Lunch | Maine Beer Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
5,180 Ratings
LunchLunch
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:
5,180
Reviews:
776
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
1,194
Gots:
1,420
For Trade:
25
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,180 |  Reviews: 776
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF with beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,580 characters

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap in Boston. White head with nice lace walls. Golden orange color.

Classic IPA and not so much the NE style. Kind of a hybrid. Juicy and tropical but not that haze style. Earthy and with some citrus and floral hops.

Medium bodied. Clean. Straight forward.

This is simply a well executed IPA. Nothing fancy going on here, but that's okay. Drinkability is great.

 374 characters

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Warren Store last weekend. Shout out to my favorite glassware hound for getting a beer named after him. Glad Dr. Abmuh already got you one. Served in a Bruery tulip because I don't have any glassware from Maine. For shame.

Pours a somewhat-hazed copper color. Pretty bright, actually. The head sits at two-to-three fingers for awhile before falling down and leaving a cascade of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Thin cap and collar throughout. Good looking beer. The nose brings a bit of citrus and a fair amount of tropical hops. Everything blends together quite well. Just a light bit of bread in the background.

The flavor starts off tropical with some mango, slight pineapple, and actually a bit of cantaloupe. Light orange there as well. Really smooth bitterness hits throughout. Medium body and only a slight hint of alcohol, which actually works its way in nicely with the bitterness. Average carbonation. Smooth going down again and again. Really nice beer. Cheers to the whale who inspired this brew.

 1,047 characters

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

Re-reviewed:

Even with a semi delicate pour it yields a 2+ finger head of thick rich foam, with nice lacing as it slowly fades, over semi hazy maple nectar orange slight reddish-brown color, great head retention.

Nose explodes as soon as I crack the cap, erupting citrus hops, tropical fruit, hints of pine, grapefruit, very light orange peel which separates it a bit from most IPAs in this category as the bitter orange rind is less so I think, a light chewy hop base as well with very slight spicy hops, also theres some nice sweet malty base aromas.

Second bottle re-review:
Taste brings earthy and fruity hops to start, a slight sweet malt base also comes out first, then comes more of the nice hops, citrus, tropical fruit, light candy like hop taste, touch of tangerine, bit juicy, and just a hint of slight booze, it gets pretty bitter as it goes, bringing some spicy hops as well, touch of pine leads to the finish, which dries a bit and gets slightly more bitter, plenty lingering hops and bit of malt feel lingering. As it goes, warming and more bombarding the mouth, I'm starting to get a slight earthy and very light herbal hop character as well. The fresh tropical fruit hops and hints of citrus really dominate on the more recent bottle I had, much better than the first.

Mouth is a bit thicker than medium bodied, with good carbonation and just the slightest hint of warming booze, and a bit oily.

Original overall:
Overall pretty good, great nose, good hop flavors, nice malty balance, just a touch of warming booze which is a bit more than I would expect for only 7%, and as I mentioned the aromas were great but the hops on the flavor are a little left short, with much less tropical fruits and citrus as I expected. Lot from 5/18/11 so it's very fresh (less than 2 weeks old) but slightly resembles a slight aged IPA in taste.

New bottle overall:
Much better than the first, tons more citrus and tropical fruit hops, fairly bitter, still got the earthy hops and quite bit of bitterness, but really tasty on this batch, still a bit more booze than I would expect for 7% too.

 2,098 characters

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a nice film of lace.

S - Pungent pine hops with some toffee and spicy notes.

T - Dark bread with notes of toffee and spicy hops. Some onion and sweaty hops in the middle with a finish of light caramel and pine.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very nicely done. Unlike so many IPAs these days that border on DIPA territory, this one is firmly and drinkable a single IPA. Tthe malt is a bit on the dark side of the style, which isn't usually my preference, but I enjoyed it anyway.

 661 characters

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

Acquired from svosie, so a big “Thank You” goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a whole evening.

 837 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to pale golden orange in color. The beer has a medium sized patch of large soapy bubbles that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts smells with strong aromas of pineapple/tropical hops, grapefruit/citrus hops, and just a touch of pine hops.

T: There is a light flavor of caramel malt sweetness upfront with much larger hops flavors - the primary hop flavors are passionfruit and grapefruit. Moderate amounts of bitterness that does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation (almost completely flat). Slightly thin but that might be due to the lack of carbonation.

O: Seems like the cap might not have been perfectly sealed - especially since other reviewers seem to indicate that the beer was more carbonated than I experienced. Great hop flavors and this beer is very enjoyable. I found it easy to drink and would like to get another to check out the carbonation.

 1,031 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with several fingers of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with 1 ½ fingers of tight froth, which SOAPS the sides of the glass with thick swathes of heavy lacing. The aroma is floral feeling, with a leafy dankness and a fresh citric bitterness in the nose. This is softened up some a bit by some sweeter fruit character and a toasted graininess. A touch of warmth starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste is bright with full hoppy flavors, with a pithy grapefruit bitterness that mingles alongside a fresh leafy feel. This is undercut by lesser pronounced tropical sweetness and lightly toasted grains. There is a smack of bright bitterness in the finish that leaves this dry and a touch spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth. There is a touch of an oily feel here that helps add a silky smoothness to the body at times. A bit shockingly, that 7% ABV is rather evident and gains strength as this hits room temp, with a bit of a stiff warmth to it that stick in the throat and chest and becomes a little distracting after a while.

Even with two months on it, there is no doubt that this has quite the vivid and well balanced hop profile to it and a pretty smooth body overall. It’s just a shame that this ended up showing as much heat from the ABV as it did. I knocked my grade down a bit based on this experience with it, but I’d be willing to tango with another fresher bottle of this. The potential is definitely there.

 1,561 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 583 characters

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 944 characters

Photo of smithj4
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed two weeks before consumed for this review.

A - Dull ice tea caramel color. Great head; lightly off-white with fantastic retention and lace.

S - Simply awesome. Bright wood, racy lemon, a kick of fresh pepper, and fresh herbaceous parsley.

T - Bitter citrus rolls into bright woody hops. Just enough caramel malt balances the profile beautifully. Soft, bitter, woody sweet backend. Delicious, dry, fresh hop finish.

M - Fantastic carbonation balance on a medium frame.

O - There's something about this beer that is greater than the sum of it's parts. The bitterness, malt character, hop profile, and texture are everything that I love about the best examples of the style. An absolutely fantastic IPA

 711 characters

Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,180 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.