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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,401
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 1,008 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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.
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Reviews: 645 | Hads: 4,401
Photo of Antg8989
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at tørst. A light gold with a white head. Aroma is a striking competition between citrus and pine. Taste is Sweet upfront which flows into a bitter finish. The aftertaste is my favorite...just a slight spicy kick that makes this beer one of the best IPAs I've tasted.

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been fortunate to have tried Dinner yet, but I must say that Lunch is outstanding. It is great both on tap and straight out of the bottle. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of eifster82
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy yellow.

Smell - Very citrus and fruit oriented. Really pleasant on the nose.

Taste - Not quite as citrus or fruit heavy as you might anticipate if basing on the smells. Still, balanced properly. Not going to knock you out with a hop heavy front.

Feel - balanced, "light" IPA finish. Not much bitterness at the end.

Overall - a solid IPA. Many options from MBC seem to be very balanced solid beers, and this one fits in that mold. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is a very nice option when I come across it.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it was just an old bottle, but I felt like this didn't live up to the hype it has gotten. I would certainly be willing to try it again, but it just tasted very flat compared to what other brewers like Tree House are pumping out currently. I want to like it a lot more, but a rating above 4 would by a lie.

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Photo of Bigbadbeerguy
4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really hard to find fault with this beer in any way, shape or form. Best IPA I have had from the Eastern part of the US and safe t say one of the best beers I have ever drank (to be fair my bottle was purchased at their brewery and drank shortly after). Really hope this brewery can grow.

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Photo of CraigShap
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great New England style IPA. Not as good as some of its hazy, juicy, chock full of floaters contemporaries like Trillium's Congress St, IPA but still excellent.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon, citrus, and some slight grass smell. The scent is rather light. Taste is an amped up version of the smell nice hop presence. Good mouthfeel. Overall solid but nothing about this beer wowed me. To be fair this was bottled in June so it's fresh but not 1-2 weeks fresh.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - super enticing color, light golden color with a frothy white head. Need to be careful when pouring; if you pour too hard you will likely end up with half a glass of head.

Smell - Piney, floral, slight citrusy.

Taste - What all IPA's should aspire to be. Crisp and clean. Every flavor is present with no single flavor outweighing another. Taste follows the smell, a nice piney hop taste that balances well with the slight sweetness on the back end. Hints of lemongrass (?) and an overall citrus taste. Extremely well balanced.

Feel - Light, with just enough carbonation. Would be easy to chug one, but as good as it tastes that would be a sin.

Overall - One of my favorite IPA's. Great taste and exceptional balance.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, pours light golden with white frothy, clingy head. The citrus and fruit smells are amazing. Perhaps the smoothest, most balanced IPA I've tried. This one begs for a long session. Everything good about the aroma comes through in the flavor. Finish is clean, and somewhat fruity. Best IPA I've had to date. Great stuff.

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Photo of RABouffard
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, well balanced and refreshing. filtered and somewhat subdued compared to other highly rated IPA's. Worth a trip to the brewery for a taste.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, does beer get better than this? Beautiful clean light orange color. Smoooooottthhhh finish. Light sweet smell. Taste? Well I wanted to give this a 5.0 but I left some room since I've never had Heady Topper but I can't find anything wrong with it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle brought from Chicago in my in-laws' luggage. Date on the side is C61615 84. Served in a snifter. Poured completely, so there was a little slash of sediment at the end.

Pours slightly hazy (due to the sediment) pale golden with a medium sized, perfectly textured head, already fading and leaving nice lacing. Smell is fruity and tropical, juicy, floral, very pretty.

Taste is geared more toward the bitter side. Definitely get the flavor of hop flowers. All that floral, juicy prettiness from the aroma is in there, but you just get this nice lingering crisp bitterness, with a very slow deep bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, but with a slight resinous dryness. Overall, I'm happy I finally got to try this.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very good beer and my new favorite from the brewery. What impressed me the most about this beer is how light and delicate the flavors are, but also how well the melded together. Taste is citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine, and light malt. This is one I will pick up again.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler filled from State Line liquors at the MD/DE boarder. $20 for a 64oz, expensive, but worth the price.

Very reminiscent of Pliny. Beautiful beer, great flavor, aroma leaves something to be desired, but not huge.

Privileged to enjoy this.
Seek out if you can.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/19. Lots of citrus on the nose and palate. Light orange and clearer than a lot of New England IPAs. Well balanced and easy drinking. Overall, a delicious IPA.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft. Was expecting wayyy more. Was really just above average, have had plenty of plus plus ipa's over the last couple of months, and Lunch was just not one of them.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF with beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JayF562
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my favorites. However there are a lot of other new breweries making better beers than this. Taste is great much like dinner, but the aroma is lacking compared to other IPA's.

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Photo of glass_house
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My expectations were somewhat tempered after hearing a few people downplay this beer before I finally got the chance to try it. Is it among the best of the best? Not quite, but excellent nonetheless.

Pours a deep dark hazy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head that hangs around for a while. Quite a looker. The balance of tropical fruit and bitter hop resin is the most impressive feature. Lots of pineapple and mango in the nose. An initial burst of tropical and floral sweetness on the palate quickly gives way to the piney bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. It's a bit on the light side, but substantial enough to carry the flavors well.

Overall, I'd consider it a top tier IPA. I overpaid for my bottle just to finally try it. Glad I did, but I'll likely only buy it again if I find it at a more reasonable price.

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Photo of gcasher
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amber in color with a big frothy white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy and the initial flavor is a sweet fruity hoppy beer with subtle dank piney hops following. The only weakness in this beer for me was the mouthfeel. It was much thinner than I like.

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Photo of Buffett
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer many times, but this latest batch tastes like a light version of itself. Not at all what it usually tastes like. Very thin..... On draught at Sunset ..6/28

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Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/16/2015
A: Beautiful golden bronze like in color with minimal head. Super clear until the final pour from the bottle which is cloudy.

S: Strong notes of grapefruit and some pine. Tropical notes were also present, but not overbearing.

T: Upon first sip, bitterness is detected from the hops. There is a tropical citrus base that can be tasted mid sip. Has a dry finish that seems to dull the tropical character quite a bit.

M: Hops prickly to the tongue, medium-high carbonation. Hops are fairly bitter with a tad bit of stickiness that is also present. A tad bit watery mouthfeel as well.

O: Glad that I finally tracked down a bottle of the elusive "Lunch"!! Solid IPA, but nothing to write home about. Not sure if it meets the hype.

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Photo of Beergasm1
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the pour farm in New Bedford,Ma

Having the beer on tap, the beer is great but not as great as expected.

Smell comes off as a strong hop oil, if that's your thing you'll love it.

Taste same as the smell a strong back bone of hop oil, straight hop bomb.

Drinkability- the beer goes down great, very easy to drink.

May sound like I hate this beer, but it honestly is worth trying at least once. Compared to other great beers it's not even close.

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Photo of akrz47
3.44/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Love it when people smell lemongrass as one of their top 3 smells. Really? You can discern lemon from lemongrass in a beer but nothing else? Do you live in shrubbery?

Anyway, I'm not sure MBC understands the difference between smell and taste. But neither can the general populace, so they've found their niche I guess. As with all MBC beers, this smells excellent and tastes like crap. First time was on tap at the brewery. Not good. Second time I forced it down. Third time, drain pour. Not doing this again.

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Photo of sperk12
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stopped at their tasting room on my way home from Boothbay and tried this one on draft. It was everything I had hoped it would be. My only regret is that the 6 bottles I picked up will run out quickly and I'll have to wait until we visit Maine again next summer. still glad that I had an opportunity to finally try this great beer.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.