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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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2,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 156
Gots: 254 | 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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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate-Dogg for bringing this back from our home state. Maine-ah at heart, but first time slinging back a MBC offering.

Straw yellow-golden color. Fresh mowed grass on the nose, with some old, yeasty bread in there too. Someone else mentioned a biscuity flavor to it, and I totally buy it.

Here's what I love: plenty of hops on the tongue, but it never, ever overpowers the rest of the palate; great carbonation for a pale ale (medium-high). A tiny bit of spice on the finish that makes the finish dry without leaving a vacuum.

Pale Ales in general? A lot of them can be kinda boring if you ask me. Not this one - lots of bold flavors combined with a balanced mouthfeel makes this one a sessionable brew with plenty to chew on.

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

Found on tap at Grumpy Doyle’s in Reading, MA this a clean golden color with a respectable white head and decent lacing served in a tall stemmed bowl. The aroma is slightly skunky bread and herbal hop. Pleasant and delicate. The flavor brings more bready wheat, less skunk and more light floral hop with a hint of citrus brightness. It’s medium light bodied with a delicate carbonation and fresh feel. Very classy and highly drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hagbergl
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500 mL bottle of Maine Beer Co.'s renowned Peeper Ale from Kappy's Leominster last evening. Bottled on date printed in black ink on the left hand side of the white label reads "8/17/12". Nice! Nothing like fresh hoppy beer. The bottle was decanted into my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours an opaque goldenrod yellow and is topped by two finger's worth of creamy, white foam. Peeper is definitely an unorthodox color for a pale ale–most pales I've tried are usually copper-hued–but that doesn't take away from how damn good it looks in my chalice (perhaps it's glassware overkill, but whatever!). It looks pretty active, as carbonation bubbles can be seen rising vigorously from the bottle of the glass. Lots of soapy lacing is left behind as you consume.

Smell (4/5): Peeper smells of grassy, lemony, and herbal hops with some nice biscuity/bready malt and some spice mixed in there. Definitely more hop-forward in the nose than most pales I've had. A little similar to Hill Farmstead's classic pale, Edward, though the hop smell doesn't have as much tropical fruit to it. This is a very good smelling pale ale.

Taste (4.5/5): Light lemony hops and some biscuity malt come on in the foretaste strong, along with some powdery yeast. Certainly hop forward from the get-go, but there's balance here–provided mainly by the light biscuity malt–that is very appreciated. I pick up a little spiciness, perhaps from the yeast. All other flavors give way to a very bitter grapefruit-like flavor in the long, dry, and bitter finish. I really appreciate this beer's level of complexity; there are nice flavor transitions made as the beer goes over the tongue and down the chute. Excellent, excellent taste for a hoppy pale ale.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of Peeper: it has a the perfect amount of body (medium) and carbonation (medium-high); it's a little spritely and prickly; and it has an exquisite dryness to it that comes on in the finish, and to great effect. The mouthfeel is one of the reasons the beer tastes so good and is what makes it so eminently drinkable.

Overall (4.5/5): I think the world of Peeper. It is one of the best American Pale Ales I've ever had, and perhaps only second to Hill Farmstead's Edward pale ale. Craft beer drinkers seek out this beer for a good reason: because it's freaking awesome. Anyone who's looking for a highly flavorful, hoppy beer that's mellow in the alcohol department (5.5% ABV) should pick up a couple of bottles...now!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of divineaudio
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9 oz bottle courtesy of valdieu2. bottled on 08/03/12 and poured into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy, pale golden shade and immediately forms a thick, rocky, two finger, off white head. retention is good, after a few minutes i get a thin cap of foam and thick chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - fresh cut grass, lemon, hay, crackers.

t - somewhat muted compared to the smell. lots of subtle fruity esters with an herbal, oily hop presence, balanced by a lightly toasted bready malt base. i'm getting notes of lemon, grapefruit, grass, pine, and spruce. bitterness lingers just a bit longer than it should imo. lots of complexity to be had here.

m - lighter side of medium in body and very slick from the hop oils. adequate carbonation with a finer co2 profile.

o - very drinkable but this combination of flavors isn't really doing it for me. i have a hard time finding fault in this one though as mbc clearly put some love into this. probably worth the effort to track some of this down, even if you only try it once.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled July 10, 2012.

Golden orange with a voluminous white head - great density to it, with solid retention and lace. Fruity nose, some mango and lighter fleshed fruits. Some pine and a gentle spiciness. Similar on the palate, some tropical notes, moderate to high bitterness, sweet gentle caramelized flavours over pale malts. Light pine/cedar flavours, similar to what I get from a Red Racer IPA. Lighter medium body, low carbonation. Super drinkable, and while pretty simple all around, this is something I'd drink indefinitely.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.