Lunch | Maine Beer Company

LunchLunch
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97.1%
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4.32 w/ 5,199 Ratings
LunchLunch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#421
Reviews:
780
Ratings:
5,199
Liked:
5,048
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
8.1%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
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1,193
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1,424
Trade:
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Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suprised to see this one on a stop to a beer store in Maine. Didn't even know Maine Beer released an IPA! Pleasant surprise. Zoe and Peeper are great. Excited to try this one. PT bottle, 05/18/11...

A: A nice murky golden color with a humongous 3 finger tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: A nice earthy hop upfront with a very pleasant bready backbone. Some citrus in the middle. Good.

T: A bitter hop wall quickly followed by a very nice bready balance. An almost bitter syrup flavor hidden in the back. Very good.

M: A heavy carbonation with a full body. A bitter clean finish. Good.

O: This is a great example of a hoppy bitter IPA. Maine Beer Company brews some fantastic beer. Definitely try if you like bitter IPA's.

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Photo of soze47
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What Flower Power does for floral characteristics in an IPA, Lunch does for grass. This beer is one of the best examples of late/dry hopping I've ever tasted.

Appearance: Warm copper that slights almost towards amber in color with a nice brown egg colored head. Lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet grass comes to mind with a nice big hop array. Grassy for sure, but also a candy like orange flesh and slight herbal tones come out too. Unlike others, I'm not getting any pine. Really nice nose on this one.

Taste: Beautiful example of the aroma and the taste blending together to give a really special affect to the taste. The beer's taste on its own isn't all that robust. Very grassy and not a lot other than some basic caramel/bready tones from the malt. But the sweet vibrance of the nose, the citrus flesh and sweet grass characteristics, imbibes this beer with a huge boost in the taste. One would be missing the major part of this beer if they were ever to drink it straight from the bottle.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really drinkable and fun. Light body for a 7% IPA. Because the aromatics play such a large part of the flavor, there is really nothing abrasive about this beer.

Overall: If anyone ever wants to know what a super hoppy, yet not bitter IPA tastes like, go to this beer. If you don't understand what the terms hop aroma and hop character mean aside from IBUs, reach for a Lunch IPA. Really a great brew from what is fastly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of silentjay
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a pretty standard, yet glowing amber/copper with a nicely sized off-white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

damn. pine, pine, pine, and grapefruit. lots of fresh hop aromas in this one, and I can smell it from a mile away.

pine and grapefruit juice, sweetened, with some fresh cut grass, fresh squeezed orange juice, and almost a candy-like sweetness. not terribly bitter, but tons, and tons of hop flavor.

medium bodied with excellent soft carbonation. this is one of the juiciest and most refreshing finishes on a beer I have ever had.

terrific. Was the perfect beer after a day of hiking. well done, again, Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle split with imagineiii poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose pounds you with fresh cut grass, citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste is nice and fruity, a bit bitter, but well balanced, a bit chewy and very tasty, Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a nice sharp finish. Super tasty & very drinkable. Another hit from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a foggy yellow honey color - tons of sticky white head leaves when it's damn well ready (which is well after lunch.)

Nose hit me as soon as I opened it - bright grapefruit and almost a mango spiciness - very tropical, very enticing.

A sip is...delicious. Smoothly bodied with medium to lower carbonation and a swell of sweet fruit goodness. A good balance - with a sweeter malt base that never overpowers, allowing a clean, lightly pine bitterness to follow through to the end - if anything I'd say that the finish is too balanced and could use a touch more hop bite. But with an almost non-existent alcohol presence, this is a very drinkable pint.

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Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle
Lot051811
Served in a snifter

The week-old beer poured a hazy, copper amber color with a one-finger head of bubbly white froth. Outstanding retention. The cap slowly dissipated to a thick, lasting film. Large drippy blocks of lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was simply one of the best I have encountered in an IPA. Super sweet and fragrant with peach, apricot and nectarine notes leaping out of the glass. A decent amount of orange zest too. Tropical fruits were also apparent. Mango was quite prevalent.

While the nose was smooth and fruity, the flavor profile was definitely more crisp and bitter. Some crystal and caramel malts appeared up front before the hops took over. The hops were initially dry and pithy with strong grapefruit rind notes. As the beer moved along the palate, the hops became more dank and resiny. Pine sap dominated the crisp, dry and bitter finish. As much respect as I have for the flavor profile, I would be remiss to say that I was hoping for something more akin to the nose. As for drinkability, I found the 7% ABV to be remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. If I had to nitpick, I would say that this beer is slightly thin. Creamy, supple and silky smooth. A fine, moderate carbonation helped the beer glide across my palate.

Add Lunch to the growing list of outstanding IPAs coming out of northern New England. With more and more beers of this quality being produced locally, I have fewer reasons to envy the folks on the West Coast.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Third Beer by Maine Beer Co. for me, have loved them all so far.

A-This brew pours a slightly hazed light yellow/amber color. From the pours grows a giant creamy off-white head. The head retains excellently. Globs of consistent lace streak the glass. This IPA looks awesome.

S-The smells is awesome as well! Huge whiffs of tropical fruity hops can be detected from a good distance from the glass. Citrus , grassiness, and a bit of pine also contribute to this great aroma. The hops are luscious and greatly aromatic. Behind the hops lies a light bread/biscuit malt. When focused upon, the malt is quite delectable as well. A great smelling beer.

T-The flavor is also quite excellent. The tropical fruit hop flavors are clearly the first thing that strikes my palate. A huge wave of fresh grass flavor envelopes my taste buds quickly after. The aftertaste displays how excellently the grassy taste lingers on the tongue. The brew is moderately bitter. It is also incredibly fresh tasting. The malt is a bit more noticeable on the tongue than in the nose. The beer is definitely hop-forward, but the malt does add some good balance and depth. The taste is just awesome.

M-The feel of the beer is slick, a bit stick, but also is crisp. The carbonation is moderate. The huge head leaves a mustache on my upper lip.

O/D-This is yet another great beer from this company. I do not know it this defeats Zoe, but this is one damn good IPA. The alcohol is masked effectively. The taste, nose and the feel are exceptional as well. Maine Beer Co. is quickly climbing up the ranks of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of jstilwell
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So far have loved everything from Maine beer. Lets pop this open. Golden/orangy pour with a sizable white head that settles down. First whiff, we have a winner! Is this another tropical IPA? I'm getting the grapefruit and piney hops in the nose, it is very aromatic, similar to Flower Power. Mild bitterness starts the tasting experience, nice bready malt in the background blends with tasty hops. Considering all of the strong flavors, this is light on the tongue and very drinkable with a quick dry finish. This is among the best IPA's that I have ever had. I'm not getting the real tropical flavor that the nose exudes, but it is damn near perfect. Maine Beer Company is 4:4 with me! Fantastic

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle (dated 5/18/11 - 6 days ago) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours very hazy dark copper red. Nearly 3 fingers of really tight white head that slowly dissipates, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine among other tropical fruits. Pine, floral hops, sugar sweetness.

T: Light tropical fruits, a little pine, lots of floral hops, and a little bitterness first hit the palate. Nothing over the top, just a lot of really tasty flavors. Somewhat shortened middle of toasted pale malts with a good bit of crystal malt for a clean sugar sweetness. Very balanced body. Light finish, a little sweet, but the hop flavors do fade by the finish without leaving much pine bitterness around.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, very slightly sticky and resinous. Sweeter finish that is quite light, not crisp though.

O: This has been getting a lot of hype lately and while I did enjoy this, it's didn't really impress me all that much. Perhaps it's just from the fact I had Sculpin and Hellhound on tap just last night, but this didn't seem as hoppy as people have been saying. I thought the finish was rather weak. A solid IPA with really pleasant flavors, but certainly not on the level of the Sculpins.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - gorgeous hazy body somewhere between orange and yellow (little closer to orange). huge foamy fluffy head that sticks exceptionally well and laces perfectly.

S - lemon and orange. graepfruit. pine and grassy hops in there as well. maybe a super light hint of vanilla in there as well. this thing is superb.

T - again lemon orange grapefruit grass and pine. it all comes together so well. the pine notes hit the hardest followed by the grapefruit and the rest but everything is quite noticeable mingles really well. this is definitely one of the best IPAs i've had to date.

M - its got a great light body on it and has lower levels of carbonation than i expected but i think its working in its favor it just goes down so smooth. great puckering taste thats clearly evident but not overpowering.

O - wow this is one amazing beer. maine beer company has done it again and i can't say that i'm at all surprised at this point. definitely pick this up if you can.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at RSVP the other day. Given all the reviews and chatter about it on BA, I just had to try a super fresh bottle (so I'm drinking it now in my hotel). Lunch pours an apricot orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. This beer has the look of a serious IPA. In case there's any doubt however, just take one whiff, and you're transported to IPA heaven. Yummy!!! I get a huge aroma of peach, orange citrus, apricot and pine. Incredibly, this beer does not smell at all sweet/malty or boozy, and I just can't wait to take my first sip. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted IPA, and I'm impressed by the amount of hoppy bitterness I get in the finish. There's actually quite a bit of tropical fruit in this beer, but there's more than enough hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness, leading to a long, dry, hoppy finish. There's also a slight dank flavor aspect as well to this beer, which only enhances the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. It's a bit light at the end, but that's splitting hairs.... this is just delicious. I get a slight sense of the 7% alcohol in this beer, but otherwise the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Yummm.... outside of Allagash's outstanding interlude, I'm not sure I can recall having another beer from Maine I've enjoyed as much as I've enjoyed lunch. Now I'm wishing I picked up more than the 3 bottles I purchased at RSVP.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into Liefmans Goudenband Cervoise.
Bottle Dated-> 5/18/2011

A-> A beautiful deep amber/copper color that is definitely unfiltered. A massive 3+ finger head forms after the most gentle pour. Tons of lace left behind covering all of the exposed glass. And a thin film of head never dissipates even to the last drop. Great nucleation as well.

S-> Smell is of pine, instantly but the bouquet seems a bit muted overall, probably some sort of nasal shortcoming on my end. Pine and lemon juices with orange zest and a grassy hop aroma.

T-> First few sips were quite sharp, full pf pine, and bitter but as my palate adjusted this morphed into a tangy fruitiness that was wonderfully balanced with the piney and grassy hoppiness. Wonderfully balanced throughout, with a the citrus and grasses really coming out in the middle. Finishes bitter and dry with tiny hint of booze.

M-> Medium-bodied for sure with lower carbonation and a thinner body?feel than I was expecting. Not really a fault just not what I was anticipating. As this warmed near the end of the bottle, the carbonation just seemed to disappear almost entirely, not sure what occurred there but didn't really hinder the overall experience either. Was still quite refreshing.

O-> Another fantastic offering from Maine Beer Co. Have yet to be disappointed by any of the three beers so far from these guys. Glad I was able to enjoy this pretty much as fresh as possible as it was purchased the same day it arrived at a local bottle shop. Will be looking forward to the 2nd bottle I bought that is sitting the fridge, waiting to be enjoyed...

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, drazzamatazz. 500ml into newport storm snifter. Bottled 4 days ago- hope it's fresh.

A- Hazy glowing orange, big vanilla frosting head, 3 fingers and thick lacing all the way down the glass. Completely covered.

S- Very intense pine resin. Cut grass, some nice citrus fruits. Lemony.

T- Fresh-cut grass, lots of pine sap bitterness. Fruity citrus comes out after I adjust my tongue to the bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present as well.

M- I love this bottle-conditioned IPA. Great lingering bitterness and rich, full mouthfeel.

O- Very impressive, Maine Beer Co. is 3/3 with great beers in my book. Can't wait to see them take a stab at a double IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy melon color, with an off white head. There is a lot of sticky lace left by an inch and a half head.

The aroma is full or juicy orange and lemon, with a hint of mango thrown in. This is one of my favorite aromas in an IPA, and it goes well with the sweet aroma of the malt.

The taste starts out with a touch of sweet orange peel, and is followed with a dose of pine, lending to a nice bitter dry finish. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me, but that's not an indictment of the flavor as much as an endorsement of the aroma.

The body is light and the carbonation medium and prickly. This is pretty refreshing.

I like this one about as much as I like Maine Beer Co. beers; a lot.

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. How great is it to walk into your favorite beer store, find a new IPA from a brewery you already like, look at the bottle and see it was packaged 2 days ago!!! 5/18/11

A - Lightly chilled, poured softly into the glass..a huge, dense 3 fingers of cream colored foam. Mid level yeasty haze in a pale amber body. Head has excellent staying power and lasts for several minutes, requiring a three part pour to fill the glass. As it fades, thick, sticky spiderwebs of lacing coat the surface in its entirety.

S - Loads of fresh hoppy aromas in here - lemons, oranges, pine, and tropical fruits and some cut grass. Thick and sticky in hop aromas. Its tough for anything to get past this hop assault, but there is a bit of biscuity malt and some lightly sweet and sugary malt aspects as well. Really, this is a total hop showcase.

T - Fresh hop flavor as well, not at all surprisingly. More malt than the aroma would indicate - crystal malt sweetness, a bit caramelly and sugary. Sharp and crisp hop bitterness surrounded by citrusy flavors - grapefruit, a bit of lemon, some pineapple, mangoes. Grassy on the finish. This is very hoppy and bitter, but still seems well integrated if not truly balanced.

M - Medium bodied with an ample carbonation of very fine bubbles and a creaminess as well. Bitter into the aftertaste - sticky and resiny, sweet and citrusy.

O - Excellent IPA...this is my first experience with this beer and at only 2 days old, it is probably as good as it gets. Will be interesting to see how things change over a few weeks/months, although the several other bottles I have aren't very likely to survive the weekend.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a large tulip. Bottled 5/18/11. Purchased at Carl's in Kittery, Maine for $6.

I must admit that I was very excited to try this, if only to finally have a well-made IPA right after it's bottled - super-fresh for my bad self. (This is a benefit west coast BAs should not take for granted.)

Pours an orange/gold color, solid two fingers of head, some lacing. Big nose on this and it smells amazing: citrus, pine, some grass, some mild caramel maltiness.

Taste is fresh with a bitter bite up front and malt smoothness as it follows through. Very well balanced flavors. Again there is grapefruit, mild lemon, grass, pine, and subtle caramel. Was this as impressive as the fresh Pliny the Elder I had two weeks ago? No, but it was pretty firkin close. Mmmm... firkin.

Had this with lunch (how apropos) in the house my wife and I closed on today. An excellent fresh beer as the first bottle enjoyed in the new home. Well done Maine Beer Co., especially with the snap distribution.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike some other reviewers, I was unable to try this beer at Sebago's "End of an Era" party...but the time I went to try it, the keg was empty. Luckily, bottles were released the next day. My bottle has been in the fridge all afternoon. It was filled two days ago, on 5.18.11. I'm pouring it into my Maine Beer Company glass.

A very large off white foam head fills my glass, but it is quickly settling into liquid from the bottom up; the top of the head is remaining at the top of the glass. The liquid is a hazy translucent orange. A few streams of carbonation can be seen rising within. As the head is settling, good lacing is left behind. Swirling leaves a lot of film.

Lunch has an exceptional fresh hop aroma. It's bitter and has some warm alcohol notes as well. An underlying sweetness is present; it adds an essence of maple syrup to the aroma.

The taste of this beer is a good mix of sweet and bitter. A malty base is tasted first (tastes like pale or crystal malts to me). Grass hops quickly come in. A stronger bitter flavor makes its way to the front as I swallow. Bitterness lingers on.

The beer is medium bodied and has average carbonation. It is slightly sticky and only leaves a little coat. It isn't nearly as thick as I thought it would be. What is left behind isn't overly flavorful; just enough to make you want another sip.

Lunch is another impressive beer from MBC. I'm sure that drinking this beer when it is just two days old helps, but I imagine it will hold its own for a number of weeks. I definitely see myself drinking a lot of this; I don't think I'll start packing a bottle as much lunch, but it will certainly pair well with many future meals.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 5/18/2011, so only 2 days old. I'm extremely excited to try this new beer from Maine Beer Co. to say the least

A: Pours a cloudy golden copper color with at least 3 fingers worth of head that leaves amazing lacing down the glass. MBC never seems to disappoint here

S: Juicy grapefruit and orange are immediately what you get when you pop the bottle, simply amazing. Citrus hop bomb? Yes, please. I really can't describe how citrusy this beer smells at only 2 days after bottling. WOW

T: The taste follows the smell, and adds some piney hops in there for good measure. Slight peppery alcohol gives this beer a good substance behind all that citrus and pine hop goodness. A hop bomb, for sure

M: Medium body with literally the perfect amount of carbonation, lots of hop resins make this fairly slick

D/O: Amazing new beer from Maine Beer Co. Luckily, this is brewed 2 minutes from my house and I can get it this fresh, hopefully all the time now. Simply amazing IPA. Get this if you can!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Picked this up at Carl's in Kittery and was told that they just got it in today and it was bottled only a couple days previous.

Appearance: A really nice, two finger sticky white head emerges from the bright orange body. Really reminiscent of Peeper. Definitely a good looking beer.

Aroma: Big citrus and tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Some nice light pine and a bit of pale malt provides a nice backdrop. A nice, crisp and clean aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, and a hint of pine hit first. Really nice balance all around. Refreshing and crisp. Notes of candied hops and pale malt also blend nicely and highlight the other hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Crisp enoguh to be refreshing.

Overall, a really solid IPA that really impressed m in almost all aspects. Similar to Peeper, but better in my opinion. Just a really nice IPA that I plan on picking up more of.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head. Really nice retention on this with good lookin' soapy lace.

I could smell this as I was pouring it. Lots of orange citrus and some lemon. Really fruity in the aroma with a bit of a grassy hop finish. A bit of a zinger on this one. Lemon on the pallet with grapefruit and orange citrus. Grassy hops rounding this one out with being a little bitter. The aroma seems to get lost in transilation to the pallet a little bit here, but it's still pretty on point.

The feel seems a bit light and the carbonation is a little bit low. I feel like this one just needs to get a little more lively and a little more body to it and it will really shake things up. Overall, I love Maine Beer Company. This one isn't a homerun for them but it's still a hell of a lot better than a lot of beers on the market. A few flaws in my opinion but this is still one I'll picking up.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's kind of like Christmas when Maine Beer Co puts out a new beer - you don't quite know what's coming, but you know it will be good.

A modest pour yields an immense head - thick, rocky, and white, leaving loads of snowflakey lacing down the sides and lasting til the final sip. Pretty gorgeous. I'm getting a lot of orange creamsicle in the nose - plenty of citrus, but a nice touch of honey and cream malt profile. Extremely fresh hop taste here - again mostly citrus with a strong orange oil presence. Nice bitterness up front, but as hoppy as this is, it's actually quite balanced too. Nice deep malt here, a touch of caramel, smooth and sweet. Excellent body, slightly chewy and full. Really a lot of flavor here from all sides of the spectrum, but remaining somehow simple, straightforward, and refreshingly drinkable. Another awesome beer from the guys down the road.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA the appearance and smell are really nice a frothy head with a great smell of nice piney citrusy hops.

The taste is a bit subdued but again really nice.

The moughtfeel also has a bit of a citrus feel but again nice.

Overall a really a nice brew, at this point maybe the best IPA to come from ME so far.

Well worth trying and is really good.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of bishopdc0
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the Sebago end of an era special event. Shared it with my wife and bumped elbows with pretty much every major player in the Maine beer scene.

The color is golden straw slight cloudy with a generous head.

The aroma is is fruity hops very very fresh. Wonderful.

The taste well what can I say its probably the best IPA I've ever had. The taste is all hops but never overwhelming. The flavor starts sweet becomes a citrus hop flavor and ends with a slight bitter of hops flavor. Wonderful.

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