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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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1,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 1515
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 tvanr


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill poured into a Pinocchio's pint glass while watching the Green Bay-New York game.

Appearance: Hazy, deep straw colored pour leaves a fluffy pure white head. Extreme amounts of lacing that looks like spider webs.

Smell: Light floral notes are the most present, like a fresh hop-filled garden. There is some malt presence but the shining star is the floral nose.

Taste: Wow! very enjoyable. Very floral up front with a slight tingle from the hops. Half way through the malt starts to show. Taste lasts long after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. A perfect beer for the warmer days of the year. The carbonation is very minimal.

Overall: One of the most enjoyable APAs I have tried. Light enough to session and delicious enough to enjoy all day. Maine Beer Company has pleased me once again.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2012 22:19:26 | More by tvanr
Photo of FrunkInBeer


3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:16:08 | More by FrunkInBeer
Photo of RyanPoff


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 57md


3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with over two fluffy fingers of head that retained for a long period of time and left decent lacing behind. This baby is one live beer!

The nose is very hoppy for the style. The hop bitterness is evident in the flavor as well, but it does not taste as potent as the nose would indicate. The taste is lighter and dryer than most high-level APAs; this is more akin to the sub-style generally known as a “session” IPA than a classic APA. I’d definitely prefer to drink this in the baking heat of the summer than in the waning days of winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:56:36 | More by 57md
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 10-03-13. Sampled on February 18, 2014. I might have liked it a bit fresher but 4 months is probably alright. Maine encourages us to drink this one fresh.

The pour a bottle fermented, slight hazy orange golden tone with a long lasting cream colored head that lingers and laces. It looks like the style recommends.

The aroma has a fine toasted biscuit malt and bitter hop sensation with and orange zing in there as well.

The body is light to medium.

This beer drinks very easily with its toasted biscuit character and floral, citrus hop finish. It is highly appealing now but I bet it would be nicer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 23:12:14 | More by puboflyons
Photo of jbaker67


4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is intensely hoppy with spice, grass, florals and light tropical fruit. Maybe a hint of bread. The flavor is dry with a spicy hop kick. Lots of grassy florals and big citrus character. Crackery malts near the finish. This is a very enjoyable hop forward APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 13:48:19 | More by jbaker67
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pepper Ale has all the brightness of a sunny summer day; it has a radiant, light yellow colour that shines beyond the glass and reflects highlights onto my hand. It appears every bit as lively and tropical as it smells and tastes. Its head is thorough and long-lasting and seems to have the same fluffy and soft texture as cotton (trust me though, it doesn't!)

The fact that this Pale Ale is generously hopped is made obvious in the aroma. There's enough lemon oil to fill a pool and a generous amount of citrus zest too. Indeed, the bouquet is more heavily rooted in citrus (lemon, grapefruit) than tropical fruits (mango, papaya) but it's approachable and agreeable enough to want to serve with breakfast...

Or a spicy Asian dish, or seafood, or herb-crusted chicken breasts. There are some styles of beer that simply don't pair easily with foods, and others that pair only with very specific ingredients, but well-hopped pale ales such as this are considerably versatile; citrusy hops go great with bitter greens, spicy dishes, and all sorts of sea creatures.

Mind you, Peeper is perfect on its own - this has enough bready maltiness to serve as a meal replacement. It is lightly sweet and wholesome, brightened by lemony citrus and a spritz of grapefruit essence. All this hoppiness, however, is served with hardly a trace of bitterness; the palate gets away with all that hop oil flavour without incurring any of their wrath.

Pepper Ale is a super enjoyable beer that - even when drunk *slightly* outside of the brewery's recommended 90 days from bottling window (shame on me) - is brimming with pleasant hoppiness. To think that not too long ago these two brothers were brewing in their garage, robbing the world of their talents...how dare they deprive us of such greatness!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:21:30 | More by biegaman
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Rhode Island

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company's first beer ever produced. This has always been a favorite of mine, and is the one I usually pick up from their more available options.

Bottle date 11/05/13.

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden honey with a fluffy white head. The aroma is of tropical fruits, apricot, fresh green hops. The taste is of wet, fresh hops in all of their dankness. Delicious notes of pineapple, guava, melon rind and papaya. It leaves me always begging for another sip.

I bought two bottles for $5.99 each. And although they weren't ridiculously fresh, it's always dependable and is a great value.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:52:54 | More by k_vancleef
Photo of Boto


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle: This one pours a clear, golden color. There was a bit of a white head that didn’t linger long but did leave some lacing. The nose is nice. Some floral, citrus and musky notes. The taste is good. A touch of bitterness, but not overdone. Some citrus, malts are fairly well hidden with no sweetness, a bit of a dry finish. Crisp. A very nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:03:20 | More by Boto
Photo of fourstringer


4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a pint glass with moderate hand. Label yields a born on date of 12/03/13. Freshie fresh! Doin' what's right according to the bottle's instructions.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden body with solid 3 fingers of white, frothy head. Impressive retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Fresh, balanced hop with notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit. Light pilsner malt.

T: Crisp, and hop-forward with fruit notes, light pine. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Lemony/orangey citrus, grapefruit and pine are again featured. Some pepper notes. A bit floral. No alcohol. Very light malt presence. Clean.

M: Moderate carbonation with nice fullness despite a light body. Touch of creaminess.

O: Dry, hoppy, exceptionally smooth pale with very fresh hop flavors that feature predominantly. Great brew. Not the most complex, but damn if it doesn't go down like butta. Quality is the word here. Pricey, but you get what you pay for sometimes.


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 22:13:20 | More by fourstringer
Photo of DefenCorps


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

Bottled 12th November, consumed 06 December 2013.

A clear light golden yellow with a nice, dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is beautifully hoppy. Soft, resplendent, fresh citrus hop character, with notes of clementine zest and mandarin juice, this is great. Complemented very well by the doughy, mildly honey like malt character, this is really good! The citrus character reminds me of tangerines that aren't at their peak ripeness , in a way I'm having a hard time describing.

The palate opens with a moderate pungent bitterness , grapefruit and citrus zest being most prominent. Quickly followed by hop flavor, with citrus juice and a little floral character, there's a mild malt character that works nicely. A little doughy, a little bread-like, a touch of orange blossom honey... This is good. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this if quite creamy on the palate. A little qcidty, probably from the carbonation, is present. A pleasantly bitter and resiny hop oil character lingers on into the finish. Super yummy.

Arguably overpriced for regular consumption but too good to pass on, this is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:56:20 | More by DefenCorps
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 tsauce2


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle poured in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is straw yellow. Translucent. Head is white, foamy, 1 in, reduces to 1 cm. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Mild hoppyness. Straw, medium roast malt, caramel notes.

T: Mild and earthy hop presence. A dryness accompanies the initial palate. Very light malt base. Touch of caramel sweetness. Mild hop aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Very light feel. Semi wet finish.

O: Great pale ale. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:07:22 | More by tsauce2
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the ale was a light copper color with a bubbly white head topping the glass.

Smell - A very attractive aroma is present. Quite truthfully, the aroma was near perfect for an APA. Notes of grass and bright citrus were present, giving an almost candy-like quality.

Taste - In the initial, one gets the grass at the front before the citrus explodes onto the tongue. Leaving notes of grapefruit and orange rind in its wake, the taste evolve into a blunt force of bitter hopes. The sweet notes have since disappeared.

Mouthfeel - This is a nice easy drinker with carbonation that tends more toward the lighter side. The thickness clings to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.

Overall - I am not a big APA guy, but I can recognize exceptional work when I see it. Glad to have Maine Brewing in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 00:16:37 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 11/22. Written from notes.

A - Orange yellow with a finger of small bubble white foam. Cloudy with no sediment in glass, but some in bottom of bottle. Distinct lines of delicate lacing.

S - Lemon rind, melon, and a hint of bready malts

T - Lemon and bready malts, somewhat reminiscent of a wheat. Well balanced malt backbone. Last malt finish.

M - Crisp with a nice tingle in mouth. Moderate carbonation.

O - Quality well-balanced APA. Definitely recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:45:34 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of Fcolle2


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy and straw in color with a one finger white frothy head that has decent retention.

Nose has some really nice hop aromas. Floral and some faint herbal and spice like aromas are forward. Straw like grainy malt follows in the nose and nicely balance the smell.

Taste is good. Follows the nose with some spicy herbal hop flavors forward that is balanced with a light grainy backbone and a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great. Light feel and moderate carbonation give this a great crisp feel. There is not a whole lot of sweetness so the bitterness shines even though it's very light. This is accentuated some nice hoppy oils that help balance out the light body and a really dry finish.

Overall this is a really good American ale. Great fresh unaggressive hop flavors that are balanced out with a medium body and tied together with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:25:14 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Omnium


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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly foggy yellow straw color 2 fingers of sudsy white head, mild on the lacing.
S - Grapefruit and lemon, a little pale malt, floral hops, some light earthy tones.
T - A little more floral and slightly grassy than the aroma, some grapefruit, a touch of pine, pale and cracker malt.
M - Clean and crisp, easy drinking.
O - Another excellent beer from Maine Beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:29:52 | More by Omnium
Photo of Tbone


3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright straw yellow with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell is lemony.
Taste is lemony, crisp, dry, mild grapefruit rind barely backed with a thin pale malt profile. It is a very pleasing and refreshing dry and crisp pale ale ala Daisy Cutter but with a bigger hop nose and bite.

I'd drink a lot more of it if it wasn't twice the price it should be for comparable products.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 19:46:37 | More by Tbone
Photo of emerge077


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable, light-bodied, citrus-forward APA. Bottled: 10-3-13

Pale orange, slightly hazy but still fairly bright. Copious foam and intricate lacing all around the glass.

Pale malt and citrus peel aroma, light green botanicals.

Moderate bitterness, very light and airy feel, earthy herbal green hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Bitter greens, light citrus peel, pale malt flavors. Quite drinkable and clean. Overall a very nice APA, a classic some might say, though a tad pricey for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:18:35 | More by emerge077
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 10.18.13
Bottled 072313

A - Pours a cloudy, very light orange-yellow with a cream colored head with good retention.

S - Light malt caramel and oranges.

T - Orange bitterness with a light malt-breadiness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Light orange and malt forward. Getting a bit old, but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 21:18:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of rdilauro


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

A very pleasant surprise. This one poured a silky light amber color with a big white frothy head that stayed.

I couldn't really detect alot from the aroma There was a good amount of hops, the typical grapefruit and citrus over tones.

I was really amazed at the first sip. It was smooth yet just enough bitterness from the hops. It was big, but well balanced between fruit and malt.

The aftertaste was very nice, a slow lingering process, reminding you that you just tasted a nice soft beer, simple yet a bit complicated.

Tasted this again. The one difference I picked up from the last time was that I thought this ale was a little on the lighter side then I remembered. Still a very sound clean crisp beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:45:22 | More by rdilauro
Photo of MCain04


3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 week fresh, bottled, poured into shaker pint.

Amber yellow cloudy body with a large fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

Citrus aromas and spring flowers. Straight outta the meadow.

Taste is thin and watery. Some light fruits hops are present. Not malty at all. light and dry.

Mouth is thin, watery, on the dry side, very drinkable

Overall a decent APA from a great young brewery. For the price point, probably not worth drinking on the reg. But go ahead and give it a try if only once.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:30:56 | More by MCain04
Photo of beergoot


4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle date was 09-03-13

Golden body and creamy white head. Lots of citrus and melon scents floating in the air. Mild grain flavors that quickly give way to a zesty hop bitterness. Medium-light body, crisp, clean and dry finish.

An excellent brew for washing down some Maine seafood (had a fried seafood platter with this review, but had a nice, classy paella with this beer the night before). Very hop-forward, so the grains take a secondary position to things, but it's all good. A first rate, satisfying thirst quenching ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:26:35 | More by beergoot
Photo of Roguer


4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright lemon-yellow brew, translucent and bubbly. Thick, 3-finger fluffy white head with great retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: hops! Bright, bright hops: mostly citrus, lemon in particular. Possibly some pine. Wheat grains in the background.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced after the nose. There's an initial blast of citrus hops on the tongue, but that is immediately followed by the grain bill, giving this a very earthy flavor. The finish is of super-bright hops, primarily pine, with a bright woody finish.

Fairly light mouthfeel, with a very lively and pleasant carbonation sting.

This is a very light (5.5% ABV) ale, packed full of hops, but balanced quite well. The flavors come in waves; overall, they're a little bright for me. It almost comes across as hoppy seltzer water, especially as you let it linger in your mouth longer. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer, and would be quite refreshing on a warm day, I imagine.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:46:31 | More by Roguer
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with maybe just a touch of orange around the edges. Bright white fluffy head, some strings of lace, and very nice retention. Smell is quite refreshing and mouthwatering. Happy in general. Grassy, brisk, floral, and a little stinky too. Smells a little bit wild farmhouse.... Taste is dry, brisk, peppery, floral, herbal, dank, and citrus rindy. Mouthfeel is dry, tingly, juicy, and resinous. Overall pretty good stuff. I would think best on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:10:47 | More by tastybeer
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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.