Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 609
Hads: 4,153
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,032
Gots: 877 | 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 pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of dmgnyc
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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? (1,133 characters)

Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Pours a light brown color with a fluffy dense off-white head that settles into a puffy cap. A bit dark for the style.

The beer has a lovely hop aroma. A little bit of buddy hops, followed by grapefruit and light pine. Not super intense in the nose but its quite pleasant.

Flavor hits off with the hops. Grassy and buddy fresh hops mix in with some citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Light tropical fruit as well. This is more of a hop flavor IPA than bitter. The malt is lightly bready, gives the beer some substance.

Moderate body with soft carbonation give the beer a soft feel but a little lifeless. Nice balance on the palate but it does finish slightly bitter.

A very enjoyable IPA. Good hop flavor without any crushing bitterness. (755 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 7/21/11 decanted into SA glass. Layer of yeast at bottom of 1 pint .9 FL oz. bottle.
Huge, fluffy white head settles a top pale-golden elixir with few stray yeast particles adhering to the glass sides. Thick Belgian lace coats the glass as the tasting progresses.
Earthy pine scent with lime and grapefruit/citrus accents.
Wonderfully smooth, floral, bitter hop taste with a hint of sweetness, but mostly an even hoppy bitterness that does not explode your taste buds but washes over leaving a pleasant mix of citrus flavors: tangerine, lemon/lime and grapefruit.
Not an oily, slick mouthfeel, but a well carbonated fullness that accentuates the abundant hops.
Wow! Wonderful brew. (694 characters)

Photo of kaips1
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra and it's awesome, thanks Tom.
16.09 oz bottle lot 072111

This was a sweet surprise in a box I recently got, right after opening the bottle I smelled citrus floral notes and quickly became happy, as I poured it into a founders sniffer with about 1 finger of head that leveled out to just a ring of bubbles. The color of almost liquid copper sits right below the bubbles. The sweet smell of juicy fresh hops hasn't stopped since opening and only gets better as you get a strong whiff from the glass. you get tastes of citrus and slight pine and sweetness from the malt but it's not overwhelming at all, it's a complete compliment. The mouthfeel is full of lively carbonation and leaves your mouth dry after each sip, making you long for the next one. Overall this was an awesome beer that I would live to have again. Very drinkable at 7% makes me almost think stone ups but a bit more body. (911 characters)

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. Special thanks to jayli for the hook-up!

LOT 05 16 11

A: Pours a cloudy honey amber color with four fingers of rocky, bright-white, slowly receeding foam. Excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation but not over the top. Perfect for the style.

S: Big gobs of piney hops when first poured. As it warmed up the piney forefront gradually took on a slight citrus-y quality and from there the malty side of the nose poked out. Caramel and slightly toasted grains.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells with the one exception being the noticably piney hops hanging around till the end of the glass. Interesting how I'm smelling citrus, yet tasting pine.

M: Suprisingly smooth given the amount of carbonation. Not that it was overcarbed in the least, but given the amount of bubbles feeding the head I was really surprised at how easy to drink this was.

O: Excellent IPA! I went into this being forwarned to drink ASAP because it was 4 months old (the horror!). That being said, I'd have guessed that this no more than a week or two old by how lively and hoppy it was. I chalk up it's longevity to nothing more than being a very well made and well cared for beer. Thanks Jax! (1,206 characters)

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

Bottle courtesy of normyk (thanks Rob!). I loved Zoe earlier this year so I had a little anticipation for this one. This pours a light copper color with a little haze and a few fingers of foam.

Some muted (old?) citrus aroma from hops, a little tropical fruit and a lot of pine resin. Toasted malts are there too, giving this a balanced nose. It tastes really good but maybe this is getting a little too much age on it. I imagine the hops were more present when this was bottled, just a guess but this tastes like a lightly (very lightly) aged IPA.

The carbonation is just shy of average, which is fine by me as I like undercarbed IPAs more than overcarbed ones. Overall an enjoyable break from the stouts we were opening this weekend, I wouldn't hesitate to get it again. (776 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

072111 bottling

Thanks norm

Pours a murky hazy yellowed orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells hoppy and piny. Tastes bitter and piny. There is a very weird aftertaste... Something is off with this beer... Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel. Overall... Whats wrong with this beer?

091511 bottling

Review edited
Much better! (347 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky amberish/orange color. Pours with a bubbly head that turns to foam after the beer settles for a second.

S- Grassy hops, some citrusy pine notes, and some malty sweetness. Nice and clean, but nothing crazy.

T- Smooth but almost watery at first, the flavor the turns to sweet citrusy IPA. The aftertaste is dry and hoppy, more piney than the itial flavor.

M- I feel like this is slightly under carbed for the style. The aftertaste is very nice, probably the best feature.

O- Overall, this is a solid IPA. It lacks that nice crispness that I like from an IPA though, which could be cause of the low carbonation.

-GFunk (631 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. Excellent extra in our recent trade. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a unique cloudy yellow-orange color, with crazy head that fills the top of the glass and takes forever to recede. Smell- tropical citrus, sweet honey hops, sweet orange flavors that remind me of dreamcicle popsicle. So excited to try this. Taste- this one is all about the tropical flavors and the citrus. I get some really nice orange flavors, a little bitterness on the end. This bottle isn't ultra fresh but I love it. Can only imagine what it would be like with fresh pungent hops. Overall, love this beer. (651 characters)

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

17oz bottle from Deciccos Ardsley, NY

bottled 9.15.2011, 5 days old.

A - Pours hazy dark orange with sizable pearl white head. Looks amazing. I cant wait to dive in.

S - Uh oh. Not getting much here Hops, malt. Not what I was expecting by any means. Nice but not amazing.

T - Same as the smell. Nice hops, malt, which I like (malty IPAs) but still a bit let down here.

M - Decent, malty, nice smooth finish.

D - High

I feel like I'm missing something here. Lots of praise for this beer but I dont see the hype. Glad I didnt trade for this one, good but not worth the hype for sure. (588 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of tai4ji2x, thanks. 500 ml bottle poured into an IPA glass. Reviewed from notes taken 7/14/11.

A - Looks a little thin with a huge 5 finger head that gushed over the glass. Retention is great and lacing is very thick and heavy on the sides.

S - Smell is not very impressive. Light grassy notes, but not strong enough to identify the hop variety.

T - Taste is pretty good compared the the smell. Moderate to high hop bitterness with some east coast hop styles. A little table sugar comes through toward the back. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little watery. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but not a world class IPA. I probably won't seek it out in the future, but certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle. (776 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this as part of the Gang Bang BIF. This is my first time trying a Maine beer..I'm digging the simplistic labels.

A: pours a light orange with frothy white head, good retention, very nice lacing

S: aromatic hops up front, heavy on the fruits and citrus, notes of lemon, some pine. A touch of bread in the background.

T: this is a perfectly balanced IPA. Start out with bright citric fruits with some malty sweetness in the middle, and then rounds a out with a swift bitterness.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light and refreshing body

O: very nice East Coast IPA, delightful balance and good use of hops. (652 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz, packaged 7/21/11.

Pours a glowing orange with red and gold highlights. Great fluffy head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and spicy, with some tropical notes and hints of apricot.

Flavor is pretty bitter on the front, but not so much on the back end, which is clean and smooth. Still pretty damn hoppy, resinous and oily at two months out. Fruity and juicy hop flavor is there, though somewhat muffled. Malt structure adds sweetness, hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with ample carbonation, damn near perfect on the tongue.

Really well-balanced and a joy to drink. Will definitely buy some of the next batch if I got the cash. (656 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Nice retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet and juicy citrus hops along with a good amount of malt. Really nice.

Taste: Follows from the smell mostly. There is a nice malt backbone, quite bready but not too sweet. Bitter citrus peel hops with some herbal notes. The finish is bitter and mildly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a regular amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Really nice beer. This one was from the end of July, so I think it would be even better fresher, but still very good. I'll definitely seek this out in the future. (694 characters)

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

500ml Bottle to Pint glass
*Notes from 08/29/11

A: Maine Lunch IPA pours a real dull and murky pale straw color with a ginormous khaki foam head. Amazing retention. Some light amber hues come through as the brew settles. Just gobs & gobs of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit and dank pine. Some sweet pale malts. Just real intense citrus juice like aromas and a slight fruity ale yeast note.

T: Resinous with hops – sweet orange zest, bitter melon, and pinesap. Prickly across the palate. A bit of a caramel sugar cookie malt base. Alcohol barely making an appearance but it does. Dry crisp finish. Nice fresh ingredients. A real nice and fruity IPA that tastes very familiar with that grapefruit and pine resin hop dose.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery for me but still has a sticky sleek and slightly creamy texture from the gooey malts.

D: Lunch is a very good IPA. Very drinkable for any hop lover in deed. I just happen to live where there are many great IPA’s so this a is sort of a “down the street” type of brew for me. Def glad to have had the opportunity to try this one and would again – big thanks to Charliedvrs!

It finally dawned on me about three quarters into my pint that this brew reminds me almost exactly of Port’s Wipeout. In fact you could probably cut n paste my review from Wipeout here. Even has that same homemade IPA type feel with the murky sediment and fresh hop flavors. * Have to conduct a side by side sometime. (1,480 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle from lot072111.

A- Pours a hazy golden, amber with a gigantic thick, off white colored head that lasts through entire drink. Little to no lacing throughout.

S- Malt, pine and hops, that is about it for me.
Does not need anything else!

T- More of the same. Follows the nose. Delish.

M- Clean and crisp. Slight oil coating to the mouth. Slightly bitter finish.

O- A bit pricey, for a "little" bottle of beer.
But, worth it. Very drinkable. Wish I had another, but the store from which I had purchased it a strict one per customer limit. Will definitely try again, if I can find another....I hope! (617 characters)

Photo of beerfan99
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - Batch 7/26/2011

A: Unfiltered dark amber in color. As typical with Maine Beer Company beers, the carbonation is out of control, 6 inches of white head per 2 oz of beer. Although the carbonation is high, for some strange reason, the carbonation level for the beer itself is fine.

S: Strong hop aroma. I'm suspecting Simcoe and Amarillo hops on this one, but am not quite sure. The smell reminds of me Alpine Duet, which I think iis an outstanding beer.

T: Taste is obviously hoppy, but I find it well balanced with a good blend of hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation level for the beer itself was just right. I guess the high level of carbon dioxide left with the foamy head.

O: An excellent offering from the Maine Beer Company. It took me a while to track this down on my trip to Maine, but I'm glad I did. Lunch reminds of Alpine Duet, in terms of both smell and taste. This beer is very easy and pleasant to drink. I'm looking forward to the day when they are able to expand their distribution. (1,070 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy peach nectar color with a massive head; the retention was good with sheets of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit with quite a bit of pithy bitterness

Taste: Tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) as well as cantaloupe and strawberry flavors, up front, with a pithy bitterness developing by mid-palate and lingering into the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp but moderate carbonation

Overall: A first class IPA that contends with the best of the west

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity (585 characters)

Photo of baconbourbon
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch: Bottle
Appearance: Darker golden body with a sizable head and excellent lacing.

Smell: Very potent aroma of fresh citrus. It smells great.

Taste: Citrus up front followed by a slight malty finish. This beer is very well balanced.

Mouth feel: It is very smooth and goes down easily, with a tingly finish.

Overall: This is a top shelf beer. It is very refreshing, and quite gulpable. The people at Maine Beer Company are doing all of the right things. (462 characters)

Photo of omniscientcause
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle served in a spiegel tulip glass.

A: Deep amber orange with a two to two and a half finger width fluffy head. Great retention and head on this beer.

S: FRESH, citrus peach orange and grapefruit washed in with floral nodes.

T: Starts big with fruity citrus upfront with pine coming in the middle with underlying malt. The light bitterness that is left in the mouth is very pleasant.

M: Light carbonation with a unlatch balance of pine/citrus/malt of any east coast IPA I have had to date.

This is so fresh and refreshing. Great summer beer. I have had the pleasure of having this beer on 3 occasions in the last month and each time it was fresh and great. The pop when being opened was strong. When very fresh I would say this rivals the best of the west. I wish Maine Beer Co. the best of luck in the future in producing beer that both rivals and surpass this beer. (877 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them. (702 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company
Portland, Maine
Lunch IPA
500ml bottle
Lot 07/21/11
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a traditional reddish orange IPA color. Two finger, fluffy off white head. Some nice bottle conditioning, carbo bubbles rolling off bottom of glass. Nice sticky lacing post sip.

S: Tons of grapefruit on the nose! Really floral upon even opening the cap. I get some citrus: orange and peach. There is some MILD biscuit under all that though. Some carmel malt notes.

T: Hop blast right on the tip of the tongue! Intense delicious bitterness right there. It really smooths on the middle of the mouth with the bottle carbonation and malt balance. And that is followed by a very clean close.

M: Medium bodies IPA with a beautiful hop mouth coating.

O: This is a great IPA! Love how smooth the bottle conditioning makes this one. From nose to close, just flat out amazing brew. Beats Peeper Ale hands down. Rivals many WC ales for sure. Lives up to the hype. (955 characters)

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