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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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730
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4,939
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4.33
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8.08%
 
 
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Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with about an inch and a half of fluffy white head. Really nice retention on this with good lookin' soapy lace.

I could smell this as I was pouring it. Lots of orange citrus and some lemon. Really fruity in the aroma with a bit of a grassy hop finish. A bit of a zinger on this one. Lemon on the pallet with grapefruit and orange citrus. Grassy hops rounding this one out with being a little bitter. The aroma seems to get lost in transilation to the pallet a little bit here, but it's still pretty on point.

The feel seems a bit light and the carbonation is a little bit low. I feel like this one just needs to get a little more lively and a little more body to it and it will really shake things up. Overall, I love Maine Beer Company. This one isn't a homerun for them but it's still a hell of a lot better than a lot of beers on the market. A few flaws in my opinion but this is still one I'll picking up.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-cloudy faded orange color big billowing bright white head. Intensely hoppy nose, lots of citrus and orange, faintly floral, so bright smelling, almost getting a bit of tropical melon in there too. Underneath I get some soapy and alcohol esters.

Surprisingly light body. Super clean and crisp tasting. Bright citrus flavors right off the bat, lots of orange flavor, starts dry but finishes juicy making the mouth water a bit. Brisk carbonation. A little thin on the front end but the body builds near the back end. All hop flavor throughout with the exception of the lingering flavors. Some malt and alcohol linger along with the bright fruity hops. Faintly grainy underneath it all. Slow building bitterness but an otherwise incredibly smooth beer. Nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable. If it came in a 6 pack rather an incredible hard to track down single bottle that would be fantastic.

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Photo of JC333
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been hunting down lunch for a while and I finally got my hands on some only bottled 11 days ago.

Wow.

This is what dank means.

Smell of citrusy grapefruit and some tropical fruit

Taste is a citrusy and piney upfront with a great smooth finish and another blast of grapefruit.

I was not disappointed at all.

Could be the east coast answer to my favorite west coast Pliny.

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Photo of silentjay
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a pretty standard, yet glowing amber/copper with a nicely sized off-white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

damn. pine, pine, pine, and grapefruit. lots of fresh hop aromas in this one, and I can smell it from a mile away.

pine and grapefruit juice, sweetened, with some fresh cut grass, fresh squeezed orange juice, and almost a candy-like sweetness. not terribly bitter, but tons, and tons of hop flavor.

medium bodied with excellent soft carbonation. this is one of the juiciest and most refreshing finishes on a beer I have ever had.

terrific. Was the perfect beer after a day of hiking. well done, again, Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 021913 (19FEB2013)

A: Slightly hazy, light pumpkin-orange color with loads of carbonation shooting to a very fluffy white head. The head is extremely fluffy and large, and leaves loads of lacing.

S: I get a lot of citrus, with some grapefruit and a tangerine-like scent. There is some very faint pine resin scent in the background as well. Mostly this consists of citrus scent.

T: There is mild perceived bitterness in the flavor. It's probably a lot stronger than I taste, but there is very little hop flavor to drive the bitterness home. The flavor is very faint and mostly woody. There is a tad of pine flavor, but again it isn't that strong. Some mild caramel sweetness creeps out after the bitterness starts to fade in the mouth. There is a slight carbonic flavor that comes through as well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry. It also feels a bit astringent but I wouldn't call it unpleasant...just there. Good carbonation, which helps it pop in the mouth.

O: Overall I thought the beer had good bitterness and a great appearance. I wish it had more actual hop flavor to marry with the bitterness. For an American IPA, I would expect to see more presence in the beer instead of just blatant bitterness. There was also a strange (what tastes to me) carbonic flavor that was off-putting. I'm on the fence about recommending the beer...it's good but I think it could be matched or beat by many of the other IPA varieties on the market. I probably won't by it again, given the available alternatives.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into shaker pint bottle dated 6/16/15

A: Nice soap creamy head with an amber light haziness to the look

S: Smells like an orange rind with a lot of biscuity malts maybe a touch of toffee and a little sweetness

T: Nice bit of orange citrusness and good maltiness that has some sweetness to it. However, the flavor disappears quickly and you need another sip to reacquaint yourself.

M: very light body with a clean crisp flavor profile that does not linger

O: I'm quite pleased how this held up being as old as it is, while I think fresh the citrus might have been brighter and the malts dialed back I am really enjoying the malty finish maybe a little age has provided this beer. The drinkability of this beer is out of sight.

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

4.5/4.25/4/4/4.25
Bottled 12/30/2014
Do you like beers that are a beautiful pure amber? I sure do. I also love it when they have a good finger and a half of soft silky off white head that sticks around and around and around. Hey, this beer has those things!

Nose is sweet hops. tropical fruits, clean and crisp, some pineapple, some bubblegum, just juicy and enticing.

Mmm... follows the lead of the nose, but a little more blunted and bitter. I still get some of that sweet pineapple, but I'm encountering more pine and grapefruit and pith than on the aroma. The depth and complexity that uilds from first sip to swallow ends rather abruptly leaving a taupe pithy bitter finish that lasts. Medium/thin body with delicate carbonation.

This beer has an immaculate reputation. There's a reason for that.

Much much much thanks to @Roguer for breaking me off with this as part of his Pequodic BIF package!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

17oz, packaged 7/21/11.

Pours a glowing orange with red and gold highlights. Great fluffy head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and spicy, with some tropical notes and hints of apricot.

Flavor is pretty bitter on the front, but not so much on the back end, which is clean and smooth. Still pretty damn hoppy, resinous and oily at two months out. Fruity and juicy hop flavor is there, though somewhat muffled. Malt structure adds sweetness, hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with ample carbonation, damn near perfect on the tongue.

Really well-balanced and a joy to drink. Will definitely buy some of the next batch if I got the cash.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/brown with a gigantic billowing head with amazing--almost ridiculous--retention; lacing is nice

S: Mostly just loads upon loads of hops: citrus--grapefruit and orange--and pine; there seems to be some bready sweet malts hiding underneath but mostly this is a citrus fruit bomb

T: Hop bitterness up front but not as much of a citrus fruit explosion as the fruity bitterness fades rather quickly--in the end enough of the residual hops--grapefruit mostly--do stick to the sides of the mouth but it just doesn't quite finish like I wish it would but it is still quite amazing

F: Pretty decent medium body with nice residual oils sticking to the mouth but it finishes just a touch thin

O: A solid, delicious IPA that just finishes a touch thin but this is still one fine beer; and wow, does it have an amazing aroma; I could breathe this all day or perhaps wear it as my new cologne

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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 tillmac62
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 9/29/15. Almost clear yellow golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of zest (orange, lemon and slight grapefruit), a touch of spruce spiciness and a biscuit base.

Light medium body that has a slightly smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a stronger finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding - reasonable intensity, complex and perfectly balanced. It is hop flavor, rather than bitterness, oriented. It begins with a blend of hop flavors indicated by the nose, with general zest being the most dominate. The middle is fairly bitter, but a bit light for an IPA. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with a subtle biscuit that never becomes sweet. The finish is a bit dry and hop flavor/bitterness lingers. As the finish fades, the spicy spruce aspects are at their strongest and tangerine notes are noted.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a chalk white head. Great lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peaches. Supported by a nice crackery malt backbone. Pine resin begins to creep up from the depths.

Taste begins with tropical fruit, moving into pine resin and a pith bitterness that lingers. Mango and pineapple prevail. The malt provides a nice backbone for the hops to play off of. Great balance with a slight lean towards bitter, tropical hops.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. A mango pith bitterness is slightly present, providing a drying of the palate.

Overall a great beer. Light on the nose, but great on the taste. Personal taste would prefer a juicier IPA without the dryness.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing. aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

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

Big thanks to my bro for sharing this bottle.

Pours an extremely hazy burnt orange with creamy white head. Got some rings down the glass.

Very citrusy hop aroma, nice piney notes compliment the citrus.

The taste is very citrus hop forward. Just like the nose the more piney notes compliment the citrus perfectly.

The mouth feel is top notch. Medium to full in body with a semi high amount of carbonation. Feels like the hop devils stabbing my tongue with pine infused pitchforks. Extremely smooth and easy drinking but the second half of the sip attacks your taste buds in the best way possible.

Solid IPA all around. I feel bad for my brother because I think this ended up being a 70/30 split in my favor. Worth seekin out.

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

06/03/2014 date.

A- Pours amber/orange with a large fluffy white head. Lots of fluffy lacing remains.

S- Pine, citrus, sweet malts. Slightly dank. Classic good IPA scent.

T- Very fruity. Orange, grapefruit and pine with a nicely balanced malty backbone. No alcohol taste to speak of really.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. A great bitter aftertaste.

O- A wonderful IPA. Will have again when I can find it.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I didn't have principles, I'd pour this. How this beer has the hype it does is mind-boggling. No bright hop character, faint nose, boring malt bill, and just an uninteresting and mediocre IPA. It was pretty and the body of the beer was nice but that's where it ended.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Picked this up at Carl's in Kittery and was told that they just got it in today and it was bottled only a couple days previous.

Appearance: A really nice, two finger sticky white head emerges from the bright orange body. Really reminiscent of Peeper. Definitely a good looking beer.

Aroma: Big citrus and tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Some nice light pine and a bit of pale malt provides a nice backdrop. A nice, crisp and clean aroma.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, and a hint of pine hit first. Really nice balance all around. Refreshing and crisp. Notes of candied hops and pale malt also blend nicely and highlight the other hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Crisp enoguh to be refreshing.

Overall, a really solid IPA that really impressed m in almost all aspects. Similar to Peeper, but better in my opinion. Just a really nice IPA that I plan on picking up more of.

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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 Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm always perusing the Maine Beer Co section in my local shops in search of the legendary LUNCH, and a stop in to get some jumbo shrimp for the grill was my lucky day. Bottled 5/7/13, this batch is nice and fresh and doesn't have time to age on the shelf as they disappear quickly in multiples.

Pours a cloudy off orange with an enormous cloudy white 4 finger head on a pour straight down the middle of the glass. Lively carbonation.

Aromas are hop forward and become prominent with a bit of warming: subtle nose of orange blossoms, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit: this has a juicy vibe to it with some noted pine needles.

Taste is more bold than the nose, and plays out as either a huge IPA or an 1.5IPA with regard to strength and bitterness of the hops. Tropical orange flavors along with grapefruit and piney resins end up as almost sticky, yet the finish is dry, zesty hops resting at the back of the palate for a long bitter finish that is a requisite quality for a great IPA

Mouthfeel is medium to full, enormous for what is supposed to be an IPA. Drying grapefruit rind aftertaste builds as you make your way through the 16.9 oz bottle.

Overall, I'm very glad I bought 4 of these. LUNCH is a top notch IPA with a thoughtfully balanced hop wallop tempered with careful malt selection. There is a noted increase in enjoyment as it warms and works its charms on you.

Those that complain that LUNCH isn't available in 6 packs, or that is overpriced expect too much from small batch hand crafted Northern New England brewers. I've spent the same or more on bombers that were mediocre at best, so you have to pay up if you want the quality.
Highly recommended and worthy of the legendary reputation.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Creamy in color, reminds me of King Sue from TG. Great citrus and floral notes, finishes clean. Wish it had a bit more body to it, but amazing beer none the less.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits. Bottled 5/28/13 - about a month old.

A- Pours an absolutely beautiful golden-orange, unfiltered and very hazy body with a thick, fluffy, huge bubbly head that reduces slowly and leaves a thick layer of lacing.

S- Very tropical and juicy - grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, mango. Slight piney and resinous aromas in there too. Smells fresh and potent, the hops are really shining.

T- Upfront it follows the nose but isn't as potent - I get citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple notes. The finish is slightly bitter but subdued, really balanced. Aftertaste is pine and citrus rind.

M- Light and refreshing, medium carbonation.

Lunch lived up to the hype. Definitely the best beer put out by Maine Beer Company, this one sits up there with the big boys. Comparable to PtE but not quite heady topper in my opinion. I really like the unfiltered, raw character.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Worthy Brewfest in Springfield. Review is taken from notes. The beer had a generally hazy orange appearance with an incredible aroma of citrus orange and grapes. The flavor dimension more showed an intense hoppy bitterness wrapped around a palatable citrus flavor. Mouthfeel helps the beer remain very crisp with a good carbonation. Overall, this was an awesome beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy, vibrant golden orange with a massive, dense off white head that sticks around forever. There are sticky chunks of lacing all over as well. Smell is very subdued and underwhelming. Pine, citrus and tropical fruits are most prominent with a hint of bready malt. Taste is the same, but is the slightest bit more flavorful than the smell. Also a moderately bitter finish. Feel is light and smooth with good carbonation. Overall a good beer, but very overrated. It pales in comparison to Another One, Weez, and A Tiny Beautiful Something. The bottle I drank is less than a month old so I can't imagine it fell off that much. If I drank this blind I'd call it good, but not something I'd go out of my way to have again. But taking the price and hype into consideration, this is definitely a disappointment.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber in colour, slightly hazy, with a foamy head that recedes to a creamy top.

The nose is slightly piney, but is dominantly sweet with citrus and earthy hops. Notes of orange, pineapple, and kiwi play very smooth over a slightly sweet malt.

The characteristics of this IPA taste as well-blended as they smell. The pine is more intense and adds a stronger bitterness than the nose, but overall the complex blend of hop flavours are extremely smooth. Slight sweetness from the malt balances this blend.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but well-bodied for this style.

This American IPA can stand up with some of the best, even if it's a little over-rated.

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Photo of ericj551
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lunch pours a very clear deep gold with a beautiful head that really lingers. Fruity orange citrus and pine in the aroma with a bit of sweetness. The orange gives way to grapefruit which leads nicely into the flavor. The grapefruity hops come on strong in the flavor with just a bit of sweetness. The malt is dominated by a strong, but not overpowering bitterness. Overall this is a really nice IPA especially for a couple months old. I imagine it's hard to beat right off the bottling line.

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