Lil One - Maine Beer Company
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3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-30-2013 23:13:50 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-23-2013 19:44:36 | More by smcolw
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
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
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
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
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
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.