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Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
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579 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
579
Ratings:
2,677
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Peeper AlePeeper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our original hoppy American ale. Dry, clean, well-balanced with generous dose of American hops.

Added by ToasterChef on 07-30-2009

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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 2,677
Photo of madelfonatree
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 8, 2015 and enjoyed December 28, 2015 in a Hop Slam tulip.

Look - Very light, pale yellow. See through depending on angle and glass. Decent finger of head depending on how strong the pour. Good lacing.

Smell - Light lemon. Light orange. Light grapefruit. Wheat. Grass.

Taste - Crisp. Wheat. Grass. Grapefruit. Lemon.

Feel - Soda water. Not creamy. Light.

Overall - This is a good session. I wish it wasn't so cold outside.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a spieagleau IPA glass. Bright hazy gold with a thick foamy head with great retention - a bit of lacing is present.

Nose is bright and light, more citrus notes than anything.

Flavor is bright and refreshing, bit of hop bitterness with citrus the primary other aspect.

Feel is on the light side, a touch watery but not bad. Not my favorite Maine beer I've had but it's nice enough.

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Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: very light color, thick white head
S: bit much on the nose
T: lightly bitter, citrus finish
F: good clean taste, slightly hoppy finish
O: very drive drinkable, light and easy

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a hazy light amber with a generous, mostly fluffy, head. Smell is lemony and earthy. A bit of hops and grain in the mouth. Feels pleasant and bubbly.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Have have gotten a skunked one. Appearance is straw colored, great fluffy white head. A touch of lacing. Nose is some hops, marijuana (the skunked element). Mild but unpleasant. Flavor is similar. Hops, light skunk. A touch of citrus in the nose when it heats up. Not much going on at all. Sort of biting earthy hops at the back. Quite dry - not fruity in the least. High carbonation. This bottle's not good - hopefully I get to try it again some time.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow with a 2-finger foamy and creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- grassy and earthy hops, crackery toasted malt, a hint of lemon

T- lemon grass and citrus hop up front with a toasted grainy malt background, slightly spicy yeast adds some earthy notes, dry finish with some fruity lingers

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a murky finish

O- easy drinking and flavorful

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent pale ale but I think I liked MO a little bit more. This one is similar but with more of a slightly spicy/earthy presence where MO was more fruity/juicy. Still my type of pale ale. nb

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 8/11/15, sampled on 11/29/15 into a pint glass.

Light lemon juice colored with a fluffy tightly bubbled white head.

There is a spiciness to the aroma, maybe slight banana as well. Cloves??

Tastes very light, but bubbly on the mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, dry. Yeast/bread. Great lacing.

Very nice light beer that even non beer drinkers would like.

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Photo of MikeLaw
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all time favorite beer period. everything from this place is amazing- it smells different and tastes fresher than any other brewery. I don't know their magic but I like it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I love all of Maine's beers and given that this was the last one I the shelf, I grabbed it excitedly! This was bottled on 9/8 and as soon as I poured it out, I could tell that this was fresh beer that was bottled as perfect as could be!

This poured, looked, and felt lively as the head was one of the most beautiful and longest-lasting that I had ever seen, as if a wave deposited it into my pint glass while I wasn't looking. Lots of big bubbles and lots of good lacing left as I worked my way through this, though the rings weren't even. The hue was a nice hazy gold without any sediment floating in it and there wasn't much of an aroma either except for some lemon notes. Smooth, slightly spicy, and with the mouthfeel of a biscuit, there was some sea salt in the back that paired well with the foam. Not a Gose but light enough to be one, this had to be the most unassuming American Pale Ale that I've had in ages, if not ever!

Not light enough to be a session beer, this begged for another serving once I finished off the last little bit in the bottle and swirled the yeast out. Not your typical example of this style, this was so dry that it was enjoyable in a subtle way. Great stuff from start to finish and a welcome change from one-dimensional hop bombs but this may let those looking for hops down a bit. If that's the case, then it's just more for those of us who loved this.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

looks pretty sexy in the glass, always excited to drink a peeper. big fluffly head bringing a nice light aroma of lemon and a hint of pine. taste is pretty much the same. pretty light bodied and high carbonation is apparent. still, super refreshing and high quality brew!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow straw like color. Has a watery citrus hop aroma. Flavor is bright and clean. Has a citrus hop profile but overall drinks pretty light. Not a bad beer but I prefer more of a hop profile in my beers

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light straw and perfectly clear. Bright, white head. Lemongrass and citrus peel on both the nose and the taste. Light, delicate, and clean. Super brew!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured with minimal head, a golden hue. This beer is very creamy, with light spicy/piney/earth bitterness to cut the soft malt sweetness. It has just a terrific mouthfeel and is a pale ale that I would be happy to drink all of the time. It is just a refreshing beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The malt is light and almost absent but the hops are deliciously lemon, citrusy and slightly piney. This is a very light beer but incredibly drinkable with a soft yet bubbly feel.

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Photo of anonymoose
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a pale yellow color. The aroma is light with tropical fruits. The taste is light tropical tropical fruits with no malt. Really easy drinking, not very bitter. Not very explosive in taste or aroma.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/11/15 brewing consumed 9/30.

A: great look to a light APA. Slightly cloudy pale straw yellow. Poured with a full head

S: melon, grapefruit, tropical

T: crisp tropical favors, malt background is light and and the breads of them yeast are there too. Slight spice in back also. Very pleasing

M: crisp but not too thin.

O: excellent beer. Really a standout APA in my opinion. A go get one beer in found fresh.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is how an APA should look. Golden yellow, crystal clear, 2 fingers of cloud like foam
S: Subtle hints of citrus and malt
T: Similar to the aroma citrus, apricot, malt and a hint of pine
MF: crisp clean light. Great beer for a summer afternoon.
O: An excellent APA.

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Photo of kculrich
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle - 08/11/2015 - into a cool nonic. Bright yellow, very slightly hazy, with a thick and fluffy two-finger head that lasted, lots of light lacing. S: Clean pine and biscuits. T: Pine and lemon, spicy earth and malty biscuit - hops right up front with sweet lingering malt. F: Much thicker than you'd guess from looking at it, nice light carbonation. O: Humble and unassuming, crisp, clean and refreshing. Much better beer than I was expecting - I'll be on the lookout for more.
Edited 09/19/15 to add: I've has this a few times now and love it more and more. This may be the ultimate post-lawn mowing ale.

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Photo of CMIKEHUNT
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maine is one of the best.
Peeper was very good. Lots of earthy tones.
Pine Lemon pine citrus pine.
Nice ale. . Golden hazy and good feel on the tongue.
Fantastic summer beer. .
Nice and cold is the way i love them. .that's the way i had it.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild yellow with a two finger foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves great lacing. Aroma is of lemon, grapefruit, pale ale malt, and bubble gum? A great aroma for a pale ale. Very hoppy. Taste is the citrus mostly lemon and the light malt aftertaste. Not a whole lot in the taste. Mouthfeel is typical for a pale ale, a bit more carbonation though, kind of dry finish. Overall a good pale ale, a style I don't usually prefer, but the extra C hop additions in MBC's version make it nice. 4/5.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour into 10oz snifter. Light yellow in appearance with a hazy look to it. Lemon notes on the nose, which really comes through on the flavor side too. Hints of spice in here - not sure if I'm imagining it but I get some salt too. An easy drinking pale ale. Really heavy on the citrus/lemon. Sessionable.

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Photo of mikemorgan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, but not great. Perhaps one of the best example of the style I have have had in recent years. It is quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Not too much of anything, just right with the male and hop balance.

I had it on draft at a local pub, and was disappointed to get it in a 10 oz tulip and pay $8.5. Would have been much happier with a 16 oz serving at a more reasonable price, but the brewers and sellers are using the demand scarcity to their advantage. God bless the Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 23, 2015

Poured a yellow, golden, pale, hazy color with three fingers of rocky, white head. One really big bubble stream coming up from the bottom of the glass and a few other smaller streams as well. Average-to-above average amount of foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled earthy rye malts up front surprisingly. Also getting sugary caramel, light Citra zest, lemon sweetened iced tea, honey, light floral and raw vegetables. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste seemed to be better than the nose, but was a bit underwhelming overall. Got sweetened iced tea, pear, honey, orange zest, orange creamscicle ice cream (orange blossom I guess), floral, nectarine and grassy notes. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Fruity finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a good pale ale, but not as good as the Maine MO I had last night. I’d have it again for sure though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.89 | 87 | B+

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Photo of gcasher
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very light golden ale. It's body is nice for such a light beer. It has a lemony Hop flavor and is refreshing. This is a re-review, bottle from Brooklyn; surprisingly from March, held up well over 3 months. Why is it that some beers stay fresh a few days and others hold up well over months? This Ale had a foamy white head and was surprisingly hoppy for such a light body.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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