Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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!

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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

Photo of gbiello
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very fragrant and tasy IPA. It pours slightly hazy and with a great head. The aroma is piney and fruity, with some nites of peach cobbler. The taste is sweet upfront with a late bitterness that outlasts the malts and offers a prolonged hoppy flavor. Some floral and tropical notes. An awesome beer.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djcira
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves some rocky lacing.

The smell is citrus and pine with a little medicinal aroma along with some sweet smells.

The taste is traditional west coast IPA. It has a nice balance of citrus and pine. The citrus is more up front with the pine being more in the finish with a resiny aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation

It is a great example of a west coast IPA. If you like citrus and resin then this beer is for you.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

500mL bottle born on 2/27/18 poured into a pint glass
A: Slightly hazy light orange with a one-finger head that settles quite slowly
S: Pineapple, mango, orange peel and pine
T: Matches the nose. Hop-forward with a smooth malt backbone
M: Medium-bodied, balanced, amazingly smooth. The bitter just rides over your tongue, it doesn't attack it
O: As much as I wanted to sip and savor this it was eminently gulpable, mostly because of how balanced it is

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy golden color with huge thick white head that lasts forever, lots of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Light tangerine and orange, grapefruit, light pine and malt.

Taste - Clean light citrus flavor with a nice bitter finish. Malt, pine resin.

Feel - Medium bodied pretty dry bitter finish.

Overall - Nice well done IPA, clean up front dry and bitter on the finish.

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

L: Burnt orange color with yellow highlights, mildly hazy. Great head retention, TONS of lace.
S: Strong fresh citrus aroma. Like freshly grated lemon skins. Behind that is a sweet bready aroma, nice cereal malt.
T: Great balance of flavors. Actually a bit more malt heavy than I expected, which to me is a good thing. Malts drink dry here, more akin to a soup cracker, providing a light sweetness. Followed up by a bitterness, has a little bite but overall is pretty soft. Citrus comes through again as well, maybe a bit of grapefruit pith in there.
F: Actually quite smooth. Water chemistry must be on point because the beer is refreshing. Carbonation is soft, Body is light. Easy to drink. Touch of astringency on the finish from the bitterness.
O: Pretty solid beer. Being completely up front, considering it is a "whale" and thus considering its price point, this wouldn't be something I seek out continually, simply is not worth the price/hassle. But objectively it is a good beer, just not better than something you can get off the shelf for a fraction of the price.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into my Tree House tulip, pours a slightly hazy golden with a thick head

smells of pils malt and citrus, kinda bland

taste is clean, light and citrus-y yet also has some pilsner straw to it. good flavor but lacking in any direction

overall the beer is good but nothing special. i was expecting a lot more from this beer

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Photo of tlavarea
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slava60plus
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, weathered orange in color with a heavy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a tall, rocky, soapy, white foam with good retention. Medium earthy and minty hop aromas with over-ripe orange noted and a lazy, spicy dankness beneath. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium light malt aroma. Light creaminess through the middle and light warmth near the finish. Minty hop aromas up front followed by spicy flavors that intensify into the middle. Medium high bitterness through the middle followed by malty notes and spicy, herbal hop flavors. Finished semi-dryly with a lingering spicy, bitterness. Sweet malt character tempers the hop bitterness just enough. Aromas are subtle, yet pleasantly complex. Bitterness at the finish is a bit heavy. Have to admit, been on the lookout for this for a while, and it was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: gold color, big fluffy white head, nice lacing
S: pine and citrus
T: nice balance of malt and hops, citrus and pine come through
F: nice mouthfeel
O; a very good representation of a West Coast IPA

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Photo of SSS
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-I decided to leave this beer in the bottle but I’m presuming he probably looks wonderful.
S-The aroma I detect is citrus and playing with an interesting watermelon scent that permeates in a pleasurable way
M-The luscious and velvety mouth feel to this beer is exceptional, with carbonation add a medium perfection that does not take away but helps to accentuate the hop and multi flavors.
T-This beer is like heaven it is very subtle and sweet at first with the smooth cool calm bitterness that comes into play afterwards and lingers on the palette like a symphony of complementary flavours and senses to the experience
O-Holy wow, this is a brilliantly constructed beer. The mouthfeel is something I have rarely experienced and must compliment as it provides an uplifting factor to the beer.

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Photo of Choppr
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirLukien
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The perfect American IPA.
First time I tried it was at Maine Brewery tap house and fell head over heels in love.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Co. "Lunch"
1 Pint .9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "020618 325" and sampled on 030118
$6.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ahh, so it's named after a whale? I sometimes jokingly call a bottle of beer "lunch" so I thought that's what they were on about. Anyway, a beautiful full head of rocky white has risen over its somewhat hazy (it's bottle-conditioned) deep golden body. Perhaps I poured it too roughly, but regardless I'm waiting for the head to settle so that I can top it off and get going here. There's a rocky mountain of foam in the middle now, and it's surrounded by 'clouds' of lacing about the glass. Overall I'd say it's a very good appearance but I'll reserve my full judgment until the end. OK, topping off... the head has become just as full as it was at the beginning and I'm not sure how much aroma I'll get out of it, although others will argue that a big head gives off more aroma. I don't know about that. So let's see, I'm not finding much. It's got some leafy and mild citrusy notes, some earth and mineral, and some grainy malt and yeast. Mainly grainy malt and orange-like citrusy hops. It doesn't appear like an American IPA but there is some citrus to it so it must be. Let me check the flavor... oh, yeah, there's much more citrus there although it still remains subdued. It's like orange marmalade but obviously not as sweet. The malt is grainy and lightly biscuity, and a median but soft, not brash, bitterness balances it. I was expecting more in terms of hops, thinking they'd be brighter and sharper, but I'm actually relieved in a way because it really is much more English in nature, more balanced and refined. In fact, given that it's bottle-conditioned and has a fairly moderate carbonation, it's very much like a cask-conditioned English IPA done with American hops (although I think the medium body it has would actually be a tad lighter) What's the alcohol content? 7.0%, yeah that makes sense. Anyway, I'm not sure what else to say. Did I cover all of its basic attributes? Look, smell, taste, feel... ? OK, so to sum it up it's a very well made beer that obviously uses a high quality malt and has a great balance. It's very rounded, and soft in the mouth, and easy to drink. The alcohol only makes a minimal impression. I'll still stick with my original feeling that it's more like an English ale than an American IPA, and for me that just fine as I'm a huge fan of Brit beers. I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

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

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

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

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