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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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307 Ratings

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 141
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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Photo of changeup45


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
Photo of Murchmac


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
Photo of tai4ji2x


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
Photo of gfreed


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
Photo of kirok1999


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of albern


3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the Headwall Alt just prior to this one, and they are similar in their mellowness, slightly watery consistency, and the creamy mouthfeel. However, the Alt is far superior to the APA. This one pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color with some yeasty bits floating about the glass. It is plenty carbonated, but it doesn't have much of a head and forget about lacing. It is titled towards the medium body, and it does have a nice creamy mouthfeel which is uncharacteristic for the style. The aroma is sweet malts, some citrus sweetness comes through, but also some astringent hop notes as well. The taste is quite sweet, some dryish bready flavors, a dash of citrus on the front end, a bit watery, some hop bite in the finish, but overall the beer lacks sufficient character. Not enough of a statement is made for it to be taken for a serious APA. It's an okay beer that has some nice qualities, but it is not a great APA if that's what you fancy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:40:56 | More by albern
Photo of Applesauce1


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I came to Cannon Mountain in early April to catch some spring skiing after a great season which included two Western trips. Anyhow, I took a break around noon....

Appearance: copper color with a small head off the pour
Smell: not much smell actually (could be from coming in from the cold weather a few minutes earlier)...i caught some citrusy hops smell
Taste: good flavor; balanced, some citrus hops, pale malt created an almost bready flavor....nice
Mouthfeel: light to medium body
Drinkability: great, not overpowering to the taste buds, you could drink this all night

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 06:37:31 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of 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
Photo of jscondon


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

pours with a little cloudiness as a nice honey-oak amber color with decent carbonation. the head is about 1 in and is retained at about 5 mm for the entire beverage. it smells spicy and fruity at the same time, with a hint of matliness but this is not a strongly discernible aroma. i like the flavor of this beer a lot, but the profile isn't quite balanced. it has a nice subtle hoppiness up front, but the middle sort of drops out. i get a good amount of fruitiness and then a recurrence of the hop flavor. the mouth is decent.

i like this beer in all, i think it a very decent "english" pale ale... there are very strong ester flavors present with distinctive fuggle hop character. plus these things go down very smoothly. i think this is a perfect summer beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 23:34:19 | More by jscondon
Photo of Matty1918


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

Had this one up North Conway after a day tubing with the family.

Poured a light amber color with a small head...pretty good lacing though.

Smelled of yeast and a light spice.

Pretty good tasting pale ale...a hint of spice maybe nutmeg with a hint of hops and citrus.

This was a pretty good pale ale

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 16:59:10 | More by Matty1918
Photo of sharkheadlasers


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a medium copper with a thin head. There is a hoppy, yeasty aroma. The taste is of a spicy hop with saltine crackers that lingers on the tongue. There is a medium body. This is an enjoyable, drinkable beer...it's just not my favorite pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 01:38:15 | More by sharkheadlasers
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of Durge


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
Photo of adowney523


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a shaker pint glass poured from a 12 oz bottle. White head fades very quickly and leaves no residue. Color is copper and cloudy. Lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of my glass.

Smells caramel sweet along with light buttery notes.

Lots of sweetness upfront with caramel and butterscotch. This fades to some medicinal flavors and some faint grassy bitterness.

Medium-bodied. This went down quickly on a hot day, but the flavors seem to be all over the place. I would rather seek out a balanced pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 23:24:33 | More by adowney523
Photo of Risser09


2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 23:50:11 | More by Risser09
Photo of jwc215


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
Photo of 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
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a cool label. It's a b/w photograph of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington in the wintertime with early extreme skiers climbing up the bowl shaped ravine and skiing down. Oct. expiration date. Hazy amber with a foamy head that deflates to a small ring. Not a sticky or clingy lace, but bubbles that linger on the walls of the glass. Aroma of toasty malt and ale yeast fruitiness. Not much in aroma hops, but some alcohol after a swirl of the glass. Taste is toasty, bready malt with enough bittering hops to rid this beer of any sweetness. A separate tangy flavor can be detected towards the front of the tongue, as well as some alcohol warmth underneath. A sparkling ale with a quick finish. Wonderful to quaff. On tap at many restaurants, bars and taverns in New Hampshire and is great with food. Yet another great NH beer that makes it easy to drink local and support home-state breweries.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:30:26 | More by mshallah
Photo of NeroFiddled


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
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i've seen this beer in my supermarket for a while but finally got around to trying it. i dig the idea of a small family brewery not far from where i live.
pours a dark cloudy amerber with some orange hues. not much lacing but a decent cream colored head.
smells very inviting. definitly makes my interest pick up. slight fruit overtones with some definite yeast.
the taste is very smooth. slightly juicy near the end it leaves as quickly as it came. it really kind of just vanishes. not bad by any means. actually quite nice. the flavors don't linger, but they are very pleasing. i could definitly see drinking a bunch of these on a warm day, actually i guess on any day. i look forward to trying some more of their brews and maybe making a visit to the brewery this spring.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 15:48:06 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of RunawayJim

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is a golden amber brown, moderate head. Light lacing on the glass.

Light hoppy aroma, some citrus in there as well.

Taste is just awesome. Perfect balance of hops and malt. The mild hoppy grapefruit flavor tends to dominate, but then some mild roasted malt flavors come through. Mild hops bitterness throughout.

Great mouthfeel, not too heavy. Perfectly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, and a great session beer. It is perhaps my favorite APA. It borders on the IPA line with the hops flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 22:08:58 | More by RunawayJim
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a golden color with a moderate head. There is an interesting lace on the glass that sticks around for the duration of the beer. The smell is yeasty, with little to no hint of hops. The taste is big, but doesn't really develop until the middle of the beer. The malts are most dominant, but there is also a gentle hop kiss to the end of the taste. The conclusion is just a bit light, almost like the effervescing doesn't let the taste fully develop on the tongue. But, I enjoy it and think that as an easy beer to drink it does a great job.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 21:37:09 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Hannaford's Market in Conway NH. Pours a yellowish hazy gold color. Smell is lemony citrus, not too overwhelming. Tastes like a very light citrus flavor with a hint of bubblegum in the background. Average mouthfeel. Overall it's average, good but nothing to wake up the neighbors with. This is the first time I'd ever heard of this and was hoping that it would be really special, it isn't. Though it would be a good intro beer for people new to the world of craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:57:07 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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