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Li'l Napoleon - Pensacola Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 68
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:
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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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.

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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

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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...

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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.

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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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Li'l Napoleon from Pensacola Bay Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.