Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company
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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
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
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
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
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottled 10/11/11. Thank you Jayli, via Secret Santa 2011.
It pours out a very pale yellow with a totally white head. The head is exceptional, good retention and lacing.
Powerful hoppiness, mainly in the citrus/cascade domain. Grapefruit, Meyer lemon, with no malt to speak of. Even a little lemon lime.
Very scant 2-row pale malt gets washed with lemon and yellow grapefruit hops. Simple, but effective Pale Ale.
Light, effervescent body; this is a refresher for sure. Medium carbonation, medium bitterness, it's all in balance.
This reminds me of a professional, really good version of a single malt, single hop Pale Ale I made last year with simply American 2-row and Cascade hop pellets. The hops are fresh here and this is a really well crafted beer.
12-25-2011 21:52:44 | More by brewerburgundy
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A 500 mL bottle from Al's. Picked it up on the night that I bashed up ksak's car - good times. Hopin' the beer is better.
A: The pale ale is lighter, still coppery but towards the lighter yellow-orange end of the spectrum. The ale generates a nice head, nearly a finger, that is white as snow. Lacing follows the head, patches all around the glass.
S: A great hoppy nose, citrus in abundance. Light biscuit is the perfect foil, keeping things in check. The nose leaves me wanting just a little more, near perfect for a pale ale.
T: Well carbonated, very bubbly. And very hoppy too. The citrus bite registers immediately. Fruity flavors come with the hops. Pale biscuit balances the ale out nicely. The strength of the ale isn't an issue, nice and relaxed. A kiss of grapefruit and orange, a bit of lemon for good measure, lingers on my palate, a reminder of the powerful hop flavors. Like a page out of Laura Palmer's diary, I'm left wanting more but am pleasantly sated.
M: What's there not to like? Crisp hops that leave plenty of citrus behind, balancing biscuit, a small alcohol price tag. A very well done ale. Wish I had a few more bottles though...
12-24-2011 23:15:39 | More by akorsak
4.78/5 rDev +16.3%
A - Pours a clear, clean, golden-yellow but towards the end of the bottle, sediment breaks free and clouds the beer and turns it copper. Bubbly, thick, white head.
S - Malty goodness. Spicy, fruity, floral. Magnificent.
T - Wow. When I find a good Pale Ale, I fall in love with it. That has happened with this beer. Perfectly malty, fruity, floral. Incredible when it warms near room temperature. Not overly hoppy. Balanced is an understatement. What a PA should be.
M - Smooth with little carbonation. Fantastic maltiness lingers on the palate. One of the finer PA's I've had.
12-23-2011 05:01:21 | More by Gatch
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
It pours a really nice mellow straw color, not too cloudy but not quite clear either. A nice big head sits atop the beer akin to foamy soap that sticks to the glass very well and has amazing retention for a pale ale and leaves behind a delightful amount of webbed lacing. Nice hops in the nose but not overpowering, detectable amounts of a zingy spice come through, perhaps a bit of rye, and a nice bready malt cushion to round out the nose. The flavors follow really well, spices at first, again something along the lines of rye, nice bitter hops come through, not too citrusy but not too piney, nicely balanced hop profile. The finish is really nice, a bit of lemon a bit of biscuity malt, but exceptionally refreshing. Very nice crisp mouthfeel as well, perfectly carbonated with a nice dry finish.
Verdict: Lovely pale ale from Maine Beer Company. It’s my first beer from them and I must say it hit the mark, can’t wait to try their Zoe and Lunch, try this if you see it.
12-23-2011 01:47:38 | More by kevanb
Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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