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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,704 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,704
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 152
Gots: 178 | FT: 11
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:
Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 07-30-2009)
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JMB

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and foamy head that leaves a slow forming lacing behind. Fruity and sweet smell. Nice gold color - with an unfiltered but sturdy look. Taste is unexpectedly mild, with quick receding fruit and honey and bitter flavor. Expecting a lot of flavor, but it is surprisingly light and crisp. This would be an excellent and refreshing ale for summer weather or generally to quench your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 23:05:08 | More by JMB
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My love affair with this brewery continues with this light hazy yellow offering, poured into a standard pint glass and topped with a copious amount of creamy white head that may have left some of the most intricate lacing I've seen on a beer glass, extending all the way from top to bottom. Aroma is sublime, very hop-forward with a hint of cracker-like malt, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and a little tropical guava perhaps along with a rock candy-like sweet undercurrent. Was hoping the taste would match this assertive aroma, but alas this is one of those times where the aroma drives much of the pleasurable experience that is drinking this beer. Not that the taste is poor, far from it. Quite dry and crisp, though, with little of the caramel malt flavor prominent in this brewery's IPAs, this being replaced by dry crackers, sourdough crust, and a whiff of grainy tannins. Hop flavor translates (to me) as unsweetened lemon-lime soda, an effect heightened by the intense carbonation. Still struck by how dry this is, with some minerals apparent in the green, near-leafy finish. Lovely aroma and crisp mouthfeel would bring me back.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 23:30:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-12-2014 21:08:00 | More by BrentSeifts
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-11-2014 23:15:05 | More by EPS
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Spiral517

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-11-2014 21:58:18 | More by Spiral517
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

07-11-2014 16:09:11 | More by stevehagy
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-11-2014 01:29:17 | More by nookiebrown
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-11-2014 00:16:37 | More by jrohrbacher
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-10-2014 22:55:05 | More by Mmcdonald79
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-10-2014 15:03:42 | More by Blackpond
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

07-09-2014 23:24:08 | More by ryan_celia
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-09-2014 02:49:35 | More by T-34-85
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-06-2014 18:30:41 | More by Tom-Peters
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 6/7/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, large and loose 3 fingers of foam has decent retention and leaves some spiderweb lace deep down the glass

S lots of citrus, tangerine, sweet orange, and grapefruit, floral hops are strong, faint pineapple, spruce, just a little dry cereal in the background but for the most part its a complete hop runaway

T spicy hops I didn't pick up on the nose, some lemon rind and a little caramel, a little surprised as it doesn't mimic the nose all that well but still tastes great

M lighter side of medium, bubbles soften it up, a mild bitter bite, a little grit on the gums, spicy rind lingers

O its a great pale ale that's hopped right up, my bottles already gone at this point, super drinkable sinks like a ship

Yet another winner from Maine, its been a while since I've tried this many beers from a brewery and all of them have been great, I hope we get some new ones to try in the near future

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 18:08:43 | More by wordemupg
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-06-2014 03:05:57 | More by SenatorSpaceman
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California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-06-2014 02:39:18 | More by rjjhoffman
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-05-2014 16:54:45 | More by Axnjxn
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Big_V

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-05-2014 16:22:19 | More by Big_V
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bouncepass

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-05-2014 00:55:15 | More by bouncepass
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-03-2014 22:26:17 | More by WheelsPSU
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

07-03-2014 14:57:08 | More by rogerdandy
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tclipse

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-03-2014 03:58:41 | More by tclipse
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a date of 05/27/14 marked on the side of the label. Poured into a Free State Brewing can-shaped glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden hue with amber highlights that is mostly translucent, with just a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning. Atop the body sits a rocky three finger off-white head that retains for a few minutes before dissipating somewhat, but never fully going away, settling as a nice finger of frothy foam and leaving swaths of sticky white lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A very pungent burst of grapefruit and citrus alongside a pleasant light grainy foundation that reminds me of water crackers. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest and even some faint grassiness all contribute to make this one a pretty hop-forward take on an APA from an aroma standpoint.

Taste - Picks up right where the aroma left off, with grapefruit rind, citrus, limoncello and herbal notes like dandelion greens and fresh cut grass. Here there is even a bit of floral aspect to the taste, almost like orange blossom. The grains again make an appearance, but the malt characteristic is light and unassuming, a virtual cracker for the citrusy hoppy toppings (hoppings?).

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a bright and crisp feel and a dry finish on the palate.

Overall, just a stellar APA. I know it's not as reputed as some other hop-forward takes on the style, or even other beers in the same style category from this very brewery, but it is certainly just as worthy of being highly regarded, both for its style and as a standalone beer. I would gladly drink this again and again, especially during the ho t summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 03:22:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,704 ratings.