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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: 471 | 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 SawDog505
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 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 ChrisPro
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.2%
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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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 Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a brownish tint. Lots of foamy white head. Really not a pretty beer at all. Smells hoppy but in a really enjoyable way. lemon and fresh grass on the nose. Tastes bitter and lemony. I'm not sure if there is actual lemon zest or something in this but the bitterness seems to be from something other than the hops. Maybe I'm wrong. Feels strong for 5.5 percent. The carbonation is great though and there is a nice sweetness that balances the bitter. Overall, decent. It grows on me as I drink it but not something that stands out to me as a favourite

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

Pours a very pale, straw-like color with an insane amount of billowy white head. Not quite what I was expecting. Crazy lacing on this beer.

Smells great. A combination of grassy and citrusy hops and a nice malt backbone.

Nice grassy notes, a bit of melon, light malt, and a touch of honey.

Medium-light bodied with a great crisp finish.

Overall, very tasty. A very drinkable pale ale that's well balanced and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, pale and bready malts.

Taste: Lots of lemon and lime and other citrus aromas. Followed by bready and pale malts. Slight bitterness in the end too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very highly carbonated, slightly dry, crisp, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty solid APA that I have enjoyed plenty of times. A bit over carbonated, but still a good beer.

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

The malt is light and almost absent but the hops are deliciously lemon, citrusy and slightly piney. This is a very light beer but incredibly drinkable with a soft yet bubbly feel.

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Photo of philbe311
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of pure white head that is fluffy and airy and has a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation that swirls throughout... The color is a pale yellowish gold... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The aroma is a nice floral hop forward bouquet... Some very light subtle citrus and pine notes as well... Lemon zest... A slight wheat spiciness... Simple and straightforward... Very clean and crisp...

T - Loaded with an assertive floral hop presence that is at the forefront throughout... A touch of lemon and lemon zest... Cracked wheat... Perhaps some light white pepper...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Dry throughout... Slightly astringent finish... Quite sturdy and rigid... Very crisp...

D - A light and refreshing pale ale that is loaded with character and flavor... There are lots of good things going on with the Maine Beer Company offering...

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Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to BobZ for gifting this one! Bottled 11/23/12:

Pours a pale lemon gold with a fluffy few fingers of paper white head laces all around the mug. Beautifully murky if I do say so myself... almost has the appearance of a hefe.

Grassy, semi-citric hops with a solid malt backbone. Very smooth, appealing to the schnoz.

Very drinkable - mellow orange peel and earthy hop flavors. The feel is a bit watery but it doesn't really detract from the rest of the beer. Great sense of balance, very drinkable.

Thanks Bob!

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Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden straw color with lots of bubbles. Holds a small head of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is grassy, minimal fruit. Taste is nice and clean grassy. Not much fruit but piney resin on the back end lingers nicely. I've enjoyed peeper on more than one occasion and overall this is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. I'd recommend anything that these guys bottle.

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

We crack the top and pour a brew of dingy apricot coloring. It holds a two finger head of creamy but varied white bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is sheety and patterned. A thick haze swirls in waves about the glass, but no chunky sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma smells of sweet and nectary, floral, and bitterly grassy hops. The malts are pale and toasty, but also a bit dark, bordering on caramel at times. Filling the gaps are notes of vanilla creaminess, nectarine fruitiness, Hawaiian Punch, light plastics, sweeter browned apples, Bosc pears, and faint buttery diacetyls. With warmth comes honey, strawberries, resiny hop stem, and chalk. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more bitter than the aroma would suggest, and the malts take on a surprising, but appropriately savory salt through the base. As we sip, the taste opens with lemony tannic bitterness, muddy pale grain, metallics, baker’s yeast, steel wool, soft caramel sweetness, seaweed saltiness, and the bitterness of grassy and herbal hop stem. Pushing to the peak is chemically bite, enhanced herbal hop bitterness, rust, lemon zest, mineral water, gravely grittiness of yeast, plastics, and lactic creaminess. The end washes through with heavy creamer, citric tangerine flesh, dried apricot, lemongrass, ruddy pale malts, straw dryness, earthy bitterness, powdered chalkiness, dirty grassy and perfumed floral hop, and savory melted caramel saltiness. The aftertaste breathes of chalky earthiness, moss and tree bark, yeast, lactics, dusty gravel, spicy booze airs, bittered herbal hops, vinyl plastics, and sea salt. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with pleasant finishing pop. The mouth is left foamed and cooled, giving way to a chalky astringent dryness all across the palate. The abv is nearly sessionable, and the beer drinks as such.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its down-to-earth and “serious” flavoring. We all get so used to the flavor bombs like Zombie Dust and come to expect everything else to stylistically match that type of take. Here we are taken in a bit of a different direction. Things are kept close to home and earthy, with the malts bold and dark enough to hold against the bittering bite and grit of the hops through both the aroma and the taste. Fruit and yeast help to smooth things out around the edges, making for a highly drinkable, highly approachable, American pale.

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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 Abilow33
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a really good American ale. The color was golden red. The taste was very smooth. I really enjoy the mellow tastes of The Maine Beer Companies beers. This is a great ale. This beer has a great smell. It is nice to have an ale with as much taste.

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