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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 509
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 65
Gots: 69 | 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 jageraholic
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass. Branded silver pry-off cap. Classy white label design. Bottled 02/06/15.

9.1% ABV.

Served cold into a goblet. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live as a strong winter ale per Maine Beer Co's website.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Frothy and foamy, with a nice creamy even consistency and a good complexion. Leaves a coating ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - ~5 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper-amber of nice vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast or sediment.

It's a nice looking winter ale, but doesn't stand out as unique or special.

AROMA: Has an unexpected hop presence bursting with sticky resins, pine needles, evergreen, and herb. Candied orange makes an appearance, true to MBC's marketing. There's a robust malt backbone, with just enough malty sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. Copper malts, amber malts, maybe some biscuit and/or caramalt. Yeast attenuation is high, though it has sort of a flat American yeast profile.

Aromatic intensity is average. No booze or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The hop profile is a bit too aggressive, bringing too much bitterness (especially on the climax) which isn't tamed by the malty sweetness - of which there is less than I expected. Sweet breadiness helps a bit, I guess. Hop notes include resins, sticky pine needles/pine cone, spruce, evergreen, and herb. Candied orange peel definitely comes through. Also caramelized malts, copper malts, and high-attenuation yeast. Faint sliced mango peel. Rind-y bitterness.

It's not a balanced brew by any means, with a fundamental lack of malt and hop harmony. This is a flawed build with some likable characteristics. I can see why they bill it as a winter ale, but it's far too hoppy. There's complexity, but it's too much of a mess for its complexity to be enjoyable. It lacks deliberation and focus, and isn't gestalt by any means.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Sticky, hefty, heavy, full-bodied, smooth, and wet on the palate. Overbearing and filling without justification. Such a weighty mouthfeel just isn't needed, and amplifies the perceived booziness of the beer.

There's no harmony of texture to taste.

OVERALL: Fan as I am of the other MBC offerings I've had the pleasure to try, this one fell short for me. Overhopped, imbalanced, and boozy are the key attributes, reducing drinkability substantially. This isn't a beer I'd buy again if I saw it on shelves, nor is it one I'd recommend to friends. Disappointing given the brewery, but by no means awful. Average at best by my estimation.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes with a decent amount of head in a cloudy orange/amber color. It starts off with a lovely aroma of hops, but then the taste does not hold up to that. I can't quite put my finger on what it tastes like, but melon is a good analogy. It surely does not pop of hops. It does a great job of hiding its booziness, being at over 9%.

I agree with one reviewer that it sits a strange area. It's not hoppy enough, it's not malty enough, it's not strong enough. It's has a weird space that it's trying to fit in. And in the end, it still has that hard to place flavor that isn't quite "right."

It's not necessarily bad, but confusing. I would definitely recommend the other Maine Co. beers. They make some of the best beers I have had, each and every one. This is an outlier for me. (781 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage.

Pouts a cloudy dark amber color with golden copper edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma that's similar to an American barleywine with a nice balance of resinous hops, vinous fruit and a complex, leathery and sweet malt bill. Slightly floral, earthy hop character with lots of grass, pine needle and spruce tip countered by a strong malt backbone. Hints of old leather and soil followed by spicy rye, caramel malt, toffee, fig and raisin. The earthy hop and malt characters play off of each other nicely but they dominate the sweeter notes a bit too much in the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of sticky, earthy hops that provide a ton of dry bitterness that lingers over the leathery and sweet malt notes into a bone dry finish. The hop profile is one dimensional with very bitter, tongue coating dryness that is a bit overwhelming. Dirty and soil like with a ton of grass and pine flavor countered by spicy rye, leather, toffee and subtle vinous fruit. The caramel malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes found in the aroma are almost completely overpowered. The high ABV is well masked with only a touch of heat and alcohol sweetness but this beer is still tough to drink and is in desperate need of some balance. Not a bad beer but it lacks complexity and drinking all 16.9oz was a bit of a chore. (1,497 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a clouded, almost murky copper/caramel color with a fluffy two-finger topping of bubbled head. Retains well with cloudy film and sticky patches of lacing.

Bitter piny hops in the nose with caramel sweetness. Bread crust, toasted malts, soft glowing warmth.

Pine hoppiness, stiff bitterness, sticky resin kicks off the profile. Caramel and malty sweetness, heavier backbone with bread crust and toasted warmth. Touch of boozy warmth, lingering bitterness with pine and a hint of citrusy pith.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Drinks nicely considering the ABV, meshing nicely with the hop-forward profile. Another solid beer (albeit a bit ugly looking) from MBC, but not one of their top creations. (773 characters)

Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz amber bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 013113 on side of label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Hazy auburn-amber with 1-2 finger frothy light beige head with good retention and copious lines and dots of lace.

S: Definitely a dank, earthy hops profile, heavy on the Columbus with that signature meaty aroma when combined with a lot of crystal malts. The maltiness is overcome by the hoppiness, but some raisiny sweetness pokes through.

T: The flavor is not very cohesive with a very 2-part character with a caramel sweetness with date and raisin then crushed by an earthy, herbal hoppiness with some meatiness and a round complete bitterness. The flavor is certainly more together with warming. There is a bit of astringent alcohol character when warm.

M: Smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A decent beer but the flavors don't really meld that well. Definitely clean, but too earthy for me. (999 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2.11.15
Maine Beer Co Lil’ One
.5L bottled 1.2.15

Super hazy dark amber with reddish hues. Tight, off-white head. (3)

Tropical fruit, ethanol, berry. Hoppy. (4)

Hop bitterness is strong, more on the back than other beers from this brewery. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Some pine. Caramel malt character coming into play, some dark fruit, too. Malts are boring overall. Boozy as all hell. Damn. Fusels present. Slight headache coming on. Mouthfeel is full, but needs more creaminess and body to counteract the high ABV. Carbonation is medium range, small bubbles. (3.5, 3)

Like a hoppier but ultimately less satisfying version of Bigfoot. Solid, but lots of booze without the body needed to back it up. Maybe this needs some age. A hot, hoppy shredder. (3.5) (769 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Damon's in Augusta
Dated Jan so this might not be quite the hop monster it once was. Pours a slightly murky golden amber color with a frothy off white head that persists forever sticking lots of lace on the sides. Aromas of earth pine brown sugar and caramel. The flavor is bit sweet with hints of caramel and raw brown sugar with a solid hit of earthy pine and resin. Toffee and light fruit with a bit of alcohol flavor round us out. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sticky creamy resinous mouthfeel. I drank this at the wrong time I think. Either super fresh when the hops still popped or with more age to bring forward more fruit and subdued hops. I'm interested enough in seeing how this develops that I may pick up a bottle on my way out of town to cellar for a bit. (811 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 02/12/2013. Bottled on 01/31/2013. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a brighter amber color, closer to orange. A decent fluffy white head develops and reaches about a finger and half before settling in as a nice cap. The lacing is very abrupt and sticks the glass more when it left still for longer but it doesn't coat the entire glass.

The nose is very hoppy at first, bitter and citrusy before a sweet caramel like note takes over. Both are very nice and compliment each other well but there really isn't much else too it. With some beers that's enough but I'm not sure with this one.

The taste follows with the nose but the hops don't have the bitter bite that the nose implied. There is an almost melon-like note that isn't unpleasant but doesn't seem to work in a beer this big. There is some lighter citrus that gives off a melon note, but this isn't in line with that. The malt isn't as present in the taste as in nose either. That's not to say that the taste is weak by any means but the melon notes throw it off.

A body on the high end of medium with carbonation to match gives the beer a mouthfeel that is in line with the each. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a beer this big.

The hops here seem to be just a bit off for me. They aren't bad by any means but they don't jump out at me and take over the beer as I expected them too. That would be fine but the malt doesn't really take control either. I guess the beer falls into an odd space for me. The hops aren't big enough for to be a DIPA but the malt is too much to make a regular IPA/hoppy red. Neither seem big enough to make it a strong ale/barleywine. So it's a bit tough to categorize. (1,694 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of hopdabble
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle stamped 11/14/13, poured 12/14/13..

A - I'm coming to terms with the fact that, generally speaking, I think beer is pretty - I've never seen one that I wanted to rate less than 4. That said, Lil One is a copper-mahogany color, almost opaque. A little of an inch of head, that persists... nice

S - pine sap, nothing more...

T - A little initial subtle sweet malt flavor, then a dense bitterness - nothing sharp or sour, and no hint of the high alcohol content..

M - sparkly, interesting - both thick and well carbonated...

look out for this one - quite a nice winter beer.... (586 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 01.31.13. 2013 vintage.

A: hazy. a rich orange body. bright around the edges but gets deep towards the middle. slightly off-white head is very tightly bubbled. retention is real good, lacing limited.

S: initial aroma is definitely all American hops. clash of deep citrus, oranges mostly, and plenty of woody pine notes. hard to distinguish tons of molasses. cedar, certainly woody.

T: flavor starts very fruity. orange sorbet. a little bit of rose water is in there. bitter and big finish. lots of flavor throughout even long after the drink is gone there is a combo of sweet fruit/bitterness and a little bit of wood.

M: carb is actually a bit more on the mild side. full bodied.

D: a big guy for sure, the hops starts things off in an awesome way, especially on the nose. however after a few sips more and more grain comes through until a balance is reached. sticky, rich, woody, big. memory brings me back to stones arrogant bastard. (979 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-malty, pine, some fruit and spice, slightly herbal

T-pine, some citrus, malt with some caramel sweetness, herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, chewy with slight astringency

O-an interesting beer, not sure what to make of this, but pleasant enough to sip and enjoy (369 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a bit cloudy. Dark Amber color. Huge head. Thick, squishy and frothy. Lots of frothy lacing. Aroma is full of candied citrus hops some pine and sweet apricot hops. Also quite malty and balanced with caramel, fruit cake. The first sip really brings a potent hop delivery. Spicy, herbal hops. Pine, dried grass, grapefruit, candied oranges. Hefty maltiness but it finishes rather dry. Caramel, sweet dough and crusts. Quite bitter. Noticeable alcohol. Pretty aggressive. Interestingly enough, it becomes softer as it warms. Full bodied. A tongue dryer. Not my favorite Maine brew; still pretty tasty. Definitely a nice, hoppy offering that pairs excellently with the bitter cold weather outside. (707 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a wine glass

A: Slightly cloudy amber brown color. Off white head died down quickly, some lacing.

S: A great smelling beer. Hoppy, strong floral scents, some citrus, and light malt.

T: Tastes strongly of the floral hops, citrus, grassy. Very flavorful. On the finish you get some lasting hop bitterness and some pine notes. There is a slight harshness to the bitter tastes.

M: This beer is well carbonated, tickles the tongue a bit. Medium bodied.

O: The flavor profile of this beer reminded me a lot of FireStone Walker Double Jack. I would say that Double Jack is a lot smoother and would be my preference of these two beers. Still, this is a beer worth trying and another great product by the Maine Beer Company. (739 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,941 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- color of the beer is a hazy copper, pours three fingers of thick, off white head that retains very well and leaves beautiful chunks of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell-floral notes and tropical fruit, definitely some mango in there, pretty boozy as well, especially as the beer warms up.
Taste-not as fruity as the aroma, however there is some fruit upfront, mango and a touch of oranges, faintly metallic as well, finishes with smooth malt, slightest hint of booze in the very end.
Feel-medium bodied, surprisingly carbonated, very creamy on the tongue but finishes pretty dry.
overall-not quite in the same league as the famous Maine brews Lunch and Dinner, but a solid offering, due to the high price i'm not sure if i'd buy it again but i'm glad i tried it. (773 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear deep amber body, just incredible, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky foam that rose above the glass. Perfect.

Bits of pine, apple, oranges, apricots. Very subdued, requires a deep sniff.

Good malty base, semi-sweet with serious depth. Juicy citrus fruit. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Fruit returns in the afterglow.

Big smooth mouthfeel.

A tasty treat that I will look to revisit next winter. (423 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle as a trade extra dated 010215. Pours hazy deep dark orange amber with a huge off white and yellowish creamy fluffy head. Nice aroma with the characteristic Maine yeast, floral hops, light citrus sweetness, some bready malt. For the ABV, the aroma comes off very delicate. Nice. Flavor is nicely bitter citrus rind, floral flavors, lemon peel, some pine, sweet malty bready backbone. Medium bodied, medium carbonation with just a touch of prickle, dry bitter, dank. Basically a DIPA here bordering on very light barleywine, but comes off relatively light on the palate. This is really nice. (596 characters)

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.