Dinner | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft to a tulip glass at the brewery.
Look of my favorite cloudy double IPAs.
Smell of a hoppy grapefruit juice spiked smoothy.
Taste was just a tad disappointing, not quite up to Epiphany at the brewery, Sip of Sunshine on draft at a restaurant or, today, Neverender at the brewery.
Overall, a really good New England double IPA; up there with the best, but the competition keeps growing and I can get Epiphany most every weekend at 1 Industrial Way; that's a better use of my time than waiting in line to buy a case of Dinner. Also, if you want Maine Beer Company, Mo is just as good a drinking experience and, again, more readily available.

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Photo of Loopy_Lupus
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date on bottle: 021817
Was lucky enough to get a ticket for a case.
Very pungent floral and fruity flavors. MBC malt flavors are some of my favorite and this one is at the top. Often 8% ABV distracts from the flavor of hoppy brews, but in this case it works well. This is one of the best brewed beverages I've ever had.

Slightly over rated, but then again, ratings are just opinions.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy opaque orangey hue. Pillowy, cloudy head that you would totally sleep on because you would be smelling something so good in your dreams. Aromatic mango frooti. If y’all don’t know what that is, go to your local Patel Brothers and get some, may be you won’t have the beer, but you’ll have the aroma and flavor.

Dinner is a combination of super soft honey dew and cantaloupe flesh, with a touch of mango. There’s zero to no bitterness which errs far from the MBC wheelhouse of bitter, earthy, but clean and well made West Coast IPAs on the Northeast coastline.

It is so soft that I hope that the gorillas my $5 went to for buying a ticket have a similarly soft and inviting habitat. I hope those gorillas don’t have a damn worry in the world and only think about how comfortable they are. I hope they’re not worried about getting shot by a zookeeper because a dumb kid with irresponsible parents invaded their habitat. I hope they’re not worried about a poachers bullet. I hope they’re concerned with how comfortable they are and how comfortable they are only. Similarly, I feel that Dinner is only a one thought beer. It’s a one note beer. It’s a helluva a note, but it’s one note just the same.

Could you just hear the first bend on Jimmy Page’s guitar on his solo for Stairway over and over again? Or do you need the rest of the solo in order to appreciate that first note? Dinner is undoubtedly a very nice beer. However, it’s Beethoven with only violins and missing the rest of the orchestra. The only thing it shares in common with Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” is that it is also a one hit wonder.

When I think of great IPAs, I think of ones that have everything. Multiple notes. Fruit and bitterness. An evolution of flavors. A veritable concerto to taste. Dinner is not those things.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle on 11-11-16 poured into a snifter glass. About a 1 finger of white creamy head.

Look: A medium orange slightly hazy tint. Lacing left most of the way up the glass.

Smell: An awesome fruit explosion. Tropical fruit comes through with pineapple and then some apricot or other similar aroma. A slight hint of pine in there reminds me of a more traditional IPA.

Taste: Not the fruit monster I was expecting. It finishes sort of dry and a little bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Reminds me of other NE IPAs. A nice thickness to it, not too much.

Overall: A nearly perfect balance of everything. Never would have pegged this to be a double IPA. The fruit mixes with the texture for a fantastic taste every sip.

I am always hesitant to buy into the hype about these hard (nearly impossible) to get beers. This one definitely lives up to the hype and I highly recommend getting it if you can.

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Photo of funkitup
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obviously near impossible to get but if you are lucky enough to have a taste....it's one of the best beers you will ever taste. Can we score over 100?

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Photo of dtlyons11
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amongst the best for me.

I have recently fallen hard for TH and Trillium, thinking I need to drink them all the time. They put forth fabulous beers, but "Dinner" reminds me that brewing is an art. It's all about balance here. There'a huge nose that appropriately advertises what's to come and flavors that almost keep up (in true MBC fashion it's very clean). Yet, nothing dominates. More so than some of the heavy handed hop bombs these days, this one makes you think. Balance beats the bombs. A classic double that, at the same time, acknowledges the newer players in the field.

Well done, MBC.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the top IPAs I have ever had. Period. Excellent nose of tropical fruit that was completely backed up by the flavors on the palate. Great bitterness that melds very well with those tropical flavors as well. Lived up to the hype for me for sure. Delicious

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mfurlone for a hop-for-hop trade early this month. 500ML bottle dated 8/20/16 with Maine’s trademark understated label.

Pour: only about 2/3 of the bottle will go into my travel mug, so it’s clear orange for now. Smells of fruity tangerines & oranges, with some citrus repping the IPA tag. Smells like NE.

Dinner: I already had one, but this is better than a Holiday Inn burger & fries (I gave it a B-). From sip one I can understand that appeal. The bitterness is rending up front, giving me that slightly tased top-of-the-mouth feel from aggressive hops. Counteracting the hop poisoning is most of a fruit bowl. Apricots, tangerines, grapefruit, probably some exotic Sumatran stuff I haven’t heard of & couldn’t pronounce. Finish is a mélange of odd flavors including wet dough (the yeast?), caramel, prairie grass. Thick enough to stand a lead spoon up in, & heavy enough in my swollen tummy to make me think this would be better in 12 oz. bottles.

Excellent IPA. So many don’t live up to the hype. This one at least scrapes on the belly of the train.

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Photo of eifster82
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle into a teku.

Beautiful hazy orange appearance with a descent head upon the pour. Orange-mango-pineapple nose with a very faint hint of pine. Taste is loaded with juicy tropical flavors, followed by a balanced, mildly sweet back bone. Very easy to drink and glad I finally got to try this epic DIPA. Are there better ones out there, sure... but this will measure up with the top tier.

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Photo of Jshbrown40
4.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber pour, leads to notes of mixed citrus aromas. Nice balance of bitter hops, citrus, and malt. Carbonation helps move the flavors throughout pallate. Great beer, but there are better DIPA's with more bang for the buck out there.

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Photo of gibgink
4.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with small white head. Clear pour, no turbidity. Very light citrus on the nose. Slight citrus notes on the taste with a clean/bitter finish. Overall I was a bit disappointed given how highly rated this beer was. Had alongside 7 other really highly rated IPA/DIPAs and it was towards the bottom of the list when compared to the others.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try the rare and ellusive dinner. Thanks Kevin Bottled 8/20 drank on 9/5.

Appearance-color of pineapple juice with fantastic lacing , nice carbonation minimal head.

Aroma - pine forrest, then pineapple. Very very nice

Taste- dankness immediately with pineapple citrus on back end. Def west coast IPA. Bitterness is evident

Mouthfeel- not creamy like typical ne iPas. However not watery at all. Medium bodied . Appropriate for style.

Overall- been waiting a long time to try this beer and it did not disappoint. Not sure if beer is worth top 10 ranking but it is damn good. Pine/pineapple combination is delicious, and bitterness is not hidden like most ne iPas. This is a 94/100 beer

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank side by side with King Julius.

Maine brewing is one of my favorite breweries. Far from one trick ponies, they are diverse, but intimate. This beer exemplifies their flawless representation of the simplicity in beer, while complex at the same time. I was almost done with hops until these guys showed me the light in MO over a year ago. Stay classy Maine.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this last night - thanks Chet. When you have a big/hyped beer like this one you never know. Some beers go beyond the hype n blow you away while others fall short. This one .... was exactly as I expected. It was smooth and delicious. Didn't blow me away but I can see why its talked up so much. Very - very good. Would I wait in an insane line for it - not sure. But I'm glad some made its way back to NJ and into my fridge. Another whale off the list.

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Photo of diemilio
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle on 08/20/2016 (7 days old)

Orange in color with a medium-hazy look.
Frutty on the nose, mostly pineapple and papaya. I also wanna say it has a pine quality to it, but it isn't dank or resinous. It is more of a fresh winter-green note; a little bit minty, or even like eucalyptus.
Palate follows the nose upfront, with a peppery feel in the middle and a nice subtlely dry and bitter finish. No malt presence, even as it warms it.
Mouthfeel is full to medium. I've been drinking a lot of trillium and Tree House beers, so it feels a little bit aqueous; wish it was a little bit thicker.
Overall this a perfectly balanced beer with very nice fruit notes and some very unsual fresh deliciousness. One of my favorite beers ever.

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Photo of avas
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8/20/16. Consumed 8/25/16.

A: Moderately hazy, slightly transluscent when held up to bright light. Sits in the glass just a gorgeous, vibrant, glowing light orange / gold. Soft white head isn't too thick and fades relatively quickly.

S: Strong notes of pineapple, mango, and ripe, almost overripe stone fruit. Hints of citrus, but the sweet, juicy tropical fruit really overwhelms everything else. Pretty much no dankness or malt presence to be found on the nose. Aroma doesn’t pop out of the glass as much as that of some of the NE-style IPAs, but it’s close to the most appealing and enticing I’ve experienced.

T: Huge super juicy pineapple and peach up front, complemented perfectly by a mid-mouth appearance of sweet, bready malt. A welcome piney dankness—more minty and brightly herbal than oniony—hits on the finish, but it doesn’t overwhelm the aftertaste, instead complementing the tropical fruitiness to achieve a harmoniously balanced finish.

M: Leaning on the full side of medium, definitely deserving of the ‘creamy’ descriptor. It’s difficult to evaluate the feel of IPAs after drinking a bunch of Tree House beers, but Dinner holds its own. What’s so crazy about this particular beer is the fusion of such a rich and almost full mouthfeel with an assertive piney bitterness.

O: So MBC describes this as an "east coast take on a west coast style," and I can definitely see where they're coming from. Fundamentally, Dinner is a juicy, NE-style fruit bomb. The aroma fires out pure tropical fruit notes unlike almost any other beer I've had. The taste is where the west coast style really comes in. The sweet malt backbone--while noticeable--takes a backseat to an array of hop flavors, which bring notes that both follow the nose--pineapple, peach, mango--and depart from it--pine, earth, and light resin. Overall, Dinner exemplifies extraordinary balance. While it doesn't have the most pungent nose or the most tropical flavor, it seems to bring with it a little bit of everything--in a way such that nothing clashes. It's a wonderfully unique DIPA, one that I'm thankful to have had the pleasure to try.

ALSO! The aromas/flavors came out so much more as it warmed. Seriously, this is one of those IPAs that I'd HIGHLY recommend you let sit out of the fridge for 20-30 minutes before opening.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great hazy golden color. Wonderful nose of pineapple and melon. Same flavors on the taste with a balanced bitterness throughout. I think there is also a hint of maltiness. A very pleasant full feel with a pleasant effervescence. Fabulous beer!

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Photo of RickyRecord-oh
4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, Pours quite thick, much like a dense Orange Juice. Tastes like a top tier New England juicy IPA. It has many different flavor aspects which make it one of the most complex beers I have had the opportunity to try. While it may not be worth waiting in line overnight , It's absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look : Cloudy golden-bright orange color, white foamy head. - 4/5
Aroma : Citrus, piney, little bit of tropical fruits, more like west-coast ipa. Little bit of malt backbone but not huge compare to it's abv. - 3.5/5
Mouthfeel : Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very quaffable. - 5/5
Flavor : Citrus, piney, tropical fruit notes, very smooth bitterness and small malt sweetness. It gets better while it gets warmer. Very drinkable. - 5/5
Overall : It's like somewhere between NE IPA and west coast IPA. The hop characters are old and kinda boring, but it's juicy and less maltier and bitter than west coast IPA. Very well made IPA, but I prefer MBC's pale ales. - 4.5/5

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

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed goblet, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a low profile, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright and sweet citrus juice, heavy on tangerines and grapefruit, with a solid dose of dried grass and pine tassels. Wow! Flavors are bold and big on the forward tongue, heavy on bitter hops characteristics of pine pitch/resin, dried grass, and pepper spice, followed by a smooth and juicy blend of orange, grapefruit, and a mild tropical fruit blend. Perfectly balanced on a smooth, chewy body. The aftertaste is extremely hop heavy, with a lingering bitterness and a blend of grassy and piney notes, but also with a solid astringency and boozy characteristic, too. The finish is smooth, slick, and with a boozy bite. Amazing beer!

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Photo of Masonz223
4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell: so much pineapple some peach mango candy fruit some dankness.
Taste: follows the nose loads of pineapple upfront middle of the mouth more tropical fruit notes peach mango candied fruit sweet oranges syrupy sweetness finishes with a grassy note a slight dankness and medium grapefruit biterness.
Feel: medium to full body dry in the finish not overly bitter for a double IPA. Probably the easiest drinking double IPA I've ever had.
Overall: a very fruit forward double IPA. Pineapple is the star of the show. So damn good!

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Photo of edthehead
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this beer is over-rated, and after trying it I completely disagree. Dinner is the best non-haze-bomb non-juice-bomb DIPA I've had. While I really like them, the hazy juicy northeastern IPA bombs are not for everybody ... Dinner is a DIPA that can be appreciated and admired by all DIPA drinkers. Without getting into the exact rating of this beer relative to others, it definitely belongs near the top of any list. Glad I tried it, and will always welcome another one. Look is light orange with moderate cloudiness, and fluffy white head that lasts through a good deal of the beer. The nose produces pineapple, mango, and general tropical fruit. Taste is fruity, moderately hoppy with moderate carbonation, and a nice full and smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dinner is cloudy yellow-orange, a really surprising attribute to me for a Maine beer, which are usually very clean, sparkling and clear brews, but I guess keeping the hop oils in order to amp up those flavors and aromas will do that. Dinner displays a finger of white caviar on top, which is quite readily rejuvenated.

Pliny was my initial thought at first sniff. However, this is a bit more pungent and dank. Super dank and tropical at the same time. Mango, papaya, cannabis, lemon drop. Needless to say this is a super hoppy beer. There are also some faint aromas of nuts, a distant fire in a cedar forest, and poblano pepper.

On the palate, spicy, peppery pine is accompanied by bright apricot and tangerine. Certain aspects of the flavor remind us of the time we tried a concentrated dose of the green hop residue left at the bottom of a DDH Trillium bottle, yet, it's not actually bitter, and that makes no sense and is absolutely wonderful!

Dinner seems extra carbonated, yet soft and fluffy, yet leaving a bit of a sting on the roof of the mouth. Dinner is exceptionally smooth, drinkable, and not harsh at all for a DIPA.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale orange/golden pour. Awesome nose -- mix of pine, orange, pineapple with a hint of funk that really works very nicely together. There is a ton going on with the taste -- pine, pineapple, with a strong (but not overwhelming) bitter hop finish. Nice smooth mouth feel. This is without a doubt a world-class DIPA - certainly one of the best I have had. I would stand in line in the cold for a case.

Props again to Luchboxhead for sending one of these south of the Mason-Dixon -- may beer karma smile on you all year.

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Photo of Lappleby24
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of those beers that's pretty much worth the hype. Bottle into snifter. Gold in color. Slightly hazy. No lasting head. Moderate lacing. Immediate tropical fruit smell with some real dankness shining through. Similar flavors. Could drink this one all day if there wasn't a two case limit. Feel is perfect. Somehow light while packing oh so much flavor. Bottom line: you should drink this beer.

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