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Dinner | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice with over 6 lbs. of hops per barrel. For the best experience, please enjoy fresh as possible.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-10-2014

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle obtained 6/25/16, same date as on bottle, after waiting online for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Many waited longer, few shorter. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: 2F+ head with some lacing and a residual ring. Beer is a slightly hazy golden-bronze color.

S: Just beautiful in your face citrus juicebomb: grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon and lime rinds, maybe a hint of tropical pineapple as well. Light biscuit malts and some piney funk.

T: A perfectly proportioned juicebomb. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with supplementary tangerine, lemon/lime and pineapple. On the money between bitter and sweet. Light cracker malt for backbone. Progresses to a dank piney finish that is just the perfect amount of sticky and bitter and slowly dries.

F: Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Insanely perfect construction and balance, beautiful taste progression and good lingering piney finish to dryness. First 5 I have ever awarded for mouthfeel.

O: Well, it was worth the wait (honestly, the line atmosphere was great and the hours flew by). I gave half of my bottles away, but that means I have 5 more of this perfection to enjoy in the coming weeks (you don't want to let any Maine Beer Company IPA sit for very long; I have found them very fragile).

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Photo of Kv0nT
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious and rare. Low ABV double I PA. Citrus and fruit are obvious, but there is no unpleasant sweetness. Crisp and refreshing. I recommend having Dinner and then following up with a Thank You that MBC just released. Perfect back to back combo IMHO.

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Photo of Excalibur33
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a fan of all of MBC's brews, and was lucky enough to try Dinner in a bottle in early April. It has a nice, slightly cloudy, copper color. Flavor balance is outstanding for a DIPA -- the hops are strong but do not mask the hints of citrus or malt/sweetness. Easily my favorite double IPA. I like it more than other top ranked doubles, probably because they have managed to not mask the more subtle flavors in the brew.

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Photo of MattyTibbs
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm just biased, but this is pound-for-pound the best DIPA I've ever had. Dinner gets 5's across the board b/c it deserves it. The hop profile is ridiculous, creating one the most appealing aromas of any beer I've ever opened. The malt backbone perfectly compliments the hop additions (even after dry-hopping) which makes Dinner wicked smooth, bub! Great citrus taste w/ a smooth (almost creamy to me) mouth feel. There's a reason this beer sells out in hours every few months. Fantastic!

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Photo of Diglitt
4.27/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually an IPA fan but this one is actually quite good. It's much more palatable than anything I've had outside of treehouse or the like. Maine is doing very well with this one.

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Photo of MS22
4.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/9 while reviewing taxes.

Dinner is a great beer, great...and thats that. Top 10? Eh, not so much, but then again KJ and PtY are 4 and 5 which is a stretch too. Top 25? Looking at 25-50, again a maybe at best. The hype and availability keep the ratings high, I get it.

Appears mildly hazy, beautiful color. Smell is slightly earthy with abundant tropical notes and some phenolic/alcohol note present. Taste is a bit more thin than I'd had expected with a finish that drops off more abruptly than anticipated. Again, this is all precluded by the crazy hype (and large trade sent to acquire a few coveted bottles). The balance is superb and that is the high point.

Really an awesome beer but perhaps one of the more over-hyped that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

All being said I love MBC and all they stand for. I'll buy their products all day long and support their business whenever given the chance...aside from waiting in the cold for 12 hours for Dinner.

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Photo of newdamage1
4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA with out the tropical. Which is why I think this rates as high as its a different IPA (IMHO). Just a touch past golden in color. Would drink again (and then again).

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Lace. Golden yellow color.

Hoppy and dank. Some weed and resin. A bit of tropical fruit as well. Some bitterness.

Medium bodied.

It's good, but I don't see the hype behind this one. Much better things out there.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy bright yellow. Big puffy white head that lasts forever.

You can smell this thing from 6 feet away. No exageration. One of, if not the best aromas I have encountered. A fruit explosion. Mango, orange, pineapple, peaches, melon, papaya. All of it is a bit pungent too. Nice amount of funky yeast in there.

The flavors initially follow suit against a light biscuit malt background, but there is something that shows up at the very last second in the aftertaste and really brings it down. I sat for an hour trying to think of how to describe it and couldn't come up with an explanation.

I also found it to be a bit too dry, but otherwise it was excellent.

More than halfway through this I thought it was going to be the a damn near perfect beer and possibly the best dipa I have had, but it fell off for me. Still a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of hasher
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love the taste of this beer. Doesn't have the smell or look of the other similar beers but the mouthfeel and taste is great. Want this one again. Glad I live in New England

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Photo of Flounder57
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle was poured into a Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy yellow orange hue with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, tropical, stone fruit, tangerine, herbal, spicy, pungent hops followed by wheaty, bready, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Everything above intertwined together. Delicious, lasting hop flavor, balanced, a little dry, slightly chewy, and light tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit dry, light tingly bitterness, slight chewiness, and very tasty.

Overall: The hype is true and happy to have finally enjoyed this beer. I look forward to the next bottle in my fridge and any future release. Well worth it.

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Photo of Edmuzz
4.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful offering from MBC. While I'm not a huge fan of hype, it is real with this beer. It's hard to imagine this is their first double IPA. Smooth mouthfeel gives way to a very full flavor.

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Photo of Nachojon
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lives up to the hype and then some. Beautiful, just the right balance of haze and depth of color. Smells of dry citrus peel, warm hay. Flavor is just a bouquet of hops, tinge of sweet malt and a booming dry finish that just cleans the palette. Ridiculous. You know a beer is great when you get a little sad. I can never have this beer for the first time again.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden color with a nice foamy head that trails downward as it's consumed. Smells of citrus fruits and fresh hops, and taste follows. Good carbonation, nice feel, and great balance of fruit, malt, and hops. A really good DIPA, and I'm glad to have had the chance to taste it.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dinner! Wow, so long to find this. Well worth the wait. Bottled 3/26 and poured into a teku.

Looks like a copper to orange semi-cloudy glass of pretty. Sizable foamy head with decent lacing.

Smells like citrus - pineapple, oranges, mango, and a good amount of hops. Amazing nose. You can smell it from a foot away.

Taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced, hops and an explosion of citrus. By far Maine's best beer.

Mouth feel is perfect. Smooth with a great finish.

Overall well worth the wait. Never thought I would get this beer not on draft. A superbly balanced brew with so many tropical and hoppy notes. Beautifully made. Love it.

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Photo of Tblaisdell
3.69/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

card #311 an the 3/26 release. Worth the wait? Yes, but just once to have done it. Lives up to the hype? No.

The beer itself is beautiful. Wonderful aroma on the nose and an equally pleasant taste. However the flavor is that of an average high-end DIPA. Unimpressive and standard compared to other big named brews these days. Is it better than anything I can get at local bar (save those serving Trillium)? Yes.

I was thoroughly disappointed when I poured and tasted my first bottle. I thought, "This is what all the hype was about???" But I digress. A very, very good DIPA. But definitely doesn't come close to any of the Tree House big guns or any of the Trillium DDH lineup. Maybe I'm just spoiled for hyped beer living in Boston.

Obviously all opinion, but this beer is easily replaceable and frankly not all that deserving of a spot in the top 10 here. Maybe top 50...

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into nonic pint bottled on 3/26

A: murky gold amber body not a huge head but small soapy murkiness could be due to yeast most of their beers if you don't pour them all the way out are clear

S: tangerines, peaches, mango this beer smells like a fruit explosion

T: citra for days lots of cantaloupe, mango, some berries pineapple and a very very light crackery malt end

M: very clean and so juicy on the tongue not cloying at all

O: fantastic juice explosion great feel. This is an amazing beer but I don't know if you can't find the same beer with less effort. Definitely a great beer though.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am lucky enough to have tried Dinner bottled 3/26/16 and this beer stands in the pack as one of the best IPAs. It is turbid, medium tan wood floor color. Leaves substantial lacing around the glass. The hops are kept in a delicate balance coming front and center first, then hides with a sweeter, juicy clean middle, and then the grapefruit hop bitterness sustains even after you have finished. Layered and complex, but the crispness does not hide the alcohol as well as Tree House. I have no idea how this compares to previous batches, but Dinner is best served fresh. Cheers!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is tropical fruit and juicy citrus. Flavor is clean and juicy. Has a nice citrus aftertaste. Overall this is a really delicious IPA.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So pumped to have finally tracked this down. pours hazy orange, aroma blasts you with grapefruit, pine, fresh peeled orange, and some pineapple. taste is like fresh carbonated grapefruit juice with a bit of sweetness but that similar bitter grapefruit finish. overall great beer don't know if i would wait 12 hours in line for it but i would certainly love to track down some more.

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Photo of THSmusicman
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 3/26 bought from the brewery release this morning.

Look: beautiful, hazy pineapple juice color. You can't see through this beer at all.

Smell: Dank, pine up front, grapefruit, orange, papaya, stone fruits, with a nice, sweet smelling malt backbone.

Taste: Holy wow! Tastes like liquid hop juice! Super resinous and dank with a very pronounced citrus flavor with stone fruits appearing mid-sip, ending with a residual sweetness from the malts.

Feel: Super smooth and soft drinking. I could drink this all day everyday if it wasn't limited.

Overall: This is everything that I look for in an IPA and totally understand the hype on this one! It's the best IPA I've ever had and I plan on chasing this whenever it's released.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like all the Maine beers, this beer was a bit hyped for me, I'd rather have a lunch than wait in line for hours but it is still a very good beer, had a bit of booziness to it, but it is a double. The hops didn't bite me as much as I like in a heady or sips. I'd still trade high for this beer though if I had to again.

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Photo of leighton
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours unclear gold with a frothy white head. Great aroma, lots of peach and tangerine, slight pine, pale bread. Medium sweet flavor with rich citrusy fruits, papaya, melon, mango, light alcohol boost, light bitter grass, soft pale malts. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Resinous finish, lightly warming, with rich hop character, pale bread, buckets of citrus, more papaya and mango. Extremely soft and drinkable. Tremendous.

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Photo of Johnny_Danger
4.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was excited to try this, typical aroma ,color ,look and feel of a northeast ipa. Taste was good but no where near what the hype was. A bit bitter on the back end. Floral and citrus up front. Solid but not worth giving up treehouse or hill

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle courtesy of @buking21

Appearance: bright, bright yellow-orange, with a thick, white head atop. Hazy body, but is less so than some of its close neighbors (Bissell, Foundation). Leaves tons of lacing rings on the glass as the beer is sipped.

Aroma: bright grapefruit, lots of bitter pine....the hops are strong with this one. I got some kind of soapy, cilantro-esque aroma as well, which I surmise must be the mosaic mixed with some of the other hops.

Taste: lovely. Extremely hop-forward, as is the rage with New England IPAs. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus rind. Again, I also got some of that herbal, fresh flavor, like a cilantro. I got little to no malt character, perhaps a touch of bread on the base.

Feel: medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Leaves a sticky, piney bitterness on the palate.

Overall: a fantastic double IPA, and a clear standard bearer of the region's distinct style. Seek this beer out for sure.

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Dinner from Maine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.