Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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4.34
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It pours an impenetrable copper with a thick creamy head.

S - The nose is all rustic earth and doughy malt. Not really much citrus apparent in the bouquet.

T - First sip is bitter pine balanced off with an unsweet malt. There really is none of the fruitiness, but rather a floral forest taste that pairs against staid biscuit.

M - Heavy, like seawater rather than cream.

O - This is a no-nonsense IPA that is utterly invigorating. Nothing cloying; it probably just usurped the top spot for my favorite IPA (sorry, Two-Hearted).

Full Review at http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/6/24/imbibliography-review-pliny-the-elder-and-lunch

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed this one yet; available every couple weeks in RI and always worth the purchase at $6.99. When it is in stores, it is consistently one of the best IPAs available on the shelf.

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this beer around at a few of the local stores (I'm in Maine) but I always passed it over because of the rather plain and unassuming label. Then I read an article that compared lunch to the big names of Imperial IPAs- Heady Topper and Pliny the (Younger/Older I can't remember which) and lunch compared favorably. I also was told it's nearly impossible to find a bottle as they fly off the shelves. So, I made it my mission to find one. I found not only one, but about 20! So I'm going to keep this store as my little secret stash of IIPA. Anyhow on to the review:


Appearance- a light coppery color, pretty standard for an IPA. Had a nice two finger head with good retention, and left light lacing.

Smell- the smell upon cracking open the bottle was extraordinary- pine and grapefruit dominated with some more tropical fruits as well. One of the best smelling IIPAs I've had.

Taste- a slightly subdued version of the smell; the pine and grapefruit still dominate but are kept in check by a good strong maltiness. This isn't your typical IIPA that is hopped to high heavens, but not balanced. This has a well rounded taste that hits your pallet with a bit of everything- hoppy bitterness, subtle maltiness, and a sweetness that helps balance the bitterness, but isn't overdone.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fresh

Overall- if there were one word to describe this beer it would be "balanced", as this IIPA truly is. I love a good hoppy IIPA, but it's nice to finally have one that's not one sided. One of my new favorite beers, I definitely look forward to having another!

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - gorgeous hazy body somewhere between orange and yellow (little closer to orange). huge foamy fluffy head that sticks exceptionally well and laces perfectly.

S - lemon and orange. graepfruit. pine and grassy hops in there as well. maybe a super light hint of vanilla in there as well. this thing is superb.

T - again lemon orange grapefruit grass and pine. it all comes together so well. the pine notes hit the hardest followed by the grapefruit and the rest but everything is quite noticeable mingles really well. this is definitely one of the best IPAs i've had to date.

M - its got a great light body on it and has lower levels of carbonation than i expected but i think its working in its favor it just goes down so smooth. great puckering taste thats clearly evident but not overpowering.

O - wow this is one amazing beer. maine beer company has done it again and i can't say that i'm at all surprised at this point. definitely pick this up if you can.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gorgeous golden brown and murky, with a huge fat cream head with big patches of sticky lacing on the sides. The color is really gorgeous and I am loving the two finger width head that lasted for quite some time. The smell is beyond heaven with its fruity punch. Mango, papaya, and a wonderful pop of pine are the dominant smells here, but the malts are also there with a very slight biscuit. There’s even a slight bite of alcohol in the back of the smell, along with a classic bitter bite. On the taste there is a lighter bite of fruit. Mango and papaya are still dominant, but there is also the classic tinge of grapefruit in the taste. Malt is light and biscuity, but definitely a side show to the delicious hops of this beer. Mouthfeel is also to die for with velvety smoothness. Carbonation is effervescent in the start, but mellows out instantly into a sweet caress on the tongue. The mouth is left with some nice saliva along the sides of mouth and great dry bitter streak on the top and bottom of the mouth. The afterfeel is a little too dry for my taste, but still pleasant. Overall this is an awesome IPA with terrific fruitiness and a dry streak. This is a must drink, and is up there with the best IPA’s of the East Coast. This one doesn’t top Heady Topper, obviously, but it is quite tasty and a tremendous example of the style. Drink this beer.

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Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. This one has been sought out for at least two years. Glad to finally get my hands on it.

A: Hazy light amber color. Condensation on the glass makes it difficult to see through but I can tell that it's mostly clear. Started the pour in the center and it immediately foamed up. Moments later switched to a side pour and it still ended up at three fingers with a cumulus cloud puffy center.

S: They weren't lying when they touted it as fruit and pine dominant. Boy is it. Fruit first and after a few minutes the pine seems to shine. It's really wonderfully balanced by a nice subtle malt backbone.

T: Flavor brings the hops all night long (all night). Big citrus up front, piney resin underneath and a sweetness from the malt that ties it all together.

M: A touch undercarbonated for my liking but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. ABV seems non existent.

O: A very very very good IPA. Top 10 for sure for me but not too much higher. Certainly doesn't beat out flower power but it's really nice.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally I have picked up that one of the last few big IPA's I had been looking for! Thanks man for the trade. I do appreciate it!

Appearance: Light golden hazy beer, lots of white fluffy head pillowing on top throughout drinking it. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma: Mild really for an IPA, spruce tips and some floral hop notes a little bit of some mild citrus fruits.

Taste: Light some of the same notes show up on the nose show up in the taste. Its a little thin though not as thick as I would like it to be, seems like its almost there but missing something, maybe a little more malts to bump it up a little bit? It really reminds me a lot of Pliny the Elder in that it is subtle but does have some bittering notes on the back palate. I would love to be able to do a side by side of them. Its just hard to land both fresh at the same time for me anyway.

Overall: A lot like Pliny and a lot like other Maine beers that I have had. They make some good ones and this is probably the best one yet. I would love to try Dinner next, that is on that short list!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep orange/amber color with puffy two finger white head.

S - Very citrusy nose, a bit of apple and honey. Very strong and aromatic. Great.

T - Mmm, on the taste, the citrus is balanced out with a solid piney hop presence that permeates throughout. Actually well balanced.

M - A bit dry, but full bodied and crisp.

Overall - An incredibly good IPA. Loved this one.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh shipment of lunch picked up today, poured into a duvel snifter

A- pours a hazy amber/copper almost brownish... nice white almost 1 finger fluffy tight bubble head.

S- tropical citrus, pine, a nice aroma... the only thing that stopped me from giving it a higher mark here was i wish the aroma was a bit more full bodied and pungent.

T- a nice brisk piney hop bite, citrus, pinneapple, orange peel. a very nice blend of flavors, everything working very well, well rounded.

M- as mentioned above, well rounded medium/light, just right to be highly drinkable, goes down smooth, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. oh yah and just the right amount of light/medium carbonation. almost creamy.

O- a very good ipa, one that i try to grab a bottle of whenever a fresh case comes to town, always a nice treat and a must try, very well done.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink within 90 days of May 23, 2013. Served in Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy amber with a white, creamy two-finger head that settles into a nice frothy cap. Nice lacing and legs. Rich smell of grapefruit rind and pine. Citrus pith strikes the palate first and finishes with a heaping dose of pine. Sweet malt backbone balances the bitterness nicely. Medium body with lively carbonation. A superbly crafted IPA that gives the west coast IPAs a run for their money!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An enormous thank you goes out to my shop's regulars, Mike, for the hookup on this brew! Totally caught me by surprise. Bottle dated 5/28/13, my birthday! Pouring into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Slightly hazed, orange/yellow sunshine in color with a rocky white foam perched on top. Good retention. A variety of fruits entice the nose with peach, grapefruit, and mango all taking turns showcasing their aromas. Piney/spruce comes up after a minute. Flavor-wise the citrus (grapefruit) and pine play a more dominant role though I still pick up some subtle tropical notes in the background. Malt backbone is sufficient and even showcases a little toasty quality. Dry, dry, dry on the finish. There seems to be some excellent attenuation going on here. Bitterness is firm but not harsh and lingers on for some time into the finish. Medium body with moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Touch of warmth.

Nice mix of citrus, tropical, and piney hop character with a supportive malt backbone. Very well attenuated, the dry finish lends an excellent drinkability. Again, huge thank you to Mike for the hookup!!!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great looking beer! Beautiful orange with amber to ruby hues, big towering and thick just off white head that stays atop the beer till nearly the end and deposits big sticky and chunky lacing. Aromas burst from the glass alive with grapefruit citrus like notes and slightly sweet tropical aromas. Initially your met with sweet malt flavor with a wave of hop flavor bringing big citrus and tropical favors. Malt sweetness hangs in just to right before the finish which brings on some teeth clenching bitterness and that amazingly bright hop flavor. Mouthfeel starts amazingly lively with the carbonation with a medium body. It bursts into a creamy feel then finishes completely dry and compliments that great hop flavor and bitterness bringing an amazing drink ability. This is a world class IPA that has it all figured out.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch, well its after lunch but thats ok. Murky amber orange, not quite opaque but not transparent. A rather hard pour produces some head. Not the very prettiest beer but what a smell. Huge citrus and pine, so fresh. Can't get over how fresh, piney and citrusy this smells. Big hop flavor up front, resinous, pithy pine, some grapefruit like citrus. Bitter mid-palate through the finish. Obviously malt plays second fiddel here, but its just enough to balance the extreme hops. Kinda dryish finish, not cloying from over hoppiness. Just a hugely successful beer by Maine Brewing.

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

Poured into a snifer.

A: A hazy golden brown.

S: Sweet citrus aromas with a hint of pine.

T: Same as the smell. Sweet citrus with a piney bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the tongue and has a slight bitter finish.

O: Very good IPA. A very well balanced beer with a great citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy light amber hue with a fluffy white head and brilliant lacing.
S: Fruits and malt dominate the nose. There are slight citrus notes shining through.
T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors, sticky and mildly sweet maltiness, very subtle citrus in the finish.
F: This beer is both refreshing and full. It has an amazing body thanks to the spot on hop/malt balance. It's just soft enough and has a very crisp carb.
O: This has continued to stand up as one of the best IPAs I've had. It's such a polished beer, and one that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of dank203
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time trying this, felt right as a mid day beer. pours a cloudy orange. fluffy white head that retains and settles to a thick coating on top. most noticed on the aroma are floral notes. definitely some citrus juice. the flavor is balanced with juicy, bitter, and tropical tasting hops. finishes out with a dry bite and spicy burn lingering on the tongue and inner cheeks. definitely a full flavored, hits all the marks, clean and balanced IPA. To be honest, not my favorite beer from this company. but still a great example of what they're capable of and why they might just be my favorite american brewery, at least one that's readily available to me.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 7/2/13 (6 days ago) and picked up at the brewery.

A - Pours a majestic hazy golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Shows great retention and a nearly perfect lacing.

S - Bursting with fresh, juicy, bitter, tart, tropical, grapefruity hops. Scant grain and sweet malts pull it all together. One of the best smelling beers I have encountered.

T - The taste starts with big citrus and some bready malt. Bitter pine follows through to the finish. Tropical fruit flavors intensify as it warms. Powerfully hoppy with perfectly complimentary malts.

M - Fantastic carbonation strewn throughout a medium body. Refreshing and dry with high drinkability.

O - This was one of the few MBC beers I had not had the pleasure of trying. On a recent trip to Maine, I scooped up several bottles and enjoyed a few on draft. While I preferred the draft version, I thought both were excellent. Great citrus and tropical hops while maintaining some balance. This is another fantastic New England IPA. Fully deserving of its high rating.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my second time having lunch, but first time on tap. This experience was much better. The beer is a beautiful clear gold with a nice bit of lacing as I drank it. The smell was fabulous, with tropical fruits, melon, and tangerines all hitting your nose. The taste is very similar. West coast style, with an in your face amount of hops that hit your taste buds. Nice sweet tangerines notes along with some orange hit you before a nice bit of pine and evergreen finish slightly bitter. The feel is slightly over carbonated for my taste, but not a big issue. Overall, a great ipa.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Duvel Tulip -bottle date 07/21/11.
Bought this while on vacation in Maine at Global beverage warehouse in Ellswoth -$ 6.99 for a 500ml bottle.

A: Poured a cloudy hazy dirty orange almost light brown, Four finger head that held its retention rather well forming a thick frothy lacing , good carbonation,- Great looking beer.

S: Smells like lemon Pledge, pine notes and sweet citrus esters, slight bread malt with hop notes that shine though as well.

T; This is a very fruity Ipa , grapefruit , mango, lemon , decent hoppiness that is well balanced with a decent malt backing, some floral hints in here as well.

O: Overall this is a very well blended and balanced Ipa -none of the flavors distract from one another , Just enough malts and just enough hops, very well made - Great job Maine Beer Co..

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Photo of JG-90
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a very hazy orange/peach color. Pures a huge white head that becomes extremely rocky as it recedes, has very good retention, and leaves tons of lacing.Has a juicy orange and lemon smell with a bit of grapefruit. Has a bit of bready malt aroma as well.

Taste starts with a bit of pine, then moves on to a large amount of lemon. The has a bit of grapefruit and orange, with a lemony, bready finish. Has a medium mouthfeel with very high and slightly prickly carbonation for an IPA.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2 weeks old purchased in Maine. Pours a deep golden color with creamy foam that lingers and sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smells of sweet grass, pine and a touch of alcohol
Taste is great, not overly carbonated, hint of creaminess with perfect hop amount that isn't overly bitter. Citrus with a mild malt backbone

Overall an outstanding brew from Maine Beer Co - less punch than a Heady, less creaminess than Can't Dog, Less malt/caramel than some of the other highly rated IPAs and more bitter and complex than Pliny.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 2/1/14, bottled on 1/28/14.
Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice lightly cloudy medium amber with minimal head.
Smelled nice, good hop aroma with some mild breadiness, overall nice aromas but not as strong as I'd like.
Taste was very much in line with aromas. A balanced and tasty IPA. While I very much enjoyed the taste profile, I was disappointed that it just wasn't as tasty as I was hoping for. Meaning, the taste was light and mild.
Mouthfeel was nice, very nice finish.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was expecting a bit more based on the reviews I had previously read. If the taste was stronger, I would have rated it much higher.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Hop Head Throwdown about ten days ago, but my palate was basically destroyed by then. So I'll review off this bottle I just bought. Was not overwhelmed at the Throwdown, but that probably doesn't mean much.

Appearance- A dull, almost apple cider color. Amber. It has a huge, rocky white head. The lacing is excellent. I usually like lighter colored IPAs, but the head is fantastic. It sort of balances out for me.

Smell- Big hops, thank god. Fruity, tangerine, grapefruit. Some citrus rind. Some real pine as well. Big and sticky smelling, with the pine coming on strong. Possibly a hint of biscuit, but nothing strong.

Taste- It's killing me a little bit, waiting for the big head to dissipate somewhat so I don't get a snoot full of froth. It starts off big and sticky for sure. Tons of pine and orange rind. More malt than anticipated. Light bitterness. Something I can't quite pin, a sweet, almost nuttiness. A little booziness? Unexpected. The finish has an almost buttery quality. Not my favorite.

Mouthfeel- Certainly nice. A little light, but that's fine.

Overall- A little underwhelmed, honestly. I like the first burst of hops, but the rest leaves something to be desired. Not as dry as I prefer. Certainly tasty, but nothing too special in my mind. Oh well, it's a nice hop fix.

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