Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 611
Hads: 4,158
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,031
Gots: 883 | FT: 23
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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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Reviews: 611 | Hads: 4,158
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

4.5/4.25/4/4/4.25
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)

Photo of Kanger
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A nice golden orange hue with slight haziness.

Aroma: Hop heaven. Fruity, Citrus, Piney. Everything I love.

Taste: Wonderful fruity hop flavor from Centennial and Simcoe. A little bitterness from Warrior hops balanced by malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Typical IPA feel. Clean finish.

Overall: A delicious IPA. Hopefully I can get more of it! (366 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep golden color; cloudy but translucent. Pours a huge 3 finger light tan head that dies down slowly leaving a thick uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. PERFECT!

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Made me want to drink the beer!

Taste: Starts off with an acidic citrus flavor flavor on the front of your tongue progressing to a tart lemon flavor on the sides of the tonque and ends with a mild, refreshing hoppy flavor. Very hoppy without being too hoppy; (but right on the edge). Very nice.

Feel: Medium body with a rich velvety mouth feel. Start off wet and refreshing; ends with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Very fresh and of high quality. Very good flavor. I would be happy to drink this again, though would not want this all the time due to the dry finish. While delicious, the beer left me feeling somewhat parched and looking for a drink of water. (946 characters)

Photo of ghirsh
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely a heavily dry hopped IPA. Immediately when you open the bottle the room fills with the scent of fresh hops.

Crystal clear, amber in color, with 3 fingers of lacy head.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Tastes great. Where many IPAs tend to be bitter, Lunch is not.

Overall an awesome beer. One of my new favorite IPAs. (342 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/23 drank on 1/4 so nice and fresh!
A: Nice and hazy, orange with a big foamy head.
S: Great citrus aroma, really great hop smells wafting here
T: Man this is so well balanced. I was expecting the hops to dominate but its really a great blend of hops/malts. Little malt sweetness
M: Nice and creamy, the right amount of carbonation. Really smooth
O: Solid, solid, solid. Drinkability is through the roof. Lots of hype--well deserved! (450 characters)

Photo of JC333
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been hunting down lunch for a while and I finally got my hands on some only bottled 11 days ago.

Wow.

This is what dank means.

Smell of citrusy grapefruit and some tropical fruit

Taste is a citrusy and piney upfront with a great smooth finish and another blast of grapefruit.

I was not disappointed at all.

Could be the east coast answer to my favorite west coast Pliny. (382 characters)

Photo of ER527
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Without question, this is the best smelling IPA I've ever had. Strong citrus and floral notes that will knock you off your seat. The flavor profile is similar, but just doesn't fully follow the amazing aromas. (209 characters)

Photo of dd43
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It isn't my favorite Maine beer, but damn is it good. I will take Another One over Lunch but you really can't go wrong with the pale ale family of beers from this brewery. (171 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery, what can I say? Pours a hazy orange with a big frothy white head. Smells beautiful, nice pineapple sweetness, some good mango, very faint pine, some candied citrus.

The taste is a bit more bitter than the nose would suggest, big hop bitterness up front, pine is there, some more bitter citrus rind, maybe a bit of lemon zest. Underlying candy/malt sweetness, the finish/aftertaste are the best part if this beer-the floral/aromatic hops come out with smooth sweetness and a bit of lingering bitterness. The aftertaste lasts and lasts. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to light, nice astringency, very dry and lasting finish.

The depth and complexity of this beer always astounds me, each sip is like a flavor odyssey. The flavor develops and changes as it warms, turning a bit sweeter and more floral. It's a great beer that deserves it's reputation. Any hophead should seek this one out, it's a true fresh gem of an ipa. (970 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Has a great clear copper color with a two finger lumpy off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving behind chunks of lacing around the glass
S- Has a deep pineapple smell with a hint of pepper and soft bread notes. T- Taste is huge. Big piney soapy bite up front followed by a kick of lemons. It has a quality bitter bite in the end that lingers for minutes.
M- Feel is smooth with medium body . Carbonation is light but present
O- Overall it has big flavors, a little on the bitter side for my taste but I would never turn one down. (588 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Great-looking beer. Dense, glowing orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit flavors coming through on the nose, with an underlining pine accent. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and some pear. Also a nice toasty aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the fruity accents - grapefruit and pineapple seem to lead the way - the most present. Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slightly thick for an IPA.

Overall: I'd describe this beer as up to the hype. It's kind of a blow-the-budget treat, but it's worth it. One of the best IPAs from the East Coast, I'd say. (715 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh, this was crafted a couple of weeks ago.
Clear amber golden color with a thick two finger head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces. Hazy at the last pour.
Amazing tropical and citrus aroma with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple with mint, tangerines, mango, lemon and biscuit malts. To die for. Event thought whether I should leave something apart just to keep smelling it further.
Superb flavor with bold but also elegant notes of grapefruit, pineapples, passion fruit, tangerines, American yeast, mild spices, nectarines, pine, flowers, mango, lemon, fine tobacco and slightly toasted and biscuit malts.
Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness, but it is far from aggressive.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is well disguised.
That was definitely a treat, one of the very best IPA I ever had with amazing aromas and flavors. Perfect low sweetness level and complex and balanced hop profile between citrus, pine and tropical fruits. As good as it gets, so not sure I should even rate this higher. It did hold up to the hype. Great beer for ending Sunday to counterbalance that shitty feeling for this day. (1,175 characters)

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