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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 563
Hads: 2,557
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 194
Gots: 517 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 turnstile
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, a hazy copper in color with a thick white head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is of fresh, grassy hops with some secondary herbal, spicy and bready notes. This pale ale is hop-forward with a sturdy malt backbone which leaves the finish slightly sweet (with a balancing bitterness). Notes of mint and black tea linger in the finish. It's fairly full-bodied with a great creaminess. Carbonation is spot-on. Overall a beefed-up pale ale.

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Photo of atis
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Riga, Latvia on the label it is hand-written 3.24.11., I assume it must be production date, as this beer was delivered to the bottle shop in the beginning of August.

Pours hazy yellow-orange with dense white head, good retention. Aroma is dominated by citrus and floral hops, clean malty background.

Taste is similar to aroma - a very successful combination of sweetish and bready malt and sharp bittery citrus hops. Mouthfeel is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

An excellent APA, perfect for hot summer day.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating, but marked Lot 060111.

A: Pours a hazy orange amber color with zero clarity. A solid two finger head forms and forms rocky peaks as it slowly fades. There is a bunch of sticky lacing covering the glass and the head formed a nice white foamy cap over the beer.

S: Upfront it smells like piney and citrusy hops with a bunch of biscuit malt. There is a hint of caramel in the background as well. It is not overwhelmingly complex, but we are talking about an APA here.

T: More of the same from the taste of it; a good amount of citrus and pine from the hops and some biscuit goodness. Well rounded and hoppy enough to satisfy my hop craving.

M: A bit thin in feel with a good amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish

O: This is an APA I would not hesitate to revisit. It is just a really solid all around beer.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with two fingers of white head.
The smell contains citrus fruits such as orange and mango, some pine too. Upon taking a swig of this, I also taste some grapefruit.
There is a also grains coming through, pepper and grass. MF if fairly light, with a good balance to it. It is a fairly sweet APA, but not too much so. If you have not tried this already and come across, pick it up.

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Photo of nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a nice clear light orange color with three plus fingers of off white foamy head. Head retention is at about a finger with lots of stick clumps of head and lacing when it recedes. Some light carbonation floating up every now and then.

Fairly minimal aroma coming from the beer, even after warming a little from fridge temperatures. Some light biscuit malts and a touch of honey and herbal hops.

A very clean tasting pale ale, biscuit malt and honey sweetness, with a nice clean crisp hop bitterness on the finish.

Light bodied with some decent carbonation to keep the beer refreshing. Solid session beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

super pumped to find this locally! word on the street is it is a month old.

a - opened the bottle and filled capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a murky pear colored yellow with a frothy head that left some creamy lacing on the glass. pretty solid looking pale ale.

s - tame hops, good malt backbone. some spiciness and freshness. not really the strongest smelling beer. doesn't smell bad, just muted.

t - very spicy with bitter hops. not really my thing. i tend to like a pale ale that either has a stronger malt backbone or more of a piny hop...this one is more spicey with some bittering hops.

m - feel is good. nice body well carbonated.

o - overall this is a better than average pale ale, but not my ideal. i certainly would not turn one of these down, but won't be on the lookout.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam (AleLovinRuskie) for this one.

A - Bright, lightly hazed orangish brown with a huge, foamy white head. Head is a solid four fingers despite gentle pour and has excellent retention. Once the foam dissipates a touch this is one excellent looking beer.

S - Big citrus hop aroma with lots of orange and just a hint of lemon zest. A light bready sweetness lingers underneath and provides an excellent match to the big fruit aromas.

T - Strong citrusy notes up front including lots of orange. I also get a touch of well ripened peach in the taste. Very mild bitterness in part due to the strong bready sweetness provided by the malt. The hop flavors really come through strong without the bitterness; a very intersting taste.

M - Medium to full bodied and a touch chewy. Great example of what bottle conditioned beer can be.

O - Very impressed with this one. In this day where only big burn your mouth IPA's or roast you out stouts are getting big love it is great to find a beer like this. Very impressed.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Thanks to Shane for this beaut!

A - Pours a hazy gold with a 2-inch fluffy white head that settles to a fat cap, leaving some spotty lacing as it recedes.
S - Sharp, clean aromas of bready malt and crisp, pungent hops. Lots of floral, grassy, and citrus hop aromas.
T - Slightly subdued flavors of sweet bready malt and more floral citrus hops.
M - Crisp and quaffable, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation.
O - A very drinkable APA, excellent for a hot Summer day!

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Photo of VtBeerRun
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an awesome summer beer. It pours a nice honey color, with the perfect size head. The taste is right on and there is a pleasant herbal after taste. The smell is very nice with herbal undertones. This smell could be a little more pronounced. This is definitely going to make me try more from the Maine Beer Company. Well done!

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Photo of KMcG
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both on tap and in bottle. This review is from the tap, although the bottle wasn't much different.

The aroma was a little sweet and citrus and the color was slightly orange with beautiful head that stuck to the glass.

The hopiness is balanced with the malt and the carbonation is noticeable and pleasant.

Very drinkable, nice for summer time.

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

Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge dense pure white head that left some chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a fresh grapefruit hop, floral, and a touch grassy. There is also some musty notes from the yeast.

The taste is of a floral hop, some grapefruit. Light grassy bitterness rounds out the hop profile. The malt is bready, light brown sugar sweetness. The malt compliments the hops well.

The beer has a moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Good balance between the malt and hops. Though yeasty, finishes fairly clean.

A very good APA, nice balance between the malt and hops. The yeast is a bit chalky, which is the beer's only down point. Glad I found this.

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Photo of xerotime
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a clear dark golden color with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of orange and lemon with grainy malt. The taste is a nice bready malt balanced with the citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and very drinkable. Overall a great drinker. I look forward to more from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been hearing good things about Maine Beer Co. and wanted to try this one on a scorcher of a day. I love the label and the bottle.

Appearance- A nice light copper, a full inch or more of thick creamy head. A little cloudy. A very nice beer.

Smell- Bready, and with a nice hop bite. A little citrus which is nice. As it warms it develops a a weird ammonia type odor. Very unexpected. Stings just a little bit.

Taste- A nice hoppy bitterness is balanced by bready malts. A nice balance between sweet and bitter. A little orange rind, and some citrus, as well as some real grassy or pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Hard to complain.

Overall- A nice beer. Definitely will try more of their other offerings. It's hard to complain, although slightly more than I'd rather pay for something that is just good. It's how this style should be, but nothing special.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As this came off the truck today into my store, my rep told me about this little brewery and that all we could get was bottles for now as the few select kegs were slanted to go on tap in NYC.

My sample poured well with a creamy head that gave a off a floral aroma of hops in a dark golden body. I marveled at the champagne bubbles in my glass as I went for the first taste.

Instantly, I noted the floral and fruits of the hops while the medium to light body flexed like a Persian carpet being tested for its color qualities. I loved the soft water taste of the beer as I easily consumed it .

While it reminded me of some of the more famous IPA's of late, the ale had an an unusual power of staying on target with its taste all the way through. It was a grand beer that I should make more notes about as I will be looking for more.

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Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a clear darker than straw golden color with vigorous eggshell head. Spectacular lacing...clingy to every inch of the glass.

Smells fresh and clean. Hop oil and citrusy bitterness leap from the glass. There's some grainy sweetness as well. Very inviting smell.

Tastes like citrus fruit...orange and perhaps a hint of lemon. There's an abundance of hops bitterness but it's well balanced out by some pretty noticeable crackery, biscuity malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is middling with some creamy carbonation. Very, very drinkable and flavorful at 5.5%.

Overall, a very good, if slightly outside of the box, APA. Peeper packs a lot of flavor and layers of complexities into a seemingly straightforward package. Well done.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale poured the color of very pale straw, with a massive head. It left a glass-full of thick sticky lace. The head and lace were as good as I've ever seen, but the color was lager-like.

The smell and flavor were weak, with hints of citrus rind, pepper, amd metal. The feel had only a touch of bitterness and was mostly smooth, slippery, and very refreshing. It was very good on a hot day, but it did not have the degree of citrus or bitterness typical of very good APAs.

Peeper Ale has a striking amount of head and lace and has a summer-worthy drinkability. Overall, it's enjoyable, but "feels" more pils than pale ale.

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Photo of infi
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Translucent, warm and golden orange pour that releases a massive soapy and off-white head that literally sits there and clings to the glass. Best looking bubbly head I've ever seen lately. Two-fingers in size. Great visual character. Smell is immaculately fresh! Great amount of bitter hop oil resonance and bruised grass blades aromas. Freshly squeezed orange juice and pith tossed in as well. Amazing citrus and earthy qualities throughout on the nose.

Ah.. taste doesn't really follow through with the aromas, unfortunately. Considerably thin malt backbone, but makes up most of the flavor profile. VERY minimal touches of hop and citrus overall. The pale ale aspect is sadly missing here and it's kinda obvious. Taste is as if a saltine cracker was accidentally left in a beer and watered down. Honestly wished there was a bit more to the ale.

Mouthfeel is great: lightly medium with not much of a carbonated feel. Smooth and crisp. Overall, Peeper Ale is a solid beer, but is just missing a lot in where it matters: the taste. Everything is basically amazing, except for this one crucial aspect. I'm sure it's just an anomaly. I'm actually gratified to even find this beer here in NY. Hopefully, bottles of Lunch and Zoe will also find their way here!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When pigs fly. Pours a hazy straw color with no head which I'm sure is die to the on tap pour because the body gives a great head.

Lots of bitter citrus hops in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit with a touch of tangerine sweetness. Extremely bitter flavor with grapefruit.

Nice light and crisp feel with lively carbonation. Overall this is my favorite pale ale. Glad to see it locally on tap.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i knew this wasn't going to be an ordinary experience when i came home with a lightly aggitated bottle and a bit of foaming going on in the bottle. it sat in the frig for about 24 hours... but the foaming didn't go away. great yeast strain here. nice hop balance as well. bright orange with a bit of murk. nose of brisk pine with subtle exotic citrus notes. palate is as dry as it comes. velvety, a bit bready but mineral chalk dry. hints of pine oils and mangosteen that are totally rendered crisp with the end. amazing. i would drink one every day if i lived in portland.

definite summer dryness.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice warm amber/gold. The beer has a slight haze to it, and little bubbles radiate from the bottom of my glass. There is a healthy white head that is almost soapy, and doesn't seem to fade.

S- Nice and clean and crisp, with smells of piney hops. A slight sweetness comes through, almost IPA like.

T- Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor initially. The aftertaste is a smooth piney touch, just enough to balance it out. It is slightly watery, my only complaint.

M- Pretty full for such a low ABV beer. Good carbonation, but the flavors are a little muted.

O- Overall this would be a great beer on the beach on a hot day. It's crisp and refreshing, but isn't too crazy on flavor. A nice example of the style

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Photo of alleykatking
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for bringing this one over.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden orange color. Three finger white head shows amazing retention and takes awhile for it to die down. Thick layers of lace cover the entire glass. Damn this beer looks good!

S- A little sad that the aroma was somewhat muted I thought. Citrus hops do come out but they are not bursting like I thought that they would. Actually the floral hopping behind it seems to come out a little more. Light bready caramel malts give the aroma somewhat of a stable base. Light alcohol is clean smelling in the ending. A rather simple aroma profile but muted.

T- Upon first sip of this beer I get a good piney bite which is followed by more of a soap like flavor. Not my favorite thing to taste in a beer but oh well. Middle of the beer shows off a clean pale malt that cleans up the soapy flavor. Ending of the beer starts off with a lemon like flavor that balances well with a cracker like malt base. Some floral notes in the ending of the beer come out before taking second note to a crisp alcohol finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light pine and citrus hops with a pale malt are left on the palate. Aftertaste is clean alcohol, lemongrass, cracker like flavor and hints of floral hops. Flavors were light but well balanced for the style. Soapy off flavor in the front of the beer hurts it a little but is quickly covered up to prevent damage to the rest of the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a wonderful try at the style. While almost there it did have a little bit of flaw that seemed to come out in the front. ABV is right in line with others of this nature that I could drink a couple pints of but this one was one and while I enjoyed it would not go for another. Just a few tweeks for me and I would love this beer a lot!

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Photo of cavedave
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even more major thanks to Drazzamatazz for another superb product of Maine's incredible brewers.

It pours a dark straw color, quite cloudy, topped by an incredibly lasting blanket of white foam. Veritable sheets of lace coat the glass.

Not a strong aroma, some tasty grain, neutral sweet, a bit of tart yeast, and light citrus and grass.

Mmm, nice taste! It starts with a hit of bready sweet which quickly is accompanied by righteous herbal and pine hops, gains some citrus and floral notes, holds the sweet, and ends with bitterness drying it out marvelously and refreshingly. A simple mix of subtlety and clean taste. Very delicious.

Med. carb., pleasant viscosity, decent cling, and an excellent finish.

I would say this is one of the eight finest tasting pales I have tried. It is a cleanly flavored and astoundingly easy drinking treat.

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Photo of BeerFan95
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Started out with a clear golden color, started to get a little cloudy from the yeast remaining on the bottom of the bottle. A slight effervescent quality.

S - A nice pine hop profile up front giving way to more of a floral note. Malts were slightly toasted.

T - Slightly bitter hops initially and a good malt backbone to balance it out finishing with a decent floral hop bite.

M. Slightly over-carbonated no enough to be negative. A nice crisp and clean feel to it. Almost like a pilsener.

O - A great beer very well balanced and refreshing. Not overly assertive from the hops and the lack of a caramel malt base made this a truly unique APA.

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Photo of ggilman
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull hazy straw color with a bright white morang like head. It's visual appeal is the weakest facet. Lots of nice hops in the nose. Leafy and grassy. Very nice. Not as much hop flavor, but it's apparent with a fine grain finish. Clean and crisp without a noticeable malt presence. The hop profile of this pale ale is a lot stronger than most of your run of the mill Maine micro IPA's. Great crisp mouthfeel, medium to light bodied, dry finish. Easy drinkin'. Good quality stuff!

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice golden/yellow body which is slightly opaque with noticeable carbonation. huge fluffy pure white head three fingers deep sits on top and stays and stays and stays. laces beautifully on the glass.

S - grapefruit resiny hops are the main things coming through here. its good but its not at all what i expected for an american pale ale smells like a DIPA.

T - grapefruit again. cotton candy and grass are in there as well. some sweet malts in there as well. nice dry hop finish in there which is definitely more in line with an APA than the nose suggested. the taste is quite good its not what you find in most APA's but they pull it off well.

M - light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. very smooth drink that finishes dry.

O - this is not a straight up pale ale but it is a quality product and definitely worth trying. if you are a fan of DIPAs with a strong grapefruit presence than this is definitely a pale ale for you.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.