Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 611
Hads: 4,156
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 1,031
Gots: 881 | 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: 611 | Hads: 4,156
Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev -3%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev -3%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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) (230 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swung by the Nashua Garden today for some post bike ride libations. Saw Lunch on, so I sez "wtf, Gus?!".

It's a bright, slightly hazy golden hue, with slow, scattered carbo meandering about. Head is creamy and white, though short. Lacing is decent, too. Nose has some pithy citrus and a hint of sweetness. Not overly strong, though. Body is medium at best, and it is somewhat smooth.

Flavor is light on malt and sweetness, with bitterness prevailing. There's some grapefruit and lemon peel, with plenty of rindy, pithy hopping. The finish is rather dry, with the bitterness lingering a tad. It's really a bitter-bomb, though I've had many such creations which have given me more pleasure (Double Jack, DirtWolf, Big A).... Seems like a product of the tickerati hype machine (THM™). Quite glad that I snagged it during Happy hour for only $3.50/pint. Prosit!

3.94/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of EraDehops
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really yummy citrus bust and an effervescent mouthfeel, great! Little yeasty, but only a tad in the back and I still think it's like a 4.6 beer. Really thin and easy to drink. Very good. Heady's my fav for reference (215 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (187 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.71/5  rDev +9%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of jow_42
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden color; pours with short lived, lightly sticky head.

Bottled 3/31, so less than 3 weeks ago. Thanks Eric!

Tons of hop chatacter in the aroma. Grapefruit zest, some spiciness, and grassiness. A bit of sugar cookie malt for balance. Heavenly.

One of the dryer IPAs I've tried, loving that. The lighter, more delicate hop elements from the aroma are noticeable up front. The finish is a dry, biting, aspirin note. Quite a contrast from start to finish. A hop showcase for sure, nothing sweet to be found.

This has a lighter, bone dry mouthfeel. Great beer, thanks again Eric! (594 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City. I always say that IPA's are a dime a dozen so I wasn't sure if this would measure up to the heavyweights the top this category. This one didn't have to because as the Alstrom brothers said in their review, this was certainly an East Coast IPA. Not as aggressive as those from out west, this had such nice balance to it while delivering a mild punch and wonderful array of flavors at the same time.

This born on date for this beer was Saint Patrick's Day, so it was nice and fresh. Lovely pour as the hazy yet glowing golden hue, everlastingly frothy head, and soapy rings of lacing left behind all combined for a solidly pleasing appearance. The aroma wasn't as strong but it was nice as well. Grassy, floral, and strawberry notes could be discerned and combined with the straw and champagne-like lightness of the taste, led me to believe that this wasn't just another IPA. Some grapefruit and tropical fruits came in later and the carbonation was perfect, leading this to remain light from start to finish. It almost reminded me of a Farmhouse beer crossed with the Ithaca Flower Power, as the funky nature of this beer meshed with the subtle, piney hops wonderfully.

The alcohol was a tad high but with so much going on here, it's hardly noticeable. The malt sweetness really balanced everything and served as proof that IPA's don't have to be hop bombs to be enjoyable. The bottle design is much like the beer inside of it - subtle, smooth, and outwardly simple but make no mistake: this was a well-crafted brew that could be a lunch all by itself. Impressive stuff! (1,655 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

High quality IPA. Not too hoppy, but nice dry hops and very smooth and creamy feel. Doesn't seem like 7 abv at all. Lemony, straw, grassy. Maybe slight hint of lime. Lived up to my hopes and expectations. Excellent. (215 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured after being bottled 3/17/15. Golden, two finger head. Strong hop armor - leafy pine and citrus. Tastes clean, bitter, and noticeably carbonated. Balance seems near flawless.

Simply put, this IPA is fantastic. One thing Maine Beer Co. has been able to do with this IPA (and others in general) is make a very clean, delicious, IPA that isn't overly complicated. If you come across Lunch, pick it up and follow the bottled instructions to, "Drink this beer fresh." (475 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic west coast style IPA. Has a very similar, to my taste, hop profile to Pliny the Elder.

Cirtusy, floral, bitter. Slow finish but clean on the palate. Decent malt balances this so it isn't just a total hop bomb - it is one of the best IPAs I've had. (271 characters)

Photo of Jwburns75
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/17/15, poured hazy orange, two finger head sticky looking and laced like a mother. Some citrusy aspects in the nose as well as a bit of earth and the occasional whiff of booze actually, especially after it warmed. Taste followed nose with more balance than MBC Another One. More great stuff from Maine (315 characters)

Photo of AnalogErik
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy in color, reminds me of King Sue from TG. Great citrus and floral notes, finishes clean. Wish it had a bit more body to it, but amazing beer none the less. (162 characters)

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I pick up more of a citrus note on the nose, but it goes down with a lot harsher bitterness and taste of pine. Always an interesting IPA and grows on you with each taste. (170 characters)

Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.71/5  rDev +9%
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. (238 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent golden amber with a 2 finger white foamy head that last for about 2 minutes then has a nice lacing around the glass.

S. Citrus peel and pine fill the nose. Slight sweet malts to accent the hops. Smells nice.

T. A very clean APA. You get some of that citrus and pine from the hops and then some sweetness with it followed by some nice bitterness. It has a floral presence about it. A nice APA with some different elements than I expected after the aroma. Very well put together. It brings alot of qualities as other IPA/APA's but they really hit highlighting the overall balances of flavors in the beer.

M. A nice body for an APA. About a 4 on a scale 1-10 for thickness. It's almost juicy. Slight dry finish like white grape juice. Carbonation is spot on. Hits the tongue at first the lingers on the palate after the swallow.

O. A really well put together APA. Pretty much everything in this beer is done very well and obviously was aimed at perfection. Many APA/IPA's out there now focus on flavor and aroma which are prob the two most important factors but MBC did a great job at mouthfeel and everything just kinda comes together as an overall very enjoyable beer. Well done. (1,266 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally I have picked up that one of the last few big IPA's I had been looking for! Thanks man for the trade. I do appreciate it!

Appearance: Light golden hazy beer, lots of white fluffy head pillowing on top throughout drinking it. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma: Mild really for an IPA, spruce tips and some floral hop notes a little bit of some mild citrus fruits.

Taste: Light some of the same notes show up on the nose show up in the taste. Its a little thin though not as thick as I would like it to be, seems like its almost there but missing something, maybe a little more malts to bump it up a little bit? It really reminds me a lot of Pliny the Elder in that it is subtle but does have some bittering notes on the back palate. I would love to be able to do a side by side of them. Its just hard to land both fresh at the same time for me anyway.

Overall: A lot like Pliny and a lot like other Maine beers that I have had. They make some good ones and this is probably the best one yet. I would love to try Dinner next, that is on that short list! (1,060 characters)

Photo of ThomasJ25
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another phenomenal beer from MBC. Had Dinner a couple of times and love it but Lunch is great since it is available year round. Hard pressed to beat this beer for something that is readily available year round in ME. (218 characters)

Photo of JFresh21
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for a while.

Lunch is dry and piney. I like my IPAs to be more juicy and tropical. Overall, a very good balanced beer but not one of my top picks. Cheers! (185 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal brew with a ridiculously high drinkability. The initial taste is mild (with warm notes of clove honey), but gradually intensifies as the hoppiness takes over. (169 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One from a fresh sampler of MBC bottles enjoyed in a pub glass.

Fantastic nose.

Bright crisp IPA. Not overdone. Pliny "light"---need I say more?

Fanstastic (161 characters)

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