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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 4,223
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 917 | 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: 623 | Hads: 4,223
Photo of gdrydenc
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (700 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (291 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (215 characters)

Photo of allenson21
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (1,040 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company. (429 characters)

Photo of beerfan99
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - Batch 7/26/2011

A: Unfiltered dark amber in color. As typical with Maine Beer Company beers, the carbonation is out of control, 6 inches of white head per 2 oz of beer. Although the carbonation is high, for some strange reason, the carbonation level for the beer itself is fine.

S: Strong hop aroma. I'm suspecting Simcoe and Amarillo hops on this one, but am not quite sure. The smell reminds of me Alpine Duet, which I think iis an outstanding beer.

T: Taste is obviously hoppy, but I find it well balanced with a good blend of hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation level for the beer itself was just right. I guess the high level of carbon dioxide left with the foamy head.

O: An excellent offering from the Maine Beer Company. It took me a while to track this down on my trip to Maine, but I'm glad I did. Lunch reminds of Alpine Duet, in terms of both smell and taste. This beer is very easy and pleasant to drink. I'm looking forward to the day when they are able to expand their distribution. (1,070 characters)

Photo of B-Stein
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,617 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (588 characters)

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.