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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,228 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2228
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%


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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Jonada

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled on 1/14/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with 3 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Body is hazy.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine are the most noticeable with tangerine, pineapple and mango notes as well well as a light malt sweetness.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma with more tropical notes and less pine. Mango and grapefruit stick out the most with just enough malt sweetness to balance it out really well. Bitterness was surprisingly low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium levels of lively carbonation. Very little alcohol presence and easily drinkable. Very dry finish

Overall: I can see why this beer is so sought after. Lots of hop flavor for the hop heads out there, but also easily drinkable and approachable for those who may not be a huge fan of the style. Overall an excellent IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:53:08 | More by Jonada
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at RSVP the other day. Given all the reviews and chatter about it on BA, I just had to try a super fresh bottle (so I'm drinking it now in my hotel). Lunch pours an apricot orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. This beer has the look of a serious IPA. In case there's any doubt however, just take one whiff, and you're transported to IPA heaven. Yummy!!! I get a huge aroma of peach, orange citrus, apricot and pine. Incredibly, this beer does not smell at all sweet/malty or boozy, and I just can't wait to take my first sip. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted IPA, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy bitterness I get in the finish. There's actually quite a bit of tropical fruit in this beer, but there's more than enough hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness, leading to a long, dry, hoppy finish. There's also a slight dank flavor aspect as well to this beer, which only enhances the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. It's a bit light at the end, but that's splitting hairs.... this is just delicious. I get a slight sense of the 7% alcohol in this beer, but otherwise the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Yummm.... outside of Allagash's outstanding interlude, I'm not sure I can recall having another beer from Maine I've enjoyed as much as I've enjoyed lunch. Now I'm wishing I picked up more than the 3 bottles I purchased at RSVP.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:28:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Brad007

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head into my glass. The head is probably the best part of the appearance.

Highly aromatic with a citrus hop kick (Cascade?) to greet the nose. Obviously, it's an IPA! I wonder if the taste is equally as appetizing?

Crisp and followed by a grapefruit knockout. The low ABV helps here as it doesn't overwhelm the taste buds with excessive alcohol heat, etc. Buttery malt.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt all around. No harsh flavors. Just pure hoppiness.

As I said, highly enjoyable and strongly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 03:05:25 | More by Brad007
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that settles so slowly that a dome lasts throughout the tasting and it leaves lots of fluffy lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy but an attractive dirty gold color.

Pleasant fresh, bitter hop. Attractive, but I cannot detect the malt.

The hop is the story of this beer as to be expected. There is also a strong alcohol bite to the taste. The malt is present but plays second fiddle. The body is spot on. Pretty good combination for me. A classic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:38:18 | More by smcolw
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this bottle... murky light peach, a really wonderful light tope head, great retention and cap, decent lacing... smells outstanding, very tropical, pineapples with some grass hops, wonderful balance... the taste is really good as well, something living up to the buzz, grapefruit with a wonderful bitterness to it, pine with a touch alcohol, so much flavor, this is outstanding

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:12:13 | More by jrallen34
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Florida9

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/18/11

A: Clear orange with a noticeably visible carbonation. Forms a small, but creamy white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Very fragrant aroma. Predominantly floral notes. Perfumed. Lighter citrus notes and orange to a lesser extent.

T: Starts off lightly sweet. Notes of citrus, mostly orange, but a little lemon as well. Again the floral component comes into play. Mild grapefruit bitterness with a long floral finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: A very good East coast IPA, this one offers up an awesomely perfumed nose, lightly sweet malts on the palate and a wonderful blend of floral and citrus hops in the flavor. Another hit from Maine Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:18:09 | More by Florida9
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Klym

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Palphen for this much desired bottle. Poured into a Surly nonic (thanks to expedition for the glassware!).

A: Pours a golden aura that quickly sinks into a raisin brown, almost opaque middle. A shampoo bubble like 1 finger head that leaves erratic but good lacing.

S: What a beautiful smell. Slushy tropical fruit ice with all natural dark fruit syrup ontop and piney hops tucked in everywhere. Can't wait to take a bite.

T: Huge spicy piney hops expand throughout the mouth with some more tropical fruit flavors while dark fruits brew a storm in the middle of the tongue. The flavors are less packed and the hops are far more potent in the taste than in the nose, but it's all good! I need to reiterate how spicy the piney aspects of this are.

M: Thickish with some creaminess in the carbonation. Sooths the mouth and refreshes it.

O: The rumors are true, this is a fantastic single IPA, among the best I've had. Hard to compare and rank relative to our best out here on the west coast, but it certainly deserves to be among them.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:19:10 | More by Klym
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ComposerZero

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a beautiful IPA. It's going for elegance and complexity instead of "whack in you in the face with a with an orr" sort of hoppiness. This is a sophisticated, dare I say even pretty, IPA.

The pour is something else - wonderfully frothy and sticks to the glass like a capuccino. The beer's aromas are on the reticent side of things, but if you have the patience, a wonderful pine emerges. The mouth is full, as you can imagine, but never heavy. This begs to be drunk. Very little bitterness to speak of with delicious yet subtle maltiness. A ballet of froth, hop, malt, and body. Delicious.

Go get Lunch!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:55:55 | More by ComposerZero
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jman892

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour into a pint glass, huge white head, but with minimal lacing. It is a very hazy dark orange color.

S - Very hoppy with citrus kick right up front, very appealing grapefruit and peach.

T - Piney hops up front, not as citrus forward as the nose would hint. There are some sweet malts that balance this off nicely

M - Smooth, good carbonation, medium body, exceedingly drinkable.

O - Such a nicely balanced IPA, great drinkability, for a 7% beer I could put away a few of these without a problem

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:39:34 | More by jman892
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DevilsCups

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle, identical to the type Russian River uses for Pliny/Pig, into a DFH Chalice.

A - Going in blind, the appearance for this kind of brew was pretty strange. It kind of looks like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a slight haze to it. Lacing lasts forever with a nice bone white head.

S - WOW. This stuff smells incredible. Seems like a very similar hop-bill to Pliny the Elder, not much maltiness on the aroma. What really sets this brew apart is the light hints of lavender from whatever hop they're using. Outstanding.

T - Absolutely lives up to the scent. Perfect hoppiness with a minor but present malt backbone. Definitely hop-forward, and the lavender definitely comes through a tad and it's quite pleasant. Extremely citrusy, and almost clementine-like. Very west-coast style. Stellar taste from this one.

M - Could use a taaad more carbonation, but being bottle conditioned I can't fault it. Silky with a fine carbonation. Initial bitterness is drowned out by a wet smoothness.

O - Absolutely outstanding brew from Maine Beer Co. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see people catching on to this beer and spreading the word. You might just find this to be the next hyped beer from the northeast, possibly the east-coast, and deservedly so. If this is billed as a single-IPA, it's up there amongst the best I've had. Absolutely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:01:17 | More by DevilsCups
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/15/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

The pour reveals an orange amber body with a one finger ecru cap. Some bubbles push their way north. The head fades to form a thin layer of foam and some chunky lace.

A bright nose that is brimming with nugget hops. Pine oil, grapefruit, tangerine, and perfumey, floral hops fill out a pleasing hop aroma. A light bed of caramel lends a little sweetness.

The flavor profile is just as inviting as the nose. Pine oils, white and ruby red grapefruit, and tangerines. The finish is sweet at first then a moderate bitterness and ruby red grapefruit take control.

Oily feel, chewy even. I like when an IPA comes in and takes no prisoners. This young man is right in my wheelhouse. The bitter, oily finish builds with each sip, just the way elite IPA's should.

This is easily an elite IPA. Bright, big hops with a clean backbone.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:10:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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iadler

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of dciBA. Bottled 10/25.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice cap that stays. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S- When I initially smelled this beer, it was mostly floral hops and bready malt. As the beer warmed up, it really opened up with honeydew, cantaloupe, lemon and lime peel along with under ripe tropical fruit with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. There is some fresh spices with white pepper and thyme and a hint of banana. The aroma was subtle but so complex at the same time. I could not stop smelling this beer as I picked up something different each time.

T- The taste is complex without being intense. Bready malt, passion fruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, peppery spice, lime and lemon peel. Really no citrus or piney hops noticeable that can be found in most IPA's. Not as much going on compared the aroma, but still good.

M- Gentle mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation that has a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O- One of the most unique IPA's I've had. The hop profile was really interesting and this beer is so easy to drink with some many different flavors and no bitterness to destroy the taste buds. I could drink this all day/night.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:08:56 | More by iadler
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark amber/ruby. One finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops, grapefruit, orange peel, smooth grainy malts with grassy/earthy tones. Big, full aroma.

T/M: One word comes to mind: Fresh. Fresh hop flavor, fresh, crisp mouthfeel, fresh ingredients. Moderately light body. Not far from the nose, cirtus and sweet malts with a load of fresh hops. Utterly delicious. Moderately carbonated.

D: Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 22:57:54 | More by YouSkeete
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing.

aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:27:04 | More by perrymarcus
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 500ml bottle.
Bottled: 01-24-2012

Pours a hazy and cloudy light straw golden color but with some murky orange hints. There is a huge 2 inch white head that forms that is quite dense and frothy. Very good looking and with great retention. A nice dirty looking IPA.

Aroma easily scores the highest rating. Strong citrus notes with grapefruit and orange peel all around followed by nice tropical notes of mango and some papaya. Nice resinous piney hop notes are felt throughout. very dank and delicious. Make my mouth water. Slight biscuity malt notes are perceived but the strong hop-bomb notes make me very happy.

Starts off light and refreshing with a clean citrusy hop palette. Notes of tangerine and some tropical notes as well as some sweet pineapple are then turned into a nice herbal and grassy hop note. This then turns into a dry bitter and more citric note with some nice toasty malt and bread note in the background. The finish is nice and dry and bitter. Nearly perfect. Mouthfeel is crisp dry and bitter. Very nice brew. Awesome hop note and good background malt grain notes.

Very good offering. Im very impressed by this small brewery offering and glad Im able to keep getting them thanks to this site.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:52:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having Peeper and Zoe, I was excited to finally see Lunch on the store shelf here in Pennsylvania.

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, tawny orange. Two fingers of crisp, bright white head. Head quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: Lots of juicy American hops. Big citrus notes...orange, mango, and pineapple. A second, deeper inhale did reveal the hint of a rich, caramel maltiness.

Taste: The taste was not exactly what I expected. But, I guess that's the hallmark of the Maine Beer Company. It's hoppy and bitter but not a pungent hop bomb. The finish of the sip revels a touch of malt before ending with one more smack of bitterness. What's impressive is that the nose of the beer gets you thinking about what the taste will be but then the taste is more nuanced than you could imagine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. At 7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable. Carbonation is a bit light. I could have used a little more fizzy snap.

Overall: Lunch was worth the wait. It's one of the more interesting American IPAs on the market. If you see it, grab one. It'll surprise and impress.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 14:06:07 | More by pburland23
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RobHigby


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:47:33 | More by RobHigby
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 00:54:57 | More by derkfromwi
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:17:05 | More by biegaman
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abrand

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:43:36 | More by abrand
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vfgccp

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed two weeks before consumed for this review.

A - Dull ice tea caramel color. Great head; lightly off-white with fantastic retention and lace.

S - Simply awesome. Bright wood, racy lemon, a kick of fresh pepper, and fresh herbaceous parsley.

T - Bitter citrus rolls into bright woody hops. Just enough caramel malt balances the profile beautifully. Soft, bitter, woody sweet backend. Delicious, dry, fresh hop finish.

M - Fantastic carbonation balance on a medium frame.

O - There's something about this beer that is greater than the sum of it's parts. The bitterness, malt character, hop profile, and texture are everything that I love about the best examples of the style. An absolutely fantastic IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 21:21:08 | More by vfgccp
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing. aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:20:17 | More by BostonHops
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep orange/amber color with puffy two finger white head.

S - Very citrusy nose, a bit of apple and honey. Very strong and aromatic. Great.

T - Mmm, on the taste, the citrus is balanced out with a solid piney hop presence that permeates throughout. Actually well balanced.

M - A bit dry, but full bodied and crisp.

Overall - An incredibly good IPA. Loved this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 00:22:28 | More by BeerBuckeye
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WSB

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red orange, with a thick, luscious slightly off white head that remains throughout the drink, leaving lots of beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is Amazing- at first, sweet, with hints of tropical fruit. A second sniff reveals the treasure trove of citrusy hops underneath. Notes of orange and grapefruit begin to permeate the nose.

Mouthfeel is similarly amazing- soft and luxurious. Velvety smooth on the tongue, embracing the palette as it washes over.

Taste is hoppy greatest, but not over stated like you might expect. Grapefruit bitterness envelopes and plays on the tongue, but just to tease before it transitions into more a juicy, red grapefruit like sweetness and wipes out the introductory hop bitterness. Finish is dry and a touch spicy.

This is quite possibly the most perfectly balanced IPA that I've ever had.

A superb IPA. Superior smell, mouthfeel and drinkability make this a "must buy" brew. Taste is excellent, although I'd personally like a bit more hop bitter kick. A more drinkable IPA I've not had in my life.

Highly recommended. A must buy if you can find it. Distribution is limited to NE currently, as I understand it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 15:50:23 | More by WSB
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer has a slightly cloudy copper-orange color. The head is pure white with very good retention. The beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell:
The smell is fairly different from the standard American IPA. First, the hop smell mainly consists of a citrus note with hints of orange peel or some sort of citrus fruit such as a lemon or orange. The hops are balanced by a fairly sweet malt smell and some hints of the yeast.

Taste:
Citrus hops with undertones of citrusy fruit such lemon. The orange flavor is there but very light. The malts seem to disappear underneath the hops unlike the smell.

Mouthfeel:
Very light carbonation. The beer is medium bodied but lighter than most other medium-bodied IPA.

Overall:
A superb IPA and definitely worth purchasing if you can find it. This IPA is certainly unique and a nice variation on a popular style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:44:29 | More by HattedClassic
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.