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Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 52
Gots: 19 | FT: 5
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew loaded with local maple syrup and a kick!

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +34.8%

03-02-2013 22:24:01 | More by troegaarden
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SupremePie

Vermont

5/5  rDev +34.8%

10-07-2012 05:35:58 | More by SupremePie
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Kristyn

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-06-2011 00:28:23 | More by Kristyn
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +28%

12-03-2012 15:32:11 | More by rkcrozier
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Hendry

Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel perfectly fine about my rating being the current highest on Lawson's Maple Nipple because a good Vermonter loves their maple syrup and a masterfully crafted beer! The ratings on this maple mélange are low for the very reason Vermont amber syrup (lighter and sweeter) is more popular than the dark syrup (richer,woodsier).

Hard to get any kind of head even with an aggressive pour. Color is a gorgeous rich dark maple syrup color: very enticing. Opaque in appearance as is the variety of the boiled sap employed. Nose offers a hint of caramel with maple overtones:don't look for hops in the nose and you won't be disappointed. Does Lawson's MAKE hoppy beers? YES, but the style being reviewed here is a Maple Ale, so onward.

Dark syrup is what Lawson's chose for this concoction & imbues a rich and hearty flavor: you really get a solid hit of that with each rich hearty sip.
Sweet? Yes, it is indeed, the way a dark Vermont maple syrup tastes, but blended masterfully with hops,yeast and spices. Notes of alcohol are slight as it warms,not overly hot as other reviewers have noted.
Medium to heavy body, perfect carbonation,similar to a rich Vermont maple soda,but with an interesting blend of malt and slight hop character.

I'm wishing that I had purchased more than one bomber of this gourmet Vermont ale when I had the chance, but with Double Sunshine and Peril taking up most of my budget at Lawson's 5th Anniversary celebration, that's just the way it goes. Guess I'll have to wait until next April to score multiples of this delightful elixir!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:09:24 | More by Hendry
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bierdabbler

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-03-2013 14:46:32 | More by bierdabbler
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loupap

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

10-11-2012 01:26:00 | More by loupap
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-07-2013 00:41:33 | More by ScottP
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-10-2012 02:09:38 | More by pveilleux
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BrockettBrewing

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-17-2013 20:37:32 | More by BrockettBrewing
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Heavy-G

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-14-2013 20:45:01 | More by Heavy-G
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Brihon

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

07-17-2014 14:00:04 | More by Brihon
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Billolick

New York

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:18:57 | More by Billolick
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:55:48 | More by Kegatron
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Nipple Ale

Look - This poured a pink in the middle when held up to the light, red towards the sides, and an amber further on the edges. Not much head but lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Smell is definitely a red style, deep malts and some faint maple, not overpowering, well balanced.

Taste - I would classify it as a red ale meets roasted maple. There is a push of red malts, a bitter red-style peak, then a settle down to a sweet maple.

Mouthfeel - It is sticky but not boozy at all. Quite drinkable and refreshing for this kind of brew, not overly sweet and I appreciate that, I am not a fan of Foley's, which is a sweeter brown ale variety of this category.

Overall - Solid brew. I think it gets a bad rap on here and frankly I disagree. To each their own! I personally think this is a great fusion brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 02:57:55 | More by JMScowcroft
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strengthdoc

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently you can only purchase this beer by the bottle at a small store in Warren, VT. They receive small shipments and never know which type they will get each Friday. There is a 4 bottle per person per day limit. I was able to get my 4 bottle around 4pm on Saturday afternoon shortly before they sold out. The beer pours into the glass to reveal a nice hazy copper color with a thick tan head that last a while and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is mild maple, roasted malt and light apple. The mouthfeel was medium and mildly silky. There was a slight buttery feel on the lips as the beer was tasted. The first taste is mild maple with roasted caramel followed my a mild hop bitterness and an alcohol warmth in the finish. I am more of a DIPA fan, but I really liked this beer. If it wasn't for the alcohol taste in the finish it would be almost perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:41:30 | More by strengthdoc
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged this one about a year and a half. Batch #66, bottle #49 and poured it into a big goblet. It is a reddish-tinged orange with a short, very white head which turns into bubbles.
This beer smells great with some light caramel, poppy seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, and a hearty, yeasty bread aroma. The maple syrup is there, too.
It tastes like sweet maple sugar candy with the subtle crunch of sugar and the creaminess of the maple. It's quite mellow, though, with some banana bread, bit o' honey, a little lemon, and a slight oak char giving way to vanilla extract. Like having pancakes in a glass.
The alcohol is hidden and the sweetness is present, but yielding. This is an easy drinker and I like maple sugar candy so it also satisfies that craving. An interesting brew that I could drink for breakfast.

Update: The second pour from the bottle I include some floating yeast which gives a more pronounced fresh bread and maple feel. Mr. Lawson doesn't lie as this is both smooth and powerful with the alcohol approaching as it warms. Medium carbonation; a nice, sweet, and spicy libation on an early autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:46:46 | More by ManVersusBeer
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jjayjaye

New York

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 66 Bottle #87. Autographed too...wow, classy! This one is fun stuff. Thanks, Andrew!

Pours a cloudy light apple cider amber color with a BIG stiff off white head that resists fading and leaves a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind. I really like the smell it's crazy sweet maple syrup and pumpkin or something, very slight spice thing happening. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated, velvety smooth and medium-full bodied. I'm starting to feel a little heat..very little. Not distracting in anyway. The flavor is sweet and malty maple syrup...seriously 'get the pancakes out'. LOVE IT!. I guess you've really got to be in the mood for this one because I don't understand the scores that it's getting. I could drink this all night long. Point me the way to Lawson's!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:13:43 | More by jjayjaye
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-12-2014 05:06:34 | More by ccurrid
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

09-16-2013 16:46:39 | More by 80x2HopHead
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-19-2012 00:54:32 | More by Maseitz
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-27-2012 05:08:11 | More by JRod1969
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wil19b85

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

02-14-2013 00:02:30 | More by wil19b85
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-28-2012 03:26:24 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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steph1974

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

02-22-2014 03:23:08 | More by steph1974
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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.