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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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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 BSiegs
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gorgeous pour. Hazy yellowish gold with ample sticky white foam. The lacing is as good as it gets. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected. Still very nice and complex with pine, citrus, grass, mango, bready sweetness. The taste is more straightforward, pine, resin, balanced well with malt flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, low-moderate carb, and extremely smooth. Balanced with a slightly dry finish. Absolutely an elite IPA.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/13/15 picked up at brewery. Pours clear and dark straw in color. Aroma is rich, with citrus and resiny hop notes up front, and a light malt background with a touch of biscuit.

Taste is crisp and bitter. Strong grapefruit tartness and a touch of tropical fruit. Light malt sweetness balances the hop bite. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler, from a just-tapped keg. Look is very nice, a rich light gold with a hint of green, and almost completely clear except for a tiny bit of haze. One-finger head is off-white and dense, leaving some pretty lacing. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but a gentle swirl brings up a film of fine white bubbles all the way down the glass.

On first pouring, I was hit with a blast of tangerines, which moved to a more citrus/pine smell, then to a ripe cantaloupe/dank/spicy herbal/grassy deal. A real kaleidoscope on the nose (yeah, mixed metaphor, sorry).

The taste is what I've come to expect from Maine Beer--amazingly complex and subtle, yet completely satisfying. I love a good hop bomb as much as anyone, but there's something dialed back and restrained about Lunch that I totally dig and appreciate. Hop bombast vs elegance. Pop-and-lock vs. Fred Astaire. I love both, but this is elegant, and I approve. It moves through citrus to ripe fruit and earthy herbs, to a finish that lingers and changes for a long time.

Feel is very smooth and full, with an oiliness that doesn't veer into an unpleasant slickness. That gives way to a mild drying bitterness. This beer is so drinkable it's honestly hard to keep from plowing through it. Almost too drinkable, if there is such a thing.

Overall I really like and appreciate this beer, but I may love Another One even better for its slightly more austere and crisp body. Certainly bears further inspection.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Great Lost Bear.

Pillowy white head w/ nice lacing as I sip this one down. Feint citrus nose(not sure what to expect here). The taste pops with lemon peel citrus. Very crisp with a clean finish. Refreshing after a spicy dinner, but not Dinner...

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great in the glass, stoked for this one. wicked nice nose, not too strong but getting a plethora of citrus dankness. taste is mildly bitter with citrus flavors predominating. its crazy how good this stuff is, one of the best and most drinkable IPAs.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a great mouthfeel and crisp finish. Very refreshing....excited to check this one off my list. A tad overrated but still a super solid beer from MBC.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lunch on tap at Gallo's Tap Room enjoyed October 22, 2015.

Look - Clear gold. Thin head from bar pour yet rings leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Pine. Orange. Grapefruit. Wheat. Grass.

Taste - Resinous pine. Bitter. Citrus is subdued in taste.

Feel - Carbonated from tap. Rips tongue. Not what I'd call easy drinking but expected.

Overall - First Lunch to hit Ohio. I'd like to try Mo, Peeper, or Another One but figured I'd go with the mainstay. Classic IPA with a pine/bitter edge.

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

This is aptly fruity with watermelon, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and a piney finish. The malt is light and doesn't offer much support but it continues with a hefty feel. Very enjoyable and delicious but a bit over-hyped.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 9/29/15. Almost clear yellow golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of zest (orange, lemon and slight grapefruit), a touch of spruce spiciness and a biscuit base.

Light medium body that has a slightly smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a stronger finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding - reasonable intensity, complex and perfectly balanced. It is hop flavor, rather than bitterness, oriented. It begins with a blend of hop flavors indicated by the nose, with general zest being the most dominate. The middle is fairly bitter, but a bit light for an IPA. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with a subtle biscuit that never becomes sweet. The finish is a bit dry and hop flavor/bitterness lingers. As the finish fades, the spicy spruce aspects are at their strongest and tangerine notes are noted.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light Amber color. Has aroma of pine and citrus. Flavor is citrus, a touch of pine and a mild sweet finish. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste. Overall flavor is nice, a little light but very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 day old bottle.

Pours an orange hue with off-white head. Some haziness present. Incredible aroma of earthiness and melon, I get some honey dew. This beer has an incredible piney finish, but it is lacking in depth. It's a really good "west coast" style IPA born on the east coast.

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

L: Pours a clean dark orange that you see right through. Looks just like Pliny in a glass.
S: This beer smells very similar to Pliny as well, huge citrus notes with a hint of caramel malt that does not muddle the burst of citrus.
T: Haha sounds pretty repetitive but if this beer isn't a clone of Pliny than I don't know what is. Clean and extremely well balanced. Although this is an IPA and Pliny is a DIPA they taste virtually the same to me. That being said this is a crisp and clean IPA with a balanced finish or tangerines, grapefruit and a hint of malt that has a sweet touch towards the end. Great beer would definitely love to have this on hand.

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

Appearance: Clear, golden color with two big fingers of head that fade slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Lots of juicy, fruity hops aroma; peach, mango, a little pine

Taste: Caramel malt with a hint of honey up front, slightly syrupy yet strangely a touch thin as well. Earthy, juicy bitterness builds to the finish, which has a pleasant, lingering bitterness.

The Rest: Great balance and an awesome aroma make this a really tasty east-coaster.

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Photo of FFreak
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. A clear reddish golden pour with very little head and no lace. Nice floral and citrus aroma. Taste is clean and mild, slightly hoppy, very little malt backbone, clean and dry. Mouth is medium-thin, dry and refreshing. Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Maine brewing and I'm happy it's suck a close brewery
Pour - golden with a little haze
Smell - tropical, hoppy, malt
Taste - citrus, balanced malts, hoppy goodness
Overall - amazing, drink often

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is definitely one of the best in production brews to date! Not overly hopped, but just enough to satisfy the hophead in me. Light in color, fragrant and citrusy, but not overly so. Sharded with the GF it was a nice complement to our actual lunch. Paired well with nice fat burgers on the grill. A bit pricey, but, what the heck, you only live once!

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Photo of 311bulldog
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden color with light haze

Smell: grapefruit and citrusy

Taste: citrus, piney, floral flavors come through quickly and then taste quickly dissipated.

Overall: I was slightly underwhelmed when compared with the New England top breweries and the reputation that preceded this beer. It is decent and worth a try, but I would not seek out consistently. Good not great.

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Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super clear beer, breaks the norm of the north east coast ipa which is a nice change of pace. Good hop aroma. Taste is clean with some malt forward sweetness. Hops come through also, west coast style hops, mango and floral characteristics with a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side.

Was expecting a little more. This is a good beer, but below other north east ipas to me, read heady, sip, Bissell, foundation, and trillium.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a chalk white head. Great lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peaches. Supported by a nice crackery malt backbone. Pine resin begins to creep up from the depths.

Taste begins with tropical fruit, moving into pine resin and a pith bitterness that lingers. Mango and pineapple prevail. The malt provides a nice backbone for the hops to play off of. Great balance with a slight lean towards bitter, tropical hops.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. A mango pith bitterness is slightly present, providing a drying of the palate.

Overall a great beer. Light on the nose, but great on the taste. Personal taste would prefer a juicier IPA without the dryness.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into shaker pint bottle dated 6/16/15

A: Nice soap creamy head with an amber light haziness to the look

S: Smells like an orange rind with a lot of biscuity malts maybe a touch of toffee and a little sweetness

T: Nice bit of orange citrusness and good maltiness that has some sweetness to it. However, the flavor disappears quickly and you need another sip to reacquaint yourself.

M: very light body with a clean crisp flavor profile that does not linger

O: I'm quite pleased how this held up being as old as it is, while I think fresh the citrus might have been brighter and the malts dialed back I am really enjoying the malty finish maybe a little age has provided this beer. The drinkability of this beer is out of sight.

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Photo of SebD
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful light golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank pine resins, citrus, grapefruit, floral undertones and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dank pine resins, some grassiness, citrus and floral undertones and sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: growler

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Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with thin white head. Big grapefruit aroma, with something sweeter -- maybe a little peach and pineapple. Continues over to the taste, with a somewhat watery, low-malt middle and strong hop bitterness. It's got that same watered-down juice thing going that a lot of their beers have, but it's masked more by the bitterness. The mouthfeel has a nice "scraping bubbles" thing going.

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Photo of emount91
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

adding my review since I didn't give it one last time I had a bottle. pours a moderately hazy yellow/slight orange color. good foamy head that laces the glass as it dissipates. on the nose is tropical fruits and little bit of citrus, i can smell a bread-like malt as well. taste is tropical fruits and peaches, very slightly bitterness from the citrus notes, and that bready malt backbone that ties this entire beer together. mouthfeel is just like every other Maine beer: top notch. great beer when you can find it, too bad CT liquor stores like to hide it.

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Photo of meson13
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like mo, this has a fairly old school flavor profile, just expertly done. Somehow remains delicate without pulling any punches. not a brain fuck in the sense that you didnt know these flavors could be pulled from hops; in fact youve known these flavors could come from hops for as long as you realized hops were rad, but not many brewers have pulled these now classic once new flavors from hops so perfectly. experiencing that in itself is a bit of a brain fuck. Always a treat from those smug kids in freeport.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back, just found the notes on my phone. Don't recall being overly impressed. Served in a tulip glass.
Appearance: light golden orange, decent head that didn't stick around too long - odd compared to most I've had from Maine beer. Still a very attractive beer. A little haze, just the right amount for that "raw" IPA look.
Smell: generic IPA - grapefruit, resin, citrus, tropical notes. Good but nothing that really stuck out compared to a ton of other IPAs, really, certainly still enjoyable.
Taste: little malt character - almost like a biscuity malt flavor vs the sweetness of some IPAs. Piney, grapefruit pith, some orange. Good stuff but not overwhelming. Decently well balanced but a little bitter for the malt bill.
Feel: Smooth, slightly overcarbonated, which adds to the mild astringency of the bitterness. Doesn't hurt the beer, but not a standout.
Overall: this is a very solid IPA and one I'd drink frequently, but the price must be weighed as part of this when there are much cheaper beers that are just as good or better. Still something I won't pass up frequently, though. Another well-made beer from MBC.

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