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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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2,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,174
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 156
Gots: 301 | 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:
Beer added by: ToasterChef on 07-30-2009

Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Markasparov for this one! 4172012 stamped on bottle. i guess that means 4/17/12? Whatever. I drank this around the 20th of June. Here are my notes/rating. 500ml poured into a pint glass.

a- pours a cloudy, yellow color with almost of a green tint to it? Has about half inch of white, foamy head and leaves behind almost no lacing.

s- strong citrus, sweet oranges, very bright smell. almost like pine sol.

t- bright citrus hops, a good deal of bitterness considering it's an APA, mild bready maltiness, and abit of pepper-iness/spice.

m- super drinkable beer that's incredibly flavorful. has a barely noticeable chalkiness.

o- I should just move up north. i could drink this, heady, and gandhi bot for the rest of my life and not need or anything else.

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I had this on tap at Al's served chilled in a snifter.

The color is lightly hazed lemony golden with thick cream with ultra fine bead, lace sticks well and retention is above average. The smell is so vibrant with lots of citrus zest and lemongrass with slight herbal and tangerine odor. The feel is good with semi-resinous and moderately highly carbonated with mild sweetness and low astringency with semi-high bitterness for the style with mostly dry finish.

The first thing I think of when I taste this is fruity trix- it has a lemony orange taste from the hops with citrus zest and slightly herbal grassy sweet tinge with mild pepper note in the back with very juicy lemon and pepper type cohesion. I loved this as it was refreshing on a hot 90+ day and the hop flavor is so fresh it is a great example of the style, I only wished I had tried this sooner.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL, plainly labeled capped bottle, courtesy of a great trader in a recent trade, w/ a bottling date of 12.20.11. A few months old at this point, which is a shame, but poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a tangerine amber, collectively amounting to a darker copper that has enough internal hop haze to be nearly entirely opaque, though not quite. A rather aggressive pour coaxed nearly two full fingers of alabaster head out of this one, continuously replenished by what is initially a very aggressive, almost cola-like amount of effervescence. Ultimately, the head settles down in to a persistent, thin roof and much fatter collar, the collar itself draping gently up the sides of the snifter to crystalline flicks and tendrils of lace that have stellar sticking power. The haze and retention suggest this one's likely loaded with lupulus.

Aroma: Suspicions confirmed. A great light hop profile - zesty, bright citrus that occupies the lighter end of the spectrum intermingles with verbena floral notes and springy, minty notes, with just a touch of woody, herbal spice. Very east coast in feel, and balanced nicely by a lighter, more biscuity backbone than you get out of a lot of the caramel bombs people are passing for APAs these days.

Taste: A smooth, balanced mouth, lacking in a lot of the nuances and strength of the nose. Caveat that this could be do to the age on this one (though it was consistently refrigerated). A very balanced flavor profile, for starters - this is no Sierra Nevada, the bitterness imparted here is about on par with the residual sugars. The hop profile is similar to that observed in the nose, but a little duller and less vibrant - spicy, tart, with a very earthy herbal note suggesting lavender, green peppercorns, lemon mint, and even tart apples at points.

Mouthfeel: Bright, light, and fluffy, with tons of effervescence. Works well with the much lighter flavor profile, for a crisp, zesty, refreshing feeling brew.

Drinkability: Pretty solid. I wonder how it would have tasted fresh, but at 5.5% abv, I can't see it would be too onerous to toss one of these back quicker in an effort to intensity those flavors. The procedural aspects are all spot on, either objectively (the appearance) or in context (the mouthfeel), and this is one I'd love to try on tap during a hot summer day in Virginia (does Maine get this hot?).

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.