Maple Nipple Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Nipple AleMaple Nipple Ale

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

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

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes over the weekend. Glad to finally be able to try some Lawson's beers after a few years of missing out on them. Skinny Pancake, Montpelier.

A- Poured into the Lawson's tulip with a dark red body and a small fizzy off-white head. Head falls to a ring quickly with spotty lace.

S- Fruity almost apple and cherry feel. Pretty laid back for an 8 (9?)% beer. Some caramel and grain in the background.

T- Reminds me of a rye beer I once made. Has good toasty nutty malt flavors but once again I find apple and cherry fruit flavors to be stronger. Just a balanced, strong ale to me. Maple is there but not really sweet and more dark and earthy than what you would typically get from maple syrup flavor, real syrup is probably used here.

MF- Silky moderately thick body. Carbonation is high but supports the balanced flavor well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

A balanced and relaxed strong ale for me. Not a maple bomb I expected but more refined, still solid and very drinkable for the ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Nipple Ale

Look - This poured a pink in the middle when held up to the light, red towards the sides, and an amber further on the edges. Not much head but lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Smell is definitely a red style, deep malts and some faint maple, not overpowering, well balanced.

Taste - I would classify it as a red ale meets roasted maple. There is a push of red malts, a bitter red-style peak, then a settle down to a sweet maple.

Mouthfeel - It is sticky but not boozy at all. Quite drinkable and refreshing for this kind of brew, not overly sweet and I appreciate that, I am not a fan of Foley's, which is a sweeter brown ale variety of this category.

Overall - Solid brew. I think it gets a bad rap on here and frankly I disagree. To each their own! I personally think this is a great fusion brew.

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel perfectly fine about my rating being the current highest on Lawson's Maple Nipple because a good Vermonter loves their maple syrup and a masterfully crafted beer! The ratings on this maple mélange are low for the very reason Vermont amber syrup (lighter and sweeter) is more popular than the dark syrup (richer,woodsier).

Hard to get any kind of head even with an aggressive pour. Color is a gorgeous rich dark maple syrup color: very enticing. Opaque in appearance as is the variety of the boiled sap employed. Nose offers a hint of caramel with maple overtones:don't look for hops in the nose and you won't be disappointed. Does Lawson's MAKE hoppy beers? YES, but the style being reviewed here is a Maple Ale, so onward.

Dark syrup is what Lawson's chose for this concoction & imbues a rich and hearty flavor: you really get a solid hit of that with each rich hearty sip.
Sweet? Yes, it is indeed, the way a dark Vermont maple syrup tastes, but blended masterfully with hops,yeast and spices. Notes of alcohol are slight as it warms,not overly hot as other reviewers have noted.
Medium to heavy body, perfect carbonation,similar to a rich Vermont maple soda,but with an interesting blend of malt and slight hop character.

I'm wishing that I had purchased more than one bomber of this gourmet Vermont ale when I had the chance, but with Double Sunshine and Peril taking up most of my budget at Lawson's 5th Anniversary celebration, that's just the way it goes. Guess I'll have to wait until next April to score multiples of this delightful elixir!

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3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep mahogany brown color with bright ruby highlights. Two fingers of off-white foam dissipate to a thin fill with a almost a fingers thick of foam around the edge.

S - the nose is a bit muted but pleasant. Plentiful fruit esters in the form of figs, raisins, and cherrirs. Notes of toasted almond, brown sugar, chocolate shavings round out the nose.

T - sweet notes of granulated sugar and doughy bread on the forefront. Dusty brown sugar and toasty flavors as well. In the center the flavors all meld to create a french toast sort of character. There is a present yet pertinent american hop profile with an earthy and slightly citric bitterness. Finish is chocolatey but quick.

M - medium bodied with a slick and slightly watery texture. medium carbonation.

O - interesting ale. I was expecting something more from this ale but it was still decent.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.7 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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