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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,384
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,090
Gots: 996 | FT: 22
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 LaCoursiere
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtardiff for getting me this in a trade. Bottled on 10/25/11. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a snifter.

A - A gentle pour yields a coppery orange color with a thin head. The head dissipated fairly quickly, and there's not much lacing. Gentle carbonation is visible.
Edit: I poured the second half of the bottle into my glass more aggressively and it developed a nice 1-finger head that retained well and produced nice lacing.

S - Excellent nose on this one. Plenty of grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple at the forefront with nice malty notes in the background.

T - Strong grapefruit with muted pineapple at first, then bready malts followed by a very faint caramel sweetness. The pine hop bitterness dominates the finish and lingers well into the next sip.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation that let's the hop flavors shine. The hop oils coat lightly and the finish is slightly dry.

O/D - Second type of beer from Maine Brewing Co. that I've had. They are definitely one of my favorite breweries from out east so far. Would drink this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing.

aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark amber/ruby. One finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops, grapefruit, orange peel, smooth grainy malts with grassy/earthy tones. Big, full aroma.

T/M: One word comes to mind: Fresh. Fresh hop flavor, fresh, crisp mouthfeel, fresh ingredients. Moderately light body. Not far from the nose, cirtus and sweet malts with a load of fresh hops. Utterly delicious. Moderately carbonated.

D: Fantastic.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a generous ME BA for this one, a 500ml bottle dated 10-25-11.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a gigantic frothy white head that shoots up to the top of the glass and doesn't recede at all.

Aroma is excellent, just chock full of juicy citrus, especially fresh pineapple, white grapefruit and hints of lemon zest. I'm get some pine resin as well as a lightly toasted malt presence as well.

Taste isn't quite as vibrantly citrusy as the nose though the first impression is bitter pithy grapefruit with a tart lemony kick in the finish. The malts are very subtle but definitely present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, maybe a touch too high for my liking but still solid feel.

This is a really nice and extremely drinkable IPA that focuses heavily on tropical fruits without getting too bitter.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rinhaak for this one!

Bottled 10.25.2011

A - Pours a very cloudy, dark orange with a large cream-colored head that lingers for a long time. Clumps of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Very Piney, slightly earthy.

T - Pine, grass, kinda herbal, slight citrus follows it up.

D - Silky smooth, but a nice hop kick. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Dark, silky, and smooth.

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Photo of adman08
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sidebordz for this one!
A-Pours a cloudy pale gold with a nice amount of fluffy white foam that leaves great lacing on the glass.
S-Very strong complex aromas of pine, herbal and citrus hops with a solid sweet malt presence.
T-Strong flavors of herbal and pine hops with a hint of citrus. Hops dominate but there is a good malt balance.
M-Seems slightly thin as far as body is concerned. Slightly sweet overall.
Overall, a very good IPA. The malt and hops balance nicely and the hop flavors are complex and blend together well. This is one of the best looking beers I've had and the aroma is excellent. It seems just a hint watered down but really not much, it may just be me. I was surprised, I really like this beer. I know a few people who would really enjoy this. A very good representation of the style.

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Photo of viaingo
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: American Style IPA
Color:Foggy dark gold color/ copper color.
Body: Foggy and lightly carbonated.
Head: Half inch white head. Lingered for a little bit.
Taste: Bitter, dry and hoppy. Despite its bitterness it is very smooth.
Aroma: Hoppy yet citricy smell. Very full bodied, a great IPA.

Overall this was a great representation of an IPA - Bitter, hoppy, foggy , yet smooth craft beer. I have not had the chance to drink an IPA for some time and this beer definitely got me infatuated with IPAs again. With only 4 types of beer available to purchase, Maine Beer Company is still a brilliant local craft beer maker that you need to check out.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sidebordz for sending this bottle my way. Bottled on 9/15/11.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, earthy hop aroma with lots of resinous oils and grassy, floral notes. Hints of soil-y pine needle countered by some tropical and citrus fruit notes. Subtle malt presence with some Graham and biscuit but the nose of this beer is dominated by the fresh hops.

Medium bodied, but on the fuller end, with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the malt backbone into a sticky, dry finish. Floral with lots of earthy pine flavor and sticky hop oils countered by a subtle citrus/tropical fruit presence. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel balance out the bitterness without overpowering them. Towards the end of the palate, the malt backbone is evident with subtle toffee, caramel and biscuit. Really well balanced and easy to drink with only slight boozy heat in the finish. Another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral hoppy, some nice warm biscuit malts to be smelled, which surprised me. And not a hint of citrus or pine . . . until a bit later as the hops calm and reveal more. I'm always surprised at how fast a super-hopped beer can start to collapse.

Hoppy business up in here. Do you like hops? Do you like them being the citrusy, sudsy, sharp, spicy, centerpiece? Tingles. This might be for you.

So clean and fresh.

Super-juicy piney-citrusy hops plow through, along with a decently concealed sweet malt body, bready, comes out in the nose later too. I would be interested to see how this tastes when it's not fresh, or even aged a bit - even though I'm not a fan of aging hoppy beers. Just a tongue assaulting array of hops. It has very similar hop profile to Smutty's Finest Kind, but seriously beefed up. Wowsers.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear medium honey, huge white head. Lots of sticky lace and lots of retention.

S - Heavy citrus hops and sweet malt, as expected.

T - On the dry side, very hop oriented, juicy at end, but mostly bitter.

M - Light to medium, good carb and balance for the style.

D - Extremely well done.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

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Photo of iflah45
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L Bottle dated 10/25 poured into my portsmouth tulip. Pours a semi-dark amber, no floaties, nice creamy frothy 2-3 finger head. Head recedes slowly. Simply beautiful.

hops hit you right as the bottle is cracked. Bursting with fruity citrus, dank pine, subtle grassy earthy hops. Also some great bready malty backbone evident.

The malt really comes up from behind and balances the taste well. Don't get me wrong, the hops shine through wonderfully but there is a distinct toasted bread character.

Mouth feel is so smooth and refreshing, nice prickly carbonation lets the hop bite smack you on its way down.

Perfectly crafted IPA. Up there in my ranks with Hill Farmstead Ipas and heady topper. Definitely more subtle and overall more balanced.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a light yellow head that stands up for a long time.

S - Smells of citrus and piney hops.

T - Excellent flavor, a perfect blend of grapefruit and hops. Not too sweet and ends with a bitter bite.

M - Nice balance of body and carbonation.

D - One of my favorite IPAs, I buy one whenever I see one.

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Photo of iadler
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of dciBA. Bottled 10/25.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice cap that stays. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S- When I initially smelled this beer, it was mostly floral hops and bready malt. As the beer warmed up, it really opened up with honeydew, cantaloupe, lemon and lime peel along with under ripe tropical fruit with notes of mango, pineapple and peach. There is some fresh spices with white pepper and thyme and a hint of banana. The aroma was subtle but so complex at the same time. I could not stop smelling this beer as I picked up something different each time.

T- The taste is complex without being intense. Bready malt, passion fruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, peppery spice, lime and lemon peel. Really no citrus or piney hops noticeable that can be found in most IPA's. Not as much going on compared the aroma, but still good.

M- Gentle mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation that has a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O- One of the most unique IPA's I've had. The hop profile was really interesting and this beer is so easy to drink with some many different flavors and no bitterness to destroy the taste buds. I could drink this all day/night.

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Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/25/11 bottle date. 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark copper body with an impressive white head. The head sticks around for a very long time. Honestly one of the most impressive looking IPA's I've encountered.

S - A nice balance between citrus and pine. Some bready malts and grassiness.

T - Grapefruit and some resinous pine followed by a light caramel bready malt and some floral/earthiness. Extremely balanced and refreshing. The finish is lightly bitter. Mouth feel is medium and carbonation is moderate.

O - This was a very good IPA. Not worth the high price and its a bit of a pain tracking it down, but I am impressed by this beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -5.5%
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 +3.2%
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 -3%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.8%
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 -4.4%
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 -10.8%
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 -5.1%
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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.