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.

Added by bishopdc0 on 02-01-2013

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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 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 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 ToasterChef
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased today, it was filled 1-31-13. I'm serving it at about 60° in a MBC glass.

The beer has a dark copper color with hints of amber. The head is large and colored nearly white. It has lots of foamy soap bubbles and good, thick lacing. There doesn't appear to be much rising carbonation.

The beer has a big hoppy aroma. It smells like a very big beer—like a barleywine. Hops are bitter and citrusy and the malts give off a crystalline sugar sweetness. Hints of toffee and alcohol can also be detected.

The beer isn't as malty as I thought it may be. The malt base is greatly overpowered by the plentiful hops. They are bitter and spicy with a little bit of citrus and a lot of pine resin. Alcohol flavors are apparent as I swallow, but its the hops that linger.

The beer has a big body and leaves a sticky coat, but something about it feels slightly watery (it's hard to explain). The hops and carbonation give off a lot of tingling sensations, making the beer feel a little spicy. Alcohol is warming.

This is a much bigger beer than anything MBC has done and I think they mostly succeeded. Personally, I'd like to taste a little more of the malts. What this beer does do very well is masking its high ABV; there are no extra unfermented sugars here. The small batch size of this beer makes me think it will be a while before I have it again, but it appears on the shelves again next winter, I would buy a bottle.

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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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Lil One from Maine Beer Company
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