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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,103 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,103
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 785
Gots: 412 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

teamwiggum, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

dipaguy, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of WSB
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red orange, with a thick, luscious slightly off white head that remains throughout the drink, leaving lots of beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is Amazing- at first, sweet, with hints of tropical fruit. A second sniff reveals the treasure trove of citrusy hops underneath. Notes of orange and grapefruit begin to permeate the nose.

Mouthfeel is similarly amazing- soft and luxurious. Velvety smooth on the tongue, embracing the palette as it washes over.

Taste is hoppy greatest, but not over stated like you might expect. Grapefruit bitterness envelopes and plays on the tongue, but just to tease before it transitions into more a juicy, red grapefruit like sweetness and wipes out the introductory hop bitterness. Finish is dry and a touch spicy.

This is quite possibly the most perfectly balanced IPA that I've ever had.

A superb IPA. Superior smell, mouthfeel and drinkability make this a "must buy" brew. Taste is excellent, although I'd personally like a bit more hop bitter kick. A more drinkable IPA I've not had in my life.

Highly recommended. A must buy if you can find it. Distribution is limited to NE currently, as I understand it.

WSB, Jan 05, 2013
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2.65/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured it out into a proper glass.
A- Nice looking color and head.
S- Really great aroma, herbal,pine,resin and citrus.
T- Very disappointing taste considering how good the aroma. Did'nt get the aromas in the taste at all. Decent lawnmower brew at best. With this high rating,i was expecting a great IPA,but instead paid far too much for a very pedestrian ale.
M- Hardly anything at all,very thin. No remaining flavor on the palate.
O- Overall, mediocre and pedestrian.
I want my money back.

enoisone, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

sreichgott, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

tpauer, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

badboy7113, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

ogrerugby, Dec 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed a break from all the holiday brews and stouts that I've been enjoying... Hoping this one does the trick...

Dated 111812

A - Three full fingers worth densely packed lush creamy slightly yellow tinged froth... Excellent retention... While the head doesn't really fade, it does become rockier as it lingers... The color is a muted and pale medium gold... There is a slight chill haze... A slight bit of moderate to rapid paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Delectable hop forward nose... I would swear there were whole hop flowers in the bottle if i didn't know better... A wonderful blend of citrus, floral, and piney hops... They dominate the aroma in a most wonderful way... Just hops, hops and more hops... Truly there is nothing else needed... I almost wish I could make an air freshener out of this...

T - Lemon zest... Lemon... Muted orange... Lots of floral notes... A bit piney... A subtle spice character... Not much of a malt base to speak of...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Starts a bit lush and finishes very dry... Lightly yet briskly carbonated...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... This is one of the best smelling (if not the best) American IPAs in all of beerdom... The rest of the beer is solidly above average... This one falls somewhere between sessionable and a sipper... I recommend and would gladly purchase again when I cross its path...

philbe311, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

privateguy603, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

drz955, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

rkcrozier, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Steve212, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

rubicat, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lunch pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy and billowing white head that lasts throughout the entirety of the beer. The aroma will hit you right away. It’s like squeezing a fresh grapefruit. You get more of that grapefruit in your first sip as well as other tropical fruits and an herbal hoppiness. Then you think, “OK IPA, time to overpower me with hops, so much so that I have to rinse my mouth when I’m done .” But it never happens. The grainy malts come in to help tame the bitterness, and the hops don’t even come close to taking over this beer. Instead, they provide an integrating piney/citrusy freshness. The toasted malts are amazing, adding great balance and a smooth finish.

Any brewery can make a hop bomb, but it takes true craft to make a balanced and simply fantastic IPA.

kristiekatk, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

CB_Crowe, Dec 23, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,103 ratings.