Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

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Peeper AlePeeper Ale

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

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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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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

First time trying a tulip glass...

A - Poured a light, yellow, hazy golden color with thick, white head. Good lacing and retention in very light, frothy foam.

S - Citrus right off the bat and faint flowers

T - Very clean, with a little bit of bite on the back of my tongue. Grapefruit and lemons with a little bit of a champagne taste

M - Mouthfeel, very crisp and carbonated that reminds me of champagne

O - Good, very clean beer. There is not much that I dislike from the Maine Beer Company. They're putting out some great beers!

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

The beer has a pale yellow color. The aroma is light with tropical fruits. The taste is light tropical tropical fruits with no malt. Really easy drinking, not very bitter. Not very explosive in taste or aroma.

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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 albern
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, a touch hoppy for an APA, with a nose that pointed to an IPA for sure. The beer laces lke mad, and the head is quite creamy and thick, white, with good retention. The nose is quite piney hop, maybe a touch of some floral bouquets as well, but mostly piney and estery hop.

The taste is a bit tilted towards the bittering hop, although the malts are thick enough and full bodied enough to keep things in check. The piney hop gives way a bit to additional coloration, in the orange blossom family. I appreciate the low ABV of this beer. It's a medium bodied affair, bottle conditioned, carbonated enough, and quite good. The bittering lingers just a bit into the aftertaste, but doesn't hang on interminably either. this nano brewery is a pleasant surprise. I'll come back for more.

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

Light and foamy head that leaves a slow forming lacing behind. Fruity and sweet smell. Nice gold color - with an unfiltered but sturdy look. Taste is unexpectedly mild, with quick receding fruit and honey and bitter flavor. Expecting a lot of flavor, but it is surprisingly light and crisp. This would be an excellent and refreshing ale for summer weather or generally to quench your thirst.

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

Bottle purchased on 12-29-12, consumed on 1-5-13. Didn't notice it when I bought it, but there's a date on the side of the bottle: 4-17-12, which I assume is the bottled-on date - making this beer nearly 9 months old when consumed. . . .

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is surprisingly light - slightly chill-hazed straw-yellow with active carbonation forming a 2-finger soap-bubbly white head. Leaves behind thick sheets of foamy lace.

S: Light citrus - lemon and lemon peel and a touch of grapefruit. Modest bready malt aromas underneath.

T: Sweeter than expected, though I can't help but wonder if the hops would've been a little more prevalent when fresh. Still, after a fairly sweet malt profile early in the sip, it finishes with a good bitterness - lemony, grassy and a bit of grapefruity pith or peel.

M: On the lighter side of medium in heft with active carbonation creating rising bubbles throughout and a modest creaminess in feel.

O: A solid APA - easy-drinking but with good hop flavors.

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Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a very pale, hazy yellow, an appearance I'd normally associate with witbier, with a generous topping of white foam. Nice gloppy lacing and great head retention.

Smells surprisingly bright and hoppy, with a lot of floral and grassy notes.

Good flavor, but a bit lighter on the palate than I was expecting. A little thin bodied and quite dry, but this one has a really pleasant, well balanced hoppy finish. Not very bitter at all, but just enough for the overall lightness of the malt. Grassy and lemony, with a bit of a peppery herbal tint. The malt is pretty unremarkable, very clean and unobtrusive, clearly intended to showcase hops without getting in the way. The more I drink it, the more peppery flavor I'm getting. It really shares a lot of characteristics of a witbier, in terms of mouthfeel and a strangely peppery tingle in the finish. It's a really well-made beer, and something I'd want to drink while relaxing on the beach in the middle of summer. Not the cheapest beer at $6 a bottle, but it is good. Artistry is usually expensive.

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

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a duvel glass. Bottle dated 11/23/12

A: pours a hazy golden with a massive three fingers of fluffy white head. Head dissapates slowly and leavs globs of sticky lacing all over the glass.... Enough lacing to warrant a 4.5 but the massive long lasting head is a bit if a turn off for me.

S: nice citrusy and flowey/grassy hops in the aroma, along with some slightly bready malts. The citrusy notes are reminiscent of grapefruit and lemony orange peel. A pleasmt aroma.

T: tastes alot like the nose.... Alot of lemony citrus hop notes, along witha touch of grassy hops as well, not really any bitterness to the hop flavor, balanced nicley was some bready malts... The taste is crisp, refreshing and well balanced.

M: lush creamy medium body with medium carbonation... A hint of bitterness on the end making the finish a touch dry.... Very drinkable.

O: this is a very well balanced citrusy pale ale, very mild on the bitterness while still displaying a good amount of hop flavor and character. I'm not usually a huge fan of pale ales but this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellowish amber with some dark golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy white head that has very good retention, pretty much lasting throughout and leaving sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Earthy grassy hop aroma with hints of straw and a nice citrus presence. Hints of grapefruit, lemon peel, dank hop oil and pine. Subtle malt backbone.

Chewy resinous medium body that is very hop forward. Bitter earthy hops up front with a lot of dry pine as well as some sweet citrus notes, mostly grapefruit and lemon peel. This is balanced mid palate by a nice malt backbone with earthy grassy straw notes. Crisp, well balanced, easy drinking and refreshing. Overall, a decent session beer.

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