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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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542 Reviews

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,463
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 186
Gots: 470 | FT: 12
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: 542 | Hads: 2,463
Photo of MikeLaw
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all time favorite beer period. everything from this place is amazing- it smells different and tastes fresher than any other brewery. I don't know their magic but I like it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I love all of Maine's beers and given that this was the last one I the shelf, I grabbed it excitedly! This was bottled on 9/8 and as soon as I poured it out, I could tell that this was fresh beer that was bottled as perfect as could be!

This poured, looked, and felt lively as the head was one of the most beautiful and longest-lasting that I had ever seen, as if a wave deposited it into my pint glass while I wasn't looking. Lots of big bubbles and lots of good lacing left as I worked my way through this, though the rings weren't even. The hue was a nice hazy gold without any sediment floating in it and there wasn't much of an aroma either except for some lemon notes. Smooth, slightly spicy, and with the mouthfeel of a biscuit, there was some sea salt in the back that paired well with the foam. Not a Gose but light enough to be one, this had to be the most unassuming American Pale Ale that I've had in ages, if not ever!

Not light enough to be a session beer, this begged for another serving once I finished off the last little bit in the bottle and swirled the yeast out. Not your typical example of this style, this was so dry that it was enjoyable in a subtle way. Great stuff from start to finish and a welcome change from one-dimensional hop bombs but this may let those looking for hops down a bit. If that's the case, then it's just more for those of us who loved this.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

looks pretty sexy in the glass, always excited to drink a peeper. big fluffly head bringing a nice light aroma of lemon and a hint of pine. taste is pretty much the same. pretty light bodied and high carbonation is apparent. still, super refreshing and high quality brew!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow straw like color. Has a watery citrus hop aroma. Flavor is bright and clean. Has a citrus hop profile but overall drinks pretty light. Not a bad beer but I prefer more of a hop profile in my beers

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light straw and perfectly clear. Bright, white head. Lemongrass and citrus peel on both the nose and the taste. Light, delicate, and clean. Super brew!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured with minimal head, a golden hue. This beer is very creamy, with light spicy/piney/earth bitterness to cut the soft malt sweetness. It has just a terrific mouthfeel and is a pale ale that I would be happy to drink all of the time. It is just a refreshing beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The malt is light and almost absent but the hops are deliciously lemon, citrusy and slightly piney. This is a very light beer but incredibly drinkable with a soft yet bubbly feel.

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

The beer has a pale yellow color. The aroma is light with tropical fruits. The taste is light tropical tropical fruits with no malt. Really easy drinking, not very bitter. Not very explosive in taste or aroma.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/11/15 brewing consumed 9/30.

A: great look to a light APA. Slightly cloudy pale straw yellow. Poured with a full head

S: melon, grapefruit, tropical

T: crisp tropical favors, malt background is light and and the breads of them yeast are there too. Slight spice in back also. Very pleasing

M: crisp but not too thin.

O: excellent beer. Really a standout APA in my opinion. A go get one beer in found fresh.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is how an APA should look. Golden yellow, crystal clear, 2 fingers of cloud like foam
S: Subtle hints of citrus and malt
T: Similar to the aroma citrus, apricot, malt and a hint of pine
MF: crisp clean light. Great beer for a summer afternoon.
O: An excellent APA.

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Photo of kculrich
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle - 08/11/2015 - into a cool nonic. Bright yellow, very slightly hazy, with a thick and fluffy two-finger head that lasted, lots of light lacing. S: Clean pine and biscuits. T: Pine and lemon, spicy earth and malty biscuit - hops right up front with sweet lingering malt. F: Much thicker than you'd guess from looking at it, nice light carbonation. O: Humble and unassuming, crisp, clean and refreshing. Much better beer than I was expecting - I'll be on the lookout for more.
Edited 09/19/15 to add: I've has this a few times now and love it more and more. This may be the ultimate post-lawn mowing ale.

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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maine is one of the best.
Peeper was very good. Lots of earthy tones.
Pine Lemon pine citrus pine.
Nice ale. . Golden hazy and good feel on the tongue.
Fantastic summer beer. .
Nice and cold is the way i love them. .that's the way i had it.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild yellow with a two finger foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. Aroma is of lemon, grapefruit, pale ale malt, and bubble gum? A great aroma for a pale ale. Very hoppy. Taste is the citrus mostly lemon and the light malt aftertaste. Not a whole lot in the taste. Mouthfeel is typical for a pale ale, a bit more carbonation though, kind of dry finish. Overall a good pale ale, a style I don't usually prefer, but the extra C hop additions in MBC's version make it nice. 4/5.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour into 10oz snifter. Light yellow in appearance with a hazy look to it. Lemon notes on the nose, which really comes through on the flavor side too. Hints of spice in here - not sure if I'm imagining it but I get some salt too. An easy drinking pale ale. Really heavy on the citrus/lemon. Sessionable.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 23, 2015

Poured a yellow, golden, pale, hazy color with three fingers of rocky, white head. One really big bubble stream coming up from the bottom of the glass and a few other smaller streams as well. Average-to-above average amount of foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled earthy rye malts up front surprisingly. Also getting sugary caramel, light Citra zest, lemon sweetened iced tea, honey, light floral and raw vegetables. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste seemed to be better than the nose, but was a bit underwhelming overall. Got sweetened iced tea, pear, honey, orange zest, orange creamscicle ice cream (orange blossom I guess), floral, nectarine and grassy notes. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Fruity finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a good pale ale, but not as good as the Maine MO I had last night. I’d have it again for sure though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.89 | 87 | B+

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/8- bottle date 4/21, so almost past the three month mark.

Really didn't impress me. Good beer, but I was left somewhat dissatisfied.

After having Mo, Lunch, and Peeper, I would go back to Mo.

Maybe because this bottle wasn't as fresh as it could be, it's still a beautiful beer, but the aroma and flavor didn't match.

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split a 16.9 oz. bottle with a friend. Poured into a snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, glowing gold with a huge white head that looks very much like the kind of whipped cream you'd get on a latte or hot chocolate.

Aroma: Ripe melons, hops, some grapefruit. Nice fruity, appealing nose.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly. Melons and grapefruit are right there. Maybe some cantaloupe. Tastes somewhat like a mild-ish IPA.

Mouthfeel: This strikes me as a fairly complex, hoppy beer with a summer depth. You only see so many of those. A tiny little alcohol burn on the finish, too.

Overall: Like the choral frog that bears its name, this rules.

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Photo of JohnL9013
2.17/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I definitely got a skunked beer somehow. This was just awful, only two months old and it tastes like Miller Lite that was left out in the sun for a couple days. Real shame.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of 04/21/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and straw yellow in color with a big, fluffy white 2-finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. A few spots of lace here and there with fair stick.

Smell - Mellow lemon with a hint of orange skin, bread and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mellow lemon. Light crackery undertones. Lemon pith bitterness and a touch of grass and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Easy drinker with a watery finish.

Overall - Yeah, not much of a fan. Sure it's clean, but it lacks definitive flavor; mostly reminiscent of drinking lemon seltzer water.

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Photo of jancona
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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?

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.