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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,745 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 155
Gots: 189 | 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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peeper Ale opens with a rich, malty, floral, and fruity aroma that smells quite heavenly even straight from the bottle. The predominant aromas are floral and fruity, some from the hops, which bring in rosewater, rose petal, and pink grapefruit, and some from the malts, which add a nice layer of apricot and orange. Deep below is a more bread-like aroma of French baguette, along with just a hint of spiciness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a solid hop hit, grapefruit and pine swirling around the tongue in medium, but delicious bitterness. Malts kick in a great layer of orange and apricot, as well as touches of white grape, to keep company. Hints of toast crust and baguette balance the sugary flavors. The tongue begins to sting mid-mouthful from a peppery bite, thought the bite is far stronger than the mild peppery taste. The aftertaste is a good remnant of grapefruit rind hops, with touches of brown sugar, and lingers for a while, biting at the tongue. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the bite.

Overall, this is a fantastic ale, full of delicious flavors sure to please both craft and casual beer drinkers alike. The aftertaste might be slightly too heavy on the bitter hops, but the main mouthful is pleasing and delicious, going down smooth, and the delightful fruit flavors remain even after several mouthfuls. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:04:20 | More by jondeelee
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far333

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery during a recent trip to Portland. Nice new space, great guys. Straw yellow, slightly hazed with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly and leading to a white firm and tightly bubbled head that lingers long.

Inviting aroma of bright floral and citrus hops, a subtle honey malt riding beneath. Flavor is similar to the nose, though the hops seem to recede a bit behind the malt, not as much upfront. Firm bitterness, but not harsh. Some tea and lemony notes, orange rind zest emerges in the finish, slightly piney.

Full and even mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation that is initially soft but finishes tingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:40:18 | More by far333
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RDHerm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-02-2011 17:56:57 | More by RDHerm
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-02-2011 16:24:58 | More by Diomede
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-02-2011 04:06:02 | More by rab53
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 10/13/11

A: Cloudy, dullish golden brown with a huge inviting white head. Retention is outstanding.
S: Bold pale malt aroma suggests this will be dry and pretty toasty. Hops are grassy and just a touch of caramel malt is present.
T: Flavor falls in line with expectations. Plenty of toast/bready malt without much bitterness. Hop profile is grassy and lightly floral. Finish is very nice - dry with a potent oily herbal follow through.
M: Medium to full-bodied for the style with lively carbonation.

Nothing in particular about this beer blows me away, but at the same time, it doesn’t really have any flaws and is very well made beer all around. Reminds me of what pale ales used to taste like back before everyone was trying to outdo each other with hops. I could see myself drinking this regularly.

Thanks again Chris!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:37:25 | More by GeezLynn
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. 500ml bottle poured into a pair of snifters. This brew appears a lightly hazed golden color with a frothy white cap. Patchy strings of lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives the head.

The smell is fresh and clean with citrus hops. It displays some character that is lightly grassy, herbal and fruited with a bit of a floral component. Light bready grain is the only minor indication of malt in this clean, well balanced aroma.

The taste is lightly herbal and grassy from the hops.. A modest tropical fruit quality is present throughout. Lightly dank with more of an herbal quality as it warms with a backing of bready to biscuit grain which provides some faint sweetness. This is an ideal flavor profile for an APA. The hops present themselves with lots of flavoring and just enough bitterness. Well done.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel that contains a light level of carbonation. Well balanced, crisp and very easy drinking. More hop favoring than bitterness which is very enjoyable and made this brew really stand out for me. I would have no problems throwing a couple of these back if given the opportunity. Big thumbs up here, glad to see this brewery on our shelves in PA now.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 13:26:53 | More by stakem
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-29-2011 03:37:12 | More by Blanco
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a darker shade of hazy orange with a big white fluffy head that recedes to a nice film on the top, leaving a little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is very citrus forward with oranges and grapefruit at the forefront. There is also a bit of caramel sweetness in the nose. The flavors are well balanced, maybe swinging a bit farther to the sweet, malty side than I would usually prefer. There is a mild bitterness, and lots of grapefruit citrus hops along with a big malty caramel backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with very nice carbonation. Very pleasant. Overall, this is a very nice pleasant beer. Very lucky to be able to try a bottle (thanks ciachef1212!)

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:35:14 | More by Agold
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear, amber/orange with a large, 3-finger, white head that has decent retention but only spotty, wet lace.

The smell is a crisp, fruity (citrus), sweet aroma.

The taste is more of the citrus, though not as dominating as in the aroma, followed by a bit of sweet malt ending with a good dose of bitterness that lingers.

The mouthfeel is medium tending toward light with ample carbonation.

Overall: This has a greater hop profile, which I prefer, than most APAs . A more balanced APA is a good thing too though. This is a very nice APA, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:03:03 | More by meatyard
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ccyr

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-28-2011 18:40:54 | More by ccyr
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 05:09:41 | More by InspectorBob
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setonhallbluehen

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-28-2011 03:44:47 | More by setonhallbluehen
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jenray

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-28-2011 03:31:25 | More by jenray
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Mielbeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-28-2011 00:56:34 | More by Mielbeer
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-28-2011 00:22:56 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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srandycarter

California

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright but murky copper. Huge white head that stays a very long time. TONS of cling lace. Pretty.

S - Mostly sweet malt, although light bitterness is apparent.

T - Similar to smell, but all attributes seemed to be more watered down than expected.

M - Light body, good carb, fine balance.

D - Had higher hopes. Still pretty tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 07:49:36 | More by srandycarter
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-27-2011 04:38:35 | More by DaveHack
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-26-2011 23:36:29 | More by LostHighway
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2011 02:26:12 | More by splendidsplinter
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from summer visit to New England. 16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Bottle dated 4/14/11, so 7+ months old.

A: Hazy gold; steady effervescence. Light and fluffy
1-3/4" white head that drops quickly and leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Sweet fruit/citrus, grassy malt, slight floral.

T: Grapefruit and lemon, then light malt, followed by very low bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation; very slight bitterness, fresh finish.

O: I enjoyed Peeper numerous times this summer and know that this bottle was quite muted by its age. Will taste again with fresh bottle next summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 18:39:48 | More by bierbrauer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-24-2011 02:17:40 | More by PEIhop
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Axic10

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-23-2011 22:06:14 | More by Axic10
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KenC

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-23-2011 20:25:32 | More by KenC
Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.