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:
525
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
71
For Trade:
2
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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a mildly hazy red-orange with auburn hues. Two fingers of bubbly white head retain very well. A collar of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Hops pop on the nose with vibrant citrus aromas of sweet tangerine, mango, melon, and passion fruit. Ruby red grapefruit with sugar. Touch of pine. Malt base is almost equally as assertive. Chocolate covered caramel chews, chocolate covered oranges. Tootsie Rolls. Hints of bread and fruitcake.

T: Juicy tropical melon flavors burst onto the palate on the attack. Honeydew melon and watermelon. Maybe even some cantaloupe. Tangerine and passion fruit. Marmalade. Pine needles. A formidable bitterness starts to build on the mid-palate, and the taste of a halved ruby red grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on top is called to mind instantly. Although the hops are a bit more dominant than the nose indicated, a nice malt body begins to emerge toward the back end. Bread, tootsie rolls, and caramel chews ride it out into the finish along with some playful melon-like hop tastes.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and smooth, and not quite chewy. Moderate prickling carbonation.

O: A lot of people have been calling this a Double IPA. I'd say it's more along the lines of an Imperial Red. Nobody likes calling it a Strong Ale I guess. It's kind of a cop-out. No matter what you decide to call it, this is an excellent beer. It features one of the more memorable hop profiles I've come across in a while, and it drinks far too easily to be 9.1% abv. Maine Beer Co. will have to get Lil One to market in greater numbers next year. This is one beer that people will be clamoring for once word gets out.

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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%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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%

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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%

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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
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