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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,074 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,074
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 777
Gots: 405 | 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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Photo of abrand
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

abrand, May 01, 2012
Photo of modernartblues
4.25/5  rDev -3%

modernartblues, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of superdan73
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

superdan73, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

shaps, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of rtaps
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

rtaps, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for.

biegaman, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -8.7%

leschkie, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%

1221st Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
500Ml

Bottled 3/22/12
Thanks to Twstandley for this one

App- A whole hell of a lot darker than I thought. Very murky and cloudy and more like a caramel thats not burnt yet. A bit orange, brown, yellow and gold. A large 2 finger head with some great cling that just sticks to the glass.

Smell- A bit of a damp, old, biscuity hoppy aroma with an undercutting of citrus. A tad bit muddled in the glass but doesnt smell bad by any means just not as vibrant or alive as other American IPAs

Taste- Has a very nice hoppy creamy flavor with a bit of a peppery note to balance out some damp orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Not the most vibrant flavors but I get where they wanted to take this one.

Mouth- The body is a tad too thick for me. It needed to be a bit less creamy and a bit thinner to let some flavors shine. This has a medium low carbonation level with a bit of creaminess behind it as well.

Drink- A very nice larger ABV at 7% IPA. Was a bit damp and thick but not all IPAs are super bitter hoppy and dry. I would like this one again.

FosterJM, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

standardcherry, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

derkfromwi, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with frothy dwelling lace. Aroma is pine hops skank, in a good way.

Taste is sweet out of the gate, citrus in the middle, with a piney close. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is incredible. If anyone asked me, I would certainly do lunch.

ppoitras, Apr 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Billakowski, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

drewone, Apr 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

DCas90, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

brooklynbrews, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

iambobbyclark, Apr 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

jonetone, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

wildcats10, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a light brown unfiltered as always from Maine. with a big off white head. Good lacing.

Smells of some citrus and earthy hops with a cracker and grainy smell.

Similar flavor to the nose. Some earthy and citrus hops with a good lingering bitterness on the finish. Good but nothing overwhelmingly great about it.

Good mouthfeel with lowish carbonation levels.

Good, but not quite as awesome as I expected. I may actually prefer Mo to this. It was a little light on upfront flavor for me.

jmarsh123, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Nice hazy dark orange. Pours with a really fluffy 1-2 finger head. Leaves a good amount of lacing and the head won't dissipate fully. It really sticks around, which I always love in a beer.

S - Big citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of sweetness from the malt. It does smell quite nice for an IPA. Typically I prefer to be blasted by a huge DIPA's nose, but this is still really fruity and delicious smelling.

T - A pretty bold flavor for a single IPA. It's got a nice malt backbone, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. It's not quite as good as the smell unfortunately. Still a really solid entry to the IPA category.

M - Carbonated well. Refreshing and very easy drinking. I could session this if it wasn't for the abv.

O - I really enjoy this. I won't be buying it again due to the price. 500ml was $6.55. No thanks, but I really wanted to try it once. Disregarding the price, I definitely recommend this. Might as well try it once, I definitely don't regret my purchase.

nrs207, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

muskiesman, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

zekeman17, Apr 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

phils93rul, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Neffbeer, Apr 06, 2012
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