Maine Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #6
Ranked #370
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Notes: 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!
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Photo of laketang
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully hued bright orange with a frothy white head.
Plentiful citrus notes, tropical odors pleasantly enter my nose,
Juicy citrus, orange rind, great hop bite.
Well brewed beer that I was glad to see on the shelf.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into an IPA glass. Beautiful three finger head, golden, transparent. Quite a gorgeous look.
Smell - pine forward in smell, with some bits of citrus. A nice complex smell that is reminiscent of West Coast IPAs.
Taste - hop flavors come through, though not quite as bitter. the beer finishes with a delicious malt-like sweetness. absolutely delicious.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and respectably boozy at 7% ABV.
Overall - this is a phenomenal beer. it has all of the quintessential aspects of a West Coast style IPA, and I can never get enough.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours with just the slightest bit of haze. I get a nice nose of pineapple juice and some citrus on the back end. It’s sharply bitter, with that pineapple concentrate just snapping across the palate. Delicious.

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Photo of RR_BeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would describe the taste somewhere between Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Bells Two Hearted Ale. Nice hazy golden color with a little foamy head. Definitely has some floral hoppiness but not too bitter. Downside is it’s a bit pricey at $7 for a pint but would recommend for sure as it’s delicious.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw-yellow typical of the style, minimal head. Nice citurs-pine notes, first taste reminded me of a west-coast style, but followed up with a slightly creamy-malt mouthfeel! Superb example of the style!!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a pale golden yellow with a large foamy white head and thick lacing around the glass.

S:. Fresh orange and grapefruit mix with a strong pine and notes of caramel. Lots of ripe tropical fruit.

T:. Grapefruit rind, a light lemon, mix with a strong piney bitterness, notes of caramel, not quite as juicy as the aroma would suggest.

F:. Medium body, prickly carbonation.

O:. Nice IPA but I like the aroma a little better than the taste.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is delicious and perfect beer for lunch.

Look: dark golden to orange with an inch thick white head

Aroma: caramel, grapefruit, orange, some pine.

Taste: The flavor is slightly milder than the average IPA (I tasted) but very well balanced, some caramel sweetness, grapefruit and orange maybe melon or pineapple, a hint of pine resin at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored and faintly hazy. There’s a fingernail of off white on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of floral hops, light malt, and a touch of spruce. The mouth is fairly smooth and quaffable for an IPA.

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Photo of Boozenburg
2.27/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't get the hype on this one. Over $16 for a 16.9 ounce bottle of liquid tree bark. Also, the 1% for the planet thing is bordering on satire. Save your tastebuds and get something else.

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Photo of phishgator
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice slight haze with a beautiful yellow/orange hue. The head is thick tight white lace foam. There is plenty of floral and fruity hops in the nose. The smell carries you right into what you think is a well balanced, juicy, hoppy iPA. It reminds me a lot of Two Hearted Ale in mouthfeel and color. But the taste has transcendent softness that is not easily found in most IPAs.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap. I’m rating Lunch. Light golden and hazy with a slight white head from tap. Nice classic fruity scent, citric yet slightly melonish. Ya know lots of beers have copied this flavor and I prefer it with a bit more sweetness but it’s a classic. On point carbonation and feel really help this brew.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9oz bottle into a pint glass yesterday afternoon. Bottled 7/9/19, so a little over 2 1/2 months old.

Clear golden yellow body with light carbonation.Small foamy white head retains throughout leaving some very nice lacing.

A light earthy and hay aroma.

There is a nice balance to this one, with the bitterness just nosing a head of the sweetness. No fruit or floral notes could be detected, just a clean bitterness with a decent malt background.

Mouth is above medium with a little tingliness. Finish initially a touch sweet, then the bitterness barges in.

Overall, a clean, honest, no nonsense, well balanced IPA, which pleases this particular palate.

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Photo of arizcards
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of pints at the brewery on 8-24-19 on my way to Ellsworth for $6.00 per pint sized bottle. Bottled on 8-20-19; consumed on 8-25-19.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose has some peach, orange, and grapefruit going on. Slightly dank from the pine influence.

Taste is a nice medley of stone and citrus fruits. Pale and caramel malts are infused with peach, orange, and grapefruit. Finishes with a stone fruit and piney dankness; 6/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is very soft for a medium bodied brew and very refreshing.

Overall a very flavorful west coast IPA, a bit pricey but worth the spurge!

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Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to finally try a flagship beer from Maine co. their “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. named for a whale and with lunch at rattle n hum w 39 st nyc.
a - creamy white head reminds me of cold surf as it lasts and laces crazily, over a mostly clear golden body.
s - Grapefruit peel, orange zest, pineapple, lemongrass, pine all in a juicy framework.
t- all the above, very well balanced, never over done. plus more pine, wood, timbers, and salt sea breezes.
f - dry, clean w resinous finish.
o - meditate on this one and tease out the flavors.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with just a light chill haze with a thumb sized white foamy head that laces well.

Aroma is wow a normal IPA light citrus/pineapple and lemon grass with a dusting of pine needles. Some light floral notes also with a bready malt base to hold the hops. Nose isn't to intense pretty regular IPA vibe but people must love it maybe they are just happy to have a non hazy regular IPA up north.

Taste is like the nose light citrus and lemon grass bites the taste buds with say medium bitterness along with some light pine and grassy notes. Malt base just enough to hold the hops doesn't add much to the brew. That being said this is not overly hoppy for a regular IPA I mean its well done but nothing exciting going on here to explain the World Class rating.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with carbonation level on the more peppy side of medium.

Overall not a bad IPA can't really knock it for anything a solid beer so a 4 don't quite see why there are so many high 4.5+ ratings though.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a soft yellow-orange pale color, with a cloudy, dense white head following. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass from swirling it around.

S: lemon and various citrus flavors dominate here.

T: This beer is so smooth going down. It's delicate and perfectly balanced. It brings mostly soft floral flavors with bitey citrus and hop in the background.

M: Goes down so softly! Very smooth and leaves you wanting another gulp.

O: What makes this beer stand out for me is its perfect balance, subtleness, and wonderful flavor. It has that "freshness" to it, which is hard to describe. But Maine Beer Co. does it perfectly.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one I have been chasing for a while so it is nice to check this one off the list. Huge, cream colored head actually makes me halt the pour briefly into an imperial pint. Nose is balanced with a noticable floral note.

This hits the right notes with an amplified balance of biscuit note and pine plus citrus. It's not very original but this is really well done. Dainty, flexible texture. Extrinsic notes of honey, black pepper, and lemon rind. I was expecting a near transcendent experience and this didn't miss the mark by much. Exquisite in form and function, but still highly utilitatrian. Worth chasing.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours burnished orange with a crackly, compact head that drapes the glass in lace. Huge stone fruit, lemon and tropical fruit aromas in the nose. A wallop if juicy, dank hops in the first sip. Fruity hops linger forever in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation. High bitterness in the long finish.

A benchmark IPA with a wall of delicious hops. The reputation is deserved.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear. Clean. Crisp. Balanced. Very well made. Citrus, pine, lemon rind, cracked wheat, grapefruit, and lots of damp (but not dank) grass. Light bitterness, dry finish. Soft, silky, and perfectly carbonated. Very good, definitely the best Maine Beer offering I've had, and something I wouldn't hesitate to have again when available. But, to me, it isn't a chase-worthy IPA in our modern IPA world.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks amazing poured into a IPA glass. Creamy dollops of head,semi translucent golden/hay color. Smell is muted,faint pineapple,(not one of those fruit bombs you can smell across the room). This beer looks unpasteurized and farm fresh. Taste some grassy zing, lemon grass?, berries,melon,slightly bitter. Feels well carbonated, juicy medium body, finishes semi dry juicy. Overall a solid IPA. I think the malt is excellent perhaps too light. The hop zing stays with you a bit. Overall a solid , rustic, east coast style- Well done-

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Photo of dacrza1
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: July 5, 2019... OCCASION: hanging with Uncle Jerry at our annual summer visit--no better time for a quality IPA... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... from a day-old grunt from Liquor Factory, this pours a golden amber body, a two-fingered white body, and reasonable bubbles of effervescence... its head settles to a flame of suds ringing like coral... pineapple, grapefruit, thick resin and pine, light banana, sweet bread malts, and peppery spice make for an alluring aroma... its first sip is mellow and bright--a paradox of sorts, but accurate, as its medium-bodied mouthfeel strikes the teeth before balancing on the tongue... its finish is dry and fulfilling, a modest hoppy impression for its 7% ABV... grapefruit, pineapple, hay, lemon, orange peel, and pepper stand front and center--it's difficult to overstate this beer's understated smoothness, almost creaminess, as it punches with a resinous drip somewhere in the vicinity of 70+ IBUs.... thanks to Brad for driving me (belatedly) towards Maine, and awesome that LF is carrying their product... well worth the $5 a pint price tag...

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Photo of eugene17pluto
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked the brewer's story about law school and dedication to making the best beer. I thought the 1% of revenue to non-profits seemed too mannered and insincere (like more advertising than truth)

So I bought a pint of this beer at Whole Foods for $8.27 or so. A sick pack would have been like $48 which is more expensive than a lot of great wines out there.

This tastes like an average IPA and nothing special - though the fruit and floral aromas do come out on the nose right away if you use a snifter.

I wouldn't buy it again and I equate this to a more $2 beer than a $8 beer. It's not bad but you are overpaying.

I guess I overpaid by $6 to try it. Nice design but lacks enough flavor and taste to justify the price.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy orange tinged yellow colored beer is served in a sonic glass with a 1/4 “ with a white head that leavers some sheets of foam and lacing as it recedes. Sipping creates lots of patches of foam and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas are filled with some tropical fruits, some citrus and citric zest and a bit of pine.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some tropical fruits, citrus and citrus zest and some pine. There’s also some very light sweetness that softens the bitterness from the citric zest and pine.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp from the moderate carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the fruit flavors begin to fade leaving the show to the dry slowly fading bitterness.

Overall this is a fine example of the West Coast-style IPA and worth having at least once. I’d certainly be willing to have it again.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic West Coast IPA. Pours a beautiful golden orange, thin head, smells fresh and crisp, citrusy and piney. Tastes great, crisp, clear, refreshing, delicate citrus flavors with a subtle piney hop edge, light soft body, really delicious.

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Photo of jykleo
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @Coals. on 5/21.
Not hazy. Amber colour.
Good harmony between hps and malts.
Easy to drink.
##3rd Try by Bottle. Bottled on 10/22. Poured on 11/14.
A: Slightly hazy but not much. Amber colour. Few clouds.
S:Orange, peach
T: Peach, fruitiness and some malts notes. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness
M: Light to medium body with moderate caro. Clean and smooth.
O:East to drink. Great harmony of the hops and malts.
Oh ! Lunch is the name of the Whale !
7% ABV

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 5743 ratings