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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,832 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 729
Gots: 350 | FT: 14
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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7% ABV, 012412 on label (produced I'm guessing). "Bottle conditioned. Contains live yeast. Sediment is all natural. Serve in a glass with or without a complete pour. Enjoy this beer fresh. Hoppy beers do not age well."

I've had the pleasure of sampling this before so thank you Rochefort10NH for shooting another tasty bottle of it over my way!

A - Bits of chunky sediment drift through the dirty apricot orange beer to the bottom. Maybe this beer will BE lunch... It's pillowy cream head coats the glass in sheets of dense lace as it plateaus down slowly. Side note, the simple design on the label is fantastic.

S - Hop-tastic, Lunch bursts fourth with a plethora of fresh hop aromatics of American goodness! Freshly squeezed grapefruit coats the sticky pine resin aroma. Solid malt really balances well with it's honey-drizzled flaky biscuit and sweet pils malt nose.

T - As the aroma would suggest, Lunch is a citrus-forward American IPA that's full of grapefruity goodness. Delicate earthy grass and dry leaf follow cautiously as pine finishes the complex hop profile out. Dry, toasted biscuity malt balanced with a touch of caramelized sugar but this beer leaves the sweetness to the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, Lunch isn't a filling meal but it remains completely satisfying through the balanced hop profile. Dry-finishing, plenty of hop resin and bitterness linger on the tongue long after it's been swallowed.

O - Superbly crafted, Lunch is an excellent American IPA from Maine Beer Co. with a powerful hop profile that remains delicately balanced. And what's more, Maine Beer Co. recycles and gives back; a delicious IPA one can truly feel good standing behind!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:38:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-28-2012 12:39:41 | More by scubahood
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle date 01-24-12

A: Pours a hazy copper color, with a massive frothy 3 inch white head. Hangs around for a while with sticky lacing clinging the whole way.

S: Nose hits instantly with a citrus explosion. Lots of orange, grapefruit, as well as some tropical notes. Maybe mango? Quite possibly the best smelling IPA I've had.

T: A pungent, bitter hop bite right off the bat. The citrus from the nose is there, but much more subtle. Nice dry finish.

M: Light-medium body with a really creamy texture.

O: An excellent drinking experience. Any IPA lover should go out of their way to try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:23:01 | More by brydeen
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-27-2012 23:47:03 | More by bonez05404
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 from Abe's.

Shiny deep copper, excellent clarity, four fingers of highly whipped just-off-white cream. Good lacing.

Inviting aromas of orange and pine.

Quick caramel beginning, quickly overwhelmed by juicy oranges, a burst of pine, and a big bite of bitter. Bitter carries the afterglow.

Medium mouthfeel is juicy but substantial.

A winning entry among new East Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:43:20 | More by RonfromJersey
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mikeywtc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-26-2012 16:41:14 | More by mikeywtc
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 02/22/12 notes. Thanks to Retail1LO for sending me this in the Birthday BIF…been a big Want of mine. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium brown-orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Nice and hoppy, and very fruity. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruits, citrus hops, lemons, oranges, pine hops, light tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the taste from all the hops. Nice, but I liked the nose a lot more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but some bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was great, very fresh and hoppy, with a lot of oranges and fruits. Taste was very good as well, with some bitterness and a lot more grapefruit. Would certainly like to have this one again, and would certainly buy it if I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 16:29:56 | More by mdfb79
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 500ml bottle.
Bottled: 01-24-2012

Pours a hazy and cloudy light straw golden color but with some murky orange hints. There is a huge 2 inch white head that forms that is quite dense and frothy. Very good looking and with great retention. A nice dirty looking IPA.

Aroma easily scores the highest rating. Strong citrus notes with grapefruit and orange peel all around followed by nice tropical notes of mango and some papaya. Nice resinous piney hop notes are felt throughout. very dank and delicious. Make my mouth water. Slight biscuity malt notes are perceived but the strong hop-bomb notes make me very happy.

Starts off light and refreshing with a clean citrusy hop palette. Notes of tangerine and some tropical notes as well as some sweet pineapple are then turned into a nice herbal and grassy hop note. This then turns into a dry bitter and more citric note with some nice toasty malt and bread note in the background. The finish is nice and dry and bitter. Nearly perfect. Mouthfeel is crisp dry and bitter. Very nice brew. Awesome hop note and good background malt grain notes.

Very good offering. Im very impressed by this small brewery offering and glad Im able to keep getting them thanks to this site.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:52:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Finatic

Florida

4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 1-24-12 poured into a chilled Green Man Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a big white, frothy head that recedes every so slowly. Lacing thick and sticky and just hangs on the glass.

S: Huge hop notes sting the nostrils in a nice way, huge amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and traces of pine as well.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of citrus flavors overwhelm the palate. I like the piney aftertaste which is balanced perfectly and offsets the citrus nicely.

M: Medium bodied and perfect carbonation, has a nice resin-like sticky taste.

O: This would be in my fridge all the time if it were readily available in FL.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:21:34 | More by Finatic
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2012 12:50:14 | More by jscottku21
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colbyguy

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2012 01:12:26 | More by colbyguy
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Perilousleigh

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-20-2012 21:00:09 | More by Perilousleigh
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 1/24/12. Pours a hazy dark orange, with a two inch sticky white head, with awesome retention and tons of lace. Smell tangerine, pineapple, mango, and pine. Taste like the nose would have you expect, with some grapefruit in the finish. Body is perfect not big or small, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is one of the best I have had, wish it was easier to find and more affordable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:19:19 | More by SawDog505
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Zalinski

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -77.2%

02-19-2012 04:43:44 | More by Zalinski
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Jesse14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-18-2012 12:39:01 | More by Jesse14
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crashoveride

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-17-2012 18:12:03 | More by crashoveride
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tulip - 1/24/12 freshness date

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with some darker tones. A thick, frothy head rests on top of the brew, retaining very well with nice legs. Spotty webs of lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Pretty inviting aroma with an enormous amount of citrus character. Grapefruit is right up front with some orange and pineapple notes. Hints of bread and caramel with very little warmth.

Bold and bitter up front with powerful juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit really sings on this one with juice and peel tones - pithy and pulpy accompanied by some orange tones. Touches of pineapple and more tropical tones add in some sweetness. Milder malt backbone adds in some biscuit and caramel touches. Not overly sweet at all, but the beer still manages to temper the hoppy citrus. Finishes bitter and very juicy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, explosive juiciness and sticky feel. In an avalanche of IPAs, this is one to remember - I'd definitely like more of this. I'm also a fan of the packaging, even though the pricing isn't the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:12:37 | More by xnicknj
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cradke

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange and red. A very fluffy, fine, 2 finger thick head that fills the tulip. Hazy.

Smell: A nice hop profile. Not overly bitter or citrus, seems pretty well balanced and in line for an IPA.

Taste: Interesting. A unique IPA in that there actually isn't an overly absurd amount of hop profile here. It's really nicely done, but almost understated. A good balanced profile allows for a good amount of malt to come through which plays surprisingly well with the citrus notes. Semi sweet with some interesting fruit notes here. Some grapefruit, but i'm getting some light white wine and even some lime notes out of it.

Mouthfeel: Nice, and solid. Good amount of carbonation. Plays well across the palate.

Overall: Wow. I'm really impressed but for reasons I really wasn't expecting. This beer is one of those beers you have every once in a while that makes you really rethink what you've been drinking. Most of the IPA's and DIPA's are all about cramming as many hops into the bottle as possible. This one takes a different approach and makes a beer that the hops taste great in. It's incredibly drinkable and one of the best IPA's i've had.

Serving: Bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 07:19:17 | More by cradke
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-16-2012 01:23:56 | More by millerbuffoon
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CP20

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-15-2012 22:07:10 | More by CP20
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DaBubs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-15-2012 21:01:39 | More by DaBubs
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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-15-2012 19:31:13 | More by crashdavisinoh
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timwardjr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-15-2012 17:50:48 | More by timwardjr
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Brew33

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-15-2012 14:27:37 | More by Brew33
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thick white head and lots & lots of sticky lacing. Slightly hazy amber orange body, plenty of carbonation flying up the glass.

Wallop of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. The yeast is giving off some nice nutty and fruity notes here too. Light sweet malt and floral undertones. Like all other Maine beers smell is clean and fresh.

A mild citrus flavor peaks right away but is quickly swallowed up by a good bitter punch on the palate. Very dry finish, little bit sticky, and hop bitterness left through the aftertaste. Hops also lend to some spice in the feel as well. Reminds me of Jai Alai. (only in the way the spice lends itself to the IPA). Nutty and fresh cut grass character comes through in the finish. Everything is blended together nicely and the carbonation makes all the elements feel very clean and in place. The only downside, I'd like for some more of the orange/grapefruit, and other citrus hop flavors to carry through a little more. The backend is a bit more feel than taste.

Another solid and above average beer from Maine Beer Co. I really like this a lot and would drink this regularly if I could get it. This is a brewery who has some magic in their yeast strains. I've also had Old Mean Tom, Zoe, and Peeper and the carbonation and mouthfeel on these beers are incredible.

[93/100]

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:39:41 | More by mindspin315
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.