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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:
719
Ratings:
4,893
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
Wants:
1,191
Gots:
1,302
For Trade:
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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 07.02.13. poured into a snifter.

A: lots of haze. sort of a deep orange hue. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: smells super tropical. a pungent hop aroma. hop resins, maybe a little bit of ganja. mango.

T: a shit-load of bitterness. a little bit of astringency in the finish. basically hop flavor is there, but bitterness is so strong that it masks a bit too much for me.

M: mellow, but has a presence. medium on the border of full-bodied.

D: interesting....seems that my opinions have sort of flip-flopped here. I am loving this nose, tons of hop character, super American, super tropical, very inviting. however, the bitterness on the body is distracting. a good beer, but I think a bit over-hyped.

bottled 11.18.12. poured into a snifter.

A: pretty hazy brew, but I it bounced around a bit on the ride home. very thick tightly bubbled head. retention is great. slightly off-white. tons of thick lacing. (4.25)

S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. lots of pine. the citrus is definitely a bit muted. a little oxidized. (3.75)

T: very piney. very floral, a little bit of rose water. grapefruit is there, but definitely more on the earthy pine side of the flavor wheel. a sizeable amount of grain sweetens things out a bit. slight oxidation follows onto the palate. (4)

M: mouthfeel is great. a vibrant carb on a medium/full body. (4.75)

D: even with the bottle conditioning, they aren't fucking around with the consume within 90 days from the stamped on date. there is a slight oxidation that takes it down a peg for me. bummer. however, ill keep my eyes peeled for a fresher bottle and try again for sure. (3.75)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper color with white head, small bubbles, 1" head approximately, good retention, decent lacing. Aroma was amarilloish and cascade, good and juicy, yet restrained and not super powerful.

Taste was very nice, clean, hoppy, juicy (again). Mild citrusy bread notes. As you drink it, it seems to evolve through a little bit of tropical and grapefruit. Subtle malt bill, stays out of the way, but keeps the beer from leaning into just simple copper penny bitterness mode. Its really just a lightly toasted thing that keeps the beer light on its feet. Alcohol is easily conquerable in this one, doesn't sting.

Its a good beer, but this is almost twice as much as Pliny? Oh well, its definitely better than average, but the price seems way higher than average too. Eh, if you feel like being a balla, hit it up. The only thing disappointing about this beer is the price.

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Photo of beenitty
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz bottle from Deciccos Ardsley, NY

bottled 9.15.2011, 5 days old.

A - Pours hazy dark orange with sizable pearl white head. Looks amazing. I cant wait to dive in.

S - Uh oh. Not getting much here Hops, malt. Not what I was expecting by any means. Nice but not amazing.

T - Same as the smell. Nice hops, malt, which I like (malty IPAs) but still a bit let down here.

M - Decent, malty, nice smooth finish.

D - High

I feel like I'm missing something here. Lots of praise for this beer but I dont see the hype. Glad I didnt trade for this one, good but not worth the hype for sure.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is aptly fruity with watermelon, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and a piney finish. The malt is light and doesn't offer much support but it continues with a hefty feel. Very enjoyable and delicious but a bit over-hyped.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL (or so) bottle, thanks Deuane.

A: The IPA is hazy, a muddy orange color laden with thickness. Opaque as a result. A finger of head, off-white barely.

S: Leafy citrus aromas with caramel to balance out. From January 2012, the bottle still has a strong hop aroma. As with Peeper and Zoe, the big hops are balanced but the maltiness.

T: Plenty of flavor. The hops are lively, leafy and citrusy with lush tropical fruits beside the grapefruit. The flavors are strong but they never ruin the ale; the caramel is strong, rich backbone for the ale. At 7%, the ale doesn't get too strong either. The finish brings up the hops, a citrusy end that packs a punch.

M: Even a few months old, it still rocks. Ample hoppiness, but the good biting kind that has more fruits than it knows what to do with. Quite nice.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Lunch from from Maine Beer Company
Score: 91

Bottled on 03/22/12. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/05/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly reddish orange color. Held up to light, the beer has a blood orange core that fades to a dull golden yellow at the top and bottom of the glass. One finger of off-white frothy and bubbly head at pour quickly settles to a bubble ring and thin foggy layer atop the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Sweet and juicy tropical citrus and pine. Pineapple, lemon zest, and grapefruit. A light amount of spicy caramel too. 4/5

Taste: Sharp bitter hops and grapefruit/lemon upfront. Spiced caramel backbone. Lots of earthy hop oils and fresh mulch. Touch of barley malt. A straightforward and refreshing IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation that makes the hops prickle the tongue. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very bitter, slightly spicy IPA that is every bit as good as Exponential Hoppiness.

Recommendation: Seek this one out

Pairings: Spicy Thai food.

Cost: $6.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle.

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Photo of Karl_M
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice bitterness. A lot of grapefruit seed flavor.

Not too sweet.

Clear with deep golden brown color. Head had good tight, white bubbles but dissipated after five minutes leaving a blotchy film of fine bubbles on the surface.

I was very happy with this brew. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Look: Dark amber color with a very little bit of haze. A bit of head shows up on the pour but dissapates shortly, leaving a slight lacing.

Smell: Smells almost as good as Dinner does but everything seems a bit scaled up on Dinner. A bit of pine, a tone of citrus and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Taste: This ones a citrus bomb; grapefruit up front, orange, a bit of lemon and a tad of tangerine. The hop resin stays on the tongue well after the sip.

Feel: Feels as most IPAs should, smooth and easy drinking. The bitterness is minimal in this which is good.

Overall: Another fantastic hoppy offering from Maine. Compared to Dinner, everything about this beer seems a bit scaled down to me. I could definitely drink this all day. I'm excited to try the other 5 Maine beers that I got.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft. Was expecting wayyy more. Was really just above average, have had plenty of plus plus ipa's over the last couple of months, and Lunch was just not one of them.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber hue

Aroma: citrusy/piney hops with a hint of the malty backbone

Taste: hops smack you in the face but in a good way. Finishes nice and dry

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation

Nice beer. well made. I like this breweries stance on giving back.
Good solid beer. Abv well hidden

Cheers

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/25/12:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown colored body giving a half finger white head that lasted for at least a minute. Some slight bubbles were seen speckling the sides of my pint glass. There was barely any lacing.

S: based around the pine and citrus with the hops pushing forward for a great combination. I smelled the alcohol once the beer warmed.

T: piney with a bitter hoppy edge and some citrus coming out in second place.

M: medium, balanced between wet and dry, sessionable

O: this was a mostly impressive beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of MikeWoj
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A. Hazy, orange, great lacing, frothy head
S. Big nose.. Grapefruit and orange
T. Super fresh, sweet, tangy. Very hoppy but very smooth and drinkable.
O above average west coast style IPA. It is delicious just not too different from many other west coast IPA I have had. Great shelf beer, a bit pricy, wouldn't trade for it

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Photo of brewdan
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

color: medium dark brownish color (it was a dark outdoor cafe so this may not be entirely accurate)

smell: hoppy and biscuity

taste: hop blast up front and at the back end but the malt backbone is also very strong

mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with ample carbonation

overall: decent amount of hop bitterness but this beer felt (and looked and tasted) more like a sort of strong pale ale than an IPA if that makes sense

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Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/24/12 bottle. Pours copper orange with a fluffy head. Nose is an array of bright hops, tropical fruit. Floral. Focus is more on fruit flesh than on pine and grapefruit rind. Pretty dry in the mouth throughout, bitter and long, some grassy floral qualities. Very nicely balanced but not much expression in the mouth between hop and malt. Light biscuit toward the back palate, a nice crisp delivery there. Nice stuff, not something I'm going to go nuts over.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/25/12, consumed on 7/9/12.

A: Dark cloudy copper with a huge bone white head. Very murky. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S: Pine and citrus supported by a big and sweet malt aroma.

T: Bitter pine with a slightly sweet maltiness to balance it out. Slightly citric. Sort of a metallic taste to it.

M: Bitter, but balanced. Medium carbonation.

O: This is way different from the last batch of Lunch I had. Way more murky and malty. To be honest I preferred it the first time, but this one is still pretty solid. This is definitely an above average IPA, but I wish it could be more consistent.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier VT

Appearance: Hazy vintage stratocaster sunburst orange with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Some pine resin and lemony citrus. Not mild but not impressive either.

Taste: Same as the nose with a big lemon finish....almost tastes like the lemon note from brett but its more likely sorachi ace hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not an offensive beer but far from inspiring. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of normyk (thanks Rob!). I loved Zoe earlier this year so I had a little anticipation for this one. This pours a light copper color with a little haze and a few fingers of foam.

Some muted (old?) citrus aroma from hops, a little tropical fruit and a lot of pine resin. Toasted malts are there too, giving this a balanced nose. It tastes really good but maybe this is getting a little too much age on it. I imagine the hops were more present when this was bottled, just a guess but this tastes like a lightly (very lightly) aged IPA.

The carbonation is just shy of average, which is fine by me as I like undercarbed IPAs more than overcarbed ones. Overall an enjoyable break from the stouts we were opening this weekend, I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/18/12 bottling

A: Golden-orange with a 2-finger head of mixed dense foam and loose bubbles. Receded to a healthy 1/4" cap.

S: Intense hit of piney resins, followed by tropical and citrus notes

T: Almost oily hop presence, but balanced out by a strong bready malt backbone.

M: Well carbonated. Medium body. Significant bitterness, but not harsh.

O: Good, balanced american IPA

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Photo of jsanford
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml courtesy of THECPJ. Bottled 7/21/11 (my Birthday!). Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange-amber with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of peach with a nicely balanced caramel malt backbone.
T - Lots of grapefruit and pine resin, with a clean caramel malt profile and a long-lasing bitter finish. Fairly simple, but infinitely enjoyable!
M - Very smooth and easy drinking, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - Another great offering from the Maine Beer Company's family of IPAs. I've really enjoyed everything they've done, and big thanks to Shane for sending them all my way!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour, full on 1 inch of head. Good retention, average lacing. Aroma was hoppy, not the most pungent, some amarillo I'd guess.

Taste, real clean hop edge, not a ton of bitterness, malt is enough to be supportive but not distracting the spotlight. I liked the apricot/peach edge on this one as well. Tasty. There's a bunch of other fruits floating around in the mouthfeel too.

A very good pale ale.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot 051811 on the label.
A slightly hazy amber color with a voluminous white head, even with a careful pour. Lots of sticky lace.
Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Good sweet malt background.
Tropical fruit taste, very sweet. Grapefruit leading to a little bit of piney hops that I hadn't detected in the aroma. Bread.
This was a very well-balanced IPA. Will pick up more of these.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this ipa. Solid in every aspect, a well crafted representation of the style and a silky feel as well. Not as flavorful as some of the more readily accessible ipa's around but the mouthfeel is superb.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, just over a month old, so I guess that means that we (me and the beer) are good to go!

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves a fair bit of layered dried sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sharp, somewhat dank leafy pine resin, muddled quotidian citrus rind, pineapple cores, a soft mixed berry fruitiness, white chalk, gritty biscuity and crackery pale malt, and a further mineral stoniness. The taste is quite hoppy, but more fruity than bitter - orange, lemon, pineapple, and lime drink powder - that same chalky character from the nose, lightly toasted pale malt, a subdued Werther's Original sweetness, and a weakening pine and leafy astringency. No sign at all of the 14-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, in a tightly-wound frothy sense, the body a so-so medium weight, and plainly smooth, the exact nature of the hops precluding any interference here. It finishes quite dry, the fruitiness rolling over, and that chalkiness persisting, amongst still edgy pine and leafy notes.

An interesting gutting of the West Coast IPA bitterness paradigm, while keeping the rest of the hop goodness well intact. The malt perhaps suffers in this one-sided focus, and that powdery/chalky character, while weird, is not really off-putting in the least. Another (or was it the first - I'm too lazy to look that up) decent IPA from this brewery - glad to see them available around here.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A-a hazy orange brown color with a nice thick white head and good lacing

S-lots of citrus and tropical fruit with some floral notes

T-nice blend of citrus, pine and caramel malt flavors and a solid, but not overwhelming bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and well-balanced

O-an excellent IPA

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Photo of SCbrewdoc
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Food Co-Op in Hanover, NH. Housed in a 1 pint .9 oz. bottle with a 07/02/13 bottling date

A-Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 2 finger-sized white head that went down to about a one finger height. Clear with a light copper, orange-yellow color

S- Strong hop aroma with heavy citrus notes. not getting much else other than a faint phenol smell

T- Citrus hops forward that troll into a balanced malt midsection. It finishes with citrussy,bitter hop resin. Quite tasty indeed

M- Has a light mouthfeel. The malt backbone can be felt and does a great job of balancing out the hops. A good beer for a hot day (or any day for that matter).

O- This is one of the better IPAs I have had. Perfectly balanced and the hops are very present. Wish I had purchased more... A great beer by Maine Beer Company

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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