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Lunch - Maine Beer Company


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Ratings: 2211
Reviews: 473
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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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/14/12.

This beer poured with a solid finer or two of head that dissipated fairly rapidly but leaving good lacing. Beer is clear with light to medium amber hues and fairly apparent carbonation.

The nose on this beer is nothing if not subtle. I get serious bready notes that are balanced with a distinct sour note with solid hints of pine.

This beer has some serious malt body! This quickly dissipates to a piney-grapefruit like flavor. I know that sounds like a really odd combination, but I LOVE IT. This is probably the most delicious IPA I have ever had.

This beer has serious presence and really fills the entire palate.

I will definitely be buying this beer again, like I said, perhaps the best IPA that I have ever had

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:52:46 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle served in pilsner glass

Thank You KangarooAdam59!

A: Orange color with 3 finger head,retained well, lacing everywhere.

S: Wow! best part of beer, hops, citrus, more hops.

T: citrus, orange rind. Tons of hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, easy drinking beer.

O: Top notch beer, taste like a west coast. Taste great would get again!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:08:25 | More by Damian74Shensky
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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. (bottled 2/13/14)

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange color with a nice foamy / creamy head. Very bright white.

Smell: Piney, Grapefruit, Citrus with a little bit of a bread/biscuit malt.

Taste: Wow!. Exactly what I like. Super hoppy and hides the alcohol well, and has enough bready malt to make it very smooth and easy to drink. Definitely taste the Citrus and has a nice bite. After taste stays around for at least 10 minutes.

Mouthfeel: Dry and creamy. A little bit chewy but very smooth. Not too little and not too much carbonation.

Overall: Amazing beer. Almost reminds me of PTE but possibly better in my opinion. Very well made. I will continue to trade for this when I can. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:20:08 | More by lanciloti
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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a bottle that was just over a week old. One of my favorite IPAs out there.

S - The smell was everything you could ask out of an IPA, filled with floral and citrus with traces of pine. Great smelling beer.

T - right off the bat you're hit with the citrus flavor that pretty much dominates. The hop bitterness is there and goes down really easy. The taste of this bottle was a little more bitter than what I remember but it might have something to do with the freshness. I can't recall how fresh the other bottles I've had were. Very light tasting and not filling at all, just refreshing.

M - this beer is easy to drink and leaves a dry finish for me. The bitterness stays with you well after a sip. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, just a florally, citrusy one.

O- Like I said before, this is one of my favorite IPAs and I really look forward to it's release. Even though this bottle was a little more bitter than what I remember, it still didn't take any enjoyment out from drinking it. This is definitely a must buy whenever and if ever you come across it. This brewer knows they have a dependable recipe for this IPA and continues to make it great.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 18:40:55 | More by nootch23
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike some other reviewers, I was unable to try this beer at Sebago's "End of an Era" party...but the time I went to try it, the keg was empty. Luckily, bottles were released the next day. My bottle has been in the fridge all afternoon. It was filled two days ago, on 5.18.11. I'm pouring it into my Maine Beer Company glass.

A very large off white foam head fills my glass, but it is quickly settling into liquid from the bottom up; the top of the head is remaining at the top of the glass. The liquid is a hazy translucent orange. A few streams of carbonation can be seen rising within. As the head is settling, good lacing is left behind. Swirling leaves a lot of film.

Lunch has an exceptional fresh hop aroma. It's bitter and has some warm alcohol notes as well. An underlying sweetness is present; it adds an essence of maple syrup to the aroma.

The taste of this beer is a good mix of sweet and bitter. A malty base is tasted first (tastes like pale or crystal malts to me). Grass hops quickly come in. A stronger bitter flavor makes its way to the front as I swallow. Bitterness lingers on.

The beer is medium bodied and has average carbonation. It is slightly sticky and only leaves a little coat. It isn't nearly as thick as I thought it would be. What is left behind isn't overly flavorful; just enough to make you want another sip.

Lunch is another impressive beer from MBC. I'm sure that drinking this beer when it is just two days old helps, but I imagine it will hold its own for a number of weeks. I definitely see myself drinking a lot of this; I don't think I'll start packing a bottle as much lunch, but it will certainly pair well with many future meals.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:19:20 | More by ToasterChef
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a pretty standard, yet glowing amber/copper with a nicely sized off-white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

damn. pine, pine, pine, and grapefruit. lots of fresh hop aromas in this one, and I can smell it from a mile away.

pine and grapefruit juice, sweetened, with some fresh cut grass, fresh squeezed orange juice, and almost a candy-like sweetness. not terribly bitter, but tons, and tons of hop flavor.

medium bodied with excellent soft carbonation. this is one of the juiciest and most refreshing finishes on a beer I have ever had.

terrific. Was the perfect beer after a day of hiking. well done, again, Maine Beer Co.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:41:47 | More by silentjay
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one good yet overpriced ipa. the beer pours a darker yellow to almost light orange color with a decent white head. the smell is huge grapefruit and pine notes, with almost no malt character whatsoever. the flavor is citrusy and piney at the same time, very bitter very dry and very delicious. the mouthfeel is thin and well carbed. overall one of the top 3 ipas ive had

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:00:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle (first of which I'm not privy to) into a sample glass (short-stemmed, 4oz fluted glass)

A-Unfiltered, amber/rusty appearance and pours with a 1" frothy, white head with substantial retention

S-Citrus-Grapefruit and a bit of orange peel dominate. Everything a west coast IPA should be...light and refreshing, even before a taste of the mighty elixir.

M-The substantial carbonation makes for a very refreshing experience. Finishes dry with a kind bitterness, fruity and aromatic.

O-Simply put, this is one of the best IPA's I've experienced. Refreshing, citrusy, bitter and all-round exactly what I look forward to (i.e. not much malt backbone). I just wish it was not so expensive ($6) for a pint bottle (purchased from VT)...for me, I wish I could get a bomber for that price...but a good beer is worth it...exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:43:56 | More by threeviews
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this when I was up in Boston. Actually had to go to a few stores before I found it. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a 1.5 finger white head on top. Very nice retention with random bits of foamy lace on the sides.

S: Wow. One of the most intense grapefruit aromas I have come across. There is also a bit of orange and orange peel as well as a little bit of grass and light pine. Really strong and extremely inviting. One of the best smelling IPAs I have had.

T: Lots of citrus, with the grapefruit again leading the way.Faint pine and some caramel malt balance things slightly. The aroma is a bit stronger than the flavor profile, but it is still very tasty. The citrus fruits are very juicy. There is a sharp bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is sticky and a bit oily with a bitter and dry finish.

O: Again, MBC puts out a beer that I really like. Hard to pick a favorite, but this one is really good. A west coast IPA made in Maine! Need to get more next time I go up north.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 18:25:13 | More by mdaschaf
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral hoppy, some nice warm biscuit malts to be smelled, which surprised me. And not a hint of citrus or pine . . . until a bit later as the hops calm and reveal more. I'm always surprised at how fast a super-hopped beer can start to collapse.

Hoppy business up in here. Do you like hops? Do you like them being the citrusy, sudsy, sharp, spicy, centerpiece? Tingles. This might be for you.

So clean and fresh.

Super-juicy piney-citrusy hops plow through, along with a decently concealed sweet malt body, bready, comes out in the nose later too. I would be interested to see how this tastes when it's not fresh, or even aged a bit - even though I'm not a fan of aging hoppy beers. Just a tongue assaulting array of hops. It has very similar hop profile to Smutty's Finest Kind, but seriously beefed up. Wowsers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:30:15 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review ever :)

Poured into a snifter.

Poured a light beautiful orange color with a almost white head that vanished fast and left a nice sticky ring as I drank it.

Something about the hopped aroma that I couldn't get enough of. Couldn't quite tell what hop smell it was but I loved the smell every time I took a sip.

Taste great hoppy flavor which was not to overpowering and yet had a great bite at the end.

Over all I loved this beer and price was spot on, up there or above all my other faver

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:22:00 | More by bc102782
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New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a very impressive head and lace. The smell gets you right away with nice hop, citrus and sweet nose. Honestly, you'd think this was a top double IPA from the look and smell. The taste is the best IPA I've had. Typically im not all that impressed with IPAs since double are so much more loaded and well balanced, but this is close to a double in a standard IPA skin. Well balanced is the definition of this beer. The hops, citrus and sweetness blend so nice with a smooth aftertaste. Maine Brewing Company continues to impress me more and more and they appear to be the big up and comer. As far as this IPA, its the best on the market.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:30:26 | More by sjones5045
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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Top notch. Huge fluffy white head atop a golden amber pour. A little hazy, not perfectly clear. Amazing retention and great lacing.

S: Stunning aroma. Grapefruit and orange at the forefront with some pine and the bready malt not far behind. Maybe some apricot or peach in there too?

T: Taste backs up the smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, very strong (but not overpowering) bready malts. Pine is secondary but still there. Maybe even a little herbal/earthy flavor. Everything is well balanced and comes together smoothly, not muddled like some beers.

M: Super smooth and clean beer. Just right weight, not too heavy and not too light. Bitterness is decent but doesn't last too long.

O: Maine Brewing hit a home run with this one. Honestly I put this up there with Sculpin and Blind Pig. It might be even better when super fresh. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these (if you can, they disappear at an incredible rate).

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 01:59:58 | More by Dope
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Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy red/copper with a very impressive, thick, fluffy marshmallow white head. The head does not mess around and isn't going anywhere, despite your best attempt at a careful pour. Aroma of sweet mango, grapefruit and touches of pine and lemon. Flavor beings with a burst of crisp, zesty, citrus hops. Very nice, bready, cracker sweetness that comes around and mixes well with the grapefruit and minor tropical notes that stand out. Ends with dry, semi-bitter pine hops, a touch of spice and a bit more citrus sweetness. Really crisp and compact flavor profile, but allows you to sense the different layers in the beer. Cohesion is off the charts. Certainly will be a star in the New England IPA scene.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:52:49 | More by uustal
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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Born on date of 5/21/13; enjoyed 6/7/13.

A - A vivid orange with a thick, fluffy, creamy head. Beautiful.

S - The first thing I smell is sweet malt; only a hint of citrus and hops.

T - Mild grapefruit/citrus hits my palate first, followed by some hop bitterness with a malt finish. This is not a hop-bomb. The flavors are all nicely balanced.

M - Medium body; a very drinkable IPA. Maybe on the dry side for an IPA?

O - If you're looking for a hoppy or bitter IPA this isn't it. This is an incredibly well-rounded IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 18:28:09 | More by BobaFret
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink within 90 days of May 23, 2013. Served in Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy amber with a white, creamy two-finger head that settles into a nice frothy cap. Nice lacing and legs. Rich smell of grapefruit rind and pine. Citrus pith strikes the palate first and finishes with a heaping dose of pine. Sweet malt backbone balances the bitterness nicely. Medium body with lively carbonation. A superbly crafted IPA that gives the west coast IPAs a run for their money!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:39:06 | More by JohnG190
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4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted this one on tap in Portland Maine and had to have some more so I got some bottles. This review is from a fresh 16.9 oz. bottle.

A: Poured into a wine glass and got an awesome three finer head. Nice rich orange color with a somewhat unfiltered look.

S: Maybe the best part of this beer. Nice clean, hoppy, citrus smell that you want more and more of.

T: Big citrus hop flavor with some bitter notes. Really clean and refresshing.

M: Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp. Easy to drink.

O: Overall I love this beer. Makes me proud to be a Mainer. Currently my favorite IPA...glad I have a case in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:49:15 | More by HopChef44
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South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 3/26/13 (I try to keep my IPAs within 2 months of bottling but sometimes you have to make exceptions. The label says drink within 90 days, so still well within the best before date).

Thanks to BMart for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a very hazy apricot orange, with >3 fingers width of fairly dense sea foam white colored head. Head lingers for a good while and leaves lots of thick, segmental lacing.

S: An explosion of tropical fruits and citrus. Mango, papaya, and tangerine. Lemon zest and orange rind. Some more subtle resinous piney notes are there as well to round out the hop profile. And some sweet malts to tie it all together. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose with a nice combination of tropical fruits, citrus, and piney bitterness. Bitterness is more prominent than was on the nose. Again I get mango, orange, citrus rind. I also get herbaceous, floral hop notes. Piney bitterness is strong, but the malt backbone is near perfect to balance it out. Fantastic.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier end of the spectrum (a bit much for my personal preference), drying on the finish, drinkability is great.

O: Overall, fantastic from top to bottom. One of the best IPA's Ive ever had. Thanks again Brian for sending this one my way!

Also, Im pseud-obsessed with the bottle. What a simplistically cool label.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:29:44 | More by zac16125
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Sebago tulip.
Lot 051811

Huge head, with sticky lace as it recedes. Murky apple cider color. Lots of hops in the nose, grassy and sweet. A month in, and a lot of the fresh hoppiness has dropped off. Still delicious, with sharp carbonation. More maltiness present, but not a ton. Some fruitiness, apple and grape. Lots of bitterness, just no overwhelming grapefruit and pine like when it was fresh. Feeling the 7% ABV before my second pour from the bottle!

As it warms for the second pour, more grapefruity bitterness comes out.

Still my favorite IPA, can't wait for a fresh batch!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:29:46 | More by ggilman
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my trusty Dead stealie pint glass, bottled on 9/15/11, consumed during the Steelers/Texans game.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger of solid head and very nice lacing that sticks to the pint on the way down. Clean nose of full on pine and grapefruit, maybe even some fresh strawberries. Very alluring.

Taste gives mouthfuls of clean pine and mandarin orange. Extremely crisp, hoppy, and easy to drink, with relatively unnoticeable alcohol for a 7% abv. A fine model of the style.

At around $8.00 for a pint bottle in NYC, it's a little pricey, but easily one of the best newfangled East Coast IPAs I've had in ages. If it ever becomes available in a six-pack....watch out, as it may rival Flower Power for my east coast go to IPA. Between this and Peeper Ale, Maine Beer Co. is killing it, and I'm thrilled that their distribution has reached NYC. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:26:26 | More by dmgnyc
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, frothy head almost an inch high. Great head retention, too. Clings all over the glass as you drink. Aromas are citrus-hop blend that smells amazing, with lime, orange, and grapefruit blending with the pine, fresh cut grass, and resin to entice you right into the glass. Flavors are rich and resiny. Hop forward with a follow up blast of tart grapefruit keep your taste buds standiing at attention. There is a subtle caramel backbone that supports all the other profiles, which is exactly what it should be doing. Peppery and roast qualities at the end of the palate transition into the aftertaste, where a resiny and bitter kick displays the hops presence once again in this gem. The finish is clean, smooth, and only slightly drying. Amazing. Utterly amazing brew!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 18:13:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am from California, the land of big IPAs and hops hops and more hops...and this is seriously one of the finest of the style I've ever had.

Pours golden, could use a bit more head but passable lots of lacing, good color.

Nose is pure hop juice goodness, not too much simcoe, just enough - strawberries, a little grapefruit and fresh pine.

Taste is very geared, starts out refreshing and fruit-filled and moves on to a dry hopped bitterness...intense but not at all out of balance or overwhelming. Malt backbone carries it through incredibly well.

Mouthfeel is bright and not sticky.

Overall this is a truly world class IPA from a tiny brewery (brought this bottle back to SF with me from the brewery) outside of portland, ME. Well done guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:40:38 | More by benclimbs
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish-orange color with a thick foamy white head of four fingers and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste has a sharp bitter sweet taste to it that leaves a good pine and hops after taste.

Overall: Maine Beer Company you have "Wowed" me again!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 19:00:07 | More by Cavanaghty
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: medium to deep gold beer in a pint, big-as-you-want-it off-white head; moderate lacing down the glass

S: lots of hops up the nose, with citrusy and piney Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe action

T: hop flavors are in line with aromas, suggestive of resin and grapefruit, with a balancing underbelly of pale malt sweetness

O: a very nicely weighted drink - not heavy or thick, but it isn't a brisk drink either - very balanced-feeling; wonderful bittering finish

O: I suppose this was the freshest beer I have ever consumed. Bottled: 3/26/13. Consumed: 4/3/13. Uh, let's not kid around here: This was an awesome beer. Any fan of beer owes it to themselves to drink a bottle of this beer. And quickly! lol

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:02:13 | More by Greywulfken
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a re-review of the beer. Bottled 12/3/13 and I'm having it less than 2 weeks from the date.

It comes in a very pumpkin orange with a big fluffy, lingering head. A deep dark marmalade orange. Lots of lacing, hugely fluffly like soap. Out of the bottle and pouring it, I could already smell the fresh aroma it has. Just a beautiful beer.

The aroma is incredible and vibrant. Fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, piney, fruity hops. Lots of tropical fruit with mango, papaya, and pineapple. There’s a bit of a malty backbone.

Wow, the flavor is great. Tropical fruit again in the front of mango, papaya. The general theme then is of grapefruit peel and bitterness. There’s a huge pop of grapefruit peel and then it becomes tangerine and bitter orange. Then this perfectly balanced gentle maltiness cleans it up to help the finish. There’s this strong, but a good dry finish.

The top qualities of this beer are the aroma and its clean aftertaste. It really holds strong being up with some of the top West Coast IPAs. The bottle conditioning and hazy qualities gives this such a great body. It’s drinkable, but not watery.

Extremely hoppy. Very bitter, but with tons of complexity and hoppiness.

I will though that this is not really a "blow your socks off" beer. There are West Coast IPAs that can stand up do this. This is "just" an exceptional example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:45:40 | More by dar482
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,211 ratings.