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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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world-class

2,831 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,831
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 728
Gots: 349 | FT: 14
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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argock

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz grey-brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 111812 stamped on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Slightly hazy peach with nearly white 1-2 finger head with big bubbles and good retention with numerous dots of lace.

S: Fantastic aroma with pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and pine resin with some floral aromas. The malt stays out of the way. Exceptional-superior hop aroma profile that jumps out of the glass.

T: The flavor doesn't just quite match the aroma for quality. It has a slightly tannic, grassy, melon character with pine, grapefruit pith, and pineapple accents. There is a bit of astringency in the flavor as well - may be a product of freshness. The malts are light with crackery elements. The bitterness is pretty hefty -- not quite harsh but more than it needs to be.

M: It is a fairly dry beer with surprisingly light body, in fact I wish it was a little more chewy, sticky, with more body. Carbonation is pretty high but not a problem.

O: Frankly, Maine Lunch is a bit of a disappointment. I don't dislike the beer at all, but the flavor is more blandly bitter without more complex hops flavor. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be going back, especially at the pretty outrageous price.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:34:34 | More by argock
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AnPiobaire

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-07-2012 02:44:15 | More by AnPiobaire
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-07-2012 02:04:46 | More by mbonugli
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tln13

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-06-2012 17:19:46 | More by tln13
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 October 2012, I believe (says 101412 on the bottle). Another great BIF beer from cavedave.

Pours very clear pale orange with a touch of pink; sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three fingers of very white head, fluffy and thick like a sponge cake. Relaxes slowly, leaving chunky islands of lacing on the inside of the glass and a finger-high hill rising up like Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Spectacular.

Smell is stellar. Juicy pine and citrus, billowing up out of the glass. About even balance of the two, with resiny pine coming in the first wave, followed by grapefruit. Really well put together, smooth edges, with the malts just laying right there underneath the hops.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Has that crispy thin bitterness that many IPAs have, where the soft bitter floats above the gentle malt base. Finishes quick, the bitterness evaporating and drying out.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation a bit on the low side. Finish is quick and super dry, taking all the flavor with it, leaving only a faint remnant. Reminds me of Zombie Dust in the way it dries out.

Very impressive IPA. The appearance and the smell are the highlights, but the rest of it holds up just fine. Pleasantly thin on body and taste. Happy I got the chance to try this - it's right in the sweet spot of top-notch IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:09:58 | More by zeledonia
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-06-2012 03:18:40 | More by Chugs13
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-06-2012 02:38:39 | More by bradfordjohnson
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish-orange color with a thick foamy white head of four fingers and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste has a sharp bitter sweet taste to it that leaves a good pine and hops after taste.

Overall: Maine Beer Company you have "Wowed" me again!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 19:00:07 | More by Cavanaghty
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/18/12 bottling

A: Golden-orange with a 2-finger head of mixed dense foam and loose bubbles. Receded to a healthy 1/4" cap.

S: Intense hit of piney resins, followed by tropical and citrus notes

T: Almost oily hop presence, but balanced out by a strong bready malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated. Medium body. Significant bitterness, but not harsh.

O: Good, balanced american IPA

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 05:27:21 | More by kscaldef
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mobius387

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-05-2012 03:14:42 | More by mobius387
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-05-2012 00:24:25 | More by danedelman
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-04-2012 01:30:50 | More by hilgart1
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A: golden in color but light withA heavy fluffy white head. it is mostly translucent, but not necessarily clean as it does still have some young haze

S: a floral hop aroma that is not over powering there is lots of earthy aromas . On top of all that there is pine resin in there as well.

T:There is a bunch of pine upfront but its not overwhelming going on it matches the smell with floral hops that have a light bitterness that goes to the finish. There is a little malt in the backbone but not too much. Some of that earthy grassy taste is in there too but it's a subtle flavor

M: It is crisp and resinous upfront, but it doesn't necessarily stick to your palate. It is also smooth and oily with carbonation that balances well to make it pretty drinkable but not the best ever

O: A real soild Dipa fairly well balanced with a good hoppy flavors and a solid feel. I got it super fresh (3 days old) but that didn't make the difference for me though i still didnt love it. Despite that it is still worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 15:19:47 | More by Pinknuggets
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-03-2012 00:15:25 | More by VernonKell
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-02-2012 05:10:11 | More by joeseppy
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: It's an IPA, fresh fruity hops

Taste: Hoppy upfront. A brief malt respite fades into a bitter, grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick with some carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing profound or overwhelming. They say this is an East Coast made IPA dedicated to West coast IPAs and I can see that. It leans more towards hops than malts and is definitely drinkable. Not my favorite, but this company donates 1% of its yield to environmental non-profits. Cool.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:49:34 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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danipp

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-02-2012 00:50:38 | More by danipp
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Derekg

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.7%

12-02-2012 00:49:59 | More by Derekg
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh, bottled 11/18/12, poured into a Founders snifter. Yea kid.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color, nice three finger creamy head leaves nice lace and retains with a thin, tight cap.

S: Big, juicy orange and grapefruit, lots of citrusy hops, very swee tropical, a bit of pine and a nice malty, cracker, sweetness.

T: Getting mostly bitter orange rind, sweet tangerines and oranges. Also some resinous pine and a slight sour hop tang on the finish. Solid, malty backbone sweetness, very dry hoppy finish, really delicious stuff.

M: Light to medium, smooth medium carbonation, very, easily drinkable and goes down nicely.

O: Been searching for this one for a while and finally got my hands on some and damn, this is good stuff. Top 2 or 3 IPA for me. Now having completed the entire MBC brew lineup, I think its safe to say that these guys up in Portland mean business.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 23:38:53 | More by Dools9
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-01-2012 18:34:30 | More by mirish72
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

12-01-2012 02:11:20 | More by 2dogbrew
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-01-2012 01:34:14 | More by Hanzo
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-30-2012 23:42:18 | More by Evan
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2012 22:08:00 | More by jsilva
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-28-2012 16:11:18 | More by Drtfinelli
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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