Lunch | Maine Beer Company

LunchLunch
BA SCORE
97.1%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 5,204 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:
5,204
Liked:
5,052
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
7.97%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
1,192
Gots:
1,428
Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,204 |  Reviews: 780
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GreenMind
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of xnicknj
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tulip - 1/24/12 freshness date

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with some darker tones. A thick, frothy head rests on top of the brew, retaining very well with nice legs. Spotty webs of lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Pretty inviting aroma with an enormous amount of citrus character. Grapefruit is right up front with some orange and pineapple notes. Hints of bread and caramel with very little warmth.

Bold and bitter up front with powerful juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit really sings on this one with juice and peel tones - pithy and pulpy accompanied by some orange tones. Touches of pineapple and more tropical tones add in some sweetness. Milder malt backbone adds in some biscuit and caramel touches. Not overly sweet at all, but the beer still manages to temper the hoppy citrus. Finishes bitter and very juicy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, explosive juiciness and sticky feel. In an avalanche of IPAs, this is one to remember - I'd definitely like more of this. I'm also a fan of the packaging, even though the pricing isn't the best.

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Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
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 bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks to SneezyAchew for a couple bottles of this.

A: Pours a dark amber orange with a billowing, dense, oily, light tan head that took forever to fade into very thick film that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass. Great head retention.
S: Huge notes of citrus hops with dominant scents of orange peel and a touch of grapefruit.
T: Follows the nose with big citrus flavors of caramel covered orange and tangerine with grapefruit juice and bitter grapefruit pith coming through in the finish. Bitterness is actually pretty bold for a straight IPA.
M: Fuller side of medium body with expertly hidden alcohol and a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly crisp and smooth.
O: Very good IPA, and although my review does not say it, there is just something I don’t absolutely love about it. It’s really good, but not my favorite. Thanks again Michael for sending me these!

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Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a golden amber with a fairly tight white head and a good bit of lacing on the glass. Nose has a hint of grain and some sweet malt with a fair bit of citrus hop and lots of resin. Taste follows the nose, sweeter malt and lots of resiny hop. Citrus is mild, moderate bitterness, strong hop flavor but not the kind I love and gets a touch sweet. It is heavily carbonated, moderately soft but a touch of syrup.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Had it out of the bottle in New York and was so happy that I decided to buy it. Great dry hop smell and flavor that has that cloudy ipa look that I love. I wish I could have this every day.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Dope
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Mattias
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 97.1% out of 100 with 5,204 ratings
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