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.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a clear dark golden color with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of orange and lemon with grainy malt. The taste is a nice bready malt balanced with the citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and very drinkable. Overall a great drinker. I look forward to more from Maine Beer Co.

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

Have been hearing good things about Maine Beer Co. and wanted to try this one on a scorcher of a day. I love the label and the bottle.

Appearance- A nice light copper, a full inch or more of thick creamy head. A little cloudy. A very nice beer.

Smell- Bready, and with a nice hop bite. A little citrus which is nice. As it warms it develops a a weird ammonia type odor. Very unexpected. Stings just a little bit.

Taste- A nice hoppy bitterness is balanced by bready malts. A nice balance between sweet and bitter. A little orange rind, and some citrus, as well as some real grassy or pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Hard to complain.

Overall- A nice beer. Definitely will try more of their other offerings. It's hard to complain, although slightly more than I'd rather pay for something that is just good. It's how this style should be, but nothing special.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As this came off the truck today into my store, my rep told me about this little brewery and that all we could get was bottles for now as the few select kegs were slanted to go on tap in NYC.

My sample poured well with a creamy head that gave a off a floral aroma of hops in a dark golden body. I marveled at the champagne bubbles in my glass as I went for the first taste.

Instantly, I noted the floral and fruits of the hops while the medium to light body flexed like a Persian carpet being tested for its color qualities. I loved the soft water taste of the beer as I easily consumed it .

While it reminded me of some of the more famous IPA's of late, the ale had an an unusual power of staying on target with its taste all the way through. It was a grand beer that I should make more notes about as I will be looking for more.

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Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a clear darker than straw golden color with vigorous eggshell head. Spectacular lacing...clingy to every inch of the glass.

Smells fresh and clean. Hop oil and citrusy bitterness leap from the glass. There's some grainy sweetness as well. Very inviting smell.

Tastes like citrus and perhaps a hint of lemon. There's an abundance of hops bitterness but it's well balanced out by some pretty noticeable crackery, biscuity malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is middling with some creamy carbonation. Very, very drinkable and flavorful at 5.5%.

Overall, a very good, if slightly outside of the box, APA. Peeper packs a lot of flavor and layers of complexities into a seemingly straightforward package. Well done.

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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 infi
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Translucent, warm and golden orange pour that releases a massive soapy and off-white head that literally sits there and clings to the glass. Best looking bubbly head I've ever seen lately. Two-fingers in size. Great visual character. Smell is immaculately fresh! Great amount of bitter hop oil resonance and bruised grass blades aromas. Freshly squeezed orange juice and pith tossed in as well. Amazing citrus and earthy qualities throughout on the nose.

Ah.. taste doesn't really follow through with the aromas, unfortunately. Considerably thin malt backbone, but makes up most of the flavor profile. VERY minimal touches of hop and citrus overall. The pale ale aspect is sadly missing here and it's kinda obvious. Taste is as if a saltine cracker was accidentally left in a beer and watered down. Honestly wished there was a bit more to the ale.

Mouthfeel is great: lightly medium with not much of a carbonated feel. Smooth and crisp. Overall, Peeper Ale is a solid beer, but is just missing a lot in where it matters: the taste. Everything is basically amazing, except for this one crucial aspect. I'm sure it's just an anomaly. I'm actually gratified to even find this beer here in NY. Hopefully, bottles of Lunch and Zoe will also find their way here!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When pigs fly. Pours a hazy straw color with no head which I'm sure is die to the on tap pour because the body gives a great head.

Lots of bitter citrus hops in the aroma. Notes of grapefruit with a touch of tangerine sweetness. Extremely bitter flavor with grapefruit.

Nice light and crisp feel with lively carbonation. Overall this is my favorite pale ale. Glad to see it locally on tap.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i knew this wasn't going to be an ordinary experience when i came home with a lightly aggitated bottle and a bit of foaming going on in the bottle. it sat in the frig for about 24 hours... but the foaming didn't go away. great yeast strain here. nice hop balance as well. bright orange with a bit of murk. nose of brisk pine with subtle exotic citrus notes. palate is as dry as it comes. velvety, a bit bready but mineral chalk dry. hints of pine oils and mangosteen that are totally rendered crisp with the end. amazing. i would drink one every day if i lived in portland.

definite summer dryness.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice warm amber/gold. The beer has a slight haze to it, and little bubbles radiate from the bottom of my glass. There is a healthy white head that is almost soapy, and doesn't seem to fade.

S- Nice and clean and crisp, with smells of piney hops. A slight sweetness comes through, almost IPA like.

T- Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor initially. The aftertaste is a smooth piney touch, just enough to balance it out. It is slightly watery, my only complaint.

M- Pretty full for such a low ABV beer. Good carbonation, but the flavors are a little muted.

O- Overall this would be a great beer on the beach on a hot day. It's crisp and refreshing, but isn't too crazy on flavor. A nice example of the style

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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 cavedave
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even more major thanks to Drazzamatazz for another superb product of Maine's incredible brewers.

It pours a dark straw color, quite cloudy, topped by an incredibly lasting blanket of white foam. Veritable sheets of lace coat the glass.

Not a strong aroma, some tasty grain, neutral sweet, a bit of tart yeast, and light citrus and grass.

Mmm, nice taste! It starts with a hit of bready sweet which quickly is accompanied by righteous herbal and pine hops, gains some citrus and floral notes, holds the sweet, and ends with bitterness drying it out marvelously and refreshingly. A simple mix of subtlety and clean taste. Very delicious.

Med. carb., pleasant viscosity, decent cling, and an excellent finish.

I would say this is one of the eight finest tasting pales I have tried. It is a cleanly flavored and astoundingly easy drinking treat.

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Photo of BeerFan95
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Started out with a clear golden color, started to get a little cloudy from the yeast remaining on the bottom of the bottle. A slight effervescent quality.

S - A nice pine hop profile up front giving way to more of a floral note. Malts were slightly toasted.

T - Slightly bitter hops initially and a good malt backbone to balance it out finishing with a decent floral hop bite.

M. Slightly over-carbonated no enough to be negative. A nice crisp and clean feel to it. Almost like a pilsener.

O - A great beer very well balanced and refreshing. Not overly assertive from the hops and the lack of a caramel malt base made this a truly unique APA.

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Photo of ggilman
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull hazy straw color with a bright white morang like head. It's visual appeal is the weakest facet. Lots of nice hops in the nose. Leafy and grassy. Very nice. Not as much hop flavor, but it's apparent with a fine grain finish. Clean and crisp without a noticeable malt presence. The hop profile of this pale ale is a lot stronger than most of your run of the mill Maine micro IPA's. Great crisp mouthfeel, medium to light bodied, dry finish. Easy drinkin'. Good quality stuff!

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice golden/yellow body which is slightly opaque with noticeable carbonation. huge fluffy pure white head three fingers deep sits on top and stays and stays and stays. laces beautifully on the glass.

S - grapefruit resiny hops are the main things coming through here. its good but its not at all what i expected for an american pale ale smells like a DIPA.

T - grapefruit again. cotton candy and grass are in there as well. some sweet malts in there as well. nice dry hop finish in there which is definitely more in line with an APA than the nose suggested. the taste is quite good its not what you find in most APA's but they pull it off well.

M - light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. very smooth drink that finishes dry.

O - this is not a straight up pale ale but it is a quality product and definitely worth trying. if you are a fan of DIPAs with a strong grapefruit presence than this is definitely a pale ale for you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Been hearing some good things about this brew, hope it lives up to the "hype". It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, orange zest, light pine, mild caramel, and a splash of honey. The taste follows this same formula, along with some nice honeydew and cantaloupe bits. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice APA, definitely living up to all of the good words. Get some!

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

From my recent trip up to Portland (Maine).

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite attractive with considerable orange citrus and black pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well craft pale ale, as I get plenty of orange citrus with some light sweet malt that is countered nicely by some refreshing bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's still plenty of flavor in this delicious pale ale. However, you can tell the alcohol level is not very high in this beer, which is all to the good in my book.

Yet another fine effort from the talented folks at the Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave, dpowers, for the beer!

A: A nice tangerine-orange body with a slight haziness to it. Head is bubbly, white, long lasting, and leaves a heavy amount of lacing.

S: A strong and clean citrus and floral hop aroma with some sweet bready malts in the background.

T: Upfront I'm getting a nice hoppy bitterness balanced with pale malts. Nice subtle notes of lemon, herbs, and crackers.

M: Light body; light carbonation; very lean, watery, texture.

O: This one doesn't distribute in my area so I do see myself drinking this anytime soon. Mouthfeel is a little too watery for my liking, but everything else is well done. I might pick this up if I saw it, but I would like to try other Maine Beer Co beers first.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle.

The head on this beer is off the chain! A solid wall of off white foam stays at the 4 finger level forever. Stays rocky, super slow morph to stiff merainge (I cant seem to spell that work for the life of me) Also leaves super thick sheeting and thick high lace blobs. Outstanding achievent in head and who amoung does not like....blah blah blah..

Bright nose of lemon, soap, flowers and a hint of ginger.

Quite tasty ale. More lemony hops, some peppery spice, quite dry in the mouth. Bright and flavorful, highly enjoyable and well worth seeking out. A very pleasant suprise from a brewery I did not know much about...I want to learn more and drink more of their brews

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden, unfiltered honey. Nice white head and lacing.

S: "Wet" hop aroma, leafy and herbal. Sweet, bready malt is pretty well pronounced.

T: Citric qualities of the hop profile are very pleasant surprise. Toasted, grainy malts play more than a supporting role.. dominating mid sip. The finish is buscuity, with a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Unfortunately, mf is a little lacking. For all of its flavor I think this beer comes off a bit watery. Carbonation is a low, body is a bit thin. Drinkability remains high, despite this short coming.

O: A great APA, though slightly held back by it's mouthfeel.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ShanePB
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent to me again by NJBeerNerd as an extra, thanks again! 16.9 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Clear, darkened gold/copper body with a nice looking creamy white head. Carbonation is evident with a stream of bubbles constantly streaming to the surface. Retention is pretty good, lacing is okay.

S: A faint wisp of dry hops, fairly piney in nature. Subtle bread-like grain qualities come through. This seems to be lacking a malt base/backbone and overall seems like a very muted nose. Not impressed.

T: Palate is washed with bitter hops up front, coupled with some citrus qualities. Grassy / herb notes come through and finish with some milled grains. Dry lingering finish, not too sticky but nothing extraordinary.

M: Bubbly, well-carbonated for the style, slightly creamy in the finish, dry - pretty nice, actually.

Considering Pale Ales are one of my least favorite styles, I tried to judge it for what it is, but obviously personal tastes are subjective. Peeper Ale hits a lot of great qualities most other APAs fail to but still comes up short in some areas.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Wow. This is MUCH better than I had expected! I like this beer a lot.
A slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and great lacing.
Apricots and mango come through on the nose with some light malt contribution. A piney bitterness comes along for the ride on a surprisingly dry beer. I like it. Quite a bit actually.

Body is light of medium with a great prickley feel. The bitterness is a little soapy and astringent, and that's the only thing I don't really care for about this one.

Wow. Way to go Maine! I'd drink this all the time.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks again Michael.

A: Pours a glowing dark golden with amber highlights under a billowing bright white head that took forever to fade into a thick and rocky film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass. Great head retention.
S: Soft notes of fruity and grassy hops with a hint of pineapple. Sweet smelling. Their is a layer of crackery pale malt as well.
T: Clean and easy hoppy flavor that isn't overpowering or bitter. The finish is bready and sweet. Overall very light and drinkable.
M: Medium body, light-ish mouthfeel that has a nice viscosity to it, and low but tingly carbonation made up of small bubbles.
O: This is the perfect sessionABLE (5.5%) beer that would go with pretty much any meal, event, location, occasion, session etc. One of the more smooth and drinkable examples I've come across. Thanks again Michael for passing this gem along to me.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Doug! From a bottle, pours a fairly clear hay orange with a small white head. Nose is fresh hops, in the grapefruit realm, lightly woodsy, some faint sweetness in there, great balance. Fresh grains burst in the mouth, hops express in sweet pink grapefruit, pine needle, and coconut husk. Pretty crisp finish, lightly bitter but really tight. This is a very well crafted brew.

Update. After buying a case of the October, 2011 batch, I am blown away by this beer. Possibly the best pale ale on the market right now. It blew away Victory Headwaters, which I always thought of as a very good beer. I have to do a large blind pale ale tasting one of these days.

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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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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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