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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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313 Ratings
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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Austin_Cohen, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Maverick88, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

deonreds, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

adamhand, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Nichols33, May 24, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Lighter caramel brown in color. Moderately hazy. Forms a very large off-white head. Excellent retention. Copious lacing.

S: Vanilla, oak, caramel malts, mildly earthy. Grassy-earthy hops.

T: Taste starts off with a blend of woodiness and alcohol. Then turns slightly sweet. Notes of vanilla, oak and a heavy dose of spice along with toffee and caramel malt. Finish is mildly fusel.

M: Medium bodied. Fusel spice. Moderate bitterness. Alcoholic. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Was this beer aged on wood? Because it seems like it was. A rather hoppy Strong Ale, one with the alcohol front and center.

Florida9, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JSBILK, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

erialbill, May 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

vande, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

smccann, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

WestSideAmish, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

llalpertma, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

billab914, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

EatonHops, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

bkwhoppa66, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

woodchipper, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber hue, slightly cloudy appearance,massive 3 finger head khaki head, extensive lacing in the tulip.

Very hop forward and exploding with orange rind and pine needles in your nostrils, sweet malt isn't hiding but it is low in the mix.

Sweet malt briefly appears then disappears before the gripping bitterness from the hops sets in, spicy hops abound with a pepper kick . The aroma is a notch better than the flavor, which begins to warm the throat and chest: not unexpected for 9.1%.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, sort of dense and oily. The bitterness is relatively brief and intense on the palate before fading away, a quality that I can appreciate. This one is a sipper for certain.

Lil One is worthy of a World Class rating, but has been knocked down a peg by loyalists of Lunch that unfairly compare the two despite the distinctly different styles of a Strong Ale and an IPA. MBC stretches the boundaries of a typical Strong Ale by over-hopping, then dry hopping and bottle conditioning: the result is an arse kicking brew that rocks your palate and tickles your hop bone!

Hendry, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

dedbeer, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

threedaggers, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

stephenjmoore, Mar 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

heerboth, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong hops and malts with citrus and pine notes.

Overall: Excellent beer!

Cavanaghty, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hoggo, Mar 26, 2014
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.