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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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630 Reviews

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Reviews: 630
Hads: 4,278
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 1,073
Gots: 939 | 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 Tree43088
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very healthy head into my Sam Adams glass. Reddish/copper and slightly cloudy. Nice head retention and lacing

Smells of piney hops and caramel malt upfront. Also of floral and citrus

Starts out almost with a caramel sweet taste and citrusy hops. I tasted grapefruit and orange. As I swallowed a wave of floral and piney hops hit the back of my tongue and leaves a nice after taste.

Fairly light bodied and dry. Really good amount of carbination.

Overall a really good beer but didn't quite meet up to my expectation from all the hype. Definitely would buy again and try a re-review

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF with beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Nonic pint

A: Hazy, dull, dark, burnt orange. Fine, creamy, eggshell white, 2 finger head. Tons of thick ring lacing

S: Typical American hop aromas aka citrus dominating. Faint bready malts hiding in there as well.

T: Citrus hops up front- orange and grapefruit. Floral notes are faint, but. Malt is quite dry – hints of white bread. The hops just dominate everything, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not too much hop bitterness lingering, this finishes clean.

M: Medium, viscous body with moderate carbonation.

O: A very good brew from Maine Beer Co. I’m glad they made a standard IPA instead of a double IPA that everyone goes for these days. This is a solid, almost, I repeat almost, class leading offering in terms of east coast IPAs.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a ridiculous 4 finger of off white, foamy, sudsy, thick head. Head recedes at a nice pace leaving streaked clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big juicy grapefruit notes with and a huge amount pine notes...I can't tell which dominates more..one whiff it's the grapefruit, next is the pine.

T: Taste starts with a big juicy, grapefruit hop presence - just like in the nose. Some pine notes are also present. Malt presence shows up quicklyt, but it's an underlaying balance that calms and yet showcases the hops. Mango, pineapple, and apricot flavoring blends nicely with a light caramel malt presence. A bit of toasted notes before spicy pine really takes over. A bit of lemon zest in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, somewhat thin with an oily body to it.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. I really enjoyed the pine, fruit, and citrus hops and were balanced with the malt presence very nicely. The only knock is the carbonation and feel to this beer. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat though!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy light copper with a rocky, white head. Plenty of lacing and a solid foam cap throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit with traces of pine. Citrus aplenty but a bit subdued in pungency. Not sure if this is a fresh bottle as there is a batch code but no date which is annoying when you are paying $7+ and you have no idea if it is fresh.

Medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel.

Mango, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit start the palate. Very light malt with plenty tropical citrus. Very much in the west coast style and extremely drinkable. Low bitterness with lots of hop flavor and fruit.

Finishes clean with plenty of fruit and zero bitterness.

Tasty beer and certainly showing plenty of promise. Very pricey for an IPA and without there being a bottle date on there I would not buy again. This one was a bit faded and the nose was lacking.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 02/19/13 (5 weeks old) from the fridge @ Max's taphouse in Baltimore, MD,
Second bottle approximately 1 week old off the shelf in Syracuse, NY

The beer pours a slightly hazy, rich golden yellow with a generous amount of fluffy white head that settles down into a thin blanketing. Even with >1 month of age on it the nose presents dank grapefruity hops with a good backbone sweetness. The taste is initially grainy & sweet, but then the juicy/bitter hops kick in and create a savoring/balanced APA. The potent grapefruit in the nose and taste do not translate into the mouthfeel, which has more grainy sweetness and subtle, non-lingering bitterness as an afterthought. I taste more of a lingering graininess than hoppiness. It could afford to ferment out more sugars to dry out the finish, but I think that might distort the juiciness of the fresh hops. This beer is very distinctly hoppy, highly drinkable when fresh. The beer could maybe afford a bit more attenuation, but that's just personal preference.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Company
Portland, Maine
Lunch IPA
500ml bottle
Lot 07/21/11
Deschutes snifter

A: Pours a traditional reddish orange IPA color. Two finger, fluffy off white head. Some nice bottle conditioning, carbo bubbles rolling off bottom of glass. Nice sticky lacing post sip.

S: Tons of grapefruit on the nose! Really floral upon even opening the cap. I get some citrus: orange and peach. There is some MILD biscuit under all that though. Some carmel malt notes.

T: Hop blast right on the tip of the tongue! Intense delicious bitterness right there. It really smooths on the middle of the mouth with the bottle carbonation and malt balance. And that is followed by a very clean close.

M: Medium bodies IPA with a beautiful hop mouth coating.

O: This is a great IPA! Love how smooth the bottle conditioning makes this one. From nose to close, just flat out amazing brew. Beats Peeper Ale hands down. Rivals many WC ales for sure. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and vibrant orange with a spongy white head. Great retention.

Delicate aromas of orange and lemon zest, then some pine. Grainy malt accent.

The pine is heavier in the taste and duels with the orange and lemon. The lemon is long in the finish along with a sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

A very good IPA, though I have to say I was expecting a little bit more out of it based on what I've read. Very good, but not elite.

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Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needed a break from all the holiday brews and stouts that I've been enjoying... Hoping this one does the trick...

Dated 111812

A - Three full fingers worth densely packed lush creamy slightly yellow tinged froth... Excellent retention... While the head doesn't really fade, it does become rockier as it lingers... The color is a muted and pale medium gold... There is a slight chill haze... A slight bit of moderate to rapid paced carbonation rises randomly throughout... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Delectable hop forward nose... I would swear there were whole hop flowers in the bottle if i didn't know better... A wonderful blend of citrus, floral, and piney hops... They dominate the aroma in a most wonderful way... Just hops, hops and more hops... Truly there is nothing else needed... I almost wish I could make an air freshener out of this...

T - Lemon zest... Lemon... Muted orange... Lots of floral notes... A bit piney... A subtle spice character... Not much of a malt base to speak of...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Starts a bit lush and finishes very dry... Lightly yet briskly carbonated...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... This is one of the best smelling (if not the best) American IPAs in all of beerdom... The rest of the beer is solidly above average... This one falls somewhere between sessionable and a sipper... I recommend and would gladly purchase again when I cross its path...

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of big bubbles on the surface that gradually formed a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of passionfruit in the nose from the Simcoe hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of passionfruit and other tropical fruits dominate the overall taste. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, some of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of interesting aromas and flavors from the hops but seems to be under carbonated.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from HopSynonymous (you rock!). Bottled 5/19/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a pale, opaque orange yellow with a full three fingers of white head. A full ring lingers throughout and imparts some large flakes of lace.

Aromas of orange, pineapple, berries. There is a mild sweetness but the nose seems to be all about the fruity hops.

Those delicious fruity hops continue in the flavor with oranges, papaya, mango, pine and subtle bready sweetness. Great balance that showcases hops and totally covers any alcohol.

Smooth medium feel with supple carbonation. Citrus and lightly tropical notes linger in the finish.

While perhaps not quite up to the expectation, Lunch is a great, balanced IPA. Subtle malts make a nice bed for the bright, fruity hops.

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Photo of Thads324
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep gold with orange hues. Thin white head dissipates slowly.
Aroma is of light citrus, some honey and a slight nut aroma. A floral bouquet aroma. Very nice!
Flavor starts watery, followed by lots of lemon peel and guava fruit hop flavor. Hints of bitter lime peel and apricot. Finishes dry with a slight honey and biscuit flavor. Bits of nutty flavor at the end. Like light walnut
Medium body, slightly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink and slightly dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is nice, and a beautifully balanced beer. The nutty malt flavor plays perfectly. Wonderful.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at The Great Bear in Portland, ME. Perfect toasted orange, slightly hazy appearance with a Snow White head, 1/8". Excellent frothy lacing. Sweet N' piny aroma, as well as apricot. Flavor is resinous and not too harshly bitter like many IPAs. It's pretty mellow despite the initial flavor.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -16 oz bottle dated 4-29-14 (11 days old !) to Tulip a somewhat hazy bright golden orange with a huge 3 finger head that took its time to settle down and left some huge lacing

S - lots of citrus - orange & lemon, some pine and grassy notes

T - follows the nose closely. Grapefruit Good amount of malty sweetness and balanced well with some hoppy bitterness

M - well carbonated. Medium body. Somewhat creamy Mouthfeel but dry finish.

O - Great IPA. Not as good as I was hoping though. Definitely worth trying but not sure I'll be buying much. I'll take a sixer of anti hero for $2-3 more.

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Photo of WesWes
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a killer hop nose that boasts of citrus hops; probably citra or simcoe. The malts lend an adequate base and complimentary aroma. The taste is good. It has incredible balance for a beer with so much hop character. It's tasty as hell with loads of residual citrus hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an incredible beer. It's loaded with flavor and a ton of hop character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

lunch is one of those beers ive been dying to try for a long time. finally found some, albeit not on tap, at the maine beer company itself, a very cool spot to visit. it was bottled a mere two days before I bought it, so freshness was prime. bottle pours a burnt orange sort of color, maple syrup looking, with half an inch of thick and lasting khaki colored head. the nose is a lot more balanced than expected, with some amber type malts, caramel color and aromatic to the roast, a bit sweet, and definitely robust. the hops are on the tropical end, quite apart from the picture the malt paints. pineapple and passion fruit, less bitterness than flavor. almost English pale ale sort of malt bill, way fuller bodied than I expected this to be. the hops come in about half way through, and crescendo into a really sunny fruity island sort of bouquet. the division here is pronounced. just a tad more body than I need in my ipa, but its sturdiness is appreciated, and id like to best in winter I think. a beer I am super stoked to have gotten to drink, share with my lovely girlfriend at out beautiful maine campsite, and contemplate at length. a great great beer from a fantastic little brewery. worth the hype.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 032613. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, orangish pale color with two fingers of off white head. Head is sticky, leaving generous lacing on the glass's wall and having excellent retention.

S: Delicate hop aroma with citrus and floral notes, a little malt.

T: Mild hoppiness and a little malt. There is a very light, integrated bitterness which provides some structure. Quite dry, with no alcohol evident. Nice, though a little lacking in flavor.

M: Soft, light carbonation and medium body. Creamy texture.

O: Light tasting and highly drinkable. So drinkable that it reminds me more of a pale ale than a 7% IPA. I could probably down a pitcher of this, and I don't say that often. That being said, the level of hoppiness and flavor is quite low.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very good beer and my new favorite from the brewery. What impressed me the most about this beer is how light and delicate the flavors are, but also how well the melded together. Taste is citrus, orange, lemon, tangerine, and light malt. This is one I will pick up again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lunch IPA pours a hazy amber (yellow/orange) with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and a thick sheet remains until the bottom of the glass. Lots of clumps and netted patterns of lace. From the bottom of the glass a flurry of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is loaded with citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Notes of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, very effervescent with a dry finish. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt, peppery spice and bitter hops. It begins with a hoppy flavor of grapefruit citrus, pineapple and pine. Peppery spice fills in the middle and lingers to the end. Towards the end some sweet malt notes appear. It finishes bitter with pepper and pine flavors lingering on the palate.

A very tasty, fairly well balanced IPA. Hops dominate, but don't overwhelm. Easy to drink, but a bit overcarbonated.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1500. It's only fitting it's a bottle from a friend. Thank you, John.

The bottle itself is elegant. A simple font, nicely typeset on a simple, white label, very minimalist and very appealing. Onto the beer. A hazy orange pour, there's a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a beautiful, juicy hop character, big, bright, floral. Plenty of citrus with orange being most dominant, with a blend of pine, lemongrass and ripe lemons. Mildly sugary, this is a great smelling IPA.

The palate opens with plenty of ripe citrus flavor blended with some pine resin., Orchard oranges, some tropical fruits, and a fruity peach character are all present. Bitterness is low here, the palate is dominated by the hop flavor. Malt character is subdued, there's not much here apart from a mild sweetness. Drying on the finish, there's a mild resin character and plenty of citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is sublime. Softly carbonated, this is expertly conditioned. Redolent and resplendent, this is an excellent IPA. Thanks again, John!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow have never seen this around til today. Bottle dated 7-21-11.

Poured into my Heady Topper glass hazy light orange, ridiculous giant white head retains for a long time, eventually getting down to a finger or so. Leaves clumps of lacing.

Extremely fragrant hoppy scent...big pine and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, peach. A little bit of malt hiding in the back. Strength fades after some time.

Doesn't quite live up to the scent but very enjoyable. Pine and earth seems to dominate, but citrus and grapefruit are big too, light tropical notes. Like the nose, light malt provides some support but this is mostly a hop party.

Smooth, somewhat oily mouthfeel, a little low on the carbonation. Not bad but I wish it felt a little more lively.

Good IPA, though it started out as an easy A, wound up bringing the smell/taste scores down about halfway through, warming didn't help this one for me. Glad I finally tried this.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX in Charleston for $8.
A: pours a shiny golden color, the kind you would see on gold bars at Fort Knox haha, 2 finger brilliant white foam head that fades to the perimeter, syrupy stringy lacing, carbonation
S: citrus fruits of orange, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, malt, papaya, very soft flavors
M: medium creamy body, slight dry finish
T: orange, papaya, citrus, salty cracker, bitter hops, malt, finish of earthy green hops, piney resin that slowly numbs the taste buds and leaves a slight oily resin in the tongue.
O: really solid brew, very well balanced between bitter and malt, the aroma is kinda soft considering the flavors you get, definitely a +90 brew. Hop heads will enjoy. Alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you with an empty stomach.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Jester King tulip. Bottle is dated 5/18/11, meaning this is about 7-8 weeks old.

A - A big white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Tropical fruits, a bit of sharp pine, light catty notes, and an icing sugar malt backdrop. At this stage, it's quite East Coast in terms of hop-malt balance, but I suspect it was quiet pungent when fresh. Perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol, although that might be just some pine.

T - Taste is more citrus heavy, and when combined with the icing sugar malt character evokes creamsicle. Bitterness is fairly mild, and alcohol is not apparent in the taste.

M - Smooth, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and resinous finish full of oily hops.

D - A very nice IPA from the East Coast that I suspect was even better 6 weeks ago. Still it's aged remarkably well and is quite hop-forward. I'd gladly have this one again.

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Photo of neophilus
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 2 months from bottling date.

Straw to light-copper colored brew with foamy white head on top, somewhat opaque.

Dank resin hop aroma, chewy pine with a bit of overripe melon.

Good crunch of hop bitterness with each sip, just shy of ringing my taste buds. Taste is dominated by the piney-resin bitterness from the hops. A bit of dry cracker malt underneath but barely perceptible.

Medium body carries the bitterness well, not too light and not too sticky on the mouth.

Stays very dry and bitter throughout the finish, leaves barely anything behind.

This brings the IBU's but balances the finish just shy of overpowering. Still would have liked to see more layers of hop flavor, mostly dominated by a dry, bitter piney-resin taste.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz, packaged 7/21/11.

Pours a glowing orange with red and gold highlights. Great fluffy head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and spicy, with some tropical notes and hints of apricot.

Flavor is pretty bitter on the front, but not so much on the back end, which is clean and smooth. Still pretty damn hoppy, resinous and oily at two months out. Fruity and juicy hop flavor is there, though somewhat muffled. Malt structure adds sweetness, hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with ample carbonation, damn near perfect on the tongue.

Really well-balanced and a joy to drink. Will definitely buy some of the next batch if I got the cash.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.