Tasting: July 21, 2016
Style: American-Style Imperial IPA
Beer #: 983
Dinner by Maine Beer Company.
And the summer of amazing beer keeps rolling on and on. While I was enjoying the last of my growler of Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude # 5 – 96 points, I received a trade notification on the Beer Exchange. I haven’t traded in a few months so, it came as a surprise. Probably the best offer I’ve seen in a while too. Two bottles Dinner by Maine Beer exchanged for a bottle of Vera Mae (Hill Farmstead); a bottle of Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler (Terrapin) and a bottle of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.
A little bit about Dinner by Maine Beer. It’s a brewery only release that draws people to six hour waiting lines. Therefore, you probably get my excitement at the chance to acquire a couple of bottles. This bottle was part of the June 25th bottling release so, it’s fairly fresh to boot. Mailed on Wednesday and in hand on Friday.
First of all, Dinner delivers a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. It’s not as juicy as I had thought yet it does deliver more tropical fruit than expected. Seems like pineapple flavor leads the way also carries some mango. Most noteworthy is a beautiful progression of bitterness. Because it rolls in and recedes as smoothly as it came. Mellow dankness and a subdued booziness.
In conclusion, Dinner by Maine Beer earns 95 points. Very solid but not legendary and certainly not worth a six hour wait. Regardless, cross another off the beer bucket list.