It’s Friday, so on my way home from work I hit up a local better beer store and picked up some goodies. One of those goodies is by an unknown brewery to me, Maine Beer Company. Seems the brewery, read from the beer’s label, was started by two homebrewing brothers and seems quite environmentally conscious (wind power usage, used grain donations, 1% all sales to environmental non-profits, etc). Lets see how their Peeper Ale is.
A nice one inch stark white head sits atop the beer’s hazy amber body with pine needles, pear, and mint greeting my nose. It’s an interesting aromatic combination that is surprisingly enticing. Medium body, shuffling ever so close to the “creamy” side of things, on the tongue with a big hit of mint that turns musty on my first gulp. As the head recedes to a thin covering, a pale malt aroma makes an appearance. Along with the mint, which gets kicked down a bit on subsequent sips, I’m noticing a nice water cracker malt note and a finishing of yeast. I am also getting some orange citrus notes as the beer warms. The beer is only slightly bitter, with tastes mixing very well together. As the beer comes to an end intricate lacing is left running down my glass.
Overall a very good first beer for Maine Beer Company. I was a little worried with the original aroma combination, but the beer worked well. A well crafted, enjoyable (it went way to quick) American Pale Ale. I look forward to their future creations.