Duckpin Pale Ale
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #689
Ranked #18,367
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Apr 18, 2022
Jul 05, 2012
Very Good
Duckpin Pale AleDuckpin Pale Ale
Notes: A Baltimore Original

This generously hopped pale ale is a strike in your mouth! Brewed with lots of Pacific Northwest & New Zealand hops this beer is ten frames of big citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A strong malt backbone rounds it out and makes this pale ale a delight for the senses. The pins may be small but the flavor is huge! In our town, we roll Duckpin—a true Baltimore original.

COLOR: Pale orange
MALT: Pale Ale, Wheat, Munich
HOPS: Columbus, Cascade, Galaxy
YEAST: American Ale
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: April 17, 2022... OCCASION: the end of a nice Easter with a beer I had in Rehoboth... GLASSWARE: Otto's pint... pours a golden orange body with minimal effervescence, its frothy white head a two-fingered looker that settles into a soft, uneven blanket... it rings well.... orange, grapefruit and mango meet with aromatic flowers and pine render a soft, inviting aroma... nothing dominant, with the malt faintly suggesting spiced bread... the body is medium-bodied, well-balanced, energetic enough at the teeth to engage... lively effervescence, smooth finish, and a light, lingering presence on the tongue... orange, grapefruit, and citrus evenly distributed over the amicable base of bread malts... hop-forward, the floral notes are pleasing, with pine amply applied here... overall, a solid pale that I would revisit when in the are--a Baltimore original makes it all the more endearing...

Apr 18, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Mattalica

A little dry and bitter, but good

Mar 21, 2022
3.92 by uncleotis from Illinois on Sep 30, 2021
4 by trickynicky from Maryland on Sep 17, 2021
3.69 by BeerBeast from Florida on Aug 26, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 ounce can poured into a tumbler pint glass.
Canned 07/06/21

Pours clear and gold with chill haze. Topped with a half inch of white foam that sticks for a minute or so before receding to a ring. Getting pine and citrus in the nose with some fruity esters underneath. Tasting piney and resinous with a clean bitter finish. Soft body, medium carbonation, only slightly crisp. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Nothing fancy, just a solid APA.

Aug 13, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear orange appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and assorted fruits with just a touch of pine. Flavor still features the citrus along with a solid underpinning of piney, resinous hops. Malts are more subtle but seem to be doing a good job of adding balance. Medium bodied mouthfeel finishes clean, crisp and dry. A local favorite that hits all the right notes.

May 29, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

Phenomenal head with sheets of creamy lace. Nice standard color and clear.

Strong citrus, pine undertone, mango, and pineapple.

Just a solid pale ale, with strong grapefruit.

Apr 30, 2021
3.68 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Apr 28, 2021
3.94 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware on Apr 06, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by MrOH from Malta

Clear deep gold, nice white head, good retention and lace
Herbal(celery?), floral, and citrusy hop aromas
Orangey hops, a bit of caramel, but otherwise light
Crisp and well carbonated
This is the beer to have with crabs

Feb 24, 2021
3.91 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2020
4 by thomda11 from California on Jul 17, 2020
4 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2019
3.76 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 23, 2019
3.75 by allentownpaguy from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2019
3.66 by walt5 from Delaware on Jul 02, 2019
3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on May 29, 2019
3.5 by Eychung from New York on Apr 25, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Clear amber-orange with a finger of creamy-looking light tan foam. Solid lacing. Mild aroma, on the sweet side. Sweet tasting with some light citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, caramel malt and moderate piney bitterness. Medium bodied with nice fizz in the feel. Classic, old-school attempt at the style.

Apr 01, 2019
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by daliandragon from Maryland

This is an enjoyable easy drinking ale that I have been meaning to formally review for a while. Smooth and featuring a modest late breaking bitterness in the finish, this also has a brisk mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. This goes down easy, but is tasty as the Double Duckpin and the Foxy, which are also excellent.

Dec 15, 2018
4.06 by Chris_n_Rod from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent and slightly hazed amber with a finger of ivory colored head. Good lacing and head retention

S: Breadyness, a little grassyness

T: Follows the nose, plenty of dryness, some tangerine, some leafy hops up front. Peppery and grassy hops, more dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops and grainyness

MF: Medium body, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance, thins out a little as it warms

Drinks easy, nothing special

Oct 31, 2018
3.76 by Higdon from Maryland on Oct 17, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Pours with a big ol' head that recedes with good lace. Nose is a bit herbal actually with some lemony citrus. Taste is grainy, earthy, and again, a bit herbal, along with more of those citrus notes. Sort of a half APA-half EPA thing going on. I can see a time and place to enjoy this, but overall I thought it was just okay.

Oct 02, 2018
3.96 by richj1970 from Alabama on Sep 16, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours hazy and honey colored with a one finger head; good retention and a wispy pattern of lace

Smell: Bready, with a hint of caramel and orange pith; somewhat herbal

Taste: Grainy bread and some caramel tones forward, with an earthy, herbal aspect building; through the middle, the pithy orange tones emerge and linger into the finish, though the malts don't back off one bit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (surprisingly full for the ABV), with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, easy drinking APA, with an interesting juxtaposition of flavors

Aug 02, 2018
3.81 by jakecattleco from California on Jul 30, 2018
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Jul 20, 2018
3.77 by mjw2808 from Maryland on May 12, 2018
4.16 by Turbo from Minnesota on May 08, 2018
3.83 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on May 06, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, creamy, white foam with very good retention. Medium earthy, herbal hop aromas with a hint of citrus. Medium caramel malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a creamy smooth feel. Medium herbal and light spicy hop flavors up front with solid caramel malt presence. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by earthy, spicy hops and malt. Finished with a creamy feel, light warmth, caramel malt and mellow earthy hop bitterness. Well balanced and easy drinking with mellow hop character, solid malty backbone and creamy smooth feel.

May 05, 2018
4.13 by CSwizzle from Pennsylvania on Apr 14, 2018
3.71 by Budlum from Maryland on Mar 21, 2018
3.75 by BeerSexLove from Virginia on Mar 19, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz can, poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a golden copper body, one finger white head, short retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is pine, grapefruit, light caramel, touch of grainy bread, more resin. Flavour is grapefruit, a decent bit of caramel and toasted biscuit, a nice pine presence. Balanced, hoppy yet sweet, drinkable with a medium lighter body, good carbonation, fair bit of depth. A good daily drinking pale ale, nothing extreme and appropriately balanced.

Mar 19, 2018
5 by saldeapio from Maryland on Feb 23, 2018
Duckpin Pale Ale from Union Craft Brewing Company
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