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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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671 Reviews
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Reviews: 671
Hads: 4,575
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 1,145
Gots: 1,102 | FT: 23
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 infi
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A hazy orange amber with lots of tiny particles, slow tiny bubbles throughout feed a two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit on the nose, tangerine, grapefruit, over ripe pineapple, sweet orange, citrus all the way, very juicy, pine and vitamin C chewable's and just a hint of sweet malt but you gotta look for it

T lemon rind comes out of nowhere in a big way, more pine, less tropical fruit, just a little hard toffee, more rind, no real complaints but the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied, quite bitter, gritty, not quite foamy but airy, lots of rind lingering for ages

O I could've gone a little higher for smell or taste so a little higher here, very well rounded and has pretty much everything you look for in an IPA

Exactly a month old I'm feeling pretty lucky landing this in Alberta, I think this is my fifth beer from Maine and all have been great, I'm stoked to have 3 more to try

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking, burnt orange. Very hazy, cream colored head. Excellent lacing:

T: A really broad array of hop aromas, not much malt to speak of. Leaning toward juicy here, with some dank resinous touches.

T: Tangerine juice hop profile. Not much of a "bite" up front, sweet and juicy. Bitterness builds nicely toward the finish to round things out. Malt is more apparent than the nose, but is quite subdued. I would guess this to be less than 7% ABV.

M: A little thin in body, but carbonation is on.

O: Another contender from the Northeast. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of schris
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it is meet to begin a review by asking a question, and in this case, the question is what am I drinking? On the surface, this is easy to answer: I am drinking LUNCH, a highly regarded IPA by the Maine Beer Company. Let's talk about the taste before anything else: it tastes good. It tastes like beer - like the thing that, when I was 20 in college and still afraid of beer, would have carried the name. Since that time, I have ravaged my tastebuds with punishing inflictions of hops from bottles that carry the ridealong phrase "Imperial IPA" on enough occastions that I think I have numbed myself to the possibility of being overhopped. Context. But modulo that concern, this beer does not feel like an IPA to me. It is dry, and crisp, and I taste Belgian-style malt in the mix. The aroma is fruitless. It is a beer made of barley, only, and the hops are in your imagination. WAIT. There they are. They arrive like a waterfall at the end of a long hike through dense Hawaiian forest, and they back up the claim that yes, somewhere in here, is an American IPA. A neat trick.

Did I mention I really like it? Maybe today the weather is so nice that any beer would be a perfect accompaniment, but this is a great beer for a lunch break. Hope I can find DINNER some day.

UPDATE 1. I just had a MO and found it to be similarly lacking in hopiness on the aroma - this time I checked the bottling date and realized I had bought a 6-month old beer! I want to give LUNCH the benefit of the doubt and assume this one may also have been old - I plan to re-review when I find it again, hopefully fresh!

UPDATE 2. I found a couple of fresh bottles in a shop (2 weeks old) and immediately invited a friend over for an afternoon tasting. And, yeah, this is a great beer. The first time I had it, the hops didn't come forward at all, I had to wait for them. This time with the fresh bottle, there was a blast of hops on the nose that gelled upon tasting into a very smooth, refreshing drink, with a bite. Re-rated to reflect the difference.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy amber with copper hues body.

S: very aromatous with all hop aromas including floral, earthy and citrus notes with the right amount of sweetness.

T: very well balanced with caramel malts, with excellent hop bitterness and sweetness which are also well balanced. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, light pine resin and flowery hops are all well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: this is a very nicely made IPA. It is well balanced, decently complex and I look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of eifster82
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy yellow.

Smell - Very citrus and fruit oriented. Really pleasant on the nose.

Taste - Not quite as citrus or fruit heavy as you might anticipate if basing on the smells. Still, balanced properly. Not going to knock you out with a hop heavy front.

Feel - balanced, "light" IPA finish. Not much bitterness at the end.

Overall - a solid IPA. Many options from MBC seem to be very balanced solid beers, and this one fits in that mold. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is a very nice option when I come across it.

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Photo of beerhan
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of mtardiff

A-Bottle poured into my cbs snifter. Reddish brown with a huge white head. The bubbles remain and it looks sticky.

S-Lots of mild flowers, a little bit like burned leaves, syrup and damp wood.

T-I am getting a lot of rose for some reason. There is a bitter after taste but its overall just mellow. I can't quite identify the hops but its not like anything I have had before.

M-So smooth and sticky in the mouth with a nice little bitterness.

O-This is an awesome beer. Expensive though but worth it once in a while. For what it is there are better options I guess but I love Maine Beer, this is my second having from them and I think they are just spectacular.

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

We pour a brew of golden amber coloring. It holds a two finger head of tannish foam. This retains nicely, leaving massive bubbles in its wake, and thick patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. There is a cidery haze throughout, with no real sediment noted. Carbonation bubbles at a medium. The aroma is all about the hops. These are beautifully sweet and nectary, but have a definite background of soap, pine, and biting citric bitterness. The malts are pale, but meet the hops in sweetness, with lightly cooked caramel sugars. Otherwise, the aromatic density is filled by metallics, like yeastiness, musk, sweaty saltiness, floral earthiness, and strawberry freshness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as sweet as expected, as it comes with a bittering earthiness on the back that screams “West Coast”. As we sip, puckering grapefruit hoppiness, green plant freshness, muddy pale malts, raw brown sugar sweetness, and fresh herbal qualities mix to start us off. The peak comes with brassy metallics, robust soap, bittered pine sap, and simple yeastiness. The finish washes with herbal mint leafiness, spicy alcohol, floral and herbal bitterness, soaps, pine, light lemon juiciness and pale malt freshness. The aftertaste breathes of big soapy bitterness, citric juiciness, wet chalkiness, yeast, light chemical phenols, peppery booze, and grassy bitterness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high and hiccup-inducing. There is nice slurp, sip, cream, froth, pop, and glug to each sip, with a freshly cleansing coating to the mouth. This cools, but eventually dries the palate with a soft pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the versatility to the hops in both the nose and flavoring. At each aspect of the sip, or with a slightly warmer temperature, the hops seem to take on a different persona. Soap, pine, citrus, and herbals all show up at some point through the tasting. This helps to keep the beer refreshing and seemingly new to the end. Everything else about this beer embodies the inherent “clean and simple” attitude of this brewery, and when coupled with the basic complexity of the hops, makes for a delicious beverage. Dare we say, our first thought at the first sip was ”Pliny”?!

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at a local restaurant on 05/07/13

A: Golden orange hue, with two and half finger head. Left some sticky residue inside the glass when settled down.

S: Strong aroma, could pick up grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruit. Very nice with this one.

T: Definitely hop-forward taste, bitterness comes at first, and sweetness follows at the end. Aftertaste will stay around for awhile...

M: Can be misleading from its appearance. While it looks thick and heavy, it doesn't give that impression via mouth-feel. Somewhat light and balanced drink. Grainy and hoppy flavor but light at the same time.

O: One of the best beers from Maine Company. While it's a strong hop-forward beer, it doesn't leave you feeling bitter and it will make you feel refreshed at the end. Very enjoyable beer and would suggest it to anyone.

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

Tried at ACBF in Boston and enjoyed it. Had another the next day at TITS in Allston. Given how much better it was the next day, there are a lot beers from ACBF that I need to try with a clean palate. Love all MBC beers (so far)

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Photo of CraigShap
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great New England style IPA. Not as good as some of its hazy, juicy, chock full of floaters contemporaries like Trillium's Congress St, IPA but still excellent.

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Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled 10/8/13 which was 13 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, near opaque orange-amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white, relatively dense head, which lingers a bit before fading to layer atop the beer.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, malts, peaches. A very nice, balanced combination of hop flavors, but also has some malts in there. Smells like a very nice, balanced IPA.

Taste: Light pine, mild citrus, malts. Very well balanced flavors, really smooth taste. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Very refreshing and balanced. The finish is real mild and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. The finish is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: Really well-balanced (I've set that word a lot in this review, because it's true). The flavors all come together nicely to make a really drinkable, refreshing IPA. A really nice profile for an IPA - this one would be really nice if I could find it more!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin.

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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 TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle....drank in Kennebunkport, ME.

A: translucent apricot color with a tall thin head

S: piney and floral

T: citrus, very well balanced

M: surprisingly light, smooth

Overall excellent. This is a well crafted, easy drinking beer

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/8/13 and consumed on 10/17/13, so very fresh.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy medium orange colour with two fingers of thick cream-coloured head.

S - Fresh tropical fruit aroma with mango pineapple, peach and tangerine notes. A slight caramel/honey malt sweetness is also present.

T - A nice, sharp bitterness up front accompanied by peach, tangerine, pineapple and some pine flavour. A very slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SkipJack!

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark and Hazy, not a big head but the lacing is pretty nice. Almost an Orangy Color.

S: Speaking of orange, this beer has a ton of it. I love the citrusy nose that I get right off the bat.

T: Lunch is a really nice beer in the aspect that the hops compliment the beer instead of blowing it away. A little bit of acidity and a lot of citrus with this beer make is really well rounded.

M: Great consistency. This beer is just way too easy to drink.

O: I wish I could get this in Indiana because it would be in my fridge all the time. Thanks again to skipjack

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for bringing this one out.

A - Pale hazy beer with a off-white head that had a some decent retention with some moderate lacing.

S - Slight pale malt with some citrus and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light, bittering resin at the backend.

T - This is really a refreshing and light IPA that still manages to have a nice bit of flavor for a single IPA. Some grapefruit and some satisfying bitterness bite at the end.

M - Medium body, no alcohol feel, moderate carbonation and crisp.

O - Good ipa, highly sessionable. Nice clean taste, refreshing, would love to have this on a regular basis.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 09/09/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a thick three-finger white head, leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, very vibrant, some pine and lightly bready malt. Smells great.

T- Citrus and tropical fruit, also a more pronounced caramel than was apparent in the nose. Caramel and orange are dominant until the finish, when a piney hoppiness takes over for a moderately bitter finish. A tiny hint of spice and alcohol is noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (amphion1065) for this. Nice brown with light lacing. Smell is tropical, grapefruit, a little funky. Taste is solid for an IPA, piney and tropical notes a little alcohol in the aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good taste overall. An outstanding IPA that lives up to hype. Highly recommend tracking this one down.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of Jas45678
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into tulip. Thank you pjkelley82

Pours a nice golden orange color with slight haziness, nice one inch white head. Smell is bold citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Taste is like the nose with a little pine to balance it out. Not to bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, drazzamatazz. 500ml into newport storm snifter. Bottled 4 days ago- hope it's fresh.

A- Hazy glowing orange, big vanilla frosting head, 3 fingers and thick lacing all the way down the glass. Completely covered.

S- Very intense pine resin. Cut grass, some nice citrus fruits. Lemony.

T- Fresh-cut grass, lots of pine sap bitterness. Fruity citrus comes out after I adjust my tongue to the bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present as well.

M- I love this bottle-conditioned IPA. Great lingering bitterness and rich, full mouthfeel.

O- Very impressive, Maine Beer Co. is 3/3 with great beers in my book. Can't wait to see them take a stab at a double IPA.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

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Photo of beerfan99
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.