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Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Nipple AleMaple Nipple Ale

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 26.7%
Wants: 61
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew loaded with local maple syrup and a kick!
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 240
Reviews by Teleweizen2:
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep mahogany brown color with bright ruby highlights. Two fingers of off-white foam dissipate to a thin fill with a almost a fingers thick of foam around the edge.

S - the nose is a bit muted but pleasant. Plentiful fruit esters in the form of figs, raisins, and cherrirs. Notes of toasted almond, brown sugar, chocolate shavings round out the nose.

T - sweet notes of granulated sugar and doughy bread on the forefront. Dusty brown sugar and toasty flavors as well. In the center the flavors all meld to create a french toast sort of character. There is a present yet pertinent american hop profile with an earthy and slightly citric bitterness. Finish is chocolatey but quick.

M - medium bodied with a slick and slightly watery texture. medium carbonation.

O - interesting ale. I was expecting something more from this ale but it was still decent.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, Bottle 95, Rare batch 156. Purchased at the Warren Store.

Pours medium honey amber, hazed, khaki head, long lasting, frothy, high quality looking all the way, leaves tongues of sheeting and nice looking stands and bits of lace. Nice looking brew. Silky smooth, rich and chewy

The sniff reveals waves of sweet malt, honey, vanilla.

Flavorful, super smooth, maltolicious offering. Maple, vanilla, honey all noted. Smoke, wood undertones. Softly biting hops come in late.

Luxorious fall/winter offering. Well crafted, delicious, understated yet bold, mild yet heady at 9%. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the SIPtember fest at Mad River Glen.

Pours a nice light golden color with a bit of lacing that stays for a while. Aroma is nice and maple with some sugar and sweetness.

Taste is nice and maple as well, some sugary notes and a bit wheaty. Very nice! A bit of nice light malt character as well, but almost no hops to it.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of brians52
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanOooh
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of nickd717
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber shared by Bubba83 on BA.

Pours hazy amber in color with a one-finger light khaki head and some lacing.

The aroma is big cardboard box, maple, and sweet malts. Could be a little oxidized or something.

The flavor is rather oxidized. Cardboard is the dominant flavor note. Besides that it's caramel malt, slightly sweet, and maple syrup.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not great overall, definitely a bit off. I wonder if this is how it always is or if something happened to this bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper with a decent off white head. Chunky collar. Clear body.

Smell - Bland aroma. Mapley. Slightly metallic aroma.

Taste - Much more mapley. Sweet and caramely. A little too sweet. No bitterness. No complexity. Kinda blah also.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and then dries out just a touch. Needs it.

Overall - Very uninspired. I like maple beer, but this is dull.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz foiled topped bomber into a couple of snifters. This was from Batch #152 Bottle # 57.

Pours a hazed, rose-hued amber, topped with a tight finger of creamy off-white head. This retains with a thin layer of bubbly froth, which just rings the sides with robust foamy lacing. The aroma is VERY smooth in the nose, with the sugary and slightly roasted character of the molasses mixing with a rather robust fruitiness from some citric hops. Notes of bread and some caramel round out the back. You can just tell that this is heavy from the way it sits in the nose but the flavors keeps a silkiness to them that I'm digging.

The taste is sweet up front, with a backbone of bread and caramel. There is definitely an aggressive bitter edge to this from the hops, along with some quite flavorful fresh citric notes of orange and lemon. The molasses is not overdone at all and a has a bit of a burnt roastiness of it's own going on, as it mostly stretches through whole way through but is REALLY coming out to me in a flush across the back end of the profile. The finish is a combo of dry, roasty, bitter, and earthy but it's the residual sugars from the molasses that linger the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp yet creamy feel that is equal parts lively and bubbly on the tongue. I just can't stress enough though how ridiculously smooth and easy this is for a 9% beer. No alcohol is detected whatsoever and I would have never guessed how big this was, except for the warmth that slowly started to creep across my face as I was working on this.

Wow, this was a VERY pleasant surprise that slowly worked its magic on me and a buddy as we got through two bottles of this. I think that this is one of those beers that you have to "get" and this completely worked for me. I loved how the molasses worked with the bright citric fruit notes and that big but approachable body makes for some fantastic sipping during those cold late fall nights. This beer just screamed Vermont to me. I nominate this as the official state beer!

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Photo of davod23
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks a lot, Greg.

Pour is a mostly clear orange, with a head the color of the San Francisco Giants' home uniforms. A thin cap of bubbles of varying sizes sticks around pretty well, though the glass is bereft of appreciable lacing.

Aroma is... not what I expected. This seems to me to be akin to an American Strong Ale. Boozier than I would have anticipated. Maple is barely, barely there. Vanilla is noticed when breathing out. Booze.

As boozy as it is in the aroma, the alcohol is pretty well-hidden in the taste. Still a stunning lack of maple though. Caramel apple, some breadiness. Solventy, slightly astringent. Medicinal in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin. Pretty smooth, adequately carbonated, but this beer is very, very light-bodied.

Drinkabiliy. Eh. I can't see myself putting down much of this.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not very good. I'm glad I got a chance to try this, and I will seek out other Lawson's in the hopes that this beer is an anomaly, but I don't ever think that this beer will grace my lips again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque caramel-amber body with 2" of off white head.

The smell is bready with caramel and maple syrup.

The taste is undeniably maple syrup. It's sweet but cut with a earth bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

It's pretty basic but still very tasty. I enjoyed it very much.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kinsman
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle at the beverage store in Winooski this morning. Fills the glass with a nice chestnut colored body and a creamy ivory colored head. Sweet but not overly syrupy on the nose. Maple blends nicely with the malts and theres just a hint of medicinal-cough syrupy sweetness in the background.

Maple adds a nice touch to the palate but it doesn't play as nearly as strong a role as it does in some of Lawsons other maple beers (Faystons stout). Biscuity and toffee malt flavors pair well with it. A bit of a full bodied feel to it makes for a nice drink on a cool fall evening.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of incubuscience
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Stonehill64
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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