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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,707
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 905
Gots: 641 | FT: 20
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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml courtesy of THECPJ. Bottled 7/21/11 (my Birthday!). Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange-amber with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of peach with a nicely balanced caramel malt backbone.
T - Lots of grapefruit and pine resin, with a clean caramel malt profile and a long-lasing bitter finish. Fairly simple, but infinitely enjoyable!
M - Very smooth and easy drinking, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - Another great offering from the Maine Beer Company's family of IPAs. I've really enjoyed everything they've done, and big thanks to Shane for sending them all my way!

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this bottle with my bro Brian. Poured at room temp into some snifters. Beer is a golden copper hue with some floating particulates.
Aroma is citrusy hops with grapefruit and a bit of cut grass and herbal tea. A nice mixture of hop qualities, but the citrus and general fruitiness wins out for dominance.
First sip gives an average body with gentle rolling carbonation and a slightly chewy texture. Good physical traits on this beer too. so far its a winner.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and then rolls to citrusy grapefruit pith notes and a bit of herbal tea notes and general bitterness that resides in my palate, finishes extremely dry causing me to drink my glass faster than I would otherwise. Very dry finish. no real hint of booze anywhere.
the beer is drinkable but part of it is making me thirsty from the dryness.
Defnitely a great IPA and worth procuring.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NJBeer265
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Oakenator
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a healthy orange color with a nice creamy head. Some Head remains on top through consumption. Spotted lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit.

T: Really fresh, bright, hoppy, bitter flavor. Awesome for a regular IPA. Delivers a punch yet just on the stronger side of sessionable. Some malt flavoring to balance.

M: Medium bodied yet light enough to be refreshing on a hot day.

O: Awesome.

Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Howlader
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle invites consumers to "just keep swimming." This is also a common ultrarunning mantra.

Translucent cowardly lion yellow color. Thick, shaving cream white head sticks all over like...well, shaving cream. I never thought I'd give a 5 to an IPA that didn't have crystal clear complexion but here it is.

Smells and tastes just like ruby red grapefruit and pineapple. Not hops that smell like grapefruit and pineapple but the actually fruits themselves all up in my face. Love it. Bubblegum and sweet malty backup round out the aroma.

Taste is the aforementioned grapefruit and pineapple with sweet honey malt. Perfect amount of bitterness that invites sip after sip and was gone before I knew it. If I ever see this on tap I'm in trouble. Ample hop resin but I'd like more.

Off the top of my head one of my top 10 all time IPAs.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 02/19/13 (5 weeks old) from the fridge @ Max's taphouse in Baltimore, MD,
Second bottle approximately 1 week old off the shelf in Syracuse, NY

The beer pours a slightly hazy, rich golden yellow with a generous amount of fluffy white head that settles down into a thin blanketing. Even with >1 month of age on it the nose presents dank grapefruity hops with a good backbone sweetness. The taste is initially grainy & sweet, but then the juicy/bitter hops kick in and create a savoring/balanced APA. The potent grapefruit in the nose and taste do not translate into the mouthfeel, which has more grainy sweetness and subtle, non-lingering bitterness as an afterthought. I taste more of a lingering graininess than hoppiness. It could afford to ferment out more sugars to dry out the finish, but I think that might distort the juiciness of the fresh hops. This beer is very distinctly hoppy, highly drinkable when fresh. The beer could maybe afford a bit more attenuation, but that's just personal preference.

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2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,707 ratings.