Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12 oz bottle. No "bottled on" date. Purchased February 5, 2013. Beer foamed out of the bottle upon opening. A healthy pour into a pint glass.

A - Honey colored and slighty cloudy pour. Lots of carbonation. Huge white rocky head. Excessive foam.

S - Resin, some sweet floral, citrus, nice grapefruit.

T - Hop up front, hop in the middle, hop on the backside.

MF - A little effervescent. Dry.

O - This was the beer that made me realize how much I loved hoppiness, but it is not the beer it was ten or even five years ago. The beer is still above average, but I can no longer drink it since it is just a shell of its former self.

Feb 07, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

an opaque orange in color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head... slight over carbonation.
smells of sweet malt and subtle grapefruit, hint of strawberry. a weird tasting beer.. hints of caramel, banana, earthy bitterness.. just really off taste throughout.. oxidation maybe. medium body, moderate carbonation (which is weird because of all the over fizz during the initial pour).

a little bit odd of a beer.. not sure what they were going after. it's a murky orange, off-tasting, and slightly over carbonated. either i got one hell of a terrible bottle, or this is just not a good beer at all.

Jan 15, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer poured one of the most fat and puffy heads I have ever poured or seen. Held on good also. Beer Color was amber/orange and beer was cloudy. The smell was hoppy as was the taste. The beer had a bit of a bitter finish also. I will not buy again.

Jun 19, 2012
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GbVDave from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the bottle. In my hotel room.

A: Loads of suspended sedinemt in the bottle. Whispy tendrils of yeast slowly float through the bottle.

S: Mildly piney with notes of grass and yeast. Caramel malt adds some balance.

T: Nice harvest hop flavors. Thankfully, the caramel takes a back seat to the hops.

M: Initially, quite dry and bitter. Eventually its' hop oil side shows itself and makes for a slightly sticky and spicy finish.

O: No freshness date, but this seemed like a very well made and fresh APA. Nice!

Jun 01, 2012
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tlazaroff from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight floral notes on the nose with a little bit of grass. Its a bit weak, unfortunately, because the scents are good - just wish they were more pronounced.

Hop Pocket brings a hazy dark honey color liquor topped with an off-white head that just doesn't go away. Seriously, I think this is the most stable head I have ever encountered in a beer before. I wish it was filtered, might add to the appearance a bit. Really really really nice lacing earns much of it's appearance score.

Flavor is nice! Starts off with a bit of a combination of carbonation bite and bitterness that work in conjunction with each other. The individual flavors are pretty good too: freshly mowed grass, grapefruit, and then it finishes with a sweet note like kiwi or something a bit more on the tropical side. I really like the flavor combinations.

Highly highly carbonated, not to sound gross, but the belches alone are plentiful. Moderate body and a 6% ABV make this quite easy to drink, though not entirely session able. Overall, this beer is okay. I wouldn't buy a 4-pack again, but I wouldn't turn one down if someone wanted to treat me.

Apr 13, 2012
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draheim from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. A careful pour yields a monstrous beige head atop an amber beer w/ moderate carb. Rocky head sticks around and just doesn't quit, leaves behind ample lacing.

Aroma is floral herbal hops and sweet fruity malt.

Taste is a nice balance of amber malt and floral NW hops, a little spice. Mango & apricot in there too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thirst-quenching with a clear hoppy finish.

Overall this is a really enjoyable beer that I sucked down before I knew it from a brewery I'd never heard of. Kind of like a slightly maltier NW IPA. Thanks again IrishColonial!

Mar 08, 2012
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berserk4886 from Wisconsin

3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, cloudy brow/orange color that produced a solid head and good lacing throughout.

S: Cascade hops and caramel malt

T: Average. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but the finish for me lingered and lasted throughout the pint.

M: Medium bodied, slightly oily

O: Decent beer. I got it through a trade, but I wouldn't trade for it again. The aftertaste just was not enjoyable.

Feb 09, 2012
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Jayli from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg 10/13
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ridiculously hazy, murky burnt orange with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is caramel malts and fruity character.

T: Taste is caramel malt at the forefront, a bit of breadiness in the middle. The finish is nice pineapple and mango with an undertone of grapefruit/lemon zest.

M: Lighter side of medium body, slightly higher carbonation, crisp at first, oily body with a super dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I wanted to stick with this beer for a while, but there were others on the menu that made me leave it.

Oct 16, 2011
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shawnsmith1 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly clear amber/ brown into pint glass. 1" beige head recedes quickly.

S: Floral hop aroma. A touch piney.

T: Floral hops, well balanced against the malt.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the malt presence. Nice clean bitter finish characteristic of a good pale ale.

O: A nice, well balanced pale ale. Throwback to my early days as a craft beer (microbrew) enthusiast back in the 90s!

Oct 08, 2011
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, no date, "half of the profits go to charity"

Thanks the wonderful Thorpe429 for the local!

A - Surprisingly darker than I expected, this hazy pale pours a weathered amber-brown color and is topped by a fleeting off-white head. Good lace is left behind.

S - Smells old for a pale, but without a date, who knows. Faded Cascade hops in the aroma hint at citrus notes but are overpowered by caramel and amber malts.

T - Definitely lacking that punch, the hops seem pretty far gone. (I hope it's old, just not bad.) Good caramel malt and amber base with earthy notes coming from the hops still.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a simple mild, dry bitterness to the finish.

O - Very plain and uninteresting, there's a good malt base going on, but the hops need to be ramped up (assuming its just not old). Extra points for the charitable donations though, that's awesome!

Sep 23, 2011
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Marty30 from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to smokypeat for the beer. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. The body reminds me of Iced tea. About the 2 inch khakhi colored head made up of big bubbles. Good retention.Sticky lacing.

S. Floral hops come to me first,followed by a slight hint of citrus hops.Some earthy malts in the backend.

T. Slight bitterness.Floral notes come through first, then some citrus hops. Earthy grains and a bit of sweet malt in the finish.

M. Lighter side of medium,I would say. Good carbonation helps move things along.

Overall this is an easy drinking summer beer.Not over hopped. A very good drinking beer.I would recommend.

Jul 16, 2011
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FunkyMacGroovin from California

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, sent as an extra by 2dogbrew. Thanks!

A - Pours a hazy, golden amber with an initial 1/2" head that quickly subsides to a thin layer of foam. Little in the way of lacing.

S - Predominant hop aromas are floral and earthy, with an underlying sweet smell. Nothing too strong, and a nicely balanced nose.

T - The flavors follow suit from the smell pretty closely. There's a strong bitterness up front that fades towards the mid-palate, where toasted malt and pine flavors take over. The finish is a great combination of sweet and dry, and lasts just long enough to carry me to the next sip.

M - Medium-full in body, it leaves a thin coating in my mouth. A nice amount of effervescence keeps things interesting.

Jul 11, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a yellow color with a pretty clear body. The head was decent and left an average looking lacing. The smell had a good amount of grains and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer had a nice hoppy flavor, followed but some malts. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good carbonation to it. Overall I had this beer back in 2009 and haven't looked for it since. It was an average beer to me.

Jun 08, 2011
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had it before. Pale Ales are starting to get to the point where they're a dime a dozen and although this one didn't stand out in particular, it was by no means a bad beer!

Good pour to this but the head was almost too long-lasting. While I like a good, fluffy top to my suds, it reminded me of what I see on a root beer float. The hue was very cloudy and a dull almond color but it wasn't anything ugly - just different from what I'm used to. There was a little bit of sediment to be found as well but nothing like the wheat in an unfiltered hefe. As for the taste...well, it was heavy, no doubt. Earthy hops predominate with a bit of orange citrus and metallic notes with a buttery consistency to them. Carbonation is light but because this was pretty full in the malt department, the balance was certainly there. The aftertaste held onto the hops but with a waxy and slightly oily feel to them. It made for a nice warming effect without any overpowering aspect to it.

In terms of alcohol, this was right on the nose as it was neither to strong nor too weak to the taste. I like my APA's to have a little kick to them and this beer did just that. It's pretty close to a textbook of the style but is just a bit short of falling into the category of "hop-bomb" arms race. This is solidly crafted and enjoyable for the novice or the longtime craft-beer drinker. In a word, this is good all-around and a great representation of the style.

May 30, 2011
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tan to brown and a bit cloudy, decent head, decent lacing.

Smell is of heavy earthy malts with pungent hops.

Tastes rather nice. It's got tons of flavor, that's for sure. Great complex hops flavors, typical of the dry-hopped genre of beers. It's also pungently malted, very earthy almost like fresh earth flavors. My taste buds don't know which way to go, but they're plenty happy.

Feel is very rich and thick, with an oily hop aftertaste and a tangy, smooth carbonation.

Drinks well. A very nice beer. I'd like to try more Tupper's beers.

Apr 15, 2011
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lnashsig from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to finewinemike for the chance to taste this- I have never even heard of this beer. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a cloudy (almost completely opaque) brown/orange color, some foam fills the top of the glass, recedes quickly, almost no lacing. Smell- some faint citrus flavors, some bready scent, but not much here. Taste- full flavor caramel malt, mingled with some nice sweet and bitter citrus. Very nice flavor, great carbonation. This is a very solid pale ale, I really enjoyed it.

Apr 10, 2011
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stckhndlr from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had served from a bottle into a mug at Silver Diner in Virginia Beach, VA

A- A dark cloudy tan beer with a 1 finger pale white head and good clingy lacing.

S- Hops and citrus with a touch of floral apricot

T- Nice hoppy bitters with Citrus. Stong bitters on the finish but the finish is quite short.

M- Medium body with a clean crisp finish.

O- Little bit more bitter than I would prefer but since the finish dissipates so quickly i can drink this one easily. Not bad.

Apr 02, 2011
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy medium copper color with a light, short lived head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Light malty nose with biscuit and a bit of earthy hops. Medium body with plenty of earthy bitterness.

Good mouth feel with a slightly buttery finish. Not a bad drinking beer. Worth checking out.

Mar 21, 2011
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ebby82 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy tan color into a pint glass. A minimal head with some decent lacing.

S- Malty, sweet caramel notes, hops.

T- Very smooth, hops are present without being overwhelming. Definitely some caramel like sweetness. A very balanced flavor.

M- Quite good, not thick, nor thin, average carbonation.

D- Very good, I could easily drink several of these at once.

Overall, a good, if not amazing beer that I would return to.

Mar 12, 2011
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smokeypeat from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color. 1 finger head of white foam, slight lacing present throughout drinking. Aroma is more spicy bread than citrus or pine. Some grassy quality is there as well. Taste has a strong malt backbone up front the hops being more straight bitter than floral or piney. Overall I find the bitterness to have a sticky quality in the back of my throat. Mouthfeel is solid with the beer being a pretty easy drinker. I liked this beer overall. Not something I'd buy by the case, but a nice change of pace from a lot of other highly hopped ales I've had.

Mar 10, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From growler to nonic pint glass on 3/7/11

Thanks to UMCaner74 for recommending this one. Cheers, Dave!

A: Two finger head on a standard pour. Surprisingly attractive lacing that looks like bubbling pancakes before the flip. Dark, harvest amber in hue.

S: Barley and grains. It's quite germy and earthy.

T: Very traditional English presentation. Pretty bitter, no fruit on this one. A nice malty backbone keeps this hearty brew standing.

M: Smooth and voluptuous. It's rich and creamy, yet not overly cloying.

O: A nice change of pace for me - this one's actually pretty good. I didn't know what to expect going in, but I can honestly say that I was fairly impressed. This isn't one I'd take out a second mortgage for, but I could certainly see myself enjoying a few of these on the patio this coming summer.

Mar 09, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso into a shaker pint glass. Boy was I confused I thought I was getting the Pils and they put this amber thing in front of me. I didn't realize these guys make another beer. heh heh Anyway on to the review.

A real nice copper like and gold appearance. A real nice simple white head as well, a collar manages to stay throughout the drink.

A very muted smell but, it's a real nice lemongrass and kind of a crisp fresh apple. THat's about all I got off of it, but it was good I'll admit.

Taste brings down lemon and a simple clean and small crispness. I don't know how else I can describe it, but this beer is just real basic and real solid.

As for drinkability I'd rate it real high because it has just pleasant basic feel and taste and doesn't do anything wrong. You can have these like there is no tomorrow.

Mar 09, 2011
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind BIF Round 4. Beer #7 from Thorpe429. Let's check it out.

A-A slightly murky amber pour with a frothy tan head that lasts and lasts. Some nice sticky lacing.

S-Slightly oaky, some caramel sweetness, very light and faint hops.

T-Sweet with some biscuity malt and some citric hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate fine carbonation.

D-Yes, this is a pleasant easy drinker.


Mar 02, 2011
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goldbot from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on bottle. Hopefully fresh since it's semi-local.

Tawny amber color. A bit hazy but some yeast escaped the bottle. Thin, off-white head with pretty good retention. Some lacing. Sweet, cherry-like malty aromas, raisin, caramel. Herbal, flowery hops make a pretty good balance. Flavors of caramel, quite malty, raisin and dark fruit notes. Floral hops provide slight bitterness and balance of flavor. Medium body, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Definitely a malt forward pale ale. Drinks more like an English pale instead of American. A good beer all around but not spectacular in any particular category.

Feb 09, 2011
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought for about $3 from State Line Liquors. Poured into two 8oz Flying Dog taster glasses.

Appearance (4): Somewhat cloudy, dark orange color. Surprisingly dark but I'm not that familiar with the style. Half finger of cream colored head which reduces to a solid, thin layer of medium sized bubbles. Think streaks of lacing that stick around at the top.

Aroma (3.5): Sweet and somewhat malty. A little earthy hoppiness. The maltiness has some biscuit and breadiness to it.

Taste (4): Very hop forward. Earthy and a bit spicy. A bit sweet in the middle and a touch of bitterness in the finish that sticks around with the spicy hops. A little less clean and more resinous than I expected for a lager. The specialty malts (Vienna?) really shine in the middle here while the finish is dominated by the generous hopping.

Mouthfeel (3): Medium-high carbonation which suits it well. Medium bodied with a slightly silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability (4.5): Very drinkable. I finished my half of the bottle almost before I could finish the review. No apparent alcohol and not too much bitterness. A well balanced beer despite being very hoppy. I could put back a bunch of these.

Feb 09, 2011
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 354 ratings