Checking in this time with a beer that is something of a classic in the New England area.
Beer Name: Lunch
Brewery: Maine Beer Company (Freeport, ME)
Description: Named for a whale well-known off the coasts of Maine, this IPA has long been a popular release throughout the New England area. More details are available here.
Appearance: Light yellowish/amber body that was cloudy but still able to be seen through. A fluffy white head persisted throughout most of the pour.
Smell: A big burst of citrus fruit right out of the bottle followed by undertones of piney bitterness.
Taste: Sweet upfront from caramel malts and blend of tropical and citrusy hops. Followed by a moderate, crisp bitterness of mostly pine accentuated by bready malt notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: I’m going to say elevated, but definitely not quite as high as it once was. The beer’s longevity coupled with its increased availability has reduced the hype factor on this in recent years. Case in point, I remember this flying off of shelves (when it even got there) several years ago but this latest bottle my mom (who’s not at all into beer) picked up for me from a little shop by her house.
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, which was no surprise since I’ve done so already many times over the years. As unfashionable as it may sound, I think may be partial to West Coast style IPAs and this is an excellent example of one.