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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,695 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 700
Gots: 319 | 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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow have never seen this around til today. Bottle dated 7-21-11.

Poured into my Heady Topper glass hazy light orange, ridiculous giant white head retains for a long time, eventually getting down to a finger or so. Leaves clumps of lacing.

Extremely fragrant hoppy scent...big pine and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, peach. A little bit of malt hiding in the back. Strength fades after some time.

Doesn't quite live up to the scent but very enjoyable. Pine and earth seems to dominate, but citrus and grapefruit are big too, light tropical notes. Like the nose, light malt provides some support but this is mostly a hop party.

Smooth, somewhat oily mouthfeel, a little low on the carbonation. Not bad but I wish it felt a little more lively.

Good IPA, though it started out as an easy A, wound up bringing the smell/taste scores down about halfway through, warming didn't help this one for me. Glad I finally tried this.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:15:33 | More by Chico1985
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2GOOFY

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-03-2013 22:14:51 | More by 2GOOFY
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-18-2013 01:51:14 | More by AnitaBrewski
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a huge white bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of flowery, fruity and piny hops. Mango and passion fruit, mainly. Pale malts

T: Intense hops bitterness. Very fruity, piny and citruses. In overall, a dry taste with strong notes of flowery hops. Despite the strong bitterness, its s very smooth beer. Very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium and smooth body. Good carbonation. Great hoppy and flowery aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. An American classic

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:59:16 | More by eduardolinhalis
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herman77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12

A: Dark orangish-yellow. Super hazy. Don't think I've ever seen a IPA this cloudy before, you can't even see thru it. Bubbly off white head.

S: Lots of ripe grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Peaches and cream?

T: Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops. Fruity and ripe grapefruit hops and some carmel malt sweetness. Gets more bitter in the backend, more citrus hops. Think the hops have faded a bit on this unfortunately. They are there, just a bit muted on the finish I believe.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels really slick and smooth.

O: Great drinkability. Smooth and balanced. Top notch IPA, wish I could try it fresh since this was bottled 2 months ago, but really glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:26:05 | More by herman77
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-21-2014 16:02:16 | More by NJBeer265
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky, dirty-looking orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Cruddy color, but amazing retention and lacing.

S: Damn! Fresh, ripe tropical fruit and citrus. Papaya, mango, orange, green apple, vanilla, bright pale malt, a bit of spicy alcohol. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever sniffed.

T: Extremely balanced. Smooth citric hop with some tropical sweetness behind. Squeezed orange, apricot jam, a bit of mango, grass. Big herbal, leafy taste as well. Fresh grain and pale malt, a bit cakey in the finish with some spice to it. Moderate pithy bitterness builds throughout but never overpowers the other hop elements and the malt. Peppery alcohol apparent but in balance.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: This was a delicious experience. MBC is very good at keeping the flavor profile restrained and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:44:50 | More by Etan
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. dark brown bottle. Bottled date 10-25-11
Served in a SA perfect pint glass
It pours a hazy goldish copper color with a full 2" beige head on top along with loads of sticky and patchy lacing.
A smell of pink grapefruit rises at once, followed by smells of bready malt, lemon zest, mixed fruit and whiff of gin in the vapors.
The flavors are juicy and citrusy up front. Slightly sweetened grapefruit, zesty limes, resinous hops roll around in a pool of creamy caramel malt. Minor tastes of pine, pepper and herbal mint peek in the finish. A little alcoholic fuminess is felt more than tasted. You're aware of its presence, but not confronted by it.
This is, at the moment my very favorite IPA! Incredible IPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:16:21 | More by BeerResearcher
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-03-2012 19:27:02 | More by funkel81
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-21-2013 22:45:20 | More by thebouch01
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-22-2013 00:16:01 | More by JTomczak
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SLeffler27

New York

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The four-inch, frothy white head competes for space within the Dogfish Head fisheye pint glass. The hazed, honey-amber (SRM 8) beer with occasional carbonation eventually dominates as the head slowly, slow as in continental drift, turns rocky as it gives up sticky patches of lace.

Strong pineapple up front yields to fresh pine and grapefruit. Mandarin orange and floral notes come out later.

Lunch is far less intense in flavor profile than the nose would suggest. However, mild grapefruit and light caramel combine as bitterness builds into a lengthy finish. Sweetness does come out much later with fresh orange flavors.

Well carbonated with a medium body and soft woolly texture. Alcohol is as expected in this quite dry beer.

This is a great beer to enjoy while unwinding, but would go equally well with an afternoon ballgame.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 12:33:05 | More by SLeffler27
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

08-18-2013 18:24:17 | More by sirsteve42
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-10-2013 03:19:09 | More by mklisz
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-20-2014 01:56:40 | More by 22Blue
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 07.02.13. poured into a snifter.

A: lots of haze. sort of a deep orange hue. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: smells super tropical. a pungent hop aroma. hop resins, maybe a little bit of ganja. mango.

T: a shit-load of bitterness. a little bit of astringency in the finish. basically hop flavor is there, but bitterness is so strong that it masks a bit too much for me.

M: mellow, but has a presence. medium on the border of full-bodied.

D: interesting....seems that my opinions have sort of flip-flopped here. I am loving this nose, tons of hop character, super American, super tropical, very inviting. however, the bitterness on the body is distracting. a good beer, but I think a bit over-hyped.

bottled 11.18.12. poured into a snifter.

A: pretty hazy brew, but I it bounced around a bit on the ride home. very thick tightly bubbled head. retention is great. slightly off-white. tons of thick lacing. (4.25)

S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. lots of pine. the citrus is definitely a bit muted. a little oxidized. (3.75)

T: very piney. very floral, a little bit of rose water. grapefruit is there, but definitely more on the earthy pine side of the flavor wheel. a sizeable amount of grain sweetens things out a bit. slight oxidation follows onto the palate. (4)

M: mouthfeel is great. a vibrant carb on a medium/full body. (4.75)

D: even with the bottle conditioning, they aren't fucking around with the consume within 90 days from the stamped on date. there is a slight oxidation that takes it down a peg for me. bummer. however, ill keep my eyes peeled for a fresher bottle and try again for sure. (3.75)

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:59:16 | More by Jimmys
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-29-2014 19:38:07 | More by kristougher
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Stamped freshness date of 8/10/12 means this beer is 27 days old at the time of consumption.

A: Pours a very hazy golden-amber color. The head is huge, creamy, and bone white. It never leaves, and deposits big, thick clumps of lacing on its way down the glass.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, pineapple, clementine. Citrusy pith. Freshly cut grass and broken pine needles. Passion fruit and strawberry juice. Slightly yeasty and peppery. Malt base of toasted grain and bread. Great nose.

T: Pine resin bitterness and freshly cut grass. Yeast goes a touch nutty. Estery pear taste. More grass. Citrus fruits play behind the scenes, with undercurrents of pineapple and clementine. Hop bitterness stays at an even keel. Hops begin to go leafy, green, and chlorophyll-like. Tobacco. Touch of pepper and only a whisper of spicy alcohol. Malts are bready and a bit toasty. finishes with raw hop tastes of plant oils, cut grass, and herbs.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is seltzery but restrained. Very silky and smooth. Full in the mouth. Great.

O: This is a great beer. Not as polished as some, but the very raw in-your-face feel of it is most welcome. Shows great complexity for the style. It really wakes up the taste buds and smacks them around for a while.

Notes: This is my second review of this beer. The first time around, I noted some problems and perhaps some off tastes. This is not the same beer, and I was aware of it even upon pouring it. The first time I had this beer, a normal pour sent foam shooting out of the glass. The beer was over-carbonated and unpleasantly boozy. Whatever the issue was, it has since been ironed out, because I don't see the same problems in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:48:13 | More by ryan1788a5
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bcm75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-14-2013 23:11:05 | More by bcm75
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2013 01:18:04 | More by Gww1864
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:19:10 | More by Resuin
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-23-2014 21:05:36 | More by Eriktheipaman
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rderedin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

07-15-2012 15:29:45 | More by rderedin
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Treebs

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Bell's tulip. Got this in a mystery box from my BA buddy Mike. Thanks man!! Bottled 07/21/11.

A: Pours a deep amber, almost light brown color. What a head! 3 finger and off white after a semi-slow pour this bad boy is incredibly frothy and has some ridiculous retention. Pillows of lace. This almost looks like craters on the moon, amazing.

S: I'm getting great citrus and pear notes. Reminds me of a flowery fruit basket. I'm getting the ever so slightest of the cracker malts as well. Again I'm impressed so far.

T: A perfectly blended sweetness of fruits, apples and pears, and light flowers. The cracker malts lead in to the mild bitter hops on the finish and you have a simple yet elegant beer. Great.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Medium to light bodied with a great pear like fruitiness left on the palate.

O: Wow. I'm ridiculous impressed with this one. The best IPA I've had to date. It was just perfectly balanced and simply wreaked havoc (in a good way) on my taste buds. I wanted more and more. I need more and more. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 13:45:30 | More by Treebs
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and vibrant orange with a spongy white head. Great retention.

Delicate aromas of orange and lemon zest, then some pine. Grainy malt accent.

The pine is heavier in the taste and duels with the orange and lemon. The lemon is long in the finish along with a sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

A very good IPA, though I have to say I was expecting a little bit more out of it based on what I've read. Very good, but not elite.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 01:51:28 | More by Vonerichs
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.