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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,243 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,243
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 793
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 funkel81
4/5  rDev -8.9%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of valdieu2
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

valdieu2, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky, dirty-looking orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Cruddy color, but amazing retention and lacing.

S: Damn! Fresh, ripe tropical fruit and citrus. Papaya, mango, orange, green apple, vanilla, bright pale malt, a bit of spicy alcohol. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever sniffed.

T: Extremely balanced. Smooth citric hop with some tropical sweetness behind. Squeezed orange, apricot jam, a bit of mango, grass. Big herbal, leafy taste as well. Fresh grain and pale malt, a bit cakey in the finish with some spice to it. Moderate pithy bitterness builds throughout but never overpowers the other hop elements and the malt. Peppery alcohol apparent but in balance.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: This was a delicious experience. MBC is very good at keeping the flavor profile restrained and balanced.

Etan, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip...

Poured a hazy dark orange/brown color with a thick off white head.

Smelled immediately of citrusy hops. Slight piney scent as you inhale deeper. Almost some honey smells mixed in. Very very fresh smelling. One of the more potent smelling IPAs I have had.

Taste is awesome. Such a refreshing flavor. At first it is citrusy and sweet. Orange/grapefruit/lemon tastes. It finishes bitter. For a 7% ABV, you cannot detect alcohol at all. Scary drinkable.

Mouthfeel was a bit light to me, almost watery. Would have liked a thicker mouthfeel, but the thinner mouthfeel almost makes it that more refreshing.

Overall - WOW. Awesome IPA. Only knocked it down for the appearance and the mouthfeel - which are only afterthoughts when you smell and taste this one. Well done, welll done.

TWStandley, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of BPudd
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BPudd, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/20/2012.

Dark, muddy pour with tons of frothy white head. Great retention & lace. Lots of fresh hops and caramely malts in the aroma. Sharp, piney hops dominate the taste. Malt backbone is there but not as prominent as I'd like. Creamy body sells the experience.

A solid IPA that adheres to the West Coast style, though I prefer the citrusy, malty East Coast brews.

brystmar, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Miamilice, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of RobHigby
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

RobHigby, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of fubofnic
5/5  rDev +13.9%

fubofnic, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of EZE123
5/5  rDev +13.9%

EZE123, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

wesley14, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

metalgdog, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -8.9%

dudeabides76, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 3/22/12, consumed on 3/28/12
Poured into a pint glass

A: Bottle conditioned so naturally quite a bit of haze in the body. Orange/brown with some amber red hues in the direct light. Head is fluffly and billowy looking slightly off-white in color. Lacing is huge and sticky, the same goes for the retention leaving a thick cap behind.

S: Let this one warm up a bit as initially there wasn't much of anything other than faint earthy hops. Nice citrus notes come through with a bit of pineapple and orange, but there's a very grounded earthy hop profile here. Some pine and good amounts of caramel toasted malts on the back.

T: Nicely bitter up-front with some pine elements. Mid-palate brings in the subtle citrus fruits - more orange and a bit of mango. It's not forward in these flavors however, it's incredibly balanced out by its malt backbone. Bready and toasted malts take the back end.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied with a nice coating feel to it. Not overly creamy and smooth like others in the style but not too much to complain about.

This was a nice East Coast made IPA that had a good balance of citrus and earthy hops, along with a grounded malt base. Not my favorite IPA ever but a really tasty and enjoyable one at that.

ShanePB, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Massbmx, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of TMath524
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

TMath524, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA that I hope to be able to drink on a regular basis

MDDMD, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of rmalinowski4
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

rmalinowski4, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of brez8791
2.25/5  rDev -48.7%

brez8791, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of pburland23
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having Peeper and Zoe, I was excited to finally see Lunch on the store shelf here in Pennsylvania.

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, tawny orange. Two fingers of crisp, bright white head. Head quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: Lots of juicy American hops. Big citrus notes...orange, mango, and pineapple. A second, deeper inhale did reveal the hint of a rich, caramel maltiness.

Taste: The taste was not exactly what I expected. But, I guess that's the hallmark of the Maine Beer Company. It's hoppy and bitter but not a pungent hop bomb. The finish of the sip revels a touch of malt before ending with one more smack of bitterness. What's impressive is that the nose of the beer gets you thinking about what the taste will be but then the taste is more nuanced than you could imagine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. At 7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable. Carbonation is a bit light. I could have used a little more fizzy snap.

Overall: Lunch was worth the wait. It's one of the more interesting American IPAs on the market. If you see it, grab one. It'll surprise and impress.

pburland23, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

guezarka, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

harp00nfan, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -8.9%

polishkaz, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of StaEva
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

StaEva, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of bpolglaze
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bpolglaze, Mar 16, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,243 ratings.