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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,506
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 828
Gots: 526 | FT: 18
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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Maine Beer Company's Lunch is by far the finest IPA I've ever enjoyed. In reality, its comparables aren't IPAs but DIPAs like Heady Topper and Stone's Enjoy By series. Lunch manages a similar level of hop flavor and malt backbone with only 7% ABV. This blows the competition out of the water. The only drawbacks are that Lunch isn't sold in 6-packs and isn't always available, making it more like specialty DIPAs than other IPAs. Regardless, if you see a bottle for sale in your local craft beer shop: buy it!

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The beer has a slightly cloudy copper-orange color. The head is pure white with very good retention. The beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly different from the standard American IPA. First, the hop smell mainly consists of a citrus note with hints of orange peel or some sort of citrus fruit such as a lemon or orange. The hops are balanced by a fairly sweet malt smell and some hints of the yeast.

Citrus hops with undertones of citrusy fruit such lemon. The orange flavor is there but very light. The malts seem to disappear underneath the hops unlike the smell.

Very light carbonation. The beer is medium bodied but lighter than most other medium-bodied IPA.

A superb IPA and definitely worth purchasing if you can find it. This IPA is certainly unique and a nice variation on a popular style.

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Pours out a copper color with white head, small bubbles, 1" head approximately, good retention, decent lacing. Aroma was amarilloish and cascade, good and juicy, yet restrained and not super powerful.

Taste was very nice, clean, hoppy, juicy (again). Mild citrusy bread notes. As you drink it, it seems to evolve through a little bit of tropical and grapefruit. Subtle malt bill, stays out of the way, but keeps the beer from leaning into just simple copper penny bitterness mode. Its really just a lightly toasted thing that keeps the beer light on its feet. Alcohol is easily conquerable in this one, doesn't sting.

Its a good beer, but this is almost twice as much as Pliny? Oh well, its definitely better than average, but the price seems way higher than average too. Eh, if you feel like being a balla, hit it up. The only thing disappointing about this beer is the price.

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,506 ratings.