Duckpin Pale Ale
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #646
Ranked #18,695
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Apr 21, 2023
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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Rated: 3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by smcneave from Maryland

Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Rated by Mattalica

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A little dry and bitter, but good
Mar 21, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 4 by trickynicky from Maryland

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by BeerBeast from Florida

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.68 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 28, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Apr 06, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.91 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Dec 05, 2020
Rated: 4 by thomda11 from California

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Sep 23, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by allentownpaguy from Pennsylvania

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.66 by walt5 from Delaware

Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

May 29, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Eychung from New York

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.
Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Chris_n_Rod from Massachusetts

Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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
Oct 31, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by Higdon from Maryland

Oct 17, 2018
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Reviewed by captaincoffee from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.
Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by richj1970 from Alabama

Sep 16, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by jakecattleco from California

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by petewheeler from Maryland

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by mjw2808 from Maryland

May 12, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Turbo from Minnesota

May 08, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

May 06, 2018
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
May 05, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by CSwizzle from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by Budlum from Maryland

Mar 21, 2018
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