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Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
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301 Ratings
THE BROS
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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.

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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 02:31:28 | More by Boppar
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DurtyUI

Maine

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She's a golden smokey coloured ale with a high head that melts into smooth lemony lips and laced covered legs. Individually bottled yeast makes each beer uber refreshing, like right out of the tap! Kudo's for Tuckermans for thinking outside the bottle!

I received this perfectly balanced ale as part of a holiday brew swap and was happy to report back on her drinkability!

A quick initial bite of hops fades as deeper flavours emerge to create a Belgium beer style experience. To say it's citrusy is light in my opinion, more of a lemony scent that intoxicates the drinker into delving deeper into the Pilsner prison of one's own glass. The experience was over far too quickly and left me wanton of more crisp heavenly flavours!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 23:52:16 | More by DurtyUI
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WasabiBrew

Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 00:29:30 | More by WasabiBrew
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty gold color with good lace and retention. Aroma is of airy grass/citrus hops with shortbread malt.

Taste is of similiar citrus hops with a grainy hop oil throughout. I don't know if it's the bottle conditioning or the "finest Belgian malts" Tuckerman's uses, but the malt definately has an exotic Belgian twang to it. Carbonated swallow is a tad sharp.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 11:14:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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jnezda

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 03:29:35 | More by jnezda
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bill93063

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. They serve it at our local art theatre in Concord NH. I was expecting a middle of the road pale ale but it is much better than that. A nice complex character with a blend of hops, citrus, toffee, chocolate, blackberry and citrus. This brewery has done a superb job and come up with a fairly unique ale here. It is not as malty as a Newcastle or a Brooklyn brown ale and not as hoppy as a good IPA but falls somewhere in the middle. this type of ale is underrepresented in my view which is kudos to the folks who brew Tuckerman's. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 16:11:42 | More by bill93063
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:30:07 | More by Yeastcakes
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Also used to get this on tap in Jaffery, NH, before the bar closed down.

A- Pale lager color. Very nice head.

S- Malt sweetness is detected. Fruity undertones.

T- Hops and malt are fighting for top spot, and I think the hops win. Still, flavors aren't out of control. Very well balanced.

M- Crisp, crisp, and delicious. Goes down very well, leaves you wanting more. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but nothing outrageous.

D- Sessionable. My dad swears by this in the summertime. Good for sticking in a cooler and sitting on the dock casting a reel.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 00:04:09 | More by ShogoKawada
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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't seen a Tuckerman for quite awhile, so I was definitely excited to grab a good ol' standby. Nothing special, but a decent serviceable ale that meets the needs of quality. A basic, smooth brown pour resulting in a full, white fluffy head & sticky lace after settling. Brown with reddish edges and an aroma of cracker malt and lemon. The flavor is nutty with lemon-orange peel in a yeast-wheat medium body that is crisp & clean. Not an IPA, not a Nut Brown, but somewhere in between. Nice, I say, nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:25:04 | More by selecter70
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pamola (Kyle) was kind enough to send a bottle recently; 12 ounces poured to a pint glass while watch Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament (after an invigorating session of figuring our 2008 tax returns!).

'Bottled by Kirsten & Nik at Tuckerman Brewing Co.' Exp. notched at 'June'.

A: I love a cloudy pale ale and this one is full of sultriness. Hazy bronze-brown, quite cloudy. Problematic little flecks of sediment resting on the bottom of the glass. Hanging sediment with a fair amount of carbonation cutting through. Decent head, about a finger of dense off-white foam; decent lace, too, sticky cobwebs.

S: Smell is malty/biscuity bread dough, light lemon and herb. Hints of toasted nuts, smells nice but isn't very strong and doesn't distinguish itself.

T: Same nutty/grainy flavors I got from the aroma with a healthy dose of bitterness - dry, toasted, almost salty(?). Hints of grass/hay in the hops melding with a dry flavor akin to a saltine or oyster cracker. Nothing earth-shattering, but a solid APA.

M: A little thin and not a whole lot of carbonation action. Some lasting bitter tang and traces of malt sweetness hang around.

T: Easy enough to drink, could have more than one at a sitting and wouldn't turn another down. In general, a pretty good beer, nothing more, nothing less.

Thanks again, Kyle, for sending this little piece of New Hampshire to the Northwest.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 21:52:38 | More by msubulldog25
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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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter orangy-amber with a one finger white head that left a little lacing.

Smells of light toasted malt, some bready notes, and a grassy element.

No off flavors here, but much of the taste is muted. Kinda watered down toasted malt, some biscuit elements, mild citric hop bite. Flavors are just not there in force.

Thinner (medium thin) mouthfeel -- maybe it is deceptive as you are hunting for fuller flavor. Not mouthcoating in the least. Adequate body compared to strength of flavor.

Overall, you can down these on a hot day -- maybe this is nacho brew -- just a fairly decent beer to drown spicy food with. The fire will dull the taste buds, but you wouldn't be wasting them on anything anyway. Kind of a disappointment -- looks and smell are a bit deceiving in this case. Won't refuse this in a cooler full of Bud Light, but won't actively seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 21:24:30 | More by OtherShoe2
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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

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

A: golden deep yellow, with a decent clingy head.

S: Grainy and biscuity, with a hint of citric fruit up front.

T/M: The hops dominate this one. I think it's a trend with Tuckerman brews, as they are all dry hopped. There is a smooth biscuity malt presence, and a subtle citric sweetness that is fruity. Finishes dry, with a sour twinge. (tannin?) Pretty smooth.

D: Very good. I bet it is better on tap though. I will visit the brewery soon, as my friend has a place not too far from Conway.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 04:14:46 | More by TwinSox33
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oddfire

Massachusetts

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

I have been drinking this ale for a few years now. In the fall of '07 while in the White Mountains I had it on tap with my now wife. She liked it and so did I. The flavor is clean and crisp. I sensed a very subtle citrus flavor while in the mouth. I just think this is a all around good beer. Will keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 01:31:41 | More by oddfire
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle picked up in a New Hampshire gas station this beer was a murky copper color with a cream-colored head. The one finger cap displayed excellent retention and the lacing was pretty good too. The aroma was very fresh, like a breeze on a river, (stunning!) floral hops and hints of citrus along with caramel malt; a sweet and inviting blend. The flavors, however, very sharply more blunt. I could clearly taste the herbal, "fresh fermenting wart" they used and it neutralized some of the other flavors that tried to come forth. Muted orange rind, grapefruit notes and a doughy malt/yeast blend were present but the bitterness that sat atop them I found unpleasant. The mouthfeel was silky, the carbonation perfect and the body medium/full.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 18:38:31 | More by thekevlarkid
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Pamola

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these on tap in Hanover. Had it many times before but this pint wasn't impressive. who knows.

A: No real head as I wasn't sitting at the bar. There were clingy remnants that dissipated unevenly. A nice clear golden.

S: Maybe I smoke too many cigarettes or I shouldn't have started the night with a scotch but this really didn't smell like anything.

T. Decent smoothness up front, mild hoppiness, bread flavor, and a little bit of band-aid. No real taste in the end.

M: Pretty nice and full.

D: As said, I liked this more in the bottle. This must have been a bad keg.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 19:34:51 | More by Pamola
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scottg

Vermont

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

Served in a pint glass at Truants Tavern in North Woodstock, NH.

Pours a clear copper with a one half finger off white head that dissipates quickly with light lacing. Hoppy aromas with toasted malt. Biscuity toasted malt mix with the lemon/tea hop flavor for a well balanced taste. Medium body and carbonation this is a mouth coating ale. The flavors and aromas are clean.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 15:17:05 | More by scottg
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:49:53 | More by HopEnthusiast
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from the local grocery store. Pours a hazy amber body with a very thin film of off-white head. Smells like grassy and citrusy hops with caramel and biscuity malt playing equal parts. Tastes like citrussy/grassy hops with plenty of caramel/biscuit malt to balance. Light in body and that along with very well-ballanced subtle flavors make this an extremely quaffable pale aleGood to know that my local(ish) beers are this good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 23:52:33 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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changeup45

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden, somewhat cloudy colored, topped with a small white head. Not much lace left on the glass. The aroma is nice, something of a mild sweet apricot smell with hops mixed in. The taste however is fairly bland with a citrus hop flavor but overall weak. I wanted a bit more of a kick and more in the finish. Not a bad session choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:43:07 | More by changeup45
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Murchmac

California

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 13:12:14 | More by Murchmac
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dated for "september". only marked for months, no year. poured into shaped pint glass.

slightly dull amber (not very red), honey color. almost clear. decent head fades to wispy layer. thin lacing, but very sparse.

aroma of toasted malts, faint toffee and caramel. grassy euro hops. esters come close to apple, though not quite. bready yeast whiff. trace of citrus zest, but very little.

some malt sweetness and grassy hop, mixed with some fruit esters (apple? peach?), and weak phenols. gentle to moderate hop bitterness w resins faint in the finish, which is also slightly malty.

not too thin. pretty smooth, with some texture from gentle to moderate carbonation.

they claim on the label itself to be an american pale, not an english one, so i have to take points off. really none of the bold citrus or pine hop character needed to represent the APA style. if they'd called this a classic english pale, it would fare MUCH better.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:45:13 | More by tai4ji2x
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 01:38:46 | More by gfreed
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GratefulBeerGuy for the trade.
Pours a slightly cloudy light copper with a hazy, quickly fading head.
Smells of mild hops with some sweetness. Speaks of a well balanced beer.
Taste is mild and slightly hoppy, there's some citrus and just a hint of spice. Nice mild malt to balance it out. Very mild carbonation make this a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:30:55 | More by kirok1999
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tuckerman's- Pale Ale

On tap at Flatbread- Portsmouth, NH.

A- Golden orangw with a small weak head. No lacing.
S- Crusty bread and cracked grainy malt.
T- Light caramel malt with a light toasted fresh grain bread, touch of lemon.
M- Slightly light and watery with a dry grainy body and tail end.

Overall- A bit watery in on the nose and tastebuds. OK but not worth another pint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 20:56:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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