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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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450 Ratings
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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
Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel colored and opaque with a low, frothy head that settles out quickly. Big bright aroma of citrusy hops, is that a ton of cascade? Huge hops flavor with subtle malt riding beneath. Alcohol flavors emerge, adding some warmth, but the hops mask it somewhat. Rubbing alcohol lingers. Could use more depth of flavor for my tastes, as hops and alcohol dominate, but the hops are fresh and delicious, so I'll enjoy the rest of this one.

Photo of davet100
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patlee3324
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Geobus
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB3014
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ystazi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First try of Maine Lil' One. Bottled on January 4th, 2015. A little over 3 weeks old.

A: Ruby red, bright oranges when held to the light. Solid 2 finger head that subsides to a very nice, spider-web like lacing.

S: Starts off with bold malts and brown sugar, followed up by intensely bright citrus, flower and pine hop aromas. Smells like a christmas tree covered in orange soda, if that was a thing.

T: The hops are so juicy and straight forward it is unbelievable. Tons of citrus and pine. Very dank and amazingly hop forward. Not what I expected. A good malt backbone helps this beer from becoming too bitter and overpowering. Reminds me of a DIPA and Barleywine mixed.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Smooth.

O: Wonderful product from Maine. I had never heard of this beer before, and I've been drinking Maine beers since they first started to get distributed about 2 years ago. I used to pick up Lunch and Another One one day and come back a month later and half the case would still be there. Why hasn't this beer gotten more attention? It certaintly deserves it. Honestly, better than Lunch but a step below Another One, and that is not a bad thing.

Definitely pick up a bottle if you have the chance. I hope to see this come around more often.

Photo of Benesi88
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfecteau
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of athomasPSU
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a fantastic color and head. It pours a nice amber color with about 1 finger of head.

The smell is great but I usually think their beers are very nose forward. This one isn't as much as the others. It's still got that great dark fruit juice smell with a bunch of hops. Decent amount of a citrus smell.

The taste is just like it smells. Juicy, hoppy, and citrus. It's like a candied pine cone with some sugar or brown sugar? It's very interesting.

Feels like a medium body to me. It's very nice.

Overall, this beers looks, smells, and tastes fantastic. It's definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebird33
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevdemers
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good but not world class like MBC`s other offerings such as Lunch, Another One, etc.

Photo of 7Sport
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_B
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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