Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 52
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of smcnulty1981
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: nice copper to dark brown color with about 1 finger of off white head very clear somealcoholkegs and good lacing

S:lots of caramel malt with slight bit of dank and earthy hops no alcohol on the nose

T: nice and malty up fri Gand finishes with a good bitter hop flavor lots of caramel and no alcohol

M: nice full mouthfeel not too sticky but good and full for a strong ale

O: aweso beer great flavor no alcohol very fangerous at 9.1 %

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have really enjoyed the Maine Brewing offerings so far. I look forward to opening each new bottle.

For the Lil One, I poured this into a snifter style glass. There is a decent amount of foam on top of a reddish brown body. Off the top I pick up a decent amount of hoppiness. There is a face full of citrus going on here.

The flavor offers more of the hops. This is a hop bomb.

If you are a hop-head, then this is a dream. It doesn't really fit the style, but it is a very tasty beer none-the-less.

Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip-shaped snifter glass.

A: Pours a clean, reddish amber color with a slight chilled haze beneath a thin, creamy layer of ivory foam which regroups when agitated but fades quickly to a soapy lacing.

S: A potpourri of grapefruit, cherries and herbal, grassy hop aromatics. There are definitely some fruity malt esters at play but also a level of hoppy complexity that's begging for a sip.

T: Assertive, sweet roasted caramel malts rush the palate first, bursting with fruity and floral tastes ranging from citrus rind to apricot and blackberries. Then, a very warming and bitter blend of hop resins coat the palate, bringing prickly pine, grassy lemon and sharp, citric acidity to the palate. The finish is more bitter than sweet with a warming alcohol effect and somewhat oily finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with sharp, citric acidity and a bright, flavorful palate that allows carbonation to permeate malt sweetness and wash away hop resins.

O: A DIPA in sheep's clothing, Maine Beer's Lil One is a 9.1% ABV hop bomb with a little more malt complexity than your average "shock and awe" big, bitter IPA. The American Strong Ale catch-all category allows this beer to be as big, fresh and hoppy as it wants to be while offering a bit more fruity complexity, even though its nuances are crushed by bitter hops. A pretty good example of the style and certainly a beer for hopheads to try.

Photo of emmgee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RWNay
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz amber bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 013113 on side of label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Hazy auburn-amber with 1-2 finger frothy light beige head with good retention and copious lines and dots of lace.

S: Definitely a dank, earthy hops profile, heavy on the Columbus with that signature meaty aroma when combined with a lot of crystal malts. The maltiness is overcome by the hoppiness, but some raisiny sweetness pokes through.

T: The flavor is not very cohesive with a very 2-part character with a caramel sweetness with date and raisin then crushed by an earthy, herbal hoppiness with some meatiness and a round complete bitterness. The flavor is certainly more together with warming. There is a bit of astringent alcohol character when warm.

M: Smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A decent beer but the flavors don't really meld that well. Definitely clean, but too earthy for me.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of CB_Crowe
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Better Beer store in Fryeburg ME. Nice ladies and gents at that place.

Dark amber to caramel brown color. Very hazy, maybe too hazy but I think unfiltered beers are kinda ugly anyway. Big sticky head.

Strong grassy citrus and vanilla aroma. When Maine Beer and a "hoppy" description come together I expect pungent hop stank. I am not dissapointed.

Grassy citrus and sweet, caramel nougat malt body. Malt does an ample job of standing up to the hops. Maybe even some chocolate milk? No heat for 9% which is impressive. Thick, resiny body.

A resiny hop bomb from ME Beer, go figure. While this is indubitably a good beer I don't know that it stands out from any of the other ME Beer hop bombs. Probably my least favorite of that trio (Zoe, Peeper and Lunch. I guess you could count Mo too) due to the thick dessert like malt character but that's just my preference.

Photo of Drew26
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I cracked open this beer and I poured it into a glass the first thing I noticed was the aroma. Perhaps one of the finest smelling beers I ever seen.
It smelled rich with oily hops that were no doubt still fresh, a big citrus and tangerine and grapfruit bouquet too. Who cares about the malts right now. I think this beer was dry hopped because the aroma being fantastic also faded quickly away. And that was a big disappointment.
The appearance was hazy amber with a tall beige head. The head fades quick leaving some spotty lacing.
I was hoping the taste was as flavorful as the nose but this was not the case, an utter disappointment again. The beer has a big caramel malt backbone and only lingering hop flavor. Hops have a more floral and earthy taste but really are almost absent.
Touches of warming alcohol tickle the tongue and lips.
Drinks smooth and dry and bitter very much like a DIPA.
Altough this was a good beer and only about a moth old i was disapponted. It smelled great but didn't carry over to the taste, which is there trademark.
That being said somebody get me another one!

Photo of RichD
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, bottled on 1/31/13. Poured this into a snifter.

A: Pours a brownish red color. Amber is the color that best describes this. A small finger of tan, sudsy head. A consider amount of lacing is left in the glass.

S: A healthy mix of grapefruit and citrus is the scent picked up here. I also catch a whiff of some caramel malts. If the taste is as balanced as the smell then I know I'll really like this beer.

T: A combination of grapefruit and citrus is the star of this show. Some malty goodness comes through for the finish. The finish is quite bitter, but nothing to complain about. This is definitely a fine tasting brew. I can taste the trademark Maine Beer flavor and I love it.

M: A medium to thick bodied beer. A pretty smooth brew with some carbonation. The alcohol is non existent which is impressive for 9%.

Overall: This is a delicious brew. I'm not going to try to categorize this because it covers a multitude of styles. It could be a DIPA, an imperial red or a strong (as the description up top says.) Regardless, it's a bit hop forward, but as I keep drinking the malts seem to come through. The more I drink this, the more it shines. Good stuff Maine Beer Co. The consistency of this brewing company is awesome. I have yet to have a beer worthy of a total score under 4.

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/31/13

Presently, this is the #28 ranked "American Strong Ale" here on BA. Competitive category, for sure!

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a very sandy, dark brown color, with a slight off-white pillowy head. No light passing through, but not completely devoid of color. Sorta like very, muddy pond water.

S: Very bright, fruity, and hoppy. Hell, this smelled like a world-class DIPA. Grapefruit, mango, peach, and some bitter leaves.

T: Okay, now I get the "American Strong Ale" connection. The refreshing mango lingering during the aftertaste was to die for! On the front end, I actually got a good bit of malt to cut the hop down to size, a good bit of candy-coated booze, and a nice bitter bite.

M: Remarkably unsweetened. Seriously, this is the least sugary example of this style I've ever tasted. That allowed the ingredients to really shine and pleasantly stain the palate.

O: Another winner from Maine Brewing. We just got them in the DC area, and they've yet to disappoint.

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Born" date of 01/31/13
Batch 01
Recommended to drink within 90 days

Pours a dark orange/amberish color, great sized head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a some nice patchy lacing along my MBC glass.

Smell has a huge hoppy aroma, bit more so than the typical "American Strong Ale", still has a decent caramel malt backbone, grapefruit citrus dominates the nose though.

Taste reminds me more of an East coast malt heavy DIPA, sort of like Stone Coast's Triple IPA was like, grapefruit citrus hops upfront with a interesting bitterness in the aftertaste, likely from some spicy rye character, caramel malt quickly comes in to smooth things over so not to be too one-sided, very thick and full bodied with a proper carbonation level that provides a nice creaminess, alcohol is pretty well hidden but this is still a sipper because of the heaviness of this beer.

Photo of sjones5045
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.