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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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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 2,753
Photo of CNoj012
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy bright straw color with a 2 finger bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are many spotted chunks of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, lemon, orange and floral/grassy hops. Taste follows suit with a slight twang on the finish reminiscent of a wheat beer. Feel is light, crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. Overall a very solid beer, but I much prefer A Tiny Beautiful Something.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the initial brew from MBC, now has become much less preferred one for me after trying all the other awesome hop forward offerings. this is still a good APA but really gets dwarfed by MO.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow. Aroma is a mix of citrus and floral. Taste is similar and balanced out with a pretty classic APA malt bill. The feel is very crisp and clean. A very well-made, middle-of-the-road pale ale.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Beer poured with a clear yellow appearance, patchy lacing, and a medium sized head that dissipated. Aromas include a light fruit flavor mixed with grassy bread. Taste is fantastic with a light hop flavor mixed with lemon citrus and wheat. Great mouthfeel; excellent crispness and carbonation that really brings out the flavors. Overall, really great mouthfeel that helped with its taste.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bottle picked up in York, ME for $6.99, dated in November so two months old. Very light yellow color, good head. Aroma is so subtle that it almost isn't there, maybe some grass. Flavor was not good, old lemon and just old. Guess this one falls off fast.

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Photo of AryaSparge
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is AMAZING.

Straw yellow in appearance, not much head, but some lacing. Smell is juicy citrus, grass, and big resiny hops. Taste is equally juicy with big hop flavor and residual bitterness that mellows towards the end. Mouth is crisp with big, bright, tingly bubbles. Could not get enough of it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was the first in a line of five 8 oz. pours on draft at a Maine Beer Co. dinner.

Light yellow, not a lot of head but tons of lacing.

I get banana and a super fresh CTZ-like hop dank funk on the nose--a sort of warming, overripe peach.

The dankness is almost non-detectable in the flavor, with hay, citrus and pils like qualities coming forward in its place.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry, when paired with a sweet lobster roll its bitterness really stood out.

(I had previously had Peeper at a bottle share on DLD, but this was a better, fresher taste).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramel look to it, amber colored, 3/4" head on it. Expected some hops, but really just got that toasted caramel malt thing going for it.

Taste was much lighter than the color would lead me to believe. Comes off a lot like Sierra Nevada. This is like their old school pale ale, and its a solid one.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw (3) pour with frothy white head; decent cap retention with moderate plus lacing; clear as a bell. Lemon grass nose. Grassy hops with a lick of lemon; bright, zippy citrus and fresh hop flavors. Lite mouthfeel; moderate plus carbonation. Overall, lite and easy drinking, with wonderful lemon zest linger.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Almost looks like lemonade in the glass. A light yellowish type color. Hazed.
Smell - Citrus, sweet orange, some grapefruit.
Taste - Tons of orange rind and citrus peel, some grapefruit and a grassy herbaceous note as well.

Overall - Would be an awesome summer beer!!!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine brew from Maine. Nice and light - smooth n easy to drink but with nice flavor. Nothing over powering but subtle flavors. Could drink a few of these in an afternoon and enjoy every one.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw/ pale yellow with small disappearing head. Pale malt, lemon and rotted grass on the nose. Very subdued flavors; delicate but balanced. Little sweetness, a nice hop bitterness with a crisp and dry finish. Understated and elegant.

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Photo of jac391
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Maine. Light and refreshing with lots of fun hop flavors. These brews occasionally show up at our local Wegman's and I'm always excited to try their offerings. This one isn't quite on the level of Mo for an APA but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale, gold pour with ample white foam. Nice lacing. The nose is mellow, grass, bready, malt. The taste follows, bready, grassy, hay. Nice malty balance, although still hop forward. The feel is medium with medium carb. Smooth. Very nice!

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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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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 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 tlema1
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: very light color, thick white head
S: bit much on the nose
T: lightly bitter, citrus finish
F: good clean taste, slightly hoppy finish
O: very drive drinkable, light and easy

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a hazy light amber with a generous, mostly fluffy, head. Smell is lemony and earthy. A bit of hops and grain in the mouth. Feels pleasant and bubbly.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Have have gotten a skunked one. Appearance is straw colored, great fluffy white head. A touch of lacing. Nose is some hops, marijuana (the skunked element). Mild but unpleasant. Flavor is similar. Hops, light skunk. A touch of citrus in the nose when it heats up. Not much going on at all. Sort of biting earthy hops at the back. Quite dry - not fruity in the least. High carbonation. This bottle's not good - hopefully I get to try it again some time.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow with a 2-finger foamy and creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- grassy and earthy hops, crackery toasted malt, a hint of lemon

T- lemon grass and citrus hop up front with a toasted grainy malt background, slightly spicy yeast adds some earthy notes, dry finish with some fruity lingers

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a murky finish

O- easy drinking and flavorful

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent pale ale but I think I liked MO a little bit more. This one is similar but with more of a slightly spicy/earthy presence where MO was more fruity/juicy. Still my type of pale ale. nb

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 8/11/15, sampled on 11/29/15 into a pint glass.

Light lemon juice colored with a fluffy tightly bubbled white head.

There is a spiciness to the aroma, maybe slight banana as well. Cloves??

Tastes very light, but bubbly on the mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, dry. Yeast/bread. Great lacing.

Very nice light beer that even non beer drinkers would like.

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Photo of MikeLaw
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my all time favorite beer period. everything from this place is amazing- it smells different and tastes fresher than any other brewery. I don't know their magic but I like it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I love all of Maine's beers and given that this was the last one I the shelf, I grabbed it excitedly! This was bottled on 9/8 and as soon as I poured it out, I could tell that this was fresh beer that was bottled as perfect as could be!

This poured, looked, and felt lively as the head was one of the most beautiful and longest-lasting that I had ever seen, as if a wave deposited it into my pint glass while I wasn't looking. Lots of big bubbles and lots of good lacing left as I worked my way through this, though the rings weren't even. The hue was a nice hazy gold without any sediment floating in it and there wasn't much of an aroma either except for some lemon notes. Smooth, slightly spicy, and with the mouthfeel of a biscuit, there was some sea salt in the back that paired well with the foam. Not a Gose but light enough to be one, this had to be the most unassuming American Pale Ale that I've had in ages, if not ever!

Not light enough to be a session beer, this begged for another serving once I finished off the last little bit in the bottle and swirled the yeast out. Not your typical example of this style, this was so dry that it was enjoyable in a subtle way. Great stuff from start to finish and a welcome change from one-dimensional hop bombs but this may let those looking for hops down a bit. If that's the case, then it's just more for those of us who loved this.

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Peeper Ale from Maine Beer Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,753 ratings.
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