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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 630
Hads: 4,277
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 1,070
Gots: 939 | 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 BeerResearcher
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. dark brown bottle. Bottled date 10-25-11
Served in a SA perfect pint glass
It pours a hazy goldish copper color with a full 2" beige head on top along with loads of sticky and patchy lacing.
A smell of pink grapefruit rises at once, followed by smells of bready malt, lemon zest, mixed fruit and whiff of gin in the vapors.
The flavors are juicy and citrusy up front. Slightly sweetened grapefruit, zesty limes, resinous hops roll around in a pool of creamy caramel malt. Minor tastes of pine, pepper and herbal mint peek in the finish. A little alcoholic fuminess is felt more than tasted. You're aware of its presence, but not confronted by it.
This is, at the moment my very favorite IPA! Incredible IPA!

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Photo of stonermouse
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/25. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours clean, yellow with a hint of amber. Good carbo and gorgeous pillowy head.

Hop blast in the aroma. Citrus bubbles up and smacks the nose.

The flavor is very clean yet complex. Citrus continues up front and in the finish. Nice sweet malt backing, with biscuity withjust a touch of caramel. Finishes dry, but not too sticky.

Mouthfeel cleans up nicely. The dryness in the finish goes quickly, leaving a grapefruit aftertaste that is potent yet pleasant.

Seems like a lot of hype around this brew, mostly due to scarcity I suspect. Get it if you can, but there are comparable and more readily available IPAs.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, .9 fl oz poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Tasting for the batch bottled 10/25/11.

This is as close to a perfect pour as I've ever seen in a beer. Perfectly clean, but with a hint of haziness that leaves my fingers only vaguely seen through the glass. Can something be both clean and hazy simultaneously? Yes, I'm holding it! Caramel color with hints of red. A gorgeous, white, thick, foamy head tops off the beer leaving behind a stained glass lace.

A wonderful nose full of pine, citrus, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and rosemary. It is bright, full of color, yet nicely balanced. As it sits, aromas of caramel malts begin to blend with the hops.

The mouth is perfectly balanced with a ton of upfront hopiness, but it never slaps you in the face. Lots of grapefruit, spruce, and a dry bitter finish that slowly evolves to reveal a malty background.

There is no hint of the ABV, but the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would expect.

Overall an incredible IPA. Very drinkable, complex but balanced, it's well worth it if you can get your hands on one. Kudos once again to Main Beer Company!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/15/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

The pour reveals an orange amber body with a one finger ecru cap. Some bubbles push their way north. The head fades to form a thin layer of foam and some chunky lace.

A bright nose that is brimming with nugget hops. Pine oil, grapefruit, tangerine, and perfumey, floral hops fill out a pleasing hop aroma. A light bed of caramel lends a little sweetness.

The flavor profile is just as inviting as the nose. Pine oils, white and ruby red grapefruit, and tangerines. The finish is sweet at first then a moderate bitterness and ruby red grapefruit take control.

Oily feel, chewy even. I like when an IPA comes in and takes no prisoners. This young man is right in my wheelhouse. The bitter, oily finish builds with each sip, just the way elite IPA's should.

This is easily an elite IPA. Bright, big hops with a clean backbone.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch, bottle bought for $5.99 at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Bottled October 25 and consumed in November 02.

Appearance: Lunch flows free and assertive like 2Pac’s flow, but with much more happiness. What a beautiful carbonation this beer has! And a perfect head too… one finger, foamy and lily-white, lasts and lasts.

Smell: Super fresh and aromatic, with honey, fresh flowers, just-squeezed orange juice and the works. A tad of melted caramel and butterscotch budino at the end, which adds a nice sweetness to the whole thing.

Taste: More of the same, with a hoppy kick not present in the nose and a dry finish. Spicy and lip-smacking at the end. Micro Marigold, edible flower taste. Watermelon and some mild grapefruit. Well-balanced, never overpowering or crazy. Elegant, a pleasure all around.

Mouthfeel: The weakest link of this otherwise amazing brew. Too thin, almost watery. Needs more body, carbonation and all around a kick in the ass in this department! Nice peppery finish, though. Incredibly fresh.

Overall: One of the freshest, most aromatic IPA’s out there. Truly unique and artisanal. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead, only a notch behind. A true class act, and incredibly drinkable to boot.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber with an off white head.

The smell is really deceiving it has a huge hop forward aroma, that makes u feel like you are about to step into hoptopia, but then the taste.

Taste slight, thats right slight hop bite grape fruit, lemon malty finish, ohhhh this is goood. this is dangerously drinkable. at $7 a bottle this could be pricy to like this beer i could down a few my self as a session.

mouthfeel is a bit thin, for as cloudy as the beer looked.

overall great beer will def trade for more in the future

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Photo of redleaves
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good dark amber nice head that sticks around. Scent is very pleasant. Hoppy and bready nose. Great flavor. Not as hoppy as the nose describes. Nice and full, malty backbone. Malts and hops are matched very wells. Although an amazing beer, I had my hopes up for one of the most amazing IPAs considering how fast it flies off the shelf, and it's good, but I would drink some easier to find and cheeper beers before I scoured the state for this. If Pliny does taste like this then I will not fly to Cali to get it. That being said I will buy it to support small, environmentally conscience, breweries. And it is really good beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Keith!

A: Pours a cloudy, copper-orange body with a small off-white head that vanishes quickly. During sips, some curtains are left on the sides of the glass.

S: Wow, what an aroma. Honeydew, kaffir lime, pineapple. It hits the citrus notes that I enjoy, but it differentiates itself enough to stand out from the standard grapefruit-tangerine-orange bouquet. It's very perfumey. Fantastic.

T: Fruit is evident, as is a small floral taste of rosewater. The lime and honeydew flavors are outstanding: very juicy. A touch of nectarine. Bitterness is restrained, which is how I like my IPAs.

M: The beer is medium-bodied, with a semidry finish. No lingering hop oils. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, but it works here, as there isn't much residue to clean up.

O: This was a complete surprise. I hadn't heard of this beer at all, didn't expect anything from it, and was very impressed.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a snifter. Dated 091511. Received in a trade.

A: Beer is a very cloudy deep copper/orange color. Very little off-white head, maybe a finger at most – all froth. Carbonation is evident.

S: All hops on the nose. Nice fruity aroma…mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon…a little orange peel. Some floral notes as well.

T: All bitterness up front…first sip: hops, second sip: hops, third sip: hops with some very mild caramel malt notes, enough to balance. Nice soothing grapefruit taste, some pine…definitely some lemon zest in there as well.

M: Very soothing, creamy full bodied beer. Coats the mouth completely. Finishes dry – very nice…and leaves some of that extra bitterness in the nooks and crannies of the mouth that you usually get from an IPA.

O: This is a very good beer. I can see why this has gotten the grades that it has. I don’t know that I necessarily prefer these softer fruity/floral hop notes in my IPAs…but that being said, there aren’t any negative aspects to this beer at all. It is well crafted and highly enjoyable. The mouthfeel is especially impressive. Would love an opportunity to try this one again.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton cam. Happy 25th

A - clouded amber body medium white head.

S - spicy and citrus. Really nice balanc. Clean and simple. Great stuff

T - bitter and earthy hops. Nice cotrus. Kind of subdued. Good stuff.

M - medium body. Smooth. A touch drying.

O - a darn good ipa. Comfortable taking it off my wants

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Photo of brew3crew
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/15/11 bottle date

A-orange body with white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-nice grapefruit/citrus smell. Very inviting

T-follows the nose but not as pungent. Still nice

M-medium body and smooty

O-very nice. Would really like to get more of this beer. And more from ththis brewery

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Photo of Cavery
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Drazzamatazz, thanks for getting this one out to me!

bottled July 2011, but still happy to get to try this.

A: Early morning light yellows with dashes of rustic oranges and gold flake beams. Micro bubble white cupcake frosting foams keep a convex shape out of the glass further resembling baked dessert items. Two finger head that leaves a high water mark scrambled egg lacing around the walls of the glass.

S: Definitely comes off floral, but the hop has faded to a point that this ceases to fit the style. That said, the smells are nice, solid notes of honey covered wildflower bouquets. some in between notes of honeydew melon and pineapple. Smells like the volume has been turned down, but the balance is noticeable.

T: Really pollen heavy florals with plenty of raw white honeys. Definitely some different sorts of "orange" like fruits that show their face here. Kumquat rinds, sweet limes, and some clementine flavors to complete a trio of uncommon citrus. Every flavor is met with that lingering smooth sweetness that I quickly associate with honeys or agave nectars. The taste makes me think more agave nectar than honey, but the florals adds a dimension of "pollen" which seems to be a tertiary note I get from the remnants of formerly potent hops.

M: Medium body with a soft blanket of feels. definitely has fallen off a bit with time, but no glaring holes. The mild bitterness definitely leaves me with a powdery sort of feel that appears behind light dryness and lingering old hop bitterness. This is more or less just the beer showing a bit of age. Could also be from an explosion of formerly undisturbed yeast from this bottle conditioned brew.

O: Really nice honey floral beer that I'd love to revisit super fresh. The beer is not a punch in the face but it certainly has some gets some high marks from me in terms of refined flavor. The beer is balanced with an unusually forward presence of florals that are kept very drinkable by a malty honey sweet malt backbone. Some nice juicy flavors from fruits as well, but these are all dusty with age. Would love to revisit, but really it's already evidently a very good beer.

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Photo of rbd13
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled 08-04-11

Pours murky deep amber with two and a half fingers of foamy head.
Nice citrus hops on nose.
Sweet candy flavor on the head, Hoppy with sweet malty flavors, sweetbread?
Hoppy bitterness on finish with a nice smooth mouthfeel.
Malt bomb IPA!?!

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a lemony, actually almost on the verge of lime to be honest, taste. This has a tart hoppy taste. Kind of floral. To be honest, I like the Zoe a bit more...it actually had a better pale ale taste to it, in my opinion. That's not to say this is a poor beer--it's quite delicious. I was just expecting something different perhaps.

Caramel color, completely opaque, solid bubbly white head. Nice hoppy, almost rye scent to it.

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Photo of Kendo
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lone bottle purchased at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. Date stamped on the bottle says 9/15/11 - I'm assuming that's a born-on-date, which makes this beer less than a month old. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber with a 1-finger off-white head that retains fairly well, leaving a nice cap of foam, and leaves behind good lacing.

S: Not overpowering in the nose, but a nice hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, peaches and a good amount of citrus (grapefruit).

T: Tropical fruit again - pineapple is noted, along with plenty of grapefruit. Also a touch of lighter apricot, then finishing with a residual piney bitterness. Touch of light malt underneath - some sweetness, some crackers. This is real close to a score of 5.

M: I think it deserves the 5 here. . . . Body is medium in heft, but nicely creamy. Carbonation is modest, allowing this one to go down easy. Quite cask-like in feel, actually.

O: Awesome IPA. I'd put this up against Sculpin, Stone IPA, Masala Mama and other world-class IPAs, and expect it to be right in the mix. I wish I had bought more, as I have no idea when (if?) I will be able to get this again.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking, burnt orange. Very hazy, cream colored head. Excellent lacing:

T: A really broad array of hop aromas, not much malt to speak of. Leaning toward juicy here, with some dank resinous touches.

T: Tangerine juice hop profile. Not much of a "bite" up front, sweet and juicy. Bitterness builds nicely toward the finish to round things out. Malt is more apparent than the nose, but is quite subdued. I would guess this to be less than 7% ABV.

M: A little thin in body, but carbonation is on.

O: Another contender from the Northeast. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier VT

Appearance: Hazy vintage stratocaster sunburst orange with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Some pine resin and lemony citrus. Not mild but not impressive either.

Taste: Same as the nose with a big lemon finish....almost tastes like the lemon note from brett but its more likely sorachi ace hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not an offensive beer but far from inspiring. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle, identical to the type Russian River uses for Pliny/Pig, into a DFH Chalice.

A - Going in blind, the appearance for this kind of brew was pretty strange. It kind of looks like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a slight haze to it. Lacing lasts forever with a nice bone white head.

S - WOW. This stuff smells incredible. Seems like a very similar hop-bill to Pliny the Elder, not much maltiness on the aroma. What really sets this brew apart is the light hints of lavender from whatever hop they're using. Outstanding.

T - Absolutely lives up to the scent. Perfect hoppiness with a minor but present malt backbone. Definitely hop-forward, and the lavender definitely comes through a tad and it's quite pleasant. Extremely citrusy, and almost clementine-like. Very west-coast style. Stellar taste from this one.

M - Could use a taaad more carbonation, but being bottle conditioned I can't fault it. Silky with a fine carbonation. Initial bitterness is drowned out by a wet smoothness.

O - Absolutely outstanding brew from Maine Beer Co. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see people catching on to this beer and spreading the word. You might just find this to be the next hyped beer from the northeast, possibly the east-coast, and deservedly so. If this is billed as a single-IPA, it's up there amongst the best I've had. Absolutely a must try.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber gold color with some haze, nice densely packed meringue like head with great retention and lacing. Scent is big on pine resin and juicy citrus, lightly sweetened malt backbone. Taste is quite bitter without leaning heavily towards piney or fruity, very fresh with a splash of herbal notes, malt backbone is light but sweet. Medium bodied, splash high in carbonation, dry finnish. Just a good IPA thats hard to describe because it follows all the rules but exceeded others in quality.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mountsnow1010. Cheers!

Bottled 091511

Pours a hazy nectarine color. Body rather cloudy and full of sediment. Three finger antique white head it seated atop. The head works its way back slowly. Thick lacing coats the walls of the glass.

Very prominent hop aroma. Juicy citrus fruit is countered by a bit of pine and floral aroma. Slight resinous note sit just behind. Very slight pale malt aroma, no crystal noted in the nose.

The flavor is not quite as assertive as the aroma, very pleasant and balanced though. Sweet citrus fruit, slight resin roll across the tongue. Bitterness is rather subdued. Balanced malt flavor, slightly sweet but with in appropriate proportion with the hops.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is a bit lower than I would like to see. The lack of carbonation makes the body seem a bit fuller. The finish is a bit long for an IPA.

I really like this beer, it would be a privilege to make this and everyday drinker. The aroma is outstanding, the flavor is well balanced and Lunch is just a tremendously easy beer to drink.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Interesting that they call this a pale ale, because it's not very pale. It honestly looks like apple cider in the glass, except with a generously frothy inch-thick head, with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Nose is full of that distinctive citrusy grapefruit aroma that is characteristic of good IPAs. A definite sweetness marks the overall smell of the beer, which is a good sign.

A nice, subdued maltiness to start, with a bit of grapefruit rind and clementine peel to go along with it. Transitions to a mild hop kick that isn't very bitter at all. Amazingly enough, there's some breadiness that is readily discerned. Not something I expect out of an IPA, that's for sure. Finishes on a slight bitter note that lingers just a bit. The 7% is only a wisp of booziness at the end that is easily missed. For a craft beer, it's on the light side in terms of body, but it goes down quite well and has a drying finish that leaves you wanting more.

Definitely not a hophead, but even I can appreciate a well-crafted IPA, which Lunch is. Would definitely love to try this even fresher and on-tap, but will probably have to make the drive up to Maine to do so. Not that I would have a problem with that.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch, well its after lunch but thats ok. Murky amber orange, not quite opaque but not transparent. A rather hard pour produces some head. Not the very prettiest beer but what a smell. Huge citrus and pine, so fresh. Can't get over how fresh, piney and citrusy this smells. Big hop flavor up front, resinous, pithy pine, some grapefruit like citrus. Bitter mid-palate through the finish. Obviously malt plays second fiddel here, but its just enough to balance the extreme hops. Kinda dryish finish, not cloying from over hoppiness. Just a hugely successful beer by Maine Brewing.

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Photo of dmgnyc
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my trusty Dead stealie pint glass, bottled on 9/15/11, consumed during the Steelers/Texans game.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger of solid head and very nice lacing that sticks to the pint on the way down. Clean nose of full on pine and grapefruit, maybe even some fresh strawberries. Very alluring.

Taste gives mouthfuls of clean pine and mandarin orange. Extremely crisp, hoppy, and easy to drink, with relatively unnoticeable alcohol for a 7% abv. A fine model of the style.

At around $8.00 for a pint bottle in NYC, it's a little pricey, but easily one of the best newfangled East Coast IPAs I've had in ages. If it ever becomes available in a six-pack....watch out, as it may rival Flower Power for my east coast go to IPA. Between this and Peeper Ale, Maine Beer Co. is killing it, and I'm thrilled that their distribution has reached NYC. Highly recommended.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/22/11

Appearance: Massive head (thanks to the bottle conditioning), fades and leaves great lacing - it's a hazy amber/copper/dark orange color - definitely a pretty beer

Smell: Nicely hoppy with some citrus, some pine, floral with a touch of grapefruit rind - definitely an IPA, but not a super-aggressive one - some nice malts in the background, toasty, biscuity

Taste: Simply great - some fresh grapefruit, orange, pine - nicely balanced with the malts, which are genuinely impressive - toasted, kind of like sweet biscuits, yet still pale - complex - nicely bitter - as the smell would suggest, this is not extreme, and it really works well - overall, this just tastes very clean and crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth and nicely carbonated - again, nicely crisp

Overall: Perhaps one of the best IPAs the East Coast has to offer

This beer is a treat. It's so clean and well-balanced. My only complaint is the bottle format. With a beer that is this easy to drink, I want to be able to buy a case of tallboys, not pay $6 for a 500mL bottle. Bottle conditioning works in cans, right?

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Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Tangerine-colored body, hazy appearance upon first pour. White, pinky-sized head to top. Small bubble streams slowly creep towards the head.

Smells of candied and dried mangoes with a bit of tamarind. Great amount of sweetness. Not really too hop forward, but more so towards sweet and sour. Malted barley hints in the background.

Considerably more hoppier than the Peeper Ale. Opens up with grapefruit and mango, eases into a bready base and then ends on a nice and dry bitterness.

Crisp and light-bodied. Thin bitterness and slight drying feel on palate. Very good. Satisfied the inner hophead in me. Easily my favorite offering from the MBC.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.