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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
4,937
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of Klym
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Palphen for this much desired bottle. Poured into a Surly nonic (thanks to expedition for the glassware!).

A: Pours a golden aura that quickly sinks into a raisin brown, almost opaque middle. A shampoo bubble like 1 finger head that leaves erratic but good lacing.

S: What a beautiful smell. Slushy tropical fruit ice with all natural dark fruit syrup ontop and piney hops tucked in everywhere. Can't wait to take a bite.

T: Huge spicy piney hops expand throughout the mouth with some more tropical fruit flavors while dark fruits brew a storm in the middle of the tongue. The flavors are less packed and the hops are far more potent in the taste than in the nose, but it's all good! I need to reiterate how spicy the piney aspects of this are.

M: Thickish with some creaminess in the carbonation. Sooths the mouth and refreshes it.

O: The rumors are true, this is a fantastic single IPA, among the best I've had. Hard to compare and rank relative to our best out here on the west coast, but it certainly deserves to be among them.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle dated 6/4/13. Thanks surge1311!

A - Golden and hazy with a big off white head of large bubbles. Great lacing.

S - A nice mix of citrusy and piney hops. Firm and refreshing.

T - A Wonderful citrusy flavor and bitterness. Lingers nicely. Some toasted malt to support it. Mmmmm.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation.

O - A nice west coast IPA from New England. Nice to see!

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ChrisP802
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Maine brewing and I'm happy it's suck a close brewery
Pour - golden with a little haze
Smell - tropical, hoppy, malt
Taste - citrus, balanced malts, hoppy goodness
Overall - amazing, drink often

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Photo of Sheppard
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 day old bottle.

Pours an orange hue with off-white head. Some haziness present. Incredible aroma of earthiness and melon, I get some honey dew. This beer has an incredible piney finish, but it is lacking in depth. It's a really good "west coast" style IPA born on the east coast.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing.

aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour: On draft at The Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Dark gold in color with some slight haze. Thick white head that lasts. Lots of lacing present on the sides of the glass. Aroma: Slight citrus zest. Pine and earthy notes as well. Taste: Funky and earthy. Juicy with big hoppy citrus flavors. Aftertaste: Slight bite with the earth and citrus notes that continue through the back end. Overall: I really liked Lunch. Strong showing from Maine Brewing. Very good. 4.42 out of 5.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark amber/ruby. One finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Fresh hops, grapefruit, orange peel, smooth grainy malts with grassy/earthy tones. Big, full aroma.

T/M: One word comes to mind: Fresh. Fresh hop flavor, fresh, crisp mouthfeel, fresh ingredients. Moderately light body. Not far from the nose, cirtus and sweet malts with a load of fresh hops. Utterly delicious. Moderately carbonated.

D: Fantastic.

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Photo of Damasen
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled less than a week old. Straight off the bat after opening the bottle big hit of citrus notes, some grapefruit and orange. Already pretty amazing. Pours a amber-honey with a fluffy white head that lasts the whole drink with some nice lacing. This IPA smells amazing. Very citrusy, strong smell of oranges and slight bitterness of grapefruit. Smells just like sweet orange juice. Taste follows. Starts with a dank pineness that gets overtaken by citrus notes.The orange comes out strong and ends with a sweet, candied orange. Really does live up to the hype. Very balanced between the pine and citrus notes. So good, always enjoy fresh.

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Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottled on 1/14/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with 3 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Body is hazy.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine are the most noticeable with tangerine, pineapple and mango notes as well well as a light malt sweetness.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma with more tropical notes and less pine. Mango and grapefruit stick out the most with just enough malt sweetness to balance it out really well. Bitterness was surprisingly low.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium levels of lively carbonation. Very little alcohol presence and easily drinkable. Very dry finish

Overall: I can see why this beer is so sought after. Lots of hop flavor for the hop heads out there, but also easily drinkable and approachable for those who may not be a huge fan of the style. Overall an excellent IPA and one I wouldn't hesitate to seek out again.

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Photo of jman892
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour into a pint glass, huge white head, but with minimal lacing. It is a very hazy dark orange color.

S - Very hoppy with citrus kick right up front, very appealing grapefruit and peach.

T - Piney hops up front, not as citrus forward as the nose would hint. There are some sweet malts that balance this off nicely

M - Smooth, good carbonation, medium body, exceedingly drinkable.

O - Such a nicely balanced IPA, great drinkability, for a 7% beer I could put away a few of these without a problem

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.

S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.

T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.

M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.

O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 WheelsPSU
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/30/14 poured on 6/13/14. Picked this up for $7.99 at Whole Foods Union Sq.

Poured a very light beige color which was very interesting as I figured it would be darker simply because of the amount of hops plus the malt. Lacing was scattered on the glass but hung around for the entire drink. Very large frothy head.

Citrus taste with not an overwhelming amount of pine. This beer was not terribly intense or bitter which I appreciate. You could actually taste the malt backbone and sweet hops up front.

Incredibly crisp and clean with a very easy finish. Left me wanting sip after sip. Not too cloying.

The freshness was great. I guess its easy to create a beer with a bunch of hops, but it’s much more difficult to craft a beer with lots of hops that feels balanced but not sweet. Excellently done MBC.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Can't remember bottled date but about a month old.

Pours nice orange color with good brightness and a 2 finger sticky head that leaves good retention. Smell is very fresh with lots of citrus fruits, nice earthy notes and a hop finish. Very good smelling. Taste is grapefruit, oranges, hops, and floral notes. Pretty standard for an IPA. Taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is fantastic. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from an awesome trader in MA
Bottled 3/22/12

A: Half-inch white head, clear golden color, really good carbonation and lacing

S: Citrus, straw, fresh hops, sweet caramel, orange peel

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, bitterness, obviously hoppy but nicely balanced, slightly dry and pleasant finish

M: Good carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, good stuff

O: Very good and very drinkable, wish I could get a few of these monthly during the summer

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on February 7, 2016. Born on date 01/19/16. Tasted on May 21, 2016. Born on date 05/03/16. Tasted on June 3, 2016. Born on date 05/10/16. Look is bright amber with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, sweet berries, toasted bread, nutty yeast and fresh-cut grass aromas. Taste is juicy tropical and citrus fruit, pine, sweetened strawberries, herbs, spices nicely balanced with subtle sweet malt flavors. Feel is medium in body and smooth on entry with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bar into pint glass (despite recent Press Herald beer review calling for snifters).
Deep gold color. One finger head.
Smell of beer and lemon.
Crisp but not oppressive lemony hop flavor.
Pleasant sparkle on pallet. Hop aftertaste.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complex, tropical fruity nose with tons of pine and grapefruit flavor leads to a surprisingly bitter and dry but smooth finish. Lives up to the hype, but just barely.

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Photo of smcolw
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RobHigby
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given the 411 on this from my good friend at Colonial Wine & Spirits in Acton, MA. What I loved about this IPA is that versus all the other limited disty IPA's I've tasted, this one took the earthy/hoppy route versus the citrus finish that most others gravitate to. Very smooth at the same time which is rare to have that much hops without the LaGunitas-esque bite. Bravo Lunch!...Please brew more.

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Photo of biegaman
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunch has a light enough complexion to assume that malts should not be an issue where this hop-bomb is concerned. Its golden colour is clean but doesn't allow a whole lot of transparency, although its bubbles appear as if under a spotlight. No matter how low the beer gets, its head stays thick and perfectly level. The lacing sticks too.

The beer smells blissfully tropical right from the pour, but swirling really puts the match to the powder keg: pineapple, papaya and mango explode. And it's loud. There's more fruit in this aroma than in any of products you'd find at Bath and Body Works (which you know is saying a lot if you've ever walked within 20 feet of that store).

Fortunately the aroma made a promise that the flavor would keep. Notes of apricot and lemon rind linger in the tastebuds like heavy fruit hanging from a thin branch. Sugary pineapple, blood orange, and bitter grapefruit are plentiful while just a hint of toasted bread is all we can gather of the malts. Perhaps a wee dab of caramel too.

Similar IPAs can swamp the palate with devastating bitterness, or become boozy and disjointed with warmth, but this is an IPA that has no worm at its core. It has all the requisite flavors but maintains an easy, approachable character. It doesn't numb or shred the palate but rather washes it in a refreshingly acidic citrusy juiciness.

Lunch is named after a whale and, indeed, it is in fact what the beer geeks on this site would call a 'whale' (rare beer, difficult to attain). The bottle I just reviewed was almost 3 months old before I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it, but it was every bit as good as others hyped it up to be. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be fresh... it might just be worth trading a kidney for.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought most of the beers that Maine Beer Co. was offering this past Fall with plans to do a tasting with six of my BA Buddies. But I wound up drinking them all with a couple of my beer buddies who attended my annual New Year's Party. Tasted Peeper Ale, Another One, Zoe, Mean Ole Tom, King Titus, Lil One, Lunch and Mo. Lunch and Mo were two of the eight Maine Beer Co. beers that I was really looking forward to tasting. Lunch did not dis-appoint me in any way. Outstanding is where I rated it and it was all of that.

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