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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 875
Gots: 593 | FT: 17
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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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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...

Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark orange color with a bit of haze. A nice foamy cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some spotty lacing. A bit of sediment floating around too.

S- Quite a bit of citrus hops with some pine notes and a nice bready smell.

T- Tropical hops leading the way. A solid malt back bone. A good amount of piney hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- A very solid example of the style. Very easy to drink.

Photo of twenty5
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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 Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, dated 05.28.2013 (so, this bottle was consumed within the 90 day time window that it recommends on the label) poured into a FFF teku glass in the late afternoon of 6.20.2013. Thanks to Daniel for providing me with this beer!

This awesomely-named beer pours with a massive, massive 4cm white head that instantly fills up my teku glass, enough that I am only able to pour in half the beer. Nevertheless, the body is a dark burnt orange, like the Texas Longhorn colours, a bit hazy and delicious looking. The massive head takes a good 10 minutes to die down, during which I am sniffing it like crazy because it smells so good.. which I'll get to in a second. The lacing is all over the place from the head, and as I drink it down, it pretty much dries up and sticks to the glass. Great looking beer!

And of course it smells delicious.. Smells tons of citrus- grapefruit juice and lemon zest- along with sweet honey breadiness.. perhaps its tropical fruit sweetness, but I think the malt lends itself a bit to biscuits and toffee. Very, very pungent head that hit my first cranial nerve as soon as I put the bottle opener on the cap.

Now that the head has died down, my face is able to access the beer without making me look like Santa Claus. The nose gives me some ideas of what to expect, but this is a very, very hoppy IPA that hits me with a good bit of lemon zest, tangerines and grapefruit sweetness plus a piney-ish bitterness that is balanced out by a bit of honey breadiness. It's a well-balanced beer that gets a ton of flavour from both the hops and to a lesser extent, the malt backbone. I'm a fan of the hops used in this beer for sure.

While drinking the rest of the bottle, I observe that the flavours mesh together even better as it warms. The mouthfeel on this beer is solid, a bit thin-bodied and watery even for an IPA. It does have excellent carbonation, leaving my palate tingling with both the CO2 fizziness and piney bitterness that isn't too overwhelmingly bitter nor is it dry. It strikes that edge of the cliff where it is a very bitter beer but it doesn't make me pucker up or leave such a dry finish that it takes time to drink this beer- it's easy enough to drink during the lunch hour. No booziness to be detected even as it gets warm.

Overall this is a very tasty IPA that is very well-put together. People say it beats Pliny or whatever, but I'm sorry, while it is a delicious beer, Pliny is just so much more aromatic, hoppy and smooth-drinking while straddling that same line of pleasantly quaffable yet strong bitterness and dry pucker-up bitterness. Plus Pliny is a DIPA. Lunch is an excellent IPA and I see what the big deal about it is. Now, if you have to be paying $8 for a 16.9oz bottle, I'm not sure that represents great value, but for what the beer is and what it delivers, this is a winner in my book. If you haven't had it yet and you see it on the shelf or someone you know can get it for you, pick one up.

8.8/10

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Keith!

A: Pours a cloudy, copper-orange body with a small off-white head that vanishes quickly. During sips, some curtains are left on the sides of the glass.

S: Wow, what an aroma. Honeydew, kaffir lime, pineapple. It hits the citrus notes that I enjoy, but it differentiates itself enough to stand out from the standard grapefruit-tangerine-orange bouquet. It's very perfumey. Fantastic.

T: Fruit is evident, as is a small floral taste of rosewater. The lime and honeydew flavors are outstanding: very juicy. A touch of nectarine. Bitterness is restrained, which is how I like my IPAs.

M: The beer is medium-bodied, with a semidry finish. No lingering hop oils. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, but it works here, as there isn't much residue to clean up.

O: This was a complete surprise. I hadn't heard of this beer at all, didn't expect anything from it, and was very impressed.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a big foamy white head and a bunch of lace.

Big grapefruit aroma with some light malt. Not much else. But the depth of aroma works. You want hops in an IPA, and you have them, well defined.

Juicy hops, some toasted malt, some light fruit sweetness transitioning to hop bitterness with citric rind aftertaste. Great depth of flavors here. A little spicy. Overall a bitter beer, but it just doesn't seem like it. For one reason or another, it seems fruitier and sweeter than it is. Juicy is a great definition.

Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

A real drinker. I will buy anything from these guys. Keep it coming!

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed a break from all the holiday brews and stouts that I've been enjoying... Hoping this one does the trick...

Dated 111812

A - Three full fingers worth densely packed lush creamy slightly yellow tinged froth... Excellent retention... While the head doesn't really fade, it does become rockier as it lingers... The color is a muted and pale medium gold... There is a slight chill haze... A slight bit of moderate to rapid paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Delectable hop forward nose... I would swear there were whole hop flowers in the bottle if i didn't know better... A wonderful blend of citrus, floral, and piney hops... They dominate the aroma in a most wonderful way... Just hops, hops and more hops... Truly there is nothing else needed... I almost wish I could make an air freshener out of this...

T - Lemon zest... Lemon... Muted orange... Lots of floral notes... A bit piney... A subtle spice character... Not much of a malt base to speak of...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Starts a bit lush and finishes very dry... Lightly yet briskly carbonated...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... This is one of the best smelling (if not the best) American IPAs in all of beerdom... The rest of the beer is solidly above average... This one falls somewhere between sessionable and a sipper... I recommend and would gladly purchase again when I cross its path...

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to share a bottle of this with a friend that I bought from Tru Beer, a bottle shop in Northampton, MA. Nice find there! Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a two inch off-white head that laces well throughout and settles into a nice creamy-looking top. The aromas are rich tropical fruit, citrus, sawdust and a bit of malty sweetness. On the palate, it is full of flavor - pine sap, cedar, earthy spice and a nice counterbalance of ripe fruit; pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The finish is long and woodsy with a good bitterness bite. A bit overrated as I’ve had better IPAs, but this was a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
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 3,631 ratings.