Lil One | Maine Beer Company

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Lil OneLil One

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost completely opaque dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, with a caramel background. Taste is medium-heavy bitter, medium sweet, some alcohol as well. Finish is bitter and alcoholic. Full bodied, syrupy texture. Not bad at all.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 16.9 oz bottle dated 12/20/13 into New Belguim globe

A-The pour is a murky reddish-brown color with a 1.5 finger frothy khaki head on top. Great lacing.

S-Lots of citrus rind in the scent that’s joined by caramel and pine.

T-Some toasty biscuit and sweet caramel malt underneath a hefty dose of citrus hops.

M-Smooth doing down and lighter in the body than expected. Slightly sticky mid palate with pine and lingering malt before drying out in the finish, accompanied by a sharp bitterness.

O-This was the second beer I've had from MBC and was recommended to try if I like SN Celebration. It rocked, great hops with some malt. Glad I got the last one

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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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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 portia99
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled on 01/31/13 - almost exactly 1yr old) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed medium amberish brown color...a bit dirty overall. Capped with a finger of pale tan foam that is somewhere between rocky and densely bubbled and leaves lots of foamy lacing on the glass - pretty much completely coats every inch of bare glass on the fresh pour.

S - Lots of malt up front displaying a variety of sugary nuances from caramel and toffee, brown sugar, burnt sugar, and molasses - this runs the gamut of sugars. Even after a year, there is still some noticeable hoppiness with a bit of citrus coming thru.

T - Hop bitterness prevails even at a year of aging giving this a subtle bitterness, but more importantly yielding a well balanced flavor by offsetting the heavily sugar influenced malt presence. Lots of sugary touches but never seems overly sweet. A vanilla-y touch mixes well and also smoothes the toffee and brown sugar which have a more forward presence in the flavor. Faint traces of milk chocolate further the dessert like experience.

M - Medium/full bodied with a mid-level carbonation. Caramelly sweetness, background grassy hoppy flavors. Very smooth with hardly any noticeable alcohol.

O - Not sure about how this is fresh, but after a year of aging this takes on a barleywine character which works pretty well. Quite well balanced and very drinkable...almost scary drinkable. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Backburner. Quite good.

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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 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 Roguer
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, three-finger off-white head from a turbulent pour. Retention is good, and lacing is excellent web-like. Beer is a coppery orange, and very cloudy, leading it to be translucent despite a bright appearance. Tons of carbonation.

Strong citrus aroma, specifically sweet tangerines, as well as floral slightly dank hops, as well. Caramel and honey in the malt backbone. Very hop-forward strong ale (by scent). Delicate but not subtle.

Sweet and smooth flavor, initially a light malty mix - again, fresh honey, flowers, and caramel – immediately washed over by bright but subtle hops, which are a little drier than the aroma: grass, a bit of pine, and some flat citrus peel. Experienced is capped off by more malty sweetness, which lasts with a noticeable and pleasant aftertaste. Other notes: slight vanilla, tobacco, mild pepper, and brown sugar, all behind the main hop and malt profiles.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and flat, but still feels a little lively, despite virtually no sting. Large amount of hops gives it plenty of bite. Medium-full overall, very drinkable, and no noticeable alcohol.

This is a pretty solid and hoppy strong ale. It almost comes across as a reverse DIPA: a ton of hops present primarily to keep it from becoming a malt bomb. There’s tons of flavor to go around, and it’s definitely tasty.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/14/13. About 5 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear red. Tall, frothy and fizzy light brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention - big island of foam. Heavy and thick chunks of lacing interspersed with thin little lines.

S: Big spicy, resinous pine notes. Floral too. Quite floral in fact, especially in the "aftertaste" or "afteraroma" maybe? Nice bready notes to follow it up.

T: Again with the spicy, piney notes. Still resinous, especially in the middle and back end. Hints of floral notes but not as notable as in the aroma. Sweet grainy/bready malt, especially towards the finish. Pretty heavy malt flavors lends to an overall balanced brew. Lots of spicy pine lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy. Sticky hop oils in the aftertaste.

O: A hoppy yet balanced brew for sure. Very similar to a hoppy amber like Zoe, but still different enough. Definitely a heavier malt presence for sure. The style reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, though it is quite a different hop and malt profile. Really tasty and easy drinking brew. Very nice.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml sent by Valdieu. Thanks! Into an MBC tumbler.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma brings assertive Cascade-like hoppiness. Piney, bitter citrus, some tropical sweetness to round things out. A bit of caramelized grain as well.

T: Taste brings tangerine, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, tobacco leaf, vanilla and a hint of mango, toffee, mild roasted grain, hint of booze.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is quite a hefty beer. The flavor profile reminds me very much of Celebration, but with the gravity amped up.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you're not a hops-head skip this one.
But wait-- it's not ridiculous-- it's not a distillation of some exotic grove grown hops.
To me this is an IPA-- and nicely balanced too among other ingredients.

The look-- for once a satisfying head, tightly knit sculpted and 3D lacing on the glass.
A translucent amber liquid-- too chemical sounding-- libation! Yes that's it.
Anoint your taster with this libation!

A nose that whafts the armoa of flowery hops.

The flavor has a wonderful presence of hops, bitterness, flowers, garden in bloom-- the earth. It's rounded out with just enough malt to balance the hops but not quite-- the see-saw is tipped in favor of the hops.

The ABV is high-- to tank this one when you're feeling good-- it's enough to make you sing YEAH and open another!

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Photo of hopdabble
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle stamped 11/14/13, poured 12/14/13..

A - I'm coming to terms with the fact that, generally speaking, I think beer is pretty - I've never seen one that I wanted to rate less than 4. That said, Lil One is a copper-mahogany color, almost opaque. A little of an inch of head, that persists... nice

S - pine sap, nothing more...

T - A little initial subtle sweet malt flavor, then a dense bitterness - nothing sharp or sour, and no hint of the high alcohol content..

M - sparkly, interesting - both thick and well carbonated...

look out for this one - quite a nice winter beer....

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Photo of imscotty
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a wine glass

A: Slightly cloudy amber brown color. Off white head died down quickly, some lacing.

S: A great smelling beer. Hoppy, strong floral scents, some citrus, and light malt.

T: Tastes strongly of the floral hops, citrus, grassy. Very flavorful. On the finish you get some lasting hop bitterness and some pine notes. There is a slight harshness to the bitter tastes.

M: This beer is well carbonated, tickles the tongue a bit. Medium bodied.

O: The flavor profile of this beer reminded me a lot of FireStone Walker Double Jack. I would say that Double Jack is a lot smoother and would be my preference of these two beers. Still, this is a beer worth trying and another great product by the Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/31/13

Note: This is the winter beer from Maine Beer. I forgot to drink it during the "cold, dark months." So I'm drinking it on the first hot night of the summer. Cheers to air conditioning.

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber with some amber and deep gold around the edges - creamy, off-white head - doesn't retain much of a cap (which is unusual, considering how pretty most Maine Beers are), but leaves some great lacing that makes up for it

Smell: Hoppy and malty, could probably pass for a malty DIPA - big citrus, with some oily and fleshy orange and grapefruit - some pine, and some earthy, floral, herbal notes - malts smell pretty rich, with some caramel, cooked grains, and cooked sugar

Taste: Ah yes, this is an American Strong Ale - big hops and big malts, almost balanced - sweet citrus, like candied orange and grapefruit - floral, herbal, earthy - some wet pine - medium bitterness overall - malts follow their aroma, with lots of caramel, cooked grains, and cooked sugar - maybe a bit too sweet, and the sweetness reveals the hint of alcohol - not really boozy, though, but almost

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, creamy, nicely carbonated, finished with a touch of booze

Overall: Brb I'm going to go sit in the snow outside

This is a good offering from Maine Beer. In retrospect, I probably should have drank it sooner. But the hops mostly held up, and they are good. I would say that the malts are a bit too earthy and cooked, but I suppose that is to fit the style. Worth a try.

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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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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-malty, pine, some fruit and spice, slightly herbal

T-pine, some citrus, malt with some caramel sweetness, herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, chewy with slight astringency

O-an interesting beer, not sure what to make of this, but pleasant enough to sip and enjoy

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber ruby red color with a solid soapy white head.

S - Resiny and chalky spicy, pine. The nose is very light.

T - Spicy onion, garlic, and vegetable, tea leaf, and a vinous spicy, cotton-like finish, pine needles.

M - Light medium body with a lingering vegetable garlic finish.

O - Unique.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear deep amber body, just incredible, topped by four fingers of snow white rocky foam that rose above the glass. Perfect.

Bits of pine, apple, oranges, apricots. Very subdued, requires a deep sniff.

Good malty base, semi-sweet with serious depth. Juicy citrus fruit. Big bitter bite at the swallow. Fruit returns in the afterglow.

Big smooth mouthfeel.

A tasty treat that I will look to revisit next winter.

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Photo of sommersb
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-04-2013
Freshness: Bottled 01-31-2013
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Amber colored beer that ranges from semi-clear to cloudy. Head is tan and a finger high, with fair retention and attractive lacing.

S: Smells are hoppy and spicy, with additional aromas of bready malts and fruity sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a piney hop bitterness and then reveals some caramel malt notes. Also get alcohol warmth.

M: Carbonation is high, with a chewy body. The finish is hoppy and a bit biting.

O: This is a strong ale -- strong in hop character and alcohol. A good beer that would most likely age well. Tastes very similar to an American version of a barleywine.

Thanks to DrewShal9 for the trade!

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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 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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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 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 Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 1/31/2013.

Appearance - Big head on a deep copper body. Mostly clear body. Nice retention.

Smell - Hoppy and caramely. Slightly buttery. Odd.

Taste - Less hoppy. Very caramely. And really buttery. Not understanding if it's intentional. Not a lot of other flavors. No bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Slick and buttery. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Disappointing Maine beer. I'm just not getting it.

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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
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