Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,526
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 835
Gots: 536 | FT: 19
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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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a ridiculous 4 finger of off white, foamy, sudsy, thick head. Head recedes at a nice pace leaving streaked clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big juicy grapefruit notes with and a huge amount pine notes...I can't tell which dominates whiff it's the grapefruit, next is the pine.

T: Taste starts with a big juicy, grapefruit hop presence - just like in the nose. Some pine notes are also present. Malt presence shows up quicklyt, but it's an underlaying balance that calms and yet showcases the hops. Mango, pineapple, and apricot flavoring blends nicely with a light caramel malt presence. A bit of toasted notes before spicy pine really takes over. A bit of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, somewhat thin with an oily body to it.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. I really enjoyed the pine, fruit, and citrus hops and were balanced with the malt presence very nicely. The only knock is the carbonation and feel to this beer. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat though!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled 10/8/13 which was 13 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, near opaque orange-amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white, relatively dense head, which lingers a bit before fading to layer atop the beer.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, malts, peaches. A very nice, balanced combination of hop flavors, but also has some malts in there. Smells like a very nice, balanced IPA.

Taste: Light pine, mild citrus, malts. Very well balanced flavors, really smooth taste. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Very refreshing and balanced. The finish is real mild and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. The finish is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: Really well-balanced (I've set that word a lot in this review, because it's true). The flavors all come together nicely to make a really drinkable, refreshing IPA. A really nice profile for an IPA - this one would be really nice if I could find it more!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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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!

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4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company
Portland, Maine
Lunch IPA
500ml bottle
Lot 07/21/11
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a traditional reddish orange IPA color. Two finger, fluffy off white head. Some nice bottle conditioning, carbo bubbles rolling off bottom of glass. Nice sticky lacing post sip.

S: Tons of grapefruit on the nose! Really floral upon even opening the cap. I get some citrus: orange and peach. There is some MILD biscuit under all that though. Some carmel malt notes.

T: Hop blast right on the tip of the tongue! Intense delicious bitterness right there. It really smooths on the middle of the mouth with the bottle carbonation and malt balance. And that is followed by a very clean close.

M: Medium bodies IPA with a beautiful hop mouth coating.

O: This is a great IPA! Love how smooth the bottle conditioning makes this one. From nose to close, just flat out amazing brew. Beats Peeper Ale hands down. Rivals many WC ales for sure. Lives up to the hype.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,526 ratings.