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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #5
Ranked #43
4.62 | pDev: 7.14%
Monday at 11:09 PM
Mar 10, 2014
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: Citra, Falconers Flight, Mosaic, Simcoe. For the best experience, please enjoy fresh as possible.
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Rated by bcmac983 from Indiana

4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 29, 2015
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Rated: 4.6 by Phil9250 from New Hampshire

Monday at 11:09 PM
Rated: 4.49 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Jan 31, 2023
Rated: 4.98 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Dec 23, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#141, yum!
Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Heavily floral with resinous character but not overbearing or bitter. Clear light gold body with a brief white head. Almost wine like in its aftertaste. Especially in the heat building up in the throat on each sip and the wine like accentuation while having actual dinner. Honey and melon rind, cantaloupe flesh with some dried tropical fruit character that is enveloped by a resinous yet unbitter bite. Not too much malts in this one compared to Maine Lunch so the hop profile is definitely the star here.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Billolick from New York

Oct 26, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This fine offering was gifted to me by BEERchitect and I am indebted to him immensely! This beer receives the highest rating in all categories by me. One of three imperial IPAs that are hard to get but also meet the expectations and surpass! Welcome to my big leagues Dinner!!!
Oct 04, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Been waiting over a decade to try this beer and even longer to visit the brewery. Finally did both! Had it on draft and took a few bottles home with a date of 26AUG22. This absolutely meets the hype. Incredibly delicious and absurdly drinkable for the ABV and style. SO fruity and so floral. The smooth body and delicate mouthfeel are truly impressive. This is the real deal.
Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 5 by koerns311 from Indiana

Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dirty darker straw color; cloudy but see through; white head that laces quite beautifully, a dense film lingers and lingers.

The aroma literally jumps out of the glass on this beer; it has an essential oil like brightness to it, incredibly vibrant. A mix of fresh in season fruits; nothing tropical to me just local summer fruits, but with an extra citrus like bite to it; a little bit of vegetal dank on the finish, it cuts short of onion garlic territory for me.

Taste is much of the same but the beer becomes less fruity more citrus, pithy, with a pretty nice minor sweet malt presence; slight resin/sap aftertastes.

This is a double IPA that is for sure; it has a pretty hefty body, higher end of medium. A very clean drinking beer, dry and biting bitterness on the finish, prickly sappy tingling on the tongue. Also letting you know this is a double IPA is the slight alcohol presence on the finish, no overbearing by any means but present.

Well it is easy to see why this beer has the reputation it does. The aroma alone is intoxicating but the flavors and feel combine to make this a very good beer; I love the bite and big hop presence on such an aromatic beer. Lovely beer.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've never come across this highly regarded beer, so was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap when I was out to dinner last night. The appearance was that of.....beer. Cloudy and medium yellow, with almost no head. The lack of head could certainly be chalked up to the fact that it had probably been a minute or two between the pour and its arrival at my table. Regardless, while there was nothing wrong with the appearance, nothing particularly stood out either.

The nose was a different story. I'm desensitized to IPA aromas at this point, but this beer smelled amazing Loads of citrus, mango and other tropical notes. Simply an excellent smelling beer.

The taste was very nice, but not as tropical as the nose. Grapefruit was the only taste I could pick out, but whatever else was there it was above average, but didn't blow me away (keeping in mind I'm not a big lover of IPAs). The feel, however was amazing. Very full, creamy and pillowy. Absolutely excellent.

Overall, I though this was a very good beer, led by the aroma and the feel. I hope to be able to luck into some bottles sometime right around a NBS BIF so I can share it with others.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by haqattaq from Massachusetts

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
From a 16.9oz bottle, dated 07/29/22. Served in a spiegelau IPA glass.

Pours a just barely hazed honey-gold with two-plus fingers of pouffy, shaving cream-like foam. Retention is excellent, leaving a fat bubbly-sudsy cap and a tattered curtain of lacing.

Nose is sweet, malty, and layered with aromas of orange peel and pine needles.

Taste is as expected, leaning into the sweet and malty end of balanced. The earthy-woody pine needle, resinous character is prominent, along with caramel sweetness, oily orange peel and a squeeze of lemon.

Feel is clean, just a little too brisk to pass as smooth (entirely in a good way) and no more than medium bodied with bright, zesty carbonation. There’s a cheerful hop oily tingle on the tongue and a slight boozy warmth in the gullet.

As always when rating MBC bottles, overall score is marked down 0.25 in recognition of the stupid, overpriced pint-plus bottles. Because principles, right? (Replaces a 4.46 rating without a review from 11/05/15… thank you, Dr. J. for the rare opportunity to have this one again).
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by cdarezz

Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by WiscoBrewsco from Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Just an amazing step up from Lunch. Another classic from Maine Beer Co. that really lets the tropical nature of the hops shine through. Where Lunch is a mellow, refined take on the style and very clean, Dinner is a punch in the mouth and in a good way.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by swierczt from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2022
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Rated by RRB328 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tried at Moe’s with Tim, 7/8/22
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by deereless from Colorado

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Sabatini's in Exeter pa yesterday.

Looks very good in the glass. Honey yellow body with a nice white head. This eventually shrinks to a thin ring, good lacing early on.

Delightful hoppy aroma with a side of mixed fruit favoring the non citrus.

On tasting, smooth, hoppy, delicious. Fruit notes confirm the nose. Very easy drinking, abv fairly well hidden but you get the feel of it.

Mouth close to full, finish manages to be clean, but full of hop flavor.

Overall, have missed out on this one the last few times it was at Sabz. Not this time. Beautifully crafted dipa. Seemingly simple, but a lot of thought has gone into producing this classic.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by brewskis from Indiana

May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by SirBentham from California

Apr 27, 2022
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