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:
#266
Reviews:
819
Ratings:
5,367
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
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4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a persistent off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit and orange juices, with a bit of citrus rind thrown in; pine resin - but subtle, not in your face; and caramel malts to smooth things out (without making a sweet mess of things). Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium; carbonation is absolutely perfect. Finish is smooth and surprisingly dry.

OK, I just re-read the above description and it doesn't do Lunch justice. Grapefruit, rind, caramel, pine, yadayadayada - that could describe ANY NEIPA. But this isn't "any" NEIPA - it's better. It's like MBC knew when to quit with every ingredient - nothing about this beer is out of balance.

There is a lot going on here, and all of it is good.

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

Photo of stoumi
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of Freeport, Maine comes Lunch from Maine Beer Company, the East Coast take on a West Coast IPA. Also has an interesting story on the how the beer was named.

Lunch pours a cloudy amber with golden highlights and a nice, light 2-finger head that settles depositing some average lacing.

The smell is tropical and citrus, which comes across juicy; pineapple and a hint of piney resin and bready malt.

Taste is floral and citrus notes including tangerince and pineapple followed by a touch of bitterness that subsides and finishes clean.

Do what's right! Lunch! It's what to drink.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/8/18

Look: deep burnt orange with a huge, fluffy white head and tons of lacing

Smell: dense pine and raw hops concealing incredible notes of candied orange along with bits of peach and grapefruit scattered throughout

Taste: a fruit salad with a heavy dose of pine and spruce; big notes of grapefruit and bitter orange and a malt presence which really does even things out; you can really taste some wilderness in this beer

Feel: excellent balance between both pillowy soft and firm; medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation; ultimately, dry and crisp

Overall: this is a classically-styled IPA that does simply everything right. It's not hazy flavor bomb nor a New England-style milkshake; it's just a damn good beer that's both well-structured and balanced, and that's to be appreciated. Definitely competing with Another One as my favorite MBC brew so far.

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle born on May 8, 2018

Bodacious white head from a normal pour. Immortal curtains and blankets of carbonation. Golden orange metal flake haze. Really awesome appearance.
Orangy citrus aroma, some floral perfume and biscuit.
Lemon, tangerine, faint pine.
Low bitterness, enduring carbonation, dry finish.
How you do that, Maine Beer Co.?

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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icka31
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mblack62
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled on 03/27/2018.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, lemony yellow, somewhere between straw and golden, with exuberant head formation leaving a greater than one inch head with really excellent retention and foamy lacing. Sediment evident.
S: Initially very strong lemon fruit and breadiness.
T: Semidry. Lemon citrus, honeysuckle, and pine. Bitterness moderate and subtly, leaving a very clean ever so slightly bitter finish.
M: Light bodied with strongly persistent effervescence. Silky mouthfeel.
O: A truly delicious, light, slightly sweet, lemon chiffon American IPA. Truly exceptional and superb for summer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites!

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Photo of Docscape
3.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber with a little cloud. Little sweet friuty taste. Not a lot of smell.

22oz draft. Lucky's at Boston Logan airport.

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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