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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,723 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,723
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 913
Gots: 652 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to share a bottle of this with a friend that I bought from Tru Beer, a bottle shop in Northampton, MA. Nice find there! Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with a two inch off-white head that laces well throughout and settles into a nice creamy-looking top. The aromas are rich tropical fruit, citrus, sawdust and a bit of malty sweetness. On the palate, it is full of flavor - pine sap, cedar, earthy spice and a nice counterbalance of ripe fruit; pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of mango. The finish is long and woodsy with a good bitterness bite. A bit overrated as I’ve had better IPAs, but this was a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA that I hope to be able to drink on a regular basis

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ElGallo
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a large tulip. Bottled 5/18/11. Purchased at Carl's in Kittery, Maine for $6.

I must admit that I was very excited to try this, if only to finally have a well-made IPA right after it's bottled - super-fresh for my bad self. (This is a benefit west coast BAs should not take for granted.)

Pours an orange/gold color, solid two fingers of head, some lacing. Big nose on this and it smells amazing: citrus, pine, some grass, some mild caramel maltiness.

Taste is fresh with a bitter bite up front and malt smoothness as it follows through. Very well balanced flavors. Again there is grapefruit, mild lemon, grass, pine, and subtle caramel. Was this as impressive as the fresh Pliny the Elder I had two weeks ago? No, but it was pretty firkin close. Mmmm... firkin.

Had this with lunch (how apropos) in the house my wife and I closed on today. An excellent fresh beer as the first bottle enjoyed in the new home. Well done Maine Beer Co., especially with the snap distribution.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of trevorpost
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled 10/8/13 which was 13 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, near opaque orange-amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white, relatively dense head, which lingers a bit before fading to layer atop the beer.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, malts, peaches. A very nice, balanced combination of hop flavors, but also has some malts in there. Smells like a very nice, balanced IPA.

Taste: Light pine, mild citrus, malts. Very well balanced flavors, really smooth taste. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Very refreshing and balanced. The finish is real mild and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. The finish is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: Really well-balanced (I've set that word a lot in this review, because it's true). The flavors all come together nicely to make a really drinkable, refreshing IPA. A really nice profile for an IPA - this one would be really nice if I could find it more!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DonFrap
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to Tree house snifter. 7/30/13 bottle date. Poured with a monster head. Like half the snifter. I don't pour very vigorously, so very surprising. Dissipated fairly quickly though, leaving good lacing. Very bitter earthy smell. Less citrus than I remember from previous batches. Taste is also very bitter. Not a to of citrus. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I feel that MBC beers, and lunch in particular, suffer from batch variation. I've had amazing bottles of lunch, and mediocre bottles. This one fell somewhere in between.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. How great is it to walk into your favorite beer store, find a new IPA from a brewery you already like, look at the bottle and see it was packaged 2 days ago!!! 5/18/11

A - Lightly chilled, poured softly into the glass..a huge, dense 3 fingers of cream colored foam. Mid level yeasty haze in a pale amber body. Head has excellent staying power and lasts for several minutes, requiring a three part pour to fill the glass. As it fades, thick, sticky spiderwebs of lacing coat the surface in its entirety.

S - Loads of fresh hoppy aromas in here - lemons, oranges, pine, and tropical fruits and some cut grass. Thick and sticky in hop aromas. Its tough for anything to get past this hop assault, but there is a bit of biscuity malt and some lightly sweet and sugary malt aspects as well. Really, this is a total hop showcase.

T - Fresh hop flavor as well, not at all surprisingly. More malt than the aroma would indicate - crystal malt sweetness, a bit caramelly and sugary. Sharp and crisp hop bitterness surrounded by citrusy flavors - grapefruit, a bit of lemon, some pineapple, mangoes. Grassy on the finish. This is very hoppy and bitter, but still seems well integrated if not truly balanced.

M - Medium bodied with an ample carbonation of very fine bubbles and a creaminess as well. Bitter into the aftertaste - sticky and resiny, sweet and citrusy.

O - Excellent IPA...this is my first experience with this beer and at only 2 days old, it is probably as good as it gets. Will be interesting to see how things change over a few weeks/months, although the several other bottles I have aren't very likely to survive the weekend.

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Burt
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lunch from from Maine Beer Company
Score: 91

Bottled on 03/22/12. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/05/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly reddish orange color. Held up to light, the beer has a blood orange core that fades to a dull golden yellow at the top and bottom of the glass. One finger of off-white frothy and bubbly head at pour quickly settles to a bubble ring and thin foggy layer atop the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet and juicy tropical citrus and pine. Pineapple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. A light amount of spicy caramel too. 4/5

Taste: Sharp bitter hops and grapefruit/lemon upfront. Spiced caramel backbone. Lots of earthy hop oils and fresh mulch. Touch of barley malt. A straightforward and refreshing IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation that makes the hops prickle the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very bitter, slightly spicy IPA that is every bit as good as Exponential Hoppiness.

Recommendation: Seek this one out

Pairings: Spicy Thai food.

Cost: $6.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very nice bright gold with a big fluffy white head and lots of visible carbonation. The first pour is very clear, with a bit of haze showing up as the bottle gets emptier.

S: Big citrus aromas, with pine and resin as well, and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Pine, resin, citrus hops, some tropical fruit and a bit spicy. Hop bitter in the hang that seems grassy. Nice hop bitter bite.

M: Thin body, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: Quite tasty, but falls short of the best in class. So far, I've had three brews from Maine Beer and been extremely impressed with all of them.

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,723 ratings.