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Maple Nipple Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
281 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew loaded with local maple syrup and a kick!

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,183
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
281
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
31
Trade:
2
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

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1.59/5  rDev -57.6%
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.

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of davod23
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of msubulldog25
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
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...

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3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 281 ratings
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