Lunch | Maine Beer Company

LunchLunch
BA SCORE
97.1%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 5,200 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:
#262
Reviews:
780
Ratings:
5,200
Liked:
5,049
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
7.97%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
1,193
Gots:
1,424
Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,200 |  Reviews: 780
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good IPA, but the taste never lived up to the nose

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.

T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.

M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.

O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Jason_cs
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of BAsbill
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch, bottle bought for $5.99 at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Bottled October 25 and consumed in November 02.

Appearance: Lunch flows free and assertive like 2Pac’s flow, but with much more happiness. What a beautiful carbonation this beer has! And a perfect head too… one finger, foamy and lily-white, lasts and lasts.

Smell: Super fresh and aromatic, with honey, fresh flowers, just-squeezed orange juice and the works. A tad of melted caramel and butterscotch budino at the end, which adds a nice sweetness to the whole thing.

Taste: More of the same, with a hoppy kick not present in the nose and a dry finish. Spicy and lip-smacking at the end. Micro Marigold, edible flower taste. Watermelon and some mild grapefruit. Well-balanced, never overpowering or crazy. Elegant, a pleasure all around.

Mouthfeel: The weakest link of this otherwise amazing brew. Too thin, almost watery. Needs more body, carbonation and all around a kick in the ass in this department! Nice peppery finish, though. Incredibly fresh.

Overall: One of the freshest, most aromatic IPA’s out there. Truly unique and artisanal. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead, only a notch behind. A true class act, and incredibly drinkable to boot.

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this numerous times (although not as much as I'd like). This is a nice citrus-based IPA from a very good brewer (as the other reviews show).

The beer pours with a hazy deep golden color, with good amount of head that clings to the side. The smell foreshadows the taste with a little smack of grapefruit, with some orange and an earthy feel. The taste starts with a crisp, woody "sweet" citrus taste - orange, sweet ruby grapefruit. The taste slowly transitions towards a grassy taste that turns slightly tart (lemon).

This beer hits my tastes almost perfectly: not overpoweringly bitter to begin, with some body, and transitions into a dry, bitter end. The end feel could pack a little more punch, but it's also nice not to be dried out by a sip.

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Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on IPA day.

Appearance: a murky copper orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: grass, grapefruit, malts,

taste: grapefruit on the front end with a grassy finish and nice malt backbone.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice IPA. So glad I could enjoy this on the inaugural IPA Day.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Lucoli
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

500 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7% ABV, 012412 on label (produced I'm guessing). "Bottle conditioned. Contains live yeast. Sediment is all natural. Serve in a glass with or without a complete pour. Enjoy this beer fresh. Hoppy beers do not age well."

I've had the pleasure of sampling this before so thank you Rochefort10NH for shooting another tasty bottle of it over my way!

A - Bits of chunky sediment drift through the dirty apricot orange beer to the bottom. Maybe this beer will BE lunch... It's pillowy cream head coats the glass in sheets of dense lace as it plateaus down slowly. Side note, the simple design on the label is fantastic.

S - Hop-tastic, Lunch bursts fourth with a plethora of fresh hop aromatics of American goodness! Freshly squeezed grapefruit coats the sticky pine resin aroma. Solid malt really balances well with it's honey-drizzled flaky biscuit and sweet pils malt nose.

T - As the aroma would suggest, Lunch is a citrus-forward American IPA that's full of grapefruity goodness. Delicate earthy grass and dry leaf follow cautiously as pine finishes the complex hop profile out. Dry, toasted biscuity malt balanced with a touch of caramelized sugar but this beer leaves the sweetness to the aroma.

M - Medium-bodied, Lunch isn't a filling meal but it remains completely satisfying through the balanced hop profile. Dry-finishing, plenty of hop resin and bitterness linger on the tongue long after it's been swallowed.

O - Superbly crafted, Lunch is an excellent American IPA from Maine Beer Co. with a powerful hop profile that remains delicately balanced. And what's more, Maine Beer Co. recycles and gives back; a delicious IPA one can truly feel good standing behind!

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Photo of dertyd
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Beer rating: 97.1% out of 100 with 5,200 ratings
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