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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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532 Reviews

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 2,403
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 184
Gots: 436 | 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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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle date: 12.21.12

on an easy pour this rises up quickly to a towering three fingers, white craggy head floating on a really cloudy golden pond, lots of carbonation congestion clogging the arteries of this one keeping that massive foam cap impressive, one of the more unique hues for an APA I have seen in some time, looks great though kind of like a german wheat kind of thing.

initially pine with some lemony tinge, like lemon tart candies, I am getting sprite on crack (you know if you ever had access to pure sprite syrup and poured a little seltzer into it...), grapefruit halls (that vitamin C pack thing they have been selling for a few years, not the menthol/euco stuff), the lemon twist is really what is making this intriguing.

taste etc...
consistent with the nose the whole lemon thing is happening here, this really adds to the refreshment factor, it drinks pretty light, the carbonation is spot on and delivers the bitter right at the end under the lemony coating, this is a clean and consistent drink from start to finish, it begs for another sip and never loses interest, there is just enough hop bitterness here to peak interest yet not enough to mask flavors... really nice.

summer quencher of an APA, the lemon character makes this stand out, I don't know if I could drink this all day but man it would be sweet to pop one of these out on the deck this summer, I will be revisiting this again for sure...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of oldbizmark
4/5  rDev -2.4%

rather have "another one" but a good beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Mac19872
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of FrunkInBeer
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of Tiernan
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lateralundertow
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mikemorgan
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, but not great. Perhaps one of the best example of the style I have have had in recent years. It is quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Not too much of anything, just right with the male and hop balance.

I had it on draft at a local pub, and was disappointed to get it in a 10 oz tulip and pay $8.5. Would have been much happier with a 16 oz serving at a more reasonable price, but the brewers and sellers are using the demand scarcity to their advantage. God bless the Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.84/5  rDev +18%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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