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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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:
721
Ratings:
4,905
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
21.2%
 
 
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1,190
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1,309
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Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of Jas45678
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into tulip. Thank you pjkelley82

Pours a nice golden orange color with slight haziness, nice one inch white head. Smell is bold citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Taste is like the nose with a little pine to balance it out. Not to bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, drazzamatazz. 500ml into newport storm snifter. Bottled 4 days ago- hope it's fresh.

A- Hazy glowing orange, big vanilla frosting head, 3 fingers and thick lacing all the way down the glass. Completely covered.

S- Very intense pine resin. Cut grass, some nice citrus fruits. Lemony.

T- Fresh-cut grass, lots of pine sap bitterness. Fruity citrus comes out after I adjust my tongue to the bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present as well.

M- I love this bottle-conditioned IPA. Great lingering bitterness and rich, full mouthfeel.

O- Very impressive, Maine Beer Co. is 3/3 with great beers in my book. Can't wait to see them take a stab at a double IPA.

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Photo of beerhan
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of mtardiff

A-Bottle poured into my cbs snifter. Reddish brown with a huge white head. The bubbles remain and it looks sticky.

S-Lots of mild flowers, a little bit like burned leaves, syrup and damp wood.

T-I am getting a lot of rose for some reason. There is a bitter after taste but its overall just mellow. I can't quite identify the hops but its not like anything I have had before.

M-So smooth and sticky in the mouth with a nice little bitterness.

O-This is an awesome beer. Expensive though but worth it once in a while. For what it is there are better options I guess but I love Maine Beer, this is my second having from them and I think they are just spectacular.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of golden amber coloring. It holds a two finger head of tannish foam. This retains nicely, leaving massive bubbles in its wake, and thick patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. There is a cidery haze throughout, with no real sediment noted. Carbonation bubbles at a medium. The aroma is all about the hops. These are beautifully sweet and nectary, but have a definite background of soap, pine, and biting citric bitterness. The malts are pale, but meet the hops in sweetness, with lightly cooked caramel sugars. Otherwise, the aromatic density is filled by metallics, like yeastiness, musk, sweaty saltiness, floral earthiness, and strawberry freshness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as sweet as expected, as it comes with a bittering earthiness on the back that screams “West Coast”. As we sip, puckering grapefruit hoppiness, green plant freshness, muddy pale malts, raw brown sugar sweetness, and fresh herbal qualities mix to start us off. The peak comes with brassy metallics, robust soap, bittered pine sap, and simple yeastiness. The finish washes with herbal mint leafiness, spicy alcohol, floral and herbal bitterness, soaps, pine, light lemon juiciness and pale malt freshness. The aftertaste breathes of big soapy bitterness, citric juiciness, wet chalkiness, yeast, light chemical phenols, peppery booze, and grassy bitterness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high and hiccup-inducing. There is nice slurp, sip, cream, froth, pop, and glug to each sip, with a freshly cleansing coating to the mouth. This cools, but eventually dries the palate with a soft pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the versatility to the hops in both the nose and flavoring. At each aspect of the sip, or with a slightly warmer temperature, the hops seem to take on a different persona. Soap, pine, citrus, and herbals all show up at some point through the tasting. This helps to keep the beer refreshing and seemingly new to the end. Everything else about this beer embodies the inherent “clean and simple” attitude of this brewery, and when coupled with the basic complexity of the hops, makes for a delicious beverage. Dare we say, our first thought at the first sip was ”Pliny”?!

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at a local restaurant on 05/07/13

A: Golden orange hue, with two and half finger head. Left some sticky residue inside the glass when settled down.

S: Strong aroma, could pick up grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruit. Very nice with this one.

T: Definitely hop-forward taste, bitterness comes at first, and sweetness follows at the end. Aftertaste will stay around for awhile...

M: Can be misleading from its appearance. While it looks thick and heavy, it doesn't give that impression via mouth-feel. Somewhat light and balanced drink. Grainy and hoppy flavor but light at the same time.

O: One of the best beers from Maine Company. While it's a strong hop-forward beer, it doesn't leave you feeling bitter and it will make you feel refreshed at the end. Very enjoyable beer and would suggest it to anyone.

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Photo of drew42e
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First trip to Maine, found this night one. Poured from bottle light orange, slightly opaque, 3 weeks old. Aroma grapefruit but not super strong. Light malt bill with subtle hops it is very nice but a bit behind Dinner for me.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried at ACBF in Boston and enjoyed it. Had another the next day at TITS in Allston. Given how much better it was the next day, there are a lot beers from ACBF that I need to try with a clean palate. Love all MBC beers (so far)

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Photo of CraigShap
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great New England style IPA. Not as good as some of its hazy, juicy, chock full of floaters contemporaries like Trillium's Congress St, IPA but still excellent.

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Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled 10/8/13 which was 13 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, near opaque orange-amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white, relatively dense head, which lingers a bit before fading to layer atop the beer.

Smell: Pine, mango, citrus, malts, peaches. A very nice, balanced combination of hop flavors, but also has some malts in there. Smells like a very nice, balanced IPA.

Taste: Light pine, mild citrus, malts. Very well balanced flavors, really smooth taste. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Very refreshing and balanced. The finish is real mild and smooth.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. The finish is amazingly smooth, and the alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: Really well-balanced (I've set that word a lot in this review, because it's true). The flavors all come together nicely to make a really drinkable, refreshing IPA. A really nice profile for an IPA - this one would be really nice if I could find it more!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a deep haze and a good one finger white fluffy head.

Smell is hop forward with juicy citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit along with a very faint floral aroma. Caramel malt adds a nice backbone and mild sweet aroma .

Taste follows the nose with lots of hoppy oils and resin giving a somewhat herbal grassy flavor forward with a moderate piney bitterness. Caramel malt adds a good sweet balance, bit the resin and oils persist well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation a medium to thin body balanced with loads of sticky hop oils and resin.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light Amber color. Has aroma of pine and citrus. Flavor is citrus, a touch of pine and a mild sweet finish. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste. Overall flavor is nice, a little light but very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the most beautiful beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Almost perfect pour Into a tulip glass creates a thick fluffy white head that rolls like clouds on a summer day. Gorgeous lacing that sticks around and hugs the rim of the glass throughout the session.

Surprisingly light bodied. Lots of citrus, sure, but plenty of subtle nuance and hop bitterness is aggressive without overwhelming the subtleties.

Not your typical "let's see how bitter we can make this while still keeping it drinkable" IPA. A distinct and lovable example of the style.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber gold color with some haze, nice densely packed meringue like head with great retention and lacing. Scent is big on pine resin and juicy citrus, lightly sweetened malt backbone. Taste is quite bitter without leaning heavily towards piney or fruity, very fresh with a splash of herbal notes, malt backbone is light but sweet. Medium bodied, splash high in carbonation, dry finnish. Just a good IPA thats hard to describe because it follows all the rules but exceeded others in quality.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch, bottle bought for $5.99 at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Bottled October 25 and consumed in November 02.

Appearance: Lunch flows free and assertive like 2Pac’s flow, but with much more happiness. What a beautiful carbonation this beer has! And a perfect head too… one finger, foamy and lily-white, lasts and lasts.

Smell: Super fresh and aromatic, with honey, fresh flowers, just-squeezed orange juice and the works. A tad of melted caramel and butterscotch budino at the end, which adds a nice sweetness to the whole thing.

Taste: More of the same, with a hoppy kick not present in the nose and a dry finish. Spicy and lip-smacking at the end. Micro Marigold, edible flower taste. Watermelon and some mild grapefruit. Well-balanced, never overpowering or crazy. Elegant, a pleasure all around.

Mouthfeel: The weakest link of this otherwise amazing brew. Too thin, almost watery. Needs more body, carbonation and all around a kick in the ass in this department! Nice peppery finish, though. Incredibly fresh.

Overall: One of the freshest, most aromatic IPA’s out there. Truly unique and artisanal. Reminds me of Hill Farmstead, only a notch behind. A true class act, and incredibly drinkable to boot.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very nice bright gold with a big fluffy white head and lots of visible carbonation. The first pour is very clear, with a bit of haze showing up as the bottle gets emptier.

S: Big citrus aromas, with pine and resin as well, and a bit of sweet malt.

T: Pine, resin, citrus hops, some tropical fruit and a bit spicy. Hop bitter in the hang that seems grassy. Nice hop bitter bite.

M: Thin body, good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: Quite tasty, but falls short of the best in class. So far, I've had three brews from Maine Beer and been extremely impressed with all of them.

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Photo of infi
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Tangerine-colored body, hazy appearance upon first pour. White, pinky-sized head to top. Small bubble streams slowly creep towards the head.

Smells of candied and dried mangoes with a bit of tamarind. Great amount of sweetness. Not really too hop forward, but more so towards sweet and sour. Malted barley hints in the background.

Considerably more hoppier than the Peeper Ale. Opens up with grapefruit and mango, eases into a bready base and then ends on a nice and dry bitterness.

Crisp and light-bodied. Thin bitterness and slight drying feel on palate. Very good. Satisfied the inner hophead in me. Easily my favorite offering from the MBC.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/6/14

A hazy orange amber with lots of tiny particles, slow tiny bubbles throughout feed a two finger foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S lots of tropical fruit on the nose, tangerine, grapefruit, over ripe pineapple, sweet orange, citrus all the way, very juicy, pine and vitamin C chewable's and just a hint of sweet malt but you gotta look for it

T lemon rind comes out of nowhere in a big way, more pine, less tropical fruit, just a little hard toffee, more rind, no real complaints but the nose easily takes it

M medium bodied, quite bitter, gritty, not quite foamy but airy, lots of rind lingering for ages

O I could've gone a little higher for smell or taste so a little higher here, very well rounded and has pretty much everything you look for in an IPA

Exactly a month old I'm feeling pretty lucky landing this in Alberta, I think this is my fifth beer from Maine and all have been great, I'm stoked to have 3 more to try

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking, burnt orange. Very hazy, cream colored head. Excellent lacing:

T: A really broad array of hop aromas, not much malt to speak of. Leaning toward juicy here, with some dank resinous touches.

T: Tangerine juice hop profile. Not much of a "bite" up front, sweet and juicy. Bitterness builds nicely toward the finish to round things out. Malt is more apparent than the nose, but is quite subdued. I would guess this to be less than 7% ABV.

M: A little thin in body, but carbonation is on.

O: Another contender from the Northeast. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of FBarber
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque orange with a one finger white head. Head dissipates leaving some white lacing along the glass and some spotty foam on top of the beer.

Smell is a pungent aroma of mango, peaches, apricots, orange and grapefruit initially. As the smell develops in your nose you get an undertone of malt with a piney smell.

Taste follows the nose with an initial array of tropical flavors including notes of mango, peach, apricot and orange. As those flavors linger they are met with a nice biscuit malt undertone that is not especially prominent, but very nice. Then there is a strong bitterness as the beer hits the back of the mouth. lots of pine and sap flavor notes come through.

Feel on this beer is mildly carbonated providing a light tingle up front. Resinous almost sticky on the back of the throat, but with a bitter dry finish. Beer is perfectly balanced - not too watery, not too heavy.

Overall this was my first Maine Beer and it did not disappoint. Really fine IPA - definitely a must try when you can get it fresh.

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Photo of schris
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it is meet to begin a review by asking a question, and in this case, the question is what am I drinking? On the surface, this is easy to answer: I am drinking LUNCH, a highly regarded IPA by the Maine Beer Company. Let's talk about the taste before anything else: it tastes good. It tastes like beer - like the thing that, when I was 20 in college and still afraid of beer, would have carried the name. Since that time, I have ravaged my tastebuds with punishing inflictions of hops from bottles that carry the ridealong phrase "Imperial IPA" on enough occastions that I think I have numbed myself to the possibility of being overhopped. Context. But modulo that concern, this beer does not feel like an IPA to me. It is dry, and crisp, and I taste Belgian-style malt in the mix. The aroma is fruitless. It is a beer made of barley, only, and the hops are in your imagination. WAIT. There they are. They arrive like a waterfall at the end of a long hike through dense Hawaiian forest, and they back up the claim that yes, somewhere in here, is an American IPA. A neat trick.

Did I mention I really like it? Maybe today the weather is so nice that any beer would be a perfect accompaniment, but this is a great beer for a lunch break. Hope I can find DINNER some day.

UPDATE 1. I just had a MO and found it to be similarly lacking in hopiness on the aroma - this time I checked the bottling date and realized I had bought a 6-month old beer! I want to give LUNCH the benefit of the doubt and assume this one may also have been old - I plan to re-review when I find it again, hopefully fresh!

UPDATE 2. I found a couple of fresh bottles in a shop (2 weeks old) and immediately invited a friend over for an afternoon tasting. And, yeah, this is a great beer. The first time I had it, the hops didn't come forward at all, I had to wait for them. This time with the fresh bottle, there was a blast of hops on the nose that gelled upon tasting into a very smooth, refreshing drink, with a bite. Re-rated to reflect the difference.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing and retention on a hazy amber with copper hues body.

S: very aromatous with all hop aromas including floral, earthy and citrus notes with the right amount of sweetness.

T: very well balanced with caramel malts, with excellent hop bitterness and sweetness which are also well balanced. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, light pine resin and flowery hops are all well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: this is a very nicely made IPA. It is well balanced, decently complex and I look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of eifster82
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly hazy yellow.

Smell - Very citrus and fruit oriented. Really pleasant on the nose.

Taste - Not quite as citrus or fruit heavy as you might anticipate if basing on the smells. Still, balanced properly. Not going to knock you out with a hop heavy front.

Feel - balanced, "light" IPA finish. Not much bitterness at the end.

Overall - a solid IPA. Many options from MBC seem to be very balanced solid beers, and this one fits in that mold. There are better IPAs out there, but this one is a very nice option when I come across it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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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