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

Incredible structure to the white head on this. It leaves shelves of lacing behind as it chases the clear amber beer down to the bottom of the glass. And right away you get the hops in the nose. Very juicy with ripe citrus with an underpinning of pine and some cracker for substance. The hop profile in the taste is a little different, starting off with fresh pine with the citrus backed off a bunch and then a tropical essence coming through in the wash. The malts don't come off as sweet in the taste but are more forceful in their biscuity flavor. The body is on the lighter side of medium, giving it a crisp snap on the first sip and I'd call this beer refreshing if not for the long, bitter aftertaste. Excellent effort from Down East, but what do you expect from a brewery out of Portland?

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a stemmed goblet. Born on date is 5/7/13, so it's well within its 90 day best-by range.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head pours a thick layer of frothy white foam. I think it's quite attractive.

Smell: big and hoppy right up front with a fresh, grassy, fruity character. Almost tropical, but more reminiscent of a fresh spring aroma. I like it.

Taste: rich, sweet malt is in the mix, but it takes a serious backseat to the hops. This is hugely hoppy, with a big, citrusy, piney hop character. Bitterness is moderate for the style, although quite subdued when considering the hugely hoppy flavor. Quite good indeed, although it doesn't precisely blow me away -- it's just a very good hoppy brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great, well-integrated carbonation. The resulting creaminess is big, mouth-filling and tenacious. Wonderful.

Overall: a super tasty and refreshing hop-bomb pale ale. This is a darn good beer.

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

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of dense white. Ripped sheets and a solid foam cap for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with hints of tropical citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, and apricots.

Light bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel.

A light bitterness with shades of grapefruit, mango, and orange starts the palate. Barely a trace of malt in the background and quite fruity.

Finishes with orange and grapefruit zest with a very light bitterness and quite dry.

Tasty pale ale, but could use some more hops in the nose and the bodys a bit thin and watery.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Bottled 9/10/13
Drank 10/4/13

Another big thanks goes to to facesnorth for this guy! Peeper seems to be the palest of the three Maine Brewing beers I've sampled so far, Lunch and MO being the other two. The body is highly saturated golden nearly bordering on orange but not quite there.A perfectly white, perfectly fluffy head forms on the pour and never lets go. Big globs of lace seem to have pasted themselves to the glass.

Pale malt and grapefruit, and lemon pith are all well represented. There's a really unique, unexpected musty quality I don't think I've ever come across in a pale ale before. The mustiness is of that of wildflowers and similar to the quality found in Belgian pales. Dusty florals and a touch of honey bring up the rear. Again, this is an interesting smelling pale ale.

The flavor profile runs hand in hand with the nose. Pale crackery malt lays a base for the sharp citric bite of lemon, orange, and grapefruit in that order of intensity. The pollen laden wildflowers float around in the back with a modest touch of that honey. An easy drinking pale if there ever was one.

The body is lighter than moderate and very nicely fills out on the swallow. The bitterness grows to moderate in the back of the throat and the there's a juicy, fruity sweetness on the finish that's seems wholly appropriate.

Peeper is another fine brew from the guys over at Maine Brewing. It's a highly sessionable and unique take on the style. I've found everything I've so far had from Maine to be expertly crafted. I would certainly drink more of this is I ever come across it on shelves.

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

A - one of the prettiest shades of golden yellow one could see, along with a thick, marhmellowy soft yellow floating atop

S - fresh, citrusy blast of hops right away...intermix dashes of pine and a bit of floralness and you'll find exactly what's in my pint glass...

T - I know one can't describe flavor with the term "bright," but for some reason it just fits... Nice, fresh, citrusy...bitter up front, slides through a grapefruity type tunnel to a spash of pine at the back

M - a happy feeling arrives when the beer is introduced tot he palate. nice, easy flowing sessionable beer

O - another great Main offering

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Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden in body with bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, lemon skin, pine. Tastes of citrus, pine, lemon skin, pear, grass, pineapple, and some Hop bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle poured in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is straw yellow. Translucent. Head is white, foamy, 1 in, reduces to 1 cm. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Mild hoppyness. Straw, medium roast malt, caramel notes.

T: Mild and earthy hop presence. A dryness accompanies the initial palate. Very light malt base. Touch of caramel sweetness. Mild hop aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Very light feel. Semi wet finish.

O: Great pale ale. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bottled on 03/22/16. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel) and floral hops, and also some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some wheat malt and grassiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. I'd buy this again, just like I would all the other MBC brews I've tried so far. If you've never had it before, it's definitely worth trying. $6.99 a bottle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a great extra in a great trade from Jrae2424... My buddy buckeyeboy also brought this over on Saturday. Thanks a ton Jason and Jeremy. Pours with a 1" foamy white head.. good retention and lacing.. the brew is hazy deep golden... definitely bottle conditioned, be careful toward the bottom of the bottle.

Pretty nice smelling pale.. grassy with minor citrus zest and some background pine show and so does quite a bit of pale grain ... it doesn't smell "sweet", but the hops don't quite pummel the malts down.

Nice bitterness up front follows quickly by the pale malts and into the hops.. all and all, it seems pretty tame yet very balanced and drinkable... a bit grassy toward the finish... very drinkable.. it is not a mindblower, but I bet the brewer was just happy with something so quaffable.

Lite bodied and sorta one dimensional... alot of stuff going on that never seems to step on the next element... yummy.. I would buy it... but all parts are pretty "lite".

I could slam multiple bottles of this one.. that pushes me toward my only real complaint. Overall, this is well done and there is nothing "wrong", but to make it a bit more interesting, I would want more complexities in the hops and make them more pronounced.


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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle with LOT032411 on the side. Pours a murky amber color with a small head. Lots of lacing. Great hoppy citrus aroma with tropical fruit notes. Taste is bready and slightly citrusy with a bitter finish. Lemon and orange peel flavors. A bit floral. Highly drinkable. Pretty crisp but with a good amount of hop bite to it. Overall, this is a solid Pale Ale and worth grabbing again for sure.

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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 beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle date was 09-03-13

Golden body and creamy white head. Lots of citrus and melon scents floating in the air. Mild grain flavors that quickly give way to a zesty hop bitterness. Medium-light body, crisp, clean and dry finish.

An excellent brew for washing down some Maine seafood (had a fried seafood platter with this review, but had a nice, classy paella with this beer the night before). Very hop-forward, so the grains take a secondary position to things, but it's all good. A first rate, satisfying thirst quenching ale.

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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like metallic copper and citrus zest, with a little sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and floral and copper hops, with sweet honey malt. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was a nice pale ale, but really nothing special. It had a simple scent and taste, and a decent body. It had a smooth finish and was easy to drink. Meh.

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

Bottled December 8, 2015 and enjoyed December 28, 2015 in a Hop Slam tulip.

Look - Very light, pale yellow. See through depending on angle and glass. Decent finger of head depending on how strong the pour. Good lacing.

Smell - Light lemon. Light orange. Light grapefruit. Wheat. Grass.

Taste - Crisp. Wheat. Grass. Grapefruit. Lemon.

Feel - Soda water. Not creamy. Light.

Overall - This is a good session. I wish it wasn't so cold outside.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and plenty hazy with a quarter inch of creamy and frothy eggshell white head. I'm getting more pine than citrus in the aroma. I'm tasting lightly piney hops with a nice and unobtrusive, yet balanced light malt flavor. The mouth feel is very smooth and dangerously quaffable. Sometimes excellent beer is just that simple.

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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 ppoitras
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with sporadic sticky lace. Aroma is sedate, lightly of sweet and green hops.

Taste starts with pale malts, goes moderately citrus in the middle, then comes on with some bitterness that sneaks up on you. Overall, a nicely balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a spieagleau IPA glass. Bright hazy gold with a thick foamy head with great retention - a bit of lacing is present.

Nose is bright and light, more citrus notes than anything.

Flavor is bright and refreshing, bit of hop bitterness with citrus the primary other aspect.

Feel is on the light side, a touch watery but not bad. Not my favorite Maine beer I've had but it's nice enough.

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

Thanks to islandboi8204 for this bottle.

Pours a Very mirky/hazy light brown-peachy color. Unlike any color I've seen in a beer. Looks like dirty water. Very nice bright white 1 cm frothy head with nice retention and lacing.

Nice nose with bright citrus, grapefruit and floral hop notes. The aroma fades fairly quickly unfortunately.

Flavor is pretty good with good balance. Floral hops up front with a nice interesting transition to a butterscotch-like malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carb. that fits this beer.

Overall it's a good beer. A little different than most pale ales. Glad I got to try it.

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

A - An impressive, frothy white head settles after a generous pour into a pint glass. The body is a murky yellow/light orange. Nice lacing as the level dropped.

S - A slight hint of airy hops, nothing overpowering. Subdued aroma of a backyard in summer, almost. Subtle, but pleasant.

T - Very smooth tasting ale. It's got a very simple layout with the malt and hops balancing nicely. Very solid.

M - Very clean finish. I wrote this before describing any of the taste, simply because it's got such a clean, sharp finish. Medium to light body to the beer.

O - Solid ale. I know this is the trademark beer from Maine Beer Co, and having reviewed some of their other beers, I expected a bit more. Very drinkable, very simple. And if that's what you're looking for, jump on Peeper. It's very fresh and crisp.

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Photo of heliosphann
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle provided by a great BA, Casey10. Served in a pint glass.

A: Finger of fluffy white foam lines the top of the glass. Slowly fades into a bubble strewn, splotchy spill. Is that a Bud Light in my glass? I'm thankful it's not, but it sure looks that way with is crisp, golden body.

S: Light floral hops mixed with sweet malts and toasted grains. That almost sounds like a cereal commercial. It's not, but that does sound fairly appetizing.

*note* Right before I wrote this next section, I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass. Apparently there was a LOT of yeast sediment. So much that it changed not only the appearance of the beer, but the taste/smell as well.

T: Initially this was a very crisp pale, with a good toasted/bready malt profile, and some floral hops, with some slight citrus hints. Most impressive was how balanced I found it to be. Once I added in the yeast, it added some fruity esters and still retained a nice hop kick on the finish. I enjoyed it either way.

M: Light-Medium bodied. For being a pale, this has a very nice viscosity to it. Very well carbonated, giving it a nice creamy feel.

D: An extremely sessionable Pale Ale that doesn't skimp on flavor. I could seem myself putting back quite a few of these at 5.5%. Next time I'd leave most of the yeast in the bottle as I think it drinks better that way, especially for multiple servings.

I'm usually not a big fan of Pale Ale's, but I found this beer to be quite tasty and refreshing. I'd love to try this beer fresh, as I think there would be more of a hop presence to it. Looking forward to more offerings from Maine Beer Co.!

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to mdfb79 for this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! Enjoyed this one while watching my Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets take on the Dawgs during rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, spice, spicy hop, grass, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, pine, pine hop. Fruit hop, earth, earth hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. While this one had a lot going on in it, it really managed to stay pretty well balanced in both the aroma and flavor. The flavor was fairly light and crisp which made it really easy to drink and rather refreshing. Really glad I got the opportunity to give this one a try and I hope to try more from this brewery in the future as well.

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

Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge dense pure white head that left some chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a fresh grapefruit hop, floral, and a touch grassy. There is also some musty notes from the yeast.

The taste is of a floral hop, some grapefruit. Light grassy bitterness rounds out the hop profile. The malt is bready, light brown sugar sweetness. The malt compliments the hops well.

The beer has a moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Good balance between the malt and hops. Though yeasty, finishes fairly clean.

A very good APA, nice balance between the malt and hops. The yeast is a bit chalky, which is the beer's only down point. Glad I found this.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange hue with moderate chill haze. The head is impressive, as is the lacing.

S: American hops lend a orange blossom aroma, along with some candied malt and a slight musty cork aroma (not off-putting).

T: A nice harmony of malt and hops. It isn't very bitter. Very refreshing.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate for the APA style.

D: This is a good beer. Not a great one, but it is very enjoyable.

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

Bomber from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $7

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon-grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grapefruit and some woody/leafy hops. There is also some light malt.

Overall - A nice light APA that taste a little less fruit than I was expecting. More of a dry earthy woody hop bite than a the fruity juicy one I get with their other hoppy brews.

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