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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

623 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 4,224
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 917 | 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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Reviews: 623 | Hads: 4,224
Photo of SteveB24
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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. (944 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (556 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (629 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of Wortman1998
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head fades rather quickly leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of tropical fruit smell of tangerine, pineapple, and papaya mixed with a nice aroma of a ruby red grapefruit. Along with the grapefruit are aromas of a pine and slightly grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins a much drier than anticipated flavor with some slightly bready and crackery flavors mixed with a moderately strong grapefruit hop. As the taste advances, the grapefruit remains at a relatively constant level with the light level of sweetness that was present upfront (lighter tangerine and tropical fruit flavor) fading and being replaced by more hop flavors. The hop flavors that replace the sweet are a mix of a grassy and pine flavor, with the combination of flavors leaving a nice crisp somewhat drier blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is lighter side for a beer of 7 % abv with a carbonation level that was rather average. For the crisp feel of the brew, in conjunction with the drier flavors the slightly thinner body and moderate carbonation were quite nice as they made it quite refreshing and crisp all while not compromising the nice fruit and hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – A nice and tasty IPA that is a bit on the drier side but has a great flavor and drinkability. Quite nice. (1,559 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/03/2014 date.

A- Pours amber/orange with a large fluffy white head. Lots of fluffy lacing remains.

S- Pine, citrus, sweet malts. Slightly dank. Classic good IPA scent.

T- Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced malty backbone. No alcohol taste to speak of really.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. A great bitter aftertaste.

O- A wonderful IPA. Will have again when I can find it. (418 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear copper hue with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Piney hops, caramel malts, tropical fruit, lemon zest.

Taste - Nice bitter hit of piney hops. Sweetness of caramel malts and tangy tropical fruit shines through. Nice moderate bitterness overall.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable American IPA with a level of bitterness that satisfies both hopheads and non-hopheads alike. (454 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.84/5  rDev +12%

I enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is beautiful golden w/ sunny straw hue with voluminous bone white head and fine bead with thick lace and great retention 5. The smell is very citrus scented with mild tropical tangy fruit aroma with grapefruit and light floral hop notes with subtle toasted malt accent. The feel has a texture that is moderately bitter with light astringency and gentle malt sweetness with the perfect amount of juicy resinous body with moderate carbonation that keeps the malt in check with very dry finish and no alcohol noticeable.

The taste has tons of hops w/ the right complexity -blend of citrus and tropical flavors of grapefruit with mild malt adding a very gentle toasted taste with some sweetness on the palate and yeast adds a slight creaminess with gentle fruity orange-like accent with a peppery spice aspect which adds to the subtle dry yet bitter and very enjoyable quality to the finish. Overall this is on of the best IPA's in the realm of standard American style ales: Truly a work of liquid art -Kudos Maine! (1,072 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this ipa. Solid in every aspect, a well crafted representation of the style and a silky feel as well. Not as flavorful as some of the more readily accessible ipa's around but the mouthfeel is superb. (218 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy orange liquid. No carbonation visible. Frothy white head. Sticky lace everywhere. Persistent head.
S- blast of citrus, than dank and piney hops, sweet with a hint of caramel.

T- initially tastes like the session ipas going around... Light but bursting with resinous hops... The citrus is gone. More of an earthy hop taste. Some lingering sweet caramel.

M- lighter than I like. Thin mouthfeel like session ipas. Fierce bitterness that lingers and bites.

O great nose, good flavor. But the price and the thinness make it closer to a 4 than a 5. (559 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin. (591 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, just over a month old, so I guess that means that we (me and the beer) are good to go!

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves a fair bit of layered dried sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat dank leafy pine resin, muddled quotidian citrus rind, pineapple cores, a soft mixed berry fruitiness, white chalk, gritty biscuity and crackery pale malt, and a further mineral stoniness. The taste is quite hoppy, but more fruity than bitter - orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime drink powder - that same chalky character from the nose, lightly toasted pale malt, a subdued Werther's Original sweetness, and a weakening pine and leafy astringency. No sign at all of the 14-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly-wound frothy sense, the body a so-so medium weight, and plainly smooth, the exact nature of the hops precluding any interference here. It finishes quite dry, the fruitiness rolling over, and that chalkiness persisting, amongst still edgy pine and leafy notes.

An interesting gutting of the West Coast IPA bitterness paradigm, while keeping the rest of the hop goodness well intact. The malt perhaps suffers in this one-sided focus, and that powdery/chalky character, while weird, is not really off-putting in the least. Another (or was it the first - I'm too lazy to look that up) decent IPA from this brewery - glad to see them available around here. (1,533 characters)

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.