Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale - Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz bottle purchased in late May 2010 up in Virginia.
Simply thrilled to see Tupper's Hop Pocket back on the market - I had this a year and change ago and quite enjoyed it, but then the Tuppers left Old Dominion and moved around for a bit before being picked up by St. George brewing. This is obviously the new version. No bottled on date this time - for shame! Attractive, old-school label makes me smile, though.
First up, this isn't really an American Pale to me, although I can see how it gets lumped in with such. It's more a hoppy Amber, or perhaps more to my liking, an American Double-Bitter. The malt bill is all off for an APA, for one thing, and the hops don't even try to compete with anything West Coast out there anymore. It's all much more subtle and off-kilter... and fun.
Pours a gorgeous dusty copper that is clearly not entirely filtered, and sports a lumpy, dense and lacy-creamy white head. Looks English and has loads of character. It is bubbly and the head has real staying power and lasts the duration.
Smell is solid. Dry, biscuity malt with some huskiness, the dry-hops peek through and add their own citrus-lemon-grapefruit twang and it's rather clean and refreshing. The hops just smell... good. Earthy and sun blessed and complex. It's hard to describe.
Taste is quite nice, but won't win any awards for audacity. Still, we have a fine reserved, dusty malt presence here that is a expansive canvas for the earthy and dry-grapefruit hops to play around on. This beer tastes "mature", and surely isn't trying to win any points on IBUs or punchiness. It is clean and different and rather delightful all the same.
Mouthfeel flirts with sheer excellence; alternately creamy and soft and delightfully dry-hoppy bitter in the long, malt-kissed finish. It's still more English than most American beers I've come across, and the superb carbonation from bottle conditioning kicks this one up into the high score range.
I seem to recall this being a tad more malt-interesting and frankly better when brewed previously, but it's been a while, and I have a very soft spot in my heart for Tupper's Hop Pocket. Bob and Ellie are wonderful, inspiring people, and I am glad to see their creation back on the market. It seems expensive, ($8 / 4 pack) but if you appreciate synergistic, restrained and lovingly crafted beer, you need to get your hands on a Hop Pocket.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2010 02:23:43 | More by kkipple
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District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A 12 oz bottle. No "bottled on" date. Purchased February 5, 2013. Beer foamed out of the bottle upon opening. A healthy pour into a pint glass.
A - Honey colored and slighty cloudy pour. Lots of carbonation. Huge white rocky head. Excessive foam.
S - Resin, some sweet floral, citrus, nice grapefruit.
T - Hop up front, hop in the middle, hop on the backside.
MF - A little effervescent. Dry.
O - This was the beer that made me realize how much I loved hoppiness, but it is not the beer it was ten or even five years ago. The beer is still above average, but I can no longer drink it since it is just a shell of its former self.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 03:55:16 | More by Sludgeman
3.06/5 rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
an opaque orange in color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head... slight over carbonation.
smells of sweet malt and subtle grapefruit, hint of strawberry. a weird tasting beer.. hints of caramel, banana, earthy bitterness.. just really off taste throughout.. oxidation maybe. medium body, moderate carbonation (which is weird because of all the over fizz during the initial pour).
a little bit odd of a beer.. not sure what they were going after. it's a murky orange, off-tasting, and slightly over carbonated. either i got one hell of a terrible bottle, or this is just not a good beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 02:59:00 | More by facundoCNB
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
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