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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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630 Reviews

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Reviews: 630
Hads: 4,278
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 1,073
Gots: 939 | 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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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Deep golden pour with just over two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that retains quite nicely.

S: Grapefruit soda, fresh orange, malt character akin to toasted bread.

T: Pine, citrus, orange, bready malt. Bitter, dry citrus in the middle and a light caramel-like maltiness in the finish.

M: Dry, smooth, and silky, with a malt-driven cream-like character.

O: Very, very good. Maine's attempt at a west coast-style IPA certainly lives up to it's ambitions.

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Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. This one has been sought out for at least two years. Glad to finally get my hands on it.

A: Hazy light amber color. Condensation on the glass makes it difficult to see through but I can tell that it's mostly clear. Started the pour in the center and it immediately foamed up. Moments later switched to a side pour and it still ended up at three fingers with a cumulus cloud puffy center.

S: They weren't lying when they touted it as fruit and pine dominant. Boy is it. Fruit first and after a few minutes the pine seems to shine. It's really wonderfully balanced by a nice subtle malt backbone.

T: Flavor brings the hops all night long (all night). Big citrus up front, piney resin underneath and a sweetness from the malt that ties it all together.

M: A touch undercarbonated for my liking but it doesn't take away from the beer too much. ABV seems non existent.

O: A very very very good IPA. Top 10 for sure for me but not too much higher. Certainly doesn't beat out flower power but it's really nice.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of neurobot01
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated 2/18/14 into a pint glass.

Appearance: on the paler side of golden-yellow. Tons of bubble action, 1" foam head at doesn't seem to want to go away. Seriously intense head—I don't usually go in for hat feature, but bonus points just for execution.

Aroma: lots of spicy hop notes, with some faint earthiness, like damp rocks. Citrus/spice stings my nostrils if I inhale too deeply.

Taste: oh wow. Glorious! First sip just tastes like... good. There are individual favors there, but they just meld into a delicious whole. Definitely lots of citrus—pineapple, maybe some lime, grapefruit—along with a perfect amount of malt. Not really getting any of the earthiness I picked up in the nose, though if someone said they got some hay/barnyard character, I wouldn't disagree. Bitterness is really dialed in as well—fans of pure hops might find this too tame, but it's incredibly enjoyable to drink.

Feel: really creamy. Maybe I'm just being thrown by the head, but thus almost feels like nitro. Contributes perfectly to the quaffability of this brew.

Overall: I went into this with suppressed expectations; I've been trying some East Coast IPAs over the past few days, and generally not loving them. But this knocks it out of the park—might be my favorite all time single IPA.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep orange/amber color with puffy two finger white head.

S - Very citrusy nose, a bit of apple and honey. Very strong and aromatic. Great.

T - Mmm, on the taste, the citrus is balanced out with a solid piney hop presence that permeates throughout. Actually well balanced.

M - A bit dry, but full bodied and crisp.

Overall - An incredibly good IPA. Loved this one.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh shipment of lunch picked up today, poured into a duvel snifter

A- pours a hazy amber/copper almost brownish... nice white almost 1 finger fluffy tight bubble head.

S- tropical citrus, pine, a nice aroma... the only thing that stopped me from giving it a higher mark here was i wish the aroma was a bit more full bodied and pungent.

T- a nice brisk piney hop bite, citrus, pinneapple, orange peel. a very nice blend of flavors, everything working very well, well rounded.

M- as mentioned above, well rounded medium/light, just right to be highly drinkable, goes down smooth, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. oh yah and just the right amount of light/medium carbonation. almost creamy.

O- a very good ipa, one that i try to grab a bottle of whenever a fresh case comes to town, always a nice treat and a must try, very well done.

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Photo of mooseo
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Deep golden, slightly hazy, with a titanic creamy white head.

S - Juicy tropical fruit, mango, peach and piney hops. Hints of sweet caramel and lemon citrus.

T - Lots of juicy, fresh hop flavors. Mango, pine, orange peel, and lemon. A light bready malt backbone lends a little sweetness. An earthy hop bitterness builds up and really kicks in during the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. High carbonation, crisp, and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is an excellent IPA - very hoppy with superb drinkability. This bottle was only a few weeks old and was extremely fresh in both smell and taste. It definitely rivals most of the highly rated west coast IPA's out there.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink within 90 days of May 23, 2013. Served in Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy amber with a white, creamy two-finger head that settles into a nice frothy cap. Nice lacing and legs. Rich smell of grapefruit rind and pine. Citrus pith strikes the palate first and finishes with a heaping dose of pine. Sweet malt backbone balances the bitterness nicely. Medium body with lively carbonation. A superbly crafted IPA that gives the west coast IPAs a run for their money!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold with a touch of hazy bronze. Fast rising and sturdy white head. Thick banding.

S: Vanilla sponge cake. Lime, guava fruit. Super lemon haze.

M: Smooth almost to a fault. Thin and quick, and somewhat biting; pleasantly tart. Frequent carbonation.

T: Citrus rinds; Caribbean lime; pink grapefruit. Light hay; green pine; fresh minty aftertaste. Almond astringency. Overall rating reflects the cost/reward ratio.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An enormous thank you goes out to my shop's regulars, Mike, for the hookup on this brew! Totally caught me by surprise. Bottle dated 5/28/13, my birthday! Pouring into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Slightly hazed, orange/yellow sunshine in color with a rocky white foam perched on top. Good retention. A variety of fruits entice the nose with peach, grapefruit, and mango all taking turns showcasing their aromas. Piney/spruce comes up after a minute. Flavor-wise the citrus (grapefruit) and pine play a more dominant role though I still pick up some subtle tropical notes in the background. Malt backbone is sufficient and even showcases a little toasty quality. Dry, dry, dry on the finish. There seems to be some excellent attenuation going on here. Bitterness is firm but not harsh and lingers on for some time into the finish. Medium body with moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Touch of warmth.

Nice mix of citrus, tropical, and piney hop character with a supportive malt backbone. Very well attenuated, the dry finish lends an excellent drinkability. Again, huge thank you to Mike for the hookup!!!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch, well its after lunch but thats ok. Murky amber orange, not quite opaque but not transparent. A rather hard pour produces some head. Not the very prettiest beer but what a smell. Huge citrus and pine, so fresh. Can't get over how fresh, piney and citrusy this smells. Big hop flavor up front, resinous, pithy pine, some grapefruit like citrus. Bitter mid-palate through the finish. Obviously malt plays second fiddel here, but its just enough to balance the extreme hops. Kinda dryish finish, not cloying from over hoppiness. Just a hugely successful beer by Maine Brewing.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It pours an impenetrable copper with a thick creamy head.

S - The nose is all rustic earth and doughy malt. Not really much citrus apparent in the bouquet.

T - First sip is bitter pine balanced off with an unsweet malt. There really is none of the fruitiness, but rather a floral forest taste that pairs against staid biscuit.

M - Heavy, like seawater rather than cream.

O - This is a no-nonsense IPA that is utterly invigorating. Nothing cloying; it probably just usurped the top spot for my favorite IPA (sorry, Two-Hearted).

Full Review at http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/6/24/imbibliography-review-pliny-the-elder-and-lunch

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 7/2/13 (6 days ago) and picked up at the brewery.

A - Pours a majestic hazy golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Shows great retention and a nearly perfect lacing.

S - Bursting with fresh, juicy, bitter, tart, tropical, grapefruity hops. Scant grain and sweet malts pull it all together. One of the best smelling beers I have encountered.

T - The taste starts with big citrus and some bready malt. Bitter pine follows through to the finish. Tropical fruit flavors intensify as it warms. Powerfully hoppy with perfectly complimentary malts.

M - Fantastic carbonation strewn throughout a medium body. Refreshing and dry with high drinkability.

O - This was one of the few MBC beers I had not had the pleasure of trying. On a recent trip to Maine, I scooped up several bottles and enjoyed a few on draft. While I preferred the draft version, I thought both were excellent. Great citrus and tropical hops while maintaining some balance. This is another fantastic New England IPA. Fully deserving of its high rating.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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 alaimoa
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2 weeks old purchased in Maine. Pours a deep golden color with creamy foam that lingers and sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smells of sweet grass, pine and a touch of alcohol
Taste is great, not overly carbonated, hint of creaminess with perfect hop amount that isn't overly bitter. Citrus with a mild malt backbone

Overall an outstanding brew from Maine Beer Co - less punch than a Heady, less creaminess than Can't Dog, Less malt/caramel than some of the other highly rated IPAs and more bitter and complex than Pliny.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. 10/9/14.

This is a really pretty beer. Clear and golden with a thick with head. The lacing persisted through the last sip.

Very fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with pineapple with hints of the toasty malt.

Flavor was tangerine and peaches.with a nice bitter lemony finish.

Feel was light to medium with a dry finish. Some nice hop oils, but not overdone.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I was drinking this side by side with Another One and although both are excellent, I preferred the additional complexity that was present in Another One. But you can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of JG-90
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a very hazy orange/peach color. Pures a huge white head that becomes extremely rocky as it recedes, has very good retention, and leaves tons of lacing.Has a juicy orange and lemon smell with a bit of grapefruit. Has a bit of bready malt aroma as well.

Taste starts with a bit of pine, then moves on to a large amount of lemon. The has a bit of grapefruit and orange, with a lemony, bready finish. Has a medium mouthfeel with very high and slightly prickly carbonation for an IPA.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of callmescraps
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Duvel Tulip -bottle date 07/21/11.
Bought this while on vacation in Maine at Global beverage warehouse in Ellswoth -$ 6.99 for a 500ml bottle.

A: Poured a cloudy hazy dirty orange almost light brown, Four finger head that held its retention rather well forming a thick frothy lacing , good carbonation,- Great looking beer.

S: Smells like lemon Pledge, pine notes and sweet citrus esters, slight bread malt with hop notes that shine though as well.

T; This is a very fruity Ipa , grapefruit , mango, lemon , decent hoppiness that is well balanced with a decent malt backing, some floral hints in here as well.

O: Overall this is a very well blended and balanced Ipa -none of the flavors distract from one another , Just enough malts and just enough hops, very well made - Great job Maine Beer Co..

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Photo of pburland23
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having Peeper and Zoe, I was excited to finally see Lunch on the store shelf here in Pennsylvania.

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, tawny orange. Two fingers of crisp, bright white head. Head quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: Lots of juicy American hops. Big citrus notes...orange, mango, and pineapple. A second, deeper inhale did reveal the hint of a rich, caramel maltiness.

Taste: The taste was not exactly what I expected. But, I guess that's the hallmark of the Maine Beer Company. It's hoppy and bitter but not a pungent hop bomb. The finish of the sip revels a touch of malt before ending with one more smack of bitterness. What's impressive is that the nose of the beer gets you thinking about what the taste will be but then the taste is more nuanced than you could imagine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. At 7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable. Carbonation is a bit light. I could have used a little more fizzy snap.

Overall: Lunch was worth the wait. It's one of the more interesting American IPAs on the market. If you see it, grab one. It'll surprise and impress.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifer.

A: A hazy golden brown.

S: Sweet citrus aromas with a hint of pine.

T: Same as the smell. Sweet citrus with a piney bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the tongue and has a slight bitter finish.

O: Very good IPA. A very well balanced beer with a great citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.