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Tuckerman's Pale Ale - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%

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 Satchboogie

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:06:07 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with good clarity. Modest head and lacing.

The nose is very subdued. There is a bit of fruity esters, maybe banana. No discernable hops in the aroma.

Flavor is also light, with a bit of sweetness, a touch of sour and just a bit of subdued, but slightly harsh bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin and slightly abrasive. Drinkable enough to lubricate dinner, but not memorable at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 02:05:21 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of fitzy84


3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Redbones on tap. The beer had a good head with a typical amber like color. Aromas were pretty strong but in a good way. Spicy hop flavors could be sensed with a slight smell over the head. The scent flavors carried over to the taste of the beer. Somewhat bitter-ish but with a solid flavor of hops and malts. The drink felt a little thin in its body, for me at least. Overall, not too bad. It went well with the food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 04:52:37 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ohh, this was not good. Diacetyl seems to have taken this one.

Pours a pretty normal orangish color with yellow highlights and a small head.

The smell is really, really bad. This might be one of the worst and most disgusting things I've smelled in a long time. Seems infected with an over ripened and buttery fruit smell that is very off putting.

The taste is a little better, but still bad, barely any hops and akin to an adjunct lager, though I'm rating this as a pale ale? Over ripened fruit comes through again.

Mouth is fine, and drinkability of course is bad, I drained this sucker immediately.

I'm usually what most would consider a forgiving and 'high' score rater on this website, but this beer is one to not even consider buying.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:55:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Flatbread company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Mild amber color with some white foam. Somewhat opaque, good color. Malty smell, some grassy notes, some citrus. Taste is standard pale ale - hop very balanced, holds throughout but not powerful. Good carbonation.

Good pale ale, not remarkable, but tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 00:22:39 | More by KTCamm
Photo of mlazzaro


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-a pours a hazy orange color. slightly off white head. meek head retention although decently carbonated. it looks pretty good, just could better clarity and head.

s- odors of sweet malts and yeast. a light citrus note from aroma hops. mild smell strength perhaps from low head retention.

t-malt dominant flavor. almost a smoky quality, like peated malt or something. also a nice finish with sweet crystal malt and suiting bitterness. Tastes like an English yeast at the end, although it is classified as an A.P.A.(perhaps because of location and not yeast variety).

This beer is oak barrel aged, so that very well may be the source of the wood/smoked flavors I was mentioning. It adds a unique and appealing character to the beer. Usually oak aged beers are more extreme and less drinkable than this one.

m+d- good balance. moderately full mouthfeel. I could sip on this for a while.

great example of an oaked beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 14:05:17 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of atlanta


2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head to speak of, no lacing after the first couple of sips, and a bit flat. At first I thought I was getting vanilla, and thats pretty much it. Then by half glass I became aware of a buttery-ness, and I realised I was tasting diacetyl. Disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 20:28:23 | More by atlanta
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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
Photo of jzeilinger


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear, medium gold color with a one fingered creamy white head. Minimal carbonation.

S - Not very aromatic at all. Faint crackery malt, light floral character, and some caramel malt.

T - Not much going on, should be more. One dimensional, light bodied, very crisp, crackery and delicate caramel malt with a somewhat watery finish. Leaves a lightly crisp malt coating in the mouth with a little bit of floral pine hopping.

M - Light bodied and thin.

D - Meh. Best for quaffing in 90+ degree weather.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 22:23:54 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of skullsplitter


3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft up in North Conway. I figured it was one of the local brews so I would give it a go.

A - Golden in color. Compared to some of the pale ales I have had recently it seemed a little lighter than what I am used to. It looked refreshing enough, but nothing to get excited over. The head was virtually nonexistent which surprised me a little because I had it on draft. Lacing was very minimal and dissipated quickly.

S - Didn't really smell anything with this guy. Which is surprising. I had just driven three hours up to North Conway from Boston. I was pretty hungry so my sense of smell would have been pretty decent.

T - The taste was ok. Not much really here. There was a mild hop flavor but nothing really stood out.

M - Pretty decent body.

D - It's an easy beer to drink. But I don't really see myself ordering it again on draft. Perhaps it was a bad keg. Maybe next time I will try the bottle and see if it makes a difference.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 16:07:43 | More by skullsplitter
Photo of TonyReaves


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only got a 3/4 inch head despite an aggressive pour. Still, good clarity, perfect bronze color.

Toffee in the smell, and some faint hoppiness, but just barely.

Toffee in the taste as well, and what I'm guessing is Ringwood yeast? Maybe not. It's a little sweet with rich maltiness and bitterness in the finish, but not much. This is definitely a British pale, despite what we're calling it here.

Low carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Light body makes it easy to drink. This is a pretty good pale ale that I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 05:55:26 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of kenito799

New York

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium to light amber with nice hazy particles in the end, fram yeastleft to actually bottle condition this stuff. Aroma is nicely malty with a bit of spice. The palate s very mild light bitterness, malty and cinnamon spicy that hints at a Belgian style. The effect is light and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:56:07 | More by kenito799
Photo of ajhod

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid pale ale from a great SMALL brewery.

This tasting is poured from a 12oz bottle, but I have had it ample times on draft in the Washington Valley. Good from bottle...but seek it out on draft if you can. The Wildcat Inn in Jackson pours a lot of this...plus it's available at most of the ski areas in the Valley.

Appearance is that of a regular pale ale. pale copper colour, a bit cloudy from the bottle conditioning (I swilled the yeast in-I love that). If poured more carefully, it is crystal clear.

Smell is of floral hops, light but fresh and present.

Taste is fresh and malty, pleasant but not super aggressively hopped. Hops have a floral characteristic.

Mouthfeel is rich and tasty. A bit sweet and floral, balanced by hops. Light, natural carbonation.

Highly drinkable. A good session ale, good with food, good by itself.

Poured from the bottle it seems to be slightly less hopped than I have had it. Both my wife and I had this beer on draft and the hops burst through much stronger. Excellent either way.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:04:08 | More by ajhod
Photo of Reagan1984


3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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
Photo of DurtyUI


3.83/5  rDev +11%
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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2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
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
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.9/5  rDev +13%
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
Photo of jnezda


3/5  rDev -13%
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
Photo of bill93063

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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
Photo of msubulldog25


3.38/5  rDev -2%
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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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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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