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Dinner - Maine Beer Company

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,349
Avg: 4.68
pDev: 24.15%
Wants: 1,326
Gots: 250 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 1,349
Photo of wcu80
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +6.8%
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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Photo of c-rum
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a hazy tangerine color with fluffy white head.

S- Citrus on the nose.

T- Fruity and resinous. Starts out some mild then mid palette lots of juicy hops.

F- Crisp and juicy.

O- Excellent world class beer.

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

Not even going to bother going into the categories, simply put this beer is on another plane of existence. Pours a light golden, hazy color. Smell... Good God, the smell... Hoppy, piney, fruity, dank. Taste is everything you want in a DIPA, literally everything. Feel (and who even cares at this point) is just great. If I haven't made it clear enough already, seek this beer out, buy it if you're in the are (of the brewery that is) and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer appeared very light in color, not what i expected from an IPA. Nose was not overwhelming, smelled fruity with a little pine. Very good but subtle, Taste was biggest surprise, juicy and barely any malt character. Nice and bitter, but washed clean off the palate.Profiled the hops and not the malt. Absolutely delicious beer, would say its the best DIPA i've ever had

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the top 5 IPA's I have tried. great stuff. Super well balanced and finished dry just how I like my IPA's. Thanks for hooking me up Keith!

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Photo of Remdawg23
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, smooth tasting beer. Actually did a blind taste test w Dinner and Julius Both beers were liked but Julius was picked by all 4 of us. That shouldn't keep you from wanting this beer though, as it's still one of my favorites.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL poured into an oversized tulip.

I love the nose, that's for sure. Fresh grapefruit meets canteloupe.

Tastes more like a bitter, resinous, tart and juicy grapefruit with light mango and melon.

So light and delicate-drinking but it packs a bitter wallop.

I see the appeal here. A gentle hand and subtlety are driving forces here with great success.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dinner was so good, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, from all the pre-hype.

Smell is huge fruit bomb, citrus, pine, so herbal.
Look is yellow-gold with huge white frothy head
Taste is huge hop floral fruits, great after taste.
Mouthfeel is fluffy and smooth all the way down
Overall, very happy I got to try this and would love to get some more!

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Photo of jhavs
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/24/15 poured into a snifter.

A= Cloudy golden color, hazy but lets light through. Thick foamy pure white head that is slow to dissipate. Tons of sticky lacing clings to the glass with each sip. Very nice looking beer.

S= Instantly noticeable big burst of tropical and citrus aroma, full and tempting. This is followed by a bit of pine with a back end of dank resinous hop aroma.

T= Definitely follows the nose, big tropical burst up front is the first thing to hit the taste buds. Deep full hop flavor is resinous, earthy, crisp and refreshing at the same time. Hard to drink slowly, but also hard not to savor.

M= Medium body with a bit lighter than moderate carbonation.

O= I am surprised that this met my expectations. Not because I thought the scarceness would increase my perception, and I typically do like all MBC brews, but it is really hard to meet really high expectations in the beer world. The aroma and flavor are top notch, hard to pick a DIPA I would prefer. The combination of subtlety and in your face hop aroma and flavor meets a level close to perfection.

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

Purchase at the release on 10/24. Thought I already reviewed this but I guess it didn't post, so this is based on half a dozen bottles consumed since. I would so very happily drink this beer and no others for the rest of my life.

Appearance - no matter how I pour this, it somehow produces the same perfect two finger head every time and is one of the best looking beers.

Aroma - smell hits you the second you pop the cap and you get all the hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes that you want out of a great IPA. Still makes me shake my head and mutter each time I smell it.

Taste - unlike many IPAs these days that have a great nose, this 100% delivers on the nose with the same exact flavors and the same intensity of flavor. So many times I'll be let down that the taste isn't nearly as potent and strong as you'd expect from a great smelling DIPA.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of malt backbone and bitterness. Everything is pretty perfectly in balance, at least as far as my preferences go and what I want out of the style.

Overall - This is an incredible DIPA and an incredible overall beer, and is absolutely worth the hype. People will often inflate a beer's ratings because of how hard it was to obtain. That is 100% not what's going on with this beer. I gave two of my bottles to guys I trade with and both were similarly blown away, and it took zero effort for them to get it. This is truly one of the best beers I've had and I've had a lot of really amazing beers. Deserves the hype and its ranking as one of the top 10 beers in the world. I just wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/24/15; drank in a tulip glass on 11/7/15 thanks to my friend with ME connections; meets the hype, excellent inclusion into the New England IPA hall of fame

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

Thank you Jason! bottled on a Saturday drank in WI on Wednesday. Pours a perfect head into my teku glass, almost a golden orange hazy appearance. Smell like a hop bomb/1, so many fruits coming forward. Taste reminded me of King Sue, perfect balance between tropical fruit, citrus and floral flavors. balanced bitter finish. It has a great mouth feel, overall its a fantastic beer, super well crafted with everything you want from a DIPA

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy goldenrod and looks really juicy. Nose is full of pine, stone fruit, and sweet melons. The body is super easy drinking. You could drink this for days of not for the 8% ABV. Very well balanced in the taste with some juiciness followed by a light pine bitterness and a crisp lightly dry finish. This is an extremely well crafted beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hot on the heels of Lunch IPA, the Main Beer Company sees potential. Backed with the knowledge of what "imperializing" can do to hops, they get back to the drawing board and devise an ale that's sure to become the equivalent of catnip for hop-heads.

Deep within its deep and cloudy goldenrod prominence, and underneath its creamy and lacy foam cap, the ale calders from below with a deep and dank citrusy perfume that's tropical and teeth-churningly tantalizing from its scent alone. But once the highly seductive elixir touches the tongue- magic begins to happen- The seemingly drippy fructose flavors of honey and caramel wrap around the tongue and begin to massage it with its powdered sugar and arid candied taste.

But dissolving swiftly much like cotton candy, the hops judiciously scare the malts away in order to bring a militant hop tilt to the fold. Vibrant ruby red grapefruit, branch-ripe tangerine and candied lemon link up with a tropical sense of pineapple, mango, passionfruit and apricot for a medley that's straight out of hawaiian punch and a sherbet medley. Yet as IPA does, all those suculences round smoothly into a soft and surly bitterness that's redolent of sweet pine, fresh-cut grass, muddled chive and cannabis oils.

And with all that, the ale resonates moderate and medium on the palate. Its lush and creamy textures are countered by hop and alcohol dryness with mild ethanol spice and a suave bittering that's gentle on the gullet. But make no mistake about it- as the ale finishes resinous and supported with a malty exoskeleton, the complexity and strength of this beer is no joke.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - opaque orange. Not terribly impressive, but no slouch either. EDIT: I rescind the previous sentence. Missed out on the yeast on the bottom. The final pour is gorgeous. Can't see through it. Haze and OJ.

S - bright citrus moving into fresh pine. Fills the nostrils and lungs, imparting aromatics everywhere possible. Dank, tropical fruits.

T - pineapple. Pine. Huge juice bomb. Fruity and earthy. Elegant and primitive. Invokes oddly nostalgic feelings. Balance is otherworldly. Every aspect complements itself.

F - delicate and flowery. Flows gracefully throughout the mouth, dancing lightly on the tongue before seeping deeply into my body. Yum.

O - a beautiful experience. Really glad I got to try this. Thanks Bryan!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a beautiful one finger white head and just swathes of lace down the glass with each sip. A beer cannot look better than this.

S: Just a deep, dank mix of resinous hops and tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple and passionfruit with some pine in the back. Maybe a bit of tangerine in there as well. This smells absolutely fantastic.

T: I have yet to have anything approaching a bad beer from these guys and this is easily the best I've had. Taste brings an assault of grassy and piney hop resin along with a good amount of tropical fruit. Passion fruit and mango come in the most here, but they're very restrained and the beer never really comes close to being sweet. Finish is long, resinous and just scrapes your tongue with pine resin and baby aspirin. Great mouthfeel as well. There's just nothing in here that I don't love.

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Photo of emount91
4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very hazy orange/yellow color. smell is mostly hops, with a slight sweetness: tropical, citrus, and other bright fruits. taste follows the smell, tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, mangos, are the main taste, with sweet malt sneaking around at the end. big bright hop bomb. mouthfeel is good, very crisp refreshing and dry despite being a DIPA. I was hoping the taste would be a little more intense, but it's still extremely good and far better than most beers. good good beer, wish it came around more often and wasn't so damn hard to get ahold of.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a perfect DIPA. Hazy pale orange/yellow makes it look like mango juice concentrate. There's a huge amount of hops on the nose and taste, with tropical fruit and citrus notes throughout. Bitterness in the taste balancing the whole thing off. The mouthfeel is as smooth and creamy as I've ever had in an IPA - this beer is the ultimate iteration of a "New England IPA".

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

This beer is the perfect ipa. I initially thought julius was better until I had this again tonight. Nose is perfect, piney and maybe some eucalyptus, which is very inviting. The flavor bursts of mango, pineapple, and some fresh pine. No one flavor dominates and I was surprised at how smooth this was for a double. One of the few beers that lives up to the hype and I will be trading for this again in the future.

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

Overall possibly the best "balance" of any IPA I've had. Amazing nose with a crisp, peppery hop bite leading into a super creamy finish. Basically an amped up version of Heady, well done MBC!

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

Easily the best NE IPA that I've had to date. Juicy, juicy, juicy. Massive tropical fruits on the nose followed by a explosion of citrus/peach flavor. Definitely lives up to the hype, glad I got to try it less then a week old.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kenny for the hookup. Review from notes.

Two bottles, approximately a week apart. The first bottle was 6 days old at time of consumption. The first bottle was close to perfect, while the second was merely outstanding.

Yellow body, mild haze, thick white cap. Looks like my kind of IPA. Glorious aroma. Fruity, hoppy, citrusy, dank, loveliness. Hop forward with minimal malt character. A bouquet of flowery hops and tangy, juicy citrus. Medium bodied with just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. Outstanding.

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Photo of BWH3
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous beer. Delicious pine and resin scent and taste. Ultra fresh. Body and malt backing could be slightly greater but this is just a reviewer struggling to find fault. Competes with the best dIPAs -- Pliny, hop slam, dread naught, etc.

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Dinner from Maine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.