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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: 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:
748
Ratings:
5,024
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
Wants:
1,186
Gots:
1,357
For Trade:
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Reviews: 748 | Ratings: 5,024
Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is definitely one of the best in production brews to date! Not overly hopped, but just enough to satisfy the hophead in me. Light in color, fragrant and citrusy, but not overly so. Sharded with the GF it was a nice complement to our actual lunch. Paired well with nice fat burgers on the grill. A bit pricey, but, what the heck, you only live once!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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 alexbutler
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Thick white head tapers off to reveal an intricate lacing, all atop a golden semi-translucent body. Very nice look.

S - Crisp and heavy aroma of fresh hops (I was able to get a bottle only 2 weeks old) Dried fruit and raisins are strong.. not overwhelming.. but very present.

T - This IPA is very toasty. What starts as a very dense fruit flavor eases into a tangy, almost lemony finish. There's a lot going on in this guy.

M - Full bodied IPA, the hops tend to stick to the sides of your mouth but don't linger enough to give a nagging aftertaste. Remarkably clean finish.

O - This is one of the most elusive beers on my list, and I've gotta say, at long last, it holds up to the hype. Maine Beer Co. does it again. Named after an injured whale off the coast of Maine, Lunch is easily one of the top pours from the brewery. The pricetag isn't friendly (as is the Maine way) but if you're looking for a quality pour, look no further.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- A nice yellow with a slight golden hazy hue. Short, white head about a quarter inch thick. Little lacing, carbonation present.

S- Very fruity and citrus forward ale. Smells of orange, grapefruit, coriander, and pear as well as a touch of pine. Smells like a fruitbowl.

T- Follows the nose. Lots of fruit, but it was surprisingly on the light side as far as flavor goes. Almost had a session-like loftiness to it. Not much malt present at all. This light and fresh flavor make it easily consumable and hide the 7% ABV well.

M- Light bodied for an IPA. Very fresh taste and noticeable carbonation.

O- Great beer by Maine. I'll grab it whenever I can. As mentioned, it was lacking a little bit of what the smell indicated. Maine's "Another One" is rated a little lower, but I think its the better IPA of the two. Its has a similar nose, but packs that homerun taste to follow it.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

50 cL bottle poured into a couple wine glasses.

A: Opaque golden color with a white lacy head.

S: Citrus hops, orangy, very aromatic, not complex but a fantastic nose.

T: Wow, very hoppy. Excellent. Again, not overly complex but simple bitter hops with lightly sweet finish.

O: I believe this is the best IPA I have had. It is difficult to find but I would highly recommend it.

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

I'm always perusing the Maine Beer Co section in my local shops in search of the legendary LUNCH, and a stop in to get some jumbo shrimp for the grill was my lucky day. Bottled 5/7/13, this batch is nice and fresh and doesn't have time to age on the shelf as they disappear quickly in multiples.

Pours a cloudy off orange with an enormous cloudy white 4 finger head on a pour straight down the middle of the glass. Lively carbonation.

Aromas are hop forward and become prominent with a bit of warming: subtle nose of orange blossoms, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit: this has a juicy vibe to it with some noted pine needles.

Taste is more bold than the nose, and plays out as either a huge IPA or an 1.5IPA with regard to strength and bitterness of the hops. Tropical orange flavors along with grapefruit and piney resins end up as almost sticky, yet the finish is dry, zesty hops resting at the back of the palate for a long bitter finish that is a requisite quality for a great IPA

Mouthfeel is medium to full, enormous for what is supposed to be an IPA. Drying grapefruit rind aftertaste builds as you make your way through the 16.9 oz bottle.

Overall, I'm very glad I bought 4 of these. LUNCH is a top notch IPA with a thoughtfully balanced hop wallop tempered with careful malt selection. There is a noted increase in enjoyment as it warms and works its charms on you.

Those that complain that LUNCH isn't available in 6 packs, or that is overpriced expect too much from small batch hand crafted Northern New England brewers. I've spent the same or more on bombers that were mediocre at best, so you have to pay up if you want the quality.
Highly recommended and worthy of the legendary reputation.

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

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a huge white bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of flowery, fruity and piny hops. Mango and passion fruit, mainly. Pale malts

T: Intense hops bitterness. Very fruity, piny and citruses. In overall, a dry taste with strong notes of flowery hops. Despite the strong bitterness, its s very smooth beer. Very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium and smooth body. Good carbonation. Great hoppy and flowery aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. An American classic

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

A: hazy, dark honey; pillowy, 2 finger white head; great lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and pine

T: pine and pineapple up front; some malt sweetness in the med-palate; some bitterness, but it doesn't dominate; sweet clementine along with the bitterness during a long finish;

M: medium bodied; carbonation is perfect; really easy to drink; dry finish;

O: if I could get this beer regularly, I'd never drink anything else.

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Photo of hops202
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass.

Supurb look upon first pour. Great golden honey color with plenty of transparancy. Aroma is true nectar of the gods - great fruity citrus smell. Little bit of pine and maybe even some white grape. Taste follows the nose and is incredible. A must buy if you ever see this. It is very rare in DC and was lucky to find some. I cleared the shelf promptly.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lot07/21/11 Which I assume means this is 10 days old. Awesome!!! I(sure tastes that way)

Well the first comment is that the head of this beer is like a whipped meringue topping. It just sits atop the beer as you drink around it. The color of the beer is a rust/amber color with some deep orange tones. Lacing clings heavily inside the glass. It’s so thick it slowly drifts down the glass.

Aroma is bright and fresh with a huge floral/grapefruit note. Very nice.

Wow, this is a special IPA. Fresh, bright, balanced (towards the fruity HOP side!) Great light, crisp cracker malt notes. Wonderful bright grapefruit notes. Some other nice fruit notes including a moment of nectarine. The finish is fantastic and leaves you wanting more.

Very refreshing, fresh and bright. Fairly light body, but still enough substance for the flavor. Matches perfectly.

This is a beer that confirms why I enjoy standard IPA’s more than DPA’s. You’d never know this was 7%... Fantastic Beer!!!! Hopefully this will become a standard beer in MA distribution. I had to fight to get these bottles.

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this beer around at a few of the local stores (I'm in Maine) but I always passed it over because of the rather plain and unassuming label. Then I read an article that compared lunch to the big names of Imperial IPAs- Heady Topper and Pliny the (Younger/Older I can't remember which) and lunch compared favorably. I also was told it's nearly impossible to find a bottle as they fly off the shelves. So, I made it my mission to find one. I found not only one, but about 20! So I'm going to keep this store as my little secret stash of IIPA. Anyhow on to the review:


Appearance- a light coppery color, pretty standard for an IPA. Had a nice two finger head with good retention, and left light lacing.

Smell- the smell upon cracking open the bottle was extraordinary- pine and grapefruit dominated with some more tropical fruits as well. One of the best smelling IIPAs I've had.

Taste- a slightly subdued version of the smell; the pine and grapefruit still dominate but are kept in check by a good strong maltiness. This isn't your typical IIPA that is hopped to high heavens, but not balanced. This has a well rounded taste that hits your pallet with a bit of everything- hoppy bitterness, subtle maltiness, and a sweetness that helps balance the bitterness, but isn't overdone.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fresh

Overall- if there were one word to describe this beer it would be "balanced", as this IIPA truly is. I love a good hoppy IIPA, but it's nice to finally have one that's not one sided. One of my new favorite beers, I definitely look forward to having another!

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Photo of ghirsh
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely a heavily dry hopped IPA. Immediately when you open the bottle the room fills with the scent of fresh hops.

Crystal clear, amber in color, with 3 fingers of lacy head.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Tastes great. Where many IPAs tend to be bitter, Lunch is not.

Overall an awesome beer. One of my new favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly had two of these for only $2 a pint. Being a Mainer myself I think I can safely say this tastes like Maine in a glass.
Smelled heavily of citrus with a nice hint pine.
The taste was like a late summer pine wood bonfire while sipping a glass of grapefruit juice.

Definitely recommend seeking this out for a very interesting experience.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the greatest IPA I've ever had. I wish could have a case of this beer, fresh. It's expensive, but worth every last cent...Fruity, hoppy, pine notes. perfect bitterness. Dinner surpasses this beer by a very small margin. Must try if you can get it...

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Photo of jow_42
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz bottle (thanks Nathan!) poured into an oversized Modern Times tulip glass

A - An awesome, dark amber color. 2+ fingers of bright white head. Looks amazing in the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, stone fruit, apricot, pineapple, some melon, maybe some sweet berries? Citrus - grapefruit, oranges. Little bit of piney, resinous, dankness underneath.

T - Delicious. Tropical fruits up front. Mango, pineapple. I get an almost raspberry sweetness. Middle of the mouth you get awesome grapefruit bitterness, and it finishes sweet to balance out that bitterness. Very refreshing, and easy drinking for a 7% beer.

O - The bottle was 6 weeks old when I got my hands on it, and it was still one of the best IPAs I have had. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden yellow with a very impressive head and lace. The smell gets you right away with nice hop, citrus and sweet nose. Honestly, you'd think this was a top double IPA from the look and smell. The taste is the best IPA I've had. Typically im not all that impressed with IPAs since double are so much more loaded and well balanced, but this is close to a double in a standard IPA skin. Well balanced is the definition of this beer. The hops, citrus and sweetness blend so nice with a smooth aftertaste. Maine Brewing Company continues to impress me more and more and they appear to be the big up and comer. As far as this IPA, its the best on the market.

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Photo of rjd722
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a huge fluffy head that hung around for a few minutes. Great light-golden color with a robust citrus smell that became apparent immediately after the first pour. Perfect balance of tropical and piney hops with the ideal amount of bitterness that one would expect from an excellent IPA.

Lunch did not disappoint, I could drink this all day...maybe it's best I could only grab one!

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Photo of REEK
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer, highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. I have yet to try the other brews from the Freeport Maine brewery. Nice color, great taste. Smell was sweet.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/31/13
Drank 8/2/13
So yes, I had the honor of drinking this very fresh

Lunchstarted off very hoppy, mostly piney with some subtle citrusy hop flavor. The finish is dry and the bitterness fades quickly but the taste does not - wonderfully lingering. The malts are there just enough to keep this beer perfectly balanced.

This has to be my favorite IPA after Lagunitas Sucks (which is very different as an IPA I know) I highly recommend this beer it was a real pleasure

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had the opprotunity to try Dinner yet but this is amazing. Gorgeous golden hue, smells of citrus, c-hops, resinous sap. Taste is very tangelo-esque, words don't do it justice. Only found it in Boston thrice this year and each time was an experience. Cheers to MBC!

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Photo of Boppar
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Born on 5/28/13. Consumed on 6/11/13. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Golden body with orange hue and two fingers of fluffy, soap-bubbly foam. Excellent retention.

S: Wow. Pine. Moss. Citrus. Tropical fruits. Faint whiffs of booze. More pine. More tropical fruit.

T: Floral hop opening, malty body, bitter lingering finish. Notes of honey, mango, papaya, and pine needles.

M: The mouthfeel is beyond perfect. I would give this a 6/5 of I could. Simultaneously silky smooth, fluffy, slick, and briskly carbonated. Seriously, meringue levels of fluff. As silky smooth and fluffy as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but with a slick mouthfeel more common in heavier beers. Truly world class.

O: This is probably the single best IPA I have ever had. Another triumph for the Maine Beer Company. If you get the chance, definitely try this beer.

From the brewer: "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."

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Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/21/15. Lovely tropical notes. Nice yellowish orange color with medium carbonation. Hops with tropical flavors. So smooth and drinkable. I would drink this all day everyday.

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Photo of quindog
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at backcountry pizza in Boulder, the week following GABF at an epic IPA throw down. Been waiting to try this beer for years, and it met my expectations. Great aroma with a crisp hop kick that isn't overly bitter. Still can't believe this was on tap in CO. Well done backcountry! Well done Maine brewing!

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Photo of Zonk
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straw to medium gold. Just a touch of haze. Huge nose lots of grapefruit. Big grapefruit and citrus flavors. Bitter but not over the top.Good mouthfeel maybe thinner than some big IPA's. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After having a second Lunch — one that was a little bit fresher — I updated my rating from a 4.48. Lunch is a refreshing beer but not quite as complex as other IPA, hence the slightly lower score. A brew worth looking for nonetheless.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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