Maine Brewing Lunch IPA

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  1. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    MBC products tastes like hops in club soda to me. Will revisit this summer, but not impressive during a hard winter.
     
  2. dasenebler

    dasenebler Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    Do Mean Old Tom, King Titus and Zoe taste like this to you? Seems like maybe you just can't handle beer that's actually carbonated...
     
  3. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    and watery. I am referring to Peeper and Lunch. Not saying they are not the worlds best lawnmower beers, but this winter Vermont doesn't call for lawnmower beer. Will revisit this Mean Old Tom and King Titus this winter and maybe the former two this summer.
     
  4. dasenebler

    dasenebler Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    Fair enough, but I think it's a bit much to call Lunch and Peeper "watery." Peeper has definitely changed over the years and moved towards more of a lighter, entry-level craft beer, but Lunch?! That stuff has an OG of like 1.070. It's refreshing, dry and definitely not malty, but watery? Maybe if all you drink is Bigfoot. Give me your address and I'll send you some PBR to retune your palate ;) Cheers man, to each his own.
     
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  5. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (553) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    I'll take fresh Lunch and MO any day!!! Peeper, not so much. It has always been wildly inconsistent for me.
     
  6. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    I cannot reconcile Lunch and "watery". And I like beers that will stand up without a glass.
     
  7. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I'm drinking one right now and its the 2/19/13 bottle date, and it taste watery. i have lunch a few different times, and this definitely tastes more watery than any other batch. a victim of the current expansoin project? or just a bad batch? aroma is really nice but really watery at first and the just bitter
     
  8. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    The born-on 2/19/13 batch came from the old facility, so any change can't be attributed to expansion.
     
  9. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    i assumed as much, i look forward to the brews from the expansion facility.
     
  10. BogleHill

    BogleHill Initiate (132) Jul 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Pretty Things Meadowlark is on the same level as Lunch.
     
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  11. RMoeNay

    RMoeNay Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2010 Connecticut

    Yeah we get it... so and so beer brewed in MA is on par or even better than Lunch. Thanks
     
  12. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Meadowlark's pretty good - I look forward to when it becomes year-round in August. Not really sure what his point was though since it hasn't been around since last August. Literally impossible to get it fresh, because it hasn't been brewed!
     
  13. BogleHill

    BogleHill Initiate (132) Jul 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    At the rate they send Lunch this way, you're better off waiting until August!
     
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  14. mcBrewsAlot

    mcBrewsAlot Initiate (178) Dec 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    just found the mother load.. atlas liqours mystic ave medford! Get em while their fresh!
     
  15. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (510) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Atlas in Quincy had some as of Tuesday evening, but most likely gone at this point though. The 3/26 batch is only the second batch (#14 overall) since late November. Why is this stuff brewed so infrequently compared to the other beers in their lineup? Is it a hop shortage or something?
     
  16. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    I guess I'll always be one of the few that cant wrap his head around why people go bonkers for this beer. Sold out in 2 hours? Why?
     
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  17. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (510) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I personally really like it, but I think it definitely has something to do with the fact that its so hard to get in comparison to Zoe, Mo, or Peeper etc.
     
  18. concealed

    concealed Aspirant (281) May 7, 2009 Georgia
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    Table & Vine had some yesterday Western Mass folks. Probably gone now though. I picked up 2 bottles, although I don't find this beer to be way ahead of the IPA curve.
     
  19. RKing44

    RKing44 Disciple (388) Mar 6, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Picked one up last night, IMO the beer is amazing when fresh.
     
  20. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I've seen this in every store I've been in the past week. Boston Wine Exchange had some last Friday. Charles St. Liquors, Whole Foods River St., and Downtown Wine and Spirits in Davis all got it in today
     
  21. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Yep. I bought one last week because I hadn't had it before and it was sitting there. It was 3 days old and tasted fine, but nothing special. I doubt I ever buy it again. There's just too many readily available good/better IPAs out there
     
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  22. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts
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    To W.MA we got some in as well. I don't usually like to post prices... but I will this time. 7.55 shhhh don't tell anyone.
    Only 10 left.

    Oh, by the way, we're looking to have a beer trading event this Sunday. Same rules as here on BA, trade only, no cash exchange. :D
     
  23. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    It used to be so much better its first few batches...the one back in early december late nov was pretty good though.
     
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  24. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts
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    IMHO its perhaps one of the best well balanced IPA's around... yet still, it captures hop heads attention.
    If we're talking price, I'm hooked Sucks and Unearthy ATM. My usually goto for IPA's in Firestone... We just got in some Hopwired from New Zealand. I'm looking to try it this weekend.
    /// runs back to topic///
    Maine Brewing does great beers. I love it when a good brewery develops a following just based on their beer, not on hype, or TV ads. I only wish their Lunch came out more often.
     
  25. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    I got one at Julio's at 4:30. I left one on the shelf
     
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  26. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (512) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Overrated/overpriced. Next.
     
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  27. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Just like Sculpin used to be.
     
  28. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I live in Maine and I've never tasted Lunch...perhaps I should pick up a bottle to share at DLD?
     
  29. Brez07

    Brez07 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2009 Maine

    I don't think every batch leaves Maine. That being said, they just moved to a bigger facility in Freeport so you might be seeing it more often a little later this year
     
  30. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm not sure it actually is brewed less frequently than MO, Mean Old Tom, King Titus... Maybe less than Zoe or Peeper, but those are their "flagships", I think. I think it's brewed just as much as those, but just sells out faster. I doubt it's a hop issue, as there's nothing crazy in the hop bill and all of the hops are also used in their other beers.
     
  31. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (510) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I'm just going by batch frequency on the label, or maybe like someone said before not every batch leaves Maine and therefore isn't numbered.
     
  32. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    by the label, do you mean date? or are they actually numbering batches now? they weren't last time i bought an MBC bottle. and i can assure you that bottles in Maine are dated.

    i would assume "every batch" does probably leave Maine, but I doubt Boston gets all of them. MBC's distribution footprint is really big now, probably because of their pricing scheme.
     
  33. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (510) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    There's a batch number next to the date on each bottle. For example the latest batch read 32613, 14. The last batch I had back in early December read 111912, 12. So according to the batch number, they've only made two batches of Lunch in 4 months. That's much less frequent than the other beers in the lineup.
     
  34. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Yes, its great stuff. Support your local brewery :D
     
  35. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I buy Mean Old Tom fairly regularly...my girlfriend is in love with it...and I've been supporting the hell out of Allagash lately...zero complaints there.
     
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  36. muzzy

    muzzy Disciple (350) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Any Lunch sightings in MA?
     
  37. nootch23

    nootch23 Initiate (179) Mar 29, 2012 Massachusetts

    I bought 4 bottles of Lunch at OneStop Liquors in Beverly, MA last night. No limit. I do know Boscy's Liquors in Saugus is getting some in today with a 1 per limit.
     
  38. MarkF150

    MarkF150 Aspirant (270) Feb 9, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Redstone posted they have some. Released at 5pm today, 1 per person, no holds.
     
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  39. Andrew041180

    Andrew041180 Crusader (700) Mar 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    I picked up a bottle at Blanchards in West Roxbury maybe a month ago? It seems like they've always got some MBC in the front fridge. Not sure what the date is. I think they may have been sitting there for a while. This store really does get a lot of good beer in, but I don't think that the local population has much interest in it. Much more of a meat and potatoes crowd. I have to be careful not to pick up something that has been sitting for too long.
     
  40. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Just grabbed a bottle at Yankee in Attleboro. Looked like they had at least 5-6 left.
     
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