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Old 04-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA clone?

Has anyone attempted to clone this beer? Was wondering what people are picking up in this beer's hop profile. I find it very citrusy. I pick up some distinct lemon. Centennial and Sorachi maybe? Anyone?

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Old 04-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Lunch, Lunch, anyone, anyone?

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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I just had a chance to try this for the first time a few days ago, and was very impressed. Not overly bitter, but lots of hop taste and aroma, with enough malt to balance it out. I got more of a piney taste as the primary hop flavor and aroma, but there was definitely some of those herbal and citrus notes too. I am guessing Chinook is part of it, and maybe some columbus, Centennial, cascade? I am not sure on the malt bill, but most of the sweetness I think was from the hops, not the malt. It was more orange then many of the IPA's so maybe a bit of a darker crystal, but not a whole lot as I did not get a large crystal component to the taste. Anyway, interesting beer, will be fun to try to piece it together.

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Old 04-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #4
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I'm looking to clone this myself. I assume what is described here is accurate:

What the company says: A hoppy American IPA brewed with 2-row Vienna, Wheat and Crystal malts. Has a slight orange hue. Hops used include Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo.


http://www.drunkenpolack.com/?p=3607

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Old 11-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #5
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From their site: http://www.mainebeercompany.com/maine-beer/lunch/

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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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Color – Orange

ABV – 7.0%

O.G. – 1.061

Malt – American 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40L, Munich 10L, Red Wheat

Hops – Warrior, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Great beer! I just got one in a trade as a bonus.

What surprises me is the listed OG of 1.061. If it's 7% abv that means the FG has to be right around 1.008! That's easily the lowest I've ever seen for the style - and by taste, it didn't seem that dry but...
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:19 AM   #6
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Had some of this beer this summer. I will be following this to see how it turns out. Good luck!

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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The recipe seems to have changed significantly since early batches (not for the better) Folks at one of the local bottle shops think that it was changed due to criticism that the beer was (allegedly) a rip-off of the Pliny recipe. I don't know if that's conspiracy theory stuff, but the beer was a dead ringer for fresh Pliny.

It's cool that they posted the info about the current incarnation of the beer.

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:29 AM   #8
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I have three bottles left of lunch and was thinking of harvesting some yeast. Does anyone have any idea on what type of yeast they use to bottle?

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #9
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I would love to know about the yeast as well. I actually bought a bottle last week that I was going to harvest the yeast from.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:15 PM   #10
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I think i read before that it could be ringwood ale yeast.. correct me if i am wrong..

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