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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,257 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,257
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 793
Gots: 453 | FT: 16
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

apasternak, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

rderedin, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

kristougher, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -8.9%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12

A: Dark orangish-yellow. Super hazy. Don't think I've ever seen a IPA this cloudy before, you can't even see thru it. Bubbly off white head.

S: Lots of ripe grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Peaches and cream?

T: Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops. Fruity and ripe grapefruit hops and some carmel malt sweetness. Gets more bitter in the backend, more citrus hops. Think the hops have faded a bit on this unfortunately. They are there, just a bit muted on the finish I believe.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels really slick and smooth.

O: Great drinkability. Smooth and balanced. Top notch IPA, wish I could try it fresh since this was bottled 2 months ago, but really glad I got to try this.

herman77, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy dark orange. Pours with a really fluffy 1-2 finger head. Leaves a good amount of lacing and the head won't dissipate fully. It really sticks around, which I always love in a beer.

S - Big citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of sweetness from the malt. It does smell quite nice for an IPA. Typically I prefer to be blasted by a huge DIPA's nose, but this is still really fruity and delicious smelling.

T - A pretty bold flavor for a single IPA. It's got a nice malt backbone, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. It's not quite as good as the smell unfortunately. Still a really solid entry to the IPA category.

M - Carbonated well. Refreshing and very easy drinking. I could session this if it wasn't for the abv.

O - I really enjoy this. I won't be buying it again due to the price. 500ml was $6.55. No thanks, but I really wanted to try it once. Disregarding the price, I definitely recommend this. Might as well try it once, I definitely don't regret my purchase.

nrs207, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

2GOOFY, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

072111 bottling

Thanks norm

Pours a murky hazy yellowed orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells hoppy and piny. Tastes bitter and piny. There is a very weird aftertaste... Something is off with this beer... Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel. Overall... Whats wrong with this beer?

091511 bottling

Review edited
Much better!

Urbancaver, Sep 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

kvgomps, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

dwagner003, May 21, 2014
Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy copper with a huge frothy white 3" head. Lacing re,aims all over the glass.

S- really mild aroma. Some citrus and light pine.

T- Semi-sweet malts and citrus. Bitterness is really subdued.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O- pretty underwhelmed. Aromas and flavors rather muted but the drinkability is great.

kawilliams81, May 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

facesnorth, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

StaveHooks, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of farrago
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy head, easily three fingers with a very slow dissolve, uneven surface, cream white not bright, the lacing is thinner than you’d think, average stickiness at best, very light gauziness to the orange bronze liquid, consistent coloration throughout, few visible bubbles, maybe they all rushed to the top during the pour. The nose is thick which marginally hampers freshness, plenty of pine, herbal matter, the white grapefruit adds to overall punch, same for the white pepper element, the cocoa and malt cloaked, thickly layered nectarine, pineapple, guava, peach fruit scents, not going for finesse but comes off as a gentle steamroller. Full-bodied, tangy and biting, even the carbonation has a chip on its shoulder, steady push towards the throat. More tangerine and orange mixed into the grapefruit. The floral element softens a few rough spots. Earthy and close to minerally or metallic. The fruit pulls back, apricot, peach pit and some pineapple, green apple. As in the nose the malts wait until the 11th hour to arrive. Piney qualities add to bitterness. This is no messing around, no smiling, just business, type of beer.

farrago, Aug 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Bilco, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

deonreds, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

masterofsparks, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of AltBock
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a plain Jane egg shell white label. Everything on the label is in small print. Break out the magnifying glass. The back of the label only contains the mandatory US info and a description about the brewery. Off to the left side of the bottle is an inked bottled date. My bottle was bottled on 03/26/13. MBC would like it if you drink their beer within 90 days of the bottles date. My bottle was close to being 2 months old when I cracked it open. Still good!

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this lunch was an easy on the eyes hazy golden apricot orange with a faint streak of lemon yellow toward the bottom of the glass. The head of foam was equally impressive as the sweet ass color. On top was of this golden brew was a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head if foam. This head of foam didn't have to be somewhere else so a small skim of foam and a moderate sized string of rings stuck around until the last drop of beer was gone. Beautiful appearance!

The first whiff of beer was a subtle mix of tart citrus fruits and pine. It was pretty good, but I thought it could have done better. When I swirled the beer around a tad, that awoke the beast from its slumber. Out comes the strong aroma of tart citrus fruits. Leading the citrus pack was the grapefruit. Following the grapefruit was the lemon, apricot, pineapple, and oranges. When the citrus fruits settled down, it then let the pine to come in and play. This beer still wasn't done. After the pine, the beer then finished up with a subtle whiff of caramel, a pinch of grass, and a few floral notes. My eyes and nose couldn't get enough of this beer.

My first two senses couldn't get enough of this beer. Let's see if my tastebuds couldn't get their fill of this beer. I could tell this beer didn't want to mess around. Right off the bat was the bitter citrus hops. These hops lingered on for a few seconds before it let in the tart citrus fruits. There was more of a fruit variety in the aroma. The taste still had its fair share of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Following the fruits was a layer of pine. Once I got passed all of the citrus elements and pine, I found a tiny taste of toasted caramel malt. I would have though the citrus hops & fruits would have completely covered that up. After that the beer finished up with some floral notes. A very good taste, but my nose and eyes enjoyed this beer more than my tastebuds.

This was a medium bodied West Coast Style IPA that wasn't lacking in either carbonation or aftertaste. The aftertaste was full flavored and bitter with citrus hops, a select citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Like the head of foam, the aftertaste had nowhere to be so it stuck around. It will take about two glasses of water to rid your mouth of this nice bitter aftertaste.

Wow! What a beer. I've had 2 MBC beers so far and every one of them has been really good. They must be doing something right up there in Maine. Would I drink this again? I certainly would like another one! I would like to thank my good BA friend RCM505 for hooking me up with this winner.

AltBock, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

GeoffreyM, May 30, 2013
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,257 ratings.