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 Tree43088
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very healthy head into my Sam Adams glass. Reddish/copper and slightly cloudy. Nice head retention and lacing

Smells of piney hops and caramel malt upfront. Also of floral and citrus

Starts out almost with a caramel sweet taste and citrusy hops. I tasted grapefruit and orange. As I swallowed a wave of floral and piney hops hit the back of my tongue and leaves a nice after taste.

Fairly light bodied and dry. Really good amount of carbination.

Overall a really good beer but didn't quite meet up to my expectation from all the hype. Definitely would buy again and try a re-review

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/21/11

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells Maine

Price - $6.50/bottle

This one pours with a big thick creamy head, wow! Take a sip and your left with a foam mustache. The color is copper and not quite clear but a little hazey. It has a long lasting head retention with lots of lacing.

Aroma is very tropical with grapefruit, peaches, mangos and orange followed by pine. It smells like the Islands.

The flavor starts out with an initial sweet fruity taste followed by peppery hops that's wonderfully balanced all draped over a bready background.

Perfectly carbonated and lite to medium bodied. Hop bitterness is strong in the mouthfeel with a slite dryness. Outstanding freshness.

By far my favorite offering from these guys, well done. I definitely will be picking up more of this in the near future.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/18/11

A: Clear orange with a noticeably visible carbonation. Forms a small, but creamy white head. Leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Very fragrant aroma. Predominantly floral notes. Perfumed. Lighter citrus notes and orange to a lesser extent.

T: Starts off lightly sweet. Notes of citrus, mostly orange, but a little lemon as well. Again the floral component comes into play. Mild grapefruit bitterness with a long floral finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: A very good East coast IPA, this one offers up an awesomely perfumed nose, lightly sweet malts on the palate and a wonderful blend of floral and citrus hops in the flavor. Another hit from Maine Beer Company.

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

Poured from a pint bottle (first of which I'm not privy to) into a sample glass (short-stemmed, 4oz fluted glass)

A-Unfiltered, amber/rusty appearance and pours with a 1" frothy, white head with substantial retention

S-Citrus-Grapefruit and a bit of orange peel dominate. Everything a west coast IPA should be...light and refreshing, even before a taste of the mighty elixir.

M-The substantial carbonation makes for a very refreshing experience. Finishes dry with a kind bitterness, fruity and aromatic.

O-Simply put, this is one of the best IPA's I've experienced. Refreshing, citrusy, bitter and all-round exactly what I look forward to (i.e. not much malt backbone). I just wish it was not so expensive ($6) for a pint bottle (purchased from VT)...for me, I wish I could get a bomber for that price...but a good beer is worth it...exceptional!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

This stuff brings new meaning to the saying "Let's have some Lunch." It pours a clear gold topped by over a finger of marshmallow foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange peel, light pine, mild caramel, honeydew, light flowers, and a decidedly light whiff of mint. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is a touch sweeter, and some cantaloupe and light apricot have been added, bringing a more-than-welcome extra bit of fruitiness to the proceedings. Damn, this stuff is tasty! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a great IPA, one I'm really glad I was able to try.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with several fingers of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with 1 ½ fingers of tight froth, which SOAPS the sides of the glass with thick swathes of heavy lacing. The aroma is floral feeling, with a leafy dankness and a fresh citric bitterness in the nose. This is softened up some a bit by some sweeter fruit character and a toasted graininess. A touch of warmth starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste is bright with full hoppy flavors, with a pithy grapefruit bitterness that mingles alongside a fresh leafy feel. This is undercut by lesser pronounced tropical sweetness and lightly toasted grains. There is a smack of bright bitterness in the finish that leaves this dry and a touch spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth. There is a touch of an oily feel here that helps add a silky smoothness to the body at times. A bit shockingly, that 7% ABV is rather evident and gains strength as this hits room temp, with a bit of a stiff warmth to it that stick in the throat and chest and becomes a little distracting after a while.

Even with two months on it, there is no doubt that this has quite the vivid and well balanced hop profile to it and a pretty smooth body overall. It’s just a shame that this ended up showing as much heat from the ABV as it did. I knocked my grade down a bit based on this experience with it, but I’d be willing to tango with another fresher bottle of this. The potential is definitely there.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade after I got stiffed on my first trade for this bottle...grrrr...thanks for trading with me Orangeamps. At the time of this review this is the #15 IPA on the best of IPA list on, also the highest rated IPA that I have yet to have. Very excited for this one. Poured into a 0.5 L Stein.

Beer is orange and hazy with a big white head, heavy carbonation, big white head, nice retention, lots of lacing on the glass, looks like an IPA, pretty hazy though.

Aroma is sweet and really hoppy. It is very very hoppy, nice mix of citrus, floral, pine hops. Very bright and inviting. Perhaps an amarillo or cascade hop, perhaps a columbus, I am probably talking out of my ass at this point, onto taste.

Beer is way thinner than I expected, finishes mildly dry with moderate bitterness. The beer is chewy up front with a sulfury and sweet sort of hoppiness that carries through to the midpalate. The beer is pretty good, just thinner than I hoped but I would have it again. A mighty fine IPA.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this one! Bottle into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours a copper color, white head, sticky lacing, thin cap.

S - Nice dose of hops with a strong bitter character, slight sweetness. I get a decent amount of alcohol from the nose, which at only 7%, is surprising.

T - Bitter hops, slight malty sweetness. All pretty straight forward here, but is why I enjoy the beers MBC puts out. Slight bitter bite on the finish.

M - Body is light, good carbonation, oily finish. 4

O - A very solid IPA, but nothing to go all that crazy over. It's good, just not world-class, IMO. An enjoyable go-to beer if you're looking for an IPA, no doubt.

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

Bottle thanks to Chris (spycow). Served in a Jester King tulip. Bottle is dated 5/18/11, meaning this is about 7-8 weeks old.

A - A big white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Tropical fruits, a bit of sharp pine, light catty notes, and an icing sugar malt backdrop. At this stage, it's quite East Coast in terms of hop-malt balance, but I suspect it was quiet pungent when fresh. Perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol, although that might be just some pine.

T - Taste is more citrus heavy, and when combined with the icing sugar malt character evokes creamsicle. Bitterness is fairly mild, and alcohol is not apparent in the taste.

M - Smooth, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and resinous finish full of oily hops.

D - A very nice IPA from the East Coast that I suspect was even better 6 weeks ago. Still it's aged remarkably well and is quite hop-forward. I'd gladly have this one again.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for bringing this one out.

A - Pale hazy beer with a off-white head that had a some decent retention with some moderate lacing.

S - Slight pale malt with some citrus and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light, bittering resin at the backend.

T - This is really a refreshing and light IPA that still manages to have a nice bit of flavor for a single IPA. Some grapefruit and some satisfying bitterness bite at the end.

M - Medium body, no alcohol feel, moderate carbonation and crisp.

O - Good ipa, highly sessionable. Nice clean taste, refreshing, would love to have this on a regular basis.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a nice golden, almost amber color. Nice half finger of pure white head. Lacing on the glass is thin in areas and thick in others.

S: Smells mainly on grapefruit and pine. I'm also picking up some malt characteristics. There is some sweetness in the nose.

T: Slight malt overpowered by the carbonation. Delicious hoppy bitters, with a finish that is pure grapefruit.

M: This beer is very light on the palate. It's what you would expect from an IPA. No sticky, chewy characteristics. This beer doesn't have a taste bud killing linger, which I appreciate.

D: This is an extremely drinkable IPA. I can picture myself chilling on a summer night with nothing but a few bottles of this beer.

O: I'm a huge fan of this beer. If it were available in my area, I would be seeking it out all the time.

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Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (amphion1065) for this. Nice brown with light lacing. Smell is tropical, grapefruit, a little funky. Taste is solid for an IPA, piney and tropical notes a little alcohol in the aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good taste overall. An outstanding IPA that lives up to hype. Highly recommend tracking this one down.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this bottle... murky light peach, a really wonderful light tope head, great retention and cap, decent lacing... smells outstanding, very tropical, pineapples with some grass hops, wonderful balance... the taste is really good as well, something living up to the buzz, grapefruit with a wonderful bitterness to it, pine with a touch alcohol, so much flavor, this is outstanding

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big bubbly head stands on top of an extremely carbonated copper/orange body. These bubbles will not settle down. About two fingers of head. Nose is sweet bread and tropical fruits but with some pine as well. Light and balanced but the aromas still stand out. The flavor is completely different than I expected from the nose. Malts are sweet and roasted fruity like an imperial but on the light side. Hops are a mix of pineapple and spicy herbal. It finishes fruity and dry. The dryness is a mix of piney fruit and malt tartness. Creamy and fruity body with a bitter but thirst quenching finish. A large amount of head stuck around until I was finished.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Town Hall tulip.
Lot 051811

Thanks to OrangeAmps for providing this.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with a nice 2 finger pearly white head. The retention on the head is fantastic, with some great lacing as well. A great looking beer.

S- Delightful citrus hops throughout, with grapefruit and orange zest showing up in the middle. Subtle pine towards the back. A very strong and balanced nose that I couldn't help but smell for a good amount of time before taking my first sip.

T- Strong hop presence with citrus, floral and grapefruit flavors dominating. A fairly solid malt backbone is present to give it a beautifully balanced aspect. A slight pine note comes in at the back of the mouth, giving it just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Medium body with perfect carbonation. Smooth piney hops linger on the palate just long enough to make me want more.

O- After having Zoe a few weeks ago, I was expecting this to be just as good, and it almost is. This is a very refreshing beer that is well balanced, but still has that nice hop presence that I'm looking for in an IPA. I hope Maine Beer Company keeps up the great work, as I will be looking for more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of vande
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, pretty amber with a three finger thick layer of white foam floating nicely a top

S: Grapefruit, citrus hops right away! A touch of orange with a mixture of some breadiness. Very, very nice.

T: Great tasting beer! Follows the nose bursting with that grapefruit-citrus hop profile.. tinge of pineness.

M: Smooth, clean and clear IPA. Makes one smile!

O: A very good beer. My first from MAINE, hopefully not my last. Definitely one worth seeking out - that is for sure!!!

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

This is one good yet overpriced ipa. the beer pours a darker yellow to almost light orange color with a decent white head. the smell is huge grapefruit and pine notes, with almost no malt character whatsoever. the flavor is citrusy and piney at the same time, very bitter very dry and very delicious. the mouthfeel is thin and well carbed. overall one of the top 3 ipas ive had

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Photo of ggilman
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Sebago tulip.
Lot 051811

Huge head, with sticky lace as it recedes. Murky apple cider color. Lots of hops in the nose, grassy and sweet. A month in, and a lot of the fresh hoppiness has dropped off. Still delicious, with sharp carbonation. More maltiness present, but not a ton. Some fruitiness, apple and grape. Lots of bitterness, just no overwhelming grapefruit and pine like when it was fresh. Feeling the 7% ABV before my second pour from the bottle!

As it warms for the second pour, more grapefruity bitterness comes out.

Still my favorite IPA, can't wait for a fresh batch!

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

Review #1500. It's only fitting it's a bottle from a friend. Thank you, John.

The bottle itself is elegant. A simple font, nicely typeset on a simple, white label, very minimalist and very appealing. Onto the beer. A hazy orange pour, there's a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a beautiful, juicy hop character, big, bright, floral. Plenty of citrus with orange being most dominant, with a blend of pine, lemongrass and ripe lemons. Mildly sugary, this is a great smelling IPA.

The palate opens with plenty of ripe citrus flavor blended with some pine resin., Orchard oranges, some tropical fruits, and a fruity peach character are all present. Bitterness is low here, the palate is dominated by the hop flavor. Malt character is subdued, there's not much here apart from a mild sweetness. Drying on the finish, there's a mild resin character and plenty of citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is sublime. Softly carbonated, this is expertly conditioned. Redolent and resplendent, this is an excellent IPA. Thanks again, John!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into SN tulip pint glass. Thanks to SneezyAchew for a couple bottles of this.

A: Pours a dark amber orange with a billowing, dense, oily, light tan head that took forever to fade into very thick film that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass. Great head retention.
S: Huge notes of citrus hops with dominant scents of orange peel and a touch of grapefruit.
T: Follows the nose with big citrus flavors of caramel covered orange and tangerine with grapefruit juice and bitter grapefruit pith coming through in the finish. Bitterness is actually pretty bold for a straight IPA.
M: Fuller side of medium body with expertly hidden alcohol and a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly crisp and smooth.
O: Very good IPA, and although my review does not say it, there is just something I don’t absolutely love about it. It’s really good, but not my favorite. Thanks again Michael for sending me these!

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Photo of Dope
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Top notch. Huge fluffy white head atop a golden amber pour. A little hazy, not perfectly clear. Amazing retention and great lacing.

S: Stunning aroma. Grapefruit and orange at the forefront with some pine and the bready malt not far behind. Maybe some apricot or peach in there too?

T: Taste backs up the smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, very strong (but not overpowering) bready malts. Pine is secondary but still there. Maybe even a little herbal/earthy flavor. Everything is well balanced and comes together smoothly, not muddled like some beers.

M: Super smooth and clean beer. Just right weight, not too heavy and not too light. Bitterness is decent but doesn't last too long.

O: Maine Brewing hit a home run with this one. Honestly I put this up there with Sculpin and Blind Pig. It might be even better when super fresh. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these (if you can, they disappear at an incredible rate).

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

The first one of the night I wanted some lighter fare to get things going in the right direction and this one definitely did the job for me for sure. Pours out a nice medium amber color with a light head of white that caps the top rather nicely and leaves a smooth and even layer of lacing. Aroma is nice piney hops that mix in and mingle with a smooth and delicate orange note and a touch of a light malty base. Very clean and crisp flavor, light body is more then adequately carbonated and left no doubt in my mind as to how good this one could be. Nice biting hops up front are quickly subdued by a light buttery taste and an earthy, piney freshness that cuts right through. Smooth as silk and overall just a very solid and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a big white head the retains very well. Smell is of pine and grapefruit. Taste has a combo of tropical fruit and pine and some malty sweetness coming through about midway. Nice mouthfeel, about medium carbonation and body. This was a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that settles so slowly that a dome lasts throughout the tasting and it leaves lots of fluffy lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy but an attractive dirty gold color.

Pleasant fresh, bitter hop. Attractive, but I cannot detect the malt.

The hop is the story of this beer as to be expected. There is also a strong alcohol bite to the taste. The malt is present but plays second fiddle. The body is spot on. Pretty good combination for me. A classic IPA.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber orange, with about 3 fingers of white, pinkish head. The head lasts a while, before slowly dying away. There's substantial lacing along the edge of the glass.

S - Delicious smell, lots of tropical fruits and some piney resin. Quite a smell, one that I haven't had in a while on this coast.

T - The taste is very similar to the smell in content, but it's a bit weaker than the smell. Lots of fruity hoppiness, but there's a bit of malt to balance it out in the finish.

M - Solid mouthfeel. The finish is good, and the carbonation is very pleasing.

Overall, this is another wonderful beer from Maine Beer Co. I'm a huge Zoe fan, and I now consider myself quite the Lunch fan!

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Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 5,450 ratings