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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

675 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 4,591
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 1,148
Gots: 1,113 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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: 675 | Hads: 4,591
Photo of B-Stein
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip. Color is golden amber and very clear, ample ivory colored head that settles after a few minutes leaving nice lacing and a thin fluffy head around the edges of the glass.

S: Sharp citrusy notes jump out of the glass at first. After sitting a minute and smelling again aroma becomes a little catty (not bad), but definitely more dank now than citrus. Very hard to pick up, but also get some faint sweet notes from the malt, but unable to pick out specific malt characteristics.

T: If this was a wine it would be french; that is to say no one flavor component jumps out they all sing together very harmoniously showing a great deal of restraint. The malt is biscuity and couples well with the crisp carbonation. Finishes very, very clean almost like a lager, just a touch of bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Light/medium

O: This beer is much lighter in mouth feel and overall vibrato than I anticipated. It shows amazing restraint which pays off with complete balance. It is fresh and light, opposite again from what I would expect with a name like LUNCH. I am impressed and thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. I can see why some comments I've read say this beer is watery, it does feel light on your palate and depending upon your mood some beers will speak more to your taste. That said would I enjoy a lunch with just a bit more malt body sure, but I also can appreciate what has been crafted in this bottle. There are many BIG IPAs on the market so therefore I believe there is also a place for a well balanced well crafted refreshing IPA. Bottled on 3-26-13.

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Photo of mooseo
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Deep golden, slightly hazy, with a titanic creamy white head.

S - Juicy tropical fruit, mango, peach and piney hops. Hints of sweet caramel and lemon citrus.

T - Lots of juicy, fresh hop flavors. Mango, pine, orange peel, and lemon. A light bready malt backbone lends a little sweetness. An earthy hop bitterness builds up and really kicks in during the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. High carbonation, crisp, and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is an excellent IPA - very hoppy with superb drinkability. This bottle was only a few weeks old and was extremely fresh in both smell and taste. It definitely rivals most of the highly rated west coast IPA's out there.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Has a great clear copper color with a two finger lumpy off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving behind chunks of lacing around the glass
S- Has a deep pineapple smell with a hint of pepper and soft bread notes. T- Taste is huge. Big piney soapy bite up front followed by a kick of lemons. It has a quality bitter bite in the end that lingers for minutes.
M- Feel is smooth with medium body . Carbonation is light but present
O- Overall it has big flavors, a little on the bitter side for my taste but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 13, 2013. Nine days old.

Slightly hazy orange colour, with a large, frothy white head. Good retention.

Excellent nose. Bright tropical and citrus fruits, pineapple and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

Flavour is similar to the nose. Pine is more prominent than in the aroma, though the tropical and citrus fruits are still strong, again pineapple and grapefruit stick out for me, perhaps with some orange as well. Moderately bitter, but there is a a bit of sweet caramel malt in there for balance.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, very tasty. The nose is the highlight for me, but it is very nice all around.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with a white head that retains and leaves ample lace.

Ample citrus aromatics. Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Underlying pine.

Not a whole of bitterness. More hop flavor going on. Tons of citrus and done pine. Medium body and carbonation.

Top notch IPA.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City. I always say that IPA's are a dime a dozen so I wasn't sure if this would measure up to the heavyweights the top this category. This one didn't have to because as the Alstrom brothers said in their review, this was certainly an East Coast IPA. Not as aggressive as those from out west, this had such nice balance to it while delivering a mild punch and wonderful array of flavors at the same time.

This born on date for this beer was Saint Patrick's Day, so it was nice and fresh. Lovely pour as the hazy yet glowing golden hue, everlastingly frothy head, and soapy rings of lacing left behind all combined for a solidly pleasing appearance. The aroma wasn't as strong but it was nice as well. Grassy, floral, and strawberry notes could be discerned and combined with the straw and champagne-like lightness of the taste, led me to believe that this wasn't just another IPA. Some grapefruit and tropical fruits came in later and the carbonation was perfect, leading this to remain light from start to finish. It almost reminded me of a Farmhouse beer crossed with the Ithaca Flower Power, as the funky nature of this beer meshed with the subtle, piney hops wonderfully.

The alcohol was a tad high but with so much going on here, it's hardly noticeable. The malt sweetness really balanced everything and served as proof that IPA's don't have to be hop bombs to be enjoyable. The bottle design is much like the beer inside of it - subtle, smooth, and outwardly simple but make no mistake: this was a well-crafted brew that could be a lunch all by itself. Impressive stuff!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange to copper body with straw like hues beneath the cram colored head which is ne of the more resistant I've seen as it hangs around for the duration of the beer.

Pungent hop aromas of citrus such as orange and grapefruit as well as pine and straw waft from the glass. The heartiness to the aroma hints of malt, a touch of bread and grain and a touch sweet.

The flavor is equally delightful with more funky grass and straw hops as well as sweet citrus with an even more pronounced malt presence which is grainy and bread like and possibly features a touch of toffee.

A rather chewy mouthfeel for an IPA with medium carbonation and a big pungent, and chewy finish.

A great IPA with tons of character and a delight to the senses.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/02/2013. Poured into a glass goblet.

Hazy, golden orange-amber. Huge head on top , off–white in color, three finger’s worth. Wonderful retention as I’m drinking. There’s juicy grapefruit and fresh orange aroma, sweet pineapple, and bright green grass. It smells extremely fresh and inviting, brightness everywhere. The taste is almost as juicy and fruity as the aroma, but it quickly fades into a more bitter, piney flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, nothing spectacular with good carbonation levels. I wish the flavors would envelope my mouth more because the hoppiness is great – it just needs a little bit more body. This is surely a quality IPA.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago on 5/18/11

Hazy dark orange body with a massive fluffy, sticky, white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Wonderfully hoppy aromas, heavy on the grapefruit and lemon citrus notes and some piney resins to round this out. Little room is left for anything else to come through.

I'm finding the taste to have a lot of similarities to Peeper Ale but with less malt backbone and more bitterness. Similar citrus fruits provide a strong hop flavor but with the addition of some pine and grass notes that kick up the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy medium body feel that seems a bit heavier than many other IPAs. Overall, Lunch is another top notch offering from Maine Beer Co. These guys really know how to use hops.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

High quality IPA. Not too hoppy, but nice dry hops and very smooth and creamy feel. Doesn't seem like 7 abv at all. Lemony, straw, grassy. Maybe slight hint of lime. Lived up to my hopes and expectations. Excellent.

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Photo of allenson21
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/8
Drank: 10/17

I finally was able to get my hands on the first IPA that I read rave reviews about back when I joined the Beeradvocate community.

I love that MBC's bottles look like cover pages for academic research papers and/or official reports.

a- Murky/hazy golden orange with more than a helping of a thick, creamy, off-white head. (As a relatively new BA, this is the creamiest head that I've seen on an IPA)

s- Flowers, flowers, flowers, and mango.

t- Matches the smell--- floral and tropical fruit notes. The bitterness comes through as grapefruit.

m- A bit highly carbonated, but nothing worth noting.

o- Excellent brew. Hopefully, I can revisit this one sooner than it took me to get my hands on it for the first time.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded willi becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold orange with some amber accents topped by a two and a half finger slightly off white fluffy, creamy white head. Fantastic retention with thick lacing that coat the glass all the way down. Mandarin orange, herbal notes including green tea and fresh cut grass, citrus blossom notes, some breadiness and grain. Starts with citrus and fruit notes, mandarin orange, kumquats, nectarines, fresh green tea, light floral notes. Some breadiness and grains midpalate and semisweet malt. Finishes semi dry with mildly bitter citrus rind and just a very light touch of caramel. Smooth, slick, silky mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. Wonderful! Lunch lives up to the acclaim for sure. A superb American IPA.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A: golden in color but light withA heavy fluffy white head. it is mostly translucent, but not necessarily clean as it does still have some young haze

S: a floral hop aroma that is not over powering there is lots of earthy aromas . On top of all that there is pine resin in there as well.

T:There is a bunch of pine upfront but its not overwhelming going on it matches the smell with floral hops that have a light bitterness that goes to the finish. There is a little malt in the backbone but not too much. Some of that earthy grassy taste is in there too but it's a subtle flavor

M: It is crisp and resinous upfront, but it doesn't necessarily stick to your palate. It is also smooth and oily with carbonation that balances well to make it pretty drinkable but not the best ever

O: A real soild Dipa fairly well balanced with a good hoppy flavors and a solid feel. I got it super fresh (3 days old) but that didn't make the difference for me though i still didnt love it. Despite that it is still worth a try

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Photo of zeledonia
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 October 2012, I believe (says 101412 on the bottle). Another great BIF beer from cavedave.

Pours very clear pale orange with a touch of pink; sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three fingers of very white head, fluffy and thick like a sponge cake. Relaxes slowly, leaving chunky islands of lacing on the inside of the glass and a finger-high hill rising up like Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Spectacular.

Smell is stellar. Juicy pine and citrus, billowing up out of the glass. About even balance of the two, with resiny pine coming in the first wave, followed by grapefruit. Really well put together, smooth edges, with the malts just laying right there underneath the hops.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Has that crispy thin bitterness that many IPAs have, where the soft bitter floats above the gentle malt base. Finishes quick, the bitterness evaporating and drying out.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation a bit on the low side. Finish is quick and super dry, taking all the flavor with it, leaving only a faint remnant. Reminds me of Zombie Dust in the way it dries out.

Very impressive IPA. The appearance and the smell are the highlights, but the rest of it holds up just fine. Pleasantly thin on body and taste. Happy I got the chance to try this - it's right in the sweet spot of top-notch IPAs.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, bottled 5/28/2013, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a 4 finger white head

S- Grapefruit rind, pine, floral notes.

T- Piney finish, grapefruit, floral hops, herbal notes, kind of has a tea like quality.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A nice IPA, definitely, worth the price, not really. I am very happy I tried this, but I don't see myself buying this again since I can get other IPA of the same quality for much less. Still haven't had a beer I haven't really enjoyed for Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/2/13

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English Tulip glass.

a: A nearly clear amber which sprouts an enormous white head requiring additional pours to fill the glass without losing some foam over the top.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Prominent piney hops. It's all about hop bitterness without becoming annoying. Finish is clean except at the very back of the throat.

m: Light. Smooth for an IPA with this much hop bite.

o: A versatile IPA, tasty, bitter without being unpleasant. Versatile in that you get the feeling that because of the light mouthfeel under the powerful hops, you could session it or sip it. But if you session it, at $7 a pint you had better have a hefty wallet. And at 7% ABV, by the second or third one you'd probably be pretty slammed LOL.

For me, at this point I'd stick to Double Jack, Union Jack or Resin for half the price, or Torpedo for even less. But no question this is a superior IPA.

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Photo of readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them.

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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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.