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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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Reviews: 141
Hads: 366
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 366
Photo of jmerloni
1.65/5  rDev -53.3%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Thads324
2.09/5  rDev -40.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Says it's dry-hopped and naturally conditioned. Freshness notch on Nov, no year.

Very pretty, fluffy white head that stays and stays, leaving at last thick curds of foam on the glass. Light orangey amber beer. Bit of sediment in the bottle.

But the smell. Oh dear. Something's gone off. Smells very musty and funky.

More funk in the taste. Medium body, strong carbonation.

Maybe it's just a bad bottle. (415 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.21/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like beer-- nice golden hue, fluffy white head. Smells a bit like beer-- a bit of tangy fruit and some hops. Tastes like beer-- no! Tastes more like fruit water with CO2. Very thin, has no body, very little taste. Very little of anything, in fact. No, thanks. (265 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ohh, this was not good. Diacetyl seems to have taken this one.

Pours a pretty normal orangish color with yellow highlights and a small head.

The smell is really, really bad. This might be one of the worst and most disgusting things I've smelled in a long time. Seems infected with an over ripened and buttery fruit smell that is very off putting.

The taste is a little better, but still bad, barely any hops and akin to an adjunct lager, though I'm rating this as a pale ale? Over ripened fruit comes through again.

Mouth is fine, and drinkability of course is bad, I drained this sucker immediately.

I'm usually what most would consider a forgiving and 'high' score rater on this website, but this beer is one to not even consider buying. (747 characters)

Photo of atlanta
2.35/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head to speak of, no lacing after the first couple of sips, and a bit flat. At first I thought I was getting vanilla, and thats pretty much it. Then by half glass I became aware of a buttery-ness, and I realised I was tasting diacetyl. Disappointing. (253 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Expires this month July 2007

Appearance: Golden red-orange pour with moderate yellowish white head. Quickly dissipating leaves no lacing or many bubbles at all.

Smell: Grapefruit, hop oil, strawberry. Smells alive, maybe because of the bottle conditioning.

Taste: Funny, tastes more like it's been lagered. Slight hop flavor and perhaps some coniferous tones. This beer really falls flat in this area.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe but very little carbonation. Kind of annoyed that nothing is going on there.

Drinkability: Better than a BMC product, but skip over this one and go for something else. Tried it once, now move on. (668 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of WasabiBrew
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from bottle purchased in a 6-pack this past summer. Expiration notched on bottle was November, so in theory it is still fresh (on 11/30/09) and tasted like it was. The fact that I still had a bottle kicking around from a 6-pack I bought in August is the most telling thing here. I was kind of dreading drinking these and managed to knock a couple off onto family, but it was finally time to make room in the fridge.

Not very pale for a pale ale. Tastes very blunt and strong. Taste doesn't seem like it would pair very well with anything as I was having trouble enjoying it when it was all alone. (603 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of cracker
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-brown orange hue with little to no lace. Smells of faint citrusy like hops. Somewhat of a cereal malty like smell with a strong alcoholic whiff (odd for an average ABV beer). Some sulfur notes come out as the beer warms. Taste is not too remarkable. Hops are not very noticeable. Seems a bit over-carbonated leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. Slightly buttery in taste. Overall very average. Maybe it would fit the bill as a decent session beer but not one with any strong unique characteristics. (516 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like the picture on the outside.

Like a cow, this has a big head.

Some spice notes but mostly cut grass in the nose. Like doing a line of grass clippings.

Lemony, thin tastes. Like a weak lemon square.

Ok beer. Wanted to try a micro east coast Pale ale. Kinda weak. (271 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

During this past NYE, some friends and I picked up six packs of Tuckerman's Pale Ale. I took a sip of one and new something was just not right. As the weekend progressed, I found myself grabbing anything but this beer in the refrigerator. Nevertheless, I brought one home to review with some more insight. With fresh pint glass in hand, I was ready to give this another shot...

Nice looking bottle label with a cool pic. Freshness date notched for February on the side of the label. Served in an imperial pint glass.

The carbonation of this beer seems off. I understand its "naturally carbonated in the bottle." Something seems wrong with the conditioning of this beer.

Is this a fluke or is this beer really this overly-carbonated? Both times I opened this beer it began to spill like mad. When in the glass, it creates an overly fluffed and bleach-white unattractive head. Even with the most passive pour the head is just not happening. Minimal lacings on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is not bad. Slightly floral and citrusy. Nice whiffs of hops, but chalky and musty too.

Seltzer water-pressure carbonation mouthfeel. Grainy, sweet and watered down flavors. Slight orange zest.

I was hoping for more. I was glad to support the most local brewery in North Conway last week, but this beer just did not live up to its potential. (1,349 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An attactive pear juice colored brew with a soft light beige head about a finger tall. Not bad so far.

S: Floral, little bit soapy with honey and chamomile.

T: Begins lightly citrusy and floral but really not a lot going on. Slight caramel backbone but not strong enough. Finishes very dirty. Aftertaste is a bit of grapefruit rind, pine and more soap.

M: Light to medium body with a nice carbonation.

D: Meh. Just another boring APA. Next (455 characters)

Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of jnezda
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prior to climbing Mt. Washington this weekend I wanted to enjoy a couple local beers to load up on carbohydrates for the hike. Stayed in Gorham NH and found a place serving beer named after the trail I was climbing, perfect. Tried Tuckerman's on draft. Dark in the bar so didn't get a great read on color but seemed golden to light amber. 1 finger course, white head that faded quickly with little lacing. Beer had some fruit hints to the smell and was pleasant and light so complimentary to the crisp night air before the night before Labor Day. The taste was slightly malty with little hop characteristics. Some fruit did come out, perhaps a hint of apricot, plum and pear. The overall taste was not remarkable but the session qualities of this local beer were enjoyable.

Wish I had the opportunity to try some of the other Tuckerman's beers and will seek them out the next time I am in New Hampshire. (905 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with good clarity. Modest head and lacing.

The nose is very subdued. There is a bit of fruity esters, maybe banana. No discernable hops in the aroma.

Flavor is also light, with a bit of sweetness, a touch of sour and just a bit of subdued, but slightly harsh bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin and slightly abrasive. Drinkable enough to lubricate dinner, but not memorable at all. (423 characters)

Photo of Truh
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carved some turns on some black diamonds with this one on 6/19/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

No carbonation to speak of in the least; I counted thirty-nine bubbles jousting around the circumference of the pint glass. Throttled gold/yellow hue with a chambering haze. Washed out hoppiness to taste, with a rice-like underpinning that I just couldn’t shake. The pour was jumpy at the edges, with little bulk in the middle, and thus in the end left somewhat of a hollow mouthfeel. In the end, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a result of its desultory profile and somewhat off taste. (623 characters)

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Boppar
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ellacoya Barn and Grill.

A: Copper, bubbly, one inch of off-white head fading to lacing. Looks like an APA.

S: Disappointing. The familiar scents of hops from the Pacific northwest and sweet malts are overpowered by the distinct aroma of armpit.

T: For an APA, this is fairly heavy on malt and light on hops. Let's put it this way: my girlfriend tends to shy away from hops, and she likes this beer. For an APA, that tells you something. That being said, it is by no means unpleasant tasting. It opens with malts, honey, and distinct (although not over-the-top) Cascade hops.

M: The moutfeel is light, briskly carbonated, and smooth.

D: While this may not be the best style example ever, I actually enjoy this beer, and could certainly put a few back. (772 characters)

Photo of skullsplitter
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft up in North Conway. I figured it was one of the local brews so I would give it a go.

A - Golden in color. Compared to some of the pale ales I have had recently it seemed a little lighter than what I am used to. It looked refreshing enough, but nothing to get excited over. The head was virtually nonexistent which surprised me a little because I had it on draft. Lacing was very minimal and dissipated quickly.

S - Didn't really smell anything with this guy. Which is surprising. I had just driven three hours up to North Conway from Boston. I was pretty hungry so my sense of smell would have been pretty decent.

T - The taste was ok. Not much really here. There was a mild hop flavor but nothing really stood out.

M - Pretty decent body.

D - It's an easy beer to drink. But I don't really see myself ordering it again on draft. Perhaps it was a bad keg. Maybe next time I will try the bottle and see if it makes a difference. (954 characters)

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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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