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Peeper Ale - Maine Beer Company

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529 Reviews

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Reviews: 529
Hads: 2,375
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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Reviews: 529 | Hads: 2,375
Photo of alexbutler
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An impressive, frothy white head settles after a generous pour into a pint glass. The body is a murky yellow/light orange. Nice lacing as the level dropped.

S - A slight hint of airy hops, nothing overpowering. Subdued aroma of a backyard in summer, almost. Subtle, but pleasant.

T - Very smooth tasting ale. It's got a very simple layout with the malt and hops balancing nicely. Very solid.

M - Very clean finish. I wrote this before describing any of the taste, simply because it's got such a clean, sharp finish. Medium to light body to the beer.

O - Solid ale. I know this is the trademark beer from Maine Beer Co, and having reviewed some of their other beers, I expected a bit more. Very drinkable, very simple. And if that's what you're looking for, jump on Peeper. It's very fresh and crisp. (810 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 6.49/16.9 oz bottle at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA
Bottled 042914 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma light floral
Head large (7.5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to irregular layer which varies from 1 to 20 mm thick
Lacing average – various size islands
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins lightly flowery with bitter aftertaste, fades slowly; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Meets the criteria for an ale but seems pretty flavorless to me (510 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky, straw body. Nice off-white head and lacing throughout drinking.

S: Toffee. Some slightly pine/floral notes. Slight lemon citrus.

T: Grapefruit/lemon citrus notes. Lemon rind. Toffee and caramel backbone. Some slight metallic alcohol on back end. So drinkable.

M: Medium bodied, could drink a few of these.

O: Just a solid beer--on the hoppier side for a pale ale but it still has subtlety and nuance in its delivery. (430 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a. Cloudy yellow with a two finger head that lasted a bit when poured into a tulip glass.

s. hops and some citrus, malt and yeast.

t. Excellent. nice hoppy ale as advertised. Hot and malt dominated.

m. Very smooth, very nice

o. This beer is better than expected. Maine Beer Co. has not let me down yet. Excellent beer and brewer. (333 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 6/7/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, large and loose 3 fingers of foam has decent retention and leaves some spiderweb lace deep down the glass

S lots of citrus, tangerine, sweet orange, and grapefruit, floral hops are strong, faint pineapple, spruce, just a little dry cereal in the background but for the most part its a complete hop runaway

T spicy hops I didn't pick up on the nose, some lemon rind and a little caramel, a little surprised as it doesn't mimic the nose all that well but still tastes great

M lighter side of medium, bubbles soften it up, a mild bitter bite, a little grit on the gums, spicy rind lingers

O its a great pale ale that's hopped right up, my bottles already gone at this point, super drinkable sinks like a ship

Yet another winner from Maine, its been a while since I've tried this many beers from a brewery and all of them have been great, I hope we get some new ones to try in the near future (973 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a date of 05/27/14 marked on the side of the label. Poured into a Free State Brewing can-shaped glass.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden hue with amber highlights that is mostly translucent, with just a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning. Atop the body sits a rocky three finger off-white head that retains for a few minutes before dissipating somewhat, but never fully going away, settling as a nice finger of frothy foam and leaving swaths of sticky white lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A very pungent burst of grapefruit and citrus alongside a pleasant light grainy foundation that reminds me of water crackers. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest and even some faint grassiness all contribute to make this one a pretty hop-forward take on an APA from an aroma standpoint.

Taste - Picks up right where the aroma left off, with grapefruit rind, citrus, limoncello and herbal notes like dandelion greens and fresh cut grass. Here there is even a bit of floral aspect to the taste, almost like orange blossom. The grains again make an appearance, but the malt characteristic is light and unassuming, a virtual cracker for the citrusy hoppy toppings (hoppings?).

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a bright and crisp feel and a dry finish on the palate.

Overall, just a stellar APA. I know it's not as reputed as some other hop-forward takes on the style, or even other beers in the same style category from this very brewery, but it is certainly just as worthy of being highly regarded, both for its style and as a standalone beer. I would gladly drink this again and again, especially during the ho t summer months. (1,691 characters)

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. (421 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lovely beer with nice crisp floral and citrus notes and a snappy finish while retaining a general lightness. Pours a hazy dark straw color with a snow white head that leaves some nice lacing. Snappy floral and herbal aromas with a touch of grain and a touch of orange citrus. Very integrated with balanced flavors that play off each other nicely. The citrus comes through, but herbal and floral throughout with a fairly long somewhat bitter finish. Very drinkable and sustains your interest. Excellent beer. (509 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It shines like a golden delicious.
The CaraPils makes a nice whipped cream head.
Sorely needs some faded copper.
Wish there was actually some mature fruit flavors of apple and pear in this beer.
Freshly gristed grass aroma. Hints of sweetness and lovely pine.
Overwhelming carbonation makes its too dry without enough sweetness.
An astringent assault like a Warhead.
Smooth but disconnected.
Exacerbated by a coarse and hoppy woodiness.
Citrus notes lean toward the pithy not juicy.
Would have preferred pleasant and resinous pine. (533 characters)

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? (1,492 characters)

Photo of Digital_luda
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light golden appearance. Very light but visible head upon pouring. It was much less hoppy than I was expecting and left a slight soapy after taste that I wasn't too fond if. Poured from a 1 pint 9fl oz bottle. This beer grew on me the more I drank it. (251 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 SenorHops
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5 weeks ago. I'm a huge MBC fan, but my revisit of Peeper is a big let down. The modern hoppy pale ale has passed this one by. My business plan would be to keep the phenomenal MO as the pale ale offering and use the additional fermenters to offer Dinner to the public in a more respectable way than make them stand in 3 hour lines. Loyal fans of this brewery deserve more respect for the exorbitant price they are charged to patronize MBC. I drop the mic! (463 characters)

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden brew. Big fluffy head. Looks like beer looks in an ad. Subtle nose of hops and malt. Prickly carbonation with a lighter body. Nice crisp flavors.The finish was hoppy but not overpowering or particularly long lasting. Not a massive hoppy beer that beer geeks generally rave about but still very solid very quaffable beer. (332 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, a little malt, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, grapefruit, malt, and a hint of pine as well. Possibly one of the most focused flavors you're apt to find in an APA. Lightly sweet, not overly hoppy, and very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry and smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: One of the better APAs I've tried in a while. Very well done and definitely drinkable. (588 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden-yellow color with a gentle foamy head that dissipates to a general ring along the edge. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus. Tastes of grapefruit and the biting hop bitterness is present on the tongue too. Good carbonation and quite delightful to drink. Hits the spot! (266 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy blonde with hints of amber and a finger head with good retention. Smells of wheat and hops both conservatively. Taste picks up with a slight lemon mixed with a great balance of maltiness and hops. Overall this is incredibly well balanced and enjoyable/ sessionable at 5.5. (285 characters)

Photo of evilchef71
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with white head that retreats quickly. Hoppy, citrusy nose with hints of grapefruit and pine resin. Wonderfully crisp with fruity, grapefruit hops notes, light maltyness, and hoppy crisp end notes. Finish is clean and long with ruby-red grapefruit notes on the palate. Damn fine beer! (301 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottled purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors, bottled on 04/29/2014, poured into my NEBCO Ghandi-Bot glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, no clarity (cannot read or see through - bottle conditioned), initial frothy ivory white head that settles into 1/4 finger head, large soapy bubbles settle into several islands on the surface of the beer with tight white bubbles hugging the side of the glass; low-to-moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - pulling out grapefruit, orange and other citrus fruit-based hops primarily (likely Cascade and/or Centennial) but overall more muted than I would like, mild biscuity malts with some background alcohol

T: 13/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a gentle citrus hop bitterness (likely Cascade/Centennial) that matches the aroma; in the middle of the mouth, the hop profile makes room for a bready/biscuity malt profile that serves more to balance that provide its own flavor profile; some alcohol warmth but tastes like a 5-6% ABV beer; finishes dry and inviting subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - moderate body, some hop oils coating the tongue, moderate-to-high drinkabilty

O: 7/10 - the hop profile is significantly more muted than some of the their IPAs - Lunch and Another One - and this bottle isn't even one month old; a decent APA though, and, for ~$7, I'd recommend it to those who don't like hoppier APA/IPAs but I likely won't be returning

TOTAL - 35/50 (1,446 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

had this fresh, under two weeks. pours into pint glass, fairly light golden in color, big bubbly white head. its a great hoppy pale, juicy, and smooth. really refreshing, lot of sweet citrus, and lime peel coming forth. over all a great beer , worth a try for pale ale or IPA lovers (282 characters)

Photo of Missy82
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade. I had never heard of this company before and was pretty excited to try it. It did not disappoint. Nice crisp hoppy taste. Although I am a fan of hoppier beer, this one was mild enough to enjoy a few of them. Now if only I had a few of them! (280 characters)

Photo of FrunkInBeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into frozen mug - got as a gift from Gerard CoalHouse

A: gold clear medium head when poured

S: fresh great

T: clean bitter hint of orange...great

M: perfect carbonation

Overall Delicious - like a light but full-tasting lager-like - loved it wish I had more (268 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in Oginquit Maine.

A: Medium gold, clear with a finger or so of head and some lacing retention. Good but not memorable.

S: sweet malts, some honey, some hints of light citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

T: strikes me as a kind of honey cream with sweet malts. Some orange peel detected. Slightly more hops on the back end, more than the smell would lead you to believe. Overall a balanced spring/summer beer.

M: effervescent and lively without having a champagne style bubbly deal. Fresh, tasty, remarkable

A very strong offering that doesn't deviate too much into the unknown. (585 characters)

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