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.