Lil One | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

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.

Added by bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
523
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
22.2%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
71
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 523
Reviews by corby112:
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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage.

Pouts a cloudy dark amber color with golden copper edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma that's similar to an American barleywine with a nice balance of resinous hops, vinous fruit and a complex, leathery and sweet malt bill. Slightly floral, earthy hop character with lots of grass, pine needle and spruce tip countered by a strong malt backbone. Hints of old leather and soil followed by spicy rye, caramel malt, toffee, fig and raisin. The earthy hop and malt characters play off of each other nicely but they dominate the sweeter notes a bit too much in the nose.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of sticky, earthy hops that provide a ton of dry bitterness that lingers over the leathery and sweet malt notes into a bone dry finish. The hop profile is one dimensional with very bitter, tongue coating dryness that is a bit overwhelming. Dirty and soil like with a ton of grass and pine flavor countered by spicy rye, leather, toffee and subtle vinous fruit. The caramel malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit notes found in the aroma are almost completely overpowered. The high ABV is well masked with only a touch of heat and alcohol sweetness but this beer is still tough to drink and is in desperate need of some balance. Not a bad beer but it lacks complexity and drinking all 16.9oz was a bit of a chore.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maine Beers DIPS

Had on tap at Novare Res described as centennial, simcoe, cascade and falconers flight hops. Wonderful.

The beer is red/orange with a delicate white head.

The nose, wow tropical fruits furnishings of malt and a flowers. Wow big a juicy

The taste matches the nose big and juicy cherry orange flavor almost gives a tartness it fishes with a pleasant and lingering bitterness . The alcohol is only apparent at the very end.

Wonderful

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. Bottled 2/11/14

A 9.1% strong ale that the label insists that I drink fresh? Okay, I’m game.

A: Large three finger head...looks to be well carbed. Murky reddish brown body. Nothing shocking.

S: Bam! Lots of hops. Quite dank. Pine and sweet candy-like fruit. A little alcohol burn if you inhale a little more aggressively.

T: Delicious! Wonderful hoppiness...same as the nose. Then some sweet brown sugar mid-palate, nowhere near cloying. An unremarkable hoppy bitter finish.

M: Well-carbed. Full bodied and chewy.

O: Reminds me of fresh Bigfoot. That’s a compliment.

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Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16.9 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled in October of 2014.

L- Fluffy pale white head with a light sudsy look to it. The body is amber and golden with a bit of a cloudy haze.

S- Orange juice-like citrus, brown sugar sweetness, floral and dank hops and resinous spice.

T- Tastes like a resinous, floral, and spicy IPA with a touch of citrus. Mild caramel mid-palate. Lingering lemon zest.

M- A bit of a perfume-like feel, spicy, and a tad lighter than medium-bodied. Pretty easy-drinking and doesn't at all feel like 9+% alcohol.

Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, except it's 6 ounces less beer for a couple of dollars more. Good but there's probably a cheaper alternative.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great creamy hoppy beer. Their signature style turned up a notch. Very lacy. DIPA strength, drunk exactly 90 days after bottling, bottle from Capone's. Big IBU without major palate erasing. Good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel. CItrus orange aroma and flavour.

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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