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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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1,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 1511
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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3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in Oginquit Maine.

A: Medium gold, clear with a finger or so of head and some lacing retention. Good but not memorable.

S: sweet malts, some honey, some hints of light citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

T: strikes me as a kind of honey cream with sweet malts. Some orange peel detected. Slightly more hops on the back end, more than the smell would lead you to believe. Overall a balanced spring/summer beer.

M: effervescent and lively without having a champagne style bubbly deal. Fresh, tasty, remarkable

A very strong offering that doesn't deviate too much into the unknown.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 21:52:43 | More by RyanPoff
Photo of alaimoa


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Grill Room in Portland, ME so I'm assuming a very fresh keg
A: golden with a small froth head that was off while in color
S: citrus (grapefruit, orange, rinds) and slight barnyard which originally made me think of this as a Belgian/farmhouse
T: very good, citrus slight bitter but great balance and depth
M:nice carbonation w medium thickness

Overall very solid brew from MBC which I am most definitely going to drink again. In my opinion more farmhouse than APA. Great complexity and spice profile

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 13:21:18 | More by alaimoa
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District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's.

The beer is pale yellow with a small white head. The aroma is mild, offering a touch of fresh hops, citrus, flowery hops. Watery body. Very light and quaffable. A fine choice for warmer weather. Fresh hops and a healthy bitterness gain strength in the finish. A very tasty brew. I can't understand why the individual bottles of this are so expensive. While this is certainly tasty, I simply don't understand the $8 price tag I've seen in the DC metro area. That's more expensive than a bottle of Bourbon County Brand Stout. This was a pretty tasty beer, but nothing particularly special or noteworthy that justifies the exhorbitant price.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 01:59:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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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
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New York

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The color is a light golden color.

The aroma has a wonderful big citrus pop, but with some malt. A huge hop bomb for a pale ale.

The flavor fits. Wonderful orange, lemon, grass. The bready malt finish really tops it off well.

It reminds me of a hoppy big Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The best pale ale next to Maine Beer Co. MO.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 03:11:53 | More by dar482
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it didn't thrill me all that much. Not really off-putting; it was just a little thin and kind of unexciting. I may try it again some time just to see if my taste buds were off, but this is not something I'll seek that actively. Still, Maine is a decent brewery so theproblem may be I'm not a huge fan of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 17:34:29 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Clover Leaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. They poured this into a tulip glass.

The coloring on this was cloudy golden with about two fingers of foam.

The nose and body on this one has really nice hop presence. I like the citrus in both parts. It is really strong with very good balance.

This is a very impressive IPA. I recommend trying a bottle or draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 03:24:24 | More by ummswimmin
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4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

MBC brews have been all the rage since their start. They are quite expensive beers, retailing around 5+- per 16.9 ounce bottle so I generally do not buy them. However MBC beers often can be sourced locally on tap for the same price and they are very tasty. Peeper is actually quite pale, similar to a lager. The smell is florally hoppy dominate as is the taste. I could drink these all night long as it is a very sessionable and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 15:39:42 | More by adjunctjonez
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found on tap at Grumpy Doyle’s in Reading, MA this a clean golden color with a respectable white head and decent lacing served in a tall stemmed bowl. The aroma is slightly skunky bread and herbal hop. Pleasant and delicate. The flavor brings more bready wheat, less skunk and more light floral hop with a hint of citrus brightness. It’s medium light bodied with a delicate carbonation and fresh feel. Very classy and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:30:42 | More by Durge
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trie Rittenhouse Philly on 7/9/12, served in a tulip flute.

Pour: Cloudy straw orange yellow with two fingers white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Bright orange citrus, and grapefruit, Slightest resinous pine.

Taste: Citrus, lemon, grapefruit bitterness. A light caramel backbone, but only just.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, but without sacrificing the juicy hops. Really the perfect warm weather pale ale.

Overall: Delicious, a very very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 00:11:48 | More by cfrances33
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's served chilled in a snifter.

The color is lightly hazed lemony golden with thick cream with ultra fine bead, lace sticks well and retention is above average. The smell is so vibrant with lots of citrus zest and lemongrass with slight herbal and tangerine odor. The feel is good with semi-resinous and moderately highly carbonated with mild sweetness and low astringency with semi-high bitterness for the style with mostly dry finish.

The first thing I think of when I taste this is fruity trix- it has a lemony orange taste from the hops with citrus zest and slightly herbal grassy sweet tinge with mild pepper note in the back with very juicy lemon and pepper type cohesion. I loved this as it was refreshing on a hot 90+ day and the hop flavor is so fresh it is a great example of the style, I only wished I had tried this sooner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 16:24:41 | More by Slatetank
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer notes from 6/14/2012, on tap at SapSuckers in Huntington, NY: pours hazy yellow color with a 1 finger white head that faded and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, sweet malt and lightly toasted grains; sweet and airy, this smells like a light IPA and is quite floral with citrus notes.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, sweet malt, grass, biscuit, lightly toasted grains, herbs and a sweet bitter finish like a sour grape or pear; very floral and hoppy, this leans more towards and IPA and I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with crisp zesty carbonation, a light body and a clean refreshing finish.

Overall this was an extremely tasty Pale Ale and highly drinkable; it was so good that I had 4 of them in one sitting, so this was a session beer for me and one I highly recommend. A great beer that’s in the same class as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 04:00:51 | More by CHickman
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the cambridge

Pours a hazy golden color with some brighter yellow hues. Thick, bubbly white head rests on top and retains throughout almost the entire pour. Copious amounts of lacing left behind on the glass.

Really pleasant hop profile in the nose with a smack of lemon peel and a faint notion of peppery spice. Grassy and citrusy. Biscuit and cracker malts.

Snap of lemon peel and hop bitterness up front. Nice, rounded bitterness balanced by grassy tones with some soft fruited sweetness. Mild backbone, a little bready but matched with the above average hoppiness. Finishes dry and smooth.

Medium full body, decent carbonation, drinks really nicely with a refreshing, cooling feel. This is one of the better APAs out there right now along with Daisy Cutter, Edward and Zombie Dust.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 16:28:24 | More by xnicknj
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold citrus hops, lots of grapefruit along with some floral and pine notes.

Appearance: Light copper, high clarity. Small white head. Little retention, incredible lacing.

Taste: Clean, pale malt followed by savory grapefruit citrus. Some pine shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mildly stinging carbonation. A bit chalky. Finishes dry.

Overall: One of my favorite American Pale Ales. Bold and savory. Delicious American citrus hop flavor.

Notes: Consumed on 5/6/2012 at House of 1000 Beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 20:06:25 | More by soulfly1492
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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
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a great sessionable pale ale that would have even a anti-hopper excited... had this on tap at Pony Bar in NYC and this is an absolute must have. worthy of seeking out on tap. up front it has a citrusy bite to it, peaks to a creamy mouthfeel (which is not unlike Pliny) and finishes sweet but not crazy sweet. not the most balanced pale ale but if you enjoy your hops it's a real joy to drink. love Maine's stuff, can't wait to have more from them. EAST COAST PA'S ALL DAY BABY!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 05:15:18 | More by maximep
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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At Great Lost Bear (Portland, ME):

In a pint glass:

A: clear light golden colored body with a decent amount of carbonation heading towards the top. The lacing was spotty and ringy. When the bartender gave the beer to me, there wasn't any head whatsoever

S: mainly citrus backed up by some pine. The hops are pretty balanced throughout

T: pine and citrus hops, slight bit of a grassiness

M: light to medium, sessionable, crisp, sweet clean aftertaste and finish, slightly watery at times but at other times moderate amount of harshness is felt, weird but no complaints, complex? - yes

O: an excellent choice of a beer, good for style and good for me, however this could be close to an AIPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 23:37:40 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a Victory shaker, clear copper in color with a finger of fluffy white head that retained and laced well. Light, crisp aroma of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Crisp, clean taste, honey-sweet malts, grassy, pithy orange and lemon notes, yet not very bitter at all. In fact the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, light in body yet full of flavor in perfect balance for the style. Almost too drinkable, if that were possible. Very nice beer overall, and along with their Lunch IPA, really puts MBC on the map.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 12:37:51 | More by Rifugium
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District of Columbia

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

pours a pale golden color with a white head that hangs out for a little bit and leaves some lace. nose is crisp and clean. scents of citrusy hops, flowery hops and grassy/earthy hops meld with a crackery, mildly sweet toasty bread-like malt character. taste is all about balance. the earthy, grassy, orangey hop character harmonizes with the cracker/toast qualities of the malt, and it seems effortless. like it was meant to be. crisp, dry, smooth, medium body. balance throughout with just a hint of hoppy bitterness coming through in the back end, as well as a taste of pepper and what seems maybe to be a slight yeasty note. another very well done, refined beer from Maine Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 13:12:52 | More by timtim
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy pale gold, with a white cap that has decent retention and some lacing.

S - Citrus hops of grapefruit and tangerine with a light breadiness staying well in the background.

T - Tropical fruit hop tastes again, with a rough graininess mid palate. Finishes long and bitter with some pine and grapferuit. Caramel and bready malts remain as undertones throughout.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, finishes crisp and bitter.

O - Solid pale, I'd get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 14:05:16 | More by garuda
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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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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, Salem, MA.

Poured a very light golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head with lots of retention. Incredible lacing after every sip. Smells nice and hoppy with citrus benig the main component here. Taste follows the smell with very pale malts backing up light hop bitterness. A good mix of grassy, piney hops and citrus without going into IPA-level bitterness. Delicious and very well done for the style. Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation.

Another great beer from Maine Beer Co. and one of the best APA's I've had. Would love to get my hands on some Lunch or Zoe again sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 19:16:09 | More by tyamhydrogen
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 1/30/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. There is a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind clinging to the glass. The nose has a good bit of pale malt to it. There is a pretty big citrus aroma that comes out right away. There are some aromas of fruit, and it also has a nice hop presence to it. The taste starts off with some pale malt and a nice bit of citrus. There is a really nice hop presence that comes through, and adds a nice amount of bitterness. There is a little bit of tropical fruit flavor, as well as a little bit of a toasted malt flavor as well. The finish leaves some lingering citrus and hop bitterness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it has a really nice feel to it. It starts out with some subtle malt sweetness and fruitiness. Then there is a nice bit go citrus and hop bitterness that lingers behind in the finish. This has really good drinkability. It has a really nice flavor, and it is just a really easy going beer. Overall, I think it is a great beer, as well as a great representation of the style. The hop presence here is wonderful for a pale ale, as is the citrus flavor. I just really enjoyed this one, and I recommend trying it out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 09:45:44 | More by JizackFH
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden straw color and very clear with a nice bubbly one finger head. Good lacing as it went down.

S: Big bouquet of floral and citric hops. Some lemon peel and grapefruit. Clean toasted grains are striking on there own and a great compliment to the hops.

T: Hop forward but nice clean malt bill that is strong enough but not over sweet. Light grains and fresh bread flavors.

M: Crisp light to medium body with a dry finish.

D: So refreshing and just what i wanted in a Pale Ale. Very balanced and goes a step above for this style. So clean and fresh this should be sought out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 21:21:51 | More by scottbrew4u
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass. Note that this was the final pour from the keg as it kicked.

A: A light hazy straw color with a two finger fluffy white head. Full glass lacing.

S: Bright citrus with lemon and pineapple, some biscuit malt and a slight herbal note.

T: Nice and hoppy. The lemon, pineapple, grassy and straw flavors are predominant with some slight herbal qualities. Biscuit bready malt is almost non existent as the hops turn bitter for the finish. I actually found the finish to be very short and thin, but very crisp. A bit disappointing really.

M: On the lighter thinner side, it sort of bummed me out. No alcohol and the carbonation was spot on.

Overall an easy drinking pale that was solid but unspectacular. This sort to bummed me out a bit as I really wanted to love this beer. Maybe I'm used the more malt and body from drinking mostly IPAs lately, thus this felt thin. i don't know, but for sure I'll try it again some time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 22:11:53 | More by Kadonny
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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.