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Li'l Napoleon - Pensacola Bay Brewery

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pensacola Bay Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Napoleon never set foot on Florida’s shores, but if he did, we’re sure he’d be looking for a way to conquer the land from coast to coast. He’d probably have some supporters – after all, the French helped settle Pensacola.

Our Li’l Napoleon was christened in the name of all short bastards – the good, the bad and the infamous. Strong and hoppy, Li’l Napoleon can sneak up on you if you let it. With a smooth caramel and honey finish, you’ll want to have a second. And probably a third.

Take time to savor the good ole days, when the French had power and Florida was a territory waiting to be developed. We reckon Napoleon would be proud of the IPA that bears his name. (Aside from his hatred of all things English, naturally).

70 IBU

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-29-2010)
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fricpen

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

07-11-2014 21:11:26 | More by fricpen
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Mosstrooper

California

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sereved on tap at the brewery in a branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick, medium-sized off-white head that leaves behind hick lace.

Smell: Bready malt with some herbal hop backing.

Taste: Begins citric and mildly bitter, rounding out to bitter and melony hops and finishing very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rounded carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A solid, enjoyable IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 00:07:07 | More by Mosstrooper
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lcdawg

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

08-15-2013 04:25:48 | More by lcdawg
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-21-2014 00:32:15 | More by GrantBrennan
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xHopHeadx

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-21-2012 05:25:30 | More by xHopHeadx
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Antonius08

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-01-2012 02:52:38 | More by Antonius08
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RedSnapper

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in a craft beer bar, you can get a feel for the quality of a beer as far as the comments of the people drinking it. This IPA is liked by experienced craft beer dinkers as well as newbies to unpasturized cold beers. It rates very high. With a hint of the citrus trees that grow in a church yard across the street and the scent of the pine trees growing on the beach at Ft Pickens across the bay, this beer seems almost hisrorical---as if the French put their best into this Spanish village. If Napolean approved anything other than cognac it would be the taste, scent and drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 08:28:15 | More by RedSnapper
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boss302

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Napoleon IPA, 1 week after this establishment opening in November 2010.

A Orange amber color, some head, but not significant 4

S Nice citrusy hop aroma, some breadyalt aroma also. 4

T Big hop hit at first, followed by some nice roasted malt, a little diacetyl, but it's good and doesn't detract.  Finish is clean. 4.5.

M Med to heavy body, good thickness, could use more carbonation. 4

D This and the Brown were the best beers on this day. This one was my favorite. 4

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 04:59:18 | More by boss302
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abeerlovr

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom on Sunday, September 25, 2011. I specify the date as this beer was phenomenal. I have had it in the past but is seems that this new brewery had hit the nail on the head and perfected its recipe.

A: nice hazy golden color with nice head that stuck around for awhile, good lacing on the glass.

S: this is always my weakest review as I typically have stuffed sinuses...some detections of citrus, hops, wheat.

T: delicious, this rivals some very well known IPAs and is on point for an IPA as far as style characteristics. Had the citrus peel/grapefruit flavor, lots of hops, spices nice refreshing drink.

M: I had ridden my bicycle to the pub and needed a refreshing drink, this hit the spot. Crisp, full of effervescence.

Overall: I have had this beer several times now and this was the best batch thus far. Hope the brewery will be consistent as this could be the beer that launches a thousand barrels. Also hope they start bottling soon. Great job guys.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 16:21:21 | More by abeerlovr
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served at brewery.

IBU = 70

A well made IPA with substantial hop flavor but lots of malt for balance. Malt is at least as strong as the hops in the aroma, and surprisingly pronounced in hte inital taste, but this IPA has a strong biter hop finish.

A - Clear dark amber. Off-white head has moderate retention; medium carbonation.

Malt/hop balance too high for style? probably, but this was forgivable given the fine mix of flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 03:41:55 | More by chinchill
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ChrisCBeets

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-05-2014 05:13:31 | More by ChrisCBeets
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user785335

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-06-2014 18:53:49 | More by user785335
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JayS2629

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toasted bread, melon, floral hops, and citrus.

The flavor tends toward melon, pineapple and orange with some floral honey suckle notes and orange blossom.

Good balance, slightly watery

Overall, good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 02:48:55 | More by JayS2629
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the tap a clear copper-gold with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of pine resin, floral notes and caramel malts.

Hoppy taste of pine along with a light fruitiness and caramel malts.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

My first beer from Pensacola Bay Brewery and it's a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 20:19:05 | More by Monkeyknife
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TonyJ815

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-02-2013 16:04:24 | More by TonyJ815
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-15-2013 21:10:22 | More by oldvines
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RKel888

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-20-2012 20:07:39 | More by RKel888
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Gerred

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-24-2013 01:39:55 | More by Gerred
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Apostlebrews

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continuing my exploration of Florida's finest, today's review comes from Pensacola Bay Brewery. This brewery is located in the heart of Pensacola's historic district. In fact, it's the city's first full-scale brewery since prohibition, and for a while, they were not actually allowed to sell beer on their premises. So, to get around the laws, patrons could buy the glass (empty) and receive free beer. Not a bad deal!

I picked up Li'l Napoleon from Total Wine in Jacksonville. This is actually my first taste of anything from Pensacola; so I was quite eager to give it a go!

The aroma is pretty mild. There are hints of hops on the nose, but there's nothing overwhelming. I was pretty surprised at how absent the aroma is given that it's an IPA--a style that usually has a strong aroma.

For everything the nose is lacking, the flavors make up. Li'l Napoleon is a citrus punch in the face. Lots of hop-bitterness, citrus freshness, and not a whole lot anything else (and that's not a bad thing). Very little sweetness or malt to speak of beyond the fructose-like-flavors that come from the citrus profile. The finish is crisp, clean, and slightly dry. Overall satisfying and exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA.

As I mentioned above, this is my first beer from Pensacola Bay and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Li'l Napoleon is just an old fashioned American IPA and that's all it tries to be. I appreciate the fact that Pensacola Bay Brewery didn't try to be too experimental with this. It's exactly what a solid IPA is supposed to taste like. It's hoppy. It's floral. It's refreshing. What more do you need from an IPA?

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Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:15:34 | More by Apostlebrews
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silverking

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- It pours a hazy amber with one finger of rocky light tan head. Head retention is excelent and there are well defined rings of lacing left down teh sides of my glass.

S- There are distinct notes of melon intertwined with powerful notes of citrus. There are very light touches of caramel as well.

T- lemon zest up front. There is a nuttiness mid-palate with a little caramel. The finish is long with intense flavors of grapefruit and lemon peel.

M- medium bodied, mildly creamy. the finish is crisp and clean.

O- It's good, but I wasn't blown away

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 15:25:56 | More by silverking
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-01-2013 18:37:05 | More by BlueMoon10
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twizzbeatz

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-05-2013 00:15:13 | More by twizzbeatz
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CMOrak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

10-13-2013 00:54:32 | More by CMOrak
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ali1987

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-22-2014 18:23:42 | More by ali1987
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-24-2013 19:09:07 | More by Lare453
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Li'l Napoleon from Pensacola Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.