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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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BA SCORE
79
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301 Ratings
THE BROS
68
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:15:34 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.8%

07-23-2012 01:04:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 20:38:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/16/09 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. A decent hops bitterness comes in next and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better APA's out there but this is still a good beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 15:36:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:15:24 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, rustic orange appearance, perfunctory, creamy head.
Malt in the aroma, followed by lightly sour fruit. I'm smelling yeast, too, and I'm pretty sure this stuff never got near a filter. I like that.
Smooth and easy on the tongue, yeast is tasted, and some citric fruit. Body is a light medium, and the finish rolls off rather dryly. Very easy drinking, flavor getting juicier further in...quite a zesty, tasty quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 06:35:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit/aromatic malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a bitter hop flavor laid over a solid malt bill of mostly pale malts. It's quite bitter up front with a fruity yeast/hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I'm not so sure I like the bottle conditioning in this one. I would like to try a purely force carbonated version. This is an above average APA, but certainly nothing special. I'm glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 23:27:29 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June (had two days later):

Pours slightly hazed (bottle-conditioned) golden amber with a one-finger white frothy head that slowly descends to a lasting creamy cover.

The smell is of mild spiciness, citric fruitiness and caramelish graininess.

The taste is of soft earthiness, citrus and a touch of pine. Grainy and spicy tones balance out the bitterness. It says that it uses English and Belgian malts and four different domestic hops. They blend nicely and evenly over the palate. Finishes with a bitter/spicy dryness.

Medium to full bodied, it has a nice carbonation level. Flavors linger.

A solid pale ale - nicely balanced and flavorful. It has characteristics that make it fairly unique. A damn fine drink and easy enough to session!

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to New England!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 03:04:58 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-22-2011 18:06:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lace and a mild head; slight haze in the liquor; traditional amber color.

It is difficult to discern the aroma, thus the mediocre rating...no flaws, though, were present.

Very nice hop bite that is balanced by a light malt. The body is good for the style. A pleasant offering for an American pale ale.

I found this to be a very good thirst quencher. It was also flavorful unlike most whistle-wetters.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 00:56:52 | More by smcolw
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-08-2014 04:19:31 | More by GClarkage
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 21:51:19 | More by ppoitras
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a one finger white pillowy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was immediately upfront hoppy. Several different hop aromas were present - flowery, oily and citrusy.

The taste was very hoppy and peppery as well, but tempered by a strong biscuity malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was full and dry. Good light carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable APA. Would try this one again if available.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 21:15:22 | More by plaid75
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-29-2013 06:54:41 | More by Kelp
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color on the pour with a generous off white head, bubbly in texture and the lace a nice and clinging curtain upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and fresh, start sweet, nicely malted and the top light to medium in feel. The carbonation is pertinent and the hops pleasing in their bite, a nice drinkable middle to the pack pale ale in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 18:02:26 | More by Gusler
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Durge

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light amber color brew with a two-finger bubbly white head and pretty fair lace. The aroma strikes me first of a bit of raspberry and wheat, crisp. The taste is a mild malt with some black pepper and lemon at the front. It has a somewhat creamy feel with a mild hop aftertaste. Quite drinkable. Not highly distinctive but a pleasant choice with some subtle complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 19:37:37 | More by Durge
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-06-2011 13:37:50 | More by ROGUE16
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:01:33 | More by puboflyons
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft. No head forms at all. Hazy amber in color with orange tones. The lightest of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smells like apple cider. Fruity

Interesting in that it tastes a touch like apple cider as well. I don't mean an off flavor and I don't mean that negatively. Mild, but present bitterness, light bread notes. Lots of fruity esters.

Light pin point carbonation, a touch dry,

Drinkable? - yes. Must I have more? Not really. Its an ok APA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 00:05:09 | More by Reagan1984
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from johnnnniee, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy, orange/amber color with a small white head that remained as a ring.

S - sour, hoppy aroma.

T - despite the sour aroma there's a sweetness upfront followed by bitterness finishing bittersweet.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - a few of these wouldn't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 21:56:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.