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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
525
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
71
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Crab_gang
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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 shoretaxi
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BostonJustin
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stableatbest
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardK77
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Overall
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 kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clake
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek_Besly
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jfcaa193
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil One from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 525 ratings
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