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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,520 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 831
Gots: 532 | FT: 19
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%

Photo of nimrod979
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle. Dated 5/28/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of a hazy, dull, golden color. Thick and creamy white head. Retention is out of this world. Down to a half inch in my glass and still an 1/8" head. Excellent glass coating lacing.

Aroma: Big aroma of pine and citrus hops mixing together. Soapy and earthy. Nice toasted malt thrown in as well.

Taste: Doesn't hold up quite as well as the aroma but very good flavor as well. Hops bitterness isn't over the top and has a quick citric bite with some herbal and earthy tasting hops. Once again, nice toasted malt background. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with average carbonation. Very good, flavorful but the finish leaves you wanting... just a little bit more. Sadly it fades out a little too soon but I can't really argue this is a well made, balanced and tasty East Coast IPA.

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden orange pour, slightly hazy with adequate carbonation. Poured an enormous head in a tall ale glass (4+ fingers!), which was pure white and left lovely, thick lacing on the glass for the entirety of my experience. Very impressive.

S - Smells like a pure hop bomb: bright, hoppy, grapefruit, lemongrass. It smells like the flavor "tart" come to life in my nostrils. Strong but clean. A little bit of toast. The scent retained its strength down to the bottom of the glass.

T - Very nice clean taste, strong of grapefruit/orange peel, and a hint of lemon. Pleasant caramel malt balance, and a slight citrus, apricot, and mango sweetness. Very, very well balanced.

M - Fresh and crisp, very easy to drink. Instead of an oily sheen, it more feels like you've left some grapefruit pulp in your mouth; the aftertaste is very pleasant. One of the better mouthfeels I've had in an IPA.

O - This drinks thinner than a DIPA (not as syrupy), but with almost as much flavor. Definitely one of the cleanest, most enjoyable IPAs I've had.

Bottled in late May.

Photo of BobaFret
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Born on date of 5/21/13; enjoyed 6/7/13.

A - A vivid orange with a thick, fluffy, creamy head. Beautiful.

S - The first thing I smell is sweet malt; only a hint of citrus and hops.

T - Mild grapefruit/citrus hits my palate first, followed by some hop bitterness with a malt finish. This is not a hop-bomb. The flavors are all nicely balanced.

M - Medium body; a very drinkable IPA. Maybe on the dry side for an IPA?

O - If you're looking for a hoppy or bitter IPA this isn't it. This is an incredibly well-rounded IPA.

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Rheaume17
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of themunjoy
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of wizmasta
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of smitty5245
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of HoppyLuckyGoGo
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of earljones199
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of h0ppster
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle with 052113 printed on the side. Pours a murky dark orange color with over an inch of thick, frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Pineapple, mango, orange and others. Nice bitter flavor of the citrus and tropical fruits along with pine. Some sweet malt flavor but this one is all about the hops. Citrus and tropical at the finish with some slight floral notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Glad Maine Beer Co finally made it to Ct. Overall, really good IPA but with so many other comparable choices out there the price will keep me from buying it all the time. Still great and worth seeking out.

Photo of Jballn
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.

T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.

M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.

O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of overlyk
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.