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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #4
Ranked #25
4.66 | pDev: 7.3%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Notes: 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 DoctorZombies
4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deep gold pour with excellent clarity; white head; good cap retention; heavy ring; medium heavy lacing; no legs. Nose is caramel malt, citrus peel, tropical fruit with a whiff of pine. Bitter grapefruit rind balanced by semi sweet malt foundation; layers of tangerine, lemon, pineapple and mango; some pine with a hint of onion and garlic in the middle; bitter lemon zest finish. Medium body with grainy fullness feel; moderate minus, streaming carbonation; no warmth from 8.2% abv; no hop astringency; creamy, bready, malty mouthfeel with some sticky resin too. Overall, an amazing DIPA; delish layers of citrus and tropical fruit from the hops and a rock solid malt foundation that balances the bitterness; exactly what I enjoy drinking in an IPA!

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dinner is surprisingly hazy for an Imperial IPA. It is golden mango (SRM5-7). A quick, glistening cascade finishes shortly after pouring and builds a fluffy, one and a half inch tall head. The head slowly fades, leaving dense, froth lace on a PBGC IIPA Pub glass.

The aroma has pronounced tangerine, followed by orange pith and a hint of pine. The background is composed of grapefruit and mango.

The flavor is quite bitter, which holds from the initial entry through an endless finish. The background aromas come alive with the flavor of mango and orange leading the way. Even the slightest warmth draws out orange pith and amplifies the bitterness. A little more warmth brings out pine tar.

The body is medium to full with a woolly texture. Carbonation is modest and well-controlled with alcohol about as expected.

Clearly this is an IIPA, albeit a bit hazy, in my opinion. Dinner was a surprise offering from a small local pub that has some very special rare items more often than should be expected. I enjoyed it during the surreal virus outbreak on a bitterly cold, brilliantly sunny, Saturday afternoon at home.

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Photo of bret27
4.04/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Lúpulo in a togo jar.
Caramel clear appearance.
Piney soapy smell.
Same with taste. Little sweet and floral.
Medium slick dry bodied.
Overall: pretty good but not blown away.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a growler on March 18, 2020. Brewed with Citra, Falconer's Flight, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. So complex. Nice feel too. Highly recommended.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz draft at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Review # 2002 (Bonus review - I've retired at 2000 reviews, but couldn't help myself)

Extra hazy golden orange. Short white head.

Grapefruit zest, pine needles, bright florals, caramel, and candy sugar.

Grapefruit zest, pine needle, and bright florals. Moderately dank. Biscuit and caramel maltiness. Zest lingers.

Medium bodied, crisp, effervescent, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Very flavorful, bright, dank, and loaded with classic C hops.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.26/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange gold body with minimal head and lace patches down the glass. Aroma is oily, earthy, citrusy and grapefruit; overall the smell is strong. Sticky, medium to heavy body, dry citric and floral/earthy feel with a smudge of caramel malt like sweetness. Some grapefruit, possible tropical fruit, notes are added for balance and flavor depth. Has a crisp, clean, finish, and is very easy to drink (almost scary how easy to drink).

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not exactly the beer I thought I would happen upon during the COVID-19 outbreak. 32oz. growler into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Cloudy. Nice head retention. Nose is juicy citrus, papaya and pineapple. Really deep and dank. Super aromatic. Beer opens dank papaya, cantaloupe and citrus. Some pineapple, pine and fresh cut grass in the middle. Loads of cane sugar and citrus acidity in the back. Finishes citrus, pineapple and more tropical fruit. Earthy in the aftertaste with a dry finish. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Quenching on the palate and goes down sharp and dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. This really is incredibly drinkable.

It's hard to say if beers like this are worth the hype... but this is very very good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howler from Beer Temple.
Boom. Very nice DIPA, lean and mean. Easy drinking to a dangerous degree.
Slightly hazed, still somewhat bright, saturated orange, spotty lace.
Very pungent greenery, citrus bleeds into dried pineapple and jackfruit.
Deeply resinous, moderate bitterness, honeyed malt in the aftertaste.
Super dry with a touch of citrus and malt sweetness. Smooth feel.
Overall this is great stuff, glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - poured into an IPA glass. Beer bottled on 11/8/19, so drinking it at ~37 days old. Golden color, generous three finger+ head, with plenty of lacing retention.
Smell - a burst of tropical flavors: pineapple, mango, melon and some pine as well. Slightly sweet, and incredibly inviting.
Taste - same tropical flavors in the smell, with additional bites of grassy notes and waves of hoppy bitterness and a mixture of flavors, but is smoothed out with a slightly sweet malty finish similar to Lunch. A really complex yet delicious brew.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and a stronger brew at 8.2%
Overall - a world-class DIPA that is worthy of its score and the hype. Has similarities to some of the great DIPAs (such as Sip of Sunshine, Plinys), and is incredibly complex, unique, and remains easy drinking all at the same time. Bravo!

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

We drove 20 minutes out of the way back and forth while visiting Portland, ME just go get this beer. It was almost $10 per 20 oz (British Pint) which borders on ridiculous. This better be a fantastic beer!

It is a fantastic beer. I did not get the mango/pineapple notes others have experienced. For me it was citrusy bitterness .. think the zest of a lemon or grapefruit combined with pine needles. If you were to pour it in an unmarked glass next to Lawson's Sip of Sunshine, I couldn't tell the difference. It's more aligned with Sip vs. Pliney the Elder which it also has similarities to. Very crisp and refreshing for a double IPA.

It was balanced ... which many have stated. That's about the best thing you can say about this. If you are into hazy juice bomb types of IPA, this won't be your bag, baby.

It'd put it up with Pliney and Sip of Sunshine as the best IPAs I've had ... but honestly, a 4 for $20 Lawson's is a better value, easier to find and might keep longer. The text on the bottle says to drink it as closely to immediately as possible.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via draft

Color is a beautiful sunshine yellow

Smell is peachy and pineapple..awesome

Taste follows the nose very well..this packs quite the punch flavor wise but feels very soft and delicate on the tongue

Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is just a bit thicker than usual for this type of beer but makes it creamier...love it

Easily one of the best ipas ive had..hype warranted on this one..fantastic

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hoppy floral undertones with some dry hops notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops floral undertones with some dry hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but hops were not as dominant as I was expecting. This beer has probably been surpassed by some of the newcomers.

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Photo of GaryPelikan128
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The boys at Maine Beer just don't ever make a bad brew. This is so well balanced and drinks like a single, no alcohol warmth feel whatsoever, juicy and flavorful!

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9oz Bottle poured into a Teku glass.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a foamy white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smell: Tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango with some citrus and green melon. A slightly piney finish.
Taste: Pineapple, mango, citrus and a piney finish. Much like the nose with a slightly different balance.
Feel: Medium with persistent carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Excellent doesn't quite describe it. Now I'm not sure if I prefer Lunch or Dinner....

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Photo of Bierbaum
4.82/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty expensive but the quality is high. Very smooth and great notes of hops and balance. Enjoyed this with seafood for a great pairing. Brewery continues to put out great beer

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

probably one of the top 3 balanced IPAs I’ve had ever. even with all the other haze craze hype bombs out there, this bright citrusy piney yum juice kicks ass with its hop character and doesn’t decimate your gullet. Glad I finally tried it on draft and bottle. Win.

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Photo of arizcards
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint sized bottle while visiting the brewery 8/31/19 for $8.00. Bottled on 8/30/19; consumed on 8/31/19.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is lovely, mango and pineapple forward, very pungent.

Taste is a lovely combination of mango, orange, and pineapple over a substantial but light malt base. Finishes with a touch of pine bitterness; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth yet refreshing.

Overall a very tasty brew, I have to say the draft version was better! Glad i got the opportunity to try this WCDIPA - thanks @DaBoss!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can’t add more to what others have written so I will only say my first Dinner every bit lived up to its reputation. AND I was able to buy as much as I wanted (six of the little beauties). Yay me. I am 72 years old and my taste senses aren’t what they used to be so I cannot rate beers like I would when I was 50 but this beer I tried the best I could to “perc” my old senses. I feel it’s about as high as I could rate a beer now based on my aging nose and taste buds.

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle, dated 7.26.19, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a golden color, hazy and cloudy with amber and orange hues and a nice head of soapy white head, a little over a finger tall that has nice retention and yields tremendous swatches of sticky lacing. The aroma is amazing, bright peach fruit, mango puree, orange juice, very tropical with a fragrant bouquet of wildflower and a dank grassiness that brings out some earthy pine as well. The flavors are very nice, but skew to the bitter and earthier side, whereas the nose leads with a bright punch of fruit forward hop expression. There is still an ample amount of tropical character but the beer is roaring with raw and green hop leaf, grassy and dank, assertive citrus rind with a nice spicy and bitter strafe on the tongue such that the malt bill is merely an afterthought relative to any specific flavor. The mouthfeel is great, coating and lively medium body, crisp and bone dry with a hearty finish that offers a touch of boozy warmth.

Verdict: A really delightful IPA from Maine that offers a very fragrant and expressive nose that brings out the bright and delicate nature of the hop blend while the flavors deliver on a beautifully bitter experience that brings a beer brewed at the extremes into an approachable and practical balance.

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Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a lover of Maine Beer Company, but have never been able to find this one... A wonderful co-worker of mine brought me back one from their recent vacation... Honey colored, light carbonation and a rich creamy white froth in terms of appearance... The aroma can be detected without even bring one's nose close the glass... Citrus and melon with a touch of dankness... The flavor profile is hop forward, but no over powering, with a very light and limited malt backbone... A lot more piney hop presence than the nose would lead you to believe... Perhaps even a touch of pepper... The hop presence slightly intensifies post swallow... Mouthfeel is dense with a bit a chalky finish... Overall as expected - a well crafted hop forward expression that is a pleasure to sip and enjoy...

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Photo of EMH73
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy medium orange with a half inch, well retained white head, fine visible carbonation and excellent lacing. Smells of tropical fruit , orange, pine and resin. Tastes of orange, grapefruit pith, mango, peach, herbal elements, pine and resin. Medium bodied and carbonation, dry and lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of lic217
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been waiting a long time to try this one. It is abou 4 weeks old, poured into a stemless wine glass. The taste/smell is tropical fruit (possibly mango), with some orange citrus. The beer starts with a nice malty sweetness, but ends with a strong piney/spicey bitterness. Medium mouthfeel for style, a little more carbonated then many of the newer age DIPA's. This one also pours very hazey, but not turbid. It is a light orange color, with a white head that leaves lacing on the glass. It was worth the $8 to try it, but willlikely never buy another bottle at that price. If however, I see it on draft somewhere at a reasonable price then I will try again. great beer that is drinkable and complex. The piney hoppiness/bitterness keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a little sample glass. Dated 06/28/19. Brought home from the Northeast by my in-laws.

Pours mostly clear light yellow/amber, medium head, medium carbonation. Smell is fruity, tropical, a little pineapple, maybe mango.

Taste is dry, surprisingly bitter and resinous, with the tropical fruit juice in the background. It's nice -- juicy but not a juice bomb.

Mouthfeel is super dry and resinous. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle dated 6/18/19 to a Nonic.
The aroma is amazing. It hit me while I was pouring, while bringing it to the table, sitting down, all before I took an intended sniff. Lemonade, tangerine, green herbs, orange peel.
Medium head that laces well on top of a deep gold slightly hazy body.
Taste is orange aid with a dry hit in the middle malty sweet taste lingers with a reminder of the citrus wack.
Carbonation is appropriate, cleaning the reasonable body well but not like a fizz fest.
A beer that deserves its reputation.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass

Hazy orange liquid , small streams of carbonation, two finger off white , rocky, foamy big bubbled carbonation, good retention ,settles after five minutes to rocky islands and a solid layer

Aroma is citrus , tangerine

Taste is citrus , tangerine

Hop taste, medium sudsing, hop taste nibbles and lingers nicely in the back of the mouth

Great beer , repeatable

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