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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,815 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,815
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 720
Gots: 344 | FT: 15
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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portia99

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. How great is it to walk into your favorite beer store, find a new IPA from a brewery you already like, look at the bottle and see it was packaged 2 days ago!!! 5/18/11

A - Lightly chilled, poured softly into the glass..a huge, dense 3 fingers of cream colored foam. Mid level yeasty haze in a pale amber body. Head has excellent staying power and lasts for several minutes, requiring a three part pour to fill the glass. As it fades, thick, sticky spiderwebs of lacing coat the surface in its entirety.

S - Loads of fresh hoppy aromas in here - lemons, oranges, pine, and tropical fruits and some cut grass. Thick and sticky in hop aromas. Its tough for anything to get past this hop assault, but there is a bit of biscuity malt and some lightly sweet and sugary malt aspects as well. Really, this is a total hop showcase.

T - Fresh hop flavor as well, not at all surprisingly. More malt than the aroma would indicate - crystal malt sweetness, a bit caramelly and sugary. Sharp and crisp hop bitterness surrounded by citrusy flavors - grapefruit, a bit of lemon, some pineapple, mangoes. Grassy on the finish. This is very hoppy and bitter, but still seems well integrated if not truly balanced.

M - Medium bodied with an ample carbonation of very fine bubbles and a creaminess as well. Bitter into the aftertaste - sticky and resiny, sweet and citrusy.

O - Excellent IPA...this is my first experience with this beer and at only 2 days old, it is probably as good as it gets. Will be interesting to see how things change over a few weeks/months, although the several other bottles I have aren't very likely to survive the weekend.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:54:20 | More by portia99
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

10-02-2013 15:09:50 | More by Kmlund
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Auror for gifting me this bottle, I've been wanting to try it for a few months now. 500 ml bottle poured into a HF tulip. Bottled 8/19/12.

A- Pours a fairly hazy brownish orange with about two fingers worth of white foamy head that has decent retention but slowly subsides to a thin foamy head leaving thick lacing coating the sides of the glass. Decent carbonation of consistently rising small bubbles, probably slightly above average carbonation for your average IPA.

S- Piney, citrusy hops. Aromas of oranges, guava, grapefruit, some spices (maybe even a hint of nutmeg?). Smells kind of similar to the Sculpin I had two days ago with less spices and more pine. Definitely above average aroma strength.

T- Citrusy, piney, earthy hops with tastes of grapefruit, pine, oranges, a little bit of guava, some spices finishes with a citrusy bitter taste with an aftertaste of citrus and pine. Everything is very well balanced with nice citrusy tastes, not too bitter, and a nice aftertaste that is both equally piney and citrusy.

M- Hops are slightly sticky but drinks fairly juicy, bitterness tingles the tongue a tiny bit but not much, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This is definitely a world-class IPA that I could easily compare to other top-notch IPAs. Very nice appearance, very aromatic smell, pleasant well-balanced taste, and was very easy to drink. One of the things that really stood out in this IPA to me was how well the citrus flavors and pine flavors balanced with each other without finishing too bitter. This is definitely one of my new favorite local IPAs right up there with HF, Heady Topper, Lawson's and others. I'm not saying it's as good, but definitely in the same league. I definitely recommend trying this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 22:51:37 | More by jaasen64
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-03-2012 17:08:13 | More by richkrull
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CoolEthan

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-22-2013 19:29:50 | More by CoolEthan
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-19-2011 20:44:20 | More by Photekut
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange/gold with 3 fingers of light, fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a thick layer of lacing. Slightly hazy with low carbonation.

N: BAM! It's like a bomb of orange citrus. A little lemon makes an appearance along with cantaloupe and light notes of pine, pineapple and mango.

T: Navel orange, pineapple, honeydew melon, mango and faint pine upfront. Mid-palate brings in balanced caramel, lemon zest, orange and cantaloupe. Finishes juicy with orange, lemon, melon, hints of pineapple and ever-so-subtle pine and grassy florals.

M: Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: An incredibly juicy and balanced IPA. Cantaloupe and honeydew flavors are unique and the citrus and tropical fruits don't hurt at all. I finished my pint in record timing and am left wanting more. EXCELLENT!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:11:56 | More by justintcoons
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bum732

Lesotho

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Very bright citrus with some pine, crisp smelling.

L: Murky orangish-yellow, big, fluffy creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: A very dry, pine hop flavored malt. Medium high, resiny bitterness leading to some resiny hop flavor with lingering pine. Fairly clean, dry malt. Finishes dry, with a bitter resin taste.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, much dryer than i expected. Might be coming from some yeast that came off the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 15:52:04 | More by bum732
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-13-2013 02:52:29 | More by schnarr84
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trxxpaxxs

New York

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

A: This beer is a nice golden, almost amber color. Nice half finger of pure white head. Lacing on the glass is thin in areas and thick in others.

S: Smells mainly on grapefruit and pine. I'm also picking up some malt characteristics. There is some sweetness in the nose.

T: Slight malt overpowered by the carbonation. Delicious hoppy bitters, with a finish that is pure grapefruit.

M: This beer is very light on the palate. It's what you would expect from an IPA. No sticky, chewy characteristics. This beer doesn't have a taste bud killing linger, which I appreciate.

D: This is an extremely drinkable IPA. I can picture myself chilling on a summer night with nothing but a few bottles of this beer.

O: I'm a huge fan of this beer. If it were available in my area, I would be seeking it out all the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 16:38:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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

500ml bottle. Thanks to Eric for this one. Poured into a SA sensory glass.

Pours a 2 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is a murky, orange-brown. Lacing is stringy and thick with good cling. Solid.

Nose is pretty outstanding. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, and cane sugar. Real aromatic.

Opens citrus, pine, and tree sap hop bitterness. Some papaya and pineapple in the back. Cane sugar. Grapefruit. More sappiness towards the end with an accented hop finish and a citrusy aftertaste. Real nice.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing in the mouth and watery and quenching going down. Accented finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable.

An incredibly balanced and flavorful offering with an almost perfect mouthfeel. This one stands out among the crowd. Get it!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:45:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 15:32:37 | More by nlmartin
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

09-22-2013 04:12:29 | More by CelticAleMan
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-25-2013 15:32:49 | More by baybum
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2012 03:26:54 | More by DoctorB2B
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:18:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-13-2013 21:02:15 | More by doremite
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-10-2011 00:57:29 | More by WeisGuy
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-13-2014 03:33:45 | More by markgugs
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle served in pilsner glass

Thank You KangarooAdam59!

A: Orange color with 3 finger head,retained well, lacing everywhere.

S: Wow! best part of beer, hops, citrus, more hops.

T: citrus, orange rind. Tons of hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, easy drinking beer.

O: Top notch beer, taste like a west coast. Taste great would get again!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:08:25 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-13-2014 16:28:04 | More by Kurmaraja
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-07-2013 19:15:32 | More by ummswimmin
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-08-2012 03:25:25 | More by JeffTheJuice
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-09-2012 18:37:52 | More by muskiesman
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

05-28-2012 18:02:30 | More by BeerHunter76
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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