Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
588
Ratings:
2,728
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
20.78%
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
620
For Trade:
14
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Reviews by Cavery:
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Professional nano-breweries could be the second coming of craft brewers, brewing beer at 1 barrel at a time with "green" thinking in mind.

Heady beginnings, the lace wants to be noticed as it clings to the glass. Shiny copper color displays the bubbles in its true beery fashion. Orange blossoms, ripe pears, shortbread and dusty yeast are in the nose. Long smoothness, a bit of creaminess in the medium body ... bottle-conditioned brews are a step above the rest when it comes to sheer mouthfeel. Orangey hoppiness dials in somewhat strong (not the bitterness, but the flavor). Malt character throws down a crisp, cracker-like flavor, which stays on the palate for a while. The hops and malt go together well, no battle ... just harmony. Finishes with some yeast but more fresh, crisp malt and orangey hop flavor.

Impressive small-batch ale to be had; by far one of the most interesting Pale Ales out there. Different in that the complexities ask the taste buds to work hard, but the beer manages to stay quaffable at the same time.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous hazy golden hue with a big sticky and fluffy bright white head. Nose is amazing even before I pour it into the glass. Fresh squeezed orange juice with a touch of other citrus fruits; lemons and grapefruit. Faint touches of hop resin and crackers.

Citrus fruit forward flavors. One of the few beers that's able to get orange out of it's hop profile. Grapefruit backs the orange flavor up and is balanced on the mid-palate with a lightly toasted bread flavor. The bread and cracker like malt flavors balances the hop assertiveness of the brew. Spicy yeast snap on the finish with a balancing bitterness. Incredibly smooth and refreshing. The bottle conditioning adds texture to the light body and feels fluffy in the mouth. Big on flavor with incredible drinkability. Proof that not all pale ales are the same. (You can add more of a yeasty breadiness to the flavor of the beer by swirling the remaining yeast at the bottome of the bottle into your glass)

simply put, amazing.

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Photo of moysauce
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer twice now; once from the bottle and once on tap. Both times I was significantly underwhelmed. It is an okay beer. Hell, maybe it's a great beer. But for me and my palate, I probably won't be having this again. It is just okay to me.

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Photo of MikeLaw
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all time favorite beer period. everything from this place is amazing- it smells different and tastes fresher than any other brewery. I don't know their magic but I like it.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Dan McLaughlin for bringing me back this beer. I've never been to Maine, although it is high on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Served in a curved pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Bright orange, this beautiful brew supports a monstrous three-finger crown that condenses into a soapy, pillowy mat. Gargantuan rings of lacing drape the interior of the glass, not letting up even for a second. Five full minutes after the initial pour, this beer is a statue of impeccable structure.

Smell- Right from the start, a gorgeous whiff of hops fill the air... perfume and honeyed grapefruit predominantly. As the beer breathes, the nose offers a more balanced malt presence that showcases subtle bread notes.

Taste- This is a treat for the discerning palate... it reminds me what true, honest, and superior qualities reside in grassroots brewing. The freshness here is terrific, the hop bitterness exquisite. After swirling in the yeast sediment (I still tell myself it's for the vitamins), the ingredients come together in sublime balance. This could easily be enjoyed in place of one of my favorite IPAs, as the hop fix here is extraordinary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This is one of those beers that you just don't want to deplete. Unassuming in the mouth, the texture is relatively light until its activation with a gentle swish. Undoubtedly a modern classic in its category, I am privileged to have enjoyed it.

Thank you Dan, and thank you guys at Maine Beer for keeping it real and honest. Your worldview mirrors my own, and for that I truly respect you.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a light lemony golden color with a frothy one finger white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass.subdued citri hops in the nose,they are there but just a bit subdued,a light toasted grain note as well.Bright and lemony hop flavors with some herbal/grassy notes underneath,pretty dry with more of a toasted malt base.A easy drinking dryer APA with good hops,maybe didn't live up to the hype for me but still solid.

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Photo of oldbizmark
4/5  rDev -2.2%

rather have "another one" but a good beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mac19872
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

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Photo of Tiernan
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lateralundertow
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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