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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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541 Reviews

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Reviews: 541
Hads: 2,458
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 186
Gots: 468 | 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: 541 | Hads: 2,458
Photo of beerloserLI
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light straw yellow pour with clouded clarity. Very light smell of hops, bready notes, and grassy tones.

Light and airy at the start. Very crisp and clean with a light fluffy mouth feel. Lots of subtle tones, on the finish. I pick up on characters of hops, grass, grains, and a slight bready/cracker flavor. The grassy tones really dominate for me and I get an almost herbal taste.

Works well as a session ale but it's really just a bit to light for my taste. Solid brew and well done but just not my favorite.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wish it still had the old label. Still, a fantastic beer. I am continiously impressed by how balanced and crafted MBC's beers are. Looking for a beer which is a perfect example of the APA style? Look no further.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had my first Peeper at When Pigs Fly in Kittery, ME on tap about 5 years ago. When I see it on the shelves at Trader Joes... I buy it... constently. It is as solid as an APA gets. Can't rank it higher than a 4 because I just like my IPA... along with the rest of 'em.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A hazy golden straw with a white active head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Rich citrus hops, earthy hops, malt is very light, and some stone fruit on the finish.

Taste: A burst of fresh bright citrus hops balanced with earthy hops that lazily leads to a light clean malt. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp clean and refreshing. Wets the palate and goes down smooth.

Overall: An very good American pale. It's refreshing, bright, and easy drinking. I wish the citrus would pop a bit more as the earthy hops are a bit over powering. Still a solid pale ale and I'm always pleasantly surprised when I pick one up

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I'm not doing this beer justice. Is been in the Bottle almost 6 months. So it was a little malt forward. But still being out of date it was pretty good! Props to Maine!

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Photo of Rcady1989
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light and refreshing with an extremely clean after-taste characteristic of Maine Beer Co. Not their "hoppiest" beer but it's one of the better ale's I've had.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to a bright yellow to light orange with a two finger dense cream colored head that has great retention and lacing
S: smells of citrusy, fruity and slightly tropical hops with some bready and semi doughy pale malt backing
T: taste is spicy and citrusy hops with some bready malt and a slight sweetness. swallow is more citrusy hops with a slight herbal note and some more clean maltyness
M: fairly light and obvious bottle conditioned carbonation that's assertive but not prickly. swallow is refreshing
O: this is a great APA. great flavors, decent complexity, and very clean tasting. absolutely fantastic.

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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 cfalls
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good head, recedes fairly quickly. Very light in both color and mouthfeel, like a pilsner. Moderate alcohol level. Very sessionable.

At the same time, it has a great hop profile: grass, citrus, pine. Very fresh and clean tasting. Dry.

Not as hoppy as their other beers. And even lighter bodied.

I think this is a perfect gateway beer for someone who doesn't like "good" beers. It's just better than most beers without being abrasive at all, and without using sweetness to balance it out. Just pleasant hop flavors with a hint of bready malt.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up a very old bottle of this 4/14 is the date so over 8 months. Purchased from the House of 1,000 for just 5 bucks.

A - One of the most pale ales I ever seen it's like a hazy pilsner or weiss. Very bright yellow with still a 1/4 inch of head that takes a bit to settle to a ring. Mild lacing.
S - A shadow of itself mild leafy hops mixed with some sweet malts and a touch of grains.
T - Not bad it's rather mild not overall harsh or soured at this point. Mild hops and some malt sweetness. Smooth.
M - Light to medium body it's not a light beer but good.

Overall not sure if I would get this again I should have gotten another bottle of Titan porter.

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Photo of Forzabrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (bottled 11/18, consumed 1/11) to tulip glass. Straw to light gold color with average size head, 1 inch froth head which quickly diminishes and slightly hazy body from bottle conditioning. Fruity aroma with grainy, bready malt similar to a Munich Helles. Hops come through with citric notes of lime and earthy tones underneath. there are additional notes of cinnamon slight clove golden raisins and Moscato grape sweetness. The body comes off as light and dry with lively carbonation. Flavor profile is balanced, not overly sweet but with a pleasant hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of BrewBeer
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as hoppy as MO or their other beers, but perfectly balanced (as a pale ale should be). Nice, dry, crisp finish makes it incredibly easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malts. This is what all other pale ales should aspire to.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, yellow-gold color. One finger white head with great retention throughout the beer. Fresh cut grass dominates the aroma with plenty of citrus hops mixed in. Lemon, orange, grass, and hay in the flavor. Dry mouthfeel with a chalky finish. Very clean and easy to drink.

Had been looking forward to trying this for a while. I thought it would be lighter than it turned out to be. Loaded with hops, it almost crosses into IPA territory. A nice, hoppy offering but a notch below the incredible MO and Lunch.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy straw colored with decent head and moderate carbonation. Sweetness citrus lemongrass aroma. Strong lemon / lemongrass flavor. The citrus overpowers the other flavors.

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Photo of kell50
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased in a Central NY bottle shop. Poured into a large stemmed wine glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a massive fluffy white head that laces the glass beautifully.

S: Light citrus, peach and fresh cut grass.

T: Citrus juice and grassy hops. Slight cracker biscuit. Great balance of hops and malt.

M: Light, crisp, effervescent, and bone dry. Very easy to drink.

O: Awesome stuff. Very hoppy APA, but superbly crafted. Thank goodness for American breweries not caring much for categories.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a pair of shaker pints. Bottled On date (according to my wife) is 2014-09-09, so maybe a bit past its prime. But, since it's not distributed here and it traveled here in my father in law's suitcase, I'm not going to question it.

Pours slightly cloudy (vigorous pour) with a good sized white head that condenses more than fades. Turns into a creamy, lumpy layer more than anything else. Smell is moderate. Something slightly minty about it...not sure. Citrusy, but mild. A little hay or straw.

Taste is straw. MO is better (or fresher). Drinkable, tasty, but not very special.

Mouthfeel is light and good. Overall...drinkable, tasty, but not very special.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 embass
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a shiny copper (like a golden lemon) with a nice thick, one-finger white head. Lace clings nicely to the glass.

Pleasant floral aroma along with some citrusy hops and lightly toasted grain in the nose. Tasted of a good blend of sweet, bitter and herbal hops up front, eventually subdued by a light malty flavor (like a salt less cracker for me but I’ve seen others describe it as shortbread). Ends well with the taste of citrus. Again, really nicely blended here. Very smooth, medium bodied APA.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 11/04/14

Cloudy powdery golden yellow with three fingers of thick white head that soon is a fat film. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing. (4)

Bready, fruity hops. Cereal, grain, lemon zest, soap, herbal. (4)

Substantial with a hoppy bite. Lemon, tea, grains, dirt, dough, pepper, grass. (4.25)

Medium bodied with a really full feel to it, lingering hop tingle with a soft bready finish. (4)

Very good Pale Ale.
I have never had anything by MBC and so I was anxious to try this one. Can't say as though I was disappointed.
This beers pours pretty nice and maintains a decent head throughout. The taste is earthy and still hoppy but as it warms a lot more pepper and pineyness comes out, it eventually starts smelling really herbal and interesting. A smell I would liken to a hippie's house.
All-in-all it is a pretty enjoyable, pretty drinkable beer. Really well-made.
Would definitely have again, makes me really curious about their other stuff; well wroth trying. (4.25)

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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of pepper, hint of floral, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hops, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of floral, and a hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into large tulip glass.

A very pale, slightly hazy yellow beer with about a finger of tight, white head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on the glass.

Slightly dank aroma followed by some citus notes, possibly lemon, and a very light scent of malt.

Taste is also dank and citrusy, with cannabis followed by lemon and then slightly bready malt. This is not a flavor bomb. The tastes are subtle.

Very crisp, light, dry and refreshing. A very easy-drinking beer.

Overall, this is a great light-bodied APA, with subtle but delicious flavor.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Clean, dry, drinkable, and yes, some pepper taste. However, the black pepper taste is minimal, perhaps perfectly balanced.

Maine's Pepper Ale is on the bottom-end of the hoppiness of the pale ales, very much indicative of the American Pale Ale style.

Definitely worth trying to get.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.
Poured into a pint glass, it's a somewhat hazy gold with a single finger of foam and lots of lacing as I drink it.
Great aroma with plenty of floral and grass and a hint of citrus.
Man, this tastes amazing! All kinds of flavors going on. Sweet citrus, pineapple, grass, some cracker sweetness, white pepper, and a pleasant, mild, lingering bitter.
This is a VERY smooth beer. It almost felt creamy on my palate.
Overall, just excellent. Great beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.