Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Nov-8-2016

Pours a relatively clear brass color that is almost orangeish at the edges with two fingers of white head. Settles nicely and sticks around good, some lacing. (4.25)

Light citrus and some earthiness. Grapefruit, orange Dum-Dums, pine needles, lime, faint fresh bread. (4.5)

Dank limegreen hop cones, verging on resinous, grapefruit rind, some bready support. Dry, bitter, delicious. (4.5)

Wow!! Feels incredible, rich creamy texture that explodes in fine carbonation and rushes through your mouth leaving a layer of hop lacquer in its wake. (4.75)

Bright and clean IPA with ample bitterness.
This is a damn fine beer. There is a lot of orange and other citrus, it is a little earthy and there is a little malt, but the aroma is mainly a clean, almost tart citrus pungency. Taste-wise it is less sweet and dryer than what the aroma lets on, which is nice. Resinous hoppy bitterness with some aromatic sweetness and a really tasty finish. And then, the feel is just about as good as it gets.
Would/will have again. An extremely tasty beer. (4.5)

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Description: Cloudy appearance and light golden in color. Maybe like some watered down orange juice. No head but some white lacing. Smell is light fruit with floral notes and not much pine or bitterness. All in all kind of subtle. The taste lacks the floral, fruity smell and is predominantly hop bitterness. Not pine necessarily, just hoppy bitterness. Feel is creamy and velvety for an IPA with not much carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Burger

If you like this beer you should also try: Everybody Wants Some

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Had high hopes for this one but felt pretty disappointed by it. I even wondered if I'd been given the correct beer. It was average to good but not exceptional. Flavor was one note and perhaps too subtle/delicate. I'd like to try this again to confirm (or correct) the first unimpressive experience.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love Maine Beer Co. in spite of their prices and had to pick this up when I saw it on shelves in NYC. Brewed 09/06/16 (putting this at right around 60 days old - well within the "drink within 90 days of stamped born on date" advice on the label). Batch 189.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic white and black label design. Branded silver colour pry-off crown cap. 1 pint .9 fl oz format.

"India pale ale" per the label. 7.00% ABV.

HEAD: Frothy and soft, with a creamy even consistency and a nice overall complexion. Robust and coating. Lasts a good 8-10 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Murky orange of poor vibrance. Nontransparent. Translucent. I don't see any yeast or sediment within, but its haziness points clearly towards a lack of filtration.

Appears well-carbonated. It's not much to look at, but it fits within the conventions of an unfiltered IPA.

AROMA: Grapefruit rind, melon, dried mango, tangerine, and even guava notes are present, giving this IPA an obvious tropical bend indicative perhaps of the new world hops that are all the rage with the kids these days. I get some bubblegum phenol, pine resin, and faint sherbert as well. The bubblegum has me concerned, but the rest of the aroma is generally appealing - if not quite up my personal alley in terms of hop selection.

Nevertheless, any hop bitterness seems well balanced by the pale malt sweetness present in the aroma, and it definitely comes off fresh and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Uncommon notes of fruit sherbert and tangerine creamsicle set off this off-the-beaten-path IPA, with more standard hop notes like pine resin, mango, and guava supporting them. It's got an obvious tropical bend, but there are clean floral notes in there as well to complement the fruit. Drinks fresh and lively, with its lack of filtration bolstering its yeasty intangibles. Pale malt sweetness is present as a balancing force, but never emerges as noticeable otherwise; there is neither naked hop bitterness nor naked malt sweetness here. Well-built in that regard, though I do have to note that for my personal tastes the hop profile isn't ideal.

Mouthfeel is aptly medium-bodied, smooth, wet, coating, and refreshing. Could be softer and lighter to good effect, but the texture complements the taste nicely enough as-is. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. No specific notes from the flavour profile are accentuated by the mouthfeel, but it gets the job done. Flavours are delivered, though depth of flavour is average. Flavour duration is above average, with some lingering fruitiness popping in the aftertaste. Flavour intensity is average for the style.

ABV is well-disguised. There are no off-flavours.

OVERALL: A pleasant drinkable IPA with an atypical hop profile that may please those drinkers fatigued by tried-and-true "C hop" expressions of the style, Lunch is a worthwhile brew that would pair well with its titular meal - regardless of what the content thereof happens to be. I don't count it amongst Maine Beer Company's strongest work, but it's more than competent in its execution and I can't see any experienced open-minded reviewer actively disliking a bottle served in good condition. It doesn't appeal to my particular tastes in terms of hop selection, but I have to concede it's well executed for the hops they chose and I'll enjoy finishing the bottle I bought. There's room for improvement in terms of the usual could be more intricate, could boast more subtlety, and could have still more vivid more expressive flavours that come together into a more cohesive and interesting gestalt harmonious whole of a beer, but nitpicks aside it's well worth trying once.

B- (3.45) / WORTHY

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Photo of mnj21655
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very lightly hazy pale orange in color with a finger of bone white head. Aroma has a bit of pine, grapefruit, and indistinct tropical fruits. Taste has a bit more of a focus on the still indistinct tropical fruits but I get definite grapefruit and pine in the finish. Medium body and moderate+ carbonation. Overall a tasty beer that I definitely enjoyed.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 9/27/16
Palate Contaminants: sweets an hour before

Appearance is a clear gold, shading a little toward the darker end. Nice amount of fine head.

The smell is honey and sweet fruit, mostly candied orange and pineapple. Maybe a little sweet banana, too. Slight maltiness. It's not notably complex, but it is really good.

There's less of the fruit flavors in the taste, mostly the orange hanging on, but it's not as sweet. (A sip of water does bring it all back, though.) Most of the taste is soda bread and nondescript hoppy bitterness. I can see how some folks might get light woods out of it, but they're barely there for me.

The feel is moderate carbonation with a bit of prickliness. Not much more than bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of weakascheese
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.... this one's special. Finally got my hands on it. A little under a month old.

I'm not sure how to describe the body other than... soft. So delicate. So velvety.

The flavor is so powerfully floral. Literally fresh flowers. A little sour streak somewhere in the middle that's not just citrusy, but freshly sqeezed lemon juice.

I must admit that I was so wrapped up in these aspects that the smell, look, and malt character were lost to me. It was literally too much to take in one go. I guess I have to have it again!

Fantastic job Maine Beer Company. The hype is very real. There was a certain delicacy and sophistication I haven't had in another beer before. My eyes and ears will be peeled for anything else from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 9/27/16.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a 1.5 inch, foamy, white head with good retention. Thick billowy white lacing throughout.

S: Strong aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit accompanied by tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, melons and passionfruit. Slight notes of piney hops.

T: Huge notes of orange, grapefruit, ripe pineapple, and melons. Sweet and cracker malts. Nice piney and resiny hop bitterness as well.

F: Medium bodied, somewhat juicy, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, a great IPA. Definitely one of my favorites to date. Well renowned for a reason. Juicy and fruity, but well balanced with nice hop bitterness. Would definitely seek this out again.

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

I haven't had the opprotunity to try Dinner yet but this is amazing. Gorgeous golden hue, smells of citrus, c-hops, resinous sap. Taste is very tangelo-esque, words don't do it justice. Only found it in Boston thrice this year and each time was an experience. Cheers to MBC!

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Photo of quindog
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at backcountry pizza in Boulder, the week following GABF at an epic IPA throw down. Been waiting to try this beer for years, and it met my expectations. Great aroma with a crisp hop kick that isn't overly bitter. Still can't believe this was on tap in CO. Well done backcountry! Well done Maine brewing!

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

Great simple label on the bottle with apt description of the beer and brewery ethos on the back. Nothing flashy, just straight up confidence and no bullshit. Beer pours slightly hazy golden yellow with rocky white head and plenty of lacing. Aromas of lemon, citrus, papaya, cantaloupe and juicy melon. Flavor is plenty of hop character as in the nose. Finishes with firm bitterness. Refreshing and very drinkable. Overall, a very awesome IPA from a brewery I've never had but have heard plenty about. Will be looking for a lot more from these guys.

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Photo of MadMax29
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite simply, one of the best IPAs you will ever have. It is so well balanced with subtle hints of florals and citrus, but just enough resin to coat the middle and back of your tongue. Excellent in every way.

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Photo of DankScuba
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy yellow, completely opaque. Very creamy head, about a finger. Crazy long head retention.

S: Hops, light citrus. Lemon. Touch of pine.

T: Very crisp, lemon and dank hops. Very little bitterness.

F: very smooth. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not the most flavorful or best, but one of the best balanced IPAs out there.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at the Beer Shop and Tasting Table NYC. I arrived at last call and was pleasantly surprised to see they had this, unusual for NY. It was so good I went back the next night and had 2 more.
Pours a Gorgeous golden color with a frothy head, and semi sticky lace.
In the nose it is very juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit, and, a pleasant linger of dank hops aroma.
In the mouth, it is so unbelievably smooth, light on its toes, clean and flavorful at the same time, and oh so easy to crush!
Juicy, citrusy, nice malt backbone. The piny and dank hops flavor becomes more prickly as the drink progresses. The palate also becomes drier.
For an IPA this one truly has it all; great counterpoint between juice and hops, and really fresh tasting. I thought it was great!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Horribly mediocre IPA, especially given the slick and juicy Sip of Sunshine and the extremely drinkable Golden Nugget. Both beers are about as difficult to obtain as this one and provide way more in flavor and hop character than this one.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is excellent not because of how extreme it is but because it tastes exactly as an IPA should. Super balanced, clean, discernible flavors and a wonderful hop bouquet. This is a great beer though I must admit it doesn't crack my top 10 simply because it is so balanced. My palate trends towards the more tropical. Still a must try.

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Photo of pda22
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great color tones, looks enticing. The smell and taste are just average to me. I was expecting more because Maine Beer Co makes great beers. Perhaps my expectations were just too high

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Photo of hosehead83
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "goblet" glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a dense cloud-deck of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant whiff of fruity, tropical hops
Taste-Brimming with tropical fruit, and piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel, well-balanced, full of flavor and character.An "East Coast" IPA done very well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: I'll admit my pour was not great, prominent foamy 3 finger head, nice hazy straw orange color to it, very prominent lacing and good retention
S: piney and resinous with a strong orange an citrus note, touches of pineapple as well
T: piney bitterness with an almost minty (but not quite) crispness to it, not as much citrus as one might be lead to believe by the nose, the citrus and pineapple does come through a bit more as the beer opens up as does a certain juiciness
M: a touch sticky but not overly so
O: there's nothing much to say about this beer but it's hard to complain about a beer that does what it's supposed to do really well, better than a lot of more readily available IPAs and a good benchmark for what a west coast style IPA looks like when it's done right. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it but it is very very good.

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Photo of ELS
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was traveling in Maine and was very excited about stoping at MBC having always heard great things about their beer. I had Lunch first. It looked good with a typical slightly hazy orangish color with some nice foam. I wasn't getting any great aromas. Citrus and a hint of pine. Taste is some citrus and pine but they are very understated and honestly as a big IPA drinker the taste is very average when compared to all the great IPAs that are coming from the Northeast. The finish is slightly dry and I had to work to finish it. Maybe five years ago this is one of the better IPAs out there. Now, it's just hype!! I sure hope Dinner is a lot better than this beer.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden orange with tons of foamy white head. The nose is all hops, citrus, pine and tropical fruit. The flavor is very hop forward with citrus and pine but there is a malt presence to balance the flavor out. The feel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a great IPA and one I can understand people seeking out.

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

We were introduced to this in Burlington while asking where we could get Heady Topper. We both a few bottles and could see where the hype came from. Very well balanced, citrus, flowers, hops...LOVE it!

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Photo of Bradledj
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with off white head. Sticks around nicely. Smell is pine, pine , pine and citrus/grapefruit. Bread, pine and grapefruit dominate the taste. Slightly tropical. Feels sticky, resinous, but not astringent. Thicker than Another One. Im glad I have both of these bottles side by side, both 7 days old. Lunch is a great IPA, but I prefer a little more tropical/silky feel to my IPAs. It gets hot down here man.

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

On tap

Gotta say, I don't get the hype. Definitely a great beer, but scarcity definitely drives up the ratings on this one. Lots of other IPAs that are just as, if not better than this that sit on the shelves at your local Whole Foods.

I prefer MO by a long-shot and it's a lot easier to find.

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Photo of drew42e
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First trip to Maine, found this night one. Poured from bottle light orange, slightly opaque, 3 weeks old. Aroma grapefruit but not super strong. Light malt bill with subtle hops it is very nice but a bit behind Dinner for me.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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