1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lunch - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.
LunchLunch

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,251 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,251
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 793
Gots: 451 | FT: 16
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lunch Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,251 | Reviews: 536 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -8.9%

HopStoopid120, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SpdKilz, May 22, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Onenote81, May 22, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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 far333
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

PatGreer, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Stevedore, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -8.9%

WeisGuy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 NJBeer265
5/5  rDev +13.9%

NJBeer265, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Oakenator, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

22Blue, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

CTJman, May 03, 2013
Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mychalg9, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -8.9%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "lot 051811" which I'll assume is a bottled on date.
Served in a pint glass.
Thanks to Baconsausage for sending this one my way!

Dark golden orange with a HUGE brilliant white head. The retention on this is amazing. The lacing too is incredible. Huge sudsy bubbles form a rocky cap of foam and hang in wild 3D chunks that look great. This is a 5 for appearance.

The smell is amazing-- like an amped up version of Zoe! Lush pineapple and tropical fruits play off a sweet bready malt and citrusy grapefruit notes. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but thats because the bitterness is a little harsh and astringent. The flavor profile follows the nose, but any gentle nuance of deliciousness is lost to a hard bitter bite.

Body is decent. Medium, good carbonation, an oily feeling lingers. Not mind blowing here, but not bad at all.

Overall-- I'm impressed with this brewery, and I look forward to trying more from them! The beer is certainly interesting and tasty, but the nose and appearance crush the other aspects.

AleWatcher, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

SpeedwayJim, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Damian74Shensky, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,251 ratings.