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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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2,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 749
Gots: 377 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-20-2013 12:56:18 | More by jampics2
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-20-2013 12:48:42 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%

A bottle from the most recent batch, bottled 6/25/2012 and poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is a dark yellow tone with a full finger of white head, that with a couple sips becomes a small, nice looking ring of lace. Its` nose contains lemon and orange, some hops, nothing too crazy going on with the aroma, but it is pleasant. Taste is bread, citrus hops, candy and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit sticky, light bitterness in the finish. A hyped up beer which turns out to be quite good. But, would really love to see 6 packs released at $10-12, instead of just barely more than a pint for $8.

07-12-2012 00:40:31 | More by mltobin
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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-20-2014 06:06:24 | More by Howlader
Photo of macrosmatic


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very nice bright gold with a big fluffy white head and lots of visible carbonation. The first pour is very clear, with a bit of haze showing up as the bottle gets emptier.

S: Big citrus aromas, with pine and resin as well, and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Pine, resin, citrus hops, some tropical fruit and a bit spicy. Hop bitter in the hang that seems grassy. Nice hop bitter bite.

M: Thin body, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: Quite tasty, but falls short of the best in class. So far, I've had three brews from Maine Beer and been extremely impressed with all of them.

10-14-2012 17:18:32 | More by macrosmatic
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2014 13:15:15 | More by Stinger80OH
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-25-2014 07:52:06 | More by Kopfschuss
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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

Maine Beer Company
Portland, Maine
Lunch IPA
500ml bottle
Lot 07/21/11
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a traditional reddish orange IPA color. Two finger, fluffy off white head. Some nice bottle conditioning, carbo bubbles rolling off bottom of glass. Nice sticky lacing post sip.

S: Tons of grapefruit on the nose! Really floral upon even opening the cap. I get some citrus: orange and peach. There is some MILD biscuit under all that though. Some carmel malt notes.

T: Hop blast right on the tip of the tongue! Intense delicious bitterness right there. It really smooths on the middle of the mouth with the bottle carbonation and malt balance. And that is followed by a very clean close.

M: Medium bodies IPA with a beautiful hop mouth coating.

O: This is a great IPA! Love how smooth the bottle conditioning makes this one. From nose to close, just flat out amazing brew. Beats Peeper Ale hands down. Rivals many WC ales for sure. Lives up to the hype.

08-27-2011 18:46:33 | More by inlimbo77
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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%

Lazy hazy amber ale. A great big, super tall off white head is produced on the pour. this fluffy billowing head leaves lacing aplenty. Hop aroma is excellent with a bouquet of herbal and floral and a touch of pine. Not picking up much in malts, but in fragrant beers like this do you really care. First sip bodes quite bitter and dry with a floral taste essence. Not as pungent as the nose leads us to believe. Caramel malts are found towards the end with a low level of diaceytl, thats not an issue here since it is quite low. This beer finishes smooth and with a semi-dry after taste. Pleasing to look at, smell and drink although the flavor is a bit muted still excellent none the less. I'm jumping on the MBC bandwagon right now.

02-07-2012 12:24:56 | More by micromaniac129
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-04-2012 22:41:03 | More by Burt
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-16-2013 01:47:58 | More by MacQ32
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

Lone bottle purchased at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. Date stamped on the bottle says 9/15/11 - I'm assuming that's a born-on-date, which makes this beer less than a month old. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber with a 1-finger off-white head that retains fairly well, leaving a nice cap of foam, and leaves behind good lacing.

S: Not overpowering in the nose, but a nice hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, peaches and a good amount of citrus (grapefruit).

T: Tropical fruit again - pineapple is noted, along with plenty of grapefruit. Also a touch of lighter apricot, then finishing with a residual piney bitterness. Touch of light malt underneath - some sweetness, some crackers. This is real close to a score of 5.

M: I think it deserves the 5 here. . . . Body is medium in heft, but nicely creamy. Carbonation is modest, allowing this one to go down easy. Quite cask-like in feel, actually.

O: Awesome IPA. I'd put this up against Sculpin, Stone IPA, Masala Mama and other world-class IPAs, and expect it to be right in the mix. I wish I had bought more, as I have no idea when (if?) I will be able to get this again.

10-14-2011 23:12:12 | More by Kendo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

This has a lemony, actually almost on the verge of lime to be honest, taste. This has a tart hoppy taste. Kind of floral. To be honest, I like the Zoe a bit more...it actually had a better pale ale taste to it, in my opinion. That's not to say this is a poor beer--it's quite delicious. I was just expecting something different perhaps.

Caramel color, completely opaque, solid bubbly white head. Nice hoppy, almost rye scent to it.

10-15-2011 00:33:38 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-09-2012 18:37:52 | More by muskiesman
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-21-2012 00:29:07 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-28-2012 21:41:25 | More by bonbini26
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-10-2012 03:27:57 | More by JRod1969
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%

16.9oz bottle (dated 5/18/11 - 6 days ago) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours very hazy dark copper red. Nearly 3 fingers of really tight white head that slowly dissipates, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine among other tropical fruits. Pine, floral hops, sugar sweetness.

T: Light tropical fruits, a little pine, lots of floral hops, and a little bitterness first hit the palate. Nothing over the top, just a lot of really tasty flavors. Somewhat shortened middle of toasted pale malts with a good bit of crystal malt for a clean sugar sweetness. Very balanced body. Light finish, a little sweet, but the hop flavors do fade by the finish without leaving much pine bitterness around.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, very slightly sticky and resinous. Sweeter finish that is quite light, not crisp though.

O: This has been getting a lot of hype lately and while I did enjoy this, it's didn't really impress me all that much. Perhaps it's just from the fact I had Sculpin and Hellhound on tap just last night, but this didn't seem as hoppy as people have been saying. I thought the finish was rather weak. A solid IPA with really pleasant flavors, but certainly not on the level of the Sculpins.

05-24-2011 23:36:11 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-26-2012 23:57:58 | More by HopStoopid120
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

10-02-2013 15:09:50 | More by Kmlund
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA that I hope to be able to drink on a regular basis

03-26-2012 22:24:32 | More by MDDMD
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

This is a re-review of the beer. Bottled 12/3/13 and I'm having it less than 2 weeks from the date.

It comes in a very pumpkin orange with a big fluffy, lingering head. A deep dark marmalade orange. Lots of lacing, hugely fluffly like soap. Out of the bottle and pouring it, I could already smell the fresh aroma it has. Just a beautiful beer.

The aroma is incredible and vibrant. Fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, piney, fruity hops. Lots of tropical fruit with mango, papaya, and pineapple. There’s a bit of a malty backbone.

Wow, the flavor is great. Tropical fruit again in the front of mango, papaya. The general theme then is of grapefruit peel and bitterness. There’s a huge pop of grapefruit peel and then it becomes tangerine and bitter orange. Then this perfectly balanced gentle maltiness cleans it up to help the finish. There’s this strong, but a good dry finish.

The top qualities of this beer are the aroma and its clean aftertaste. It really holds strong being up with some of the top West Coast IPAs. The bottle conditioning and hazy qualities gives this such a great body. It’s drinkable, but not watery.

Extremely hoppy. Very bitter, but with tons of complexity and hoppiness.

I will though that this is not really a "blow your socks off" beer. There are West Coast IPAs that can stand up do this. This is "just" an exceptional example of the style.

12-17-2013 02:45:40 | More by dar482
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-23-2012 18:28:22 | More by waiting4lunch
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Lunch IPA pours a hazy amber (yellow/orange) with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and a thick sheet remains until the bottom of the glass. Lots of clumps and netted patterns of lace. From the bottom of the glass a flurry of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is loaded with citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Notes of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, very effervescent with a dry finish. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt, peppery spice and bitter hops. It begins with a hoppy flavor of grapefruit citrus, pineapple and pine. Peppery spice fills in the middle and lingers to the end. Towards the end some sweet malt notes appear. It finishes bitter with pepper and pine flavors lingering on the palate.

A very tasty, fairly well balanced IPA. Hops dominate, but don't overwhelm. Easy to drink, but a bit overcarbonated.

06-04-2011 01:36:32 | More by WanderingFool
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-22-2013 13:13:30 | More by SpdKilz
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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