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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

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4.33
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21.25%
 
 
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Photo of thedoubler55
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy orange coming from my bottle, probably settled yeast, left a slight finger of white head at the top that lives a very tiny lacing around the glass.

S: Great nose, very citrusy nose on this one, hints of grape fruit throughout, and a nice note of booze, perfect nose.

T: Great bitteness up front, for an IPA, it was perfect tasting, everything with the nose but a good amount of hops.

M: Sticky, very little carbonation, heavy to medium bodied, as it warms it becomes less biter.

O: I Have said it once before and I will say it again Maine Beer Co. is a legit contender in the breweing world, this beer was awesome for a regular IPA, it was up there with the best of them, great tasting and beatiful nose!

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Photo of Cheld
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this beer around at a few of the local stores (I'm in Maine) but I always passed it over because of the rather plain and unassuming label. Then I read an article that compared lunch to the big names of Imperial IPAs- Heady Topper and Pliny the (Younger/Older I can't remember which) and lunch compared favorably. I also was told it's nearly impossible to find a bottle as they fly off the shelves. So, I made it my mission to find one. I found not only one, but about 20! So I'm going to keep this store as my little secret stash of IIPA. Anyhow on to the review:


Appearance- a light coppery color, pretty standard for an IPA. Had a nice two finger head with good retention, and left light lacing.

Smell- the smell upon cracking open the bottle was extraordinary- pine and grapefruit dominated with some more tropical fruits as well. One of the best smelling IIPAs I've had.

Taste- a slightly subdued version of the smell; the pine and grapefruit still dominate but are kept in check by a good strong maltiness. This isn't your typical IIPA that is hopped to high heavens, but not balanced. This has a well rounded taste that hits your pallet with a bit of everything- hoppy bitterness, subtle maltiness, and a sweetness that helps balance the bitterness, but isn't overdone.

Mouthfeel- crisp and fresh

Overall- if there were one word to describe this beer it would be "balanced", as this IIPA truly is. I love a good hoppy IIPA, but it's nice to finally have one that's not one sided. One of my new favorite beers, I definitely look forward to having another!

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Photo of Resuin
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Thads324
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep gold with orange hues. Thin white head dissipates slowly.
Aroma is of light citrus, some honey and a slight nut aroma. A floral bouquet aroma. Very nice!
Flavor starts watery, followed by lots of lemon peel and guava fruit hop flavor. Hints of bitter lime peel and apricot. Finishes dry with a slight honey and biscuit flavor. Bits of nutty flavor at the end. Like light walnut
Medium body, slightly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink and slightly dry.

Not as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavor is nice, and a beautifully balanced beer. The nutty malt flavor plays perfectly. Wonderful.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/8/13 and consumed on 10/17/13, so very fresh.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy medium orange colour with two fingers of thick cream-coloured head.

S - Fresh tropical fruit aroma with mango pineapple, peach and tangerine notes. A slight caramel/honey malt sweetness is also present.

T - A nice, sharp bitterness up front accompanied by peach, tangerine, pineapple and some pine flavour. A very slight caramel malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of allenson21
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/8
Drank: 10/17

I finally was able to get my hands on the first IPA that I read rave reviews about back when I joined the Beeradvocate community.

I love that MBC's bottles look like cover pages for academic research papers and/or official reports.

a- Murky/hazy golden orange with more than a helping of a thick, creamy, off-white head. (As a relatively new BA, this is the creamiest head that I've seen on an IPA)

s- Flowers, flowers, flowers, and mango.

t- Matches the smell--- floral and tropical fruit notes. The bitterness comes through as grapefruit.

m- A bit highly carbonated, but nothing worth noting.

o- Excellent brew. Hopefully, I can revisit this one sooner than it took me to get my hands on it for the first time.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange body with a foamy white head. Some light shines through, but there is a definite sediment haze present.

S- Lots of strong citrus, hints of tropical fruits, tangerine, orange zest.

T- Tons of citrus in the flavor as well. Lots of fruity bitterness, lots of zesty citrus peel. Even some hints of peach and sugar orange marmalade.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight stickiness to it.

O- A really nice IPA, lots of delicate flavors, pungent fruity flavors.

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Photo of far333
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a crystal snifter. Deep amber color with a hint of red. Thick dimpled foam rises up an inch and a half and lingers long, setling very slowly and leaving chunks of meringue up the sides of the glass. Bright and inviting aroma of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind.

Taste is juicy hops right upfront, full of tangerine and grapefruit, some piney notes, tingly on the tip of the tongue. Good balance of honey malt riding along, but this is hop central. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly slick, a bit watery. Great beer, been looking forward to this one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Bottled on 9.24.13, less than 2 weeks old!

Brilliant golden orange, sharp clarity with rapidly rising carb trails. Compact head of white foam that leaves a halo of sticky lace in the glass. The foam has a stiff meringue texture to it, and has lasting staying power.

Citrus aromas dominate, with an undercurrent of pungent green hops. Definitely has a west coast vibe going on already.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, earthy bitter greens. Very hoppy with a firm bitterness that lingers for awhile. The bitter citrus peel is the key flavor, and tapers off towards the end. Medium bodied with a light manageable feel. Overall it's a nice all around IPA, though it seems a little similar to others.

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Photo of joe1510
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Bottled 9/24/13
Drank 10/2/13

I've been wanting to try this IPA for awhile now and facesnorth hooked it up big today, thanks Ryan! First of all Maine Beer Co's labels are sweet, simple and classy. The yellowed white head billows nearly out of the glass on a moderate pour. The foam is craggy and incredibly dense with chunky lacing draped down the glass. All of this sits atop a lightly hazed, glowing orange body. This is one great looking IPA!

The nose is hugely aromatic and interesting. There's enough sweet orange hoppiness to remind me of orange creamsicles along with sweetened grapefruit, tangerine, and a quick flash of zesty pine sap. Each swirl of the glass makes the pine sap more dense but as it settles the sweet fruitiness takes over again. There's some malt in there and it's that of the very blonde caramel variety allowing the stellar hop profile to shine.

Pine is the most prevalent flavor but the hop profile is supremely balanced. The orange, tangerine, and grapefruit all play major roles as well; each with their own little nook in the overall taste. The bitterness is moderate but soft, this IPA is all about bursting fresh flavor. As it warms a touch of pineapple emerges. Again, there's that caramel maltiness but all it does is provide a touch of balance for the plethora of hop produced goodness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium, but not much lighter, and the carbonation is soft allowing this beer to work through at its own pace. The bitterness grows but never beyond medium.

This IPA falls right into my wheelhouse. I've always felt the best IPAs are in the 7% range with a moderate bitterness and a juicy hop profile. This is a really well crafted beer and I'm glad to have been able to give it a whirl. Thanks again, Ryan!

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Photo of beerbully
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-LIght golden clear beer. Foamy, thick 1 inch head with thick lacing

S-Powerful aroma that you can smell as your pouring into glass. Big whiff of citrus hops lots of grapefruit fruit and some piney notes

T-Lots of hops, follows the nose. grapefruit and pine, a bit of lemon.

M-creamy, chewy sticky good body crisp finish

O-well done ipa drinkable and great flavor

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Photo of tarheels86
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear orange amber with a massive, off-white head. Massive retention and giant lacing. Nose is fruity hops with squashy melons. Softer aroma with some subtle complexity like vanilla ice cream, peaches. Yum. Taste is a little sugary and sticky with vanilla, nutty bitterness, sugary strawberry. Gets a little cheesy. Probably not the freshest bottle, but very well made.

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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 thezach
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Max's during Hops Fest with a turkey frank and homemade chips and was thoroughly impressed. Crisp, slightly biscuity malt, great hop flavor and a nice hop aroma. I got some citrus and light pine and resins. Well-balanced, not overly bitter. It was a bit of a challenge because I had a half dozen other hoppy beers prior to this one, so the old flavor-taker was being challenged, but I loved every drop. I would have this one again and again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 13, 2013. Nine days old.

Slightly hazy orange colour, with a large, frothy white head. Good retention.

Excellent nose. Bright tropical and citrus fruits, pineapple and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well.

Flavour is similar to the nose. Pine is more prominent than in the aroma, though the tropical and citrus fruits are still strong, again pineapple and grapefruit stick out for me, perhaps with some orange as well. Moderately bitter, but there is a a bit of sweet caramel malt in there for balance.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, very tasty. The nose is the highlight for me, but it is very nice all around.

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Photo of DonFrap
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to Tree house snifter. 7/30/13 bottle date. Poured with a monster head. Like half the snifter. I don't pour very vigorously, so very surprising. Dissipated fairly quickly though, leaving good lacing. Very bitter earthy smell. Less citrus than I remember from previous batches. Taste is also very bitter. Not a to of citrus. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I feel that MBC beers, and lunch in particular, suffer from batch variation. I've had amazing bottles of lunch, and mediocre bottles. This one fell somewhere in between.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml served at beer study thanks to jon. 8/16/2013 bottling date.

dark copper color with a nice head. the aroma is very fruity with a good mix of hops and malts. taste is also extremely fruity and sweet, a bit too sweet of an IPA for me. no bitterness whatsoever. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall very good and extremely recommended.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on date 7/2/2013

A: Hazy orange hue with a four finger head, after a gentle pour. Head is a creamy white color that leaves thick fluffy lacing all down the glass. Very good looking beer.

S: Fresh cut grass, pine trees and grapefruit with hints of vanilla sweetness.

T: Loads of piney earthy hops followed by a citrus sweetness and a touch of vanilla smoothness. The carbonation then blends it into a good grapefruit/resin bitterness that finishes clean. Well balanced without the bitter burn or punch.

M: Very creamy beer. Nice smooth carbonation that blends the flavors well.

O: Very solid and approachable balanced IPA. This is one of my favorite IPAs. The aroma is great and the flavor is very good. Also makes very good beer batter for fish or chicken.

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Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/2/13

A - Golden Brown, HUGE thick white billowing head - dissipates very slowly, large sticky lacing, translucent and small carbonation rising

S - Juicy, sticky, sweet hops, citrus, fairly piney

T - Briefly bitter - quick transition into sweet fruity, fairly piney/grapefruit/tropical fruit/carmel. After taste has lots of pine.

M - Very frothy, big, thick, very nice carbonation, carmel/hoppiness covers excellently

O - Pretty awesome. Love the thickness, this is one for the bitter lovers - bitter-sweet-bitter again, but certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly drinks like a IIPA. Certainly happy about this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

lunch is one of those beers ive been dying to try for a long time. finally found some, albeit not on tap, at the maine beer company itself, a very cool spot to visit. it was bottled a mere two days before I bought it, so freshness was prime. bottle pours a burnt orange sort of color, maple syrup looking, with half an inch of thick and lasting khaki colored head. the nose is a lot more balanced than expected, with some amber type malts, caramel color and aromatic to the roast, a bit sweet, and definitely robust. the hops are on the tropical end, quite apart from the picture the malt paints. pineapple and passion fruit, less bitterness than flavor. almost English pale ale sort of malt bill, way fuller bodied than I expected this to be. the hops come in about half way through, and crescendo into a really sunny fruity island sort of bouquet. the division here is pronounced. just a tad more body than I need in my ipa, but its sturdiness is appreciated, and id like to best in winter I think. a beer I am super stoked to have gotten to drink, share with my lovely girlfriend at out beautiful maine campsite, and contemplate at length. a great great beer from a fantastic little brewery. worth the hype.

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Photo of neophilus
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 2 months from bottling date.

Straw to light-copper colored brew with foamy white head on top, somewhat opaque.

Dank resin hop aroma, chewy pine with a bit of overripe melon.

Good crunch of hop bitterness with each sip, just shy of ringing my taste buds. Taste is dominated by the piney-resin bitterness from the hops. A bit of dry cracker malt underneath but barely perceptible.

Medium body carries the bitterness well, not too light and not too sticky on the mouth.

Stays very dry and bitter throughout the finish, leaves barely anything behind.

This brings the IBU's but balances the finish just shy of overpowering. Still would have liked to see more layers of hop flavor, mostly dominated by a dry, bitter piney-resin taste.

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Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/2/13

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English Tulip glass.

a: A nearly clear amber which sprouts an enormous white head requiring additional pours to fill the glass without losing some foam over the top.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Prominent piney hops. It's all about hop bitterness without becoming annoying. Finish is clean except at the very back of the throat.

m: Light. Smooth for an IPA with this much hop bite.

o: A versatile IPA, tasty, bitter without being unpleasant. Versatile in that you get the feeling that because of the light mouthfeel under the powerful hops, you could session it or sip it. But if you session it, at $7 a pint you had better have a hefty wallet. And at 7% ABV, by the second or third one you'd probably be pretty slammed LOL.

For me, at this point I'd stick to Double Jack, Union Jack or Resin for half the price, or Torpedo for even less. But no question this is a superior IPA.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/02/2013. Poured into a glass goblet.

Hazy, golden orange-amber. Huge head on top , off–white in color, three finger’s worth. Wonderful retention as I’m drinking. There’s juicy grapefruit and fresh orange aroma, sweet pineapple, and bright green grass. It smells extremely fresh and inviting, brightness everywhere. The taste is almost as juicy and fruity as the aroma, but it quickly fades into a more bitter, piney flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, nothing spectacular with good carbonation levels. I wish the flavors would envelope my mouth more because the hoppiness is great – it just needs a little bit more body. This is surely a quality IPA.

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Photo of nataku00
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, dated 060413 around 2 months old, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy copper with three plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head retention is good, sticking around for several minutes before slowly dissipating with some thick swathes of lacing. Small bubble carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose citrus hops, sweet orange and grapefruit, peach, light pine, and a decent caramel malt presence.

Taking a sip, good hit of bitterness, citrus peel and pine, mellowing to sweeter hot flavors, orange, grapefruit, peach. Not as much caramel malt on the taste as I was expecting given aroma, which is nice. Medium to dry finish, with some linger pine and lighter caramel malt sweetness.

Lighter side of medium body with smooth but ample carbonation. Easy drinking IPA with pretty good balanced flavor profile. The aroma might have been a little better with less age, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of deereless
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep ruby to dark gold, impressive head, significant lacing along the edge, sea foam froth, craggy head – 4.50, S: Nose isn’t overpowering and actually quite meek, some caramel and mild citrus such as grapefruit – 3.50, T: Unquestionably an IPA, not over-the-top, quite herbal some grapefruit, doughy sweetness – 4.25, M: Slight crispness from the effervescence, hint of creaminess – 4.00, D: 7% beer and very drinkable, a little cost prohibitive but worth a premium, very nicely crafted and worth searching out – 4.25

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