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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

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730
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4,935
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
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Photo of bikesandbeers
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I heard the hype and I'm just not that impressed. I drink a lot of IPA's and imperial IPA's both American and English and this over rated ale doesn't do it for me. Mouth feel is too light, where are the malts in this ale. Hoppy, yes but, again doesn't follow all the hype it gets as I don't get any malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong it's very good but, with all the hype, there are a lot of other ales out there that are better.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled on 1/28/2014. Consumed 2/16/2014.

A: golden orange color, hazy. 1-finger white head. very soapy carbonation. the lacing's patchy.

S: very floral beer. orange juice, pineapple, mango.

T: very similar to Head Hunter - orange rind and pine needles, with the pine dominating the back half.

M: light watery mouthfeel, though the pine lingers for a looong time

if you like piney ipa's, try this. (try MO for their APA take while you're at it.)

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Photo of koutkid41
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit hazy amber/copper and has a really big strong head that has big bubbles and frothy.

S: Strong mango, super piney, citrus, maybe a little pineapple. A real nice smelling beer.

T: Strong citrus peel upfront with some grapefruit, resinious. Some malty nuttiness at the end.

M: Nice hop bite with a nice dryness thats not really sweet. Love it dry.

O: Really solid IPA too back this is one of the Maine beers we dont get. Could drink this weekly.

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Photo of WyethBednar
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my (admittedly somewhat limited) experience thusfar, this has been my favorite IPA I've ever had. Pretty much everything about it was great, and the company is pretty cool as well. Got it on a whim after the clerk at my neighborhood beer store recommended it and now I'm gonna need to try to find more, which is supposedly kind of a hard task in Boston...

Appearance: A really nice, warm burnt amber. Not too hazy, but also not too clear. A really great 1 finger off white head that stuck around for the entire drink and had amazing lacing throughout.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Super inviting, very pronounced hops with cool citrusy notes.

Taste: Perfect. They nailed it. Crisp, refreshing, the perfect hops/malt balance for my taste and some subtle citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, the head was really nice and the finish was brilliantly dry.

Even as a big fan and aspiring connoisseur of IPAs, this one stands out in my book. In a way, it's totally textbook American IPA, but it's done so perfectly in every aspect that it doesn't require any gimmicks or creative flavors to make it stand out. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/14/14 in glass.

Pleasant golden color with lacing. Bright pine and floral citrus scents. Mildly bready backbone with heavy citrus flavors and pine. The finish is long and dry with bitter grapefruit. Nicely balanced with excellent mouthfeel. Finely crafted IPA and very easy to drink. I would never turn one down but the bitter finish keeps this out of circle of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Brandegee
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Paper City brewery IPA glass.

I shamefully admit I have had this bottle for a number of months while working through other beers and IPAs. Fortunately, this beer has held up nicely:

A: A very mild haze mars an otherwise clear, rich golden beer, topped with a healthy head of rich foam.
S: Lovely. Lots of pine and grapefuit. A few other floral and citrus notes creep in, such as apricot and honey. Despite the rich smells, the overall bouquet is delicate.
T: Very interesting. It is an assertively hopped IPA, with lots of resiny, bitter goodness. At the same time, it finishes light, with only a slight hop bitterness left behind. Lots of vegetable notes here. I have to say the flavor is not as well balanced as many other IPAs that I've had, but there's a lot going on and it's pretty much all pleasant.
M: Lightly carbonated with a hint of hop resin, Very pleasant, even when the going got a little yeasty at the end.
O: This both is and isn't a hop bomb. It somehow manages to be light and drinkable for such an aggressive flavor profile. The only mildly sour note is a slightly bitter aftertaste. I'll definitely have to try a fresher example.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 2/1/14, bottled on 1/28/14.
Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice lightly cloudy medium amber with minimal head.
Smelled nice, good hop aroma with some mild breadiness, overall nice aromas but not as strong as I'd like.
Taste was very much in line with aromas. A balanced and tasty IPA. While I very much enjoyed the taste profile, I was disappointed that it just wasn't as tasty as I was hoping for. Meaning, the taste was light and mild.
Mouthfeel was nice, very nice finish.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was expecting a bit more based on the reviews I had previously read. If the taste was stronger, I would have rated it much higher.

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

Poured 16.9 oz bottle dated 12/03/13 into a New Belguim globe

A-Pours clear golden orange with almost 2 finger head. Leaves a nice fine layer of suds and lace.

S-Nose is piney, lemon, orange, some subtle grapefruit notes, tropical fruit and biscuit.

T-Taste is bitter grassy, pine up front, fruity grapefruit notes on the end.

M-Mouthfeel is carbonated, fruity medium bitterness, well balanced complexity.

O-Lunch is a superbly balanced, expertly crafted IPA. Amazing! Great job again MBC!

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Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled on 1/14/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with 3 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Body is hazy.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine are the most noticeable with tangerine, pineapple and mango notes as well well as a light malt sweetness.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma with more tropical notes and less pine. Mango and grapefruit stick out the most with just enough malt sweetness to balance it out really well. Bitterness was surprisingly low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium levels of lively carbonation. Very little alcohol presence and easily drinkable. Very dry finish

Overall: I can see why this beer is so sought after. Lots of hop flavor for the hop heads out there, but also easily drinkable and approachable for those who may not be a huge fan of the style. Overall an excellent IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to seek out again.

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Photo of Mises85
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: not much head at all. chestnut color with nice bubbles.

Smell: Unbelievable. Beautiful citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, pine with a touch of malt sweetness

Taste: more beautiful tropical fruit, touch of oiliness, hops, ever so slight amount of orange and bitterness. some lacing although not very much.

Mouthfeel: one of the smoothest IPA's I have ever had. I don't think I have ever had an IPA where it just went down with no discernible bitter aftertaste. What a glorious beer company.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very grateful to BA SammyJaxxx for sending this as I've been hankerin' to try it for awhile now. Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 120313 and specific instructions to drink within 90 days of that date on the label. Poured the nice fresh IPA into the IPA-specific Speiglau glass.

Appearance - Moderately aggressive pour yields a dense, tangerine off-white creamy head that's about three fingers thick and comprised mostly of fine microbubbles. About as creamy as I've seen in a non-nitro beer. Beneath the gorgeous cap lurks a amber-orange translucent liquid with just the faintest hint of haze to it. I wasn't able to empty the bottle on the first pour, and the second amplifies the haziness of the liquid. Retention of the head is excellent, and even after it finally starts to melt away, the stream of carbonation bubbles up from the laser-etching ensures that it remains a foggy inch of foam as I drink, leaving ample sheets on the side of the glass.

Smell - Layers of citrus and tropical fruits, strong and pungent. Grapefruit, clementine, pineapple and starfruit are all present. Almost like orange juice blended with carbonated water. Some hints of woody pine are present in the background, which acts as some what of a tether for the soaring citrus journey the aroma wants to take me on. So citric, but manages to find just enough counterpoint. Outstanding.

Taste - The lupulin adventure continues, with the smell getting a little more character and depth from the malt, which is present but definitely a supporting character. The grain supports the luxurious hops character similar to how a water cracker might support a bright and flavorful ceviche. Wonderful notes of grapefruit, orange rind and some bitterness along side a light cracker element. Pineapple and mango are supporting roles and contribute to the creaminess of the body.

Mouthfeel - As noted, the body is a creamy, luscious medium--perhaps on the light side of that. Ample carbonation is deftly incorporated and the finish is predominantly dry, with just a hint of bready-sweet in the aftertaste.

Overall, it could be my favorite of the style, although saying that gets a little complex when you consider that "American IPA" can often have some overlap with "American Double/Imperial IPA". Either way, Lunch is an outstanding beer that I would love to be able to get with regularity. Until further notice, however, it will be just an extra-special treat when I do get some.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me a good while to get a hold of this beer.. I had The MO a few times and I was looking forward to trying this beer.. They are very similar but I think Lunch you can smell the hops a little more.. MO and Lunch are very very similar but this one stood out a little more.. I thought this one would blow my mind considering its ranked way higher then MO but again they are very similar .. But slight edge over MO..

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle....drank in Kennebunkport, ME.

A: translucent apricot color with a tall thin head

S: piney and floral

T: citrus, very well balanced

M: surprisingly light, smooth

Overall excellent. This is a well crafted, easy drinking beer

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Photo of Edward19
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased this beer at Galeville Byrne Dairy in Liverpool, NY. I am very impressed with the quality of this beer. Outstanding smell of pine and grapefruit. The taste is exactly what i am looking for in an IPA - grapefruit, pine and citrus. This is by far one of the best ipa's i have ever had. If you like ipa's this is a must have.

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Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dar482
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a re-review of the beer. Bottled 12/3/13 and I'm having it less than 2 weeks from the date.

It comes in a very pumpkin orange with a big fluffy, lingering head. A deep dark marmalade orange. Lots of lacing, hugely fluffly like soap. Out of the bottle and pouring it, I could already smell the fresh aroma it has. Just a beautiful beer.

The aroma is incredible and vibrant. Fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, piney, fruity hops. Lots of tropical fruit with mango, papaya, and pineapple. There’s a bit of a malty backbone.

Wow, the flavor is great. Tropical fruit again in the front of mango, papaya. The general theme then is of grapefruit peel and bitterness. There’s a huge pop of grapefruit peel and then it becomes tangerine and bitter orange. Then this perfectly balanced gentle maltiness cleans it up to help the finish. There’s this strong, but a good dry finish.

The top qualities of this beer are the aroma and its clean aftertaste. It really holds strong being up with some of the top West Coast IPAs. The bottle conditioning and hazy qualities gives this such a great body. It’s drinkable, but not watery.

Extremely hoppy. Very bitter, but with tons of complexity and hoppiness.

I will though that this is not really a "blow your socks off" beer. There are West Coast IPAs that can stand up do this. This is "just" an exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into stone pint glass.

Had this many times, now its time for a review.

A: Hazy orange, almost straw-like. Decent head that fades into a nice lacing around the edges. The lacing from the initial pour are still at the top of the glass.

S: Big hops. Citrus and grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. Slight malts on the back end. Hard to tell with such a big hop profile.

T: Wow. Aggressive citrus, grapefruit and a perfect kick of pine attack the palate. Definitely some caramel malts at the end. Hop flavors linger long after the sip.

M: Bitter all the way through. Medium bodied. Easy drinkin'.

O: Very nice brew from Maine Brewing Co. Absolutely love this IPA and I would come back to this more often if the bottles were 22 oz. The price isn't so bad in New England but once you get to NY the price escalates like crazy. That being said, an absolute must try for hop heads.

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with lots of off white head.
S: It smelled like fresh apricot and pineapple, with some mango and grapefruit and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and sweet pineapple, with some apricot and honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a solid IPA, but not as powerful or impressive as I expected. The scent and taste were great, just not very bold. The body was weak, but the finish was very smooth. So it was really easy to drink. Didn't live up to the hype, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into tulip. Thank you pjkelley82

Pours a nice golden orange color with slight haziness, nice one inch white head. Smell is bold citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Taste is like the nose with a little pine to balance it out. Not to bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a finger or so of head on it, and left lots of lacing. The aroma is nice. Lots of different tropical fruits, with some citrus thrown in too. The taste is also quite good. A good hope bite to it, with some citrus notes. Followed by a decent malt body with a touch of the sweetness trying to come through. Another solid beer from them!

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Photo of Karl_M
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice bitterness. A lot of grapefruit seed flavor.

Not too sweet.

Clear with deep golden brown color. Head had good tight, white bubbles but dissipated after five minutes leaving a blotchy film of fine bubbles on the surface.

I was very happy with this brew. I could drink it all day.

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

very good IPA, but not sure its worth the $$$. It has a citrus bite but not an all out assault and bitterness is on the low side. nice malt balance

A bit on the lighter side in terms of body and ample carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yeah, I CAN hear my detractors now - "Oh, Brother Woody, you seem to be drinking (and reviewing) a lot of bottled beers of late. Have you finally gone off of CANs?" F**k no, Daddy-O! It is just that bottles keep showing up, unbidden, and while I am not adverse, they do get in the way of the mission. My buddy, Justin, with whom I am visiting State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD tomorrow, was just up in Maine and brought this back for me with the admonition, "Drink this sooner, rather than later." What, like Alice in Wonderland? "Drink Me!" I know about the results, but I am plunging ahead. I love Maine, having spent the best summer of my life there in 1990 while the infant USS Normandy (CG-60) was in the Portland shipyard.

From the bottle: "Do what's right."; "Drink this beer fresh."; "Drink within 90 days of stamped born on date [091013 23]. Enjoy this beer fresh. Hoppy beers do not age well."; "Bottle Conditioned Pour carefully A fine layer of yeast is on the bottom of this bottle. Please chill upright. Enjoy this beer fresh. Hoppy beers do not age well."; "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."; "At Maine Beer Company we strive to produce artisinal ales that are unique and full of fresh flavors. We are persistant [sic] in trying to improve our beers, so they may change slightly over time, but who could argue with that? Keep on swimming!"; "What We Are All About [-] Making the best beer that we possibly can. We purchase Green-e certified energy credits for all electricity. We donate our used grain, yeast & grain bags to local farmers. We donate 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits."

I sent one of these to the lovely JenRay, but I have never partaken until now. I seemed to be getting a lot of head until I managed to come to my senses and look at the verbiage "Bottle Conditioned" printed on the label.

Whoops! S**t! I immediately backed off, sheepishly. The ex-Old Lady really took me to task in July during my visit because of my propensity to using a heavy hand when pouring my beers. I try to be gentle with clearly-marked bottles and CANs, but otherwise, I will upturn the container and let it all spill out, hence my recent disaster in which some overflow got into the keyboard and the whole assembly had to be replaced.

I had no idea as to how to proceed. Half of the beer was still in the bottle with an unknown amount of turbidity while the other half sat in the glass, awaiting my next move. I am proceeding in situ. The massive, rocky, tawny head had fallen, leaving jackhammer-worthy lacing in its wake. Why a jackhammer? That is what it will take to remove the lacing, eventually. The color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep amber (SRM = between 7 and 9, but without knowing precisely what 8 looks like, I am not assigning that number). Nose smelled like a snowy morning in a Maine evergreen forest!

A former girlfriend and I once took a heavy-duty sleeping bag outside in Bath, ME during a snowfall to do our thing and this was evocative of that time. Baby, I'm gonna eat your Lunch!

Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but the subtleness of the hops was uncanny. They were present, but not in-your-face. It was like listening to cats getting it on - you know that they are out there, but damned if you can find them to make them stop.

This was VERY mellow, man. It was like drinking hops tea, which I have done. The whole world was beginning to smooth out and I was beginning to contemplate calling some of the local ladies who might dig partaking of ye olde water pipe and then indulging in whatever action may result thereafter. They are legion and I am known for being a good host.

The first pour was now spent and so I pulled out a new glass to try and reboot my self-made disaster area. Can you say "Gentle", boys and girls? I was more gentle than I have been with anyone or anything in quite some time.

Nope. S**t! This would have been my secondary pour if I had been paying attention in the first place. The turbidity was too much to overcome and I had what looked like a glass of fresh-pressed apple cider. Dang! It is not as if I had not been warned, either. My students' desire to overlook directions may be rubbing off on me, further proof that I need to get out of teaching. Here, the nose had a musty, cider-y quality with the hops just playing along. The mouthfeel was medium and the taste became much spicier than it had been. Nice! It was a peppery intensity, low on Scovill units, but still very peppery. Finish was now as dry as alum sprinkled down my throat. Phew!

Okay. I am f**k-up, but the next time that I am in Vacationland, I want to give this another shot.

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

Bottle dated 10/8/13

A-pours an orange brass color with a heaping white head. Lacing was present all the way down.

S-tropical explosion of pineapple, mango and orange up front with a solid pop of fresh bread coming up the rear.

T-huge citrus pop followed by some solid resin and a great malt sweetness evens out the bitter finish of the hops.

M-great carbonation and medium mouthfeel that holds up thru the entire bottle as its consumed and reaches room temperature.

O-this batch is once of the best I have had, really great treatment of an explosive IPA. It's up there with the best of them. Reminds me of Grateful Hands Contentment. That is a compliment.

Cheers!

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

Pours a beautiful orangy color, pretty clear, but with a little haze and a very nice, creamy head. The smell is a citrus hops and while it's not overpowering, it's really nice. The taste is similar, hoppy on the citrus side, very little malt, not really bitter at all, it's very, very good and just what you want in an IPA. Mouthfeel is a touch watery, but still great. All said, this is an excellent IPA and one that I would drink often if it were easier to find and if it were priced reasonably. It's similar to Flower Power and since FP is easy to find and reasonably priced, I'll probably never buy this one again. MBC: You make great beer, but your prices are RIDICULOUS!

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