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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #20,919
3.84 | pDev: 11.72%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
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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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Saturday at 10:26 PM
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, May 18, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Roguer from Georgia, May 10, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 29, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island, Mar 16, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Mar 13, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Feb 29, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Feb 13, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jan 23, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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%.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jan 22, 2020
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3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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dele from Massachusetts, Jan 21, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +12%
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!

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Elpollo4 from New York, Nov 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 05, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5


Purchased 9/21/19 at the brewery. Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark amber with an inch thick off-white head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and very dense lacing.

s: At first very slight maple syrup, but it strengthens.

t; Strong maple syrup with a moderate hop bite. Sweet finish with some lingering bitterness.

m; Lighter side of medium, good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; This is the second from the four pack, first did not seem this maple syrup dominated but this one does, though it mellows out. ABV well covered, a bit reminiscent of Lagunitas' Brown Shugga (a seasonal favorite just coming out now I hear) but definitely more maple notes. Great looking too. Did not care that much for the earlier Fayston Maple but this one is a winner.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Oct 21, 2019
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3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: October 10, 2019... OCCASION: having found out most likely have celiac disease, I begin liquidating the beer fridge by drinking a gift from Jeff...if he could only hear that now... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pours a thick, three-finger off-white head that billows with large bubbles to a cloudy finish... its body is dark amber, almost mahogany, rich with effervescence when held to the light but is murky otherwise... toffee, caramel and undeniable syrup presence... citrus and pine also rear up, as supplementary aromas... on first sip, a bit boozy, thick and chewy, its warmth pressed against the back of the throat.... its front-end hops are blunted and mellow, as an amber is want to be... its weight is akin to an abbey ale, its dryness smoothing out the tongue with some astringency too... spruce tips and maple syrup soak the taste buds--this is a big profile... bitter, numbing hop that suggest lemon and orange, while flavored tootsie roll, grape, toffee and confectioner's sugar... the flavor is muddled, and not as distinguished or powerful as other syrup-based beers I have had... wish this went bigger, or built its flavor with a bit more complexity... without nitpicking, this is a solid Autumn offering, warming and comforting...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Oct 11, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: 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!

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Boto from Connecticut, Sep 07, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Canned: Mar-26-2019 (Consumed Aug-13)

Pours a very ruddy amber with three fingers of head that drops to a fat, reusable quarter inch. Good retention, some lacing. Huge, rich, caramely molassesy sweetness in the nose, toasty grains, dead leaves on the dirty ground, burnt sugar. Flavor is full of brown bread crust and light maple sweetness, decomposing leaves, molasses oats for horses and the spectrum of mid-range maillard flavors/aromas.
Much more drinkable than the smell combined with the ABV let on, a little fluffy and amply bodied. A very nice (imperial?) amber. Big but not unwieldy in all spheres, nice looking with a monster nose and a pleasantly sweet and big-but-classic amber flavor profile. Very drinkable and generally enjoyable. Could do with a tiny bite to balance the flavor but I am really splitting hairs at this point. Randomly paired with bacon and I can safely say that it is made to go with bacon, for whatever that's worth.


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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Aug 18, 2019
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2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Love Lawson’s- they are one of the best, between the East and West coast. However, the Maple Nipple fell short for me, as it tastes like a beer I made home brewing in my first year. It leaves your palate with a taste of syrupy bubble gum. I realize they were trying to get away from IPAs with this one, but I think they need more hops to round out the unfermented sugars. I’ve had 6 of these over the weekend and this beer would've been a hit, if they kept it to a 5 or 6 percenter- but doubling up... I’d rather drink a pint of maple sap or a simple red ale. More hops, less bubble gum!

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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 1/2/19. Sent over from mr sierranevallagash. Poured into wide mouthed Yakima Valley glass.

What a gorgeous body here. A glowing fiery red-meets-auburn color very reminiscent of maple syrup. The head is tall at 2 fingers, grey-beige, and leaves tons of lace as it recedes. Wow!

Fresh hoppy and malty aromas both. Though faint overall, it introduces crisp clean water, brown bread crusts, maple syrup, bread, pancakes, and fresh piney/floral hops.

Man, how do I describe this? Flavor brings tons of complexity and originality! Opens with rye bread and brown bread, then honey and maple syrup, a hit of crisp water, some piney/fresh floral hop, slight perfumery but doesn't get in the way, and a finish of more maple and brown bread with some lingering pie spices.

Feel is slick all the way to the bank but never oily. Residual stickiness, slight pine sap. Moderate to mild carbonation. Lingering and small drying alcohol heat.

Overall a tasty Amber ale that's quite close to a sipper, but retains an impressive drinkability with the slickness and whatnot. A total Vermont beer if I ever had one. What impresses me about this is it's unlike anything I've had before. Tough feat to achieve in a world of copycats. It's not a dessert beer, and not quite a freshy freshy bitter IPA, but it lands somewhere in the middle and continually buoys between both extremes while it's on your palate.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 26, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(11 oz pour in tulip glass at Good Beer, NYC)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber colored liquid, poured to the rim with no foam

S: mellow toasty and earthy, spiced cracker (graham-like?) malt aromas on nose; no real hoppiness, but perhaps a faint dried fruit note

T: mild light caramel malt at core; little assertive sweetness or bitterness, rather neutral and balanced; faint leathery woody maple essence in the background; mild-moderate honey-coated pastry overtone (sticky bun may be better comparison)

F: very clean, crisp attack on the palate; little meat on its bones; almost comes across like a lithe bock; little booze presence

O: pretty decent overall, super clear/clean... would probably prefer to try again not as chilled... flavors did slowly release overtime, but no element presented itself as overdone; would try again

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Mar 23, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 1/8/19. Poured into Aslin pint glass.

L: Big head on pour, but reduces rapidly to thin cap and ring and leaves some spotty lacing on glass. Beer is a clear reddish amber with visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Malt, yeast, and maple syrup are the three things that pop out at you.

T: Maple syrup contrasts the bittering hops and roasted malts very nicely, but still finishes fairly bitter, with sweet spots kind of popping up from time to time. Gets a little sweeter as it warms. So kind of odd. Also finishes a bit hot for 8%.

F: Medium body, light carbonation. Really odd mix of sweet and bitter that isn't always uniform.

O: It's not their best work, but it definitely screams "Vermont"

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Mar 20, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 16oz can

A - beautiful deep copper/blood red, one finger off-white head with some slightly stickiness

S - tons of sugar, nice booze, lots of sexy maple, banana, wood, live and dead earth and maple syrup

T - lots of sugar with a rad maple note and some really nice bitterness coming from some awesome roasted/toasted malts/grains, super earth hops, cracker like, yeast, woodsy, slight pine, slight booze and maple syrup.

M - medium to full body, nice complexity, nice balance, medium minus carbonation and medium minus acidity

D - this one is pretty great. One suggestion I have would be to do a BA or imperial version but otherwise, wow. It is a maple sugar delight! Super smooth, clean, flavorful and perfect with a piece of bacon or a blt

Final thoughts - not sure of the price as it was a gift, the ABV is solid at 8 and I bet on nitro or cask this would be insane

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whatthehull from California, Mar 14, 2019
Maple Nipple from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 445 ratings