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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

671 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 671
Hads: 4,574
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 1,145
Gots: 1,101 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 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 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 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 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 BrewUSA
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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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 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 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 garyloveman
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not impressed with the pour. Want more haze but colour saves it. Smells of light fruit, lemon. Taste is a dry citrus with really well matched hop bitterness. Well carbonated.

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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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Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having Peeper and Zoe, I was excited to finally see Lunch on the store shelf here in Pennsylvania.

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, tawny orange. Two fingers of crisp, bright white head. Head quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: Lots of juicy American hops. Big citrus notes...orange, mango, and pineapple. A second, deeper inhale did reveal the hint of a rich, caramel maltiness.

Taste: The taste was not exactly what I expected. But, I guess that's the hallmark of the Maine Beer Company. It's hoppy and bitter but not a pungent hop bomb. The finish of the sip revels a touch of malt before ending with one more smack of bitterness. What's impressive is that the nose of the beer gets you thinking about what the taste will be but then the taste is more nuanced than you could imagine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. At 7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable. Carbonation is a bit light. I could have used a little more fizzy snap.

Overall: Lunch was worth the wait. It's one of the more interesting American IPAs on the market. If you see it, grab one. It'll surprise and impress.

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Photo of readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them.

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Photo of curasowa
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden color with two big fingers of head that fade slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Lots of juicy, fruity hops aroma; peach, mango, a little pine

Taste: Caramel malt with a hint of honey up front, slightly syrupy yet strangely a touch thin as well. Earthy, juicy bitterness builds to the finish, which has a pleasant, lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Great balance and an awesome aroma make this a really tasty east-coaster.

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Photo of Dools9
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh, bottled 11/18/12, poured into a Founders snifter. Yea kid.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color, nice three finger creamy head leaves nice lace and retains with a thin, tight cap.

S: Big, juicy orange and grapefruit, lots of citrusy hops, very swee tropical, a bit of pine and a nice malty, cracker, sweetness.

T: Getting mostly bitter orange rind, sweet tangerines and oranges. Also some resinous pine and a slight sour hop tang on the finish. Solid, malty backbone sweetness, very dry hoppy finish, really delicious stuff.

M: Light to medium, smooth medium carbonation, very, easily drinkable and goes down nicely.

O: Been searching for this one for a while and finally got my hands on some and damn, this is good stuff. Top 2 or 3 IPA for me. Now having completed the entire MBC brew lineup, I think its safe to say that these guys up in Portland mean business.

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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 abrand
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of uustal
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy red/copper with a very impressive, thick, fluffy marshmallow white head. The head does not mess around and isn't going anywhere, despite your best attempt at a careful pour. Aroma of sweet mango, grapefruit and touches of pine and lemon. Flavor beings with a burst of crisp, zesty, citrus hops. Very nice, bready, cracker sweetness that comes around and mixes well with the grapefruit and minor tropical notes that stand out. Ends with dry, semi-bitter pine hops, a touch of spice and a bit more citrus sweetness. Really crisp and compact flavor profile, but allows you to sense the different layers in the beer. Cohesion is off the charts. Certainly will be a star in the New England IPA scene.

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of benclimbs
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.56/5  rDev -18%
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.

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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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.