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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,085 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 783
Gots: 405 | 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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WanderingFool, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kendo, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Amalak, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of dfhhead25
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Gambrinus1184, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev -3%

JRod1969, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev -3%

bonbini26, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a large tulip. Bottled 5/18/11. Purchased at Carl's in Kittery, Maine for $6.

I must admit that I was very excited to try this, if only to finally have a well-made IPA right after it's bottled - super-fresh for my bad self. (This is a benefit west coast BAs should not take for granted.)

Pours an orange/gold color, solid two fingers of head, some lacing. Big nose on this and it smells amazing: citrus, pine, some grass, some mild caramel maltiness.

Taste is fresh with a bitter bite up front and malt smoothness as it follows through. Very well balanced flavors. Again there is grapefruit, mild lemon, grass, pine, and subtle caramel. Was this as impressive as the fresh Pliny the Elder I had two weeks ago? No, but it was pretty firkin close. Mmmm... firkin.

Had this with lunch (how apropos) in the house my wife and I closed on today. An excellent fresh beer as the first bottle enjoyed in the new home. Well done Maine Beer Co., especially with the snap distribution.

ElGallo, May 21, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

waiting4lunch, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -8.7%

HopStoopid120, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

mklisz, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
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...

ThisWangsChung, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -3%

SpdKilz, May 22, 2013
Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -8.7%

baybum, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a crystal snifter. Deep amber color with a hint of red. Thick dimpled foam rises up an inch and a half and lingers long, setling very slowly and leaving chunks of meringue up the sides of the glass. Bright and inviting aroma of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind.

Taste is juicy hops right upfront, full of tangerine and grapefruit, some piney notes, tingly on the tip of the tongue. Good balance of honey malt riding along, but this is hop central. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly slick, a bit watery. Great beer, been looking forward to this one.

far333, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy light copper with a rocky, white head. Plenty of lacing and a solid foam cap throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit with traces of pine. Citrus aplenty but a bit subdued in pungency. Not sure if this is a fresh bottle as there is a batch code but no date which is annoying when you are paying $7+ and you have no idea if it is fresh.

Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel.

Mango, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit start the palate. Very light malt with plenty tropical citrus. Very much in the west coast style and extremely drinkable. Low bitterness with lots of hop flavor and fruit.

Finishes clean with plenty of fruit and zero bitterness.

Tasty beer and certainly showing plenty of promise. Very pricey for an IPA and without there being a bottle date on there I would not buy again. This one was a bit faded and the nose was lacking.

brewandbbq, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 500ml bottle.
Bottled: 01-24-2012

Pours a hazy and cloudy light straw golden color but with some murky orange hints. There is a huge 2 inch white head that forms that is quite dense and frothy. Very good looking and with great retention. A nice dirty looking IPA.

Aroma easily scores the highest rating. Strong citrus notes with grapefruit and orange peel all around followed by nice tropical notes of mango and some papaya. Nice resinous piney hop notes are felt throughout. very dank and delicious. Make my mouth water. Slight biscuity malt notes are perceived but the strong hop-bomb notes make me very happy.

Starts off light and refreshing with a clean citrusy hop palette. Notes of tangerine and some tropical notes as well as some sweet pineapple are then turned into a nice herbal and grassy hop note. This then turns into a dry bitter and more citric note with some nice toasty malt and bread note in the background. The finish is nice and dry and bitter. Nearly perfect. Mouthfeel is crisp dry and bitter. Very nice brew. Awesome hop note and good background malt grain notes.

Very good offering. Im very impressed by this small brewery offering and glad Im able to keep getting them thanks to this site.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of portia99
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.

portia99, May 21, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Onenote81, May 22, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
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!

justintcoons, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
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.

jaasen64, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -8.7%

WeisGuy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

schnarr84, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

richkrull, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue. Perpetually rising effervescence. Pours a giant, frothy, white head. Head craters slowly and unevenly leaving plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Thick, persistent lacing.

S: Pine resin, pine cones, and a little agave nectar.

T: Bitter hoppy pine and lemon pith.

M: Crisp and pristine, and (surprisingly) only slightly hoppy. Light bitter finish, very little aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Giant head, lots of carbonation, persistent thick lacing. Nose is sweet and piny. Lightly bitter hop character with a bit of bitter lemon pith. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 20, 2013
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,085 ratings.