Duckpin Pale Ale
Union Craft Brewing Company

Duckpin Pale AleDuckpin Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #736
Ranked #18,021
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
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
Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 437 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of thebeers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with floral and citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange peel mostly along with some woody notes. Next comes malt with some grainy sweetness and a bit of caramel. Some vegetable notes add towards the end. Finishes with a slight bit lingering hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pale, but nothing special.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, date on bottom, about 1.5 months old

Fairly clear pale golden color, big white head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma. Moderately bitter, touch of caramel malt flavor. Medium bodied

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear golden color with a small head and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like biscuity and bready malt, with very light citrus and pine.

This is very, very drinkable- but not particulary interesting. It's got a very good balance of malt and hops- with some light breadiness up front, and a snap of piney bitterness on the finish. It's lightly fruity, as well. This is definitely a beer where the whole is better than the sum of its parts.

This is light bodied, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

This doesn't blaze any particularly new or interesting trails, but it does a good job making a good, clean, drinkable beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Fairly mild nose... bready malts and a bit of citrus.

T/F: Lightly toasted malts and a bit of sweetness to start. Floral and citrus hop profile. Not overly bitter... good carbonation on the palate. Body is medium. Short and mild floral aftertaste.

O: A decent pale ale. Really prefer the 'Double Duckpin' DIPA, but for an easy drinker this one will do just fine. A well made beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange with a fluffy 3" head.

Smell: mild citrus and floral tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, and some floral hop bitterness make up the main flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, less crisp at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a decent pale ale with a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent APA pour. Medium hazy orange-amber with a white head.

Smells of large, bright west coast hops against a malt that is either English or English-inspired. This is a straight APA, in spite of its relatively high IBU level.

Tastes like it smells, only not quite as well balanced. Bright hops start things out, with nodes of pine and spice, moving into a malt profile that is as first lightly fruity and but ends with sweet toffee nodes. The toffee and pine clash just a wee bit at the back end, but the profile is quite pleasant overall.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foggy gold in color. Frothy off-white, almost beige head leaves a nice film all the way to the bottom.

Smells of very pale malts. A nice toasted bread aroma. A little bit of resin and citrus.

Some crisp, spicy hops up front that have more feel than flavor. Followed by very soft, light and fluffy pale malts. A little bit of pine, pineapple, grapefruit. Finishes with solid bitterness and some lingering resinous oils

Overall, a pretty good pale ale and enjoyable beer. Could use a little more popping flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale ales typically get a fairly ho-hum representation, but this one serves a pretty good purpose as a full bodied yet slightly lighter version of a flavorful IPA that when compared to a session IPA, this has great balance.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz cans consumed out of many different glasses.
It is a superb balance of hop and malt. The color is a hazy amber yellow. Being a annapolis local, I have very easy access to this beer. Whether I'm at a concert, a sporting event, just finished the yardwork, or had a long day at work, this is my go-to beer. It is just great.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank to Lucular for this 12 oz. can, my first taste of Duckpin. After all the big, dark, barrelly shit from last night, I’m ready for something light & airy.

The pour is light orange with plenty of pop. Nose boasts a bit of grapefruit, fruitiness, sweet malt. Not much to delve into.

Duckpin Pale doesn’t bring any superlatives to mind, it’s the epitome of a hopped-up pale. Nice hop bite, light trade winds fruitiness, backup of sweet malt. Easy to drink.

I have almost nothing to say about this; routinely pretty good.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

An almost cloudy, orange color, this beer looks great and tastes pretty darn good too. A good mix of malts and hops, both in the smell and taste. It's got a feel that's perfect for the style and overall I can't think of too much that's wrong with this beer. I was very pleased with what I had. Good job, Union. Showing that Baltimore has more than just Natty Boh.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into pint glass with a pale yellow color and off white head that quickly evaporated. Heavy hop feel and taste that gets balanced by a lightly toasted cereal malty flavor.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 14 ounce cup.
Pours a dark orange color with a medium white head.
This is a very nice piney pale ale. Perfect for an outdoor summer afternoon.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was so so. Tasting more malt than anything. Not only is there a lack of noticeable hops, but there is an awkward aftertaste I can't place.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Max's Taphouse, on to the beer:

This pale ale light orange colored, topped with a half-inch of head, and leaves good creamy lacing around. Good things come to those who smell, and I smell pleasing crisp pine, cantaloupe, and honeydew in this one. The beer is plenty hoppy alright, but the beer also doesn't go overboard with the lupulins and is extremely refreshing. Somewhat light in the mouth, this beer brings pine, melon, honeydew and light dry biscuits notes to my palate, allowing them to sing and replenish from the brutal summer heat of Baltimore. There's quality in Duckpin Pale Ale.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can with a 7/16/15 sticker on the top of the 6 pack. Pretty damn fresh. Standard pale ale color. Aroma is outstanding. Citrus, mango from the hops with a little breadiness. Taste is no surprise. Great balance and a beer I could drink all the time.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up never having heard of it while in DC. Was pleasantly surprised with the more complex flavor profile than I expected. Drinks more like a heaver IPA than one would expect with this ABV. Nice citrus flavors and hop aromas, nice bitter aftertaste all on a solid malt backbone. Would buy again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Hazy, deep gold with a thin tan head. Moderate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, probably about right for an IPA. Hoppy/bitter, but not what I'd call an interesting flavor profile - kind of one-dimensional. Not bad, but not anywhere near outstanding.

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Duckpin Pale Ale from Union Craft Brewing Company
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