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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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529 Reviews

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Reviews: 529
Hads: 2,377
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 179
Gots: 419 | 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 getgetgettleman
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/24/11

A = Nice color. Amber orche and mild cloudyness. 2 finger froth and nice marble lacing.

S = Obvious pine note but not over powering. Hint of fresh cut grass, clover, and citrus.

T = Refined Hop. Pine and mild citrus sour twang. Slight citrus tingle on the tongue.

M = Immediate tingle on the tongue with good carbonation. Pleasent sour start with mild malt finish. Dry. Good weight and body.

D = Great drinker in the manner of Pliny the Elder but with less alchohol content. I call this a very friedly ale that makes you want more than one. :) (579 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great pour and great looks. Unfiltered opaque orange colored with a large fluffy head that has looong retention.

Nose is really nice on this one. Piney with some citrusy aspects and stone fruits. Nice hopping with some biscuity malt presence. Some floral effervesence near the end.

Solid pale ale. More rustic in flavor than the nose suggests. Biscuit and cereal malts with piney herbal hops. Nice bitterness through the middle and finish. Some stone fruit on the far finish with a hint of tropical fruit as well. Bitterness finish is long. Nice pale. (553 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a well carbonated light amber color. Bubbles generously sprout from the base of the pour. The head is beautiful and big. It retains excellently and leaves some great lacing. The beer is hazy too.

S- Great bready smell combines with fresh grassy and citrusy hops. Literally smells like newly baked bread. Spicy notes buzz around as well.

T-Delicious. Perfect balance between breadiness and clean hops. The aftertaste is exceptional. Biscuity and spicy yet hoppy and natural. Not overpowering but just plain delicious.

M-Light bodied. Well carbonated and smooth. Clean and memorable.

D-Oh so drinkable. Could drink this everyday. Just strong enough in the taste department without being too much.

Heard great things about this company. Exceeded expectations. One of the most sessionable beers I have had. (816 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first appearance of MBC's wares in the state of Vermont.

Peeper Ale pours a lush golden color with a thick, fluffy head into my glass. First impressions are always key and this doesn't disappoint.

Aroma is a hop lover's dream with plenty of grassy, spicy hop goodness to greet the nose. It's complimented by a slight hint of breadiness from the malt.

While the nose picks up hops, the mouth picks up a very nice balance of hops and buttery malt. It's very straight-forward, no gimmicks. Dare I say crisp as well.

Mouthfeel? Pretty much what you'd expect from the style. Plenty of buttery malt for the taste buds to absorb. Mmm.

As I mentioned, first impressions are important and Peeper Ale does not disappoint. It's highly drinkable, hence the high score there.

I look forward to more offerings from MBC. (825 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled "MFG 121710" So I am assuming this was bottles on December 17th.

Well, 65% of the glass immediately fills with a foamy head. Actually shows some decent structure and rises well above the glass. A bit of that whipped egg white look to it. The beer is a very clear & light amber color. Bordering on a gold/yellow. Quite a bit of sudsy lacing remains.

Aroma is light and fresh with a citrus hop at the core. Light doughy pale malt aroma as well. I detect a bit of yeast as well.

Rather light beer. Pretty well balanced between a light toasty malt flavor with a mild hop finish. There is also a doughy flavor here as well. The toast has some pepper within it. Definitely less hop within the flavor vs, aroma. The more I work through the glass the more I realize I am tasting a grassy flavor mid palate. A touch of green.

The body is just a touch too watery for me. Too light in the mouth even for an APA.

Nicely drinkable and a good beer. Not quite exciting, but a solid effort none the less. (1,009 characters)

Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass

Pours a very hazy pale orange with a big pillowy white head that I had to be careful to keep from getting out of control. I love the color, but the haze forced me to lower the appearance score.

Nice aroma of oranges form the hops and a firm, freshly baked sugar-cookie like maltiness.

The promise of hops from the nose don't really come through in the flavor, although this in no way takes away from the overall enjoyment of the beer. This is a nice, sessionable pale ale shining with a crisp biscuity maltiness and a moderate bitterness.

Features a remarkably long finish for such a seemingly simple beer, as the bitterness along with a touch of orange holds onto the palate long after you finish the sip.

This is a great everyday drinker for those it is available to. The only real fault I can find is that the bottle I had was a little over-conditioned. Being a live-in-the-bottle ale from a small producer I would expect to find some variation in this from bottle to bottle.

Most definitely worth buying- I was actually quite impressed with this and overall it makes me lament the lack of session beers in the Northwest. (1,185 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's true-- I'm a sucker for a nice label on a shiny bottle. I love those goofy Belgian labels with the pot-bellied, boozy-cheeked monks, and the UK ales with color-saturated pictures of famous decapitators, some with names that contain no vowels. And yet I also like plain labels with nice typefaces, which is what drew me to this bottle from MBC. I'd never heard of them, but the nice label on the shiny bottle sure looked appealing.

This is an excellent find! Spicy, pungent but round-cornered aroma with a touch of oranges and honeysuckle; a spicy, edgy, not-overly hopped taste of citrus and dull pine with a razor-sharp body that will cut right through everything from burger grease to curry. With its modest ABV, this will be a great addition to a summer afternoon. Nice job. (784 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, honey, hazy gold with good white head. Some nice chunky lacing. Inviting beer.

Piney hop aroma and some toasted malt.

Nice hop forward brew, but not overkill. You get a nice toasted malt and slight fruit sweetness, marrying the hop flavor and slowly transitioning to mild clean bitterness. Biscuity-Malt, hops, and great balance. Nothing sharp. Love that beer with this flavor is smooth and has a soft edge to it.

Medium body, proper carbonation.

What a winner here. Tiny brewery with a fantastic product. This is incredibly drinkable. Try this if you can find it. (582 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-golden pour with a touch of amber, big white head but not much lacing

Smell: Citrus hops and caramelized malts

Taste: A bit heavier than I expected, malt preceeds the hops, which are quite mild. A bit sweet

Mouthfeel: Heavy but still crisp. Aggressive carbonation. CLean finish

Drinkability: Good american pale ale, nothing special (353 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a hazy golden copper brew with a delicate pure white head that raises to two fingers, sticks around forever, and laces well.

piney, grassy, floral hops, with some lemon, citrus and bready malts.

grassy hops come first, with a bit of lemon pepper, pine, citrus juice, only a bit bitter at the finish, and flavorful throughout. bready and sweet malts provide a nice balance. one of the most flavorful and balanced of the style I have had to date.

light/medium bodied with delicate carbonation and an almost peppery finish after the swallow.

drinks amazing. I used the word "delicate" a few times to describe this beer, and I mean that in a good way. It must have taken a delicate touch to brew a beer this balanced and tasty. (727 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

MFG 121710 on label. 16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color. A stronger pour yields a huge, 3 finger, foamy white head. About a third of it stays for most of the time it took to enjoy the beer. Nice foamy lacing left on glass.

Great hop aroma up front in the nose. Citrus and grassy notes are the most prominent. Bready with a perhaps a hint of sweetness present as well.

Very balanced taste. Citrus and grassy hops are here, as is some caramel malt flavor. The bready characteristic is a bit more pronounced here making it slightly different than the nose.

Crisp and clean. Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and surprisingly creamy finish.

Exceptional drinkability. 22oz were gone before I knew it and I wanted more of it. Light enough to have multiple pints and flavorful enough to keep you interested. (885 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Big notes of grassiness, hints of citrus, touch of sulfur.

L: Hazy orange-yellow, egg shell head with good retention.

T: Grassy hops with a semi-sweet faint breadiness. Medium grassy bitterness leading to some mineralness and rind like dryness. Earthy.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, nice clean mouthfeel.

An interesting beer, very homebrew like in its rustic like qualities. Mostly grassy, very little citrus. (428 characters)

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

This is a good beer, a touch hoppy for an APA, with a nose that pointed to an IPA for sure. The beer laces lke mad, and the head is quite creamy and thick, white, with good retention. The nose is quite piney hop, maybe a touch of some floral bouquets as well, but mostly piney and estery hop.

The taste is a bit tilted towards the bittering hop, although the malts are thick enough and full bodied enough to keep things in check. The piney hop gives way a bit to additional coloration, in the orange blossom family. I appreciate the low ABV of this beer. It's a medium bodied affair, bottle conditioned, carbonated enough, and quite good. The bittering lingers just a bit into the aftertaste, but doesn't hang on interminably either. this nano brewery is a pleasant surprise. I'll come back for more. (801 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: nice golden amber, huge whitish head with super-fine bubbles that come right back any time you decide to swirl the glass. it leaves a fairly non stick lacing for a few seconds but overall it just seems to be a very clean beer.
S: yeast, a little citrus, grassy notes and a bit of hops. theres something a little muddled... oranges but kind of off smelling. its not bad, just kind of different.
T: generous amounts of hops, tangerine, lemon zest. everything going on here is phenomenal and solid. they all seem to blend well together, as this is friggin delicious.
M: just the right amount of carbonation brings this one alive. its moderate prickliness makes the hop profile dance on your tongue, i dont think they could have hit this nail on the head much better.
D: perfect. i dont even mind paying the 5.49 for this, its totally worth it. it goes down so easy, and just keeps getting better and better with every sip. i intend on spreading the love for this one by
means of extras as much as possible. (1,006 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mfg 12/17/2010 sampled 2/12/2010 so this bottle is about 2 months old.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a good sized fluffy white head that takes its time receding. Smells of citrus; lemons and tart orange abound with hints of bread and mineral water. Taste follows the aroma with Pine and citrus mixed with a bready lightly caramel malt base. Finish is quite dry with a lingering citrusy hop bite. Medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body with a resinous mouthfeel. Wow. I am rather impressed with this beer. I find it a tad thin, but otherwise this is a fantastic flavorful easy drinker. This one does straddle the line between APA and IPA. If I didn't have to travel to another state to get this, I might drink this a lot more often. (759 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange/yellow with nice tight white lacing after a solid head - actually impressed. I'm still clearing up from a cold but the spice and orange cuts right through. It tastes like a crisp IPA, lots of fresh citrus and pine that lasts alongside a sweet malt - very nice carbonation and smooth.

By my estimation a little more IPA than pale - and I definitely enjoyed it more as I drank it. If someone offered me a bottle, I'd have it again, but I'd not search it out as I'm not a huge APA fan. (495 characters)

Photo of Thads324
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aggressive pour yields a big two finger head of frothy white. a pale gold haze.

the smell is of nothing but spicy spicy hops, with none of the spice of a pepper...citrus in the back end. flavor starts out sweet and mild, with again the spicy hop flavor and then finishes clean with a nice spark of spicy pepper. The only malt character is of basic bread and basic yeast. For the style that is lovely. The pepper tingle that is left on the tongue is really cool and really enjoyable. Easy to drink and nice and flavorful.

A really good pale ale with a unique flavor. Fresh and clean, and environmentally friendly too. Big thumbs up to whoever makes and runs this brewing company! (682 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise find at Table & Vine today. Bottle date 12/17/10.

Pours a somewhat odd shade of hazy orangey-brown, big clumpy white head retains at a finger leaving great lacing.

Fresh hop scents; grapefruit, earth, some citrus. Lots of bready malt in the scent also.

As I guessed from the scent, though this is generously hopped it isn't really a hop bomb, it has a good balance which I appreciate in a pale ale. It leans towards the dank side of things with a good helping of earthy and grassy hops, but also has a orange/grapefruit thing going on as well. Super bready/cracker-like malt. Hidden in the back somewhere, most noticeable in the finish, is that wonderful warm tangerine+bread flavor I love oh so much, wish that was more present overall but I can't really complain.

Really solid mouthfeel. Oily and smooth, perfect carbonation, feels extremely fresh.

Goes down a little too easily. New England is really putting out some excellent hoppy beers as of late. Price is a bummer. 500ml is a great serving size for this beer, but I'd much rather see this in a 6-pack. (1,074 characters)

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

Picked up on a whim from Julio's for $5.49. Very glad I did!

A - Poured into my Duvel Tulip this is a glorious golden hue that is just slightly cloudy. Atop it sat a spectacular almost three finger head that faded oh so slowly leaving a super thick cloud and big clumpy side lacing. Best I've seen on an APA.

S - Nice hop profile here. Very reminiscent of an IPA with the big piney floral hops with just a slight malt undertoe.

T - Really nice flavours here. Very much like a super fresh IPA. Perhaps a bit too much like an IPA for me. That being said this is really a delicious beer. Good floral piney bitter hops with a very slight sweet malts and breadyness at the very end. Nice and bitter up front too.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. This stuff feels great and the carbonation works great with the bitterness.

D - Wow, just wow. A definate session beer here as this goes down incredibly easy. Could gulp this stuff back in one fell swoop. Need to get a few more of these. (986 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this for $5.49 @ Yankee's Spirits in Swansea, MA. 500ml into bells tulip.

A- Big fluffy head that looks like a snowdrift. Laces heavily. Beer is a hazy dull muddled brown. One of the best head's I've ever seen on a beer.

S- Fruity citrus hop blast. Very nice orange/grapefruit.

T- Bitter tidal wave. Hoppier than I remember it from the last bottle I got from Drazzamatazz. Great pine resin and dank oily hops. Nice malt balance too. Lots of flavor packed into this beer.

M- Great bitterness that finishes leaving you wanting more. Bottle-conditioned w/ perfect carbonation.

D- Moderately high. A bit pricey, but one I'll def. be buying more of. Scarily drinkable, big hop profile, great beer. (707 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" bone white head. Hazy tan color. Smell and taste both are fresh hops, almost piney and minty. A fresh, fresh, fresh IPA. Plus this maker has an incredible environmental and social conscience using sustainable energy, local farm products, and giving a share of profits to good causes. You can feel good about drinking this beer. (339 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with sporadic sticky lace. Aroma is sedate, lightly of sweet and green hops.

Taste starts with pale malts, goes moderately citrus in the middle, then comes on with some bitterness that sneaks up on you. Overall, a nicely balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew. (494 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rereviewing this from a little while ago. Originally received a C.

A - Moderate amber color with an aggressive off white, almost rose, head. About 3 fingers in my Duvel tulip. Head lasts for quite a while.

S - Fresh hops, floral smelling. Quite a bit of good pale smells to it.

T - Much better second round. I'm still not blown away with the taste, but this is way better fresh.

M - Good mouthfeel, a good carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. (452 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive starting head: Lots of froth with a rugged settling. The brew has greenish hue to the otherwise light amber color. Leaves some chunky, but spotty, lace.

Pleasant, clean paler malt and fresh, floral hop smell. Mild grapefruit zest aroma. Very luring.

This might be the quintessential pale ale. The initial sip has a solid pale malt base. It has a good body without being too rich. The carbonation is fine, almost prickly. The swallow is bitter, but not unbalanced. Lots of pepper to the finish. The aftertaste lasts a long time. This tasting reminds me of the first time I tried a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. (623 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peeper Ale pours out a golden orange color, with a big rocky head. Pouring out the contents at the bottom of the bottle gives the beer a slightly more hazed color than before. Grass and lemon come through immediately in the nose, along with a bit of chamomile, very herbal smelling overall. Extremely interesting flavor profile in that there isn't any one taste that is jumping out at you. Yeast, sourdough bread, grass, pepper, and lemon rind all come to mind. All of these are in the background, almost ghostly tasting if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is stellar, coming off light, yet full of complexities. Drinkability is great, though I recommend taking your time with this one to see how it changes as it warms. This is by far one of the most interesting brews to hit shelves here in a long time. For fans of straight up APA, this should be sought out. (860 characters)

Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.