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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,403
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 24
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: 4,403
Photo of hops202
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass.

Supurb look upon first pour. Great golden honey color with plenty of transparancy. Aroma is true nectar of the gods - great fruity citrus smell. Little bit of pine and maybe even some white grape. Taste follows the nose and is incredible. A must buy if you ever see this. It is very rare in DC and was lucky to find some. I cleared the shelf promptly.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lot07/21/11 Which I assume means this is 10 days old. Awesome!!! I(sure tastes that way)

Well the first comment is that the head of this beer is like a whipped meringue topping. It just sits atop the beer as you drink around it. The color of the beer is a rust/amber color with some deep orange tones. Lacing clings heavily inside the glass. It’s so thick it slowly drifts down the glass.

Aroma is bright and fresh with a huge floral/grapefruit note. Very nice.

Wow, this is a special IPA. Fresh, bright, balanced (towards the fruity HOP side!) Great light, crisp cracker malt notes. Wonderful bright grapefruit notes. Some other nice fruit notes including a moment of nectarine. The finish is fantastic and leaves you wanting more.

Very refreshing, fresh and bright. Fairly light body, but still enough substance for the flavor. Matches perfectly.

This is a beer that confirms why I enjoy standard IPA’s more than DPA’s. You’d never know this was 7%... Fantastic Beer!!!! Hopefully this will become a standard beer in MA distribution. I had to fight to get these bottles.

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this beer around at a few of the local stores (I'm in Maine) but I always passed it over because of the rather plain and unassuming label. Then I read an article that compared lunch to the big names of Imperial IPAs- Heady Topper and Pliny the (Younger/Older I can't remember which) and lunch compared favorably. I also was told it's nearly impossible to find a bottle as they fly off the shelves. So, I made it my mission to find one. I found not only one, but about 20! So I'm going to keep this store as my little secret stash of IIPA. Anyhow on to the review:

Appearance- a light coppery color, pretty standard for an IPA. Had a nice two finger head with good retention, and left light lacing.

Smell- the smell upon cracking open the bottle was extraordinary- pine and grapefruit dominated with some more tropical fruits as well. One of the best smelling IIPAs I've had.

Taste- a slightly subdued version of the smell; the pine and grapefruit still dominate but are kept in check by a good strong maltiness. This isn't your typical IIPA that is hopped to high heavens, but not balanced. This has a well rounded taste that hits your pallet with a bit of everything- hoppy bitterness, subtle maltiness, and a sweetness that helps balance the bitterness, but isn't overdone.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fresh

Overall- if there were one word to describe this beer it would be "balanced", as this IIPA truly is. I love a good hoppy IIPA, but it's nice to finally have one that's not one sided. One of my new favorite beers, I definitely look forward to having another!

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Photo of ghirsh
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jow_42
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz bottle (thanks Nathan!) poured into an oversized Modern Times tulip glass

A - An awesome, dark amber color. 2+ fingers of bright white head. Looks amazing in the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, stone fruit, apricot, pineapple, some melon, maybe some sweet berries? Citrus - grapefruit, oranges. Little bit of piney, resinous, dankness underneath.

T - Delicious. Tropical fruits up front. Mango, pineapple. I get an almost raspberry sweetness. Middle of the mouth you get awesome grapefruit bitterness, and it finishes sweet to balance out that bitterness. Very refreshing, and easy drinking for a 7% beer.

O - The bottle was 6 weeks old when I got my hands on it, and it was still one of the best IPAs I have had. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of rjd722
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a huge fluffy head that hung around for a few minutes. Great light-golden color with a robust citrus smell that became apparent immediately after the first pour. Perfect balance of tropical and piney hops with the ideal amount of bitterness that one would expect from an excellent IPA.

Lunch did not disappoint, I could drink this all day...maybe it's best I could only grab one!

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/31/13
Drank 8/2/13
So yes, I had the honor of drinking this very fresh

Lunchstarted off very hoppy, mostly piney with some subtle citrusy hop flavor. The finish is dry and the bitterness fades quickly but the taste does not - wonderfully lingering. The malts are there just enough to keep this beer perfectly balanced.

This has to be my favorite IPA after Lagunitas Sucks (which is very different as an IPA I know) I highly recommend this beer it was a real pleasure

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Photo of Boppar
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Born on 5/28/13. Consumed on 6/11/13. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Golden body with orange hue and two fingers of fluffy, soap-bubbly foam. Excellent retention.

S: Wow. Pine. Moss. Citrus. Tropical fruits. Faint whiffs of booze. More pine. More tropical fruit.

T: Floral hop opening, malty body, bitter lingering finish. Notes of honey, mango, papaya, and pine needles.

M: The mouthfeel is beyond perfect. I would give this a 6/5 of I could. Simultaneously silky smooth, fluffy, slick, and briskly carbonated. Seriously, meringue levels of fluff. As silky smooth and fluffy as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with a slick mouthfeel more common in heavier beers. Truly world class.

O: This is probably the single best IPA I have ever had. Another triumph for the Maine Beer Company. If you get the chance, definitely try this beer.

From the brewer: "Lunch is a special whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin which adds to her unique character. We dedicate this beer to her determination and persistence."

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Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/21/15. Lovely tropical notes. Nice yellowish orange color with medium carbonation. Hops with tropical flavors. So smooth and drinkable. I would drink this all day everyday.

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Photo of Zonk
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straw to medium gold. Just a touch of haze. Huge nose lots of grapefruit. Big grapefruit and citrus flavors. Bitter but not over the top.Good mouthfeel maybe thinner than some big IPA's. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After having a second Lunch — one that was a little bit fresher — I updated my rating from a 4.48. Lunch is a refreshing beer but not quite as complex as other IPA, hence the slightly lower score. A brew worth looking for nonetheless.

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Photo of iflah45
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5L Bottle dated 10/25 poured into my portsmouth tulip. Pours a semi-dark amber, no floaties, nice creamy frothy 2-3 finger head. Head recedes slowly. Simply beautiful.

hops hit you right as the bottle is cracked. Bursting with fruity citrus, dank pine, subtle grassy earthy hops. Also some great bready malty backbone evident.

The malt really comes up from behind and balances the taste well. Don't get me wrong, the hops shine through wonderfully but there is a distinct toasted bread character.

Mouth feel is so smooth and refreshing, nice prickly carbonation lets the hop bite smack you on its way down.

Perfectly crafted IPA. Up there in my ranks with Hill Farmstead Ipas and heady topper. Definitely more subtle and overall more balanced.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 2/19/13 poured into a Lagunitas Large Mouth glass

A: Hazy orange with excellent carbonation, good fluffy white head, and excellent lacing.

S: Big citrus notes with floral hop aroma.

T: Wonderful notes of grapefruit and tangerine combined with a nice hop balance finishing off with a good bitterness. This is not an unbelievably hoppy beer, but the hop is well balanced and finishes nice and bitter with the bitterness lingering. The citrus notes certainly dominate here with no real malt taste to be found. Deceivingly easy to drink.

M: Balanced. Feels medium bodied with excellent carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

O: A winner for Maine Brewing. This is Plinyesque in its ease to drink. While not a hop bomb, it does a great job of balancing citrusy flavor, hop, and bitterness. I found it be extremely enjoyable and would recommend it unequivocally.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. 06-03-2014 bottle date

(A)- Pours a golden orange color. Produced a beautiful frothy head of white foam with superb retention and sticky lacing all over. Exactly what a great IPA should look like

(S)- Bright zesty; almost creamy citrus up front of lemon and lime that flows into soft bitter pine. The slightest hint at a honey / caramel sweetness in the background.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A bit more pine forward than the smell, but still a great array of zesty citrus. A subtle sweetness at the end tops the cake.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to this. I would daresay, a perfect balance of citrus, pine, and bitterness overall. Complex, but classic and dynamic.

(O)- An absolutely world class IPA. In a sea of mediocre and forgettable beers made in a style that every brewery thinks they need to make more than 5 different kinds, this one stands out for me in almost every way.

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been fortunate to have tried Dinner yet, but I must say that Lunch is outstanding. It is great both on tap and straight out of the bottle. A wonderful beer.

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

Bottle dated 5/21/13. Poured into a duvel tulip.

appearance. Slightly hazy orange tinted golden yellow. Gorgeous 3 fingers of head which sticks around until the last drop. Very thick and frothy, like a cappuccino. Lacing is equally as great with layers of bubbles grouped on the side of the glass. Beautiful.

smell. Very west coast, as promised. Very floral right up front, with a good dose of grass and pine. Some tangerine is trying to make its way out, only adding subtlety to this gorgeous nose. Very resinous, making you want to just stick you nose in there and leave it.

taste. Starts out with a bit of medium bitterness, which turns to a burst of resinous pine. Some of the citrus that was trying to make its way out in the nose appears with a much greater presence. But this fades quickly. The pine comes back, this time with a bit of grass, making for a nice medley.

mouthfeel. BONE DRY the whole time. Really allows the hops to sing. Carbonation gives it even more lightness. To style west coast ipa.

overall. This one really impressed me, if you could not tell already. If you are a fan of a very nicely made west coast ipa in the vein of pliny (with a little less alcohol) then you are in for a treat. I admire the subtlety and restraint that this one shows in the face of many of the over-the-top ipas that are present in the beer world today. nicely done mbc.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a light yellow head that stands up for a long time.

S - Smells of citrus and piney hops.

T - Excellent flavor, a perfect blend of grapefruit and hops. Not too sweet and ends with a bitter bite.

M - Nice balance of body and carbonation.

D - One of my favorite IPAs, I buy one whenever I see one.

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

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with frothy dwelling lace. Aroma is pine hops skank, in a good way.

Taste is sweet out of the gate, citrus in the middle, with a piney close. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is incredible. If anyone asked me, I would certainly do lunch.

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

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

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

L: Hazy light amber hue with a fluffy white head and brilliant lacing.
S: Fruits and malt dominate the nose. There are slight citrus notes shining through.
T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors, sticky and mildly sweet maltiness, very subtle citrus in the finish.
F: This beer is both refreshing and full. It has an amazing body thanks to the spot on hop/malt balance. It's just soft enough and has a very crisp carb.
O: This has continued to stand up as one of the best IPAs I've had. It's such a polished beer, and one that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish-orange color with a thick foamy white head of four fingers and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste has a sharp bitter sweet taste to it that leaves a good pine and hops after taste.

Overall: Maine Beer Company you have "Wowed" me again!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, frothy head almost an inch high. Great head retention, too. Clings all over the glass as you drink. Aromas are citrus-hop blend that smells amazing, with lime, orange, and grapefruit blending with the pine, fresh cut grass, and resin to entice you right into the glass. Flavors are rich and resiny. Hop forward with a follow up blast of tart grapefruit keep your taste buds standiing at attention. There is a subtle caramel backbone that supports all the other profiles, which is exactly what it should be doing. Peppery and roast qualities at the end of the palate transition into the aftertaste, where a resiny and bitter kick displays the hops presence once again in this gem. The finish is clean, smooth, and only slightly drying. Amazing. Utterly amazing brew!

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from pint bottle into tulip glass.

Love Maine Beer Company's labeling.

A - Pours an amber-gold color. Frothy, creamy large white head with a lot of lacing. Head stays throughout.

S - Zesty, citrus smell with floral hops.

T - Perfect IPA taste, like the smell, very zesty up front, mellows toward the end with the bitter hops that we love from these types of beers.

M - Mildly carbonated, very fresh.

O - Amazing.

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a re-review of the beer. Bottled 12/3/13 and I'm having it less than 2 weeks from the date.

It comes in a very pumpkin orange with a big fluffy, lingering head. A deep dark marmalade orange. Lots of lacing, hugely fluffly like soap. Out of the bottle and pouring it, I could already smell the fresh aroma it has. Just a beautiful beer.

The aroma is incredible and vibrant. Fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, piney, fruity hops. Lots of tropical fruit with mango, papaya, and pineapple. There’s a bit of a malty backbone.

Wow, the flavor is great. Tropical fruit again in the front of mango, papaya. The general theme then is of grapefruit peel and bitterness. There’s a huge pop of grapefruit peel and then it becomes tangerine and bitter orange. Then this perfectly balanced gentle maltiness cleans it up to help the finish. There’s this strong, but a good dry finish.

The top qualities of this beer are the aroma and its clean aftertaste. It really holds strong being up with some of the top West Coast IPAs. The bottle conditioning and hazy qualities gives this such a great body. It’s drinkable, but not watery.

Extremely hoppy. Very bitter, but with tons of complexity and hoppiness.

I will though that this is not really a "blow your socks off" beer. There are West Coast IPAs that can stand up do this. This is "just" an exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of ggilman
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Sebago tulip.
Lot 051811

Huge head, with sticky lace as it recedes. Murky apple cider color. Lots of hops in the nose, grassy and sweet. A month in, and a lot of the fresh hoppiness has dropped off. Still delicious, with sharp carbonation. More maltiness present, but not a ton. Some fruitiness, apple and grape. Lots of bitterness, just no overwhelming grapefruit and pine like when it was fresh. Feeling the 7% ABV before my second pour from the bottle!

As it warms for the second pour, more grapefruity bitterness comes out.

Still my favorite IPA, can't wait for a fresh batch!

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.