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: 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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
758
Ratings:
5,096
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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1,189
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Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled on 1/14/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with 3 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Body is hazy.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine are the most noticeable with tangerine, pineapple and mango notes as well well as a light malt sweetness.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma with more tropical notes and less pine. Mango and grapefruit stick out the most with just enough malt sweetness to balance it out really well. Bitterness was surprisingly low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium levels of lively carbonation. Very little alcohol presence and easily drinkable. Very dry finish

Overall: I can see why this beer is so sought after. Lots of hop flavor for the hop heads out there, but also easily drinkable and approachable for those who may not be a huge fan of the style. Overall an excellent IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to seek out again.

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Photo of jman892
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour into a pint glass, huge white head, but with minimal lacing. It is a very hazy dark orange color.

S - Very hoppy with citrus kick right up front, very appealing grapefruit and peach.

T - Piney hops up front, not as citrus forward as the nose would hint. There are some sweet malts that balance this off nicely

M - Smooth, good carbonation, medium body, exceedingly drinkable.

O - Such a nicely balanced IPA, great drinkability, for a 7% beer I could put away a few of these without a problem

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.

T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.

M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.

O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 WheelsPSU
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/30/14 poured on 6/13/14. Picked this up for $7.99 at Whole Foods Union Sq.

Poured a very light beige color which was very interesting as I figured it would be darker simply because of the amount of hops plus the malt. Lacing was scattered on the glass but hung around for the entire drink. Very large frothy head.

Citrus taste with not an overwhelming amount of pine. This beer was not terribly intense or bitter which I appreciate. You could actually taste the malt backbone and sweet hops up front.

Incredibly crisp and clean with a very easy finish. Left me wanting sip after sip. Not too cloying.

The freshness was great. I guess its easy to create a beer with a bunch of hops, but it’s much more difficult to craft a beer with lots of hops that feels balanced but not sweet. Excellently done MBC.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on February 7, 2016. Born on date 01/19/16. Tasted on May 21, 2016. Born on date 05/03/16. Tasted on June 3, 2016. Born on date 05/10/16. Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draft at The Craft Beer Store on February 6, 2017. Look is bright amber with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, sweet berries, toasted bread, nutty yeast and fresh-cut grass aromas. Taste is juicy tropical and citrus fruit, pine, sweetened strawberries, herbs, spices nicely balanced with subtle sweet malt flavors. Feel is medium in body and smooth on entry with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bar into pint glass (despite recent Press Herald beer review calling for snifters).
Deep gold color. One finger head.
Smell of beer and lemon.
Crisp but not oppressive lemony hop flavor.
Pleasant sparkle on pallet. Hop aftertaste.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, tropical fruity nose with tons of pine and grapefruit flavor leads to a surprisingly bitter and dry but smooth finish. Lives up to the hype, but just barely.

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Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that settles so slowly that a dome lasts throughout the tasting and it leaves lots of fluffy lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy but an attractive dirty gold color.

Pleasant fresh, bitter hop. Attractive, but I cannot detect the malt.

The hop is the story of this beer as to be expected. There is also a strong alcohol bite to the taste. The malt is present but plays second fiddle. The body is spot on. Pretty good combination for me. A classic IPA.

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Photo of RobHigby
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

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Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought most of the beers that Maine Beer Co. was offering this past Fall with plans to do a tasting with six of my BA Buddies. But I wound up drinking them all with a couple of my beer buddies who attended my annual New Year's Party. Tasted Peeper Ale, Another One, Zoe, Mean Ole Tom, King Titus, Lil One, Lunch and Mo. Lunch and Mo were two of the eight Maine Beer Co. beers that I was really looking forward to tasting. Lunch did not dis-appoint me in any way. Outstanding is where I rated it and it was all of that.

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Photo of ComposerZero
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Simply a beautiful IPA. It's going for elegance and complexity instead of "whack in you in the face with a with an orr" sort of hoppiness. This is a sophisticated, dare I say even pretty, IPA.

The pour is something else - wonderfully frothy and sticks to the glass like a capuccino. The beer's aromas are on the reticent side of things, but if you have the patience, a wonderful pine emerges. The mouth is full, as you can imagine, but never heavy. This begs to be drunk. Very little bitterness to speak of with delicious yet subtle maltiness. A ballet of froth, hop, malt, and body. Delicious.

Go get Lunch!!!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Biggtriksta
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have Lunch several times - once even at the brewery on tap. It's such a classic example of an east coast IPA: pale, dank, strong malt backbone - all the characteristics that I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very grateful to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this as I've been hankerin' to try it for awhile now. Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 120313 and specific instructions to drink within 90 days of that date on the label. Poured the nice fresh IPA into the IPA-specific Speiglau glass.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a dense, tangerine off-white creamy head that's about three fingers thick and comprised mostly of fine microbubbles. About as creamy as I've seen in a non-nitro beer. Beneath the gorgeous cap lurks a amber-orange translucent liquid with just the faintest hint of haze to it. I wasn't able to empty the bottle on the first pour, and the second amplifies the haziness of the liquid. Retention of the head is excellent, and even after it finally starts to melt away, the stream of carbonation bubbles up from the laser-etching ensures that it remains a foggy inch of foam as I drink, leaving ample sheets on the side of the glass.

Smell - Layers of citrus and tropical fruits, strong and pungent. Grapefruit, clementine, pineapple and starfruit are all present. Almost like orange juice blended with carbonated water. Some hints of woody pine are present in the background, which acts as some what of a tether for the soaring citrus journey the aroma wants to take me on. So citric, but manages to find just enough counterpoint. Outstanding.

Taste - The lupulin adventure continues, with the smell getting a little more character and depth from the malt, which is present but definitely a supporting character. The grain supports the luxurious hops character similar to how a water cracker might support a bright and flavorful ceviche. Wonderful notes of grapefruit, orange rind and some bitterness along side a light cracker element. Pineapple and mango are supporting roles and contribute to the creaminess of the body.

Mouthfeel - As noted, the body is a creamy, luscious medium--perhaps on the light side of that. Ample carbonation is deftly incorporated and the finish is predominantly dry, with just a hint of bready-sweet in the aftertaste.

Overall, it could be my favorite of the style, although saying that gets a little complex when you consider that "American IPA" can often have some overlap with "American Double/Imperial IPA". Either way, Lunch is an outstanding beer that I would love to be able to get with regularity. Until further notice, however, it will be just an extra-special treat when I do get some.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber with an off white head.

The smell is really deceiving it has a huge hop forward aroma, that makes u feel like you are about to step into hoptopia, but then the taste.

Taste slight, thats right slight hop bite grape fruit, lemon malty finish, ohhhh this is goood. this is dangerously drinkable. at $7 a bottle this could be pricy to like this beer i could down a few my self as a session.

mouthfeel is a bit thin, for as cloudy as the beer looked.

overall great beer will def trade for more in the future

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Photo of CayseyW
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light amber hue with a fluffy white head and brilliant lacing.
S: Fruits and malt dominate the nose. There are slight citrus notes shining through.
T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors, sticky and mildly sweet maltiness, very subtle citrus in the finish.
F: This beer is both refreshing and full. It has an amazing body thanks to the spot on hop/malt balance. It's just soft enough and has a very crisp carb.
O: This has continued to stand up as one of the best IPAs I've had. It's such a polished beer, and one that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with imagineiii poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose pounds you with fresh cut grass, citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste is nice and fruity, a bit bitter, but well balanced, a bit chewy and very tasty, Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a nice sharp finish. Super tasty & very drinkable. Another hit from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lot 072111 (Hooray!)

Pours a luscious foamy off white head with a murky caramel colored body that looks pretty tasty. But still thinking hmm this is an ipa? I can dig it.

Wow the aroma is excellent and big. Huge citrus grapefruit pine some floral hoppy character, yet at the same time has this sweetness to it. I could smell this all day. Hops hops hops. Pineapple, mango, tropical too. nice nice

A hop spice leads the charge into a hoppy grapefruit citrus into a caramel sweet malt suddenly overtaken again by hops, then into the bitter close, which gets a citrus like sweetness with a bit o piney that lingers with the bitter. Some floral hops emerge here too. This is hugely hoppy but still has a balance to it.

Smooth carbonation, easy drinkin. Light medium body.

Aromas excellent, taste very very good. Overall, extremely tasty ipa.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gehrig13 for the bottle!

Pours a murky light orange colour, with a soft white finger or so of head that dissipated somewhat quickly. The aroma was tropical, with some mango and citrus fruit, a touch of an almost orange juice aroma, slightly piny and resinous. Lots of tropical fruits on the taste, orange, pineapple, pine, a crisp and assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Upper light bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth and clean. Easy drinking.

Excellent IPA all around!

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Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Great-looking beer. Dense, glowing orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit flavors coming through on the nose, with an underlining pine accent. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and some pear. Also a nice toasty aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the fruity accents - grapefruit and pineapple seem to lead the way - the most present. Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slightly thick for an IPA.

Overall: I'd describe this beer as up to the hype. It's kind of a blow-the-budget treat, but it's worth it. One of the best IPAs from the East Coast, I'd say.

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Photo of SebD
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful light golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank pine resins, citrus, grapefruit, floral undertones and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dank pine resins, some grassiness, citrus and floral undertones and sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: growler

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