Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of verdict603
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Thads324
2.03/5  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.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of IPAman89
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jski
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of berliner07
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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-.

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.

Photo of jmerloni
1.63/5  rDev -52.5%
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 VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours darker than expected. Deep amber color. Head is more of a patchy film than a consistent layer. Lacing is minimal.

S-Mellow aroma. Light citrus. Malt is a bit of caramel and a bit of bread. Bland but has decent components.

T-Quite like the nose. Initial sip was very forgettable. Every sip since the first is a bit better. Citrusy, caramel sweetness, bready and pale malt. Forgettable but not without some decent flavors.

M-Lighter body. Powerful carbonation. Aftertaste lasts for a while.

O/D-Glad I had a single. No bad news in this headline, just pretty boring. I do understand why this is a local brew that leads people to try more craft offerings.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy light amber color that does not put off a bright glow like other pale ales. A thick white head stands up tall then comes nicely back to a thin layer on top.

S: Husky grains and toasted malt with a biscuit like freshness to the malt. Hops have have a more subdued herbal and spicy touch that should be increased to bring this one to balance in the aroma.

T: Clean toasted malt and fresh bread leave a semi-sweet note on the tongue and the hops provide some balancing bitterness but lacking in flavor. Some herbal notes and peppery spice from the hops feels a bit weak.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium body and a slightly dry finish.

D: This beer lacks some aroma and flavor style but overall it is drinkable. It comes off clean and balanced just left me wanting some more depth.

Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of KenC
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
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 Satchboogie
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours light orange-brown, somewhat opaque, thin bubbly head.

S: A little earthy hop character, pale malt, caramel.

T: Hop character is quite light, pale malt is earthy, but more in a sense of dirt than pleasant wood/etc. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable, slightly metallic finish and a little sulphur. Not much good flavor here.

M: Medium soda like carbonation, light body, watery, almost nonexistent finish.

D: Didn't really want to drink this, good hop/malt characters were very bland and little sweetness. The unpleasant flavors also didn't make it enjoyable. I'll continue skipping this.

Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.