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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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Reviews: 563
Hads: 2,560
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 196
Gots: 522 | 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 John_M
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my recent trip up to Portland (Maine).

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite attractive with considerable orange citrus and black pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well craft pale ale, as I get plenty of orange citrus with some light sweet malt that is countered nicely by some refreshing bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's still plenty of flavor in this delicious pale ale. However, you can tell the alcohol level is not very high in this beer, which is all to the good in my book.

Yet another fine effort from the talented folks at the Maine Beer Co.

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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.

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

Light and foamy head that leaves a slow forming lacing behind. Fruity and sweet smell. Nice gold color - with an unfiltered but sturdy look. Taste is unexpectedly mild, with quick receding fruit and honey and bitter flavor. Expecting a lot of flavor, but it is surprisingly light and crisp. This would be an excellent and refreshing ale for summer weather or generally to quench your thirst.

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

Bottle purchased on 12-29-12, consumed on 1-5-13. Didn't notice it when I bought it, but there's a date on the side of the bottle: 4-17-12, which I assume is the bottled-on date - making this beer nearly 9 months old when consumed. . . .

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is surprisingly light - slightly chill-hazed straw-yellow with active carbonation forming a 2-finger soap-bubbly white head. Leaves behind thick sheets of foamy lace.

S: Light citrus - lemon and lemon peel and a touch of grapefruit. Modest bready malt aromas underneath.

T: Sweeter than expected, though I can't help but wonder if the hops would've been a little more prevalent when fresh. Still, after a fairly sweet malt profile early in the sip, it finishes with a good bitterness - lemony, grassy and a bit of grapefruity pith or peel.

M: On the lighter side of medium in heft with active carbonation creating rising bubbles throughout and a modest creaminess in feel.

O: A solid APA - easy-drinking but with good hop flavors.

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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.

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

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a duvel glass. Bottle dated 11/23/12

A: pours a hazy golden with a massive three fingers of fluffy white head. Head dissapates slowly and leavs globs of sticky lacing all over the glass.... Enough lacing to warrant a 4.5 but the massive long lasting head is a bit if a turn off for me.

S: nice citrusy and flowey/grassy hops in the aroma, along with some slightly bready malts. The citrusy notes are reminiscent of grapefruit and lemony orange peel. A pleasmt aroma.

T: tastes alot like the nose.... Alot of lemony citrus hop notes, along witha touch of grassy hops as well, not really any bitterness to the hop flavor, balanced nicley was some bready malts... The taste is crisp, refreshing and well balanced.

M: lush creamy medium body with medium carbonation... A hint of bitterness on the end making the finish a touch dry.... Very drinkable.

O: this is a very well balanced citrusy pale ale, very mild on the bitterness while still displaying a good amount of hop flavor and character. I'm not usually a huge fan of pale ales but this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellowish amber with some dark golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy white head that has very good retention, pretty much lasting throughout and leaving sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Earthy grassy hop aroma with hints of straw and a nice citrus presence. Hints of grapefruit, lemon peel, dank hop oil and pine. Subtle malt backbone.

Chewy resinous medium body that is very hop forward. Bitter earthy hops up front with a lot of dry pine as well as some sweet citrus notes, mostly grapefruit and lemon peel. This is balanced mid palate by a nice malt backbone with earthy grassy straw notes. Crisp, well balanced, easy drinking and refreshing. Overall, a decent session beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with soapy like bubbles and lots of lace. Grainy malts first hit me, and then a citric and clove like spice with bitter hops and a touch of sweet yeast in the aroma. Beer is light-bodied, smooth, has a nice sweetness to it that I wasn't expecting and balances a dry, grainy bread like malt with some citric flavored hops and spice. One of those simple beers that you enjoy every drink and can keep on drinking.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours light gold with a big milky 2" head. Retains a thick ring of lacing.

S- some sweet caramel and lots of spicy hops.

T- faint sweetness followed by spicy hops that lend a slight bitterness.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O- nice pale ale. More of a mild pale with the hops being a little more subdue compared to the style.

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

12 oz dark brown bottle. Served in a standard pint glass.
It pours a golden amber color with a fluffy 2" head and plenty of sticky, webby lace.
The aroma is both citrusy and resinous, with a little whiff of pine in the back. A bready malt smell sneaks in and sticks around.
Classic pale ale hop-forward flavors are true to the style. Citrusy and resinous hop bitterness make way for the pale malts. Just a bit of a grain aftertaste lingers.
Very pleasant and gulpable brew.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of pine and grapefruit hops with a sweet malty and bready backbone and a touch of spice.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hops with some grapefruit flavor and a bit of sweet caramel malts. Through the middle some light bitterness comes through alongside some pine hop flavor and a bit of bready malt and a touch of spice and pepper. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some grassy hops and some spice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth wit ha dry lightly sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced American Pale Ale. There is a nice complexity to the malt profile that is balanced nicely by the hops.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a pale golden straw color with about a finger's worth of fairly thick bubbly white head that leaves nice layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Floral hops and pale malts definitely dominate the nose. Nicely balanced, pleasant, and maybe slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Floral hops, a little bit of lemon, some pale malts. A little bit of a lemony aftertaste. Fairly well balanced and flavorful.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit on the lighter side, refreshing, goes down easily, decent carbonation.

O- This was a nice local APA. Nothing amazing but easy to drink and enjoyable. Definitely above your average APA. Nice floral and lemon tones that come out. At over $5/bottle I'm not sure if I'd get this all the time when I can get the same size bottles from Jack's Abby which are almost half the price (I do realize Jack's Abby is a little bit more local). I would drink this again and I recommend trying it out.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled date 12/20/12. Pours a yellow orange, with a 3 inch white fluffy head, that laces the glass amazingly. Smell is earthy grass, pineapple, lemon, and apricot. Taste like that lemon grass and apricot dominate. Body is good size for the ABV, lots of life, lush, and great drinkability. This is a nice pale ale.

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

pours a pale golden color with a white head that hangs out for a little bit and leaves some lace. nose is crisp and clean. scents of citrusy hops, flowery hops and grassy/earthy hops meld with a crackery, mildly sweet toasty bread-like malt character. taste is all about balance. the earthy, grassy, orangey hop character harmonizes with the cracker/toast qualities of the malt, and it seems effortless. like it was meant to be. crisp, dry, smooth, medium body. balance throughout with just a hint of hoppy bitterness coming through in the back end, as well as a taste of pepper and what seems maybe to be a slight yeasty note. another very well done, refined beer from Maine Beer.

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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 RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it's just nice to keep things calm and cool. And with this one, Raul is just chilling back hard like Lindsay Lohan after a few valiums and a skinny girl margarita.

Light flavors, maybe even a lil tiny bite - like Tom Cruise nipping at your ankle (in a good way, of course).

Raul could sip on this thang while illin, chillin, and uh, yeah.


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Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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 tlema1
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: very light color, thick white head
S: bit much on the nose
T: lightly bitter, citrus finish
F: good clean taste, slightly hoppy finish
O: very drive drinkable, light and easy

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ChrisPro
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #4

16 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Another whiff of hops as the cap is popped.

Pours a clear golden with a two finger white head.

Nose is blasted by pine, but there's also some citrus as well. As the head dissipates, I pick up a little mustiness as well, but this seems to accentuate the aroma, not detract from it. Eventually I get a little buttered biscuit as well, but there's not much malt character to speak of.

Tastes like a pale ale immediately. Just a slight sweetness and then a clean bitterness follows. The finish is best described as stale sweet bread (not sweet breads) with some floral notes, but it's pretty interesting. As it warms, the finish turns into a sweet floral honey that's great!

Sharp carbonation feels like it's destroying my tongue seconds after I swallow. For as light in color and as clean as it tastes, there's a good bit of body on this that works.

Overall, this is a fantastic pale ale packing in a bunch of flavor. I'm guessing Maine again, based on the bottle shape. It goes down easy, probably about 5% ABV and gets better with every sip.

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Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

500ml bottle, MFG120910. sampled march 27/2011.

pours crystal clear orangey amber, just getting a touch of haze as i reach the end of the bottle. a big fluffy pure white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a thick layer of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. grapefruit and pine. bit of juicy orange and tangerine citrus. white bread and cracker. caramel and a bit of toffee. slightly powdery hops. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. bright juicy citrus. orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. light caramel. bit of alcohol. just below medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. love the juicy citrus hop character. good stuff!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden, amber color with a froathy white head that left thick chunks and sheets on the sides. Great head retention.

S - Sweet, soft caramel malts and a healthy dose of hops make this a particularly hoppy APA. I get a lot of pine resin on the nose, smells nice.

T - Almost two beers in one, there is a strong, sweet malt backbone, and a bitter, resiny hop profile. Touch of honey sweetens it up a little, as well.

M - Light, refreshing, crisp, some carbonation bite.

O - A very solid, hoppy APA. While not in the class of Daisy Cutter, it is enjoyably drinkable and worth trying.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring Peeper Ale pours a clear straw yellow color with a big, white meringue like head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly and leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass. A flurry of tiny bubbles rises up to the surface.

The aroma is filled with notes of orange citrus and pine. Very nice.

Each sip of this light to medium boded beer is soft on the palate with mild carbonation and a dry finish. The flavor is hoppy with notes of orange and lemon citrus. Mild bitterness in the background. It finishes with some malty sweetness and a touch of bready yeast.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer with lots of hop character, but not the bitterness like in an IPA.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with Dnuggs, thanks Doug! Poured into my Khunhenn snifter/goblet, whatever the hell it is. Bottle date 6/14/11

A- Kind of cloudy and murky. A nice head forms on a regular pour and takes some time to dissipate. Serious foam left on the glass.

S- Nice, subtle hop profile, somewhat citrusy.

T- Very nice clean and refreshing. It's not Lunch (which is fantastic!) but it's a very solid offering from a company that appears to only make 4 beers so they should be making them right. Nice subtle hops with a dash of spice on the finish.

O- A truly nice and refreshing ale that hits the spot on a hot Florida summer day.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Austin Liquors in Worcester Mass. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a 500ml bottle. Another brewery I've been waiting to try. Bottled 12-20-11 according to the label.

Appearance: Peeper Ale pours out a slightly hazy, light golden color. A rather easy pour let two full fingers of bright white, dense head rise to the top of my glass. Head didn't hang around too long, but did leave some gobs of lace behind.

Smell: Tons of bright citrus aromas. Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, a little bit of grass even. Nice malty base stands out from behind the hops. Some very light hints of pine and some white pepper.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting. Hops seem to be more subdued than in the nose. Maybe a little more on the sweet malty side. Pretty well balanced. A bit of the light funkiness others have noticed. Citrus flavors are there, but are pushed more into the background. Touches of yeast hit the tongue. Finishes crisp and clean. I'm really liking this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Plenty of tongue tingling carbonation. Again, clean and crisp.

Overall: Really like what MBC has done here. Some nice twists and turns throughout the experience. Would recommend this.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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