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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 14 | 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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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-16-2013 01:49:17 | More by kevgod
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:25:43 | More by ms11781
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-14-2013 02:57:40 | More by VernonKell
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sneaks2210

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15%

02-14-2013 01:52:51 | More by sneaks2210
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bahnfire

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-14-2013 01:12:59 | More by bahnfire
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:43:43 | More by jaasen64
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Trevdawg

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-13-2013 19:33:34 | More by Trevdawg
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-13-2013 18:42:44 | More by nootch23
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ScottLetourneau

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-13-2013 09:26:04 | More by ScottLetourneau
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-12-2013 23:07:25 | More by ShemRahBoo
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BKBassist

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:02:28 | More by BKBassist
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:30:10 | More by Maxwell
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:07:53 | More by Seanniek91
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-11-2013 02:00:43 | More by ElGallo
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rhinis23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-10-2013 21:08:42 | More by rhinis23
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banger7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-09-2013 14:09:42 | More by banger7
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 013113 Batch 01

A: Hazy light amber with a super fluffy, pillowy, bouncy head. One of the better heads I've seen in a while. Settles into lumps and craters of foam and sits there for a while jiggling. I hesitated to take a sip because it looks like a latte. Great lace and fantastic retention.

S: An equal dose of wet, juicy hops and sweet, sugary malt. Hops are very floral, fruity, and fresh. Great hop aromas from about a foot away. There's a bit of sweet, aromatic booze in their, too. Hops really do steal the show, though. Bright, citrusy, pungent. I get some NZ hops in there for sure. Extremely inviting.

T: Whoa. Smooth, sweet, hoppy, malty, fruity, floral, woody, toasty. Bright, slightly tart citrus qualities from the hops. So great when it's warmed up a bit. Just a tad chalky and cloying in the finish after several successive sips.

M: Seriously smooth...silky smooth. Huge flavors. Hops are on point. Malt balances it well. Carbonation is just right. Body is proper for the style. What more could you ask for in an ASA? Or any beer for that matter?

O: Hops are SUPER fresh! This is SUPER tasty! Drink this as soon as you find it!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:02:56 | More by Gatch
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 1/31/13. Consumed 8 days later.

Lil One pours a hazy amber with a moderate sized head on top. As the foam fades it leaves behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. A little bit of bready malt is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma. It's loaded with pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. Near the end some sweet caramel malt and a little bread come through. It finishes moderately bitter with lingering pine hop flavors when gone.

Lots of hops in this beer. Definitely drink it fresh. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:35:55 | More by WanderingFool
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-08-2013 21:37:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 013113

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with 2 fingers worth of sticky off white head that leaves loads of lacing

S: Plenty of citrusy, piney hops with a solid malt backbone. Alcohol comes through slightly as well, but the hops really steal the show

T: Citrus hops explode with a quick hit of pine and earthiness. Malts hold up strong behind the initial burst of hops and lend a light sweet breadiness. Alcohol comes through towards the end, but at this point it is an afterthought. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Apparently this is their new winter beer (at least according to the back of the label). Nicely balanced and way too easy to drink given the 9.1%. Definitely looking forward to either getting more this year or stocking up next winter when it's brewed again. As with nearly all of MBC's brews, drink this one fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:42:15 | More by BEERMILER12
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cleeze

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-07-2013 23:41:00 | More by cleeze
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-06-2013 02:43:05 | More by GuyIncognito
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased today, it was filled 1-31-13. I'm serving it at about 60° in a MBC glass.

The beer has a dark copper color with hints of amber. The head is large and colored nearly white. It has lots of foamy soap bubbles and good, thick lacing. There doesn't appear to be much rising carbonation.

The beer has a big hoppy aroma. It smells like a very big beer—like a barleywine. Hops are bitter and citrusy and the malts give off a crystalline sugar sweetness. Hints of toffee and alcohol can also be detected.

The beer isn't as malty as I thought it may be. The malt base is greatly overpowered by the plentiful hops. They are bitter and spicy with a little bit of citrus and a lot of pine resin. Alcohol flavors are apparent as I swallow, but its the hops that linger.

The beer has a big body and leaves a sticky coat, but something about it feels slightly watery (it's hard to explain). The hops and carbonation give off a lot of tingling sensations, making the beer feel a little spicy. Alcohol is warming.

This is a much bigger beer than anything MBC has done and I think they mostly succeeded. Personally, I'd like to taste a little more of the malts. What this beer does do very well is masking its high ABV; there are no extra unfermented sugars here. The small batch size of this beer makes me think it will be a while before I have it again, but it appears on the shelves again next winter, I would buy a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:11:00 | More by ToasterChef
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Brez07

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-05-2013 18:12:42 | More by Brez07
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.