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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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542 Reviews

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,463
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 186
Gots: 470 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 542 | Hads: 2,463
Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of SebD
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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Photo of benloho
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of alexbutler
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky, straw body. Nice off-white head and lacing throughout drinking.

S: Toffee. Some slightly pine/floral notes. Slight lemon citrus.

T: Grapefruit/lemon citrus notes. Lemon rind. Toffee and caramel backbone. Some slight metallic alcohol on back end. So drinkable.

M: Medium bodied, could drink a few of these.

O: Just a solid beer--on the hoppier side for a pale ale but it still has subtlety and nuance in its delivery.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a. Cloudy yellow with a two finger head that lasted a bit when poured into a tulip glass.

s. hops and some citrus, malt and yeast.

t. Excellent. nice hoppy ale as advertised. Hot and malt dominated.

m. Very smooth, very nice

o. This beer is better than expected. Maine Beer Co. has not let me down yet. Excellent beer and brewer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My love affair with this brewery continues with this light hazy yellow offering, poured into a standard pint glass and topped with a copious amount of creamy white head that may have left some of the most intricate lacing I've seen on a beer glass, extending all the way from top to bottom. Aroma is sublime, very hop-forward with a hint of cracker-like malt, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and a little tropical guava perhaps along with a rock candy-like sweet undercurrent. Was hoping the taste would match this assertive aroma, but alas this is one of those times where the aroma drives much of the pleasurable experience that is drinking this beer. Not that the taste is poor, far from it. Quite dry and crisp, though, with little of the caramel malt flavor prominent in this brewery's IPAs, this being replaced by dry crackers, sourdough crust, and a whiff of grainy tannins. Hop flavor translates (to me) as unsweetened lemon-lime soda, an effect heightened by the intense carbonation. Still struck by how dry this is, with some minerals apparent in the green, near-leafy finish. Lovely aroma and crisp mouthfeel would bring me back.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 6/7/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, large and loose 3 fingers of foam has decent retention and leaves some spiderweb lace deep down the glass

S lots of citrus, tangerine, sweet orange, and grapefruit, floral hops are strong, faint pineapple, spruce, just a little dry cereal in the background but for the most part its a complete hop runaway

T spicy hops I didn't pick up on the nose, some lemon rind and a little caramel, a little surprised as it doesn't mimic the nose all that well but still tastes great

M lighter side of medium, bubbles soften it up, a mild bitter bite, a little grit on the gums, spicy rind lingers

O its a great pale ale that's hopped right up, my bottles already gone at this point, super drinkable sinks like a ship

Yet another winner from Maine, its been a while since I've tried this many beers from a brewery and all of them have been great, I hope we get some new ones to try in the near future

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a date of 05/27/14 marked on the side of the label. Poured into a Free State Brewing can-shaped glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden hue with amber highlights that is mostly translucent, with just a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning. Atop the body sits a rocky three finger off-white head that retains for a few minutes before dissipating somewhat, but never fully going away, settling as a nice finger of frothy foam and leaving swaths of sticky white lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A very pungent burst of grapefruit and citrus alongside a pleasant light grainy foundation that reminds me of water crackers. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest and even some faint grassiness all contribute to make this one a pretty hop-forward take on an APA from an aroma standpoint.

Taste - Picks up right where the aroma left off, with grapefruit rind, citrus, limoncello and herbal notes like dandelion greens and fresh cut grass. Here there is even a bit of floral aspect to the taste, almost like orange blossom. The grains again make an appearance, but the malt characteristic is light and unassuming, a virtual cracker for the citrusy hoppy toppings (hoppings?).

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a bright and crisp feel and a dry finish on the palate.

Overall, just a stellar APA. I know it's not as reputed as some other hop-forward takes on the style, or even other beers in the same style category from this very brewery, but it is certainly just as worthy of being highly regarded, both for its style and as a standalone beer. I would gladly drink this again and again, especially during the ho t summer months.

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Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, bready malts, lemon/citrus peel.

Taste - Vibrant citrus hops balanced with bready malts. Hint of lemon/citrus rind flavour. Light to moderate level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A spot-on American pale ale with a nice well-rounded balance of hops and malts.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lovely beer with nice crisp floral and citrus notes and a snappy finish while retaining a general lightness. Pours a hazy dark straw color with a snow white head that leaves some nice lacing. Snappy floral and herbal aromas with a touch of grain and a touch of orange citrus. Very integrated with balanced flavors that play off each other nicely. The citrus comes through, but herbal and floral throughout with a fairly long somewhat bitter finish. Very drinkable and sustains your interest. Excellent beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light golden yellow with lots of white head. Very nicely balanced nose, very clean grain bill up front, bready and lightly doughy. Hop balance adds a strong hop punch. A good bit of citrus and a hint of resiny hop. Taste is also very balanced, the grain bill is nicely done, bready and just a touch of dough. Malt gets a touch sweet moving into a citrusy hop, a hint of herbal hop and a faint pepper in the back. Body is lighter, a touch slick and has an assertive carbonation.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It shines like a golden delicious.
The CaraPils makes a nice whipped cream head.
Sorely needs some faded copper.
Wish there was actually some mature fruit flavors of apple and pear in this beer.
Freshly gristed grass aroma. Hints of sweetness and lovely pine.
Overwhelming carbonation makes its too dry without enough sweetness.
An astringent assault like a Warhead.
Smooth but disconnected.
Exacerbated by a coarse and hoppy woodiness.
Citrus notes lean toward the pithy not juicy.
Would have preferred pleasant and resinous pine.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. How many different APAs do these guys make (he asks rhetorically)?

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of mildly dank pine needles, bitter florals, white grapefruit, underripe navel orange pith, ethereal aerosol black pepper, biscuity pale malt, dry saltines, and a further muted tropical fruitiness. The taste is more blended citrus (still mostly the good ol' orange and grapefruit standbys) and muddled tropical fruit, bready, doughy pale malt, wet crackers, a hint of spicy yeast, white pepper, and further soft leafy, floral, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite active in appearance, but much less so on the palate - merely a softly lulling frizziness - the body a bit on the lee side of medium weight, and too tacky from the hops (and maybe yeast?) to be deemed to exhibit anything more than the most basic smoothness. It finishes more or less dry - the trace sweetness from fruity hop and gritty malt not really the sort with any staying power.

Another pretty tasty and dry pale ale from this brewery - I like a nice crisp finish to make me pine (heh) for another swig, and Maine beers seem to have that in spades. Hoppy, crackery, and easy as sin to drink - now what the hell is a 'peeper', in the context of this offering - nothing is proffered as such on the label?

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Photo of Digital_luda
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden appearance. Very light but visible head upon pouring. It was much less hoppy than I was expecting and left a slight soapy after taste that I wasn't too fond if. Poured from a 1 pint 9fl oz bottle. This beer grew on me the more I drank it.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.