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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

623 Reviews
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Reviews: 623
Hads: 4,218
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,048
Gots: 915 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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.
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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lunch from from Maine Beer Company
Score: 91

Bottled on 03/22/12. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/05/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly reddish orange color. Held up to light, the beer has a blood orange core that fades to a dull golden yellow at the top and bottom of the glass. One finger of off-white frothy and bubbly head at pour quickly settles to a bubble ring and thin foggy layer atop the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet and juicy tropical citrus and pine. Pineapple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. A light amount of spicy caramel too. 4/5

Taste: Sharp bitter hops and grapefruit/lemon upfront. Spiced caramel backbone. Lots of earthy hop oils and fresh mulch. Touch of barley malt. A straightforward and refreshing IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation that makes the hops prickle the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very bitter, slightly spicy IPA that is every bit as good as Exponential Hoppiness.

Recommendation: Seek this one out

Pairings: Spicy Thai food.

Cost: $6.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle. (1,150 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time. (477 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for. (1,774 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1221st Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
500Ml

Bottled 3/22/12
Thanks to Twstandley for this one

App- A whole hell of a lot darker than I thought. Very murky and cloudy and more like a caramel thats not burnt yet. A bit orange, brown, yellow and gold. A large 2 finger head with some great cling that just sticks to the glass.

Smell- A bit of a damp, old, biscuity hoppy aroma with an undercutting of citrus. A tad bit muddled in the glass but doesnt smell bad by any means just not as vibrant or alive as other American IPAs

Taste- Has a very nice hoppy creamy flavor with a bit of a peppery note to balance out some damp orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Not the most vibrant flavors but I get where they wanted to take this one.

Mouth- The body is a tad too thick for me. It needed to be a bit less creamy and a bit thinner to let some flavors shine. This has a medium low carbonation level with a bit of creaminess behind it as well.

Drink- A very nice larger ABV at 7% IPA. Was a bit damp and thick but not all IPAs are super bitter hoppy and dry. I would like this one again. (1,084 characters)

Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of nrs207
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of RobHigby
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

An unfiltered orange, nearly amber, with a pillowy, persistent, near-white head that leaves the glass covered in spots and webs of lace. In my experience, Maine Beer Company makes beautiful beers.

A decidedly West Coast IPA aroma, with lots of citrus, a bit of pine, and some floral notes as well--very hop-forward.

Moderately bitter, fresh citrus hop character, like pineapple and grapefruit, mild pine, and some sweet caramel malt. Complete and impressive.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though it leaves a long, lingering bitter note on the palate.

A very nice, West Coast style IPA from the Northeast. I'm very glad I got the opportunity to try this one. (732 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Sample into a tulip.

A - Looks like a prototypical IPA. Maybe a touch darker. Good head.

S - Wow. Smells AMAZING. So much fruit on the nose. Maybe a hint of pine. Good mango pineapple stone fruit goodness.

T - Definitely was a minor letdown. A good amount of the fruit stays in the taste, but it dissipates almost immediately. Very little bitterness and none of it lingers.

M - Way too thin. No lingering hoppiness. And did I mention too thin? I don't want my IPA's to be too malty, but there has to be some backbone in there to help showcase the hops.

O - I wanted to give this beer a 3.75 overall, which isn't possible, unfortunately. But it's probably slightly closer to 4 than 3.5. This beer had set me up to think it was gonna be an absolute monster that lived up to the minor hype it was getting. No dice on that. Sad. One and done, like Derrick Rose (minus the whole not taking the SAT thing, which doesn't fit into the whole analogy). (959 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7% ABV, 012412 on label (produced I'm guessing). "Bottle conditioned. Contains live yeast. Sediment is all natural. Serve in a glass with or without a complete pour. Enjoy this beer fresh. Hoppy beers do not age well."

I've had the pleasure of sampling this before so thank you Rochefort10NH for shooting another tasty bottle of it over my way!

A - Bits of chunky sediment drift through the dirty apricot orange beer to the bottom. Maybe this beer will BE lunch... It's pillowy cream head coats the glass in sheets of dense lace as it plateaus down slowly. Side note, the simple design on the label is fantastic.

S - Hop-tastic, Lunch bursts fourth with a plethora of fresh hop aromatics of American goodness! Freshly squeezed grapefruit coats the sticky pine resin aroma. Solid malt really balances well with it's honey-drizzled flaky biscuit and sweet pils malt nose.

T - As the aroma would suggest, Lunch is a citrus-forward American IPA that's full of grapefruity goodness. Delicate earthy grass and dry leaf follow cautiously as pine finishes the complex hop profile out. Dry, toasted biscuity malt balanced with a touch of caramelized sugar but this beer leaves the sweetness to the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, Lunch isn't a filling meal but it remains completely satisfying through the balanced hop profile. Dry-finishing, plenty of hop resin and bitterness linger on the tongue long after it's been swallowed.

O - Superbly crafted, Lunch is an excellent American IPA from Maine Beer Co. with a powerful hop profile that remains delicately balanced. And what's more, Maine Beer Co. recycles and gives back; a delicious IPA one can truly feel good standing behind! (1,731 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle date 01-24-12

A: Pours a hazy copper color, with a massive frothy 3 inch white head. Hangs around for a while with sticky lacing clinging the whole way.

S: Nose hits instantly with a citrus explosion. Lots of orange, grapefruit, as well as some tropical notes. Maybe mango? Quite possibly the best smelling IPA I've had.

T: A pungent, bitter hop bite right off the bat. The citrus from the nose is there, but much more subtle. Nice dry finish.

M: Light-medium body with a really creamy texture.

O: An excellent drinking experience. Any IPA lover should go out of their way to try this. (597 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7.00 from Abe's.

Shiny deep copper, excellent clarity, four fingers of highly whipped just-off-white cream. Good lacing.

Inviting aromas of orange and pine.

Quick caramel beginning, quickly overwhelmed by juicy oranges, a burst of pine, and a big bite of bitter. Bitter carries the afterglow.

Medium mouthfeel is juicy but substantial.

A winning entry among new East Coast IPAs. (384 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,268 characters)

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.