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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,695 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 700
Gots: 319 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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dmsohyea

California

3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of tai4ji2x, thanks. 500 ml bottle poured into an IPA glass. Reviewed from notes taken 7/14/11.

A - Looks a little thin with a huge 5 finger head that gushed over the glass. Retention is great and lacing is very thick and heavy on the sides.

S - Smell is not very impressive. Light grassy notes, but not strong enough to identify the hop variety.

T - Taste is pretty good compared the the smell. Moderate to high hop bitterness with some east coast hop styles. A little table sugar comes through toward the back. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little watery. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but not a world class IPA. I probably won't seek it out in the future, but certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:12:08 | More by dmsohyea
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:50:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally managed to find a bottle of this in Bangor, 'bought time!

A - Little bit cloudy, pale orange pour, quite a bit of foam, might have had it too cold, recedes to just around the edges.

S - Lots of hops, even without having to put my nose right in there, very potent.

T - dry, bitter up front, thought it might be sweeter, maybe the type of hop, like an underripe grapefruit perhaps. Goes well balancing out the spiciness of these nachos, but it's really a dry, bitter IPA.

M - smooth, maybe undercarbonated almost, maybe due to the serving and all the initial foam, but kind of flat tasting.

Overall... I'd like to like this beer more, and it seems to get high ratings, but not from me. I'm not getting a whole lot of complexity here, just a lot of dry bitterness, which isn't my thing, but I'm still excited to try Zoe.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:34:28 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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bikesandbeers

Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I heard the hype and I'm just not that impressed. I drink a lot of IPA's and imperial IPA's both American and English and this over rated ale doesn't do it for me. Mouth feel is too light, where are the malts in this ale. Hoppy, yes but, again doesn't follow all the hype it gets as I don't get any malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong it's very good but, with all the hype, there are a lot of other ales out there that are better.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:01:56 | More by bikesandbeers
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dickieb

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber in color with a nice big white head and some excellent lacing. The smell is fantastic very floral with some sweet citrus notes. The flavor is good but dose not quite live up to the nose. The whole profile is rather bitter with some grapefruit bite and a tad of a bitter plastic taste I cant put my finger on. The mouthfeel is good for an average strength IPA and it is a very drinkable brew. Over all this is a good beer but I expected a bit more out of they "hype" Being a local IPA thats not to expensive I will surely give it another go in the future especially seeing as it got better as it warmed. Bottled 5/28 so its very fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:02:40 | More by dickieb
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Hop Head Throwdown about ten days ago, but my palate was basically destroyed by then. So I'll review off this bottle I just bought. Was not overwhelmed at the Throwdown, but that probably doesn't mean much.

Appearance- A dull, almost apple cider color. Amber. It has a huge, rocky white head. The lacing is excellent. I usually like lighter colored IPAs, but the head is fantastic. It sort of balances out for me.

Smell- Big hops, thank god. Fruity, tangerine, grapefruit. Some citrus rind. Some real pine as well. Big and sticky smelling, with the pine coming on strong. Possibly a hint of biscuit, but nothing strong.

Taste- It's killing me a little bit, waiting for the big head to dissipate somewhat so I don't get a snoot full of froth. It starts off big and sticky for sure. Tons of pine and orange rind. More malt than anticipated. Light bitterness. Something I can't quite pin, a sweet, almost nuttiness. A little booziness? Unexpected. The finish has an almost buttery quality. Not my favorite.

Mouthfeel- Certainly nice. A little light, but that's fine.

Overall- A little underwhelmed, honestly. I like the first burst of hops, but the rest leaves something to be desired. Not as dry as I prefer. Certainly tasty, but nothing too special in my mind. Oh well, it's a nice hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:19:23 | More by callmescraps
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with an amber haze, nice frothy head which builds to 1” to 1 ½” and recedes to a ¼”. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, as expected citrus and pine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit in all their hoppy glory. This is pine resin wrapped in bitter, bitter, grapefruit citrus. Fits the description of an IPA to a tee, actually more like a DIPA.

Mouth feel: Smooth with the hoppy bitter finish cleaning the palate with some bitter burn.

Overall: Very solid example of the style, not a style I love, but this beer certainly meets expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:02:09 | More by BobZ
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brystmar

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/20/2012.

Dark, muddy pour with tons of frothy white head. Great retention & lace. Lots of fresh hops and caramely malts in the aroma. Sharp, piney hops dominate the taste. Malt backbone is there but not as prominent as I'd like. Creamy body sells the experience.

A solid IPA that adheres to the West Coast style, though I prefer the citrusy, malty East Coast brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:02:03 | More by brystmar
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jimlin

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/4, I drank this on 6/28. About as fresh as I would expect to have one. These are bottle conditioned, so I assume I picked this up pretty much as soon as it arrived at my local beer shop. (along with a bottle of MaineBeer's Mo, also bottled on 6/4)

Obviously expectations were high given the craft beer hype machine. Plus, I've had their Peeper Ale which I really enjoyed.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orange with a three finger head into a 23 ounce Sierra Kellerweis Hefeweizen Glass. Poured pretty gently give the sediment from bottle conditioning, so a bit surprised at the carbonation level.

Aroma: I've heard Lunch competes with the best West Coast IPAs so I did have some expectations. With that much head on the pour, I fully expected a huge amount of hop aroma, but it wasn't there. Much more subtle aroma than most big IPAs out there these days. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. But again, not hop-bomb aroma.

Flavor: Again, not overwhelming hop flavor. More flavor than the aroma suggested, but not over-powering. The malt flavor is there to balance, but again, very subtle. I would guess there's some Pils in the malt bill, and that they avoided caramel malts, or at least minimized their percentage in the grist. Bitterness is there, but not harsh. Lingers crisply on the tongue.

Hard not to review this with beers like Bear Republic's Racer5, or Ballast Point's Sculpin in my mind. Those beers are much more hop forward. Lunch is more "smooth"... crisp... hard to explain. I am surprised to see so many reviews suggesting much more hop aroma than my bottle offered up.

Overall it's an enjoyable IPA. Much like Peeper Ale, the malt character avoids a heavy caramel component and the hops are intriguing. Simcoe appears to be a brewery favorite variety, along with perhaps amarillo. Do I think it's a top 10 IPA? Not in my mind, but that's personal preference. This is a well-made beer with enough originality to separate it from the abundance of American IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 11:52:40 | More by jimlin
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Dillonius


3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-23-2014 15:52:48 | More by Dillonius
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

04-27-2013 16:55:00 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

11-20-2013 23:23:25 | More by ste5venla
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blabaer

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

10-26-2013 03:52:13 | More by blabaer
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tdjb

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

09-30-2012 17:03:26 | More by tdjb
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-20-2014 15:23:27 | More by huskermike12
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GoGators

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

09-08-2013 08:49:59 | More by GoGators
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Plissken

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

05-28-2014 15:42:12 | More by Plissken
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uncccegr

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-13-2013 00:23:33 | More by uncccegr
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-25-2012 07:04:55 | More by IdrinkGas
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-19-2013 08:18:24 | More by largadeer
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

11-10-2012 14:20:45 | More by ScaryEd
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-06-2013 03:47:21 | More by teamwiggum
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jamvt

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

07-21-2013 13:40:29 | More by jamvt
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-17-2013 12:50:50 | More by gameface23
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Violet_Apocalypse

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

05-01-2014 03:07:16 | More by Violet_Apocalypse
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.