Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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610 Reviews
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Reviews: 610
Hads: 4,156
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,031
Gots: 881 | FT: 23
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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 dmsohyea
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of tai4ji2x, thanks. 500 ml bottle poured into an IPA glass. Reviewed from notes taken 7/14/11.

A - Looks a little thin with a huge 5 finger head that gushed over the glass. Retention is great and lacing is very thick and heavy on the sides.

S - Smell is not very impressive. Light grassy notes, but not strong enough to identify the hop variety.

T - Taste is pretty good compared the the smell. Moderate to high hop bitterness with some east coast hop styles. A little table sugar comes through toward the back. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little watery. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but not a world class IPA. I probably won't seek it out in the future, but certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle. (776 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Great-looking beer. Dense, glowing orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit flavors coming through on the nose, with an underlining pine accent. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and some pear. Also a nice toasty aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the fruity accents - grapefruit and pineapple seem to lead the way - the most present. Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slightly thick for an IPA.

Overall: I'd describe this beer as up to the hype. It's kind of a blow-the-budget treat, but it's worth it. One of the best IPAs from the East Coast, I'd say. (715 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 23 March 2012 into a tulip. Reviewed 4 May 2012.

Great looking beer--nice fluffy head forms easily and stays around. Fantastic lacing. Darker golden and clear in color.

Smells of juicy grapefruit and citrus, tropical notes, some cracker-type malts showing.

Flavor is smooth and tasty, if slightly underwhelming. Juicy herbal and citric hop characters dominate, with notes of grass, lemon, orange and a bit of a medicinal note. The malt never really jumps into play, but it's there. Not very bitter.

Medium mouthfeel--light enough to drink easily and with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a great-drinking IPA -- nothing over the top, but it's no sweet malt-bomb, either. (702 characters)

Photo of nootch23
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed a bottle that was just over a week old. One of my favorite IPAs out there.

S - The smell was everything you could ask out of an IPA, filled with floral and citrus with traces of pine. Great smelling beer.

T - right off the bat you're hit with the citrus flavor that pretty much dominates. The hop bitterness is there and goes down really easy. The taste of this bottle was a little more bitter than what I remember but it might have something to do with the freshness. I can't recall how fresh the other bottles I've had were. Very light tasting and not filling at all, just refreshing.

M - this beer is easy to drink and leaves a dry finish for me. The bitterness stays with you well after a sip. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, just a florally, citrusy one.

O- Like I said before, this is one of my favorite IPAs and I really look forward to it's release. Even though this bottle was a little more bitter than what I remember, it still didn't take any enjoyment out from drinking it. This is definitely a must buy whenever and if ever you come across it. This brewer knows they have a dependable recipe for this IPA and continues to make it great. (1,162 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed by this beer. The color was a hazy medium orange with a 1 finger white head. There was an excellent hop profile up front with nice notes of orange, lemon zest, and pine. Then it finishes with a nice balance with a little bit of malt that comes across as a light but smooth caramel. This beer is by no means sweet though and definitely focuses on the hops. Appropriate carbonation and great aftertaste. I could drink this all day. (451 characters)

Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Tangerine-colored body, hazy appearance upon first pour. White, pinky-sized head to top. Small bubble streams slowly creep towards the head.

Smells of candied and dried mangoes with a bit of tamarind. Great amount of sweetness. Not really too hop forward, but more so towards sweet and sour. Malted barley hints in the background.

Considerably more hoppier than the Peeper Ale. Opens up with grapefruit and mango, eases into a bready base and then ends on a nice and dry bitterness.

Crisp and light-bodied. Thin bitterness and slight drying feel on palate. Very good. Satisfied the inner hophead in me. Easily my favorite offering from the MBC. (695 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this want from a generous StormKing47. Big thanks!

A- Pours a nice darker shade of copper/amber. Fluffy white head on top with great lacing left on glass.

S- Lots of hops. Pine hop aroma comes through most dominant. Citrus and floral hop notes as well.

T- Interesting taste to this. Big burst of piney hop flavor. Bitterness up front with the hops. Some citrus flavor mixed in. Sweetness cuts through in the middle and finishes it off. Caramel malts at the end really fight the bitterness.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation

O- Good beer. Interesting flavors for this IPA. Very easy to drink though. Would love another one of these. Really glad I got to try this one out! (687 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Interesting that they call this a pale ale, because it's not very pale. It honestly looks like apple cider in the glass, except with a generously frothy inch-thick head, with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Nose is full of that distinctive citrusy grapefruit aroma that is characteristic of good IPAs. A definite sweetness marks the overall smell of the beer, which is a good sign.

A nice, subdued maltiness to start, with a bit of grapefruit rind and clementine peel to go along with it. Transitions to a mild hop kick that isn't very bitter at all. Amazingly enough, there's some breadiness that is readily discerned. Not something I expect out of an IPA, that's for sure. Finishes on a slight bitter note that lingers just a bit. The 7% is only a wisp of booziness at the end that is easily missed. For a craft beer, it's on the light side in terms of body, but it goes down quite well and has a drying finish that leaves you wanting more.

Definitely not a hophead, but even I can appreciate a well-crafted IPA, which Lunch is. Would definitely love to try this even fresher and on-tap, but will probably have to make the drive up to Maine to do so. Not that I would have a problem with that. (1,250 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour produces a tall foamy cream colored head atop a golden orange body. The foam has remarkable staying power and decorates the glass with billowing clouds of lace.

Fragrance is immediate as I pop the cap. Apricots, citrus, floral notes waft out and intensify on the pour. Lemon, lime, oranges. Pineapple and tropical fruits. My mouth is watering just smelling this beer.

Taste follows the nose. Intense citrus and tropical fruits with a dry and bitter finish. Fresh and minty. Piney. Oily. A little oniony. Malts are a mere platform here - a soapbox from which humulus lupus delivers its oratory. For all the intensity of flavor this beer is crisp, clean, dry, focused and so easy to drink.

A very good lunch indeed. (730 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 7/21/11 decanted into SA glass. Layer of yeast at bottom of 1 pint .9 FL oz. bottle.
Huge, fluffy white head settles a top pale-golden elixir with few stray yeast particles adhering to the glass sides. Thick Belgian lace coats the glass as the tasting progresses.
Earthy pine scent with lime and grapefruit/citrus accents.
Wonderfully smooth, floral, bitter hop taste with a hint of sweetness, but mostly an even hoppy bitterness that does not explode your taste buds but washes over leaving a pleasant mix of citrus flavors: tangerine, lemon/lime and grapefruit.
Not an oily, slick mouthfeel, but a well carbonated fullness that accentuates the abundant hops.
Wow! Wonderful brew. (694 characters)

Photo of Thads324
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep gold with orange hues. Thin white head dissipates slowly.
Aroma is of light citrus, some honey and a slight nut aroma. A floral bouquet aroma. Very nice!
Flavor starts watery, followed by lots of lemon peel and guava fruit hop flavor. Hints of bitter lime peel and apricot. Finishes dry with a slight honey and biscuit flavor. Bits of nutty flavor at the end. Like light walnut
Medium body, slightly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink and slightly dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is nice, and a beautifully balanced beer. The nutty malt flavor plays perfectly. Wonderful. (613 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of dciBA. Bottled 10/25.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice cap that stays. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S- When I initially smelled this beer, it was mostly floral hops and bready malt. As the beer warmed up, it really opened up with honeydew, cantaloupe, lemon and lime peel along with under ripe tropical fruit with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. There is some fresh spices with white pepper and thyme and a hint of banana. The aroma was subtle but so complex at the same time. I could not stop smelling this beer as I picked up something different each time.

T- The taste is complex without being intense. Bready malt, passion fruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, peppery spice, lime and lemon peel. Really no citrus or piney hops noticeable that can be found in most IPA's. Not as much going on compared the aroma, but still good.

M- Gentle mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation that has a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O- One of the most unique IPA's I've had. The hop profile was really interesting and this beer is so easy to drink with some many different flavors and no bitterness to destroy the taste buds. I could drink this all day/night. (1,236 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. Excellent extra in our recent trade. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a unique cloudy yellow-orange color, with crazy head that fills the top of the glass and takes forever to recede. Smell- tropical citrus, sweet honey hops, sweet orange flavors that remind me of dreamcicle popsicle. So excited to try this. Taste- this one is all about the tropical flavors and the citrus. I get some really nice orange flavors, a little bitterness on the end. This bottle isn't ultra fresh but I love it. Can only imagine what it would be like with fresh pungent hops. Overall, love this beer. (651 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/21/15. Lovely tropical notes. Nice yellowish orange color with medium carbonation. Hops with tropical flavors. So smooth and drinkable. I would drink this all day everyday. (187 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought most of the beers that Maine Beer Co. was offering this past Fall with plans to do a tasting with six of my BA Buddies. But I wound up drinking them all with a couple of my beer buddies who attended my annual New Year's Party. Tasted Peeper Ale, Another One, Zoe, Mean Ole Tom, King Titus, Lil One, Lunch and Mo. Lunch and Mo were two of the eight Maine Beer Co. beers that I was really looking forward to tasting. Lunch did not dis-appoint me in any way. Outstanding is where I rated it and it was all of that. (518 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got some good news today so I thought I'd treat myself to a special beer. I'd been waiting to try Maine Brewing Co. beers and especially Lunch. Well, I gotta say, it's good, but not quite what I'd expected. It looks fucking gorgeous. When I poured it, I thought, Oh my.... The scent is pleasantly citrusy but mild and the mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Feels more like a Pale Ale - a really good one. Taste is nice - orange and a bit of mango, but I'm not blown away. I'd like a bit more malt. A really solid beer, and probably a great summer beer, but I'd rather drink some more affordable IPAs.

Update: tried it on tap and it was truly outstanding. Scent is way more powerful and the taste too. Don't know if I got an old bottle but on tap this came close to living up to the hype. (783 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Palphen for this much desired bottle. Poured into a Surly nonic (thanks to expedition for the glassware!).

A: Pours a golden aura that quickly sinks into a raisin brown, almost opaque middle. A shampoo bubble like 1 finger head that leaves erratic but good lacing.

S: What a beautiful smell. Slushy tropical fruit ice with all natural dark fruit syrup ontop and piney hops tucked in everywhere. Can't wait to take a bite.

T: Huge spicy piney hops expand throughout the mouth with some more tropical fruit flavors while dark fruits brew a storm in the middle of the tongue. The flavors are less packed and the hops are far more potent in the taste than in the nose, but it's all good! I need to reiterate how spicy the piney aspects of this are.

M: Thickish with some creaminess in the carbonation. Sooths the mouth and refreshes it.

O: The rumors are true, this is a fantastic single IPA, among the best I've had. Hard to compare and rank relative to our best out here on the west coast, but it certainly deserves to be among them. (1,056 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX in Charleston for $8.
A: pours a shiny golden color, the kind you would see on gold bars at Fort Knox haha, 2 finger brilliant white foam head that fades to the perimeter, syrupy stringy lacing, carbonation
S: citrus fruits of orange, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, malt, papaya, very soft flavors
M: medium creamy body, slight dry finish
T: orange, papaya, citrus, salty cracker, bitter hops, malt, finish of earthy green hops, piney resin that slowly numbs the taste buds and leaves a slight oily resin in the tongue.
O: really solid brew, very well balanced between bitter and malt, the aroma is kinda soft considering the flavors you get, definitely a +90 brew. Hop heads will enjoy. Alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you with an empty stomach. (810 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/9/12... a little old.

Pour is a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of light fluffy white head which lingers for a while.

Nose is moderately fragrant, with lots of resiny dry hops. Some soft hints of citrus and grapefruit.

Taste is very dry hop forward with a sticky flavor. Some subtle notes of citrus, but really just a lot of dry hop. Finish is a little more resin and sweetness.

Feel is pretty medium bodied with soft bite from the hops.

I like it. Definitely west coast style IPA with loads of dry hoppiness. Would like to try it fresher to see if there is more going on. Either way, really enjoyable, though pricey for the small format bottle. (663 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 12/30/14.

A- A cloudy orange color with a large amount of off-white foamy head which slowly fades.

S- Tons of citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Some hints of pine as well but the citrus dominates.

T- Pine and citrus just like in the nose. The only difference is I feel the piney resin flavors dominate the taste over the citrus.

M- Light and well carbonated, well balanced, hoppy, refreshing.

This is a very easy drinking and well crafted IPA. (510 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle. Dated 5/28/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of a hazy, dull, golden color. Thick and creamy white head. Retention is out of this world. Down to a half inch in my glass and still an 1/8" head. Excellent glass coating lacing.

Aroma: Big aroma of pine and citrus hops mixing together. Soapy and earthy. Nice toasted malt thrown in as well.

Taste: Doesn't hold up quite as well as the aroma but very good flavor as well. Hops bitterness isn't over the top and has a quick citric bite with some herbal and earthy tasting hops. Once again, nice toasted malt background. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with average carbonation. Very good, flavorful but the finish leaves you wanting... just a little bit more. Sadly it fades out a little too soon but I can't really argue this is a well made, balanced and tasty East Coast IPA. (858 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 25 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you for this big "Want!" This label also deserves mention; it's a parchment-like paper with minimalist printing that is simply gorgeous person. An artistic beauty both inside and outside of the bottle, but I'm getting ahead of myself now...

Pours a rich gold color with what seem to be ruby hues throughout the body. About an inch of fluffy, pillowy, pure-white head develops, but dissipates after a minute or so; gobs of lacing remain. The aroma is of spicy hops, pine resin, orange citrus, lemon zest, various grains (straw, hay, wheat), and a muddled earthen sensation. It tastes of spicy hops, bitter/piney hops, various citruses, straw, and wet earth (read dirt, but in the best possible way; strange, yes). It is surprisingly delicious (or unsurprisingly, given your expectations; either way, it’s damn tasty). Mouthfeel is crisp, and finishes clean. Overall, a very good IPA that I’m very happy to have finally tried. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while, and Bill deserves another mention for his generosity. (1,064 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking, burnt orange. Very hazy, cream colored head. Excellent lacing:

T: A really broad array of hop aromas, not much malt to speak of. Leaning toward juicy here, with some dank resinous touches.

T: Tangerine juice hop profile. Not much of a "bite" up front, sweet and juicy. Bitterness builds nicely toward the finish to round things out. Malt is more apparent than the nose, but is quite subdued. I would guess this to be less than 7% ABV.

M: A little thin in body, but carbonation is on.

O: Another contender from the Northeast. Awesome IPA. (562 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (835 characters)

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.