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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,397
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 1,006 | 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: 645 | Hads: 4,397
Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. Cloudy yellow orange color with 2 finger white fluffy head when poured into a pint glass.

s. Almost all grapefruit, not as much complexity as I would expect

t. Mellow Grapefruit and pine

m. Good carbonation, light in mouth, a bit watery

o. Another great Maine Beer Co. offering.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle with 052113 printed on the side. Pours a murky dark orange color with over an inch of thick, frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Pineapple, mango, orange and others. Nice bitter flavor of the citrus and tropical fruits along with pine. Some sweet malt flavor but this one is all about the hops. Citrus and tropical at the finish with some slight floral notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Glad Maine Beer Co finally made it to Ct. Overall, really good IPA but with so many other comparable choices out there the price will keep me from buying it all the time. Still great and worth seeking out.

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Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. This one has been sought out for at least two years. Glad to finally get my hands on it.

A: Hazy light amber color. Condensation on the glass makes it difficult to see through but I can tell that it's mostly clear. Started the pour in the center and it immediately foamed up. Moments later switched to a side pour and it still ended up at three fingers with a cumulus cloud puffy center.

S: They weren't lying when they touted it as fruit and pine dominant. Boy is it. Fruit first and after a few minutes the pine seems to shine. It's really wonderfully balanced by a nice subtle malt backbone.

T: Flavor brings the hops all night long (all night). Big citrus up front, piney resin underneath and a sweetness from the malt that ties it all together.

M: A touch undercarbonated for my liking but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. ABV seems non existent.

O: A very very very good IPA. Top 10 for sure for me but not too much higher. Certainly doesn't beat out flower power but it's really nice.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright like orange sunshine. Cloudy with an ample head that fell off amiably and slow. Good thick cap that never left, cascades of lace and great legs too. Nose is captivating and crisp with ripe fruits. Orange citrus, tangerine, tropical pineapple and a little lemon. With some light pine it smells juicy and dry at the same time. Floral. Malt is grainy and deeply sweet underneath and brings an icy quality that delights with a touch of sugar. Taste is positively vivid. Tropical fruits are ripe and juicy, a little tangy. The malt comes over the mid palate to delight with more bread than you were expecting. Hops are earthy and smooth. They announce themselves with a plucky bitter that takes you to a clean, dry finish. The aftertaste glows as much as the presentation. There's some alcohol warmth for comfort after all that excitement.

The body is creamy and has a texture unlike any other IPA. It's complex and full without heaviness. Not complex because it has too many things going on, but because each quality is deeply met and it has perfect balance. The fruits are succulent, the malt resounds. The hop perfume lasts and translates into the drink. The resin is light and the bitter is essential. Intense but not overdone. This IPA soars.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass; bottled on 10/15/11

Thanks to Jebus3513 for this one

The pour reveals an orange amber body with a one finger ecru cap. Some bubbles push their way north. The head fades to form a thin layer of foam and some chunky lace.

A bright nose that is brimming with nugget hops. Pine oil, grapefruit, tangerine, and perfumey, floral hops fill out a pleasing hop aroma. A light bed of caramel lends a little sweetness.

The flavor profile is just as inviting as the nose. Pine oils, white and ruby red grapefruit, and tangerines. The finish is sweet at first then a moderate bitterness and ruby red grapefruit take control.

Oily feel, chewy even. I like when an IPA comes in and takes no prisoners. This young man is right in my wheelhouse. The bitter, oily finish builds with each sip, just the way elite IPA's should.

This is easily an elite IPA. Bright, big hops with a clean backbone.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a three finger head with a golden honey color in a pint glass.

Light but wonderful aroma: piney and woody.

Mouth feel: excellent, especially for this style. Not over the top, just enough carbonation
for a pleasant drinking experience.

Taste- pine, wood, fruit. As the beer warms, the flavors meld.

Finish: hoppy, a pleasant sharp bitterness.

It is important to note the hops brewed in the beer:
Warrior- for bittering and a noticeable spicy woody character in the taste and aroma.

Centennial: floral aroma and taste.

Simcoe: citrus and pine.

Amarillo: Fruity melon.

Overall, an excellent American IPA. One of my favorites.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle born on 2/2/15 (sent by MNishCT77) into IPA glasses; one clear, one with lees added.

The core is a glowing clear golden amber with an eggshell white foamy head with fair retention. Lacing is nice, but does not persist long.

Pithy citrus, orange over the top of lemon and a squirt of lime waft up perfumy. Thick pine sits behind, but is big, too. fill the nose. Malts are sweet, almost bready in the glass on the lees.

It jumps up sharp and bitter into the mouth with almost pickled fruit wedges. Sweetness comes in behind on the point of a pine needle. It turns sharp, then and fades into a floral clean. A bit short, along with the mouthfeel.

Juicy and astringent, both punctuated by heavy carbonation. Again, clean, but thin.

Overall, I find this brew goes past citrus clean to downright angular. It's a pungent array of compelling sensations, and killer IPA elements, and I'd go back for more. I appreciate the craft, but can't deeply enjoy it without food. Thai and mild Indian work well.

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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 CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milestone review (#500) and it came down to a Maine Beer Co. brew versus one from Green Flash. Since I am pretty pumped that we just got another wave of four Maine beers hitting Alberta, here goes. Different array of hops from Another Round and this one is rooted more firmly in citrus and herbal territory, with Another Round skewing more tropical and perhaps more pungent overall (see that review). This one is a cloudy lemon yellow with a rich beige head, a matrix of smaller bubbles encapsulated in a layer of larger ones. A remarkable fresh hop aroma greets the drinker, pineapple, mixed citrus and fresh spruce needles, resinous with hints of berry. Palate is a sublime mix of orange/grapefruit/tangerine/lime rind and juice, pineapple, rock candy, baby aspirin, sage, red berry, guava, and a whiff of burnt toffee. Largely a hop flavor and aroma showcase but with enough malt to add a balancing sweetness to the equation. Very bitter but said bitterness is ultra-clean, buttressing an assertive and juicy finish of mentholated cough candy, lime, and flower shop. Body on the low end of moderate with the carbonation on the high end. Another clear cut masterpiece from this brewery, sophisticated and nuanced yet bold of flavor. The worst thing anyone can say about these guys is the high price point, which frankly I will keep paying so long as the quality remains this high. The social and environmental initiatives these guys take only sweeten the deal.

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Photo of tylerbrowe
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy orange liquid. No carbonation visible. Frothy white head. Sticky lace everywhere. Persistent head.
S- blast of citrus, than dank and piney hops, sweet with a hint of caramel.

T- initially tastes like the session ipas going around... Light but bursting with resinous hops... The citrus is gone. More of an earthy hop taste. Some lingering sweet caramel.

M- lighter than I like. Thin mouthfeel like session ipas. Fierce bitterness that lingers and bites.

O great nose, good flavor. But the price and the thinness make it closer to a 4 than a 5.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 23 March 2012 into a tulip. Reviewed 4 May 2012.

Great looking beer--nice fluffy head forms easily and stays around. Fantastic lacing. Darker golden and clear in color.

Smells of juicy grapefruit and citrus, tropical notes, some cracker-type malts showing.

Flavor is smooth and tasty, if slightly underwhelming. Juicy herbal and citric hop characters dominate, with notes of grass, lemon, orange and a bit of a medicinal note. The malt never really jumps into play, but it's there. Not very bitter.

Medium mouthfeel--light enough to drink easily and with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a great-drinking IPA -- nothing over the top, but it's no sweet malt-bomb, either.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Town Hall tulip.
Lot 051811

Thanks to OrangeAmps for providing this.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with a nice 2 finger pearly white head. The retention on the head is fantastic, with some great lacing as well. A great looking beer.

S- Delightful citrus hops throughout, with grapefruit and orange zest showing up in the middle. Subtle pine towards the back. A very strong and balanced nose that I couldn't help but smell for a good amount of time before taking my first sip.

T- Strong hop presence with citrus, floral and grapefruit flavors dominating. A fairly solid malt backbone is present to give it a beautifully balanced aspect. A slight pine note comes in at the back of the mouth, giving it just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Medium body with perfect carbonation. Smooth piney hops linger on the palate just long enough to make me want more.

O- After having Zoe a few weeks ago, I was expecting this to be just as good, and it almost is. This is a very refreshing beer that is well balanced, but still has that nice hop presence that I'm looking for in an IPA. I hope Maine Beer Company keeps up the great work, as I will be looking for more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy amber with a healthy 2 finger head that fades into seriouslyncling lace.
S - bright, fresh, clean floral hoppy!
T - Big hop start but very creamy as well. Hops mute in the middle as toast comes in. Good hop finish though.
MF - Very creamy, medium body.
O - you have got to love this beer simply because Maine exhibits such CSR.

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Photo of Tree43088
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.