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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,246
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 793
Gots: 450 | FT: 15
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kuhndog, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

GregoryMo, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Zimm, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Churchkey in D.C.

Bottle date 5/28/2013

Three day old bottle. Über fresh. The beer is clear and yellow with a small white head. The aroma brings a bouquet of citric hops. Absolutely delicious. This beer has been on my radar for some time and it definitely delivers. A showcase for hops. Clean and refreshing with a lovely finish. Outstanding.

Huhzubendah, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dyalango, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

JessicaMeir, May 31, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 3/26/13 (I try to keep my IPAs within 2 months of bottling but sometimes you have to make exceptions. The label says drink within 90 days, so still well within the best before date).

Thanks to BMart for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a very hazy apricot orange, with >3 fingers width of fairly dense sea foam white colored head. Head lingers for a good while and leaves lots of thick, segmental lacing.

S: An explosion of tropical fruits and citrus. Mango, papaya, and tangerine. Lemon zest and orange rind. Some more subtle resinous piney notes are there as well to round out the hop profile. And some sweet malts to tie it all together. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose with a nice combination of tropical fruits, citrus, and piney bitterness. Bitterness is more prominent than was on the nose. Again I get mango, orange, citrus rind. I also get herbaceous, floral hop notes. Piney bitterness is strong, but the malt backbone is near perfect to balance it out. Fantastic.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier end of the spectrum (a bit much for my personal preference), drying on the finish, drinkability is great.

O: Overall, fantastic from top to bottom. One of the best IPA's Ive ever had. Thanks again Brian for sending this one my way!

Also, Im pseud-obsessed with the bottle. What a simplistically cool label.

zac16125, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Denoas, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

mcc1654, May 31, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maine Beer Company - Lunch

This was the one I wanted in the first place but I stumbled across almost all their other ones in the process. Save the best for last! Dated 5/21, consumed 5/30, can't get much better than that!

Look - Poured into a Craftgeer snifter, it is a hazy caramel orange with a nice soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves rings of sticky lacing. Beautiful!

Smell - Nose is grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus hop bomb with some bite, the semi-sweet malt takes a backseat but is present in all the right ways. Hearty and hoppy.

Taste - Nice snappy juicy citrus hop kick in the face followed by a graceful introduction to some piney bitter. Malt is bready and blends well.

Mouthfeel - Feel is dry bitter pine hops. This has great drinkability, carbonation is towards heavy and in conjunction with the malts you get a medium body. Booziness is low and welcoming.

Overall - This is an amazing and unique beer that is like a fusion of East and West (Think Pliny and Double Sunshine, but give it credit for being its own brew). 100% absolutely recommend this brew and Maine Beer Company in general.

JMScowcroft, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mjtiernan, May 31, 2013
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Nice looking orange/golden colour with a bright white thick fluffy 1" head. Dissipates down to 1/4" but good lacing on the sides of the glass when titled.
AR: Orange, grapefruit, pine with hints of pineapple and tangerine. Caramel and biscuit/cracker malts as well. Smells really inviting.
T: Similar to the nose, though the citrus flavours are more like the rind/skin than the fleshy fruit. However, they are not too bitter. In fact, the bitter lingering sensation on the finish is just about right to let you know this is an IPA. It's there without scorching your palate or puckering your mouth. A touch of sticky pine mixed in as well. The malts are more pronounced in the flavour than the aroma, making this a nicely balanced brew.
M: This seems a bit too carbonated for my preference as it feels a bit foamy in the mouth. I like an IPA that's got a little bit of chewy to it. Kind of light in body, but finishes crisp and smooth.
OV: A very tasty lip smacking IPA that lets the hops flavours shine through without being too bitter. Good malt base for balance. Definitely a treat to the taste buds. As I've said before, I wish Maine Beer would send more of their brews to NJ as the majority of them are just so limited.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

GeoffreyM, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,246 ratings.