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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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2,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 170
Gots: 354 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ToasterChef on 07-30-2009

Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.
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Ratings: 2,270 | Reviews: 527
Photo of jancona
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an APA tastes similar to a good Pilsner. Light biscuit malts, a bit grassy with some light lemon and grapefruit citrus hops. For MBC's APAs I prefer MO - enough acronyms for ya?

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good for the style. Taste is predominantly citrus fruits including orange and grapefruit. Rind and light pale malt balances the beer. This is a nice and clean sipper. Worth seeking out.

Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Getting over a cold, but couldn't wait. Bottled ten days ago. Def tastes like a mbc brew. Very good, but like all mbc's beer gotta drink it super fresh.

Photo of beerrat
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of hops but not too bitter.Not bad.

Photo of thebeers
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow with thick white head. Floral hops and grapefruit on the nose. Nice bitterness up front, with grapefruit and lemon flavor in the middle -- but a watered-down, grapefruit-rind aftertaste that doesn't complement the rest. There is some biscuity malt flavor there, but no backbone to speak of. May seem "refined" to some, but I'm not a fan. Bottled 4/7/15.

Photo of beerloserLI
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light straw yellow pour with clouded clarity. Very light smell of hops, bready notes, and grassy tones.

Light and airy at the start. Very crisp and clean with a light fluffy mouth feel. Lots of subtle tones, on the finish. I pick up on characters of hops, grass, grains, and a slight bready/cracker flavor. The grassy tones really dominate for me and I get an almost herbal taste.

Works well as a session ale but it's really just a bit to light for my taste. Solid brew and well done but just not my favorite.

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wish it still had the old label. Still, a fantastic beer. I am continiously impressed by how balanced and crafted MBC's beers are. Looking for a beer which is a perfect example of the APA style? Look no further.

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first Peeper at When Pigs Fly in Kittery, ME on tap about 5 years ago. When I see it on the shelves at Trader Joes... I buy it... constently. It is as solid as an APA gets. Can't rank it higher than a 4 because I just like my IPA... along with the rest of 'em.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Hazy yellow. Aromas of lemongrass, wheat, spice. The flavors match. Light-bodied, crisp with a bit of spice. Simple but well made & tasty.

Photo of xcdarrel17
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good. A clean and refreshing ale with citrus and fruity notes.

Photo of BergBeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A hazy golden straw with a white active head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Rich citrus hops, earthy hops, malt is very light, and some stone fruit on the finish.

Taste: A burst of fresh bright citrus hops balanced with earthy hops that lazily leads to a light clean malt. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp clean and refreshing. Wets the palate and goes down smooth.

Overall: An very good American pale. It's refreshing, bright, and easy drinking. I wish the citrus would pop a bit more as the earthy hops are a bit over powering. Still a solid pale ale and I'm always pleasantly surprised when I pick one up

Photo of InkedinRi
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I'm not doing this beer justice. Is been in the Bottle almost 6 months. So it was a little malt forward. But still being out of date it was pretty good! Props to Maine!

Photo of Rcady1989
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light and refreshing with an extremely clean after-taste characteristic of Maine Beer Co. Not their "hoppiest" beer but it's one of the better ale's I've had.

Photo of SHODriver
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to a bright yellow to light orange with a two finger dense cream colored head that has great retention and lacing
S: smells of citrusy, fruity and slightly tropical hops with some bready and semi doughy pale malt backing
T: taste is spicy and citrusy hops with some bready malt and a slight sweetness. swallow is more citrusy hops with a slight herbal note and some more clean maltyness
M: fairly light and obvious bottle conditioned carbonation that's assertive but not prickly. swallow is refreshing
O: this is a great APA. great flavors, decent complexity, and very clean tasting. absolutely fantastic.

Photo of sgulner
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap in portland. had previously in bottle which was bettee. maybe old draft or line? come on ri ra

Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden straw color with lots of bubbles. Holds a small head of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is grassy, minimal fruit. Taste is nice and clean grassy. Not much fruit but piney resin on the back end lingers nicely. I've enjoyed peeper on more than one occasion and overall this is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. I'd recommend anything that these guys bottle.

Photo of cfalls
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good head, recedes fairly quickly. Very light in both color and mouthfeel, like a pilsner. Moderate alcohol level. Very sessionable.

At the same time, it has a great hop profile: grass, citrus, pine. Very fresh and clean tasting. Dry.

Not as hoppy as their other beers. And even lighter bodied.

I think this is a perfect gateway beer for someone who doesn't like "good" beers. It's just better than most beers without being abrasive at all, and without using sweetness to balance it out. Just pleasant hop flavors with a hint of bready malt.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up a very old bottle of this 4/14 is the date so over 8 months. Purchased from the House of 1,000 for just 5 bucks.

A - One of the most pale ales I ever seen it's like a hazy pilsner or weiss. Very bright yellow with still a 1/4 inch of head that takes a bit to settle to a ring. Mild lacing.
S - A shadow of itself mild leafy hops mixed with some sweet malts and a touch of grains.
T - Not bad it's rather mild not overall harsh or soured at this point. Mild hops and some malt sweetness. Smooth.
M - Light to medium body it's not a light beer but good.

Overall not sure if I would get this again I should have gotten another bottle of Titan porter.

Photo of Forzabrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (bottled 11/18, consumed 1/11) to tulip glass. Straw to light gold color with average size head, 1 inch froth head which quickly diminishes and slightly hazy body from bottle conditioning. Fruity aroma with grainy, bready malt similar to a Munich Helles. Hops come through with citric notes of lime and earthy tones underneath. there are additional notes of cinnamon slight clove golden raisins and Moscato grape sweetness. The body comes off as light and dry with lively carbonation. Flavor profile is balanced, not overly sweet but with a pleasant hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Photo of BrewBeer
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as hoppy as MO or their other beers, but perfectly balanced (as a pale ale should be). Nice, dry, crisp finish makes it incredibly easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malts. This is what all other pale ales should aspire to.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, yellow-gold color. One finger white head with great retention throughout the beer. Fresh cut grass dominates the aroma with plenty of citrus hops mixed in. Lemon, orange, grass, and hay in the flavor. Dry mouthfeel with a chalky finish. Very clean and easy to drink.

Had been looking forward to trying this for a while. I thought it would be lighter than it turned out to be. Loaded with hops, it almost crosses into IPA territory. A nice, hoppy offering but a notch below the incredible MO and Lunch.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy straw colored with decent head and moderate carbonation. Sweetness citrus lemongrass aroma. Strong lemon / lemongrass flavor. The citrus overpowers the other flavors.

Photo of kell50
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in a Central NY bottle shop. Poured into a large stemmed wine glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a massive fluffy white head that laces the glass beautifully.

S: Light citrus, peach and fresh cut grass.

T: Citrus juice and grassy hops. Slight cracker biscuit. Great balance of hops and malt.

M: Light, crisp, effervescent, and bone dry. Very easy to drink.

O: Awesome stuff. Very hoppy APA, but superbly crafted. Thank goodness for American breweries not caring much for categories.

Photo of snaotheus
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014-12-25
16.9oz bottle poured into a pair of shaker pints. Bottled On date (according to my wife) is 2014-09-09, so maybe a bit past its prime. But, since it's not distributed here and it traveled here in my father in law's suitcase, I'm not going to question it.

Pours slightly cloudy (vigorous pour) with a good sized white head that condenses more than fades. Turns into a creamy, lumpy layer more than anything else. Smell is moderate. Something slightly minty about it...not sure. Citrusy, but mild. A little hay or straw.

Taste is straw. MO is better (or fresher). Drinkable, tasty, but not very special.

Mouthfeel is light and good. Overall...drinkable, tasty, but not very special.

Photo of chunny13
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get a chance try the wet peeper. Novare res. Portland, ME.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,270 ratings.