Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,341
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 174
Gots: 401 | FT: 13
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: 527 | Hads: 2,341
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (535 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Beautifully sculpted, the beer isn't quite classic of pale ale but not exactly full-fledged IPA either. It does however have a signature American taste, dryness and cleanliness for high refreshment and drinkability.

Its hazy goldenrod pour is indicative of its light malt presence, releasing a pep of honey and scant caramel underneath the redolent hops that command attention from the nose and early palate. Under-ripened citrus and tangy tropical blends give a fruity perfume early on and a hop-forward taste afterwards.

Across the middle, the malt sweetness retreats gradually, however the creamy malt structure remains and supports the hop onslaught without bringing any undue challenge to the palate. Upon that malty bed dances the vibrant hop flavors of pink grapefruit, orange and light pineapple. Yet as the malts fade further, the light leafy, grassy and acidic nature of hops are exposed.

Its smooth and bitter finish washes the thirst from the palate with a dry character of citrus peel, light tangy acidity and faint hop-derived tannic character. Clean to the point where light seltzer-type mineral flavors reveal themselves just ahead of an aid also from alcohol dryness. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  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. (587 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bring hauled this one back from Maine. Thanks, Barry; this was a big surprise.

The pour is golden with good clarity. The body shows a lot of effervescence, which feeds the small but lasting head.

Fresh citrusy and floral hops dominate the aroma. Malt is noticeable, barely, along with a touch of yeasty fruit character (peaches, apricots). For a standard pale ale, this is bursting with aroma.

Very hoppy on the palate, crisp and dry, crackery malts shining through a bit mid-palate. The floral, fruity dry hops give this one a ton of flavor while still maintaining a light body and pleasant dryness. The finish is crisp, refreshing and dry. Hard to fault this beer in any way; near perfect for the style. (708 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. How many different APAs do these guys make (he asks rhetorically)?

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of mildly dank pine needles, bitter florals, white grapefruit, underripe navel orange pith, ethereal aerosol black pepper, biscuity pale malt, dry saltines, and a further muted tropical fruitiness. The taste is more blended citrus (still mostly the good ol' orange and grapefruit standbys) and muddled tropical fruit, bready, doughy pale malt, wet crackers, a hint of spicy yeast, white pepper, and further soft leafy, floral, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite active in appearance, but much less so on the palate - merely a softly lulling frizziness - the body a bit on the lee side of medium weight, and too tacky from the hops (and maybe yeast?) to be deemed to exhibit anything more than the most basic smoothness. It finishes more or less dry - the trace sweetness from fruity hop and gritty malt not really the sort with any staying power.

Another pretty tasty and dry pale ale from this brewery - I like a nice crisp finish to make me pine (heh) for another swig, and Maine beers seem to have that in spades. Hoppy, crackery, and easy as sin to drink - now what the hell is a 'peeper', in the context of this offering - nothing is proffered as such on the label? (1,492 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (584 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of white head and good lacing.

Smell: There is a hint of sweet malt but the star here is the citrus hops. Very crisp and nice.

Taste: As in the smell, a very nice citrus hop bitterness. The bitterness is there throughout the whole sip, but it isn't dominating in any sense. Some malt back bone. I could have a few of these.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, strong tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I would definitely have this one again. I think I would prefer it as an IPA with the same hop profile, but a very good pale ale. (664 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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!!!! (1,667 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1-2 fingers of tight bright-white head. This retains with a thick ½ finger of creamy foam which coats the sides of the glass with rich sticky froth. Very nice look to this. The aroma is floral and leafy, with some bright smelling citric hops. The malts have a distinct character of bread and sugars gong on underneath. Almost like a fresh baked cookie at times.

The taste is all about the hop flavors here, with a fresh citric bite that stretches the whole way through the profile. Almost to the point to where the malts feel like a mute point at times. The malts still do have their place here, balancing the hops on the edges of the profile with a honeyed graininess, but the bitterness returns in the finish with a dry steady pithiness. The mouthfeel has a lighter feeling medium body on it, being crisp on top but then giving way to an underlying smooth creaminess that keeps this quite easygoing. This might actually be my favorite aspect of this beer, as it keeps this very drinkable.

Pretty tasty and refreshing little APA here, and while I would have liked to have seen a little more malt activity in the taste, that crisp yet smooth body really delivers here. This was my first experience with this new small batch brewery and I'm anxious to try out more from them. (1,349 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (3,318 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (623 characters)

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.