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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 51
Gots: 24 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DrStiffington, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

nzerbe, Mar 08, 2013
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.

donkeyrunner, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Drew26, Mar 05, 2013
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!

micromaniac129, Mar 05, 2013
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.

RichD, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DudMan, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Horbar, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Mar 03, 2013
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.

Chaney, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

egrace84, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Gww1864, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

GeoffreyM, Mar 02, 2013
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.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

sjones5045, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage.

Pouts a cloudy dark amber color with golden copper edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma that's similar to an American barleywine with a nice balance of resinous hops, vinous fruit and a complex, leathery and sweet malt bill. Slightly floral, earthy hop character with lots of grass, pine needle and spruce tip countered by a strong malt backbone. Hints of old leather and soil followed by spicy rye, caramel malt, toffee, fig and raisin. The earthy hop and malt characters play off of each other nicely but they dominate the sweeter notes a bit too much in the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of sticky, earthy hops that provide a ton of dry bitterness that lingers over the leathery and sweet malt notes into a bone dry finish. The hop profile is one dimensional with very bitter, tongue coating dryness that is a bit overwhelming. Dirty and soil like with a ton of grass and pine flavor countered by spicy rye, leather, toffee and subtle vinous fruit. The caramel malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes found in the aroma are almost completely overpowered. The high ABV is well masked with only a touch of heat and alcohol sweetness but this beer is still tough to drink and is in desperate need of some balance. Not a bad beer but it lacks complexity and drinking all 16.9oz was a bit of a chore.

corby112, Feb 27, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A picturesque pour out of the pint bottle. Dark amber colorations under a thick, cream-atop-the-milk-jug head. Really beautiful. I think a pour like this would be hard to miss regardless of how one holds the glass or tips the bottle; it’s conditioned that well.
Lil One smells simply like two very potent, hoppy-beer-friendly aromas: Pine and candied citrus. The layers of pine come and go from sappy to needle-y as the candied fruits alternate from orange to lemon. Simple, potent, fresh. And fresh is the key.
Don’t fret over what style you’re drinking on the first go. It’s big. Let it wash over. Lots of heavy hoppy bitterness from the get-go that warms, then mellows to a coppery malty balance. The booze, too, brightens with the first several sips, but once she warms, she settles too nicely on the tongue for 9.1%. The back end is mildly spicy, though I’m not certain if that’s the hop and malt bills or some added spice for the winter plunge.
The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect. It’s rich and syrupy, dense enough to linger discerningly, which for a sipper, for the cold, dark months is just the ticket.
I’m doin’ this guy with a jelly doughnut—wouldn’t you though? It’s working out pretty well. The super sweet and bright jelly rocks the shit out of the fatty, bitter profile into a push/pull bonanza for a hibernation treat. I’d also, however, go beef/rabbit stew, pot roast with parsnips and carrots, spicy-sausage-topped pizza, Indian, and other super sweet, fruit based desserts, and a shot of whiskey would make this baby shine.

patm1986, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

smutty33, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 1/31/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Murky amber orange like color. Full finger of fluffy off white head. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Nicely carbonated.

S: Smells nice. Pulling good citrus like hop aromas. Orange marmalade, orange rind, and some pine. Maybe some herbal notes too. Then you also smell those sweet malts in there. It's DIPA on verge of barleywine.

T: Up front in the tongue, you get a tickle of hop bitterness. The flavors are of that juicy orange rind and other citrus juice. Again, some of that old hoppy herbal tea character. Then the malt bill gets you. Sweet and ample. Some earthy notes are there with those malts. On the finish, it's fairly dry. You get some booze warmth on the back end but no notes of it while drinking. Lingering hop bitterness.

M: it's a big medium actually. Somewhat chewy although it doesn't look that way.

inlimbo77, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

lakersfan16, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

seplo, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

rab53, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

sweigardc, Feb 23, 2013
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

$9.95 for the 16.9oz bottle, served in a tulip
Born on date of 013113
Sampled 22FEB13 (less than a month later)

[A] An inch and a half of an ecru colored cap is quick to rise after a semi vigorous pour. The creamy/foamy texture promotes a well sustained head and also lays down down a thick and complete sheet of lace as it slowly fades. The body is in between chestnut and auburn and is nearly opaque. No lacing.

[S] Deep, dark, dank, resinous hop character. Old baseball glove and earthiness. Honestly, the hops seem old and faded, even at less than 4 weeks old.

[T] Dark sugars (heavily rendered caramel and molasses) and heavy hop character. The hops are not particularly fresh tasting either - fading even - but they are strong, dank and pungent. The flavor is muddled. Like herbal tea mixed with old leather and oxidized malts.

[M] Smooth upfront with a bracing bitterness. The carbonation is fine and persistent, gently biting well after the swallow. Medium body is slightly lacking. Finishes rather dry.

[O] I'm not really digging this. The hop character clashes with the malty strength of the base beer. The mouthfeel isn't as substantial as I would like it to be and the collection of flavors is extremely muddled. First miss by a stellar brewery in my opinion.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bilco, Feb 23, 2013
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.