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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Lunch is a special whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin, which adds to her unique character. We dedicate this beer to her determination and persistence.

Keep on swimming!

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#479
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
5,591
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
Wants:
1,198
Gots:
1,583
Trade:
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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at a bottle shop in Cincinnati, OH. Dated, I believe, 2/19 ( why is it so hard to put easily legible dates on beer containers?).

Cloudy yellow color with a nice thick foamy white head and great lacing. Citrus and pine smell and taste. Some vanilla. Very nice smooth feel. Nice beer.

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Photo of Db1489
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - dated 03/05/19 - poured into a slightly tulipped pint, at cellar temp.

Pours a deep brass/golden with a finger of off white head, depositing spotty lacing as it slinks down. Body is mostly clear, with a lightly frosted "haze". It's pretty clear.

Nose: A definite melding together of East and West Coast aspects. The base of this beer is entirely West Coast. Some fair boil hopping as well. Then you have the actual hops, giving lots of classic pine and citrus notes, but mixed in with some dry hopped more modern juicy nuance. Hints of peach, pineapple, mango, and grassy/onion notes. It's weired and confusing, and brings the best aromas from both coasts.

Palate: Opens with sweet caramel malt, peach, bitter pine, and grapefruit rind. The bitterness is punchy, and comes in quick. Then the dry/late hopped notes come through with juiciness, tropical fruit, black pepper, and brings lemon and orange zest into the finish, with some grassy Mosaic, berries, and pine. Bitterness disappears, and everything turns chalky dry and clean.

Mouthfeel/Body: Mouthfeel is full, slightly soft, slightly sticky, with both malt sugars and lots of hop oils. Effervescence is medium in feel, aeration size, and aggression. 7% shows its weight.

Overall: I think this is great. I'm not one for old school or West Coast IPAs, but this isn't that. It's a hybrid IPA. A Lerighft Coast IPA. West Coast malt. West Coast hops. West Coast hopping style. But East Coast yeast, East Coast hops, anf East Coast hopping styles, all with a bitterness somewhere in between. This is amazing with food. Lunch is an appropriate name (yeah yeah, Lunch is a whale with a gimpy fin). It just pairs so well. Its flavorful, and can contrast or highlight many flavors. It's light enough to eat with. It's a little sweet, a little bitter, and lots of floral and fruity notes. It's just one you have to try to understand. Go have some lunch.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Touch of haze, otherwise yellow and bright, thick white foam, lots of lacing. Citrus/pine aroma. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. Light mouthfeel, seemed highly carbonated as well. Well made middle of the road IPA, bitterness balanced by malt sweetness, doesn't push any boundaries and is better for it. Would drink again.

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Photo of joemochas
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Amb3do
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGS08002
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, very nice golden color. Smell is fruity.

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Photo of gamblebc
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA. Poured from bottle to tumbler. One finger of white foam sits on top of orangish liquid. A bit of chill haze. Nice aromas of citrus and pine. Flavor hits with juicy tropical fruits first, with a grapefruit and mandarin finish. Nice feel, medium and a bit velvety.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheOakKing
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NathanBeets
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pokerdoodle
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of walt5
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grackos
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid. Very clean, plenty hoppy.

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Photo of CMC73
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of walkinginplace
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lebriarjr
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach423
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonB25
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Edy-Cantarero
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 5,591 ratings