Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Reviews: 689 | Ratings: 4,713
Photo of Shaun_S
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly had two of these for only $2 a pint. Being a Mainer myself I think I can safely say this tastes like Maine in a glass.
Smelled heavily of citrus with a nice hint pine.
The taste was like a late summer pine wood bonfire while sipping a glass of grapefruit juice.

Definitely recommend seeking this out for a very interesting experience.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, tropical fruity nose with tons of pine and grapefruit flavor leads to a surprisingly bitter and dry but smooth finish. Lives up to the hype, but just barely.

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Photo of JoelKatz0212
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes effort by MBC that is available in more places than ever. Highly drinkable, smells and tastes great. I drive many miles to find bottles of this Lunch.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the greatest IPA I've ever had. I wish could have a case of this beer, fresh. It's expensive, but worth every last cent...Fruity, hoppy, pine notes. perfect bitterness. Dinner surpasses this beer by a very small margin. Must try if you can get it...

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Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been wanting to try this one for years now...
crisp, clean but slightly hazy pour. some lemon-y aroma wafting off the top.... grapefruit.
super clean taste, piney bitterness, some citrus, grapefruit rind. almost a piece of orange in there too....
seems the IPA world has been evolving but this one, like a Pliny (or Blind Pig), still holds some superiority....

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/08/16

Appearance - Pours golden orange and slightly hazy with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention, dissipating to a thin, consistent film across the surface. Lacing is fair, with broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Lots of citrus with tropical notes of pineapple and a hint of mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and grapefruit citrus character with a touch of pineapple zing. Light pine. Malts are well hidden, providing just a hint of generic, bready sweetness. Mostly clean finish with just a hair of lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stupid smooth with nigh quaffable qualities. As with most Maine Beer brews, the strength is the ease at which it drinks.

Overall - This is a great beer, but it's a pretty straight-forward IPA that doesn't do much to distinguish itself. Well executed, but blink while drinking it and you might miss it. I'd surely buy it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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

03/08/2016 bottling date served cold in a Stella glass.

Appearance: classic East Coast golden with a slight haze and a nice fluffy head

Nose: pine, grapefruit, bitter orange, citrus, lemony, tons of fruit

Taste: nicely bitter, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, very Pliney like, delicious and slightly dank

Overall: this is a great East Coast IPA. Heady and some of the VT IPAs are better but I'm really glad I got the chance to try this Legend. Thanks to Craig for Beering-It-Forward!

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Photo of THSmusicman
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Look: Dark amber color with a very little bit of haze. A bit of head shows up on the pour but dissapates shortly, leaving a slight lacing.

Smell: Smells almost as good as Dinner does but everything seems a bit scaled up on Dinner. A bit of pine, a tone of citrus and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Taste: This ones a citrus bomb; grapefruit up front, orange, a bit of lemon and a tad of tangerine. The hop resin stays on the tongue well after the sip.

Feel: Feels as most IPAs should, smooth and easy drinking. The bitterness is minimal in this which is good.

Overall: Another fantastic hoppy offering from Maine. Compared to Dinner, everything about this beer seems a bit scaled down to me. I could definitely drink this all day. I'm excited to try the other 5 Maine beers that I got.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty ipa that manages to quell the bitter hopiness, leans more to the fruity side; for someone who isnt the biggest ipa fan; this is probably the best ive tried.....even better than heady.

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Photo of Shreegs
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. Very bright and tart with citrus up front, with that slightly sweet finish and perfect balance of malt. Its a west coast type of IPA, but seems more refined and not overwhelmingly bitter. Its hard to get in the south, so Im really happy our local craft bistro got a keg. Me and my growler are having a good day. Get you some!

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

Poured into teku glass, nice orange body, unfiltered but not too hazy, nice frothy white head after pouring aggressively with strong lacing. The head eventually fades leaving a thin white film Bottled on 2/16/16. Aroma is tropical, but definitely more malty on the taste. Pretty well balanced, but it has a finish that is slightly displeasing. Overall it's a very solid beer, but a little less than I expected.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Brew Kettle Works in Strongsville,OH. Poured into a tulip glass.

Slightly hazy orange color with a thick creamy head that leaves awesome lacing around the glass.

Smell is almost non existent. Man I have to really try to anything. Very faint hops and malt.

Tastes of tropical fruit hops with just enough malt to balance. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of bitterness. Shocked at how light in flavor this is.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thin.

Kinda surprised by this one. I expected more as Another One and Mo delivered the goods. This one, not so much. Glad I got to try but wouldn't seek out. I may try a bottle to compare as the draft version seems mediocre at best.

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Photo of Damasen
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled less than a week old. Straight off the bat after opening the bottle big hit of citrus notes, some grapefruit and orange. Already pretty amazing. Pours a amber-honey with a fluffy white head that lasts the whole drink with some nice lacing. This IPA smells amazing. Very citrusy, strong smell of oranges and slight bitterness of grapefruit. Smells just like sweet orange juice. Taste follows. Starts with a dank pineness that gets overtaken by citrus notes.The orange comes out strong and ends with a sweet, candied orange. Really does live up to the hype. Very balanced between the pine and citrus notes. So good, always enjoy fresh.

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Photo of LAp
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce snifter. Pours a beautiful orange honey hue, with a one finger white head that rapidly recedes leaving marginal lacing. Nose is citrus and hops: orange peel, lemon zest. The palate bright and hop-centric, with the same cirtus fruits outlining the crisp opening, and the slightest twinge of pine on the bitter, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel truly ties this beer together. Light. Bright. Crisp. It accentuates every note of the nose and palate. Overall an outstandingly executed almost-West-coast IPA from the east coast.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You're hit with a blast of bold, hoppy aroma as soon as you pop the top on this one. There's candied orange, raw tangerine and mint.

Looks great in a glass - good color, slightly hazy and a fluffy, creamy white head that produces good lace.

First taste is all pine, borderline astringent and surprisingly thin. After that it softens up a bit as the beer warms and more fruity hop flavors emerge. Soft peach and muddled fruit cocktail try to cut through the pine, along with a hint of dank greenery. Pine continues to dominate though.

Very little malt character - this beer is dry. I'd actually like a little bit more body.

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Photo of zshaft
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark orange with nice one finger head lasting for quite a while. get some pine on the nose w light orange and tangerine. taste gets me up front with some pine that makes my tongue tingle. gives way to some light orange and tangerine. end palate i get some lingering resin maybe a little grass, and bitterness. i don't get much malt and bitterness lingers. very nice beer with bitterness that goes on for a while after sip is done. very good for single ipa.

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Photo of Trapskiff
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy tangarine color with a creamy head that lasts. A lot of pine resin followed by pineapple and citrus. Taste is of orange or tangarine with pine. Subdued but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not a bad beer, but overhyped in my opinion. There's lots of hop presence (it's quite bitter, which I like), but I don't get much complexity and certainly a limited amount of tropical flavors although other reviewers have picked up on more of this. There's a great golden color, and the head retention and especially lacing are quite nice. Overall, I found this forgettable and disappointing for a beer rated as "world-class" on this site.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on February 7, 2016. Born on date 011916. Look is bright amber with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, sweet berries, toasted bread, nutty yeast and fresh-cut grass aromas. Taste is juicy tropical and citrus fruit, pine, sweetened strawberries, herbs, spices nicely balanced with subtle sweet malt flavors. Feel is medium in body and smooth on entry with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of dank203
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time trying this, felt right as a mid day beer. pours a cloudy orange. fluffy white head that retains and settles to a thick coating on top. most noticed on the aroma are floral notes. definitely some citrus juice. the flavor is balanced with juicy, bitter, and tropical tasting hops. finishes out with a dry bite and spicy burn lingering on the tongue and inner cheeks. definitely a full flavored, hits all the marks, clean and balanced IPA. To be honest, not my favorite beer from this company. but still a great example of what they're capable of and why they might just be my favorite american brewery, at least one that's readily available to me.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Like - Pours a nice looking golden color. Slight haze.
Smell - Phenomenal aroma on this beer. Citrus, tropical fruits, grapefruit, some dankness
Taste - Grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, citrus, some pineapple

Overall - MBC is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out right now. If this becomes more accessible....it will be my go to IPA without a doubt.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times on tap and from the bottle. Prefer it fresh from the bottle. It is very smooth and tastes great. A very solid IPA but hard to find. Maine Beer does a great job and this is probably their best beer .

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bar into pint glass (despite recent Press Herald beer review calling for snifters).
Deep gold color. One finger head.
Smell of beer and lemon.
Crisp but not oppressive lemony hop flavor.
Pleasant sparkle on pallet. Hop aftertaste.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle with some fresh bread and some citrus. Some floral notes along with some grapefruit and orange in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. Some fresh grass along with more citrus. Grapefruit notes are there along with some lemon and lime zest. Some pine. More orange. Malts are there. It's not sweet and not really bitter. Finishes clean and the alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Easy to drink.

This IPA is fine, but it didn't really meet my expectations due to everything I've heard over the years. It's nice, but seems to fall flat and comes off as nothing too special. It's not bad, it just doesn't live up to the hype, in my humble opinion. Maybe it would be different coming from a bottle.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Third in a line of five brews, Lunch pours a clear goldenrod. These Maine beers just explode with lacing! Not to mention, the hop freshness has been impressive all night.

I get lemon, hop dankness, orange, and Sweet Tarts on the nose.

This is lighter than Mo and less malty. As such, I prefer it less, but for a West Coast inspired IPA, it's not bad.

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