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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,384
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,090
Gots: 996 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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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Photo of ToasterChef
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike some other reviewers, I was unable to try this beer at Sebago's "End of an Era" party...but the time I went to try it, the keg was empty. Luckily, bottles were released the next day. My bottle has been in the fridge all afternoon. It was filled two days ago, on 5.18.11. I'm pouring it into my Maine Beer Company glass.

A very large off white foam head fills my glass, but it is quickly settling into liquid from the bottom up; the top of the head is remaining at the top of the glass. The liquid is a hazy translucent orange. A few streams of carbonation can be seen rising within. As the head is settling, good lacing is left behind. Swirling leaves a lot of film.

Lunch has an exceptional fresh hop aroma. It's bitter and has some warm alcohol notes as well. An underlying sweetness is present; it adds an essence of maple syrup to the aroma.

The taste of this beer is a good mix of sweet and bitter. A malty base is tasted first (tastes like pale or crystal malts to me). Grass hops quickly come in. A stronger bitter flavor makes its way to the front as I swallow. Bitterness lingers on.

The beer is medium bodied and has average carbonation. It is slightly sticky and only leaves a little coat. It isn't nearly as thick as I thought it would be. What is left behind isn't overly flavorful; just enough to make you want another sip.

Lunch is another impressive beer from MBC. I'm sure that drinking this beer when it is just two days old helps, but I imagine it will hold its own for a number of weeks. I definitely see myself drinking a lot of this; I don't think I'll start packing a bottle as much lunch, but it will certainly pair well with many future meals.

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Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/25/11 bottle date. 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark copper body with an impressive white head. The head sticks around for a very long time. Honestly one of the most impressive looking IPA's I've encountered.

S - A nice balance between citrus and pine. Some bready malts and grassiness.

T - Grapefruit and some resinous pine followed by a light caramel bready malt and some floral/earthiness. Extremely balanced and refreshing. The finish is lightly bitter. Mouth feel is medium and carbonation is moderate.

O - This was a very good IPA. Not worth the high price and its a bit of a pain tracking it down, but I am impressed by this beer.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/15/11 bottle date

A-orange body with white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-nice grapefruit/citrus smell. Very inviting

T-follows the nose but not as pungent. Still nice

M-medium body and smooty

O-very nice. Would really like to get more of this beer. And more from ththis brewery

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 012412

1.9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice brown/golden/orange color, sort of a light hazy natural honey color. It’s very hazy and glows when you hold it up to the light. Only a moderate pour produces a crazy thick foamy colored head. The bubbles are very small, but get bigger as it sits there. Really good amounts of lacing to it.

Smell is very subtle and sweet, but very nice. Pretty citrusy, grapefruit and lemon zest. Citrus is the main profile here, but behind that there are some nice pine notes as well. In addition there are some nice floral and very slight herbal aromas as well. Sweetness present so nicely accompanied by the malts.

Taste is as equally as excellent. Bitterness to sweetness ratio is good from the hops and malts. Initially it starts a little weak, but it’s all just an illusion. After a nice sip, the flavor all really lingers the whole way through. Starts of with plenty of citrus: tangerine, grapefruit, and a little more lemon zest to finish off the citrus flavors. Slight sweetness, natural sugary syrup and pine. Really nice flavors all together, I wouldn’t say it was all that it’s worth the hype except how well the flavor lingers, makes it all the better.

Great carbonation level and smooth. Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and sweet with a nice, clean and dry bitter finish. Reasonably complex throughout and it the flavor lingers. Overall a really nice beer, lingering flavor is the best part.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: A dark orange color that turns light brown as the bottom of the bottle is poured into the glass. Lots of yeast pouring at the bottom. Lacing is minimal and the head is a one finger white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with some pine notes and a bready subtle sweetness.

T: Citrus hops jump out with grapefruit, pineapple and some lemon notes. Mid palate the bready biscuit malt sweetness pulls the beer together which then turns bitter and piney towards the end. Finish is bitter but does not last. Is this a bit thin on the finish?

M: Nice mouthfeel towards the front, but the finish left me wanting more. No alcohol is detected.

O: A nice IPA that I would love to try on tap. I hear rave things about it and I ended up thinking it is an average IPA. I'm puzzled by this.

I must try this one again, I just can't believe what I seemed to taste, or lacked in taste.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy melon color, with an off white head. There is a lot of sticky lace left by an inch and a half head.

The aroma is full or juicy orange and lemon, with a hint of mango thrown in. This is one of my favorite aromas in an IPA, and it goes well with the sweet aroma of the malt.

The taste starts out with a touch of sweet orange peel, and is followed with a dose of pine, lending to a nice bitter dry finish. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me, but that's not an indictment of the flavor as much as an endorsement of the aroma.

The body is light and the carbonation medium and prickly. This is pretty refreshing.

I like this one about as much as I like Maine Beer Co. beers; a lot.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 9oz / 16.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Bottling date of September 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the side of the front label (“090912 10”) and a note to drink within 90 days of the bottling date. That makes three and a half weeks after bottling (24 days), so I am heeding your advice, Mssrs Maine Beer Co.

Appearance (5.0): This immediately yields a solid four fingers of cream-colored head, very tight and foamy, sitting on top an orange-amber, perfectly cloudy body. The head leaves gobs and webs of lace all around the glass as it recedes, leaving a rocky cap in the middle. This is exactly my vision of the perfect American IPA, in terms of appearance.

Smell (4.5): Sweet citrus and some moderate resiny dankness predominate in the nose, immediately calling to mind passionfruit juice and fresh-cut pineapple. There’s a nice mix of mild caramel and bready tones that fill out the malt character here, too. That mix of citrus and slight catty / dank is just so good.

Taste (4.25): The hops are not as aggressive as I was expecting, which isn’t a bad thing. They come in as a mix of moderately sweet-citrusy and moderately bitter zest / pith. Lunch has a long, moderately bitter finish, which is pithy and herbal but bordering on vegetal, slightly oniony but not in a bad way. The malt body is relaxed but not totally out of the picture, adding a sturdy wheat bread kind of character and a bit of caramel—but the hops really do dominate. No alcohol or yeast notes to be found.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subdued carbonation, tingles slightly but is never prickly or coarse. The body is about exactly medium-bodied, not too slick or oily but with a pretty dry finish. This is good, not excellent in terms feel, but it certainly does the job.

Overall (4.5): This is an excellent IPA. I know it’s not weighted heavily here, but I’m a sucker for a really good-looking IPA, and this looks fantastic. It smells fantastic, too, and the taste is great—not perfection but I really can’t knock it much. Every IPA is different and this one does what it does very well: not blindingly bitter, but with a great flavor and a fantastically dry-hopped aroma, with a nice body and excellent look thanks to some good bottle conditioning. This is a great beer. Too expensive and hard to find to make it a regular, but a nice treat when it’s fresh.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton cam. Happy 25th

A - clouded amber body medium white head.

S - spicy and citrus. Really nice balanc. Clean and simple. Great stuff

T - bitter and earthy hops. Nice cotrus. Kind of subdued. Good stuff.

M - medium body. Smooth. A touch drying.

O - a darn good ipa. Comfortable taking it off my wants

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Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/03/2014 date.

A- Pours amber/orange with a large fluffy white head. Lots of fluffy lacing remains.

S- Pine, citrus, sweet malts. Slightly dank. Classic good IPA scent.

T- Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced malty backbone. No alcohol taste to speak of really.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. A great bitter aftertaste.

O- A wonderful IPA. Will have again when I can find it.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

High quality IPA. Not too hoppy, but nice dry hops and very smooth and creamy feel. Doesn't seem like 7 abv at all. Lemony, straw, grassy. Maybe slight hint of lime. Lived up to my hopes and expectations. Excellent.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -16 oz bottle dated 4-29-14 (11 days old !) to Tulip a somewhat hazy bright golden orange with a huge 3 finger head that took its time to settle down and left some huge lacing

S - lots of citrus - orange & lemon, some pine and grassy notes

T - follows the nose closely. Grapefruit Good amount of malty sweetness and balanced well with some hoppy bitterness

M - well carbonated. Medium body. Somewhat creamy Mouthfeel but dry finish.

O - Great IPA. Not as good as I was hoping though. Definitely worth trying but not sure I'll be buying much. I'll take a sixer of anti hero for $2-3 more.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is sweet candy, slight resin and pretty citrusy.
Taste follows the nose with tingling citrus flavors and sweet honey.
Not super complex but its extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a perfect lingering bitterness.
I did this side by side with dinner and preferred it SLIGHTLY.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle for $5.99 at RSVP in Portland. Born 7/2/13. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: A cloudy blanket of fine bubbles tops a two-finger head. Relatively light orange. Tons of carbonation activity from the bottom of the glass.

S: Wave after wave. Pineapple. Melon. Mango. Something subtly sweet, like a whiff of cotton candy. Pitch. Absolutely great.

T: Pretty outstanding. Lunch performs the neat flavor trick of transitioning from a West Coast to an East Coast IPA in a few seconds. It starts tropical with mango and pineapple leading; these flavors are so bright, even more so than they are in the great MO. Later comes a subtly evolving wall of pine and resin bitterness.

M: Somewhat dry, though not as much as the absurdly dry Peeper. Medium-bodied.

O: Fresh, this is as glorious as it gets... aside from maybe Heady/Alpine. The brightness of the hops is searing. The high price is something of a deterrent, but this is an elite IPA.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2 week old bottle poured into a monic glass. (Though i've also had it on draught many times).

The appearance is nice, mild copper, hazy, huge head, lacing all the way down.

The aroma is very citrus-y / melon, completely my style.

Overall, nice bubbles, amazing fruity, melon, smooth taste. Just the right amount of alcohol, absolutely one of my favorites. Though, Mo and Another One may be higher in the Maine Beer Co. line.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with a very impressive head and lace. The smell gets you right away with nice hop, citrus and sweet nose. Honestly, you'd think this was a top double IPA from the look and smell. The taste is the best IPA I've had. Typically im not all that impressed with IPAs since double are so much more loaded and well balanced, but this is close to a double in a standard IPA skin. Well balanced is the definition of this beer. The hops, citrus and sweetness blend so nice with a smooth aftertaste. Maine Brewing Company continues to impress me more and more and they appear to be the big up and comer. As far as this IPA, its the best on the market.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle....drank in Kennebunkport, ME.

A: translucent apricot color with a tall thin head

S: piney and floral

T: citrus, very well balanced

M: surprisingly light, smooth

Overall excellent. This is a well crafted, easy drinking beer

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. LOL, love it! On bottle it says to drink fresh, because hoppy beers don't age well. I will obey this. Thanks to papparoachy for being one of the most generous ba's I have had a pleasure to trade with.

A- Murky honey, medium medium-large lacing, white fluffy lacing, medium legs

S- Hint of jasmine in there, smells great with that, but lacks some other qualities of a good IPA S. Mild hoppy backbone that has a foggy smell in your nose.

T- This tastes like Zeelander but has more of a great IPA taste. Fluffy hoppy, bit malty. Nice and light, not overboard on anything. Def lunch

M- 5.0 on this. Crushes it just like Zeelander does on the M. Creamy as hell, nice and fluffy, so masterfully done on the M.

O- SO glad this great BA sent me this as an extra! Wow, so good!

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft. Was expecting wayyy more. Was really just above average, have had plenty of plus plus ipa's over the last couple of months, and Lunch was just not one of them.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/21/11 bottle dating

A- very big head (3fingers..) coming from the bottle into my snifter. Serious retention as this head just stays. Hazy amber with an orange tint. Head is now very foamy and white. Looks very nice.

S- Big grapefruit notes along with grass, pine and a decent malt backbone, grapefruit definately dominates the nose. nice but not overpowering

T- Nice citrus grapefruit, lemon zest and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Very well balanced IPA that even my girlfriend likes :).

M- Lighter mouthfeel with medium carbonation which makes this guy very drinkable and refreshing.

O- Very nice IPA. West coast take on an East coast brewery. Wish there was more of this.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mountsnow1010. Cheers!

Bottled 091511

Pours a hazy nectarine color. Body rather cloudy and full of sediment. Three finger antique white head it seated atop. The head works its way back slowly. Thick lacing coats the walls of the glass.

Very prominent hop aroma. Juicy citrus fruit is countered by a bit of pine and floral aroma. Slight resinous note sit just behind. Very slight pale malt aroma, no crystal noted in the nose.

The flavor is not quite as assertive as the aroma, very pleasant and balanced though. Sweet citrus fruit, slight resin roll across the tongue. Bitterness is rather subdued. Balanced malt flavor, slightly sweet but with in appropriate proportion with the hops.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is a bit lower than I would like to see. The lack of carbonation makes the body seem a bit fuller. The finish is a bit long for an IPA.

I really like this beer, it would be a privilege to make this and everyday drinker. The aroma is outstanding, the flavor is well balanced and Lunch is just a tremendously easy beer to drink.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a three finger head with a golden honey color in a pint glass.

Light but wonderful aroma: piney and woody.

Mouth feel: excellent, especially for this style. Not over the top, just enough carbonation
for a pleasant drinking experience.

Taste- pine, wood, fruit. As the beer warms, the flavors meld.

Finish: hoppy, a pleasant sharp bitterness.

It is important to note the hops brewed in the beer:
Warrior- for bittering and a noticeable spicy woody character in the taste and aroma.

Centennial: floral aroma and taste.

Simcoe: citrus and pine.

Amarillo: Fruity melon.

Overall, an excellent American IPA. One of my favorites.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits. Bottled 5/28/13 - about a month old.

A- Pours an absolutely beautiful golden-orange, unfiltered and very hazy body with a thick, fluffy, huge bubbly head that reduces slowly and leaves a thick layer of lacing.

S- Very tropical and juicy - grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, mango. Slight piney and resinous aromas in there too. Smells fresh and potent, the hops are really shining.

T- Upfront it follows the nose but isn't as potent - I get citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple notes. The finish is slightly bitter but subdued, really balanced. Aftertaste is pine and citrus rind.

M- Light and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Lunch lived up to the hype. Definitely the best beer put out by Maine Beer Company, this one sits up there with the big boys. Comparable to PtE but not quite heady topper in my opinion. I really like the unfiltered, raw character.

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Photo of bishopdc0
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the Sebago end of an era special event. Shared it with my wife and bumped elbows with pretty much every major player in the Maine beer scene.

The color is golden straw slight cloudy with a generous head.

The aroma is is fruity hops very very fresh. Wonderful.

The taste well what can I say its probably the best IPA I've ever had. The taste is all hops but never overwhelming. The flavor starts sweet becomes a citrus hop flavor and ends with a slight bitter of hops flavor. Wonderful.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

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

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.