Second Dinner
Maine Beer Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #195
Ranked #1,769
4.34 | pDev: 4.84%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Second DinnerSecond Dinner
Notes: This brand new Double India Pale Ale is hopped with Amarillo, Citra, HBC 522 and Idaho 7 hops. It is more fruit forward than its predecessor.
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 009, bottled 3/27/20. Consumed 4/7/20 (11 days old)

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops up front along with some lighter herbal and piney notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrus, floral, and piney hops and then picks up some lighter herbal undertones. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and floral notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good balance of hop flavors and bitterness, definitely in the middle of the line between NE IPA and west coast IPA. Very easy to drink. Highly recommended

Apr 07, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured into an IPA glass. Golden, slightly hazy, and a mild frothy head with good lacing.
Smell - citrus and a lot of tropical fruits, and plenty of sweetness. leans towards the NE style much more than its predecessors.
Taste - fruity notes with loads of hoppiness. the fruit flavors actually bring out more out of the complexity of the hops here, and complemented by a fair bit of malts. the result is a more balanced, but equally tasty IPA that is juicy but still with bitter hop flavors.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and a decently heavy hitter at 8% ABV.
Overall - this beer gets the benefit of the doubt. I see it as a hybrid of the two major IPA styles, blending juiciness while maintaining a fair bit of bitterness (albeit more tame than Dinner). It's hard to say which one is better - the preferred meal, Lunch, Dinner, and Second Dinner, is really a matter of taste.

Feb 24, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this beer is archived. I'm staring at a fresh bottle right now.

Anyway, poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. The head leaves plenty of sticky cobwebs before settling into a thick layer of foam.

The aroma is exceptionally fruity, bringing notes of grapefruit, fresh apples, peaches, and pineapple. There's a wave of cereal grains and sweet malt in the middle, with some cracked pepper and earthy pine on the back.

The flavor follows the nose: Lots of grapefruit, orange, peaches, and pineapple up front, followed by some graininess and sweet caramel malt. The finish is earthy, spicy, and piney.

The feel is the weak link here. It's full bodied with lower carbonation. It's creamy, but very sticky and syrupy and a bit boozy. Very dry on the finish.

Overall, this is a fantastic, aromatic and fruity DIPA. It's a bit sweeter than Dinner but not quite as balanced. Also the mouthfeel belays the 8% ABV and drinks more like a 10% hop bomb. Still, this is an outstanding beer and a worthy sequel to one of the best hoppy beers on the planet.

Feb 04, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See my review for Dinner. This isn’t quite as good but close and, for my tastes, a tad better than Lunch. You could throw a hat over the three of them.

Aug 29, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle to snifter, sampling. Dinner vs. Second thanks to DC.

Look: looks more filtered than dinner

AROMA: earthy notes are the difference...lacking citrus and fruit.

TASTE: Black Pepper is pumped up added to the spiciness on this, with the apricot and fleshy fruit suffering.

FEEL: smooth and very full bodied for an IPA.


Aug 23, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 500mL bottle dated 6/7/19 into a willi becher pint glass. pours a semi-hazy gold / orange with frothy white head that leaves very impressive looking lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. smell is very malt forward. full disclosure: this bottle had a pretty arduous journey so i’m thinking that is playing into the smell (and taste). i also get a little bit of nice clean yeast on the nose but no pungent hop aromas at all. taste is straight malt. feel is nice. good amount of carb. starts and finishes full. overall, will definitely try for another of these to see if the shipping issues were the contributing factor.

Jul 28, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A clear yellow orange body, minimal white head, with a curtain of small bubble lacing. The nose is strong hop, resin and pineapple, and the flavor rains a range of fruit, stone fruit and citrus, white grape, and a touch of pine and pith in the finish. A superb, big-hearted IPA with truly great flavor.

Jun 11, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this right after Dinner. Second Dinner comes with citrus flavors, not quite as subtle and complex as Dinner, but still delicious, smooth, enjoyable. An excellent beer, but hard to meet Dinner's loftier standard.

May 04, 2019
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trapp2424 from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How do you beat MBC's solid offerings of Lunch and Dinner? I was skeptical at first. But Second Dinner managed to edge out my personal favorite, Dinner by a nose. Just so beautiful of a beer, the coloring, the taste. Color me impressed.

Apr 19, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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

500ml bottle dated 1/25/19.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze. Retention and lacing is moderate. Mandarin, grapefruit, pear, and lime leaves in the nose. A nice blend of hops but less than pungent. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Grapefruit and lime on the palate with zero malt and a firm bitterness. Finishes with zero malt and lingering citrus and lime.

Feb 05, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color with a dense, silky one finger head. Lacing is thick and sexy. The aroma is enticingly fresh with pine and semi-sweet grapefruit and orange zest notes. The taste is similar with a fantastic blend of lightly sweet, lightly toasted malt behind a piney grapefruit zest, maybe a hint of tangerine in the smooth finish as the sweetness lingers long enough to become singled out. Feel is a little soft and there is a moderate bitterness that reminds one that this is solidly a west coast style. There is no alcohol burn.

I am so glad I picked up multiple bottles when I was there for the release day. This is a rare treat I intend to share with those who can appreciate a masterfully made beer. Five years in the making...? It taste like it was well worth the wait.

Jan 20, 2019
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seanh99 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this in the tasting room 12/8 when in Maine for other reasons. Sometimes better lucky than good
West Coast style that I could see thru loved it

Jan 06, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Transparent orange. Finger of white head.

S - Dank garlic and onion with grapefruit skin. Earthy. Classic West Coast.

T - Follows the nose. Super dank and earthy.

F - Body is as it should be. No booze. Easy to drink

O - Takes you back to the massively-hopped West Coast DIPAs from 8-9 yrs ago.

Jan 05, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holding true to those West Coast hoppy roots, the Maine Beer Company can't help to become seduced by the hazy trends that are popping up in their own back yard. With hop varieties that favor the fruit, their Dinner is followed by yet another Dinner for extra measure. Besides, who needs dessert when Dinner tastes this good.

Pale gold and with a slight bronze hue, the hazy but not turbid Second Dinner pours with a light and fluffy ivory cap before swooning the nose with a high citronella perfume of orange, stone fruit and grapefruit with slight tropical and pine undertow. A caramel and cracker maltiness layers on the palate with the sweetness of candied pecan and graham cracker.

But once the ale crosses middle palate, its all about the hops. Anything seeming sweet turns toasty, spicy and nutty while the hops take a strong red grapefruit and tangerine turn. Hints of white grapefruit trend slightly sharper while lemon, apricot and pineapple keep the taste piquant and succulent. And those resinous roots really take hold in finish where the freshly shaven spruce, chive, hemp and hay bite leaves a long and peppery bitterness on the late palate.

Medium bodied and taking a drier track, the beer's fruity upstart develops beautifully into a crisp, clean and refreshingly bitter finish with the essence of botanical grasses, gin and spicy vegetation extending well past any malt or juicy fruit impressions and nearly into the next tantalizing sip.

Dec 18, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Dec-1-2018

Pours a fairly clear gold with a rocky white head. Very good retention; sticky lacing. (4.25)

Lemon zest, light pine pollen, crackery malt. (4)

Resinous hop bitterness offset by nice, sappy citrus oil and hearty bread. (4.5)

Fluffy but crisp medium body with active carbonation and a bracing finish. (4.5)

Excellent as usual.
A very nice IIPA with a bright citrus character up front and earthy, woodsy bitterness underneath with a clean malt backbone. A pleasure to drink. As with all of the beers I've had from MBC, if happily have this one again. The nose didn't quite pop like I would have liked, but in general this was a delicious beer. (4.25)

Dec 16, 2018
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - dated 04/5/19 - poured into a large wine stem at 42F and allowed to warm up.

Pours a hazy deep golden/light amber, with a large finger of foamy, ivory head that does not seem to want to budge, and leaves some tenacious lacing behind.

Nose: Fruitier and more floral than Dinner. Some sweet caramel-esque malt in the background, supporting a bouquet of sweet melon, candied peaches, papaya, ripe plum, orange, white grapefruit, a touch of mango, amd some ripe red berries. None of the pungent black pepper, grass, or musty notes that Dinner sometimes presents. Sweeter and juicier.

Palate: The malt sweetness takes the lead at first, coming in like a wave of honey and caramel drizzled on crusty bread. There's a slight gap between the initial malt sweetness, and the arrival of the hops that almost comes across as a touch watery. Then, loads of bitter citrus - orange, grapefruit, and lemon, along with ripe stone fruits, primarily peach, nectarines, and mango - gooseberry, and some fresh grassy notes come into play. A whisper of pineapple peeks out from behind the scenes. Just prior to the finish, there is a hint of that earthiness that you find in Dinner, but it goes back into hiding shortly after peeking out. The finish begins as the grassy notes build into resinous pine, and the fruity notes fall back, leaving only pithy citrus, and these two compete for first place, with pine winning by a hair. The finish is oily, bitter, and satisfying, and it dries everything out, and brings things to a nice hoppy end. Long resinous aftertaste well after the bitterness has disappeared.

Mouthfeel/Body: Second Dinner is not quite as soft and full as Dinner. It's a little lighter, a little thinner, and lacks the fluffiness of its predecessor. A Thinner Dinner. It still has a fullness, in part from the malt, but more so from hop oils. It isn't a watery beer, but objectively speaking, it isn't as full or soft as Dinner, which is an attribute of Dinner that I really enjoy. Effervescence is on the lower side of medium, but not near a point where I would complain. There are drying qualities as you approach the finish.

Overall: Dinner is a renowned hoppy beer, highly sought after, and certainly a hard act to follow - especially when you're using the same name. So here's the deal. Dinner is great. I love it. It has some qualities that I'm not a huge fan on, such as the pungent "Simcoe-like" musty earthiness that can come out in some batches. It also has some qualities I praise, like it's wonderfully soft and full body, and mouth-coating texture. This lacks the musty notes, but it also lacks the body of Dinner. In terms of flavour, I prefer Second Dinner. It's fruitier and juicier, with a more pronouced bitterness. In terms of body, I prefer Dinner. It's fuller and softer. All things considered, I have to give the slightest edge to Second Dinner, just because subjectively, I think it taste better. What I would really love to see is a third iteration that combines the flavour of Second Dinner, with the body of Dinner. Now that would be a stellar beer. Until then, I'm happy drinking both when I can track them down.

Dec 03, 2018
Second Dinner from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 80 ratings