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Dinner | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
2,094
pDev:
7.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,804
Gots:
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Ratings: 2,094 |  Reviews: 255
Reviews by MikeMO:
Photo of MikeMO
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to be present for the second release of Dinner at the brewery. I tried it on tap and then purchased 3 cases.

Dinner pours an orange color with a nice foamy head which recedes in a short amount of time. The flavor profile is very similar to MO (not Lunch), but kicked up many notches. It has an almost dank, citrus flavor that comes through with just the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel on this one as absolutely perfect, as is the level of carbonation.

The bottle instructs you to drink it immediately after purchase. I will admit I made a mistake buying 3 cases because the quality did diminish after about two weeks.

This is a special beer that is worth seeking out. Cheer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CoffeePorter
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy, darkish shade of orange, with a foamy, white head.
S: Mango, some peach, sugary like sweetness, grapefruit, pine.
T: Similar to nose. Mango was very prominent in the flavors along with peach and a slight grapefruit like aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, slight bitterness, hops bounce off the tongue, medium carbonation. A Good balance between the malts and the hops along with the citrus like flavor.
O: I'm glad I was able to finally score a bottle of Dinner….great stuff!!

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Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
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 illpass78
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, glowing orange with a huge white head that shows good retention. Some dotty lacing is observable. Lots of carbonation going on in there. Okay, let's see if this is the real deal ...

Aroma: Huge, strong, very attractive nose. Lots of tropical fruit. Kind of smells like apricots and candy. Also peach, mango. Pine is there. Definitely one of the best beers I've ever smelled.

Taste: Wow. The taste fulfills the nose. Bursting with big tropical fruit flavors. The mango comes forward a bit as it warms. Peach, apricot still there. That pine note is still there. Little bit of sap. Impressively dry despite the sugarish aroma in the nose. Everything you've heard about this beer is true.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth. Not abrasive at all despite super hops and pretty high alcohol by volume. Alcohol, by the way, is deep in the background. Deceptively, almost dangerously, drinkable.

Overall: A powerhouse. Everything is true. Terrific beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the brewery last week in a flight after a few stouts and thought it was good, but did not get the hype. When I tried this with clean pallet, I realized this is truly an outstanding beer. Look: Pours a orange yellow color with minimal head. Smell was orange and grapefruit and some bread. Taste was understated and complex. Smooth flavors blending together with Orange giving way to a slight grapefruit pucker. Fell is excellent, but a bit syrupy. overall one of the best.

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Photo of Excalibur33
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.51/5  rDev -3%
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 Econoceki
4.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We had this beer as part of a blind taste test and I was blown away. The beer poured a pale/straw yellow color and was rather cloudy. There was only a little head, but good retention. The taste was amazing; sweet, tropical and clean.

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Photo of Hayden34
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a chance to try this over the weekend and it was absolutely AMAZING! I don't believe I've had a beer that smells so fantastic. The tastes backs up the amazing tropical fruity hoppy smell. Love it.

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Photo of Tblaisdell
3.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

card #311 an the 3/26 release. Worth the wait? Yes, but just once to have done it. Lives up to the hype? No.

The beer itself is beautiful. Wonderful aroma on the nose and an equally pleasant taste. However the flavor is that of an average high-end DIPA. Unimpressive and standard compared to other big named brews these days. Is it better than anything I can get at local bar (save those serving Trillium)? Yes.

I was thoroughly disappointed when I poured and tasted my first bottle. I thought, "This is what all the hype was about???" But I digress. A very, very good DIPA. But definitely doesn't come close to any of the Tree House big guns or any of the Trillium DDH lineup. Maybe I'm just spoiled for hyped beer living in Boston.

Obviously all opinion, but this beer is easily replaceable and frankly not all that deserving of a spot in the top 10 here. Maybe top 50...

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Photo of blockdude
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best IPA I have ever experienced. Everything from the aroma to the flavor was perfect.

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Photo of palma
4.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing. Best double IPA I ever had. We also did a blind taste test with heady and mastermind and stone enjoy by. This one came in first place accross almost all reviewers (6 out of 7 had Dinner first place). This one stands up to the hype.

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Photo of funkitup
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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 RLVineh
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
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 mothman
4.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head. Lace. Golden yellow color.

Hoppy and dank. Some weed and resin. A bit of tropical fruit as well. Some bitterness.

Medium bodied.

It's good, but I don't see the hype behind this one. Much better things out there.

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Photo of kool-aid
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get the hype machine here. It's a very clean and tasty beer with pronounced hop flavor, but it's not very distinctive. Honestly, this should be produced and released more so the rarity won't influence reviews and interpretations. It's great, sure. I'd happily drink it again but I like Lunch just as much and can find that on draft without trading an arm or a leg.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like all the Maine beers, this beer was a bit hyped for me, I'd rather have a lunch than wait in line for hours but it is still a very good beer, had a bit of booziness to it, but it is a double. The hops didn't bite me as much as I like in a heady or sips. I'd still trade high for this beer though if I had to again.

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Photo of beaver69693
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tectactoe
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Schlais
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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