super fresh bottle. I'll for sure be picking up another bottle next time it comes around.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Bottled on 9.24.13, less than 2 weeks old!

Brilliant golden orange, sharp clarity with rapidly rising carb trails. Compact head of white foam that leaves a halo of sticky lace in the glass. The foam has a stiff meringue texture to it, and has lasting staying power.

Citrus aromas dominate, with an undercurrent of pungent green hops. Definitely has a west coast vibe going on already.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, earthy bitter greens. Very hoppy with a firm bitterness that lingers for awhile. The bitter citrus peel is the key flavor, and tapers off towards the end. Medium bodied with a light manageable feel. Overall it's a nice all around IPA, though it seems a little similar to others.

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Photo of dd43
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It isn't my favorite Maine beer, but damn is it good. I will take Another One over Lunch but you really can't go wrong with the pale ale family of beers from this brewery.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot #05.18.11

Pours a golden amber color with a wicked huge fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate (probably my biggest complaint on the looks because it takes forever and held me up from drinking it), leaves a good deal of patchy lacing.

Smell is terrific for an IPA, the nose is hugely pine and grapefruit with the edge going to the pine, citrus makes a good presence, eventually the hop front melds with a caramel malt backing as part of the "afternose".

Taste is definitely on the hoppy side, starts out with a resiny hop bitterness that calls on the pine, the citrus and grapefruit that was part of the nose is not as heavily prevalent in the taste, for as much head that was produced the carbonation seems rather low or soft (maybe the excessive head took all the carbonation away), eventually the caramel malt backing takes hold before leaving an aftertaste of bitterness.

Another good beer from MBC, they have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber orange, with about 3 fingers of white, pinkish head. The head lasts a while, before slowly dying away. There's substantial lacing along the edge of the glass.

S - Delicious smell, lots of tropical fruits and some piney resin. Quite a smell, one that I haven't had in a while on this coast.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell in content, but it's a bit weaker than the smell. Lots of fruity hoppiness, but there's a bit of malt to balance it out in the finish.

M - Solid mouthfeel. The finish is good, and the carbonation is very pleasing.

Overall, this is another wonderful beer from Maine Beer Co. I'm a huge Zoe fan, and I now consider myself quite the Lunch fan!

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Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/25/12 and enjoyed on 7/6/12. Can you say FRESH LUNCH. Thanks Mom. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy amber orange. Two and half fingers of sticky off white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit explosion. Some orange in there too. Almost smells like a citrus juice mashup.

Taste: Oranges and pine explode forth. Super juicy flavors. Perfect balance of caramelly maltiness, but very mild. Slight peppery finish, but the orange bitterness is what lingers.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy and smooth. Not super chuggable because of how juiciness of the body, but refreshing and rewarding for sure.

Overall: Once I had this, it took over Sculpin for my favorite single IPA. Tied with Harlan from HF. Need to have Blind Pig again to make a decision.

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Photo of herman77
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12

A: Dark orangish-yellow. Super hazy. Don't think I've ever seen a IPA this cloudy before, you can't even see thru it. Bubbly off white head.

S: Lots of ripe grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Peaches and cream?

T: Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops. Fruity and ripe grapefruit hops and some carmel malt sweetness. Gets more bitter in the backend, more citrus hops. Think the hops have faded a bit on this unfortunately. They are there, just a bit muted on the finish I believe.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels really slick and smooth.

O: Great drinkability. Smooth and balanced. Top notch IPA, wish I could try it fresh since this was bottled 2 months ago, but really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/19. Lots of citrus on the nose and palate. Light orange and clearer than a lot of New England IPAs. Well balanced and easy drinking. Overall, a delicious IPA.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/15/11 bottle date

A-orange body with white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-nice grapefruit/citrus smell. Very inviting

T-follows the nose but not as pungent. Still nice

M-medium body and smooty

O-very nice. Would really like to get more of this beer. And more from ththis brewery

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/22/12 notes. Thanks to Retail1LO for sending me this in the Birthday BIF…been a big Want of mine. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium brown-orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Nice and hoppy, and very fruity. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruits, citrus hops, lemons, oranges, pine hops, light tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the taste from all the hops. Nice, but I liked the nose a lot more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but some bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was great, very fresh and hoppy, with a lot of oranges and fruits. Taste was very good as well, with some bitterness and a lot more grapefruit. Would certainly like to have this one again, and would certainly buy it if I could.

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Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/03/2014 date.

A- Pours amber/orange with a large fluffy white head. Lots of fluffy lacing remains.

S- Pine, citrus, sweet malts. Slightly dank. Classic good IPA scent.

T- Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced malty backbone. No alcohol taste to speak of really.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. A great bitter aftertaste.

O- A wonderful IPA. Will have again when I can find it.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on May 28, 2013. (2 weeks old) Poured into a fluted beer glass.

A wonderful brew the first one third of the bottle but the bitterness begins to wear on the palate. A good beer, but not at he top of the American IPA list. At 7% ABV this beer hides its alcohol very well.

A - Pours a golden amber (maybe a little orange), cloudy (I let it warm but it did not clear up entirely), a healthy pour resulted in about a 2-finger dense white head.

S - Some malty sweetness, but grapefruit and other citrus aromas dominate, also some piney resin.

T - Resiny hops, moderate bitterness.

MF - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, a little creaminess with some minor lasting bitterness.

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Photo of Omnium
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Semi hazed orange gold with a big two finger head of foamy white color, medium lacing.
S - Very fresh grassy tones with some fresh pressed grape and orange juice, bread malt. Light pine and citrus.
T - Not an overwhelming flavor, but very balanced and clean tasting, fresh grassy earth tones, white grape and sweet clementine fruit flavors, medium malt.
M - Very clean and bright feeling.
O - Excellent IPA, just very fresh and clean vibrant flavor

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Great Lost Bear.

Pillowy white head w/ nice lacing as I sip this one down. Feint citrus nose(not sure what to expect here). The taste pops with lemon peel citrus. Very crisp with a clean finish. Refreshing after a spicy dinner, but not Dinner...

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cask and Vine in Derry, New Hampshire. I was quite pleased to see this on the menu as I have been wanting to try it for years. Bright yellow-orange color, slightly hazy, good head. Aroma is quite hoppy, tropical and dare I say West Coast. Flavor was bitter, tropical, hoppy and again possibly West Coast. Probably one of the best IPA's from the east coast I've ever had, wish I could have brought home bottles.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale golden yellow. 3 fingers Pillowy pearly white foam with lots of thick lacing sticking to the glass.

S - completely hop dominated. Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and floral notes. Fleshy orange pulp and sugar sprinkled grapefruit rind. Hints of pineapple and white pepper, maybe a touch of vanilla cake batter.

T - lightly doughy and cake like malt profile. Green leafy floral notes come in quickly followed by sweet and bitter citric notes. Flavors of bitter orange peel and sweet pineapple coat the pallet. Finish is lingers for quite some time.

M - light bodied closing in on medium. High carbonation.

O - great take on an IPA. This would be perfect for summertime

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Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/2/13

A - Golden Brown, HUGE thick white billowing head - dissipates very slowly, large sticky lacing, translucent and small carbonation rising

S - Juicy, sticky, sweet hops, citrus, fairly piney

T - Briefly bitter - quick transition into sweet fruity, fairly piney/grapefruit/tropical fruit/carmel. After taste has lots of pine.

M - Very frothy, big, thick, very nice carbonation, carmel/hoppiness covers excellently

O - Pretty awesome. Love the thickness, this is one for the bitter lovers - bitter-sweet-bitter again, but certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly drinks like a IIPA. Certainly happy about this one.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/26/13, sampled 04/05/13.

Pours a clear light golden color topped by a very pillowy, soapy, white foam head that recedes to leave some sticky lacking.

Aromas begin with a ton of astrigent, juicy grapefruit with lesser blood orange, lemon peel and some light resinous pine. Some light pale malt sweetness in the background as it warms but the hops are the main deal here.

The tastes begin with more of the same, though the malt sweetness is a bit more evident. There is also some fruitier stone fruit hop flavors to join the super grapefruit and citrus forward hop profile.

The mouthfeel is a medium boided with medium/moderate carbonation. FInish is quite dry and has a pleasant amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is just a reidiculously super great IPA, that I'm really glad I was able to try.
The only detraction is the value of the 500ml bottle for $8 plus tax. Is this exponentially better than the numerous amounts of hop-forward American IPAs, probably not, but amazing good and worth a try at least once. The price is worth while at least for one go around, same with Zoe from this brewery, but I can't say the others are worth the hefty investment.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA the appearance and smell are really nice a frothy head with a great smell of nice piney citrusy hops.

The taste is a bit subdued but again really nice.

The moughtfeel also has a bit of a citrus feel but again nice.

Overall a really a nice brew, at this point maybe the best IPA to come from ME so far.

Well worth trying and is really good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber body with a huge, creamy white head. Retention is pretty much too good, I am waiting to drink it. Nice thick lace webs down the glass.

S- Aroma has a very nice hop presence. Hops have a nice tropical fruit feel, citrus, pine and some floral.

T- Nice hops once again. A good deal of pine and floral but the citrus and fruit still come through. Malt lends some sweetness.

MF- Creamy lighter-end body with a smooth feel to it. Finish is pretty bitter.

Kind of feels like a mix of West and East coast, bringing a nice balance. Somehow I get a cotton candy feel out of it but it really is a nice beer. Reminds me of the late Uber Sun.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/14/14 in glass.

Pleasant golden color with lacing. Bright pine and floral citrus scents. Mildly bready backbone with heavy citrus flavors and pine. The finish is long and dry with bitter grapefruit. Nicely balanced with excellent mouthfeel. Finely crafted IPA and very easy to drink. I would never turn one down but the bitter finish keeps this out of circle of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this as part of the Gang Bang BIF. This is my first time trying a Maine beer..I'm digging the simplistic labels.

A: pours a light orange with frothy white head, good retention, very nice lacing

S: aromatic hops up front, heavy on the fruits and citrus, notes of lemon, some pine. A touch of bread in the background.

T: this is a perfectly balanced IPA. Start out with bright citric fruits with some malty sweetness in the middle, and then rounds a out with a swift bitterness.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light and refreshing body

O: very nice East Coast IPA, delightful balance and good use of hops.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

072111 bottling

Thanks norm

Pours a murky hazy yellowed orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells hoppy and piny. Tastes bitter and piny. There is a very weird aftertaste... Something is off with this beer... Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel. Overall... Whats wrong with this beer?

091511 bottling

Review edited
Much better!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful pour!
Frothy sculptured head that laced the walls of my glass.
A subdued golden straw colored libation with a fruity prominent nose.
Whafts of citrus, hops eminated from this beer.

Flavor is glorious. Hops bitternets comingled with lemon zest and green apples with just a hind of malt underpinning-- almost like some sort of binder tying the flavor boquet together.

This beer produces a long zesty finish with a vibrancy that brings life to the palate-- this beer doesn't just complete its show and fade away-- rather it take a bow and comes back for an encore.

The mouthfeel goes along with the finish and flavor--.

Overall this is an IPA that I would make a specific request for. I would (and will) seek it out-- I'm going to have to keep some in the cellar to insure I've got year 'round stock.

Another magnificant creation by Maine Beer Company.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.