Maple Nipple Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

Maple Nipple AleMaple Nipple Ale
BA SCORE
3.75/5
280 Ratings
Maple Nipple AleMaple Nipple Ale
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:
#21,579
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
280
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
31
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of FFreak
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this at the Triple Sunshine release sale in Waitsfield. I can't remember the price, maybe $8 for 22 oz. This is a gorgeous beer, clear dark-brown with an off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lots of lace. Aroma is sweet brown sugar and very slight dark dried fruit. Taste is great - sweet but not cloying despite there being no discernable grains or bitterness. I liken the taste to a Belgian quad but without the Belgian yeast notes or high ABV. Mouth is creamy and medium bodied - very nice. Overall, a unique and delicious brown maple ale.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuliusTheCat
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coorsy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cheld
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raziel313
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brians52
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i am an egregious lush for anything maple, so this is inherently a biased opinion. i expected this to be a maple syrup bomb like some of the other maple ales coming out of the green mountain state, but what i found was something very different. maple always ferments out pretty efficiently, so if its maple flavored, its usually sweet, and when it has maple syrup and is on the drier side, you cant usually taste it all that much. in this one, i get as much of the wood and the leaves and the sap itself, prior to boiling down, as i do the finished maple syrup. its earthier, less sweet, definitely woodier and a different kind of richness, organic and rustic, the qualities i love about vermont itself. criticisms of its lack of maple presence must come from those who are not familiar with the tree or the process, as i found this to be a sort of lovely throwback and homage to the maple as a plant. layered beer where copper and caramel malts interweave with the maple. there is a fine nutty quality in the finish with the sugars, and there is even some balancing hops. lawsons keeps making me happy every time i get to drink one of their beers, and isnt that, afterall, the point of beer in the first place?

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Photo of Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with native Vermonters.

"It's good" was everyone's reaction.

It tastes like maple sap that collects in metal buckets during sugaring season. A soft, sugar candy flavor in a simple ale. There is no complexity to this beer. The "kick" they mention in the description is not there.

For the price, you are better off sucking on real maple hard candies while swigging whatever beer cheap beer you have in your hand to mimic its taste.

I subjectively rated this a 4 because I like maple syrup anything, but I think most would find this beer disappointing.

Overall, this is a novelty beer that I only bought because it had the Lawson's label on it. I enjoyed it but I would probably refrain from buying it again at future sales.

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Photo of cannabispinoy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattycasey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of apkarian100
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Archdale74
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of diamondlie
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 280 ratings
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