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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

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4.33
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21.25%
 
 
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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 mjstacker
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2 week old bottle poured into a monic glass. (Though i've also had it on draught many times).

The appearance is nice, mild copper, hazy, huge head, lacing all the way down.

The aroma is very citrus-y / melon, completely my style.

Overall, nice bubbles, amazing fruity, melon, smooth taste. Just the right amount of alcohol, absolutely one of my favorites. Though, Mo and Another One may be higher in the Maine Beer Co. line.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 07.02.13. poured into a snifter.

A: lots of haze. sort of a deep orange hue. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: smells super tropical. a pungent hop aroma. hop resins, maybe a little bit of ganja. mango.

T: a shit-load of bitterness. a little bit of astringency in the finish. basically hop flavor is there, but bitterness is so strong that it masks a bit too much for me.

M: mellow, but has a presence. medium on the border of full-bodied.

D: interesting....seems that my opinions have sort of flip-flopped here. I am loving this nose, tons of hop character, super American, super tropical, very inviting. however, the bitterness on the body is distracting. a good beer, but I think a bit over-hyped.

bottled 11.18.12. poured into a snifter.

A: pretty hazy brew, but I it bounced around a bit on the ride home. very thick tightly bubbled head. retention is great. slightly off-white. tons of thick lacing. (4.25)

S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. lots of pine. the citrus is definitely a bit muted. a little oxidized. (3.75)

T: very piney. very floral, a little bit of rose water. grapefruit is there, but definitely more on the earthy pine side of the flavor wheel. a sizeable amount of grain sweetens things out a bit. slight oxidation follows onto the palate. (4)

M: mouthfeel is great. a vibrant carb on a medium/full body. (4.75)

D: even with the bottle conditioning, they aren't fucking around with the consume within 90 days from the stamped on date. there is a slight oxidation that takes it down a peg for me. bummer. however, ill keep my eyes peeled for a fresher bottle and try again for sure. (3.75)

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

Bottle dated 5/28/13.

A: Pours a dark orange, hazy body, with a big billowing head that leaves great lacing and settles into a frothy rim that resembles the consistency of a latte froth.

S: Loads of pine and hops in the nose. Subtle orange and lemon citrus sweetness. Biscuit and bready malts.

T: Hoppy and bitter upfront. The pine follows the nose. More citrus in the finish than the smell suggests. Tangerine sweetness. A bit of bread malts linger in the finish.

M: Oily, although a bit creamy too. Heavy carbonation. Medium body.

O: The hype-train hasn't stopped rolling once this one got started and I see why. This is a great, balanced IPA. I tried at about 60 days after bottling, so I am sure some of the hops have faded, but its still a fantastic beer at this juncture. I'm lucky to have tried, and I hope to be able to try again. I love the tangerine notes mixed with huge, upfront pine.

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

Found a bottle of this at Churchkey last weekend.

A: Clear gold with a two finger white head.

S: Mango, peppery citrus, pine.

T: Opens on the sweeter side, with mango coming forward the most, then progresses to a peppery citrus middle and a peppery pine resin finish. A smooth caramel malt backbone holds everything up. Fantastic.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smell. There was a hint of citrus and it smelled like pine. The taste was great and the taste held on well after the drink. The shops different and neat. It is in barn shaped building that has a window view of the brewing process. I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of SCbrewdoc
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Food Co-Op in Hanover, NH. Housed in a 1 pint .9 oz. bottle with a 07/02/13 bottling date

A-Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 2 finger-sized white head that went down to about a one finger height. Clear with a light copper, orange-yellow color

S- Strong hop aroma with heavy citrus notes. not getting much else other than a faint phenol smell

T- Citrus hops forward that troll into a balanced malt midsection. It finishes with citrussy,bitter hop resin. Quite tasty indeed

M- Has a light mouthfeel. The malt backbone can be felt and does a great job of balancing out the hops. A good beer for a hot day (or any day for that matter).

O- This is one of the better IPAs I have had. Perfectly balanced and the hops are very present. Wish I had purchased more... A great beer by Maine Beer Company

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Photo of mattbk
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, sort of light orange. Very carbonated, large head, seems overcarbonated.
S: Mostly pine, some subtle orange, light grapefruit, nice.
T: Much more pine, more orange, very light, almost non-existent malt backbone, fairly dry, but there is a lingering sweetness that is nice. Mild to medium bitterness, very drinkable. Very good, slightly one dimensional though?
M: Very dry, fairly short finish, very carbonated.
O: This is a very good beer, well made, I like it and would recommend it. But I think it may be slightly overrated, would like some more malt, or less carbonation, or something a bit more lingering and/or interesting.

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

From the 26 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 070213-20. Sampled on July 20, 2013.

It pour an incredibly heady yellow-amber color that has good clarity at first but by the end of the bottle after the second pour has a much more cloudy appearance.

The aroma is hop forward with floral and pine notes and a touch of citrus to round things off. It definitely makes me think IPA.

The body was about medium and very smooth.

Biscuit malts are briefly on the palate quickly erupting into a powerful floral hop bitterness that lingers for a few moments. This is an IPA that you really need to try.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle for $5.99 at RSVP in Portland. Born 7/2/13. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: A cloudy blanket of fine bubbles tops a two-finger head. Relatively light orange. Tons of carbonation activity from the bottom of the glass.

S: Wave after wave. Pineapple. Melon. Mango. Something subtly sweet, like a whiff of cotton candy. Pitch. Absolutely great.

T: Pretty outstanding. Lunch performs the neat flavor trick of transitioning from a West Coast to an East Coast IPA in a few seconds. It starts tropical with mango and pineapple leading; these flavors are so bright, even more so than they are in the great MO. Later comes a subtly evolving wall of pine and resin bitterness.

M: Somewhat dry, though not as much as the absurdly dry Peeper. Medium-bodied.

O: Fresh, this is as glorious as it gets... aside from maybe Heady/Alpine. The brightness of the hops is searing. The high price is something of a deterrent, but this is an elite IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic IPA look with pale golden body that is a little dense and a giant. foamy head that just left lace patches everywhere as it receeded into the brew. Smell is textbook with strong citric and wet hop aroma along with a caramel and bready malt sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel follow as I get a strong taste of hops, mostly citric with touches of plush tropical fruit and grape (pretty rare for a "single IPA") but nothing overpowered the tastebuds and the balance with the grainy, bready, and sweet malts is great. The hops are the star but don't dominate and the beer finishes crisp and dry but doesn't dry out tongue making this a dangerous session beer.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour produces a tall foamy cream colored head atop a golden orange body. The foam has remarkable staying power and decorates the glass with billowing clouds of lace.

Fragrance is immediate as I pop the cap. Apricots, citrus, floral notes waft out and intensify on the pour. Lemon, lime, oranges. Pineapple and tropical fruits. My mouth is watering just smelling this beer.

Taste follows the nose. Intense citrus and tropical fruits with a dry and bitter finish. Fresh and minty. Piney. Oily. A little oniony. Malts are a mere platform here - a soapbox from which humulus lupus delivers its oratory. For all the intensity of flavor this beer is crisp, clean, dry, focused and so easy to drink.

A very good lunch indeed.

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Photo of regspeir
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this from Capone's and saw the much-appreciated bottled by date right away.
It poured a light lemony-orange with a generous, two-finger head which held to no less than a coating until finished. There was proper lacing throughout, as well. Nose was floral and citrus with lemon up front. There was also some pine, grassiness and apricots. Taste was well-balanced with citrus, pine, but with the malt background evident and pleasant. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry but not overly bitter. Finish did not have much bitterness or hop bite either. This is a well-balanced offering I will absolutely try again.

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Photo of MikeMO
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I will admit that some of the fun with LUNCH is how difficult it can be to obtain. It isn't always available at the local liquor store, and you often have to ask for it as they hide it in the back or limit the amount you can buy on any given day.

As a side note, I tend to favor IPAs when it comes to higher quality craft beers, and I prefer hoppier beers, so take that into account when considering my recommendations.

LUNCH pours as a dark orange color with a healthy, foamy head. It looks heavier than it is, and the beer smells exactly as it tastes - mildly hoppy with strong citrus notes and a subtle, pleasant aftertaste.

I am drinking it as I write this, poured from a bottle and into a SAM ADAMS pint glass that I borrowed (stole) from my friend's bar. They say the shape of the glass influences the pour and the flavor of the beer, and the LUNCH beer does benefit some from this type of glass.

When you take a sip the flavor is subtle at first, but the pine and citrus flavors come through with hints of the hops, and the carbonation is perfectly matched to the flavor. I believe this beer must be served ice cold; It is particularly good when served in a chilled glass.

LUNCH is my second favorite beer, only behind Heady Topper - but again, I like IPAs!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 7/2/13 (6 days ago) and picked up at the brewery.

A - Pours a majestic hazy golden orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Shows great retention and a nearly perfect lacing.

S - Bursting with fresh, juicy, bitter, tart, tropical, grapefruity hops. Scant grain and sweet malts pull it all together. One of the best smelling beers I have encountered.

T - The taste starts with big citrus and some bready malt. Bitter pine follows through to the finish. Tropical fruit flavors intensify as it warms. Powerfully hoppy with perfectly complimentary malts.

M - Fantastic carbonation strewn throughout a medium body. Refreshing and dry with high drinkability.

O - This was one of the few MBC beers I had not had the pleasure of trying. On a recent trip to Maine, I scooped up several bottles and enjoyed a few on draft. While I preferred the draft version, I thought both were excellent. Great citrus and tropical hops while maintaining some balance. This is another fantastic New England IPA. Fully deserving of its high rating.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a huge white bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of flowery, fruity and piny hops. Mango and passion fruit, mainly. Pale malts

T: Intense hops bitterness. Very fruity, piny and citruses. In overall, a dry taste with strong notes of flowery hops. Despite the strong bitterness, its s very smooth beer. Very pleasant and drinkable

M: Medium and smooth body. Good carbonation. Great hoppy and flowery aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. An American classic

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits. Bottled 5/28/13 - about a month old.

A- Pours an absolutely beautiful golden-orange, unfiltered and very hazy body with a thick, fluffy, huge bubbly head that reduces slowly and leaves a thick layer of lacing.

S- Very tropical and juicy - grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, mango. Slight piney and resinous aromas in there too. Smells fresh and potent, the hops are really shining.

T- Upfront it follows the nose but isn't as potent - I get citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple notes. The finish is slightly bitter but subdued, really balanced. Aftertaste is pine and citrus rind.

M- Light and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Lunch lived up to the hype. Definitely the best beer put out by Maine Beer Company, this one sits up there with the big boys. Comparable to PtE but not quite heady topper in my opinion. I really like the unfiltered, raw character.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Nonic pint

A: Hazy, dull, dark, burnt orange. Fine, creamy, eggshell white, 2 finger head. Tons of thick ring lacing

S: Typical American hop aromas aka citrus dominating. Faint bready malts hiding in there as well.

T: Citrus hops up front- orange and grapefruit. Floral notes are faint, but. Malt is quite dry – hints of white bread. The hops just dominate everything, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not too much hop bitterness lingering, this finishes clean.

M: Medium, viscous body with moderate carbonation.

O: A very good brew from Maine Beer Co. I’m glad they made a standard IPA instead of a double IPA that everyone goes for these days. This is a solid, almost, I repeat almost, class leading offering in terms of east coast IPAs.

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Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 6/4/2013, enjoyed on 6/29, poured into an MBC Wine Glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of honey and orange with a finger or so white, soapy head that has good retention and leaves behind some nice spotted lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, tangy citrus with some floral character straight away, spicy, earthy hops with some resinous pine are also detectable and are balanced by some sweeter, caramel malt. Lots of spicy hop on the tongue, bitter pine with some tangy citrus and light wildflower before a nice counterbalance of sweet malt. The body is nice, fairly juicy, coats the mouth well with a creamy touch at the finish. Carbonation is moderate and the finish is nice and dry.

Verdict: A really nice IPA from Maine Beer Co. Hops are definitely on the forefront, but balanced nicely. While not overly complex, the balance and temperance is what really shines. I could definitely drink this quite regularly.

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

Bottled on 6/4, I drank this on 6/28. About as fresh as I would expect to have one. These are bottle conditioned, so I assume I picked this up pretty much as soon as it arrived at my local beer shop. (along with a bottle of MaineBeer's Mo, also bottled on 6/4)

Obviously expectations were high given the craft beer hype machine. Plus, I've had their Peeper Ale which I really enjoyed.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orange with a three finger head into a 23 ounce Sierra Kellerweis Hefeweizen Glass. Poured pretty gently give the sediment from bottle conditioning, so a bit surprised at the carbonation level.

Aroma: I've heard Lunch competes with the best West Coast IPAs so I did have some expectations. With that much head on the pour, I fully expected a huge amount of hop aroma, but it wasn't there. Much more subtle aroma than most big IPAs out there these days. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. But again, not hop-bomb aroma.

Flavor: Again, not overwhelming hop flavor. More flavor than the aroma suggested, but not over-powering. The malt flavor is there to balance, but again, very subtle. I would guess there's some Pils in the malt bill, and that they avoided caramel malts, or at least minimized their percentage in the grist. Bitterness is there, but not harsh. Lingers crisply on the tongue.

Hard not to review this with beers like Bear Republic's Racer5, or Ballast Point's Sculpin in my mind. Those beers are much more hop forward. Lunch is more "smooth"... crisp... hard to explain. I am surprised to see so many reviews suggesting much more hop aroma than my bottle offered up.

Overall it's an enjoyable IPA. Much like Peeper Ale, the malt character avoids a heavy caramel component and the hops are intriguing. Simcoe appears to be a brewery favorite variety, along with perhaps amarillo. Do I think it's a top 10 IPA? Not in my mind, but that's personal preference. This is a well-made beer with enough originality to separate it from the abundance of American IPAs on the market.

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Photo of ericj551
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lunch pours a very clear deep gold with a beautiful head that really lingers. Fruity orange citrus and pine in the aroma with a bit of sweetness. The orange gives way to grapefruit which leads nicely into the flavor. The grapefruity hops come on strong in the flavor with just a bit of sweetness. The malt is dominated by a strong, but not overpowering bitterness. Overall this is a really nice IPA especially for a couple months old. I imagine it's hard to beat right off the bottling line.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Same as Mo. Clear bronze with a little head.

S: Lots of citrus.

T: Top notch. Lots of mixed citrus and a bit of pine. Mild and great.

M: Really transports the flavor to your palate with a good carbonation.

O: A great IPA for a go to.

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Photo of JG-90
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a very hazy orange/peach color. Pures a huge white head that becomes extremely rocky as it recedes, has very good retention, and leaves tons of lacing.Has a juicy orange and lemon smell with a bit of grapefruit. Has a bit of bready malt aroma as well.

Taste starts with a bit of pine, then moves on to a large amount of lemon. The has a bit of grapefruit and orange, with a lemony, bready finish. Has a medium mouthfeel with very high and slightly prickly carbonation for an IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

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Photo of Dakotah
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a Stone VE stem glass..

A- pours a hazy amber/copper with a 1/4 in. white head that slowly dissipated. Just the way I want an IPA to look!

S- smells like you'd expect a west coast IPA to smell- but its about as far from west coast as can be! fresh citrus, super piney, little bit of grass clippings.

T- hoppy bitterness from start to finish, more citrus, grapefruit, resinious... a little malty nuttiness at the end, but the hops still linger, and hang long after. I would describe this like a friend described Blind Pig- tastes like Xmas trees. (in a very good way)

M- tingling but light the whole way, hops will bite your tongue, just enough carbonation to foam in the mouth a little opening up all the flavors.

O- A damn good IPA, well representative of west style from the east. I'd love more of this!

Edit= continuing to sip on this I'm picking up more pine and pineapple in the nose (I think my allergies just cleared)

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