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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 702
Gots: 326 | FT: 15
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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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nickfl

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:17:02 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 16:07:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:34:34 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-29-2013 02:53:06 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade after I got stiffed on my first trade for this bottle...grrrr...thanks for trading with me Orangeamps. At the time of this review this is the #15 IPA on the best of IPA list on beeradvocate.com, also the highest rated IPA that I have yet to have. Very excited for this one. Poured into a 0.5 L Stein.

Beer is orange and hazy with a big white head, heavy carbonation, big white head, nice retention, lots of lacing on the glass, looks like an IPA, pretty hazy though.

Aroma is sweet and really hoppy. It is very very hoppy, nice mix of citrus, floral, pine hops. Very bright and inviting. Perhaps an amarillo or cascade hop, perhaps a columbus, I am probably talking out of my ass at this point, onto taste.

Beer is way thinner than I expected, finishes mildly dry with moderate bitterness. The beer is chewy up front with a sulfury and sweet sort of hoppiness that carries through to the midpalate. The beer is pretty good, just thinner than I hoped but I would have it again. A mighty fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:36:09 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 17:09:58 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 13:36:22 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.16/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:04:53 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:26:56 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 00:32:09 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-07-2013 15:23:16 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/22/12 notes. Thanks to Retail1LO for sending me this in the Birthday BIF…been a big Want of mine. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium brown-orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Nice and hoppy, and very fruity. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruits, citrus hops, lemons, oranges, pine hops, light tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the taste from all the hops. Nice, but I liked the nose a lot more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but some bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was great, very fresh and hoppy, with a lot of oranges and fruits. Taste was very good as well, with some bitterness and a lot more grapefruit. Would certainly like to have this one again, and would certainly buy it if I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 16:29:56 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:05:54 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 13:27:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-21-2011 18:53:22 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:38:18 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-06-2012 20:38:21 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-08-2014 05:10:09 | More by GClarkage
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.7%

05-09-2013 05:54:54 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sidebordz for sending this bottle my way. Bottled on 9/15/11.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, earthy hop aroma with lots of resinous oils and grassy, floral notes. Hints of soil-y pine needle countered by some tropical and citrus fruit notes. Subtle malt presence with some Graham and biscuit but the nose of this beer is dominated by the fresh hops.

Medium bodied, but on the fuller end, with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the malt backbone into a sticky, dry finish. Floral with lots of earthy pine flavor and sticky hop oils countered by a subtle citrus/tropical fruit presence. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel balance out the bitterness without overpowering them. Towards the end of the palate, the malt backbone is evident with subtle toffee, caramel and biscuit. Really well balanced and easy to drink with only slight boozy heat in the finish. Another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:20:55 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-26-2013 21:50:30 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-01-2013 14:09:25 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/18/11, poured into a nonic, thanks Conor!

Appearance is halfway between clear and hazed, dark copper, almost brownish. Massive, airy bubbly off white head. Excellent retention and sparse lacing. Bready and piney aroma with an appreciable amount of tropical sweetness, but that's not the focus.
Medium thick, light carbonation, syrupy body with a slick, sweet finish that is only mildy bitter or dry. Flavor is dominated by biscuit and caramel malt with some resin and pulpy citrus in the finish with some dry pine hops. Very well balanced and drinkable, but a little too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:07:55 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazed deep yellowish orange color with good carbonation and head retention leaving a small white cap, nice bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Not very empowering on the nose. I do get some light citrus notes on the nose.

T: A very subtle taste, not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting a big hop fwd IPA but this is a balanced treat. Initial taste leaves some citrus; light orange peel, some grass with a light caramel backbone. Smooth, not overly bitter, just well rounded. Finish has a light hop bite, almost no booze with a grassy citrus, floral finish

M: Medium bodied, balanced, well carbonated.

O: Well done! I would have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 02:41:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (or so) bottle, thanks Deuane.

A: The IPA is hazy, a muddy orange color laden with thickness. Opaque as a result. A finger of head, off-white barely.

S: Leafy citrus aromas with caramel to balance out. From January 2012, the bottle still has a strong hop aroma. As with Peeper and Zoe, the big hops are balanced but the maltiness.

T: Plenty of flavor. The hops are lively, leafy and citrusy with lush tropical fruits beside the grapefruit. The flavors are strong but they never ruin the ale; the caramel is strong, rich backbone for the ale. At 7%, the ale doesn't get too strong either. The finish brings up the hops, a citrusy end that packs a punch.

M: Even a few months old, it still rocks. Ample hoppiness, but the good biting kind that has more fruits than it knows what to do with. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 15:55:53 | More by akorsak
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,715 ratings.