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 ChrisP802
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Maine brewing and I'm happy it's suck a close brewery
Pour - golden with a little haze
Smell - tropical, hoppy, malt
Taste - citrus, balanced malts, hoppy goodness
Overall - amazing, drink often

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is definitely one of the best in production brews to date! Not overly hopped, but just enough to satisfy the hophead in me. Light in color, fragrant and citrusy, but not overly so. Sharded with the GF it was a nice complement to our actual lunch. Paired well with nice fat burgers on the grill. A bit pricey, but, what the heck, you only live once!

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Photo of 311bulldog
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden color with light haze

Smell: grapefruit and citrusy

Taste: citrus, piney, floral flavors come through quickly and then taste quickly dissipated.

Overall: I was slightly underwhelmed when compared with the New England top breweries and the reputation that preceded this beer. It is decent and worth a try, but I would not seek out consistently. Good not great.

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Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super clear beer, breaks the norm of the north east coast ipa which is a nice change of pace. Good hop aroma. Taste is clean with some malt forward sweetness. Hops come through also, west coast style hops, mango and floral characteristics with a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side.

Was expecting a little more. This is a good beer, but below other north east ipas to me, read heady, sip, Bissell, foundation, and trillium.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a chalk white head. Great lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peaches. Supported by a nice crackery malt backbone. Pine resin begins to creep up from the depths.

Taste begins with tropical fruit, moving into pine resin and a pith bitterness that lingers. Mango and pineapple prevail. The malt provides a nice backbone for the hops to play off of. Great balance with a slight lean towards bitter, tropical hops.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. A mango pith bitterness is slightly present, providing a drying of the palate.

Overall a great beer. Light on the nose, but great on the taste. Personal taste would prefer a juicier IPA without the dryness.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into shaker pint bottle dated 6/16/15

A: Nice soap creamy head with an amber light haziness to the look

S: Smells like an orange rind with a lot of biscuity malts maybe a touch of toffee and a little sweetness

T: Nice bit of orange citrusness and good maltiness that has some sweetness to it. However, the flavor disappears quickly and you need another sip to reacquaint yourself.

M: very light body with a clean crisp flavor profile that does not linger

O: I'm quite pleased how this held up being as old as it is, while I think fresh the citrus might have been brighter and the malts dialed back I am really enjoying the malty finish maybe a little age has provided this beer. The drinkability of this beer is out of sight.

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

Appearance: It has a beautiful light golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dank pine resins, citrus, grapefruit, floral undertones and some bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dank pine resins, some grassiness, citrus and floral undertones and sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: growler

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Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with thin white head. Big grapefruit aroma, with something sweeter -- maybe a little peach and pineapple. Continues over to the taste, with a somewhat watery, low-malt middle and strong hop bitterness. It's got that same watered-down juice thing going that a lot of their beers have, but it's masked more by the bitterness. The mouthfeel has a nice "scraping bubbles" thing going.

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Photo of emount91
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

adding my review since I didn't give it one last time I had a bottle. pours a moderately hazy yellow/slight orange color. good foamy head that laces the glass as it dissipates. on the nose is tropical fruits and little bit of citrus, i can smell a bread-like malt as well. taste is tropical fruits and peaches, very slightly bitterness from the citrus notes, and that bready malt backbone that ties this entire beer together. mouthfeel is just like every other Maine beer: top notch. great beer when you can find it, too bad CT liquor stores like to hide it.

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Photo of meson13
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like mo, this has a fairly old school flavor profile, just expertly done. Somehow remains delicate without pulling any punches. not a brain fuck in the sense that you didnt know these flavors could be pulled from hops; in fact youve known these flavors could come from hops for as long as you realized hops were rad, but not many brewers have pulled these now classic once new flavors from hops so perfectly. experiencing that in itself is a bit of a brain fuck. Always a treat from those smug kids in freeport.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a while back, just found the notes on my phone. Don't recall being overly impressed. Served in a tulip glass.
Appearance: light golden orange, decent head that didn't stick around too long - odd compared to most I've had from Maine beer. Still a very attractive beer. A little haze, just the right amount for that "raw" IPA look.
Smell: generic IPA - grapefruit, resin, citrus, tropical notes. Good but nothing that really stuck out compared to a ton of other IPAs, really, certainly still enjoyable.
Taste: little malt character - almost like a biscuity malt flavor vs the sweetness of some IPAs. Piney, grapefruit pith, some orange. Good stuff but not overwhelming. Decently well balanced but a little bitter for the malt bill.
Feel: Smooth, slightly overcarbonated, which adds to the mild astringency of the bitterness. Doesn't hurt the beer, but not a standout.
Overall: this is a very solid IPA and one I'd drink frequently, but the price must be weighed as part of this when there are much cheaper beers that are just as good or better. Still something I won't pass up frequently, though. Another well-made beer from MBC.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly as I had heard. An excellent IPA that is what it is and makes no bones about it. Its the way IPA's should be. Clean smooth and drinks easily. One of the brews that lived up to all the good things I heard. Will def have again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a huge fluffy head that hung around for a few minutes. Great light-golden color with a robust citrus smell that became apparent immediately after the first pour. Perfect balance of tropical and piney hops with the ideal amount of bitterness that one would expect from an excellent IPA.

Lunch did not disappoint, I could drink this all day...maybe it's best I could only grab one!

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 12 oz. pour off tap at The Ginger Man (Greenwich, CT) into a tumbler glass on 10-Aug-15

It's got that diacetyl, buttery flavor going on which I don't prefer, but it's not overbearing. It's still light and refreshing. Enjoyed it, but I wonder how fresh the keg was based on other reviews. Looking forward to trying again.

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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 mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been fortunate to have tried Dinner yet, but I must say that Lunch is outstanding. It is great both on tap and straight out of the bottle. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of eifster82
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy yellow.

Smell - Very citrus and fruit oriented. Really pleasant on the nose.

Taste - Not quite as citrus or fruit heavy as you might anticipate if basing on the smells. Still, balanced properly. Not going to knock you out with a hop heavy front.

Feel - balanced, "light" IPA finish. Not much bitterness at the end.

Overall - a solid IPA. Many options from MBC seem to be very balanced solid beers, and this one fits in that mold. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is a very nice option when I come across it.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it was just an old bottle, but I felt like this didn't live up to the hype it has gotten. I would certainly be willing to try it again, but it just tasted very flat compared to what other brewers like Tree House are pumping out currently. I want to like it a lot more, but a rating above 4 would by a lie.

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

Really hard to find fault with this beer in any way, shape or form. Best IPA I have had from the Eastern part of the US and safe t say one of the best beers I have ever drank (to be fair my bottle was purchased at their brewery and drank shortly after). Really hope this brewery can grow.

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

Great New England style IPA. Not as good as some of its hazy, juicy, chock full of floaters contemporaries like Trillium's Congress St, IPA but still excellent.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon, citrus, and some slight grass smell. The scent is rather light. Taste is an amped up version of the smell nice hop presence. Good mouthfeel. Overall solid but nothing about this beer wowed me. To be fair this was bottled in June so it's fresh but not 1-2 weeks fresh.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - super enticing color, light golden color with a frothy white head. Need to be careful when pouring; if you pour too hard you will likely end up with half a glass of head.

Smell - Piney, floral, slight citrusy.

Taste - What all IPA's should aspire to be. Crisp and clean. Every flavor is present with no single flavor outweighing another. Taste follows the smell, a nice piney hop taste that balances well with the slight sweetness on the back end. Hints of lemongrass (?) and an overall citrus taste. Extremely well balanced.

Feel - Light, with just enough carbonation. Would be easy to chug one, but as good as it tastes that would be a sin.

Overall - One of my favorite IPA's. Great taste and exceptional balance.

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

Clear golden color, well balanced and refreshing. filtered and somewhat subdued compared to other highly rated IPA's. Worth a trip to the brewery for a taste.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle brought from Chicago in my in-laws' luggage. Date on the side is C61615 84. Served in a snifter. Poured completely, so there was a little slash of sediment at the end.

Pours slightly hazy (due to the sediment) pale golden with a medium sized, perfectly textured head, already fading and leaving nice lacing. Smell is fruity and tropical, juicy, floral, very pretty.

Taste is geared more toward the bitter side. Definitely get the flavor of hop flowers. All that floral, juicy prettiness from the aroma is in there, but you just get this nice lingering crisp bitterness, with a very slow deep bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice IPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, but with a slight resinous dryness. Overall, I'm happy I finally got to try this.

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