Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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:
733
Ratings:
4,968
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
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Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy, vibrant golden orange with a massive, dense off white head that sticks around forever. There are sticky chunks of lacing all over as well. Smell is very subdued and underwhelming. Pine, citrus and tropical fruits are most prominent with a hint of bready malt. Taste is the same, but is the slightest bit more flavorful than the smell. Also a moderately bitter finish. Feel is light and smooth with good carbonation. Overall a good beer, but very overrated. It pales in comparison to Another One, Weez, and A Tiny Beautiful Something. The bottle I drank is less than a month old so I can't imagine it fell off that much. If I drank this blind I'd call it good, but not something I'd go out of my way to have again. But taking the price and hype into consideration, this is definitely a disappointment.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on draft at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL. Absolutely incredible and underrated. In some ways it might be better than Dinner, which I have only had once. It has that great New England haze, lots of tropical fruits mostly grapefruit and passionfruit. So juicy that you can't stop drinking it.

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Photo of Paulj22
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was in Acadia national park and was lucky enough to find this one on draft at Jordan pond. With such a hyped beer, I prepared myself to be slightly disappointed, but to my great delight, this beer is anything but disappointing. The look has a light amberish hue with haziness which is not common for a beer that light in color. The aroma is quite wonderful with citrusy notes hitting your nose within a foot away. The taste is where this beer really shines as it is quite possibly the most balanced IPA I've ever tried. The 7.0 abv is hidden very well and this is absolutely an easy to drink IPA. The bitterness is there but not overwhelming with a lingering pleasant aftertaste of sweet but not too sweet flavor. The mouthfeel is amazing! This tastes exactly how an IPA should taste and my only disappointment is that Dinner was not yet on draft.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA. It has a beautiful, somewhat cloudy appearance and the smell instantly brought a smile to my face. Very hop forward but still well balanced. I traded for this and have been wanting to try it for years. I think it's slightly overhyped but I'm glad I was able to finally get my hands on it and will seek this out again.

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Photo of nerdboy19
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appear : Cloudy bright orange. - 4/5
Aroma : A little bit of "old" hop aromas like centennial, and some mixture of tropical fruits. Medium noticable malt backbone - 7/10
Mouthfeel : Medium-high carbonation, medium body, the malt lingers in my mouth. - 4/5
Flavor : Pretty straightforward bitterness, hoppy, citrus, tropical fruits, piney, malty sweetness. - 6/10
Overall : Very standard west-coast like IPA. Nice balanced beer considering the hype it was just ok. - 7/10

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice offering. While it was nice I am not likely to buy it again because it was a good bit more expensive than its competitors of the same quality.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from a trader, consumed about 3 weeks after bottling. Had lots of carb, much more than expected. Hay colored with a great nose and balanced taste. I have wanted to try this for years, it was good but the new trend of juicy, turbid IPA's are better than this IMO.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a hearty 2" head that lasts a while. A bit of lace develops on the glass.

Smell: fruit sweetness and some pine notes come through too.

Taste: caramel, mango, pear, pineapple, grapefruit, and a mild pine flavor arrives late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: a superbly well balanced beer that is extremely satisfying. Easy to drink.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great IPA and my local spot always gets in fresh bottles. Bottled on 5/4/16. This IPA was a great IPA, but there were no huge stand out points to this IPA. Don't get me wrong I loved it, but I didn't get any memorable features of this beer when drinking it. It has a great citrus malty balance w/ a standard bitter aftertaste. I would have again, but I feel like there are better out there.

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Photo of robroc
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Underwhelming. For all the hype this beer receives, I didn't find anything remarkable about it. It is good, but like all the MBC beers I've had, it's probably not worth the price. I liked Beer II and some others more than Lunch.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, born on date of 050316. Served in a Spiegelau IPA glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with a couple inch off-white head that stayed around for a really long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is really nice, the brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, peaches) hops, along with some bready malt. As soon as I poured this into the glass, the aroma was noticeable right away. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's mainly pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, citrus peel, grapefruit) hops with a bit of bready maltiness. With the aroma I thought the tropical fruit/citrusy hops stood out more, but it seemed to me that there was more balance between the pine and tropical fruit/citrusy flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, I'd certainly like to try it again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of goblue30
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at a local restaurant as well as from the brewery. Solid, but unspectacular IPA. For $6 for a 16.9oz bottle I could think off dozens of better IPAs for less, hence why I felt no need to buy any to take with me.

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Photo of diemilio
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giving this beer a very high rate based mostly solely on its smell; it is something out of the ordinary! Fruity and piney! the descriptions "east coast" version of a west-coast-style IPA suits it perfectly. A little bit too "watery" when it comes to both the taste and the mouthfeel; not terribly, but I think I am just getting too used to Tree House beers.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy SRM 3ish with plenty of white head.
S: Lovely...like a really good pastry. The sweet malt smells like a fresh-baked mango/pineapple pastry with a touch of citrusy hops. Smells delicious; full but still delicate.
T: Nice light pastry malt-forward start with hop bitterness throughout. The pastry gives way to more tropical fruit and hops.
M: Medium fullness for a pale; a little scrapey but still very drinkable.
O: If only the flavor matched the nose profile a little more...more delicate with less alphas...this might be a perfect beer. Wonderful odors for days. Best Maine I've had so far after II and Peepers.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 05/10/16

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden amber orange with a dense creamy off-white head that doesn't go away. Smells like nectarine, peach, caramelized apricot, spicy mango, papaya, sweet guava, mild passionfruit and pineapple, orange, grapefruit, slight caramel, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like caramelized fresh apricots, peach, mango, nectarine, papaya, sweet guava, some orange, biscuity cracker, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype for me. Overall a really great IPA.

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Photo of FBarber
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque orange with a one finger white head. Head dissipates leaving some white lacing along the glass and some spotty foam on top of the beer.

Smell is a pungent aroma of mango, peaches, apricots, orange and grapefruit initially. As the smell develops in your nose you get an undertone of malt with a piney smell.

Taste follows the nose with an initial array of tropical flavors including notes of mango, peach, apricot and orange. As those flavors linger they are met with a nice biscuit malt undertone that is not especially prominent, but very nice. Then there is a strong bitterness as the beer hits the back of the mouth. lots of pine and sap flavor notes come through.

Feel on this beer is mildly carbonated providing a light tingle up front. Resinous almost sticky on the back of the throat, but with a bitter dry finish. Beer is perfectly balanced - not too watery, not too heavy.

Overall this was my first Maine Beer and it did not disappoint. Really fine IPA - definitely a must try when you can get it fresh.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hand and Foot in Corning.
The look is cloudy orange-amber with a thin, sticky white head.
The aroma is peaches, apricots, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, and pine.
The flavor is tropical fruit up front. Apricot, peach, a bit of mango and papaya, and grapefruit and orange. Light biscuit malt sweetness in the middle, with a dry finish of orange peel and pine needles.
Medium mouthfeel, creamy, light carbonation.

A superb IPA. Get it if you can.

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Photo of TTen
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company Lunch IPA

L: Gold and slightly hazy with a white head that maintains well. Nice little carbonation beads. 4.5
S: Citrus and some sweet malt. A little pine. Juicy. 4.5
T: Very juicy citrusy, tropical, piney IPA. There is some sweet malt to balance it out. It needed that bit of malt sweetness :) 4.75
F: Medium bodied and prickly from the bitterness. 4.5
O: This is great IPA! It's juicy and moderately bitter with some malt sweetness. Citrus, pine, tropical hops. I wish I had more of this. 4.5

Bottled 4/12/2016

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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 jmasher85
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, tropical fruity nose with tons of pine and grapefruit flavor leads to a surprisingly bitter and dry but smooth finish. Lives up to the hype, but just barely.

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Photo of JoelKatz0212
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tastes effort by MBC that is available in more places than ever. Highly drinkable, smells and tastes great. I drive many miles to find bottles of this Lunch.

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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 pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been wanting to try this one for years now...
crisp, clean but slightly hazy pour. some lemon-y aroma wafting off the top.... grapefruit.
super clean taste, piney bitterness, some citrus, grapefruit rind. almost a piece of orange in there too....
seems the IPA world has been evolving but this one, like a Pliny (or Blind Pig), still holds some superiority....

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/08/16

Appearance - Pours golden orange and slightly hazy with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention, dissipating to a thin, consistent film across the surface. Lacing is fair, with broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Lots of citrus with tropical notes of pineapple and a hint of mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and grapefruit citrus character with a touch of pineapple zing. Light pine. Malts are well hidden, providing just a hint of generic, bready sweetness. Mostly clean finish with just a hair of lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stupid smooth with nigh quaffable qualities. As with most Maine Beer brews, the strength is the ease at which it drinks.

Overall - This is a great beer, but it's a pretty straight-forward IPA that doesn't do much to distinguish itself. Well executed, but blink while drinking it and you might miss it. I'd surely buy it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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

03/08/2016 bottling date served cold in a Stella glass.

Appearance: classic East Coast golden with a slight haze and a nice fluffy head

Nose: pine, grapefruit, bitter orange, citrus, lemony, tons of fruit

Taste: nicely bitter, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, very Pliney like, delicious and slightly dank

Overall: this is a great East Coast IPA. Heady and some of the VT IPAs are better but I'm really glad I got the chance to try this Legend. Thanks to Craig for Beering-It-Forward!

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