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

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5,096
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Mo. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Lots of citrus.

T: Top notch. Lots of mixed citrus and a bit of pine. Mild and great.

M: Really transports the flavor to your palate with a good carbonation.

O: A great IPA for a go to.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 07.02.13. poured into a snifter.

A: lots of haze. sort of a deep orange hue. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: smells super tropical. a pungent hop aroma. hop resins, maybe a little bit of ganja. mango.

T: a shit-load of bitterness. a little bit of astringency in the finish. basically hop flavor is there, but bitterness is so strong that it masks a bit too much for me.

M: mellow, but has a presence. medium on the border of full-bodied.

D: interesting....seems that my opinions have sort of flip-flopped here. I am loving this nose, tons of hop character, super American, super tropical, very inviting. however, the bitterness on the body is distracting. a good beer, but I think a bit over-hyped.

bottled 11.18.12. poured into a snifter.

A: pretty hazy brew, but I it bounced around a bit on the ride home. very thick tightly bubbled head. retention is great. slightly off-white. tons of thick lacing. (4.25)

S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. lots of pine. the citrus is definitely a bit muted. a little oxidized. (3.75)

T: very piney. very floral, a little bit of rose water. grapefruit is there, but definitely more on the earthy pine side of the flavor wheel. a sizeable amount of grain sweetens things out a bit. slight oxidation follows onto the palate. (4)

M: mouthfeel is great. a vibrant carb on a medium/full body. (4.75)

D: even with the bottle conditioning, they aren't fucking around with the consume within 90 days from the stamped on date. there is a slight oxidation that takes it down a peg for me. bummer. however, ill keep my eyes peeled for a fresher bottle and try again for sure. (3.75)

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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 scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/2/13

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English Tulip glass.

a: A nearly clear amber which sprouts an enormous white head requiring additional pours to fill the glass without losing some foam over the top.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Prominent piney hops. It's all about hop bitterness without becoming annoying. Finish is clean except at the very back of the throat.

m: Light. Smooth for an IPA with this much hop bite.

o: A versatile IPA, tasty, bitter without being unpleasant. Versatile in that you get the feeling that because of the light mouthfeel under the powerful hops, you could session it or sip it. But if you session it, at $7 a pint you had better have a hefty wallet. And at 7% ABV, by the second or third one you'd probably be pretty slammed LOL.

For me, at this point I'd stick to Double Jack, Union Jack or Resin for half the price, or Torpedo for even less. But no question this is a superior IPA.

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Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 3/26/13 (I try to keep my IPAs within 2 months of bottling but sometimes you have to make exceptions. The label says drink within 90 days, so still well within the best before date).

Thanks to BMart for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a very hazy apricot orange, with >3 fingers width of fairly dense sea foam white colored head. Head lingers for a good while and leaves lots of thick, segmental lacing.

S: An explosion of tropical fruits and citrus. Mango, papaya, and tangerine. Lemon zest and orange rind. Some more subtle resinous piney notes are there as well to round out the hop profile. And some sweet malts to tie it all together. Wonderful.

T: Follows the nose with a nice combination of tropical fruits, citrus, and piney bitterness. Bitterness is more prominent than was on the nose. Again I get mango, orange, citrus rind. I also get herbaceous, floral hop notes. Piney bitterness is strong, but the malt backbone is near perfect to balance it out. Fantastic.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier end of the spectrum (a bit much for my personal preference), drying on the finish, drinkability is great.

O: Overall, fantastic from top to bottom. One of the best IPA's Ive ever had. Thanks again Brian for sending this one my way!

Also, Im pseud-obsessed with the bottle. What a simplistically cool label.

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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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Photo of nrs207
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy dark orange. Pours with a really fluffy 1-2 finger head. Leaves a good amount of lacing and the head won't dissipate fully. It really sticks around, which I always love in a beer.

S - Big citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of sweetness from the malt. It does smell quite nice for an IPA. Typically I prefer to be blasted by a huge DIPA's nose, but this is still really fruity and delicious smelling.

T - A pretty bold flavor for a single IPA. It's got a nice malt backbone, but the hops are definitely at the forefront. It's not quite as good as the smell unfortunately. Still a really solid entry to the IPA category.

M - Carbonated well. Refreshing and very easy drinking. I could session this if it wasn't for the abv.

O - I really enjoy this. I won't be buying it again due to the price. 500ml was $6.55. No thanks, but I really wanted to try it once. Disregarding the price, I definitely recommend this. Might as well try it once, I definitely don't regret my purchase.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from HopSynonymous - Bottled 5/20/14 - Poured into a Stone IPA glass

A - Pours a light, transparent, golden color leaving a 2-3 inch fluffy head. Once it recedes, it leaves a little bit of the lacing on the sides of the glass and about a 1/4" head across the top. Very good looking!

S - Immediate rush of citrus and hops! Taking my time and concentrating on the nose, I get tangerines, peaches, mangos, and a touch of pineapple juice. The hop play key part, but take the back seat to the citrus. There is a faint hint of caramel from the malt. Delicate to sum it up.

T - A bright hop presence with a resin and pinelike background. Grapefruit rind and lemon zest/ lemongrass are the dominant features of the taste. Once it warms, the caramel malt taste makes it entrance.

M - Slightly dry with a medium body and a comfortable amount of carbonation. Not overly bitter.

O - There is a reason the people seek this beer out. While I like "Another One" a little better, I would drink this everyday if able to buy it regularly. Just a beautiful example of what an American IPA is and has become.

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

072111 bottling

Thanks norm

Pours a murky hazy yellowed orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells hoppy and piny. Tastes bitter and piny. There is a very weird aftertaste... Something is off with this beer... Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel. Overall... Whats wrong with this beer?

091511 bottling

Review edited
Much better!

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Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 6/4/2013, enjoyed on 6/29, poured into an MBC Wine Glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of honey and orange with a finger or so white, soapy head that has good retention and leaves behind some nice spotted lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, tangy citrus with some floral character straight away, spicy, earthy hops with some resinous pine are also detectable and are balanced by some sweeter, caramel malt. Lots of spicy hop on the tongue, bitter pine with some tangy citrus and light wildflower before a nice counterbalance of sweet malt. The body is nice, fairly juicy, coats the mouth well with a creamy touch at the finish. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is nice and dry.

Verdict: A really nice IPA from Maine Beer Co. Hops are definitely on the forefront, but balanced nicely. While not overly complex, the balance and temperance is what really shines. I could definitely drink this quite regularly.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy copper with a huge frothy white 3" head. Lacing re,aims all over the glass.

S- really mild aroma. Some citrus and light pine.

T- Semi-sweet malts and citrus. Bitterness is really subdued.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O- pretty underwhelmed. Aromas and flavors rather muted but the drinkability is great.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle to Pint glass
*Notes from 08/29/11

A: Maine Lunch IPA pours a real dull and murky pale straw color with a ginormous khaki foam head. Amazing retention. Some light amber hues come through as the brew settles. Just gobs & gobs of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit and dank pine. Some sweet pale malts. Just real intense citrus juice like aromas and a slight fruity ale yeast note.

T: Resinous with hops – sweet orange zest, bitter melon, and pinesap. Prickly across the palate. A bit of a caramel sugar cookie malt base. Alcohol barely making an appearance but it does. Dry crisp finish. Nice fresh ingredients. A real nice and fruity IPA that tastes very familiar with that grapefruit and pine resin hop dose.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery for me but still has a sticky sleek and slightly creamy texture from the gooey malts.

D: Lunch is a very good IPA. Very drinkable for any hop lover in deed. I just happen to live where there are many great IPA’s so this a is sort of a “down the street” type of brew for me. Def glad to have had the opportunity to try this one and would again – big thanks to Charliedvrs!

It finally dawned on me about three quarters into my pint that this brew reminds me almost exactly of Port’s Wipeout. In fact you could probably cut n paste my review from Wipeout here. Even has that same homemade IPA type feel with the murky sediment and fresh hop flavors. * Have to conduct a side by side sometime.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/28/13, first time trying this bad boy and I'm glad it is extremely fresh.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange into my Newport Storm tulip. Two finger white head disappeared relatively quickly. Solid lacing on the glass, still slightly hazy, but a beautiful IPA.

Smell: First thing I sense is piney and floral notes, maybe some simcoe hops in there? Very appealing scent but not as much fruit as I'd expect from an IPA. Maybe a little citrus in there but nothing overpowering.

Taste: Can certainly taste the west coast hops right at the forefront with a dose of citrus fruit as well. Somewhat bitter, but in a way that I like in an IPA. Certainly a West Coast IPA brewed on the East Coast. I'd like to try a Sierra Torpedo right now to compare as I sense similarities. After several sips I noticed the aftertaste, which offers a hint of caramel sweetness. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the flavors actually grow and get better as the beer warms, unlike some IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable, but definitely not the most refreshing IPA you will have. The bitterness keeps you coming back for more and it is decently carbonated.

Overall: This is obviously a great IPA from Maine Beer Co that I just had to try. This is a wonderful West Coast IPA that if not for the high price I would drink a lot of. Need to get my hands on some Pliny to truly compare.

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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 AltBock
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a plain Jane egg shell white label. Everything on the label is in small print. Break out the magnifying glass. The back of the label only contains the mandatory US info and a description about the brewery. Off to the left side of the bottle is an inked bottled date. My bottle was bottled on 03/26/13. MBC would like it if you drink their beer within 90 days of the bottles date. My bottle was close to being 2 months old when I cracked it open. Still good!

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this lunch was an easy on the eyes hazy golden apricot orange with a faint streak of lemon yellow toward the bottom of the glass. The head of foam was equally impressive as the sweet ass color. On top was of this golden brew was a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch cotton white head if foam. This head of foam didn't have to be somewhere else so a small skim of foam and a moderate sized string of rings stuck around until the last drop of beer was gone. Beautiful appearance!

The first whiff of beer was a subtle mix of tart citrus fruits and pine. It was pretty good, but I thought it could have done better. When I swirled the beer around a tad, that awoke the beast from its slumber. Out comes the strong aroma of tart citrus fruits. Leading the citrus pack was the grapefruit. Following the grapefruit was the lemon, apricot, pineapple, and oranges. When the citrus fruits settled down, it then let the pine to come in and play. This beer still wasn't done. After the pine, the beer then finished up with a subtle whiff of caramel, a pinch of grass, and a few floral notes. My eyes and nose couldn't get enough of this beer.

My first two senses couldn't get enough of this beer. Let's see if my tastebuds couldn't get their fill of this beer. I could tell this beer didn't want to mess around. Right off the bat was the bitter citrus hops. These hops lingered on for a few seconds before it let in the tart citrus fruits. There was more of a fruit variety in the aroma. The taste still had its fair share of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Following the fruits was a layer of pine. Once I got passed all of the citrus elements and pine, I found a tiny taste of toasted caramel malt. I would have though the citrus hops & fruits would have completely covered that up. After that the beer finished up with some floral notes. A very good taste, but my nose and eyes enjoyed this beer more than my tastebuds.

This was a medium bodied West Coast Style IPA that wasn't lacking in either carbonation or aftertaste. The aftertaste was full flavored and bitter with citrus hops, a select citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Like the head of foam, the aftertaste had nowhere to be so it stuck around. It will take about two glasses of water to rid your mouth of this nice bitter aftertaste.

Wow! What a beer. I've had 2 MBC beers so far and every one of them has been really good. They must be doing something right up there in Maine. Would I drink this again? I certainly would like another one! I would like to thank my good BA friend RCM505 for hooking me up with this winner.

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

HA! found this one at a gas station with a pretty good beer and wine section off of exit 5 on the 91 in vermont. last bottle :)

the pop and the pour makes a grown man cry. powerful pop without any aggravated head coming up. pour is like a german bombshell in carbonation. amber clear with bubbles coming up consecutively 10 minutes after popped. head is about 3 fingers in a pint glass but i poured it too aggressively. and definitely sticky... nose if tropical but not forward. passionfruit, dragonfruit, and mango. palate is a bit of all thoughs but justifiably grounded in a note of floral and earthy. notes of pear and lychee as well. malt is a bit orange meringue. very subtle peppery ender. first IPA i've had with a yeast flocculation in the bottle. but that doesn't not effect that taste as all if just makes a bit more bready and earthy. a well made hop recipe with what i would believe to be an english german yeast in origin... but a man can dream. california look out.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle, compliments of Mike (mcbeerbrew), poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: A half finger foamy cap sits atop a dark amber/orange hazy beer. I've never seen an IPA this color, to be honest.

S: Hello citrus and hello hops! Nice slightly-piney hops upfront, with a delicious orange/tropical pineapple scent underneath. This is really bright and wonderful smelling!

T: Fresh hops upfront, with strong notes of orange and an undercurrent of lemon rind. Mild malts provide a solid base for a lightly bitter finish that is also slightly grassy. I'm not a fan of the grassiness on the backend, but upfront this is a fantastic tasting beer.

M: Light to medium-bodied, with moderate amounts of carbonation. Supremely drinkable.

O: This is a great IPA, and fairly unique at that. It's one that I'd like to try again!

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Photo of TWStandley
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip...

Poured a hazy dark orange/brown color with a thick off white head.

Smelled immediately of citrusy hops. Slight piney scent as you inhale deeper. Almost some honey smells mixed in. Very very fresh smelling. One of the more potent smelling IPAs I have had.

Taste is awesome. Such a refreshing flavor. At first it is citrusy and sweet. Orange/grapefruit/lemon tastes. It finishes bitter. For a 7% ABV, you cannot detect alcohol at all. Scary drinkable.

Mouthfeel was a bit light to me, almost watery. Would have liked a thicker mouthfeel, but the thinner mouthfeel almost makes it that more refreshing.

Overall - WOW. Awesome IPA. Only knocked it down for the appearance and the mouthfeel - which are only afterthoughts when you smell and taste this one. Well done, welll done.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Walrus + Carpenter in early 2015 and then out of the bottle multiple times after that. Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy gold with a thick head. Super hoppy aroma is totally inviting. Wonderful melange of hops on the tongue. Citrus, juice, pine, herbs, lavender, touch of lemon. Biscuity and sweet malts never overwhelm but the body might be a hair too much. Easy to drink.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a huge white bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of flowery, fruity and piny hops. Mango and passion fruit, mainly. Pale malts

T: Intense hops bitterness. Very fruity, piny and citruses. In overall, a dry taste with strong notes of flowery hops. Despite the strong bitterness, its s very smooth beer. Very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium and smooth body. Good carbonation. Great hoppy and flowery aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. An American classic

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft. Was expecting wayyy more. Was really just above average, have had plenty of plus plus ipa's over the last couple of months, and Lunch was just not one of them.

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Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Sent to me by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a murky, dirty-looking orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head. Cruddy color, but amazing retention and lacing.

S: Damn! Fresh, ripe tropical fruit and citrus. Papaya, mango, orange, green apple, vanilla, bright pale malt, a bit of spicy alcohol. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever sniffed.

T: Extremely balanced. Smooth citric hop with some tropical sweetness behind. Squeezed orange, apricot jam, a bit of mango, grass. Big herbal, leafy taste as well. Fresh grain and pale malt, a bit cakey in the finish with some spice to it. Moderate pithy bitterness builds throughout but never overpowers the other hop elements and the malt. Peppery alcohol apparent but in balance.

M: Frothy and medium-bodied.

O: This was a delicious experience. MBC is very good at keeping the flavor profile restrained and balanced.

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Photo of Gatch
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #400 and finally got my hands on some Lunch! Bottled 08/10/12 (or 08/18/12...I can't tell. Either way, it's not as fresh as I'd hoped, judging by fresher dates on beers such as MO...but hey, can't complain!)

A: Hazy golden-orange-yellow because some of the sediment made it into the glass. Perfect IPA head that's incredibly bubbly, soapy, foamy, frothy, and bright white. Fades into good lace and retention.

S: Massive, juicy, piney, earthy, spicy, fruity hops. Like you have a handful of hops in front of your nose. Everything I expected. Although there's a bit of malt and booze at the very back which is a good surprise.

T: Everything in the nose plus more. Dry but refreshing. Again, everything I hoped for and expected from this beer. Beers like this really make you appreciate the nugget of goodness that is the hop. This is where the hop shines. A hop-heavy but balanced American IPA. Can't beat it.

M: Subtle crispness, clean, perfectly carbonated, perfect hop presence, flavors are on-point for a hop-forward yet balanced American IPA. At this point, the beer is practically at room temperature and the flavors are huge and the taste is still delicious. At room temperature, the carbonation disappears and only fruity, hoppy flavors come through and it almost tastes like hop juice with body. Literally. Not in a gross way, either.

O: Worth the hype? Yes. Worth the money? Absolutely yes! (only $7 or $8) Worth the stress/patience/limited availability? Probably not. It's obviously not Maine Beer's fault. They make as much as they can. And it's great for their business and beer that they sell every drop they make. But once they increase production, it'll really makes things special because I waited for this for a long time. And while it met and maybe even surpassed my expectations, the allocations are crazy. Each store getting only a case and those cases either never seeing the floor or selling out the day the bottles hit the shelves. All of their other beers are spectacular so I don't see why those don't sell out immediately, either. Especially MO and Zoe. Anyway...why did I just rant in a beer review? Drink this immediately if you find it!

Thanks BeerAdvocate for all the hard work, the great, new site, and keeping me around for 400 reviews. It's been fun. I'm sure there are several hundred more reviews to come.

Update 9/21: drank another bottle dated 9/9...incredible, even fresher, could chug it (but why would you do that?), the bottle went down so quickly; the reviews and ratings are justified.

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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 rodlavers
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

54 day old bottle, poured into my Founders snifter.

Bright/hazy light peach/orange color. Poured lightly so not much of a head, but initially there is a about finger of crispy white fluff. Not much lacing at all. Color is just awesome though, and I don't necessarily believe it's a letdown without a huge head.

Hop citrus aromas seem a bit subdued. Nonetheless, there's grapefruit/orange and light lemon zest, with a bit of pine in there as well. As the beers warms up a bit, a slight floral situation reveals itself.

Citrus zest is most noticeable in the flavor. Less malty than other IPAs I am used to. But really this beer is all about the hop-forward citrus -- grapfruit, orange, some lemon, and maybe a bit of pine in there as well. Flowery session character to it as well.

Feels smooth up front, and crisp on the end. Dry but refreshing overall. But probably a bit too carbonated for me to session.

This is a solid IPA. Not my favorite, but very nice. Flavors and aromas open up as it warms. The one thing it lacks that I think is present in most IPAs and APAs I enjoy is sweetness. Would love to grab this fresher. Cheers.

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