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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

313 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 50
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Sammy, May 01, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Texasfan549, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DrunkinYogi, May 03, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a decent head. Even after it settles, there's a solid level of beige bubbles. Some webby lace. Amber to brown color with a definitive haze.

The grapefruit hop is the strongest smell. Surprising for the style. Good pale malt as balance.

Comes across like a borderline Double IPA. Bitter from the ample, peppery hop. Solid pale malt base, but the tale is of the hop. The alcohol is present but well blended. The aftertaste does not linger as long as the bitterness would suggest. Smooth body.

smcolw, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

InspectorBob, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.1%

imperialking, May 06, 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 BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

BillRoth, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

rab53, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

billab914, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -3.1%

PEIhop, Feb 13, 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
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

tobelerone, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 19, 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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +9%

BeerFMAndy, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Boone757, Mar 01, 2014
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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.