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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,263 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 794
Gots: 454 | FT: 16
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 Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a gorgeous golden brown and murky, with a huge fat cream head with big patches of sticky lacing on the sides. The color is really gorgeous and I am loving the two finger width head that lasted for quite some time. The smell is beyond heaven with its fruity punch. Mango, papaya, and a wonderful pop of pine are the dominant smells here, but the malts are also there with a very slight biscuit. There’s even a slight bite of alcohol in the back of the smell, along with a classic bitter bite. On the taste there is a lighter bite of fruit. Mango and papaya are still dominant, but there is also the classic tinge of grapefruit in the taste. Malt is light and biscuity, but definitely a side show to the delicious hops of this beer. Mouthfeel is also to die for with velvety smoothness. Carbonation is effervescent in the start, but mellows out instantly into a sweet caress on the tongue. The mouth is left with some nice saliva along the sides of mouth and great dry bitter streak on the top and bottom of the mouth. The afterfeel is a little too dry for my taste, but still pleasant. Overall this is an awesome IPA with terrific fruitiness and a dry streak. This is a must drink, and is up there with the best IPA’s of the East Coast. This one doesn’t top Heady Topper, obviously, but it is quite tasty and a tremendous example of the style. Drink this beer.

Maxwell, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

beermanbrian, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wanted to revisit this beer. The first time I had it, I was just getting into IPAs, and it blew me away.
My first sip was solid grapefruit. I mean like James Cagney smashing a half grapefruit into your face. I think the beer was too cold, because as it warmed up I got more of the skunky/ganja/pine hops that I remembered from the first time. The finish was dry and short, and left you wanting another sip as soon as you finished the first one! This is an amazing "East Coast" IPA from a one barrel, eco-friendly brewery. It is a hidden gem, and you should seek it out wherever possible.
Bottle marked 8-10-12, one month old when I tried it.

GuyIncognito, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HevvyMetalHippie, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SPRichard, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
4/5  rDev -8.9%

swetsastonic, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of pveilleux
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

pveilleux, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of smbslt
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

smbslt, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden color. The head was white and had a good retention and a nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer has a piney resin like aroma and a subtle malt sweetness in there. That taste of the beer has a good spicy flavor from the hops. It's got a decent balance of flavor blended with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is tingly and remains smooth at the same time with a subtle booze kick. Overall this is a good beer, one of the best from this company this far.

Knapp85, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -8.9%

claytong, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Dizzy242, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Anselmi78
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Anselmi78, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor.

Pours a hazy honey gold with moderately active carbonation. Some light sediment (yeast, I think) at the bottom of the bottle creates some interesting swirls in the glass. Thick, 2-finger lighter cream head. Nice retention and thin lace round out an attractive glass of beer.

Nose is mainly grapefruit and lighter floral hops. Slight hop burn. Very nicely done.

Grapefruit hits right up front and finishes with a strong, sour grapefruit kick. You can almost feel the pulp here, it's that forward. Good malt backbone, but none of the malt pushes through in the flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

Feel is solid and substantial. Grainy and filling.

Wish I could get this more often.

beer2day, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9 fl oz bottle courtesy of valdieu2. bottled on 8/10/12 and poured into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, light amber color that becomes a golden shade around the edges. gave me a massive, 3 finger, dense, rocky head upon pouring that eventually calmed back to a finger of thick, off white foam. a really fantastic looking beer.

s - fresh grapefruit and orange citrus, grassy, faint toffee.

t - big fresh citrus notes over a lightly sweet, bready malt base. notes of grapefruit, orange, flowers, and maybe just a hint of pineapple. hop bitterness is piney in nature, but doesn't dominate the palate or hang on the tongue like many others. finishes crisp and dry.

m - lighter side of medium in body with the right amount of carbonation. a fine co2 profile lends a creamy smoothness to this brew.

o - this is a damn fine beer and one that falls in the supremely drinkable category. goes down easy and it's so good that i have to make myself slow down and enjoy each sip. worth seeking out.

divineaudio, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of lucas1801
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

lucas1801, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Lorianneb
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Lorianneb, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch IPA deserving, I believe, of its much-heralded status. If this was more easily accessible, and a bit lower in price, I could easily see making this a staple.

Pours light gold, just a touch of haziness, with a big fluffy white head that settles down slowly. Nice lacing. Truly exceptional aroma, perhaps the finest aspect of this beer; vivid floral, perfumy, herbal notes; pine; tropical fruit; light biscuit sweetness underneath. I could just cram my nose in the glass and sniff this one all day.

The flavor is also very nice if not up to the all-world status of the nose. Again there is a fruity tropical mango/pineapple/passion fruit aspect intermingled with floral and pine notes and a lot of other subtle hop characteristics. Gentle biscuit malt backbone that never overshadows the hops but supports them beautifully. Very artfully blended; extremely tasty hop variety combination; lovely balance of malt and hops overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Finish is dry, with a lingering aftertaste that’s more flavorful than bitter. Tropical fruit and flowers linger on the tongue.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, a nicely creamy feel. This is totally drinkable, full of flavor and finesse, putting a lot of the more heavy-handed hoppy beers to shame in my estimation. Get one and get it fresh if you can!

tobelerone, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BeerForHokie
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BeerForHokie, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

LCannon4, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of William123
5/5  rDev +13.9%

William123, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BrokenStones
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BrokenStones, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of UncleRuckus
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

UncleRuckus, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Stamped freshness date of 8/10/12 means this beer is 27 days old at the time of consumption.

A: Pours a very hazy golden-amber color. The head is huge, creamy, and bone white. It never leaves, and deposits big, thick clumps of lacing on its way down the glass.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, pineapple, clementine. Citrusy pith. Freshly cut grass and broken pine needles. Passion fruit and strawberry juice. Slightly yeasty and peppery. Malt base of toasted grain and bread. Great nose.

T: Pine resin bitterness and freshly cut grass. Yeast goes a touch nutty. Estery pear taste. More grass. Citrus fruits play behind the scenes, with undercurrents of pineapple and clementine. Hop bitterness stays at an even keel. Hops begin to go leafy, green, and chlorophyll-like. Tobacco. Touch of pepper and only a whisper of spicy alcohol. Malts are bready and a bit toasty. finishes with raw hop tastes of plant oils, cut grass, and herbs.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is seltzery but restrained. Very silky and smooth. Full in the mouth. Great.

O: This is a great beer. Not as polished as some, but the very raw in-your-face feel of it is most welcome. Shows great complexity for the style. It really wakes up the taste buds and smacks them around for a while.

Notes: This is my second review of this beer. The first time around, I noted some problems and perhaps some off tastes. This is not the same beer, and I was aware of it even upon pouring it. The first time I had this beer, a normal pour sent foam shooting out of the glass. The beer was over-carbonated and unpleasantly boozy. Whatever the issue was, it has since been ironed out, because I don't see the same problems in this bottle.

ryan1788a5, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of NanomiaCara
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive but not overpowering bitter note, and I’m pleased that it doesn’t have too much of that unctuous maltiness that comes with some super-hoppy beers. The primary association it evokes for me is haying season. Freshly mown grass still green, and the clumps of compressed sod in the back of the tractor bed, strong and complex with a ganja-tinge and just the faintest hint of fermented sweetness.

NanomiaCara, Sep 07, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,263 ratings.