Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
4,938
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of HopBomb515
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great looking beer! Beautiful orange with amber to ruby hues, big towering and thick just off white head that stays atop the beer till nearly the end and deposits big sticky and chunky lacing. Aromas burst from the glass alive with grapefruit citrus like notes and slightly sweet tropical aromas. Initially your met with sweet malt flavor with a wave of hop flavor bringing big citrus and tropical favors. Malt sweetness hangs in just to right before the finish which brings on some teeth clenching bitterness and that amazingly bright hop flavor. Mouthfeel starts amazingly lively with the carbonation with a medium body. It bursts into a creamy feel then finishes completely dry and compliments that great hop flavor and bitterness bringing an amazing drink ability. This is a world class IPA that has it all figured out.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy orange coming from my bottle, probably settled yeast, left a slight finger of white head at the top that lives a very tiny lacing around the glass.

S: Great nose, very citrusy nose on this one, hints of grape fruit throughout, and a nice note of booze, perfect nose.

T: Great bitteness up front, for an IPA, it was perfect tasting, everything with the nose but a good amount of hops.

M: Sticky, very little carbonation, heavy to medium bodied, as it warms it becomes less biter.

O: I Have said it once before and I will say it again Maine Beer Co. is a legit contender in the breweing world, this beer was awesome for a regular IPA, it was up there with the best of them, great tasting and beatiful nose!

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

Bottled on 6/25/12:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown colored body giving a half finger white head that lasted for at least a minute. Some slight bubbles were seen speckling the sides of my pint glass. There was barely any lacing.

S: based around the pine and citrus with the hops pushing forward for a great combination. I smelled the alcohol once the beer warmed.

T: piney with a bitter hoppy edge and some citrus coming out in second place.

M: medium, balanced between wet and dry, sessionable

O: this was a mostly impressive beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/31/13
Drank 8/2/13
So yes, I had the honor of drinking this very fresh

Lunchstarted off very hoppy, mostly piney with some subtle citrusy hop flavor. The finish is dry and the bitterness fades quickly but the taste does not - wonderfully lingering. The malts are there just enough to keep this beer perfectly balanced.

This has to be my favorite IPA after Lagunitas Sucks (which is very different as an IPA I know) I highly recommend this beer it was a real pleasure

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Photo of Dwkasper
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle on 01/15/2015 that was bottled on 12/30/2014. Super fresh for my first lunch!

A: hazy, golden, semi-opaque IPA

S: a mix of pineapples, grapefruit and pine

T: big piney bitterness up front, lots of dank and then all of a sudden transitions to a the smoothest IPA finish I've had

O: I've waited a long time for this and was not disappointed. I loved another one but this is even better. Perfect taste for me. Has all of my favorite notes: pine, dank, tropical fruit plus a smooth finish

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Photo of sitarist
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another blind review via the blind bif, thanks to Brez07.

Pours a beautiful sunset color. Thick off white head that lasts awhile, webs of lacing. This is one nice smelling IPA! Tropical fruits, and citrus. Imagine a hop marmalade if you will. The flavors follow the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and pepper. Light to medium body, it is just a little thin for my liking. Its a bit warm. An easy drinking, straightforward IPA. It goes down fast an easy!

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly bright medium amber color with a good head that lingers as a light cover and leaves medium lacing on the glass.

Light aroma of citrusy hops well integrated with a caramel maltiness. Apparently it is named for a whale (the mammal, not the beer kind), but it tastes like a good lunch to me. Juicy mouthfeel with a medium body. Sweetness is well balanced with a pleasant hop bitterness that is just assertive enough to dry out the palate and invite another taste.

Perhaps not distinctive or over the top in any particular way. Just a well-made beer, delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a big white head the retains very well. Smell is of pine and grapefruit. Taste has a combo of tropical fruit and pine and some malty sweetness coming through about midway. Nice mouthfeel, about medium carbonation and body. This was a pretty tasty beer.

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

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Deep golden, slightly hazy, with a titanic creamy white head.

S - Juicy tropical fruit, mango, peach and piney hops. Hints of sweet caramel and lemon citrus.

T - Lots of juicy, fresh hop flavors. Mango, pine, orange peel, and lemon. A light bready malt backbone lends a little sweetness. An earthy hop bitterness builds up and really kicks in during the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. High carbonation, crisp, and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is an excellent IPA - very hoppy with superb drinkability. This bottle was only a few weeks old and was extremely fresh in both smell and taste. It definitely rivals most of the highly rated west coast IPA's out there.

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

1pt .9 fl oz bottle courtesy of valdieu2. bottled on 8/10/12 and poured into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, light amber color that becomes a golden shade around the edges. gave me a massive, 3 finger, dense, rocky head upon pouring that eventually calmed back to a finger of thick, off white foam. a really fantastic looking beer.

s - fresh grapefruit and orange citrus, grassy, faint toffee.

t - big fresh citrus notes over a lightly sweet, bready malt base. notes of grapefruit, orange, flowers, and maybe just a hint of pineapple. hop bitterness is piney in nature, but doesn't dominate the palate or hang on the tongue like many others. finishes crisp and dry.

m - lighter side of medium in body with the right amount of carbonation. a fine co2 profile lends a creamy smoothness to this brew.

o - this is a damn fine beer and one that falls in the supremely drinkable category. goes down easy and it's so good that i have to make myself slow down and enjoy each sip. worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerhan
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of mtardiff

A-Bottle poured into my cbs snifter. Reddish brown with a huge white head. The bubbles remain and it looks sticky.

S-Lots of mild flowers, a little bit like burned leaves, syrup and damp wood.

T-I am getting a lot of rose for some reason. There is a bitter after taste but its overall just mellow. I can't quite identify the hops but its not like anything I have had before.

M-So smooth and sticky in the mouth with a nice little bitterness.

O-This is an awesome beer. Expensive though but worth it once in a while. For what it is there are better options I guess but I love Maine Beer, this is my second having from them and I think they are just spectacular.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a Bellhaven pint.

Appearance- Hazy orange with a large fluffy head. Great lacing.

Smell- Hops. Bitter piney hops. Clemintine and tangerine hoppyness. Thats a bout it.

Taste- Sweet fruity hops fade to bitter earthy hops really quickly. Not a malt in sight. Bitter aftertaste. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Quite carbonated. Crisp and bubbly. Not resinous at all.

Overall- It's good, but I can find better IPAs at better prices year round.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded willi becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold orange with some amber accents topped by a two and a half finger slightly off white fluffy, creamy white head. Fantastic retention with thick lacing that coat the glass all the way down. Mandarin orange, herbal notes including green tea and fresh cut grass, citrus blossom notes, some breadiness and grain. Starts with citrus and fruit notes, mandarin orange, kumquats, nectarines, fresh green tea, light floral notes. Some breadiness and grains midpalate and semisweet malt. Finishes semi dry with mildly bitter citrus rind and just a very light touch of caramel. Smooth, slick, silky mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. Wonderful! Lunch lives up to the acclaim for sure. A superb American IPA.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Like - Pours a nice looking golden color. Slight haze.
Smell - Phenomenal aroma on this beer. Citrus, tropical fruits, grapefruit, some dankness
Taste - Grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, citrus, some pineapple

Overall - MBC is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out right now. If this becomes more accessible....it will be my go to IPA without a doubt.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date stamped 102511. I assume that means this beer is just over two months old. Served in my Smutty Big Beer tulip.

Appearance is nearly perfect. Billowy white head on a clear orange-red body. This looks like the kind of IPA I wish I could brew.

Nose is sharp citrus hops, really nice at first. However second sniffs expose a soapy quality that is a bit off-putting.

Flavor is crisp, clean, light malt with a delicious hop profile that is truly satisfying. Much more citrus than pine, overall IBUs are certainly up there, but the perceived bitterness is rather restrained. Mango, lemon, really interesting things going on here in the hop flavors I'm getting. A really nice, clean-tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel is zippy and effervescent, as if Alka-Selzer made an IPA. And I mean that in a good way, really!

Overall this is a very nice beer. I wish I didn't get that sopay smell, or I would rate it higher. I have another one in the beer fridge, and I will re-visit this review if redemption is due.

Mean Old Tom is next, looking forward to i!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 05/10/16

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden amber orange with a dense creamy off-white head that doesn't go away. Smells like nectarine, peach, caramelized apricot, spicy mango, papaya, sweet guava, mild passionfruit and pineapple, orange, grapefruit, slight caramel, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like caramelized fresh apricots, peach, mango, nectarine, papaya, sweet guava, some orange, biscuity cracker, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype for me. Overall a really great IPA.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic west coast style IPA. Has a very similar, to my taste, hop profile to Pliny the Elder.

Cirtusy, floral, bitter. Slow finish but clean on the palate. Decent malt balances this so it isn't just a total hop bomb - it is one of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It pours an impenetrable copper with a thick creamy head.

S - The nose is all rustic earth and doughy malt. Not really much citrus apparent in the bouquet.

T - First sip is bitter pine balanced off with an unsweet malt. There really is none of the fruitiness, but rather a floral forest taste that pairs against staid biscuit.

M - Heavy, like seawater rather than cream.

O - This is a no-nonsense IPA that is utterly invigorating. Nothing cloying; it probably just usurped the top spot for my favorite IPA (sorry, Two-Hearted).

Full Review at http://thecuriograph.com/blog/2013/6/24/imbibliography-review-pliny-the-elder-and-lunch

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale golden yellow. 3 fingers Pillowy pearly white foam with lots of thick lacing sticking to the glass.

S - completely hop dominated. Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and floral notes. Fleshy orange pulp and sugar sprinkled grapefruit rind. Hints of pineapple and white pepper, maybe a touch of vanilla cake batter.

T - lightly doughy and cake like malt profile. Green leafy floral notes come in quickly followed by sweet and bitter citric notes. Flavors of bitter orange peel and sweet pineapple coat the pallet. Finish is lingers for quite some time.

M - light bodied closing in on medium. High carbonation.

O - great take on an IPA. This would be perfect for summertime

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber color. Two fingers of off white with amazing retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass as you sip.

S- nice foundation of dry biscuity malt aromas hit the nose at first. hop aromas blend in with floral, grassy and grapefruit peel notes. There isn't a huge nose on this beer but it is quite nice and well constructed.

T- starts off with pine and grapefruit peel hop flavors with some spicy, woody and floral notes. Great hop bitterness hits mid palate with a bit of a dusty yeasty character. Finishes dry with some cracker like malt and a lingering leafy hop flavor.

MF- prickly juicy mouthfeel with a light medium body. Great soft carbonation that creates a wonderful smoothness.

D- one of my favorite aspects of this beer is the superb drinkability.

Overall a very good IPA.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 2/1/14, bottled on 1/28/14.
Poured from a 17 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice lightly cloudy medium amber with minimal head.
Smelled nice, good hop aroma with some mild breadiness, overall nice aromas but not as strong as I'd like.
Taste was very much in line with aromas. A balanced and tasty IPA. While I very much enjoyed the taste profile, I was disappointed that it just wasn't as tasty as I was hoping for. Meaning, the taste was light and mild.
Mouthfeel was nice, very nice finish.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer but was expecting a bit more based on the reviews I had previously read. If the taste was stronger, I would have rated it much higher.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at tørst. A light gold with a white head. Aroma is a striking competition between citrus and pine. Taste is Sweet upfront which flows into a bitter finish. The aftertaste is my favorite...just a slight spicy kick that makes this beer one of the best IPAs I've tasted.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

IPA's do not get much better. It's hoppy, but at the description indicates, the hint of malt sweetness bring a superb balance to the beer. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this beer around at a few of the local stores (I'm in Maine) but I always passed it over because of the rather plain and unassuming label. Then I read an article that compared lunch to the big names of Imperial IPAs- Heady Topper and Pliny the (Younger/Older I can't remember which) and lunch compared favorably. I also was told it's nearly impossible to find a bottle as they fly off the shelves. So, I made it my mission to find one. I found not only one, but about 20! So I'm going to keep this store as my little secret stash of IIPA. Anyhow on to the review:


Appearance- a light coppery color, pretty standard for an IPA. Had a nice two finger head with good retention, and left light lacing.

Smell- the smell upon cracking open the bottle was extraordinary- pine and grapefruit dominated with some more tropical fruits as well. One of the best smelling IIPAs I've had.

Taste- a slightly subdued version of the smell; the pine and grapefruit still dominate but are kept in check by a good strong maltiness. This isn't your typical IIPA that is hopped to high heavens, but not balanced. This has a well rounded taste that hits your pallet with a bit of everything- hoppy bitterness, subtle maltiness, and a sweetness that helps balance the bitterness, but isn't overdone.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fresh

Overall- if there were one word to describe this beer it would be "balanced", as this IIPA truly is. I love a good hoppy IIPA, but it's nice to finally have one that's not one sided. One of my new favorite beers, I definitely look forward to having another!

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - gorgeous hazy body somewhere between orange and yellow (little closer to orange). huge foamy fluffy head that sticks exceptionally well and laces perfectly.

S - lemon and orange. graepfruit. pine and grassy hops in there as well. maybe a super light hint of vanilla in there as well. this thing is superb.

T - again lemon orange grapefruit grass and pine. it all comes together so well. the pine notes hit the hardest followed by the grapefruit and the rest but everything is quite noticeable mingles really well. this is definitely one of the best IPAs i've had to date.

M - its got a great light body on it and has lower levels of carbonation than i expected but i think its working in its favor it just goes down so smooth. great puckering taste thats clearly evident but not overpowering.

O - wow this is one amazing beer. maine beer company has done it again and i can't say that i'm at all surprised at this point. definitely pick this up if you can.

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