Lil One - Maine Beer Company
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4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
*16.9 oz. bottle*. I appreciate the simplicity of Maine Beer Company's labels. They're short, sweet and to the point. The label tells me what the beer is, when it was bottled and gives some insight to what the brewery is about. Enough chit-chat on the label, let's get this into a glass. This pours a nice dark murky amber brown, boarder line burnt orange. A nice 1 finger off white head crowned this brew with glory. It's whiffing time! This smells beautiful! Huge citrus (oranges, lemons with a hint of grapefruit pith. In the second corner there is a dense pine with a subtle hint of pineapples. There is also an herbal note like a nice summertime iced tea mixed with some papaya. Some toasted bread from the malts. Fantastic! Tasting this should be pure bliss after this brew's aroma. This tastes of pine, tropical fruits (mainly papaya, pineapples, hint of lemongrass). There is a nice does of toast and caramel malt sweetness to round out the hop profile. Finishes semi dry with a wave of bitterness. Orange citrus with more pine in the after taste. The feel on this is Medium smooth body with that MBC tight poppy carbonation.
Overall: This brew seems to be ambiguous when it comes to style. This beer is a delight, screw categories! If I had to "classify" this brew, the American Style Strong Ale fits the bill. This IMO doesn't need a category to enjoy it. Maine Beer Company is doing great things. The aroma alone on this is worthy of World Class status. It has everything you look for when a beer is hella dry-hopped. I hope that this beer isn't on brewed once status. This brew is Recommended.
01-26-2014 22:45:32 | More by Shroud0fdoom
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Maine Beer Company has yet to disappoint me. Delicious American strong ale. My only issue is availability, although this is understandable and makes it a treat every time.
Bottle date is 12/20/13.
Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Appearance is a deep amber, mahogany color with a cream white, thick head. Moderate lacing on the glass throughout the pint. Aromatics are piney, sweet, dank hops with a bready malt backbone. Taste is not crushingly bitter, doesn't drink to 9.1% at all. This is a very round beer. The bitterness lingers, making it full-bodied and approachable.
Another win from Maine Beer Company.
01-15-2014 01:26:05 | More by k_vancleef
4.13/5 rDev 0%
500ml bottle (bottled on 01/31/13 - almost exactly 1yr old) poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a well hazed medium amberish brown color...a bit dirty overall. Capped with a finger of pale tan foam that is somewhere between rocky and densely bubbled and leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass - pretty much completely coats every inch of bare glass on the fresh pour.
S - Lots of malt up front displaying a variety of sugary nuances from caramel and toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and molasses - this runs the gamut of sugars. Even after a year, there is still some noticeable hoppiness with a bit of citrus coming thru.
T - Hop bitterness prevails even at a year of aging giving this a subtle bitterness, but more importantly yielding a well balanced flavor by offsetting the heavily sugar influenced malt presence. Lots of sugary touches but never seems overly sweet. A vanilla-y touch mixes well and also smoothes the toffee and brown sugar which have a more forward presence in the flavor. Faint traces of milk chocolate further the dessert like experience.
M - Medium/full bodied with a mid-level carbonation. Caramelly sweetness, background grassy hoppy flavors. Very smooth with hardly any noticeable alcohol.
O - Not sure about how this is fresh, but after a year of aging this takes on a barleywine character which works pretty well. Quite well balanced and very drinkable...almost scary drinkable. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Backburner. Quite good.
01-15-2014 00:24:28 | More by portia99
4.71/5 rDev +14%
A. Big white creamy head, beautiful dark brown color
S.Big hoppy aroma with some nice citrus notes
T. Big blast off grapefruit with a nice slightly bitter aftertaste
M. Nice clean feel finishes very smooth
O.One of my favorites from Maine Beer company I will definitely have again. They brew some really good brew
01-14-2014 22:41:44 | More by TroyS62
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
A: medium amber beer, slightly hazed and orange-hued; thick, tan, chewy-looking head as-big-as-ya-want-it
S: deep wet pine resin and hearty malt, other notes reminiscent of herbs and flowers
T: caramelized malts slide in quickly, followed immediately by a bittering pine hop assault; again, some herbal, earthy characteristics from the hops presumably, but the caramel malt aspects and the general bitterness of the brew will delight DIPA fans
M: dense and chewy; bittering, full-bodied; massive carbonation from the pour smooths out and slides across the palate; mild bitter coating left behind
O: a fantastic double IPA - nothing ground-breaking, but easily peer with beers of this sort; relatively balanced between thick malt and bitter pine hop - not a beer you're gonna confuse with an IPA or a barleywine - nothing borderline about it. Gotta pick one up if you spot it (assuming you like DIPAs, that is).
01-12-2014 16:46:15 | More by Greywulfken
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.