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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,638 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,638
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 879
Gots: 600 | FT: 18
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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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy orange coming from my bottle, probably settled yeast, left a slight finger of white head at the top that lives a very tiny lacing around the glass.

S: Great nose, very citrusy nose on this one, hints of grape fruit throughout, and a nice note of booze, perfect nose.

T: Great bitteness up front, for an IPA, it was perfect tasting, everything with the nose but a good amount of hops.

M: Sticky, very little carbonation, heavy to medium bodied, as it warms it becomes less biter.

O: I Have said it once before and I will say it again Maine Beer Co. is a legit contender in the breweing world, this beer was awesome for a regular IPA, it was up there with the best of them, great tasting and beatiful nose!

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4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled 10/8/13 which was 13 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, near opaque orange-amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white, relatively dense head, which lingers a bit before fading to layer atop the beer.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, malts, peaches. A very nice, balanced combination of hop flavors, but also has some malts in there. Smells like a very nice, balanced IPA.

Taste: Light pine, mild citrus, malts. Very well balanced flavors, really smooth taste. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Very refreshing and balanced. The finish is real mild and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. The finish is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: Really well-balanced (I've set that word a lot in this review, because it's true). The flavors all come together nicely to make a really drinkable, refreshing IPA. A really nice profile for an IPA - this one would be really nice if I could find it more!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep gold with orange hues. Thin white head dissipates slowly.
Aroma is of light citrus, some honey and a slight nut aroma. A floral bouquet aroma. Very nice!
Flavor starts watery, followed by lots of lemon peel and guava fruit hop flavor. Hints of bitter lime peel and apricot. Finishes dry with a slight honey and biscuit flavor. Bits of nutty flavor at the end. Like light walnut
Medium body, slightly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink and slightly dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is nice, and a beautifully balanced beer. The nutty malt flavor plays perfectly. Wonderful.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,638 ratings.