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Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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: 570 | Ratings: 2,629
Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy with a lightly golden colour. A very tall foam head that's quite creamy and marshmallow-like. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Wow. Floral and herbal hops, banana, grapefruit, some lemon, biscuit-like malts as it warms, picking up some clove and coriander spice, and faint pepper.

T: Nice and refreshing taste. Quite a bit of tart citrus upfront, but quickly balanced with mellower malts. Picking up a faint pepper bite and a little belgian spice. One of the most easy-drinking and refreshing beverages I've had in a long time.

M: Rather thin, but it works with the clean citrus focus and also considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation that I also think works.

D: Very drinkable, and certainly a sessionable (albeit a bit pricey) pale ale. Good things are happening on Industrial Way in Portland, ME.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Drew for sharing this one.

A: Clear pale amber body with a dense finger of creamy off-white head. Strong retention, nice lace. Lovely.

S: Nothing but fresh, delicate hops of both the herbal + fruity varieties. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Enjoyable.

T: THe hops are up front with some lightly resinous herbal notes, but the bulk of the flavor comes from the malt - rich (yet light) caramel, some almond, and plenty of vanilla. A little too sweet on the finish, but still delicious.

M: Rich, light, moderately carbonated, and creamy. Excellent.

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and would gladly seek it out in the future. I don't know how fresh this particular bottle was, but I bet with a touch more emphasis on the hops this would go from good to great.


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Photo of Klym
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gratitude to Palphen for another lovely bottle. Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a translucent, deep gold with a 1 finger shampoo bubble head that leaves major shampoo lacing. Looks awesome for an APA.

Edit: after finishing the beer this thing left major lacing that blanketed the glass and wouldn't go away.

S: Big time caramelized banana with piney/dankish hops blowing up the aroma. Some typical slushy tropical fruits add to the aroma. This smells amazing.

T: Malty character accompanies the hops on mouth-wide domination as caramelized banana sets up fort on the tongue. Really great character, just tastes great.

M: Medium body and foamy carbonation make this a fun one to have in the mouth. Enough texture to support the beefy flavors and enough carb and thinness to make this majorly refreshing.

O: I've had two beers from Maine Beer Company now, and no doubt in my mind they are the Alpine of the east coast. I've come to love beer through the company of my brother so I was charmed by the story of their brewery too. Rock on guys-- if your beer is this good after being bottled and sent to me 8 days through the heat in a truck, I can't even imagine how good it is at the source.

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

Figured I'd give this a try, heard good things about it. Poured into my DF head pint glass. One finger white kinda rocky head. Amber gold color that is rather transparent. Sheeting along the side of the glass I sip from. The aroma is of malts married with slightly citrusy hops, a bit of grassy hops too. The flavor is more pale ale then many pale ales I've head, that is to say balance. Balance of bitter and malty biscuit like quality. A bit of citrus and grass makes an apperance in the flavor. Clean plan yeast flavor, a bitter and clean finish. What more is there to say. Well carbed, round mouthfeel a good pale ale period. Nothing about this beer is average or above average, its good, period.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville.

Pours a clear light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with bright citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Clean and crisp pale malts up front are joined quickly by loads of intense citrus hops with heavier herbal influences serving as the backbone. Midway through the hops fade just a bit allowing the sweetness of the malt to shine before they take over near the end of the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this is a fine beer that is significantly more west-coast-like than most I’ve had from the NE area. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus hops on the nose backed by a strong malt backbone. Some floral notes help bring the sweetness through to the nose. It really smells like a citrus candyland.

Pours out an opaque dark straw color topped by a really fluffy, stable, foamy white head. Active carbonation bubbles rising to the surface, and generous lacing really make this a pretty beer.. something to focus your peepers on.

Flavors of tangerine and similar citrus are prominent in droves from start to finish. Starting with an almost sweet taste, and finishing bitter makes this an interesting gradient of experiences.

A tad dry, but not completely. Highly carbonated (but really smooth) and a nice medium-light body make this a nice beer. Quite quaffable and almost sessionable, if only I could buy this locally..

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving lacing down the edges of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute citrus flavors to the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s definitely a good choice during the summer months.

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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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.