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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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Tuckerman Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.

Added by UnionMade on 10-09-2001

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Photo of predikit
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clouded golden copper color, left a fizzy white head that dissipated immediately.

Smell is malty with a hint of fruit, but otherwise very nondescript.

The taste has some very prominent offnotes, which turn me off completely. Don't know if it is intended or a mistreated bottle, but it is like putting dirt in my mouth.

Light bodied, crisp, but not drinkable at all due to the weird off flavor in the beer.

May do a do-over at some point, but as it stands I wouldn't want to every go near the beer again.

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Photo of dlacombe
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an awesome beer. so refreshing to find a pale ale that's NOT over-hopped. i believe the negative comments are a result of the craft beer hop wars that have been raging in recent times. try finding ANY classic pale that is so perversely hopped like most of today's. lots of relative new craft beer drinkers except over the top hops, not only from IPA's but also seemingly from pales, which used to be safe haven from over hopping. you know, just throwing more hops in mix does NOT a better beer make!! this is a very well conceived and executed pale ale. do yourself a big favor and try one, and see if you stop at that!!

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Photo of Greatheil
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't understand the low rating. This is one of the most delicious pale ales I've ever had. Perfectly balanced. Like a fine white bread with your dinner. Exactly what a pale ale should be.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hue with moderate head. Light citrus aroma that leads to a malty, lightly hopped flavor with a hint of bitterness. Light is the key word here - it's a decent beer that tastes on the lighter side of a pale ale.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a standard light amber/darkstraw color, one finger of head.
Smell is very light, some maltiness and distant hop aromas.
Taste is again very mild, some odd flavor hard to identify that reminded me of homebrew.
Mouthfeel was ok.
Overall, found the beer to be substandard.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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)

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Thads324
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of berliner07
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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-.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.