At the most recent beer nerd gathering I attended, I came into the possession of a variety of beers that are simply unavailable in the Pacific Northwest. A friend, let’s call him Cleatus, had promised them to me many moons ago and was now making good. Cleatus made it very clear that this subset of beers was for my consumption only and intimated that a terrible curse shall befall anyone who did not heed his words. Considering there were nearly thirty other top-shelf beers in attendance, not much attention was paid to these particular beers save for one.
Each attendee in turn rummaged through Cleatus’ box of goodies and expressed delight over coming across Lunch from the Maine Beer Company. Cleatus was vigilant in supporting my claim for the coveted bottle and for that, I am in his debt. So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got around to tasting it. And by the looks of it, not a moment too soon.
The impression I get from this beer is that everything about it is done with great care and purpose. It’s a beautiful orange-yellow color (which my phone does not do justice) with lots and lots of head. It smells like freshly peeled mandarins and it tastes crisp and clean. Though I typically prefer a little more body to my beers (thank God for my sweet Lucille), this is an excellent IPA and one I’d love to have around more often.