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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1514
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild, easy drinking hoppy beer. A nice citrus taste. Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial . Foamy head, lacey.Could not finish the entire bottle with John, but I kept the rest for cooking. Middling mouthfeel, decent drinkability. More aroma would help the experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:31:04 | More by Sammy
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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 4/9/13.

Pours a murky gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice bright citrus aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:39:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one shocked the hell out of me I have to admit. I was nowhere near expecting it to be as good as it was. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one while playing in the yard with the kids on 04/17/2010.

The pour was huge, bright golden amber and incredibly hazy and cloudy with tons of carbonation just ripping toward the surface. Immense white foam just leaps over the top of the glass, reaching a height of near three inches before finally settling down into a firm two fingers of head and rich lacing that lasted the entire session. Aroma is sharp citrus, lemon, orange, nice notes of grasses along with a great little hint of light bready malts providing some nice balance. Crisp, clean, near perfect flavor as the sharp and lightly tart notes of citrus work perfectly and are so well balanced I was amazed. Such a light, and easy drinking ale, I cannot believe how quickly this one snuck up on me. I could see myself drinking this for days all summer long, it was just that good.

Overall as solid as the day is long. I was really amazed with this one. Could not really say a bad thing about it and would look forward to trying it again anytime! Going to make me seek out a few more of their for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:11:43 | More by mikesgroove
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Starts out with a solid aroma of citrus hops, particularly orange with a more mild grapefruit note. There is a bit of malt character to it as well. Plenty of pale malt giving a bit of bread aroma and a light sweetness.

T: The sweet malt notes are more pronounced on the palate than expected. That said, still fairly hoppy. A touch of grass to go with all the citrus fruit and citrus peel. There is a mild pine note which provides some bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really a solid pale ale. So far I've been impressed with the Maine Beer Co. offerings I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:35:30 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, almost golden color with a massive head sitting atop the liquid; curtains of lace

Smell: Floral, with hints of lemon and grainy malt

Taste: Citrusy, up front, with a strong lemon character; hints of kumquat and apricot emerge as well; underneath the pale malt provides a crackery platform for the hops, although there is a bit of graininess, that arrives at mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable and packed with flavor

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:35:25 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops is quite amazing with light sweet cereal notes also detectable. Taste is a superb mix between some floral hops notes mix in with some notes of light cereal. Mix of citrus and floral hoppy notes is just about perfect. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really liked this beer and I guess the East coast breweries are not catching up on West coast brewery about adding hops into beer being more then just about bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 18:02:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to imagineiii. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a nice peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose brings slight tropical hop notes plus a bit of light citrus characteristics. There is a touch of malt lingering in the background. The flavor was along with same lines as the nose but with a nice bitterness coming through. Good amount of tropical notes as well. Some light mango. Body is light with good carbonation and a nice bitterness in the finish. Really quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 17:06:16 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving lacing down the edges of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute citrus flavors to the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s definitely a good choice during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:02:10 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a light lemony golden color with a frothy one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass.subdued citri hops in the nose,they are there but just a bit subdued,a light toasted grain note as well.Bright and lemony hop flavors with some herbal/grassy notes underneath,pretty dry with more of a toasted malt base.A easy drinking dryer APA with good hops,maybe didn't live up to the hype for me but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:14:21 | More by oberon
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Been hearing some good things about this brew, hope it lives up to the "hype". It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, mild caramel, and a splash of honey. The taste follows this same formula, along with some nice honeydew and cantaloupe bits. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice APA, definitely living up to all of the good words. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:05:13 | More by TMoney2591
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company's bottle-conditioned Peeper Ale pours a hazy, deep-gold that appears bronze, and even amber in the full pint. Very tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. A bright white head rises to form a finger thick rocky cap, then drops slightly, and holds for quite some time. As you might imagine, the lacing left behind on the glass is fairly impressive as well.

In the nose, it's bright with juicy citrus notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Some yeastiness comes through, and a touch of grainy malt as well.

The citrus returns in the flavor but it's not as big or brash as the aroma suggests. It's not raspy or overly juicy - in fact, it's really superbly balanced against the gently grainy, straightforward malt. There are some additional fruit notes of apple, pear, melon, and strawberry, and some yeastiness comes through as well (in a good way). The bitterness level is median against the maltiness, so it doesn't sock you, but it's always there to support; and it finishes drying with some residual malt that quickly fades, leaving only spritzes of fruitiness behind.

This is the way beer was meant to be, fresh and alive. It has so much more character when it's conditioned properly (I also have a fresh bottle just a few weeks old). There are so many subtle nuances to it that it really keeps you interested throughout the entire serving, and it doesn't hurt that it's remarkably well-balanced and superbly drinkable! Impeccably brewed. I haven't had a beer that's excited me so much in years - literally - and for it to be simply an American pale ale and not something exotic really says something. Absolutely delicious!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 13:48:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Cigar City snifter. Bottled 8/2/2011

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and partial cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Hazy pale orange body.

S - Smells a lot like lemon sorbet - not sure what hops are in here, but there's plenty of lemon and grapefruit present, along with a dash of grass and herbs. Malt character is pretty neutral, with a touch of sugar present.

T - Taste isn't quite as overtly lemony, but there's still some of the fresh grapefruit flavor present. Light cereal grain malt backbone, and perhaps a touch of astringency in the finish. Light residual bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, and a resinous, oily, finish.

D - Really easy to drink. This has held up surprisingly well considering it's nearly three months old. I'd really like to try this closer to the source, but I liked it in its current state quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 14:59:52 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:09:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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
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4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with baconsausage I believe, thanks. I used this beer to break a nearly 2 week break from beer since my pain killers did not mix well with alcohol, at least that what was indicated on the label, I did not try.

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a Bitburger pilsner glass (right volume). Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a nice, soft white head of small bubbles, great retention and some nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is immediately obviously upon pouring the beer, it is strong and hoppy, fruits and citrus, very strong aroma, very appealing.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice feel on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation on the palate, just enough to brighten the beer. Great hop flavor in the midpalate with some moderate bitterness at the back. The finish is clean and not dry, wet finish with no aftertaste. Easy drinking, obtainable, flavorful, hoppy beer. Great fruitiness in the midpalate, every thing is appropriately leveled and "balanced"...I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. One of the best American Pale Ale's I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:48:48 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this "hand-crafted American ale" as an extra from rheisler. Lots of donations and recycling from these guys, I wouldn't be surprised to see green beer pour out.

Edit: At the end of the pour I stirred up the unfiltered bottle conditioned yeast and poured it into the glass. Lots of large yeast chunks and sediment interesting this thing up a bit more.

Edit #2: I just burped up the hop taste again and got to enjoy the great hops again, exquisite!

A: The long neck restricts the pour at first, but also creates a HUUUGE head, bigger than my hand, bigger than the pour of beer, forcing me to stop pouring less than halfway up the glass. As it slowly settles I can see the light bubbles popping on top, and huge bubbles popping all around the sides. Big bubble carbonation on these guys. It wants to be clear, but leaves just enough haze to filter the light coming through. I don't see any bubbles rising through the golden orange yellow color (it's actually a pretty nice color) back to the bubbles, see very few, so I'm guessing this thing blew its load on the pour. Now that the head has died down enough, back to the pour.

N: Oooh, a really nice American hop aroma, some hop oils, some grapefruit, citrus, and pine; plenty of centennial and cascade hops. Besides the luscious hop aroma, I don't get much else, not really any malts, but perhaps a touch of spicy hop aroma as well. I want to market a car air freshener or something with this aroma.

T: Starts not quite as I would expect. Its got some very light malts at the beginning, and some very light hop taste. Perhaps some grassy light taste, some juiciness, and some strange tropical fruit tastes. It actually kinda reminds me of Gumballhead. I continue to wait for the huge hop hit with what I got on the nose, but it never seems to come. I get some more juicy grapefruit and citrus on the taste to add to the lemongrass I got at first. It also has some chewy candy like fruit and a touch of bitterness, but mostly refreshingness. I love the bottle conditioning as it seems to add the interesting fruity esters.

M: Pretty thin and almost no carbonation.

F: Here is some bitterness finally. It finishes pretty dry and the bitterness finally comes. I would have liked more hop character in the taste however, but I guess this is a Spring American Ale style not IPA etc. It also finishes pretty crisp for the bitterness. The hop taste is pretty good however, and finishes with the bitterness I was trying to get at the middle. Some lemongrass and floral hops also litter the finish.

Final thoughts: All in all its a pretty good beer that is very refreshing and tasty. It has an amazing hop nose, that doesn't really follow through on the palate. There is some nice bitterness on the finish but it doesn't make up what I was expecting for the hops in the center of the taste. It does finish pretty well with a good bitterness and clean finish. The hops that do come through taste pretty good with grapefruit, citrus, lemongrass, some interesting tropical fruit and candy tastes, enough to remind me of Gumballhead. The bottle conditioning is a double edged sword, it adds some interesting great flavors and adds the live yeast component, but also makes it inconsistent in carbonation which is very obvious in this one. Overall, Great springtime beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:50:11 | More by jlindros
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden color until the sediment came out of the bottle. Then the beer changed to more of a grayish color. The head was white and leaves a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer had some malty aromas and some hops. The taste of the beer gives off the flavors of lemon upfront and finishes with a malt base. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and a decent carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't as impressive as I expected it to be. It was good but not great in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:37:51 | More by Knapp85
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive starting head: Lots of froth with a rugged settling. The brew has greenish hue to the otherwise light amber color. Leaves some chunky, but spotty, lace.

Pleasant, clean paler malt and fresh, floral hop smell. Mild grapefruit zest aroma. Very luring.

This might be the quintessential pale ale. The initial sip has a solid pale malt base. It has a good body without being too rich. The carbonation is fine, almost prickly. The swallow is bitter, but not unbalanced. Lots of pepper to the finish. The aftertaste lasts a long time. This tasting reminds me of the first time I tried a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 18:03:25 | More by smcolw
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is what American pale ale should be. another absolute gem from Vermont, this time a bottle shop, and actually a beer from maine, not Vermont itself, but man I wish I could get these ales out west. Vermonters don't know how good they have it with distro and the like, or maybe they do... in any event, this is a real special beer, spring seasonal im guessing by the name. it pours a light frothy honey color with sexy lace along my goblet sides. the nose and taste are both really fresh, big bright hops ranging from vegetative to grassy to floral to citric and finally brisk and bitter. its almost the full spectrum, and its a joy to drink a beer this easy down and packed with flavor. malt is in supporting roles only, crackery backbone, nothing more. the hops are light, but pungent at the same time, loosely acidic, with some springtime thawing sort of quality. this is a major refresher with a very light body, a creamy but well carbonated feel, and a cruisy 5.5% abv. there is very little to critique about this beer, easily one of the best pale ales ive had in years. the east coasters are onto something here with the mighty hop flower.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:02:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 500ml bottle for $7 from EuroMarket. That's a bit steep, but I do love a fine American pale ale.

Mmmm. It's a bright, crisp pale ale with a herbal pine and lemon and then a clean, juicy grapefruit finish. The bitterness approaches an IPA (and probably surpasses a few lesser one), but the body still on the more drinkable side of the style. It's certainly lighter than SNPA, for example. I'd love to take care of a few bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 20:27:26 | More by tempest
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New York

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

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a light amber color with two fingers of white head and moderate carbonation. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, bready malts, hints of pine. Nice balance.

t - Taste is light citrus, lemons, smooth bready malts, little pine. Very smooth.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This is a very drinkable beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. At 5.5% ABV I feel like I could drink a lot of these. Has a nice hop/malt balance in the smell and a nice citrus taste. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 23:35:16 | More by mdfb79
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from Al's. Picked it up on the night that I bashed up ksak's car - good times. Hopin' the beer is better.

A: The pale ale is lighter, still coppery but towards the lighter yellow-orange end of the spectrum. The ale generates a nice head, nearly a finger, that is white as snow. Lacing follows the head, patches all around the glass.

S: A great hoppy nose, citrus in abundance. Light biscuit is the perfect foil, keeping things in check. The nose leaves me wanting just a little more, near perfect for a pale ale.

T: Well carbonated, very bubbly. And very hoppy too. The citrus bite registers immediately. Fruity flavors come with the hops. Pale biscuit balances the ale out nicely. The strength of the ale isn't an issue, nice and relaxed. A kiss of grapefruit and orange, a bit of lemon for good measure, lingers on my palate, a reminder of the powerful hop flavors. Like a page out of Laura Palmer's diary, I'm left wanting more but am pleasantly sated.

M: What's there not to like? Crisp hops that leave plenty of citrus behind, balancing biscuit, a small alcohol price tag. A very well done ale. Wish I had a few more bottles though...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:15:39 | More by akorsak
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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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New York

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

16 ounce bottle.

The head on this beer is off the chain! A solid wall of off white foam stays at the 4 finger level forever. Stays rocky, super slow morph to stiff merainge (I cant seem to spell that work for the life of me) Also leaves super thick sheeting and thick high lace blobs. Outstanding achievent in head and who amoung does not like....blah blah blah..

Bright nose of lemon, soap, flowers and a hint of ginger.

Quite tasty ale. More lemony hops, some peppery spice, quite dry in the mouth. Bright and flavorful, highly enjoyable and well worth seeking out. A very pleasant suprise from a brewery I did not know much about...I want to learn more and drink more of their brews

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 22:16:17 | More by Billolick
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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
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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.