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.

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

I'm a little surprised by this beer, and not in a good way necessarily. It pours beautifully with a slightly hazy body that has a brassy orange glow. It draws a full, creamy white head that settles into a foamy sheet they leaves generous lacing. The aroma is very piney but with some citrus and tropical notes I even get a little bit of licorice. It's definitely big and complex but doesn't hit the notes I like. The taste truly follows the smell--even the hints of licorice. Again not my jam per se, but I totally get why people gush for this beer. The feel is a bit off for me. I love how there is a touch of sweetness that gets smoothed out by dryness, but I do think it's a touch too bitter. While it's not boozy, it's also not crushable, but it shouldn't be. Overall I think this is truly a world-class beer, it's just not really in my personal wheelhouse. I'm very glad I got to try it and I would definitely drink a lot more, but I don't think I'll be jumping in one of those epic lines anytime soon.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle drank on 7/3/2016

Look - bright hazy orange, some clarity, thin white head and minimal lacing

Smell - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, piney, heavy tropical citrus bomb!

Taste - papaya, mango, pineapple, incredible balance of bitterness and fruity hoppiness

Feel - mouth coating with an amazing bitter aftertaste. Crushable and no booziness at all

Overall - Best in class. Re-confirms itself as my favorite IPA after trying this for the first time in 2015. Incredibly complex, balanced, bitter, and deep. Amazing this keeps itself highly touted as the original east coast IPA style with all the new juicy hazy bombs popping up everywhere. This still wins, albeit with the gap closing. Thanks MBC

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 -8.6%
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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