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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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy orange color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Starts out with a solid aroma of citrus hops, particularly orange with a more mild grapefruit note. There is a bit of malt character to it as well. Plenty of pale malt giving a bit of bread aroma and a light sweetness.

T: The sweet malt notes are more pronounced on the palate than expected. That said, still fairly hoppy. A touch of grass to go with all the citrus fruit and citrus peel. There is a mild pine note which provides some bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really a solid pale ale. So far I've been impressed with the Maine Beer Co. offerings I've tried.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 6/27/11

Appearance: A mostly-clear copper orange, with a huge head (yes, bottle conditioning) - eventually fades to some nicely sticky lacing

Smell: Delicately hoppy, with a base of light, sweet pale and caramel malts - definitely floral, with some pine and citrus - not that exciting, but it is good for the style

Taste: Very interesting - sweet, slightly toasted malt - floral, slightly spicy, with some citrusy hops to add balance - definitely an APA, but less earthy and more clean-tasting than average - like all of Maine Beer Co.'s beers, this is notably clean and crisp - as it warms, some light fruits appear, which kind of remind me of an English Pale Ale

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, very crisp and clean, nicely carbonated, nicely dry

Overall: About as good as this style gets!

Like Lunch (and Zoe), the focus here seems to be on balance and quality rather than something that could be described as exciting. Many props to Maine Beer Co. for this. Peeper is certainly not mind-blowing, but it's remarkably well-done.

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Photo of Cavery
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from oline73, many cheers for paying attention to the wants list on this one. I'd heard this beer was great from my brother, so I'm more than happy to give this a familial swirl.

label print reads lot071911 -- could be a date.

A: This thing foamed like a science project volcano. I mean seriously I didn't even do a violent pour and there were muffins on top of muffins baking in the head. White egg shell foams with super thick sudsy soap foams that grab the glass forming small patterns of Spanish mustaches. Light citrusy lemonade/orange juice fusion for a body color. This beer really looks awesome.

S: First thought was that it smells like pliny. White grapefruit with a bit of perk towards the lemony spectrum. light odd smell, I'd say it's like pine nuts, or green pinecones. This is hoppy, but it has a softness that makes me think this will have a reserved bitterness. between the smell and the look, this beer reeks of refinement. Though I must say the notes are very light, this is either a subtle beer or a mellow beer.

T: Really light nibby gritty hop flavor that is very light on the bitterness. Really nice floral bitterness in the mouth that completely stays in the spectrum of green vines, leaves, and veggies -- while avoiding medicinal unpleasantness. Nice pale malt character that fuses with the hops for a nutty salad. Super exceptional layering here, the way the hops collides with the malt and revisits the hops for that bitter twang is sensational. Very excellent drinking beer here.

M: The most fluffly marshmellow mouth of a pale ale I can recall. This thing is so lofty in its biscuity feels that I can hardly believe I am consuming an alcohol beverage. It's not very crisply drying in the finish, but none of the flavors fall off after multiple coatings of a wetter than usual mouth feel. Absolutely no astringency in this beer at all, and it compliments a light bitterness through the end. Super easy drinking, phenomenal mouth.

O: I can practically visualize the tipping of their brewer caps towards the west coast hoppy styles, while giving it a local twist. For my first Maine Beer Co. beer, this was exceptional. I really can't wait to give more of their beers a swirl, as I would rank this among the best pale ales I've had. I'd love to have this super fresh for a bigger swing in the flavor transition. I love when I get a beer at this ABV that drinks like a fine IPA.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 2-3 finger head, recedes down slowly to a small dome of suds in the center. Nice typical amber hue.

Smell is sweet: apple, grape, citrus, only slight piney hopping. Wonderful!

Bitterness is up front with some sour notes too and a bit of acidity. Bitterness lingers a tad the more you drink. There is a mild grape sweetness trying to get through but it keeps collapsing. I'm searching for the malt but it's hard . . . or subtle. Not sure. Not at all what I was expecting from the nose.

Dryish and bitter, but refreshing! Nice body and consistency. It feels well crafted.

Nothing is overwhelming about this pale ale. It's also not what I've come to expect from Pale Ales.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Served in a standard pint glass.
It pours a golden amber color with a fluffy 2" head and plenty of sticky, webby lace.
The aroma is both citrusy and resinous, with a little whiff of pine in the back. A bready malt smell sneaks in and sticks around.
Classic pale ale hop-forward flavors are true to the style. Citrusy and resinous hop bitterness make way for the pale malts. Just a bit of a grain aftertaste lingers.
Very pleasant and gulpable brew.

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Pours a hazy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger plus creamy white head, and leaves a very nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus note. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, little malt note, nice little touch of citrus. Medium Body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. This is a very tasty brew, I'm liking what I've had so far from this brewery. Thanks Bill!

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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 Beersofeurope.co.uk

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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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