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Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 235
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
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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Photo of largadeer
1.59/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bubba83 opened a bomber of this. Thanks, Kevin.

Copper colored, the body is cloudy, almost opaque. A small head forms and retains pretty well.

Maple, toast and oxidation on the nose. A lot of cardboard. This smells very off, oxidation is overwhelming.

Palate is also dominated by cardboard, really oxidized and stale with a bit of maple behind it. A little toasted bitterness comes through in the finish, and an odd medicinal flavor. The body is thin. This is pretty bad. (474 characters)

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. (505 characters)

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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer at the dive.

A - Poured into a tulip a dark clear light brown hue with a light thin blanket that fades to leave a thin light blanket and left a thin halo.

S - Aromas of maple dog? Really maple acrid dampness. Ugh.

T - Taste is light maple, metallic, malts caramel, awful.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carved and faintly drinkable.

O - Overall I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. Faint maple, more metallic than anything. (445 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium bronze colpr, light offwhite head decent lace.aroma was sport of metallic,astringent and mapley. Taste was maple and bopze, some oak and odd astringency. Feel was medium creamy nicely carbonated. Drink was average. Nothing special rashly. Nice to at least try though. (274 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sean for this 22oz bottle poured in a perfect pint glass... This pours a clear medium copper with about a full finger of off white head. Good retention leaves a solid ring, ok lacing... the aroma is light and sweet. Maple is the main note throughout, also some honey. Boring... The taste is borderline bad slight maple, stale wet grains, medicinal and flat. This just doesn't taste very good, not appealing or new. I had a tough time drinking my pour.

Pass on this. (476 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice amber colored beer with nice carbonation bubbles moving up the glass. Good sized head with some nice lace.

S - Caramel malts, maple syrup, really kind of a one note thing here.

T - The maple definately comes through here with some caramel and toffee malts. Overly sweet with little complexity, this really isn't that good.

M - Smooth, slightly sugary, with moderate carbonation.

D - Kind of hard to drink as it's too sweet and not really all that good. I'll pass on this. (485 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A 22 oz. bottle, wrapped in gold foil down the whole neck. [Handwritten] notes from brewer Sean: Rare Batch: #169; Bottle #73. Poured to a 'Widmer' pint glass at cellar temperature (50-55° F). A late fall send by BA sleepydave.

'A big and rich maple ale loaded with Vermont's finest maple syrup. Watch out...it's smooth and strong! 9% a/v'

A: I'm completely smitten with the look of this one: burnished copper/auburn with a multitude of carbonation ribbons. Mostly clear, but something mildly hazed belies the latent strength. Terrific head: a healthy 2-fingers of dense foam, gold-tinged tan cream that holds a couple minutes before a gradual fall to a patchy film and sticky lace.

S: Even at a warmer temperature, this isn't nearly as enticing as I'd expected. Lightly toasted and gently spiced malt, the mild sugar/candy sweetness that is more 'jelly bean' or 'gum drop' over 'maple', maybe even 'Red Rope'. It's reasonably strong, but really (and unfortunately) one-noted...

T: 'Strong ale' maltiness, a little nutty and a little more 'envelope flap' gumminess. Strangely metallic, too; a coppery or tinny sort of flavory; bloody? Not at all what I expected from a 'maple' beer'. A little woody and tannic, oddly peppery.

M: Velvety smooth, medium-full body, moderately 'chewy'. Carbonation is soft, alcohol is somewhat hidden, although at 9% it's impossible to eliminate it altogether. If I'm extracting 'feel' from 'smell and taste', it's a solid beer with a refined mellowness and lasting finish.

D: That brassy/metallic flavor dominates after each sip and is really a turn-off. To the point it was a struggle to finish. To the point, also, I don't really want this again - unless much more sweet maple can be ensured. Disappointing, but maybe because my hopes were so high... (1,791 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a half-finger of white head. A moderate amount of a white head and a bit of a thin collar as it goes down. The nose brings some slight maple character. Very faint indeed. There is a bit of sweet grain and some brown sugar there as well. The taste is slight molasses and brown sugar in addition to a bit of maple character. Medium body with pretty good carbonation. Not my favorite Lawson's beer, though glad I got to pick this bottle up. (494 characters)

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. (416 characters)

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. (866 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring with very mild lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet and malty. I'm picking up some brown sugar and a mild apple smell. There is also some alcohol.

Taste: Malty and a bit sweet with a fairly strong bitterness throughout. The finish contains some brown sugar and maple as well as some alcohol. Not bad, but not nearly as interesting as I had hoped.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and a little bit sticky. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: I wanted this to be spectacular, but it was just alright. Oh well, still not bad. (693 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over silver pry-off unbranded pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; this is me first Lawson's beer and I've heard nothing but fantastic things about the brewery. 8% ABV confirmed. I dig the simple no-nonsense label art. Unpasteurized and unfiltered - I like that.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a head of one finger height and healthy khaki colour. Good creaminess and attractive soft complexion. Good thickness and retention - about 3-4 minutes. Nice supple lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Even and consistent. No "legs" here.

Body colour is difficult to describe; it's a glowing murky caramel-brown with orange-peach hues. Some mild translucence, but it's nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Certainly appears unfiltered, but I wouldn't call it hazy or cloudy.

Looking good for a "maple ale." I'm content to review as an Herbed / Spiced beer as is currently listed, but I'm not going to very stringent as this style is sort of a rubbish catch-all anyway.

Sm: Rich maple wood and maple syrup - but real true syrup, not the crap you buy in the store. It's evocative yet subtle; I'm liking where this is going. Mellow nuts - perhaps hazelnut or walnut. The nuts and syrup blend well together in an attractive cohesive melange. Brown sugar. Perhaps birchwood. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. Any hop character is minimal in strength and likely merely there as a preservative. Some cream. Subtle and below average in terms of strength. Brown malts. Light breadiness. Light fleeting cidery notes. As it warms somewhat, I get a bit of subtle spice; I'm terrible at guessing spices but I'd wager one of them is nutmeg. Not getting clove. Some toffee and caramel. I like the execution here, and as it warms I uncover more and more complexity. Really excited to try it.

T: Hm. Pleasant maple syrup is indeed the first thing I notice; it's spread throughout and supported by a pleasant unobtrusive brown malt bready foundation. Good body here. Slight cream. Brown sugar evenly sprinkled throughout. The spicing is subtle; maybe some buried nutmeg? Some woody (mainly maple) undertones. The nuttiness is buried, if present - certainly not as evocative as it was in the aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Overall, it's an approachable well balanced flavour profile with interesting complexity - albeit less than promised by the aroma. I do like it, and there's some mild subtlety here, but I'm not blown away like I hoped to be given Lawson's' reputation. Very likable interesting stuff and unconventionally executed; I'm not convinced it's best examined as an "Herbed / Spiced beer," but there's intriguing experimentation here and it doesn't fit neatly into any style I've had before per se. It delivers on its concept - it's indeed a maple-driven ale. I just wish it brought a bit more to the table. Any hopping is unnoticeable.

Mf: Good carbonation. Smooth and wet. Not as syrupy as you might expect, and it never comes off too thick or overbearing. Nice presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, facilitating flavour delivery more than adequately. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Not crisp. Unrefreshing.

Dr: I guess this is one of Lawson's more available offerings? I'm far from blown away, but I'm not unimpressed. The beer overall isn't incredible, but based on this alone I do think Lawson's is a promising brewery to investigate. Would I get this again? Maybe in the right mood. It might even develop a bit with age. But the complexity, subtlety, and balance I look for in truly great beers just isn't here to full bore. I'm glad I got to try this and I'm far from disappointed, but I'm not able to get a good read on whether or not Lawson's reputation as an amazing brewery is justified. I like what I'm seeing, but I need more. A drinkable brew overall with intriguing experimentation, but nothing to write home about. Certainly worth checking out, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or go out of my way to track it down. Pleasant mellow stuff. Thanks again, ICCULIS!

If I had to guess/impose the style, I'd go with American Strong Ale. Definitely doesn't come off like an "Herbed / Spiced Beer."

B- (4,578 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to kevanb for the share. 750 ml bottle served in a FW mini snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan had forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Minimal lace.

S: Slightly hoppy with maple sweetness. Stale malts with a light cookie sweetness to it. Raw honey.

T: Lagery and kolsch like. Maple sweetness. Pale malts with a little blandness to them.

M: Medium to light bodied. Medium low carb. Slighlty sweet.

O: This was ok. Very odd style of beer. Wouldn't really want to try again. (520 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from jmu500...thanks John! Pours a caramel color with little to no head. Carbonation appears to be low from first look. Doesn't leave any lacing. Visibility through the glass is non-existent, as it's very cloudy/hazy.

Aroma is similar to a American Stong ale. Some hops, little big of toasted malts...and yeast. Not really picking up the maple syrup in the nose. If I consentrate hard enough, maybe...but it might just be in my head.

Flavor is interesting. Light to medium body, medium carbonation...very sharp and boozy. Not as thick and creamy as I expected. Also, not nearly as sweet as anticipated due to the description. Regardless, not bad at all...just different. Lots of strong ale resemblances. Slight hops, yeast, and again...more booze. Glad I got to try this one! (790 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. Thanks Bendurgin! Nice amberish slight red body. A little bit of off white head laces the glass nicely. No haze. Looks good.

Smells like a sweet candy, a bit of hop bitterness is noticed, but not much. A bit of toast aroma is also noticed in the background.

This starts out nice and mapley, but finishes a bit drier than I wish for the maple to shine. A good amount of bitterness is noticed, but not much hop flavor at all.

Average mouthfeel and drinkability. This one drinks a lot like an American barleywine with an added dimension of having maple. I love maple so that's a good thing. (613 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Todd.

A: The beer pours amber in color with an off-white head.

S: Sweet maple and bread are pretty much it on this one. It's exceedingly simple. There might be a touch of apple and pear, maybe some woody notes and toffee.

T: Like the nose, most of the character is just sweetness. A fair bit of sugar, toffee, and brown sugar with perhaps some toasted bread. Despite being so high gravity, it's a little bit watery.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: Nothing offensive or repulsive, just boring, bland, and uninteresting. (554 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to clockworkorange for sharing a bottle of Batch #152 Bottle #21 on 4/2/11.

A - Poured a hazy carmelized orange liquid with a bubbly off-white head that dissipated into a cloudy, patchy retention and very sparse lacing.

S - Smells like a sweaty stack of pancakes. Maple syrup and caramel candy abounds.

T - Initial flavor is really sweet and syrupy with lots of maple character and just a hint of herbal hop bitterness. Kind of one-dimentional, actually. Sweet and dominated by a strong maple character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and mild carbonation. Perhaps a little thin overall. Not much bitterness of which to speak, although there is an abundance of residual sweetness left on the palate.

D - I must say that I was a bit underwhelmed by Maple Nipple. This is one nipple of which I was quick to be weaned off. (845 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, maple, spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the maple doesn't really come out all that much in my opinion. (530 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to Thorpe429; thanks for sharing this one Mike.

a - Pours a mahogany amber color and one inch of white fluffy head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, maple, molasses, fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of caramel malts and maple again up front, and then wheat, fruit, sugar, molasses, and alcohol. More alcohol than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent spiced beer but something in the taste was a little weird to me. I enjoyed the smell but not the taste as much. Probably wouldn't seek it out again but would give another try if I came across it. (659 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #165, bottle number 68. Served with a little bowl of Vermont grade B maple syrup, into which we dipped maple cheddar cheese. Why? Because we could.

Mini review - time is short!

Clear copper, spotty lace, minimal head. Noses of woodsy, cool brown malts, clean fermentation, residual sugars, hints of burnt sugar, maple. The maple is not overwhelming.

Smells and tastes really like a German Alt (weird I know) on 'roids with added woodiness. The maple flavor is way more subdued than anticipated - I mean this IS called Maple Nipple after all - but it is nice... but not great. Mildly sweet. Slight roast. Clean, slightly warming, seems very attenuated, needs more maple aroma and flavor, in my opinion. Vermont makes THE BEST maple syrup (as this cheese and maple is attesting to) and I want to taste lots of it in this beer! Maybe pump up the mouthfeel too... it's a bit thin...

A beer called Maple Nipple from Vermont needs to be a Maple Extravaganza. This isn't bad, but could be so much more... (1,007 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with about a finger of white fluffy head on top. Sticky white lacing covers the inside of the glass.

Fruity with peach, a bit of potato and some sweet maple syrup. Some vegetable-like notes, but then more sweet syrupy malts. Interesting. Not really sure what to think about this one.

Flavor is sweet and malty. Pale malts, maple syrup and some light hops to round things out. Picking out caramel notes and a hint of vegetable/sweet potato.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, but a little resiny. Faint warming alcohol. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I really like the maple syrup aspect of this beer, but it feels like one or two things are just a bit off. I think if Lawson's were to tweak the recipe a little bit they could have an A range maple beer on their hands. Still enjoyed the bottle I had though and I would love to get my hands on some Maple Tripple. (901 characters)

Photo of grub
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

MasterSki hooked eric and i up with a bottle of this. thanks alex!

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. batch 131, bottle #43. sampled nov 14/2010.

pours hazy pale brown/dark orange with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is neat. caramel and toffee. rye bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. maybe a hint of maple, but not much. woody and herbal.

taste is nice. very fruity. earthy and woody and herbal. rye bread with just a slight toast. light alcohol. bit of caramel toffee and maple. low bitterness level. tough to describe, but interesting.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a relatively dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. sort of an odd but interesting beer. i don't know if it's completely to my taste, but it was neat none the less. (862 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of Sean's 'Vault' this heretofore unnamed ale had been aged for two years before being released at the Lawson's Finest Liquids one-year anniversary on St. Patrick's Day, 2009. It was a perfectly clear golden-amber color with an off-white, fluffy, one-finger head. The retention was excellent and the lacing streaky. The aroma was of sour green apples, pale malt, floral hops and a touch of maple sweetness. The flavors were wild! Sour apples, tart esters, Belgian yeast, orange peel, a clear alcoholic bite and herbal elements. Very citric and acidic overall; reminiscent of a punchy, Flanders Old Bruin. Crisp but lacking enough malt to balance it. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation medium. (723 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from random scribbled papers I thought I lost. This sampling took place at the same time mentioned by Ffej. Thanks to Jason for sharing on 4/2/11. Bottle 21, batch 152 poured into a mini snifter.

This brew appears a hazed orange, almost brown color. A creamy head retains fairly decent and provides a coating of huge, leggy lace that finds a place to stick all over the glassware.

The smell of the brew was quite sweet which to me initially smelled very candy-like. After thinking more about it, maple makes sense but it didn't have that specific scent about it that screamed maple. The grainy aspect of this brew comes across very fresh and enjoyable.

The taste of this brew again is quite fresh and grainy with a sweetness I associate initially as being candy-like but again, a maple incorporation makes sense. A little toasted malt comes through as it warms with a light spiced aspect that is somewhat like orange zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a nearly full feel. It boasts a light level of carbonation but is easy drinking. It is my understanding that maple sugar is highly fermentable, that didn't seem to be the case with this beer. If it was a little more attenuated I couldn't have easily drank more but as-is, it lends itself as a very sweet desert offering. (1,288 characters)

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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.