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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,239
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 791
Gots: 447 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mpalestino, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

GJ40, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown unfiltered as always from Maine. with a big off white head. Good lacing.

Smells of some citrus and earthy hops with a cracker and grainy smell.

Similar flavor to the nose. Some earthy and citrus hops with a good lingering bitterness on the finish. Good but nothing overwhelmingly great about it.

Good mouthfeel with lowish carbonation levels.

Good, but not quite as awesome as I expected. I may actually prefer Mo to this. It was a little light on upfront flavor for me.

jmarsh123, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 09/09/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a thick three-finger white head, leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, very vibrant, some pine and lightly bready malt. Smells great.

T- Citrus and tropical fruit, also a more pronounced caramel than was apparent in the nose. Caramel and orange are dominant until the finish, when a piney hoppiness takes over for a moderately bitter finish. A tiny hint of spice and alcohol is noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

WillCarrera, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MikeCactusGordon, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot #05.18.11

Pours a golden amber color with a wicked huge fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate (probably my biggest complaint on the looks because it takes forever and held me up from drinking it), leaves a good deal of patchy lacing.

Smell is terrific for an IPA, the nose is hugely pine and grapefruit with the edge going to the pine, citrus makes a good presence, eventually the hop front melds with a caramel malt backing as part of the "afternose".

Taste is definitely on the hoppy side, starts out with a resiny hop bitterness that calls on the pine, the citrus and grapefruit that was part of the nose is not as heavily prevalent in the taste, for as much head that was produced the carbonation seems rather low or soft (maybe the excessive head took all the carbonation away), eventually the caramel malt backing takes hold before leaving an aftertaste of bitterness.

Another good beer from MBC, they have yet to disappoint me.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 October 2012, I believe (says 101412 on the bottle). Another great BIF beer from cavedave.

Pours very clear pale orange with a touch of pink; sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three fingers of very white head, fluffy and thick like a sponge cake. Relaxes slowly, leaving chunky islands of lacing on the inside of the glass and a finger-high hill rising up like Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Spectacular.

Smell is stellar. Juicy pine and citrus, billowing up out of the glass. About even balance of the two, with resiny pine coming in the first wave, followed by grapefruit. Really well put together, smooth edges, with the malts just laying right there underneath the hops.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Has that crispy thin bitterness that many IPAs have, where the soft bitter floats above the gentle malt base. Finishes quick, the bitterness evaporating and drying out.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation a bit on the low side. Finish is quick and super dry, taking all the flavor with it, leaving only a faint remnant. Reminds me of Zombie Dust in the way it dries out.

Very impressive IPA. The appearance and the smell are the highlights, but the rest of it holds up just fine. Pleasantly thin on body and taste. Happy I got the chance to try this - it's right in the sweet spot of top-notch IPAs.

zeledonia, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 032613. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, orangish pale color with two fingers of off white head. Head is sticky, leaving generous lacing on the glass's wall and having excellent retention.

S: Delicate hop aroma with citrus and floral notes, a little malt.

T: Mild hoppiness and a little malt. There is a very light, integrated bitterness which provides some structure. Quite dry, with no alcohol evident. Nice, though a little lacking in flavor.

M: Soft, light carbonation and medium body. Creamy texture.

O: Light tasting and highly drinkable. So drinkable that it reminds me more of a pale ale than a 7% IPA. I could probably down a pitcher of this, and I don't say that often. That being said, the level of hoppiness and flavor is quite low.

pmarlowe, May 11, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with imagineiii poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose pounds you with fresh cut grass, citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste is nice and fruity, a bit bitter, but well balanced, a bit chewy and very tasty, Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a nice sharp finish. Super tasty & very drinkable. Another hit from Maine Beer Co.

kingcrowing, May 28, 2011
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange body with a foamy white head. Some light shines through, but there is a definite sediment haze present.

S- Lots of strong citrus, hints of tropical fruits, tangerine, orange zest.

T- Tons of citrus in the flavor as well. Lots of fruity bitterness, lots of zesty citrus peel. Even some hints of peach and sugar orange marmalade.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight stickiness to it.

O- A really nice IPA, lots of delicate flavors, pungent fruity flavors.

stephenjmoore, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jaymo18, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

bonkers, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ricecracker420, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Soto, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

LambicKing, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Paccamacca, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AnitaBrewski, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bcm75, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

EyePeeAyBryan, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

PhatAtUT, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to irishcolonial for hauling back this rarity from the edges of civilization. Thanks Eric!

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip.

A: Goodness gracious what am I drinking? Is this a hefeweizen?!? This pours a super cloudy, pale tan color. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it's Dancing Man Wheat. It looks beautiful, but nothing that I've ever seen from an IPA before. I am officially intrigued. An aggressive pour yields a huge, pillowly, eggshell white head of three fingers. It slowly recedes to a half finger head. Beautiful gobs of lacing adorn the sides of my tulip. This is shockingly different from any IPA I've seen, but beautiful nonetheless. Bravo on the appearance alone.

S: Hits the spot with aplomb. Super creamy citrus bomb here with a solid pine presence. The hops pervade the nose and linger quite nicely. It's bold but mellow, almost a candied quality. It smells freakin awesome.

T: The hops explode on the mid and the back in their piney citrus glory. Assertive but smooth, they coat the palate and linger wonderfully. Incredibly balanced. Rhettroactive said it best when he said "This is the East Coast version of Blind Pig". It's so complex, so flavorful, but always maintains a lightness and elegance. Very hoppy, very smooth, so delicious.

M: Lightly carbonated, but perfectly balanced. This brew integrates the citrus, pine, and light malt perfectly. I can't overstate the delicate balance that Lunch strikes between bursting flavor and effervescent lightness. Amazing.

O: It's a shame the Lunch is so hard to come in most parts of the country. This is one of the top 5 IPAs I have ever had and would drink the everliving sh*t out of this were it available readily in DC. Absolutely amazing and a wonderful achievement for the Maine Beer Company. IF you see it, buy and consume as much as you can.

Thanks again to my friend Eric and his wife Christine for grabbing this for me, a beer I likely would never have had the chance to try otherwise.

siege06nd, Aug 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

random846, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,239 ratings.