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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: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#252
Reviews:
783
Ratings:
5,234
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
1,197
Gots:
1,448
Trade:
26
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Ratings: 5,234 |  Reviews: 783
Photo of Bradledj
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with off white head. Sticks around nicely. Smell is pine, pine , pine and citrus/grapefruit. Bread, pine and grapefruit dominate the taste. Slightly tropical. Feels sticky, resinous, but not astringent. Thicker than Another One. Im glad I have both of these bottles side by side, both 7 days old. Lunch is a great IPA, but I prefer a little more tropical/silky feel to my IPAs. It gets hot down here man.

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Photo of joran1978
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 051811 on the label.
A slightly hazy amber color with a voluminous white head, even with a careful pour. Lots of sticky lace.
Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Good sweet malt background.
Tropical fruit taste, very sweet. Grapefruit leading to a little bit of piney hops that I hadn't detected in the aroma. Bread.
This was a very well-balanced IPA. Will pick up more of these.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this ipa. Solid in every aspect, a well crafted representation of the style and a silky feel as well. Not as flavorful as some of the more readily accessible ipa's around but the mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, just over a month old, so I guess that means that we (me and the beer) are good to go!

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves a fair bit of layered dried sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat dank leafy pine resin, muddled quotidian citrus rind, pineapple cores, a soft mixed berry fruitiness, white chalk, gritty biscuity and crackery pale malt, and a further mineral stoniness. The taste is quite hoppy, but more fruity than bitter - orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime drink powder - that same chalky character from the nose, lightly toasted pale malt, a subdued Werther's Original sweetness, and a weakening pine and leafy astringency. No sign at all of the 14-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly-wound frothy sense, the body a so-so medium weight, and plainly smooth, the exact nature of the hops precluding any interference here. It finishes quite dry, the fruitiness rolling over, and that chalkiness persisting, amongst still edgy pine and leafy notes.

An interesting gutting of the West Coast IPA bitterness paradigm, while keeping the rest of the hop goodness well intact. The malt perhaps suffers in this one-sided focus, and that powdery/chalky character, while weird, is not really off-putting in the least. Another (or was it the first - I'm too lazy to look that up) decent IPA from this brewery - glad to see them available around here.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA

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Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SCbrewdoc
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Food Co-Op in Hanover, NH. Housed in a 1 pint .9 oz. bottle with a 07/02/13 bottling date

A-Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 2 finger-sized white head that went down to about a one finger height. Clear with a light copper, orange-yellow color

S- Strong hop aroma with heavy citrus notes. not getting much else other than a faint phenol smell

T- Citrus hops forward that troll into a balanced malt midsection. It finishes with citrussy,bitter hop resin. Quite tasty indeed

M- Has a light mouthfeel. The malt backbone can be felt and does a great job of balancing out the hops. A good beer for a hot day (or any day for that matter).

O- This is one of the better IPAs I have had. Perfectly balanced and the hops are very present. Wish I had purchased more... A great beer by Maine Beer Company

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Photo of wilymobastardo
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this one! Bottle into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a copper color, white head, sticky lacing, thin cap.

S - Nice dose of hops with a strong bitter character, slight sweetness. I get a decent amount of alcohol from the nose, which at only 7%, is surprising.

T - Bitter hops, slight malty sweetness. All pretty straight forward here, but is why I enjoy the beers MBC puts out. Slight bitter bite on the finish.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, oily finish. 4

O - A very solid IPA, but nothing to go all that crazy over. It's good, just not world-class, IMO. An enjoyable go-to beer if you're looking for an IPA, no doubt.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic IPA look with pale golden body that is a little dense and a giant. foamy head that just left lace patches everywhere as it receeded into the brew. Smell is textbook with strong citric and wet hop aroma along with a caramel and bready malt sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel follow as I get a strong taste of hops, mostly citric with touches of plush tropical fruit and grape (pretty rare for a "single IPA") but nothing overpowered the tastebuds and the balance with the grainy, bready, and sweet malts is great. The hops are the star but don't dominate and the beer finishes crisp and dry but doesn't dry out tongue making this a dangerous session beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/18/11, poured into a nonic, thanks Conor!

Appearance is halfway between clear and hazed, dark copper, almost brownish. Massive, airy bubbly off white head. Excellent retention and sparse lacing. Bready and piney aroma with an appreciable amount of tropical sweetness, but that's not the focus.
Medium thick, light carbonation, syrupy body with a slick, sweet finish that is only mildy bitter or dry. Flavor is dominated by biscuit and caramel malt with some resin and pulpy citrus in the finish with some dry pine hops. Very well balanced and drinkable, but a little too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of gphelps70
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 3 of Maine beer stash. Just moved more stuff into the new place and I am now on another beer break. This 16.9 oz pottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a two finger head that has a nice retention. Crazy haziness going on here. No signs of carbonatiion, but I am sure there are bubbles in there. Awesome orange yellow color too. Great lacing on the glass too. Can't wait to try a sip.

Smell: Grapfruit, citrus, and pine are noticeable right off the bat. Followed by some slight hints of malt in the background.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus is delicious. Some nice sweet malts to balnce off the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy drinking. Pretty simple on the palate and nothing lingering or sticking out to me.

Overall: Another quality IPA from Maine. I tried this at the Union Brewhouse a month ago and have decided to buy a bottle up in Maine to enjoy down here in lovely old Adams Village. Looking to have more in the future.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You're hit with a blast of bold, hoppy aroma as soon as you pop the top on this one. There's candied orange, raw tangerine and mint.

Looks great in a glass - good color, slightly hazy and a fluffy, creamy white head that produces good lace.

First taste is all pine, borderline astringent and surprisingly thin. After that it softens up a bit as the beer warms and more fruity hop flavors emerge. Soft peach and muddled fruit cocktail try to cut through the pine, along with a hint of dank greenery. Pine continues to dominate though.

Very little malt character - this beer is dry. I'd actually like a little bit more body.

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Photo of DoBoy36
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 070213-20. Sampled on July 20, 2013.

It pour an incredibly heady yellow-amber color that has good clarity at first but by the end of the bottle after the second pour has a much more cloudy appearance.

The aroma is hop forward with floral and pine notes and a touch of citrus to round things off. It definitely makes me think IPA.

The body was about medium and very smooth.

Biscuit malts are briefly on the palate quickly erupting into a powerful floral hop bitterness that lingers for a few moments. This is an IPA that you really need to try.

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Photo of bilhelm
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.04/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle to Pint glass
*Notes from 08/29/11

A: Maine Lunch IPA pours a real dull and murky pale straw color with a ginormous khaki foam head. Amazing retention. Some light amber hues come through as the brew settles. Just gobs & gobs of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit and dank pine. Some sweet pale malts. Just real intense citrus juice like aromas and a slight fruity ale yeast note.

T: Resinous with hops – sweet orange zest, bitter melon, and pinesap. Prickly across the palate. A bit of a caramel sugar cookie malt base. Alcohol barely making an appearance but it does. Dry crisp finish. Nice fresh ingredients. A real nice and fruity IPA that tastes very familiar with that grapefruit and pine resin hop dose.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery for me but still has a sticky sleek and slightly creamy texture from the gooey malts.

D: Lunch is a very good IPA. Very drinkable for any hop lover in deed. I just happen to live where there are many great IPA’s so this a is sort of a “down the street” type of brew for me. Def glad to have had the opportunity to try this one and would again – big thanks to Charliedvrs!

It finally dawned on me about three quarters into my pint that this brew reminds me almost exactly of Port’s Wipeout. In fact you could probably cut n paste my review from Wipeout here. Even has that same homemade IPA type feel with the murky sediment and fresh hop flavors. * Have to conduct a side by side sometime.

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Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue. Perpetually rising effervescence. Pours a giant, frothy, white head. Head craters slowly and unevenly leaving plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Thick, persistent lacing.

S: Pine resin, pine cones, and a little agave nectar.

T: Bitter hoppy pine and lemon pith.

M: Crisp and pristine, and (surprisingly) only slightly hoppy. Light bitter finish, very little aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Giant head, lots of carbonation, persistent thick lacing. Nose is sweet and piny. Lightly bitter hop character with a bit of bitter lemon pith. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Sample into a tulip.

A - Looks like a prototypical IPA. Maybe a touch darker. Good head.

S - Wow. Smells AMAZING. So much fruit on the nose. Maybe a hint of pine. Good mango pineapple stone fruit goodness.

T - Definitely was a minor letdown. A good amount of the fruit stays in the taste, but it dissipates almost immediately. Very little bitterness and none of it lingers.

M - Way too thin. No lingering hoppiness. And did I mention too thin? I don't want my IPA's to be too malty, but there has to be some backbone in there to help showcase the hops.

O - I wanted to give this beer a 3.75 overall, which isn't possible, unfortunately. But it's probably slightly closer to 4 than 3.5. This beer had set me up to think it was gonna be an absolute monster that lived up to the minor hype it was getting. No dice on that. Sad. One and done, like Derrick Rose (minus the whole not taking the SAT thing, which doesn't fit into the whole analogy).

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

Don't get the hype at all on this one. Pretty average when compared to the other things coming out of NE

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 5,234 ratings
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