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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: 572 | Ratings: 2,643
Photo of heliosphann
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle provided by a great BA, Casey10. Served in a pint glass.

A: Finger of fluffy white foam lines the top of the glass. Slowly fades into a bubble strewn, splotchy spill. Is that a Bud Light in my glass? I'm thankful it's not, but it sure looks that way with is crisp, golden body.

S: Light floral hops mixed with sweet malts and toasted grains. That almost sounds like a cereal commercial. It's not, but that does sound fairly appetizing.

*note* Right before I wrote this next section, I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass. Apparently there was a LOT of yeast sediment. So much that it changed not only the appearance of the beer, but the taste/smell as well.

T: Initially this was a very crisp pale, with a good toasted/bready malt profile, and some floral hops, with some slight citrus hints. Most impressive was how balanced I found it to be. Once I added in the yeast, it added some fruity esters and still retained a nice hop kick on the finish. I enjoyed it either way.

M: Light-Medium bodied. For being a pale, this has a very nice viscosity to it. Very well carbonated, giving it a nice creamy feel.

D: An extremely sessionable Pale Ale that doesn't skimp on flavor. I could seem myself putting back quite a few of these at 5.5%. Next time I'd leave most of the yeast in the bottle as I think it drinks better that way, especially for multiple servings.

I'm usually not a big fan of Pale Ale's, but I found this beer to be quite tasty and refreshing. I'd love to try this beer fresh, as I think there would be more of a hop presence to it. Looking forward to more offerings from Maine Beer Co.!

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to mdfb79 for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! Enjoyed this one while watching my Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets take on the Dawgs during rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, spice, spicy hop, grass, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, pine, pine hop. Fruit hop, earth, earth hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. While this one had a lot going on in it, it really managed to stay pretty well balanced in both the aroma and flavor. The flavor was fairly light and crisp which made it really easy to drink and rather refreshing. Really glad I got the opportunity to give this one a try and I hope to try more from this brewery in the future as well.

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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 gameface23
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange hue with moderate chill haze. The head is impressive, as is the lacing.

S: American hops lend a orange blossom aroma, along with some candied malt and a slight musty cork aroma (not off-putting).

T: A nice harmony of malt and hops. It isn't very bitter. Very refreshing.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate for the APA style.

D: This is a good beer. Not a great one, but it is very enjoyable.

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

Bomber from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $7

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon-grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grapefruit and some woody/leafy hops. There is also some light malt.

Overall - A nice light APA that taste a little less fruit than I was expecting. More of a dry earthy woody hop bite than a the fruity juicy one I get with their other hoppy brews.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 anonymoose
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a pale yellow color. The aroma is light with tropical fruits. The taste is light tropical tropical fruits with no malt. Really easy drinking, not very bitter. Not very explosive in taste or aroma.

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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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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