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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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622 Reviews
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Reviews: 622
Hads: 4,217
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,048
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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Reviews: 622 | Hads: 4,217
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)

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

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was within the 90 day "best buy" date.

Appearance: color of honey - golden/bronze with an immense foamy/soapy head that lasted thanks to a mildly aggressive pour. Very slightly cloudy.

Smell: Citrus fruit right away, then some more tropical fruitiness of mango and pineapple. Slight beadiness, slight phenolic spiciness, maybe a touch of pine in the background. Very pleasant and enticing aroma - just says "drink me" loud and clear. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste: a wonderfully balanced brew between with the bitterness contributing rather than dominating. Grapefruit, orange, slightly floral, sweetness from the malt, surprisingly earthy, malt sweetness, pleasant level of bitterness on the finish and slight aftertaste of grapefruit peel.

Feel: extremely smooth, medium-bodied, carbonation spot on with "small" bubbles yet no "burn". Not as "fizzy" as appearance would suggest.

Overall: A great beer to just sit and enjoy. It's got a ton of flavor but remains uncomplicated. It's all about the hops, but there is enough malt presence to make this one smooth drinking beverage. The flavors all blend and get along nicely - this here is a winner. (1,205 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold with a touch of hazy bronze. Fast rising and sturdy white head. Thick banding.

S: Vanilla sponge cake. Lime, guava fruit. Super lemon haze.

M: Smooth almost to a fault. Thin and quick, and somewhat biting; pleasantly tart. Frequent carbonation.

T: Citrus rinds; Caribbean lime; pink grapefruit. Light hay; green pine; fresh minty aftertaste. Almond astringency. Overall rating reflects the cost/reward ratio. (427 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Deep orange amber color and hazy, bright white one inch frothy head with decent lacing

S - Tropical fruit, orange, pine, orange peel, lilac and FRESH.

T - sweet pine, bitter orange spices, tangerine, fresh goodness.

M - light mouthfeel and mild carbonation lead to a nice hoppy finish

O - I love this beer. Maine Beer Co. beers just have a freshness to them IMO. Lunch is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. (420 characters)

Photo of Blueapollo420
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I got this beer from meulmann's craft draughts in rawsonville, vt
Poured into a red wine goblet
Solid inch of white fluffy head and opaque gold color make this a beauty.
The smell is very citrusy.
This beer tastes floral and citrusy without a huge bitterness and a sweet finish.
Thick mouthfeel makes this one of the better IPAs I've had to date.
Tasty burps are a nice bonus.
I will be purchasing this beer again (413 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Had it out of the bottle in New York and was so happy that I decided to buy it. Great dry hop smell and flavor that has that cloudy ipa look that I love. I wish I could have this every day. (207 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cask and Vine in Derry, New Hampshire. I was quite pleased to see this on the menu as I have been wanting to try it for years. Bright yellow-orange color, slightly hazy, good head. Aroma is quite hoppy, tropical and dare I say West Coast. Flavor was bitter, tropical, hoppy and again possibly West Coast. Probably one of the best IPA's from the east coast I've ever had, wish I could have brought home bottles. (424 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Look: A hazy golden blonde with a thick and aggressive white head. Moderate activity and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Thick and pungent with hints of tropical citrus and pine. Getting pineapple, peaches, nectarine, and a nice pine pop with mild sweet malt. Smells on par with some of the best west coast offerings I've had.

Taste: Wow that is different. The attack is big pitted fruit like biting into a juicy nectarine followed by a big splash of peach followed by a beautiful malt that balances perfectly but gives way to a nice lingering simcoe finish. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and wet. Mild to medium bitter. Finish is some what dry but still wets the palate.

Overall: This is one beautifully fine tuned beer. I love the big nectarine and peach notes with big simcoe and Amarillo hop notes the malt is balanced beautifully and I love the simcoe finish. This beer was obliviously fine tuned and lovingly crafted. A east coast IPA to challenge all west coast IPAs. The best IPA I have had since Alpine. Check it out (1,032 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. 10/9/14.

This is a really pretty beer. Clear and golden with a thick with head. The lacing persisted through the last sip.

Very fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with pineapple with hints of the toasty malt.

Flavor was tangerine and peaches.with a nice bitter lemony finish.

Feel was light to medium with a dry finish. Some nice hop oils, but not overdone.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I was drinking this side by side with Another One and although both are excellent, I preferred the additional complexity that was present in Another One. But you can't go wrong with either. (604 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says 090914.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains very well before slowly working its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Fluffy, resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Lovely citrusy hops with a nice malt sweetness backing it up. Musty, pungent and vibrant.

T- Good solid bitterness with plenty of juicy hop flavor. Malt sweetness rounds everything out to make this extra tasty. The bitterness is assertive, yet restrained making it damn near perfect. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- It's been a few years since I last had this. I remember it being a bit more rustic, similar to a homebrew. It's still fantastic but I think that over the years it's lost a bit of character. No complaints though. One of the MBC beers that's actually worth the price tag. (1,007 characters)

Photo of MikeWoj
4/5  rDev -7.4%

A. Hazy, orange, great lacing, frothy head
S. Big nose.. Grapefruit and orange
T. Super fresh, sweet, tangy. Very hoppy but very smooth and drinkable.
O above average west coast style IPA. It is delicious just not too different from many other west coast IPA I have had. Great shelf beer, a bit pricy, wouldn't trade for it (327 characters)

Photo of caffeineTX
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Got in a trade

Bottle Date: 09/09/14
Opened 10/08/14
Poured into snifter.

Pours a cloudy medium-dark gold with a huge strong head that falls after settling in the glass. Good strong lacing.

Great hop nose with a very light mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and well balanced between the bitterness and hop flavors. There is a lot more bitterness on the back end between sips.

4.5/5 really glad I was able to try this Maine Beer Company has done a great job with this IPA. (471 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- A nice yellow with a slight golden hazy hue. Short, white head about a quarter inch thick. Little lacing, carbonation present.

S- Very fruity and citrus forward ale. Smells of orange, grapefruit, coriander, and pear as well as a touch of pine. Smells like a fruitbowl.

T- Follows the nose. Lots of fruit, but it was surprisingly on the light side as far as flavor goes. Almost had a session-like loftiness to it. Not much malt present at all. This light and fresh flavor make it easily consumable and hide the 7% ABV well.

M- Light bodied for an IPA. Very fresh taste and noticeable carbonation.

O- Great beer by Maine. I'll grab it whenever I can. As mentioned, it was lacking a little bit of what the smell indicated. Maine's "Another One" is rated a little lower, but I think its the better IPA of the two. Its has a similar nose, but packs that homerun taste to follow it. (928 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times before, but never on tap.

Standard IPA pour. Rather midwestern-seeming hop profile, with loads of centennial and amarillo. Tastes a bit more variegated, less green citrus and more tropical nodes as the simcoe hops shine through. The hop profile is one of the best and most complex I've ever come across, and it spite of its variety and nuance it never gets too intense or cloying. Nice malt balance on the back end, too. (447 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%

Light copper with a few floaties. The nose is wonderfully hoppy – the flavor profile does not quite deliver the hop bitterness “promised” in the nose. The body is a touch lighter than most top-shelf IPAs . Very good but not quite up to the hype. (254 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured an enormous, sticky, off colored head. color was a slightly hazy amber.
The aroma was off the hook. Lots of fruit and some spice, with herbal and toast-like malt notes as well. the bold notes in the aroma are somewhat lacking in the taste. flavor is delicious but a bit mild, consisting of spice, clementine peel, peaches, and slight toast. with floral and herbal notes lingering in the background.

if the beer was more reasonably priced i'd buy it constantly. At this price i may buy it again if i see it this fresh. (530 characters)

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.