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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,415
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 815
Gots: 493 | FT: 14
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 badboy7113
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

badboy7113, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ogrerugby, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed a break from all the holiday brews and stouts that I've been enjoying... Hoping this one does the trick...

Dated 111812

A - Three full fingers worth densely packed lush creamy slightly yellow tinged froth... Excellent retention... While the head doesn't really fade, it does become rockier as it lingers... The color is a muted and pale medium gold... There is a slight chill haze... A slight bit of moderate to rapid paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Delectable hop forward nose... I would swear there were whole hop flowers in the bottle if i didn't know better... A wonderful blend of citrus, floral, and piney hops... They dominate the aroma in a most wonderful way... Just hops, hops and more hops... Truly there is nothing else needed... I almost wish I could make an air freshener out of this...

T - Lemon zest... Lemon... Muted orange... Lots of floral notes... A bit piney... A subtle spice character... Not much of a malt base to speak of...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Starts a bit lush and finishes very dry... Lightly yet briskly carbonated...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... This is one of the best smelling (if not the best) American IPAs in all of beerdom... The rest of the beer is solidly above average... This one falls somewhere between sessionable and a sipper... I recommend and would gladly purchase again when I cross its path...

philbe311, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

privateguy603, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

drz955, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

rkcrozier, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Steve212, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

rubicat, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

IPAFrankieH, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of kristiekatk
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lunch pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy and billowing white head that lasts throughout the entirety of the beer. The aroma will hit you right away. It’s like squeezing a fresh grapefruit. You get more of that grapefruit in your first sip as well as other tropical fruits and an herbal hoppiness. Then you think, “OK IPA, time to overpower me with hops, so much so that I have to rinse my mouth when I’m done .” But it never happens. The grainy malts come in to help tame the bitterness, and the hops don’t even come close to taking over this beer. Instead, they provide an integrating piney/citrusy freshness. The toasted malts are amazing, adding great balance and a smooth finish.

Any brewery can make a hop bomb, but it takes true craft to make a balanced and simply fantastic IPA.

kristiekatk, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

MichPaul, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

CB_Crowe, Dec 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

tun, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

RobDB, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

freehafe, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

JxExM, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

irv2424, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

CapeCodHopHead, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

andant, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

theGlasstronaut, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

enelson, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Shumania
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 11/18/12 poured into a DFH Signature Glass

A: Orange/amber color with a fairly large head and really nice lacing

S: Punches you in the face with huge tropical hops!

T: Topical, citrus taste with a lot of orange rind. Good bittering balanced with a small malt backbone

M: Very easy drinking and would be happy to have multiple in one sitting if I was lucky enough.

A fantastic IPA that highlights tropical and citrus flavors. Great east coast IPA!

Shumania, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of crewfan16
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this bottle in a trade just the other day. been excited to crack it open and enjoy it. dating on it (i think) says 10-24-12. I really like the label on it as well as the simplicity is appreciated. here goes nothing.

a- poured straight down into a sam adams perfect pint. hazy golden straw in color. huge frothy white head looks like ice cream almost at the top of the glass. a very nice looking ipa

s- definitely hoppy tropical fruits and citrus. bitter pine a bit as well

t- a nice bitter pine on the front fades into those tropical fruit flavors. definitely some lemon like sweetness as well. west coat type ipa from maine...pretty awesome in my opinion. absolutely delicious

m- nice clean mouthfeel. just a tad bit of oiliness. a beautiful lingering finish with the flavors just hanging out on my tongue for a long time. extremely drinkable

overall, what a great ipa. im happy i got to try it and its a good thing its not on the shelves here, or i would dump alot of money into filling my fridge with this stuff. if anyone wants to trade for some minnesota beer for this stuff, bm me.

crewfan16, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

FutureOBrew, Dec 11, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,415 ratings.