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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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646 Reviews

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Reviews: 646
Hads: 4,409
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 25
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: 646 | Hads: 4,409
Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 day old bottle.

Pours an orange hue with off-white head. Some haziness present. Incredible aroma of earthiness and melon, I get some honey dew. This beer has an incredible piney finish, but it is lacking in depth. It's a really good "west coast" style IPA born on the east coast.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of jman892
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.

T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.

M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.

O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/30/14 poured on 6/13/14. Picked this up for $7.99 at Whole Foods Union Sq.

Poured a very light beige color which was very interesting as I figured it would be darker simply because of the amount of hops plus the malt. Lacing was scattered on the glass but hung around for the entire drink. Very large frothy head.

Citrus taste with not an overwhelming amount of pine. This beer was not terribly intense or bitter which I appreciate. You could actually taste the malt backbone and sweet hops up front.

Incredibly crisp and clean with a very easy finish. Left me wanting sip after sip. Not too cloying.

The freshness was great. I guess its easy to create a beer with a bunch of hops, but it’s much more difficult to craft a beer with lots of hops that feels balanced but not sweet. Excellently done MBC.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/17/15, poured hazy orange, two finger head sticky looking and laced like a mother. Some citrusy aspects in the nose as well as a bit of earth and the occasional whiff of booze actually, especially after it warmed. Taste followed nose with more balance than MBC Another One. More great stuff from Maine

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip - ive had this several times, first time in 2011, and just now getting around to an actual review.
Pours a hazy golden orange with creamy white head. Nice pungent citrus tropical hop aroma, grainy. Fantastic tropical hoppy flavor, some nice bitter hop balance with a perfect grain bill...well balanced and smooth. Its chugable, delicate, balanced, near perfect. What hasn't been said about this brew. Its delicious.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this bottle with my bro Brian. Poured at room temp into some snifters. Beer is a golden copper hue with some floating particulates.
Aroma is citrusy hops with grapefruit and a bit of cut grass and herbal tea. A nice mixture of hop qualities, but the citrus and general fruitiness wins out for dominance.
First sip gives an average body with gentle rolling carbonation and a slightly chewy texture. Good physical traits on this beer too. so far its a winner.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and then rolls to citrusy grapefruit pith notes and a bit of herbal tea notes and general bitterness that resides in my palate, finishes extremely dry causing me to drink my glass faster than I would otherwise. Very dry finish. no real hint of booze anywhere.
the beer is drinkable but part of it is making me thirsty from the dryness.
Defnitely a great IPA and worth procuring.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an add in from a trade .
Lunch pours a nice darkish golden color, with a nice large lacing head. Their is a very nice strong dry floral aroma from this beer. The taste has a nice floral bite from the hops, on a rich and almost hidden malty backbone. Nice full flavors, yet easy to drink, very smooth and nice carbonation. Overall a no frills IPA with lots of flavor.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange body with a foamy white head. Some light shines through, but there is a definite sediment haze present.

S- Lots of strong citrus, hints of tropical fruits, tangerine, orange zest.

T- Tons of citrus in the flavor as well. Lots of fruity bitterness, lots of zesty citrus peel. Even some hints of peach and sugar orange marmalade.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight stickiness to it.

O- A really nice IPA, lots of delicate flavors, pungent fruity flavors.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me a good while to get a hold of this beer.. I had The MO a few times and I was looking forward to trying this beer.. They are very similar but I think Lunch you can smell the hops a little more.. MO and Lunch are very very similar but this one stood out a little more.. I thought this one would blow my mind considering its ranked way higher then MO but again they are very similar .. But slight edge over MO..

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I pick up more of a citrus note on the nose, but it goes down with a lot harsher bitterness and taste of pine. Always an interesting IPA and grows on you with each taste.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, date 5/28/13 (~2 weeks old on consumption), poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 6/9/13 over an hour.

A: 4.50 - golden-brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through) 2/2 hop haze, florid white rocky head lingers through consumption into 1/2 finge lacing, moderate alcohol legs --> a very nice appearing American IPA

S: 4.25 - picking up both malt and hop flavors throughout: hop - grapefruit, tangerine, pine; malt - biscuit, caramel, honey

T: 4.50 - minimal bitterness on the front of the tongue; in the middle of the mouth, citrus-forward hop notes predominate; on the back end, there malt character kicks it with some honey and caramel notes; slight hop flavors coating the tongue in the aftertaste --> definitely the highlight of this beer

M: 4.50 - moderate bodied, 7% is hidden within; higher carbonation than other American IPAs that I've drank lately

O: 4.50 - surprisingly, I never drank this beer after living in CT for 12 years, but I'm glad that they've recently started distributing to the greater D.C. area; I have tried several of their APA/IPAs to date, and this is clearly the highlight; it's one of the most well-balanced American IPAs out there, and, for $7.99 for a >16 oz., the price is right if you can find it, recommended fresh!

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

I was quite impressed by this beer. The color was a hazy medium orange with a 1 finger white head. There was an excellent hop profile up front with nice notes of orange, lemon zest, and pine. Then it finishes with a nice balance with a little bit of malt that comes across as a light but smooth caramel. This beer is by no means sweet though and definitely focuses on the hops. Appropriate carbonation and great aftertaste. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Nice looking orange/golden colour with a bright white thick fluffy 1" head. Dissipates down to 1/4" but good lacing on the sides of the glass when titled.
AR: Orange, grapefruit, pine with hints of pineapple and tangerine. Caramel and biscuit/cracker malts as well. Smells really inviting.
T: Similar to the nose, though the citrus flavours are more like the rind/skin than the fleshy fruit. However, they are not too bitter. In fact, the bitter lingering sensation on the finish is just about right to let you know this is an IPA. It's there without scorching your palate or puckering your mouth. A touch of sticky pine mixed in as well. The malts are more pronounced in the flavour than the aroma, making this a nicely balanced brew.
M: This seems a bit too carbonated for my preference as it feels a bit foamy in the mouth. I like an IPA that's got a little bit of chewy to it. Kind of light in body, but finishes crisp and smooth.
OV: A very tasty lip smacking IPA that lets the hops flavours shine through without being too bitter. Good malt base for balance. Definitely a treat to the taste buds. As I've said before, I wish Maine Beer would send more of their brews to NJ as the majority of them are just so limited.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.