Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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96
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5,130 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
Ratings:
5,130
Reviews:
762
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
1,195
Gots:
1,397
For Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,130 |  Reviews: 762
Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Despite a thickness in the burnt dark orange color, and so much that it's closer to opaque than translucent, this beer is actually quite bright. Some floaties make their way around here and there. The head is a pale orange-tinted one that's quite hefty at a fluffy and rocky two fingers tall. Retention is good, and it drops down quite a bit of sticky lacing all down the glass.
East coast represents in this beer, both in packing flavor without harshness or noticeable flaws, and in its bright and brilliant complexity as the depth is layered. Unique nuances seem to keep coming out with every sniff and every sip. Malts offer some toasted breads and a candy-like sweetness to balance, and in a way that really works with the tropical and citrus fruits the juicy hops provide. Those hops take center stage, the malts serving only to add complexity and balance. While juicy with orange pulp, orange zest, and dried apricot, there's also a grassy note to the bitterness. There's an addition to the overall character that's not quite earthy, almost like a fresh root or dry nut. More bitterness from pine resin lends itself to a thankfully lingering finish.
Carbonation is moderate and keeps this beer flowing smoothly while citric brightness keeps it from drying. It does get drier as the hops keep coming, but it's creamy up front before going clean and semi-dry in the middle. Crispness keeps up the whole way. It eases a little in the middle as far as the body, but never thins out.

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Top notch. Huge fluffy white head atop a golden amber pour. A little hazy, not perfectly clear. Amazing retention and great lacing.

S: Stunning aroma. Grapefruit and orange at the forefront with some pine and the bready malt not far behind. Maybe some apricot or peach in there too?

T: Taste backs up the smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, very strong (but not overpowering) bready malts. Pine is secondary but still there. Maybe even a little herbal/earthy flavor. Everything is well balanced and comes together smoothly, not muddled like some beers.

M: Super smooth and clean beer. Just right weight, not too heavy and not too light. Bitterness is decent but doesn't last too long.

O: Maine Brewing hit a home run with this one. Honestly I put this up there with Sculpin and Blind Pig. It might be even better when super fresh. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these (if you can, they disappear at an incredible rate).

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 13, 2013. Nine days old.

Slightly hazy orange colour, with a large, frothy white head. Good retention.

Excellent nose. Bright tropical and citrus fruits, pineapple and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

Flavour is similar to the nose. Pine is more prominent than in the aroma, though the tropical and citrus fruits are still strong, again pineapple and grapefruit stick out for me, perhaps with some orange as well. Moderately bitter, but there is a a bit of sweet caramel malt in there for balance.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, very tasty. The nose is the highlight for me, but it is very nice all around.

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Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA that I hope to be able to drink on a regular basis

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to ferillo for sending this one my way as a part of a very recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller Teku. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, spice, earth hop, floral, floral hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really happy to get the chance to finally try this one and for good reason. Upon pouring it into the glass I put my nose right up to it. I was surprised at how nice this brew smelled on first inspection. Really well balanced and all the right notes in all the right places going on here. The flavor was pretty nice too, but just wasn’t as balanced as the aroma unfortunately. The earthy note felt a little invasive to me, but it didn’t hurt the brew at all. Definitely worth your time to try or seek out if you have never had it and call yourself a hop-head.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cjgiant
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,130 ratings.
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