Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,346
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 174
Gots: 404 | FT: 13
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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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy straw colored with decent head and moderate carbonation. Sweetness citrus lemongrass aroma. Strong lemon / lemongrass flavor. The citrus overpowers the other flavors. (173 characters)

Photo of kell50
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in a Central NY bottle shop. Poured into a large stemmed wine glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a massive fluffy white head that laces the glass beautifully.

S: Light citrus, peach and fresh cut grass.

T: Citrus juice and grassy hops. Slight cracker biscuit. Great balance of hops and malt.

M: Light, crisp, effervescent, and bone dry. Very easy to drink.

O: Awesome stuff. Very hoppy APA, but superbly crafted. Thank goodness for American breweries not caring much for categories. (514 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014-12-25
16.9oz bottle poured into a pair of shaker pints. Bottled On date (according to my wife) is 2014-09-09, so maybe a bit past its prime. But, since it's not distributed here and it traveled here in my father in law's suitcase, I'm not going to question it.

Pours slightly cloudy (vigorous pour) with a good sized white head that condenses more than fades. Turns into a creamy, lumpy layer more than anything else. Smell is moderate. Something slightly minty about it...not sure. Citrusy, but mild. A little hay or straw.

Taste is straw. MO is better (or fresher). Drinkable, tasty, but not very special.

Mouthfeel is light and good. Overall...drinkable, tasty, but not very special. (694 characters)

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

Bomber from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $7

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon-grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grapefruit and some woody/leafy hops. There is also some light malt.

Overall - A nice light APA that taste a little less fruit than I was expecting. More of a dry earthy woody hop bite than a the fruity juicy one I get with their other hoppy brews. (615 characters)

Photo of embass
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a shiny copper (like a golden lemon) with a nice thick, one-finger white head. Lace clings nicely to the glass.

Pleasant floral aroma along with some citrusy hops and lightly toasted grain in the nose. Tasted of a good blend of sweet, bitter and herbal hops up front, eventually subdued by a light malty flavor (like a salt less cracker for me but I’ve seen others describe it as shortbread). Ends well with the taste of citrus. Again, really nicely blended here. Very smooth, medium bodied APA. (505 characters)

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

SERVICE: Bottle
Bottled On: 11/04/14


A:
Cloudy powdery golden yellow with three fingers of thick white head that soon is a fat film. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing. (4)

S:
Bready, fruity hops. Cereal, grain, lemon zest, soap, herbal. (4)

T:
Substantial with a hoppy bite. Lemon, tea, grains, dirt, dough, pepper, grass. (4.25)

M:
Medium bodied with a really full feel to it, lingering hop tingle with a soft bready finish. (4)

O:
Very good Pale Ale.
I have never had anything by MBC and so I was anxious to try this one. Can't say as though I was disappointed.
This beers pours pretty nice and maintains a decent head throughout. The taste is earthy and still hoppy but as it warms a lot more pepper and pineyness comes out, it eventually starts smelling really herbal and interesting. A smell I would liken to a hippie's house.
All-in-all it is a pretty enjoyable, pretty drinkable beer. Really well-made.
Would definitely have again, makes me really curious about their other stuff; well wroth trying. (4.25) (1,060 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of pepper, hint of floral, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hops, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of floral, and a hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. (463 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into large tulip glass.

A very pale, slightly hazy yellow beer with about a finger of tight, white head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Slightly dank aroma followed by some citus notes, possibly lemon, and a very light scent of malt.

Taste is also dank and citrusy, with cannabis followed by lemon and then slightly bready malt. This is not a flavor bomb. The tastes are subtle.

Very crisp, light, dry and refreshing. A very easy-drinking beer.

Overall, this is a great light-bodied APA, with subtle but delicious flavor. (581 characters)

Photo of MarcGetty
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Clean, dry, drinkable, and yes, some pepper taste. However, the black pepper taste is minimal, perhaps perfectly balanced.

Maine's Pepper Ale is on the bottom-end of the hoppiness of the pale ales, very much indicative of the American Pale Ale style.

Definitely worth trying to get. (286 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.
Poured into a pint glass, it's a somewhat hazy gold with a single finger of foam and lots of lacing as I drink it.
Great aroma with plenty of floral and grass and a hint of citrus.
Man, this tastes amazing! All kinds of flavors going on. Sweet citrus, pineapple, grass, some cracker sweetness, white pepper, and a pleasant, mild, lingering bitter.
This is a VERY smooth beer. It almost felt creamy on my palate.
Overall, just excellent. Great beer. (489 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a very pale, hazy yellow, an appearance I'd normally associate with witbier, with a generous topping of white foam. Nice gloppy lacing and great head retention.

Smells surprisingly bright and hoppy, with a lot of floral and grassy notes.

Good flavor, but a bit lighter on the palate than I was expecting. A little thin bodied and quite dry, but this one has a really pleasant, well balanced hoppy finish. Not very bitter at all, but just enough for the overall lightness of the malt. Grassy and lemony, with a bit of a peppery herbal tint. The malt is pretty unremarkable, very clean and unobtrusive, clearly intended to showcase hops without getting in the way. The more I drink it, the more peppery flavor I'm getting. It really shares a lot of characteristics of a witbier, in terms of mouthfeel and a strangely peppery tingle in the finish. It's a really well-made beer, and something I'd want to drink while relaxing on the beach in the middle of summer. Not the cheapest beer at $6 a bottle, but it is good. Artistry is usually expensive. (1,064 characters)

Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Maine Beer Co. Peeper Ale - 5.5% ABV APA - Bottled 08/19/14 - Consumed 10/07/14 - Purchased at The Foodery Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.

A: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with five fingers of rocky white froth and lots of bubbles in the body. Big globs of lacing cling to the pint glass and the head retains well. A near-flawless look.

S: An intense blast of nectarine, kiwi, pineapple, resin, guava and navel orange, balanced by caramel, biscuity malt, and honey aromas. Some yeast and passion fruit notes develop as the beer warms. A fantastic, hop-forward nose, very tropical in character.

T: Biscuit, pineapple, resinous hops, guava, white cracker, hint of yeast, and peach with a subtle hop bitterness and fleeting afters. Good flavours, even though the taste doesn't quite hold to the smell.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, juicy-oily middle, mild and tangy hop bitterness transitions to a quick, smooth, and drying finish with minimal afters. Solid and thirst-quenching.

O: An enjoyable, satisfying pale that's more tropical and refreshing than your typical APA. Bright, bold, and definitely worth a purchase. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This beer is ferociously floral and eternally quaffable. Maine beer has made my favorite pale ales to date, and this is no exception. A golden pour with a floral hop nose that leads to floral, citrusy flavors. Classic American hop flavors that are actually a bit understated, but highly effective (as in highly delicious).

If you haven't had the privilege of drinking a fresh maine beer co beer, do yourself a favor and try your best to do so. (445 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/2/14 -- easily the freshest beer I've had and now, for the first time, I think I understand the whole "Drink Fresh" thing. The beer itself was quite good, very clean and balanced and lightly carbonated, but the flavor (surely due to how recently it was bottled) was really bright and pronounced. Very impressive. (327 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

First time trying a tulip glass...

A - Poured a light, yellow, hazy golden color with thick, white head. Good lacing and retention in very light, frothy foam.

S - Citrus right off the bat and faint flowers

T - Very clean, with a little bit of bite on the back of my tongue. Grapefruit and lemons with a little bit of a champagne taste

M - Mouthfeel, very crisp and carbonated that reminds me of champagne

O - Good, very clean beer. There is not much that I dislike from the Maine Beer Company. They're putting out some great beers! (541 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Beautifully sculpted, the beer isn't quite classic of pale ale but not exactly full-fledged IPA either. It does however have a signature American taste, dryness and cleanliness for high refreshment and drinkability.

Its hazy goldenrod pour is indicative of its light malt presence, releasing a pep of honey and scant caramel underneath the redolent hops that command attention from the nose and early palate. Under-ripened citrus and tangy tropical blends give a fruity perfume early on and a hop-forward taste afterwards.

Across the middle, the malt sweetness retreats gradually, however the creamy malt structure remains and supports the hop onslaught without bringing any undue challenge to the palate. Upon that malty bed dances the vibrant hop flavors of pink grapefruit, orange and light pineapple. Yet as the malts fade further, the light leafy, grassy and acidic nature of hops are exposed.

Its smooth and bitter finish washes the thirst from the palate with a dry character of citrus peel, light tangy acidity and faint hop-derived tannic character. Clean to the point where light seltzer-type mineral flavors reveal themselves just ahead of an aid also from alcohol dryness. (1,187 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, pine resins, some grassiness and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bitter pine resins, grassy hops, a touch of grapefruit, some bready/toasty malts and a faint nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. It's unfortunate that this bottle has a bit of age on it. I can just imagine how great this beer would taste fresh. The flavors are there but surely mellowed out with time.

Serving type: bottle (772 characters)

Photo of benloho
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Beer pours a bright yellow, almost gold pineapple color, with two fingers of soapy, rocky head. Lots of carb bubbles. Small amount of lacing. Very cloudy.
S: Not too much on the nose to suggest a hoppy pale. A balanced caramel malt with a soft sweet orange aroma. Maybe a little grassyness in there.
T: The hop presence is much bigger here...floral, grassy with some citrus notes. There is some malt backbone, but not much.
MF: Super drinkable beer with great carb and nice light feel in the mouth.
O: If this were an easily available beer I would choose this over most any session IPA on the market right now. Easy drinking with all the hop character of an IPA. Excellent brew. (683 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a billowing head that has decent retention. Fades to a ring after a bit, but leaves no lack of lacing.

Light, fruity notes on the nose like orange blossom, with some wheatiness and yeast character.

Tastes follows the nose, with lots of floral, light orange flavours. The malt plays wonderfully off the sparkling citrus hoppiness, minimizing bitterness with a slightly sweet, grain/bread character. A bit of yeast in the background of the finish.

Very smooth, a little bit creamy, with a very nice carb. (539 characters)

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy gold color with a large white, foamy head. The head had a good amount of lacing and retention. Head slowly dissipated to a finger foamy/bubbly half finger level.

S - Flowery, citrus hop smell character.

T - Citrus hops up front with a slight malt body and light hop finish.

M - Mouthfeel typical of style, good amount of carbonation. Slight creamy finish due to large foamy head. Crisp not dry.

O - I like it. I liked Lunch better. (494 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy light brass hue with a half finger white cap. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a blend of herbal and piney hops with a round malty aroma.

The taste featured clean piney hops atop a based of round pale malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior APA. (360 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A lemony gold cloudy brew with a green tinge, huge 4 finger white sea foamy head.

S: Citrus hops, a light lemony quality, a Saaz like quality as well, new car scent.

T: Citrusy lemony quality, saaz comes in as well, grassy, dried hay, new car.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation, crisp dry finish.

O: Excellent brew. , Well rounded on all accounts in scent, flavor and body. Bought in Columbia, SC at Whole Foods, drank in Pensacola, FL. (454 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/29/14

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of clean white head. The color is golden yellow with some light accents of orange. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is about right.

Smell: Grassy hops on the front. Light caramel malt gives a great base for the hops to shine on. Medium bodied fruits with some accents of orange peel and lime.

Taste: Light caramel hits first. Some sweet bready malts greet the drinker on the hop, with hop accents of grass and medium bodied citrus toward the back end. Finish is slightly sweet with some dry piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation is felt. Crisp hops and sweet malts do well together.

Overall: Plenty of good things going on here, glad I got to try this brew from Maine. Right at their three month mark, not really showing many signs of being too old. Haven't had a bad beer from Maine to date. (883 characters)

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

A - An impressive, frothy white head settles after a generous pour into a pint glass. The body is a murky yellow/light orange. Nice lacing as the level dropped.

S - A slight hint of airy hops, nothing overpowering. Subdued aroma of a backyard in summer, almost. Subtle, but pleasant.

T - Very smooth tasting ale. It's got a very simple layout with the malt and hops balancing nicely. Very solid.

M - Very clean finish. I wrote this before describing any of the taste, simply because it's got such a clean, sharp finish. Medium to light body to the beer.

O - Solid ale. I know this is the trademark beer from Maine Beer Co, and having reviewed some of their other beers, I expected a bit more. Very drinkable, very simple. And if that's what you're looking for, jump on Peeper. It's very fresh and crisp. (810 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 6.49/16.9 oz bottle at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA
Bottled 042914 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma light floral
Head large (7.5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer which varies from 1 to 20 mm thick
Lacing average – various size islands
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins lightly flowery with bitter aftertaste, fades slowly; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Meets the criteria for an ale but seems pretty flavorless to me (510 characters)

Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.