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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 14 | 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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2.56/5  rDev -38%

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.

02-18-2013 15:27:26 | More by jageraholic


2.93/5  rDev -29.1%

$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.

02-23-2013 16:52:25 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

11-05-2013 19:32:05 | More by MVP09
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

03-28-2014 02:55:11 | More by heerboth
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New York

3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-15-2013 01:24:43 | More by juliusseizure
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

08-04-2014 17:44:38 | More by ettbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

02-21-2013 02:07:37 | More by ZacharyJ
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

02-18-2013 00:04:51 | More by Hophead717
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-20-2014 23:10:54 | More by dunlap926
Photo of dar482

New York

3.31/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

02-22-2013 08:10:46 | More by dar482
Photo of corby112


3.33/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

02-27-2013 05:42:47 | More by corby112
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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

03-23-2013 20:39:43 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-01-2013 21:58:10 | More by sjones5045
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-20-2014 23:16:06 | More by dcisco44
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-17-2013 02:51:58 | More by jamvt
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-22-2013 11:37:52 | More by ComRock12
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-11-2014 12:52:49 | More by richobrien
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

06-21-2014 01:18:40 | More by beernads
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-23-2014 23:09:13 | More by Nichols33
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3.51/5  rDev -15%

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.

03-11-2013 05:00:10 | More by argock
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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

07-24-2014 00:09:53 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

05-31-2013 04:43:22 | More by angrybabboon
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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

02-16-2013 01:25:43 | More by ms11781
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3.64/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

03-19-2013 00:08:11 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

03-12-2014 02:19:07 | More by jtierney89
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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.