Chalumeaux (41) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light golden color citrus aroma very smooth going down with a well balanced fresh hop finish. Great beer.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Calgary. Cloudy gold with a massive Duvel-style head. The head falls, aroma has some mandarin, meyer lemon, a touch of dusty yeast. Sweet pale malts are quite attractive. While the bitterness is fairly low, the peachy-sweet citrus fruit is really nice. Good balance, fresh taste, finish shows a little dryness. A good benchmark.
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
edgallow (1988) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus and sweet malts. Taste is malts and grapefruit.
gnomungus (50) - - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dry, crisp beer. Lots of lemony citrus up front with a refreshing amount of bitterness in the wash. Great in the heat.
Tommynh (24) - - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
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sudomorph (564) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Chad9976 (1156) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SG111 (66) - - JUL 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.