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Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Maple Nipple AleMaple Nipple Ale

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to snag a couple bottles at the Warren Store on a mid-September business trip to Vermont. The name of this beer just says it all: I mean who doesn't like maple and boob? An excellent combo.

Bottle #1 from this batch (158?) 22 oz. bomber poured into a balloon glass: a murky brown color with some head, not much lacing. Subtle scent of maple and malt, very little hop presence.

Up front this tastes like a decent brown ale, but the maple comes through perfectly in the aftertaste. A nice pleasant sipper for a fall afternoon - I shared this bottle with a friend and was itching to crack the other, but it was saved for another day. Not sure if Sean Lawson considers this his flagship beer, but it should be - this is damn fine drinking. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 18:53:08 | More by ElGallo
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the beer for maple lovers. If you love maple syrup then you have got to try this beer and really no better place for a brewer to make a maple beer than Vermont. After a vigorous pour this beer had a 2 mm head which faded to lace. There was a floating solid peace of something in the glass that I couldn't identify but it made me excited. First taste this beer screams maple syrup, even down the the mouth feel of the beer. It is smooth and ohhh so tasty as you continue to drink the maple falls to the background but the smoothness stays with you. Overall a delicious and uniquely Vermont experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:26:32 | More by Lakemonster
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I shared this bottle with three other friends. Poured into a tulip. The body is maple brown with a thin off white head that doesn't retain too long and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. The aroma is toasted malts with a bit of spicy hops with just a bit of maple to the aroma. Holy rich maple! The taste is toasty with a bit of spice and a really big maple finish. The maple is bold and rich and finishes pretty nicely. I think the maple isn't too overpowering and balanced pretty well with the toasty flavor. The mouthfeel is light but the maple makes it slightly sticky. It's still nice and the carbonation is well done. For a nine percent beer, this drinks pretty well, especially on a cool Autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:54:43 | More by Bendurgin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz foiled bottle, big thanks to MasterSki for the hookup. Rare batch 131, bottle #43.

Pours a crystal clear and very bright orange/reddish, some amber highlights, thick slightly off white head forms and settles down to a medium sized ring and layer around the glass, some lace chunks stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very sweet and malty, candi sugar, some caramel, a touch of maple syrup, very fruity, strawberry jam, a touch of citrus, orange marmalade, lightly herbal, pretty neat if simple aroma.

Taste is really neat, big and fruity, very sweet but not cloying, some maple sap, strawberry jam, fruit gum, orange marmalade, a bit of toast and biscuit, caramel, golden raisins, a bit of treacle/corn syrup in the finish, really big.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a touch of warmth but alcohol is really well hidden. Not really any maple character but a pretty unique beer. Thanks Alex!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:19:03 | More by Viggo
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this last week as part of a B-Day gift-haul of biers from ol' pal Artied2... Done raking some leaves so it's time to warm up... label states batch #156, bottle #79. Auf geht's....

Filled an imperial nonic.... bier was slightly cloudy, and a deep, intense copper hue. Carbo was steady, and a hard pour produced a thick, rocky layer of light beige froth. It ebbs ever so slowly, yet always maintains some cover, and the lacing clinging to the glass is top-shelf. Maple is the primary aroma wafting forth, sweetening the air. Should I close my eyes I imagine I'd think a pile of maple-soaked french toast was in front of me! The Nipple has decent body, with just the right firmness, and it is quite smooth as well.

Taste is interesting, with the maple being quite obvious, some caramel weaving in and out, and then some fruitiness which reminds me of an English old strong ale. The fruit I mentioned is in the guise of some green apple and pear, which linger in an odd-couple mix with the maple on the palate. Was originally going with a 3.50 for drinkability, but the more I had, the more I liked it. Birch? Bah!! Gimme Maple! Thnx Bro!!


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 20:54:11 | More by Bierman9
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a BIF, thanks Greg! Very excited to try a Lawson's creation, been wanting to for a while. This is from Rare Batch 156, bottle 15.

Nice looking bottle for starters, the gold foil adheres to the glass as if glue was applied. Popping the cap, the beer pours a light copper color, very hazed looking with a thin off-white foam that settles quickly. Good aroma, maple syrup is strong and maybe a little reminiscent of Life & Limb. Hints of alcohol in the background, but other than that it's hard to pick out any "beer" smells. The malts are silent and I suspect hops were added for bittering only, nothing late in the process for aroma (only my guess).

This tastes unique, definitely a lot of maple syrup character, sweet but not over-the-top, with a sort of sticky mouthfeel as well. That defines it more or less, really no counterplay from malts, just clean pale malts I suppose. I can't taste the alcohol but the burn comes through in the upper digestive system, making it a sipper. Rich and delicious, a good night cap of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 03:00:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass

Batch #165 Bottle #64

A- Pours a nice golden copper with a thin 1 finger bright white head. Not much head retention

S- Really sweet candy like sugar and maple syrup. Also getting a slight bit of graininess and hops from the beer itself. Really light smelling but gets straight to the point.

T- Tip of the tongue your immediately hit by the beer itself, paler malts, graininess and slight hops but after it goes down the creaminess and flavors of the maple syrup and sugars jump out and blend really nicely. Not very complex but like the aroma its gets it's point across and creates a really smooth and easy drinking beer.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slightly bitter yet slightly creamy finish.


Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:00:04 | More by Arenbeer
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into 2011 SAVOR snifter. no bottled on date.

A: slightly hazed. very amber, more like copper body. slightly off-white head, small bubbled. retention is good. tight lacing left behind.

S: sweet. burnt caramel. raisins. bubblegum. popcorn? hard to tell if the sweetness is from syrup or the malt. regardless, big, sweet, things i would expect from a maple syrup ale.

T: super sweet start. chestnuts. sugar in the raw. lots of unfermented sugars here. or maybe it's the maple? the finish definitely reinforces that maple was used somewhere.

M: moderate carb on a medium, almost full body.

D: sweet, cloying, a big beer indeed. if you like sweet, maple syrup, i highly recommend. more of a holiday brew for me, but since this was consumed so close to Christmas i cant say i mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:38:07 | More by Jimmys
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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maple Nipple pours a clear dark amber with a miniscule tan head. What fizz there is fades quickly, but leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint but has notes of maple, apricot and caramel malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is very sweet. Caramel malt, brown sugar, light fruit (apricot) and a little maple. Finishes a little dry with a slight herbal flavor. Once gone the brown sugar and fruity notes linger.

Very tasty easy drinking beer. Not as mapley as I thought it would be, but the sweetness is nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:09:57 | More by WanderingFool
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from my main man in the Cuse, BeerTruth. He has to send me at least 48oz of beer a week or I'll kick his ass. This will be my first brew from Lawson's Finest and I'm excited. I haven't had a Maple brew yet. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Rare batch #66. Bottle #110.

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a big one finger creamy white head that has decent staying power. A decent cap and collar remains with a light amount of sticky lacing.
Smell- Some nice light maple syrup from the get go but honestly it's sort of a foreign beer smell. The brew is lightly tart in the nose as well with a bit of raw white grapes and crisp green apples. A bit of raw wheaty malt hiding in there as well. Sort of smells like one of those maple donuts.
Taste- Oh wow, I thought this was going to a sweet maple mess. Starts with a bit of crackery maltiness and light maple notes. Its no where near sweet or syrupy although it is really thick. A bit of brown sugar toastiness and light bitterness hide in the background. On the finish is a surprising amount of bitterness. It sort of lingers and has a grapefruit or orange pith like bitterness. Fruitiness isn't the right flavor description but it's something like that.
Mouthfeel- Really thick and rich with a big creamy sticky feel that surprisingly isn't anywhere near cloying.
Drinkability- I love new beers. Especially new brews that are big and original and something that I've never tasted before. This is one of those. I figured it would be tasty but I was thinking it would be really sweet and cloying and hard to finish the whole 22oz. It wasn't and I really enjoyed this. It's unique and tasty and all sorts of drinkable. Thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 21:46:52 | More by younger35
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (Batch #169, bottle #47) into a Weyerbacher tulip, shared at a tasting hosted by HopStoopid120. Thanks again, Tony!

A: Hazy reddish-orange body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Decent retention and excellent lace. Attractive.

S: Weird. Sweet malt, maple, and some faintly herbal hops. Ok, but not especially enticing.

T: Opens with pure caramel malt, then finishes with pure maple essence. Surprisingly dry finish. Simple, unique, and tasty.

M: Soft medium body with light carbonation. Fine.

D: Considering that maple and caramel are basically the only flavors, it's really not overly sweet. Pretty drinkable, with no really booze presence.

Notes: My expectations for this one weren't too high, since I experience firsthand the horror that was Lawson's Maple on Brett at NotF. I'm happy to report that the Nipple was a far nicer thing to taste, as instead of tasting like moldy dirt and syrup-soaked gym socks, it provided a distinct (yet somehow seamless) transition from malt to maple, coupled with an astonishingly dry, clean finish. I won't be driving to Warren to seek this one out, but I'd gladly drink it again.


Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:43:09 | More by woosterbill
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well i went into this with low expectations, so it's no surprise I was happier than most. i was expecting a drink with big maple flavor and perhaps a cloying sweetness and I got neither.
the maple syrup is a nice sweetening agent, but if i tried this blindfolded i wouldn't even know there was maple in it. however, the sweetness is smooth, and as i said not cloying at all - a very nice balance not often attained. the result is just a nice slightly sweet dark ale with a nice carbonation fit for a cool fall evening. is it overpriced? many would say yes. I'm glad I bought it, but moneywise, when it comes down to this or three cans of heady, well you know....

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 22:34:32 | More by celfan
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sneakily cleared out the Warren Store with BeerTruth of this beer a mere hour before hitting SIPtemberfest :) Thanks to the wonder of hand bottling and signing I know there were only a limited number produced of this batch #66 of this, but thanks to the wonder of condensation, my bottle # is a blue felt tip pen mess of unreadable (#43?).

I poured this into my fancy "I spend way too much at Ithaca and get free shit" Excelsior tulip. I love the head (that's what he said) on this one, 2 fingers thick and it sticks around for a good minute before giving way to some real healthy lacing and thin white ring.

Ok I'm really not sure what to make of the nose on this. I get a hint of maple but then there is something else grassy (not hops) that is there as well. I'll have to come back and edit this sometime when I can put my finger on what I smell.

I'm loving that the maple flavor is really coming through on this, not just straight sweet sugar maple but real dark amber maple flavor, dark brown sugar but not too syrupy in the mouth. I still get that taste lingering after a few minutes but I have no problem with that. The carbonation on this is good. I want pancakes.

Oooooh yeah, 9%. Where? I don't really pick up the tell tale signs of higher ABV in the nose and not in the mouth until I start reaching the end of the bomber (and my sobriety). That is a + for drinkability, but I am finding now that the cloying maple sugar residue in the mouth is bringing it down a touch. A bomber will see its demise by my mouth, but not two.

P.S. Is this really a "fruit beer"? Unless I am failing at life again and do not understand the definition of "fruit", this contains none.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:35:49 | More by naproxen
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in snifter. Thanks goes to SneezyAchew for hooking me up with this one. Batch #169, Bottle #48.

A: Pours a glowing autumn colored amber with a large thick light tan colored head that took forever to fade into a thick bubbly film that left a solid sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet rich notes of maple (duh) and light caramel with hints of orange and cream. There's something else to it that I can't put my finger on, maybe some other type of fruit? Smells good at least.
T: Again, very sweet, but never sickly syrupy, with flavors of maple, molasses and maybe butter? There are some hints of spices near the finish, but I can't quite place my finger on them. Aftertaste is full of maple again, and some biscuit or toast-like malt flavors.
M: Medium creamy body with soft fluffy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
D: I was fairly impressed by this one. Not going to end up being one of my favorites, but for a maple flavored beer, this does a surprisingly good job of not being too overpoweringly sweet and syrupy. Thanks again for yet another great brew from Lawson's Finest, Michael!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:12:00 | More by scottfrie
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being the BAMF's that we are, naproxen and I got a couple bottles of this at the Warren Store, w00t.

22 oz. pimp gold tin wrapped bottle poured into a goblet. Rare Batch #66 Bottle #94.

Pours a cloudy orange tinted amber hue with a thick, chunky off-white head that falls leaving a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Ehhh, the aroma is a pretty lame maple syrup scent, not the Grade A goods...but the ghetto stuff. Some sweet toasted grains and a touch of roasted malts in the nose as well. I do notice though, that for a 9% brew there is absolutely no booze what so ever in the smell. Flavor is definitely a step up from the nose. A more pronouced maple flavor, but not overdone in the least bit. A touch of smoke and some gooey candy apple flavors in there too. Some earthy hops and a slight citrus sweetness find their way on the tongue too. Good lord someone get me some freakin' BACON!!! So the body seems a bit thin for 9%, I kinda want a bit more beefiness to it. Carbonation is a bit strong as well. Holy balls in my mouth how is this beer 9%?! Oh well, no complaints here. Lookin' forward to more of Sean's beers for sheezy...bring 'em on!

mmm, nipples.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:32:26 | More by BeerTruth
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is amber with a big white head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation. Some lacing is left behind.

Beer smells like maple and malt / molasses. Nice.

Beer has an almost nutty quality to it, lots of maple, lots of sweetness, and some alcohol in the front half. The beer overall is medium in body and has low carbonation on the palate. The finish is a little dry but not overly so. Interesting, it's a good beer for the ingredients, a little too hot but overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:43:35 | More by drabmuh
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's farmer's market release a week and half ago. Poured into Lawson's tulip and consumed right after Maple Tripple.

A- Dark mahogany brown with some translucency (definitely darker then the tripple), slightly below average carbonation, about a half finger of yellowish head.

S- Sugars, light maple syrup, malts, toffee, caramel, a bit of yeast. Smells almost like a watered down version of the tripple being slightly less sweet, not as aromatic, and not as much maple syrup.

T- Sweet caramel malts, a bit of yeast, a little bit of sugar, and a light maple syrup finish with a hint of booze. Fairly pleasant, maple syrup is definitely toned down compared to some of the other Lawson's maple beers. Could be a little bit more flavorful, but still very enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth.

O- This was a decent offering from Lawson's which is very good, but definitely a little bit toned down on the maple syrup compared to his other offerings. The maple syrup still adds a nice sweetness which in my opinion goes well with the beer. While this wasn't anything mind-blowing and definitely not one of Lawson's best offerings, I still definitely enjoyed this and in my opinion it is under-rated. I would definitely have this again and I recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 03:09:31 | More by jaasen64
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a rock art pint glass bought the bottle from the man himself at the warren farmer's market

A: There is a dark brown red coloring with a thin tan head i can't help but say it looks a lot like maple syrup

S: There is a wonderful smell of roasted maple goodness it is not as strong as I would like but its there with some malt in there too I think. I can smell a little bit of the alcohol which isn't a good thing but its not overpowering.

T: Well its definitely one of the sweeter beers that I have tasted its almost a weird flavor in a beer but it is maple syrup in it. Which I'm kind of disappointed about as its not a strong flavor but its definitly there. The roasted malt is there too but theres only a hint of it.

M: It is pretty thin on the outside but there is definitely a thickness too it. It is much more of a sipper then I expected it to be. It has an oiliness to it as well but is still enjoyable

O: I love Lawson's but this is not one of their best offerings, its not bad by any stretch of the imagination though. I like the flavors here, but I wish they were more robust or maybe overpowered by sweetness which isn't to say its not enjoyable, I liked it. I did not love it, worth a try in my opinion especially if you have an infinitely to maple syrup and hey he's in the middle of maple syrup country so why not do it up.

Serving type: bottle

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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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