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An American-style ale brewed one barrel at a time. The malt bill is built on American two-row malt and accented by crystal 10, Vienna, and white wheat malts. Magnum hops give the beer a nice clean bittering and Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hop varieties provide a pleasant floral and citrusy hop flavor. A healthy dose of additional Amarillo and Centennial are dry hopped to give this beer an inviting hop aroma. The beer is fermented with a neutral yeast strain and allowed to dry out so it finishes crisp and clean.

Note: Formerly known as Spring Peeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a pillowy white head, fully lasting. Aroma of toasted grain, citrus, lemon, herb, straw. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Starts with taste of citrus, peach, toasted grain, grass, all of which are fairly light. Then the bitterness kicks in. Lots of flavor. Nicely nuanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2453) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is malts and grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnomungus (86) - - AUG 10, 2014
A very dry, crisp beer. Lots of lemony citrus up front with a refreshing amount of bitterness in the wash. Great in the heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tommynh (48) - - AUG 10, 2014
Pours a nice light golden color with a hoppy scent. Very nice taste, not an overpowering IPA but you can taste the hops. Aftertaste is short, nothing (heavy or light) seems to linger too long after the sip. A good IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (742) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, light yellow with a lively, near white head, and a swirl of yeast if you are not careful. Aroma is pleasant. Bright citrus, pine, resin,and a hint of bread. Taste is balanced. Slightly floral with pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, a hint of yeast, and a touch of hop spice at the end. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a very tasty beer. Aroma is lighter than the flavour but that would be the only down side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Binny’s in Chicago.
Pours light straw-gold with a huge fluffy white head. Smells grassy and herbal. Some sweet cookie like flavours with a fairly crisp bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking. I think overall I preferred MO. 2014-08-01

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2014
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/22/14 and cost $5 ($0.30 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful glowing golden hue over a clear body with visible bubbles. Pours to a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: A sweet citrusy aroma, almost candy-like. Hints of pine.

Taste: Peeper Ale is probably the mildest beer made by the Maine Beer Company, and that’s really saying something considering this is quite a bold pale ale. Like most beers in their repertoire, this is a hop-forward brew with a classic citrusy flavor and strong bitterness. Orange is definitely the predominate hop character due to the Amarillo hops, though there’s some underlying pine and a hint of tea-like taste from the Cascade and Centennial hops, respectfully. The Magnum hops impart strong bitterness, especially around the apex of the swig. I’d probably criticize this beer for not having a strong enough malt backbone as there isn’t much in the way of distinctive grain flavor. I wouldn’t say the palette is radically skewed towards the hops, but a little more balance couldn’t hurt.

Drinkability: Of all the beers in their portfolio, Peeper Ale is Maine Beer Company’s lightest, though you would never consider it light in any way (unless 5.5% ABV is your definition of light). The delivery process is nice: a medium to full body with a mouthfeel to match. The finish is smooth, though there’s definite lingering bitterness and a drying sensation. This is not a beer I would consider refreshing, but that’s okay because it’s probably not supposed to be, anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG111 (230) - - JUL 31, 2014
On tap. Pours a very pale yellow color almost like a pale lager. Nice white head with lacing. Aroma is wheat, hops, lemon, earthy spices. Flavor is awesome lemon and spice up front with malt balance. Finishes a little hoppy but not overwhelming. Maybe the best pale ale I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (423) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
On tap @ Roof at Park South, NYC. Pours a light golden haze with small white head. Aroma is crisp fruity hop, bready biscuit, clean pale malt, grassy hop. Flavor is grass & light pine hop, fresh citrus & melon, bread. Light/Med mouthfeel, very well balanced & semi lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2061) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle 1pint9oz. Pours blond with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Taste is of citrus, pepper, bitterness, fruits, tropical fruits. Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Nice balance. Overall: Very good. Dangereously drinkable. Well attenuated. Great beer.

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