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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
761
Ratings:
5,115
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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1,191
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1,390
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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big bubbly head stands on top of an extremely carbonated copper/orange body. These bubbles will not settle down. About two fingers of head. Nose is sweet bread and tropical fruits but with some pine as well. Light and balanced but the aromas still stand out. The flavor is completely different than I expected from the nose. Malts are sweet and roasted fruity like an imperial but on the light side. Hops are a mix of pineapple and spicy herbal. It finishes fruity and dry. The dryness is a mix of piney fruit and malt tartness. Creamy and fruity body with a bitter but thirst quenching finish. A large amount of head stuck around until I was finished.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago on 5/18/11

Hazy dark orange body with a massive fluffy, sticky, white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Wonderfully hoppy aromas, heavy on the grapefruit and lemon citrus notes and some piney resins to round this out. Little room is left for anything else to come through.

I'm finding the taste to have a lot of similarities to Peeper Ale but with less malt backbone and more bitterness. Similar citrus fruits provide a strong hop flavor but with the addition of some pine and grass notes that kick up the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy medium body feel that seems a bit heavier than many other IPAs. Overall, Lunch is another top notch offering from Maine Beer Co. These guys really know how to use hops.

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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 MCain04
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of BostonRyan, much appreciated. Bottled 3/26/13, drank about 3 weeks fresh. Poured into a HF glass.

A: Opaque orange amber color with a nice 2+ finger head of great retention and lacing.

S: Great citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, a little pine, very nice.

T: A lot of bitterness. Like the bottle says, definitely a bite to this beer. The hop flavors from the nose are present but subdued. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O: Definitely enjoyed, probably wouldn't go too far out of the way for it, but it is a solid IPA from a solid brewery.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FINALLY got to a restaurant that has it! Found it a bunch of times but was never able to get to it for one reason or another. Worth the wait! Very delicious! Will continue to seek out!

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

It's kind of like Christmas when Maine Beer Co puts out a new beer - you don't quite know what's coming, but you know it will be good.

A modest pour yields an immense head - thick, rocky, and white, leaving loads of snowflakey lacing down the sides and lasting til the final sip. Pretty gorgeous. I'm getting a lot of orange creamsicle in the nose - plenty of citrus, but a nice touch of honey and cream malt profile. Extremely fresh hop taste here - again mostly citrus with a strong orange oil presence. Nice bitterness up front, but as hoppy as this is, it's actually quite balanced too. Nice deep malt here, a touch of caramel, smooth and sweet. Excellent body, slightly chewy and full. Really a lot of flavor here from all sides of the spectrum, but remaining somehow simple, straightforward, and refreshingly drinkable. Another awesome beer from the guys down the road.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap, pours light golden with white frothy, clingy head. The citrus and fruit smells are amazing. Perhaps the smoothest, most balanced IPA I've tried. This one begs for a long session. Everything good about the aroma comes through in the flavor. Finish is clean, and somewhat fruity. Best IPA I've had to date. Great stuff.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jmu500 for this one!

looks like angel juice. caramel apple hue with tangerine highlignts. thick, billowy, pillowy, chunky, meringue-like head a few fingers high lasts longer than I thought possibe and leaves solid lacing. a touch more lace and this would be a 5.

pine, grapefruit, tangelo and starfruit. hints of tropical fruit hop aroma without being over-the-top pineapple and crap. This smells amazing. like perfumed hop elephants. sweet clover honey and a hint of malt hint at some balance. but damn... this smells amazing. I could inhale this all day.

pine hops up front, with apple, caramel, and toffee behind. rich malt backbone is stronger on my tongue. so is a bit of boozy heat? weird. only 7%? tastes a bit hotter. unless my mind has been blown by the hoppy aroma. more lush piney hops finish it out, leaving a pleasantly sweet bitter hop finish.

mouth is fluffy and almost billowy in my mouth. which sounds odd. but it works pretty damn well with the flavors. ample carbonation - almost a touch high - but somehow it works. a hint slick, but settled down by a lightly drying finish.

damn. This is definitely going to be a permanent ISO. I've had pliny more times than i can count, and I think this blows it out of the water. the only problem is that I don't have any more.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing.

aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

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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 ClePaul
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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Photo of BobZ
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with an amber haze, nice frothy head which builds to 1” to 1 ½” and recedes to a ¼”. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, as expected citrus and pine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit in all their hoppy glory. This is pine resin wrapped in bitter, bitter, grapefruit citrus. Fits the description of an IPA to a tee, actually more like a DIPA.

Mouth feel: Smooth with the hoppy bitter finish cleaning the palate with some bitter burn.

Overall: Very solid example of the style, not a style I love, but this beer certainly meets expectations.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great in the glass, stoked for this one. wicked nice nose, not too strong but getting a plethora of citrus dankness. taste is mildly bitter with citrus flavors predominating. its crazy how good this stuff is, one of the best and most drinkable IPAs.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date: 5-13-14
Location: Foodtown Express Yonkers
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Yellow to light amber in color this beer pours with a gorgeous off white head. The beer is hazy but lets in a lot of light when held up. Light viscous ring.
Aroma: Mouthwatering fruit aromas from the hops start us off with scents of grapefruit, orange, mango. Lesser aromas of the malts which seem to help accentuate the hops and a light yeast aroma as well.
Taste: There is an absolute beauty to this fresh hop combo as sipping the beer quenches my thirst and makes my mouth water at the same time. The hops are bitter but balance a fine line avoiding being too much so. The malts absolutely help to balance the beer out giving the beer a subtle back bone. The yeast also plays it's hand adding buttery smooth aspect.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body with high carbonation. The hops give a beer a great bitterness. The hop acids dominate the palate leaving a nice spice sensation when the beer is finished.

Notes: Bottled 4-29-14 I also consumed this beer at Tap & Barrel on Long Island a week ago and again absolutely loved the beer.

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

Bottle dated 2/19/13 poured into a Lagunitas Large Mouth glass

A: Hazy orange with excellent carbonation, good fluffy white head, and excellent lacing.

S: Big citrus notes with floral hop aroma.

T: Wonderful notes of grapefruit and tangerine combined with a nice hop balance finishing off with a good bitterness. This is not an unbelievably hoppy beer, but the hop is well balanced and finishes nice and bitter with the bitterness lingering. The citrus notes certainly dominate here with no real malt taste to be found. Deceivingly easy to drink.

M: Balanced. Feels medium bodied with excellent carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

O: A winner for Maine Brewing. This is Plinyesque in its ease to drink. While not a hop bomb, it does a great job of balancing citrusy flavor, hop, and bitterness. I found it be extremely enjoyable and would recommend it unequivocally.

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

102511 dated bottle into a pint glass.

Golden amber with orange high lights and a small, foamy head rests on top. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top, and big time lacing as it is drank down. One of the best looking IPAs I have had in a while, the head is so dense and foamy it is unreal.

A dose of pine resin and tangerine zest hit your nose at first, with waves of graham cracker and fresh baked bread behind it.

Pine resin and tar on the tongue at first, then a hint at citrus and flowery notes. Much less fruity on the tongue, and a hint of ginger as well. The grain influence is minimal but can be best described as buttery Ritz crackers or fresh baked bread.

Medium bodied with a hint at carbonation, a tad sticky.

Good resin with a hint at citrus, nice subtle malt profile as well. Honestly, I expected a bit more but it was my own fault for that. A solid IPA, glad to try it.

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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 mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. 10/9/14.

This is a really pretty beer. Clear and golden with a thick with head. The lacing persisted through the last sip.

Very fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with pineapple with hints of the toasty malt.

Flavor was tangerine and peaches.with a nice bitter lemony finish.

Feel was light to medium with a dry finish. Some nice hop oils, but not overdone.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I was drinking this side by side with Another One and although both are excellent, I preferred the additional complexity that was present in Another One. But you can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA the appearance and smell are really nice a frothy head with a great smell of nice piney citrusy hops.

The taste is a bit subdued but again really nice.

The moughtfeel also has a bit of a citrus feel but again nice.

Overall a really a nice brew, at this point maybe the best IPA to come from ME so far.

Well worth trying and is really good.

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Photo of LAp
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce snifter. Pours a beautiful orange honey hue, with a one finger white head that rapidly recedes leaving marginal lacing. Nose is citrus and hops: orange peel, lemon zest. The palate bright and hop-centric, with the same cirtus fruits outlining the crisp opening, and the slightest twinge of pine on the bitter, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel truly ties this beer together. Light. Bright. Crisp. It accentuates every note of the nose and palate. Overall an outstandingly executed almost-West-coast IPA from the east coast.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at The Great Bear in Portland, ME. Perfect toasted orange, slightly hazy appearance with a Snow White head, 1/8". Excellent frothy lacing. Sweet N' piny aroma, as well as apricot. Flavor is resinous and not too harshly bitter like many IPAs. It's pretty mellow despite the initial flavor.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Jester King goblet.

A: Deep golden pour with just over two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that retains quite nicely.

S: Grapefruit soda, fresh orange, malt character akin to toasted bread.

T: Pine, citrus, orange, bready malt. Bitter, dry citrus in the middle and a light caramel-like maltiness in the finish.

M: Dry, smooth, and silky, with a malt-driven cream-like character.

O: Very, very good. Maine's attempt at a west coast-style IPA certainly lives up to it's ambitions.

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Photo of Luk13
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled two weeks ago. Beautiful deep brown with orange-copper shades and a creamy thick white foam. Almost a 5. Aroma: All citrus, from tangerine to pinneaples with very light pine and malt. Taste is juicy hops, very fruity. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste and remains for a long time. Ample and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Being very fresh, hops take all the place. Maybe a little simple but so damn good. It’s up there with Edward. Above my expectations since I didn’t enjoy Peeper and Zoe that much.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5/21/13; poured into a Bell's nonic pint. I didn't seek this beer, it sought me and demanded that I consume it. Pouring itself into the aforementioned vessel, it jumped out of its holding container to exclaim, "I am IPA; marvel at me." A huge, two-finger cap of foam gives way to myriad lace patterns resembling broken guitar strings, frayed curtains, and shower-glass film residue. The nose is permeated by a citric cornucopia that is backed by just enough malt to create a majestic balance of hop perfection. To characterize the taste would never do this beer any justice, as words pale in comparison to the sheer pleasure that follows the first sip. As I consumed more, I began to sense a tectonic shift within the craft beer industry. This isn't just Maine Beer's version of a West Coast style IPA; this is their version of a better one. You know the brewer has struck a chord when you can hear the cherub and the seraphim rejoicing holy, holy, holy while you're drinking it. Maybe none of it was real. Maybe I woke up one morning and imagined what the perfect IPA would taste like. All I know is that this version of IPA is without rival. Rumors have already surfaced that it can re-grow hair on bald men, and resurrect lifeless medical patients from their catatonic state. You know what, I believe them. If you're fortunate enough to get your hands on this brew, consider yourself among the chosen. Ladies and Gentlemen, Lunch is served.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, date 5/28/13 (~2 weeks old on consumption), poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 6/9/13 over an hour.

A: 4.50 - golden-brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through) 2/2 hop haze, florid white rocky head lingers through consumption into 1/2 finge lacing, moderate alcohol legs --> a very nice appearing American IPA

S: 4.25 - picking up both malt and hop flavors throughout: hop - grapefruit, tangerine, pine; malt - biscuit, caramel, honey

T: 4.50 - minimal bitterness on the front of the tongue; in the middle of the mouth, citrus-forward hop notes predominate; on the back end, there malt character kicks it with some honey and caramel notes; slight hop flavors coating the tongue in the aftertaste --> definitely the highlight of this beer

M: 4.50 - moderate bodied, 7% is hidden within; higher carbonation than other American IPAs that I've drank lately

O: 4.50 - surprisingly, I never drank this beer after living in CT for 12 years, but I'm glad that they've recently started distributing to the greater D.C. area; I have tried several of their APA/IPAs to date, and this is clearly the highlight; it's one of the most well-balanced American IPAs out there, and, for $7.99 for a >16 oz., the price is right if you can find it, recommended fresh!

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