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 jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -6.8%
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 -4.1%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -9.1%
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 +6.2%
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 +2.7%
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 -10.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot #05.18.11

Pours a golden amber color with a wicked huge fluffy head, fades at a very slow rate (probably my biggest complaint on the looks because it takes forever and held me up from drinking it), leaves a good deal of patchy lacing.

Smell is terrific for an IPA, the nose is hugely pine and grapefruit with the edge going to the pine, citrus makes a good presence, eventually the hop front melds with a caramel malt backing as part of the "afternose".

Taste is definitely on the hoppy side, starts out with a resiny hop bitterness that calls on the pine, the citrus and grapefruit that was part of the nose is not as heavily prevalent in the taste, for as much head that was produced the carbonation seems rather low or soft (maybe the excessive head took all the carbonation away), eventually the caramel malt backing takes hold before leaving an aftertaste of bitterness.

Another good beer from MBC, they have yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber body with a huge, creamy white head. Retention is pretty much too good, I am waiting to drink it. Nice thick lace webs down the glass.

S- Aroma has a very nice hop presence. Hops have a nice tropical fruit feel, citrus, pine and some floral.

T- Nice hops once again. A good deal of pine and floral but the citrus and fruit still come through. Malt lends some sweetness.

MF- Creamy lighter-end body with a smooth feel to it. Finish is pretty bitter.

Kind of feels like a mix of West and East coast, bringing a nice balance. Somehow I get a cotton candy feel out of it but it really is a nice beer. Reminds me of the late Uber Sun.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jmu500 for this one!

looks like angel juice. caramel apple hue with tangerine highlignts. thick, billowy, pillowy, chunky, meringue-like head a few fingers high lasts longer than I thought possibe and leaves solid lacing. a touch more lace and this would be a 5.

pine, grapefruit, tangelo and starfruit. hints of tropical fruit hop aroma without being over-the-top pineapple and crap. This smells amazing. like perfumed hop elephants. sweet clover honey and a hint of malt hint at some balance. but damn... this smells amazing. I could inhale this all day.

pine hops up front, with apple, caramel, and toffee behind. rich malt backbone is stronger on my tongue. so is a bit of boozy heat? weird. only 7%? tastes a bit hotter. unless my mind has been blown by the hoppy aroma. more lush piney hops finish it out, leaving a pleasantly sweet bitter hop finish.

mouth is fluffy and almost billowy in my mouth. which sounds odd. but it works pretty damn well with the flavors. ample carbonation - almost a touch high - but somehow it works. a hint slick, but settled down by a lightly drying finish.

damn. This is definitely going to be a permanent ISO. I've had pliny more times than i can count, and I think this blows it out of the water. the only problem is that I don't have any more.

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Photo of Sebowski
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks really good. Full thick creamy head. Big ol bubbles. Caramel coloring.
Smells like an IPA. Hoppy, Piney, IPA
Tastes like it smells. Hoppy, piney, little bitter, and delicious.
Good mouthfeel. Mostly dry.
Glad I got to have one of these. Good stuff. Hope I come across it again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find a bottle of this at Spirit Haus in Amherst!

Poured a nice amber color with a very good inch or more of white fluffy head.

Aroma was crazy pine and grapefruit. This reminded me of all those west coast beers that seem to make most east coast IPAs sort of weak in comparison. The gap is bridged with this beer as I was absolutely blown away by the nose of this brew. I felt like someone was torturing me by thrusting my face into a bag of hops over and over again. Such sweet torture.

Flavor was piney, citrusy, grapefruit and resiny delicious. Medium-bodied without being too sweet and very nicely balanced. I love being able to enjoy this beer 18 inches before my mouth reaches the glass, thats how good this beer smells! Hits all the marks in flavor and easily comes out near the top as one of the best IPAs I've had from here in New England..ever.

Good on ya Maine Beer Company! Love the expansion of both the brewery and the styles you're adding. I'm psyched to be able to find these beers down here in MA after leaving Maine.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed amber leading with some gold edges. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and sticky as can be. Great lacing and the head retention is impressive.

Smell: Nose is aggressive on the hops without being in your face. Loads of citrus up front, but a nice touch of pine brings it around and rounds it all out. Malts pack a nice surprise, bringing some touches of biscuit/bread to the party. A touch of sweetness from the malts as well.

Taste: Almost a spot on match for the nose. The hops linger and provide a solid bitterness, but the malts act as a countering sweetness and balance the whole thing out. This is definitely a balanced IPA and definitely inline with the "East coast" style.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full. Carbonation is almost perfect for my take on the style. Drinks super smooth. Maybe some dryness near the end of the beer.

Overall: My first take on this beer was that it was mindblowing. I decided to drink a second bottle to make sure. the second bottle showed me that it's not a knock-your-socks-off kind of beer, but it's extremely well balanced and delicious to boot. Probably one of the best examples of the East coast IPA, and at $7-$8 for the 500mL, it's a solid find.

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Photo of sitarist
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another blind review via the blind bif, thanks to Brez07.

Pours a beautiful sunset color. Thick off white head that lasts awhile, webs of lacing. This is one nice smelling IPA! Tropical fruits, and citrus. Imagine a hop marmalade if you will. The flavors follow the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and pepper. Light to medium body, it is just a little thin for my liking. Its a bit warm. An easy drinking, straightforward IPA. It goes down fast an easy!

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle

Pours lightly hazed medium amber, top notch medium tan head...Impressive staying power! Another great looking beer from these guys, even a blob of dense meraingue staying behind seemingly forever...loads of thick sheeting, window panes of lacing..nice

Moderatly citric, hopped up nose.

Fresh and fragrant, with notes of lemony hop goodness, light tropical fruits, maple sweetness and bready notes to balance out this stunner...How come I have not heard more about this brewery?!? and where can I get more of their brews?!?

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick head into my glass. The head is probably the best part of the appearance.

Highly aromatic with a citrus hop kick (Cascade?) to greet the nose. Obviously, it's an IPA! I wonder if the taste is equally as appetizing?

Crisp and followed by a grapefruit knockout. The low ABV helps here as it doesn't overwhelm the taste buds with excessive alcohol heat, etc. Buttery malt.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt all around. No harsh flavors. Just pure hoppiness.

As I said, highly enjoyable and strongly drinkable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says "lot 051811" which I'll assume is a bottled on date.
Served in a pint glass.
Thanks to Baconsausage for sending this one my way!

Dark golden orange with a HUGE brilliant white head. The retention on this is amazing. The lacing too is incredible. Huge sudsy bubbles form a rocky cap of foam and hang in wild 3D chunks that look great. This is a 5 for appearance.

The smell is amazing-- like an amped up version of Zoe! Lush pineapple and tropical fruits play off a sweet bready malt and citrusy grapefruit notes. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but thats because the bitterness is a little harsh and astringent. The flavor profile follows the nose, but any gentle nuance of deliciousness is lost to a hard bitter bite.

Body is decent. Medium, good carbonation, an oily feeling lingers. Not mind blowing here, but not bad at all.

Overall-- I'm impressed with this brewery, and I look forward to trying more from them! The beer is certainly interesting and tasty, but the nose and appearance crush the other aspects.

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Photo of Pahn
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 5/18/11, drank 6/3/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly (imperceptibly) leaving a solid wall of lacing. Pours a hazy orange and leaves small, scattered swatches of lacing.

Smell: At first, grapefruit, orange, some pineapple; west coast hops. Some lingering sugary sweetness. Smooths out to a mild tangerine-like sweetness. Continues developing, but not necessarily for the better; gets a little dish soapy and halloween make-up-like, then kind of earthy. Remains good, but not great.

Taste: Nice bitterness up front, immediately apparent toast-like malt backbone, with a caramel malt sweetness through to the finish. Tropical fruit hops highlighting the entire flavor. Flavor stays consistent throughout, toast and cookies, tropical fruit.

The flavor could almost be called "pedestrian" if the balance weren't so exceptional. It seems like it's about to hit you with bitterness, then resolves as this really great softness. Everything about the flavor is soft, and in harmony. If you like something simple done very, very well, this is the IPA for you. This tastes like a recipe that's been made, tweaked, and remade over and over again until it's exactly to someone's tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry. Creamy and airy. Overarching impression this beer gives is "soft".

Overall: The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer combine to make an extremely refreshing IPA. I could easily drink a lot of these, especially on a hot day. Maine Beer Company continues to impress.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lunch IPA pours a hazy amber (yellow/orange) with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and a thick sheet remains until the bottom of the glass. Lots of clumps and netted patterns of lace. From the bottom of the glass a flurry of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is loaded with citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Notes of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy, very effervescent with a dry finish. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malt, peppery spice and bitter hops. It begins with a hoppy flavor of grapefruit citrus, pineapple and pine. Peppery spice fills in the middle and lingers to the end. Towards the end some sweet malt notes appear. It finishes bitter with pepper and pine flavors lingering on the palate.

A very tasty, fairly well balanced IPA. Hops dominate, but don't overwhelm. Easy to drink, but a bit overcarbonated.

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