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
Ratings:
525
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
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Photo of kelseyr713
1.86/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jageraholic
2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a Ball canning jar. Pours a nice light amber color, nice head and lacing throughout drinking.

S - Hops hit the nose right away. Very Hop Fresh, lots of citrus, floral and pine notes. Smells like a delicious hop bomb. Some bready malts hit the nose too, but they hardly can compete with the dominance of the hops.

T - Yikes. Very dank and resinous hops taste, tastes like bad hop syrup. Huge aftertaste of onion and garlic. Was not expecting that. Lost all the citrus hops that I was expecting to taste.

M - Full bodied and smooth beer. Can definitely tell it's a strong beer from the thickness.

O - Damn, I love Maine Beer Co's beers. Usually great hop taste and very balanced. This one did not do it for me. It was bottled on 1/23/13 and drank within 30 days of bottling so it was definitely fresh, but I was not a fan of the hop profile on this one. Huge disappointment. I had been drinking a few other hoppy beers today so maybe I had some palate fatigue, but this one was rough.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass. Branded silver pry-off cap. Classy white label design. Bottled 02/06/15.

9.1% ABV.

Served cold into a goblet. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed live as a strong winter ale per Maine Beer Co's website.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Frothy and foamy, with a nice creamy even consistency and a good complexion. Leaves a coating ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - ~5 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper-amber of nice vibrance. Translucent. Nontransparent. I see no yeast or sediment.

It's a nice looking winter ale, but doesn't stand out as unique or special.

AROMA: Has an unexpected hop presence bursting with sticky resins, pine needles, evergreen, and herb. Candied orange makes an appearance, true to MBC's marketing. There's a robust malt backbone, with just enough malty sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. Copper malts, amber malts, maybe some biscuit and/or caramalt. Yeast attenuation is high, though it has sort of a flat American yeast profile.

Aromatic intensity is average. No booze or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The hop profile is a bit too aggressive, bringing too much bitterness (especially on the climax) which isn't tamed by the malty sweetness - of which there is less than I expected. Sweet breadiness helps a bit, I guess. Hop notes include resins, sticky pine needles/pine cone, spruce, evergreen, and herb. Candied orange peel definitely comes through. Also caramelized malts, copper malts, and high-attenuation yeast. Faint sliced mango peel. Rind-y bitterness.

It's not a balanced brew by any means, with a fundamental lack of malt and hop harmony. This is a flawed build with some likable characteristics. I can see why they bill it as a winter ale, but it's far too hoppy. There's complexity, but it's too much of a mess for its complexity to be enjoyable. It lacks deliberation and focus, and isn't gestalt by any means.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Sticky, hefty, heavy, full-bodied, smooth, and wet on the palate. Overbearing and filling without justification. Such a weighty mouthfeel just isn't needed, and amplifies the perceived booziness of the beer.

There's no harmony of texture to taste.

OVERALL: Fan as I am of the other MBC offerings I've had the pleasure to try, this one fell short for me. Overhopped, imbalanced, and boozy are the key attributes, reducing drinkability substantially. This isn't a beer I'd buy again if I saw it on shelves, nor is it one I'd recommend to friends. Disappointing given the brewery, but by no means awful. Average at best by my estimation.

C

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ettbeer
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of rden4654
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This just wasn't one of my favorite offerings from this brewer.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZacharyJ
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of dar482
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes with a decent amount of head in a cloudy orange/amber color. It starts off with a lovely aroma of hops, but then the taste does not hold up to that. I can't quite put my finger on what it tastes like, but melon is a good analogy. It surely does not pop of hops. It does a great job of hiding its booziness, being at over 9%.

I agree with one reviewer that it sits a strange area. It's not hoppy enough, it's not malty enough, it's not strong enough. It's has a weird space that it's trying to fit in. And in the end, it still has that hard to place flavor that isn't quite "right."

It's not necessarily bad, but confusing. I would definitely recommend the other Maine Co. beers. They make some of the best beers I have had, each and every one. This is an outlier for me.

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Photo of JratBones
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
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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Photo of AGust82
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing brew from a usually world class Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a clouded, almost murky copper/caramel color with a fluffy two-finger topping of bubbled head. Retains well with cloudy film and sticky patches of lacing.

Bitter piny hops in the nose with caramel sweetness. Bread crust, toasted malts, soft glowing warmth.

Pine hoppiness, stiff bitterness, sticky resin kicks off the profile. Caramel and malty sweetness, heavier backbone with bread crust and toasted warmth. Touch of boozy warmth, lingering bitterness with pine and a hint of citrusy pith.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Drinks nicely considering the ABV, meshing nicely with the hop-forward profile. Another solid beer (albeit a bit ugly looking) from MBC, but not one of their top creations.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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