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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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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
Reviews:
748
Ratings:
5,024
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
21.25%
 
 
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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a somewhat hazy, dull, amber orange color with a modest white head covering the top.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hoppiness to it with peach, mango and orange flavors all coming out. The fresh citrus fruit flavors are really awesome in it. A touch of pale, sweeter malts is noticeable as well. Really good aroma to it.

The taste follows through with more of the really good citrus hoppiness. I get a little more of a bitter grapefruit and citrus rind presence to it, especially in the finish. The juicy and bright notes peach, pineapple and mango show up as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very fruity and bright in the aroma and had even more of a range to the flavors in the taste. Very easy drinking and great tasting beer overall.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful golden orange pour, slightly hazy with adequate carbonation. Poured an enormous head in a tall ale glass (4+ fingers!), which was pure white and left lovely, thick lacing on the glass for the entirety of my experience. Very impressive.

S - Smells like a pure hop bomb: bright, hoppy, grapefruit, lemongrass. It smells like the flavor "tart" come to life in my nostrils. Strong but clean. A little bit of toast. The scent retained its strength down to the bottom of the glass.

T - Very nice clean taste, strong of grapefruit/orange peel, and a hint of lemon. Pleasant caramel malt balance, and a slight citrus, apricot, and mango sweetness. Very, very well balanced.

M - Fresh and crisp, very easy to drink. Instead of an oily sheen, it more feels like you've left some grapefruit pulp in your mouth; the aftertaste is very pleasant. One of the better mouthfeels I've had in an IPA.

O - This drinks thinner than a DIPA (not as syrupy), but with almost as much flavor. Definitely one of the cleanest, most enjoyable IPAs I've had.

Bottled in late May.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/22/11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 9oz / 16.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute. Bottling date of September 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the side of the front label (“090912 10”) and a note to drink within 90 days of the bottling date. That makes three and a half weeks after bottling (24 days), so I am heeding your advice, Mssrs Maine Beer Co.

Appearance (5.0): This immediately yields a solid four fingers of cream-colored head, very tight and foamy, sitting on top an orange-amber, perfectly cloudy body. The head leaves gobs and webs of lace all around the glass as it recedes, leaving a rocky cap in the middle. This is exactly my vision of the perfect American IPA, in terms of appearance.

Smell (4.5): Sweet citrus and some moderate resiny dankness predominate in the nose, immediately calling to mind passionfruit juice and fresh-cut pineapple. There’s a nice mix of mild caramel and bready tones that fill out the malt character here, too. That mix of citrus and slight catty / dank is just so good.

Taste (4.25): The hops are not as aggressive as I was expecting, which isn’t a bad thing. They come in as a mix of moderately sweet-citrusy and moderately bitter zest / pith. Lunch has a long, moderately bitter finish, which is pithy and herbal but bordering on vegetal, slightly oniony but not in a bad way. The malt body is relaxed but not totally out of the picture, adding a sturdy wheat bread kind of character and a bit of caramel—but the hops really do dominate. No alcohol or yeast notes to be found.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Subdued carbonation, tingles slightly but is never prickly or coarse. The body is about exactly medium-bodied, not too slick or oily but with a pretty dry finish. This is good, not excellent in terms feel, but it certainly does the job.

Overall (4.5): This is an excellent IPA. I know it’s not weighted heavily here, but I’m a sucker for a really good-looking IPA, and this looks fantastic. It smells fantastic, too, and the taste is great—not perfection but I really can’t knock it much. Every IPA is different and this one does what it does very well: not blindingly bitter, but with a great flavor and a fantastically dry-hopped aroma, with a nice body and excellent look thanks to some good bottle conditioning. This is a great beer. Too expensive and hard to find to make it a regular, but a nice treat when it’s fresh.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One from a fresh sampler of MBC bottles enjoyed in a pub glass.

Fantastic nose.

Bright crisp IPA. Not overdone. Pliny "light"---need I say more?

Fanstastic

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Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy honey color with a huge puffy white head, three fingers tall at least, displaying excellent retention and leaving a crusty full coat of lacing on the glass. Amazingly attractive beer. Floral aroma, thick with citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of fruity hops in the taste, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mostly, pithy; a very nice sweet, bready malt base that comes out more when the beer comes closer to room temperature. Smooth and clean on the palate, medium body, and extremely drinkable. Exemplary.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep golden color; cloudy but translucent. Pours a huge 3 finger light tan head that dies down slowly leaving a thick uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. PERFECT!

Smell: Nice hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Made me want to drink the beer!

Taste: Starts off with an acidic citrus flavor flavor on the front of your tongue progressing to a tart lemon flavor on the sides of the tonque and ends with a mild, refreshing hoppy flavor. Very hoppy without being too hoppy; (but right on the edge). Very nice.

Feel: Medium body with a rich velvety mouth feel. Start off wet and refreshing; ends with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Very fresh and of high quality. Very good flavor. I would be happy to drink this again, though would not want this all the time due to the dry finish. While delicious, the beer left me feeling somewhat parched and looking for a drink of water.

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Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 12/30/14.

A- A cloudy orange color with a large amount of off-white foamy head which slowly fades.

S- Tons of citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Some hints of pine as well but the citrus dominates.

T- Pine and citrus just like in the nose. The only difference is I feel the piney resin flavors dominate the taste over the citrus.

M- Light and well carbonated, well balanced, hoppy, refreshing.

This is a very easy drinking and well crafted IPA.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/13/15 picked up at brewery. Pours clear and dark straw in color. Aroma is rich, with citrus and resiny hop notes up front, and a light malt background with a touch of biscuit.

Taste is crisp and bitter. Strong grapefruit tartness and a touch of tropical fruit. Light malt sweetness balances the hop bite. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty ipa that manages to quell the bitter hopiness, leans more to the fruity side; for someone who isnt the biggest ipa fan; this is probably the best ive tried.....even better than heady.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tulip - 1/24/12 freshness date

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with some darker tones. A thick, frothy head rests on top of the brew, retaining very well with nice legs. Spotty webs of lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Pretty inviting aroma with an enormous amount of citrus character. Grapefruit is right up front with some orange and pineapple notes. Hints of bread and caramel with very little warmth.

Bold and bitter up front with powerful juicy hop flavor. Grapefruit really sings on this one with juice and peel tones - pithy and pulpy accompanied by some orange tones. Touches of pineapple and more tropical tones add in some sweetness. Milder malt backbone adds in some biscuit and caramel touches. Not overly sweet at all, but the beer still manages to temper the hoppy citrus. Finishes bitter and very juicy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, explosive juiciness and sticky feel. In an avalanche of IPAs, this is one to remember - I'd definitely like more of this. I'm also a fan of the packaging, even though the pricing isn't the best.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. dark brown bottle. Bottled date 10-25-11
Served in a SA perfect pint glass
It pours a hazy goldish copper color with a full 2" beige head on top along with loads of sticky and patchy lacing.
A smell of pink grapefruit rises at once, followed by smells of bready malt, lemon zest, mixed fruit and whiff of gin in the vapors.
The flavors are juicy and citrusy up front. Slightly sweetened grapefruit, zesty limes, resinous hops roll around in a pool of creamy caramel malt. Minor tastes of pine, pepper and herbal mint peek in the finish. A little alcoholic fuminess is felt more than tasted. You're aware of its presence, but not confronted by it.
This is, at the moment my very favorite IPA! Incredible IPA!

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Photo of cradke
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange and red. A very fluffy, fine, 2 finger thick head that fills the tulip. Hazy.

Smell: A nice hop profile. Not overly bitter or citrus, seems pretty well balanced and in line for an IPA.

Taste: Interesting. A unique IPA in that there actually isn't an overly absurd amount of hop profile here. It's really nicely done, but almost understated. A good balanced profile allows for a good amount of malt to come through which plays surprisingly well with the citrus notes. Semi sweet with some interesting fruit notes here. Some grapefruit, but i'm getting some light white wine and even some lime notes out of it.

Mouthfeel: Nice, and solid. Good amount of carbonation. Plays well across the palate.

Overall: Wow. I'm really impressed but for reasons I really wasn't expecting. This beer is one of those beers you have every once in a while that makes you really rethink what you've been drinking. Most of the IPA's and DIPA's are all about cramming as many hops into the bottle as possible. This one takes a different approach and makes a beer that the hops taste great in. It's incredibly drinkable and one of the best IPA's i've had.

Serving: Bottle poured into Tripel Karmeliet oversized tulip

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from HopSynonymous - Bottled 5/20/14 - Poured into a Stone IPA glass

A - Pours a light, transparent, golden color leaving a 2-3 inch fluffy head. Once it recedes, it leaves a little bit of the lacing on the sides of the glass and about a 1/4" head across the top. Very good looking!

S - Immediate rush of citrus and hops! Taking my time and concentrating on the nose, I get tangerines, peaches, mangos, and a touch of pineapple juice. The hop play key part, but take the back seat to the citrus. There is a faint hint of caramel from the malt. Delicate to sum it up.

T - A bright hop presence with a resin and pinelike background. Grapefruit rind and lemon zest/ lemongrass are the dominant features of the taste. Once it warms, the caramel malt taste makes it entrance.

M - Slightly dry with a medium body and a comfortable amount of carbonation. Not overly bitter.

O - There is a reason the people seek this beer out. While I like "Another One" a little better, I would drink this everyday if able to buy it regularly. Just a beautiful example of what an American IPA is and has become.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance - Overflowing foam as I pour it into what should be an appropriately sized glass. When it finally calms down it has a three finger head and I had to pour the rest in a separate glass. The color is a deep murky orange with a nice layer of foam atop the body.

Smell - A good mix of hop aromas. A lot of citrus, specifically grapefruit and lemon, with a balance of pine. Makes for a good nose, just not something that dominates the airspace above the glass.

Taste - Nice hoppy flavor with just enough malt to balance it out. Citrus and pine, like the nose, with some caramel malt that doesn't add sweetness, just cuts the bitterness. It finishes with a deep bitterness that is quiet, but intense. It's kinda odd and seems like a flaw, but doesn't bring the beer down much.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and good carbonation, without being tingly. Very drinkable. With such a small amount of bitterness, this beer goes down more easily than I can handle with only two bottles.

Overall - There's something a little bit unclean about the finish and the appearance. It's tough to specify exactly what's wrong with it, but it's just shy of spectacular. Still something delicious and another great IPA coming from northern New England. Look out, San Diego.

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Photo of Dakotah
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a Stone VE stem glass..

A- pours a hazy amber/copper with a 1/4 in. white head that slowly dissipated. Just the way I want an IPA to look!

S- smells like you'd expect a west coast IPA to smell- but its about as far from west coast as can be! fresh citrus, super piney, little bit of grass clippings.

T- hoppy bitterness from start to finish, more citrus, grapefruit, resinious... a little malty nuttiness at the end, but the hops still linger, and hang long after. I would describe this like a friend described Blind Pig- tastes like Xmas trees. (in a very good way)

M- tingling but light the whole way, hops will bite your tongue, just enough carbonation to foam in the mouth a little opening up all the flavors.

O- A damn good IPA, well representative of west style from the east. I'd love more of this!

Edit= continuing to sip on this I'm picking up more pine and pineapple in the nose (I think my allergies just cleared)

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/25/12 so yeah its fresh.
I lucked into this bottle because a good friend had my back, thanks Bert. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a huge meringue like head that leaves lots of stickies on the way down. This smells incredible! Grapefruit, pine, resin, a bit of tangerine or orange, and hardly any barley to be found. The flavor follows the aroma obviously. There's a splash of bready malt somewhere in the beginning before the resinous pine and citrus onslaught. Nice tropical fruit flavors coming through along side the dank sticky pine and resin. Finish is fairly dry with a pleasant lingering hoppy bite. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. If this beer wasn't so damn hard to get and so highly priced I would drink these all the time, its a beautiful beer. Maine beer, you make wonderful brews, but the 16oz bottles and your high price point turn a lot of people off. /end rant

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps most appropriately consumed during the lunch hour, this MainePA (get it?) was poured from the taps at Beachwood BBQ. On to the beer:

Looks light orange with a little head, thought the lacing it provides is surprising for such a small package. The aroma is a pleasing package as well; dry with a hoppy upfront aroma, grapefruit, orange, a pleasure.

Maine Brewing has done well with Lunch. The dry base allows the hops to bounce off and create hoppy goodness on the palate. It reminds me a lot of Blind Pig from Russian River, and that is no insult. It doesn't have strong bitterness at the end, and actually is easier on the palate than many other IPA's. Easy drinking too.

Beer doesn't create hype; people do. Fabulous East Coast interpretation of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of NanomiaCara
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive but not overpowering bitter note, and I’m pleased that it doesn’t have too much of that unctuous maltiness that comes with some super-hoppy beers. The primary association it evokes for me is haying season. Freshly mown grass still green, and the clumps of compressed sod in the back of the tractor bed, strong and complex with a ganja-tinge and just the faintest hint of fermented sweetness.

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Photo of soze47
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 gcasher
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amber in color with a big frothy white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy and the initial flavor is a sweet fruity hoppy beer with subtle dank piney hops following. The only weakness in this beer for me was the mouthfeel. It was much thinner than I like.

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Photo of swinyeju
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hyped up, looks nice, smells nice tastes excellent. Surrounded by Excellent beers here in the northeast it isn't the best beer I have had but it certainly is extremely good, better than most no doubt.The hype is legit and the price is right. Would drink several times over.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,024 ratings.
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