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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 156
Gots: 304 | 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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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottled 10/11/11. Thank you Jayli, via Secret Santa 2011.

It pours out a very pale yellow with a totally white head. The head is exceptional, good retention and lacing.

Powerful hoppiness, mainly in the citrus/cascade domain. Grapefruit, Meyer lemon, with no malt to speak of. Even a little lemon lime.

Very scant 2-row pale malt gets washed with lemon and yellow grapefruit hops. Simple, but effective Pale Ale.

Light, effervescent body; this is a refresher for sure. Medium carbonation, medium bitterness, it's all in balance.

This reminds me of a professional, really good version of a single malt, single hop Pale Ale I made last year with simply American 2-row and Cascade hop pellets. The hops are fresh here and this is a really well crafted beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

A 500 mL bottle from Al's. Picked it up on the night that I bashed up ksak's car - good times. Hopin' the beer is better.

A: The pale ale is lighter, still coppery but towards the lighter yellow-orange end of the spectrum. The ale generates a nice head, nearly a finger, that is white as snow. Lacing follows the head, patches all around the glass.

S: A great hoppy nose, citrus in abundance. Light biscuit is the perfect foil, keeping things in check. The nose leaves me wanting just a little more, near perfect for a pale ale.

T: Well carbonated, very bubbly. And very hoppy too. The citrus bite registers immediately. Fruity flavors come with the hops. Pale biscuit balances the ale out nicely. The strength of the ale isn't an issue, nice and relaxed. A kiss of grapefruit and orange, a bit of lemon for good measure, lingers on my palate, a reminder of the powerful hop flavors. Like a page out of Laura Palmer's diary, I'm left wanting more but am pleasantly sated.

M: What's there not to like? Crisp hops that leave plenty of citrus behind, balancing biscuit, a small alcohol price tag. A very well done ale. Wish I had a few more bottles though...

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, clean, golden-yellow but towards the end of the bottle, sediment breaks free and clouds the beer and turns it copper. Bubbly, thick, white head.

S - Malty goodness. Spicy, fruity, floral. Magnificent.

T - Wow. When I find a good Pale Ale, I fall in love with it. That has happened with this beer. Perfectly malty, fruity, floral. Incredible when it warms near room temperature. Not overly hoppy. Balanced is an understatement. What a PA should be.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Fantastic maltiness lingers on the palate. One of the finer PA's I've had.

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

It pours a really nice mellow straw color, not too cloudy but not quite clear either. A nice big head sits atop the beer akin to foamy soap that sticks to the glass very well and has amazing retention for a pale ale and leaves behind a delightful amount of webbed lacing. Nice hops in the nose but not overpowering, detectable amounts of a zingy spice come through, perhaps a bit of rye, and a nice bready malt cushion to round out the nose. The flavors follow really well, spices at first, again something along the lines of rye, nice bitter hops come through, not too citrusy but not too piney, nicely balanced hop profile. The finish is really nice, a bit of lemon a bit of biscuity malt, but exceptionally refreshing. Very nice crisp mouthfeel as well, perfectly carbonated with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: Lovely pale ale from Maine Beer Company. It’s my first beer from them and I must say it hit the mark, can’t wait to try their Zoe and Lunch, try this if you see it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance... Yellow with red and pink hues. Pours with about two inches of white head. Very intense carbonation. Pours mostly clear, with very light cloudiness.

Smell... Grains. Reminds me of fields. Light hoppy aroma. Grapefruits.

Taste... Hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel... Nice texture. Not too light or watery. Surprisingly, there is very little carbonation left in the beer.

Overall, it's a nice drink, but I'm not impressed. I bought it because I thought that the label said PEPPER, not peeper. A little disappointing in that respect.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ShanePB for the chance to taste this one! I am loving the appearance of this bottle- very PTE-esque. Loving the simplistic label, very professional and clean looking. Poured from bottle into the new Victory Tulip glass Shane got me. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow color, thick white head fills the glass. Some lacing. Smell- blood orange, lemon zest, very clean citrus flavors. Taste- a really clean citrus and hop forward first sip, followed by a lush sweet caramel/orange malt backbone. This is an absolutely awesome pale ale, a style I normally am not huge on. Very well balanced, great mouthfeel. Thanks Shane!

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

Cloudy dark orange beer with a nice but fast falling head that settles down to a solid creamy layer on the top. Incredibly sticky lace all over the glass.

Aroma of citrus, pine, very fresh and green hops with a light sweetness underneath. Unfortunately the taste comes up just a tad shy of the wonderful aroma on this 2 month old bottle. Hops seem just a touch faded and I wonder how good this one would be at about 2 weeks out instead. Just had a 2 week old Zoe that was remarkable. Still this is one fine and tasty APA. All the citrus, pine, and floral notes of the nose are in there, just not as big as I'd have liked.

Rounded, medium-full body, medium to low carbonation, a bit of creaminess, superb soft mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Maine has really impressed me so far, now I just need to get my hands on some lunch!

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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- looks great. Bright, light, golden, crystal clear. Bubbly head that retains quite well.

S - Coriander, sea salt, a nice day at the beach.

T - overall light, very spritzy. noticing a little bit of saltiness here too, with that coriander wash in the finish.

M - thin, yet crisp. lively, grainy carbonation.

O - great pale ale - made me wish it was summer so I can could drink a glass on the deck manning the grill.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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!

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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%

Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.