Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
11-17-2011 02:05:47 | More by oline73
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
09-13-2011 18:32:33 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
A-Pours a rather opaque brown with a fluffy mocha head.
S-Hints of graham cracker and brown sugar.
T-Malty, sweet, with notes of brown sugar that must be the residual of the maple syrup. Actually pretty nice, and much better than my memory of an earlier bottle I opened.
M-Medium bodied, nicely rich, not cloying, lightly carbonated.
O-Well, this is a pretty decent beer. My main gripe is that I paid a lot for it, and it does not measure up. Not what I expect from this brewery.
08-20-2011 01:04:16 | More by sholland119
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-26-2011 19:00:04 | More by Arenbeer
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-12-2011 18:28:55 | More by stakem
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-05-2011 18:36:51 | More by ffejherb
2.85/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
03-19-2011 01:48:18 | More by EgadBananas
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Thanks to imagineiii for a box full of Lawson's. As an avowed maple syrup fan, I just had to have one of these. Batch #186, bottle 30.
Looks a lot more like maple syrup than I thought it would, somehow I was expecting a dark beer; no idea why. Deep, burnished copper. Smell is more nutty than mapley.
Maple Nipple is sweet without leaning on the sugary warmth of malts, which is odd. The maple is understated; I was hoping for more strength in the syrup. Small caramel tastes, a few hops, sugar, malts underneath it all. Fairly simple & straightforward. Drinkable for the amount of alcohol, which is well-hidden.
One of the strangest beers I've tasted in a while; not what I expected, much more subtle, which is a bit of a lost art. Good beer, & I'm growing fonder of Lawson's with each bottle we pop.
02-12-2011 04:17:19 | More by maximum12
2.93/5 rDev -21%
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.
02-07-2011 01:28:28 | More by AgentZero
2.88/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
02-06-2011 15:43:25 | More by jrallen34
3.08/5 rDev -17%
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...
02-05-2011 00:13:55 | More by msubulldog25
3.58/5 rDev -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.
02-04-2011 17:52:31 | More by grub
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
01-30-2011 03:12:00 | More by scottfrie
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
22oz bottle generously provided as an extra by qspandrew poured into a Lawson's Finest Liquids pint glass (another great extra by him!)
Rare Batch #165, Bottle #72
A - This beer is quite nice looking, pouring into the Lawson's pint glass a clear, golden amber with a grand, 2-fingered, frothy eggshell head. Retention is good as it sticks around for the majority of the glass. Good lacing as well with wide, broad wisps coating the glass.
S - Smell is sweet, with maple syrup coming in vaguely through the nose. Hops are also quite prominent, and the contrast between the syrupy sweetness and the pine forest hops is very enjoyable. Also getting some fruits and sugar, but the maple and hops are the forefront.
T - The maple syrup comes through in the taste moreso than in the nose, and this beer is certainly sweet. The malts and syrup last throughout the beer. About midway through the fruits, grape and apple specifically, come through and mix with the pine of the hops to really make this a unique beer. The sweetness is on par with a strong bock, but without being overbearing to subdue the hops. Finish is long and filled with syrup and fruit.
M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty low carbonation. It felt good in the mouth but a bit lifeless. The head helps contribute to it's great smoothness and it coats the mouth during its long finish.
D - Drinkability is moderate. The alcohol is really well hidden, only coming through now and then in the finish but it adds a nice heat to it. It certainly does creep up on you, and I saw this bottle disappear dangerously quickly. However, besides the maple and hops, this beer does sort of drag on near the end, but while it lasts, it is pretty unique and tasty.
01-05-2011 01:07:55 | More by nhindian
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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...
01-02-2011 06:43:57 | More by kkipple
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
A: Orange in color and slightly hazy with about a half inch of white head that leaves a thin sheet of lacing behind.
S: Malt, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar.
T: I estimate that this beer tastes exactly as intended. Of course this beer was brewed in Vermont,home of the best maple syrup in the nation. The beer is sweet, with flavors of maple syrup, molasses, and brown sugar.
M: Very sweet, with a medium body and moderately low carbonation.
D: An interesting idea and well done, but still not very drinkable. Enjoyable in very small quantities. I'm glad I got to try this unique brew.
12-22-2010 01:23:18 | More by Huhzubendah
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
12-19-2010 23:48:09 | More by Thorpe429
Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
84 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.