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.

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Reviews: 606 | Ratings: 2,810
Photo of JohnL9013
2.17/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I definitely got a skunked beer somehow. This was just awful, only two months old and it tastes like Miller Lite that was left out in the sun for a couple days. Real shame.

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Photo of rdruckenmiller
2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into imperial pint glass

Appearance: Pours with small but persistent white head. Thin layer of tight bubbles persists without. Very clear. Color looks like watered-down coke, just a bit more gold... almost like dirty water. Not very appealing.

Aroma: Light citrus aroma from american hops. Some light malt sweetness. No diacetyl. Did not pick up a lot going on here.

Taste: Weak malt backbone- a touch of sweetness and a slight breadiness. Light citrusy hop flavor. Beer finishes moderately bitter. Balance is slightly towards bitter but overall flavor light and a bit watered down for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Thing body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. No astringency.

Overall: Based on the other reviews I wonder if I got a bad bottle. In all aspects I felt like it was a bit watered-down. I am a big fan of drinkable beers, but not at the sacrifice of flavor. Hoping the bottle of "Lunch" I picked up is more enjoyable.

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Photo of enoisone
2.37/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Again,seeing the high rating on BA, i was expecting to taste a great APA.
Poured out into a proper glass.

A- Very light,straw color,what i expected in a APA.
S- Lots of citrus,a little pine and grassy aromas.
T- Not alot of anything considering the nose on this beer. Not expecting a hop-bomb,but thinking this was gonna be something special with a 95 rating. Dales PA and Full Nelson PA blow this out of the water. I admit, they are pretty hoppy for APA's, but this beer was a disappointment in the flavor catagory.
M- Nothing worth noting,void of any substantial body.
O- A real disappointment. I paid how much for this?

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -41.1%
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 SunDevilBeer
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yeah, I get the whole Maine Beer Company deal - tiny, eco-friendly, artisan, blah blah blah. But at over $6 per 500 ml, this better knock my socks off.

It didn't.

Pours and looks nice, but the head disappears quckly. Small island of foam is all that remains after a minute. Smells like flowers, hint of lemon.

Soapy, herbal taste. I didn't like the mouthfeel, i wanted to drink it and be over with the sip. Subtly bitter in a bad way. A bit of the same lemon in the after-taste.

This is a disappointing beer. I gave the 2nd half of this beer to my wife - she didn't care for it either.

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Photo of BruChef
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the second go about for me with this beer. Thanks to Aceheart1 for both. I remember the color of the the first one looking like water from the Genesee river here in Rochester NY. It was a light amber gold that had a booger green hue to it. This one looked a little better but not by much. Just a bit "cleaner" looking.

Holy Carbonation on this bad boy! Amazing for the fact that it didn't gush out of the bottle, but man, the bubbles from this beer in my glass were super busy (although it could have just been the "Turbinator" from the SA perfect pint glass i poured it into). Semi creamy white head that diminishes quickly.

The first thing i thought of when smelling this beer was fresh raspberries accompanied by some fresh cut grass. Other than that, not a whole lot going on here. Little to no malt present, some piney/citrusy hop aroma but you really have to work for it.'s not the turbinator, this beer is REALLY carbonated making the mouth-feel seem fizzy and somehow flat at the same time.There is a slight creaminess present, but the bubbles just keep cutting through. I imagine it's close to what Abe Simpson felt in his mouth when he tried buzz cola for the first time. The taste falls a little flat for me too. Some bittering hops that stand out only because this beer has very little malt backbone. It's a little bready or even more like a bland water cracker, and somewhat yeasty, but it's hard to pick up any crystal malt flavor or any other specialty malts for that matter.

Overall not a very satisfying beer for me. Not terribly offensive (better the second time around. The first time was almost un-drinkable) but for nine dollars, certainly not a bargain by any means. Regardless, i am still looking forward to lunch!

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Photo of carps12
2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy unfiltered light brown equals not that appetizing. Very light on the aroma. Spice, earth, some grapefruit, but very mild. This is less than a month old. Flavor is very muted. Slightly bitter and very watery taste with little hop bite. Not the best. Go with a fresh lunch instead. $7 is a lot for this beer, a plethora of alternatives.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bottle picked up in York, ME for $6.99, dated in November so two months old. Very light yellow color, good head. Aroma is so subtle that it almost isn't there, maybe some grass. Flavor was not good, old lemon and just old. Guess this one falls off fast.

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm a San Diego native, got this beer in Chicago at a conference this week. I don't think I've ever seen any Maine Beer here in SD, so I stocked up on a few at a bottleshop.

However, after reading a few reviews about the Peeper Ale, I'm inclined to agree - the beer is underwhelming.

Appearance is very pale, yellow and hazy. Not transparent.

Smell is fruity. Grapefruit, lemon.

Taste is...not my favorite. Heavy on lemon, grapefruit, and lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to light, very casual and thin. Not thick, subdued.

Overall: I'm actually glad I got to try an East Cost type ale, I don't get the chance to a lot here in CA, so I can notice some differences - not nearly as hoppy, piney, resiny, and fruity as I'm used to. Which is good, and that's probably why the beer has such high ratings, but I'd suspect it's more on a technical, purist level of an ale. Not a beer I'd order again, but glad I tried it. I bought their King Titus porter and the MO ale, which I have high hopes for.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Have have gotten a skunked one. Appearance is straw colored, great fluffy white head. A touch of lacing. Nose is some hops, marijuana (the skunked element). Mild but unpleasant. Flavor is similar. Hops, light skunk. A touch of citrus in the nose when it heats up. Not much going on at all. Sort of biting earthy hops at the back. Quite dry - not fruity in the least. High carbonation. This bottle's not good - hopefully I get to try it again some time.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maine Peeper, on tap at Pony Bar, NYC,

Appearance: Served in their 8-oz glass, Pepper comes with a one-finger white-as-Jesus head that lasts. Pale-yellow color, like a saison or even a light beer. Great lacing.

Smell: Very muted, with fresh lemon, grass. A valkyrie sauntering in the fields of Norway, spring morning. Some wine-like acidity/sourness. Cleaning product, pine.

Taste: Similarly fresh, with more open air, lemon zest and washed-out citrus. Bone-dry at the end with a touch of tingly hops. Refreshing but unremarkable. I don't get any of that "biscuit-y maltiness" others write about.

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly weak. Lemony, sparkly, like a soda. Medium feel and body, carbonation on the high side, adequate for this brew.

Overall: Perfectly average for sure. A drinkable, light APA, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body looks like watered down iced tea. Big fluffy white head that degraded down to a marshmallow in the center that looks like it was in the microwave.

Grass and lemon dry hop aroma with a bready carmel nose. Almost a little too straightforward. Tea and herbal accents.

Taste holds a floral/grassy hop flavor with a flimsy malt backbone. Slightly soapy and astringent. Oranges, lemon and tea. Refreshing none-the-less.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy. Carbonation is on the lower side of moderate. I was kind of bored by this one. I see this beer priced $6-7. Definitely not worth the money, especially just for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is grapefruit hops, the malts are in the background. Bitter aftertaste. $5.00 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of seeswo
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark straw yellow with an ample white head. The nose is dry and biscuity, a bit hoppy and a touch of malt sweetness. The taste is rather odd, actually. There's a very dry hoppiness and again, a bit of biscuit malt. Theres a bit of graininess. The hop flavor is a bit odd. Leaves a substantial amount of dry bitterness on the tongue, some of which is unpleasant. Good carbonation. Certainly this has more impact than a normal pale ale, but it doesn't really work for me. Dry and sterile, almost medicinal hoppiness with only a hint of biscuity malt sweetness doesn't balance in my eyes.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was the first in a line of five 8 oz. pours on draft at a Maine Beer Co. dinner.

Light yellow, not a lot of head but tons of lacing.

I get banana and a super fresh CTZ-like hop dank funk on the nose--a sort of warming, overripe peach.

The dankness is almost non-detectable in the flavor, with hay, citrus and pils like qualities coming forward in its place.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry, when paired with a sweet lobster roll its bitterness really stood out.

(I had previously had Peeper at a bottle share on DLD, but this was a better, fresher taste).

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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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for bringing this one over.

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden orange color. Three finger white head shows amazing retention and takes awhile for it to die down. Thick layers of lace cover the entire glass. Damn this beer looks good!

S- A little sad that the aroma was somewhat muted I thought. Citrus hops do come out but they are not bursting like I thought that they would. Actually the floral hopping behind it seems to come out a little more. Light bready caramel malts give the aroma somewhat of a stable base. Light alcohol is clean smelling in the ending. A rather simple aroma profile but muted.

T- Upon first sip of this beer I get a good piney bite which is followed by more of a soap like flavor. Not my favorite thing to taste in a beer but oh well. Middle of the beer shows off a clean pale malt that cleans up the soapy flavor. Ending of the beer starts off with a lemon like flavor that balances well with a cracker like malt base. Some floral notes in the ending of the beer come out before taking second note to a crisp alcohol finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light pine and citrus hops with a pale malt are left on the palate. Aftertaste is clean alcohol, lemongrass, cracker like flavor and hints of floral hops. Flavors were light but well balanced for the style. Soapy off flavor in the front of the beer hurts it a little but is quickly covered up to prevent damage to the rest of the beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a wonderful try at the style. While almost there it did have a little bit of flaw that seemed to come out in the front. ABV is right in line with others of this nature that I could drink a couple pints of but this one was one and while I enjoyed it would not go for another. Just a few tweeks for me and I would love this beer a lot!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks goes to twelvsies for the bottle. Split several ways with friends into tulips.

A - Pours a mirky dark golden color with a white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles along the sides of the glass that stick pretty well. There's a nice white cap covering the body of this beer, head retention seems spot-on.

S - Light and hoppy, floral, some citrus noes. Not a whole lot going on here, just light and average.

T - Really subtle hops, not even that aggressive for an APA. Floral and citrus notes. Very close to a lager, IMO.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation.

D - Meh, really forgettable for me. Not that it was bad by any means, just didn't impress me like some top-notch APA's that are out there.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a unique 25 oz. bottle. Born on date of 12/06/11.

A: This beer looks very unique. A careful pour still results in a murky liquid with an enormous white head. The color of the beer is a beautiful straw color that gets markedly darker in the center of the glass. The color combined with the large amount of bubbles rising from the bottom make this a really cool looking beer. Lacing is abundant.

S: As soon as I opened this one I could smell the hops. Spicy earthy hops take the forefront, mingling with some pine aromas. The smell of hay is present. Nothing overpowering, but very nice aromas. The way an APA should be.

T: The taste of this one is as unique as the appearance. It starts off with a flavor of grassy, bitter hops. Perhaps some lemon as well. There is almost enough malt for balance, but the hops take this one over.

M: Lots of carbonation with a nice medium light body. Crisp and clean.

O: A well crafted, drinkable APA. The flavor and look of this one are somewhat unique, but unless I saw a fresh case I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of capra12
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: hazy yellow with a tough of dull orange peel, with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: light grains with a muted hop on the nose, a hint of lemon peel

Taste: opens with a brief light malt as the bittering hops flash flood the palate only to mellow leaving behind a hint of hop on the palate. Towards the back of the palate there is a distinct almost tea like profile that reminds me of a stale yeast.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a light bodied and drying on the palate.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have this again, but I do recommend this to those seeking an APA with a light body with a hop profile that comes and goes.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance... Yellow with red and pink hues. Pours with about two inches of white head. Very intense carbonation. Pours mostly clear, with very light cloudiness.

Smell... Grains. Reminds me of fields. Light hoppy aroma. Grapefruits.

Taste... Hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel... Nice texture. Not too light or watery. Surprisingly, there is very little carbonation left in the beer.

Overall, it's a nice drink, but I'm not impressed. I bought it because I thought that the label said PEPPER, not peeper. A little disappointing in that respect.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale poured the color of very pale straw, with a massive head. It left a glass-full of thick sticky lace. The head and lace were as good as I've ever seen, but the color was lager-like.

The smell and flavor were weak, with hints of citrus rind, pepper, amd metal. The feel had only a touch of bitterness and was mostly smooth, slippery, and very refreshing. It was very good on a hot day, but it did not have the degree of citrus or bitterness typical of very good APAs.

Peeper Ale has a striking amount of head and lace and has a summer-worthy drinkability. Overall, it's enjoyable, but "feels" more pils than pale ale.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle dated 12/20/2011 decanted into SA glass (big thanks to ghostwalker!).

Huge, 2-finger white frothy head sits a top a cloudy, pale gold elixir. Belgian lace all over the place.

Flowery hops, pepper, malt. Not much. No improvement when beer allowed to warm a bit.

Tangy hops countered by an adequate hop presence. A bit of a sweet/salt aftertaste. Not unpleasant.

Well carbonated, thin, tiny.

Decent brew and APA, but not one I would go to. Maybe better on tap or fresh.

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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 beerloserLI
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
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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