Lunch (7%) is an IPA brewed by Maine Beer Company. It is described as "“East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA". I'm not sure exactly what that means. I wouldn't compare this in any way to the BIG west coast IPAs I'm used to drinking.
That's not a bad thing. I liked Lunch. I just don't get the comparison.
Almost like champagne, a floof of foam erupted from the bottle when I popped the cap. Not a lot, but there was a bit of foamy overflow. It poured hazy amber with a big, fluffy white head.
The aroma was very citrussy, but not citrus like bitter grapefruit. It was more of an orange-like aroma, sweet, with piney back notes.
This is not an in-your-face bitter IPA, it's more subtle. There is some caramel malt sweetness, some orange and yeastiness. All of this is balanced by a slight piney hoppiness. None of the flavors in this beer stand out overtly, nevertheless, this is a tasty, drinkable beer.
As the head would suggest, this is a nice bubbly beer with a good, medium mouth feel.
Overall - good.
Could Lunch have been better? Maybe. For freshness and maximum flavor, most of Maine Beers are meant to consumed within 90 days. I picked up a bottle in New Hampshire a few months ago - the end of November - and I probably should have drank it sooner. It was still good, but the hops had surely mellowed. Or had they. I'd need to try a fresh one for contrast.