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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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. Malt: 2-Row, CaraPils, Caramel 40 & Dextrose Hops: Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Mosaic & Simcoe.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (358) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle dated 7/31. Pours a slightly brownish amber with one finger of white head. Aroma is very nice considering the age of the bottle: mango, grapefruit, light scallions, weed, orange peel, honey. Taste is crisp orange and honey with some sweet malts and mango. Lightly boozy finish. Low bitterness, low carbonation. Very full and silky in the mouth. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2014
50cl, at 8.2%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, thx alot to Wouter for bringing this over!, very complex bitter brew, fruity/floral/bitter and slightly malty/sweet, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (384) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle - Pours a light golden yellow w/ white head. Smells of oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. A slight maltiness and lots of citrus flavors with a dry bitter end. This beer is damn good!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5219) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Lightly hazed orange pour with creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, abv, and citrus. Sweet caramel malt, abv, along with a dry finish on the flavor. A very nice warmth on this beer. Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2917) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle - Cloudy golden pour with a huge foamy white head. Nose is honey, melon, dank onion and garlic, and tropical fruit. Sweet, sticky malt in the taste, with huge stinky dank hops and a bready backbone that comes through on the finish. Long hoppy finish with ample sweetness. Some boozy warmth peeks through, but it’s not overbearing. Thick and oily, with mild carbonation. A little much for my tastes, but pretty good for the style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPABevyGuy (46) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Absolutely awesome beer, reminds me of Another One flavor wise, but much more dank with hops. I have nothing bad to say about this beer, if you can find it, it is a must try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
(500ml bottle) clear gold, soapy white bubbles. Nose is dank, citrus rind, candied hops, lemon. Taste is awesome, candied citrus, super well balanced, orange, lemon, medium body, slick oily body. Amazing dipa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (530) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a lightly hazed peach orange with a small white head. Nose is on a really pleasant herbal hop which has a definite funky note, described by a friend as being more Nelson-esque than Citra in that sense. Stone fruits and a touch "meaty" in the funkiness of the hops. Mouth is pretty soft, still quite pungent, evolving. Herbal, something I would call "rancio" on the finish which is actually quite nice. A bit heavy abv might bring this down just a touch. Still, really good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2014
This was nearly a perfect IIPA. Huge hop aroma with citrus and apricot. Taste is full, bitter, and with hints of pleasant sweetness. This is yet another example of how the East Coast (in the north at least...) might be outdoing the other side in terms of IIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2014
The beer pours a gorgeous, golden, orange, settling into the glass with a creamy, off-white head of minuscule bubbles that lasts at a fingers width above the beer. The head leaves sticky fat fluff of lacing when it rescinds. In body, the beer is a nearly opaque murk of tiny particulates and haze. On the nose is where this beer is king. From the moment you pop the bottle you know you are in for a tropical fruit bomb. Even from a foot away, my glass is oozing fruit salad scent across the nose, but when I get my nostrils nicely in the glass’s bulb, I’m met with decadent and complex hop aromas. Pine resin blends with pineapple, mango, soft melon, and fruity caramel. Alcohol does prickle at the edges of the nose, but only if you search for it, and as a whole the nose just comes off smelling like a hugely aromatic fruit salad with accents of pine. This has got one damn fine nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet up front, but with definite bitter balance that builds into the middle and finish of the beer wonderfully. Booze makes its presence known towards the finish of the sip, punching through some of the decadent hop notes while acidity is faintly present on the fringes of the tongue. In flavor the beer begins as pineapple juice, moving more towards pine with flashes of medicinal hops, bright grass, lemon citrus, and grapefruit juice. Slight alcohol and caramel hops enter in the middle of the sip, but the finish of the beer is straight ruby red grapefruit juice with just a hint of booze. The aftertaste is of piney/grapefruity hops. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to full bodied, with a middling carb that provides a healthy scrub to the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, if a touch heavy towards the finish of the sip. Overall, this is a hell of a Double IPA. I’ve already heard it compared to the Headys and Plinys of the world (gasp…) but I think that was a forgone conclusion. MBC makes some damn fine hoppy beer and this is no exception. This beer strikes towards the top of the DIPA list for sure, and is a true work of art in terms of juicy, tropical fruit hops. I do have some quibbles with it, however, as I do with any beers. For starters, I think the booze could be a little better integrated, as it does add a bit too much heat towards the back of the sip. I also feel that the nose far outweighs the taste in terms of overall decadence and hop character, which can be argued as an attribute of DIPA’s, but since we are talking God-Tier DIPA’s I must say that others of this plateau have met that balance more so than Dinner. The nose is where Dinner is a winner, for sure, and she is a damn fine winner. Drink the beer fresh. Enjoy it. Wait in line for three hours if you want to. It’s a nice beer.


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