Maine Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #5
Ranked #28
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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stt1118 from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The label matches the taste, clean and classy! The main thing that comes to mind here is balance. Great hops with mellow fruit and an absolutely killer smooth finish. Insanely crushable at 8% abv. Dinner might be the best beer I’ve ever had that could appeal to literally anyone who likes any subcategory of beer

Apr 23, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Nov 06, 2015
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Jon34ling from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Feb 17, 2018
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Excalibur33 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Jun 23, 2016
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -9%
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.

Mar 22, 2016
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Beer_Maineiac from Maine

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Challenging to review such a highly-rated beer. If you concur, you’re perhaps seen as bandwagoning. If you don’t, you’re at risk of just seeming contrarian.

Anyway, here goes. Pours a hazy apricot with a generous head, that quickly settles down. Smell is hops, hops, hops — did I mention the hops — and citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit).

At entry, carbonation in the forefront, followed by hops, then citrus. All settles down quickly and in wonderfully balanced fashion, with the hops and citrus vying for attention as the carbonation fades off the tongue. Fantastically long and just-bitter-enough finish that seems to linger forever, the beer-drinking equivalent of a really good 18-year-old scotch.

“Balance” is the word that most comes to mind when I think of Maine Beer Company offerings. Even Dinner — double dry hopped and 8%+ ABV — remains remarkably balanced for a DIPA, and could have been much less so.

Finally, I commend Maine Beer Company on their “Dinner” releases of late. Extremely well organized. With ticket purchased in advance (gives the buyer the right to buy up to 12 bottles at a predetermined time) I was in and out of the brewery in 15 minutes. Pretty helpful for those of us with other “considerations” such as work, family, general personal hygiene, sleep, etc. Nicely done - both the beer and the release.

May 26, 2018
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AlabamaJohn from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

May 01, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Apr 23, 2016
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senglish7 from Mississippi

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Apr 22, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jhavs for this one! 16oz bottle poured into 12oz glass. Poured a cloudy yellow color with over an inch of white head that had decent retention and light lacing.

A bold hop scent jumped out of the bottle right at opening. Some pine, some citrus, and some light grain in the background.

Very similar on the tongue, lots of flavorful hops, and just enough malt to provide some contrast. A nice bit of bite at the back end.

The body was a bit more than medium, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I could pouring these back on the regular if they were local to me. Overall, a very, very good beer. A must-try if you get the chance.

Apr 18, 2018
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blockdude from California

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Apr 23, 2015
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alextastic from California

4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

May 12, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Sep 25, 2018
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RLVineh from California

4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Nov 19, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Jun 24, 2015
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
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)


Apr 11, 2018
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dzni from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Dated 8/31, poured into dinner glass

Hazy, deep golden, thin head, nice lacing.
Fragrant with tropical fruit, mango.
Taste is of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, other tropical flavors, slight pine. A little dank on finish.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Fantastic beer. Very well balanced between rich tropical fruits and hoppy bitterness. Very satisfying.

Sep 09, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Sep 14, 2018
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Econoceki from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jul 29, 2015
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RyanJohnCrain from Wisconsin

4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Nov 08, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Sep 30, 2018
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CoffeePorter from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!

May 12, 2015
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funkitup from Maine

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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?

Nov 27, 2016
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Dec 26, 2015
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j_d_b from Maine

4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stored at 48*F; bottle date ~March 29, 2018; poured into 16oz tulip (after turning the bottle upside-down for 60seconds)

Head is fairly airy and the majority of volume dissipates rapidly. A foamy ring remains—easily revived by a twirl of the glass. Lacing is moderate.

Dark golden-orange and opaque, but not super thick. Light definitely passes through and you can see the white of the head by holding up the glass and looking in the side and through when only a few cm left in the glass. Great color tone and great level of haze; very balanced.

Aroma is fresh and hop forward; light and not intoxicating. I’m reviewing this beer just over a month after bottling, but I feel like the fresher bottles had a stronger scent.

Perfect feel: 5/5. Sharp, micro-bubble carbonation at the perfect level. Departs quickly, but prevalent at the start and finish of the sip; so clean and drinkable.

Amazingly refreshing taste. I can’t believe it’s a double at first, but the flavor depth and complexity of the double is there, without any overpowering aspects. The flavor hits some citrus and brightness up front, resolves to pine and field-fresh hops, then finishes with a little more stickiness (malt) but still the citrus and pine (though lessened). The beer lacks nowhere. This is not a malty beer at all, but the hops aren’t aggressive or overly specifically fruity. It’s extremely drinkable, whilst still a precise and elaborate experience.

The top Maine IIPA for me, if you’re not looking for a yellow, tropical hop bomb.

Note: I had Dinner back to back with Bissell Swish, another top Maine double, and Dinner is more drinkable, measured, and balanced.

May 12, 2018
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2684 ratings