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Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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346 Ratings

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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:
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 UnionMade
4.77/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a burnished gold, almost amber, a thick antique white froth forming with a vigorous pour. The head settles into a thick film, with bunches of large bubbles forming islands.
The aroma is awesomely balanced, equally toasty malt and floral hops. The malt is pleasant and clean, with a slight grassy and pear esteriness. The hops are slightly citric, with a decent amount of grapefruit rind. A touch of orange as it warms, with the malt gaining some ground to stabilize the sharp hopping.
The flavor starts out with a solid toasty maltiness, a touch of caramel sweetness coming through with warmth. Very mild lemon, orange, pear and freshly mown grass esters add complexity. The fruitiness moves into the finish, meeting an adequate floral/citric hopping. Plenty of hops, adding a mild grapefruity bitterness, with soft floral hop flavor. A touch of cookie-like yeast in the finish, adding just enough sweetness to counter the hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste showcases equal amounts of sweet estery fruit and floral hop flavor. A modest medium body is supported by just enough small bubbled, natural carbonation to keep things brisk. A crisp, easy drinking mouthfeel well suited for any season.
This is an amazing session beer, on a similar level with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The kind of stuff you can pull back all day long. The balance is just amazing. Definitely one of the hidden gems of the craft beer world, let alone New England. I can't wait for these folks to come out with something else. If it's half as good as the pale ale, it's sure to be damn fine.

Photo of KenC
4.65/5  rDev +36%
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 MattBrooks
4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle conditioned American Pale Ale from a small family brewery tucked into a corner of Conway, NH has a supremely light body and easy going mouthfeel. Light and airy hops dance on the tongue and a slight caramel taste rounds out the finish. A perfect brew for any season!

Photo of genovm
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of andy1701
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of waughbrew
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color is sort of a boring hazy peach, but the head is great. big citrusy hops at forefront of aroma with bready malt and yeast coming in second and third. Taste and feel are both very smooth and enjoyable. A polished brew for sure. I dare say that this is my favorite pale ale yet.

Photo of beernut7
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This APA is a great representation of the style. A great hoppy aroma is the first step to wonderful journey of flavor. Medium refreshing body goes down easy with a smooth lingering bitterness. This is one of the smoothest spicy APAs around and if you can find it, pick some up and love it.

Photo of Rhf9120
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Photo of berliner07
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of Chunkah
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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 Chadbrew
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty interesting beer, given to me by a local as a gift while vacationing in New Hampshire. Apparently Tuckerman is a mountain up that way that has a pretty intense vertical to try and ski down. No ski patrol, ski at your own risk.
This one poured mostly clear with a touch of haze and average carbonation, nice light copper color.
Nice rush of floral hops in the nose and some sweet maltiness.
Initially I was a little put off with what tastes almost like coriander and rosemary but within a few sips it is very easy to settle into it and before I knew it I was really diggin’ it.
The body is full and creamy.
I can drink a bunch of this. It isn’t boring or over the top… it’s compelling and intriguing.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of LPorter33
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Martignetti's.

Appearance = Decent looking light golden amber. Clear with a lot of bubbles arising. Not a huge head but a good thin layer of creamy white foam that stayed for awhile.

Smell = Flavorful scent that you'd find in a typical, good APA. Hops outweight the malt as you'd expect. It's very well balanced though and strong enough to impress me.

Taste = This is a stable, tasty, solid APA. Nothing amazingly unique but a darn good example of how this style should taste. I particularly enjoy the bready, malty aftertaste as it adds a great balance to the initial hop dominated flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and could use some more carbonation which is my only real complaint. Highly drinkable, this is a great APA from a cool, tiny little brewery.

Overall = Thumbs up from me. This would make a great all around, everyday beer. I picked this out because I like supporting tiny breweries and I'm glad their product delivered such quality. I will definitely buy again .

Photo of Tucker_Man
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Flashy
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark for a pale ale, which is probably the least desirable craft beer I can think of. Love the label.

Smell: Hop, earth, malt.

Taste: Strong taste/ hops for a pale ale. Could drink this stuff until the end of days.

Overall: Would like to try Tuckerman Alt, would love to try this on tap. Not what I usually like, which makes this beer even more impressive.

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TTTBeer
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Klister
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mshallah
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a cool label. It's a b/w photograph of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington in the wintertime with early extreme skiers climbing up the bowl shaped ravine and skiing down. Oct. expiration date. Hazy amber with a foamy head that deflates to a small ring. Not a sticky or clingy lace, but bubbles that linger on the walls of the glass. Aroma of toasty malt and ale yeast fruitiness. Not much in aroma hops, but some alcohol after a swirl of the glass. Taste is toasty, bready malt with enough bittering hops to rid this beer of any sweetness. A separate tangy flavor can be detected towards the front of the tongue, as well as some alcohol warmth underneath. A sparkling ale with a quick finish. Wonderful to quaff. On tap at many restaurants, bars and taverns in New Hampshire and is great with food. Yet another great NH beer that makes it easy to drink local and support home-state breweries.

Photo of Yeastcakes
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cellar temps, Sam Adams glass
A - light citrus hop aroma.
A - two to three fingers of head that goes down to a nice quarter-inch persistent head.. Slightly hazy, light orange color.
M - low carbonation, full mouthfeel. Creamy mouthfeel.
T - Wonderful malty flavor balances with light citrus flavor.
D - Reminds me of a helles, I could drink a couple of these.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Blue Mermaid.

This pale ale poured a hazy, orange amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was a very nice floral aroma, nice and flowery, with some malt, too. The taste was very floral with a good shot of maltiness. There was also a bit of bready flavor, and some hop bitterness came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste was floral and hoppy. A very nice and enjoyable pale ale.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is a golden amber brown, moderate head. Light lacing on the glass.

Light hoppy aroma, some citrus in there as well.

Taste is just awesome. Perfect balance of hops and malt. The mild hoppy grapefruit flavor tends to dominate, but then some mild roasted malt flavors come through. Mild hops bitterness throughout.

Great mouthfeel, not too heavy. Perfectly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, and a great session beer. It is perhaps my favorite APA. It borders on the IPA line with the hops flavors.

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above a slightly cloudy dark golden/light amber brew. Head was dense and long-lasting, with foamy lacing here and there. Aroma is of pale malts and citrusy hops. Taste resembles the nose, with pale malt and a crisp hop bite with a slight lemon tinge sharing time. Mouthfeel is good, goes down well, and drinkability is even better. Nice one.

Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper-amber, topped with a one finger off white head, gets slightly hazy if you pour in the yeast.
Pale and caramel malts, floral and earthy notes. A lot of caramel and citrus to the aroma.
Nice fruity and caramel full taste. A herb note, nice mild bitterness. Finishes with some toffee.
Medium bodied and mellow, a nice session beer, I look forward to this brewery bringing out some more styles.

Photo of irishevans
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%

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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.