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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 156
Gots: 200 | FT: 12
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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Photo of ColdPoncho


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

This was bottled on August 2nd, 2011. Keep that in mind

A - Light golden straw body with a large white tuft of foam on top. It's a good looking beer. Great lacing too.

S - lightly hoppy, lightly bitter. Mostly pine resin, some citrus. Very mild and light, but pleasant.

T - As expected, it's a bit lacking on the hop flavors. They're present, and very much what was in the nose, but they're quite faded. Still some tang to it, but the flavors are all but gone. Its not too bad, but actually quite good for its age (around 5 months).

M - Full-feeling beer that is a little on the thin side and pretty smooth. It's a good thing, mostly.

O - This is actually quite good, and I bet if it were fresh it would be phenomenal.

01-09-2012 22:57:49 | More by ColdPoncho
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-09-2012 01:27:09 | More by acurtis
Photo of justintcoons


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured straw/gold with 3 fingers of white, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Low-medium carbonation. Excellent clarity although slightly chill hazed. Great layer of lacing coats the side.

N: Predominately orange and lemon citrus. Pine aromas also make an appearance with some very subtle caramel malts.

T: Lemon and pine upfront leading into orange citrus (navel orange & tangerine) and light caramel malts. Finishes with resinous pine and citrus.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and smooth.

O: Extremely easy drinking. The hop profile is right on. Outstanding APA!

01-08-2012 17:19:56 | More by justintcoons
Photo of russwbeck


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%

Graciously provided by JNorton00, I have waited FAR too long to open this. Received it in July...
Underneath the old review is a fresh review! I got a bottle only a few months old in a trade from marshmeli. The numbers above represent the fresh version.

A: Very clear yellow pour with an impressive fluffy-white head. Retention is impressive, and the head laces very nicely down the side of my Russian River -tion snifter. 4.5
Exact same experience on the appearance. Very nice looking Pale Ale. 4.5

S: The smell is not at all what I was expecting. Sort of funky, with a nice maltiness. Certainly saison-like, I'm getting apples and lemon coming through. 4
The aroma is really stepped up. I'm still getting a nice saison like funk with the lemon, but all of that is complimented by a huge citrus hoppiness I did not get in the older version. It's basically like I described before, but with a beautiful hop addition. I'm a big fan. 4.5

T: Certainly getting the saison musk I got on the smell, however the taste more resembles an APA. Nice slight hoppiness, which would probably be more prominent had I tried this fresh, mixed with a definite malt presence towards the middle. A slight tartness, mixed with apple and lemon, again, is noted on the back. 4
Malt? What malt? Getting none of it here. Sweet citrus, dry lemon and apples, slight barnyard funk. Wonderful balance, and very refreshing. 4.5

MF: Carbonated very well, extremely light and drinkable. Dry finish. 4
The finish is very clean and fresh. The lightness I got before is still here. The lightness surprises me with every sip. 4

O: I liked this, but it could have been better. Sort of a strange mix of tastes that I wan't expecting, but aren't bad. I would definitely try it again. 3.5
I'm so glad I tried this again. I now want to try more Maine Beer Company beers now. If you can get it, give Peeper a try, just don't forget about it! 4.5

01-08-2012 03:21:30 | More by russwbeck
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-08-2012 01:36:34 | More by mmmaaattt
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-07-2012 00:28:42 | More by klipper
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-06-2012 22:12:22 | More by Dope
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-06-2012 13:50:28 | More by DSlim71
Photo of tjkinate


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%

My first beer from Maine! I think.

A: Small soapy head with little retention reduces to a thin ring surrounding the beer. Pale golden body that is partly cloudy with a deep colored core and no lacing.

S: Apples, lemons, tart and sour notes, slight funk followed by cherries.

T: Was expecting a more robust flavors after the very diverse smell. Unfortunately the flavors I tasted were relatively bland. Lemons and cherries were detectable along with the funk, but fell off extremely quickly.

M: Low carbonation, light bodied.

O: This is more of a sour than an APA in my opinion and not a very good one at that.

01-05-2012 03:30:09 | More by tjkinate
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this (among others) back from the far northeast corner of the country. Pours out a color similar to SNPA, a little bit lighter and not as much professional looking clarity. Aroma was pretty muted, soft malt toasting notes seemed to stand out more than the hopping.

Taste, light on its feet, pleasant, decent enough hopping, Cascade I suspect. One of the best pale ales I've had on the East Coast, probably the best. Wouldn't say there's any caramel tones, its really a pale/xpa that delivers on the pale. I nice light taudry affair, this Pepper ale is.

01-04-2012 05:00:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of danielp215


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured Entire bottle into large pilsner glass. Getting a murky diarrhea color and a finger of bleached cotton white head with a careful pour. Nose is pure grapefruit and pine with a passing sweet malt. A beautiful snow cap of head remains after 5 minutes. Malts more pronounced as it warms. Taste is bitter hops, some citrus. Not getting any malt in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium so the malts must be at work but the flavor is carefully concealed by the delicious hops. At 5.5 I would session the living snot out of this beer if it were more readily available. Love love love this beer. Bottom line is that it is delicious and I want more!

01-04-2012 04:44:02 | More by danielp215
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of dense white. Ripped sheets and a solid foam cap for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with hints of tropical citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, and apricots.

Light bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel.

A light bitterness with shades of grapefruit, mango, and orange starts the palate. Barely a trace of malt in the background and quite fruity.

Finishes with orange and grapefruit zest with a very light bitterness and quite dry.

Tasty pale ale, but could use some more hops in the nose and the bodys a bit thin and watery.

01-03-2012 02:00:41 | More by brewandbbq
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

01-02-2012 22:08:45 | More by Perilousleigh
Photo of Tucquan


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Had this on 2012-01-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately hazy ruddy-orange with a 4-finger white head into a Duvel glass.

S - Mango, peach, light pineapple and floral. Good amount of aroma

T - Burst of hoppy orange taste with some initial bitterness, lightly toasted multigrain bread, orange flesh, tea, astringent, grapefruit juice bitterness. Initially I thought the flavors weren't going to be bold in this brew but after the first second, the flavors seemed to swell and remained good from one sip to the next. Dries very quickly and leaves an orange tart and reasonably bitter aftertaste. I've not had another APA that tastes like this.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth yet thin (and not unreasonably so for an APA). Quite palate cleansing and refreshing.

O - Very flavorful and well-balanced. It's a little pricey here in PA but it's a very green company with 1% going to environmental non-profits. It's certainly good enough for me to seek it out again and look for other beers from this company. Tip of the hat to Matt Capone for turning me on to this.

01-02-2012 19:01:04 | More by Tucquan
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

01-01-2012 21:53:49 | More by tylmorelli
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

Straw gold with a touch of haze and an off white head leaving fluffy patchs of lace.

Scent is grassy with a citrus note and a hint of onion. Pine needles make themselves known with successive sips.

Taste is oniony hops (summit?), herbal hops, citrus hops, a touch of pine and a crackery malt base. soft bitterness gathers nicely with successive sips. not at all a hop bomb but certainly alive with hop flavor and scent.

Mouth is dry and crisp

This is a crisp and refreshing ale with a kaleidoscope of hop flavor and scent. Can't wait to get my hands on more beer from Maine Beer Company.

01-01-2012 00:06:50 | More by sethmeister
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Picked up a couple bottles in Portland this past summer. Pours crystal clear, almost a Pils color, with a nice sustained head. The aroma is filled with beautiful fruity scents. The beer is balanced for bitterness with a citrusy hop profile. Leave a lacy print of the glass, it goes down cleanly, so easy to drink that it is scary, and is never cloying. An excellent beer that is excellent.

12-31-2011 19:57:48 | More by mrjimcat
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-30-2011 02:18:26 | More by jilly425
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-29-2011 21:38:16 | More by bbrochu
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-29-2011 16:10:07 | More by HopsHopenstein
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4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

a- pours to an orange-yellow color. cloudy from bottle conditioning. very little head.

s- sweet and bitter. slight bit of acidity. sweetness is somewhat fruity (definitely a citrus).

t- sweet and fruity. notes of citrus (mild grapefruit). really easy to drink. medium level of hop flavor, maybe a little more than i' used to in traditional pale ale, but in a very good way. savored every drop.

m- lighter than the cloudyness would suggest. sort of medium bodied.

o- enjoyed this beer very much. its the second from Maine Beer Co. ive had this week. both have wowed me. for a pale ale this was different than most ive ever had before. far exceeds my expectations of what a pale ale should deliver.

12-29-2011 03:48:58 | More by pfrdaly
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

After opening more than a few beers with what I think were so-so noses-- I got a surprise on pouring this beer.

this beer opens with a bouquet of pleasant and almost bucolic sensations- wild flowers, yeast, hops-- and likely a host of others I've forgotten to mention.

Pours with as a translucent straw color capped by a white tight knit head-- that if it had lasted longer would have given this beer a higher rating for appearance.

Head laced the glass with a mild signature.

Flavor much like the beer's nose presented an intriguing potpourri of flowery hops, malt with twists of yeast and hints of pepper.

The flavor's profile provided a full long lasting and satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall this beer is one that I'll be certain to look for the next time I'm at the packie.

12-29-2011 02:52:43 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-28-2011 22:05:13 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-27-2011 03:53:56 | More by verdict603
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-27-2011 02:37:08 | More by OBIrish24
Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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