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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,084
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 AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

mikeincharleston, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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 bum732
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Very bright citrus with some pine, crisp smelling.

L: Murky orangish-yellow, big, fluffy creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: A very dry, pine hop flavored malt. Medium high, resiny bitterness leading to some resiny hop flavor with lingering pine. Fairly clean, dry malt. Finishes dry, with a bitter resin taste.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, much dryer than i expected. Might be coming from some yeast that came off the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned)

bum732, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

CoolEthan, Jun 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photekut, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

PatGreer, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

bobv, Jan 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

NJBeer265, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

jplopez21, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.


Stevedore, Jun 20, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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 nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

nlmartin, Nov 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

nh2032, Dec 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

DerekMorgan, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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