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 rbd13
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled 08-04-11

Pours murky deep amber with two and a half fingers of foamy head.
Nice citrus hops on nose.
Sweet candy flavor on the head, Hoppy with sweet malty flavors, sweetbread?
Hoppy bitterness on finish with a nice smooth mouthfeel.
Malt bomb IPA!?!

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a lemony, actually almost on the verge of lime to be honest, taste. This has a tart hoppy taste. Kind of floral. To be honest, I like the Zoe a bit actually had a better pale ale taste to it, in my opinion. That's not to say this is a poor beer--it's quite delicious. I was just expecting something different perhaps.

Caramel color, completely opaque, solid bubbly white head. Nice hoppy, almost rye scent to it.

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Photo of Kendo
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lone bottle purchased at Halftime in Poughkeepsie. Date stamped on the bottle says 9/15/11 - I'm assuming that's a born-on-date, which makes this beer less than a month old. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber with a 1-finger off-white head that retains fairly well, leaving a nice cap of foam, and leaves behind good lacing.

S: Not overpowering in the nose, but a nice hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit, peaches and a good amount of citrus (grapefruit).

T: Tropical fruit again - pineapple is noted, along with plenty of grapefruit. Also a touch of lighter apricot, then finishing with a residual piney bitterness. Touch of light malt underneath - some sweetness, some crackers. This is real close to a score of 5.

M: I think it deserves the 5 here. . . . Body is medium in heft, but nicely creamy. Carbonation is modest, allowing this one to go down easy. Quite cask-like in feel, actually.

O: Awesome IPA. I'd put this up against Sculpin, Stone IPA, Masala Mama and other world-class IPAs, and expect it to be right in the mix. I wish I had bought more, as I have no idea when (if?) I will be able to get this again.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking, burnt orange. Very hazy, cream colored head. Excellent lacing:

T: A really broad array of hop aromas, not much malt to speak of. Leaning toward juicy here, with some dank resinous touches.

T: Tangerine juice hop profile. Not much of a "bite" up front, sweet and juicy. Bitterness builds nicely toward the finish to round things out. Malt is more apparent than the nose, but is quite subdued. I would guess this to be less than 7% ABV.

M: A little thin in body, but carbonation is on.

O: Another contender from the Northeast. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier VT

Appearance: Hazy vintage stratocaster sunburst orange with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Some pine resin and lemony citrus. Not mild but not impressive either.

Taste: Same as the nose with a big lemon finish....almost tastes like the lemon note from brett but its more likely sorachi ace hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not an offensive beer but far from inspiring. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle, identical to the type Russian River uses for Pliny/Pig, into a DFH Chalice.

A - Going in blind, the appearance for this kind of brew was pretty strange. It kind of looks like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo with a slight haze to it. Lacing lasts forever with a nice bone white head.

S - WOW. This stuff smells incredible. Seems like a very similar hop-bill to Pliny the Elder, not much maltiness on the aroma. What really sets this brew apart is the light hints of lavender from whatever hop they're using. Outstanding.

T - Absolutely lives up to the scent. Perfect hoppiness with a minor but present malt backbone. Definitely hop-forward, and the lavender definitely comes through a tad and it's quite pleasant. Extremely citrusy, and almost clementine-like. Very west-coast style. Stellar taste from this one.

M - Could use a taaad more carbonation, but being bottle conditioned I can't fault it. Silky with a fine carbonation. Initial bitterness is drowned out by a wet smoothness.

O - Absolutely outstanding brew from Maine Beer Co. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see people catching on to this beer and spreading the word. You might just find this to be the next hyped beer from the northeast, possibly the east-coast, and deservedly so. If this is billed as a single-IPA, it's up there amongst the best I've had. Absolutely a must try.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber gold color with some haze, nice densely packed meringue like head with great retention and lacing. Scent is big on pine resin and juicy citrus, lightly sweetened malt backbone. Taste is quite bitter without leaning heavily towards piney or fruity, very fresh with a splash of herbal notes, malt backbone is light but sweet. Medium bodied, splash high in carbonation, dry finnish. Just a good IPA thats hard to describe because it follows all the rules but exceeded others in quality.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mountsnow1010. Cheers!

Bottled 091511

Pours a hazy nectarine color. Body rather cloudy and full of sediment. Three finger antique white head it seated atop. The head works its way back slowly. Thick lacing coats the walls of the glass.

Very prominent hop aroma. Juicy citrus fruit is countered by a bit of pine and floral aroma. Slight resinous note sit just behind. Very slight pale malt aroma, no crystal noted in the nose.

The flavor is not quite as assertive as the aroma, very pleasant and balanced though. Sweet citrus fruit, slight resin roll across the tongue. Bitterness is rather subdued. Balanced malt flavor, slightly sweet but with in appropriate proportion with the hops.

Medium bodied IPA. Carbonation is a bit lower than I would like to see. The lack of carbonation makes the body seem a bit fuller. The finish is a bit long for an IPA.

I really like this beer, it would be a privilege to make this and everyday drinker. The aroma is outstanding, the flavor is well balanced and Lunch is just a tremendously easy beer to drink.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Interesting that they call this a pale ale, because it's not very pale. It honestly looks like apple cider in the glass, except with a generously frothy inch-thick head, with lots of tightly packed bubbles. Nose is full of that distinctive citrusy grapefruit aroma that is characteristic of good IPAs. A definite sweetness marks the overall smell of the beer, which is a good sign.

A nice, subdued maltiness to start, with a bit of grapefruit rind and clementine peel to go along with it. Transitions to a mild hop kick that isn't very bitter at all. Amazingly enough, there's some breadiness that is readily discerned. Not something I expect out of an IPA, that's for sure. Finishes on a slight bitter note that lingers just a bit. The 7% is only a wisp of booziness at the end that is easily missed. For a craft beer, it's on the light side in terms of body, but it goes down quite well and has a drying finish that leaves you wanting more.

Definitely not a hophead, but even I can appreciate a well-crafted IPA, which Lunch is. Would definitely love to try this even fresher and on-tap, but will probably have to make the drive up to Maine to do so. Not that I would have a problem with that.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lunch, well its after lunch but thats ok. Murky amber orange, not quite opaque but not transparent. A rather hard pour produces some head. Not the very prettiest beer but what a smell. Huge citrus and pine, so fresh. Can't get over how fresh, piney and citrusy this smells. Big hop flavor up front, resinous, pithy pine, some grapefruit like citrus. Bitter mid-palate through the finish. Obviously malt plays second fiddel here, but its just enough to balance the extreme hops. Kinda dryish finish, not cloying from over hoppiness. Just a hugely successful beer by Maine Brewing.

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Photo of dmgnyc
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into my trusty Dead stealie pint glass, bottled on 9/15/11, consumed during the Steelers/Texans game.

Pours a murky dark amber with a finger of solid head and very nice lacing that sticks to the pint on the way down. Clean nose of full on pine and grapefruit, maybe even some fresh strawberries. Very alluring.

Taste gives mouthfuls of clean pine and mandarin orange. Extremely crisp, hoppy, and easy to drink, with relatively unnoticeable alcohol for a 7% abv. A fine model of the style.

At around $8.00 for a pint bottle in NYC, it's a little pricey, but easily one of the best newfangled East Coast IPAs I've had in ages. If it ever becomes available in a out, as it may rival Flower Power for my east coast go to IPA. Between this and Peeper Ale, Maine Beer Co. is killing it, and I'm thrilled that their distribution has reached NYC. Highly recommended.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/22/11

Appearance: Massive head (thanks to the bottle conditioning), fades and leaves great lacing - it's a hazy amber/copper/dark orange color - definitely a pretty beer

Smell: Nicely hoppy with some citrus, some pine, floral with a touch of grapefruit rind - definitely an IPA, but not a super-aggressive one - some nice malts in the background, toasty, biscuity

Taste: Simply great - some fresh grapefruit, orange, pine - nicely balanced with the malts, which are genuinely impressive - toasted, kind of like sweet biscuits, yet still pale - complex - nicely bitter - as the smell would suggest, this is not extreme, and it really works well - overall, this just tastes very clean and crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth and nicely carbonated - again, nicely crisp

Overall: Perhaps one of the best IPAs the East Coast has to offer

This beer is a treat. It's so clean and well-balanced. My only complaint is the bottle format. With a beer that is this easy to drink, I want to be able to buy a case of tallboys, not pay $6 for a 500mL bottle. Bottle conditioning works in cans, right?

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Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Tangerine-colored body, hazy appearance upon first pour. White, pinky-sized head to top. Small bubble streams slowly creep towards the head.

Smells of candied and dried mangoes with a bit of tamarind. Great amount of sweetness. Not really too hop forward, but more so towards sweet and sour. Malted barley hints in the background.

Considerably more hoppier than the Peeper Ale. Opens up with grapefruit and mango, eases into a bready base and then ends on a nice and dry bitterness.

Crisp and light-bodied. Thin bitterness and slight drying feel on palate. Very good. Satisfied the inner hophead in me. Easily my favorite offering from the MBC.

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Pours a light brown color with a fluffy dense off-white head that settles into a puffy cap. A bit dark for the style.

The beer has a lovely hop aroma. A little bit of buddy hops, followed by grapefruit and light pine. Not super intense in the nose but its quite pleasant.

Flavor hits off with the hops. Grassy and buddy fresh hops mix in with some citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Light tropical fruit as well. This is more of a hop flavor IPA than bitter. The malt is lightly bready, gives the beer some substance.

Moderate body with soft carbonation give the beer a soft feel but a little lifeless. Nice balance on the palate but it does finish slightly bitter.

A very enjoyable IPA. Good hop flavor without any crushing bitterness.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 7/21/11 decanted into SA glass. Layer of yeast at bottom of 1 pint .9 FL oz. bottle.
Huge, fluffy white head settles a top pale-golden elixir with few stray yeast particles adhering to the glass sides. Thick Belgian lace coats the glass as the tasting progresses.
Earthy pine scent with lime and grapefruit/citrus accents.
Wonderfully smooth, floral, bitter hop taste with a hint of sweetness, but mostly an even hoppy bitterness that does not explode your taste buds but washes over leaving a pleasant mix of citrus flavors: tangerine, lemon/lime and grapefruit.
Not an oily, slick mouthfeel, but a well carbonated fullness that accentuates the abundant hops.
Wow! Wonderful brew.

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Photo of kaips1
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra and it's awesome, thanks Tom.
16.09 oz bottle lot 072111

This was a sweet surprise in a box I recently got, right after opening the bottle I smelled citrus floral notes and quickly became happy, as I poured it into a founders sniffer with about 1 finger of head that leveled out to just a ring of bubbles. The color of almost liquid copper sits right below the bubbles. The sweet smell of juicy fresh hops hasn't stopped since opening and only gets better as you get a strong whiff from the glass. you get tastes of citrus and slight pine and sweetness from the malt but it's not overwhelming at all, it's a complete compliment. The mouthfeel is full of lively carbonation and leaves your mouth dry after each sip, making you long for the next one. Overall this was an awesome beer that I would live to have again. Very drinkable at 7% makes me almost think stone ups but a bit more body.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. Special thanks to jayli for the hook-up!

LOT 05 16 11

A: Pours a cloudy honey amber color with four fingers of rocky, bright-white, slowly receeding foam. Excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation but not over the top. Perfect for the style.

S: Big gobs of piney hops when first poured. As it warmed up the piney forefront gradually took on a slight citrus-y quality and from there the malty side of the nose poked out. Caramel and slightly toasted grains.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells with the one exception being the noticably piney hops hanging around till the end of the glass. Interesting how I'm smelling citrus, yet tasting pine.

M: Suprisingly smooth given the amount of carbonation. Not that it was overcarbed in the least, but given the amount of bubbles feeding the head I was really surprised at how easy to drink this was.

O: Excellent IPA! I went into this being forwarned to drink ASAP because it was 4 months old (the horror!). That being said, I'd have guessed that this no more than a week or two old by how lively and hoppy it was. I chalk up it's longevity to nothing more than being a very well made and well cared for beer. Thanks Jax!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of normyk (thanks Rob!). I loved Zoe earlier this year so I had a little anticipation for this one. This pours a light copper color with a little haze and a few fingers of foam.

Some muted (old?) citrus aroma from hops, a little tropical fruit and a lot of pine resin. Toasted malts are there too, giving this a balanced nose. It tastes really good but maybe this is getting a little too much age on it. I imagine the hops were more present when this was bottled, just a guess but this tastes like a lightly (very lightly) aged IPA.

The carbonation is just shy of average, which is fine by me as I like undercarbed IPAs more than overcarbed ones. Overall an enjoyable break from the stouts we were opening this weekend, I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

072111 bottling

Thanks norm

Pours a murky hazy yellowed orange. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells hoppy and piny. Tastes bitter and piny. There is a very weird aftertaste... Something is off with this beer... Highly carbonated, good mouthfeel. Overall... Whats wrong with this beer?

091511 bottling

Review edited
Much better!

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky amberish/orange color. Pours with a bubbly head that turns to foam after the beer settles for a second.

S- Grassy hops, some citrusy pine notes, and some malty sweetness. Nice and clean, but nothing crazy.

T- Smooth but almost watery at first, the flavor the turns to sweet citrusy IPA. The aftertaste is dry and hoppy, more piney than the itial flavor.

M- I feel like this is slightly under carbed for the style. The aftertaste is very nice, probably the best feature.

O- Overall, this is a solid IPA. It lacks that nice crispness that I like from an IPA though, which could be cause of the low carbonation.


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Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. Excellent extra in our recent trade. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a unique cloudy yellow-orange color, with crazy head that fills the top of the glass and takes forever to recede. Smell- tropical citrus, sweet honey hops, sweet orange flavors that remind me of dreamcicle popsicle. So excited to try this. Taste- this one is all about the tropical flavors and the citrus. I get some really nice orange flavors, a little bitterness on the end. This bottle isn't ultra fresh but I love it. Can only imagine what it would be like with fresh pungent hops. Overall, love this beer.

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Photo of beenitty
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz bottle from Deciccos Ardsley, NY

bottled 9.15.2011, 5 days old.

A - Pours hazy dark orange with sizable pearl white head. Looks amazing. I cant wait to dive in.

S - Uh oh. Not getting much here Hops, malt. Not what I was expecting by any means. Nice but not amazing.

T - Same as the smell. Nice hops, malt, which I like (malty IPAs) but still a bit let down here.

M - Decent, malty, nice smooth finish.

D - High

I feel like I'm missing something here. Lots of praise for this beer but I dont see the hype. Glad I didnt trade for this one, good but not worth the hype for sure.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.56/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of tai4ji2x, thanks. 500 ml bottle poured into an IPA glass. Reviewed from notes taken 7/14/11.

A - Looks a little thin with a huge 5 finger head that gushed over the glass. Retention is great and lacing is very thick and heavy on the sides.

S - Smell is not very impressive. Light grassy notes, but not strong enough to identify the hop variety.

T - Taste is pretty good compared the the smell. Moderate to high hop bitterness with some east coast hop styles. A little table sugar comes through toward the back. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thin and a little watery. Moderate to high carbonation.

O - A solid beer, but not a world class IPA. I probably won't seek it out in the future, but certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this as part of the Gang Bang BIF. This is my first time trying a Maine beer..I'm digging the simplistic labels.

A: pours a light orange with frothy white head, good retention, very nice lacing

S: aromatic hops up front, heavy on the fruits and citrus, notes of lemon, some pine. A touch of bread in the background.

T: this is a perfectly balanced IPA. Start out with bright citric fruits with some malty sweetness in the middle, and then rounds a out with a swift bitterness.

MF: medium to high carbonation, light and refreshing body

O: very nice East Coast IPA, delightful balance and good use of hops.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz, packaged 7/21/11.

Pours a glowing orange with red and gold highlights. Great fluffy head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and spicy, with some tropical notes and hints of apricot.

Flavor is pretty bitter on the front, but not so much on the back end, which is clean and smooth. Still pretty damn hoppy, resinous and oily at two months out. Fruity and juicy hop flavor is there, though somewhat muffled. Malt structure adds sweetness, hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with ample carbonation, damn near perfect on the tongue.

Really well-balanced and a joy to drink. Will definitely buy some of the next batch if I got the cash.

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