Maple Nipple
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #65
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,763
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.69%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
464
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
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SCORE
86
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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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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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FBarber from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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ovaltine from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel amber, effervescent, with a finger of tan foam with excellent retention and that leaves great, thick lacing.

Caramel malt in the nose with a hint of maple and a slight squash-like vegetable note.

Rich, dark flavors for the style: brown bread, dark caramel, piney bitterness, squash and just a hint of earthy maple. There’s a kiss of sweetness, but it comes across as more bitter on the whole.

Full bodied, fairly creamy, with a nice, slow-building carbonation.

A complex, well-balanced beer. Don’t expect maple to steal the show. It’s a slight highlight on a more robust and bitter amber body.

Feb 29, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: 3.5 a tinge darker than typical of an Amber
S: 3.75 very deep. Nutty, maply.
T: 4.5 complex. Brown malts, maple. Tint of alcohol.
F: 4. Very nice. No burn. Medium mouthfeel.
O: 4. Fantastic beer. The maple is an x factor that raises it above average.

Feb 15, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Great color and excellent head and lace. Nose is brown sugar, black tea leaves and bark. Aromas are rather muted. Beer opens pine, resin and bark. Plenty of brown sugar, maple syrup and dried leaves in the middle. More brown sugar, hazelnut and black tea at the finish with a sweet, maple aftertaste. Pretty delicious. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive, quenching.

A very solid Amber ale if a bit on the sweet side. I'd have preferred a touch more of a hop bite here but this is very drinkable as is.

Feb 13, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque ruddy copper color with a quickly receding off white head. Smell anise, french toast,mild booze, smell is quite muted. Taste maple,some mild hop bite,subtle spice,butter rum (think winter warmer) I really like the way the maple is detectable as real syrup, not overdone or sickeningly sweet artificial maple. Reminds me when I made syrup and before the boil off you would have basically maple water(Sap) which was not even close to sweet,just a mild maple flavor.Feels medium bodied,finishes almost semi dry. Overall this is a very good beer- Bonus- only 9 days old kept cold entire time.

Jan 23, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 1/7/20

Pours a beautiful clear copper-red body capped with a finger of tight, creamy off-white foam; solid retention leaves a slight frothy collar, thin cap, and moderate spread of vague, soapy lacing.

Aroma opens with dry oaky maple with a slight caramel malt backdrop, developing a subtle bit domineering savory sweetness over time; sugar-crusted pine and fresh sappy tree bark accent the bouquet over time, along with tight bits of residual sugars and a mild earthiness to round things out.

Taste brungs ample sappy caramel malts imbued with raw maple and touches of airy vanillin; sugar-crusted pine needles offer a deepening earthy tone into a slightly oaky tree bark finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body and light-medium carbonation, with semi-viscous middle and increasingly sticky finish; light charry bitterness on the swallow.

A maple beer through and through, one-dimensional and intense in its focus while remaining uncompromised in its balance. I find myself in the strange position of both wishing it was something more, but perfectly content with where it's currently at; a sweet, honest, and intensely drinkable 8%.

Jan 22, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can dated January 6, 2020, consumed January 19, 2020 from a tulip glass. This was a pretty underwhelming beer from a brewery that I otherwise really enjoy. It's a dark amber color in the glass, a fairly thick head that sticks around for a few minutes. The aroma of the beer is a combination of maple and yeasty malt, very little if any hop presence. The beer has an odd metallic taste - surprising for an offering so fresh and from a brewery that has never been known for oxidization issues. I have to think this is the intended flavor. The metallic components diminish as the beer warms, and the maple comes out more. It's accompanied by bready malts but with no hoppiness at all to offset the sweetness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for an 8% ABV offering, and it's definitely not a beer I would buy again at its hefty price. A disappointment given the brewery's stellar reputation.

Jan 21, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 9-19-19, opened 12-9-19.
Dark brown, amber, bright and clean. 1" off white (beige-ish head) with great retention...still dense at 1/4" after 5 minutes. Lacing is thick and clingy, wall of lace rings on the backside of the glass.
Sweeet...maple, cider, brown sugar, caramel, bubble gum fruit.
Malty, sweet goodness. Lots of sweet maple, caramel apple, brown sugar flavors.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel and enough stuff here to keep it form finishing too sweet, that's an amazing feat.
Very good, liked this way more than I expected. This is a standout brewery.

Dec 09, 2019
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Elpollo4 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I would love to try more Lawson’s beers, especially the other maple beer, as I loved this one after a nice meal but am not sure how repeatedly drinkable it would be. I think on the nose it really turns a lot of people off, and probably puts a bias in their head about how sweet it will be.

Had this at a bar in Brooklyn, if anyone knows where to get more Lawson’s in NYC drop me a line!

Nov 24, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the land of maple, its simply impossible to make a product that doesn’t showcase the sweet sappiness of this precious commodity. So when Lawson’s Finest doles out their American Amber Ale, damn skippy its going to have a heavy maple hand.

Pouring the stalwart hazy amber, Maple Nipple crowns with an ivory stained froth. Toasted granola wafts about the nose along with those unmistakable maple aromas. As a twinge of pine and citrus balance the sweeter scent, the initial taste greets the palate with caramel, maple, candied pecan and an all around granola influence.

As the sultry sweetness nestles onto the tastebuds, the middle palate invites a hefty and balancing hop flavor laden with orange, grapefruit and lemon. Trending moderately bitter with the peppery nature of pine resins, its hoppy finish ensures a snappy, woodsy and pleasantly grassy balance.

Medium bodied and more fully fermented than expected, the beer actually finishes like an actual Amber Ale and not an overly sticky, sweet or candied concoction. The maple is used a a sugar source for dryness as well as a savory spice to accent the flavors of malt.

Nov 05, 2019
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