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.

Added by ToasterChef on 07-30-2009

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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great extra courtesy of hoppymcgee. Bottle dated 07-19-11.

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white, soapy head which slowly dissipates leaving nice sticky lacing.

Aromas are quite citrusy with lemon, blood orange and then you get some lesser pine hops notes. Some nice sweet bready malts are also apparent as it warms a little.

The tastes directly follow the nose with lightly bitter citrus and pine hops. A small amount of pale sweet malts are present but the citrus hops really own this show. Not too bitter on the palate though, a really great pale ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is really crisp and clean.

Overall this is a perfect pale ale. Nice mild sweet pale malt backbone for ample citrus and pine hops. A great pale ale is hard to master but Maine Brewing has it down. Highly recommended.

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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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Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a pale yellow with a dense white head, heavy lacing, slightly cloudy

S: the lovely smell of a dry hopped pale come first with note of grass, citrus, and pine. The grapefruit and tropical fruit notes come through on the end with an ever so slight biscuit malt character is picked up on the end.

T: great balance, notes of candied fruits and lemons followed by piney bitterness

MF: medium carbonation, light body

O: This is a very drinkable and well balanced APA. Hops are well featured but not overdone. Malts are there and are subtle. I am not disappointed by any of these Maine Beer Co brews!

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Photo of thain709
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deuane surprises me again, sharing this bottle with me on IPA Day back in August.

A - The body was a cloudy, copper hue with two fingers of white head...the head fell to a wispy cap and left some light lacing although there was a ton of carbonation bubbles

S - Nothing but hops coming from the nose...fresh picked citrus reigns supreme with oranges, pineapples, mangoes, grapefruits, and lemons...there is an underlying piney hop aroma adding a slight bitterness to the nose

T - Some things have switched from the nose...the flavors start off surprisingly sweet...I guess this is still an APA...flavors of caramel and buttered toffee really balance things out before the hops come in for the finish...they aren't as strong as they were in the nose...the sweet citrus hops, caramel and toffee, and bitter pine hops all combine together to support a bittersweet finish

M - Light bodied...slightly bitter, slightly sweet, crisp, well carbonated

O - I wish I would have been able to consume the whole bottle...this was a refreshing, hoppy, yet balanced Pale Ale...this was a great way to start my day, thanks Deuane!

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

Big thanks to for this beer.

A: Pours a clear light straw with a good finger of off-white head. Lacing last quite a while.

S: Nice clean tropical hop aroma.

T: Mild grapefruit hops upfront moving into mild hop bitterness that tapers off quickly.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: A nice beer when you want hops but don't. Very drinlable.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lot 080411

Pours a natural hazed light amber with frothy white head that lasts awhile.

Big citrus fruity hops come from the pour, notably orange and tropical too. Pale malt veiled beneath this with light sweet malt as well.

Taste is similar to the smell, with more of the pale malt shimmering through the american hoppiness, which is still citrus, orange and grapefruit. Nice hop spice throughout. Light medium mouth will good carbonation and a dry close. Tropicals emerge here too.

Overall, well, this needs to come at 6 packs in at a cheaper price, because it's a highly drinkable and very tasty american pale, that really resembles an ipa at points. Props on the hops.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

My first offering from Maine Brewing. Thanks kinopio for the 9 bottles. It's going to be wonderful having a chance to revisit this several times, and share with others in the area.

Pours a lovely, hazy orangish-gold with a very generous three finger crown that clings to every single bit of glass it can as it recedes down the depths of the glass. The smell is very subtle. Light hops with some real nice and balanced citrus notes. Unlike some other APA's I've had, this doesn't try to pose as an IPA. The taste mirrors the nose with some light hops, and a nice upfront citrus profile. This is so smooth. The mouthfeel is awesome. It leaves the tongue with a tinge of creaminess and some lingering citrus. It's not at all bitter. Overall this is a very nice beer. This is the epitome of the type of beer that I could drink regularly without ever tiring. Next...Lunch.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought online from the

Poured a nice crystal clear golden copper colour. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy mouth watering (slightly tropical ?) fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, magnoes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery note...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical and sour fruits (grapefruits oranges, limes), nice peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew at 5.5%

Overall - An outstanding APA... one of the best i've had. Highly recommended...

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Photo of BamaViper1
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really hoppy smelling but easy tasting pale ale. The hop character comes through strong in the nose, but the actual taste of the beer is very mellow. The finish is light along with the body of the beer. This is an IPA in a pale ale's body an it works suprisingly well. Great beer from the northeast.

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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 cosmo4u
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recieved as an extra from bendurgin's lif 8/28/11

This brew pours a slightly hazy, deep gold color with a huge, meringue like white head of small, bubbles. The head retained all the way down to the bottom of the glass and nice lacing was left behind. The nose is delightfully citric with bits of orange, tangerine, lime, yeast, and dust. The taste is pleasantly mild and bitter with soft floral notes, citrus peel, and Orval-esque yeast notes. Light to medium in body with very high, aggressive carbonation. So aggressive in fact it takes away some of the subtleties of this beer. it is a very nice brew that I certainly recommend and wish I had greater access too.

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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 inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey snifter glass. Bottle says: Lot 03/24/11, which I assume is the bottle date. So, it's not fresh.

A: Pours light orange color. Lots of carbonation rolling of bottom. Two finger white head with tight little bubbles. Bottle conditioning must be the culprit.

S: Smells a lot like an IPA. I get some grapefruit and citrus notes. Some orange maybe? It smells really nice.

T: Tastes like a weak IPA, which I like a lot actually. Really crisp hop character that hits you right a front of the tongue. Great balance greets you on the middle of the mouth. You get those citrus notes with a faint malt balance. And then the finish is very clean.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good coat for a pale ale though.

O: Really a great beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and wish I had another right now! Even though this is nearly 5 months old (I think) it's very fresh tasting.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with Dnuggs, thanks Doug! Poured into my Khunhenn snifter/goblet, whatever the hell it is. Bottle date 6/14/11

A- Kind of cloudy and murky. A nice head forms on a regular pour and takes some time to dissipate. Serious foam left on the glass.

S- Nice, subtle hop profile, somewhat citrusy.

T- Very nice clean and refreshing. It's not Lunch (which is fantastic!) but it's a very solid offering from a company that appears to only make 4 beers so they should be making them right. Nice subtle hops with a dash of spice on the finish.

O- A truly nice and refreshing ale that hits the spot on a hot Florida summer day.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle from July 19. Picked up on a recent weekend in Portland. Had never heard of this beer before that trip, but now I'm seeing it pop up in BA mag, local beer dinners and other events, etc.

Color exactly matches the color of honey, and it has a good haze to it. Crazy tall head that lasts forever, it's thick like sea foam. Wow, this is one of the best-looking beers I've ever come across.

Very floral aroma with tons of orangey citrus, there is a strong hoppy punch to the nose. Taste is surprisingly tame, and hoppy flavor doesn't reach the same level as the aroma. Still very good though, even if mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like. I was about to write how remarkably smooth this is, but the dry bitterness does linger a long time after the finish.

This is a great pale ale, and manages to bring the hops without crossing over the IPA line. The look alone puts this among my recent favorites.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light yellow color with a big white head. the smell is floral and citrus hops with almost no malt presence. the flavor is hoppy and the flavor pops in your mouth with citrus piney and floral hops. the mouthfeel is extremely light and carbonated. overall this is one of the best pale ales avilable second to edaward and up there with alpha king

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 500ml bottle for $7 from EuroMarket. That's a bit steep, but I do love a fine American pale ale.

Mmmm. It's a bright, crisp pale ale with a herbal pine and lemon and then a clean, juicy grapefruit finish. The bitterness approaches an IPA (and probably surpasses a few lesser one), but the body still on the more drinkable side of the style. It's certainly lighter than SNPA, for example. I'd love to take care of a few bottles of this.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most impressive beer. American pale with some extra zip that doesn't (seem) to come from the hops.

A beautiful copper pour, clean and clean. Creamed up head, very good lacing. Yum!

Somewhat flower/spice/fruity aroma. the malt doesn't take a back seat, but doesn't drive.

So it goes with the taste. It's a great flavor, but not quite APA style...I'm being picky. Some floral and overripe apple, citrus, green pine. Nice bite to it, crisp and clean. Easily quaffable at 5.5%.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a great golden color. It provided really nice head, which I like, and afterwards, it left pretty substantial lacing on both the top and the sides of the glass. The lacing isn't as prominent, however, after I let it warm a bit.

Smell: It has some really nice notes of hops. Very citrusy, which is what I like about IPA's. Because of that, it made me like this APA even more. At first I was skeptical about this beer, but I wasn't disappointed. I don't think the smell is as strong as an IPA (of course), but it's enough to make me respect its efforts.

Taste: The carbonation in this beer is good. It's not as hoppy as I would like it, but the hoppiness that is present is definitely making a stand. It shows that it want's to be a great IPA, but unfortunately it hasn't reached that point yet.

Mouthfeel: It's not thin at all, but it's not thick either. It's not anorexic, but it's not obese. It's pretty much a healthy beer.

Overall: This is definitely a beer I could have as a regular drink. It's a "mowing the lawn" beer. After a hard day of work, I would pop this brew open to refresh myself and relax while I watch an Arsenal game, which is an oxymoron because if you watch Arsenal play, it's hardly relaxing at all. But, I digress. This beer is great, it has a respectable "drinkability" that would put commercial beers to shame.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clearish straw color with a dirty white head. Started off with about 2 finger head that faded to a thin layer. It clung fairly well. Aroma was a fruity sweet with a delicate hop undertone. Reminded me of a fresh melon. Taste was smooth and fairly clean. Slightly flowery, once again seemed to finish as a clean melon flavor. Nice and delicate. Felt ok in the mouth. Seemed a tad over carbonated for the rest of the beer. Coated nicely for the style. Overall a pretty awesome beer. Not my style of choice, but a very nice well balanced palette pleaser.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy with a lightly golden colour. A very tall foam head that's quite creamy and marshmallow-like. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Wow. Floral and herbal hops, banana, grapefruit, some lemon, biscuit-like malts as it warms, picking up some clove and coriander spice, and faint pepper.

T: Nice and refreshing taste. Quite a bit of tart citrus upfront, but quickly balanced with mellower malts. Picking up a faint pepper bite and a little belgian spice. One of the most easy-drinking and refreshing beverages I've had in a long time.

M: Rather thin, but it works with the clean citrus focus and also considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation that I also think works.

D: Very drinkable, and certainly a sessionable (albeit a bit pricey) pale ale. Good things are happening on Industrial Way in Portland, ME.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Drew for sharing this one.

A: Clear pale amber body with a dense finger of creamy off-white head. Strong retention, nice lace. Lovely.

S: Nothing but fresh, delicate hops of both the herbal + fruity varieties. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Enjoyable.

T: THe hops are up front with some lightly resinous herbal notes, but the bulk of the flavor comes from the malt - rich (yet light) caramel, some almond, and plenty of vanilla. A little too sweet on the finish, but still delicious.

M: Rich, light, moderately carbonated, and creamy. Excellent.

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and would gladly seek it out in the future. I don't know how fresh this particular bottle was, but I bet with a touch more emphasis on the hops this would go from good to great.


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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 pmlondrigan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd give this a try, heard good things about it. Poured into my DF head pint glass. One finger white kinda rocky head. Amber gold color that is rather transparent. Sheeting along the side of the glass I sip from. The aroma is of malts married with slightly citrusy hops, a bit of grassy hops too. The flavor is more pale ale then many pale ales I've head, that is to say balance. Balance of bitter and malty biscuit like quality. A bit of citrus and grass makes an apperance in the flavor. Clean plan yeast flavor, a bitter and clean finish. What more is there to say. Well carbed, round mouthfeel a good pale ale period. Nothing about this beer is average or above average, its good, period.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville.

Pours a clear light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with bright citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Clean and crisp pale malts up front are joined quickly by loads of intense citrus hops with heavier herbal influences serving as the backbone. Midway through the hops fade just a bit allowing the sweetness of the malt to shine before they take over near the end of the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this is a fine beer that is significantly more west-coast-like than most I’ve had from the NE area. Well worth a shot.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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