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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

298 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 46
Gots: 15 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 23:13:50 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 01:26:22 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-03-2013 20:43:31 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-27-2013 01:36:44 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-27-2013 02:03:38 | More by Texasfan549
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2013 21:37:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:44:36 | More by smcolw
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-21-2014 01:18:40 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:42:47 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-06-2013 19:50:06 | More by imperialking
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-08-2014 13:50:55 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-03-2013 06:26:13 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-24-2013 02:25:38 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-10-2014 23:10:48 | More by BillRoth
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2013 03:41:34 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-19-2013 20:53:57 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-24-2013 00:38:04 | More by Gonzoillini
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-13-2013 02:53:10 | More by PEIhop
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-18-2014 23:25:57 | More by billab914
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-03-2013 01:33:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2014 23:22:39 | More by tobelerone
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:08:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-24-2013 02:13:03 | More by Lare453
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2014 19:33:40 | More by Reagan1984
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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.