Lunch | Maine Beer Company

LunchLunch
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4.32 w/ 5,199 Ratings
LunchLunch
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
Ranking:
#421
Reviews:
780
Ratings:
5,199
Liked:
5,048
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
8.1%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
1,193
Gots:
1,424
Trade:
25
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of delicious juicy orange citrus flavour, from Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. Orange coloured body, with some retained head. Orange aroma. Similar to a DIPA without any palate erasure. Masterful IPA. . Very good hop aroma. Had again a half year later, also a month after brewing, from Capone's Superior, smooth mouthfeel IPA.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy amber with copper hues body.

S: very aromatous with all hop aromas including floral, earthy and citrus notes with the right amount of sweetness.

T: very well balanced with caramel malts, with excellent hop bitterness and sweetness which are also well balanced. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, light pine resin and flowery hops are all well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: this is a very nicely made IPA. It is well balanced, decently complex and I look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest up front with a malty finish. There is a mild level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (amphion1065) for this. Nice brown with light lacing. Smell is tropical, grapefruit, a little funky. Taste is solid for an IPA, piney and tropical notes a little alcohol in the aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good taste overall. An outstanding IPA that lives up to hype. Highly recommend tracking this one down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

lunch is one of those beers ive been dying to try for a long time. finally found some, albeit not on tap, at the maine beer company itself, a very cool spot to visit. it was bottled a mere two days before I bought it, so freshness was prime. bottle pours a burnt orange sort of color, maple syrup looking, with half an inch of thick and lasting khaki colored head. the nose is a lot more balanced than expected, with some amber type malts, caramel color and aromatic to the roast, a bit sweet, and definitely robust. the hops are on the tropical end, quite apart from the picture the malt paints. pineapple and passion fruit, less bitterness than flavor. almost English pale ale sort of malt bill, way fuller bodied than I expected this to be. the hops come in about half way through, and crescendo into a really sunny fruity island sort of bouquet. the division here is pronounced. just a tad more body than I need in my ipa, but its sturdiness is appreciated, and id like to best in winter I think. a beer I am super stoked to have gotten to drink, share with my lovely girlfriend at out beautiful maine campsite, and contemplate at length. a great great beer from a fantastic little brewery. worth the hype.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden color. The head was white and had a good retention and a nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer has a piney resin like aroma and a subtle malt sweetness in there. That taste of the beer has a good spicy flavor from the hops. It's got a decent balance of flavor blended with the malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is tingly and remains smooth at the same time with a subtle booze kick. Overall this is a good beer, one of the best from this company this far.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of big bubbles on the surface that gradually formed a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of passionfruit in the nose from the Simcoe hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of passionfruit and other tropical fruits dominate the overall taste. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, some of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a very low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of interesting aromas and flavors from the hops but seems to be under carbonated.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lookin' for the East Coast equivelent to Pliny the Elder? I found it in Maine Beer Lunch!

Opening with a bright glowing, burnt orange color- Its hazy "hop" appearance sprinkles in a few currents of yeast that float into the the ale as the pour concludes. A firmly cream-textured head tops the beer like ivory meringue and holds its creamy texture until the last sip, leaving rich islands of lace in its wake.

Bold and zesty aromas of citrus hops overshaddow anything malt or yeast related. Grapefruit peels, freshly zested oranges, pineapple, lemongrass, and pine needles show a juicy and dry scent all at once. Low lying candy-ish malts never really announce its grain character, but rather give a riper presence to the impressions of fruit.

The beer's dry taste starts slightly juicy and vividly ripe with tropical and citrus fruit. But the beer has no problem shedding its malt sweetness in order to show supreme favoritism to hop flavor at middle palate and sharp citrusy bitterness to finish. Nearly teeth-grinding, the fruit impressions from hops are mouthwatering and succulent all at once. A quick and clean fade to dry bitterness of pine resins and citrus oils close the beer with a confident refreshing taste of citrus peels.

As with taste, the beer's texture starts with a short-lived sweet creaminess from early malt taste and racy carbonation. But the beer soon throws the malt and carbonation to the wayside and celebrates a bone-dry mouthfeel that celebrates hop bitterness, light alcohol warmth, and sheer drinkability.

With medium complexity and simple succulence, the beer is remarkably hop-balanced, dry, and clean- giving the ale a unique and clear near-perfect demeanor from the initial sip 'til its deeply resinous finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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 kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love Maine Beer Co. in spite of their prices and had to pick this up when I saw it on shelves in NYC. Brewed 09/06/16 (putting this at right around 60 days old - well within the "drink within 90 days of stamped born on date" advice on the label). Batch 189.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic white and black label design. Branded silver colour pry-off crown cap. 1 pint .9 fl oz format.

"India pale ale" per the label. 7.00% ABV.

HEAD: Frothy and soft, with a creamy even consistency and a nice overall complexion. Robust and coating. Lasts a good 8-10 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Murky orange of poor vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. I don't see any yeast or sediment within, but its haziness points clearly towards a lack of filtration.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not much to look at, but it fits within the conventions of an unfiltered IPA.

AROMA: Grapefruit rind, melon, dried mango, tangerine, and even guava notes are present, giving this IPA an obvious tropical bend indicative perhaps of the new world hops that are all the rage with the kids these days. I get some bubblegum phenol, pine resin, and faint sherbert as well. The bubblegum has me concerned, but the rest of the aroma is generally appealing - if not quite up my personal alley in terms of hop selection.

Nevertheless, any hop bitterness seems well balanced by the pale malt sweetness present in the aroma, and it definitely comes off fresh and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Uncommon notes of fruit sherbert and tangerine creamsicle set off this off-the-beaten-path IPA, with more standard hop notes like pine resin, mango, and guava supporting them. It's got an obvious tropical bend, but there are clean floral notes in there as well to complement the fruit. Drinks fresh and lively, with its lack of filtration bolstering its yeasty intangibles. Pale malt sweetness is present as a balancing force, but never emerges as noticeable otherwise; there is neither naked hop bitterness nor naked malt sweetness here. Well-built in that regard, though I do have to note that for my personal tastes the hop profile isn't ideal.

Mouthfeel is aptly medium-bodied, smooth, wet, coating, and refreshing. Could be softer and lighter to good effect, but the texture complements the taste nicely enough as-is. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. No specific notes from the flavour profile are accentuated by the mouthfeel, but it gets the job done. Flavours are delivered, though depth of flavour is average. Flavour duration is above average, with some lingering fruitiness popping in the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is average for the style.

ABV is well-disguised. There are no off-flavours.

OVERALL: A pleasant drinkable IPA with an atypical hop profile that may please those drinkers fatigued by tried-and-true "C hop" expressions of the style, Lunch is a worthwhile brew that would pair well with its titular meal - regardless of what the content thereof happens to be. I don't count it amongst Maine Beer Company's strongest work, but it's more than competent in its execution and I can't see any experienced open-minded reviewer actively disliking a bottle served in good condition. It doesn't appeal to my particular tastes in terms of hop selection, but I have to concede it's well executed for the hops they chose and I'll enjoy finishing the bottle I bought. There's room for improvement in terms of the usual factors...it could be more intricate, could boast more subtlety, and could have still more vivid more expressive flavours that come together into a more cohesive and interesting gestalt harmonious whole of a beer, but nitpicks aside it's well worth trying once.

B- (3.45) / WORTHY

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Bottled on 9.24.13, less than 2 weeks old!

Brilliant golden orange, sharp clarity with rapidly rising carb trails. Compact head of white foam that leaves a halo of sticky lace in the glass. The foam has a stiff meringue texture to it, and has lasting staying power.

Citrus aromas dominate, with an undercurrent of pungent green hops. Definitely has a west coast vibe going on already.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, earthy bitter greens. Very hoppy with a firm bitterness that lingers for awhile. The bitter citrus peel is the key flavor, and tapers off towards the end. Medium bodied with a light manageable feel. Overall it's a nice all around IPA, though it seems a little similar to others.

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy peach nectar color with a massive head; the retention was good with sheets of lace

Smell: Tropical fruit with quite a bit of pithy bitterness

Taste: Tropical fruit (orange, pineapple, mango) as well as cantaloupe and strawberry flavors, up front, with a pithy bitterness developing by mid-palate and lingering into the finish; a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp but moderate carbonation

Overall: A first class IPA that contends with the best of the west

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Nice retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet and juicy citrus hops along with a good amount of malt. Really nice.

Taste: Follows from the smell mostly. There is a nice malt backbone, quite bready but not too sweet. Bitter citrus peel hops with some herbal notes. The finish is bitter and mildly peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a regular amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Really nice beer. This one was from the end of July, so I think it would be even better fresher, but still very good. I'll definitely seek this out in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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