Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

606 Reviews
Peeper AlePeeper Ale

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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: 606 | Ratings: 2,810
Photo of j_d_b
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice hazy golden pale ale with a big white head. Beautiful.

Light, fresh, uplifting nose with a bit of citrus and hop but overall just refreshing.

Great mouthfeel. Sometimes I find pale ales can get a little thin on the feel, compared to their higher abv, hoppier ipa and iipa variants, but Maine Beer Co nails it here. Keeps the drinkability of the pale ale, but has a great interaction with the tongue, and some structure from carbonation.

Start and lingering taste is a little malty/sweet/sticky. Like lunch this has a very balanced, smooth body, with a little bitterness on the tongue. Maybe some lemon, mango, pineapple, mid-sip, but not a juicy blast. This is a super drinkable, but complex, hop-forward pale ale. Malt is present but balancing, rather than powerful.

I think this is a great beer and like lunch, would love to have this in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw gold with a thick head, looks pretty good. clearly a lighter ale

smell is clean lively hops. light on malt aroma. sweet zesty citrus notes

taste is dry and crisp, nice hop flavor and light malt. honestly this reminds me of Carton Boat Beer

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I thought Peeper Ale was an outstanding American Pale Ale. I enjoyed it very much. I also liked that they use green energy and donate part of their profit to environmental organizations.

Look: cloudy golden hue with a two-inch white head.

Aroma: the aroma has pleasant citrus and floral notes

Taste: There's bready/crackery maltiness floral and piney hops and grapefruit, its crisp and fresh tasting. It is hoppier than most APA but easy drinking. It is well balanced, unique, and extremely good.

Feel: Medium body but also a light fresh feel.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy straw color with creamy white head. Aroma is quite grassy, slightly herbal, a hint of tart citrus fruits. Taste is really balanced with floral hops and no malts. Light bitterness on the finish, quite dry. Light body but really smooth, soft carbonation. Really nice pale ale. Extremely drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Two week old bottle:

Lovely pillowy white three-finger head on this beer. Not so lovely slightly hazy straw colored appearance, but that's ok -- I'm not the biggest fan of pale ale appearance in general. Mild fruity hops on the nose. The taste is outstanding: perhaps the first hop-forward beer I've had where the hops aren't bitter in the least. Almost sweet, actually, and I don't think it's from the malts. Predominant flavors are pineapple, citrus, pepper, and pine. Refreshing mouthfeel with a watery finish that works (clears the palate). This is a great beer, but the price is pretty damn steep nevertheless. I could buy a sixer of 'gansett tallboys for the price of a single pint of Peeper Ale, or in keeping with the style two 24 oz. bombers of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light golden, slightly cloudy appearance with a citrus aroma. Taste is refreshing mild floral/citrus hops well balanced with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very light overall. Light smooth mouthfeel. Some light white lacing. A nice tasting IPA, on the lighter side compared to some of the hop bombs out there.

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Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden in body with bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, lemon skin, pine. Tastes of citrus, pine, lemon skin, pear, grass, pineapple, and some Hop bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Crisp, hoppy, subdued aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copy from another review that this is a real beer! Not overly fruit but I get lemon on smell and taste. All other aspects are solid. You drink this and you say I just had a great beer.

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

Poured the 16.9 oz bottle into a stemmed, tulip style glass. Golden color and fresh carbonation. I love how fresh the Maine beers always are, if you can get your hands on them soon enough. Crisp, easy drinking pale ale. The right amount of bitterness, outstanding pale ale.

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

pours golden straw
nice fizzy white head with lacing
smells...lightly hoppy
taste - crisp and dry. a nicely subtle malt sweetness upfront and great balanced hop profile keep it clean and crisply bitter.

a great beer. i've overlooked the Maine Peeper while trying to get their harder to find beers and i regret that i haven't tried this until now. the flavors are so well rounded. could drink this all the time.

a perfect, more fully hopped pale ale.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best APAs I've had. Hazy, straw yellow with a billowy white head. The aroma is orange blossom and melon with some caramel malt. The flavor is citrus floral with cracker malt. Crisp finish with an excellent citrus flavor in the hops aftertaste. So very smooth and easy to drink - you will want another!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass with a branded pry-off crown cap. Purchased for $7.99 at a beer store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Brewed 09/13/16. Iconic simple white label design.

5.50% ABV.

HEAD: Impressive, boasting a good 5-6 fingers worth of frothy white foam. Soft in appearance with a nice complexion. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Murky yellow-copper colour of average vibrance. No visible yeast, though it does appear unfiltered.

Appears well-carbonated. The head is more attractive than the body.

AROMA: Marvelous, screaming hops without seeming imbalanced. One of the most pleasant floral hop aromas I've ever encountered, nodding towards classic American hops (Centennial) instead of the fancy new tropical hops all the kids think are cool these days. Floral notes, lemon zest, faint lime, and subtle grassy aromatics round out the hop profile. Soft crackery malts and pale malts lend just the right amount of sweetness. Saison-like sea salt spiciness gives it flair without distracting from the cleanly attenuating American ale yeast.

Not fruity, oily, resinous, or juicy. But the floral character alone is enough to seize my interest. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Lime zest, slight lemony twang, sea salt, dry crackery malts, pale malts. The floral hop character plays well with the subtle lime and grassiness, acknowledging the undeniable influence of cleaner pale ales like Sierra Nevada's classic offering while bending a bit towards a saison-like spiciness and Belgian influence.

Texture is soft yet dry and coarse, which helps amplify depth of flavour at the expense of drinkability. Nevertheless, it's still refreshing, with a light to medium body and a pleasant overall presence on the palate.

Balanced and well built, though it does lack the hop pungency you'd expect in a (contemporary) American-brewed American pale ale.

OVERALL: Leave the fancy New Zealand hops to the fad breweries churning out mediocre IPAs and embrace Maine Beer Company's Peeper Ale, a classically styled pale ale with a bit of lemony twang and spice that hints towards Belgian saisons. Going unfiltered with an American pale ale is something of a risk, but Peeper will reward discerning drinkers with a more memorable lively yeast flavour than most expressions of the style. There's room for improvement in terms of intricacy of build and depth of flavour, but Peeper Ale is a drinkable brew in a style that's hard to stick out in. Were this available in $12.99ish six packs instead of the $7.99 500ml format, I imagine I'd be buying it semiregularly.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy yellow color with two fingers worth of foamy white head. The nose is all lemony hops with slight malt undertones. The flavor is lemon with a bit of pepper and earthiness to it. The feel is medium and very carbonated. This is a very simple beer but excellent! Perfect for the Summer.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Mekong in Richmond, Va. Slightly hazy pale yellow color with a nice fluffy head. Smells strongly of piney hops and other fruity, grassy notes. Tastes less hoppy than the smell implies, but it works very well with nice malts, biscuits, and lemon hitting your taste buds instead. Feel for me is perfect for the style, it's refreshingly light, proving that a beer doesn't have to be heavy to hold great flavor. Overall this is one of the best American pale ales I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


LOOK:Cloudy yellow. Big big white lasting head.
AROMA: wheat, yeast, citrusy hops,
TASTE: mildly hoppy beer, slightest hint of pepper or earthy spice.
FEEL: lively, Good carbonation, medium body, refreshing lightness. Smallest hint of oily texture.

OA: very nice summer beer. Tasty, light.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and plenty hazy with a quarter inch of creamy and frothy eggshell white head. I'm getting more pine than citrus in the aroma. I'm tasting lightly piney hops with a nice and unobtrusive, yet balanced light malt flavor. The mouth feel is very smooth and dangerously quaffable. Sometimes excellent beer is just that simple.

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Photo of stephens101
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow with a huge, rocky white froth with staying power. A flurry of carbonation bubbles rush to escape. Nice aroma with floral hops mixed with light fruit. The light fruity notes precede the hops on the palate. A slight spiciness is also noticed. Light bodied and well-balanced. What a great little beer and just a little more than your run o' the mill PA.

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Photo of pda22
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another really solid beer from Maine Beer Co! Nice and light in color. Smells so delicious and enticing. Very good in flavor with nice hop characteristics.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 2-week-old bottle, pours a slightly hazy straw gold. A finger of white foam leaves some lacing. Smell is mostly lemon and grass, as is the taste. Light bitterness on the finish. Light feel that borders on thin. Very clean and refreshing beer, obviously extremely well made.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 08/02/16

Pours foggy cloudy straw yellow gold with a dense, fluffy creamy white foam head. Smells like floral zesty lemon, tropical passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, orange citrus, toasty biscuity crackery malt, with dank woody earthy grass and spicy herbal pine. Tastes like floral zesty lemon, passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, orange citrus, toasted biscuity crackery malt, with dank woody earthy grass and spicy herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice pale ale.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into an oversized wine glass

A: prominent, foamy 2 finger head, hazy straw gold, good head retention, prominent lacing
S: immediate beautiful grassy hop note with hints of citrus, a very pleasant crisp bitterness in the nose, a yeasty note comes out as the beer sits
T: not overly bitter, crisp and full bodied, subtly sweet, very prominent pepper note
M: pleasant dryness (but not overly dry)
O: Very pleasant and easy to drink, an excellent example of the style, well crafted and most important I think, not trying to do too much, not as good as zombie dust (and not all that similar so...) but then again what is. Definitely one of the best APA's I've ever had and proof that a great brewery can take a style people find generally boring and make it worth talking about, Bravo

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass; hazy (unfiltered) appearance; fruity notes w/ hops. Light taste with hint of lemons and hops. Not my favorite Maine beer but a descent summer beer.

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Photo of exitmusic
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from my recent haul from their taproom, Peeper was not a beer I'd heard of before. I suppose it's worth mentioning that I only visited the brewery on a tip from a bartender in Portland-- I'd never heard of it before, so I had no expectations; this is a hype-free review.

Appearance is yellow and a little cloudy.

Smell is not quite piney, but there's something earthy about it that I can't put my finger on, I want to say grass and leaves. I do like the smell.

Taste has some grass to it. It also has lots of grapefruit, which I was neither expecting nor hoping for. It's much fruitier than I'd thought it'd be, especially from the smell.

Mouthfeel is lightish, and smooth.

Overall: Maybe it's because I've been away from New England for so long, but I expected the fruit dialed down slightly, and a little more of the grassy flavor. That said, I do like it, it's a refreshing beer to drink in this warm weather, but I just don't like it as much as everybody else seems to.

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Photo of mda080
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Peepers is an outstanding APA. The look and taste are great. It is very active in the mouth but not overly active. Great job Maine Beer Company and thank you.

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