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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 4,219
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 915 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.
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Photo of oldn00b
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic west coast style IPA. Has a very similar, to my taste, hop profile to Pliny the Elder.

Cirtusy, floral, bitter. Slow finish but clean on the palate. Decent malt balances this so it isn't just a total hop bomb - it is one of the best IPAs I've had. (271 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/17/15, poured hazy orange, two finger head sticky looking and laced like a mother. Some citrusy aspects in the nose as well as a bit of earth and the occasional whiff of booze actually, especially after it warmed. Taste followed nose with more balance than MBC Another One. More great stuff from Maine (315 characters)

Photo of AnalogErik
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy in color, reminds me of King Sue from TG. Great citrus and floral notes, finishes clean. Wish it had a bit more body to it, but amazing beer none the less. (162 characters)

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I pick up more of a citrus note on the nose, but it goes down with a lot harsher bitterness and taste of pine. Always an interesting IPA and grows on you with each taste. (170 characters)

Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After having a second Lunch — one that was a little bit fresher — I updated my rating from a 4.48. Lunch is a refreshing beer but not quite as complex as other IPA, hence the slightly lower score. A brew worth looking for nonetheless. (238 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent golden amber with a 2 finger white foamy head that last for about 2 minutes then has a nice lacing around the glass.

S. Citrus peel and pine fill the nose. Slight sweet malts to accent the hops. Smells nice.

T. A very clean APA. You get some of that citrus and pine from the hops and then some sweetness with it followed by some nice bitterness. It has a floral presence about it. A nice APA with some different elements than I expected after the aroma. Very well put together. It brings alot of qualities as other IPA/APA's but they really hit highlighting the overall balances of flavors in the beer.

M. A nice body for an APA. About a 4 on a scale 1-10 for thickness. It's almost juicy. Slight dry finish like white grape juice. Carbonation is spot on. Hits the tongue at first the lingers on the palate after the swallow.

O. A really well put together APA. Pretty much everything in this beer is done very well and obviously was aimed at perfection. Many APA/IPA's out there now focus on flavor and aroma which are prob the two most important factors but MBC did a great job at mouthfeel and everything just kinda comes together as an overall very enjoyable beer. Well done. (1,266 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally I have picked up that one of the last few big IPA's I had been looking for! Thanks man for the trade. I do appreciate it!

Appearance: Light golden hazy beer, lots of white fluffy head pillowing on top throughout drinking it. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma: Mild really for an IPA, spruce tips and some floral hop notes a little bit of some mild citrus fruits.

Taste: Light some of the same notes show up on the nose show up in the taste. Its a little thin though not as thick as I would like it to be, seems like its almost there but missing something, maybe a little more malts to bump it up a little bit? It really reminds me a lot of Pliny the Elder in that it is subtle but does have some bittering notes on the back palate. I would love to be able to do a side by side of them. Its just hard to land both fresh at the same time for me anyway.

Overall: A lot like Pliny and a lot like other Maine beers that I have had. They make some good ones and this is probably the best one yet. I would love to try Dinner next, that is on that short list! (1,060 characters)

Photo of ThomasJ25
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another phenomenal beer from MBC. Had Dinner a couple of times and love it but Lunch is great since it is available year round. Hard pressed to beat this beer for something that is readily available year round in ME. (218 characters)

Photo of JFresh21
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for a while.

Lunch is dry and piney. I like my IPAs to be more juicy and tropical. Overall, a very good balanced beer but not one of my top picks. Cheers! (185 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal brew with a ridiculously high drinkability. The initial taste is mild (with warm notes of clove honey), but gradually intensifies as the hoppiness takes over. (169 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One from a fresh sampler of MBC bottles enjoyed in a pub glass.

Fantastic nose.

Bright crisp IPA. Not overdone. Pliny "light"---need I say more?

Fanstastic (161 characters)

Photo of yipmi
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been reading BeerAdvocate for about 10 years. So impressed that this is my first review. New to the East Coast (from Texas with frequent West Coast travel).
Overall: This is a really lovely American IPA that seems to split the difference between East and West coast interpretations of the style. Citrusy and floral like a classic West Coast IPA, yet sweeter (without overbearing weight and feel) like an East Coast. Truly terrific and will be buying every bit I'm able.

A: Golden, Hazy, mildly Cloudy
S: sweet, mildly dank and resiny, piny, citrusy
T: citrusy (good bit of grapefruit), floral,
M: light-to-medium, bright but warm (632 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12.30.14 and enjoyed from a teku today, 2.18.15.

This is crisp, clean, and tasty American IPA.

Lunch pours a hazy orange with light golden undertones. The nose is full of grassy, herbal hops, sweet orange peel, and bready, somewhat grainy malts. Tastes great but is very restrained: very mild dried orange peels, mildly bitter hops, and only lightly sweet. Mouthfeel is dry, quite bitter, clean, and creamy.

A subtle, restrained take on the IPA. Really made me realize how many IPAs and DIPAs take an intense, maybe over-the-top, and even a scorched-palate approach in creating a flavor profile (and how accustomed to that I've become). Lunch touches on all the IPA components - sweetness, bitterness, hoppiness - but keeps everything balanced and proportionate. Good, unique stuff. (794 characters)

Photo of Rcady1989
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best single IPA I have ever had. Amazingly clean taste, not too bitter, but plenty of hop flavor that lasts throughout the entire sip. I need to try more beers from these guys... (182 characters)

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

This is the kind of beer that forces you to rate to style. Its one of the best american IPAs that I've had, but there are other DIPAs that I'd rather drink.
This is a great IPA that's very balanced, and the taste is delicious. (227 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.48 overall rating is correct.

Type: Pint bottle
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 23, 2014

Thanks Steve!

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky, white head. Calm setting underneath the top. Good, uneven, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled a nice, potent whiff of flavorful hops. Got floral, Citra, Amarillo, resin and tropical. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still good. Got floral, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, tropical, Centennial (I think), grapefruit juice, nectarine rind, mango, orange, faint pineapple and lemon zest. Very tasty. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. Somewhat refreshing. (Feel - 4.00)

This was just a fantastic IPA. Would love to try this again. Great beer. (Overall - 4.50)

4.48 | 99 | A (1,179 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 12/30/14.

A- A cloudy orange color with a large amount of off-white foamy head which slowly fades.

S- Tons of citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Some hints of pine as well but the citrus dominates.

T- Pine and citrus just like in the nose. The only difference is I feel the piney resin flavors dominate the taste over the citrus.

M- Light and well carbonated, well balanced, hoppy, refreshing.

This is a very easy drinking and well crafted IPA. (510 characters)

Photo of Tbone2131
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got my hands on a bottle of lunch and was not dissapointed! Begins with a great looking amber color. Smell is a nice mix of citrus and pine. Classic ipa flavor without the bitterness that some have. Smooth finish. One of the best ipas I've had. Just wish I could get my hands on more. (292 characters)

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

Bottled 12/30/2014
Do you like beers that are a beautiful pure amber? I sure do. I also love it when they have a good finger and a half of soft silky off white head that sticks around and around and around. Hey, this beer has those things!

Nose is sweet hops. tropical fruits, clean and crisp, some pineapple, some bubblegum, just juicy and enticing.

Mmm... follows the lead of the nose, but a little more blunted and bitter. I still get some of that sweet pineapple, but I'm encountering more pine and grapefruit and pith than on the aroma. The depth and complexity that uilds from first sip to swallow ends rather abruptly leaving a taupe pithy bitter finish that lasts. Medium/thin body with delicate carbonation.

This beer has an immaculate reputation. There's a reason for that.

Much much much thanks to @Roguer for breaking me off with this as part of his Pequodic BIF package! (907 characters)

Photo of cfalls
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Medium-high carbonation throws a thick head with good retention.

Light body for an IPA, in both mouthfeel and color, making it almost sessionable. Fine sediment at the bottom of the bottle will make it hazy if poured out, but the yeast doesn't clump.

Hop aromas of pine and grass. Flavors of citrus and flowers. Very fresh -- probably hops added late in the boil. The intensity of hop flavors push almost into double IPA territory, but without being all that bitter.

Finishes dry and clean. I feel like the citrus and floral notes give an illusion of sweetness without the tiring heaviness of actual sweetness.

Really underrated in my opinion -- much better than similarly rated Sculpin, for instance.

Update: Falls off fast. I've had a 3 month old bottle and a 9 day old bottle within a few days of each other so I'm pretty confident on my comparison. The fresher bottle had way better hop flavors. I wish they'd switch to cans, and I wish stores would refrigerate them. Alternatively, if stores advertised their inventory properly these wouldn't sit around for 3 months and a fridge wouldn't really be needed. (1,122 characters)

Photo of REEK
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. I have yet to try the other brews from the Freeport Maine brewery. Nice color, great taste. Smell was sweet. (174 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the most beautiful beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Almost perfect pour Into a tulip glass creates a thick fluffy white head that rolls like clouds on a summer day. Gorgeous lacing that sticks around and hugs the rim of the glass throughout the session.

Surprisingly light bodied. Lots of citrus, sure, but plenty of subtle nuance and hop bitterness is aggressive without overwhelming the subtleties.

Not your typical "let's see how bitter we can make this while still keeping it drinkable" IPA. A distinct and lovable example of the style. (564 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle on 01/15/2015 that was bottled on 12/30/2014. Super fresh for my first lunch!

A: hazy, golden, semi-opaque IPA

S: a mix of pineapples, grapefruit and pine

T: big piney bitterness up front, lots of dank and then all of a sudden transitions to a the smoothest IPA finish I've had

O: I've waited a long time for this and was not disappointed. I loved another one but this is even better. Perfect taste for me. Has all of my favorite notes: pine, dank, tropical fruit plus a smooth finish (505 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a great orange color with a perfectly white head. Huge tropical fruits in the nose here. Mango, oranges, pineapples galore. An amazing nose! The taste is tropical fruit, bright bitter hops. Smells more tropic than it tastes. Overall a great beer. If you like fruit hop bombs, this is for you! (306 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this bottle with my bro Brian. Poured at room temp into some snifters. Beer is a golden copper hue with some floating particulates.
Aroma is citrusy hops with grapefruit and a bit of cut grass and herbal tea. A nice mixture of hop qualities, but the citrus and general fruitiness wins out for dominance.
First sip gives an average body with gentle rolling carbonation and a slightly chewy texture. Good physical traits on this beer too. so far its a winner.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt and then rolls to citrusy grapefruit pith notes and a bit of herbal tea notes and general bitterness that resides in my palate, finishes extremely dry causing me to drink my glass faster than I would otherwise. Very dry finish. no real hint of booze anywhere.
the beer is drinkable but part of it is making me thirsty from the dryness.
Defnitely a great IPA and worth procuring. (880 characters)

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