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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,745 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 154
Gots: 191 | FT: 11
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

10-23-2012 02:24:39 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

11-10-2012 07:39:46 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8%
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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:02:10 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 02:57:32 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:11:43 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-09-2012 01:27:09 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-21-2013 14:29:07 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-29-2012 06:32:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-21-2011 18:38:44 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-08-2013 00:48:49 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:14:21 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-18-2013 16:10:57 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-25-2011 19:58:32 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 is 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?

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 02:37:45 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 08:35:33 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.