Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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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.

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Reviews: 606 | Ratings: 2,811
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 DarkBeer
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I ever had. I shared it with a friend at The Fenix in Phoenixville, Pa. It has a nice blend of hops and malt with hints of citrus and zest. The fruit flavors were almost inconspicuous as they blended nicely with the pale ale flavors and pinch of pepper. It's very smooth yet has great carbonation and head. I can't think of any other beer better than this.

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

Maine is one of the best.
Peeper was very good. Lots of earthy tones.
Pine Lemon pine citrus pine.
Nice ale. . Golden hazy and good feel on the tongue.
Fantastic summer beer. .
Nice and cold is the way i love them. .that's the way i had it.

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

Great pale ale. Just the right amount of hop, not bitter at all. The taste was exceptional, and the nose was even better - very floral and peppery, kind of earthy, green. Smooth mouthfeel. Great head. Absolutely delightful to smell and sip at the same time. Great combo.

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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 BrewBeer
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Cavanaghty
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber in color with good carbonation, a thick white head that last a long time.

Smell: Citrus like orange, grapefruit, some pine and maybe an apple like smell, very sweet smelling beer.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Watery smooth feel to it, what a well balanced beer, with light flavors of sweet citrusy hops, pepper, and fruit like quailities. It was watered down, but in a way that added an incredible unique taste, and it is a fresh spring water taste.

Overall: Wow did not expect this beer to be that good! What an refreashing earthy beer. The price was just right too. Noticed that many people were paying up around $7-10, the beverage places I have been it had been priced around $4-5, I paid $5 for mine.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Crazy4LegMoose
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

serving came from 16.9 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden amber hue with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off white colored head. The head lasts quite a while and leaves very thick lacing on the glass. The last remaining pour contained a bit of yeast sediment clouding the beer only slightly.

S: Great strong aroma of citrus and floral hops w/ slight hints of caramel malt.

T: Great floral citrus hop flavor finished with a blend of flavors including subtle buttered bread, the sweetness of vanilla and hints of ginger tartness. A very complex and great taste.

M: Medium bodied beer that was very creamy and smooth. The carbonation leaves a slight lingering sweetness in the finish.

D: Exceptional beer. This is an excellent full flavored beer that finishes smooth and clean with a hint of sweet caramel malt.

I could drink this all the time if I could get it around here. Bought this on a trip to Portland about a week ago and only found one bottle to bring home. I need to go back for more.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the GLB.

The beer is straw yellow with a cloudyness. The head is plentiful with very nice lace

The nose is sweet with a fresh hop profile. The hops are a slight citrus with earthy hint . Very nice

The taste is not a letdown. A soft carbontion reveals a fresh fresh hop flavor not bitter and not overwhelming perfect.. the malt is present but never to much. Very nice.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz brown bottle, batch #3, purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good two inches of off-white rocky head that slowly dissipates. Citrussy American hops (C-hops?) come through strong on the aroma, with notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pine. Tastes very hoppy too, but not in an unbalanced way. There's just enough biscuit and caramel to balance this very hop forward beer. Orange, grapefruit, lemon jump out immediately, with strong pithy, grassy, and piney notes, as well as a touch of cattiness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium bodied with a smooth creamy carbonation. Leaves a fair bit of lacing as the beer is drank. Very well done - definitely one of the finest APAs I have ever had, up there with Dale's and others. Dangerously drinkable, super tasty, but not overwhelming on any count. I am impressed and I can't wait to see what this brewery does next. Thanks guys for having "decided... to share"!

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, clean, golden-yellow but towards the end of the bottle, sediment breaks free and clouds the beer and turns it copper. Bubbly, thick, white head.

S - Malty goodness. Spicy, fruity, floral. Magnificent.

T - Wow. When I find a good Pale Ale, I fall in love with it. That has happened with this beer. Perfectly malty, fruity, floral. Incredible when it warms near room temperature. Not overly hoppy. Balanced is an understatement. What a PA should be.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Fantastic maltiness lingers on the palate. One of the finer PA's I've had.

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Photo of godlessape
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joe's in Portland Maine. I had asked the guy stocking the shelf what his favorite Maine beer was and he pointed to this without hesitation. He knows his stuff.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden sunshine with a thick creamy head that starts at about a inch and a half, then simmers down to a healthy quarter inch and stays there.

Smell: A perfect balance of malt and piny hops shooting straight up the snout and tickling the pleasure centers of my brain.

Taste: The hops come up strong at first then give way to the caramel malt, then return with a wicked bite. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little light bodied.

Overall: This is the hoppiest pale ale I've ever had--bites like an IPA, and that's a great thing. These guys did a great job with this brew.

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Photo of wwchamberlain
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best non-Allagash beer in the State. Smells like Spring in a fresh hop field. I'm drinking In Mid-Jan. so I assume its holding up exceptionally well at 5.5%. Granted, I did order it from Lion's Pride, a fine establishment, who know how to handle a beer. Great quality bottle too. Looks strong enough to handle my fall cider.

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Photo of baconbourbon
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peeper Ale: Bottle

Appearance: Light golden amber with a nice foamy head and excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful notes of citrus, but the smell is not overpowering. It has a great aroma to it.

Taste: The citrus comes through straightaway at the front, followed be a slight bitterness. This beer is incredibly refreshing.

Mouth feel: It is extremely smooth, and quite cooling. There is a dangerous amount of drinkability present here.

Overall: Peeper may be the only pale ale that I have had to date that I enjoy. It is an excellent beer on all fronts. This beer exceeded all of my expectations, and that is not something that happens too often.

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Photo of Klym
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gratitude to Palphen for another lovely bottle. Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a translucent, deep gold with a 1 finger shampoo bubble head that leaves major shampoo lacing. Looks awesome for an APA.

Edit: after finishing the beer this thing left major lacing that blanketed the glass and wouldn't go away.

S: Big time caramelized banana with piney/dankish hops blowing up the aroma. Some typical slushy tropical fruits add to the aroma. This smells amazing.

T: Malty character accompanies the hops on mouth-wide domination as caramelized banana sets up fort on the tongue. Really great character, just tastes great.

M: Medium body and foamy carbonation make this a fun one to have in the mouth. Enough texture to support the beefy flavors and enough carb and thinness to make this majorly refreshing.

O: I've had two beers from Maine Beer Company now, and no doubt in my mind they are the Alpine of the east coast. I've come to love beer through the company of my brother so I was charmed by the story of their brewery too. Rock on guys-- if your beer is this good after being bottled and sent to me 8 days through the heat in a truck, I can't even imagine how good it is at the source.

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Photo of pfrdaly
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours to an orange-yellow color. cloudy from bottle conditioning. very little head.

s- sweet and bitter. slight bit of acidity. sweetness is somewhat fruity (definitely a citrus).

t- sweet and fruity. notes of citrus (mild grapefruit). really easy to drink. medium level of hop flavor, maybe a little more than i' used to in traditional pale ale, but in a very good way. savored every drop.

m- lighter than the cloudyness would suggest. sort of medium bodied.

o- enjoyed this beer very much. its the second from Maine Beer Co. ive had this week. both have wowed me. for a pale ale this was different than most ive ever had before. far exceeds my expectations of what a pale ale should deliver.

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Photo of dciBA
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greeted with a nice loud pop, pssshhh when I cracked this one open. Poured from the 16oz bottle a beautiful cloudy straw yellow with tons of foamy white head. I gotta say, this has to be the most attractive, appetizing pale ales I've seen. Perfect color.

Tons of fresh hops in the nose. Floral, citrusy, piney, earthy, it's got it all goin on, with the citrus dominating. After the first smell you're expecting a blast of hops that doesn't happen. The hops are still a major player here, but some nice sweet malt balances the hops perfectly. I was initially disappointed about the hops not taking over the taste, but after a few sips I quickly started to really appreciate the balance.

The spring peeper ale has a dry, light mouthfeel. Noticeably lighter bodied than most pales out there, especially on the east coast. Everything comes together to form a very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Very nice effort from a small, local brewery. I'm looking forward to more bottled offerings from these guys.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold with a touch of haze and an off white head leaving fluffy patchs of lace.

Scent is grassy with a citrus note and a hint of onion. Pine needles make themselves known with successive sips.

Taste is oniony hops (summit?), herbal hops, citrus hops, a touch of pine and a crackery malt base. soft bitterness gathers nicely with successive sips. not at all a hop bomb but certainly alive with hop flavor and scent.

Mouth is dry and crisp

This is a crisp and refreshing ale with a kaleidoscope of hop flavor and scent. Can't wait to get my hands on more beer from Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Laces beautifully, has a ton of carbonation, beautiful orange with yellow hued body. Lots of retention to give this always small layer of cream on top.

S- Floral grassy notes. The hops are awesome with their subtlety. they play with each other and remind you of spring picnics. Fruit and cheese pairings. Is that a hidden biscuit on the blanket? Small citrus background, pineapple mango backbone, with a healthy slathering of lemongrass. All at the intensity of a light breeze.

T- Oranges right off the bat. Not transient, but long lasting citrus with dominant orange characteristic. Middle ground is peaches and bread. More fruity than malty, but it definitely comes around to make sure you know its not just the hop's show.

Finish is definitely floral and grassy bitterness that never overwhelms. It maintains a calm composure like a convict who was actually rehabilitated. I'm shocked by both events!

M- Crisp opening gives it this amazing refreshing power. It has a ton of carbonation, but I'm not mad. I welcome every bubble with open arms and praises to powers on high. The smooth body is mild, but I would never ask for this one to be full. Bitterness exactly where I want it. Truly a work of art for a pale ale. It pairs off with my dinner to boot! Perfection in a bottle. Liquid awesome all over my mouth giving me the feeling that life really is going to work out okay. I...I..I love this beer.

D- What a home-run. This is one of THE best pale ales I have ever had. So satisfying, so smooth, so drinkable, so tasty, and above all refreshing. Its like a gulp of water after a pick-up game.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Peeper Ale

Look - Pours a pale yellow slightly hazy with a bubbly head. Lots of sticky lacing. Heavy carbonation, a bubbly bugger.

Smell - Aroma is a fresh smooth apricot (or some kind of citrus) and also floral hop aroma. Light, crisp wheat malts. Slight spice compliments the nose.

Taste - Fruity and crisp, a bit of sour and tart. Light and refreshing as hell. There is definitely a bit of spice or something present that adds to this.

Mouthfeel - Sour, not boozy at all. Nice hop fade that you want to sip to refresh again and again. Very drinkable.

Overall - This is a perfect Spring & Summer brew, it really works well on a nice day. I am sure it would be good on any day, but it stood out particularly in a warm, sunny environment.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a trade with baconsausage I believe, thanks. I used this beer to break a nearly 2 week break from beer since my pain killers did not mix well with alcohol, at least that what was indicated on the label, I did not try.

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a Bitburger pilsner glass (right volume). Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a nice, soft white head of small bubbles, great retention and some nice lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, small bubbles.

Aroma is immediately obviously upon pouring the beer, it is strong and hoppy, fruits and citrus, very strong aroma, very appealing.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice feel on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation on the palate, just enough to brighten the beer. Great hop flavor in the midpalate with some moderate bitterness at the back. The finish is clean and not dry, wet finish with no aftertaste. Easy drinking, obtainable, flavorful, hoppy beer. Great fruitiness in the midpalate, every thing is appropriately leveled and "balanced"...I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. One of the best American Pale Ale's I've ever had.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From a half-liter bottle this beer pours a hazy copper. Outstanding lacing and retention of the tight, creamy head.

Aroma is fantastic, and quite hoppy--floral, tropical, and fruity-- for a pale ale. This beer outsniffs most of the drab pale ales on the market.

The flavor is smooth and subtly hoppy. This beer is very clean and just oozes quality. There is a touch of caramel malt and toastiness, with a light, floral bitterness. Not as hoppy as the aroma might promise, but still citrusy and very satisfying. Mouthfeel was light and smooth, with low carbonation, perhaps too low. Drinkability is through the roof. So satisfying.

What a quality APA. Definitely the best I've ever had.

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Photo of maximep
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a great sessionable pale ale that would have even a anti-hopper excited... had this on tap at Pony Bar in NYC and this is an absolute must have. worthy of seeking out on tap. up front it has a citrusy bite to it, peaks to a creamy mouthfeel (which is not unlike Pliny) and finishes sweet but not crazy sweet. not the most balanced pale ale but if you enjoy your hops it's a real joy to drink. love Maine's stuff, can't wait to have more from them. EAST COAST PA'S ALL DAY BABY!

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