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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,802
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 949
Gots: 694 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Very bright citrus with some pine, crisp smelling.

L: Murky orangish-yellow, big, fluffy creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: A very dry, pine hop flavored malt. Medium high, resiny bitterness leading to some resiny hop flavor with lingering pine. Fairly clean, dry malt. Finishes dry, with a bitter resin taste.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Solid IPA, much dryer than i expected. Might be coming from some yeast that came off the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned)

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "lot 051811" which I'll assume is a bottled on date.
Served in a pint glass.
Thanks to Baconsausage for sending this one my way!

Dark golden orange with a HUGE brilliant white head. The retention on this is amazing. The lacing too is incredible. Huge sudsy bubbles form a rocky cap of foam and hang in wild 3D chunks that look great. This is a 5 for appearance.

The smell is amazing-- like an amped up version of Zoe! Lush pineapple and tropical fruits play off a sweet bready malt and citrusy grapefruit notes. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but thats because the bitterness is a little harsh and astringent. The flavor profile follows the nose, but any gentle nuance of deliciousness is lost to a hard bitter bite.

Body is decent. Medium, good carbonation, an oily feeling lingers. Not mind blowing here, but not bad at all.

Overall-- I'm impressed with this brewery, and I look forward to trying more from them! The beer is certainly interesting and tasty, but the nose and appearance crush the other aspects.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Bottled 9/24/13
Drank 10/2/13

I've been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now and facesnorth hooked it up big today, thanks Ryan! First of all Maine Beer Co's labels are sweet, simple and classy. The yellowed white head billows nearly out of the glass on a moderate pour. The foam is craggy and incredibly dense with chunky lacing draped down the glass. All of this sits atop a lightly hazed, glowing orange body. This is one great looking IPA!

The nose is hugely aromatic and interesting. There's enough sweet orange hoppiness to remind me of orange creamsicles along with sweetened grapefruit, tangerine, and a quick flash of zesty pine sap. Each swirl of the glass makes the pine sap more dense but as it settles the sweet fruitiness takes over again. There's some malt in there and it's that of the very blonde caramel variety allowing the stellar hop profile to shine.

Pine is the most prevalent flavor but the hop profile is supremely balanced. The orange, tangerine, and grapefruit all play major roles as well; each with their own little nook in the overall taste. The bitterness is moderate but soft, this IPA is all about bursting fresh flavor. As it warms a touch of pineapple emerges. Again, there's that caramel maltiness but all it does is provide a touch of balance for the plethora of hop produced goodness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, but not much lighter, and the carbonation is soft allowing this beer to work through at its own pace. The bitterness grows but never beyond medium.

This IPA falls right into my wheelhouse. I've always felt the best IPAs are in the 7% range with a moderate bitterness and a juicy hop profile. This is a really well crafted beer and I'm glad to have been able to give it a whirl. Thanks again, Ryan!

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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 032613. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, orangish pale color with two fingers of off white head. Head is sticky, leaving generous lacing on the glass's wall and having excellent retention.

S: Delicate hop aroma with citrus and floral notes, a little malt.

T: Mild hoppiness and a little malt. There is a very light, integrated bitterness which provides some structure. Quite dry, with no alcohol evident. Nice, though a little lacking in flavor.

M: Soft, light carbonation and medium body. Creamy texture.

O: Light tasting and highly drinkable. So drinkable that it reminds me more of a pale ale than a 7% IPA. I could probably down a pitcher of this, and I don't say that often. That being said, the level of hoppiness and flavor is quite low.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 October 2012, I believe (says 101412 on the bottle). Another great BIF beer from cavedave.

Pours very clear pale orange with a touch of pink; sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three fingers of very white head, fluffy and thick like a sponge cake. Relaxes slowly, leaving chunky islands of lacing on the inside of the glass and a finger-high hill rising up like Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Spectacular.

Smell is stellar. Juicy pine and citrus, billowing up out of the glass. About even balance of the two, with resiny pine coming in the first wave, followed by grapefruit. Really well put together, smooth edges, with the malts just laying right there underneath the hops.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Has that crispy thin bitterness that many IPAs have, where the soft bitter floats above the gentle malt base. Finishes quick, the bitterness evaporating and drying out.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation a bit on the low side. Finish is quick and super dry, taking all the flavor with it, leaving only a faint remnant. Reminds me of Zombie Dust in the way it dries out.

Very impressive IPA. The appearance and the smell are the highlights, but the rest of it holds up just fine. Pleasantly thin on body and taste. Happy I got the chance to try this - it's right in the sweet spot of top-notch IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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