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Lunch - Maine Beer Company

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645 Reviews

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 4,384
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 998 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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.
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Reviews: 645 | Hads: 4,384
Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 09/09/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a thick three-finger white head, leaves behind lots of thick lacing.

S- Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, very vibrant, some pine and lightly bready malt. Smells great.

T- Citrus and tropical fruit, also a more pronounced caramel than was apparent in the nose. Caramel and orange are dominant until the finish, when a piney hoppiness takes over for a moderately bitter finish. A tiny hint of spice and alcohol is noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A very nice IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of spycow
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason (amphion1065) for this. Nice brown with light lacing. Smell is tropical, grapefruit, a little funky. Taste is solid for an IPA, piney and tropical notes a little alcohol in the aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good taste overall. An outstanding IPA that lives up to hype. Highly recommend tracking this one down.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Pours mostly clear, golden orange. Leaves 2 finger frothy white head with crazy good retention - there is decent amount until the end of the glass. Not much lacing though

S: Aromatics on this are great. Lots of citrus, highlighted by grapefruit and pineapple. Subtle notes of pine. Some light malt as well

T: Definitely a lot of hop flavor. Not as much citrus as the nose would indicate. There is a piney bitterness that overshadows that. However, I do pick up some grapefruit and pineapple. There is an underlying flavor of bread with honey maltiness that adds a nice balance

M: Medium bodied. Perfect level of carbonation - tingles the tongue but doesn't dominate. Light hop bitterness lingers

D: This is a really great IPA. If you like their Peeper, you will love this. Just imagine that but with even more hops. Just delicious. The second bottle in my fridge won't last too long

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Photo of Jas45678
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle into tulip. Thank you pjkelley82

Pours a nice golden orange color with slight haziness, nice one inch white head. Smell is bold citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Taste is like the nose with a little pine to balance it out. Not to bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, drazzamatazz. 500ml into newport storm snifter. Bottled 4 days ago- hope it's fresh.

A- Hazy glowing orange, big vanilla frosting head, 3 fingers and thick lacing all the way down the glass. Completely covered.

S- Very intense pine resin. Cut grass, some nice citrus fruits. Lemony.

T- Fresh-cut grass, lots of pine sap bitterness. Fruity citrus comes out after I adjust my tongue to the bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present as well.

M- I love this bottle-conditioned IPA. Great lingering bitterness and rich, full mouthfeel.

O- Very impressive, Maine Beer Co. is 3/3 with great beers in my book. Can't wait to see them take a stab at a double IPA.


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Photo of rdilauro
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dirty amber color. Not the most appealing visual effect. But the aroma was very nice, hops came through clear but not overly crazy.

I thought it was very balance between hops, body, barley and aftertaste. Nothing jumped out and attacked me. It was all very pleasant and enjoyable.

I was waiting for some sediment in the glass, but there was none, it was clear to the end.

My first brew from the Maine Beer company.

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Photo of beerfan99
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - Batch 7/26/2011

A: Unfiltered dark amber in color. As typical with Maine Beer Company beers, the carbonation is out of control, 6 inches of white head per 2 oz of beer. Although the carbonation is high, for some strange reason, the carbonation level for the beer itself is fine.

S: Strong hop aroma. I'm suspecting Simcoe and Amarillo hops on this one, but am not quite sure. The smell reminds of me Alpine Duet, which I think iis an outstanding beer.

T: Taste is obviously hoppy, but I find it well balanced with a good blend of hops and malt.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. As I mentioned earlier, the carbonation level for the beer itself was just right. I guess the high level of carbon dioxide left with the foamy head.

O: An excellent offering from the Maine Beer Company. It took me a while to track this down on my trip to Maine, but I'm glad I did. Lunch reminds of Alpine Duet, in terms of both smell and taste. This beer is very easy and pleasant to drink. I'm looking forward to the day when they are able to expand their distribution.

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Photo of B-Stein
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip. Color is golden amber and very clear, ample ivory colored head that settles after a few minutes leaving nice lacing and a thin fluffy head around the edges of the glass.

S: Sharp citrusy notes jump out of the glass at first. After sitting a minute and smelling again aroma becomes a little catty (not bad), but definitely more dank now than citrus. Very hard to pick up, but also get some faint sweet notes from the malt, but unable to pick out specific malt characteristics.

T: If this was a wine it would be french; that is to say no one flavor component jumps out they all sing together very harmoniously showing a great deal of restraint. The malt is biscuity and couples well with the crisp carbonation. Finishes very, very clean almost like a lager, just a touch of bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Light/medium

O: This beer is much lighter in mouth feel and overall vibrato than I anticipated. It shows amazing restraint which pays off with complete balance. It is fresh and light, opposite again from what I would expect with a name like LUNCH. I am impressed and thoroughly enjoyed drinking this beer. I can see why some comments I've read say this beer is watery, it does feel light on your palate and depending upon your mood some beers will speak more to your taste. That said would I enjoy a lunch with just a bit more malt body sure, but I also can appreciate what has been crafted in this bottle. There are many BIG IPAs on the market so therefore I believe there is also a place for a well balanced well crafted refreshing IPA. Bottled on 3-26-13.

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Photo of mooseo
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Deep golden, slightly hazy, with a titanic creamy white head.

S - Juicy tropical fruit, mango, peach and piney hops. Hints of sweet caramel and lemon citrus.

T - Lots of juicy, fresh hop flavors. Mango, pine, orange peel, and lemon. A light bready malt backbone lends a little sweetness. An earthy hop bitterness builds up and really kicks in during the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. High carbonation, crisp, and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - This is an excellent IPA - very hoppy with superb drinkability. This bottle was only a few weeks old and was extremely fresh in both smell and taste. It definitely rivals most of the highly rated west coast IPA's out there.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Has a great clear copper color with a two finger lumpy off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving behind chunks of lacing around the glass
S- Has a deep pineapple smell with a hint of pepper and soft bread notes. T- Taste is huge. Big piney soapy bite up front followed by a kick of lemons. It has a quality bitter bite in the end that lingers for minutes.
M- Feel is smooth with medium body . Carbonation is light but present
O- Overall it has big flavors, a little on the bitter side for my taste but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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 MattSweatshirt
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with a white head that retains and leaves ample lace.

Ample citrus aromatics. Orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Underlying pine.

Not a whole of bitterness. More hop flavor going on. Tons of citrus and done pine. Medium body and carbonation.

Top notch IPA.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City. I always say that IPA's are a dime a dozen so I wasn't sure if this would measure up to the heavyweights the top this category. This one didn't have to because as the Alstrom brothers said in their review, this was certainly an East Coast IPA. Not as aggressive as those from out west, this had such nice balance to it while delivering a mild punch and wonderful array of flavors at the same time.

This born on date for this beer was Saint Patrick's Day, so it was nice and fresh. Lovely pour as the hazy yet glowing golden hue, everlastingly frothy head, and soapy rings of lacing left behind all combined for a solidly pleasing appearance. The aroma wasn't as strong but it was nice as well. Grassy, floral, and strawberry notes could be discerned and combined with the straw and champagne-like lightness of the taste, led me to believe that this wasn't just another IPA. Some grapefruit and tropical fruits came in later and the carbonation was perfect, leading this to remain light from start to finish. It almost reminded me of a Farmhouse beer crossed with the Ithaca Flower Power, as the funky nature of this beer meshed with the subtle, piney hops wonderfully.

The alcohol was a tad high but with so much going on here, it's hardly noticeable. The malt sweetness really balanced everything and served as proof that IPA's don't have to be hop bombs to be enjoyable. The bottle design is much like the beer inside of it - subtle, smooth, and outwardly simple but make no mistake: this was a well-crafted brew that could be a lunch all by itself. Impressive stuff!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange to copper body with straw like hues beneath the cram colored head which is ne of the more resistant I've seen as it hangs around for the duration of the beer.

Pungent hop aromas of citrus such as orange and grapefruit as well as pine and straw waft from the glass. The heartiness to the aroma hints of malt, a touch of bread and grain and a touch sweet.

The flavor is equally delightful with more funky grass and straw hops as well as sweet citrus with an even more pronounced malt presence which is grainy and bread like and possibly features a touch of toffee.

A rather chewy mouthfeel for an IPA with medium carbonation and a big pungent, and chewy finish.

A great IPA with tons of character and a delight to the senses.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago on 5/18/11

Hazy dark orange body with a massive fluffy, sticky, white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Wonderfully hoppy aromas, heavy on the grapefruit and lemon citrus notes and some piney resins to round this out. Little room is left for anything else to come through.

I'm finding the taste to have a lot of similarities to Peeper Ale but with less malt backbone and more bitterness. Similar citrus fruits provide a strong hop flavor but with the addition of some pine and grass notes that kick up the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy medium body feel that seems a bit heavier than many other IPAs. Overall, Lunch is another top notch offering from Maine Beer Co. These guys really know how to use hops.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

High quality IPA. Not too hoppy, but nice dry hops and very smooth and creamy feel. Doesn't seem like 7 abv at all. Lemony, straw, grassy. Maybe slight hint of lime. Lived up to my hopes and expectations. Excellent.

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Photo of allenson21
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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 chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded willi becker pint glass

Pours a deep gold orange with some amber accents topped by a two and a half finger slightly off white fluffy, creamy white head. Fantastic retention with thick lacing that coat the glass all the way down. Mandarin orange, herbal notes including green tea and fresh cut grass, citrus blossom notes, some breadiness and grain. Starts with citrus and fruit notes, mandarin orange, kumquats, nectarines, fresh green tea, light floral notes. Some breadiness and grains midpalate and semisweet malt. Finishes semi dry with mildly bitter citrus rind and just a very light touch of caramel. Smooth, slick, silky mouthfeel with a hint of creaminess. Wonderful! Lunch lives up to the acclaim for sure. A superb American IPA.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Adamdc for sending this beer to me.

This beer was shared between my wife and me.

A- The body of the beer is a clear copper coloration. The head of the beer is white with great retention. Thick lacing marks the glass.

S- Toasted bready flavors supporting a very nice citrus grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and pine marmelade.

T- Dam this is smoothly balanced. Nicely toasted malt brief sweetness. Great delivery of the hop aroma in flavor.

M- The body is smooth. Balance of hops and malts are supreme. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This is a supreme beer drinking experience! I would have this repeatedly if it came to Cincinnati.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A: golden in color but light withA heavy fluffy white head. it is mostly translucent, but not necessarily clean as it does still have some young haze

S: a floral hop aroma that is not over powering there is lots of earthy aromas . On top of all that there is pine resin in there as well.

T:There is a bunch of pine upfront but its not overwhelming going on it matches the smell with floral hops that have a light bitterness that goes to the finish. There is a little malt in the backbone but not too much. Some of that earthy grassy taste is in there too but it's a subtle flavor

M: It is crisp and resinous upfront, but it doesn't necessarily stick to your palate. It is also smooth and oily with carbonation that balances well to make it pretty drinkable but not the best ever

O: A real soild Dipa fairly well balanced with a good hoppy flavors and a solid feel. I got it super fresh (3 days old) but that didn't make the difference for me though i still didnt love it. Despite that it is still worth a try

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Photo of zeledonia
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 14 October 2012, I believe (says 101412 on the bottle). Another great BIF beer from cavedave.

Pours very clear pale orange with a touch of pink; sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Three fingers of very white head, fluffy and thick like a sponge cake. Relaxes slowly, leaving chunky islands of lacing on the inside of the glass and a finger-high hill rising up like Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Spectacular.

Smell is stellar. Juicy pine and citrus, billowing up out of the glass. About even balance of the two, with resiny pine coming in the first wave, followed by grapefruit. Really well put together, smooth edges, with the malts just laying right there underneath the hops.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Has that crispy thin bitterness that many IPAs have, where the soft bitter floats above the gentle malt base. Finishes quick, the bitterness evaporating and drying out.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation a bit on the low side. Finish is quick and super dry, taking all the flavor with it, leaving only a faint remnant. Reminds me of Zombie Dust in the way it dries out.

Very impressive IPA. The appearance and the smell are the highlights, but the rest of it holds up just fine. Pleasantly thin on body and taste. Happy I got the chance to try this - it's right in the sweet spot of top-notch IPAs.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, bottled 5/28/2013, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a 4 finger white head

S- Grapefruit rind, pine, floral notes.

T- Piney finish, grapefruit, floral hops, herbal notes, kind of has a tea like quality.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A nice IPA, definitely, worth the price, not really. I am very happy I tried this, but I don't see myself buying this again since I can get other IPA of the same quality for much less. Still haven't had a beer I haven't really enjoyed for Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of scotorum
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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 readbaron
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, rich orange amber with impressive, 3 fingers of soft billowy off-white head. The foam lingers and coats the glass nicely.

Rich grapefruit and tropical hop-forward aroma. As you continue to appreciate the beer bready malts make their presence known.

Taste is quite nice. First few sips were bitter and piney, but after the palate adjusts I get a lot of the citrus and tropical fruits from the nose. Grapefruit and pineapple. Quite nice. Finishes bitter. Mid palate, there are some balancing malts, but this one is mostly about the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and aggressively carbed. A bit dry.

Overall, another great beer from main brewing. Would love more from them.

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Lunch from Maine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.