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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

348 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 51
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. We prefer that it not be classified. We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate.

(Beer added by: bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours an odd and ruddy red/candied brown with slight hints of orange. The head is nicely sized and colored almost a sand dune white. The beer’s body is murky, but not dense, with a nice clouding, while the beer’s lacing is light and stringy on the glass, leaving a few strands. On the nose, the beer smells of big piney hops with just a touch of fruity mango and onion. The malt sits below the hops as a very light caramelly touch mixed with some lovely breadiness that blends beautifully with the piney hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes rather straight forward with big grapefruit and pine bitters, with a touch of sweet malts which lead me to think of ruby red grapefruit juice. This taste is sadly subdued for what I was hoping. The beer begins with bitter aspirin, which quickly opens into grapefruit melding with light sweet malts that bring big ruby red grapefruit flavors to the mouth. The finish is strong with grapefruit and pine and a big rush of alcoholic heat, though no alcoholic flavors are present at all. The aftertaste rings nicely with light pine and some sweet caramel malt. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of heaviness on the tongue. The beer is smooth and creamy, with a nice crispness to it that does leave me feeling slightly refreshed. The mouth is left slightly damp, with only a ghost of the dryness coming off from the hops. Overall this beer is a bit of a disappointment. It is not a horrible beer, but it really doesn’t have the complexity of other Maine Beer Company beers. It reminds me of Celebration, only with more heat in the finish, which is nice I guess, but not worth the $9 I paid for it… The beer really just feels like a Double IPA to me, as I am really not getting enough of the malt from it. The beer is simple and tasty, but I was hoping for so much more and it just did not deliver. This beer is good, but I wouldn’t try it for its price point.

Maxwell, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Kappakoosh, Feb 08, 2014
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4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maine Beers DIPS

Had on tap at Novare Res described as centennial, simcoe, cascade and falconers flight hops. Wonderful.

The beer is red/orange with a delicate white head.

The nose, wow tropical fruits furnishings of malt and a flowers. Wow big a juicy

The taste matches the nose big and juicy cherry orange flavor almost gives a tartness it fishes with a pleasant and lingering bitterness . The alcohol is only apparent at the very end.

Wonderful

bishopdc0, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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megamass, May 18, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong hops and malts with citrus and pine notes.

Overall: Excellent beer!

Cavanaghty, Mar 26, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. Bottled 2/11/14

A 9.1% strong ale that the label insists that I drink fresh? Okay, I’m game.

A: Large three finger head...looks to be well carbed. Murky reddish brown body. Nothing shocking.

S: Bam! Lots of hops. Quite dank. Pine and sweet candy-like fruit. A little alcohol burn if you inhale a little more aggressively.

T: Delicious! Wonderful hoppiness...same as the nose. Then some sweet brown sugar mid-palate, nowhere near cloying. An unremarkable hoppy bitter finish.

M: Well-carbed. Full bodied and chewy.

O: Reminds me of fresh Bigfoot. That’s a compliment.

mjtiernan, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

alamode, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ScottLetourneau, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ipc2000, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great creamy hoppy beer. Their signature style turned up a notch. Very lacy. DIPA strength, drunk exactly 90 days after bottling, bottle from Capone's. Big IBU without major palate erasing. Good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel. CItrus orange aroma and flavour.

Sammy, May 01, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, three-finger off-white head from a turbulent pour. Retention is good, and lacing is excellent web-like. Beer is a coppery orange, and very cloudy, leading it to be translucent despite a bright appearance. Tons of carbonation.

Strong citrus aroma, specifically sweet tangerines, as well as floral slightly dank hops, as well. Caramel and honey in the malt backbone. Very hop-forward strong ale (by scent). Delicate but not subtle.

Sweet and smooth flavor, initially a light malty mix - again, fresh honey, flowers, and caramel – immediately washed over by bright but subtle hops, which are a little drier than the aroma: grass, a bit of pine, and some flat citrus peel. Experienced is capped off by more malty sweetness, which lasts with a noticeable and pleasant aftertaste. Other notes: slight vanilla, tobacco, mild pepper, and brown sugar, all behind the main hop and malt profiles.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and flat, but still feels a little lively, despite virtually no sting. Large amount of hops gives it plenty of bite. Medium-full overall, very drinkable, and no noticeable alcohol.

This is a pretty solid and hoppy strong ale. It almost comes across as a reverse DIPA: a ton of hops present primarily to keep it from becoming a malt bomb. There’s tons of flavor to go around, and it’s definitely tasty.

Roguer, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

RyanOooh, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

snowmaggedon, Jan 15, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 1/31/2013.

Appearance - Big head on a deep copper body. Mostly clear body. Nice retention.

Smell - Hoppy and caramely. Slightly buttery. Odd.

Taste - Less hoppy. Very caramely. And really buttery. Not understanding if it's intentional. Not a lot of other flavors. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Slick and buttery. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing Maine beer. I'm just not getting it.

Alieniloquium, Mar 19, 2013
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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.