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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
695 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
695
Ratings:
4,759
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

User Reviews
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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 4,759
Photo of dank203
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time trying this, felt right as a mid day beer. pours a cloudy orange. fluffy white head that retains and settles to a thick coating on top. most noticed on the aroma are floral notes. definitely some citrus juice. the flavor is balanced with juicy, bitter, and tropical tasting hops. finishes out with a dry bite and spicy burn lingering on the tongue and inner cheeks. definitely a full flavored, hits all the marks, clean and balanced IPA. To be honest, not my favorite beer from this company. but still a great example of what they're capable of and why they might just be my favorite american brewery, at least one that's readily available to me.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Like - Pours a nice looking golden color. Slight haze.
Smell - Phenomenal aroma on this beer. Citrus, tropical fruits, grapefruit, some dankness
Taste - Grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, citrus, some pineapple

Overall - MBC is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out right now. If this becomes more accessible....it will be my go to IPA without a doubt.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times on tap and from the bottle. Prefer it fresh from the bottle. It is very smooth and tastes great. A very solid IPA but hard to find. Maine Beer does a great job and this is probably their best beer .

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bar into pint glass (despite recent Press Herald beer review calling for snifters).
Deep gold color. One finger head.
Smell of beer and lemon.
Crisp but not oppressive lemony hop flavor.
Pleasant sparkle on pallet. Hop aftertaste.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle with some fresh bread and some citrus. Some floral notes along with some grapefruit and orange in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. Some fresh grass along with more citrus. Grapefruit notes are there along with some lemon and lime zest. Some pine. More orange. Malts are there. It's not sweet and not really bitter. Finishes clean and the alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Easy to drink.

This IPA is fine, but it didn't really meet my expectations due to everything I've heard over the years. It's nice, but seems to fall flat and comes off as nothing too special. It's not bad, it just doesn't live up to the hype, in my humble opinion. Maybe it would be different coming from a bottle.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Third in a line of five brews, Lunch pours a clear goldenrod. These Maine beers just explode with lacing! Not to mention, the hop freshness has been impressive all night.

I get lemon, hop dankness, orange, and Sweet Tarts on the nose.

This is lighter than Mo and less malty. As such, I prefer it less, but for a West Coast inspired IPA, it's not bad.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler
Nice orange color with a foamy, 1 finger head that fades quickly.
Pine and orange with a caramel malt nose.
Hop forward, Nicely balanced grapefruit/orange, stone fruit and malt flavors.
lightly carbonated, clean mouthful.
Overall I love this beer like I love all of Maine Beer companies beers.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap - look was darker yellow and a great smell deep robust flavor, taste was full of hop citrus and pine, great feel good level of carbonation, a very very good beer.

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Photo of tconlon69
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at McGillicuddy in Williston. Nice golden color, crisp citrus and pine taste. Very good carbonation. I enjoyed this beer very much. Need more.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have Lunch several times - once even at the brewery on tap. It's such a classic example of an east coast IPA: pale, dank, strong malt backbone - all the characteristics that I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of danh53
3.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light and see through orange color with one finger head. Aromaa is nothing much. Taste isn't much. It has a decent malt backbone with some pine. Mouth feel is crisp and a little over carbonated. This one was disappointing. No need to trade for it. Your locals are just as good.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold (4+) draft pour with bright white head; thick lace; good cap which disappeared fairly quickly; excellent clarity. Citrus hop and caramel malt aromas initially; lite green hop nose as liquid warms. Flavors of bright citrus hop start followed by zippy lemon peel; caramel malt foundation supports citrus notes. Tingly lemon zest tongue coating; moderate carbonation; medium, almost creamy malty mouthfeel. Overall, excellent balance between smooth caramel malt and zesty citrus linger. Outstanding.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Bright golden with tint of orange, finger white head fades to thin layer, not much lace. Nice citrus peel aroma with light malt. Hop forward taste, big grapefruit peel but not overly bitter, some pine in there as well. Just enough malt for balance. Clean dry finish and silky soft mouthfeel. This is a simple and delish brew, top notch IPA.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding IPA bottled 12/15/15, pours a nice yellow-orange, light tropical fruit in the nose, mildly piney dry flavor with very little malty sweetness, this but expected for a single IPA, nice thin mouthfeel good for a hot day I imagine, dry bitter aftertaste that lingers (really good). Easy drinking for sure!

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Photo of dee4maine
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

what a great beer to become the best seller for an amazing brewery. looks golden, clear and head which disappears fast. aromas of tropical fruit, green mango, pine. tastes like how it smells. solid soild IPA. never disappoints. great drinkability for 7%ABV.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear bright golden color with an amber hue, small foamy white head reduced to a ring around the edge

S- citrus and pine dominant aroma with undertones of bready malt. Also some
Notes of lemongrass and mint

T- clean and citrusy up front with notes of orange zest and pine needle, followed by some tropical notes of mango & melon. Clean underlying toasted malt provide a nice backbone, while allowing the citrusy hops to take center stage.

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a clean, dry & crisp finish

O- very good IPA with high drinkability

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour, full on 1 inch of head. Good retention, average lacing. Aroma was hoppy, not the most pungent, some amarillo I'd guess.

Taste, real clean hop edge, not a ton of bitterness, malt is enough to be supportive but not distracting the spotlight. I liked the apricot/peach edge on this one as well. Tasty. There's a bunch of other fruits floating around in the mouthfeel too.

A very good pale ale.

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

IPA's do not get much better. It's hoppy, but at the description indicates, the hint of malt sweetness bring a superb balance to the beer. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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Photo of petmoo23
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11.17, enjoyed on 12/7.


Golden/clear, soapy head dissipate quickly, smells hoppy, piney, tastes fresh, very hoppy, a little malty sweet way in the background, well balanced and nice bitterness that lingers forever in a good way. Very good double IPA.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark straw yellow, with small head and lots of sticky lacing. Pretty clear.
Smells of citrus and grapefruit.
Taste is similar to nose but with a bit of sweetness on the finish. Super drinkable.
Light carnbination and pretty light mouth feel.
Amazing IPA

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Photo of tjwarren
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Beautiful beer. Amazing aroma. Taste is citrus bitterness offset by a little malt sweetness. Heavy smooth mouthfeel. Can't get better than this. Amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gorgeous pour. Hazy yellowish gold with ample sticky white foam. The lacing is as good as it gets. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected. Still very nice and complex with pine, citrus, grass, mango, bready sweetness. The taste is more straightforward, pine, resin, balanced well with malt flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, low-moderate carb, and extremely smooth. Balanced with a slightly dry finish. Absolutely an elite IPA.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/13/15 picked up at brewery. Pours clear and dark straw in color. Aroma is rich, with citrus and resiny hop notes up front, and a light malt background with a touch of biscuit.

Taste is crisp and bitter. Strong grapefruit tartness and a touch of tropical fruit. Light malt sweetness balances the hop bite. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, from a just-tapped keg. Look is very nice, a rich light gold with a hint of green, and almost completely clear except for a tiny bit of haze. One-finger head is off-white and dense, leaving some pretty lacing. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but a gentle swirl brings up a film of fine white bubbles all the way down the glass.

On first pouring, I was hit with a blast of tangerines, which moved to a more citrus/pine smell, then to a ripe cantaloupe/dank/spicy herbal/grassy deal. A real kaleidoscope on the nose (yeah, mixed metaphor, sorry).

The taste is what I've come to expect from Maine Beer--amazingly complex and subtle, yet completely satisfying. I love a good hop bomb as much as anyone, but there's something dialed back and restrained about Lunch that I totally dig and appreciate. Hop bombast vs elegance. Pop-and-lock vs. Fred Astaire. I love both, but this is elegant, and I approve. It moves through citrus to ripe fruit and earthy herbs, to a finish that lingers and changes for a long time.

Feel is very smooth and full, with an oiliness that doesn't veer into an unpleasant slickness. That gives way to a mild drying bitterness. This beer is so drinkable it's honestly hard to keep from plowing through it. Almost too drinkable, if there is such a thing.

Overall I really like and appreciate this beer, but I may love Another One even better for its slightly more austere and crisp body. Certainly bears further inspection.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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