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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 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 Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip-shaped snifter glass.

A: Pours a clean, reddish amber color with a slight chilled haze beneath a thin, creamy layer of ivory foam which regroups when agitated but fades quickly to a soapy lacing.

S: A potpourri of grapefruit, cherries and herbal, grassy hop aromatics. There are definitely some fruity malt esters at play but also a level of hoppy complexity that's begging for a sip.

T: Assertive, sweet roasted caramel malts rush the palate first, bursting with fruity and floral tastes ranging from citrus rind to apricot and blackberries. Then, a very warming and bitter blend of hop resins coat the palate, bringing prickly pine, grassy lemon and sharp, citric acidity to the palate. The finish is more bitter than sweet with a warming alcohol effect and somewhat oily finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with sharp, citric acidity and a bright, flavorful palate that allows carbonation to permeate malt sweetness and wash away hop resins.

O: A DIPA in sheep's clothing, Maine Beer's Lil One is a 9.1% ABV hop bomb with a little more malt complexity than your average "shock and awe" big, bitter IPA. The American Strong Ale catch-all category allows this beer to be as big, fresh and hoppy as it wants to be while offering a bit more fruity complexity, even though its nuances are crushed by bitter hops. A pretty good example of the style and certainly a beer for hopheads to try.

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Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz amber bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 013113 on side of label. Purchased at WIne Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Hazy auburn-amber with 1-2 finger frothy light beige head with good retention and copious lines and dots of lace.

S: Definitely a dank, earthy hops profile, heavy on the Columbus with that signature meaty aroma when combined with a lot of crystal malts. The maltiness is overcome by the hoppiness, but some raisiny sweetness pokes through.

T: The flavor is not very cohesive with a very 2-part character with a caramel sweetness with date and raisin then crushed by an earthy, herbal hoppiness with some meatiness and a round complete bitterness. The flavor is certainly more together with warming. There is a bit of astringent alcohol character when warm.

M: Smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A decent beer but the flavors don't really meld that well. Definitely clean, but too earthy for me.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Better Beer store in Fryeburg ME. Nice ladies and gents at that place.

Dark amber to caramel brown color. Very hazy, maybe too hazy but I think unfiltered beers are kinda ugly anyway. Big sticky head.

Strong grassy citrus and vanilla aroma. When Maine Beer and a "hoppy" description come together I expect pungent hop stank. I am not dissapointed.

Grassy citrus and sweet, caramel nougat malt body. Malt does an ample job of standing up to the hops. Maybe even some chocolate milk? No heat for 9% which is impressive. Thick, resiny body.

A resiny hop bomb from ME Beer, go figure. While this is indubitably a good beer I don't know that it stands out from any of the other ME Beer hop bombs. Probably my least favorite of that trio (Zoe, Peeper and Lunch. I guess you could count Mo too) due to the thick dessert like malt character but that's just my preference.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +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!

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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 Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/31/13

Presently, this is the #28 ranked "American Strong Ale" here on BA. Competitive category, for sure!

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a very sandy, dark brown color, with a slight off-white pillowy head. No light passing through, but not completely devoid of color. Sorta like very, muddy pond water.

S: Very bright, fruity, and hoppy. Hell, this smelled like a world-class DIPA. Grapefruit, mango, peach, and some bitter leaves.

T: Okay, now I get the "American Strong Ale" connection. The refreshing mango lingering during the aftertaste was to die for! On the front end, I actually got a good bit of malt to cut the hop down to size, a good bit of candy-coated booze, and a nice bitter bite.

M: Remarkably unsweetened. Seriously, this is the least sugary example of this style I've ever tasted. That allowed the ingredients to really shine and pleasantly stain the palate.

O: Another winner from Maine Brewing. We just got them in the DC area, and they've yet to disappoint.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Born" date of 01/31/13
Batch 01
Recommended to drink within 90 days

Pours a dark orange/amberish color, great sized head that fades at a slow rate, leaves a some nice patchy lacing along my MBC glass.

Smell has a huge hoppy aroma, bit more so than the typical "American Strong Ale", still has a decent caramel malt backbone, grapefruit citrus dominates the nose though.

Taste reminds me more of an East coast malt heavy DIPA, sort of like Stone Coast's Triple IPA was like, grapefruit citrus hops upfront with a interesting bitterness in the aftertaste, likely from some spicy rye character, caramel malt quickly comes in to smooth things over so not to be too one-sided, very thick and full bodied with a proper carbonation level that provides a nice creaminess, alcohol is pretty well hidden but this is still a sipper because of the heaviness of this beer.

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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 patm1986
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A picturesque pour out of the pint bottle. Dark amber colorations under a thick, cream-atop-the-milk-jug head. Really beautiful. I think a pour like this would be hard to miss regardless of how one holds the glass or tips the bottle; it’s conditioned that well.
Lil One smells simply like two very potent, hoppy-beer-friendly aromas: Pine and candied citrus. The layers of pine come and go from sappy to needle-y as the candied fruits alternate from orange to lemon. Simple, potent, fresh. And fresh is the key.
Don’t fret over what style you’re drinking on the first go. It’s big. Let it wash over. Lots of heavy hoppy bitterness from the get-go that warms, then mellows to a coppery malty balance. The booze, too, brightens with the first several sips, but once she warms, she settles too nicely on the tongue for 9.1%. The back end is mildly spicy, though I’m not certain if that’s the hop and malt bills or some added spice for the winter plunge.
The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect. It’s rich and syrupy, dense enough to linger discerningly, which for a sipper, for the cold, dark months is just the ticket.
I’m doin’ this guy with a jelly doughnut—wouldn’t you though? It’s working out pretty well. The super sweet and bright jelly rocks the shit out of the fatty, bitter profile into a push/pull bonanza for a hibernation treat. I’d also, however, go beef/rabbit stew, pot roast with parsnips and carrots, spicy-sausage-topped pizza, Indian, and other super sweet, fruit based desserts, and a shot of whiskey would make this baby shine.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 1/31/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Murky amber orange like color. Full finger of fluffy off white head. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Nicely carbonated.

S: Smells nice. Pulling good citrus like hop aromas. Orange marmalade, orange rind, and some pine. Maybe some herbal notes too. Then you also smell those sweet malts in there. It's DIPA on verge of barleywine.

T: Up front in the tongue, you get a tickle of hop bitterness. The flavors are of that juicy orange rind and other citrus juice. Again, some of that old hoppy herbal tea character. Then the malt bill gets you. Sweet and ample. Some earthy notes are there with those malts. On the finish, it's fairly dry. You get some booze warmth on the back end but no notes of it while drinking. Lingering hop bitterness.

M: it's a big medium actually. Somewhat chewy although it doesn't look that way.

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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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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into tulip. bottled 01.31.13. 2013 vintage.

A: hazy. a rich orange body. bright around the edges but gets deep towards the middle. slightly off-white head is very tightly bubbled. retention is real good, lacing limited.

S: initial aroma is definitely all American hops. clash of deep citrus, oranges mostly, and plenty of woody pine notes. hard to distinguish tons of molasses. cedar, certainly woody.

T: flavor starts very fruity. orange sorbet. a little bit of rose water is in there. bitter and big finish. lots of flavor throughout even long after the drink is gone there is a combo of sweet fruit/bitterness and a little bit of wood.

M: carb is actually a bit more on the mild side. full bodied.

D: a big guy for sure, the hops starts things off in an awesome way, especially on the nose. however after a few sips more and more grain comes through until a balance is reached. sticky, rich, woody, big. memory brings me back to stones arrogant bastard.

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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 rapidsequence
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Dark orange-copper. Decent head and attractive lacing.

Smell: Really lovely hops aromas with sweet fruits of all sorts. Orange, peach, pineapple even. Touch of pine. Caramel malt sweetness. If this was an ipa with only pale malt, I'd probably give a 5 for aroma, because the hops smell incredible. In this beer though, the sweetness of the crystal makes it a bit much.

Taste: As with the aroma, huge, just huge sweet fruity flavors. If you told me it had pineapple added, I'd believe it. Again, lots of sweet caramel malt, and I think a bit of spicy complexity from some Munich. More pine flavor than smell, especially in the finish, with bitterness not quite balanced by malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very soft in the mouth, in part because its a little undercarbonated. Sticky with sweetness and resiny on the end.

Overall: This beer has many attributes of an excellent beer. Actually, it has many attributes of several excellent beers that don't necessarily belong together. Either make a barleywine or an ipa, or do something totally different and make a strong ale. As it stands, it's tasty, but could be so much more if they went one way or the other.

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

Poured from bottle into ommegang tulip. Bottled 1/31/13.
Pours a deep ruby/orange/brown with a finger of foamy white head. Smell is sweet malts with a big dose of hops...wasnt expecting the hops to be so big, but it works well.
Taste is sweet malts, a bit of citurs maybe?? with nice hop flavor without much bitterness. Its a bit hot, but creamy and pleasant. Nice winter brew and great new addition to the MBC line up.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster. The color is dark orange There is a nice full fluffy head. There is a small amount of stickiness.

The aroma is full of punchy dank hop aroma. There is a nice dose of pine evident as well. Well I'm pumped now!

The taste starts with lots of caramel malt and toffee before revealing the heavy pine hop kick in the finish. This lives up to the billing of a strong ale as both flavors are a bit harsh and overwhelming with flavor. The German malts really come through well here. The aftertaste has a mild bitterness

This is full bodied with a nice sharpness.

I like this as a strong ale. The aroma leads one to think this will be a full on DIPA, but the caramel malts really kick strong in accompaniment.

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Photo of Holland
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep orange to almost brown color with a thin off-white head that stays and leaves a thick looking layer of foam on the walls of the glass with each sip.

S: hoppy right up front with some sweet malt, orange, and apricot.

T: taste follows the nose with more fruity flavors and a bit less hops. Would have liked more hop bitterness and/or less sweetness from the malt, but it's delicious overall.

M: carbonated, thick, easy to take down.

O: I really thought this was going to be a dainty pale ale when I picked it up. Still not really one that I'd age, and they say not to on the label, but it would be interesting to experiment if I came across it again.

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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 ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of ms11781
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 02/12/2013. Bottled on 01/31/2013. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a brighter amber color, closer to orange. A decent fluffy white head develops and reaches about a finger and half before settling in as a nice cap. The lacing is very abrupt and sticks the glass more when it left still for longer but it doesn't coat the entire glass.

The nose is very hoppy at first, bitter and citrusy before a sweet caramel like note takes over. Both are very nice and compliment each other well but there really isn't much else too it. With some beers that's enough but I'm not sure with this one.

The taste follows with the nose but the hops don't have the bitter bite that the nose implied. There is an almost melon-like note that isn't unpleasant but doesn't seem to work in a beer this big. There is some lighter citrus that gives off a melon note, but this isn't in line with that. The malt isn't as present in the taste as in nose either. That's not to say that the taste is weak by any means but the melon notes throw it off.

A body on the high end of medium with carbonation to match gives the beer a mouthfeel that is in line with the each. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a beer this big.

The hops here seem to be just a bit off for me. They aren't bad by any means but they don't jump out at me and take over the beer as I expected them too. That would be fine but the malt doesn't really take control either. I guess the beer falls into an odd space for me. The hops aren't big enough for to be a DIPA but the malt is too much to make a regular IPA/hoppy red. Neither seem big enough to make it a strong ale/barleywine. So it's a bit tough to categorize.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle split two ways poured into Founders glass. Bottle date of 1/31, the only batch they will make this year.

A- Pours a fairly translucent brownish with a light yellow hue to it. About a half finger of white foamy head that recedes at a moderate pace. Decent carbonation although consistency could have been slightly better.

S- Fairly hoppy with notes of pineapple and grapefruit balanced very nicely with sweet malts. I really enjoyed the aroma on this beer however the hops in my opinion faded a little bit too fast after letting it sit for a bit.

T- Hoppy notes of pineapple and grapefruit balanced with a nice lightly malty backbone that is perfectly well balanced with the hops. Not as flavorful as Lunch or some of their other beers, but probably the most balanced that I've tried from their lineup.

M- On the lighter side, nice carbonation although like I said in the appearance the consistency could have been a little bit better, extremely easy to drink at the surprising over 9% abv.

O- This was another great hoppy beer from MBC. The abv was extremely well hidden and the beer was very nicely balanced. Maybe not my favorite in their lineup, but definitely something I would like to try again and worth seeking out. At the $8-9 price tag for a 500ml bottle I'm not sure how often I will be drinking this in the future even if they make it readily available. I definitely recommend at least checking it out though.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/31, poured on 2/10. Really surprised at this great ale. Poured a lovely bright amber. Great floral\citrus nose that you find in the best DIPA's (which this beer reminded me more of than the boozier\maltier profile of an American Strong). Contained a unique sweetness that reminded me of watermelon. Hop forward but not a bomb, overall a solid balance. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. A real exceptional beer from MBC.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours an odd and ruddy red/candied brown with slight hints of orange. The head is nicely sized and colored almost a sand dune white. The beer’s body is murky, but not dense, with a nice clouding, while the beer’s lacing is light and stringy on the glass, leaving a few strands. On the nose, the beer smells of big piney hops with just a touch of fruity mango and onion. The malt sits below the hops as a very light caramelly touch mixed with some lovely breadiness that blends beautifully with the piney hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes rather straight forward with big grapefruit and pine bitters, with a touch of sweet malts which lead me to think of ruby red grapefruit juice. This taste is sadly subdued for what I was hoping. The beer begins with bitter aspirin, which quickly opens into grapefruit melding with light sweet malts that bring big ruby red grapefruit flavors to the mouth. The finish is strong with grapefruit and pine and a big rush of alcoholic heat, though no alcoholic flavors are present at all. The aftertaste rings nicely with light pine and some sweet caramel malt. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of heaviness on the tongue. The beer is smooth and creamy, with a nice crispness to it that does leave me feeling slightly refreshed. The mouth is left slightly damp, with only a ghost of the dryness coming off from the hops. Overall this beer is a bit of a disappointment. It is not a horrible beer, but it really doesn’t have the complexity of other Maine Beer Company beers. It reminds me of Celebration, only with more heat in the finish, which is nice I guess, but not worth the $9 I paid for it… The beer really just feels like a Double IPA to me, as I am really not getting enough of the malt from it. The beer is simple and tasty, but I was hoping for so much more and it just did not deliver. This beer is good, but I wouldn’t try it for its price point.

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