Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-09-2001

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.
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Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Dirty amber, slight haze (unfiltered/bottle-conditioned), orange hues, large-bubbled carbonation action and a foamy white head that snaps down to a still beer.

Light in aroma. Musty grain, light floral, faint bready malts, and a touch of fruitiness in the nose.

Smooth and dullish on the palate – not very lively and a bit watery. Harsh and astringent grainy tannins upfront, minimal sweetness, touch of apple-skin fruitness. Flat, one-dimensional hop bitterness of a light citric orange-zest flash across the palate, some grassy notes, and then it’s gone. Mouthful of unpleasant tannins in the finish, yeasty, drying. Unforgiving in the linger.

A really poor and lackluster example of a Pale Ale. The grainy tannins become this horrible flaw that makes this beer nearly undrinkable.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Three fingers of think big bubbled head hold strong with a solid retention, clear dirty golden color.

S- Fruity, nutty with a lingering citric note in the aroma. Shortbread like malt aroma as well.

A- Citric and nutty up front, wet pale malt palate. Medium bitterness from the hops with a quick punch of flavor. Bread grain and more nutty yeast in the finish.

M- Smooth and mildly crisp. Moderate body.

D- Tasty enough to put back more than one, this beer is what New England is all about ... good craft beer.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale honey color with a low and foamy off-white head that settles quickly. Aroma of light sweet malt, some butter and marshmallow. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Flavor is not complex and has no depth. Consists mainly of corn followed by that burnt rubber aftertaste that reminds me of Bud.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tuckerman's- Pale Ale

On tap at Flatbread- Portsmouth, NH.

A- Golden orangw with a small weak head. No lacing.
S- Crusty bread and cracked grainy malt.
T- Light caramel malt with a light toasted fresh grain bread, touch of lemon.
M- Slightly light and watery with a dry grainy body and tail end.

Overall- A bit watery in on the nose and tastebuds. OK but not worth another pint.

Photo of tastybeer
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a large three finger white head over a murky gold apricot color. Very nice to look at, especially because of the bottle conditioning. Smell is crisp but subtle with bits of citrus and floral. Taste comes through as light citrus and biscuit around a central maltiness. Light and refreshing on the palate, with a little dry bitterness during the finish. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and easy to drink.

A good beer and refreshing pale ale. Only thing is I''d like to not have to try so hard to smell this beer. The aroma lacks some desired complexity too. The beer does look great though. Overall, decent and probably especially nice on a hot summer day.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 6 pack.

Deep golden amber color, very bubbly and VERY active. thin 1/4" white head.

smells of light hops and yeasty, only slight citrus nose.

Taste has a nice balanced hop/wheaty effect. no bitter hops here, much more balanced than hop doiminated. Wheats and yeast is present.

Lively brew! active, smooth and DRY.

highly drinkable and pleasnatly suprised by this one.

Photo of KenC
4.65/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A basic pale style. Neutral arom. Modest head on light body. Malty and though some lemon, a bit acidic. Below average mouthfeel.Hoppy though not too hoppy. Carbonation among other characteristics does not seem right. Drinkable but it's like a homebrewed pale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tuckerman's Pale ale pours a slightly hazy orange-amber body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head holds well and leaves an initial ring of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass.

The nose is delicately citrusy (mainly lemon & grapefruit) over a soft, gently sweet and biscuity malt.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a delicate zest from its natural, bottle-conditioned carbonation.

The flavor is initially citrusy, followed by a bit of gently caramelish and biscuity malt that becomes a bit more nutty as it warms across the palate. A moderate bitterness balances it, and really only shows in the finish along with some lingering yeastiness and a bit of grassy and citrusy hop.

Photo of Chunkah
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty pale ale...not sure why it is rated so low.

Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium to light amber with nice hazy particles in the end, fram yeastleft to actually bottle condition this stuff. Aroma is nicely malty with a bit of spice. The palate s very mild light bitterness, malty and cinnamon spicy that hints at a Belgian style. The effect is light and quite drinkable.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year round beer, I like it both summer and winter, although I drink it primarily when I go skiing. Great color, and kinda foggy, it has a great blend of hops. It goes down smooth, like skiing a fresh groomed double diamond. I wish Tuckerman would bottle something else!

Photo of jmerloni
1.65/5  rDev -51.9%
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.

Photo of bill93063
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. They serve it at our local art theatre in Concord NH. I was expecting a middle of the road pale ale but it is much better than that. A nice complex character with a blend of hops, citrus, toffee, chocolate, blackberry and citrus. This brewery has done a superb job and come up with a fairly unique ale here. It is not as malty as a Newcastle or a Brooklyn brown ale and not as hoppy as a good IPA but falls somewhere in the middle. this type of ale is underrepresented in my view which is kudos to the folks who brew Tuckerman's. Nice job!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. As my beer palate improved over time, my liking of the beer is not as esteemed as I remember.

Poured pretty typical of a PA, golden red with very little head retention.

Taste is pretty good. Cherries, heavy malt and a medium hop presence. Hop stick around for a while

This should be considered and EPA, very drinkable. But for the price It'll be a couple of years...again.

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Flatbread company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Mild amber color with some white foam. Somewhat opaque, good color. Malty smell, some grassy notes, some citrus. Taste is standard pale ale - hop very balanced, holds throughout but not powerful. Good carbonation.

Good pale ale, not remarkable, but tasty.

Photo of Franchise
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Tuckerman pours a cloudy dark orange that has light showing through the bottom leaving a white lace that is thin and frothy. The aroma is weak a small sweetness honey, melon, very hard to depict. The taste is smooth, starts creamy sweet with a soft grapefruit bitterness that is followed by a watery carbonated lemon honey finish. Very smooth drinkable pale ale that is session quality.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of Dec 2010. Sampled on Aug. 24, 2010. It pours a cloudy bottle-conditioned copper with a foamy, puffy, beige head that sticks around for the entire time. The aroma is mild throughout with a comforting balance of caramel malts, light hops, and maybe a dash of citrus. The body is medium and rather slick like honey. A very nice fresh, crisp taste highlights the experience with a fine balance of malts, hops, and bitterness. This is a pleasant pale ale that I could drink regularly.

Photo of fitzy84
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Redbones on tap. The beer had a good head with a typical amber like color. Aromas were pretty strong but in a good way. Spicy hop flavors could be sensed with a slight smell over the head. The scent flavors carried over to the taste of the beer. Somewhat bitter-ish but with a solid flavor of hops and malts. The drink felt a little thin in its body, for me at least. Overall, not too bad. It went well with the food.

Photo of SickGnar
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very mellow beer. Pours a hazy amber color with a white head. Nice lacing. Has a hop and yeast aroma to it, nothing special. Has a slight taste of hops and citrus to it. Not bitter at all.

To watery. Tastes like a commercial beer. You could put down a six pack of these babies like nothing. Tastes like a light beer not a pale ale.

Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Truants Tavern in North Woodstock, NH.

Pours a clear copper with a one half finger off white head that dissipates quickly with light lacing. Hoppy aromas with toasted malt. Biscuity toasted malt mix with the lemon/tea hop flavor for a well balanced taste. Medium body and carbonation this is a mouth coating ale. The flavors and aromas are clean.

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.