Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,072 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,072
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
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Gots: 825 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 4,072 | Reviews: 650
Photo of benclimbs
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am from California, the land of big IPAs and hops hops and more hops...and this is seriously one of the finest of the style I've ever had.

Pours golden, could use a bit more head but passable lots of lacing, good color.

Nose is pure hop juice goodness, not too much simcoe, just enough - strawberries, a little grapefruit and fresh pine.

Taste is very geared, starts out refreshing and fruit-filled and moves on to a dry hopped bitterness...intense but not at all out of balance or overwhelming. Malt backbone carries it through incredibly well.

Mouthfeel is bright and not sticky.

Overall this is a truly world class IPA from a tiny brewery (brought this bottle back to SF with me from the brewery) outside of portland, ME. Well done guys.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold with a touch of hazy bronze. Fast rising and sturdy white head. Thick banding.

S: Vanilla sponge cake. Lime, guava fruit. Super lemon haze.

M: Smooth almost to a fault. Thin and quick, and somewhat biting; pleasantly tart. Frequent carbonation.

T: Citrus rinds; Caribbean lime; pink grapefruit. Light hay; green pine; fresh minty aftertaste. Almond astringency. Overall rating reflects the cost/reward ratio.

Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. 10/9/14.

This is a really pretty beer. Clear and golden with a thick with head. The lacing persisted through the last sip.

Very fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with pineapple with hints of the toasty malt.

Flavor was tangerine and peaches.with a nice bitter lemony finish.

Feel was light to medium with a dry finish. Some nice hop oils, but not overdone.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I was drinking this side by side with Another One and although both are excellent, I preferred the additional complexity that was present in Another One. But you can't go wrong with either.

Photo of rinhaak
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, .9 fl oz poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Tasting for the batch bottled 10/25/11.

This is as close to a perfect pour as I've ever seen in a beer. Perfectly clean, but with a hint of haziness that leaves my fingers only vaguely seen through the glass. Can something be both clean and hazy simultaneously? Yes, I'm holding it! Caramel color with hints of red. A gorgeous, white, thick, foamy head tops off the beer leaving behind a stained glass lace.

A wonderful nose full of pine, citrus, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and rosemary. It is bright, full of color, yet nicely balanced. As it sits, aromas of caramel malts begin to blend with the hops.

The mouth is perfectly balanced with a ton of upfront hopiness, but it never slaps you in the face. Lots of grapefruit, spruce, and a dry bitter finish that slowly evolves to reveal a malty background.

There is no hint of the ABV, but the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would expect.

Overall an incredible IPA. Very drinkable, complex but balanced, it's well worth it if you can get your hands on one. Kudos once again to Main Beer Company!

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/14/12.

This beer poured with a solid finer or two of head that dissipated fairly rapidly but leaving good lacing. Beer is clear with light to medium amber hues and fairly apparent carbonation.

The nose on this beer is nothing if not subtle. I get serious bready notes that are balanced with a distinct sour note with solid hints of pine.

This beer has some serious malt body! This quickly dissipates to a piney-grapefruit like flavor. I know that sounds like a really odd combination, but I LOVE IT. This is probably the most delicious IPA I have ever had.

This beer has serious presence and really fills the entire palate.

I will definitely be buying this beer again, like I said, perhaps the best IPA that I have ever had

Photo of dmsohyea
3.56/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful pour!
Frothy sculptured head that laced the walls of my glass.
A subdued golden straw colored libation with a fruity prominent nose.
Whafts of citrus, hops eminated from this beer.

Flavor is glorious. Hops bitternets comingled with lemon zest and green apples with just a hind of malt underpinning-- almost like some sort of binder tying the flavor boquet together.

This beer produces a long zesty finish with a vibrancy that brings life to the palate-- this beer doesn't just complete its show and fade away-- rather it take a bow and comes back for an encore.

The mouthfeel goes along with the finish and flavor--.

Overall this is an IPA that I would make a specific request for. I would (and will) seek it out-- I'm going to have to keep some in the cellar to insure I've got year 'round stock.

Another magnificant creation by Maine Beer Company.

Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of nootch23
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of glazeman
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of HosP
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of sethmeister
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Thads324
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of iadler
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of ricknelson
4.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dheacck11
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,072 ratings.