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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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631 Reviews

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Reviews: 631
Hads: 4,279
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.89%
Wants: 1,072
Gots: 939 | FT: 23
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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Photo of BergBeer
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Look: A hazy golden blonde with a thick and aggressive white head. Moderate activity and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Thick and pungent with hints of tropical citrus and pine. Getting pineapple, peaches, nectarine, and a nice pine pop with mild sweet malt. Smells on par with some of the best west coast offerings I've had.

Taste: Wow that is different. The attack is big pitted fruit like biting into a juicy nectarine followed by a big splash of peach followed by a beautiful malt that balances perfectly but gives way to a nice lingering simcoe finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and wet. Mild to medium bitter. Finish is some what dry but still wets the palate.

Overall: This is one beautifully fine tuned beer. I love the big nectarine and peach notes with big simcoe and Amarillo hop notes the malt is balanced beautifully and I love the simcoe finish. This beer was obliviously fine tuned and lovingly crafted. A east coast IPA to challenge all west coast IPAs. The best IPA I have had since Alpine. Check it out

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Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 090914.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains very well before slowly working its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Fluffy, resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Lovely citrusy hops with a nice malt sweetness backing it up. Musty, pungent and vibrant.

T- Good solid bitterness with plenty of juicy hop flavor. Malt sweetness rounds everything out to make this extra tasty. The bitterness is assertive, yet restrained making it damn near perfect. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- It's been a few years since I last had this. I remember it being a bit more rustic, similar to a homebrew. It's still fantastic but I think that over the years it's lost a bit of character. No complaints though. One of the MBC beers that's actually worth the price tag.

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Photo of MikeWoj
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A. Hazy, orange, great lacing, frothy head
S. Big nose.. Grapefruit and orange
T. Super fresh, sweet, tangy. Very hoppy but very smooth and drinkable.
O above average west coast style IPA. It is delicious just not too different from many other west coast IPA I have had. Great shelf beer, a bit pricy, wouldn't trade for it

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Photo of caffeineTX
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Got in a trade

Bottle Date: 09/09/14
Opened 10/08/14
Poured into snifter.

Pours a cloudy medium-dark gold with a huge strong head that falls after settling in the glass. Good strong lacing.

Great hop nose with a very light mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and well balanced between the bitterness and hop flavors. There is a lot more bitterness on the back end between sips.

4.5/5 really glad I was able to try this Maine Beer Company has done a great job with this IPA.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- A nice yellow with a slight golden hazy hue. Short, white head about a quarter inch thick. Little lacing, carbonation present.

S- Very fruity and citrus forward ale. Smells of orange, grapefruit, coriander, and pear as well as a touch of pine. Smells like a fruitbowl.

T- Follows the nose. Lots of fruit, but it was surprisingly on the light side as far as flavor goes. Almost had a session-like loftiness to it. Not much malt present at all. This light and fresh flavor make it easily consumable and hide the 7% ABV well.

M- Light bodied for an IPA. Very fresh taste and noticeable carbonation.

O- Great beer by Maine. I'll grab it whenever I can. As mentioned, it was lacking a little bit of what the smell indicated. Maine's "Another One" is rated a little lower, but I think its the better IPA of the two. Its has a similar nose, but packs that homerun taste to follow it.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times before, but never on tap.

Standard IPA pour. Rather midwestern-seeming hop profile, with loads of centennial and amarillo. Tastes a bit more variegated, less green citrus and more tropical nodes as the simcoe hops shine through. The hop profile is one of the best and most complex I've ever come across, and it spite of its variety and nuance it never gets too intense or cloying. Nice malt balance on the back end, too.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%

Light copper with a few floaties. The nose is wonderfully hoppy – the flavor profile does not quite deliver the hop bitterness “promised” in the nose. The body is a touch lighter than most top-shelf IPAs . Very good but not quite up to the hype.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured an enormous, sticky, off colored head. color was a slightly hazy amber.
The aroma was off the hook. Lots of fruit and some spice, with herbal and toast-like malt notes as well. the bold notes in the aroma are somewhat lacking in the taste. flavor is delicious but a bit mild, consisting of spice, clementine peel, peaches, and slight toast. with floral and herbal notes lingering in the background.

if the beer was more reasonably priced i'd buy it constantly. At this price i may buy it again if i see it this fresh.

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Photo of alexbutler
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Thick white head tapers off to reveal an intricate lacing, all atop a golden semi-translucent body. Very nice look.

S - Crisp and heavy aroma of fresh hops (I was able to get a bottle only 2 weeks old) Dried fruit and raisins are strong.. not overwhelming.. but very present.

T - This IPA is very toasty. What starts as a very dense fruit flavor eases into a tangy, almost lemony finish. There's a lot going on in this guy.

M - Full bodied IPA, the hops tend to stick to the sides of your mouth but don't linger enough to give a nagging aftertaste. Remarkably clean finish.

O - This is one of the most elusive beers on my list, and I've gotta say, at long last, it holds up to the hype. Maine Beer Co. does it again. Named after an injured whale off the coast of Maine, Lunch is easily one of the top pours from the brewery. The pricetag isn't friendly (as is the Maine way) but if you're looking for a quality pour, look no further.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

14 days after bottling

Appearance: a nice burnt orange color, very dull and earthy. A large 2+ finger off white head that fades slowly and leaves large frothy legs all over the sides of the glass. Hazy to the point that I can barely see my finger on the opposite side of the glass.

Smell: hops- resin, citrus, pine. Toasty and slightly sweet malt base.

Taste: opens with toasted grains. A fairly strong toasting at that. Very little sweet malt character to it. Backed is full of hops, some resin, quite a bit of earthy, small touches of citrus and pine a long with a subtle lemony finish

Mouthfeel: fairly thick for an ipa, pretty dry. A touch syrupy. Lots of lingering bitterness. No where near refreshing.

Overall: I feel I have give Maine beer a more than fair shot. This is the fourth and most highly rated hoppy beer I have tried from there and only 2 weeks old. And I can hardly stand to drink it. I usually love apas and ipas with a toasty malt base. But the earthiness and dryness just make it hard to drink and not the most appetizing.

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Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Despite a thickness in the burnt dark orange color, and so much that it's closer to opaque than translucent, this beer is actually quite bright. Some floaties make their way around here and there. The head is a pale orange-tinted one that's quite hefty at a fluffy and rocky two fingers tall. Retention is good, and it drops down quite a bit of sticky lacing all down the glass.
East coast represents in this beer, both in packing flavor without harshness or noticeable flaws, and in its bright and brilliant complexity as the depth is layered. Unique nuances seem to keep coming out with every sniff and every sip. Malts offer some toasted breads and a candy-like sweetness to balance, and in a way that really works with the tropical and citrus fruits the juicy hops provide. Those hops take center stage, the malts serving only to add complexity and balance. While juicy with orange pulp, orange zest, and dried apricot, there's also a grassy note to the bitterness. There's an addition to the overall character that's not quite earthy, almost like a fresh root or dry nut. More bitterness from pine resin lends itself to a thankfully lingering finish.
Carbonation is moderate and keeps this beer flowing smoothly while citric brightness keeps it from drying. It does get drier as the hops keep coming, but it's creamy up front before going clean and semi-dry in the middle. Crispness keeps up the whole way. It eases a little in the middle as far as the body, but never thins out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orangeish color with a bit of haze. Lace is left all along the glass. The aroma has pineapple, pine, grapefruit and orange. A zesty, citrusy nose.

The taste has big citrus, mango, and pineapple notes with a pine and herb backing and a well balanced bitterness. Ample toasty, caramel like malts have plenty of residual sweetness to even everything out.

Soft, medium carbonation on a medium bodied ale. The finish is nice and fruity and semi dry with a hop bite.

Overall this is a very impressive IPA from the folks at Maine Brewing. It didn't spoil my appetite for Dinner, but that, like so many days' meals, will have to wait.

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Photo of farrago
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from pint bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light copper color with a white half finger head, with good lacing ten minutes after the pour. Smells of malt, sugar, Hops, and citrus (mostly grapefruit). Tastes just as it smells, with first impression being the malt, then an earthy sugary taste, lastly the citrus lingers as you swallow. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation (a little less than I usually like in IPAs). Overall a good IPA but not one I'd go out of my way to get, I much prefer the King Titus porter or dinner.

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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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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from pint bottle into tulip glass.

Love Maine Beer Company's labeling.

A - Pours an amber-gold color. Frothy, creamy large white head with a lot of lacing. Head stays throughout.

S - Zesty, citrus smell with floral hops.

T - Perfect IPA taste, like the smell, very zesty up front, mellows toward the end with the bitter hops that we love from these types of beers.

M - Mildly carbonated, very fresh.

O - Amazing.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. 06-03-2014 bottle date

(A)- Pours a golden orange color. Produced a beautiful frothy head of white foam with superb retention and sticky lacing all over. Exactly what a great IPA should look like

(S)- Bright zesty; almost creamy citrus up front of lemon and lime that flows into soft bitter pine. The slightest hint at a honey / caramel sweetness in the background.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A bit more pine forward than the smell, but still a great array of zesty citrus. A subtle sweetness at the end tops the cake.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to this. I would daresay, a perfect balance of citrus, pine, and bitterness overall. Complex, but classic and dynamic.

(O)- An absolutely world class IPA. In a sea of mediocre and forgettable beers made in a style that every brewery thinks they need to make more than 5 different kinds, this one stands out for me in almost every way.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Cloudy yellow orange color with 2 finger white fluffy head when poured into a pint glass.

s. Almost all grapefruit, not as much complexity as I would expect

t. Mellow Grapefruit and pine

m. Good carbonation, light in mouth, a bit watery

o. Another great Maine Beer Co. offering.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful golden beer, first pour was crystal clear, second pour from end of bomber came out a little cloudy, decent white head that faded fast, with decent lacing
S: best part of this beer. tons of fruits, lots of citrus, and some pineapple, along with a slight pine at the end. Only reason it isn't perfect is because it couldve been a stronger smell
T: follows the smell, lots of citrus up front followed by a nice mellow bitterness and a slightly resin aftertaste. Very easy to drink and very tasty, just wish it had more depth to the flavor
M: Very good, refreshing and not sticky or over carbonated, maybe slightly under

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Photo of spinrsx
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Light copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot/peach, grapefruit,oranges, and pineapple. There is also some faint malt and a nice amount of resiny hops.

Overall - Up there with some of the top IPA's available. Full of vibrant flavours and seriously delicious. I'd be happy to drink this beer every day for the rest of my life.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

The beer poured a golden copper color with a full two finger , frothy white head . Great lacings. No visible carbonation .

I can smell the hops on the pour, great! Pine and citrus. Very aromatic.

A tAste of the hops in the middle of my tongue. Citrus and pine roll around on the tongue. Gentle floral notes as the beer warms. Slight malt taste with hops on the back of the tongue.

Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Very drinkable. A hint of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Family vacation to Maine and driving up with my brother in law. We go to see his brother outside of Portland and he mentions that he lives "about a mile" from the Maine Beer Company. Let's go! Tasting room with plenty of selections , I am on the hunt for lunch and dinner. No dinner but fresh lunch on tap. Buy up a mixed case of fresh beers in the cooler for more tasting afterwards. Bring one bottle back for my neighbor," hey, this is a real good one!" What a well crafted beer. Only wish I had bought more.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a golden copper color into the IPA glass with bubbly white head that left lacing on the sides of the glass as it dissolved.

Smell - In the aroma, notes of citrus and pine were detectable. The citrus notes are bright and juicy.

Taste- The initial impression of the taste was like taking a bite out of an orange. The sweetness is coupled with notes of orange rind. This yields to pine and something akin to juniper berries. A light malty backbone props the hoppiness to the forefront. The ale becomes progressively more bitter before ending in a resiny finish. The bitterness really sticks to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is very modest which allows the intensity of the hops to do a number of the tastebuds. Overall, this is an easy drinker.

Overall - I have waited quite some time to finally have this one. I was not disappointed. This is a well constructed American IPA.

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Photo of Wortman1998
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious! East Coast, West Coast - who cares, this is a well done IPA. What can be said about a really good IPA that hasn't been said a million times in these reviews. It looks great, it smells great, it tastes great. It's a West Coast / East Coast IPA made and it's done well. Citrusy, fruity, even piney. Good stuff.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance upon pouring is dark orange or maybe light brown. Head was relatively thick on this pour. Good lacing.
Smell was a mix of citrus and green. Some pine and a little malt as well.
Taste is s very nice blend of pine, bitter citrus and a small amount of sweet from the malt. Well balanced and had a nice finish. Al little fruitiness comes through as well(besides the citrus). Mouth feel is about middle of the road for body. Some nice depth.
Overall another excellent beer from Maine Brewing. I have liked every one of there beers I have had. Well balanced with some nice pine and citrus notes. Great all around.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.