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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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2,004 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 155
Gots: 235 | 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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Photo of JAXSON
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Doug! From a bottle, pours a fairly clear hay orange with a small white head. Nose is fresh hops, in the grapefruit realm, lightly woodsy, some faint sweetness in there, great balance. Fresh grains burst in the mouth, hops express in sweet pink grapefruit, pine needle, and coconut husk. Pretty crisp finish, lightly bitter but really tight. This is a very well crafted brew.

Update. After buying a case of the October, 2011 batch, I am blown away by this beer. Possibly the best pale ale on the market right now. It blew away Victory Headwaters, which I always thought of as a very good beer. I have to do a large blind pale ale tasting one of these days.

JAXSON, May 23, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah, I get the whole Maine Beer Company deal - tiny, eco-friendly, artisan, blah blah blah. But at over $6 per 500 ml, this better knock my socks off.

It didn't.

Pours and looks nice, but the head disappears quckly. Small island of foam is all that remains after a minute. Smells like flowers, hint of lemon.

Soapy, herbal taste. I didn't like the mouthfeel, i wanted to drink it and be over with the sip. Subtly bitter in a bad way. A bit of the same lemon in the after-taste.

This is a disappointing beer. I gave the 2nd half of this beer to my wife - she didn't care for it either.

SunDevilBeer, May 21, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another blind review via the blind bif, thanks to Brez07.

It pours a nice, slightly cloudy copper color. Fat, frothy two finger white head. The head falls to an 1/8" cap that leaves a few spots of lacing. It has a pleasant aroma that is fruity, and slightly floral...I smell apricot, peach, wonder bread, and tea. The flavor falls in line with its aroma, but in reverse. I taste Oolong tea, biscuits, orange, and apricot. The aftertaste is mostly biscuits. Light bodied, but not thin. It has light carbonation that is nicely matched with its body. Overall a very good beer. This is one highly drinkable beer; I wish that I had another.

O.k. Im at a loss here. It has the aroma of a hop forward beer, and the body of a lager. Im going to take a wild guess and say its one of those Imperial Pilseners....Wrong! Its a Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale (APA).

sitarist, May 21, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into tulip - 1 pint 9fl/ozs- MFGO 01/04/11.

A:Poured nice clear light gold with three finger head that desended into a thick creamy lacing -decent carbonation. good looking beer.

S:Light citrus with slight hops, malt.

T: Bitter hops with slight citrus notes - creamy malt,some slight fruit hues as well.

O: Overall for a American Pale Ale this one is up there - Great feel and is light and crisp , Has some destinctive hop notes that are well blended with a decent malt backing. - A very creative take on a pale ale that should be tried.

InebriatedJoker, May 09, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at Julios during a visit to MA. Seems it's widely available throughout the state, at least currently, ranging from $5.99-$6.99 per bottle.

It pours a light golden copper with a little haziness, a couple of fingers of foam and minimal lacing. It smells nice and hoppy, citrusy and a little floral, substantial malt backbone though (biscuit, caramel, etc). It tastes orangy and lemony with lots of malty sweetness behind, robust yet well balanced.

Light bodied and quaffable, a very nice and hoppy pale ale.

TurdFurgison, May 08, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy amber color with 3/4 in finely carbonated light tan head and excellent retention of strong lacing. Aroma is citrusy hoppy-lemons, sweet berry like, some hops, with a hint of grass and spices. Taste is dry, lemony, grassy, lightly hoppy, very refreshing.

surprenant1138, May 06, 2011
Photo of Shumania
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

a: light organge/amber color. I got a little aggresive and had a nice 2 finger head that was filled to the top of the glass.

s: light hops, but not much smell.

t: huge taste considering the smell. Really well balanced with grassy hops and malt

o: A really nice simple pale ale. Really enjoy the grassiness of the hops. There is no biting bitterness which is a nice change of pace.

Shumania, May 05, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle with LOT032411 on the side. Pours a murky amber color with a small head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy citrus aroma with tropical fruit notes. Taste is bready and slightly citrusy with a bitter finish. Lemon and orange peel flavors. A bit floral. Highly drinkable. Pretty crisp but with a good amount of hop bite to it. Overall, this is a solid Pale Ale and worth grabbing again for sure.

PicoPapa, May 03, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/28/11

Lot 032411

Much appreciation to Brez07 for sending this my way

Faded, golden hue with an flat amber tinge. Rather clear with a fine haziness. Two finger eggshell white foam dissipates over a few minutes to 1/8th inch layer. Quite a lot of lace catches after several sips.

Smells really nice. Tropical notes abound: peach, mango, tangerine, lemon and hints of pineapple. Zesty with an overall spicy nature; perhaps along the lines of white pepper. Sweet, juicy middle a la nectar. Just enough malt to back it up; notes of biscuit and bread. Cotton candy overtones.

The flavor is just as hop-forward, boasting a good deal of bitterness throughout. The tropical bouquet is pared down in favor of piney bitterness peppered with zesty, pithy citric notions. Solid spicy kick abounds. Toasty malts in back; grainy. Mild juiciness is appreciable as it warms up.

Medium-light feel; not quite watery, though it is on the thin side at the onset (seems to flesh out over time). Moderate carbonation carries the spiciness and bitterness right along. Finishes dry with some sticky resin and lingering bitterness.

Peeper works really well an "is it an APA or an IPA?" type of critter, walking that fine line alongside Alpha King and Arnold. Although Zoe seems to get the most attention, I'm not sure but what this isn't more deserving. Highly recommended.

Ryan011235, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to muttyd for this nice extra.

A- Pours a very light golden, bordering on BMC territory. There is a nice fluffy head, about two fingers, that sticks around for a while and leaves some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A good citrus hop burst for a pale ale. A little bit of malt in there as well with some grassy undertones. Picking up a little bit of onion from the variety of hops used.

T- Very subtle hops and a more prominent malt base. Again, the grassy undertone is there but gives it a nice touch. There are also some hints of lemon that round this one out.

M- Lighter bodied with a nice, crisp carbonation. Very smooth feeling and make this one a winner on a warm day.

O- The flavors are very subtle but work well with the lighter body. I could see putting a few back on a nice summer day and not get tired of it. I am glad I was able to give this a try.

Wisconsinality, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (12/17/10) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep golden color with amber highlights. Body is mostly clear but there is a noticeable light haze overall. Two fingers of pillowy, marshmallowy/whipped creamy head that retains its shape easily and lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing practically coat the glass completely. Great looking beer.

S - Grassy, a bit floral, fruity oranges and tropical fruits, hints of grapefruit. Bready and yeasty aromas sit mildly below the hops with a hint of sweetness too.

T - Bitter hops give the first impression and are followed by toasty and biscuity malt that initially gives a dry impression. Fruity/citrusy and earthy hops kick in from here and leads the transition to a semi-sweet finish. Not as impressive as the appearance or aromas, but still very solid and tasty.

M - Medium bodied with a firm carbonation. Hop bitterness is a bit dirty and earthy as well as having a sharp crispness. Doesn't really impress here - not bad, but seems to be missing something...can best classify it as lacking "refreshingness"...seems heavier than it is.

O - I like this beer...has good character overall. I'm leaning towards calling this a cold weather APA...seems a bit heavy and lacking a certain something...a livelinesss, crispness - not sure exactly what it is, but it is lacking something for me. Still a very solid pale ale and worthy of seeking out. I will easily have this again...I just don't see myself making a special trip or buying a case of this - not an every day sorta beer for me - that's all.

portia99, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle manufactured on 01/14/11. Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a translucent honey gold with a rocky, two inch bright white head. Head eventually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap with thick, textured waves of lacing adhering to the shoulders of the glass. Nose expresses pale malts, citrus and earthy hops. Taste follows nose - a trace of caramel malt manages to peak through the characteristics revealed in the nose. Finishes with a light, lingering earthy/herbal hops finish and a kiss of citric acid. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation. The citrus nicely stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks before culminating in a pleasant, crisp finish. What can I say, this is just an all around solid APA with lots of flavor.

Jwale73, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and bubbly golden orange pour with a thick, frothy and sticky pure white head. Lots of sticky lace left behind as the head fades slowly.

Sharp and pungent aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruits as well as some pine hop notes. Slightly bready pale malt presence in the background.

Pleasant hop bitterness with some grapefruity citrus notes but not quite as fruity as the aroma would suggest. Pale malts provide a some balance with a biscuity character but still hoppier than many APA's.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this beer is just what I remember it being... a flavorful hop-forward APA with just the right balance of bitterness and maltiness for my liking.

Kinsman, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

LOT031011, meaning bottled on 3/10/11

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive 3 fingers of puffy, sticky head

S: A lot of citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange, some malt. Amazing... simply amazing

T: Same as the smell... citrus hops dominate and are backed by a nice bready malt. Not overly bitter, just amazing, juicy hops

M: Fairly light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D/O: Soooo drinkable, a great spring/summer pale ale that hits the spot perfectly

BEERMILER12, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of sbauer
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle
Bought: Trader Joes

A: Light golden orange. Medium head. Little to none lacing.

S: Sweet grapefruit, fresh hop pine, orange rind

T: Not as much hops as I would have hoped from the nose. Soft pine, faint orange rind, lightly floral. Really mild tastes but decently balanced. Would like a little more fresh hop flavor.

M: Medium-light bodied.

O: A nice easy drinking beer. Expected more hop flavor given the aromas, but came out quite light. Decent effort. Thought it was a bit older but bottled a month ago, might be TJ handling. Will try again.

sbauer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WkndatBernardus for this.
Date on bottle looks like 12-17-10


A- Gold, straw color with a nice white head. Good lacing.

S- Good, even, grassy hop flavor.

T- Very balanced. Nice malt sweetness at first with a good hop flavor, and bitterness in the end. Orange rind is there as well.

Mouthfeel- Good for the style.

Overall- This is a great, easy drinking beer. Perfect for a nice breezy summer day. I will have to try more from this brewery.

MADhombrewer, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Laces beautifully, has a ton of carbonation, beautiful orange with yellow hued body. Lots of retention to give this always small layer of cream on top.

S- Floral grassy notes. The hops are awesome with their subtlety. they play with each other and remind you of spring picnics. Fruit and cheese pairings. Is that a hidden biscuit on the blanket? Small citrus background, pineapple mango backbone, with a healthy slathering of lemongrass. All at the intensity of a light breeze.

T- Oranges right off the bat. Not transient, but long lasting citrus with dominant orange characteristic. Middle ground is peaches and bread. More fruity than malty, but it definitely comes around to make sure you know its not just the hop's show.

Finish is definitely floral and grassy bitterness that never overwhelms. It maintains a calm composure like a convict who was actually rehabilitated. I'm shocked by both events!

M- Crisp opening gives it this amazing refreshing power. It has a ton of carbonation, but I'm not mad. I welcome every bubble with open arms and praises to powers on high. The smooth body is mild, but I would never ask for this one to be full. Bitterness exactly where I want it. Truly a work of art for a pale ale. It pairs off with my dinner to boot! Perfection in a bottle. Liquid awesome all over my mouth giving me the feeling that life really is going to work out okay. I...I..I love this beer.

D- What a home-run. This is one of THE best pale ales I have ever had. So satisfying, so smooth, so drinkable, so tasty, and above all refreshing. Its like a gulp of water after a pick-up game.

Khazadum, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden, amber color with a froathy white head that left thick chunks and sheets on the sides. Great head retention.

S - Sweet, soft caramel malts and a healthy dose of hops make this a particularly hoppy APA. I get a lot of pine resin on the nose, smells nice.

T - Almost two beers in one, there is a strong, sweet malt backbone, and a bitter, resiny hop profile. Touch of honey sweetens it up a little, as well.

M - Light, refreshing, crisp, some carbonation bite.

O - A very solid, hoppy APA. While not in the class of Daisy Cutter, it is enjoyably drinkable and worth trying.

AgentZero, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Manchester United pint glass from a 500 mL bottle (these are my favorite size bottles).

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color with a substantial white head. The head recedes leaving sticky lacing. Very slightly hazy. It's clarity actually worried me at first.

Smell: Beautiful citrusy hop aroma. Orange and orange peel aromas. Really, a wonderful scent. At this point, because of the clarity, I am still afraid that this will be a weak-tasting pale ale, but the aroma really gives me hope.

Taste: I am not disappointed at all. The hop aroma translates nicely into a citrusy hope flavor. Maybe the aroma is better than the flavor, but not by much. The hop character is backed up by a slight caramel flavor and a very slight malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is usually where pale ales drop the ball for me, but this one stands up nicely. Not watery thin like other APAs, but a nice creaminess. Just heavy enough to make me think it's closer to an IPA than an APA. Medium carbonation is par for the course.

Overall: Great APA, which is something I seldom say. I can see myself drinking one of these every day during the sweltering summer months (all 8 of them).

Alieniloquium, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold hue almost like a champagne. Frothy bleached white head foams up 3 cm and fades very slowly leaving windowpane lattice on the glass and creating large craters on the foam.
Aroma is biscuity malt mixed with grassy hops. A little bit floral and the grassy notes are like wet grass getting cut with a lawnmower.
FIrst sip reveals an average body with fine mild rolling carbonation. Texture is smooth, a little on thinner side but I think appropriate for the style.
Flavor is grainy biscuit malt with a little bit of caramel, but rolls quickly to grassy hops that linger with some astringency and dry out my palate at the end of each sip.
This is a well crafted beer that I oculd easily drink all day and not get bored. Wont wow you and its not over the top but is an appropriate APA. Well balanced and enjoyable. I will buy it again if I see it in CT.

sulldaddy, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy honey color with a thick and frothy white head that sticks around for quite some time and leaves some nice lacing.

S: There is a very earthy scent coming off this beer with strong hop notes being the most prominent. Also present is a grassy smell and maybe some lemon or honey.

T: The flavor offers a quick burst of hops and the malts follow almost immediately. Seems to have a much maltier flavor than the hops, which were more present in the nose.

M: Body is light and crisp with some seriously tingly carbonation on the palate.

D: This is a good session ale, goes down clean, crisp and pretty smooth. But the bitters are immediately overshadowed by the malty backbone of this beer, would've liked to have the bitter stick around a little longer.

mavbrew, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with baconsausage I believe, thanks. I used this beer to break a nearly 2 week break from beer since my pain killers did not mix well with alcohol, at least that what was indicated on the label, I did not try.

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a Bitburger pilsner glass (right volume). Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a nice, soft white head of small bubbles, great retention and some nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is immediately obviously upon pouring the beer, it is strong and hoppy, fruits and citrus, very strong aroma, very appealing.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice feel on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation on the palate, just enough to brighten the beer. Great hop flavor in the midpalate with some moderate bitterness at the back. The finish is clean and not dry, wet finish with no aftertaste. Easy drinking, obtainable, flavorful, hoppy beer. Great fruitiness in the midpalate, every thing is appropriately leveled and "balanced"...I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. One of the best American Pale Ale's I've ever had.

drabmuh, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of capra12
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: hazy yellow with a tough of dull orange peel, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: light grains with a muted hop on the nose, a hint of lemon peel

Taste: opens with a brief light malt as the bittering hops flash flood the palate only to mellow leaving behind a hint of hop on the palate. Towards the back of the palate there is a distinct almost tea like profile that reminds me of a stale yeast.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a light bodied and drying on the palate.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this again, but I do recommend this to those seeking an APA with a light body with a hop profile that comes and goes.

capra12, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a hazy light amber, some orange highlights, thick and chunky white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, tons of chunky lace sticks around all over, looks real nice.

Smell is nice, great hoppiness, spicy and zesty, some lemon rind, big floral, tons of citrus in the nose, some grapefruit, very fresh, lightly herbal, a touch of malt sweetness in the background, lightly sugary with a touch of caramel, very light biscuit, touch of vanilla, nice nose.

Taste is interesting, tons of citrus, very big sweet orange peel note, McDonalds orange punch, touch of grapefruit and some sweet pineapple, sugary, some caramel, light floral, sweet and malty in the finish, pretty intense orange character.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty solid beer, really nice citrus hoppiness and very refreshing on the palate. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

500ml bottle, MFG120910. sampled march 27/2011.

pours crystal clear orangey amber, just getting a touch of haze as i reach the end of the bottle. a big fluffy pure white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a thick layer of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. grapefruit and pine. bit of juicy orange and tangerine citrus. white bread and cracker. caramel and a bit of toffee. slightly powdery hops. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. bright juicy citrus. orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. light caramel. bit of alcohol. just below medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. love the juicy citrus hop character. good stuff!

grub, Mar 27, 2011
Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,004 ratings.