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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 631
Hads: 4,278
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,072
Gots: 939 | 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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Photo of jtingue
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 5/21/13. Poured into a duvel tulip.

appearance. Slightly hazy orange tinted golden yellow. Gorgeous 3 fingers of head which sticks around until the last drop. Very thick and frothy, like a cappuccino. Lacing is equally as great with layers of bubbles grouped on the side of the glass. Beautiful.

smell. Very west coast, as promised. Very floral right up front, with a good dose of grass and pine. Some tangerine is trying to make its way out, only adding subtlety to this gorgeous nose. Very resinous, making you want to just stick you nose in there and leave it.

taste. Starts out with a bit of medium bitterness, which turns to a burst of resinous pine. Some of the citrus that was trying to make its way out in the nose appears with a much greater presence. But this fades quickly. The pine comes back, this time with a bit of grass, making for a nice medley.

mouthfeel. BONE DRY the whole time. Really allows the hops to sing. Carbonation gives it even more lightness. To style west coast ipa.

overall. This one really impressed me, if you could not tell already. If you are a fan of a very nicely made west coast ipa in the vein of pliny (with a little less alcohol) then you are in for a treat. I admire the subtlety and restraint that this one shows in the face of many of the over-the-top ipas that are present in the beer world today. nicely done mbc.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-cloudy faded orange color big billowing bright white head. Intensely hoppy nose, lots of citrus and orange, faintly floral, so bright smelling, almost getting a bit of tropical melon in there too. Underneath I get some soapy and alcohol esters.

Surprisingly light body. Super clean and crisp tasting. Bright citrus flavors right off the bat, lots of orange flavor, starts dry but finishes juicy making the mouth water a bit. Brisk carbonation. A little thin on the front end but the body builds near the back end. All hop flavor throughout with the exception of the lingering flavors. Some malt and alcohol linger along with the bright fruity hops. Faintly grainy underneath it all. Slow building bitterness but an otherwise incredibly smooth beer. Nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable. If it came in a 6 pack rather an incredible hard to track down single bottle that would be fantastic.

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Photo of HoppySailor
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Bottle dated 5-28-13.

A- Pours a cloudy orange. This one is conditioned in the bottle, so a little yeast is floating about. Two fingers of creamy white foam that retreats slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Very strong smell of citrus. A lot like pink grapefruit. I also smell fresh mandarin orange and a touch of grassy pine. Awesome is an understatement.

T- whoa--- it's a hop-bomb. Despite the sweet fruity aroma, this one is really bitter. That's a good thing in the IPA world of course, but it caught me off guard. It has just enough malty biscuit on the finish to keep the bitterness from chasing me away. Very nice.

T2 and M- As it warms in the glass, the bitterness becomes more complex and finishes a bit softer than before. The mouthfeel is viscous, a bit chewy. It is full-bodied on the tongue and cheeks, but no carbonation bite at all on the swallow. Oily resins present between sips.

O- The most amazing thing to me about this one is that it has the hop profile of a huge double IPA, yet it is only 7% ABV. Aside from the fact that it is 8 dollars for a 16.9 oz bottle, this IPA is a tremendous offering. Would definitely have again. Best aroma of any IPA I have reviewed. Almost worth the confiscatory price just for the chance to experience the aroma.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An enormous thank you goes out to my shop's regulars, Mike, for the hookup on this brew! Totally caught me by surprise. Bottle dated 5/28/13, my birthday! Pouring into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Slightly hazed, orange/yellow sunshine in color with a rocky white foam perched on top. Good retention. A variety of fruits entice the nose with peach, grapefruit, and mango all taking turns showcasing their aromas. Piney/spruce comes up after a minute. Flavor-wise the citrus (grapefruit) and pine play a more dominant role though I still pick up some subtle tropical notes in the background. Malt backbone is sufficient and even showcases a little toasty quality. Dry, dry, dry on the finish. There seems to be some excellent attenuation going on here. Bitterness is firm but not harsh and lingers on for some time into the finish. Medium body with moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Touch of warmth.

Nice mix of citrus, tropical, and piney hop character with a supportive malt backbone. Very well attenuated, the dry finish lends an excellent drinkability. Again, huge thank you to Mike for the hookup!!!

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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 brureview
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a three finger head with a golden honey color in a pint glass.

Light but wonderful aroma: piney and woody.

Mouth feel: excellent, especially for this style. Not over the top, just enough carbonation
for a pleasant drinking experience.

Taste- pine, wood, fruit. As the beer warms, the flavors meld.

Finish: hoppy, a pleasant sharp bitterness.

It is important to note the hops brewed in the beer:
Warrior- for bittering and a noticeable spicy woody character in the taste and aroma.

Centennial: floral aroma and taste.

Simcoe: citrus and pine.

Amarillo: Fruity melon.

Overall, an excellent American IPA. One of my favorites.

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a killer hop nose that boasts of citrus hops; probably citra or simcoe. The malts lend an adequate base and complimentary aroma. The taste is good. It has incredible balance for a beer with so much hop character. It's tasty as hell with loads of residual citrus hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an incredible beer. It's loaded with flavor and a ton of hop character.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 05/21/2013 and served in a tulip nonic. Pours a dull burnt orange with a slight haze and a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with delicate strands of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses notes of tropical fruit, a hint of rind and a light graininess. Taste consistent with nose, but a bit more muted. There's also a slight medicinal bitterness that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation, and a slight acidity. Finish leaves a light, residual prickle between quaffs. Overall - no where near worth the $7.49 price tag. A decent IPA, but not all that mind-blowing an experience. I'm quite surprised at all the hype this beer gets.

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Photo of hphilip456
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A burnt orange with a two finger head that dissipates but leaves more lacing then other IPAs.

S - Mainly grapefruit with other citrus along with a malt tone.

T - Citrus to start with a balance of hop bitterness to follow ends with a nice sharp finish.

M - Fresh and satisfying with a good level of carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling dry almost like a brut champagne.

O - Somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA not as good as the great Vermont DIPAs but one I would be very happy to drink when ever I can get a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Other bottles have been purchased at the Bushnell Basin Hess as well.

Pours a brilliant orange into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Strong carbonation present. Rings of lace stick to the glass as I drink it.

Smells so fresh, and so incredible. This Lunch was bottled about a week ago. The smell and taste fall in line basically the same. Tons of juicy fruit- orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, I even pick up a little bit of grape that I didn't expect. Very dry, not much malt found beneath this hop assault.

Lots of carbonation, full bodied, very dry.

Such a perfect IPA. One of the best on the East Coast- it can play with the big West Coast boys pretty well.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle. Dated 5/28/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of a hazy, dull, golden color. Thick and creamy white head. Retention is out of this world. Down to a half inch in my glass and still an 1/8" head. Excellent glass coating lacing.

Aroma: Big aroma of pine and citrus hops mixing together. Soapy and earthy. Nice toasted malt thrown in as well.

Taste: Doesn't hold up quite as well as the aroma but very good flavor as well. Hops bitterness isn't over the top and has a quick citric bite with some herbal and earthy tasting hops. Once again, nice toasted malt background. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with average carbonation. Very good, flavorful but the finish leaves you wanting... just a little bit more. Sadly it fades out a little too soon but I can't really argue this is a well made, balanced and tasty East Coast IPA.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden orange pour, slightly hazy with adequate carbonation. Poured an enormous head in a tall ale glass (4+ fingers!), which was pure white and left lovely, thick lacing on the glass for the entirety of my experience. Very impressive.

S - Smells like a pure hop bomb: bright, hoppy, grapefruit, lemongrass. It smells like the flavor "tart" come to life in my nostrils. Strong but clean. A little bit of toast. The scent retained its strength down to the bottom of the glass.

T - Very nice clean taste, strong of grapefruit/orange peel, and a hint of lemon. Pleasant caramel malt balance, and a slight citrus, apricot, and mango sweetness. Very, very well balanced.

M - Fresh and crisp, very easy to drink. Instead of an oily sheen, it more feels like you've left some grapefruit pulp in your mouth; the aftertaste is very pleasant. One of the better mouthfeels I've had in an IPA.

O - This drinks thinner than a DIPA (not as syrupy), but with almost as much flavor. Definitely one of the cleanest, most enjoyable IPAs I've had.

Bottled in late May.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle with 052113 printed on the side. Pours a murky dark orange color with over an inch of thick, frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Pineapple, mango, orange and others. Nice bitter flavor of the citrus and tropical fruits along with pine. Some sweet malt flavor but this one is all about the hops. Citrus and tropical at the finish with some slight floral notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Glad Maine Beer Co finally made it to Ct. Overall, really good IPA but with so many other comparable choices out there the price will keep me from buying it all the time. Still great and worth seeking out.

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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 Chickenhawk9932
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange/yellow with a slight greenish hue and a big white head that hangs around till the end and leaves lots of lace.

Smells of fresh grain, bright yeast, orange, lemon, mango, grapefruit and floral notes.

Taste is lively and moving with a wonderful mouthfeel as flavor keeps popping all around. Bitter and sweet orange, lemon bite, fleshy grapefruit, mango, and a slight grain malt backbone that is barely there. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Churchkey in D.C.

Bottle date 5/28/2013

Three day old bottle. Über fresh. The beer is clear and yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings a bouquet of citric hops. Absolutely delicious. This beer has been on my radar for some time and it definitely delivers. A showcase for hops. Clean and refreshing with a lovely finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company - Lunch

This was the one I wanted in the first place but I stumbled across almost all their other ones in the process. Save the best for last! Dated 5/21, consumed 5/30, can't get much better than that!

Look - Poured into a Craftgeer snifter, it is a hazy caramel orange with a nice soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves rings of sticky lacing. Beautiful!

Smell - Nose is grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus hop bomb with some bite, the semi-sweet malt takes a backseat but is present in all the right ways. Hearty and hoppy.

Taste - Nice snappy juicy citrus hop kick in the face followed by a graceful introduction to some piney bitter. Malt is bready and blends well.

Mouthfeel - Feel is dry bitter pine hops. This has great drinkability, carbonation is towards heavy and in conjunction with the malts you get a medium body. Booziness is low and welcoming.

Overall - This is an amazing and unique beer that is like a fusion of East and West (Think Pliny and Double Sunshine, but give it credit for being its own brew). 100% absolutely recommend this brew and Maine Beer Company in general.

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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 DmouthCaliBrewz
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finally got my hands on this one!!! Been a long time coming! Bottled on 5/7/13 (050713).

A: Poured into a tulip, a slightly hazy gold, with a rocky white head that hung around leaving nice lacing. Head dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a lone rocky island in the middle of the glass that remained until the end of the beer.

S: Wow, thats a nose folks. Up front, a blast of mango, pineapple, and a citrus fruit assault. Like Grapefruit and orange, tangerine, and their other citrusy compadres decided to declare war on my olfactory system. Very little pine or any other resiny characteristics.

T: Unfortunately, the aroma was the high point of this highly sought after brew. I really did not get much more than a crisp clean hop bitterness, pleasant hints of some tropical fruit and pine, and a slight honey sweetness from the malt backbone. I was really disappointed by this one, not going to lie. While it was indeed pleasant to drink, it was very dry, and much of the taste seemed to just be remnants of what I picked up from the aroma. Very dry and crisp finish. Constantly searching for more of a fruit presence, but it is just a mellow and crisp bitterness, with some slight fruit notes.

M: A bit fizzy, and on the lighter side, but nothing too out of the ordinary for the style.

O: Unfortunately, this one just did not live up to the hype. I was SOOO excited to try this one, and the second I took a sip, my immediate impulse was to check the bottled-on date to see if this was fresh....a definite red flag. Despite a bottling date of 5/7/13 (050713), a mere 19 days old, this beer tasted a bit lifeless. Pleasant no doubt, but not even close to comparable to some of the greats of the style. I went into this beer thinking it would be comparable to Pliny, a beer I am very familiar with, but this one fails to compete. While the nose was out of this world, that was the only stellar aspect of this brew. Reading some of the other reviews, I am really questioning my palate right now...Might come back and edit this one after I crack my other bottle. Maybe I am still coming down from my cold...

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Photo of mpedara429
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a very hazy amber color. Three plus fingers of off white head. Retention lasted quite a while. Lacing created a picturesque netting around the glass.

S: Mango, grapefruit, and pine. Smell is pretty vibrant.

T: Grapefruit and pine are dominate. Mango is in the background. An earthy hop finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. This one is pretty crisp, not leaving a sticky or oily feeling in your mouth.

O: A top notch brew. Actually, reminds me a bit of Heady Topper. Fruity and earthy. I think this one is slightly less malty and more bitter than Heady Topper. Nonetheless, it is quite the honor to have tried this beer and put it in the ranks of IPA's elite.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5/21/13; poured into a Bell's nonic pint. I didn't seek this beer, it sought me and demanded that I consume it. Pouring itself into the aforementioned vessel, it jumped out of its holding container to exclaim, "I am IPA; marvel at me." A huge, two-finger cap of foam gives way to myriad lace patterns resembling broken guitar strings, frayed curtains, and shower-glass film residue. The nose is permeated by a citric cornucopia that is backed by just enough malt to create a majestic balance of hop perfection. To characterize the taste would never do this beer any justice, as words pale in comparison to the sheer pleasure that follows the first sip. As I consumed more, I began to sense a tectonic shift within the craft beer industry. This isn't just Maine Beer's version of a West Coast style IPA; this is their version of a better one. You know the brewer has struck a chord when you can hear the cherub and the seraphim rejoicing holy, holy, holy while you're drinking it. Maybe none of it was real. Maybe I woke up one morning and imagined what the perfect IPA would taste like. All I know is that this version of IPA is without rival. Rumors have already surfaced that it can re-grow hair on bald men, and resurrect lifeless medical patients from their catatonic state. You know what, I believe them. If you're fortunate enough to get your hands on this brew, consider yourself among the chosen. Ladies and Gentlemen, Lunch is served.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.