Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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96
world-class
5,180 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:
5,180
Reviews:
776
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
1,194
Gots:
1,420
For Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,180 |  Reviews: 776
Photo of incognito369
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look -- Golden Orange with white foamy hand
Smell -- Tropical Fruit notes, sweet smelling
Taste -- Tropical Fruit notes, easy drinking, piney
Feel -- Smooth taste
Overall -- Delicious easy drinking IPA, tasty IPA, one of the best IPA'S around

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers I've been wanting to try for a long time but never had the chance until seeing it today on vacation in Boston on tap at Warren Tavern. Pours a hazy medium copper gold with a small head that leaves good lace. Nose is not a big as I expected, but has nice fruit...qumquat, bubble gum, and a touch of mint in the back. Taste is more classic pine and citrus, and has a fuller hop bitterness than most NE brewers seem to go for. Overall, a very good beer that falls just a tad short of the hype.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dictator
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsc-123
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Somewhere between copper and gold. Slightly hazy. Pure white head. Very nice looking beer.

S - Classic american hop profile - pine, grapefruit, citrus. Not quite as potent as most modern IPAs. Slight caramely malt emerges as it warms. No esters or yeast derived flavors. Very clean.

T - Moderately strong hop flavors that match the smell, piney, grapefruit, citrust, etc. Light malt character that also matches the aroma--caramel. Really well balanced and nothing comes across as too strong. Only mildly bitter. Really clean, no yeast character. Finishes dry and the citrusy hops flavors linger.

F - Medium mouthfeel, no warming or astringency.

O - Really solid, standard American IPA. The mix of flavors are not unique, but its extraordinarily well done. "Restrained" comes to mind but in a really good way. Its not overly bitter, the hops are not overwhelming. The balance is spot on. Could drink it all day--does not feel like a 7% IPA. As far as easy drinking, full flavored IPAs go, this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of akmoran428
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfection. This is the best IPA I've ever had. Well balanced and extremely drinkable. Pours a deep amber color with good lacing that dissipates after a few minutes. Grapefruit and citrus flavors stand out as you keep drinking it. Definitely not an absurdly hopped beer (unlike some other East Coast IPAs), which gives it extra drinkability. This is literally a perfect IPA. If you can find it, buy an entire case. Its that good.

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Photo of Ckimb45
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Great example of a no bells or whistles, straight forward, perfectly executed I.P.A.. A medium head with minimal lacing leads to a perfectly floral and expertly pined sip. "Lunch" is a perfect name for this I.P.A. because at an ideal 7% and medium feel you can put back more than one within an afternoon (Laundry Day beer). The beer is not overwhelming to ones palate and does not linger too long on your tongue, creating a refreshing environment to enjoy through to the last drop. Now if I can just get my hands on "Dinner". Cheers for the great beer, Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of pajeff
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsouza
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcattey
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSh3a08
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TripleSun
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Kind of like a medium amber with lots of froth. Not much lacing left, though.
S - Pine, citrus, well hidden scent of alcohol on the end
T - A honey kind of sweetness, with grass, grapefruit and oranges
F - Moderate body, very smooth and no heavy maltiness or hop bitterness. A work of art

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Photo of PapaCapUSN
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbavi360
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jchow17
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dertyd
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kayakguy
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eagle109
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbjb0720
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMindbender
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacCherry
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just plain excellent. I didn't think it was possible, but Lunch has actually improved my opinion of Maine Beer Co. As happy as I am with Peeper Ale, Lunch has become my new favorite. Sadly, I can't get it as often.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,180 ratings.
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