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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 3,796
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 949
Gots: 695 | FT: 22
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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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Nonic pint

A: Hazy, dull, dark, burnt orange. Fine, creamy, eggshell white, 2 finger head. Tons of thick ring lacing

S: Typical American hop aromas aka citrus dominating. Faint bready malts hiding in there as well.

T: Citrus hops up front- orange and grapefruit. Floral notes are faint, but. Malt is quite dry – hints of white bread. The hops just dominate everything, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not too much hop bitterness lingering, this finishes clean.

M: Medium, viscous body with moderate carbonation.

O: A very good brew from Maine Beer Co. I’m glad they made a standard IPA instead of a double IPA that everyone goes for these days. This is a solid, almost, I repeat almost, class leading offering in terms of east coast IPAs.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 6/4/2013, enjoyed on 6/29, poured into an MBC Wine Glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of honey and orange with a finger or so white, soapy head that has good retention and leaves behind some nice spotted lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, tangy citrus with some floral character straight away, spicy, earthy hops with some resinous pine are also detectable and are balanced by some sweeter, caramel malt. Lots of spicy hop on the tongue, bitter pine with some tangy citrus and light wildflower before a nice counterbalance of sweet malt. The body is nice, fairly juicy, coats the mouth well with a creamy touch at the finish. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is nice and dry.

Verdict: A really nice IPA from Maine Beer Co. Hops are definitely on the forefront, but balanced nicely. While not overly complex, the balance and temperance is what really shines. I could definitely drink this quite regularly.

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3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/4, I drank this on 6/28. About as fresh as I would expect to have one. These are bottle conditioned, so I assume I picked this up pretty much as soon as it arrived at my local beer shop. (along with a bottle of MaineBeer's Mo, also bottled on 6/4)

Obviously expectations were high given the craft beer hype machine. Plus, I've had their Peeper Ale which I really enjoyed.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orange with a three finger head into a 23 ounce Sierra Kellerweis Hefeweizen Glass. Poured pretty gently give the sediment from bottle conditioning, so a bit surprised at the carbonation level.

Aroma: I've heard Lunch competes with the best West Coast IPAs so I did have some expectations. With that much head on the pour, I fully expected a huge amount of hop aroma, but it wasn't there. Much more subtle aroma than most big IPAs out there these days. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. But again, not hop-bomb aroma.

Flavor: Again, not overwhelming hop flavor. More flavor than the aroma suggested, but not over-powering. The malt flavor is there to balance, but again, very subtle. I would guess there's some Pils in the malt bill, and that they avoided caramel malts, or at least minimized their percentage in the grist. Bitterness is there, but not harsh. Lingers crisply on the tongue.

Hard not to review this with beers like Bear Republic's Racer5, or Ballast Point's Sculpin in my mind. Those beers are much more hop forward. Lunch is more "smooth"... crisp... hard to explain. I am surprised to see so many reviews suggesting much more hop aroma than my bottle offered up.

Overall it's an enjoyable IPA. Much like Peeper Ale, the malt character avoids a heavy caramel component and the hops are intriguing. Simcoe appears to be a brewery favorite variety, along with perhaps amarillo. Do I think it's a top 10 IPA? Not in my mind, but that's personal preference. This is a well-made beer with enough originality to separate it from the abundance of American IPAs on the market.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lunch pours a very clear deep gold with a beautiful head that really lingers. Fruity orange citrus and pine in the aroma with a bit of sweetness. The orange gives way to grapefruit which leads nicely into the flavor. The grapefruity hops come on strong in the flavor with just a bit of sweetness. The malt is dominated by a strong, but not overpowering bitterness. Overall this is a really nice IPA especially for a couple months old. I imagine it's hard to beat right off the bottling line.

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4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Mo. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Lots of citrus.

T: Top notch. Lots of mixed citrus and a bit of pine. Mild and great.

M: Really transports the flavor to your palate with a good carbonation.

O: A great IPA for a go to.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a very hazy orange/peach color. Pures a huge white head that becomes extremely rocky as it recedes, has very good retention, and leaves tons of lacing.Has a juicy orange and lemon smell with a bit of grapefruit. Has a bit of bready malt aroma as well.

Taste starts with a bit of pine, then moves on to a large amount of lemon. The has a bit of grapefruit and orange, with a lemony, bready finish. Has a medium mouthfeel with very high and slightly prickly carbonation for an IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a Stone VE stem glass..

A- pours a hazy amber/copper with a 1/4 in. white head that slowly dissipated. Just the way I want an IPA to look!

S- smells like you'd expect a west coast IPA to smell- but its about as far from west coast as can be! fresh citrus, super piney, little bit of grass clippings.

T- hoppy bitterness from start to finish, more citrus, grapefruit, resinious... a little malty nuttiness at the end, but the hops still linger, and hang long after. I would describe this like a friend described Blind Pig- tastes like Xmas trees. (in a very good way)

M- tingling but light the whole way, hops will bite your tongue, just enough carbonation to foam in the mouth a little opening up all the flavors.

O- A damn good IPA, well representative of west style from the east. I'd love more of this!

Edit= continuing to sip on this I'm picking up more pine and pineapple in the nose (I think my allergies just cleared)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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