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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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world-class

3,642 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,642
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 883
Gots: 601 | FT: 18
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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, date 5/28/13 (~2 weeks old on consumption), poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 6/9/13 over an hour.

A: 4.50 - golden-brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through) 2/2 hop haze, florid white rocky head lingers through consumption into 1/2 finge lacing, moderate alcohol legs --> a very nice appearing American IPA

S: 4.25 - picking up both malt and hop flavors throughout: hop - grapefruit, tangerine, pine; malt - biscuit, caramel, honey

T: 4.50 - minimal bitterness on the front of the tongue; in the middle of the mouth, citrus-forward hop notes predominate; on the back end, there malt character kicks it with some honey and caramel notes; slight hop flavors coating the tongue in the aftertaste --> definitely the highlight of this beer

M: 4.50 - moderate bodied, 7% is hidden within; higher carbonation than other American IPAs that I've drank lately

O: 4.50 - surprisingly, I never drank this beer after living in CT for 12 years, but I'm glad that they've recently started distributing to the greater D.C. area; I have tried several of their APA/IPAs to date, and this is clearly the highlight; it's one of the most well-balanced American IPAs out there, and, for $7.99 for a >16 oz., the price is right if you can find it, recommended fresh!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a three finger head with a golden honey color in a pint glass.

Light but wonderful aroma: piney and woody.

Mouth feel: excellent, especially for this style. Not over the top, just enough carbonation
for a pleasant drinking experience.

Taste- pine, wood, fruit. As the beer warms, the flavors meld.

Finish: hoppy, a pleasant sharp bitterness.

It is important to note the hops brewed in the beer:
Warrior- for bittering and a noticeable spicy woody character in the taste and aroma.

Centennial: floral aroma and taste.

Simcoe: citrus and pine.

Amarillo: Fruity melon.

Overall, an excellent American IPA. One of my favorites.

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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a killer hop nose that boasts of citrus hops; probably citra or simcoe. The malts lend an adequate base and complimentary aroma. The taste is good. It has incredible balance for a beer with so much hop character. It's tasty as hell with loads of residual citrus hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an incredible beer. It's loaded with flavor and a ton of hop character.

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3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 05/21/2013 and served in a tulip nonic. Pours a dull burnt orange with a slight haze and a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with delicate strands of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses notes of tropical fruit, a hint of rind and a light graininess. Taste consistent with nose, but a bit more muted. There's also a slight medicinal bitterness that lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation, and a slight acidity. Finish leaves a light, residual prickle between quaffs. Overall - no where near worth the $7.49 price tag. A decent IPA, but not all that mind-blowing an experience. I'm quite surprised at all the hype this beer gets.

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A burnt orange with a two finger head that dissipates but leaves more lacing then other IPAs.

S - Mainly grapefruit with other citrus along with a malt tone.

T - Citrus to start with a balance of hop bitterness to follow ends with a nice sharp finish.

M - Fresh and satisfying with a good level of carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling dry almost like a brut champagne.

O - Somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA not as good as the great Vermont DIPAs but one I would be very happy to drink when ever I can get a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Other bottles have been purchased at the Bushnell Basin Hess as well.

Pours a brilliant orange into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Strong carbonation present. Rings of lace stick to the glass as I drink it.

Smells so fresh, and so incredible. This Lunch was bottled about a week ago. The smell and taste fall in line basically the same. Tons of juicy fruit- orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, I even pick up a little bit of grape that I didn't expect. Very dry, not much malt found beneath this hop assault.

Lots of carbonation, full bodied, very dry.

Such a perfect IPA. One of the best on the East Coast- it can play with the big West Coast boys pretty well.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle. Dated 5/28/13. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Kind of a hazy, dull, golden color. Thick and creamy white head. Retention is out of this world. Down to a half inch in my glass and still an 1/8" head. Excellent glass coating lacing.

Aroma: Big aroma of pine and citrus hops mixing together. Soapy and earthy. Nice toasted malt thrown in as well.

Taste: Doesn't hold up quite as well as the aroma but very good flavor as well. Hops bitterness isn't over the top and has a quick citric bite with some herbal and earthy tasting hops. Once again, nice toasted malt background. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with average carbonation. Very good, flavorful but the finish leaves you wanting... just a little bit more. Sadly it fades out a little too soon but I can't really argue this is a well made, balanced and tasty East Coast IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,642 ratings.