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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 49
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Esoterc, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jderosia603
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jderosia603, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from bottle into ommegang tulip. Bottled 1/31/13.
Pours a deep ruby/orange/brown with a finger of foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts with a big dose of hops...wasnt expecting the hops to be so big, but it works well.
Taste is sweet malts, a bit of citurs maybe?? with nice hop flavor without much bitterness. Its a bit hot, but creamy and pleasant. Nice winter brew and great new addition to the MBC line up.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a wine taster. The color is dark orange There is a nice full fluffy head. There is a small amount of stickiness.

The aroma is full of punchy dank hop aroma. There is a nice dose of pine evident as well. Well I'm pumped now!

The taste starts with lots of caramel malt and toffee before revealing the heavy pine hop kick in the finish. This lives up to the billing of a strong ale as both flavors are a bit harsh and overwhelming with flavor. The German malts really come through well here. The aftertaste has a mild bitterness

This is full bodied with a nice sharpness.

I like this as a strong ale. The aroma leads one to think this will be a full on DIPA, but the caramel malts really kick strong in accompaniment.

andrewinski1, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

A: deep orange to almost brown color with a thin off-white head that stays and leaves a thick looking layer of foam on the walls of the glass with each sip.

S: hoppy right up front with some sweet malt, orange, and apricot.

T: taste follows the nose with more fruity flavors and a bit less hops. Would have liked more hop bitterness and/or less sweetness from the malt, but it's delicious overall.

M: carbonated, thick, easy to take down.

O: I really thought this was going to be a dainty pale ale when I picked it up. Still not really one that I'd age, and they say not to on the label, but it would be interesting to experiment if I came across it again.

Holland, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of jageraholic
2.56/5  rDev -38%

A - Poured into a Ball canning jar. Pours a nice light amber color, nice head and lacing throughout drinking.

S - Hops hit the nose right away. Very Hop Fresh, lots of citrus, floral and pine notes. Smells like a delicious hop bomb. Some bready malts hit the nose too, but they hardly can compete with the dominance of the hops.

T - Yikes. Very dank and resinous hops taste, tastes like bad hop syrup. Huge aftertaste of onion and garlic. Was not expecting that. Lost all the citrus hops that I was expecting to taste.

M - Full bodied and smooth beer. Can definitely tell it's a strong beer from the thickness.

O - Damn, I love Maine Beer Co's beers. Usually great hop taste and very balanced. This one did not do it for me. It was bottled on 1/23/13 and drank within 30 days of bottling so it was definitely fresh, but I was not a fan of the hop profile on this one. Huge disappointment. I had been drinking a few other hoppy beers today so maybe I had some palate fatigue, but this one was rough.

jageraholic, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wesley14, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Hophead717, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

alamode, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a mildly hazy red-orange with auburn hues. Two fingers of bubbly white head retain very well. A collar of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Hops pop on the nose with vibrant citrus aromas of sweet tangerine, mango, melon, and passion fruit. Ruby red grapefruit with sugar. Touch of pine. Malt base is almost equally as assertive. Chocolate covered caramel chews, chocolate covered oranges. Tootsie Rolls. Hints of bread and fruitcake.

T: Juicy tropical melon flavors burst onto the palate on the attack. Honeydew melon and watermelon. Maybe even some cantaloupe. Tangerine and passion fruit. Marmalade. Pine needles. A formidable bitterness starts to build on the mid-palate, and the taste of a halved ruby red grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top is called to mind instantly. Although the hops are a bit more dominant than the nose indicated, a nice malt body begins to emerge toward the back end. Bread, tootsie rolls, and caramel chews ride it out into the finish along with some playful melon-like hop tastes.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and smooth, and not quite chewy. Moderate prickling carbonation.

O: A lot of people have been calling this a Double IPA. I'd say it's more along the lines of an Imperial Red. Nobody likes calling it a Strong Ale I guess. It's kind of a cop-out. No matter what you decide to call it, this is an excellent beer. It features one of the more memorable hop profiles I've come across in a while, and it drinks far too easily to be 9.1% abv. Maine Beer Co. will have to get Lil One to market in greater numbers next year. This is one beer that people will be clamoring for once word gets out.

ryan1788a5, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

kevgod, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ms11781
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Reviewed on 02/12/2013. Bottled on 01/31/2013. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a brighter amber color, closer to orange. A decent fluffy white head develops and reaches about a finger and half before settling in as a nice cap. The lacing is very abrupt and sticks the glass more when it left still for longer but it doesn't coat the entire glass.

The nose is very hoppy at first, bitter and citrusy before a sweet caramel like note takes over. Both are very nice and compliment each other well but there really isn't much else too it. With some beers that's enough but I'm not sure with this one.

The taste follows with the nose but the hops don't have the bitter bite that the nose implied. There is an almost melon-like note that isn't unpleasant but doesn't seem to work in a beer this big. There is some lighter citrus that gives off a melon note, but this isn't in line with that. The malt isn't as present in the taste as in nose either. That's not to say that the taste is weak by any means but the melon notes throw it off.

A body on the high end of medium with carbonation to match gives the beer a mouthfeel that is in line with the each. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a beer this big.

The hops here seem to be just a bit off for me. They aren't bad by any means but they don't jump out at me and take over the beer as I expected them too. That would be fine but the malt doesn't really take control either. I guess the beer falls into an odd space for me. The hops aren't big enough for to be a DIPA but the malt is too much to make a regular IPA/hoppy red. Neither seem big enough to make it a strong ale/barleywine. So it's a bit tough to categorize.

ms11781, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

VernonKell, Feb 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

sneaks2210, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

bahnfire, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%

500ml bottle split two ways poured into Founders glass. Bottle date of 1/31, the only batch they will make this year.

A- Pours a fairly translucent brownish with a light yellow hue to it. About a half finger of white foamy head that recedes at a moderate pace. Decent carbonation although consistency could have been slightly better.

S- Fairly hoppy with notes of pineapple and grapefruit balanced very nicely with sweet malts. I really enjoyed the aroma on this beer however the hops in my opinion faded a little bit too fast after letting it sit for a bit.

T- Hoppy notes of pineapple and grapefruit balanced with a nice lightly malty backbone that is perfectly well balanced with the hops. Not as flavorful as Lunch or some of their other beers, but probably the most balanced that I've tried from their lineup.

M- On the lighter side, nice carbonation although like I said in the appearance the consistency could have been a little bit better, extremely easy to drink at the surprising over 9% abv.

O- This was another great hoppy beer from MBC. The abv was extremely well hidden and the beer was very nicely balanced. Maybe not my favorite in their lineup, but definitely something I would like to try again and worth seeking out. At the $8-9 price tag for a 500ml bottle I'm not sure how often I will be drinking this in the future even if they make it readily available. I definitely recommend at least checking it out though.

jaasen64, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Trevdawg, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

nootch23, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ScottLetourneau, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

PEIhop, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ShemRahBoo, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottled on 1/31, poured on 2/10. Really surprised at this great ale. Poured a lovely bright amber. Great floral\citrus nose that you find in the best DIPA's (which this beer reminded me more of than the boozier\maltier profile of an American Strong). Contained a unique sweetness that reminded me of watermelon. Hop forward but not a bomb, overall a solid balance. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. A real exceptional beer from MBC.

BKBassist, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

The beer pours an odd and ruddy red/candied brown with slight hints of orange. The head is nicely sized and colored almost a sand dune white. The beer’s body is murky, but not dense, with a nice clouding, while the beer’s lacing is light and stringy on the glass, leaving a few strands. On the nose, the beer smells of big piney hops with just a touch of fruity mango and onion. The malt sits below the hops as a very light caramelly touch mixed with some lovely breadiness that blends beautifully with the piney hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes rather straight forward with big grapefruit and pine bitters, with a touch of sweet malts which lead me to think of ruby red grapefruit juice. This taste is sadly subdued for what I was hoping. The beer begins with bitter aspirin, which quickly opens into grapefruit melding with light sweet malts that bring big ruby red grapefruit flavors to the mouth. The finish is strong with grapefruit and pine and a big rush of alcoholic heat, though no alcoholic flavors are present at all. The aftertaste rings nicely with light pine and some sweet caramel malt. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of heaviness on the tongue. The beer is smooth and creamy, with a nice crispness to it that does leave me feeling slightly refreshed. The mouth is left slightly damp, with only a ghost of the dryness coming off from the hops. Overall this beer is a bit of a disappointment. It is not a horrible beer, but it really doesn’t have the complexity of other Maine Beer Company beers. It reminds me of Celebration, only with more heat in the finish, which is nice I guess, but not worth the $9 I paid for it… The beer really just feels like a Double IPA to me, as I am really not getting enough of the malt from it. The beer is simple and tasty, but I was hoping for so much more and it just did not deliver. This beer is good, but I wouldn’t try it for its price point.

Maxwell, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

Bottle served into a Guinness imperial pint.

Appearance- Cloudy amber with a big fluffy head.

Smell- Big piney/floral hop aroma with a nice maltiness in the background. It truly is fantastic.

Taste- Big fruity hops with perfect amount of malts to balance it out. A lot of clemintine and apricot flavors. Incredible. Slight booze at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel- Light, which is weird. Light carbonation with a little viscosity.

Overall- This is the best I've had from Maine Beer yet. This is a near perfect IIPA.

Seanniek91, Feb 11, 2013
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.