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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 k_vancleef
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 08/02/16

Pours foggy cloudy straw yellow gold with a dense, fluffy creamy white foam head. Smells like floral zesty lemon, tropical passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, orange citrus, toasty biscuity crackery malt, with dank woody earthy grass and spicy herbal pine. Tastes like floral zesty lemon, passionfruit, guava, grapefruit, orange citrus, toasted biscuity crackery malt, with dank woody earthy grass and spicy herbal pine. Feels medium-light bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice pale ale.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

LOT031011, meaning bottled on 3/10/11

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive 3 fingers of puffy, sticky head

S: A lot of citrusy hops, grapefruit, orange, some malt. Amazing... simply amazing

T: Same as the smell... citrus hops dominate and are backed by a nice bready malt. Not overly bitter, just amazing, juicy hops

M: Fairly light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D/O: Soooo drinkable, a great spring/summer pale ale that hits the spot perfectly

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Photo of VtBeerRun
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply an awesome summer beer. It pours a nice honey color, with the perfect size head. The taste is right on and there is a pleasant herbal after taste. The smell is very nice with herbal undertones. This smell could be a little more pronounced. This is definitely going to make me try more from the Maine Beer Company. Well done!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a well carbonated light amber color. Bubbles generously sprout from the base of the pour. The head is beautiful and big. It retains excellently and leaves some great lacing. The beer is hazy too.

S- Great bready smell combines with fresh grassy and citrusy hops. Literally smells like newly baked bread. Spicy notes buzz around as well.

T-Delicious. Perfect balance between breadiness and clean hops. The aftertaste is exceptional. Biscuity and spicy yet hoppy and natural. Not overpowering but just plain delicious.

M-Light bodied. Well carbonated and smooth. Clean and memorable.

D-Oh so drinkable. Could drink this everyday. Just strong enough in the taste department without being too much.

Heard great things about this company. Exceeded expectations. One of the most sessionable beers I have had.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden-yellow color with a gentle foamy head that dissipates to a general ring along the edge. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus. Tastes of grapefruit and the biting hop bitterness is present on the tongue too. Good carbonation and quite delightful to drink. Hits the spot!

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The color is a light golden color.

The aroma has a wonderful big citrus pop, but with some malt. A huge hop bomb for a pale ale.

The flavor fits. Wonderful orange, lemon, grass. The bready malt finish really tops it off well.

It reminds me of a hoppy big Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The best pale ale next to Maine Beer Co. MO.

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

Picked one of these up while in Portland the other day, after hearing something or other about it. Always like to support new breweries, and scope out the new product. Fortunately for everybody, this is a really good one. Pours a hazy clouded yellow and orange, with a nice white head sticking around for a while. There is a lot of sediment - but I did have it on it's side in the fridge for a while because there is not much room for beer with all the Thanksgiving leftovers! But anyway, the yeast is good for you and doesn't negatively impact the beer, unless you are looking for exceptional clarity of appearance. Ok moving on to more important things... Great nose on this one. It just screams fresh. Grassy and hoppy with plenty of earthy flavors and a touch of citrus. Nearly perfect balance of light bready malt. Both dry and quenching at the same time. Nice and lively on the palate but substantial with a bit of prickle. Uber drinkable. I hope I can find this locally in time for spring/summer weather. Definitely impressed by this first offering from the Maine Brewing Company. Looking forward to more beers from these guys in the near future.

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

Poured from a big bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Bottle marked 10/12/12, so it's still relatively fresh. Poured it painfully slow so as not to disturb the yeast, as per the bottle. Pours clear and yellow with a nice head. Carbonation is great, very effervescent. Crisp hops hit you first with a clean finish. An excellent pale ale that is quite drinkable! No bad aftertaste. Wish I could taste it fresher, I'd imagine it'd naturally be hoppier. Seems to be a much more well rounded beer compared to the Zoe.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peeper Ale has a hazy golden body with notes of red in it. Coming out of the bottle, the beer looks like it is pink colored, but once it settles in the glass that changes. The off-white head is massive and creamy, showing off great retention and lacing.

The aroma has a ton of citrus and some grassy hops with just a bit of biscuit-flavored malt underneath.

I think the first sip of Peeper Ale will catch even veteran beer lovers off-guard with how good it is, because I was surprised and impressed from the first sip. A wide array of citrus fruits lend an intensely hoppy flavor to Pepper Ale, but without a ton of bitterness, or any extreme assault on the tongue. The hops instead give me the impression of a very bright flash of fruit that captivates me and then fades into a light backbone of biscuit flavored malts. The finish is also a little bit spicy and grassy, giving this beer two distinct groups of hop flavors: one to begin the beer, the other to finish it off.

The mouthfeel is good, with an appropriate amount of carbonation and body.

Peeper Ale is very drinkable, and it is one of the best APAs that I have ever had.

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Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow,fluffy three finger white head,lots of lacing in the glass.

The citrus vibe is present aroma in the form of fresh lemon zest,some pine in there as well.

Crisp and snappy flavor,hop forward APA that takes on the lemon quality more so than any that I have tasted thus far. Good amount of lingering bitterness at the back, dry finish that is very satisfying, and what many would consider an ideal summer beverage.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, spot on carbonation, easy drinking and enjoyable.

It took me a while to get around to reviewing Peeper because every time I picked one up, my left coast buddies wanted it in in their box! This is another solid effort from MBC, and one that is almost always in stock nice and fresh (this bottle was 3 weeks old). Completely worth your time to pick this one up if you can, Maine Beer Co. scores again.

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Photo of uustal
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, lemonade shaded yellow with an absolutely huge bright white head. Leaves huge chunks of lace on the glass. Nice clean crisp hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, lemon zest, honeydew and a bit grassy. Just a perfect flavor profile for the style. Light, crisp, FRESH, clean, extremely drinkable, but packs a huge punch. Nice citrus zesty start mixed in with some sweeter citrus notes as well. A simple, sweet malt backbone before a clean, semi-bitter grassy and piney finish bring the beer full circle. Finishes dry and clean, but doesn't leave your mouth dry... even so, you absolutely need to take another sip. Flawless cohesion of the flavor profile, moves on from one note to another perfectly, just so well done that describing the flavors doesn't do the beer justice. It's just perfectly crafted for the style. Without question, drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of Deuane
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to shaebs99 for a chance at trying this Maine delicacy!

A-Golden yellow with medium white head that retains well and leaves nice lace.

S-Light but fresh floral and citrus hops flow out of the mildly sweet biscuit malt base. About as fresh as taking hops off the vine, crushing them up in your hands and inhaling the intoxicating aroma.

T-Citrus and floral hop attack in a pleasurable, unassuming and inviting way---not in a tongue pounding way. Backing sweet biscuit malt doesn't overwhelm the hops but gives the body of work a nice balance. Very well done and delicious.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp, crisp, bright with good lingering hop bitterness.

D-Outstanding! For such a light bodied and low ABV brew this has all of the hop flavour even the most hard core hop head will love. Absolutely exquisite...a beer I could drink by the gallon! Certainly a beer that must be drank fresh but when it is...WOW! Most impressed with this beer from the tiny Maine Beer Company! Keep up the good work folks.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8/11/15 brewing consumed 9/30.

A: great look to a light APA. Slightly cloudy pale straw yellow. Poured with a full head

S: melon, grapefruit, tropical

T: crisp tropical favors, malt background is light and and the breads of them yeast are there too. Slight spice in back also. Very pleasing

M: crisp but not too thin.

O: excellent beer. Really a standout APA in my opinion. A go get one beer in found fresh.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A brand new Maine brewery, something to get excited about! This beer pours a hazy golden color with a small head that quickly dissipates. The first thing I notice about its smell is hops, it has a sweety-hoppy smell, something I'd really expect from and IPA, but not so much a pale ale.

The taste here is lightly hoppy, almost like a weak IPA, it really pops on the tongue! Also rather effervescent, it almost has the characteristics of a hoppy champagne. Definitely the best pale ale I have ever had. The hype I have heard about this beer is well worth it, if you can find it, definitely pick it up!

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: You know that color you get in your urine when you go jogging and don't get quite enough water in before or during?...that is this pale golden yellow. It reminds me of dandilions that have spent WAY to long in the sun. I am fully aware neither analogy is positive, but I am not talking down here. The head was brilliant...the first sip left one hell of a foam mustache.

S: So crisp and clean. There is that strong minty note American Hops can give, and this just makes you'r mouth water...or that is just the wet beer slipping in.

T: As far as a straight-up Pale Ale goes this and Dale's may take the cake. I was very impressed with the whole freshness of the flavors. (And I was actually having this a week oe two after the recommended date)

M: Medium to heavy. Lingering but not in a way that is too filling. This is a good food pairing beer as it doesn't fill you wuite as fast of others may, while it still doesn't skimp on flavor.

O: This is my first try at Maine Beer Comp....I'm quite impressed. I look forward to trying thier other styles as well as getting this one a second time. Like I always tell people I drink with...the way to know if it is quality is if you would buy it again.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company's bottle-conditioned Peeper Ale pours a hazy, deep-gold that appears bronze, and even amber in the full pint. Very tiny bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. A bright white head rises to form a finger thick rocky cap, then drops slightly, and holds for quite some time. As you might imagine, the lacing left behind on the glass is fairly impressive as well.

In the nose, it's bright with juicy citrus notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Some yeastiness comes through, and a touch of grainy malt as well.

The citrus returns in the flavor but it's not as big or brash as the aroma suggests. It's not raspy or overly juicy - in fact, it's really superbly balanced against the gently grainy, straightforward malt. There are some additional fruit notes of apple, pear, melon, and strawberry, and some yeastiness comes through as well (in a good way). The bitterness level is median against the maltiness, so it doesn't sock you, but it's always there to support; and it finishes drying with some residual malt that quickly fades, leaving only spritzes of fruitiness behind.

This is the way beer was meant to be, fresh and alive. It has so much more character when it's conditioned properly (I also have a fresh bottle just a few weeks old). There are so many subtle nuances to it that it really keeps you interested throughout the entire serving, and it doesn't hurt that it's remarkably well-balanced and superbly drinkable! Impeccably brewed. I haven't had a beer that's excited me so much in years - literally - and for it to be simply an American pale ale and not something exotic really says something. Absolutely delicious!!!!

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

Bring hauled this one back from Maine. Thanks, Barry; this was a big surprise.

The pour is golden with good clarity. The body shows a lot of effervescence, which feeds the small but lasting head.

Fresh citrusy and floral hops dominate the aroma. Malt is noticeable, barely, along with a touch of yeasty fruit character (peaches, apricots). For a standard pale ale, this is bursting with aroma.

Very hoppy on the palate, crisp and dry, crackery malts shining through a bit mid-palate. The floral, fruity dry hops give this one a ton of flavor while still maintaining a light body and pleasant dryness. The finish is crisp, refreshing and dry. Hard to fault this beer in any way; near perfect for the style.

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

Lot 060111.
Bottle poured into tulip. Ligh golden with thick white foam. Smells of slight citrusy malts and yeast. Maybe a hint of banana.
The mouthfeel is crisp and light with slight alcolhol vapors on the back of the tongue. Taste a bit hoppy for an APA, more like an IPA, but its truly delicious. Malty hops with a touch of fruit undertones. Its a great great brew. Easy drinker, but filled with taste. This is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries...

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

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold hue almost like a champagne. Frothy bleached white head foams up 3 cm and fades very slowly leaving windowpane lattice on the glass and creating large craters on the foam.
Aroma is biscuity malt mixed with grassy hops. A little bit floral and the grassy notes are like wet grass getting cut with a lawnmower.
FIrst sip reveals an average body with fine mild rolling carbonation. Texture is smooth, a little on thinner side but I think appropriate for the style.
Flavor is grainy biscuit malt with a little bit of caramel, but rolls quickly to grassy hops that linger with some astringency and dry out my palate at the end of each sip.
This is a well crafted beer that I oculd easily drink all day and not get bored. Wont wow you and its not over the top but is an appropriate APA. Well balanced and enjoyable. I will buy it again if I see it in CT.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This beer is ferociously floral and eternally quaffable. Maine beer has made my favorite pale ales to date, and this is no exception. A golden pour with a floral hop nose that leads to floral, citrusy flavors. Classic American hop flavors that are actually a bit understated, but highly effective (as in highly delicious).

If you haven't had the privilege of drinking a fresh maine beer co beer, do yourself a favor and try your best to do so.

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

A super fresh bottle into a clean ass glass. 16oz in and this beer looks delish.

Coming out of the bottle, Peeper looks the color of a Berliner weisse appearing whitish/golden. Gliding in the glass a dirty looking amberish orange that cleans up when the whole bottle is poured, leaving a dirty bronze color, and white foam all around the glass. Smell is very fresh (20 days old) with bright citrusy hops with some faint pine and some sweet backing malt, but not much. A very pleasant smeller. Taste is str8 up pale ale with big citrus taste and a light body, Pale is the word. feel is light as mentioned,with a nice hop bite that comes and goes. At 5.5%, if this came in 6 packs this would be a no brainer.

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

the Maine Beer Co offering
Look - a superbly yellow haze, i have falling in luv with the yellow IPA and as all the Maine Beer Co offerings has a head that dissipates w lacing, smells lots of pineapple and citrus at front and more pine follows but much later in the length taste - much dryer and follows smell profile magnificently w smooth w impressive aftertaste. feel - nice carbonation overall their best beer. There is something about this and w only one it is hard to put a finger on, will definitely buy more, in fact on the next Maine run will purchase this in bulk to figure out!

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
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