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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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

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Ratings: 5,232 |  Reviews: 782
Photo of petrusek23
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Basellne23
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpty2003
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ontic
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of senglish7
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally. First MBC brew. Although it is an IPA from the northeast, it was more similar to a West Coast IPA. Nice and crisp hoppiness that wasn't the juice bomb I have been accustomed to from the NE states. One of the OGs in the IPA game.

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Photo of Toynk
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldeGolde
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

July 4, 2017 batch. Poured from one of their 500 mL bottles into a pint glass.

L: Beautiful golden haze. Cannot see through. Foam that really hangs around. I've been trying to decide how I rate the look of a beer and I think that ultimately the look invites me to sip - this one is definitely that. Looks like a sparkling shining yellow golden pint of soft fizz and lace.
S: Pine and some bread. I have had mild congestion!
T: Delicious. What a classy and understated brew! (Not just getting tricked by the label, trust me.) Floral and citrus decorations over a hop/bread ale body. Very balanced. Bitterness takes you to the tops of the pine trees and gives you a great view of the land. Not very sweet. Not very boozy despite the decent ABV (classic thing that I love in a beer).
F: Fizzy and fuzzy. Great mouth on this one.

Very proud of this east coast ale. Love the wide distribution (at least on this coast... widely available in Virginia and probably farther south). Don't LOVE the price but do love supporting such a great company so am happy to pay. Also, I am a fan of more adventurous names and art, but the beer wins out in this case.

Wife Laurie's Quick Sip: "Tasty."

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Photo of SnacksGarces
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Semh57
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Vino Market Midlothian va 500ml bottle $7+tax 7/4/17 on label! Pretty fresh bottle! Poured a pure gold with immediate hints of the citrus and some pine. Excellent lacing on glass and upon tasting tropical fruits then pine and some bitterness! Very Very tasty beer! Could drink this all day long and at 7% not too too many! Unless you call ahead for Uber! HAhA! I agree wholeheartedly that this is a Top beer and the Maine Beer Company does a excellent job! My only complaint as I said with their other beers is that the price point for these beers are high especially when you can get other beers just as good (Local and National) for much less!! Enjoy the Summer! SEH Example: 6pack 12oz cans Cigar City Jai Alai IPA for $12+tax at local Grocery 3 weeks old!!

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Photo of incognito369
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look -- Golden Orange with white foamy hand
Smell -- Tropical Fruit notes, sweet smelling
Taste -- Tropical Fruit notes, easy drinking, piney
Feel -- Smooth taste
Overall -- Delicious easy drinking IPA, tasty IPA, one of the best IPA'S around

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers I've been wanting to try for a long time but never had the chance until seeing it today on vacation in Boston on tap at Warren Tavern. Pours a hazy medium copper gold with a small head that leaves good lace. Nose is not a big as I expected, but has nice fruit...qumquat, bubble gum, and a touch of mint in the back. Taste is more classic pine and citrus, and has a fuller hop bitterness than most NE brewers seem to go for. Overall, a very good beer that falls just a tad short of the hype.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dictator
3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsc-123
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Somewhere between copper and gold. Slightly hazy. Pure white head. Very nice looking beer.

S - Classic american hop profile - pine, grapefruit, citrus. Not quite as potent as most modern IPAs. Slight caramely malt emerges as it warms. No esters or yeast derived flavors. Very clean.

T - Moderately strong hop flavors that match the smell, piney, grapefruit, citrust, etc. Light malt character that also matches the aroma--caramel. Really well balanced and nothing comes across as too strong. Only mildly bitter. Really clean, no yeast character. Finishes dry and the citrusy hops flavors linger.

F - Medium mouthfeel, no warming or astringency.

O - Really solid, standard American IPA. The mix of flavors are not unique, but its extraordinarily well done. "Restrained" comes to mind but in a really good way. Its not overly bitter, the hops are not overwhelming. The balance is spot on. Could drink it all day--does not feel like a 7% IPA. As far as easy drinking, full flavored IPAs go, this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of akmoran428
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfection. This is the best IPA I've ever had. Well balanced and extremely drinkable. Pours a deep amber color with good lacing that dissipates after a few minutes. Grapefruit and citrus flavors stand out as you keep drinking it. Definitely not an absurdly hopped beer (unlike some other East Coast IPAs), which gives it extra drinkability. This is literally a perfect IPA. If you can find it, buy an entire case. Its that good.

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Photo of Ckimb45
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of realPeterVincent
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great example of a no bells or whistles, straight forward, perfectly executed I.P.A.. A medium head with minimal lacing leads to a perfectly floral and expertly pined sip. "Lunch" is a perfect name for this I.P.A. because at an ideal 7% and medium feel you can put back more than one within an afternoon (Laundry Day beer). The beer is not overwhelming to ones palate and does not linger too long on your tongue, creating a refreshing environment to enjoy through to the last drop. Now if I can just get my hands on "Dinner". Cheers for the great beer, Maine Beer Company!

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

Photo of jsouza
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcattey
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSh3a08
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 5,232 ratings
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