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Peeper Ale | Maine Beer Company

582 Reviews
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 BamaViper1
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really hoppy smelling but easy tasting pale ale. The hop character comes through strong in the nose, but the actual taste of the beer is very mellow. The finish is light along with the body of the beer. This is an IPA in a pale ale's body an it works suprisingly well. Great beer from the northeast.

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Photo of baconbourbon
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peeper Ale: Bottle

Appearance: Light golden amber with a nice foamy head and excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful notes of citrus, but the smell is not overpowering. It has a great aroma to it.

Taste: The citrus comes through straightaway at the front, followed be a slight bitterness. This beer is incredibly refreshing.

Mouth feel: It is extremely smooth, and quite cooling. There is a dangerous amount of drinkability present here.

Overall: Peeper may be the only pale ale that I have had to date that I enjoy. It is an excellent beer on all fronts. This beer exceeded all of my expectations, and that is not something that happens too often.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recieved as an extra from bendurgin's lif 8/28/11

This brew pours a slightly hazy, deep gold color with a huge, meringue like white head of small, bubbles. The head retained all the way down to the bottom of the glass and nice lacing was left behind. The nose is delightfully citric with bits of orange, tangerine, lime, yeast, and dust. The taste is pleasantly mild and bitter with soft floral notes, citrus peel, and Orval-esque yeast notes. Light to medium in body with very high, aggressive carbonation. So aggressive in fact it takes away some of the subtleties of this beer. it is a very nice brew that I certainly recommend and wish I had greater access too.

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Photo of godlessape
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Trader Joe's in Portland Maine. I had asked the guy stocking the shelf what his favorite Maine beer was and he pointed to this without hesitation. He knows his stuff.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden sunshine with a thick creamy head that starts at about a inch and a half, then simmers down to a healthy quarter inch and stays there.

Smell: A perfect balance of malt and piny hops shooting straight up the snout and tickling the pleasure centers of my brain.

Taste: The hops come up strong at first then give way to the caramel malt, then return with a wicked bite. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little light bodied.

Overall: This is the hoppiest pale ale I've ever had--bites like an IPA, and that's a great thing. These guys did a great job with this brew.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey snifter glass. Bottle says: Lot 03/24/11, which I assume is the bottle date. So, it's not fresh.

A: Pours light orange color. Lots of carbonation rolling of bottom. Two finger white head with tight little bubbles. Bottle conditioning must be the culprit.

S: Smells a lot like an IPA. I get some grapefruit and citrus notes. Some orange maybe? It smells really nice.

T: Tastes like a weak IPA, which I like a lot actually. Really crisp hop character that hits you right a front of the tongue. Great balance greets you on the middle of the mouth. You get those citrus notes with a faint malt balance. And then the finish is very clean.

M: Light to medium bodied. Good coat for a pale ale though.

O: Really a great beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and wish I had another right now! Even though this is nearly 5 months old (I think) it's very fresh tasting.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with Dnuggs, thanks Doug! Poured into my Khunhenn snifter/goblet, whatever the hell it is. Bottle date 6/14/11

A- Kind of cloudy and murky. A nice head forms on a regular pour and takes some time to dissipate. Serious foam left on the glass.

S- Nice, subtle hop profile, somewhat citrusy.

T- Very nice clean and refreshing. It's not Lunch (which is fantastic!) but it's a very solid offering from a company that appears to only make 4 beers so they should be making them right. Nice subtle hops with a dash of spice on the finish.

O- A truly nice and refreshing ale that hits the spot on a hot Florida summer day.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz brown bottle from July 19. Picked up on a recent weekend in Portland. Had never heard of this beer before that trip, but now I'm seeing it pop up in BA mag, local beer dinners and other events, etc.

Color exactly matches the color of honey, and it has a good haze to it. Crazy tall head that lasts forever, it's thick like sea foam. Wow, this is one of the best-looking beers I've ever come across.

Very floral aroma with tons of orangey citrus, there is a strong hoppy punch to the nose. Taste is surprisingly tame, and hoppy flavor doesn't reach the same level as the aroma. Still very good though, even if mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like. I was about to write how remarkably smooth this is, but the dry bitterness does linger a long time after the finish.

This is a great pale ale, and manages to bring the hops without crossing over the IPA line. The look alone puts this among my recent favorites.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light yellow color with a big white head. the smell is floral and citrus hops with almost no malt presence. the flavor is hoppy and the flavor pops in your mouth with citrus piney and floral hops. the mouthfeel is extremely light and carbonated. overall this is one of the best pale ales avilable second to edaward and up there with alpha king

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

I picked up a 500ml bottle for $7 from EuroMarket. That's a bit steep, but I do love a fine American pale ale.

Mmmm. It's a bright, crisp pale ale with a herbal pine and lemon and then a clean, juicy grapefruit finish. The bitterness approaches an IPA (and probably surpasses a few lesser one), but the body still on the more drinkable side of the style. It's certainly lighter than SNPA, for example. I'd love to take care of a few bottles of this.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most impressive beer. American pale with some extra zip that doesn't (seem) to come from the hops.

A beautiful copper pour, clean and clean. Creamed up head, very good lacing. Yum!

Somewhat flower/spice/fruity aroma. the malt doesn't take a back seat, but doesn't drive.

So it goes with the taste. It's a great flavor, but not quite APA style...I'm being picky. Some floral and overripe apple, citrus, green pine. Nice bite to it, crisp and clean. Easily quaffable at 5.5%.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a great golden color. It provided really nice head, which I like, and afterwards, it left pretty substantial lacing on both the top and the sides of the glass. The lacing isn't as prominent, however, after I let it warm a bit.

Smell: It has some really nice notes of hops. Very citrusy, which is what I like about IPA's. Because of that, it made me like this APA even more. At first I was skeptical about this beer, but I wasn't disappointed. I don't think the smell is as strong as an IPA (of course), but it's enough to make me respect its efforts.

Taste: The carbonation in this beer is good. It's not as hoppy as I would like it, but the hoppiness that is present is definitely making a stand. It shows that it want's to be a great IPA, but unfortunately it hasn't reached that point yet.

Mouthfeel: It's not thin at all, but it's not thick either. It's not anorexic, but it's not obese. It's pretty much a healthy beer.

Overall: This is definitely a beer I could have as a regular drink. It's a "mowing the lawn" beer. After a hard day of work, I would pop this brew open to refresh myself and relax while I watch an Arsenal game, which is an oxymoron because if you watch Arsenal play, it's hardly relaxing at all. But, I digress. This beer is great, it has a respectable "drinkability" that would put commercial beers to shame.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clearish straw color with a dirty white head. Started off with about 2 finger head that faded to a thin layer. It clung fairly well. Aroma was a fruity sweet with a delicate hop undertone. Reminded me of a fresh melon. Taste was smooth and fairly clean. Slightly flowery, once again seemed to finish as a clean melon flavor. Nice and delicate. Felt ok in the mouth. Seemed a tad over carbonated for the rest of the beer. Coated nicely for the style. Overall a pretty awesome beer. Not my style of choice, but a very nice well balanced palette pleaser.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours slightly hazy with a lightly golden colour. A very tall foam head that's quite creamy and marshmallow-like. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Wow. Floral and herbal hops, banana, grapefruit, some lemon, biscuit-like malts as it warms, picking up some clove and coriander spice, and faint pepper.

T: Nice and refreshing taste. Quite a bit of tart citrus upfront, but quickly balanced with mellower malts. Picking up a faint pepper bite and a little belgian spice. One of the most easy-drinking and refreshing beverages I've had in a long time.

M: Rather thin, but it works with the clean citrus focus and also considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation that I also think works.

D: Very drinkable, and certainly a sessionable (albeit a bit pricey) pale ale. Good things are happening on Industrial Way in Portland, ME.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to my buddy Drew for sharing this one.

A: Clear pale amber body with a dense finger of creamy off-white head. Strong retention, nice lace. Lovely.

S: Nothing but fresh, delicate hops of both the herbal + fruity varieties. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Enjoyable.

T: THe hops are up front with some lightly resinous herbal notes, but the bulk of the flavor comes from the malt - rich (yet light) caramel, some almond, and plenty of vanilla. A little too sweet on the finish, but still delicious.

M: Rich, light, moderately carbonated, and creamy. Excellent.

O: I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and would gladly seek it out in the future. I don't know how fresh this particular bottle was, but I bet with a touch more emphasis on the hops this would go from good to great.


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Photo of Klym
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gratitude to Palphen for another lovely bottle. Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a translucent, deep gold with a 1 finger shampoo bubble head that leaves major shampoo lacing. Looks awesome for an APA.

Edit: after finishing the beer this thing left major lacing that blanketed the glass and wouldn't go away.

S: Big time caramelized banana with piney/dankish hops blowing up the aroma. Some typical slushy tropical fruits add to the aroma. This smells amazing.

T: Malty character accompanies the hops on mouth-wide domination as caramelized banana sets up fort on the tongue. Really great character, just tastes great.

M: Medium body and foamy carbonation make this a fun one to have in the mouth. Enough texture to support the beefy flavors and enough carb and thinness to make this majorly refreshing.

O: I've had two beers from Maine Beer Company now, and no doubt in my mind they are the Alpine of the east coast. I've come to love beer through the company of my brother so I was charmed by the story of their brewery too. Rock on guys-- if your beer is this good after being bottled and sent to me 8 days through the heat in a truck, I can't even imagine how good it is at the source.

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

Figured I'd give this a try, heard good things about it. Poured into my DF head pint glass. One finger white kinda rocky head. Amber gold color that is rather transparent. Sheeting along the side of the glass I sip from. The aroma is of malts married with slightly citrusy hops, a bit of grassy hops too. The flavor is more pale ale then many pale ales I've head, that is to say balance. Balance of bitter and malty biscuit like quality. A bit of citrus and grass makes an apperance in the flavor. Clean plan yeast flavor, a bitter and clean finish. What more is there to say. Well carbed, round mouthfeel a good pale ale period. Nothing about this beer is average or above average, its good, period.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville.

Pours a clear light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with bright citrus and herbal hops. Also present are hints of floral hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Clean and crisp pale malts up front are joined quickly by loads of intense citrus hops with heavier herbal influences serving as the backbone. Midway through the hops fade just a bit allowing the sweetness of the malt to shine before they take over near the end of the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this is a fine beer that is significantly more west-coast-like than most I’ve had from the NE area. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus hops on the nose backed by a strong malt backbone. Some floral notes help bring the sweetness through to the nose. It really smells like a citrus candyland.

Pours out an opaque dark straw color topped by a really fluffy, stable, foamy white head. Active carbonation bubbles rising to the surface, and generous lacing really make this a pretty beer.. something to focus your peepers on.

Flavors of tangerine and similar citrus are prominent in droves from start to finish. Starting with an almost sweet taste, and finishing bitter makes this an interesting gradient of experiences.

A tad dry, but not completely. Highly carbonated (but really smooth) and a nice medium-light body make this a nice beer. Quite quaffable and almost sessionable, if only I could buy this locally..

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away, leaving lacing down the edges of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute citrus flavors to the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s definitely a good choice during the summer months.

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

Pours, a hazy copper in color with a thick white head. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is of fresh, grassy hops with some secondary herbal, spicy and bready notes. This pale ale is hop-forward with a sturdy malt backbone which leaves the finish slightly sweet (with a balancing bitterness). Notes of mint and black tea linger in the finish. It's fairly full-bodied with a great creaminess. Carbonation is spot-on. Overall a beefed-up pale ale.

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Photo of atis
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Riga, Latvia on the label it is hand-written 3.24.11., I assume it must be production date, as this beer was delivered to the bottle shop in the beginning of August.

Pours hazy yellow-orange with dense white head, good retention. Aroma is dominated by citrus and floral hops, clean malty background.

Taste is similar to aroma - a very successful combination of sweetish and bready malt and sharp bittery citrus hops. Mouthfeel is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

An excellent APA, perfect for hot summer day.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating, but marked Lot 060111.

A: Pours a hazy orange amber color with zero clarity. A solid two finger head forms and forms rocky peaks as it slowly fades. There is a bunch of sticky lacing covering the glass and the head formed a nice white foamy cap over the beer.

S: Upfront it smells like piney and citrusy hops with a bunch of biscuit malt. There is a hint of caramel in the background as well. It is not overwhelmingly complex, but we are talking about an APA here.

T: More of the same from the taste of it; a good amount of citrus and pine from the hops and some biscuit goodness. Well rounded and hoppy enough to satisfy my hop craving.

M: A bit thin in feel with a good amount of carbonation. Nice dry finish

O: This is an APA I would not hesitate to revisit. It is just a really solid all around beer.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a burnt orange tone with two fingers of white head.
The smell contains citrus fruits such as orange and mango, some pine too. Upon taking a swig of this, I also taste some grapefruit.
There is a also grains coming through, pepper and grass. MF if fairly light, with a good balance to it. It is a fairly sweet APA, but not too much so. If you have not tried this already and come across, pick it up.

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Photo of nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a nice clear light orange color with three plus fingers of off white foamy head. Head retention is at about a finger with lots of stick clumps of head and lacing when it recedes. Some light carbonation floating up every now and then.

Fairly minimal aroma coming from the beer, even after warming a little from fridge temperatures. Some light biscuit malts and a touch of honey and herbal hops.

A very clean tasting pale ale, biscuit malt and honey sweetness, with a nice clean crisp hop bitterness on the finish.

Light bodied with some decent carbonation to keep the beer refreshing. Solid session beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

super pumped to find this locally! word on the street is it is a month old.

a - opened the bottle and filled capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a murky pear colored yellow with a frothy head that left some creamy lacing on the glass. pretty solid looking pale ale.

s - tame hops, good malt backbone. some spiciness and freshness. not really the strongest smelling beer. doesn't smell bad, just muted.

t - very spicy with bitter hops. not really my thing. i tend to like a pale ale that either has a stronger malt backbone or more of a piny hop...this one is more spicey with some bittering hops.

m - feel is good. nice body well carbonated.

o - overall this is a better than average pale ale, but not my ideal. i certainly would not turn one of these down, but won't be on the lookout.

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