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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale - Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

Tuppers' Hop Pocket AleTuppers' Hop Pocket Ale

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very good

345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 03-14-2002)
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2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like your last date, pretty on the eyes, but tastes like fish

A beautiful crystal clear amber, with a thick foam. Leaves a gossamer lace on the glass. The aroma is mellow with hints of nutmeg, orange and smoke. Very nice. I had high expectations.

A quick taste...what's that? Soap? I recall this flavor, Dial or Lava. Definately one of the two.
There's certainly orange, but more that bitter white stuff you throw away, not the sweet orange part that's supposed to go into the brew.

Mouthfeel, well, I think it tastes like soap. Do we really care?

Low drinkability because it's so chemically bitter that you just can't handle more that 3 or 4 swallows

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 02:41:07 | More by TAMU99
Photo of Khazadum


2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge props to Allie ( ? ) on this beverage.

A- Somewhat violent pour generates an acceptable finger's worth of head. Off-white eggshell coloration. Many giant bubbles form up like baby's spittle from the center of the glass. The edges stay strong in their maturity with microfine collection of miniature froth.

The liquid itself is this interesting turbid orange juice with yellow hued edging. Tangerine almost. Quick notes on the retention, good. GET IT?! The lacing is quite nice. Sticky, thin, and ubiquitous.

S- Nice sweet maltyness forward, of the caramel persuasion. Some faint hops come through as a bitter edge. I detect a bit of citrus, tangerines? Very hard to pull things out of this beer.

T- Unusual. There is a bitter presence right at the start. Sort of yeasty afterthoughts to try and round it out. There is a significant lack of balance to this beverage. All bitter, minor grass or floral notes. I really wanted something else. The alcohol comes forward for a six percent and pairs off against some oxidized metal flavors. Not much in terms of fruits, malts, or anything sweet to balance it enough to note.

M- There is more hop flavor in the finish and on tasting my lips than in the beverage. Moderate amount of body, smooth, and mild carbonation to enjoy. Some lingering flavors save this beer from drain pouring.

D- Not really great... kinda lackluster in the world of american pales. The alcohol comes forward, the flavors don't pair off appropriately, and there is just a significant amount of lacking characteristics I have come to expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:55:04 | More by Khazadum
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with a nice head aboard. Nose is not overly hoppy. A good sign? Not really, very bitter but also thin and watery. Not robust enough and does not take a stand although the bitterness remains throughout. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 02:27:34 | More by thaichile
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orangy amber with a fairly thick head. Aroma is strong and malty with a hint of saltiness. Flavor is malty, with strong hop bitterness that is unpleasant and biting rather than stimulating. It has a rather strong alcohol edge even though it is only 12 proof. Maybe I got a bottle from a bum batch; I will have to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 20:47:43 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bboven


2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is middle of the road, minimal head, barely-there lacing, nice pale brown-gold color.

Th smell is mostly malty with a faint, faint backdrop of hops and sourness.

Taste is pretty buiscity with a noticeable sourness at the end which increases as the beer warms.

Mouth feel is pretty good, what is should bee for this kind of beer.

Very drinkable if kept towards the colder side of things.

edit- This particular bottle may have been past its prime. There was no date stamped on the bottle and I noticed several bottles that had passed their stamped dates.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 22:25:50 | More by bboven
Photo of Minkybut


2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer poured one of the most fat and puffy heads I have ever poured or seen. Held on good also. Beer Color was amber/orange and beer was cloudy. The smell was hoppy as was the taste. The beer had a bit of a bitter finish also. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:07:45 | More by Minkybut
Photo of phisig137


2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber color, with little head, and no remaining bubbles.

Aroma is dominated by diacetyl. Caramel and a bit of hops do poke through, but genrally not so great.

Flavor, again dominated by diacetyl. Butterscotch, caramel, cirtus hops, and a bit of bitterness. Not too impressed here. Mouthfeel is silky, but thin. Drinkability is decent for an IPA.

Seems like this has been better in the past. Not much hops here, and WAY too much diacetyl. I don't think I'll ever be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 04:16:13 | More by phisig137
Photo of BarrytheBear


2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not since my days as an addicted-to-Arizona-iced -tea-window-washer have these flavors meshed so familiarly together.

Everything about this beer screams herbal iced tea. Scent and taste are a match. Somewhat unpleasant bitterness end the charge.

Too bad I didn't really dig the regular Arizona iced tea, I was peach guy. Regardless, not a fan anymore.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:12:13 | More by BarrytheBear
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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 11/1/06.

Slightly hazy, with an orange/amber color. Large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Very grassy, but a good balance of biscuit as well.

Taste is quite hoppy - grass & herbal. Crackery in the middle. More bitter than sweet. Unpleasant phenol/medicinal taste, maybe ties into herbal flavor. Nice, lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Not dry, surprisingly.

OK, but phenol/medicinal flavor really off-putting. Get rid of that, and you would have a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 17:08:48 | More by
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District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Expensive and mediocre at best in this tasting.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with a retro drawing of a suited man holding greenery (hops?) and a worker with a shovel on each side of a panel that describes the main characteristics and ingredients of the brew. Notes below the contract brewing from Tupper´s to St. George Brewing Co. Side note offers a liner about bottle conditioning, sharing and how half of the profits go to undefined charitable institutions over the signature of the Tuppers. Lacks bottling or freshness date, notes Alc. by Vol. (6%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber pour. Nice frothy head with average to low retention but a nice surface memory and rich lacing. Heads down this is the best quality of the brew. All else goes down from here.

S - Lightly hoppy with a malty touch and... A faint skunky whiff, very small, more so like a lazy macro lager for an instant. Fades away quickly and leaves an non-intrusive and bland aroma shortly after the pour.

T - Not much better than the smell, less of the skunky note to the point that it may not be there although it leans to insinuate it is on a couple of occasions. But it is masked by a brash hoppy range that translates in bitterness, not awful but not pleasing either, with a malty note in the back.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation early on that subsides a bit too quickly leaving a flatness that does not help.

D - It is actually not that bad but it is an overall disappointment. One can drink it lightly but there is little commendable about this pale ale despite its local kudos and next much better offerings from the region and elsewhere. It is far from a drain pour to be fair, and if one comes your way it is drinkable but that is about it.

Notes: A bit of local vibe was helping the contract return of this regional brew. Unfortunately it is undeserved. Not only it feels overpriced, with a 4 pack marketing release, but most importantly it feels undeserving of the praise. This is a fair pale ale leaning on its poorer side. I was looking forward to it but not anymore... Now, there is a possibility that while supposedly rather fresh this is a bad bottle. I will sure give another a try and will update the review accordingly if it is an improvement. If not, this is as good as it gets.

Update: OK, having received a note that there might have been some issues with the inaugural batch for this edition, as recognized by the brewer, and that this is probably part of it, I'll sure be looking out to try a fresh and improved 2nd batch. And I'll be pleased to update the review accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:47:45 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of beerinator


2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper golden. Nice solid rocky head.

Aroma: Hop presence is citrusy in the aroma, doesn't appear to be too 'hard-core' hoppy from the smell.

Taste: Hop taste is very bitter, astringent. Not too much malt flavor noticed. Finish is quick, the bitterness doesn't last. Floral hop is the major noted flavor on the tongue. Hop flavor is very sharp and stiff.

Notes: Solid beer, clean tasting. Would be nice to have a sixer in the fridge as a standby.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 13:43:49 | More by beerinator
Photo of Cresant


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/29/05. The body was a cloudy yellow/amber with one finger of off-white head. Significant lacing remained.

Smelled of summer squash!? and sweet grain. Very unusual smell, not bad, just unusual.

Tasted of peppery hops. Mild. Balanced. As it warmed the bittering quality expressed itself more fully. Dry finish.

Medium carbonation and body.

Nothing very compelling here.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 18:56:44 | More by Cresant
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3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured a golden orange color and had a thin pale head, that disappered quickly to just traces of lace. It smelled sticky sweet and some sourish lemony notes, I was expecting a different hop aroma when I poured it into the glass. Taste was malty, musty, sweet bubbly tingle on the tongue with mild bitterness. I thought it was sorta thin. I probably wouldn't order a second one at a bar.


Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 13:12:23 | More by gottajiboo2
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was fairly average all the way around. Poured a bronze orange colour with a monstrous craggy head. Smell was hoppy, but not in the way I was expecting. It was a bit piney, but more than anything else, it was a herbaceous/medicinal/botanical kind of smell. It wasn't offensive, it just wasn't what I was expecting. Taste is a bit malty up front, and then turns quickly bitter from the hops. Nice. There is a very faint sweetness about a second and a half after the finish that somewhat reminds me of honey. Mouthfeel is pretty solid and is actually a bit heavier than I thought it would be. Not a bad IPA. Too bad AB will be brewing this soon. RIP Hop Pocket.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 01:59:59 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Marty30


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to smokypeat for the beer. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. The body reminds me of Iced tea. About the 2 inch khakhi colored head made up of big bubbles. Good retention.Sticky lacing.

S. Floral hops come to me first,followed by a slight hint of citrus hops.Some earthy malts in the backend.

T. Slight bitterness.Floral notes come through first, then some citrus hops. Earthy grains and a bit of sweet malt in the finish.

M. Lighter side of medium,I would say. Good carbonation helps move things along.

Overall this is an easy drinking summer beer.Not over hopped. A very good drinking beer.I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:39:59 | More by Marty30
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

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
Photo of flexabull


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear amber, with a slight head, and a lot of carbonation.

Beer smells sweet, and a bit fruit like. Not noticing a whole lot of aromas from this one though.

Beer tastes dusty, sour, and a bit sweet. Slightly creamy on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average, the flavors do linger a bit, and the beer is pretty rounded, and well carbonated.

This beer didn't do it for me. It tasted bland. Almost like an amature homebrew. I don't think I'd care for another. It was ok, but I didn't really like it all that much.

Thanks for the chance MuenchenerKindl.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 04:39:17 | More by flexabull
Photo of jcalabre


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this on 19 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
APpearance: This brew has a golden color
Flavor: Slightly hoppy, but a bit light in body for me.
Aroma: Nice hoppy nose.
Overall: Good, but not great; I've been spoiled having had some great IPA's previously

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 23:46:35 | More by jcalabre
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not being a huge IPA fan didn't help in my opinion of this one, but in the end it still seemed to be a merely average, slightly boring IPA. pours a medium orange/copper colour with a surprisingly nice frothy head which dissolves rather quickly. the hop smell is instantly apparent along with earthy hints and a bit of a citrusy sweet smell. the smell was far more complex than the taste, which, while it did compliment the smell of the brew, was basically a watered down version of it. it lacked character overall. carbonation level was a bit lower than i expected from an IPA, but not horrible. again, nothing more than a standard IPA here.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 02:05:36 | More by guinness33
Photo of mattcrill


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Label states that it was bottled on Jan 11 2005. Nicely done. Also states that it is dry hopped with Mt. Hood and Cascade Hops.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and bright orange with a sudsy, pillowy white cap on top.

Smell: Mild floral and pine hops noted. Maybe some cloves or some spiciness but that's a stretch.

Taste: Bitter floral hops up front, some ethanol laced throughout, and a dry peppery finish. Bitterness pretty much dominates the game here. Don't get me wrong, I like the hop presence but my palate keeps waiting for something else to show up and it never does. This beer kind of grabs your attention quickly and then leaves you high and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin and a touch watery. A pretty dry, crisp, and clean finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable but a pretty one-dimensional game here. Too many other great examples out there for me to re-visit this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 21:16:28 | More by mattcrill
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-gold body with a tall, meringue-like, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, grassy nose, primarily, with supporting notes of biscuit dough, humble barley grains, mineral water, distant caramel, and dried citrus peels.

Taste: Pale biscuit-toned maltiness with a lightly sweet touch of caramel. Grassy, spicy, and herbaceous hoppiness at first, much like a strong black English tea, followed by musty citrus accents (passes from grapefruit to orange and back again). Moderate bitterness. A bit minerally on the back half, with the suds helping to accentuate the bitterness a tad. Finishes bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. The body is just a hair thin and the carbonation a hair too hair, working against the beer as a whole.

Drinkability: It's been a long time, Tuppers. Nearly eight years by my count. A nice revisit, though I wasn't taken with it then, nor am I now.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:11:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, no date, "half of the profits go to charity"

Thanks the wonderful Thorpe429 for the local!

A - Surprisingly darker than I expected, this hazy pale pours a weathered amber-brown color and is topped by a fleeting off-white head. Good lace is left behind.

S - Smells old for a pale, but without a date, who knows. Faded Cascade hops in the aroma hint at citrus notes but are overpowered by caramel and amber malts.

T - Definitely lacking that punch, the hops seem pretty far gone. (I hope it's old, just not bad.) Good caramel malt and amber base with earthy notes coming from the hops still.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a simple mild, dry bitterness to the finish.

O - Very plain and uninteresting, there's a good malt base going on, but the hops need to be ramped up (assuming its just not old). Extra points for the charitable donations though, that's awesome!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:26:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mobud


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice orange color with a light head that goes quickly. Not much of an aroma; light hop smell with an easy ale base. The taste was one of hops, but not overwelming like alot of of hoppy beers. The bitterness was there, without the burn feeling of an overhopped ale. Not much malt to speak of. The mouthfeel was even; light carbonation with very little aftertaste. I felt refreshed after several sips and enjoyed this beer. Looking at the name, I expected a hop bomb (which is good in my book), but was pleasantly surprised to find a beer that gave both a fresh hops taste with a thirst quenching finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 00:19:27 | More by mobud
Photo of Norfawkers


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It would be a decent beer if it weren't for the strange metallic flavored finish. Let it breathe a bit to reduce the metal taste.

Appearance: Amber/orange, clear, min head

Smell: Malt, some hops, some funk/yeast

Taste: Initial metallic funk; then bitter hops up front with a strong malt back

Mouthfeel: CO2 noticable; bitter

Drinkability: Without the metal, it's somewhat drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 20:21:27 | More by Norfawkers
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3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight floral notes on the nose with a little bit of grass. Its a bit weak, unfortunately, because the scents are good - just wish they were more pronounced.

Hop Pocket brings a hazy dark honey color liquor topped with an off-white head that just doesn't go away. Seriously, I think this is the most stable head I have ever encountered in a beer before. I wish it was filtered, might add to the appearance a bit. Really really really nice lacing earns much of it's appearance score.

Flavor is nice! Starts off with a bit of a combination of carbonation bite and bitterness that work in conjunction with each other. The individual flavors are pretty good too: freshly mowed grass, grapefruit, and then it finishes with a sweet note like kiwi or something a bit more on the tropical side. I really like the flavor combinations.

Highly highly carbonated, not to sound gross, but the belches alone are plentiful. Moderate body and a 6% ABV make this quite easy to drink, though not entirely session able. Overall, this beer is okay. I wouldn't buy a 4-pack again, but I wouldn't turn one down if someone wanted to treat me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:20:12 | More by tlazaroff
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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.