Lunch | Maine Beer Company

5,185 Ratings

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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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Ratings: 5,185 |  Reviews: 777
Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 that I hope to be able to drink on a regular basis

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Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to ferillo for sending this one my way as a part of a very recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller Teku. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and floral hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earth, spice, earth hop, floral, floral hop, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really happy to get the chance to finally try this one and for good reason. Upon pouring it into the glass I put my nose right up to it. I was surprised at how nice this brew smelled on first inspection. Really well balanced and all the right notes in all the right places going on here. The flavor was pretty nice too, but just wasn’t as balanced as the aroma unfortunately. The earthy note felt a little invasive to me, but it didn’t hurt the brew at all. Definitely worth your time to try or seek out if you have never had it and call yourself a hop-head.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way better on draft. Hops pop way more. Bottles are not worth the price.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Growler poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear bright golden color with an amber hue, small foamy white head reduced to a ring around the edge

S- citrus and pine dominant aroma with undertones of bready malt. Also some
Notes of lemongrass and mint

T- clean and citrusy up front with notes of orange zest and pine needle, followed by some tropical notes of mango & melon. Clean underlying toasted malt provide a nice backbone, while allowing the citrusy hops to take center stage.

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a clean, dry & crisp finish

O- very good IPA with high drinkability

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Photo of argock
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz grey-brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 111812 stamped on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Slightly hazy peach with nearly white 1-2 finger head with big bubbles and good retention with numerous dots of lace.

S: Fantastic aroma with pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and pine resin with some floral aromas. The malt stays out of the way. Exceptional-superior hop aroma profile that jumps out of the glass.

T: The flavor doesn't just quite match the aroma for quality. It has a slightly tannic, grassy, melon character with pine, grapefruit pith, and pineapple accents. There is a bit of astringency in the flavor as well - may be a product of freshness. The malts are light with crackery elements. The bitterness is pretty hefty -- not quite harsh but more than it needs to be.

M: It is a fairly dry beer with surprisingly light body, in fact I wish it was a little more chewy, sticky, with more body. Carbonation is pretty high but not a problem.

O: Frankly, Maine Lunch is a bit of a disappointment. I don't dislike the beer at all, but the flavor is more blandly bitter without more complex hops flavor. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be going back, especially at the pretty outrageous price.

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

Thanks to Chris for bringing this one out.

A - Pale hazy beer with a off-white head that had a some decent retention with some moderate lacing.

S - Slight pale malt with some citrus and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light, bittering resin at the backend.

T - This is really a refreshing and light IPA that still manages to have a nice bit of flavor for a single IPA. Some grapefruit and some satisfying bitterness bite at the end.

M - Medium body, no alcohol feel, moderate carbonation and crisp.

O - Good ipa, highly sessionable. Nice clean taste, refreshing, would love to have this on a regular basis.

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Photo of buzzy
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/15/11. Pours a light brown color with a fluffy dense off-white head that settles into a puffy cap. A bit dark for the style.

The beer has a lovely hop aroma. A little bit of buddy hops, followed by grapefruit and light pine. Not super intense in the nose but its quite pleasant.

Flavor hits off with the hops. Grassy and buddy fresh hops mix in with some citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Light tropical fruit as well. This is more of a hop flavor IPA than bitter. The malt is lightly bready, gives the beer some substance.

Moderate body with soft carbonation give the beer a soft feel but a little lifeless. Nice balance on the palate but it does finish slightly bitter.

A very enjoyable IPA. Good hop flavor without any crushing bitterness.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,185 ratings.
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