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Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%

Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship Pale Ale, released in 1998, is brewed with specialty malts, some grown in Maine, and four types of hops. After fermentation, it is cold conditioned and dry-hopped in lagering tanks for maximum taste and quality. It is naturally carbonated in the bottle or keg using a German process called “krausening”, where a small amount of fresh fermenting wort is added. This produces a delicate carbonation and superior flavor. From the Mash Tun to store shelves is a 30 day process.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-09-2001)
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Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ale pours a pale straw color with a half inch white head. The aroma is that of citrus and mild hops. The flavor is sweet and citrusy with a highly carbonated mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Over all a good beer but very different from most pale ales I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 18:31:37 | More by Rhf9120
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange yellow with a white two finger thick head that dissipates to about a pinky thick. The yeast at bottom of the bottle did not come out along with the beer, Keeping the beer bright and clear.
Pretty well balance aroma of lightly toasted malts and pine from the hops.
Taste doesn't impersonate the smell as much as I'd like it to be. The beer has that crisp mouthfeel and the taste that I associate with a mild pilsner. Nothing wrong with that, as it's a very drinkable beer. However I wouldn't give it a nod as a good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:42:48 | More by JordonHoltzman
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2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Tawny in color with a lot of haze. bubbly white head sputters out after a shot time. Small, sticky patches of lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy. Mild, vague fruitiness. Light floral hopping. Nondescript.

T: Very bready, thin caramel flavor. Grainy. Hollow hop bitterness, not much in the way of hop flavor. Doughy and grainy finish.

M: Light in body, slight creaminess. Grain astringency is a little off-putting. Strong, crisp carbonation cuts through an already wanting body and makes it seem even less substantial.

O: At its best this is just a very mediocre brew. With all the competition out there, I wouldn't give it a second look.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 12:51:09 | More by ryan1788a5
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New York

3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste has fresh flavors of fruity yeast and floral hops along with hints of biscuit malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful and complex for being a pale ale and having a low alcohol content. This beer is very sessionable and I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:13:02 | More by metter98
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3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden, caramel straw color…fairly transparent, I can see tons bubbles, this is a very lively brew…head is just off white and settles to a nice thin layer…(3.75/5)

Smell: An earthy yeast and citrus hops up front…I’m getting some orange, lemon and grassiness bitterness…it’s got a noticeable yeast which isn’t surprising seeing how carbonated it poured out of the bottle…tons of earthy tones, a very mute sorta smelling brew...there’s also the expected “pale” malt smell…moderate aroma here though…(3/5)

Taste: Grassy and yeasty right off the bat…it’s got a grassy bitterness that comes and lingers throughout…it’s not overly diverse in flavor, a fairly straightforward pale ale with a European influence…there isn’t any real sign of citrus that I picked up in the nose…earthy, pale and grassy basically sum this one up…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light with tons of carbonation…this brew fluffs up bringing a cloud of grassy, earthy bitterness to the palate…very light, refreshing and crisp…grassy bitterness lingers well into the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is an interesting brew…it’s got good flavor, but it lacks in depth for me…the pale malts are accentuated by really any other flavor than yeast…with that said, the flavor is very drinkable and has a light, refreshing quality that suggests I could drink several of these during a nice summer’s day and remain competent…if you like brews that are easy going, or if you are attending a summer outdoor engagement, then this beer may be a good choice for you…it’s a nice pale ale, it just needs a bit more…(3/5)

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:01:53 | More by SerialHiker
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3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Not much for smells, some hops and faint pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent brew, average beer. I would drink it again if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 17:34:45 | More by Cavanaghty
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New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a rusty amber color with hints of gold towards the bottom of the glass and fairly thick white foam on top. Decent retention.

S - the aroma is faint. citrus zest and white grapes are most prominent. Hints of caramel and toasty grains in the background.

T - sweet caramel and toast flavors up front. Sweet and bitter collide in the center with notes of citrus and earthy bitterness while white grape juice flavors add more sweet character. Finish is snappy, quick and dry.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Slightly watery texture. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O - alright pale ale. I like how crisp the finish is but the grape juice sweetness doesn't agree with me at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:21:09 | More by Teleweizen2
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, refreshing with a nice hoppiness and clean malt taste. Well balanced, without much aftertaste. This is not a strong, flavorful brew, but would make an excellent session beer. This is a good one to take camping, or to throw in the cooler for a backyard barbecue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 00:38:59 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Hazy, relatively clean golden color with a two-finger head of frothy, off-white foam that holds droplets of yeast and sediment. Lacing is faint and carbonation seems weak through the chilled haze.

S: Slightly fruity bust mostly veggie grains with a touch of spicy hops and toasted malt.

T: Sticky sweet and smooth up front before drying quickly with a honey-like flavor. A flash of citrus fruit hits the palate before ushering in more veggie and apricot flavors. This combo is sorta gross, and the weak hops do little in the way of balancing or enhancing the taste.

M: Medium bodied ale and a little sticky and slick up front. The bottle conditioning leaves the brew without enough carbonation to lift flavors.

O: Although not the worst APA I've had, it's more forgettable than anything else. This 5.5% ABV wacky, vegetative American pale is not something I'm looking to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:25:01 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by June. Pours a murky reddish orange with a one inch white head, leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is carmel, biscuit, some tangerine, and grass. Taste is very balanced, with grass and tangerine leading the way. Body is on the thin side, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking. This a average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 21:24:22 | More by SawDog505
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge bubbly off white head that slowly recedes and leaves a moderate amount of lace. Smells of earthy and floral hops, biscuity almost pilsner like malt aroma, with hints of citrus. Taste follow the nose fairly well, biscuity almost honey sweet malt with earthy citrus and floral hops to counter. Medium thin body with a bready sweet watery mouthfeel and a moderate to high level of carbonation. This is a really nice pale ale for 1998, but kind of pedestrian by today's standards. Well made, nothing objectionable, but nothing really exciting here either. Kudos for bottle conditioning though!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 22:45:53 | More by johnnnniee
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brownish red colored body, the head is about one finger and lumpy, dies within a couple seconds. Ringy lacing follows the beer down

S: mostly sweet, some fruity sugary substances

T: similar to the smell

M: medium, sessionable, bland aftertaste and finish

O: good but nothing spectacular. I don't necessarily need this again, but maybe it would be better on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:56:51 | More by BeerKangaroo
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2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely dark gold. A bit of off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge. Smells of fresh toasted bread and the faintest citrus hop. Tastes very much the same. Very little bread and grainy flavor. Very little grassy, earthy hop with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is super light and watery.

Not a bad beer but just very light and underwhelming. Much too watery and lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:19:08 | More by Thads324
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3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In tap into a pint glass at Flatbread Co. in Portland, ME.

Dark brownish red in color--actually thought they served me the wrong beer as I was expecting a pale ale. Half finger off white head is present.

Smells mostly sweet with raisiny pruney overtones. More like a dark beer than a pale. Don't really get any hops as mentioned in other reviews.

Tastes similar to the nose. Raisiny and brown sugar malts. Not really any hops or bitterness on my palate.

Food carbonation, smooth, no real complaints on mouthfeel.

Overall good but not great. Tastes like an average English-style ale that seems to be so common here in the northeast. Don't strongly recommend but worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 03:11:16 | More by beerbiatchMD
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New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for years now, and I still like coming back to it. Not a challenging beer, but flavorful and enjoyable every time. A great session Pale Ale. You can notice some differences over the years, but still solid. Highly available as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 18:13:56 | More by berliner07
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3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Tawny amber, less than clear, medium-size off-white head. A few streams of bubbles rise through the slight haze. It keeps a ring and leaves some splats of lace.

S: Soft. A bit of faint hops – citrus and somewhat herbal. Light crystal and toasty malt. Fairly clean and light. Warming doesn’t help much.

T: Pretty balanced mix of muted citrus (lemon and grapefruit rind) and malts that are focused on medium crystal steely caramel and toasty breadcrust. Neutral / bready yeast in the background. In the middle the hops get earthy and blend with a musty grain aspect. The end sees a hint of roasty notes and the hops return to citrus rind with some light pine and resin thrown in. Sort of a dirty / muddled flavor overall. Malts are rich enough, but flabby and unfocused. Hops are just a mixed up mess.

M: Straight on medium body with carbonation matched and nicely textured. Some dextrins and a touch of residual sugar, but mostly it is tannins (grain and hops) that make up the okay texture. Starts mostly semi-sweet, but hops push it fairly drying.

D: Decent, but perhaps trying to go too many directions. Both the hops and the malts cannot seem to find a groove. Not sure I’d buy this often even if I lived in the White Mountains.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:13:15 | More by SickGnar
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a few random bottles up in NH over the summer, and cracked open a Tuckerman's Pale Ale tonight. Served in a tall pilsner style glass. Plenty of carbonation, with huge patches of bubbles grouped on the glass. A fizzy white head forms, but that quickly faded. Bright orange colored body. Smell was hoppy and slightly citrus-like. There were plenty of hops in the taste, but not an impressive amount. The hop flavor was very piney and tart. Those American hops it is brewed with are evident, but there is also that subtle British maltiness present too. Neither aspect of the flavor is spectacular, so my scores are not extremely high. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, and because it's not overly hopped, it does not leave a bitter taste on the palate. While this beer does not stand out in a crowd, they certainly did make an easy drinking beer, which is what the brewery must have been aiming for in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:55:15 | More by morebeergood
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a yellowish-copper coloring that is slightly hazy, with a muddled appearance to it. Thin, filmy, white surface coating all over the top of this beer. The beer's aroma is mild and fresh hops, which are light and effervescent. Pepper and citrus are present, as well. The flavors are heavily dosed with hops throughout on a biscuity backbone, and highlights with citrus and pepper again. The beer stays light and crisp in mouth, with an effervescence throughout. The aftertaste is a slightly sweet citrus taste, with some of the hops spicing. Puckering dry finish that cleans the palate of the beer and anything else you may have tasted that day. Decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 03:22:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" flaxen head which dissipated medium fast. Hazy copper apricot body. Smells of rich malt. However the taste is much weaker, more like a crisp lager with a little bitter hops in the finish. About 1/4" of yeasty sediment is in the bottom. This is a fully acceptable beer and I enjoyed it but in the end it's just a little above average for a B-.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:11:05 | More by MoreThanWine
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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Sept we good to GO!

A hazy dull looking orange amber here, kind of lifeless. An off white three finger maybe four of large size but very soapy looking, is made and then falls very quickly, leaving a watery collar. No lacing apparent while drinking.

Taste is lacking. Weak and thin, cotton dry mouth a little and hop medicinal bitterness. Texture is wet and watery also, with a lifeless powdery malt base. It's very wet and lifeless.

Hmm not so great here for a pale ale, won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:59:01 | More by smakawhat
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1.63/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Ruby brown color, with a solid looking consistency, good size head that laces well.

S - Not much here. What is here smells like cheap malts and overcooked fruit.

T - Yikes. Not pleasant in the least. Almost tastes like ALL caramel malt. Kind of repulsive.

M - medicinal, overdone mouthfeel. Way thicker than it makes sense for this beer to be.

D - Honestly, this is a very confused beer. I'd like to know what the brewery's goals are. I can taste the pine in there, but it's suffocated under a layer of mucousy nothingness, followed by a hoppyness that is suffocated in the same heavy mucous so that it tastes tarry. They need to get the pineyness more up front and lighten the beer. You'd think they were making a 10% abv beer by the way they mouthfeeled this one. Maybe I'm missing something, maybe this beer is artsy, but I find it confusing, at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:17:57 | More by jmerloni
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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours darker than expected. Deep amber color. Head is more of a patchy film than a consistent layer. Lacing is minimal.

S-Mellow aroma. Light citrus. Malt is a bit of caramel and a bit of bread. Bland but has decent components.

T-Quite like the nose. Initial sip was very forgettable. Every sip since the first is a bit better. Citrusy, caramel sweetness, bready and pale malt. Forgettable but not without some decent flavors.

M-Lighter body. Powerful carbonation. Aftertaste lasts for a while.

O/D-Glad I had a single. No bad news in this headline, just pretty boring. I do understand why this is a local brew that leads people to try more craft offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:56:09 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy light amber color that does not put off a bright glow like other pale ales. A thick white head stands up tall then comes nicely back to a thin layer on top.

S: Husky grains and toasted malt with a biscuit like freshness to the malt. Hops have have a more subdued herbal and spicy touch that should be increased to bring this one to balance in the aroma.

T: Clean toasted malt and fresh bread leave a semi-sweet note on the tongue and the hops provide some balancing bitterness but lacking in flavor. Some herbal notes and peppery spice from the hops feels a bit weak.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium body and a slightly dry finish.

D: This beer lacks some aroma and flavor style but overall it is drinkable. It comes off clean and balanced just left me wanting some more depth.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:29:38 | More by scottbrew4u
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3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber, slight haze, with a moderately dense cap of beige bubbles. Decent head retention, a bit of stickage. Light citrusy aroma with some biscuity malt, a little floral. Bitterness was soft around the edges, but still solid. More citrus, lemon and orange, mild maltiness. The texture was a little coarse, lightish body with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. Decent balance and easy drinking, but a little lacking in mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:54:08 | More by DrJay
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy amber to orange color. White light, soft head with lacing to the end.

S-- Faint floral mostly citrus aroma. Noticed the smell of malt, too.

T-- A great balance of malt and very good hop bitterness.

M-- Smooth medium body. Feels good.

D-- Very drinkable. Perfect balance. A quality beer, made with TLC. I wish I could get in NJ.

I discovered this brew après ski at Loon Mtn. NH. I told the bartender the styles of beer I like and she poured me one (several) of these. I liked it so much; I brought some home in bottles. I wish I brought more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 16:10:43 | More by KenC
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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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