Peeper | Maine Beer Company

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pepper Ale has all the brightness of a sunny summer day; it has a radiant, light yellow colour that shines beyond the glass and reflects highlights onto my hand. It appears every bit as lively and tropical as it smells and tastes. Its head is thorough and long-lasting and seems to have the same fluffy and soft texture as cotton (trust me though, it doesn't!)

The fact that this Pale Ale is generously hopped is made obvious in the aroma. There's enough lemon oil to fill a pool and a generous amount of citrus zest too. Indeed, the bouquet is more heavily rooted in citrus (lemon, grapefruit) than tropical fruits (mango, papaya) but it's approachable and agreeable enough to want to serve with breakfast...

Or a spicy Asian dish, or seafood, or herb-crusted chicken breasts. There are some styles of beer that simply don't pair easily with foods, and others that pair only with very specific ingredients, but well-hopped pale ales such as this are considerably versatile; citrusy hops go great with bitter greens, spicy dishes, and all sorts of sea creatures.

Mind you, Peeper is perfect on its own - this has enough bready maltiness to serve as a meal replacement. It is lightly sweet and wholesome, brightened by lemony citrus and a spritz of grapefruit essence. All this hoppiness, however, is served with hardly a trace of bitterness; the palate gets away with all that hop oil flavour without incurring any of their wrath.

Pepper Ale is a super enjoyable beer that - even when drunk *slightly* outside of the brewery's recommended 90 days from bottling window (shame on me) - is brimming with pleasant hoppiness. To think that not too long ago these two brothers were brewing in their garage, robbing the world of their dare they deprive us of such greatness!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company's first beer ever produced. This has always been a favorite of mine, and is the one I usually pick up from their more available options.

Bottle date 11/05/13.

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden honey with a fluffy white head. The aroma is of tropical fruits, apricot, fresh green hops. The taste is of wet, fresh hops in all of their dankness. Delicious notes of pineapple, guava, melon rind and papaya. It leaves me always begging for another sip.

I bought two bottles for $5.99 each. And although they weren't ridiculously fresh, it's always dependable and is a great value.

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Peeper from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings