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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,801 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,801
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 720
Gots: 343 | 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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bentonquest

New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-11-2012 20:40:21 | More by bentonquest
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

02-11-2012 16:31:10 | More by dunix
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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

2-4-2012
Bottle dated 012412

1.9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice brown/golden/orange color, sort of a light hazy natural honey color. It’s very hazy and glows when you hold it up to the light. Only a moderate pour produces a crazy thick foamy colored head. The bubbles are very small, but get bigger as it sits there. Really good amounts of lacing to it.

Smell is very subtle and sweet, but very nice. Pretty citrusy, grapefruit and lemon zest. Citrus is the main profile here, but behind that there are some nice pine notes as well. In addition there are some nice floral and very slight herbal aromas as well. Sweetness present so nicely accompanied by the malts.

Taste is as equally as excellent. Bitterness to sweetness ratio is good from the hops and malts. Initially it starts a little weak, but it’s all just an illusion. After a nice sip, the flavor all really lingers the whole way through. Starts of with plenty of citrus: tangerine, grapefruit, and a little more lemon zest to finish off the citrus flavors. Slight sweetness, natural sugary syrup and pine. Really nice flavors all together, I wouldn’t say it was all that it’s worth the hype except how well the flavor lingers, makes it all the better.

Great carbonation level and smooth. Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and sweet with a nice, clean and dry bitter finish. Reasonably complex throughout and it the flavor lingers. Overall a really nice beer, lingering flavor is the best part.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:51:38 | More by AndyAvalanche
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zahara15

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-10-2012 02:43:17 | More by zahara15
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2012 03:44:57 | More by SpillyBeers
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2012 03:26:54 | More by DoctorB2B
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-08-2012 15:03:57 | More by jhb138
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-08-2012 02:25:51 | More by Yabev15
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef! Bottled Jan 24th 2011, ooo she's a freshy!

A real nice creamy and very nicely uniform micro pin sized bubbles, snow white and is three fingers deep. Body color is a bit bronze and orange, slightly murky but still real nice looking color, and lots of clumpy lacing while drinking.

Great creamy smell off this, woody pine like hop, small malt presence. Earthy, dense, deep.

Palate hits with a nice match of the nose. Woody like pine, but an incredibly soft body. Creamy palate, dry rooftop mouth on the finish. Very palate drying after much drinking. Not much citrus feel, perhaps some very faint orange in the finish after awhile.

Overall, it's a little one dimensional, slightly raw feeling too, but what a dimension it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:37:56 | More by smakawhat
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-07-2012 15:07:34 | More by nmann08
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy hazy amber ale. A great big, super tall off white head is produced on the pour. this fluffy billowing head leaves lacing aplenty. Hop aroma is excellent with a bouquet of herbal and floral and a touch of pine. Not picking up much in malts, but in fragrant beers like this do you really care. First sip bodes quite bitter and dry with a floral taste essence. Not as pungent as the nose leads us to believe. Caramel malts are found towards the end with a low level of diaceytl, thats not an issue here since it is quite low. This beer finishes smooth and with a semi-dry after taste. Pleasing to look at, smell and drink although the flavor is a bit muted still excellent none the less. I'm jumping on the MBC bandwagon right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 12:24:56 | More by micromaniac129
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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-07-2012 04:17:39 | More by patm1986
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange/gold with 3 fingers of light, fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a thick layer of lacing. Slightly hazy with low carbonation.

N: BAM! It's like a bomb of orange citrus. A little lemon makes an appearance along with cantaloupe and light notes of pine, pineapple and mango.

T: Navel orange, pineapple, honeydew melon, mango and faint pine upfront. Mid-palate brings in balanced caramel, lemon zest, orange and cantaloupe. Finishes juicy with orange, lemon, melon, hints of pineapple and ever-so-subtle pine and grassy florals.

M: Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: An incredibly juicy and balanced IPA. Cantaloupe and honeydew flavors are unique and the citrus and tropical fruits don't hurt at all. I finished my pint in record timing and am left wanting more. EXCELLENT!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:11:56 | More by justintcoons
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Kennison25

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-06-2012 22:49:30 | More by Kennison25
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

A bottle into some glasses.

This came out nice. Lunch is a copper bronzish color with a nice billowy bright white head with great retention and stick. Nice legs on this one.

Smell is bright with citrusy pungent hops exploding with ripe mango, grapefruit and the like. The malt really does not make a whimper here. Some pine trailing the tropic pack.

Unlike the nose, the pine and oily resiny hops come out to play in taste and clash with the tropics. It's a great battle though and Im torn. Anywho. Pine up front, pineapple, grapefruit, resinous hops, and I guess malt?

Feel is light bodied and dry going down and there is a very nice amount of bitterness all the way through. It's carbed up plenty and overall, Lunch lets you know that it's there.

Great stuff. Really impressed with the beer here. Not the most balanced IPA out there, alot of clashing going on, but hey, this is from the East Coast and we are not known for our IPA's. I can seriously say that this is worth a go, if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:57:24 | More by BARFLYB
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bc102782

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review ever :)

Poured into a snifter.

Poured a light beautiful orange color with a almost white head that vanished fast and left a nice sticky ring as I drank it.

Something about the hopped aroma that I couldn't get enough of. Couldn't quite tell what hop smell it was but I loved the smell every time I took a sip.

Taste great hoppy flavor which was not to overpowering and yet had a great bite at the end.

Over all I loved this beer and price was spot on, up there or above all my other faver

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:22:00 | More by bc102782
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Its color looks like hazy caramel with a white foam cap that stays until the end.

On the aroma, the hops are a little juicy, but also earthy. There's a bready caramel malt backbone with a slight candied fruit touch.

The juicy hops come through in the flavor. It's accompanied by a sense of hearty, grainy bread. The hops turn spicy/earthy on the back and leave a lingering bitter finish.

Full bodied for an ipa. Smooth and carbonated well.

This is an IPA that pushes towards DIPA without completely becoming one. Full bodied, hoppy ipa that leans more on the earthy side than the citric side. It keeps balance in mind while still trying to showcase hops. It's definitely an east coast ipa, and a very good one. Problem is, it doesn't warrant its cost. Nice to have once, but I won't buy it any time soon again. I can get the same fix from an equally good ipa that's more affordable and easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:17:04 | More by jbertsch
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-05-2012 00:32:31 | More by Archemedies
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-04-2012 13:04:43 | More by DaveHack
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-04-2012 01:10:51 | More by SkinnyElvis
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date on bottle: 1/24/2012, very fresh
poured into a duvel tulip
first BA review:
Appearance: very solid Golden color, slightly darker than most single ipa's, pour revealed a very thin white head
Smell: very sweet, with a hint of pine, sweetness dominates the hops in the aroma
taste: very smooth and refreshing, very drinkable, taste is sweet, creamy and full of citrus, I think this would be a good start to introduce the inexperienced to the world of ipa's because the hops are used more to balance the beer and not to dominate the taste as some ipa's are, the hops slowly reveal themselves through the taste and shine mostly in a dry refreshing aftertaste. The 2 glasses i poured disappeared extremely fast without myself even noticing it, two main words: balanced and smooth
mouthfeel: on the medium/light side, smooth and crisp but definitely not watery

Overall i enjoyed this beer and i'm glad i got the chance to try it fresh, I could see this beer being a good sessionable ipa that won't overwhelm your taste buds after a few, but the price point is too high for me for a session beer, so i probably won't be picking this one up again very soon but i did enjoy it and would like to try more of what Maine brewing co. has to offer

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:48:15 | More by DelicateDelirium
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wsobchak

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-02-2012 22:47:53 | More by wsobchak
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh shipment of lunch picked up today, poured into a duvel snifter

A- pours a hazy amber/copper almost brownish... nice white almost 1 finger fluffy tight bubble head.

S- tropical citrus, pine, a nice aroma... the only thing that stopped me from giving it a higher mark here was i wish the aroma was a bit more full bodied and pungent.

T- a nice brisk piney hop bite, citrus, pinneapple, orange peel. a very nice blend of flavors, everything working very well, well rounded.

M- as mentioned above, well rounded medium/light, just right to be highly drinkable, goes down smooth, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. oh yah and just the right amount of light/medium carbonation. almost creamy.

O- a very good ipa, one that i try to grab a bottle of whenever a fresh case comes to town, always a nice treat and a must try, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:13:44 | More by PeterIngemi
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/24/12 bottle. Pours copper orange with a fluffy head. Nose is an array of bright hops, tropical fruit. Floral. Focus is more on fruit flesh than on pine and grapefruit rind. Pretty dry in the mouth throughout, bitter and long, some grassy floral qualities. Very nicely balanced but not much expression in the mouth between hop and malt. Light biscuit toward the back palate, a nice crisp delivery there. Nice stuff, not something I'm going to go nuts over.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:11:46 | More by JAXSON
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bigorange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-02-2012 00:48:54 | More by bigorange
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,801 ratings.