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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,239 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,239
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 791
Gots: 448 | 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 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
Photo of Gatch
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #400 and finally got my hands on some Lunch! Bottled 08/10/12 (or 08/18/12...I can't tell. Either way, it's not as fresh as I'd hoped, judging by fresher dates on beers such as MO...but hey, can't complain!)

A: Hazy golden-orange-yellow because some of the sediment made it into the glass. Perfect IPA head that's incredibly bubbly, soapy, foamy, frothy, and bright white. Fades into good lace and retention.

S: Massive, juicy, piney, earthy, spicy, fruity hops. Like you have a handful of hops in front of your nose. Everything I expected. Although there's a bit of malt and booze at the very back which is a good surprise.

T: Everything in the nose plus more. Dry but refreshing. Again, everything I hoped for and expected from this beer. Beers like this really make you appreciate the nugget of goodness that is the hop. This is where the hop shines. A hop-heavy but balanced American IPA. Can't beat it.

M: Subtle crispness, clean, perfectly carbonated, perfect hop presence, flavors are on-point for a hop-forward yet balanced American IPA. At this point, the beer is practically at room temperature and the flavors are huge and the taste is still delicious. At room temperature, the carbonation disappears and only fruity, hoppy flavors come through and it almost tastes like hop juice with body. Literally. Not in a gross way, either.

O: Worth the hype? Yes. Worth the money? Absolutely yes! (only $7 or $8) Worth the stress/patience/limited availability? Probably not. It's obviously not Maine Beer's fault. They make as much as they can. And it's great for their business and beer that they sell every drop they make. But once they increase production, it'll really makes things special because I waited for this for a long time. And while it met and maybe even surpassed my expectations, the allocations are crazy. Each store getting only a case and those cases either never seeing the floor or selling out the day the bottles hit the shelves. All of their other beers are spectacular so I don't see why those don't sell out immediately, either. Especially MO and Zoe. Anyway...why did I just rant in a beer review? Drink this immediately if you find it!

Thanks BeerAdvocate for all the hard work, the great, new site, and keeping me around for 400 reviews. It's been fun. I'm sure there are several hundred more reviews to come.

Update 9/21: drank another bottle dated 9/9...incredible, even fresher, could chug it (but why would you do that?), the bottle went down so quickly; the reviews and ratings are justified.

Gatch, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Auror for gifting me this bottle, I've been wanting to try it for a few months now. 500 ml bottle poured into a HF tulip. Bottled 8/19/12.

A- Pours a fairly hazy brownish orange with about two fingers worth of white foamy head that has decent retention but slowly subsides to a thin foamy head leaving thick lacing coating the sides of the glass. Decent carbonation of consistently rising small bubbles, probably slightly above average carbonation for your average IPA.

S- Piney, citrusy hops. Aromas of oranges, guava, grapefruit, some spices (maybe even a hint of nutmeg?). Smells kind of similar to the Sculpin I had two days ago with less spices and more pine. Definitely above average aroma strength.

T- Citrusy, piney, earthy hops with tastes of grapefruit, pine, oranges, a little bit of guava, some spices finishes with a citrusy bitter taste with an aftertaste of citrus and pine. Everything is very well balanced with nice citrusy tastes, not too bitter, and a nice aftertaste that is both equally piney and citrusy.

M- Hops are slightly sticky but drinks fairly juicy, bitterness tingles the tongue a tiny bit but not much, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This is definitely a world-class IPA that I could easily compare to other top-notch IPAs. Very nice appearance, very aromatic smell, pleasant well-balanced taste, and was very easy to drink. One of the things that really stood out in this IPA to me was how well the citrus flavors and pine flavors balanced with each other without finishing too bitter. This is definitely one of my new favorite local IPAs right up there with HF, Heady Topper, Lawson's and others. I'm not saying it's as good, but definitely in the same league. I definitely recommend trying this one out.

jaasen64, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -8.9%

surlytheduff, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of keenan41
5/5  rDev +13.9%

keenan41, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of luvbier
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

luvbier, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MrVonzipper, Aug 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

eirelander, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

gfx, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12

A: Dark orangish-yellow. Super hazy. Don't think I've ever seen a IPA this cloudy before, you can't even see thru it. Bubbly off white head.

S: Lots of ripe grapefruit and some tropical fruits. Peaches and cream?

T: Starts off with a good balance of malts and hops. Fruity and ripe grapefruit hops and some carmel malt sweetness. Gets more bitter in the backend, more citrus hops. Think the hops have faded a bit on this unfortunately. They are there, just a bit muted on the finish I believe.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels really slick and smooth.

O: Great drinkability. Smooth and balanced. Top notch IPA, wish I could try it fresh since this was bottled 2 months ago, but really glad I got to try this.

herman77, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

wtfdic, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Gambrinus1184, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mattparsons, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Luk13
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled two weeks ago. Beautiful deep brown with orange-copper shades and a creamy thick white foam. Almost a 5. Aroma: All citrus, from tangerine to pinneaples with very light pine and malt. Taste is juicy hops, very fruity. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste and remains for a long time. Ample and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Being very fresh, hops take all the place. Maybe a little simple but so damn good. It’s up there with Edward. Above my expectations since I didn’t enjoy Peeper and Zoe that much.

Luk13, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Schmuckles, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

mcbeerbrew, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

LaChupacabra, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Orlando
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Orlando, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark orange color with a bit of haze. A nice foamy cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some spotty lacing. A bit of sediment floating around too.

S- Quite a bit of citrus hops with some pine notes and a nice bready smell.

T- Tropical hops leading the way. A solid malt back bone. A good amount of piney hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- A very solid example of the style. Very easy to drink.

nrbw23, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mendvicdog, Aug 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my bro for sharing this bottle.

Pours an extremely hazy burnt orange with creamy white head. Got some rings down the glass.

Very citrusy hop aroma, nice piney notes compliment the citrus.

The taste is very citrus hop forward. Just like the nose the more piney notes compliment the citrus perfectly.

The mouth feel is top notch. Medium to full in body with a semi high amount of carbonation. Feels like the hop devils stabbing my tongue with pine infused pitchforks. Extremely smooth and easy drinking but the second half of the sip attacks your taste buds in the best way possible.

Solid IPA all around. I feel bad for my brother because I think this ended up being a 70/30 split in my favor. Worth seekin out.

dcloeren, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

richkrull, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

hoppymcgee, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/25/12 and enjoyed on 7/6/12. Can you say FRESH LUNCH. Thanks Mom. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy amber orange. Two and half fingers of sticky off white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit explosion. Some orange in there too. Almost smells like a citrus juice mashup.

Taste: Oranges and pine explode forth. Super juicy flavors. Perfect balance of caramelly maltiness, but very mild. Slight peppery finish, but the orange bitterness is what lingers.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy and smooth. Not super chuggable because of how juiciness of the body, but refreshing and rewarding for sure.

Overall: Once I had this, it took over Sculpin for my favorite single IPA. Tied with Harlan from HF. Need to have Blind Pig again to make a decision.

cfrances33, Jul 31, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,239 ratings.