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Li'l Napoleon - Pensacola Bay Brewery

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-29-2010

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
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Photo of spycow
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a clear amber and gold body with decednt lacing.

S: very piney with a tangy touch. nice caramel malt background.

T: more pine in the flavor with a light citrus hop note however the citrus doesn't provide sweetness. honey and caramel notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: definitely a good one if you want a pine dominated IPA.

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Caramel malt with toffee and pine hops notes with a little spice in the background.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with some toffee and brown sugar notes. A barleywine like hop profile emerges in the middle with mustardy notes and some pine. Finishes with notes of pepper, pine, spices and lingering caramel.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is definitely an "East Coast" IPA and not something that is going to excite hard core hop heads. That said, it is a well made beer and as the name implies, it does seem like a much bigger beer than it is. If it were a couple of percentage points stronger, it would straddle the line between IPA and barleywine.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pensacola Lil Napoleon

Pours a copper color, white head and some lace. Fair clarity with a chill haze. Aroma of herbal hops, a bit'of grapefruit. In the taste, fresh pine and grapefruit, fairly bitter. A bit of herb, pith and leans towards bitter with a light pale malt backing. Light bodied, crisp, quaffable and refreshing. This is what I would hope to drink if I vacationed to Pensacola.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber color, with an off white head, nice lacing, good retention. Light citrus notes, caramel malt sweetness, bread, and some nuts. Light bitterness, citrus, bread, caramel. Good mouthfeel, soft, slick, good carbonation. Overall, it's quite average in the end. I see freshness dates on the side, but unfortunately, there's nothing notched, so I don't know where this bottle lies freshness wise...

Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a draft of this at the Pensacola airport on my way to Gulf Shores Alabama. Not really that good but I was glad to see local beer at such a small, remote establishment.

Appearance was a clear amber, fizzy head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma was very disappointing for an IPA. Some citrus, maybe some pine but really not much of anything.

Flavor as well was a bit underwhelming. Better that fizzy yellow but not really an IPA.

Try it but don't expect too much.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at brewery March 10th, 2012.

Appearance: clear, medium orange/amber. Nice off white head with excellent sheeting.

Hoppy aroma: lightly citric with apricots and white peach.

Flavor from the hops continues from the nose with the addition of red grapefruit. Flavor is unexpectedly mild. Malt flavor is MIA. Bitterness is moderate.

Slightly dry and lively on the tongue.

Not a palate-scraping west coast monster, this AIPA would benefit from a malt presence on the palate. Otherwise, nicely done.

Photo of thufflife
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of johntfox
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of davemathews68
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Li'l Napoleon from Pensacola Bay Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.