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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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2,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 156
Gots: 305 | 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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Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of C20Percent
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-brown with a frothy head of off white foam on top. Tons of complexity in the color of the body. Good preliminary lacing. Never quite seen a color like this. Nice feature.

S: This is probably where the beer shines most. A hoppy floral punch of aroma. Haven't smelled something as floral as this. Some very subtle, quality smelling citrus in the back. Think mango, tangerine and grapefruit. Not an in your face smell, but quality for sure.

T: Taste of sweet breads, sweet yeast, and sweet malts, with some floral flavors and a very light citrus backbone. Refreshing. Subtle hops -- I guess I'd prefer a little more hop flavor, but it's not an IPA or anything. For what it is, it's pretty good.

M: A light body, nicely carbonated brew that coats the mouth in sweetness. Not much chewiness to it, but a crisp, refreshing feel. Not a palette wrecker by any sense of the imagination. Good.

O: This is the beer you want on a hot day. A very refreshing brew. But, damn, do I want this to be an IPA so very badly, but that's what Lunch is for. As a pale ale - it's pretty good, and I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company's bottle-conditioned Peeper Ale pours a hazy, deep-gold that appears bronze, and even amber in the full pint. Very tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. A bright white head rises to form a finger thick rocky cap, then drops slightly, and holds for quite some time. As you might imagine, the lacing left behind on the glass is fairly impressive as well.

In the nose, it's bright with juicy citrus notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Some yeastiness comes through, and a touch of grainy malt as well.

The citrus returns in the flavor but it's not as big or brash as the aroma suggests. It's not raspy or overly juicy - in fact, it's really superbly balanced against the gently grainy, straightforward malt. There are some additional fruit notes of apple, pear, melon, and strawberry, and some yeastiness comes through as well (in a good way). The bitterness level is median against the maltiness, so it doesn't sock you, but it's always there to support; and it finishes drying with some residual malt that quickly fades, leaving only spritzes of fruitiness behind.

This is the way beer was meant to be, fresh and alive. It has so much more character when it's conditioned properly (I also have a fresh bottle just a few weeks old). There are so many subtle nuances to it that it really keeps you interested throughout the entire serving, and it doesn't hurt that it's remarkably well-balanced and superbly drinkable! Impeccably brewed. I haven't had a beer that's excited me so much in years - literally - and for it to be simply an American pale ale and not something exotic really says something. Absolutely delicious!!!!

Photo of rdruckenmiller
2.2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into imperial pint glass

Appearance: Pours with small but persistent white head. Thin layer of tight bubbles persists without. Very clear. Color looks like watered-down coke, just a bit more gold... almost like dirty water. Not very appealing.

Aroma: Light citrus aroma from american hops. Some light malt sweetness. No diacetyl. Did not pick up a lot going on here.

Taste: Weak malt backbone- a touch of sweetness and a slight breadiness. Light citrusy hop flavor. Beer finishes moderately bitter. Balance is slightly towards bitter but overall flavor light and a bit watered down for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Thing body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. No astringency.

Overall: Based on the other reviews I wonder if I got a bad bottle. In all aspects I felt like it was a bit watered-down. I am a big fan of drinkable beers, but not at the sacrifice of flavor. Hoping the bottle of "Lunch" I picked up is more enjoyable.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold citrus hops, lots of grapefruit along with some floral and pine notes.

Appearance: Light copper, high clarity. Small white head. Little retention, incredible lacing.

Taste: Clean, pale malt followed by savory grapefruit citrus. Some pine shows up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mildly stinging carbonation. A bit chalky. Finishes dry.

Overall: One of my favorite American Pale Ales. Bold and savory. Delicious American citrus hop flavor.

Notes: Consumed on 5/6/2012 at House of 1000 Beers.

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours light gold with a big milky 2" head. Retains a thick ring of lacing.

S- some sweet caramel and lots of spicy hops.

T- faint sweetness followed by spicy hops that lend a slight bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O- nice pale ale. More of a mild pale with the hops being a little more subdue compared to the style.

Photo of Dools9
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tumbler. Bottle stamped 041712, guessing thats 4/17/12 or 17 days old.

A: Very cloudy, hazy gold, two fingers of pillowy white head that reatains throughout and leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrus and zesty lemon fruits, mild grapefruit, orange and just a bit pine. Crackery malt is a backround note.

T: Punch of lemony hop bitterness, some fresh citrus notes and a dry pale malt finish. Tastes very fresh and clean.

M: Very crisp and refreshing, lighter bodied, good drinkablility at 5.5 abv.

O: Very refreshing and tasty APA, a good hoppy brew and the crispness and drinakability make it a perfect summer sessioner.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AJD1201
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Jamcrae16
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of AnnArborJoe
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of pawpaw
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of huskermike12
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of superdan73
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of projektyle
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Holland
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dim brown with some pink (?) mixed in. It has a huge head that covers the top of the beer for the duration of my drinking.

S: slight malt aroma with big grassy hops along with orange and melon.

T: first I notice the malt, very nice pale profile. Then the bitterness balances it, and finally I get fruity flavors from citrus to grassy flavors. I prefer more citrus, but there is nothing wrong with the hops here.

M: heavy carbonation on a medium to thin body make it crisp, but in a light and fluffy way.

O: very nice beer, well crafted, and delicious. At $8 per bottle it's a steep price, so I won't be buying again, but it was worth it once.

Photo of carps12
2.77/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy unfiltered light brown equals not that appetizing. Very light on the aroma. Spice, earth, some grapefruit, but very mild. This is less than a month old. Flavor is very muted. Slightly bitter and very watery taste with little hop bite. Not the best. Go with a fresh lunch instead. $7 is a lot for this beer, a plethora of alternatives.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Yeast gunk caked in the neck. Sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: A little better looking than most of MBC offerings. Pours a dull orange with a nice rocky white head. Tons of lacing as well.

S: Citrus, tropical, and stone fruits in the nose. Pineapple, blood orange, grapefruit, papaya, white nectarine.

T: Hops equally as fruity in the taste. Mild orange, grapefruit, unripe peach. Sweet, doughy pale malt with a some soft yeast and a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Refreshing.

M: Frothy carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: I'm liking the hops in Peeper a lot better than MO. Great hop profile with only a little bitterness.

Photo of valdieu2
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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