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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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2,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 160
Gots: 315 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 2,200 | Reviews: 519
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible structure to the white head on this. It leaves shelves of lacing behind as it chases the clear amber beer down to the bottom of the glass. And right away you get the hops in the nose. Very juicy with ripe citrus with an underpinning of pine and some cracker for substance. The hop profile in the taste is a little different, starting off with fresh pine with the citrus backed off a bunch and then a tropical essence coming through in the wash. The malts don't come off as sweet in the taste but are more forceful in their biscuity flavor. The body is on the lighter side of medium, giving it a crisp snap on the first sip and I'd call this beer refreshing if not for the long, bitter aftertaste. Excellent effort from Down East, but what do you expect from a brewery out of Portland?

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild, easy drinking hoppy beer. A nice citrus taste. Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial . Foamy head, lacey.Could not finish the entire bottle with John, but I kept the rest for cooking. Middling mouthfeel, decent drinkability. More aroma would help the experience.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops is quite amazing with light sweet cereal notes also detectable. Taste is a superb mix between some floral hops notes mix in with some notes of light cereal. Mix of citrus and floral hoppy notes is just about perfect. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really liked this beer and I guess the East coast breweries are not catching up on West coast brewery about adding hops into beer being more then just about bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 17 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a pale copper that is hazy with apparent yeast in suspension. Approximately one finger's worth of head.

S: Soft hop and yeasty aromas.

T: Taste follows the nose, with tart grapefruit (rind) hop flavor, and a slight spiciness.

M: Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not much hang at all.

O: I really like this brew. My first from the Maine Beer folks, and an unexpected treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a beer worth trying if you're in Maine, served from a bottle in a fancy 16oz plastic cup.
The beer pours a slightly hazy medium amber with an intense, foamy white head that kept its integrity throughout drinking. The nose definitely screams hops, but no specific notes in particular. I think the beer leaned more towards citrusy hops, but it wasn't like a tropical fruit storm in your nose. The taste was similar and although the beer thoroughly bathed your palate in bitter hoppiness, it wasn't unpleasant...it was highly drinkable. I thought the mouthfeel was the best part about this beer considering how easily it went down. This beer is great and definitely worth trying, although bottles aren't easily available on shelves still...

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BruChef
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the second go about for me with this beer. Thanks to Aceheart1 for both. I remember the color of the the first one looking like water from the Genesee river here in Rochester NY. It was a light amber gold that had a booger green hue to it. This one looked a little better but not by much. Just a bit "cleaner" looking.

Holy Carbonation on this bad boy! Amazing for the fact that it didn't gush out of the bottle, but man, the bubbles from this beer in my glass were super busy (although it could have just been the "Turbinator" from the SA perfect pint glass i poured it into). Semi creamy white head that diminishes quickly.

The first thing i thought of when smelling this beer was fresh raspberries accompanied by some fresh cut grass. Other than that, not a whole lot going on here. Little to no malt present, some piney/citrusy hop aroma but you really have to work for it.

So...it's not the turbinator, this beer is REALLY carbonated making the mouth-feel seem fizzy and somehow flat at the same time.There is a slight creaminess present, but the bubbles just keep cutting through. I imagine it's close to what Abe Simpson felt in his mouth when he tried buzz cola for the first time. The taste falls a little flat for me too. Some bittering hops that stand out only because this beer has very little malt backbone. It's a little bready or even more like a bland water cracker, and somewhat yeasty, but it's hard to pick up any crystal malt flavor or any other specialty malts for that matter.

Overall not a very satisfying beer for me. Not terribly offensive (better the second time around. The first time was almost un-drinkable) but for nine dollars, certainly not a bargain by any means. Regardless, i am still looking forward to lunch!

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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick, fluffy big 2 finger head that sticks around for what seems like the entire time. Medium lacing.

S: Not a ton going on the in the nose. Some grainy notes, some hop bitterness but not a lot. Malt background is definitely the highlight.

T: Sweet grain notes, slight citrusy hops, nice malt backbone as well.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O: A solid beer, not overwhelmingly awesome, but definitely good.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.1/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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!!!!

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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.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.