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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,103
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 785
Gots: 412 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

zekeman17, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of phils93rul
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Neffbeer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

rdilauro, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

juliusseizure, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of smi
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of henskejk
4/5  rDev -8.7%

henskejk, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber color. Two fingers of off white with amazing retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass as you sip.

S- nice foundation of dry biscuity malt aromas hit the nose at first. hop aromas blend in with floral, grassy and grapefruit peel notes. There isn't a huge nose on this beer but it is quite nice and well constructed.

T- starts off with pine and grapefruit peel hop flavors with some spicy, woody and floral notes. Great hop bitterness hits mid palate with a bit of a dusty yeasty character. Finishes dry with some cracker like malt and a lingering leafy hop flavor.

MF- prickly juicy mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great soft carbonation that creates a wonderful smoothness.

D- one of my favorite aspects of this beer is the superb drinkability.

Overall a very good IPA.

Viciousknishs, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Crawfordesquire
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Crawfordesquire, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -8.7%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

valdieu2, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky, dirty-looking orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Cruddy color, but amazing retention and lacing.

S: Damn! Fresh, ripe tropical fruit and citrus. Papaya, mango, orange, green apple, vanilla, bright pale malt, a bit of spicy alcohol. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever sniffed.

T: Extremely balanced. Smooth citric hop with some tropical sweetness behind. Squeezed orange, apricot jam, a bit of mango, grass. Big herbal, leafy taste as well. Fresh grain and pale malt, a bit cakey in the finish with some spice to it. Moderate pithy bitterness builds throughout but never overpowers the other hop elements and the malt. Peppery alcohol apparent but in balance.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: This was a delicious experience. MBC is very good at keeping the flavor profile restrained and balanced.

Etan, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip...

Poured a hazy dark orange/brown color with a thick off white head.

Smelled immediately of citrusy hops. Slight piney scent as you inhale deeper. Almost some honey smells mixed in. Very very fresh smelling. One of the more potent smelling IPAs I have had.

Taste is awesome. Such a refreshing flavor. At first it is citrusy and sweet. Orange/grapefruit/lemon tastes. It finishes bitter. For a 7% ABV, you cannot detect alcohol at all. Scary drinkable.

Mouthfeel was a bit light to me, almost watery. Would have liked a thicker mouthfeel, but the thinner mouthfeel almost makes it that more refreshing.

Overall - WOW. Awesome IPA. Only knocked it down for the appearance and the mouthfeel - which are only afterthoughts when you smell and taste this one. Well done, welll done.

TWStandley, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of BPudd
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BPudd, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/20/2012.

Dark, muddy pour with tons of frothy white head. Great retention & lace. Lots of fresh hops and caramely malts in the aroma. Sharp, piney hops dominate the taste. Malt backbone is there but not as prominent as I'd like. Creamy body sells the experience.

A solid IPA that adheres to the West Coast style, though I prefer the citrusy, malty East Coast brews.

brystmar, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Miamilice, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of RobHigby
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

RobHigby, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of fubofnic
5/5  rDev +14.2%

fubofnic, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of EZE123
5/5  rDev +14.2%

EZE123, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

wesley14, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev -3%

metalgdog, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -8.7%

dudeabides76, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 3/22/12, consumed on 3/28/12
Poured into a pint glass

A: Bottle conditioned so naturally quite a bit of haze in the body. Orange/brown with some amber red hues in the direct light. Head is fluffly and billowy looking slightly off-white in color. Lacing is huge and sticky, the same goes for the retention leaving a thick cap behind.

S: Let this one warm up a bit as initially there wasn't much of anything other than faint earthy hops. Nice citrus notes come through with a bit of pineapple and orange, but there's a very grounded earthy hop profile here. Some pine and good amounts of caramel toasted malts on the back.

T: Nicely bitter up-front with some pine elements. Mid-palate brings in the subtle citrus fruits - more orange and a bit of mango. It's not forward in these flavors however, it's incredibly balanced out by its malt backbone. Bready and toasted malts take the back end.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied with a nice coating feel to it. Not overly creamy and smooth like others in the style but not too much to complain about.

This was a nice East Coast made IPA that had a good balance of citrus and earthy hops, along with a grounded malt base. Not my favorite IPA ever but a really tasty and enjoyable one at that.

ShanePB, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Massbmx, Mar 28, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,103 ratings.