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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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3,076 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,076
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 779
Gots: 406 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Auror, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

kvgomps, Jan 26, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev 0%

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

The week-old beer poured a hazy, copper amber color with a one-finger head of bubbly white froth. Outstanding retention. The cap slowly dissipated to a thick, lasting film. Large drippy blocks of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was simply one of the best I have encountered in an IPA. Super sweet and fragrant with peach, apricot and nectarine notes leaping out of the glass. A decent amount of orange zest too. Tropical fruits were also apparent. Mango was quite prevalent.

While the nose was smooth and fruity, the flavor profile was definitely more crisp and bitter. Some crystal and caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were initially dry and pithy with strong grapefruit rind notes. As the beer moved along the palate, the hops became more dank and resiny. Pine sap dominated the crisp, dry and bitter finish. As much respect as I have for the flavor profile, I would be remiss to say that I was hoping for something more akin to the nose. As for drinkability, I found the 7% ABV to be remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. If I had to nitpick, I would say that this beer is slightly thin. Creamy, supple and silky smooth. A fine, moderate carbonation helped the beer glide across my palate.

Add Lunch to the growing list of outstanding IPAs coming out of northern New England. With more and more beers of this quality being produced locally, I have fewer reasons to envy the folks on the West Coast.

Damian, May 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 25, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a huge white bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of flowery, fruity and piny hops. Mango and passion fruit, mainly. Pale malts

T: Intense hops bitterness. Very fruity, piny and citruses. In overall, a dry taste with strong notes of flowery hops. Despite the strong bitterness, its s very smooth beer. Very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium and smooth body. Good carbonation. Great hoppy and flowery aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. An American classic

eduardolinhalis, Jul 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

bmur112, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

polishkaz, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Gww1864, Apr 06, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Got this as an add in from a trade .
Lunch pours a nice darkish golden color, with a nice large lacing head. Their is a very nice strong dry floral aroma from this beer. The taste has a nice floral bite from the hops, on a rich and almost hidden malty backbone. Nice full flavors, yet easy to drink, very smooth and nice carbonation. Overall a no frills IPA with lots of flavor.

vette2006c5r, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Somehow have never seen this around til today. Bottle dated 7-21-11.

Poured into my Heady Topper glass hazy light orange, ridiculous giant white head retains for a long time, eventually getting down to a finger or so. Leaves clumps of lacing.

Extremely fragrant hoppy scent...big pine and tropical. Pineapple, lemon, peach. A little bit of malt hiding in the back. Strength fades after some time.

Doesn't quite live up to the scent but very enjoyable. Pine and earth seems to dominate, but citrus and grapefruit are big too, light tropical notes. Like the nose, light malt provides some support but this is mostly a hop party.

Smooth, somewhat oily mouthfeel, a little low on the carbonation. Not bad but I wish it felt a little more lively.

Good IPA, though it started out as an easy A, wound up bringing the smell/taste scores down about halfway through, warming didn't help this one for me. Glad I finally tried this.

Chico1985, Aug 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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claytong, Sep 14, 2012
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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