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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,987 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 156
Gots: 232 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Yabev15, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

alamode, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

nh2032, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received recently from a regular trading partner in the Northeast. (Cheers!)

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint glass. I rarely comment on labels, but I have to say these MBC labels are sharp. I love the minimalistic design!

Aroma: Hops express themselves as light tropical fruit on the front end. Honey-like malty sweetness.

Appearance: Thick 2-3 fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention! Carbonation cascades inside the liquid, putting on a nice show through the side of the glass. Honey golden color has almost crystal-like clarity.

Flavor: Dry honey-malt sweetness up front. Hop flavor profile matches notes that I picked up in the aroma. Flavor profile is clean. Definitely not "in your face" w/ the hops or malt, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives a crisp bite. Body is medium.

Overall: A very sessionable, refreshing ale. I've recently been on a big beer kick, so this one was a great change of pace. Looking forward to trying others from MBC!

mdvatab, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kevgod, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

schillman, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ithinkimasofa, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
500 mL dated 10/11/11 poured int a snifter

A- A hazy copper/golden color with a three finger fluffy white head.

S- Earthy/floral hops, also getting some pine, nice malt backbone.

T- Follows the nose, very well balanced between hops and malts. Hops have a nice herbal/earthy bitterness that works great with the bready/biscuit malt backbone.

M- Smooth, dry finish, a little creamy.

O- A very nice Pale Ale that I am very happy that I got to try. Really looking forward to trying more from these guys!

larryi86, Dec 09, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter orange amber hue with some haziness. Head size is pretty desent. It's thick and dense and lingers a good while leaving some lacing. Carbonation is there.
Bold aromatics with floral and citrus notes really sticking out here. Caramel malts are nice and sweet and balance out the pungent hop bouquet. Taste is an upfront hop attack, quite bold for an APA. Sweet malts balance out nicely with a bready or biscuit finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery around the edges. Overall, a well made beer with a pleasing look and agood taste. I look forward to simpling other products from this brewery in the future.

micromaniac129, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Avantyawn, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

stevecooks, Dec 05, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL bottle dated 10/13/11 into oversized wine glass.

A: Opaque golden brown, reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Foamy white head with lovely lacing around glass.

S: Lots of piny hops up front. I feel like I got some poulty seasoning, maybe some sage. Very aromatic hops predominate however.

T: Quite hoppy. Nice refreshing bitterness. Some malty sweetness but hops again predominate. Very simple yet elegant in taste.

M: Dry, which I think is mostly the bitterness. Overall smooth though with a light fine carbonation.

O: Fantastic. Very simple ale but worthy of accolades. This is a very refreshing and delicious beer. It was a pleasure drinking it.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

calmstock, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 03, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peeper Ale opens with a rich, malty, floral, and fruity aroma that smells quite heavenly even straight from the bottle. The predominant aromas are floral and fruity, some from the hops, which bring in rosewater, rose petal, and pink grapefruit, and some from the malts, which add a nice layer of apricot and orange. Deep below is a more bread-like aroma of French baguette, along with just a hint of spiciness.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a solid hop hit, grapefruit and pine swirling around the tongue in medium, but delicious bitterness. Malts kick in a great layer of orange and apricot, as well as touches of white grape, to keep company. Hints of toast crust and baguette balance the sugary flavors. The tongue begins to sting mid-mouthful from a peppery bite, thought the bite is far stronger than the mild peppery taste. The aftertaste is a good remnant of grapefruit rind hops, with touches of brown sugar, and lingers for a while, biting at the tongue. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the bite.

Overall, this is a fantastic ale, full of delicious flavors sure to please both craft and casual beer drinkers alike. The aftertaste might be slightly too heavy on the bitter hops, but the main mouthful is pleasing and delicious, going down smooth, and the delightful fruit flavors remain even after several mouthfuls. Recommended.

jondeelee, Dec 03, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery during a recent trip to Portland. Nice new space, great guys. Straw yellow, slightly hazed with streams of fine bubbles rising up quickly and leading to a white firm and tightly bubbled head that lingers long.

Inviting aroma of bright floral and citrus hops, a subtle honey malt riding beneath. Flavor is similar to the nose, though the hops seem to recede a bit behind the malt, not as much upfront. Firm bitterness, but not harsh. Some tea and lemony notes, orange rind zest emerges in the finish, slightly piney.

Full and even mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation that is initially soft but finishes tingly.

far333, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

RDHerm, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Diomede, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 10/13/11

A: Cloudy, dullish golden brown with a huge inviting white head. Retention is outstanding.
S: Bold pale malt aroma suggests this will be dry and pretty toasty. Hops are grassy and just a touch of caramel malt is present.
T: Flavor falls in line with expectations. Plenty of toast/bready malt without much bitterness. Hop profile is grassy and lightly floral. Finish is very nice - dry with a potent oily herbal follow through.
M: Medium to full-bodied for the style with lively carbonation.

Nothing in particular about this beer blows me away, but at the same time, it doesn’t really have any flaws and is very well made beer all around. Reminds me of what pale ales used to taste like back before everyone was trying to outdo each other with hops. I could see myself drinking this regularly.

Thanks again Chris!

GeezLynn, Nov 30, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. 500ml bottle poured into a pair of snifters. This brew appears a lightly hazed golden color with a frothy white cap. Patchy strings of lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives the head.

The smell is fresh and clean with citrus hops. It displays some character that is lightly grassy, herbal and fruited with a bit of a floral component. Light bready grain is the only minor indication of malt in this clean, well balanced aroma.

The taste is lightly herbal and grassy from the hops.. A modest tropical fruit quality is present throughout. Lightly dank with more of an herbal quality as it warms with a backing of bready to biscuit grain which provides some faint sweetness. This is an ideal flavor profile for an APA. The hops present themselves with lots of flavoring and just enough bitterness. Well done.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel that contains a light level of carbonation. Well balanced, crisp and very easy drinking. More hop favoring than bitterness which is very enjoyable and made this brew really stand out for me. I would have no problems throwing a couple of these back if given the opportunity. Big thumbs up here, glad to see this brewery on our shelves in PA now.

stakem, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Blanco, Nov 29, 2011
Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.