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Dinner - Maine Beer Company

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,504
Avg: 4.69
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 1,487
Gots: 306 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-10-2014

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.
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Photo of ajcuster89
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The only way this beer could get better is if the smell was a little stronger. Other than that, this is a phenomenal beer. Juicy yet dank. Very resinous mouth feel. A strong brew, one everyone should have on their short list of must have IPAs.

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Photo of danh53
4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very unique. It has a really strong aroma of sweet tropical fruit, grain, and dank hops. The taste is almost like a pineapple pastry. It has a delightful soft bread flavor along with the tropical fruit, and hos with notes of honey and basil. The mouth feel is light, smooth, and very drinkable for 8.2%. If the fruit came through on the flavor a little more, this would be one of the best DIPAs I've had, but this bottle is almost 6 weeks old so I'll have to try a fresher bottle at some point.

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Photo of Deshaies
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10.24.15 release (late review)

L: Bright orange hazy opaque color

S: Bright hop aroma, notes of citrus, honey and loveliness

T: Rich, full bodied, fantastic city hop flavors with notes of grapefruit, mango & grain

F: slight resin, no bitterness what so ever.

O: Probably my favorite DIPA of all time (although battling Artaic!)

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Photo of shmorf
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around excellent beer. The flavor profile was very reminiscent of Pliney the Elder to me which is obviously a good thing, but with a little more citrus flavor and a more delicate mouthfeel.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottles on 12/19 and poured into my hand blown savion glass

A: Straw yellow slightly opaque a finger and a half of light foam. Great lacing
a: Grapefruit mandarin oranges tropical fruits
T: tropical fruits, red grapefruit hints of rind and a slight piney-ness in the background
MF: smooth, slight biterness very little alcohol burn
O: Dann near perfect DIPA. Tropical and bitter. Hop forward but smooth. Pretty much as good as a DIPA gets.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.61/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding, I've had a plenty of DIPA brews, but this ones different. For starters it's all about the hops. To me, this is very hop forward with minimal malt backbone. Lots of Falconers and Citra hops make this citrusy and dry. Poors light clear yellow with very little head, smell is citrus, mouthfeel is thin, taste is citrus maybe dank, dry finish. Very interesting, wish this wasn't the only bottle I had.

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Photo of zjendrysik
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A must try for all beer drinkers. My only advise, dont drink it directly out of the fridge. Let it sit out for 5-10 mins and let it warm up a little, it'll allow you to get a better taste of the flavors.

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Photo of daisyapplegirl
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got a case last Dec. It tastes smooth, floral, citrusy, and light bodied for an Imperial IPA. Its release is definitely something to get excited about.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Week old bottle thanks to @DMBosox11. Thanks man!

Simply stated one of, if not THE best double IPA I've tried. Bursting with tropical fruit with enough sticky pine to remind you this has some SERIOUS hops packed into it. Not many beers I've traded for are "line worthy" or live up to the hype. This one does.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep yellow, almost Amber. Slight haze; transparent on the edges but not in the center. Decent head that settled with very small bubbles.
Smell: strong and rich citrus; honeydew. Fairly piney.
Taste: such a burst of flavors. More of what I think is honeydew. Pretty sweet but also has a subtle bitterness.
Feel: little bitter bite on the tip of the tongue but very smooth throughout. Practically leaves my mouth watering with those rich flavors.
Overall: this is pretty much perfect for a dipa. Perhaps flavor would be a 5 if I had rated this two weeks ago (freshest possible) but I don't think it has given off much since then.

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Photo of arusso13
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 12/19/15. Enjoyed in a snifter on 12/27/15.

A: Orange hue, white foamy head upon conclusion of the pour. As I'm drinking, great lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Nose is muted at first as I just took the bottle out of a 38 degree fridge. As the beer warms, first I get a lot of pine, then more of the tropical fruits...mango, pineapple, some stonefruit.

T: Reisny pine gives way to the fruitiness of the hops. Along with the tropical fruits, I'm picking up green apple, peach. The hops are perfectly balanced by the biscuit malt sweetness on the backend.

M: One of the better mouthfeels in an IPA that I've ever experienced. Medium carbonation. Goes down way too smooth.

O: I've continuously been underwhelmed by MBC (except you, Another One!), but I have to admit...Dinner lives up to the hype. Rated highly for good reason. Seek this one out.

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Photo of jrubenst12
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most flawless beer I've ever had. I don't see any single area that it's not perfect (from look to smell to taste). It's the optimal Double IPA. Anytime I'm able to get my hands on it, I love it!

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Photo of Dunmore200
4.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was #380 on 12/20/15. Well worth the wait. Dinner brings elegance to the palate. The aroma is entrenching and the flavor is exquisite. Citris, piney notes and hopped up with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw golden brew, with nice head and retention. Slightly hazy.

Super hoppy aroma: slightly catty, dank, tropical, pineapple, grapefruit, pale grains.

Flavor follows: grainy, piney, very dank (especially on the back end), very bitter.

Bitter, slightly puckering, lively.

Is this a well made beer? Of course. Does it live up to the hype? Not really. I can definitely see the appeal, as dank beers are very much in vogue.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with 2 finger white head that fades pretty quickly leaving coating lace. Nice citrus peel nose. Taste is a near perfect balance of sweet n bitter. Light cracker malt with dank citrus, pine and floral hops. The bitterness is soft and lingers just the right amount. Semi dry finish. Full soft creamy mouthfeel. I see what the hype is about. Not a juice bomb, not a hop bomb, just pure balanced delish. World class IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.49/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the brewery last week in a flight after a few stouts and thought it was good, but did not get the hype. When I tried this with clean pallet, I realized this is truly an outstanding beer. Look: Pours a orange yellow color with minimal head. Smell was orange and grapefruit and some bread. Taste was understated and complex. Smooth flavors blending together with Orange giving way to a slight grapefruit pucker. Fell is excellent, but a bit syrupy. overall one of the best.

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Photo of imonhiatus
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! I have always been a huge fan of lunch and have been fortunate enough to have it w just 2 days post bottling...and I have had dinner, but this bottle...this bottle I am sipping now...bottled 4 days ago and is incredible. just lush and full with juicy citric flavor. this beer...this is a beer! thank you blessedbebeer!

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Photo of Tmsmaloy
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A friend of mine showed up with 3 of these the day they were "born on". I was excited and almost nervousness to try this overhyped beer. The color is an amazing orange. The head held strong. The flavor was layered with pine and citrus. Very interesting the whole way through. When they were done we switched to sip of sunshine, and it tasted one dimensional and flat. Dinner is as good as advertised. I didn't stand in line for this beer, but I would next time.

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First beer I've gone out of my way for a release and it was well worth it, definitely upcoming on the cult beer status. Just like most have said it pours a golden tangerine, smells of citrus and fruits, tastes that way as well great balance, smooth and delicate, and overall just a well done super easy refreshing drink.

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Photo of dee4maine
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what a treat! looks way better then HT, Swish, etc. Aroma is where this wins over others IMO. Loads of citrus, tropical fruit, pine. moment it touches the tongue and palate, you get this amazing balance of waves of hop forward tangerine, green mango, pineapple and then the hop bitterness. long lasting dry finish.
Try this: put the cap back on the empty bottle and smell it next day (or for a week) and it continues to smell great, unlike most empty bottles.

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Photo of cmf
4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Into wide wine glass. Pours cloudy with little head. Chunky, yeasty, sweet aroma. Barleywine subtle flavor with a fuzzy mouthfeel and a sweet oats aftertaste. Taste that starts in the mouth and creeps to the palate and then the nose and saturates the senses. Overall excellent beer.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-Tangerine color, lots of lacing, opaque
-Citrus, pineapple, pungent hops
-Upfront sweetness, followed by fruity tropical notes, pleasant bitterness. Juicy!
-Medium mouthfeel, underlying bitterness
-Well deserved hyped

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Photo of wcu80
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IIPA but not quite sure what all the fuss is about. There are literally dozens of beers equally as good or better and much easier to obtain. Glad I got to try it and would drink it again but certainly wouldn't trade or jump through hoops for it.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer but too much hype around it. If you make great beer, make it. Don't make people jump through hoops like its the beer they served at the last supper. Luckily got it in a trade because otherwise wouldn't make the extra effort to obtain it.

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Photo of jpakstis
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours orange with just a slight haze. Head is creamy and thick. The initial aroma is of dank and pine so I was expecting a heavy strong ale style. Instead on first sip it explodes into citrus. It's not juicy and not grapefruit-y but like lemon without too much bite. It is light in body and nicely balanced in bitterness.

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Dinner from Maine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.