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
Ratings:
5,131
Reviews:
762
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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1,196
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1,396
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Photo of Coot
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Red34
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The way an IPA should be. Amazing in every aspect, one of my favorite beers. Period.

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Photo of opwog
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gatch
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #400 and finally got my hands on some Lunch! Bottled 08/10/12 (or 08/18/12...I can't tell. Either way, it's not as fresh as I'd hoped, judging by fresher dates on beers such as MO...but hey, can't complain!)

A: Hazy golden-orange-yellow because some of the sediment made it into the glass. Perfect IPA head that's incredibly bubbly, soapy, foamy, frothy, and bright white. Fades into good lace and retention.

S: Massive, juicy, piney, earthy, spicy, fruity hops. Like you have a handful of hops in front of your nose. Everything I expected. Although there's a bit of malt and booze at the very back which is a good surprise.

T: Everything in the nose plus more. Dry but refreshing. Again, everything I hoped for and expected from this beer. Beers like this really make you appreciate the nugget of goodness that is the hop. This is where the hop shines. A hop-heavy but balanced American IPA. Can't beat it.

M: Subtle crispness, clean, perfectly carbonated, perfect hop presence, flavors are on-point for a hop-forward yet balanced American IPA. At this point, the beer is practically at room temperature and the flavors are huge and the taste is still delicious. At room temperature, the carbonation disappears and only fruity, hoppy flavors come through and it almost tastes like hop juice with body. Literally. Not in a gross way, either.

O: Worth the hype? Yes. Worth the money? Absolutely yes! (only $7 or $8) Worth the stress/patience/limited availability? Probably not. It's obviously not Maine Beer's fault. They make as much as they can. And it's great for their business and beer that they sell every drop they make. But once they increase production, it'll really makes things special because I waited for this for a long time. And while it met and maybe even surpassed my expectations, the allocations are crazy. Each store getting only a case and those cases either never seeing the floor or selling out the day the bottles hit the shelves. All of their other beers are spectacular so I don't see why those don't sell out immediately, either. Especially MO and Zoe. Anyway...why did I just rant in a beer review? Drink this immediately if you find it!

Thanks BeerAdvocate for all the hard work, the great, new site, and keeping me around for 400 reviews. It's been fun. I'm sure there are several hundred more reviews to come.

Update 9/21: drank another bottle dated 9/9...incredible, even fresher, could chug it (but why would you do that?), the bottle went down so quickly; the reviews and ratings are justified.

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Photo of Nick_Bousquet
4.85/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Beerguykirk
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite IPA of all time. Very happy to be a craft beer enthusiast living in New England. We are holding it down.

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4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 05/10/16

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden amber orange with a dense creamy off-white head that doesn't go away. Smells like nectarine, peach, caramelized apricot, spicy mango, papaya, sweet guava, mild passionfruit and pineapple, orange, grapefruit, slight caramel, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like caramelized fresh apricots, peach, mango, nectarine, papaya, sweet guava, some orange, biscuity cracker, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype for me. Overall a really great IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

I enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is beautiful golden w/ sunny straw hue with voluminous bone white head and fine bead with thick lace and great retention 5. The smell is very citrus scented with mild tropical tangy fruit aroma with grapefruit and light floral hop notes with subtle toasted malt accent. The feel has a texture that is moderately bitter with light astringency and gentle malt sweetness with the perfect amount of juicy resinous body with moderate carbonation that keeps the malt in check with very dry finish and no alcohol noticeable.

The taste has tons of hops w/ the right complexity -blend of citrus and tropical flavors of grapefruit with mild malt adding a very gentle toasted taste with some sweetness on the palate and yeast adds a slight creaminess with gentle fruity orange-like accent with a peppery spice aspect which adds to the subtle dry yet bitter and very enjoyable quality to the finish. Overall this is on of the best IPA's in the realm of standard American style ales: Truly a work of liquid art -Kudos Maine!

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Photo of kdoolin
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Honeybourne
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.84/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MadMax29
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite simply, one of the best IPAs you will ever have. It is so well balanced with subtle hints of florals and citrus, but just enough resin to coat the middle and back of your tongue. Excellent in every way.

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Photo of TonyFrac
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of TigGaffis
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pjkelley82
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow...

I visited Maine February 2013.... went to several beer pubs/brewerys and took the beer bus tour... fabulous I might add.... Maine was the forefront for me to become a fan of IPA's. The reason being.... I think.... besides they make kick ass beer... is the water they use... it's sooo smooth. They make alot of my favorite beers so I would urge anyone who hasn't tried a beer made in Maine to try one cause it's worth it... now....

Bottle read; Enjoy this beer fresh, hoppy beers do not age well. Which appears twivery. Pour carefully a fine layer of yeast is on the bottom please chill upright. Bottle conditioned (my favorite ).

Bottled on 5/21/13. Enjoyed on 6/18/13 not bad I'd say.... says to drink within 90 days of date.

Poured into a tulip glass....

Thick thick thick head... nice golden copper color with plenty of bubbles. Again.... very thick head.... stayed a ridiculasly long time. lacing was sticky and stayed a long time... pretty much until my last 3 sips . now's the time to smell it... wow.... to me, more hoppy piny taste but there goes the grapefruit and the citrus.... very clean smelling... smell again.... very nice piny lemony smell... a great looking beer and smelling beer...

Keep in mind I know how smooth Maine beers are so now I'm dying with anticipation...

Wow.... did someone just smack me on the tongue with a sack of hops.... but just like that first good iPa I drank in Maine in February 13 it slowly faded away so smoothly, like it was never there... but so crisp that you want more and more... anyhoo... big bold hops is forward and pretty much stays there throughout the taste experience but the other flavors start to pull out almost immediately after the initial hop shock.... grapefruit, citrus and lemon, to me very light but very malty... what I like. Finish is superb just like any Maine beer. Very crisp... a tad dry bit beautiful... leaves the pleasant hoppy aftertaste you are looking for. You want more and more. 7% alcohol is slightly hidden but all categories in this beer are perfectly balanced so it's there but it's not....

Quite frankly to date the best IPA I've had... now... I've had better beers... DIPA's, tripels.. etc... but far beats alot of the ones I have personally had.

I gave it a high ranking because of the ranking within the particular beer style.
Put it this way... if you see it on the shelf and are into IPA's than I'd say without a doubt get it. This is a beer I would highly recommend to IPA fans.

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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hotdog1982
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mhs413
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dblais
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhackoMillah93
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at tørst. A light gold with a white head. Aroma is a striking competition between citrus and pine. Taste is Sweet upfront which flows into a bitter finish. The aftertaste is my favorite...just a slight spicy kick that makes this beer one of the best IPAs I've tasted.

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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,131 ratings.
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