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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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1,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 1517
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%

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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Photo of rdruckenmiller


2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into imperial pint glass

Appearance: Pours with small but persistent white head. Thin layer of tight bubbles persists without. Very clear. Color looks like watered-down coke, just a bit more gold... almost like dirty water. Not very appealing.

Aroma: Light citrus aroma from american hops. Some light malt sweetness. No diacetyl. Did not pick up a lot going on here.

Taste: Weak malt backbone- a touch of sweetness and a slight breadiness. Light citrusy hop flavor. Beer finishes moderately bitter. Balance is slightly towards bitter but overall flavor light and a bit watered down for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Thing body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. No astringency.

Overall: Based on the other reviews I wonder if I got a bad bottle. In all aspects I felt like it was a bit watered-down. I am a big fan of drinkable beers, but not at the sacrifice of flavor. Hoping the bottle of "Lunch" I picked up is more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:07:15 | More by rdruckenmiller
Photo of enoisone


2.3/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Again,seeing the high rating on BA, i was expecting to taste a great APA.
Poured out into a proper glass.

A- Very light,straw color,what i expected in a APA.
S- Lots of citrus,a little pine and grassy aromas.
T- Not alot of anything considering the nose on this beer. Not expecting a hop-bomb,but thinking this was gonna be something special with a 95 rating. Dales PA and Full Nelson PA blow this out of the water. I admit, they are pretty hoppy for APA's, but this beer was a disappointment in the flavor catagory.
M- Nothing worth noting,void of any substantial body.
O- A real disappointment. I paid how much for this?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 16:03:08 | More by enoisone
Photo of SunDevilBeer


2.63/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:48:33 | More by SunDevilBeer
Photo of BruChef

New York

2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the second go about for me with this beer. Thanks to Aceheart1 for both. I remember the color of the the first one looking like water from the Genesee river here in Rochester NY. It was a light amber gold that had a booger green hue to it. This one looked a little better but not by much. Just a bit "cleaner" looking.

Holy Carbonation on this bad boy! Amazing for the fact that it didn't gush out of the bottle, but man, the bubbles from this beer in my glass were super busy (although it could have just been the "Turbinator" from the SA perfect pint glass i poured it into). Semi creamy white head that diminishes quickly.

The first thing i thought of when smelling this beer was fresh raspberries accompanied by some fresh cut grass. Other than that, not a whole lot going on here. Little to no malt present, some piney/citrusy hop aroma but you really have to work for it.

So...it's not the turbinator, this beer is REALLY carbonated making the mouth-feel seem fizzy and somehow flat at the same time.There is a slight creaminess present, but the bubbles just keep cutting through. I imagine it's close to what Abe Simpson felt in his mouth when he tried buzz cola for the first time. The taste falls a little flat for me too. Some bittering hops that stand out only because this beer has very little malt backbone. It's a little bready or even more like a bland water cracker, and somewhat yeasty, but it's hard to pick up any crystal malt flavor or any other specialty malts for that matter.

Overall not a very satisfying beer for me. Not terribly offensive (better the second time around. The first time was almost un-drinkable) but for nine dollars, certainly not a bargain by any means. Regardless, i am still looking forward to lunch!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 14:14:12 | More by BruChef
Photo of carps12


2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy unfiltered light brown equals not that appetizing. Very light on the aroma. Spice, earth, some grapefruit, but very mild. This is less than a month old. Flavor is very muted. Slightly bitter and very watery taste with little hop bite. Not the best. Go with a fresh lunch instead. $7 is a lot for this beer, a plethora of alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:36:46 | More by carps12
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maine Peeper, on tap at Pony Bar, NYC,

Appearance: Served in their 8-oz glass, Pepper comes with a one-finger white-as-Jesus head that lasts. Pale-yellow color, like a saison or even a light beer. Great lacing.

Smell: Very muted, with fresh lemon, grass. A valkyrie sauntering in the fields of Norway, spring morning. Some wine-like acidity/sourness. Cleaning product, pine.

Taste: Similarly fresh, with more open air, lemon zest and washed-out citrus. Bone-dry at the end with a touch of tingly hops. Refreshing but unremarkable. I don't get any of that "biscuit-y maltiness" others write about.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly weak. Lemony, sparkly, like a soda. Medium feel and body, carbonation on the high side, adequate for this brew.

Overall: Perfectly average for sure. A drinkable, light APA, but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 05:15:36 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is grapefruit hops, the malts are in the background. Bitter aftertaste. $5.00 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:46:03 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BearsOnAcid


3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body looks like watered down iced tea. Big fluffy white head that degraded down to a marshmallow in the center that looks like it was in the microwave.

Grass and lemon dry hop aroma with a bready carmel nose. Almost a little too straightforward. Tea and herbal accents.

Taste holds a floral/grassy hop flavor with a flimsy malt backbone. Slightly soapy and astringent. Oranges, lemon and tea. Refreshing none-the-less.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate. I was kind of bored by this one. I see this beer priced $6-7. Definitely not worth the money, especially just for a 500ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 22:55:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of seeswo


3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark straw yellow with an ample white head. The nose is dry and biscuity, a bit hoppy and a touch of malt sweetness. The taste is rather odd, actually. There's a very dry hoppiness and again, a bit of biscuit malt. Theres a bit of graininess. The hop flavor is a bit odd. Leaves a substantial amount of dry bitterness on the tongue, some of which is unpleasant. Good carbonation. Certainly this has more impact than a normal pale ale, but it doesn't really work for me. Dry and sterile, almost medicinal hoppiness with only a hint of biscuity malt sweetness doesn't balance in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:33:06 | More by seeswo
Photo of alleykatking


3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for bringing this one over.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden orange color. Three finger white head shows amazing retention and takes awhile for it to die down. Thick layers of lace cover the entire glass. Damn this beer looks good!

S- A little sad that the aroma was somewhat muted I thought. Citrus hops do come out but they are not bursting like I thought that they would. Actually the floral hopping behind it seems to come out a little more. Light bready caramel malts give the aroma somewhat of a stable base. Light alcohol is clean smelling in the ending. A rather simple aroma profile but muted.

T- Upon first sip of this beer I get a good piney bite which is followed by more of a soap like flavor. Not my favorite thing to taste in a beer but oh well. Middle of the beer shows off a clean pale malt that cleans up the soapy flavor. Ending of the beer starts off with a lemon like flavor that balances well with a cracker like malt base. Some floral notes in the ending of the beer come out before taking second note to a crisp alcohol finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light pine and citrus hops with a pale malt are left on the palate. Aftertaste is clean alcohol, lemongrass, cracker like flavor and hints of floral hops. Flavors were light but well balanced for the style. Soapy off flavor in the front of the beer hurts it a little but is quickly covered up to prevent damage to the rest of the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a wonderful try at the style. While almost there it did have a little bit of flaw that seemed to come out in the front. ABV is right in line with others of this nature that I could drink a couple pints of but this one was one and while I enjoyed it would not go for another. Just a few tweeks for me and I would love this beer a lot!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:07:26 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Sean9689


3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks goes to twelvsies for the bottle. Split several ways with friends into tulips.

A - Pours a mirky dark golden color with a white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles along the sides of the glass that stick pretty well. There's a nice white cap covering the body of this beer, head retention seems spot-on.

S - Light and hoppy, floral, some citrus noes. Not a whole lot going on here, just light and average.

T - Really subtle hops, not even that aggressive for an APA. Floral and citrus notes. Very close to a lager, IMO.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

D - Meh, really forgettable for me. Not that it was bad by any means, just didn't impress me like some top-notch APA's that are out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 22:23:59 | More by Sean9689
Photo of negroobserver

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance... Yellow with red and pink hues. Pours with about two inches of white head. Very intense carbonation. Pours mostly clear, with very light cloudiness.

Smell... Grains. Reminds me of fields. Light hoppy aroma. Grapefruits.

Taste... Hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel... Nice texture. Not too light or watery. Surprisingly, there is very little carbonation left in the beer.

Overall, it's a nice drink, but I'm not impressed. I bought it because I thought that the label said PEPPER, not peeper. A little disappointing in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:22:06 | More by negroobserver
Photo of spartanfan


3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a unique 25 oz. bottle. Born on date of 12/06/11.

A: This beer looks very unique. A careful pour still results in a murky liquid with an enormous white head. The color of the beer is a beautiful straw color that gets markedly darker in the center of the glass. The color combined with the large amount of bubbles rising from the bottom make this a really cool looking beer. Lacing is abundant.

S: As soon as I opened this one I could smell the hops. Spicy earthy hops take the forefront, mingling with some pine aromas. The smell of hay is present. Nothing overpowering, but very nice aromas. The way an APA should be.

T: The taste of this one is as unique as the appearance. It starts off with a flavor of grassy, bitter hops. Perhaps some lemon as well. There is almost enough malt for balance, but the hops take this one over.

M: Lots of carbonation with a nice medium light body. Crisp and clean.

O: A well crafted, drinkable APA. The flavor and look of this one are somewhat unique, but unless I saw a fresh case I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:03:59 | More by spartanfan
Photo of capra12

New York

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: hazy yellow with a tough of dull orange peel, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: light grains with a muted hop on the nose, a hint of lemon peel

Taste: opens with a brief light malt as the bittering hops flash flood the palate only to mellow leaving behind a hint of hop on the palate. Towards the back of the palate there is a distinct almost tea like profile that reminds me of a stale yeast.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a light bodied and drying on the palate.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this again, but I do recommend this to those seeking an APA with a light body with a hop profile that comes and goes.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:17:57 | More by capra12
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale poured the color of very pale straw, with a massive head. It left a glass-full of thick sticky lace. The head and lace were as good as I've ever seen, but the color was lager-like.

The smell and flavor were weak, with hints of citrus rind, pepper, amd metal. The feel had only a touch of bitterness and was mostly smooth, slippery, and very refreshing. It was very good on a hot day, but it did not have the degree of citrus or bitterness typical of very good APAs.

Peeper Ale has a striking amount of head and lace and has a summer-worthy drinkability. Overall, it's enjoyable, but "feels" more pils than pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:29:49 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of CaptCleveland


3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle dated 12/20/2011 decanted into SA glass (big thanks to ghostwalker!).

Huge, 2-finger white frothy head sits a top a cloudy, pale gold elixir. Belgian lace all over the place.

Flowery hops, pepper, malt. Not much. No improvement when beer allowed to warm a bit.

Tangy hops countered by an adequate hop presence. A bit of a sweet/salt aftertaste. Not unpleasant.

Well carbonated, thin, tiny.

Decent brew and APA, but not one I would go to. Maybe better on tap or fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:46:53 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of ShanePB


3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent to me again by NJBeerNerd as an extra, thanks again! 16.9 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Clear, darkened gold/copper body with a nice looking creamy white head. Carbonation is evident with a stream of bubbles constantly streaming to the surface. Retention is pretty good, lacing is okay.

S: A faint wisp of dry hops, fairly piney in nature. Subtle bread-like grain qualities come through. This seems to be lacking a malt base/backbone and overall seems like a very muted nose. Not impressed.

T: Palate is washed with bitter hops up front, coupled with some citrus qualities. Grassy / herb notes come through and finish with some milled grains. Dry lingering finish, not too sticky but nothing extraordinary.

M: Bubbly, well-carbonated for the style, slightly creamy in the finish, dry - pretty nice, actually.

Considering Pale Ales are one of my least favorite styles, I tried to judge it for what it is, but obviously personal tastes are subjective. Peeper Ale hits a lot of great qualities most other APAs fail to but still comes up short in some areas.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 13:00:20 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Risser09


3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · lot 07/19/11

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with quite a vigorous head which is white. Great retention, soapy entrails, tons of lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Biscuity, chalky malt aromatics. Floral, pungent hop aromas, followed by a vague honeysuckle smell.

Taste: Earthy, citrusy, floral hops give way to a dry pilsner tasting malt flavor. A lemon and honeysuckle aftertaste remains.

Mouthfeel: Pretty darn dry for and APA. Nice hop subtleties that aren't overly citrusy or piney.

Overall: A solid brew that could easily be shared or consumed as a session beer. I'm happy to have tried something from a small producer in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:44:12 | More by Risser09
Photo of DovaliHops


3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is lightly hoppy with a hint of citrus. The nose is very subdued and lacking in aroma. Taste is dry hops with some light, crisp malt profiles. The malt disappears and becomes more dry wheat and hops. Very simple...not very complex. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is ridiculously drinkable...just not a very memorable pale ale. I would take a Daisy Cutter over this ANY DAY. This is the first Maine Beer that hasn't "wow'd" me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 08:07:13 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clean golden with a 1.5-2 finger white head. Light color. Perfect lacing. A little light on the color, but another good looking beer from Main Beer.

S- Dank citrus. Big hop profile. leafy, fruity. Sweet malt with lots of biscuits.

T- Nice hop presence to get things started. Fresh cut grass. But then turns almost acidic. Kept waiting for the malt character to step up to the plate, but never felt like it did. Some cracker eventually comes through, but doesn't seem to work great with the hop profile. Bitter.

M- Solid carbonation. Light body. Slightly dry. Clean and crisp for the most part.

O- I have really loved the beers I've had from Maine Beer so far (Zoe, Mo, Weez), but this one let me down. Not bad, but expectations had been raised and it failed to blow me away. Mo just seemed to have that "wow" factor that Peeper lacked. Probably wouldn't buy again at the price point.

Bottled 4/30/13
Consumed 7/24/13
$7 for 500 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:40:41 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of CharlatanSin


3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cask Republic in New Haven. I've been looking forward to trying Peeper ever since Maine Beer Co. to Connecticut was announced.

A: Poured into a tulip. A nice, clear, light golden straw color, with about a finger of smooth white head.

S: Floral hops with a little bit of pine. Some toasted light malt.

T/M: Odd. This beer's flavor is really grainy. Tastes of crackers, straw. Some hops up front, but they have no staying power, and the grain dominates through to the finish. No sweetness, but not much hop bitterness either. It almost tastes like a farmhouse ale base, but with American ale yeast. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, with carbonation on the heavy side.

O: I've got to say I'm pretty disappointed. Not a disgusting beer, but doesn't hit the right APA notes for me. What happened to the hops? Doubt it was an issue of old beer, since it was on tap and Maine Beer is brand new to CT.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 13:43:04 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of bort11


3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt bottle with a cool hand-drawn looking label. A couple of seconds after the crown was a popped a small white mushroom cap of foam creeps out the top. Poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint, a tall white head jumps up and has good air time. Color is a pale yellow, but gets hazier as the yeast mixes in. Speaking of yeast, huge chunks of yeast proteins float around at all levels. Nearly impossible to decant.

Smell is a light grassy hops. There is a dry pale malt character around the edges. Taste is also quite grassy with a little pine and grain.

Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated, which is what I would expect from the head. There is a little texture from the yeast sediment. This is an OK pale ale

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:41:36 | More by bort11
Photo of seasonsix

New York

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- looks great. Bright, light, golden, crystal clear. Bubbly head that retains quite well.

S - Coriander, sea salt, a nice day at the beach.

T - overall light, very spritzy. noticing a little bit of saltiness here too, with that coriander wash in the finish.

M - thin, yet crisp. lively, grainy carbonation.

O - great pale ale - made me wish it was summer so I can could drink a glass on the deck manning the grill.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:57:01 | More by seasonsix
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on 07-19-11 bet this is way better fresh. Still excited to try this brew!

A- pours a golden pale color with translucent clarity. A generous two fingers of frothy bone white head crowns the brew. Very good retention with much lacing.

S- leafy floral hop aromas blend with notes of zesty citrus, spruce and pine. Subtle biscuity malt on the finish.

T- really juicy citrus hop flavor up front with a hint of spicy floral hops. Balancing cracker like soft malt flavors blend in the middle. Finish is rather weak. The hop and malt fall off and leave a clean almost seltzer like characteristic.

MF- spritzy light mouthfeel with a light body and higher than average carbonation.

D- very drinkable and very refreshing. Definitely a freshness issue however still good after many a month. I can only imagine a fresh peeper.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:49:58 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, lemon yellow coloring with a thin, uneven filmy white covering. Aromas are lemon and grapefruit citrus, with some subtle, dry, spicy hops. Flavors are tangy and peppery, with a more blended citrus component of lemon, orange, and grapefruit to balance the green, robust, and peppery hops bitter. Backbone is similar to a wheat beer, and the body remains light and crisp with a steady carbonation. The aftertaste is tangy citrus sweet, almost effervescent, with the resiny bitter hops cleaning the palate. Crisp, slightly drying finish cleans the palate completely in between drinks. Refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 23:51:11 | More by GarthDanielson
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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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