Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

Peeper AlePeeper Ale
BA SCORE
90.2%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 2,852 ratings
Peeper AlePeeper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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
Ranking:
#1,837
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
2,852
Liked:
2,572
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
9.49%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
703
Trade:
12
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild, easy drinking hoppy beer. A nice citrus taste. Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial . Foamy head, lacey.Could not finish the entire bottle with John, but I kept the rest for cooking. Middling mouthfeel, decent drinkability. More aroma would help the experience.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one at Ritual Brewing Company in Redlands, CA.

Bottled 4/9/13.

Pours a murky gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice bright citrus aroma and flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is what American pale ale should be. another absolute gem from Vermont, this time a bottle shop, and actually a beer from maine, not Vermont itself, but man I wish I could get these ales out west. Vermonters don't know how good they have it with distro and the like, or maybe they do... in any event, this is a real special beer, spring seasonal im guessing by the name. it pours a light frothy honey color with sexy lace along my goblet sides. the nose and taste are both really fresh, big bright hops ranging from vegetative to grassy to floral to citric and finally brisk and bitter. its almost the full spectrum, and its a joy to drink a beer this easy down and packed with flavor. malt is in supporting roles only, crackery backbone, nothing more. the hops are light, but pungent at the same time, loosely acidic, with some springtime thawing sort of quality. this is a major refresher with a very light body, a creamy but well carbonated feel, and a cruisy 5.5% abv. there is very little to critique about this beer, easily one of the best pale ales ive had in years. the east coasters are onto something here with the mighty hop flower.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden color until the sediment came out of the bottle. Then the beer changed to more of a grayish color. The head was white and leaves a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer had some malty aromas and some hops. The taste of the beer gives off the flavors of lemon upfront and finishes with a malt base. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and a decent carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't as impressive as I expected it to be. It was good but not great in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving lacing down the edges of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute citrus flavors to the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s definitely a good choice during the summer months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Beautifully sculpted, the beer isn't quite classic of pale ale but not exactly full-fledged IPA either. It does however have a signature American taste, dryness and cleanliness for high refreshment and drinkability.

Its hazy goldenrod pour is indicative of its light malt presence, releasing a pep of honey and scant caramel underneath the redolent hops that command attention from the nose and early palate. Under-ripened citrus and tangy tropical blends give a fruity perfume early on and a hop-forward taste afterwards.

Across the middle, the malt sweetness retreats gradually, however the creamy malt structure remains and supports the hop onslaught without bringing any undue challenge to the palate. Upon that malty bed dances the vibrant hop flavors of pink grapefruit, orange and light pineapple. Yet as the malts fade further, the light leafy, grassy and acidic nature of hops are exposed.

Its smooth and bitter finish washes the thirst from the palate with a dry character of citrus peel, light tangy acidity and faint hop-derived tannic character. Clean to the point where light seltzer-type mineral flavors reveal themselves just ahead of an aid also from alcohol dryness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Review from notes taken February 2015:

Served on-draught into a nonic at Alphabet City Beer Co, New York, NY.

5.5% ABV.

HEAD: Pours a half finger orth of white head, receding quickly within 20 seconds, leaving no lacing on the sides of the nonic. Appears thin.

BODY: Clear yellow with honey hues. Average in terms of vibrance. Clean, lacking an visible yeast or sediment.

Generally appealing. Not unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Pale malts, fresh floral hop aromatics, some tropical fruit (mainly mango and tangerine). Clean and fragrant. Hop-forward but balanced.

No overt yeast, alcohol, or off-notes re detectable.

Mild intensity of flavour.

TASTE: Pale malts balance the bitterness of the hops. Hop character is nicely floral, fresh, and fruity, with new world hop flavours of mango, tangerine, and bursts of citrus. It's a pleasant marraige of malts and hops but lacks the complexity, intricacy, and depth of superior beers in the style.

Boasts interesting subtlety especially where the fruity hop flavours are concerned.

Average flavour duration and flavour intensity. Not a gestalt build overall, but a cohesive one.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, and approachable, with a nice overall presence on the palate.

Texture complements the taste generally well but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes effectively.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable but not world class. It's good work from a great brewery and I'd happily get it again, but it's not up there with the best expressions of the style. Well worth trying, though, and I'll enjoy finishing the glass.

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable, light-bodied, citrus-forward APA. Bottled: 10-3-13

Pale orange, slightly hazy but still fairly bright. Copious foam and intricate lacing all around the glass.

Pale malt and citrus peel aroma, light green botanicals.

Moderate bitterness, very light and airy feel, earthy herbal green hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Bitter greens, light citrus peel, pale malt flavors. Quite drinkable and clean. Overall a very nice APA, a classic some might say, though a tad pricey for what it is.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, almost golden color with a massive head sitting atop the liquid; curtains of lace

Smell: Floral, with hints of lemon and grainy malt

Taste: Citrusy, up front, with a strong lemon character; hints of kumquat and apricot emerge as well; underneath the pale malt provides a crackery platform for the hops, although there is a bit of graininess, that arrives at mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable and packed with flavor

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of white head and good lacing.

Smell: There is a hint of sweet malt but the star here is the citrus hops. Very crisp and nice.

Taste: As in the smell, a very nice citrus hop bitterness. The bitterness is there throughout the whole sip, but it isn't dominating in any sense. Some malt back bone. I could have a few of these.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, strong tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I would definitely have this one again. I think I would prefer it as an IPA with the same hop profile, but a very good pale ale.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 90.2% out of 100 with 2,852 ratings
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