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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,110
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 784
Gots: 413 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

rderedin, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -8.7%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally managed to find a bottle of this in Bangor, 'bought time!

A - Little bit cloudy, pale orange pour, quite a bit of foam, might have had it too cold, recedes to just around the edges.

S - Lots of hops, even without having to put my nose right in there, very potent.

T - dry, bitter up front, thought it might be sweeter, maybe the type of hop, like an underripe grapefruit perhaps. Goes well balancing out the spiciness of these nachos, but it's really a dry, bitter IPA.

M - smooth, maybe undercarbonated almost, maybe due to the serving and all the initial foam, but kind of flat tasting.

Overall... I'd like to like this beer more, and it seems to get high ratings, but not from me. I'm not getting a whole lot of complexity here, just a lot of dry bitterness, which isn't my thing, but I'm still excited to try Zoe.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

2GOOFY, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

kvgomps, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.25/5  rDev -3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev -3%

MikeCactusGordon, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Gww1864, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -8.7%

bauermj, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Auror, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

The week-old beer poured a hazy, copper amber color with a one-finger head of bubbly white froth. Outstanding retention. The cap slowly dissipated to a thick, lasting film. Large drippy blocks of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was simply one of the best I have encountered in an IPA. Super sweet and fragrant with peach, apricot and nectarine notes leaping out of the glass. A decent amount of orange zest too. Tropical fruits were also apparent. Mango was quite prevalent.

While the nose was smooth and fruity, the flavor profile was definitely more crisp and bitter. Some crystal and caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were initially dry and pithy with strong grapefruit rind notes. As the beer moved along the palate, the hops became more dank and resiny. Pine sap dominated the crisp, dry and bitter finish. As much respect as I have for the flavor profile, I would be remiss to say that I was hoping for something more akin to the nose. As for drinkability, I found the 7% ABV to be remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. If I had to nitpick, I would say that this beer is slightly thin. Creamy, supple and silky smooth. A fine, moderate carbonation helped the beer glide across my palate.

Add Lunch to the growing list of outstanding IPAs coming out of northern New England. With more and more beers of this quality being produced locally, I have fewer reasons to envy the folks on the West Coast.

Damian, May 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

TheFightfan1, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
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

eduardolinhalis, Jul 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

bmur112, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

GeoffreyM, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

polishkaz, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jaymo18, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

deonreds, May 30, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an add in from a trade .
Lunch pours a nice darkish golden color, with a nice large lacing head. Their is a very nice strong dry floral aroma from this beer. The taste has a nice floral bite from the hops, on a rich and almost hidden malty backbone. Nice full flavors, yet easy to drink, very smooth and nice carbonation. Overall a no frills IPA with lots of flavor.

vette2006c5r, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
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.

Chico1985, Aug 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Bilco, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

facesnorth, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,110 ratings.