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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

276 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%


Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:30:10 | More by Maxwell
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Deep amber hue, slightly cloudy appearance,massive 3 finger head khaki head, extensive lacing in the tulip.

Very hop forward and exploding with orange rind and pine needles in your nostrils, sweet malt isn't hiding but it is low in the mix.

Sweet malt briefly appears then disappears before the gripping bitterness from the hops sets in, spicy hops abound with a pepper kick . The aroma is a notch better than the flavor, which begins to warm the throat and chest: not unexpected for 9.1%.

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.