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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 54
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013

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.
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Ratings: 450 | Reviews: 79
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Bottle dated 11/14/13. About 5 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear red. Tall, frothy and fizzy light brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention - big island of foam. Heavy and thick chunks of lacing interspersed with thin little lines.

S: Big spicy, resinous pine notes. Floral too. Quite floral in fact, especially in the "aftertaste" or "afteraroma" maybe? Nice bready notes to follow it up.

T: Again with the spicy, piney notes. Still resinous, especially in the middle and back end. Hints of floral notes but not as notable as in the aroma. Sweet grainy/bready malt, especially towards the finish. Pretty heavy malt flavors lends to an overall balanced brew. Lots of spicy pine lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy. Sticky hop oils in the aftertaste.

O: A hoppy yet balanced brew for sure. Very similar to a hoppy amber like Zoe, but still different enough. Definitely a heavier malt presence for sure. The style reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, though it is quite a different hop and malt profile. Really tasty and easy drinking brew. Very nice.

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A: Pours a clear dark copper with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma brings assertive Cascade-like hoppiness. Piney, bitter citrus, some tropical sweetness to round things out. A bit of caramelized grain as well.

T: Taste brings tangerine, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, tobacco leaf, vanilla and a hint of mango, toffee, mild roasted grain, hint of booze.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is quite a hefty beer. The flavor profile reminds me very much of Celebration, but with the gravity amped up.

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If you're not a hops-head skip this one.
But wait-- it's not ridiculous-- it's not a distillation of some exotic grove grown hops.
To me this is an IPA-- and nicely balanced too among other ingredients.

The look-- for once a satisfying head, tightly knit sculpted and 3D lacing on the glass.
A translucent amber liquid-- too chemical sounding-- libation! Yes that's it.
Anoint your taster with this libation!

A nose that whafts the armoa of flowery hops.

The flavor has a wonderful presence of hops, bitterness, flowers, garden in bloom-- the earth. It's rounded out with just enough malt to balance the hops but not quite-- the see-saw is tipped in favor of the hops.

The ABV is high-- to tank this one when you're feeling good-- it's enough to make you sing YEAH and open another!

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.