Maine Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4
Ranked #27
4.66 | pDev: 7.08%
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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erosier from Connecticut

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

Pours a clean but hazy orange color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down. Smells of sweet toasted malt and then a floral/piney/citrusy hop aroma. The taste is of sweet toasted malt and tart grapefruit followed by floral/piney hop finish. It's crisp, lighter bodied than expected, warming, and a bit dry at the end. Overall, excellent!

Sep 17, 2021
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Tomahock from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Their own description of “ dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor” is perfect. It’s all and only those things. Very bright. Quite carbonated off the tap. Slight, thin head. Tasty and refreshing with enough hop bitterness on the finish to keep you from drinking it too fast. Nicely balanced. Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t already know!

Sep 08, 2021
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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

Moderate bar poured head which settles to rim bubbles and a fine film of continual effervescence in the center. Some wide streaks of lace.

Weedy and mildly peppery hop nose.

Full bodied with a high level of carbonation. This is a big beer -- full flavored and rich. No alcohol presence because of the solid lightly toasted malt and the strong white pepper hop. Long, well balanced aftertaste. Simply a world class beer.

Sep 05, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft, served in a Maine Beer Co glass

slightly hazy dark yellow golden in color, thick white head. good head retention. nice mix of tropical and grassy hop aroma. taste is similar, sort of a nice mix of WC and NE style. fairly bitter. medium bodied. good, but not world-class.

Sep 05, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured opaque but not murky, golden honey in color with soft billowing head of vanilla white foam which left lacing all the way down the glass.
The aroma was such that I really wanted to smell it for much longer, citrus and fruit (pit fruit, I think) and a hint of pine.
The taste is pretty much everything I think a good IPA should be, balanced hops and malts with citrus shining bright and dankness playing along, all nicely counter balanced with mild malts. So good.
The feel is darned near perfect, smooth and soft and way too drinkable. Pretty sure I could drink gallons of this if it were on tap.
So good, so glad I got to try this. Thanks to WunderLlama for sending it to me.

Aug 29, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

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

Pours a cloudy, but not opaque golden orange color. A lovely thick white frothy head forms on the beer, linger for a long moment, then slowly collapses leaving just a ring of foam along the outside of the top of the beer. Lots of sticky white lacing coats the glass as the head recedes and to a lesser extent as the beer is consumed.

Aroma has notes of overly ripe citrus, pineapple, pine, with a green hop note coming through on the nose. There is a light peach or nectarine character to this aroma coming through as well. Underlying that is a nice cracker malt backbone that peeps through the pungent hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of ripe citrus, peach, and pineapple. Green hop notes intermingle with some pine, dried vegetation with a light spiciness coming through. There isa pleasant bitterness to this that is there, but not unbalanced. There is a bready/biscuity malt backbone subtly underlying the hop flavors.

For a DIPA its alarmingly easy drinking. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, with a light oil slickness to it. Bright carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is absolutely delicious. A true gem of a DIPA.

Aug 15, 2021
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible look, strong golden hue, great clarity. It poured with a nice 1/2 inch of foam, laced around the glass. As refreshing as it looked, I had a fantastic full mouth feel, effervescent. Although a double, it’s subtle and easy to drink. There is a pronounced hoppiness that clears. It’s just overall refreshing. Tantalizing citrus, nectarine bouquet. Excellent!

Aug 04, 2021
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mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania

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

Enjoyed 6 days after the born on date. Color is a bright amber; opaque, but not hazy. Head fades to a thin white with some slight lacing. Smell is citrus and stone fruits with some dankness. Taste follows with the citrus being more prominent. Medium bodied and smooth across the tongue with a little bitterness that lingers. Very easy drinking for the ABV. Would seek this out again.

Jul 01, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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

From a 16.9oz bottle dated 8/27/21 into a tulip.

Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque orange with about two and a half fingers of white head. Decent retention, incredible lacing.

Smells strongly of pineapple. Background citrus, pine and floral notes.

Some juice in the taste-pineapple, orange but a lot of bitter piney, resiny goodness.

Sticky mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation. Medium to full-bodied.

Dang. I mean DANG! This is an awesome beer. Had it on tap before, but so much better out of the bottle. Not much bad can be said except maybe this ridiculous 16.9oz single bottle format. But, for this one, it's worth it.

Jun 25, 2021
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dboon from Florida

4.34/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh ass bottle. Cloudy light yellow pour with a white head. Enticing apricot bouquet. Wow, impressive. Big apricot and nectarine flavors. There is a hoppy bitterness but it’s secondary to the stone fruits. Good balance with plenty of caramel malts. Good body and mouthfeel.

Apr 30, 2021
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Sblairmiller from Maine

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I travel to Vermont .... you know for what. It's really good.
I travel to Mass ..... you know for what .... It never really excited me.
But when I travel to Freeport, Maine ..... and DINNER is fresh and available ..... I believe it's the best beer made in U.S.A.
Yes $8.00 a bottle is extreme ..... but I think it's worth it.
Best taste in a DIPA.
Incredibly easy to drink.
They have it often ..... so it's not quite as " unique " anymore ..... still only available at the brewery.
Worth the trip .... I promise !

Apr 12, 2021
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Brianh427 from New York

4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably right up there in my all time favorite beers. Friend brought some to me after a trip to Maine. Crisp blend of hops and fruity flavor that is slightly bitter but still very approachable.

Feb 25, 2021
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eluvah from New York

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

Did not think anything could be better than Lunch. I was wrong Pours a beautiful light orange with white head. The Hops hit you as soon as you pour it. Lots of mango, and apricot. Goes down smooth with a little stickiness on the tongue.

Jan 24, 2021
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in an Imperial style pint glass.

A nearly clear golden colored brew with pure white cap, 1F, light sticky lacing.

Tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Some grapefruit and tangerine with mango. There’s the obligatory onion smell common in an IPA of its abv. A bit dank.

Mango and tangerine, pine, citrus rind. Some caramel sweets.

Medium bodied, minimal hop bitterness. Mellow drinker with no alcohol burn. Citrus rind is present in the finish with some malt backbone.

At 8.2% abv, it’s pretty clean. Good enough, but didn’t come close to the hype.

Dec 31, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy yellow orange with a modest, small bubbled head and good lacing.

S: Sweet tropical fruits, orange pith, garlic and onion. Very subtle malt.

T: Smooth bitterness, moves into flavors of citrus, mango, pineapple, and more garlic and onion. The malt is very subdued adding a clean bready backdrop.

F: Soft, light bodied for the strength, slight creaminess.

Overall: A insanely delicious beer. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had.

Oct 04, 2020
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k8kruk from New York

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on premises of MBC in 9/20. Gorgeous warm, golden wheat color. Frosted opacity. Modest, bright white head. Smells crisp, fruity and a touch bready. Tastes like a top shelf New England IPA, but for all it’s hoppiness, not a hint of the soapy quality some of the IPA/DIPAs can have. The bitterness and grassy notes were balanced with tropical fruits and some warm, yeasty flavors. Even non-IPA lovers, like my husband, can enjoy this one.

Sep 20, 2020
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jimmybram from North Carolina

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

Soft yellow haziness. Thin, soft head. Classic subtlety and minimalism of a Maine Beer co brew. Notes of grapefruit zest and grass. The beer drinks great from the first sip to the last. Deserving of their top score.

Sep 14, 2020
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far333 from Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Straw apricot colored with a tightly bubbled half inch head of beige foam that lingers long and leaves legs of lace up the sides of the glass. Inviting aroma of pine and tangerine. Bright fresh hop flavor, full of pine and grapefruit, orange pith and citrus. Smooth and even mouthfeel, tingly in the finish. Bitter grapefruit notes linger. An outstanding beer.

Sep 13, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

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

Outstanding golden yellow body, bright and clear; lively carbonation; immensely dense and creamy white head. A beautiful aroma to the beer; biscuit and cracker infused with fruity esters and a subtle herbal spiciness. An incredible mellow sweetness; bread crust; suggestions of mint and white pepper; pine resin; mellow hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; mildly sticky on the palate; gently sweet., softly warm.

What an incredible double IPA! The beer exemplifies balance, depth, and complexity, emphasizing the malt and hops above all. There is minimal alcohol presence in the taste. An absolutely superb DIPA!!

Jun 23, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/22/20

Pours a translucent, deep golden orange body capped with multiple fingers of dense, fluffy, rocky white foam; a spectacular head retention, nearly beyond reproach, yields a mountainous cap along with a fluffy, soapy collar and wild smattering of chunky, soapy lacing.

Aroma opens with a tropical twang of tangerine and orange oils before moving towards a progressive, dank sweetness; floral and delicate across the middle, notes of mango and papaya add nuance to an airy, clean malt backbone as a platform for an ultimately delicate and prodding piney edge, dirty hops, and bitter citrus toward the close is established.

Taste features tones of grapefruit zest and pine needle upfront, with light pineapple and mango developing steadily; fresh grass and a raw hop tone meshes with melon rind, lemon zest, and peach on the back end, even displaying a soft creaminess evolving and lingering past the swallow.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, pillowy slick with hop oils, and a moderate-high carbonation peaking beautifully through the mid-palate; a semi-crisp flow refreshes the palate over time while paradoxically inviting a steady intensity of hoppy grit and ultimately, a soft, lingering bitterness easing into the finish.

Exceptionally rounded and fervently balanced, the purely plush hop expression is partly simplistic (though satisfying), and partly an exploration of the essence of these softer flavors; an ultra-harmonious brew that nears the pinnacle of IPA approachability.

Jun 20, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

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!

May 08, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Apr 19, 2020
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bret27 from California

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.

Apr 18, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Apr 15, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 23, 2020
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2678 ratings