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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,261
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 793
Gots: 454 | FT: 16
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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Photo of tsm2011
5/5  rDev +13.9%

tsm2011, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: medium to deep gold beer in a pint, big-as-you-want-it off-white head; moderate lacing down the glass

S: lots of hops up the nose, with citrusy and piney Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe action

T: hop flavors are in line with aromas, suggestive of resin and grapefruit, with a balancing underbelly of pale malt sweetness

O: a very nicely weighted drink - not heavy or thick, but it isn't a brisk drink either - very balanced-feeling; wonderful bittering finish

O: I suppose this was the freshest beer I have ever consumed. Bottled: 3/26/13. Consumed: 4/3/13. Uh, let's not kid around here: This was an awesome beer. Any fan of beer owes it to themselves to drink a bottle of this beer. And quickly! lol

Greywulfken, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Holland, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -8.9%

SadMachine, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of jpatton0127
4/5  rDev -8.9%

jpatton0127, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of lovindahops
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So this was the first beer I had in tap at Meade hall back in June 2012. It was awesome. About a year later, I get the chance to write a full review from bottles now distributed in Syracuse.

A- massive hazy darkened orange body with a blast of rocky white marshmallow foam. Truly the color you seek out for a fruity citric ipa anticipation. Awesome lacing on the edges of the glass. Wow does this foam linger

S- massive tropical pineapple, fruit, pears, and mango. Prickly grapefruit is definitely present, but wait... There is no malt scent and that is what I love in an ipa. Forget the balance, give me tropical hops just like this! East coast goodness!

T- excellent citric flavor pushes out with great resionious piney flavor. Good sweetness bursts out and it's massively bitter at the end. Great flavor

M- prickly hops lay out with smooth carbonation

O- here we go! The east coast continues to counter punch the west coast! Tropical bitterness. While the scent was all fruity hops... The taste gave some delicious balance. So glad Maine Beer Co. Is here.

lovindahops, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

rjknyy, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

goldenM13, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of griffeyb
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

griffeyb, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of TheEvilGenius
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

TheEvilGenius, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of fafa50
5/5  rDev +13.9%

fafa50, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Newbiebeer, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of sclitch
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 02/19/13 (5 weeks old) from the fridge @ Max's taphouse in Baltimore, MD,
Second bottle approximately 1 week old off the shelf in Syracuse, NY

The beer pours a slightly hazy, rich golden yellow with a generous amount of fluffy white head that settles down into a thin blanketing. Even with >1 month of age on it the nose presents dank grapefruity hops with a good backbone sweetness. The taste is initially grainy & sweet, but then the juicy/bitter hops kick in and create a savoring/balanced APA. The potent grapefruit in the nose and taste do not translate into the mouthfeel, which has more grainy sweetness and subtle, non-lingering bitterness as an afterthought. I taste more of a lingering graininess than hoppiness. It could afford to ferment out more sugars to dry out the finish, but I think that might distort the juiciness of the fresh hops. This beer is very distinctly hoppy, highly drinkable when fresh. The beer could maybe afford a bit more attenuation, but that's just personal preference.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Pwbres, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

sdm9465, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

megamass, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

scootermcfly, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

GuitarIPA, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lookin' for the East Coast equivelent to Pliny the Elder? I found it in Maine Beer Lunch!

Opening with a bright glowing, burnt orange color- Its hazy "hop" appearance sprinkles in a few currents of yeast that float into the the ale as the pour concludes. A firmly cream-textured head tops the beer like ivory meringue and holds its creamy texture until the last sip, leaving rich islands of lace in its wake.

Bold and zesty aromas of citrus hops overshaddow anything malt or yeast related. Grapefruit peels, freshly zested oranges, pineapple, lemongrass, and pine needles show a juicy and dry scent all at once. Low lying candy-ish malts never really announce its grain character, but rather give a riper presence to the impressions of fruit.

The beer's dry taste starts slightly juicy and vividly ripe with tropical and citrus fruit. But the beer has no problem shedding its malt sweetness in order to show supreme favoritism to hop flavor at middle palate and sharp citrusy bitterness to finish. Nearly teeth-grinding, the fruit impressions from hops are mouthwatering and succulent all at once. A quick and clean fade to dry bitterness of pine resins and citrus oils close the beer with a confident refreshing taste of citrus peels.

As with taste, the beer's texture starts with a short-lived sweet creaminess from early malt taste and racy carbonation. But the beer soon throws the malt and carbonation to the wayside and celebrates a bone-dry mouthfeel that celebrates hop bitterness, light alcohol warmth, and sheer drinkability.

With medium complexity and simple succulence, the beer is remarkably hop-balanced, dry, and clean- giving the ale a unique and clear near-perfect demeanor from the initial sip 'til its deeply resinous finish.

BEERchitect, Mar 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Wishdiak, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

boonejag75, Mar 17, 2013
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,261 ratings.