Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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LunchLunch
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
Ratings:
5,186
Reviews:
777
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
1,194
Gots:
1,420
For Trade:
25
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Ratings: 5,186 |  Reviews: 777
Photo of tmcclory
3.08/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

14 days after bottling

Appearance: a nice burnt orange color, very dull and earthy. A large 2+ finger off white head that fades slowly and leaves large frothy legs all over the sides of the glass. Hazy to the point that I can barely see my finger on the opposite side of the glass.

Smell: hops- resin, citrus, pine. Toasty and slightly sweet malt base.

Taste: opens with toasted grains. A fairly strong toasting at that. Very little sweet malt character to it. Backed is full of hops, some resin, quite a bit of earthy, small touches of citrus and pine a long with a subtle lemony finish

Mouthfeel: fairly thick for an ipa, pretty dry. A touch syrupy. Lots of lingering bitterness. No where near refreshing.

Overall: I feel I have give Maine beer a more than fair shot. This is the fourth and most highly rated hoppy beer I have tried from there and only 2 weeks old. And I can hardly stand to drink it. I usually love apas and ipas with a toasty malt base. But the earthiness and dryness just make it hard to drink and not the most appetizing.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.22/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of dinovis
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Desp59
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of facesnorth
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Davihaw
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Anubis010
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Iamcaucasian
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle with some fresh bread and some citrus. Some floral notes along with some grapefruit and orange in the mix. The flavors follow the nose. Some fresh grass along with more citrus. Grapefruit notes are there along with some lemon and lime zest. Some pine. More orange. Malts are there. It's not sweet and not really bitter. Finishes clean and the alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Easy to drink.

This IPA is fine, but it didn't really meet my expectations due to everything I've heard over the years. It's nice, but seems to fall flat and comes off as nothing too special. It's not bad, it just doesn't live up to the hype, in my humble opinion. Maybe it would be different coming from a bottle.

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Photo of Philosoraptor1354
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I didn't have principles, I'd pour this. How this beer has the hype it does is mind-boggling. No bright hop character, faint nose, boring malt bill, and just an uninteresting and mediocre IPA. It was pretty and the body of the beer was nice but that's where it ended.

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Photo of intransitive
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Third in a line of five brews, Lunch pours a clear goldenrod. These Maine beers just explode with lacing! Not to mention, the hop freshness has been impressive all night.

I get lemon, hop dankness, orange, and Sweet Tarts on the nose.

This is lighter than Mo and less malty. As such, I prefer it less, but for a West Coast inspired IPA, it's not bad.

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Photo of AvBF
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Stanglx84
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer I like MO better

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.42/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akrz47
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Love it when people smell lemongrass as one of their top 3 smells. Really? You can discern lemon from lemongrass in a beer but nothing else? Do you live in shrubbery?

Anyway, I'm not sure MBC understands the difference between smell and taste. But neither can the general populace, so they've found their niche I guess. As with all MBC beers, this smells excellent and tastes like crap. First time was on tap at the brewery. Not good. Second time I forced it down. Third time, drain pour. Not doing this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love Maine Beer Co. in spite of their prices and had to pick this up when I saw it on shelves in NYC. Brewed 09/06/16 (putting this at right around 60 days old - well within the "drink within 90 days of stamped born on date" advice on the label). Batch 189.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic white and black label design. Branded silver colour pry-off crown cap. 1 pint .9 fl oz format.

"India pale ale" per the label. 7.00% ABV.

HEAD: Frothy and soft, with a creamy even consistency and a nice overall complexion. Robust and coating. Lasts a good 8-10 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Murky orange of poor vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. I don't see any yeast or sediment within, but its haziness points clearly towards a lack of filtration.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not much to look at, but it fits within the conventions of an unfiltered IPA.

AROMA: Grapefruit rind, melon, dried mango, tangerine, and even guava notes are present, giving this IPA an obvious tropical bend indicative perhaps of the new world hops that are all the rage with the kids these days. I get some bubblegum phenol, pine resin, and faint sherbert as well. The bubblegum has me concerned, but the rest of the aroma is generally appealing - if not quite up my personal alley in terms of hop selection.

Nevertheless, any hop bitterness seems well balanced by the pale malt sweetness present in the aroma, and it definitely comes off fresh and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Uncommon notes of fruit sherbert and tangerine creamsicle set off this off-the-beaten-path IPA, with more standard hop notes like pine resin, mango, and guava supporting them. It's got an obvious tropical bend, but there are clean floral notes in there as well to complement the fruit. Drinks fresh and lively, with its lack of filtration bolstering its yeasty intangibles. Pale malt sweetness is present as a balancing force, but never emerges as noticeable otherwise; there is neither naked hop bitterness nor naked malt sweetness here. Well-built in that regard, though I do have to note that for my personal tastes the hop profile isn't ideal.

Mouthfeel is aptly medium-bodied, smooth, wet, coating, and refreshing. Could be softer and lighter to good effect, but the texture complements the taste nicely enough as-is. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. No specific notes from the flavour profile are accentuated by the mouthfeel, but it gets the job done. Flavours are delivered, though depth of flavour is average. Flavour duration is above average, with some lingering fruitiness popping in the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is average for the style.

ABV is well-disguised. There are no off-flavours.

OVERALL: A pleasant drinkable IPA with an atypical hop profile that may please those drinkers fatigued by tried-and-true "C hop" expressions of the style, Lunch is a worthwhile brew that would pair well with its titular meal - regardless of what the content thereof happens to be. I don't count it amongst Maine Beer Company's strongest work, but it's more than competent in its execution and I can't see any experienced open-minded reviewer actively disliking a bottle served in good condition. It doesn't appeal to my particular tastes in terms of hop selection, but I have to concede it's well executed for the hops they chose and I'll enjoy finishing the bottle I bought. There's room for improvement in terms of the usual factors...it could be more intricate, could boast more subtlety, and could have still more vivid more expressive flavours that come together into a more cohesive and interesting gestalt harmonious whole of a beer, but nitpicks aside it's well worth trying once.

B- (3.45) / WORTHY

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell: It's an IPA, fresh fruity hops

Taste: Hoppy upfront. A brief malt respite fades into a bitter, grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick with some carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, just nothing profound or overwhelming. They say this is an East Coast made IPA dedicated to West coast IPAs and I can see that. It leans more towards hops than malts and is definitely drinkable. Not my favorite, but this company donates 1% of its yield to environmental non-profits. Cool.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,186 ratings.
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