Lil One | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: nice copper to dark brown color with about 1 finger of off white head very clear somealcoholkegs and good lacing

S:lots of caramel malt with slight bit of dank and earthy hops no alcohol on the nose

T: nice and malty up fri Gand finishes with a good bitter hop flavor lots of caramel and no alcohol

M: nice full mouthfeel not too sticky but good and full for a strong ale

O: aweso beer great flavor no alcohol very fangerous at 9.1 %

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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.


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Photo of Seanniek91
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served into a Guinness imperial pint.

Appearance- Cloudy amber with a big fluffy head.

Smell- Big piney/floral hop aroma with a nice maltiness in the background. It truly is fantastic.

Taste- Big fruity hops with perfect amount of malts to balance it out. A lot of clemintine and apricot flavors. Incredible. Slight booze at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel- Light, which is weird. Light carbonation with a little viscosity.

Overall- This is the best I've had from Maine Beer yet. This is a near perfect IIPA.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Speaking of strong ales...this one is definitely the hoppiest American strong ales I have ever encountered and definitely some awesome flavor to back it up. At first knowing the category of the beer prior to consuming threw me off as strong ales tend to be very high I abv and mostly malt forward. However, with this particular gem, it's as if I'm drinking a DIPA that's dark as a winters night. It has the aroma of a west coast citrusy IPA but the depth of an east coast IPA with a malty backbone to counter the hop profile. Holy mother of mercy this brew is awesome. Do not sit on this as it states on the label. Drink fresh and enjoy. I know I will seek this out again when they release it!


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Photo of TroyS62
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A. Big white creamy head, beautiful dark brown color

S.Big hoppy aroma with some nice citrus notes

T. Big blast off grapefruit with a nice slightly bitter aftertaste

M. Nice clean feel finishes very smooth

O.One of my favorites from Maine Beer company I will definitely have again. They brew some really good brew

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First try of Maine Lil' One. Bottled on January 4th, 2015. A little over 3 weeks old.

A: Ruby red, bright oranges when held to the light. Solid 2 finger head that subsides to a very nice, spider-web like lacing.

S: Starts off with bold malts and brown sugar, followed up by intensely bright citrus, flower and pine hop aromas. Smells like a christmas tree covered in orange soda, if that was a thing.

T: The hops are so juicy and straight forward it is unbelievable. Tons of citrus and pine. Very dank and amazingly hop forward. Not what I expected. A good malt backbone helps this beer from becoming too bitter and overpowering. Reminds me of a DIPA and Barleywine mixed.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Smooth.

O: Wonderful product from Maine. I had never heard of this beer before, and I've been drinking Maine beers since they first started to get distributed about 2 years ago. I used to pick up Lunch and Another One one day and come back a month later and half the case would still be there. Why hasn't this beer gotten more attention? It certaintly deserves it. Honestly, better than Lunch but a step below Another One, and that is not a bad thing.

Definitely pick up a bottle if you have the chance. I hope to see this come around more often.

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 013113 Batch 01

A: Hazy light amber with a super fluffy, pillowy, bouncy head. One of the better heads I've seen in a while. Settles into lumps and craters of foam and sits there for a while jiggling. I hesitated to take a sip because it looks like a latte. Great lace and fantastic retention.

S: An equal dose of wet, juicy hops and sweet, sugary malt. Hops are very floral, fruity, and fresh. Great hop aromas from about a foot away. There's a bit of sweet, aromatic booze in their, too. Hops really do steal the show, though. Bright, citrusy, pungent. I get some NZ hops in there for sure. Extremely inviting.

T: Whoa. Smooth, sweet, hoppy, malty, fruity, floral, woody, toasty. Bright, slightly tart citrus qualities from the hops. So great when it's warmed up a bit. Just a tad chalky and cloying in the finish after several successive sips.

M: Seriously smooth...silky smooth. Huge flavors. Hops are on point. Malt balances it well. Carbonation is just right. Body is proper for the style. What more could you ask for in an ASA? Or any beer for that matter?

O: Hops are SUPER fresh! This is SUPER tasty! Drink this as soon as you find it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of k_vancleef
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company has yet to disappoint me. Delicious American strong ale. My only issue is availability, although this is understandable and makes it a treat every time.

Bottle date is 12/20/13.

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Appearance is a deep amber, mahogany color with a cream white, thick head. Moderate lacing on the glass throughout the pint. Aromatics are piney, sweet, dank hops with a bready malt backbone. Taste is not crushingly bitter, doesn't drink to 9.1% at all. This is a very round beer. The bitterness lingers, making it full-bodied and approachable.

Another win from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml bottle dated 031315. Sampled on June 7, 2015.

It is definitely a milky, unfiltered looking medium amber under a long lasting, delicate and soft tan head. Lacing.

The aroma is vibrant with sweet roasted barley malts, caramel malts, moss, orange, and earthy and pine hop delights. No alcohol.

Bold body.

Bold tastes go with the bold body. . Alcohol well masked under the aggressive roasted malts, orange fruitiness, and earthy hop bitterness.

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Photo of klav
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2 - 6 -15

Amazing caramel color. Tons of citrus and dark fruit. Not as bitter on the finish as I was expecting. A dangerously easy drink.

My second favorite now from MBC. Right behind MO.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Cloudy brownish amber with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Grapefruit pith, pine needle, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, and stone fruit.

Beautiful balance between the malt and hops. Rich toffee and caramel with light notes of molasses. Grapefruit juice, pine sap, and suggestions of peach, nectarine, and passion fruit. Some pleasant alcohol notes in there.

Full bodied, juicy, warming, silky, smooth, and chewy with a light bitterness.

Wow! Just a fantastic American Barleywine / DIPA thing. Tremendous balance where neither the malt or hops compete with one another. Very drinkable with an incredible body.

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Photo of IronLover
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a thick, dense beige foam that reduced to a thick cap that left, thick, sticky lacings on the glass. Sharp citrus grapefruit aromas followed by pine hops and sticky sweet caramel malt. Ripe pineapple and boozy aromas begin to surface as this warms along with intensifying maltiness. Full bodied with a thick oily feel and very soft, light carbonation. The hop flavors are in reverse of the aroma. Big pine hop bite with biting tropical citrus flavors beneath and a sturdy, sweet caramel malt backbone. Finished with a light pine hop bitterness. An excellent hop forward strong ale.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Lil One, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Settles deep amber almost slight ruby hue with a good sized soapy head that retains some and great lacing.

Smell - Caramel and red/amber malt sweetness with a blast of resiny hops on top. Touch of booze.

Taste - Rich thick maltiness with generous hopping.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with low carb. Dry and bitter pine. Goes down easy, only slightly boozy warm, hits hard later haha.

Overall - This is terrific, another stellar MBC brew.

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Thick head, doesn't have a strong hoppy smell but sure tastes like a double IPA, with lingering taste of hops. High ABV makes it absolutely delicious!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

A fairly strong and good looking brew.

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Photo of smcolw
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Starts with a decent head. Even after it settles, there's a solid level of beige bubbles. Some webby lace. Amber to brown color with a definitive haze.

The grapefruit hop is the strongest smell. Surprising for the style. Good pale malt as balance.

Comes across like a borderline Double IPA. Bitter from the ample, peppery hop. Solid pale malt base, but the tale is of the hop. The alcohol is present but well blended. The aftertaste does not linger as long as the bitterness would suggest. Smooth body.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 013113

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with 2 fingers worth of sticky off white head that leaves loads of lacing

S: Plenty of citrusy, piney hops with a solid malt backbone. Alcohol comes through slightly as well, but the hops really steal the show

T: Citrus hops explode with a quick hit of pine and earthiness. Malts hold up strong behind the initial burst of hops and lend a light sweet breadiness. Alcohol comes through towards the end, but at this point it is an afterthought. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Apparently this is their new winter beer (at least according to the back of the label). Nicely balanced and way too easy to drink given the 9.1%. Definitely looking forward to either getting more this year or stocking up next winter when it's brewed again. As with nearly all of MBC's brews, drink this one fresh!

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Photo of athomasPSU
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a fantastic color and head. It pours a nice amber color with about 1 finger of head.

The smell is great but I usually think their beers are very nose forward. This one isn't as much as the others. It's still got that great dark fruit juice smell with a bunch of hops. Decent amount of a citrus smell.

The taste is just like it smells. Juicy, hoppy, and citrus. It's like a candied pine cone with some sugar or brown sugar? It's very interesting.

Feels like a medium body to me. It's very nice.

Overall, this beers looks, smells, and tastes fantastic. It's definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber beer, slightly hazed and orange-hued; thick, tan, chewy-looking head as-big-as-ya-want-it

S: deep wet pine resin and hearty malt, other notes reminiscent of herbs and flowers

T: caramelized malts slide in quickly, followed immediately by a bittering pine hop assault; again, some herbal, earthy characteristics from the hops presumably, but the caramel malt aspects and the general bitterness of the brew will delight DIPA fans

M: dense and chewy; bittering, full-bodied; massive carbonation from the pour smooths out and slides across the palate; mild bitter coating left behind

O: a fantastic double IPA - nothing ground-breaking, but easily peer with beers of this sort; relatively balanced between thick malt and bitter pine hop - not a beer you're gonna confuse with an IPA or a barleywine - nothing borderline about it. Gotta pick one up if you spot it (assuming you like DIPAs, that is).

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Photo of RichD
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, bottled on 1/31/13. Poured this into a snifter.

A: Pours a brownish red color. Amber is the color that best describes this. A small finger of tan, sudsy head. A consider amount of lacing is left in the glass.

S: A healthy mix of grapefruit and citrus is the scent picked up here. I also catch a whiff of some caramel malts. If the taste is as balanced as the smell then I know I'll really like this beer.

T: A combination of grapefruit and citrus is the star of this show. Some malty goodness comes through for the finish. The finish is quite bitter, but nothing to complain about. This is definitely a fine tasting brew. I can taste the trademark Maine Beer flavor and I love it.

M: A medium to thick bodied beer. A pretty smooth brew with some carbonation. The alcohol is non existent which is impressive for 9%.

Overall: This is a delicious brew. I'm not going to try to categorize this because it covers a multitude of styles. It could be a DIPA, an imperial red or a strong (as the description up top says.) Regardless, it's a bit hop forward, but as I keep drinking the malts seem to come through. The more I drink this, the more it shines. Good stuff Maine Beer Co. The consistency of this brewing company is awesome. I have yet to have a beer worthy of a total score under 4.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have really enjoyed the Maine Brewing offerings so far. I look forward to opening each new bottle.

For the Lil One, I poured this into a snifter style glass. There is a decent amount of foam on top of a reddish brown body. Off the top I pick up a decent amount of hoppiness. There is a face full of citrus going on here.

The flavor offers more of the hops. This is a hop bomb.

If you are a hop-head, then this is a dream. It doesn't really fit the style, but it is a very tasty beer none-the-less.

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Photo of Hendry
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber hue, slightly cloudy appearance,massive 3 finger head khaki head, extensive lacing in the tulip.

Very hop forward and exploding with orange rind and pine needles in your nostrils, sweet malt isn't hiding but it is low in the mix.

Sweet malt briefly appears then disappears before the gripping bitterness from the hops sets in, spicy hops abound with a pepper kick . The aroma is a notch better than the flavor, which begins to warm the throat and chest: not unexpected for 9.1%.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, sort of dense and oily. The bitterness is relatively brief and intense on the palate before fading away, a quality that I can appreciate. This one is a sipper for certain.

Lil One is worthy of a World Class rating, but has been knocked down a peg by loyalists of Lunch that unfairly compare the two despite the distinctly different styles of a Strong Ale and an IPA. MBC stretches the boundaries of a typical Strong Ale by over-hopping, then dry hopping and bottle conditioning: the result is an arse kicking brew that rocks your palate and tickles your hop bone!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 1/31/13. Consumed 8 days later.

Lil One pours a hazy amber with a moderate sized head on top. As the foam fades it leaves behind lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. A little bit of bready malt is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma. It's loaded with pine, orange citrus and lemon zest. Near the end some sweet caramel malt and a little bread come through. It finishes moderately bitter with lingering pine hop flavors when gone.

Lots of hops in this beer. Definitely drink it fresh. Very tasty.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*16.9 oz. bottle*. I appreciate the simplicity of Maine Beer Company's labels. They're short, sweet and to the point. The label tells me what the beer is, when it was bottled and gives some insight to what the brewery is about. Enough chit-chat on the label, let's get this into a glass. This pours a nice dark murky amber brown, boarder line burnt orange. A nice 1 finger off white head crowned this brew with glory. It's whiffing time! This smells beautiful! Huge citrus (oranges, lemons with a hint of grapefruit pith. In the second corner there is a dense pine with a subtle hint of pineapples. There is also an herbal note like a nice summertime iced tea mixed with some papaya. Some toasted bread from the malts. Fantastic! Tasting this should be pure bliss after this brew's aroma. This tastes of pine, tropical fruits (mainly papaya, pineapples, hint of lemongrass). There is a nice does of toast and caramel malt sweetness to round out the hop profile. Finishes semi dry with a wave of bitterness. Orange citrus with more pine in the after taste. The feel on this is Medium smooth body with that MBC tight poppy carbonation.

Overall: This brew seems to be ambiguous when it comes to style. This beer is a delight, screw categories! If I had to "classify" this brew, the American Style Strong Ale fits the bill. This IMO doesn't need a category to enjoy it. Maine Beer Company is doing great things. The aroma alone on this is worthy of World Class status. It has everything you look for when a beer is hella dry-hopped. I hope that this beer isn't on brewed once status. This brew is Recommended.

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
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