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: Year-round

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.

Lunch is a special whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin, which adds to her unique character. We dedicate this beer to her determination and persistence.

Keep on swimming!

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; bottled on 03/27/2018.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, lemony yellow, somewhere between straw and golden, with exuberant head formation leaving a greater than one inch head with really excellent retention and foamy lacing. Sediment evident.
S: Initially very strong lemon fruit and breadiness.
T: Semidry. Lemon citrus, honeysuckle, and pine. Bitterness moderate and subtly, leaving a very clean ever so slightly bitter finish.
M: Light bodied with strongly persistent effervescence. Silky mouthfeel.
O: A truly delicious, light, slightly sweet, lemon chiffon American IPA. Truly exceptional and superb for summer.

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Photo of MiseraBILL
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites!

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Photo of Docscape
3.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber with a little cloud. Little sweet friuty taste. Not a lot of smell.

22oz draft. Lucky's at Boston Logan airport.

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Photo of mflamar
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Karenremom
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTrelfa
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anthony-s
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/27/18, consumed 4/21/18

L: Hazy, dirty amber honey color with a huge head that left great lacing. Lots of visible sediments swimming around in there.

S: Very bright, full tropical and citrus fruit notes with a bit of sweet malt. Wow so nice and appealing.

T: Good balance of the tropical and citrus fruits with even notes of pine and dank. A tiny bit of sweetness.

F: Medium-light and surprisingly a bit thin, but really strong, heavy, and solid bitterness, certainly more than you'd expect out of the East Coast. Great carbonation.

O: This is a very nice IPA that stands out on its own - terrific nose, East Coast look and aroma with a more West Coast taste and feel. Very impressive offering from MBC.

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Photo of Darwood77
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livemusicisbetter
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NextBestThing
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer . It's anything but a juice bomb but for an east coast IPA that has become a little bit of an outlier since the advent of the haze craze this beer never gets old to me. Gentle pour into a pint glass yields a half finger of white foam and the cleanest looking IPA you are likely to see any time soon. Looks great in the glass, nice carbonation and the bubbles rushing up the glass are easily visible through this great looking beer.

I'm getting some grapefruit and a little more bitterness than we typically find in an east coast IPA. Normally I'm not looking specifically for bitter hop bite in any beer but the malt backbone supports the bitterness in this beer very well. I don't necessarily get the piney hit that some others do but this is a unique beer, at least in the current climate.

Nice in the mouth, maybe a little thin and it's impossible not to notice the carbonation. Brisk beer. Not really a distraction though.

Excellent beer. Also appreciate that although this is a highly regarded beer it's not difficult to acquire and that the brewery isn't a madhouse. Recommend highly.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Need to actually review this beer if I find it again, thought it was very yummy

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a nice head and leaves lacing as you drink it. Piney scent in the nose. The mouth gets a well balanced malt and hop flavor. Nice!

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MFMB
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It’s interesting to read the commercial description of this one. First sip I thought to my self that it is a little east coast and a little West Coast. Pours a semi hazy, chill haze like copper color. Thick off white head. Nose seems to be decidedly West Coast, resins and pine but if I search hard enough I might make out some mango. Taste is juicy up front. The aforementioned mangos and passion fruit along with that crisp bite of grapefruit pith and zest. Sticky pine and a smooth mellow malty base. Medium body with a bit of that West Coast sticky feel to it. Dry bitter finish. I really enjoyed lunch.

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Photo of shreead
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightlt hazy bright orange caramel color with a 1/2 finger rocky off-white Head

S: juicy pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, orange, lemongrass, strawberry and a mellow bready malt in the background

T: apricot and passion fruit up front. Pineapple and grapefruit behind that. Some bitter tea leaf hops, and bitter grapefruit follow those to balance the juicy tropical hop flavors. A touch of bready malts as a backbone, with a touch of alcohol in the finish

M: solid medium mouthfeel with mid carbonation

O: this is a nice IPA. Nice mix of tropical fruit and bitterness. There is enough malt in here to not make it feel too thin. Definite recommend

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful thick and hazy orange juice pulp like appearance. Pearl white head is 1/4 inch, slightly frothy, with a good sense of carbonation disturbance arriving informally beneath. Love the thick juicy, NEIPA appearance.

S: Tropical nose of pineapple and mangoes, is fresh and wet with some underlying sticky pine-orange resins. The hopping is well rounded, very soft around the edges with a soft background of sweet caramel and sugar. Really pleasant and smooth, with a finish of light pine and orange peel. Good strength overall, holds very well, balanced.

T: The flavor is dry pine and orange hop flavor. Like the nose, well rounded, with lots of flavor and sticky hop resins, dry citrus, barley grains, and a wet flowery bite on the swallow that reminds me of columbus. Grapefruit and dry tropical notes are also included.

M: Creamy soft malts, oily resins mix, and easily slides off the tongue. Soft piney bitterness on the inner cheeks.

O: Aroma is fresh, wet and tropical fruit, while the flavor is lightly dry pine-orange and citrus hops that is very smooth and rounded flavor wise. Backdrop of pungent flowery hops. From the first wiff to the last sip you cant help but to fall in love with this very well crafted beer that displays a smooth perfection in both flavor and aroma. Nicely balanced, high drink-ability rate and outstanding per style. growler.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Craftballer
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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