Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 63
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013

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.
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Photo of bishopdc0
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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.


Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of mjtiernan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel colored and opaque with a low, frothy head that settles out quickly. Big bright aroma of citrusy hops, is that a ton of cascade? Huge hops flavor with subtle malt riding beneath. Alcohol flavors emerge, adding some warmth, but the hops mask it somewhat. Rubbing alcohol lingers. Could use more depth of flavor for my tastes, as hops and alcohol dominate, but the hops are fresh and delicious, so I'll enjoy the rest of this one.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled in October of 2014.

L- Fluffy pale white head with a light sudsy look to it. The body is amber and golden with a bit of a cloudy haze.

S- Orange juice-like citrus, brown sugar sweetness, floral and dank hops and resinous spice.

T- Tastes like a resinous, floral, and spicy IPA with a touch of citrus. Mild caramel mid-palate. Lingering lemon zest.

M- A bit of a perfume-like feel, spicy, and a tad lighter than medium-bodied. Pretty easy-drinking and doesn't at all feel like 9+% alcohol.

Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, except it's 6 ounces less beer for a couple of dollars more. Good but there's probably a cheaper alternative.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice red glow with about a finger of sticky yellow tinged head. Nose is explosive upon pouring. Lots of grapefruit citrus and pine on the nose along with lots of caramel. Slightly spicy as well.

Surprisingly less intense then it's nose in a good way. Very heavy bodied.piney and herbal throughout with a spicy hop bite on the back end. Clean hop finish with a touch of alcohol heat. Subtle notes of citrus and caramelized dried fruits.faint sweetness with moderate bitterness to cut it.a little moodiness and a big body reminds you this is a big beer which is nice. Bold and mild and nicely balanced but like most strong ales/barleywines lacks any form of drinkability. A nice clean supper. Like other Maine beers nicely balanced, well blended, clean, subtle yet bold and pricey.

Photo of puboflyons
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml bottle dated 031315. Sampled on June 7, 2015.

It is definitely a milky, unfiltered looking medium amber under a long lasting, delicate and soft tan head. Lacing.

The aroma is vibrant with sweet roasted barley malts, caramel malts, moss, orange, and earthy and pine hop delights. No alcohol.

Bold body.

Bold tastes go with the bold body. . Alcohol well masked under the aggressive roasted malts, orange fruitiness, and earthy hop bitterness.

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

$9.95 for the 16.9oz bottle, served in a tulip
Born on date of 013113
Sampled 22FEB13 (less than a month later)

[A] An inch and a half of an ecru colored cap is quick to rise after a semi vigorous pour. The creamy/foamy texture promotes a well sustained head and also lays down down a thick and complete sheet of lace as it slowly fades. The body is in between chestnut and auburn and is nearly opaque. No lacing.

[S] Deep, dark, dank, resinous hop character. Old baseball glove and earthiness. Honestly, the hops seem old and faded, even at less than 4 weeks old.

[T] Dark sugars (heavily rendered caramel and molasses) and heavy hop character. The hops are not particularly fresh tasting either - fading even - but they are strong, dank and pungent. The flavor is muddled. Like herbal tea mixed with old leather and oxidized malts.

[M] Smooth upfront with a bracing bitterness. The carbonation is fine and persistent, gently biting well after the swallow. Medium body is slightly lacking. Finishes rather dry.

[O] I'm not really digging this. The hop character clashes with the malty strength of the base beer. The mouthfeel isn't as substantial as I would like it to be and the collection of flavors is extremely muddled. First miss by a stellar brewery in my opinion.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber beer, slightly hazed and orange-hued; thick, tan, chewy-looking head as-big-as-ya-want-it

S: deep wet pine resin and hearty malt, other notes reminiscent of herbs and flowers

T: caramelized malts slide in quickly, followed immediately by a bittering pine hop assault; again, some herbal, earthy characteristics from the hops presumably, but the caramel malt aspects and the general bitterness of the brew will delight DIPA fans

M: dense and chewy; bittering, full-bodied; massive carbonation from the pour smooths out and slides across the palate; mild bitter coating left behind

O: a fantastic double IPA - nothing ground-breaking, but easily peer with beers of this sort; relatively balanced between thick malt and bitter pine hop - not a beer you're gonna confuse with an IPA or a barleywine - nothing borderline about it. Gotta pick one up if you spot it (assuming you like DIPAs, that is).

Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/31/13

Note: This is the winter beer from Maine Beer. I forgot to drink it during the "cold, dark months." So I'm drinking it on the first hot night of the summer. Cheers to air conditioning.

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber with some amber and deep gold around the edges - creamy, off-white head - doesn't retain much of a cap (which is unusual, considering how pretty most Maine Beers are), but leaves some great lacing that makes up for it

Smell: Hoppy and malty, could probably pass for a malty DIPA - big citrus, with some oily and fleshy orange and grapefruit - some pine, and some earthy, floral, herbal notes - malts smell pretty rich, with some caramel, cooked grains, and cooked sugar

Taste: Ah yes, this is an American Strong Ale - big hops and big malts, almost balanced - sweet citrus, like candied orange and grapefruit - floral, herbal, earthy - some wet pine - medium bitterness overall - malts follow their aroma, with lots of caramel, cooked grains, and cooked sugar - maybe a bit too sweet, and the sweetness reveals the hint of alcohol - not really boozy, though, but almost

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, creamy, nicely carbonated, finished with a touch of booze

Overall: Brb I'm going to go sit in the snow outside

This is a good offering from Maine Beer. In retrospect, I probably should have drank it sooner. But the hops mostly held up, and they are good. I would say that the malts are a bit too earthy and cooked, but I suppose that is to fit the style. Worth a try.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Born" date of 01/31/13
Batch 01
Recommended to drink within 90 days

Pours a dark orange/amberish color, great sized head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a some nice patchy lacing along my MBC glass.

Smell has a huge hoppy aroma, bit more so than the typical "American Strong Ale", still has a decent caramel malt backbone, grapefruit citrus dominates the nose though.

Taste reminds me more of an East coast malt heavy DIPA, sort of like Stone Coast's Triple IPA was like, grapefruit citrus hops upfront with a interesting bitterness in the aftertaste, likely from some spicy rye character, caramel malt quickly comes in to smooth things over so not to be too one-sided, very thick and full bodied with a proper carbonation level that provides a nice creaminess, alcohol is pretty well hidden but this is still a sipper because of the heaviness of this beer.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ark amber color. The beer has very little head but some okay retention. I also get some nice lacing.

The hops dominate the nose with a grapefruit smell. I also get a nice and caramel and biscuit smell from the malts that dull the hop smell a bit.

The hops have a grapefruit with a caramel tastethat does a good job of dulling the hop taste. I get a little bit of alcohol taste but its barely noticeable.

The beer is medium-bodied that is a little bit heavy with very little carbonation.

A fairly strong and good looking brew.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into ommegang tulip. Bottled 1/31/13.
Pours a deep ruby/orange/brown with a finger of foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts with a big dose of hops...wasnt expecting the hops to be so big, but it works well.
Taste is sweet malts, a bit of citurs maybe?? with nice hop flavor without much bitterness. Its a bit hot, but creamy and pleasant. Nice winter brew and great new addition to the MBC line up.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml sent by Valdieu. Thanks! Into an MBC tumbler.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma brings assertive Cascade-like hoppiness. Piney, bitter citrus, some tropical sweetness to round things out. A bit of caramelized grain as well.

T: Taste brings tangerine, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, tobacco leaf, vanilla and a hint of mango, toffee, mild roasted grain, hint of booze.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is quite a hefty beer. The flavor profile reminds me very much of Celebration, but with the gravity amped up.

Photo of gonzo000
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Co just keeps pumping out extremely good beers. Wow, this one is an excellent ale. Nice rust color on the pour. Very good, big flavors with hints of hops, but malt heavy in all the right places. MBC - cannot go wrong.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Better Beer store in Fryeburg ME. Nice ladies and gents at that place.

Dark amber to caramel brown color. Very hazy, maybe too hazy but I think unfiltered beers are kinda ugly anyway. Big sticky head.

Strong grassy citrus and vanilla aroma. When Maine Beer and a "hoppy" description come together I expect pungent hop stank. I am not dissapointed.

Grassy citrus and sweet, caramel nougat malt body. Malt does an ample job of standing up to the hops. Maybe even some chocolate milk? No heat for 9% which is impressive. Thick, resiny body.

A resiny hop bomb from ME Beer, go figure. While this is indubitably a good beer I don't know that it stands out from any of the other ME Beer hop bombs. Probably my least favorite of that trio (Zoe, Peeper and Lunch. I guess you could count Mo too) due to the thick dessert like malt character but that's just my preference.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of citrus, pine, malt, slight resin. Taste sweet chewy malt, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, resins, dry bitter finish.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet orange citrus. Pine cone finish.

Photo of BKBassist
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/31, poured on 2/10. Really surprised at this great ale. Poured a lovely bright amber. Great floral\citrus nose that you find in the best DIPA's (which this beer reminded me more of than the boozier\maltier profile of an American Strong). Contained a unique sweetness that reminded me of watermelon. Hop forward but not a bomb, overall a solid balance. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. A real exceptional beer from MBC.

Photo of jageraholic
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a Ball canning jar. Pours a nice light amber color, nice head and lacing throughout drinking.

S - Hops hit the nose right away. Very Hop Fresh, lots of citrus, floral and pine notes. Smells like a delicious hop bomb. Some bready malts hit the nose too, but they hardly can compete with the dominance of the hops.

T - Yikes. Very dank and resinous hops taste, tastes like bad hop syrup. Huge aftertaste of onion and garlic. Was not expecting that. Lost all the citrus hops that I was expecting to taste.

M - Full bodied and smooth beer. Can definitely tell it's a strong beer from the thickness.

O - Damn, I love Maine Beer Co's beers. Usually great hop taste and very balanced. This one did not do it for me. It was bottled on 1/23/13 and drank within 30 days of bottling so it was definitely fresh, but I was not a fan of the hop profile on this one. Huge disappointment. I had been drinking a few other hoppy beers today so maybe I had some palate fatigue, but this one was rough.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First try of Maine Lil' One. Bottled on January 4th, 2015. A little over 3 weeks old.

A: Ruby red, bright oranges when held to the light. Solid 2 finger head that subsides to a very nice, spider-web like lacing.

S: Starts off with bold malts and brown sugar, followed up by intensely bright citrus, flower and pine hop aromas. Smells like a christmas tree covered in orange soda, if that was a thing.

T: The hops are so juicy and straight forward it is unbelievable. Tons of citrus and pine. Very dank and amazingly hop forward. Not what I expected. A good malt backbone helps this beer from becoming too bitter and overpowering. Reminds me of a DIPA and Barleywine mixed.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Smooth.

O: Wonderful product from Maine. I had never heard of this beer before, and I've been drinking Maine beers since they first started to get distributed about 2 years ago. I used to pick up Lunch and Another One one day and come back a month later and half the case would still be there. Why hasn't this beer gotten more attention? It certaintly deserves it. Honestly, better than Lunch but a step below Another One, and that is not a bad thing.

Definitely pick up a bottle if you have the chance. I hope to see this come around more often.

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.