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Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
582 Reviews
Peeper AlePeeper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
582
Ratings:
2,696
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.78%
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
614
For Trade:
13
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Reviews: 582 | Ratings: 2,696
Photo of mikemorgan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good, but not great. Perhaps one of the best example of the style I have have had in recent years. It is quite enjoyable and easy drinking. Not too much of anything, just right with the male and hop balance.

I had it on draft at a local pub, and was disappointed to get it in a 10 oz tulip and pay $8.5. Would have been much happier with a 16 oz serving at a more reasonable price, but the brewers and sellers are using the demand scarcity to their advantage. God bless the Maine Beer Company!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: Born on June 23, 2015

Poured a yellow, golden, pale, hazy color with three fingers of rocky, white head. One really big bubble stream coming up from the bottom of the glass and a few other smaller streams as well. Average-to-above average amount of foamy spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled earthy rye malts up front surprisingly. Also getting sugary caramel, light Citra zest, lemon sweetened iced tea, honey, light floral and raw vegetables. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste seemed to be better than the nose, but was a bit underwhelming overall. Got sweetened iced tea, pear, honey, orange zest, orange creamscicle ice cream (orange blossom I guess), floral, nectarine and grassy notes. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Fruity finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a good pale ale, but not as good as the Maine MO I had last night. I’d have it again for sure though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.89 | 87 | B+

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Photo of gcasher
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very light golden ale. It's body is nice for such a light beer. It has a lemony Hop flavor and is refreshing. This is a re-review, bottle from Brooklyn; surprisingly from March, held up well over 3 months. Why is it that some beers stay fresh a few days and others hold up well over months? This Ale had a foamy white head and was surprisingly hoppy for such a light body.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/8- bottle date 4/21, so almost past the three month mark.

Really didn't impress me. Good beer, but I was left somewhat dissatisfied.

After having Mo, Lunch, and Peeper, I would go back to Mo.

Maybe because this bottle wasn't as fresh as it could be, it's still a beautiful beer, but the aroma and flavor didn't match.

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split a 16.9 oz. bottle with a friend. Poured into a snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, glowing gold with a huge white head that looks very much like the kind of whipped cream you'd get on a latte or hot chocolate.

Aroma: Ripe melons, hops, some grapefruit. Nice fruity, appealing nose.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly. Melons and grapefruit are right there. Maybe some cantaloupe. Tastes somewhat like a mild-ish IPA.

Mouthfeel: This strikes me as a fairly complex, hoppy beer with a summer depth. You only see so many of those. A tiny little alcohol burn on the finish, too.

Overall: Like the choral frog that bears its name, this rules.

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Photo of JohnL9013
2.17/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I definitely got a skunked beer somehow. This was just awful, only two months old and it tastes like Miller Lite that was left out in the sun for a couple days. Real shame.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy gold under a persistent whipped cream-like 3” white foam collar that lings to the sides of the glass leaving thick ledges of lace.
S: Spicy hops and light malt aromas.
T: This is a hop forward beer with grapefruit and melon flavors over a light caramel malt backbone that finishes with a citrus rind bitterness.
F:Creamy medium body and carbonation
O: A very creamy American Pale Ale with well developed hop flavors. Delightful!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling date of 04/21/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and straw yellow in color with a big, fluffy white 2-finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. A few spots of lace here and there with fair stick.

Smell - Mellow lemon with a hint of orange skin, bread and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mellow lemon. Light crackery undertones. Lemon pith bitterness and a touch of grass and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Easy drinker with a watery finish.

Overall - Yeah, not much of a fan. Sure it's clean, but it lacks definitive flavor; mostly reminiscent of drinking lemon seltzer water.

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Photo of jancona
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For an APA tastes similar to a good Pilsner. Light biscuit malts, a bit grassy with some light lemon and grapefruit citrus hops. For MBC's APAs I prefer MO - enough acronyms for ya?

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good for the style. Taste is predominantly citrus fruits including orange and grapefruit. Rind and light pale malt balances the beer. This is a nice and clean sipper. Worth seeking out.

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

Getting over a cold, but couldn't wait. Bottled ten days ago. Def tastes like a mbc brew. Very good, but like all mbc's beer gotta drink it super fresh.

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Photo of thebeers
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow with thick white head. Floral hops and grapefruit on the nose. Nice bitterness up front, with grapefruit and lemon flavor in the middle -- but a watered-down, grapefruit-rind aftertaste that doesn't complement the rest. There is some biscuity malt flavor there, but no backbone to speak of. May seem "refined" to some, but I'm not a fan. Bottled 4/7/15.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light straw yellow pour with clouded clarity. Very light smell of hops, bready notes, and grassy tones.

Light and airy at the start. Very crisp and clean with a light fluffy mouth feel. Lots of subtle tones, on the finish. I pick up on characters of hops, grass, grains, and a slight bready/cracker flavor. The grassy tones really dominate for me and I get an almost herbal taste.

Works well as a session ale but it's really just a bit to light for my taste. Solid brew and well done but just not my favorite.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wish it still had the old label. Still, a fantastic beer. I am continiously impressed by how balanced and crafted MBC's beers are. Looking for a beer which is a perfect example of the APA style? Look no further.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re-review November 27, 2015. I think maybe my old review was based off of a bottle past its prime. This one is from a growler purchased November 27, 2015 and poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Straw, pale yellow. Stream of carbonation bubbles. 2 inch head, pretty good retention, some lacing.

S: Lemon, lemongrass, orange, pine. Not very strong.

T: Light citrus, lemon, orange. Mildly piney. Light malt backbone.

F: Clean, well-balanced. Light-bodied, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. No alcohol burn.

O: It's definitely better than I said it was, but I tend to look for a bit more distinctive flavor. Good drinker, though.

****
Bumped it up a bit again after a two-week old bottle consumed. Think I get it now. Promise: no more adjustments.

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

Had my first Peeper at When Pigs Fly in Kittery, ME on tap about 5 years ago. When I see it on the shelves at Trader Joes... I buy it... constently. It is as solid as an APA gets. Can't rank it higher than a 4 because I just like my IPA... along with the rest of 'em.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A hazy golden straw with a white active head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Rich citrus hops, earthy hops, malt is very light, and some stone fruit on the finish.

Taste: A burst of fresh bright citrus hops balanced with earthy hops that lazily leads to a light clean malt. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp clean and refreshing. Wets the palate and goes down smooth.

Overall: An very good American pale. It's refreshing, bright, and easy drinking. I wish the citrus would pop a bit more as the earthy hops are a bit over powering. Still a solid pale ale and I'm always pleasantly surprised when I pick one up

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I'm not doing this beer justice. Is been in the Bottle almost 6 months. So it was a little malt forward. But still being out of date it was pretty good! Props to Maine!

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Photo of Rcady1989
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light and refreshing with an extremely clean after-taste characteristic of Maine Beer Co. Not their "hoppiest" beer but it's one of the better ale's I've had.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to a bright yellow to light orange with a two finger dense cream colored head that has great retention and lacing
S: smells of citrusy, fruity and slightly tropical hops with some bready and semi doughy pale malt backing
T: taste is spicy and citrusy hops with some bready malt and a slight sweetness. swallow is more citrusy hops with a slight herbal note and some more clean maltyness
M: fairly light and obvious bottle conditioned carbonation that's assertive but not prickly. swallow is refreshing
O: this is a great APA. great flavors, decent complexity, and very clean tasting. absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Stebbimacdaddy
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden straw color with lots of bubbles. Holds a small head of white foam that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is grassy, minimal fruit. Taste is nice and clean grassy. Not much fruit but piney resin on the back end lingers nicely. I've enjoyed peeper on more than one occasion and overall this is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. I'd recommend anything that these guys bottle.

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Photo of cfalls
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good head, recedes fairly quickly. Very light in both color and mouthfeel, like a pilsner. Moderate alcohol level. Very sessionable.

At the same time, it has a great hop profile: grass, citrus, pine. Very fresh and clean tasting. Dry.

Not as hoppy as their other beers. And even lighter bodied.

I think this is a perfect gateway beer for someone who doesn't like "good" beers. It's just better than most beers without being abrasive at all, and without using sweetness to balance it out. Just pleasant hop flavors with a hint of bready malt.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking up a very old bottle of this 4/14 is the date so over 8 months. Purchased from the House of 1,000 for just 5 bucks.

A - One of the most pale ales I ever seen it's like a hazy pilsner or weiss. Very bright yellow with still a 1/4 inch of head that takes a bit to settle to a ring. Mild lacing.
S - A shadow of itself mild leafy hops mixed with some sweet malts and a touch of grains.
T - Not bad it's rather mild not overall harsh or soured at this point. Mild hops and some malt sweetness. Smooth.
M - Light to medium body it's not a light beer but good.

Overall not sure if I would get this again I should have gotten another bottle of Titan porter.

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Photo of Forzabrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle (bottled 11/18, consumed 1/11) to tulip glass. Straw to light gold color with average size head, 1 inch froth head which quickly diminishes and slightly hazy body from bottle conditioning. Fruity aroma with grainy, bready malt similar to a Munich Helles. Hops come through with citric notes of lime and earthy tones underneath. there are additional notes of cinnamon slight clove golden raisins and Moscato grape sweetness. The body comes off as light and dry with lively carbonation. Flavor profile is balanced, not overly sweet but with a pleasant hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

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Photo of BrewBeer
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as hoppy as MO or their other beers, but perfectly balanced (as a pale ale should be). Nice, dry, crisp finish makes it incredibly easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malts. This is what all other pale ales should aspire to.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.
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