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: 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:
752
Ratings:
5,081
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with a white head that retains and leaves ample lace.

Ample citrus aromatics. Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Underlying pine.

Not a whole of bitterness. More hop flavor going on. Tons of citrus and done pine. Medium body and carbonation.

Top notch IPA.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifer.

A: A hazy golden brown.

S: Sweet citrus aromas with a hint of pine.

T: Same as the smell. Sweet citrus with a piney bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied that tingles the tongue and has a slight bitter finish.

O: Very good IPA. A very well balanced beer with a great citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is sweet candy, slight resin and pretty citrusy.
Taste follows the nose with tingling citrus flavors and sweet honey.
Not super complex but its extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a perfect lingering bitterness.
I did this side by side with dinner and preferred it SLIGHTLY.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a golden amber with a fairly tight white head and a good bit of lacing on the glass. Nose has a hint of grain and some sweet malt with a fair bit of citrus hop and lots of resin. Taste follows the nose, sweeter malt and lots of resiny hop. Citrus is mild, moderate bitterness, strong hop flavor but not the kind I love and gets a touch sweet. It is heavily carbonated, moderately soft but a touch of syrup.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milestone review (#500) and it came down to a Maine Beer Co. brew versus one from Green Flash. Since I am pretty pumped that we just got another wave of four Maine beers hitting Alberta, here goes. Different array of hops from Another Round and this one is rooted more firmly in citrus and herbal territory, with Another Round skewing more tropical and perhaps more pungent overall (see that review). This one is a cloudy lemon yellow with a rich beige head, a matrix of smaller bubbles encapsulated in a layer of larger ones. A remarkable fresh hop aroma greets the drinker, pineapple, mixed citrus and fresh spruce needles, resinous with hints of berry. Palate is a sublime mix of orange/grapefruit/tangerine/lime rind and juice, pineapple, rock candy, baby aspirin, sage, red berry, guava, and a whiff of burnt toffee. Largely a hop flavor and aroma showcase but with enough malt to add a balancing sweetness to the equation. Very bitter but said bitterness is ultra-clean, buttressing an assertive and juicy finish of mentholated cough candy, lime, and flower shop. Body on the low end of moderate with the carbonation on the high end. Another clear cut masterpiece from this brewery, sophisticated and nuanced yet bold of flavor. The worst thing anyone can say about these guys is the high price point, which frankly I will keep paying so long as the quality remains this high. The social and environmental initiatives these guys take only sweeten the deal.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/30/14 poured on 6/13/14. Picked this up for $7.99 at Whole Foods Union Sq.

Poured a very light beige color which was very interesting as I figured it would be darker simply because of the amount of hops plus the malt. Lacing was scattered on the glass but hung around for the entire drink. Very large frothy head.

Citrus taste with not an overwhelming amount of pine. This beer was not terribly intense or bitter which I appreciate. You could actually taste the malt backbone and sweet hops up front.

Incredibly crisp and clean with a very easy finish. Left me wanting sip after sip. Not too cloying.

The freshness was great. I guess its easy to create a beer with a bunch of hops, but it’s much more difficult to craft a beer with lots of hops that feels balanced but not sweet. Excellently done MBC.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A hazy orange amber with lots of tiny particles, slow tiny bubbles throughout feed a two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit on the nose, tangerine, grapefruit, over ripe pineapple, sweet orange, citrus all the way, very juicy, pine and vitamin C chewable's and just a hint of sweet malt but you gotta look for it

T lemon rind comes out of nowhere in a big way, more pine, less tropical fruit, just a little hard toffee, more rind, no real complaints but the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied, quite bitter, gritty, not quite foamy but airy, lots of rind lingering for ages

O I could've gone a little higher for smell or taste so a little higher here, very well rounded and has pretty much everything you look for in an IPA

Exactly a month old I'm feeling pretty lucky landing this in Alberta, I think this is my fifth beer from Maine and all have been great, I'm stoked to have 3 more to try

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Photo of fgmiele
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber..almost rusty orange.. Deep foamy white head with prominent lacing. Aroma is deeply citrusy and bitter..bright. Flavor is grapefruit, hops, bitter orange. Bold and intense..oily mouthfeel that's thick and chewy. Overall a full bodied IPA.

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Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly gentle pour generated a big foamy white cap. Lots of carbonation streaming up. Head lasted a decent amount of time before settling into a quarter inch blanket on top of an awesome copper orange beer. Lots of citrusy hops on the nose not much from the malt bill. Smells awesome. Taste is great. Lots of hops but no overpowering bitterness. This isn't a beer about power as much as it is about balance. I feel like its limited availability gives unrealistic expectations. Taste the beer not the hype, and this [email protected] is tasty.

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

Bottle dated 4/29/14 poured on 5/31/14. Pours hazy golden colored with a one finger fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel maltiness, grapefruits, some orange peel. Flavor is a bit brighter. Sweet grapefruit and orange rind, some grassy vegetal hops that I like. Much fresher flavor than aroma. Very light bodied and drinkable with medium carbonation. Very nice. While this is a solid brew I’m not quite on the hype train for this one. With that said, would be happy to have again.

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

Poured out with a slight haze into a snifter forming a solid 2 inch head which sunk back in after a minute. Smells of pine, grapefruit, and prominent pineapple. Taste is a solid mix of pineapple and grapefruit with the latter in the finish with a bit of bitterness. This brew tingles the taste buds hitting the front of the tongue and palate most. Overall a very solid IPA which I would highly recommend.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy, dark honey; pillowy, 2 finger white head; great lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and pine

T: pine and pineapple up front; some malt sweetness in the med-palate; some bitterness, but it doesn't dominate; sweet clementine along with the bitterness during a long finish;

M: medium bodied; carbonation is perfect; really easy to drink; dry finish;

O: if I could get this beer regularly, I'd never drink anything else.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and vibrant orange with a spongy white head. Great retention.

Delicate aromas of orange and lemon zest, then some pine. Grainy malt accent.

The pine is heavier in the taste and duels with the orange and lemon. The lemon is long in the finish along with a sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean.

A very good IPA, though I have to say I was expecting a little bit more out of it based on what I've read. Very good, but not elite.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in colour, slightly hazy, with a foamy head that recedes to a creamy top.

The nose is slightly piney, but is dominantly sweet with citrus and earthy hops. Notes of orange, pineapple, and kiwi play very smooth over a slightly sweet malt.

The characteristics of this IPA taste as well-blended as they smell. The pine is more intense and adds a stronger bitterness than the nose, but overall the complex blend of hop flavours are extremely smooth. Slight sweetness from the malt balances this blend.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but well-bodied for this style.

This American IPA can stand up with some of the best, even if it's a little over-rated.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Deep golden pour with just over two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that retains quite nicely.

S: Grapefruit soda, fresh orange, malt character akin to toasted bread.

T: Pine, citrus, orange, bready malt. Bitter, dry citrus in the middle and a light caramel-like maltiness in the finish.

M: Dry, smooth, and silky, with a malt-driven cream-like character.

O: Very, very good. Maine's attempt at a west coast-style IPA certainly lives up to it's ambitions.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded willi becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold orange with some amber accents topped by a two and a half finger slightly off white fluffy, creamy white head. Fantastic retention with thick lacing that coat the glass all the way down. Mandarin orange, herbal notes including green tea and fresh cut grass, citrus blossom notes, some breadiness and grain. Starts with citrus and fruit notes, mandarin orange, kumquats, nectarines, fresh green tea, light floral notes. Some breadiness and grains midpalate and semisweet malt. Finishes semi dry with mildly bitter citrus rind and just a very light touch of caramel. Smooth, slick, silky mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. Wonderful! Lunch lives up to the acclaim for sure. A superb American IPA.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer, saved the best for my first MBC tasting. How will my palate recover!?

A-Beautiful golden that you expect from a high quality ipa.

S-good not great

T-WOW maybe my favorite taste on par with heady topper. Perfect balance of bite and smoothness/drink ability.

M-same as taste

O-wow my first mbc beer and it blew me away! Can't wait to get my hands on more ASAP. Well done everyone up in MAINE!

Edit: 5/22, I have had numerous bottles and Lunch on tap since my first review and had to improve it. Just a fantastic beer, very crisp and smooth. Really hope I can try Dinner eventually!

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Photo of KornWallace
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date: 5-13-14
Location: Foodtown Express Yonkers
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Yellow to light amber in color this beer pours with a gorgeous off white head. The beer is hazy but lets in a lot of light when held up. Light viscous ring.
Aroma: Mouthwatering fruit aromas from the hops start us off with scents of grapefruit, orange, mango. Lesser aromas of the malts which seem to help accentuate the hops and a light yeast aroma as well.
Taste: There is an absolute beauty to this fresh hop combo as sipping the beer quenches my thirst and makes my mouth water at the same time. The hops are bitter but balance a fine line avoiding being too much so. The malts absolutely help to balance the beer out giving the beer a subtle back bone. The yeast also plays it's hand adding buttery smooth aspect.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body with high carbonation. The hops give a beer a great bitterness. The hop acids dominate the palate leaving a nice spice sensation when the beer is finished.

Notes: Bottled 4-29-14 I also consumed this beer at Tap & Barrel on Long Island a week ago and again absolutely loved the beer.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy orange colour with a great white head. Absolutely brilliant

Smell - Huge amounts of citrus, grapefruit, grassy, and some piney notes

Taste - Much like the smell, lots of citrus, grapefruit, mango, piney. Hops and malts are really well balanced

Overall - This is an amazing example of the style. I happened to be in a beer store and see this and thought I would give it a try and boy and am I happy I did. It really deserves the hype it receives and the praises it gets

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A -16 oz bottle dated 4-29-14 (11 days old !) to Tulip a somewhat hazy bright golden orange with a huge 3 finger head that took its time to settle down and left some huge lacing

S - lots of citrus - orange & lemon, some pine and grassy notes

T - follows the nose closely. Grapefruit Good amount of malty sweetness and balanced well with some hoppy bitterness

M - well carbonated. Medium body. Somewhat creamy Mouthfeel but dry finish.

O - Great IPA. Not as good as I was hoping though. Definitely worth trying but not sure I'll be buying much. I'll take a sixer of anti hero for $2-3 more.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a brilliant golden orange that looks absolutely stunning in direct sunlight. Not much head, but looks very silky.

Smells faintly of freshly baked bread, lemon zest, grapefruit, and just overall very tropical.

Taste is a perfect complement to the inviting wafts of this brew. Definitely taste freshly baked bread, maybe it's just me, but I'm not complaining. Definite citrus fruits, some lemon and orange zest, slight starfruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is very silky for the amount of hops, each sip invites another.

Overall an excellent selection and I would definitely pick up more of these if I come across them.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on date of 4/15/2014
So glad I got to try this time sensitive beer pretty fresh. To start; this is absolutely wonderful and smooth to drink. Golden in color with a very serious head that was quite intense. Aroma is a bouquet of citrus and floral with some mild earthiness mixed in too. Tastes of wonderful grapefruit, some hops and citrus notes as well. Virtually no bitterness and extremely well balanced, complex, and very easy to drink. This "lunch" is somewhat medium bodied, creamy, has a little warming alcohol at the end, and finishes cleanly on the palate. Overall, this american ipa, truly is worthy of trying and is masterfully crafted!

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Photo of porter_collie
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. bottle into pilsner glass

A - Light pilsner-esque, straw-colored body. Noticeably hazy. A splendid white foam rises to the top and clings to the sides of the glass as it slowly diminishes.

S - Very citrusy, with notes of tangerines, clementines, and meyer lemon. Also, a clean American yeasty aroma sneaks in there.

T - First off, exquisitely well balanced and fresh tasting. The Initial taste is of oranges, and the flavor really lingers on the palate all the way past the finish. Other tropical fruit, including mango and plantain, make their presence known, too. The malt lends honey sweetness and summer grass flavor to the brew. The finish is quite dry and just a hint bitter, with a notable yeasty taste.

M - Despite the dry finish, the mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. The carbonation is absolutely perfect. No booziness whatsoever.

O - As the simplistic white label art suggests, this beer is more about nuance and minimalism than hitting you over the head with flavors. It tastes astoundingly fresh - almost in a newly-bottled homebrew sort of way (albeit a very, very good homebrew). It may not be the biggest citrus-bomb out there, but it has a definite charm in its clean and balanced approach to the American IPA.

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