Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 608
Hads: 4,150
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,030
Gots: 874 | FT: 23
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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of delicious juicy orange citrus flavour, from Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. Orange coloured body, with some retained head. Orange aroma. Similar to a DIPA without any palate erasure. Masterful IPA. . Very good hop aroma. Had again a half year later, also a month after brewing, from Capone's Superior, smooth mouthfeel IPA. (341 characters)

Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (amphion1065) for this. Nice brown with light lacing. Smell is tropical, grapefruit, a little funky. Taste is solid for an IPA, piney and tropical notes a little alcohol in the aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good taste overall. An outstanding IPA that lives up to hype. Highly recommend tracking this one down. (327 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes. (544 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy amber with copper hues body.

S: very aromatous with all hop aromas including floral, earthy and citrus notes with the right amount of sweetness.

T: very well balanced with caramel malts, with excellent hop bitterness and sweetness which are also well balanced. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, light pine resin and flowery hops are all well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: this is a very nicely made IPA. It is well balanced, decently complex and I look forward to trying others from this brewery. (612 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of big bubbles on the surface that gradually formed a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of passionfruit in the nose from the Simcoe hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of passionfruit and other tropical fruits dominate the overall taste. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, some of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of interesting aromas and flavors from the hops but seems to be under carbonated. (670 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Warren Store last weekend. Shout out to my favorite glassware hound for getting a beer named after him. Glad Dr. Abmuh already got you one. Served in a Bruery tulip because I don't have any glassware from Maine. For shame.

Pours a somewhat-hazed copper color. Pretty bright, actually. The head sits at two-to-three fingers for awhile before falling down and leaving a cascade of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Thin cap and collar throughout. Good looking beer. The nose brings a bit of citrus and a fair amount of tropical hops. Everything blends together quite well. Just a light bit of bread in the background.

The flavor starts off tropical with some mango, slight pineapple, and actually a bit of cantaloupe. Light orange there as well. Really smooth bitterness hits throughout. Medium body and only a slight hint of alcohol, which actually works its way in nicely with the bitterness. Average carbonation. Smooth going down again and again. Really nice beer. Cheers to the whale who inspired this brew. (1,047 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy peach nectar color with a massive head; the retention was good with sheets of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit with quite a bit of pithy bitterness

Taste: Tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) as well as cantaloupe and strawberry flavors, up front, with a pithy bitterness developing by mid-palate and lingering into the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp but moderate carbonation

Overall: A first class IPA that contends with the best of the west

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity (585 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

lunch is one of those beers ive been dying to try for a long time. finally found some, albeit not on tap, at the maine beer company itself, a very cool spot to visit. it was bottled a mere two days before I bought it, so freshness was prime. bottle pours a burnt orange sort of color, maple syrup looking, with half an inch of thick and lasting khaki colored head. the nose is a lot more balanced than expected, with some amber type malts, caramel color and aromatic to the roast, a bit sweet, and definitely robust. the hops are on the tropical end, quite apart from the picture the malt paints. pineapple and passion fruit, less bitterness than flavor. almost English pale ale sort of malt bill, way fuller bodied than I expected this to be. the hops come in about half way through, and crescendo into a really sunny fruity island sort of bouquet. the division here is pronounced. just a tad more body than I need in my ipa, but its sturdiness is appreciated, and id like to best in winter I think. a beer I am super stoked to have gotten to drink, share with my lovely girlfriend at out beautiful maine campsite, and contemplate at length. a great great beer from a fantastic little brewery. worth the hype. (1,210 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lookin' for the East Coast equivelent to Pliny the Elder? I found it in Maine Beer Lunch!

Opening with a bright glowing, burnt orange color- Its hazy "hop" appearance sprinkles in a few currents of yeast that float into the the ale as the pour concludes. A firmly cream-textured head tops the beer like ivory meringue and holds its creamy texture until the last sip, leaving rich islands of lace in its wake.

Bold and zesty aromas of citrus hops overshaddow anything malt or yeast related. Grapefruit peels, freshly zested oranges, pineapple, lemongrass, and pine needles show a juicy and dry scent all at once. Low lying candy-ish malts never really announce its grain character, but rather give a riper presence to the impressions of fruit.

The beer's dry taste starts slightly juicy and vividly ripe with tropical and citrus fruit. But the beer has no problem shedding its malt sweetness in order to show supreme favoritism to hop flavor at middle palate and sharp citrusy bitterness to finish. Nearly teeth-grinding, the fruit impressions from hops are mouthwatering and succulent all at once. A quick and clean fade to dry bitterness of pine resins and citrus oils close the beer with a confident refreshing taste of citrus peels.

As with taste, the beer's texture starts with a short-lived sweet creaminess from early malt taste and racy carbonation. But the beer soon throws the malt and carbonation to the wayside and celebrates a bone-dry mouthfeel that celebrates hop bitterness, light alcohol warmth, and sheer drinkability.

With medium complexity and simple succulence, the beer is remarkably hop-balanced, dry, and clean- giving the ale a unique and clear near-perfect demeanor from the initial sip 'til its deeply resinous finish. (1,749 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden color. The head was white and had a good retention and a nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer has a piney resin like aroma and a subtle malt sweetness in there. That taste of the beer has a good spicy flavor from the hops. It's got a decent balance of flavor blended with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is tingly and remains smooth at the same time with a subtle booze kick. Overall this is a good beer, one of the best from this company this far. (501 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, just over a month old, so I guess that means that we (me and the beer) are good to go!

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves a fair bit of layered dried sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat dank leafy pine resin, muddled quotidian citrus rind, pineapple cores, a soft mixed berry fruitiness, white chalk, gritty biscuity and crackery pale malt, and a further mineral stoniness. The taste is quite hoppy, but more fruity than bitter - orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime drink powder - that same chalky character from the nose, lightly toasted pale malt, a subdued Werther's Original sweetness, and a weakening pine and leafy astringency. No sign at all of the 14-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly-wound frothy sense, the body a so-so medium weight, and plainly smooth, the exact nature of the hops precluding any interference here. It finishes quite dry, the fruitiness rolling over, and that chalkiness persisting, amongst still edgy pine and leafy notes.

An interesting gutting of the West Coast IPA bitterness paradigm, while keeping the rest of the hop goodness well intact. The malt perhaps suffers in this one-sided focus, and that powdery/chalky character, while weird, is not really off-putting in the least. Another (or was it the first - I'm too lazy to look that up) decent IPA from this brewery - glad to see them available around here. (1,533 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Bottled on 9.24.13, less than 2 weeks old!

Brilliant golden orange, sharp clarity with rapidly rising carb trails. Compact head of white foam that leaves a halo of sticky lace in the glass. The foam has a stiff meringue texture to it, and has lasting staying power.

Citrus aromas dominate, with an undercurrent of pungent green hops. Definitely has a west coast vibe going on already.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, earthy bitter greens. Very hoppy with a firm bitterness that lingers for awhile. The bitter citrus peel is the key flavor, and tapers off towards the end. Medium bodied with a light manageable feel. Overall it's a nice all around IPA, though it seems a little similar to others. (755 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first one of the night I wanted some lighter fare to get things going in the right direction and this one definitely did the job for me for sure. Pours out a nice medium amber color with a light head of white that caps the top rather nicely and leaves a smooth and even layer of lacing. Aroma is nice piney hops that mix in and mingle with a smooth and delicate orange note and a touch of a light malty base. Very clean and crisp flavor, light body is more then adequately carbonated and left no doubt in my mind as to how good this one could be. Nice biting hops up front are quickly subdued by a light buttery taste and an earthy, piney freshness that cuts right through. Smooth as silk and overall just a very solid and drinkable IPA. (741 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for this one.

A: The pour on this is an orange-ish color with a big white head and some sticky lacing.

S: The nose starts out with a sharp citrus note of lemon zest and grapefruit. Beyond the citrus, there is a somewhat mild pine and a nice bit of floral character. It's rounded out with just a little bit malt.

T: Things aren't too different on the palate. Opens up with some bread and citrus along a decent pine note. There is a mild to moderate bitterness as well as a nice fruitiness from the hops, particularly grapefruit and mild pineapple.

M: The body and carbonation both sit at medium.

O: Wasn't sure what I was getting myself into with this one, but it was a pretty nice IPA. (705 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a nice film of lace.

S - Pungent pine hops with some toffee and spicy notes.

T - Dark bread with notes of toffee and spicy hops. Some onion and sweaty hops in the middle with a finish of light caramel and pine.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very nicely done. Unlike so many IPAs these days that border on DIPA territory, this one is firmly and drinkable a single IPA. Tthe malt is a bit on the dark side of the style, which isn't usually my preference, but I enjoyed it anyway. (661 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

This stuff brings new meaning to the saying "Let's have some Lunch." It pours a clear gold topped by over a finger of marshmallow foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange peel, light pine, mild caramel, honeydew, light flowers, and a decidedly light whiff of mint. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is a touch sweeter, and some cantaloupe and light apricot have been added, bringing a more-than-welcome extra bit of fruitiness to the proceedings. Damn, this stuff is tasty! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a great IPA, one I'm really glad I was able to try. (755 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Nice retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet and juicy citrus hops along with a good amount of malt. Really nice.

Taste: Follows from the smell mostly. There is a nice malt backbone, quite bready but not too sweet. Bitter citrus peel hops with some herbal notes. The finish is bitter and mildly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a regular amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Really nice beer. This one was from the end of July, so I think it would be even better fresher, but still very good. I'll definitely seek this out in the future. (694 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with several fingers of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with 1 ½ fingers of tight froth, which SOAPS the sides of the glass with thick swathes of heavy lacing. The aroma is floral feeling, with a leafy dankness and a fresh citric bitterness in the nose. This is softened up some a bit by some sweeter fruit character and a toasted graininess. A touch of warmth starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste is bright with full hoppy flavors, with a pithy grapefruit bitterness that mingles alongside a fresh leafy feel. This is undercut by lesser pronounced tropical sweetness and lightly toasted grains. There is a smack of bright bitterness in the finish that leaves this dry and a touch spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth. There is a touch of an oily feel here that helps add a silky smoothness to the body at times. A bit shockingly, that 7% ABV is rather evident and gains strength as this hits room temp, with a bit of a stiff warmth to it that stick in the throat and chest and becomes a little distracting after a while.

Even with two months on it, there is no doubt that this has quite the vivid and well balanced hop profile to it and a pretty smooth body overall. It’s just a shame that this ended up showing as much heat from the ABV as it did. I knocked my grade down a bit based on this experience with it, but I’d be willing to tango with another fresher bottle of this. The potential is definitely there. (1,561 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a whole evening. (837 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed:

Even with a semi delicate pour it yields a 2+ finger head of thick rich foam, with nice lacing as it slowly fades, over semi hazy maple nectar orange slight reddish-brown color, great head retention.

Nose explodes as soon as I crack the cap, erupting citrus hops, tropical fruit, hints of pine, grapefruit, very light orange peel which separates it a bit from most IPAs in this category as the bitter orange rind is less so I think, a light chewy hop base as well with very slight spicy hops, also theres some nice sweet malty base aromas.

Second bottle re-review:
Taste brings earthy and fruity hops to start, a slight sweet malt base also comes out first, then comes more of the nice hops, citrus, tropical fruit, light candy like hop taste, touch of tangerine, bit juicy, and just a hint of slight booze, it gets pretty bitter as it goes, bringing some spicy hops as well, touch of pine leads to the finish, which dries a bit and gets slightly more bitter, plenty lingering hops and bit of malt feel lingering. As it goes, warming and more bombarding the mouth, I'm starting to get a slight earthy and very light herbal hop character as well. The fresh tropical fruit hops and hints of citrus really dominate on the more recent bottle I had, much better than the first.

Mouth is a bit thicker than medium bodied, with good carbonation and just the slightest hint of warming booze, and a bit oily.

Original overall:
Overall pretty good, great nose, good hop flavors, nice malty balance, just a touch of warming booze which is a bit more than I would expect for only 7%, and as I mentioned the aromas were great but the hops on the flavor are a little left short, with much less tropical fruits and citrus as I expected. Lot from 5/18/11 so it's very fresh (less than 2 weeks old) but slightly resembles a slight aged IPA in taste.

New bottle overall:
Much better than the first, tons more citrus and tropical fruit hops, fairly bitter, still got the earthy hops and quite bit of bitterness, but really tasty on this batch, still a bit more booze than I would expect for 7% too. (2,098 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.84/5  rDev +12%

I enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is beautiful golden w/ sunny straw hue with voluminous bone white head and fine bead with thick lace and great retention 5. The smell is very citrus scented with mild tropical tangy fruit aroma with grapefruit and light floral hop notes with subtle toasted malt accent. The feel has a texture that is moderately bitter with light astringency and gentle malt sweetness with the perfect amount of juicy resinous body with moderate carbonation that keeps the malt in check with very dry finish and no alcohol noticeable.

The taste has tons of hops w/ the right complexity -blend of citrus and tropical flavors of grapefruit with mild malt adding a very gentle toasted taste with some sweetness on the palate and yeast adds a slight creaminess with gentle fruity orange-like accent with a peppery spice aspect which adds to the subtle dry yet bitter and very enjoyable quality to the finish. Overall this is on of the best IPA's in the realm of standard American style ales: Truly a work of liquid art -Kudos Maine! (1,072 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seems appropriate that I have Lunch for lunch. Bottled 5/21/13.

This beer a golden amber hue that is fully clouded. The head is high with a nice level of lacing left on the glass.

Lots of citrus on the nose.

There is also a lot of citrus on the flavor profile, but there also seems to be a bite of boozyness on there that seems high. Too high. It lingers in my mouth. As the beer warms the hops show more and that odd boozy thing less. Thankfully.

This is easy to drink. Though overall, I do feel like it's too boozy, and at only 7%. A pleasant drinker, but in all honesty I was expecting more out of this one. Especially since, at the time of this review, it's ranked as the 11th best ipa in the world. Considering that: I've had many IPAs I would say are better than this. (780 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy honey color with a huge puffy white head, three fingers tall at least, displaying excellent retention and leaving a crusty full coat of lacing on the glass. Amazingly attractive beer. Floral aroma, thick with citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of fruity hops in the taste, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mostly, pithy; a very nice sweet, bready malt base that comes out more when the beer comes closer to room temperature. Smooth and clean on the palate, medium body, and extremely drinkable. Exemplary. (583 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Jester King tulip. Bottle is dated 5/18/11, meaning this is about 7-8 weeks old.

A - A big white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Tropical fruits, a bit of sharp pine, light catty notes, and an icing sugar malt backdrop. At this stage, it's quite East Coast in terms of hop-malt balance, but I suspect it was quiet pungent when fresh. Perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol, although that might be just some pine.

T - Taste is more citrus heavy, and when combined with the icing sugar malt character evokes creamsicle. Bitterness is fairly mild, and alcohol is not apparent in the taste.

M - Smooth, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and resinous finish full of oily hops.

D - A very nice IPA from the East Coast that I suspect was even better 6 weeks ago. Still it's aged remarkably well and is quite hop-forward. I'd gladly have this one again. (970 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (466 characters)

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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