Maple Nipple
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #55
Ranked #20,207
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Sep 21, 2021
Feb 06, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Our robust, rich maple ale is loaded with 100% pure Vermont maple syrup. It delivers a smooth and palate pleasing mouth feel with a slightly sticky finish!
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Rated: 4.44 by jdow117 from Ohio

Sep 21, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Lawsons are good was expecting a bit more ground-breaking here, but a deeper flavor here with mild maple tone. An autumn tradition perhaps, but the Sips varieties are way better.
Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by TimG_0913 from Delaware

Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
L: Crystal clear dark amber with a thick, creamy head and great lacing.

S: Sweet candy malt and maple syrup. Very bready.

T: Follows the nose, but more complexity. Pretty substantial bitterness, but the sugary maple flavors overwhelm it. There are also some very nice toasty bread and peppery alcohol elements as well.

F: Full bodied, creamy and syrupy.

Overall: Well, I must admit that I am a fiend for any and all things maple, so this beer really did the trick. It does a terrific job of showcasing maple flavor and integrating it into a beer flavor profile. In other words it has a great maple taste, but the flavors don't end there. Love it!
Mar 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2021
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Rated by TheBeverageKing from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Exceptional full flavor beer. Not too sweet - balanced with some bitterness. Rich & complex.
Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by Unitspin from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a lovely chestnut - amber color. Completely clear. Thick pillowy tan head collapses steadily until a thin partial layer of foam remains on top of the beer. Tan lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is interesting - from farther away you get some light maple syrup and some earthy nutty notes. Up close Im actually getting the hops which have taken on an earthy wet leaves kind of note. There are some lighter notes of caramel and yea ... maple syrup is still there.

Taste follows the nose with an earthy, nutty maltiness up front. The maple syrup is quite subtle which is a bit surprising given how nicely it showed out on the nose. Moderately bitter earthy hop notes on the back end. The resulting profile is a sweeter than usual amber ale (but not cloyingly sweet by any stretch). Feel is light, bright carbonation, somewhat drier on the finish, but it seems like its mores due to the bitterness on the finish and how it presents rather than the beer being a dry beer per se.
Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by artiefufkin from New Jersey

Nov 26, 2020
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A great amber ale... with maple syrup! Smooth and, despite the high ABV, goes does clean. Great color and a bit of lacing head. Seek this one out... well worth it!
Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A crystal clear amber with a foamy tan head, I approached this thinking it would be overly sweet (Maple Nipple? Hello!!!), but it wasn’t. There’s loads of maple on the nose, as expected, but the nose is if anything a bit muted.

The taste is anything but muted. There’s the maple forward, center, and back, and there’s also caramel, but what I did NOT expect was bitterness, almost piney - did Lawson’s hop this with Chinook, Centennial, or Simcoe hops???

I don’t know, but I know whatever produced the bitterness worked, because this could’ve been too sweet. Instead, it’s really balanced and full of flavor.

My only regret - this would be a perfect late fall beer. I should’ve held this until October/November, because this would have been PERFECT sitting by the fire and sipping on this.
Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Light brown, dare I say amber color with a finger of toffee colored head. Smell is caramel, malty with clear notes of maple syrup. On the tongue, I seem to bounce back and forth between tasting the maple and regular old malty sweetness. Slightly bitter at points, but subtly. Medium feel. Not my favorite style, but an interesting beer.
Sep 06, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Cfitty from New York

Aug 12, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 27, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can. Poured out a burgundy color with golden highlights and a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of maple syrup, caramel and rich toffee. Sweet Vermont maple syrup taste with toffee and a very subtle bitterness.
Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and herbal hops. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of herbal hops, caramel malt, honey, maple syrup, spices and red fruit. Finish is long and semi-dry and spicy. Nice brew.
Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Today marks my first day off in a week, following six (6) ten & a-half (10.5)-hour days! I just started a job as a sorter in the post office & we are busy, busy, busy. I am tired, tired, tired, but getting used to the pace, the hours & the pay! 8=) The start of today will be Stout Sunday before switching to something else. For me, too many Stouts are as binding as cheese for some people. 8=p This one will mark the transition.

From the CAN: "Keep Cold! Enjoy Fresh!"; "Straight From the Green Mountains to Your Head!"; "Our robust, rich maple ale is loaded with 100% pure Vermont maple syrup. It delivers a smooth and palate pleasing mouth feel with a slightly sticky finish!"; "Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a family owned, award winning brewery located in the picturesque Mad River Valley. Visit our brewery, retail store, and hand hewn timber frame taproom in Waitsfield, Vermont."

I was nonplussed after that last one of theirs which I drank down more quickly than I realized. 8=( No matter as I Crack!ed open the vent on this one & CANmenced a slow, steady, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was amazed as I watched it foam forth to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose reminded me of the late-1980s when every brewpub had an AmeriCAN Amber on offer. They tended to be malt-driven and as a result, awfully sweet. Sniffing this, I got maple syrup, honey, proofing bread dough, but no hops. 8=( Fair dinkum. I was just hoping that they might throw this old dog a bone. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but surprisingly big for the style! The taste, while still tending sweet, managed to sneak in an underhand anise quality that made for a nice change of pace. Finish was semi-sweet to semi-dry & while I did not dislike it, I was left underwhelmed. YMMV.
Jun 08, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 4/22/20, so 5 weeks old.

Looks magnificent in the glass. Deep amber mahogany body with a generous off white head which persists in lesser form throughout, leaving excellent lacing. Tiny streams of carbonation can just about be seen.

Strong malty aroma, caramel, and slightly sour.

On drinking, well this is a very strong tasting beer. Abv of 8 warms the back of the throat. Malts are powerful. The maple syrup is barely discernible, though more so as the drink warms. The problem I have with this beer is than the finish is quite bitter, and a little sour. It also leaves a metallic touch on the tip of the tongue.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a sour bitterness with that metallic touch.

Overall, I was excited by how this beer looked, but it went slightly downhill in the following categories.
May 30, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Justincredble from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2020
Rated: 3.52 by Noelito76 from New York

May 25, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Icka31 from Ohio

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
$ 5.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.313/oz). Purchased 5/15/20 from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store. Reviewed 5/18/20.
Stamped on bottom rim of can “CANNED ON 01/22/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 59 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Medium amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Deep amber (SRM between 12 and 15), murky. When held to direct light, a bright orange shade appears.
Head – Average (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan with amber tint, high density with many medium rocks, short retention, diminishing to an eight to fourteen mm undulating crown fed by effervescence and a thin cap. Small pieces of foam remain hanging on the side of the glass.
Lacing – Fair. Small amount of torn curtain lacing.
Aroma – 4 - Sweet maple and roasted (caramel?) malt, no hops, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with a light maple sweetness short of cloying mixed with a weak caramel flavor, no hops, no yeast. No alcohol (8 % ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide. Ends with a very slight bitterness and leaves my lips slightly sticky.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, short of syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Very less than overpowering use of maple – more of a tease – although it shines in the aroma, causing visions of maple sugar candy to dance through my head. Overall, much less bitter than the average amber ale. Still, the price point is not out of line for most 16 oz cans in this area. I’ll try the Maple Triple if I run across it. The label has fairly simple artwork and little information.
May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Big, frothy head, very light beige in color. Retention is quite good, leaving behind massive amounts of spiderweb lacing. Body is dark amber with garnet highlights, and perfectly transparent.

Deep amber nose, with plenty of caramel, toffee, and toast, balanced with light citrus, bark, and sharp pine. Any maple on the nose tends to blend in with the brown sugary caramel malt.

Sweet on the palate, unsurprisingly. Toast, pine, caramel, orange rind, maple syrup, nuts, brown sugar. Remarkably refreshing for the imperial strength ABV. Also very well balanced, with a healthy dose of hops to balance out the sweetness of the high malt base and the maple syrup.

Lively and slick on the palate, easily inviting further sips, and dangerously drinkable at 8%.

Really nothing about this should be a surprise: it's an 8% ABV amber ale with maple syrup, and it presents exactly as such. Reading through other reviews, they seem all over the place, with some people getting a ton of maple and no bitterness, others finding little maple. I'm straight down the middle: it's balanced, bitter, sweet, and smooth, and the maple is clearly a focus without overpowering the rest.
May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this at the source back in late October 2019, man such a pretty place, such a pretty time of year, and a beer whose appearance follows suit. Beer legit looks like fall.

Pours an auburn/light brown/dark amber color. 1/3" off white/light beige head. Very pretty, very sexy, show bobs & vegene. Aroma has that maple syrup, fall leaves, earthy amber/red kind of malting going for it.

Taste is a little sweeter than I prefer, but I still like it. Easily better than your average red/amber beer which I tend to rate lower than my average ratings per style. Usually when I dig them, its because they are super hoppy, but this is the rare occasion where I'm all about an almost zero hops amber ale. The maple really carries the day here. A little bit of that nuttiness, caramel and fall leaves aspect to it, man, how nice would this be on a summer evening around a fire with a cigar?

The alcohol doesn't seem hot, but it does provide a light metallic bitter aspect to the beer. Would buy again off a grocery shelf if I came across again.
May 05, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by ajdemma from New York

Apr 30, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: crystal clear; dark amber in color; 1+ finger tan head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: nutty and a little sweet;

T: follows the nose up front; some maple from the middle through the finish; metallic aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: metallic finish was a turnoff;
Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by dsds007799 from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by Skibum211 from Vermont

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by ju53o8nyg9 from Colorado

Mar 18, 2020
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Rated by OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Meh. Any maple is gone. Ends up as a slightly boozey amber ale. Which was maybe the intent.
Mar 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a ruby tinged amber color. A small tan head that doesn't linger long. Nice nose. Caramel malts, a bit of maple and a touch of apple. The taste is very good. A good caramel malt flavor tempered by some earthy hops. Some flavor of maple and apple. I'd definitely buy this again! Recommend the imperial stout even better!
Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Undated can into pint glass. Pours a gorgeous, clear, deep reddish amber with a light golden-tan head. Initial impression is a very complicated mixture of sweetness (molasses, brown sugar, maple), a touch of hops bitterness, and bready malts. I was expecting sticky-sweet, but this is entirely different. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but clean and refreshing. Finish is ever so slightly sticky, inviting the next sip. Lawson's has never disappointed me, and Maple Nipple adds another quality offering.
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by Romartin from Massachusetts

Mar 01, 2020
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