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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
714 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
714
Ratings:
4,843
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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1,195
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1,274
For Trade:
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LunchLunch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/25/12, consumed on 7/9/12.

A: Dark cloudy copper with a huge bone white head. Very murky. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S: Pine and citrus supported by a big and sweet malt aroma.

T: Bitter pine with a slightly sweet maltiness to balance it out. Slightly citric. Sort of a metallic taste to it.

M: Bitter, but balanced. Medium carbonation.

O: This is way different from the last batch of Lunch I had. Way more murky and malty. To be honest I preferred it the first time, but this one is still pretty solid. This is definitely an above average IPA, but I wish it could be more consistent.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12 so yeah its fresh.
I lucked into this bottle because a good friend had my back, thanks Bert. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a huge meringue like head that leaves lots of stickies on the way down. This smells incredible! Grapefruit, pine, resin, a bit of tangerine or orange, and hardly any barley to be found. The flavor follows the aroma obviously. There's a splash of bready malt somewhere in the beginning before the resinous pine and citrus onslaught. Nice tropical fruit flavors coming through along side the dank sticky pine and resin. Finish is fairly dry with a pleasant lingering hoppy bite. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. If this beer wasn't so damn hard to get and so highly priced I would drink these all the time, its a beautiful beer. Maine beer, you make wonderful brews, but the 16oz bottles and your high price point turn a lot of people off. /end rant

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Photo of hoody711
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta thank my dad for sending me 4 of these bad boys. Apparently he can buy cases of it through a hook-up in Bar Harbor, ME. Jealous. Anyways, accidentally forgot about this one and thus, this review is based on accidental aging of about 3 months. I'll try to remember what it was like fresh, and compare.

A - pours a nice bronze amber into my goblet. Good 2 finger head that settles and is already leaving nice lacing. No sediment. Very nice.

S - amazing. Nice citrus, maybe a little resiny, with some decent bready sweetness mid-nose. No sign of any booze. I remember more citrus and earthy hops when it was fresh.

T - yep, the months have killed off the hoppy bitterness here, as expected. What's left is still a very balanced maltiness, with just a touch of bitterness at the end. I compared the taste of this to Abrasive back when I first had it. Really, really good balance.

M - medium bodied, the bitterness sticks around a bit at the end. Carbonation really leaves a nice crisp, if bitter, finish. Still no sign of booze.

O - Maine Beer Company has earned the world-class rating with this one. Jesus Christ it's good! Buy as often as possible, and enjoy fresh.

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Photo of BostonHops
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.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, bottled 3/22/12, enjoyed in a Pilsner glass at McKay's in Bar Harbor during my 5th anniversary dinner. While not as fresh as I'd like it to be, I just couldn't turn down the opportunity to try such a well-regarded beer on such a special occasion.

A: Clear amber body under an inch of dense, sticky off-white head. Tremendous retention and sheets of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Wow - despite being almost 3 months old, this still smells incredible. The hops are entirely dominant, showing off a complex array of aromas: mango, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and flowers are all evident, and mix together divinely. Not as vibrant and fresh as I could imagine, but a terrific hoppy nose regardless.

T: Thing start out terrifically, following the nose: hops deliver tropical fruit, resinous pine, and bitter grapefruit flavors in a constantly evolving display of complexity. Midway through a solid dose of toasty, lightly caramelized malt shows up, and the finish is dominated by rather harsh bitterness. Sadly, and a bit surprisingly, there's a definitely touch of ethanol on the aftertaste. What begins as a delightful hop explosion ends on a very rough note. A little discordant, but fascinating.

M: Medium-bodied and surprisingly prickly in the carbonation department. Not over-carbed, just very sharp. A little disappointing.

O: This was a really, really enjoyable beer, and I just can't wait to try a super-fresh example. Whatever the hop bill is, it's incredible. Pity about the finish, though.

Cheers!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed two weeks before consumed for this review.

A - Dull ice tea caramel color. Great head; lightly off-white with fantastic retention and lace.

S - Simply awesome. Bright wood, racy lemon, a kick of fresh pepper, and fresh herbaceous parsley.

T - Bitter citrus rolls into bright woody hops. Just enough caramel malt balances the profile beautifully. Soft, bitter, woody sweet backend. Delicious, dry, fresh hop finish.

M - Fantastic carbonation balance on a medium frame.

O - There's something about this beer that is greater than the sum of it's parts. The bitterness, malt character, hop profile, and texture are everything that I love about the best examples of the style. An absolutely fantastic IPA

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to ferillo for sending this one my way as a part of a very recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller Teku. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, spice, earth hop, floral, floral hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really happy to get the chance to finally try this one and for good reason. Upon pouring it into the glass I put my nose right up to it. I was surprised at how nice this brew smelled on first inspection. Really well balanced and all the right notes in all the right places going on here. The flavor was pretty nice too, but just wasn’t as balanced as the aroma unfortunately. The earthy note felt a little invasive to me, but it didn’t hurt the brew at all. Definitely worth your time to try or seek out if you have never had it and call yourself a hop-head.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, frothy head almost an inch high. Great head retention, too. Clings all over the glass as you drink. Aromas are citrus-hop blend that smells amazing, with lime, orange, and grapefruit blending with the pine, fresh cut grass, and resin to entice you right into the glass. Flavors are rich and resiny. Hop forward with a follow up blast of tart grapefruit keep your taste buds standiing at attention. There is a subtle caramel backbone that supports all the other profiles, which is exactly what it should be doing. Peppery and roast qualities at the end of the palate transition into the aftertaste, where a resiny and bitter kick displays the hops presence once again in this gem. The finish is clean, smooth, and only slightly drying. Amazing. Utterly amazing brew!

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a somewhat hazy, dull, amber orange color with a modest white head covering the top.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hoppiness to it with peach, mango and orange flavors all coming out. The fresh citrus fruit flavors are really awesome in it. A touch of pale, sweeter malts is noticeable as well. Really good aroma to it.

The taste follows through with more of the really good citrus hoppiness. I get a little more of a bitter grapefruit and citrus rind presence to it, especially in the finish. The juicy and bright notes peach, pineapple and mango show up as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very fruity and bright in the aroma and had even more of a range to the flavors in the taste. Very easy drinking and great tasting beer overall.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle, compliments of Mike (mcbeerbrew), poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: A half finger foamy cap sits atop a dark amber/orange hazy beer. I've never seen an IPA this color, to be honest.

S: Hello citrus and hello hops! Nice slightly-piney hops upfront, with a delicious orange/tropical pineapple scent underneath. This is really bright and wonderful smelling!

T: Fresh hops upfront, with strong notes of orange and an undercurrent of lemon rind. Mild malts provide a solid base for a lightly bitter finish that is also slightly grassy. I'm not a fan of the grassiness on the backend, but upfront this is a fantastic tasting beer.

M: Light to medium-bodied, with moderate amounts of carbonation. Supremely drinkable.

O: This is a great IPA, and fairly unique at that. It's one that I'd like to try again!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dated: 032212 6

Very nice white foamy head sit atop a clouded golden colored brew. Not much lacing. The appearance gets knocked down due to cloudiness.

Nice hop aroma floats off the top of the bottle upon opening. Very piney and resinous. I could only imagine how great the brew would be fresh! Lacking a bit of punch.

VERY creamy and deliciously smooth. Way better balance then, dare I say, Pliny. Awesome pine hops, great bitterness too. Perfect carbonation.

Awesome brew! I hope to get a SUPER fresh one sometime! Fantastic extra, thank you, Matt. This could become one of my favorite brews EVER! I hope to come back and bump up the scores next time around.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: A dark orange color that turns light brown as the bottom of the bottle is poured into the glass. Lots of yeast pouring at the bottom. Lacing is minimal and the head is a one finger white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with some pine notes and a bready subtle sweetness.

T: Citrus hops jump out with grapefruit, pineapple and some lemon notes. Mid palate the bready biscuit malt sweetness pulls the beer together which then turns bitter and piney towards the end. Finish is bitter but does not last. Is this a bit thin on the finish?

M: Nice mouthfeel towards the front, but the finish left me wanting more. No alcohol is detected.

O: A nice IPA that I would love to try on tap. I hear rave things about it and I ended up thinking it is an average IPA. I'm puzzled by this.

I must try this one again, I just can't believe what I seemed to taste, or lacked in taste.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 23 March 2012 into a tulip. Reviewed 4 May 2012.

Great looking beer--nice fluffy head forms easily and stays around. Fantastic lacing. Darker golden and clear in color.

Smells of juicy grapefruit and citrus, tropical notes, some cracker-type malts showing.

Flavor is smooth and tasty, if slightly underwhelming. Juicy herbal and citric hop characters dominate, with notes of grass, lemon, orange and a bit of a medicinal note. The malt never really jumps into play, but it's there. Not very bitter.

Medium mouthfeel--light enough to drink easily and with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a great-drinking IPA -- nothing over the top, but it's no sweet malt-bomb, either.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy copper with a huge frothy white 3" head. Lacing re,aims all over the glass.

S- really mild aroma. Some citrus and light pine.

T- Semi-sweet malts and citrus. Bitterness is really subdued.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O- pretty underwhelmed. Aromas and flavors rather muted but the drinkability is great.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crazy 3 inch frothy head that sticks around, good sticky lacing. Hazy copper orange in color.

Sweet oranges in the nose.

Pretty mellow hop presence really. Decent malt backbone. Doesn't show it's abv.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. More of a creamy smooth carbonation.

I found this highly seasonable for 7%abv. No flavor dominated another. Slight disappointment from an IPA I've wanted to try for a long time but would have again. Thanks kawilliams82 for the share.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (or so) bottle, thanks Deuane.

A: The IPA is hazy, a muddy orange color laden with thickness. Opaque as a result. A finger of head, off-white barely.

S: Leafy citrus aromas with caramel to balance out. From January 2012, the bottle still has a strong hop aroma. As with Peeper and Zoe, the big hops are balanced but the maltiness.

T: Plenty of flavor. The hops are lively, leafy and citrusy with lush tropical fruits beside the grapefruit. The flavors are strong but they never ruin the ale; the caramel is strong, rich backbone for the ale. At 7%, the ale doesn't get too strong either. The finish brings up the hops, a citrusy end that packs a punch.

M: Even a few months old, it still rocks. Ample hoppiness, but the good biting kind that has more fruits than it knows what to do with. Quite nice.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of nrs207
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.