Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,526
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 835
Gots: 536 | FT: 19
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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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of spycow
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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