Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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2,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 169
Gots: 380 | 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: 2,315 | Reviews: 532
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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous hazy golden hue with a big sticky and fluffy bright white head. Nose is amazing even before I pour it into the glass. Fresh squeezed orange juice with a touch of other citrus fruits; lemons and grapefruit. Faint touches of hop resin and crackers.

Citrus fruit forward flavors. One of the few beers that's able to get orange out of it's hop profile. Grapefruit backs the orange flavor up and is balanced on the mid-palate with a lightly toasted bread flavor. The bread and cracker like malt flavors balances the hop assertiveness of the brew. Spicy yeast snap on the finish with a balancing bitterness. Incredibly smooth and refreshing. The bottle conditioning adds texture to the light body and feels fluffy in the mouth. Big on flavor with incredible drinkability. Proof that not all pale ales are the same. (You can add more of a yeasty breadiness to the flavor of the beer by swirling the remaining yeast at the bottome of the bottle into your glass)

simply put, amazing.

Photo of yelterdow
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Dan McLaughlin for bringing me back this beer. I've never been to Maine, although it is high on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Served in a curved pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Bright orange, this beautiful brew supports a monstrous three-finger crown that condenses into a soapy, pillowy mat. Gargantuan rings of lacing drape the interior of the glass, not letting up even for a second. Five full minutes after the initial pour, this beer is a statue of impeccable structure.

Smell- Right from the start, a gorgeous whiff of hops fill the air... perfume and honeyed grapefruit predominantly. As the beer breathes, the nose offers a more balanced malt presence that showcases subtle bread notes.

Taste- This is a treat for the discerning palate... it reminds me what true, honest, and superior qualities reside in grassroots brewing. The freshness here is terrific, the hop bitterness exquisite. After swirling in the yeast sediment (I still tell myself it's for the vitamins), the ingredients come together in sublime balance. This could easily be enjoyed in place of one of my favorite IPAs, as the hop fix here is extraordinary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This is one of those beers that you just don't want to deplete. Unassuming in the mouth, the texture is relatively light until its activation with a gentle swish. Undoubtedly a modern classic in its category, I am privileged to have enjoyed it.

Thank you Dan, and thank you guys at Maine Beer for keeping it real and honest. Your worldview mirrors my own, and for that I truly respect you.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a light lemony golden color with a frothy one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass.subdued citri hops in the nose,they are there but just a bit subdued,a light toasted grain note as well.Bright and lemony hop flavors with some herbal/grassy notes underneath,pretty dry with more of a toasted malt base.A easy drinking dryer APA with good hops,maybe didn't live up to the hype for me but still solid.

Photo of oldbizmark
4/5  rDev -2.7%

rather have "another one" but a good beer.

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pale golden beer that has a slight haze. The rocky, white head pours with a half a finger of foam that leave a slight bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A Medium-strong citrus hops aroma some of tropical fruit along with a strong grassy, dry hopped note. The herbal aroma almost dominates the citrus/tropical hops. There is a low, clean malt sweetness and a moderate floral alcohol aroma.

T: A strong tropical fruit flavor with a medium hops bitterness. There is a medium malt sweetness to support the hops the balance is somewhat bitter. There is a fair amount of fruitiness from the yeast with a touch of spice, almost like a Belgian Blonde, but not a full on Belgian beer but a strong yeast character. The finish is medium. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity.

M: A moderately creamy medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. There is a light prickle on the palate but not bad.

O: A unique Pale Ale with a big citrus and tropical fruit presence and an almost equally strong spicy and fruity yeast/fermentation character. It seems like a beer that could be classified as a Belgian Pale Ale that's been made with American hops.

Photo of FrunkInBeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into frozen mug - got as a gift from Gerard CoalHouse

A: gold clear medium head when poured

S: fresh great

T: clean bitter hint of orange...great

M: perfect carbonation

Overall Delicious - like a light but full-tasting lager-like - loved it wish I had more

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Professional nano-breweries could be the second coming of craft brewers, brewing beer at 1 barrel at a time with "green" thinking in mind.

Heady beginnings, the lace wants to be noticed as it clings to the glass. Shiny copper color displays the bubbles in its true beery fashion. Orange blossoms, ripe pears, shortbread and dusty yeast are in the nose. Long smoothness, a bit of creaminess in the medium body ... bottle-conditioned brews are a step above the rest when it comes to sheer mouthfeel. Orangey hoppiness dials in somewhat strong (not the bitterness, but the flavor). Malt character throws down a crisp, cracker-like flavor, which stays on the palate for a while. The hops and malt go together well, no battle ... just harmony. Finishes with some yeast but more fresh, crisp malt and orangey hop flavor.

Impressive small-batch ale to be had; by far one of the most interesting Pale Ales out there. Different in that the complexities ask the taste buds to work hard, but the beer manages to stay quaffable at the same time.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visually perfect beer. In an imperial pint glass it was a hazy straw color, nicely carbonated, with a thick white head. The head showed good persistance, and left a wall of lace down the side of the glass while I drank. It had a sweet floral aroma. Mostly a pine taste, maybe a little citrus, and peppery. A wonderful beer, very drinkable.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.
Poured into a pint glass, it's a somewhat hazy gold with a single finger of foam and lots of lacing as I drink it.
Great aroma with plenty of floral and grass and a hint of citrus.
Man, this tastes amazing! All kinds of flavors going on. Sweet citrus, pineapple, grass, some cracker sweetness, white pepper, and a pleasant, mild, lingering bitter.
This is a VERY smooth beer. It almost felt creamy on my palate.
Overall, just excellent. Great beer.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah, I get the whole Maine Beer Company deal - tiny, eco-friendly, artisan, blah blah blah. But at over $6 per 500 ml, this better knock my socks off.

It didn't.

Pours and looks nice, but the head disappears quckly. Small island of foam is all that remains after a minute. Smells like flowers, hint of lemon.

Soapy, herbal taste. I didn't like the mouthfeel, i wanted to drink it and be over with the sip. Subtly bitter in a bad way. A bit of the same lemon in the after-taste.

This is a disappointing beer. I gave the 2nd half of this beer to my wife - she didn't care for it either.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the GLB.

The beer is straw yellow with a cloudyness. The head is plentiful with very nice lace

The nose is sweet with a fresh hop profile. The hops are a slight citrus with earthy hint . Very nice

The taste is not a letdown. A soft carbontion reveals a fresh fresh hop flavor not bitter and not overwhelming perfect.. the malt is present but never to much. Very nice.

Photo of Dbrulet
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter.

A - pours a hazy golden-yellow with 1.5fingers of bubbly head. Good retention with lots of lacing.

S - Smells very fresh and hoppy with floral, pine and citrus notes.

T - definitely less hoppy than the smell indicates. Hints of lemon with a Strong yet dry finish.

M - Medium body with medium/high carbonation. Light overall feel and leaves a dry lemon taste for several seconds after.

O - a solid APA from a promising brewery. Very balanced and refreshing. Not my favorite from this style but a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle.

The head on this beer is off the chain! A solid wall of off white foam stays at the 4 finger level forever. Stays rocky, super slow morph to stiff merainge (I cant seem to spell that work for the life of me) Also leaves super thick sheeting and thick high lace blobs. Outstanding achievent in head and who amoung does not like....blah blah blah..

Bright nose of lemon, soap, flowers and a hint of ginger.

Quite tasty ale. More lemony hops, some peppery spice, quite dry in the mouth. Bright and flavorful, highly enjoyable and well worth seeking out. A very pleasant suprise from a brewery I did not know much about...I want to learn more and drink more of their brews

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 Cavanaghty
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber in color with good carbonation, a thick white head that last a long time.

Smell: Citrus like orange, grapefruit, some pine and maybe an apple like smell, very sweet smelling beer.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Watery smooth feel to it, what a well balanced beer, with light flavors of sweet citrusy hops, pepper, and fruit like quailities. It was watered down, but in a way that added an incredible unique taste, and it is a fresh spring water taste.

Overall: Wow did not expect this beer to be that good! What an refreashing earthy beer. The price was just right too. Noticed that many people were paying up around $7-10, the beverage places I have been it had been priced around $4-5, I paid $5 for mine.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

Pours a nice light and slightly hazy amber color with a nice thick and creamy white head. Nose is very fresh and piney with some light citrus notes.

hmm, mouthfeel is a bit lacking, this is one hop forward APA, think a less malty SNPA. There was some high attenuation on this because it's not sweet at all and finishes really dry with just a light hop bitterness on the palate. Carbonation is a bit high bit this partially makes up for the lower body and makes it a super drinkable summer ale. Very glad I stumbled upon this!

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peeper Ale opens with a rich, malty, floral, and fruity aroma that smells quite heavenly even straight from the bottle. The predominant aromas are floral and fruity, some from the hops, which bring in rosewater, rose petal, and pink grapefruit, and some from the malts, which add a nice layer of apricot and orange. Deep below is a more bread-like aroma of French baguette, along with just a hint of spiciness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a solid hop hit, grapefruit and pine swirling around the tongue in medium, but delicious bitterness. Malts kick in a great layer of orange and apricot, as well as touches of white grape, to keep company. Hints of toast crust and baguette balance the sugary flavors. The tongue begins to sting mid-mouthful from a peppery bite, thought the bite is far stronger than the mild peppery taste. The aftertaste is a good remnant of grapefruit rind hops, with touches of brown sugar, and lingers for a while, biting at the tongue. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the bite.

Overall, this is a fantastic ale, full of delicious flavors sure to please both craft and casual beer drinkers alike. The aftertaste might be slightly too heavy on the bitter hops, but the main mouthful is pleasing and delicious, going down smooth, and the delightful fruit flavors remain even after several mouthfuls. Recommended.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy gold under a persistent whipped cream-like 3” white foam collar that lings to the sides of the glass leaving thick ledges of lace.
S: Spicy hops and light malt aromas.
T: This is a hop forward beer with grapefruit and melon flavors over a light caramel malt backbone that finishes with a citrus rind bitterness.
F:Creamy medium body and carbonation
O: A very creamy American Pale Ale with well developed hop flavors. Delightful!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 9/1/12. 1 month past the recommended drink by date, so obviously not super fresh.

Pours a hazy, somewhat cloudy golden color with a nice full, rocky white head. Great retention and some great looking sticky lacing.

Fairly balanced aroma. Citrus, grapefruit and lemon, very subdued pine. Light cereal grains.

Follows the aroma. Lemon citrus with some grapefruit. A bit of pine and ripe citrus fruit. Very light in bitterness. A nice grainy malt makes for an almost balanced taste.

Medium to light in body, more towards the light side. Carb is just right, refreshing in a way. Almost a bit creamy.

Overall, a fairly nice beer. It definatly has drinkability going for it. I'd really like to revisit a fresh bottle of this. Another worthy beer from Maine.

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Very slightly hazed and very light golden orange and yellow in color with a pillowy, relatively thick near-white head that leaves the glass perfectly lined with lace. Quite gorgeous.

Hop-forward aroma without being overly aggressive or assertive. The aroma is a combination of floral notes and muted but present citrus. It's a lovely aroma, with "very rounded edges," as my friend Chris Johnson aka JealousChalice likes to say.

The flavor too is very floral and bright with citrus character, similar to the aroma. There's a moderate to high level of bitterness per the style, and if I were given this blind, I'd certainly say it was an IPA.

Medium bodied with high carbonation with a very dry finish. This is magnificently drinkable. Perfect.

A damn fine pale ale, disguised as an IPA. I really enjoyed this. An extremely well crafted, delicate, balanced brew.

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery during a recent trip to Portland. Nice new space, great guys. Straw yellow, slightly hazed with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly and leading to a white firm and tightly bubbled head that lingers long.

Inviting aroma of bright floral and citrus hops, a subtle honey malt riding beneath. Flavor is similar to the nose, though the hops seem to recede a bit behind the malt, not as much upfront. Firm bitterness, but not harsh. Some tea and lemony notes, orange rind zest emerges in the finish, slightly piney.

Full and even mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation that is initially soft but finishes tingly.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this (among others) back from the far northeast corner of the country. Pours out a color similar to SNPA, a little bit lighter and not as much professional looking clarity. Aroma was pretty muted, soft malt toasting notes seemed to stand out more than the hopping.

Taste, light on its feet, pleasant, decent enough hopping, Cascade I suspect. One of the best pale ales I've had on the East Coast, probably the best. Wouldn't say there's any caramel tones, its really a pale/xpa that delivers on the pale. I nice light taudry affair, this Pepper ale is.

Photo of hagbergl
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500 mL bottle of Maine Beer Co.'s renowned Peeper Ale from Kappy's Leominster last evening. Bottled on date printed in black ink on the left hand side of the white label reads "8/17/12". Nice! Nothing like fresh hoppy beer. The bottle was decanted into my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours an opaque goldenrod yellow and is topped by two finger's worth of creamy, white foam. Peeper is definitely an unorthodox color for a pale ale–most pales I've tried are usually copper-hued–but that doesn't take away from how damn good it looks in my chalice (perhaps it's glassware overkill, but whatever!). It looks pretty active, as carbonation bubbles can be seen rising vigorously from the bottle of the glass. Lots of soapy lacing is left behind as you consume.

Smell (4/5): Peeper smells of grassy, lemony, and herbal hops with some nice biscuity/bready malt and some spice mixed in there. Definitely more hop-forward in the nose than most pales I've had. A little similar to Hill Farmstead's classic pale, Edward, though the hop smell doesn't have as much tropical fruit to it. This is a very good smelling pale ale.

Taste (4.5/5): Light lemony hops and some biscuity malt come on in the foretaste strong, along with some powdery yeast. Certainly hop forward from the get-go, but there's balance here–provided mainly by the light biscuity malt–that is very appreciated. I pick up a little spiciness, perhaps from the yeast. All other flavors give way to a very bitter grapefruit-like flavor in the long, dry, and bitter finish. I really appreciate this beer's level of complexity; there are nice flavor transitions made as the beer goes over the tongue and down the chute. Excellent, excellent taste for a hoppy pale ale.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of Peeper: it has a the perfect amount of body (medium) and carbonation (medium-high); it's a little spritely and prickly; and it has an exquisite dryness to it that comes on in the finish, and to great effect. The mouthfeel is one of the reasons the beer tastes so good and is what makes it so eminently drinkable.

Overall (4.5/5): I think the world of Peeper. It is one of the best American Pale Ales I've ever had, and perhaps only second to Hill Farmstead's Edward pale ale. Craft beer drinkers seek out this beer for a good reason: because it's freaking awesome. Anyone who's looking for a highly flavorful, hoppy beer that's mellow in the alcohol department (5.5% ABV) should pick up a couple of!

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville.

Pours a clear light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with bright citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Clean and crisp pale malts up front are joined quickly by loads of intense citrus hops with heavier herbal influences serving as the backbone. Midway through the hops fade just a bit allowing the sweetness of the malt to shine before they take over near the end of the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this is a fine beer that is significantly more west-coast-like than most I’ve had from the NE area. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rdilauro
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasant surprise. This one poured a silky light amber color with a big white frothy head that stayed.

I couldn't really detect alot from the aroma There was a good amount of hops, the typical grapefruit and citrus over tones.

I was really amazed at the first sip. It was smooth yet just enough bitterness from the hops. It was big, but well balanced between fruit and malt.

The aftertaste was very nice, a slow lingering process, reminding you that you just tasted a nice soft beer, simple yet a bit complicated.

Tasted this again. The one difference I picked up from the last time was that I thought this ale was a little on the lighter side then I remembered. Still a very sound clean crisp beer.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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