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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,792 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 717
Gots: 339 | FT: 15
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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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Nugganooch

California

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle to Pint glass
*Notes from 08/29/11

A: Maine Lunch IPA pours a real dull and murky pale straw color with a ginormous khaki foam head. Amazing retention. Some light amber hues come through as the brew settles. Just gobs & gobs of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit and dank pine. Some sweet pale malts. Just real intense citrus juice like aromas and a slight fruity ale yeast note.

T: Resinous with hops – sweet orange zest, bitter melon, and pinesap. Prickly across the palate. A bit of a caramel sugar cookie malt base. Alcohol barely making an appearance but it does. Dry crisp finish. Nice fresh ingredients. A real nice and fruity IPA that tastes very familiar with that grapefruit and pine resin hop dose.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery for me but still has a sticky sleek and slightly creamy texture from the gooey malts.

D: Lunch is a very good IPA. Very drinkable for any hop lover in deed. I just happen to live where there are many great IPA’s so this a is sort of a “down the street” type of brew for me. Def glad to have had the opportunity to try this one and would again – big thanks to Charliedvrs!

It finally dawned on me about three quarters into my pint that this brew reminds me almost exactly of Port’s Wipeout. In fact you could probably cut n paste my review from Wipeout here. Even has that same homemade IPA type feel with the murky sediment and fresh hop flavors. * Have to conduct a side by side sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 18:34:41 | More by Nugganooch
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capeannbass36

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle from lot072111.

A- Pours a hazy golden, amber with a gigantic thick, off white colored head that lasts through entire drink. Little to no lacing throughout.

S- Malt, pine and hops, that is about it for me.
Does not need anything else!

T- More of the same. Follows the nose. Delish.

M- Clean and crisp. Slight oil coating to the mouth. Slightly bitter finish.

O- A bit pricey, for a "little" bottle of beer.
But, worth it. Very drinkable. Wish I had another, but the store from which I had purchased it a strict one per customer limit. Will definitely try again, if I can find another....I hope!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:35:56 | More by capeannbass36
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beerfan99

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - Batch 7/26/2011

A: Unfiltered dark amber in color. As typical with Maine Beer Company beers, the carbonation is out of control, 6 inches of white head per 2 oz of beer. Although the carbonation is high, for some strange reason, the carbonation level for the beer itself is fine.

S: Strong hop aroma. I'm suspecting Simcoe and Amarillo hops on this one, but am not quite sure. The smell reminds of me Alpine Duet, which I think iis an outstanding beer.

T: Taste is obviously hoppy, but I find it well balanced with a good blend of hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation level for the beer itself was just right. I guess the high level of carbon dioxide left with the foamy head.

O: An excellent offering from the Maine Beer Company. It took me a while to track this down on my trip to Maine, but I'm glad I did. Lunch reminds of Alpine Duet, in terms of both smell and taste. This beer is very easy and pleasant to drink. I'm looking forward to the day when they are able to expand their distribution.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:02:10 | More by beerfan99
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy peach nectar color with a massive head; the retention was good with sheets of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit with quite a bit of pithy bitterness

Taste: Tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) as well as cantaloupe and strawberry flavors, up front, with a pithy bitterness developing by mid-palate and lingering into the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp but moderate carbonation

Overall: A first class IPA that contends with the best of the west

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:19:18 | More by brentk56
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baconbourbon

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch: Bottle
Appearance: Darker golden body with a sizable head and excellent lacing.

Smell: Very potent aroma of fresh citrus. It smells great.

Taste: Citrus up front followed by a slight malty finish. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouth feel: It is very smooth and goes down easily, with a tingly finish.

Overall: This is a top shelf beer. It is very refreshing, and quite gulpable. The people at Maine Beer Company are doing all of the right things.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:50:07 | More by baconbourbon
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omniscientcause

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle served in a spiegel tulip glass.

A: Deep amber orange with a two to two and a half finger width fluffy head. Great retention and head on this beer.

S: FRESH, citrus peach orange and grapefruit washed in with floral nodes.

T: Starts big with fruity citrus upfront with pine coming in the middle with underlying malt. The light bitterness that is left in the mouth is very pleasant.

M: Light carbonation with a unlatch balance of pine/citrus/malt of any east coast IPA I have had to date.

This is so fresh and refreshing. Great summer beer. I have had the pleasure of having this beer on 3 occasions in the last month and each time it was fresh and great. The pop when being opened was strong. When very fresh I would say this rivals the best of the west. I wish Maine Beer Co. the best of luck in the future in producing beer that both rivals and surpass this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:00:04 | More by omniscientcause
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readbaron

Illinois

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

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:37:37 | More by readbaron
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company
Portland, Maine
Lunch IPA
500ml bottle
Lot 07/21/11
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a traditional reddish orange IPA color. Two finger, fluffy off white head. Some nice bottle conditioning, carbo bubbles rolling off bottom of glass. Nice sticky lacing post sip.

S: Tons of grapefruit on the nose! Really floral upon even opening the cap. I get some citrus: orange and peach. There is some MILD biscuit under all that though. Some carmel malt notes.

T: Hop blast right on the tip of the tongue! Intense delicious bitterness right there. It really smooths on the middle of the mouth with the bottle carbonation and malt balance. And that is followed by a very clean close.

M: Medium bodies IPA with a beautiful hop mouth coating.

O: This is a great IPA! Love how smooth the bottle conditioning makes this one. From nose to close, just flat out amazing brew. Beats Peeper Ale hands down. Rivals many WC ales for sure. Lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 18:46:33 | More by inlimbo77
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Treebs

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Bell's tulip. Got this in a mystery box from my BA buddy Mike. Thanks man!! Bottled 07/21/11.

A: Pours a deep amber, almost light brown color. What a head! 3 finger and off white after a semi-slow pour this bad boy is incredibly frothy and has some ridiculous retention. Pillows of lace. This almost looks like craters on the moon, amazing.

S: I'm getting great citrus and pear notes. Reminds me of a flowery fruit basket. I'm getting the ever so slightest of the cracker malts as well. Again I'm impressed so far.

T: A perfectly blended sweetness of fruits, apples and pears, and light flowers. The cracker malts lead in to the mild bitter hops on the finish and you have a simple yet elegant beer. Great.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Medium to light bodied with a great pear like fruitiness left on the palate.

O: Wow. I'm ridiculous impressed with this one. The best IPA I've had to date. It was just perfectly balanced and simply wreaked havoc (in a good way) on my taste buds. I wanted more and more. I need more and more. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 13:45:30 | More by Treebs
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brewdan

Michigan

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

color: medium dark brownish color (it was a dark outdoor cafe so this may not be entirely accurate)

smell: hoppy and biscuity

taste: hop blast up front and at the back end but the malt backbone is also very strong

mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with ample carbonation

overall: decent amount of hop bitterness but this beer felt (and looked and tasted) more like a sort of strong pale ale than an IPA if that makes sense

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 13:01:29 | More by brewdan
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rtepiak

Poland

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

HA! found this one at a gas station with a pretty good beer and wine section off of exit 5 on the 91 in vermont. last bottle :)

the pop and the pour makes a grown man cry. powerful pop without any aggravated head coming up. pour is like a german bombshell in carbonation. amber clear with bubbles coming up consecutively 10 minutes after popped. head is about 3 fingers in a pint glass but i poured it too aggressively. and definitely sticky... nose if tropical but not forward. passionfruit, dragonfruit, and mango. palate is a bit of all thoughs but justifiably grounded in a note of floral and earthy. notes of pear and lychee as well. malt is a bit orange meringue. very subtle peppery ender. first IPA i've had with a yeast flocculation in the bottle. but that doesn't not effect that taste as all if just makes a bit more bready and earthy. a well made hop recipe with what i would believe to be an english german yeast in origin... but a man can dream. california look out.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:34:23 | More by rtepiak
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jman892

Massachusetts

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

A - Aggressive pour into a pint glass, huge white head, but with minimal lacing. It is a very hazy dark orange color.

S - Very hoppy with citrus kick right up front, very appealing grapefruit and peach.

T - Piney hops up front, not as citrus forward as the nose would hint. There are some sweet malts that balance this off nicely

M - Smooth, good carbonation, medium body, exceedingly drinkable.

O - Such a nicely balanced IPA, great drinkability, for a 7% beer I could put away a few of these without a problem

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:39:34 | More by jman892
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL bottle to snifter on 8/18/11
*From notes

-- A BIG thanks goes out to IrishColonial for bringing this treasure back from his epic New England romp. Thanks for sharing, Eric! --

A: I've never seen an AIPA like it, as it looks exactly like a hefe or wit. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head and minor lacing.

S: Massive pails of crushed pineapple and mango.

T: Unabashedly unfiltered and thick, allowing the brewmaster to pack this to the gills with orange creme and pie crust. The hop profile is absolutely out of control juicy, and simply delicious.

M: Almost too creamy, if that's possible. It foams out of control in my mouth. I've never met an IPA that feels like this. Simply perfect.

O: Maine Beer Co's Lunch is one of the best AIPA's I've consumed, and easily one of the top two or three being produced along the east coast. I fell in love with the hearty and rich nature of this brew, which in my opinion, is the east coast's answer to Russian River's Blind Pig.

I can't gush enough about this wonderful beer, and absolutely recommend seeking it out. It's beauty in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 22:31:06 | More by Rhettroactive
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Seakyden

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this finally for the first time at the Hop Head Throwdown last month. It really blew me away, exceeded all the hype that had been placed upon it. So clean and delicious, i saw angels around me as i drank it. I hope to get my hands on a bottle of it in the next few months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 14:00:59 | More by Seakyden
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a ridiculous 4 finger of off white, foamy, sudsy, thick head. Head recedes at a nice pace leaving streaked clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big juicy grapefruit notes with and a huge amount pine notes...I can't tell which dominates more..one whiff it's the grapefruit, next is the pine.

T: Taste starts with a big juicy, grapefruit hop presence - just like in the nose. Some pine notes are also present. Malt presence shows up quicklyt, but it's an underlaying balance that calms and yet showcases the hops. Mango, pineapple, and apricot flavoring blends nicely with a light caramel malt presence. A bit of toasted notes before spicy pine really takes over. A bit of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, somewhat thin with an oily body to it.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. I really enjoyed the pine, fruit, and citrus hops and were balanced with the malt presence very nicely. The only knock is the carbonation and feel to this beer. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat though!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:40:22 | More by Jayli
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Lunch pours a murky brown color with bright golden edges. Kind of a different, darker look than I am used to seeing for an IPA. A nice rocky, foamy off-white head forms on top and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very hoppy and floral with some grapefruit and pineapple as well.

Taste: Light biscuity malt starts off the flavor with a touch of sweetness, then a fairly flat grapefruit and pineapple hoppiness through the end. The finish has a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This has a light to medium body, with carbonation tilted toward the creamy side while retaining its bubbly nature. A resiny finish.

Overall: Throw a couple of hop pellets into any beer and I will most likely enjoy it at least a little bit. That said, this really did not blow me away as anything spectacular. Kind of an IPA with an even keel attitude.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 17:50:20 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jsanford

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml courtesy of THECPJ. Bottled 7/21/11 (my Birthday!). Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange-amber with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of peach with a nicely balanced caramel malt backbone.
T - Lots of grapefruit and pine resin, with a clean caramel malt profile and a long-lasing bitter finish. Fairly simple, but infinitely enjoyable!
M - Very smooth and easy drinking, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - Another great offering from the Maine Beer Company's family of IPAs. I've really enjoyed everything they've done, and big thanks to Shane for sending them all my way!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:44:07 | More by jsanford
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siege06nd

Virginia

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

Special thanks to irishcolonial for hauling back this rarity from the edges of civilization. Thanks Eric!

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip.

A: Goodness gracious what am I drinking? Is this a hefeweizen?!? This pours a super cloudy, pale tan color. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it's Dancing Man Wheat. It looks beautiful, but nothing that I've ever seen from an IPA before. I am officially intrigued. An aggressive pour yields a huge, pillowly, eggshell white head of three fingers. It slowly recedes to a half finger head. Beautiful gobs of lacing adorn the sides of my tulip. This is shockingly different from any IPA I've seen, but beautiful nonetheless. Bravo on the appearance alone.

S: Hits the spot with aplomb. Super creamy citrus bomb here with a solid pine presence. The hops pervade the nose and linger quite nicely. It's bold but mellow, almost a candied quality. It smells freakin awesome.

T: The hops explode on the mid and the back in their piney citrus glory. Assertive but smooth, they coat the palate and linger wonderfully. Incredibly balanced. Rhettroactive said it best when he said "This is the East Coast version of Blind Pig". It's so complex, so flavorful, but always maintains a lightness and elegance. Very hoppy, very smooth, so delicious.

M: Lightly carbonated, but perfectly balanced. This brew integrates the citrus, pine, and light malt perfectly. I can't overstate the delicate balance that Lunch strikes between bursting flavor and effervescent lightness. Amazing.

O: It's a shame the Lunch is so hard to come in most parts of the country. This is one of the top 5 IPAs I have ever had and would drink the everliving sh*t out of this were it available readily in DC. Absolutely amazing and a wonderful achievement for the Maine Beer Company. IF you see it, buy and consume as much as you can.

Thanks again to my friend Eric and his wife Christine for grabbing this for me, a beer I likely would never have had the chance to try otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:26:19 | More by siege06nd
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ComposerZero

Massachusetts

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

Simply a beautiful IPA. It's going for elegance and complexity instead of "whack in you in the face with a with an orr" sort of hoppiness. This is a sophisticated, dare I say even pretty, IPA.

The pour is something else - wonderfully frothy and sticks to the glass like a capuccino. The beer's aromas are on the reticent side of things, but if you have the patience, a wonderful pine emerges. The mouth is full, as you can imagine, but never heavy. This begs to be drunk. Very little bitterness to speak of with delicious yet subtle maltiness. A ballet of froth, hop, malt, and body. Delicious.

Go get Lunch!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:55:55 | More by ComposerZero
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Novare Res (or whatever it's called) in Portland. I had it for lunch, of course.

Pours a very nice looking beer. I mean, yowza...nice looking. Vibrant amber, somewhat thick, somewhat thin. Right in the middle.

Aroma is a bit weak. Pine and citrus, some light caramel and toasted bread. Easily overcome by surrounding smells from the beer garden I'm in.

Taste has more umpf. The malt backbone is subtle and provides the hops to come forth. They don't go too far, though. I'm sure if it's the malt amounts that pull back the hops, or the hop bill. It just doesn't pop. It's like an APA without the malt profile. But then again, the abv at 7% suggests that it has adequate amounts of malt for the IPA style. So, this is an unassuming, yet very very drinkable IPA

I'll have to have some more to find out what's going on. Keeping in mind that this was at a bar...perhaps it's a bit old?

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 18:29:46 | More by Mebuzzard
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Klym

California

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

Infinite thanks to Palphen for this much desired bottle. Poured into a Surly nonic (thanks to expedition for the glassware!).

A: Pours a golden aura that quickly sinks into a raisin brown, almost opaque middle. A shampoo bubble like 1 finger head that leaves erratic but good lacing.

S: What a beautiful smell. Slushy tropical fruit ice with all natural dark fruit syrup ontop and piney hops tucked in everywhere. Can't wait to take a bite.

T: Huge spicy piney hops expand throughout the mouth with some more tropical fruit flavors while dark fruits brew a storm in the middle of the tongue. The flavors are less packed and the hops are far more potent in the taste than in the nose, but it's all good! I need to reiterate how spicy the piney aspects of this are.

M: Thickish with some creaminess in the carbonation. Sooths the mouth and refreshes it.

O: The rumors are true, this is a fantastic single IPA, among the best I've had. Hard to compare and rank relative to our best out here on the west coast, but it certainly deserves to be among them.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:19:10 | More by Klym
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow have never seen this around til today. Bottle dated 7-21-11.

Poured into my Heady Topper glass hazy light orange, ridiculous giant white head retains for a long time, eventually getting down to a finger or so. Leaves clumps of lacing.

Extremely fragrant hoppy scent...big pine and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, peach. A little bit of malt hiding in the back. Strength fades after some time.

Doesn't quite live up to the scent but very enjoyable. Pine and earth seems to dominate, but citrus and grapefruit are big too, light tropical notes. Like the nose, light malt provides some support but this is mostly a hop party.

Smooth, somewhat oily mouthfeel, a little low on the carbonation. Not bad but I wish it felt a little more lively.

Good IPA, though it started out as an easy A, wound up bringing the smell/taste scores down about halfway through, warming didn't help this one for me. Glad I finally tried this.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:15:33 | More by Chico1985
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 3 of Maine beer stash. Just moved more stuff into the new place and I am now on another beer break. This 16.9 oz pottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a two finger head that has a nice retention. Crazy haziness going on here. No signs of carbonatiion, but I am sure there are bubbles in there. Awesome orange yellow color too. Great lacing on the glass too. Can't wait to try a sip.

Smell: Grapfruit, citrus, and pine are noticeable right off the bat. Followed by some slight hints of malt in the background.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus is delicious. Some nice sweet malts to balnce off the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy drinking. Pretty simple on the palate and nothing lingering or sticking out to me.

Overall: Another quality IPA from Maine. I tried this at the Union Brewhouse a month ago and have decided to buy a bottle up in Maine to enjoy down here in lovely old Adams Village. Looking to have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:59:40 | More by Flounder57
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle shared by inebriatedjoker. Consumed about 10 days after bottling.

A: Pours hazy amber-brown, dark for an IPA. Good lacing hangs on for a while from an off-white head.

S: Light pine with lots of citrusy simcoe. The hops are spicy, floral, and piney. The malt provides a good base but mostly stays out of the way.

T: Tastes maltier than expected, although the color should have tipped me off... It starts with nice mellow pine and maybe tangerine, then the spicy/floral hops carry it through the finish. These flavors work so well in this beer. Everything is in balance and compliments the other flavors well.

M: Very smooth with a medium body. Great carbonation. Bitterness lingers but nothing too abrasive.

O: One of the handful of IPAs outside of my distro that actually saddens me that I can't get it. These flavors are just layered together in perfect fashion, nothing gets it's toes stepped on, they just all play together perfectly synchronized.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 16:07:39 | More by schwaeh
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy light copper with a rocky, white head. Plenty of lacing and a solid foam cap throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit with traces of pine. Citrus aplenty but a bit subdued in pungency. Not sure if this is a fresh bottle as there is a batch code but no date which is annoying when you are paying $7+ and you have no idea if it is fresh.

Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel.

Mango, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit start the palate. Very light malt with plenty tropical citrus. Very much in the west coast style and extremely drinkable. Low bitterness with lots of hop flavor and fruit.

Finishes clean with plenty of fruit and zero bitterness.

Tasty beer and certainly showing plenty of promise. Very pricey for an IPA and without there being a bottle date on there I would not buy again. This one was a bit faded and the nose was lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:54:18 | More by brewandbbq
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.