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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
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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Photo of jageraholic
2.56/5  rDev -38%
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.

jageraholic, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of MVP09
3/5  rDev -27.4%

MVP09, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -27.4%

heerboth, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -27.4%

chadwicktorres, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of juliusseizure
3/5  rDev -27.4%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of ettbeer
3/5  rDev -27.4%

ettbeer, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of ZacharyJ
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ZacharyJ, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Hophead717, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of dunlap926
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

dunlap926, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of dar482
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

dar482, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

corby112, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

xnicknj, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of sjones5045
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

sjones5045, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of dcisco44
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

dcisco44, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Dhamma73
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Dhamma73, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of jamvt
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jamvt, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of BeerGreg
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

BeerGreg, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of ComRock12
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ComRock12, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

richobrien, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Nichols33, May 24, 2014
Photo of Kinger86
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Kinger86, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -15%
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.

argock, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 24, 2014
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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.