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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,391
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,092
Gots: 1,005 | FT: 22
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 vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed two weeks before consumed for this review.

A - Dull ice tea caramel color. Great head; lightly off-white with fantastic retention and lace.

S - Simply awesome. Bright wood, racy lemon, a kick of fresh pepper, and fresh herbaceous parsley.

T - Bitter citrus rolls into bright woody hops. Just enough caramel malt balances the profile beautifully. Soft, bitter, woody sweet backend. Delicious, dry, fresh hop finish.

M - Fantastic carbonation balance on a medium frame.

O - There's something about this beer that is greater than the sum of it's parts. The bitterness, malt character, hop profile, and texture are everything that I love about the best examples of the style. An absolutely fantastic IPA

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazed deep yellowish orange color with good carbonation and head retention leaving a small white cap, nice bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Not very empowering on the nose. I do get some light citrus notes on the nose.

T: A very subtle taste, not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting a big hop fwd IPA but this is a balanced treat. Initial taste leaves some citrus; light orange peel, some grass with a light caramel backbone. Smooth, not overly bitter, just well rounded. Finish has a light hop bite, almost no booze with a grassy citrus, floral finish

M: Medium bodied, balanced, well carbonated.

O: Well done! I would have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/18/12 bottling

A: Golden-orange with a 2-finger head of mixed dense foam and loose bubbles. Receded to a healthy 1/4" cap.

S: Intense hit of piney resins, followed by tropical and citrus notes

T: Almost oily hop presence, but balanced out by a strong bready malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated. Medium body. Significant bitterness, but not harsh.

O: Good, balanced american IPA

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (or so) bottle, thanks Deuane.

A: The IPA is hazy, a muddy orange color laden with thickness. Opaque as a result. A finger of head, off-white barely.

S: Leafy citrus aromas with caramel to balance out. From January 2012, the bottle still has a strong hop aroma. As with Peeper and Zoe, the big hops are balanced but the maltiness.

T: Plenty of flavor. The hops are lively, leafy and citrusy with lush tropical fruits beside the grapefruit. The flavors are strong but they never ruin the ale; the caramel is strong, rich backbone for the ale. At 7%, the ale doesn't get too strong either. The finish brings up the hops, a citrusy end that packs a punch.

M: Even a few months old, it still rocks. Ample hoppiness, but the good biting kind that has more fruits than it knows what to do with. Quite nice.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml served at beer study thanks to jon. 8/16/2013 bottling date.

dark copper color with a nice head. the aroma is very fruity with a good mix of hops and malts. taste is also extremely fruity and sweet, a bit too sweet of an IPA for me. no bitterness whatsoever. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall very good and extremely recommended.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch IPA deserving, I believe, of its much-heralded status. If this was more easily accessible, and a bit lower in price, I could easily see making this a staple.

Pours light gold, just a touch of haziness, with a big fluffy white head that settles down slowly. Nice lacing. Truly exceptional aroma, perhaps the finest aspect of this beer; vivid floral, perfumy, herbal notes; pine; tropical fruit; light biscuit sweetness underneath. I could just cram my nose in the glass and sniff this one all day.

The flavor is also very nice if not up to the all-world status of the nose. Again there is a fruity tropical mango/pineapple/passion fruit aspect intermingled with floral and pine notes and a lot of other subtle hop characteristics. Gentle biscuit malt backbone that never overshadows the hops but supports them beautifully. Very artfully blended; extremely tasty hop variety combination; lovely balance of malt and hops overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Finish is dry, with a lingering aftertaste that’s more flavorful than bitter. Tropical fruit and flowers linger on the tongue.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, a nicely creamy feel. This is totally drinkable, full of flavor and finesse, putting a lot of the more heavy-handed hoppy beers to shame in my estimation. Get one and get it fresh if you can!

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sidebordz for sending this bottle my way. Bottled on 9/15/11.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, earthy hop aroma with lots of resinous oils and grassy, floral notes. Hints of soil-y pine needle countered by some tropical and citrus fruit notes. Subtle malt presence with some Graham and biscuit but the nose of this beer is dominated by the fresh hops.

Medium bodied, but on the fuller end, with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the malt backbone into a sticky, dry finish. Floral with lots of earthy pine flavor and sticky hop oils countered by a subtle citrus/tropical fruit presence. Hints of grapefruit and orange peel balance out the bitterness without overpowering them. Towards the end of the palate, the malt backbone is evident with subtle toffee, caramel and biscuit. Really well balanced and easy to drink with only slight boozy heat in the finish. Another solid offering from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL bottle to snifter on 8/18/11
*From notes

-- A BIG thanks goes out to IrishColonial for bringing this treasure back from his epic New England romp. Thanks for sharing, Eric! --

A: I've never seen an AIPA like it, as it looks exactly like a hefe or wit. A careful pour yields a 1.25 finger head and minor lacing.

S: Massive pails of crushed pineapple and mango.

T: Unabashedly unfiltered and thick, allowing the brewmaster to pack this to the gills with orange creme and pie crust. The hop profile is absolutely out of control juicy, and simply delicious.

M: Almost too creamy, if that's possible. It foams out of control in my mouth. I've never met an IPA that feels like this. Simply perfect.

O: Maine Beer Co's Lunch is one of the best AIPA's I've consumed, and easily one of the top two or three being produced along the east coast. I fell in love with the hearty and rich nature of this brew, which in my opinion, is the east coast's answer to Russian River's Blind Pig.

I can't gush enough about this wonderful beer, and absolutely recommend seeking it out. It's beauty in a bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with frothy dwelling lace. Aroma is pine hops skank, in a good way.

Taste is sweet out of the gate, citrus in the middle, with a piney close. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is incredible. If anyone asked me, I would certainly do lunch.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 070213-20. Sampled on July 20, 2013.

It pour an incredibly heady yellow-amber color that has good clarity at first but by the end of the bottle after the second pour has a much more cloudy appearance.

The aroma is hop forward with floral and pine notes and a touch of citrus to round things off. It definitely makes me think IPA.

The body was about medium and very smooth.

Biscuit malts are briefly on the palate quickly erupting into a powerful floral hop bitterness that lingers for a few moments. This is an IPA that you really need to try.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A hazy orange amber with lots of tiny particles, slow tiny bubbles throughout feed a two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit on the nose, tangerine, grapefruit, over ripe pineapple, sweet orange, citrus all the way, very juicy, pine and vitamin C chewable's and just a hint of sweet malt but you gotta look for it

T lemon rind comes out of nowhere in a big way, more pine, less tropical fruit, just a little hard toffee, more rind, no real complaints but the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied, quite bitter, gritty, not quite foamy but airy, lots of rind lingering for ages

O I could've gone a little higher for smell or taste so a little higher here, very well rounded and has pretty much everything you look for in an IPA

Exactly a month old I'm feeling pretty lucky landing this in Alberta, I think this is my fifth beer from Maine and all have been great, I'm stoked to have 3 more to try

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found at Julio's and picked up two bottles. Has a date of 7/21/2011.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear ipa orange with a huge fluffy three finger head that slumps to leave a nice thick white blanket. When I paused pouring to let the head die down what came out of the last three! inches of the bottle was big globs of yeast. Damnit.

S - Great sweet hops with grapefruits and pine along with sweet malts. Good bitterness too.

T - Wow, really nice flavors here. Some light sweet malts but the star of this is the hops. Great citrus hop characters (grapefruit and orange) along with light pine. Reminds me of a really good west coast ipa.

M - Super good mouthfeel for an IPA. The carbonation was knocked down a little bit for me when I screwed up and made the mistake of trying to pour some more into the glass and got mostly yeast. Again, damn.

O - Overall I like this IPA alot. Really good aromas and flavors, but the billowing tower of head killed it just a little bit for me. Still, worth seeking out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rinhaak for this one!

Bottled 10.25.2011

A - Pours a very cloudy, dark orange with a large cream-colored head that lingers for a long time. Clumps of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Very Piney, slightly earthy.

T - Pine, grass, kinda herbal, slight citrus follows it up.

D - Silky smooth, but a nice hop kick. Good carbonation and average body.

O - Dark, silky, and smooth.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper color with white head, small bubbles, 1" head approximately, good retention, decent lacing. Aroma was amarilloish and cascade, good and juicy, yet restrained and not super powerful.

Taste was very nice, clean, hoppy, juicy (again). Mild citrusy bread notes. As you drink it, it seems to evolve through a little bit of tropical and grapefruit. Subtle malt bill, stays out of the way, but keeps the beer from leaning into just simple copper penny bitterness mode. Its really just a lightly toasted thing that keeps the beer light on its feet. Alcohol is easily conquerable in this one, doesn't sting.

Its a good beer, but this is almost twice as much as Pliny? Oh well, its definitely better than average, but the price seems way higher than average too. Eh, if you feel like being a balla, hit it up. The only thing disappointing about this beer is the price.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Light copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot/peach, grapefruit,oranges, and pineapple. There is also some faint malt and a nice amount of resiny hops.

Overall - Up there with some of the top IPA's available. Full of vibrant flavours and seriously delicious. I'd be happy to drink this beer every day for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head into my glass. The head is probably the best part of the appearance.

Highly aromatic with a citrus hop kick (Cascade?) to greet the nose. Obviously, it's an IPA! I wonder if the taste is equally as appetizing?

Crisp and followed by a grapefruit knockout. The low ABV helps here as it doesn't overwhelm the taste buds with excessive alcohol heat, etc. Buttery malt.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt all around. No harsh flavors. Just pure hoppiness.

As I said, highly enjoyable and strongly drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. 06-03-2014 bottle date

(A)- Pours a golden orange color. Produced a beautiful frothy head of white foam with superb retention and sticky lacing all over. Exactly what a great IPA should look like

(S)- Bright zesty; almost creamy citrus up front of lemon and lime that flows into soft bitter pine. The slightest hint at a honey / caramel sweetness in the background.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A bit more pine forward than the smell, but still a great array of zesty citrus. A subtle sweetness at the end tops the cake.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to this. I would daresay, a perfect balance of citrus, pine, and bitterness overall. Complex, but classic and dynamic.

(O)- An absolutely world class IPA. In a sea of mediocre and forgettable beers made in a style that every brewery thinks they need to make more than 5 different kinds, this one stands out for me in almost every way.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of normyk (thanks Rob!). I loved Zoe earlier this year so I had a little anticipation for this one. This pours a light copper color with a little haze and a few fingers of foam.

Some muted (old?) citrus aroma from hops, a little tropical fruit and a lot of pine resin. Toasted malts are there too, giving this a balanced nose. It tastes really good but maybe this is getting a little too much age on it. I imagine the hops were more present when this was bottled, just a guess but this tastes like a lightly (very lightly) aged IPA.

The carbonation is just shy of average, which is fine by me as I like undercarbed IPAs more than overcarbed ones. Overall an enjoyable break from the stouts we were opening this weekend, I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic IPA look with pale golden body that is a little dense and a giant. foamy head that just left lace patches everywhere as it receeded into the brew. Smell is textbook with strong citric and wet hop aroma along with a caramel and bready malt sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel follow as I get a strong taste of hops, mostly citric with touches of plush tropical fruit and grape (pretty rare for a "single IPA") but nothing overpowered the tastebuds and the balance with the grainy, bready, and sweet malts is great. The hops are the star but don't dominate and the beer finishes crisp and dry but doesn't dry out tongue making this a dangerous session beer.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/26/13, sampled 04/05/13.

Pours a clear light golden color topped by a very pillowy, soapy, white foam head that recedes to leave some sticky lacking.

Aromas begin with a ton of astrigent, juicy grapefruit with lesser blood orange, lemon peel and some light resinous pine. Some light pale malt sweetness in the background as it warms but the hops are the main deal here.

The tastes begin with more of the same, though the malt sweetness is a bit more evident. There is also some fruitier stone fruit hop flavors to join the super grapefruit and citrus forward hop profile.

The mouthfeel is a medium boided with medium/moderate carbonation. FInish is quite dry and has a pleasant amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is just a reidiculously super great IPA, that I'm really glad I was able to try.
The only detraction is the value of the 500ml bottle for $8 plus tax. Is this exponentially better than the numerous amounts of hop-forward American IPAs, probably not, but amazing good and worth a try at least once. The price is worth while at least for one go around, same with Zoe from this brewery, but I can't say the others are worth the hefty investment.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this bottle... murky light peach, a really wonderful light tope head, great retention and cap, decent lacing... smells outstanding, very tropical, pineapples with some grass hops, wonderful balance... the taste is really good as well, something living up to the buzz, grapefruit with a wonderful bitterness to it, pine with a touch alcohol, so much flavor, this is outstanding

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Third Beer by Maine Beer Co. for me, have loved them all so far.

A-This brew pours a slightly hazed light yellow/amber color. From the pours grows a giant creamy off-white head. The head retains excellently. Globs of consistent lace streak the glass. This IPA looks awesome.

S-The smells is awesome as well! Huge whiffs of tropical fruity hops can be detected from a good distance from the glass. Citrus , grassiness, and a bit of pine also contribute to this great aroma. The hops are luscious and greatly aromatic. Behind the hops lies a light bread/biscuit malt. When focused upon, the malt is quite delectable as well. A great smelling beer.

T-The flavor is also quite excellent. The tropical fruit hop flavors are clearly the first thing that strikes my palate. A huge wave of fresh grass flavor envelopes my taste buds quickly after. The aftertaste displays how excellently the grassy taste lingers on the tongue. The brew is moderately bitter. It is also incredibly fresh tasting. The malt is a bit more noticeable on the tongue than in the nose. The beer is definitely hop-forward, but the malt does add some good balance and depth. The taste is just awesome.

M-The feel of the beer is slick, a bit stick, but also is crisp. The carbonation is moderate. The huge head leaves a mustache on my upper lip.

O/D-This is yet another great beer from this company. I do not know it this defeats Zoe, but this is one damn good IPA. The alcohol is masked effectively. The taste, nose and the feel are exceptional as well. Maine Beer Co. is quickly climbing up the ranks of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on IPA day.

Appearance: a murky copper orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: grass, grapefruit, malts,

taste: grapefruit on the front end with a grassy finish and nice malt backbone.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice IPA. So glad I could enjoy this on the inaugural IPA Day.

the CPJ

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Other bottles have been purchased at the Bushnell Basin Hess as well.

Pours a brilliant orange into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Strong carbonation present. Rings of lace stick to the glass as I drink it.

Smells so fresh, and so incredible. This Lunch was bottled about a week ago. The smell and taste fall in line basically the same. Tons of juicy fruit- orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, I even pick up a little bit of grape that I didn't expect. Very dry, not much malt found beneath this hop assault.

Lots of carbonation, full bodied, very dry.

Such a perfect IPA. One of the best on the East Coast- it can play with the big West Coast boys pretty well.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1500. It's only fitting it's a bottle from a friend. Thank you, John.

The bottle itself is elegant. A simple font, nicely typeset on a simple, white label, very minimalist and very appealing. Onto the beer. A hazy orange pour, there's a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a beautiful, juicy hop character, big, bright, floral. Plenty of citrus with orange being most dominant, with a blend of pine, lemongrass and ripe lemons. Mildly sugary, this is a great smelling IPA.

The palate opens with plenty of ripe citrus flavor blended with some pine resin., Orchard oranges, some tropical fruits, and a fruity peach character are all present. Bitterness is low here, the palate is dominated by the hop flavor. Malt character is subdued, there's not much here apart from a mild sweetness. Drying on the finish, there's a mild resin character and plenty of citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is sublime. Softly carbonated, this is expertly conditioned. Redolent and resplendent, this is an excellent IPA. Thanks again, John!

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