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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,401
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 1,008 | 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: 4,401
Photo of PSU_Mike
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I didn't have principles, I'd pour this. How this beer has the hype it does is mind-boggling. No bright hop character, faint nose, boring malt bill, and just an uninteresting and mediocre IPA. It was pretty and the body of the beer was nice but that's where it ended.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not impressed with the pour. Want more haze but colour saves it. Smells of light fruit, lemon. Taste is a dry citrus with really well matched hop bitterness. Well carbonated.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't believe I hadn't reviewed this one yet; available every couple weeks in RI and always worth the purchase at $6.99. When it is in stores, it is consistently one of the best IPAs available on the shelf.

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Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2 weeks ago, pours hazy gold orange color with a foamy 1-2 finger slightly off white head with a ton of bubbles in it that faded very slowly and left great spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down. A small layer lingered on top for another fine looking Maine IPA, and the second half of the bottle poured just as nicely.

Smells of tropical fruit, fresh hops and a bowl of citrus fruit; the nose is light and airy but has strong indications of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit pith, pineapple, mango, tangerine, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, light caramel, graham cracker, passion fruit and mild spices. All in all it’s soft and fragrant and not an in your face hoppy IPA, but at the same time the smell is wonderful with really juicy fresh hop aromas. Very kind on the nose, it is balanced and near perfect.

Tastes like it smells, with big citrus hops up front and a mix of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, guava, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, lightly roasted grains, graham cracker, passion fruit, tea leaf, biscuit, wheat bread crust, dry floral hops or dry flowers, and spices like pepper, coriander and a hint of cinnamon; slightly bitter but the full flavored citrus hops just add some more complexity that it is similar to licking a grapefruit that then gets washed away by a crisp cookie or a graham cracker. Tasty indeed and extremely well balanced, this was very easy to drink and hides the 7% completely.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy and smooth side with very mild carbonation that seems thin, a medium body that’s thicker than the mouthfeel in general, and a slightly bitter finish that is semi-dry and full of juicy citrus hops like this brew was dry hopped.

Drinks and flows down so much easier than 7% ABV, I haven’t had this in a few years and compared notes from 2012 and found it just as great now as it was back then which shows how well Maine Beer Company makes all of their beers. Not a hop bomb, just a fantastic well balanced IPA that is impressive in every way. A very high recommendation, if you don’t mind spending a little extra for a bomber then get this every time you see it as it has always been excellent. Lunch is up there with the best IPA’s every made.

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Photo of dleigh
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy IPA--I know it's a matter of taste, but I have more respect brewers who can produce a dope clear IPA. The smell is nice, with some subtle tropical fruit, kind of like Zombie Dust. The taste just doesn't carry that fruitiness from the smell through, though. I think this could be a great beer, but it's missing something in the taste. Bottle dated 6/2/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

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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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Photo of BranfordBound
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Walrus + Carpenter in early 2015 and then out of the bottle multiple times after that. Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy gold with a thick head. Super hoppy aroma is totally inviting. Wonderful melange of hops on the tongue. Citrus, juice, pine, herbs, lavender, touch of lemon. Biscuity and sweet malts never overwhelm but the body might be a hair too much. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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 KidDoc
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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)

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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 rorykanderson
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful IPA - found it on tap in Boston. Pours a golden hue with a distinct citrus and slightly piney aroma. Drinks super easy and certainly leaves the palette intact after a glass or two. The resin and pine characteristics are confined to the aroma and hop-kiss that comes on quickly but then graciously makes way for the bready slightly sweet malt and finally the bitterness that prevents it from becoming too sweet. One of the more crisp IPAs I've enjoyed all year - awesome dose of hops balanced by a light malt backbone and a bitterness that doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +5.1%
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

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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 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 DIM
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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."

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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 oldn00b
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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