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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 796
Gots: 455 | FT: 16
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

standardcherry, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

derkfromwi, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with frothy dwelling lace. Aroma is pine hops skank, in a good way.

Taste is sweet out of the gate, citrus in the middle, with a piney close. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is incredible. If anyone asked me, I would certainly do lunch.

ppoitras, Apr 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Billakowski, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

drewone, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of DCas90
5/5  rDev +13.9%

DCas90, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of brooklynbrews
4/5  rDev -8.9%

brooklynbrews, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of iambobbyclark
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

iambobbyclark, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jonetone
5/5  rDev +13.9%

jonetone, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

wildcats10, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown unfiltered as always from Maine. with a big off white head. Good lacing.

Smells of some citrus and earthy hops with a cracker and grainy smell.

Similar flavor to the nose. Some earthy and citrus hops with a good lingering bitterness on the finish. Good but nothing overwhelmingly great about it.

Good mouthfeel with lowish carbonation levels.

Good, but not quite as awesome as I expected. I may actually prefer Mo to this. It was a little light on upfront flavor for me.

jmarsh123, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy dark orange. Pours with a really fluffy 1-2 finger head. Leaves a good amount of lacing and the head won't dissipate fully. It really sticks around, which I always love in a beer.

S - Big citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of sweetness from the malt. It does smell quite nice for an IPA. Typically I prefer to be blasted by a huge DIPA's nose, but this is still really fruity and delicious smelling.

T - A pretty bold flavor for a single IPA. It's got a nice malt backbone, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. It's not quite as good as the smell unfortunately. Still a really solid entry to the IPA category.

M - Carbonated well. Refreshing and very easy drinking. I could session this if it wasn't for the abv.

O - I really enjoy this. I won't be buying it again due to the price. 500ml was $6.55. No thanks, but I really wanted to try it once. Disregarding the price, I definitely recommend this. Might as well try it once, I definitely don't regret my purchase.

nrs207, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

muskiesman, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

zekeman17, Apr 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

phils93rul, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Neffbeer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

rdilauro, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

juliusseizure, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

henskejk, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber color. Two fingers of off white with amazing retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass as you sip.

S- nice foundation of dry biscuity malt aromas hit the nose at first. hop aromas blend in with floral, grassy and grapefruit peel notes. There isn't a huge nose on this beer but it is quite nice and well constructed.

T- starts off with pine and grapefruit peel hop flavors with some spicy, woody and floral notes. Great hop bitterness hits mid palate with a bit of a dusty yeasty character. Finishes dry with some cracker like malt and a lingering leafy hop flavor.

MF- prickly juicy mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great soft carbonation that creates a wonderful smoothness.

D- one of my favorite aspects of this beer is the superb drinkability.

Overall a very good IPA.

Viciousknishs, Apr 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Crawfordesquire, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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

valdieu2, Apr 03, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,266 ratings.