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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,228 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2228
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%


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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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/22/12 notes. Thanks to Retail1LO for sending me this in the Birthday BIF…been a big Want of mine. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium brown-orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Nice and hoppy, and very fruity. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of grapefruits, citrus hops, lemons, oranges, pine hops, light tropical fruits. Some bitterness in the taste from all the hops. Nice, but I liked the nose a lot more.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but some bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was great, very fresh and hoppy, with a lot of oranges and fruits. Taste was very good as well, with some bitterness and a lot more grapefruit. Would certainly like to have this one again, and would certainly buy it if I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 16:29:56 | More by mdfb79
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a 500ml bottle.
Bottled: 01-24-2012

Pours a hazy and cloudy light straw golden color but with some murky orange hints. There is a huge 2 inch white head that forms that is quite dense and frothy. Very good looking and with great retention. A nice dirty looking IPA.

Aroma easily scores the highest rating. Strong citrus notes with grapefruit and orange peel all around followed by nice tropical notes of mango and some papaya. Nice resinous piney hop notes are felt throughout. very dank and delicious. Make my mouth water. Slight biscuity malt notes are perceived but the strong hop-bomb notes make me very happy.

Starts off light and refreshing with a clean citrusy hop palette. Notes of tangerine and some tropical notes as well as some sweet pineapple are then turned into a nice herbal and grassy hop note. This then turns into a dry bitter and more citric note with some nice toasty malt and bread note in the background. The finish is nice and dry and bitter. Nearly perfect. Mouthfeel is crisp dry and bitter. Very nice brew. Awesome hop note and good background malt grain notes.

Very good offering. Im very impressed by this small brewery offering and glad Im able to keep getting them thanks to this site.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:52:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Finatic

Florida

4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 1-24-12 poured into a chilled Green Man Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a big white, frothy head that recedes every so slowly. Lacing thick and sticky and just hangs on the glass.

S: Huge hop notes sting the nostrils in a nice way, huge amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and traces of pine as well.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of citrus flavors overwhelm the palate. I like the piney aftertaste which is balanced perfectly and offsets the citrus nicely.

M: Medium bodied and perfect carbonation, has a nice resin-like sticky taste.

O: This would be in my fridge all the time if it were readily available in FL.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:21:34 | More by Finatic
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, bottled on 1/24/12. Pours a hazy dark orange, with a two inch sticky white head, with awesome retention and tons of lace. Smell tangerine, pineapple, mango, and pine. Taste like the nose would have you expect, with some grapefruit in the finish. Body is perfect not big or small, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is one of the best I have had, wish it was easier to find and more affordable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 22:19:19 | More by SawDog505
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tulip - 1/24/12 freshness date

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with some darker tones. A thick, frothy head rests on top of the brew, retaining very well with nice legs. Spotty webs of lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Pretty inviting aroma with an enormous amount of citrus character. Grapefruit is right up front with some orange and pineapple notes. Hints of bread and caramel with very little warmth.

Bold and bitter up front with powerful juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit really sings on this one with juice and peel tones - pithy and pulpy accompanied by some orange tones. Touches of pineapple and more tropical tones add in some sweetness. Milder malt backbone adds in some biscuit and caramel touches. Not overly sweet at all, but the beer still manages to temper the hoppy citrus. Finishes bitter and very juicy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, explosive juiciness and sticky feel. In an avalanche of IPAs, this is one to remember - I'd definitely like more of this. I'm also a fan of the packaging, even though the pricing isn't the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:12:37 | More by xnicknj
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cradke

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange and red. A very fluffy, fine, 2 finger thick head that fills the tulip. Hazy.

Smell: A nice hop profile. Not overly bitter or citrus, seems pretty well balanced and in line for an IPA.

Taste: Interesting. A unique IPA in that there actually isn't an overly absurd amount of hop profile here. It's really nicely done, but almost understated. A good balanced profile allows for a good amount of malt to come through which plays surprisingly well with the citrus notes. Semi sweet with some interesting fruit notes here. Some grapefruit, but i'm getting some light white wine and even some lime notes out of it.

Mouthfeel: Nice, and solid. Good amount of carbonation. Plays well across the palate.

Overall: Wow. I'm really impressed but for reasons I really wasn't expecting. This beer is one of those beers you have every once in a while that makes you really rethink what you've been drinking. Most of the IPA's and DIPA's are all about cramming as many hops into the bottle as possible. This one takes a different approach and makes a beer that the hops taste great in. It's incredibly drinkable and one of the best IPA's i've had.

Serving: Bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 07:19:17 | More by cradke
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thick white head and lots & lots of sticky lacing. Slightly hazy amber orange body, plenty of carbonation flying up the glass.

Wallop of oranges, grapefruit, and pine. The yeast is giving off some nice nutty and fruity notes here too. Light sweet malt and floral undertones. Like all other Maine beers smell is clean and fresh.

A mild citrus flavor peaks right away but is quickly swallowed up by a good bitter punch on the palate. Very dry finish, little bit sticky, and hop bitterness left through the aftertaste. Hops also lend to some spice in the feel as well. Reminds me of Jai Alai. (only in the way the spice lends itself to the IPA). Nutty and fresh cut grass character comes through in the finish. Everything is blended together nicely and the carbonation makes all the elements feel very clean and in place. The only downside, I'd like for some more of the orange/grapefruit, and other citrus hop flavors to carry through a little more. The backend is a bit more feel than taste.

Another solid and above average beer from Maine Beer Co. I really like this a lot and would drink this regularly if I could get it. This is a brewery who has some magic in their yeast strains. I've also had Old Mean Tom, Zoe, and Peeper and the carbonation and mouthfeel on these beers are incredible.

[93/100]

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:39:41 | More by mindspin315
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy honey color with a huge puffy white head, three fingers tall at least, displaying excellent retention and leaving a crusty full coat of lacing on the glass. Amazingly attractive beer. Floral aroma, thick with citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of fruity hops in the taste, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mostly, pithy; a very nice sweet, bready malt base that comes out more when the beer comes closer to room temperature. Smooth and clean on the palate, medium body, and extremely drinkable. Exemplary.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 00:32:09 | More by Rifugium
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2-4-2012
Bottle dated 012412

1.9 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice brown/golden/orange color, sort of a light hazy natural honey color. It’s very hazy and glows when you hold it up to the light. Only a moderate pour produces a crazy thick foamy colored head. The bubbles are very small, but get bigger as it sits there. Really good amounts of lacing to it.

Smell is very subtle and sweet, but very nice. Pretty citrusy, grapefruit and lemon zest. Citrus is the main profile here, but behind that there are some nice pine notes as well. In addition there are some nice floral and very slight herbal aromas as well. Sweetness present so nicely accompanied by the malts.

Taste is as equally as excellent. Bitterness to sweetness ratio is good from the hops and malts. Initially it starts a little weak, but it’s all just an illusion. After a nice sip, the flavor all really lingers the whole way through. Starts of with plenty of citrus: tangerine, grapefruit, and a little more lemon zest to finish off the citrus flavors. Slight sweetness, natural sugary syrup and pine. Really nice flavors all together, I wouldn’t say it was all that it’s worth the hype except how well the flavor lingers, makes it all the better.

Great carbonation level and smooth. Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and sweet with a nice, clean and dry bitter finish. Reasonably complex throughout and it the flavor lingers. Overall a really nice beer, lingering flavor is the best part.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:51:38 | More by AndyAvalanche
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef! Bottled Jan 24th 2011, ooo she's a freshy!

A real nice creamy and very nicely uniform micro pin sized bubbles, snow white and is three fingers deep. Body color is a bit bronze and orange, slightly murky but still real nice looking color, and lots of clumpy lacing while drinking.

Great creamy smell off this, woody pine like hop, small malt presence. Earthy, dense, deep.

Palate hits with a nice match of the nose. Woody like pine, but an incredibly soft body. Creamy palate, dry rooftop mouth on the finish. Very palate drying after much drinking. Not much citrus feel, perhaps some very faint orange in the finish after awhile.

Overall, it's a little one dimensional, slightly raw feeling too, but what a dimension it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:37:56 | More by smakawhat
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy hazy amber ale. A great big, super tall off white head is produced on the pour. this fluffy billowing head leaves lacing aplenty. Hop aroma is excellent with a bouquet of herbal and floral and a touch of pine. Not picking up much in malts, but in fragrant beers like this do you really care. First sip bodes quite bitter and dry with a floral taste essence. Not as pungent as the nose leads us to believe. Caramel malts are found towards the end with a low level of diaceytl, thats not an issue here since it is quite low. This beer finishes smooth and with a semi-dry after taste. Pleasing to look at, smell and drink although the flavor is a bit muted still excellent none the less. I'm jumping on the MBC bandwagon right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 12:24:56 | More by micromaniac129
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange/gold with 3 fingers of light, fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a thick layer of lacing. Slightly hazy with low carbonation.

N: BAM! It's like a bomb of orange citrus. A little lemon makes an appearance along with cantaloupe and light notes of pine, pineapple and mango.

T: Navel orange, pineapple, honeydew melon, mango and faint pine upfront. Mid-palate brings in balanced caramel, lemon zest, orange and cantaloupe. Finishes juicy with orange, lemon, melon, hints of pineapple and ever-so-subtle pine and grassy florals.

M: Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: An incredibly juicy and balanced IPA. Cantaloupe and honeydew flavors are unique and the citrus and tropical fruits don't hurt at all. I finished my pint in record timing and am left wanting more. EXCELLENT!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:11:56 | More by justintcoons
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into some glasses.

This came out nice. Lunch is a copper bronzish color with a nice billowy bright white head with great retention and stick. Nice legs on this one.

Smell is bright with citrusy pungent hops exploding with ripe mango, grapefruit and the like. The malt really does not make a whimper here. Some pine trailing the tropic pack.

Unlike the nose, the pine and oily resiny hops come out to play in taste and clash with the tropics. It's a great battle though and Im torn. Anywho. Pine up front, pineapple, grapefruit, resinous hops, and I guess malt?

Feel is light bodied and dry going down and there is a very nice amount of bitterness all the way through. It's carbed up plenty and overall, Lunch lets you know that it's there.

Great stuff. Really impressed with the beer here. Not the most balanced IPA out there, alot of clashing going on, but hey, this is from the East Coast and we are not known for our IPA's. I can seriously say that this is worth a go, if fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:57:24 | More by BARFLYB
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bc102782

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review ever :)

Poured into a snifter.

Poured a light beautiful orange color with a almost white head that vanished fast and left a nice sticky ring as I drank it.

Something about the hopped aroma that I couldn't get enough of. Couldn't quite tell what hop smell it was but I loved the smell every time I took a sip.

Taste great hoppy flavor which was not to overpowering and yet had a great bite at the end.

Over all I loved this beer and price was spot on, up there or above all my other faver

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:22:00 | More by bc102782
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Its color looks like hazy caramel with a white foam cap that stays until the end.

On the aroma, the hops are a little juicy, but also earthy. There's a bready caramel malt backbone with a slight candied fruit touch.

The juicy hops come through in the flavor. It's accompanied by a sense of hearty, grainy bread. The hops turn spicy/earthy on the back and leave a lingering bitter finish.

Full bodied for an ipa. Smooth and carbonated well.

This is an IPA that pushes towards DIPA without completely becoming one. Full bodied, hoppy ipa that leans more on the earthy side than the citric side. It keeps balance in mind while still trying to showcase hops. It's definitely an east coast ipa, and a very good one. Problem is, it doesn't warrant its cost. Nice to have once, but I won't buy it any time soon again. I can get the same fix from an equally good ipa that's more affordable and easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:17:04 | More by jbertsch
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date on bottle: 1/24/2012, very fresh
poured into a duvel tulip
first BA review:
Appearance: very solid Golden color, slightly darker than most single ipa's, pour revealed a very thin white head
Smell: very sweet, with a hint of pine, sweetness dominates the hops in the aroma
taste: very smooth and refreshing, very drinkable, taste is sweet, creamy and full of citrus, I think this would be a good start to introduce the inexperienced to the world of ipa's because the hops are used more to balance the beer and not to dominate the taste as some ipa's are, the hops slowly reveal themselves through the taste and shine mostly in a dry refreshing aftertaste. The 2 glasses i poured disappeared extremely fast without myself even noticing it, two main words: balanced and smooth
mouthfeel: on the medium/light side, smooth and crisp but definitely not watery

Overall i enjoyed this beer and i'm glad i got the chance to try it fresh, I could see this beer being a good sessionable ipa that won't overwhelm your taste buds after a few, but the price point is too high for me for a session beer, so i probably won't be picking this one up again very soon but i did enjoy it and would like to try more of what Maine brewing co. has to offer

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:48:15 | More by DelicateDelirium
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh shipment of lunch picked up today, poured into a duvel snifter

A- pours a hazy amber/copper almost brownish... nice white almost 1 finger fluffy tight bubble head.

S- tropical citrus, pine, a nice aroma... the only thing that stopped me from giving it a higher mark here was i wish the aroma was a bit more full bodied and pungent.

T- a nice brisk piney hop bite, citrus, pinneapple, orange peel. a very nice blend of flavors, everything working very well, well rounded.

M- as mentioned above, well rounded medium/light, just right to be highly drinkable, goes down smooth, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. oh yah and just the right amount of light/medium carbonation. almost creamy.

O- a very good ipa, one that i try to grab a bottle of whenever a fresh case comes to town, always a nice treat and a must try, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:13:44 | More by PeterIngemi
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/24/12 bottle. Pours copper orange with a fluffy head. Nose is an array of bright hops, tropical fruit. Floral. Focus is more on fruit flesh than on pine and grapefruit rind. Pretty dry in the mouth throughout, bitter and long, some grassy floral qualities. Very nicely balanced but not much expression in the mouth between hop and malt. Light biscuit toward the back palate, a nice crisp delivery there. Nice stuff, not something I'm going to go nuts over.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:11:46 | More by JAXSON
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 012412, so really freaking fresh.

Looks great, but appearance matters little to me. Orange/amber, hazy, thick fluffy white head with good retention. It is also very active and leaves thick lacing.

The nose consists of juicy hops at first. It is floral and citrusy, primarily, with a nip of pine. I don't notice much in the way of malt backing, and I feel some boozy warmth, even if I don't really smell it. But I notice, on successive pours, that the hoppy aromatics tend to dissipate and some boozy esters and just plain booze creep in and take over. Still, she smells well.

I am much less enamored with the taste, the most important characteristic. It's just doesn't have the malt character to support and balance the hops in to the extent that I prefer. I definitely don't see how this can be a 4.3 overall (at the time of this writing), aside from understanding the hype factor as it relates to BA scoring. Bitterness is moderate, from the first sip through the finish, which I like. And there is a good deal of hop flavor, to my buds mostly citrus and some pine. But I'd like some more malt character and at least a wee nip of sweetness, which I can almost but not quite detect. It's a good tasting brew, well made, but doesn't really fit into the sub-genre of IPA that really floats my boat. I guess an easier way of saying that is that it's too dry.

Well carbonated, thin-ish medium body, and overall very dry character, especially in the finish. I'd like more body. The bitterness is present but restrained.

I reckon this is what the brewers intended, and it is a very well made beer. And apparently lots of folks think it is even better than that. But to me it is just another good IPA, but not one that stands out above the others in any significant way. I am a fan of Maine Beer Co and will continue to support and try their stuff. But I like my IPA's with more malt character and body than Lunch has. I understand that many others like them dry, like this one is, and that's fine. Just not for me on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:12:52 | More by sprucetip
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Wasatch

Utah

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Bottle Dated: 102511

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice two-finger creamy off-white head, with some very nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, nice citrus note, with some pineyness. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with a nice malt balance, nice citrus note, and some very slight pine notes. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitterness finish. This is another very tasty brew from MBC, always a joy to try these. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:56:34 | More by Wasatch
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

102511 dated bottle into a pint glass.

Golden amber with orange high lights and a small, foamy head rests on top. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top, and big time lacing as it is drank down. One of the best looking IPAs I have had in a while, the head is so dense and foamy it is unreal.

A dose of pine resin and tangerine zest hit your nose at first, with waves of graham cracker and fresh baked bread behind it.

Pine resin and tar on the tongue at first, then a hint at citrus and flowery notes. Much less fruity on the tongue, and a hint of ginger as well. The grain influence is minimal but can be best described as buttery Ritz crackers or fresh baked bread.

Medium bodied with a hint at carbonation, a tad sticky.

Good resin with a hint at citrus, nice subtle malt profile as well. Honestly, I expected a bit more but it was my own fault for that. A solid IPA, glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:02:50 | More by auroracrisis
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date stamped 102511. I assume that means this beer is just over two months old. Served in my Smutty Big Beer tulip.

Appearance is nearly perfect. Billowy white head on a clear orange-red body. This looks like the kind of IPA I wish I could brew.

Nose is sharp citrus hops, really nice at first. However second sniffs expose a soapy quality that is a bit off-putting.

Flavor is crisp, clean, light malt with a delicious hop profile that is truly satisfying. Much more citrus than pine, overall IBUs are certainly up there, but the perceived bitterness is rather restrained. Mango, lemon, really interesting things going on here in the hop flavors I'm getting. A really nice, clean-tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel is zippy and effervescent, as if Alka-Selzer made an IPA. And I mean that in a good way, really!

Overall this is a very nice beer. I wish I didn't get that sopay smell, or I would rate it higher. I have another one in the beer fridge, and I will re-visit this review if redemption is due.

Mean Old Tom is next, looking forward to i!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 21:07:01 | More by ghostwalker
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Slow pour still produces a sizable head; dull amber glow sans sediment. Fresh clementines, nectarines, strawberry taffy, toasted bread, nutty yeast and fresh-cut grass in the nose. Rustic, smooth yet bitty mouthfeel—a beer of sub- stance. Tame bitterness, though the flavor flogs the taste buds for a while. Nice hop bite with citric and herbal flavors, and some spice in the middle as the dry maltiness tries to rise above. Apple and pear fruitiness, warming alcohol and graininess try to stave off the hop flavor, but it just keeps pushing along. Pretty amazing brew, bringing back some clout for the true East Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 13:26:03 | More by BeerAdvocate
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:15:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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HosP

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this want from a generous StormKing47. Big thanks!

A- Pours a nice darker shade of copper/amber. Fluffy white head on top with great lacing left on glass.

S- Lots of hops. Pine hop aroma comes through most dominant. Citrus and floral hop notes as well.

T- Interesting taste to this. Big burst of piney hop flavor. Bitterness up front with the hops. Some citrus flavor mixed in. Sweetness cuts through in the middle and finishes it off. Caramel malts at the end really fight the bitterness.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation

O- Good beer. Interesting flavors for this IPA. Very easy to drink though. Would love another one of these. Really glad I got to try this one out!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:54:19 | More by HosP
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