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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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621 Reviews
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Reviews: 621
Hads: 4,212
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 2.78%
Wants: 1,050
Gots: 910 | 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: 621 | Hads: 4,212
Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with thin white head. Big grapefruit aroma, with something sweeter -- maybe a little peach and pineapple. Continues over to the taste, with a somewhat watery, low-malt middle and strong hop bitterness. It's got that same watered-down juice thing going that a lot of their beers have, but it's masked more by the bitterness. The mouthfeel has a nice "scraping bubbles" thing going. (395 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back, just found the notes on my phone. Don't recall being overly impressed. Served in a tulip glass.
Appearance: light golden orange, decent head that didn't stick around too long - odd compared to most I've had from Maine beer. Still a very attractive beer. A little haze, just the right amount for that "raw" IPA look.
Smell: generic IPA - grapefruit, resin, citrus, tropical notes. Good but nothing that really stuck out compared to a ton of other IPAs, really, certainly still enjoyable.
Taste: little malt character - almost like a biscuity malt flavor vs the sweetness of some IPAs. Piney, grapefruit pith, some orange. Good stuff but not overwhelming. Decently well balanced but a little bitter for the malt bill.
Feel: Smooth, slightly overcarbonated, which adds to the mild astringency of the bitterness. Doesn't hurt the beer, but not a standout.
Overall: this is a very solid IPA and one I'd drink frequently, but the price must be weighed as part of this when there are much cheaper beers that are just as good or better. Still something I won't pass up frequently, though. Another well-made beer from MBC. (1,137 characters)

Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly as I had heard. An excellent IPA that is what it is and makes no bones about it. Its the way IPA's should be. Clean smooth and drinks easily. One of the brews that lived up to all the good things I heard. Will def have again. (239 characters)

Photo of rjd722
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a huge fluffy head that hung around for a few minutes. Great light-golden color with a robust citrus smell that became apparent immediately after the first pour. Perfect balance of tropical and piney hops with the ideal amount of bitterness that one would expect from an excellent IPA.

Lunch did not disappoint, I could drink this all day...maybe it's best I could only grab one! (421 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 12 oz. pour off tap at The Ginger Man (Greenwich, CT) into a tumbler glass on 10-Aug-15

It's got that diacetyl, buttery flavor going on which I don't prefer, but it's not overbearing. It's still light and refreshing. Enjoyed it, but I wonder how fresh the keg was based on other reviews. Looking forward to trying again. (323 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at tørst. A light gold with a white head. Aroma is a striking competition between citrus and pine. Taste is Sweet upfront which flows into a bitter finish. The aftertaste is my favorite...just a slight spicy kick that makes this beer one of the best IPAs I've tasted. (284 characters)

Photo of mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been fortunate to have tried Dinner yet, but I must say that Lunch is outstanding. It is great both on tap and straight out of the bottle. A wonderful beer. (166 characters)

Photo of eifster82
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy yellow.

Smell - Very citrus and fruit oriented. Really pleasant on the nose.

Taste - Not quite as citrus or fruit heavy as you might anticipate if basing on the smells. Still, balanced properly. Not going to knock you out with a hop heavy front.

Feel - balanced, "light" IPA finish. Not much bitterness at the end.

Overall - a solid IPA. Many options from MBC seem to be very balanced solid beers, and this one fits in that mold. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is a very nice option when I come across it. (551 characters)

Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it was just an old bottle, but I felt like this didn't live up to the hype it has gotten. I would certainly be willing to try it again, but it just tasted very flat compared to what other brewers like Tree House are pumping out currently. I want to like it a lot more, but a rating above 4 would by a lie. (315 characters)

Photo of Bigbadbeerguy
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really hard to find fault with this beer in any way, shape or form. Best IPA I have had from the Eastern part of the US and safe t say one of the best beers I have ever drank (to be fair my bottle was purchased at their brewery and drank shortly after). Really hope this brewery can grow. (290 characters)

Photo of CraigShap
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great New England style IPA. Not as good as some of its hazy, juicy, chock full of floaters contemporaries like Trillium's Congress St, IPA but still excellent. (160 characters)

Photo of nickshep7
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon, citrus, and some slight grass smell. The scent is rather light. Taste is an amped up version of the smell nice hop presence. Good mouthfeel. Overall solid but nothing about this beer wowed me. To be fair this was bottled in June so it's fresh but not 1-2 weeks fresh. (279 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - super enticing color, light golden color with a frothy white head. Need to be careful when pouring; if you pour too hard you will likely end up with half a glass of head.

Smell - Piney, floral, slight citrusy.

Taste - What all IPA's should aspire to be. Crisp and clean. Every flavor is present with no single flavor outweighing another. Taste follows the smell, a nice piney hop taste that balances well with the slight sweetness on the back end. Hints of lemongrass (?) and an overall citrus taste. Extremely well balanced.

Feel - Light, with just enough carbonation. Would be easy to chug one, but as good as it tastes that would be a sin.

Overall - One of my favorite IPA's. Great taste and exceptional balance. (734 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, pours light golden with white frothy, clingy head. The citrus and fruit smells are amazing. Perhaps the smoothest, most balanced IPA I've tried. This one begs for a long session. Everything good about the aroma comes through in the flavor. Finish is clean, and somewhat fruity. Best IPA I've had to date. Great stuff. (325 characters)

Photo of RABouffard
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, well balanced and refreshing. filtered and somewhat subdued compared to other highly rated IPA's. Worth a trip to the brewery for a taste. (160 characters)

Photo of Jcorn
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, does beer get better than this? Beautiful clean light orange color. Smoooooottthhhh finish. Light sweet smell. Taste? Well I wanted to give this a 5.0 but I left some room since I've never had Heady Topper but I can't find anything wrong with it. (251 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015-07-15
16oz bottle brought from Chicago in my in-laws' luggage. Date on the side is C61615 84. Served in a snifter. Poured completely, so there was a little slash of sediment at the end.

Pours slightly hazy (due to the sediment) pale golden with a medium sized, perfectly textured head, already fading and leaving nice lacing. Smell is fruity and tropical, juicy, floral, very pretty.

Taste is geared more toward the bitter side. Definitely get the flavor of hop flowers. All that floral, juicy prettiness from the aroma is in there, but you just get this nice lingering crisp bitterness, with a very slow deep bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, but with a slight resinous dryness. Overall, I'm happy I finally got to try this. (770 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very good beer and my new favorite from the brewery. What impressed me the most about this beer is how light and delicate the flavors are, but also how well the melded together. Taste is citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine, and light malt. This is one I will pick up again. (286 characters)

Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler filled from State Line liquors at the MD/DE boarder. $20 for a 64oz, expensive, but worth the price.

Very reminiscent of Pliny. Beautiful beer, great flavor, aroma leaves something to be desired, but not huge.

Privileged to enjoy this.
Seek out if you can. (281 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft. Was expecting wayyy more. Was really just above average, have had plenty of plus plus ipa's over the last couple of months, and Lunch was just not one of them. (177 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF with beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,580 characters)

Photo of JayF562
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my favorites. However there are a lot of other new breweries making better beers than this. Taste is great much like dinner, but the aroma is lacking compared to other IPA's. (197 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My expectations were somewhat tempered after hearing a few people downplay this beer before I finally got the chance to try it. Is it among the best of the best? Not quite, but excellent nonetheless.

Pours a deep dark hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head that hangs around for a while. Quite a looker. The balance of tropical fruit and bitter hop resin is the most impressive feature. Lots of pineapple and mango in the nose. An initial burst of tropical and floral sweetness on the palate quickly gives way to the piney bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. It's a bit on the light side, but substantial enough to carry the flavors well.

Overall, I'd consider it a top tier IPA. I overpaid for my bottle just to finally try it. Glad I did, but I'll likely only buy it again if I find it at a more reasonable price. (829 characters)

Photo of gcasher
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amber in color with a big frothy white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy and the initial flavor is a sweet fruity hoppy beer with subtle dank piney hops following. The only weakness in this beer for me was the mouthfeel. It was much thinner than I like. (270 characters)

Photo of Buffett
2.95/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer many times, but this latest batch tastes like a light version of itself. Not at all what it usually tastes like. Very thin..... On draught at Sunset ..6/28
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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.