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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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Photo of Sludgeman

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
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 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 GbVDave


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the bottle. In my hotel room.

A: Loads of suspended sedinemt in the bottle. Whispy tendrils of yeast slowly float through the bottle.

S: Mildly piney with notes of grass and yeast. Caramel malt adds some balance.

T: Nice harvest hop flavors. Thankfully, the caramel takes a back seat to the hops.

M: Initially, quite dry and bitter. Eventually its' hop oil side shows itself and makes for a slightly sticky and spicy finish.

O: No freshness date, but this seemed like a very well made and fresh APA. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:44:09 | More by GbVDave
Photo of tlazaroff


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
Photo of draheim


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. A careful pour yields a monstrous beige head atop an amber beer w/ moderate carb. Rocky head sticks around and just doesn't quit, leaves behind ample lacing.

Aroma is floral herbal hops and sweet fruity malt.

Taste is a nice balance of amber malt and floral NW hops, a little spice. Mango & apricot in there too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thirst-quenching with a clear hoppy finish.

Overall this is a really enjoyable beer that I sucked down before I knew it from a brewery I'd never heard of. Kind of like a slightly maltier NW IPA. Thanks again IrishColonial!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:56:15 | More by draheim
Photo of berserk4886


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, cloudy brow/orange color that produced a solid head and good lacing throughout.

S: Cascade hops and caramel malt

T: Average. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but the finish for me lingered and lasted throughout the pint.

M: Medium bodied, slightly oily

O: Decent beer. I got it through a trade, but I wouldn't trade for it again. The aftertaste just was not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 17:35:02 | More by berserk4886
Photo of Jayli


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg 10/13
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ridiculously hazy, murky burnt orange with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is caramel malts and fruity character.

T: Taste is caramel malt at the forefront, a bit of breadiness in the middle. The finish is nice pineapple and mango with an undertone of grapefruit/lemon zest.

M: Lighter side of medium body, slightly higher carbonation, crisp at first, oily body with a super dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I wanted to stick with this beer for a while, but there were others on the menu that made me leave it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:21:16 | More by Jayli
Photo of shawnsmith1


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly clear amber/ brown into pint glass. 1" beige head recedes quickly.

S: Floral hop aroma. A touch piney.

T: Floral hops, well balanced against the malt.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the malt presence. Nice clean bitter finish characteristic of a good pale ale.

O: A nice, well balanced pale ale. Throwback to my early days as a craft beer (microbrew) enthusiast back in the 90s!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:44:01 | More by shawnsmith1
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 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 FunkyMacGroovin


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, sent as an extra by 2dogbrew. Thanks!

A - Pours a hazy, golden amber with an initial 1/2" head that quickly subsides to a thin layer of foam. Little in the way of lacing.

S - Predominant hop aromas are floral and earthy, with an underlying sweet smell. Nothing too strong, and a nicely balanced nose.

T - The flavors follow suit from the smell pretty closely. There's a strong bitterness up front that fades towards the mid-palate, where toasted malt and pine flavors take over. The finish is a great combination of sweet and dry, and lasts just long enough to carry me to the next sip.

M - Medium-full in body, it leaves a thin coating in my mouth. A nice amount of effervescence keeps things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:25:51 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
Photo of Knapp85


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a yellow color with a pretty clear body. The head was decent and left an average looking lacing. The smell had a good amount of grains and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer had a nice hoppy flavor, followed but some malts. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good carbonation to it. Overall I had this beer back in 2009 and haven't looked for it since. It was an average beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:45:45 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had it before. Pale Ales are starting to get to the point where they're a dime a dozen and although this one didn't stand out in particular, it was by no means a bad beer!

Good pour to this but the head was almost too long-lasting. While I like a good, fluffy top to my suds, it reminded me of what I see on a root beer float. The hue was very cloudy and a dull almond color but it wasn't anything ugly - just different from what I'm used to. There was a little bit of sediment to be found as well but nothing like the wheat in an unfiltered hefe. As for the taste...well, it was heavy, no doubt. Earthy hops predominate with a bit of orange citrus and metallic notes with a buttery consistency to them. Carbonation is light but because this was pretty full in the malt department, the balance was certainly there. The aftertaste held onto the hops but with a waxy and slightly oily feel to them. It made for a nice warming effect without any overpowering aspect to it.

In terms of alcohol, this was right on the nose as it was neither to strong nor too weak to the taste. I like my APA's to have a little kick to them and this beer did just that. It's pretty close to a textbook of the style but is just a bit short of falling into the category of "hop-bomb" arms race. This is solidly crafted and enjoyable for the novice or the longtime craft-beer drinker. In a word, this is good all-around and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 06:04:31 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tan to brown and a bit cloudy, decent head, decent lacing.

Smell is of heavy earthy malts with pungent hops.

Tastes rather nice. It's got tons of flavor, that's for sure. Great complex hops flavors, typical of the dry-hopped genre of beers. It's also pungently malted, very earthy almost like fresh earth flavors. My taste buds don't know which way to go, but they're plenty happy.

Feel is very rich and thick, with an oily hop aftertaste and a tangy, smooth carbonation.

Drinks well. A very nice beer. I'd like to try more Tupper's beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 22:23:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of lnashsig


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to finewinemike for the chance to taste this- I have never even heard of this beer. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a cloudy (almost completely opaque) brown/orange color, some foam fills the top of the glass, recedes quickly, almost no lacing. Smell- some faint citrus flavors, some bready scent, but not much here. Taste- full flavor caramel malt, mingled with some nice sweet and bitter citrus. Very nice flavor, great carbonation. This is a very solid pale ale, I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:30:18 | More by lnashsig
Photo of stckhndlr


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had served from a bottle into a mug at Silver Diner in Virginia Beach, VA

A- A dark cloudy tan beer with a 1 finger pale white head and good clingy lacing.

S- Hops and citrus with a touch of floral apricot

T- Nice hoppy bitters with Citrus. Stong bitters on the finish but the finish is quite short.

M- Medium body with a clean crisp finish.

O- Little bit more bitter than I would prefer but since the finish dissipates so quickly i can drink this one easily. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 04:30:45 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy medium copper color with a light, short lived head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Light malty nose with biscuit and a bit of earthy hops. Medium body with plenty of earthy bitterness.

Good mouth feel with a slightly buttery finish. Not a bad drinking beer. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:40:19 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of ebby82


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy tan color into a pint glass. A minimal head with some decent lacing.

S- Malty, sweet caramel notes, hops.

T- Very smooth, hops are present without being overwhelming. Definitely some caramel like sweetness. A very balanced flavor.

M- Quite good, not thick, nor thin, average carbonation.

D- Very good, I could easily drink several of these at once.

Overall, a good, if not amazing beer that I would return to.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 19:19:43 | More by ebby82
Photo of smokeypeat


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color. 1 finger head of white foam, slight lacing present throughout drinking. Aroma is more spicy bread than citrus or pine. Some grassy quality is there as well. Taste has a strong malt backbone up front the hops being more straight bitter than floral or piney. Overall I find the bitterness to have a sticky quality in the back of my throat. Mouthfeel is solid with the beer being a pretty easy drinker. I liked this beer overall. Not something I'd buy by the case, but a nice change of pace from a lot of other highly hopped ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:31:36 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of sholland119


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind BIF Round 4. Beer #7 from Thorpe429. Let's check it out.

A-A slightly murky amber pour with a frothy tan head that lasts and lasts. Some nice sticky lacing.

S-Slightly oaky, some caramel sweetness, very light and faint hops.

T-Sweet with some biscuity malt and some citric hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation.

D-Yes, this is a pleasant easy drinker.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:23:39 | More by sholland119
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on bottle. Hopefully fresh since it's semi-local.

Tawny amber color. A bit hazy but some yeast escaped the bottle. Thin, off-white head with pretty good retention. Some lacing. Sweet, cherry-like malty aromas, raisin, caramel. Herbal, flowery hops make a pretty good balance. Flavors of caramel, quite malty, raisin and dark fruit notes. Floral hops provide slight bitterness and balance of flavor. Medium body, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Definitely a malt forward pale ale. Drinks more like an English pale instead of American. A good beer all around but not spectacular in any particular category.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:00:44 | More by goldbot
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought for about $3 from State Line Liquors. Poured into two 8oz Flying Dog taster glasses.

Appearance (4): Somewhat cloudy, dark orange color. Surprisingly dark but I'm not that familiar with the style. Half finger of cream colored head which reduces to a solid, thin layer of medium sized bubbles. Think streaks of lacing that stick around at the top.

Aroma (3.5): Sweet and somewhat malty. A little earthy hoppiness. The maltiness has some biscuit and breadiness to it.

Taste (4): Very hop forward. Earthy and a bit spicy. A bit sweet in the middle and a touch of bitterness in the finish that sticks around with the spicy hops. A little less clean and more resinous than I expected for a lager. The specialty malts (Vienna?) really shine in the middle here while the finish is dominated by the generous hopping.

Mouthfeel (3): Medium-high carbonation which suits it well. Medium bodied with a slightly silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability (4.5): Very drinkable. I finished my half of the bottle almost before I could finish the review. No apparent alcohol and not too much bitterness. A well balanced beer despite being very hoppy. I could put back a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 00:37:17 | More by grover37
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 brewerburgundy


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Glass, received from drabmuh in Secret Santa 2010.

Very hazy, glowing orange body. It's almost magical looking. The head is a very retentive white job. I think the level of haze can be attributed to this beer being on its side during shipping, up until last night.

The label notes dry hopping with Mt. Hood hops (in addition to Cascade) and I'm not familiar with this variety. This nose is very floral, like elderberry, with a little spice and orange peel. A little light honey malt rounds things out.

Plenty of orange peel with some hop spice, but these flavors fall a little flat on top of a good level of bitterness. A little malt apparent.

Good Pale Ale mouthfeel, meaning moderate carbonation with a moderate mouthfeel. In a word, balance.

This is the second great beer from my secret santa. I was hoping I'd get a couple beers in this BIF that made me say 'who is this brewery?', and this one has made me say just that. This is a good APA with a little twist that I think comes from the Mt. Hood hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:40:35 | More by brewerburgundy
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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.