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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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529 Reviews

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Reviews: 529
Hads: 2,376
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 mrjimcat
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles in Portland this past summer. Pours crystal clear, almost a Pils color, with a nice sustained head. The aroma is filled with beautiful fruity scents. The beer is balanced for bitterness with a citrusy hop profile. Leave a lacy print of the glass, it goes down cleanly, so easy to drink that it is scary, and is never cloying. An excellent beer that is excellent. (389 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 MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pale golden beer that has a slight haze. The rocky, white head pours with a half a finger of foam that leave a slight bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A Medium-strong citrus hops aroma some of tropical fruit along with a strong grassy, dry hopped note. The herbal aroma almost dominates the citrus/tropical hops. There is a low, clean malt sweetness and a moderate floral alcohol aroma.

T: A strong tropical fruit flavor with a medium hops bitterness. There is a medium malt sweetness to support the hops the balance is somewhat bitter. There is a fair amount of fruitiness from the yeast with a touch of spice, almost like a Belgian Blonde, but not a full on Belgian beer but a strong yeast character. The finish is medium. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity.

M: A moderately creamy medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. There is a light prickle on the palate but not bad.

O: A unique Pale Ale with a big citrus and tropical fruit presence and an almost equally strong spicy and fruity yeast/fermentation character. It seems like a beer that could be classified as a Belgian Pale Ale that's been made with American hops. (1,157 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

bottled 01/14/11

pours cloudy amber orange with a huge 3 plus finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell is amazing - fruity hops and hot cereal bready grains

taste matches the nose - this is one of the best apa's i have ever had - this somewhat reminds me a little of 3f gumballhead with a tad less hops - i swear i taste wheat - anyway good amount of bready grains and fruity hops - again top notch APA

mouthfeel - light/medium body with good carb but it could use more bite - just not as crisp as i would have liked

drinkability is out of this world - there is nothing better then finding a low abv full flavored beer that you could drink all day and every day - this is one of those beers for me - no its not a super complex barrel aged brew but it is a well crafted beer that i can taste that in every sip i take (827 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening. (832 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL bottle dated 10/13/11 into oversized wine glass.

A: Opaque golden brown, reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Foamy white head with lovely lacing around glass.

S: Lots of piny hops up front. I feel like I got some poulty seasoning, maybe some sage. Very aromatic hops predominate however.

T: Quite hoppy. Nice refreshing bitterness. Some malty sweetness but hops again predominate. Very simple yet elegant in taste.

M: Dry, which I think is mostly the bitterness. Overall smooth though with a light fine carbonation.

O: Fantastic. Very simple ale but worthy of accolades. This is a very refreshing and delicious beer. It was a pleasure drinking it. (660 characters)

Photo of jmstod
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did Maine Beer Company come out of nowhere? I recently saw a bottle of Peeper at a local restaurant but didn't try it. Tonight I picked up a bottle at a local bottle shop and was pleasantly surprised:

Big PshsshP when I cracked the crown.

A: I poured the beer slowly but yet half my glass still filled with foam. The beer was a bit cloudy as some of the yeast from the bottle conditioning made its way into my glass. Big foamy head. A loose foam, not a thick one.

S: Excellent american hop aroma, citsy with some apricot

T: Light malt flavor but very well balanced. The hop flavor and bitterness is perfect. A very smooth tasting beer. It tasted a little hotter than 5.5.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation levels

D: Excellent, I'll have another (758 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at Julios during a visit to MA. Seems it's widely available throughout the state, at least currently, ranging from $5.99-$6.99 per bottle.

It pours a light golden copper with a little haziness, a couple of fingers of foam and minimal lacing. It smells nice and hoppy, citrusy and a little floral, substantial malt backbone though (biscuit, caramel, etc). It tastes orangy and lemony with lots of malty sweetness behind, robust yet well balanced.

Light bodied and quaffable, a very nice and hoppy pale ale. (532 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i knew this wasn't going to be an ordinary experience when i came home with a lightly aggitated bottle and a bit of foaming going on in the bottle. it sat in the frig for about 24 hours... but the foaming didn't go away. great yeast strain here. nice hop balance as well. bright orange with a bit of murk. nose of brisk pine with subtle exotic citrus notes. palate is as dry as it comes. velvety, a bit bready but mineral chalk dry. hints of pine oils and mangosteen that are totally rendered crisp with the end. amazing. i would drink one every day if i lived in portland.

definite summer dryness. (600 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After opening more than a few beers with what I think were so-so noses-- I got a surprise on pouring this beer.

this beer opens with a bouquet of pleasant and almost bucolic sensations- wild flowers, yeast, hops-- and likely a host of others I've forgotten to mention.

Pours with as a translucent straw color capped by a white tight knit head-- that if it had lasted longer would have given this beer a higher rating for appearance.

Head laced the glass with a mild signature.

Flavor much like the beer's nose presented an intriguing potpourri of flowery hops, malt with twists of yeast and hints of pepper.

The flavor's profile provided a full long lasting and satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall this beer is one that I'll be certain to look for the next time I'm at the packie. (782 characters)

Photo of Cavery
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from oline73, many cheers for paying attention to the wants list on this one. I'd heard this beer was great from my brother, so I'm more than happy to give this a familial swirl.

label print reads lot071911 -- could be a date.

A: This thing foamed like a science project volcano. I mean seriously I didn't even do a violent pour and there were muffins on top of muffins baking in the head. White egg shell foams with super thick sudsy soap foams that grab the glass forming small patterns of Spanish mustaches. Light citrusy lemonade/orange juice fusion for a body color. This beer really looks awesome.

S: First thought was that it smells like pliny. White grapefruit with a bit of perk towards the lemony spectrum. light odd smell, I'd say it's like pine nuts, or green pinecones. This is hoppy, but it has a softness that makes me think this will have a reserved bitterness. between the smell and the look, this beer reeks of refinement. Though I must say the notes are very light, this is either a subtle beer or a mellow beer.

T: Really light nibby gritty hop flavor that is very light on the bitterness. Really nice floral bitterness in the mouth that completely stays in the spectrum of green vines, leaves, and veggies -- while avoiding medicinal unpleasantness. Nice pale malt character that fuses with the hops for a nutty salad. Super exceptional layering here, the way the hops collides with the malt and revisits the hops for that bitter twang is sensational. Very excellent drinking beer here.

M: The most fluffly marshmellow mouth of a pale ale I can recall. This thing is so lofty in its biscuity feels that I can hardly believe I am consuming an alcohol beverage. It's not very crisply drying in the finish, but none of the flavors fall off after multiple coatings of a wetter than usual mouth feel. Absolutely no astringency in this beer at all, and it compliments a light bitterness through the end. Super easy drinking, phenomenal mouth.

O: I can practically visualize the tipping of their brewer caps towards the west coast hoppy styles, while giving it a local twist. For my first Maine Beer Co. beer, this was exceptional. I really can't wait to give more of their beers a swirl, as I would rank this among the best pale ales I've had. I'd love to have this super fresh for a bigger swing in the flavor transition. I love when I get a beer at this ABV that drinks like a fine IPA. (2,420 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: lighter than I expected - hazy straw colored: pillowy white 2 finger head with decent retention; nice lacing;

S:well balanced; grapefruit with some pale malt;

T: flora hops up front, then citrus rind with steady bitterness from mid-palate through long finish;even though there isn't a lot of bitterness, there's not a lot of sweetness to counteract it;

M: lighter bodied than I expected; crisp and light; moderately carbonated;

O; really good; lighter than most APAs both in color and body; (497 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, frothy white head that lasted for quite a long time. Great retention, and some good lacing too. Body is dark yellow and cloudy.

S: Great-smelling beer... the hops are present, as they should be, but the dominating scent here is pineapple. Awesome!

T: Fantastic flavor... fruity citrus (pineapple again) in the beginning, with a nice hop bite in the finish. Very nice balance between the hops and the fruit, which complement each other perfectly.

M: Light-bodied and creamy, with average-to-lively carbonation.

D: This is an awesome beer... I could drink a few of these, even with the hoppiness. Looking forward to what the Maine Beer Company has to offer us in the future! (709 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 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 scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks again Michael.

A: Pours a glowing dark golden with amber highlights under a billowing bright white head that took forever to fade into a thick and rocky film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass. Great head retention.
S: Soft notes of fruity and grassy hops with a hint of pineapple. Sweet smelling. Their is a layer of crackery pale malt as well.
T: Clean and easy hoppy flavor that isn't overpowering or bitter. The finish is bready and sweet. Overall very light and drinkable.
M: Medium body, light-ish mouthfeel that has a nice viscosity to it, and low but tingly carbonation made up of small bubbles.
O: This is the perfect sessionABLE (5.5%) beer that would go with pretty much any meal, event, location, occasion, session etc. One of the more smooth and drinkable examples I've come across. Thanks again Michael for passing this gem along to me. (916 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 Brez07
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great local that I've had many times and am just getting around to reviewing. 16oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company logo glass (mini chalice?)

A: Golden straw color, slightly cloudy. 1 finger white head, pretty good retention. Sporadic lacing throughout the glass

S: Big hop/pine nose. Accompanied by a surprisingly big grapefruit presence

T: The nose is a great preview for the taste. Very nice hop/citrus combo with a slight bitterness at the end. This is a big pale ale

M: Light bodied. Good bitter taste on the tongue which starts to fade just as I go for my next sip. Clean, crisp and dry finish

D: Like I said above, I've had this beer many times and it has not let me down yet. If you're in the area, pick up one (or several). One of the best pale ales I've had (780 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 Jimmys
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 9 fl oz bottle into Flying Dog chalice. bottled on 10.12.12.

A: slightly hazed, beautiful pale yellow body. head is a massive bright white plume. retention is good and the lacing is thick.

S: lemons. black pepper. almost saison-like in its aroma. grapefruit skin.

T: like drinking a glass of lemon sherbert. grainy and chewy as well. dries out on the finish. there is a lingering flavor that reminds me a little of Captain Crunch cereal.

M: a fine carbonation on a light body. the bottle conditioning is well done.

D: dammit this stuff is dangerously drinkable. seriously one of the best APA's ive ever had. find it. drink it. drink it fresh please. (666 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle listed as Batch 3, no date though but seems fresh. A 16oz bottle, don't see those too often from an American brewer.

Pours a straw yellow color with a moderate head and some patchy lacing.

Smell has a strong earthy hop aroma, pretty much all hops actually with little malt backing, definitely trying to be a West coast style APA.

Taste is hoppy and earthy, slight citrus presence, picking up a bit of light malt, strong carbonation that prickles the tongue.

A very good first effort from this brewery. I really hope they succeed as they also show that they care about quality as well as the environment (1% of all sales go to environmental non-profits). (664 characters)

Photo of danielp215
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Entire bottle into large pilsner glass. Getting a murky diarrhea color and a finger of bleached cotton white head with a careful pour. Nose is pure grapefruit and pine with a passing sweet malt. A beautiful snow cap of head remains after 5 minutes. Malts more pronounced as it warms. Taste is bitter hops, some citrus. Not getting any malt in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium so the malts must be at work but the flavor is carefully concealed by the delicious hops. At 5.5 I would session the living snot out of this beer if it were more readily available. Love love love this beer. Bottom line is that it is delicious and I want more! (640 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was taken aback when I first poured this into my goblet - strange pink toned ale? With an antique white creamy head? Wow what's next? The aroma was amzing - citrusy hoppy freshness. The color reverted to a pleasant hazy gold-honey. Mouthfeel like a thirst quenching real ale. With an interesting hint of orange afterglow taste. Just absolutely marvelous. A real treat. Find it and try it. (390 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is what American pale ale should be. another absolute gem from Vermont, this time a bottle shop, and actually a beer from maine, not Vermont itself, but man I wish I could get these ales out west. Vermonters don't know how good they have it with distro and the like, or maybe they do... in any event, this is a real special beer, spring seasonal im guessing by the name. it pours a light frothy honey color with sexy lace along my goblet sides. the nose and taste are both really fresh, big bright hops ranging from vegetative to grassy to floral to citric and finally brisk and bitter. its almost the full spectrum, and its a joy to drink a beer this easy down and packed with flavor. malt is in supporting roles only, crackery backbone, nothing more. the hops are light, but pungent at the same time, loosely acidic, with some springtime thawing sort of quality. this is a major refresher with a very light body, a creamy but well carbonated feel, and a cruisy 5.5% abv. there is very little to critique about this beer, easily one of the best pale ales ive had in years. the east coasters are onto something here with the mighty hop flower. (1,148 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500 mL bottle of Maine Beer Co.'s renowned Peeper Ale from Kappy's Leominster last evening. Bottled on date printed in black ink on the left hand side of the white label reads "8/17/12". Nice! Nothing like fresh hoppy beer. The bottle was decanted into my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): The beer pours an opaque goldenrod yellow and is topped by two finger's worth of creamy, white foam. Peeper is definitely an unorthodox color for a pale ale–most pales I've tried are usually copper-hued–but that doesn't take away from how damn good it looks in my chalice (perhaps it's glassware overkill, but whatever!). It looks pretty active, as carbonation bubbles can be seen rising vigorously from the bottle of the glass. Lots of soapy lacing is left behind as you consume.

Smell (4/5): Peeper smells of grassy, lemony, and herbal hops with some nice biscuity/bready malt and some spice mixed in there. Definitely more hop-forward in the nose than most pales I've had. A little similar to Hill Farmstead's classic pale, Edward, though the hop smell doesn't have as much tropical fruit to it. This is a very good smelling pale ale.

Taste (4.5/5): Light lemony hops and some biscuity malt come on in the foretaste strong, along with some powdery yeast. Certainly hop forward from the get-go, but there's balance here–provided mainly by the light biscuity malt–that is very appreciated. I pick up a little spiciness, perhaps from the yeast. All other flavors give way to a very bitter grapefruit-like flavor in the long, dry, and bitter finish. I really appreciate this beer's level of complexity; there are nice flavor transitions made as the beer goes over the tongue and down the chute. Excellent, excellent taste for a hoppy pale ale.

Mouthfeel (5/5): The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of Peeper: it has a the perfect amount of body (medium) and carbonation (medium-high); it's a little spritely and prickly; and it has an exquisite dryness to it that comes on in the finish, and to great effect. The mouthfeel is one of the reasons the beer tastes so good and is what makes it so eminently drinkable.

Overall (4.5/5): I think the world of Peeper. It is one of the best American Pale Ales I've ever had, and perhaps only second to Hill Farmstead's Edward pale ale. Craft beer drinkers seek out this beer for a good reason: because it's freaking awesome. Anyone who's looking for a highly flavorful, hoppy beer that's mellow in the alcohol department (5.5% ABV) should pick up a couple of bottles...now! (2,563 characters)

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