Dinner | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: New England 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

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Reviews by mj81:
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4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Jon34ling
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is how a DIIPA is supposed to look, smell and taste. Amazing. 5's across the board. Glad I got a chance to try it. Hope to get the chance again.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Zach_Attack
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/2014 - huge aromas of floral, hops, pineapple, orange up front; the palate is vibrant and is fruity, hoppy, yet a lingering bit of pine; clean, mildly bitter finish. Incredible when fresh AF like this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 12/09/2017. Thanks Jake.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-thick bronzed copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fairly quick pace. Some moderate foamy clingy rings slid into some light legs of lace.
The aroma had a magical blend of a big resinous to ruby red grapefruit pulp light mango; full, crisp, bright, and young with a pure satisfaction of the hops beating back the malts exactly how I liked it.
The flavor had that huge embrace of thick chewy bittersweet resinous to ruby red grapefruity hops stifling the malt backbone all of the way. Some mango sweetness came out as it warmed. I mean, the malts are there, but to me, I feel like they're only there to provide body/substantial mouthfeel. Slightly resinous to grapefruity aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt on par and the ABV felt as projected. Nice bittersweet crisp resinous to mango and grapefruity finish.
Overall, now that's one awesome DIPA brewed pretty close to the "New England" tradition that I would have again.

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Photo of Holderness
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 10 days ago.

L — Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a scant half finger of white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and great lacing
S — Reminds me a lot of Heady and Melvin’s 2x4 DIPA: dank grapefruit, pine, pineapple, weed, floral, grass, and fusels
T — Bitingly earthy, piney, grassy, and rindy upfront. Mellowed out by a light honey sweetness from the malts and a hint of red grapefruit flesh. Lasting, resinous finish
F — Flies off the palate surprisingly quickly for the ABV, although the hop resins are very lasting. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Much crisper and cleaner than the majority of DIPAs coming out of New England right now
O — Very well put together, hoppy DIPA. Not worth the relatively immense amount of effort to obtain a bottle, but good. Similar to Heady, 2x4, Captain’s Daughter (and I’m sure many others)


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Photo of tgp202
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from the October ‘17 release poured into tulip glass

L: one finger head, dark golden color, hazy, almost completely opaque but not quite. Lighter color than I was expecting
S: grapefruit, lemon zest, really citrusy clean smell, prob the highest ranking aspect
T: citrus notes but not overly juicy, can tell it’s a DIPA but the alcohol isn’t overpowering, really good balance
F: full mouthfeel
O: really excellent beer that any fan of MBC should try. Lives up to expectations as Lunch’s big brother.

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Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer for the nth time last night. Amidst the rising tide of indistinguishable fruit-bomb NEIPA's Maine Beer co stays afloat! This is a beer that tastes like a beer. That does justice to its style. Drinking this reminds me why I love beer.

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Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.92/5  rDev +6%
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 Phineasco
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy gold with a medium sized white fluffy head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of citrus, orange pith, pine, and caramel malt. It tastes of citrus, orange pith, pine, and caramel malt. The feel is medium. A great balanced ipa, very well done.

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Photo of illpass78
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -3.2%
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 senglish7
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best hoppy beer that I’ve ever had. Both the nose and the flavor is a seemingly perfect mix of dankness and fruit. Not super dry like some west coast versions and not a fruit bomb like the new NEIPAs. This is perfection.

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Photo of Excalibur33
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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 John_M
4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Derek for the chance to try this beer.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, peachy amber color with pretty good head retention and nice lacing all around. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, light pine, and some orange citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with decent bitternish on the finish. This dipa is definitely well balanced, and nothing is over the top or out of balanced. The alcohol is noticeable, but the beer isn't hot or cloying on the finish. So drinkability is pretty good.

This is a very nice dipa for sure, but some of the glowing, over the top reviews are a bit difficult to comprehend. There are a lot of really good dipa's on the market these days... This is one more.

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Photo of alextastic
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lovely honey orange color. Smells sweet, floral, and crisp, with a hint of tropical fruit. Goes down smooth, with a refreshing amount of carb, no bitterness, and no detectable alcohol. This is a fine example of just how damn good a beer can be.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle dated 9/28/18 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy orange with at 1.5 finger head
S: A mixed basket of tropical fruit, dank/earthy, mixed citrus rind, dried flowers, grass and a bit of pine. Just every hop aroma that exists is being thrown out on this nose. Amaxingly complex
T: Dry, not quite as complex as the aromas but still awesome... dried citrus rind first and foremost followed by earth/herbs with dry tropical fruit and florals rounding it out. I can't place specific fruits/flowers/herbs as it's honestly a mix of many
M: Medium-bodied, dry, bitter
O: A fantastic DIPA. Not as juicy as the many in the popular "New England" style but that's not a bad thing. Complex, delicious and one of if not the best nose I've had the pleasure smelling

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Photo of Econoceki
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +7.8%
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 -20.5%
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 AlabamaJohn
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing for it's attention to detail. Hard to find a not hazy double IPA with this perfect of a hop profile. Super drinkable beer. I suggest having a whole bottle to yourself (or pint)

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Photo of blockdude
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.8%
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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