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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 19 | 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%

rab53, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of sweigardc
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
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bilco, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 01.31.13. 2013 vintage.

A: hazy. a rich orange body. bright around the edges but gets deep towards the middle. slightly off-white head is very tightly bubbled. retention is real good, lacing limited.

S: initial aroma is definitely all American hops. clash of deep citrus, oranges mostly, and plenty of woody pine notes. hard to distinguish tons of molasses. cedar, certainly woody.

T: flavor starts very fruity. orange sorbet. a little bit of rose water is in there. bitter and big finish. lots of flavor throughout even long after the drink is gone there is a combo of sweet fruit/bitterness and a little bit of wood.

M: carb is actually a bit more on the mild side. full bodied.

D: a big guy for sure, the hops starts things off in an awesome way, especially on the nose. however after a few sips more and more grain comes through until a balance is reached. sticky, rich, woody, big. memory brings me back to stones arrogant bastard.

Jimmys, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes with a decent amount of head in a cloudy orange/amber color. It starts off with a lovely aroma of hops, but then the taste does not hold up to that. I can't quite put my finger on what it tastes like, but melon is a good analogy. It surely does not pop of hops. It does a great job of hiding its booziness, being at over 9%.

I agree with one reviewer that it sits a strange area. It's not hoppy enough, it's not malty enough, it's not strong enough. It's has a weird space that it's trying to fit in. And in the end, it still has that hard to place flavor that isn't quite "right."

It's not necessarily bad, but confusing. I would definitely recommend the other Maine Co. beers. They make some of the best beers I have had, each and every one. This is an outlier for me.

dar482, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of jhb138
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jhb138, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ZacharyJ
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ZacharyJ, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Archemedies, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of gnuguy
4.75/5  rDev +15%

gnuguy, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

DIPAFAN, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Casey10, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

LynnHomeBrewer, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Dark orange-copper. Decent head and attractive lacing.

Smell: Really lovely hops aromas with sweet fruits of all sorts. Orange, peach, pineapple even. Touch of pine. Caramel malt sweetness. If this was an ipa with only pale malt, I'd probably give a 5 for aroma, because the hops smell incredible. In this beer though, the sweetness of the crystal makes it a bit much.

Taste: As with the aroma, huge, just huge sweet fruity flavors. If you told me it had pineapple added, I'd believe it. Again, lots of sweet caramel malt, and I think a bit of spicy complexity from some Munich. More pine flavor than smell, especially in the finish, with bitterness not quite balanced by malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very soft in the mouth, in part because its a little undercarbonated. Sticky with sweetness and resiny on the end.

Overall: This beer has many attributes of an excellent beer. Actually, it has many attributes of several excellent beers that don't necessarily belong together. Either make a barleywine or an ipa, or do something totally different and make a strong ale. As it stands, it's tasty, but could be so much more if they went one way or the other.

rapidsequence, Feb 20, 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wesley14, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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

alamode, Feb 17, 2013
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.