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Lil One - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 48
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

woodchipper, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber hue, slightly cloudy appearance,massive 3 finger head khaki head, extensive lacing in the tulip.

Very hop forward and exploding with orange rind and pine needles in your nostrils, sweet malt isn't hiding but it is low in the mix.

Sweet malt briefly appears then disappears before the gripping bitterness from the hops sets in, spicy hops abound with a pepper kick . The aroma is a notch better than the flavor, which begins to warm the throat and chest: not unexpected for 9.1%.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, sort of dense and oily. The bitterness is relatively brief and intense on the palate before fading away, a quality that I can appreciate. This one is a sipper for certain.

Lil One is worthy of a World Class rating, but has been knocked down a peg by loyalists of Lunch that unfairly compare the two despite the distinctly different styles of a Strong Ale and an IPA. MBC stretches the boundaries of a typical Strong Ale by over-hopping, then dry hopping and bottle conditioning: the result is an arse kicking brew that rocks your palate and tickles your hop bone!

Hendry, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of dedbeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

dedbeer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

threedaggers, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

stephenjmoore, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -27.4%

heerboth, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong hops and malts with citrus and pine notes.

Overall: Excellent beer!

Cavanaghty, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hoggo, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

enelson, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bigred89, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

TBarJr, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

terence, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

dcisco44, Mar 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

dunlap926, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of oso
4.5/5  rDev +9%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Teddy-Pickles, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Hirshi, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jbarletto, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Mikeypnh, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice red glow with about a finger of sticky yellow tinged head. Nose is explosive upon pouring. Lots of grapefruit citrus and pine on the nose along with lots of caramel. Slightly spicy as well.

Surprisingly less intense then it's nose in a good way. Very heavy bodied.piney and herbal throughout with a spicy hop bite on the back end. Clean hop finish with a touch of alcohol heat. Subtle notes of citrus and caramelized dried fruits.faint sweetness with moderate bitterness to cut it.a little moodiness and a big body reminds you this is a big beer which is nice. Bold and mild and nicely balanced but like most strong ales/barleywines lacks any form of drinkability. A nice clean supper. Like other Maine beers nicely balanced, well blended, clean, subtle yet bold and pricey.

jtierney89, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of IronLover
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a thick, dense beige foam that reduced to a thick cap that left, thick, sticky lacings on the glass. Sharp citrus grapefruit aromas followed by pine hops and sticky sweet caramel malt. Ripe pineapple and boozy aromas begin to surface as this warms along with intensifying maltiness. Full bodied with a thick oily feel and very soft, light carbonation. The hop flavors are in reverse of the aroma. Big pine hop bite with biting tropical citrus flavors beneath and a sturdy, sweet caramel malt backbone. Finished with a light pine hop bitterness. An excellent hop forward strong ale.

IronLover, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BillRoth, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Morakaton, Mar 09, 2014
Lil One from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.