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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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319 Ratings

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

smcolw, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Durge, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

adowney523, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Risser09
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Risser09, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

jwc215, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

WesWes, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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.

mshallah, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

scarletfire79, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of RunawayJim
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

RunawayJim, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Toddv29424
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Toddv29424, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Manosbeeroffate, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange-amber. 1 finger of foam on top, fades very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

Smell: Fruity with some hops and malt

Taste:Nice malt backbone, slightly biscuity, next comes the hops...balanced by the bitterness. clean finish

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: It would be a very good session beer. Very drinkable

gestyr, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

plaid75, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh from yankee spirits

ooh. look at that foam. it actually looks like foam, you know, the kind of which you put a layer between your bed and sheets (but, white). very sticky, too; great lacing

america hops? doesn't smell like 'em (or when i read "domestic hops" should i not assume NW? i guess we're talking mt. hood or something. hops smell more noble, with enough sweetness for balance. there's an aroma i recognize from pilsners. is that pils malt?

fairly sweet, soft. quiet bitterness

bruachan, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper to gold with a little cloudiness and a small white head. Aroma is of slightly sweet peaches and nectarines with some citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit as well. Taste exhibits some of the sweet nectarines, some pineapple juice flavor, a little nuttiness, and finishes with a drying lemony grassiness. Light in body and refreshing, just a hint of dryness in the finish. Easy drinking beer with good session qualities.

hoppymeal, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of akahn
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rosy amber-brown color with a lasting but short off-white bubbly head. Decent lace left here and there. Hazy, with some floaties.

Fresh hoppy aroma, a little bit like spruce sap and a little spicy. Oddly, I detect the aroma of a tomale, but of course, there's no corn in this beer, so I don't know what's going on.

Understated but flavorful. This beer is in the opposite spectrum of the style from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, because rather than very bright in flavor, this beer is rather earthy. It is also sweet in a tropical, candied way. Hops play an accenting role, balancing things with a slight prickle, not very bitter.

Incredibly soft and creamy feel on the palate. Medium body. Deliciously drinkable. I can't believe I passed this one up for so long.

akahn, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sample while on a beer trip in VT. 12 oz. brown bottle without a freshness date. Pours a hazy copper with a thick bubbly white head. Great lacing. Aroma of caramel, light floral hops, and a fruity aroma of granny smith apple. Fizzy in texture, medium bodied. Light caramel sweetness, fruity with a touch of grain husk. A floral hop bitterness with a light pine finish. Simple pale ale, refreshing, good session beer.


SteveO1231, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An attactive pear juice colored brew with a soft light beige head about a finger tall. Not bad so far.

S: Floral, little bit soapy with honey and chamomile.

T: Begins lightly citrusy and floral but really not a lot going on. Slight caramel backbone but not strong enough. Finishes very dirty. Aftertaste is a bit of grapefruit rind, pine and more soap.

M: Light to medium body with a nice carbonation.

D: Meh. Just another boring APA. Next

Westsidethreat, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of the MicroBeerClub offering for May.

Beer poured an orange color with a nice fluffy head. Nose was of sweet malts. Taste is well balanced between the malts and the hops as this is not an overly hoppy beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and it is fairly lively. Overall drinkability is good, the beer is very easy drinking and enjoyable.

arizcards, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Chadbrew
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty interesting beer, given to me by a local as a gift while vacationing in New Hampshire. Apparently Tuckerman is a mountain up that way that has a pretty intense vertical to try and ski down. No ski patrol, ski at your own risk.
This one poured mostly clear with a touch of haze and average carbonation, nice light copper color.
Nice rush of floral hops in the nose and some sweet maltiness.
Initially I was a little put off with what tastes almost like coriander and rosemary but within a few sips it is very easy to settle into it and before I knew it I was really diggin’ it.
The body is full and creamy.
I can drink a bunch of this. It isn’t boring or over the top… it’s compelling and intriguing.

Chadbrew, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this brew. Maybe it was the combination of a hot summer's day and a nice chilled brew, but man it hit the spot. Poured with a nice 1 inch head that was slow to fade. Aroma is malty, a tinge of hops. Taste is quite nicely balanced - a nice malt backbone but not overly sweet. The hops are present but not overwhelming by any means. A beer that's not overly demanding of the imbiber but is enjoyable and tasty. I had two of these in fairly rapid succession they went down so easily. I didn't really find anything not to like about this beer.

LarryV, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 6 pack.

Deep golden amber color, very bubbly and VERY active. thin 1/4" white head.

smells of light hops and yeasty, only slight citrus nose.

Taste has a nice balanced hop/wheaty effect. no bitter hops here, much more balanced than hop doiminated. Wheats and yeast is present.

Lively brew! active, smooth and DRY.

highly drinkable and pleasnatly suprised by this one.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Beer of the Month offering for this month, 12 oz bottle with no freshness markings, poured into a pint glass, the bottle opens with a loud “phist” sound. I chose not to pour the yeast into the glass.

A—pours cloudy rusty orange color with a 1 inch off white pillow like head, collapses down into a thin sheet in a few minutes, full, thick lacing is produced

S—sweet malt, strong floral hops, almost potpourri like, some mild cloves, maybe, a little nutmeg, perhaps, great overall fragrance

T—mmm! Very well balanced and flavorful, sweet at first, then changes and remains bitter to the end, the spicy and floral flavors blend this one together nicely

M—very smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated

D—a solid APA, very fragrant and flavorful, Well done, Kirsten and Nik! I’ll buy this again if I can find it.

hanco005, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Tuckerman pours a cloudy dark orange that has light showing through the bottom leaving a white lace that is thin and frothy. The aroma is weak a small sweetness honey, melon, very hard to depict. The taste is smooth, starts creamy sweet with a soft grapefruit bitterness that is followed by a watery carbonated lemon honey finish. Very smooth drinkable pale ale that is session quality.

Franchise, Mar 27, 2006
Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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