Lil One
Maine Beer Company

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Strong Ale - American
4.17 | pDev: 8.39%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 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.
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Feb 16, 2013
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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mjstacker from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

$9.95 for the 16.9oz bottle, served in a tulip
Born on date of 013113
Sampled 22FEB13 (less than a month later)

[A] An inch and a half of an ecru colored cap is quick to rise after a semi vigorous pour. The creamy/foamy texture promotes a well sustained head and also lays down down a thick and complete sheet of lace as it slowly fades. The body is in between chestnut and auburn and is nearly opaque. No lacing.

[S] Deep, dark, dank, resinous hop character. Old baseball glove and earthiness. Honestly, the hops seem old and faded, even at less than 4 weeks old.

[T] Dark sugars (heavily rendered caramel and molasses) and heavy hop character. The hops are not particularly fresh tasting either - fading even - but they are strong, dank and pungent. The flavor is muddled. Like herbal tea mixed with old leather and oxidized malts.

[M] Smooth upfront with a bracing bitterness. The carbonation is fine and persistent, gently biting well after the swallow. Medium body is slightly lacking. Finishes rather dry.

[O] I'm not really digging this. The hop character clashes with the malty strength of the base beer. The mouthfeel isn't as substantial as I would like it to be and the collection of flavors is extremely muddled. First miss by a stellar brewery in my opinion.

Feb 23, 2013
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Nick_V from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I cracked open this beer and I poured it into a glass the first thing I noticed was the aroma. Perhaps one of the finest smelling beers I ever seen.
It smelled rich with oily hops that were no doubt still fresh, a big citrus and tangerine and grapfruit bouquet too. Who cares about the malts right now. I think this beer was dry hopped because the aroma being fantastic also faded quickly away. And that was a big disappointment.
The appearance was hazy amber with a tall beige head. The head fades quick leaving some spotty lacing.
I was hoping the taste was as flavorful as the nose but this was not the case, an utter disappointment again. The beer has a big caramel malt backbone and only lingering hop flavor. Hops have a more floral and earthy taste but really are almost absent.
Touches of warming alcohol tickle the tongue and lips.
Drinks smooth and dry and bitter very much like a DIPA.
Altough this was a good beer and only about a moth old i was disapponted. It smelled great but didn't carry over to the taste, which is there trademark.
That being said somebody get me another one!

Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

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Benesi88 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ark amber color. The beer has very little head but some okay retention. I also get some nice lacing.

The hops dominate the nose with a grapefruit smell. I also get a nice and caramel and biscuit smell from the malts that dull the hop smell a bit.

The hops have a grapefruit with a caramel tastethat does a good job of dulling the hop taste. I get a little bit of alcohol taste but its barely noticeable.

The beer is medium-bodied that is a little bit heavy with very little carbonation.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 525 ratings