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Tuppers' Hop Pocket AleTuppers' Hop Pocket Ale

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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AsburyParkJMH on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #499!

12oz bottle purchased in late May 2010 up in Virginia.

Simply thrilled to see Tupper's Hop Pocket back on the market - I had this a year and change ago and quite enjoyed it, but then the Tuppers left Old Dominion and moved around for a bit before being picked up by St. George brewing. This is obviously the new version. No bottled on date this time - for shame! Attractive, old-school label makes me smile, though.

First up, this isn't really an American Pale to me, although I can see how it gets lumped in with such. It's more a hoppy Amber, or perhaps more to my liking, an American Double-Bitter. The malt bill is all off for an APA, for one thing, and the hops don't even try to compete with anything West Coast out there anymore. It's all much more subtle and off-kilter... and fun.

Pours a gorgeous dusty copper that is clearly not entirely filtered, and sports a lumpy, dense and lacy-creamy white head. Looks English and has loads of character. It is bubbly and the head has real staying power and lasts the duration.

Smell is solid. Dry, biscuity malt with some huskiness, the dry-hops peek through and add their own citrus-lemon-grapefruit twang and it's rather clean and refreshing. The hops just smell... good. Earthy and sun blessed and complex. It's hard to describe.

Taste is quite nice, but won't win any awards for audacity. Still, we have a fine reserved, dusty malt presence here that is a expansive canvas for the earthy and dry-grapefruit hops to play around on. This beer tastes "mature", and surely isn't trying to win any points on IBUs or punchiness. It is clean and different and rather delightful all the same.

Mouthfeel flirts with sheer excellence; alternately creamy and soft and delightfully dry-hoppy bitter in the long, malt-kissed finish. It's still more English than most American beers I've come across, and the superb carbonation from bottle conditioning kicks this one up into the high score range.

I seem to recall this being a tad more malt-interesting and frankly better when brewed previously, but it's been a while, and I have a very soft spot in my heart for Tupper's Hop Pocket. Bob and Ellie are wonderful, inspiring people, and I am glad to see their creation back on the market. It seems expensive, ($8 / 4 pack) but if you appreciate synergistic, restrained and lovingly crafted beer, you need to get your hands on a Hop Pocket.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer that was a regular in my fridge while living in NC I had it again over the weekend at a bbq and it again showed how solid and versatile it is.Pours a hazey sort of peachy orange color with a decent white head that has good lasting power.Citrusy with notes of pine in the nose a toasty lightly sweet malt base is noticable as well.Refreshing is a good adgective to describe this beer it went down nicely in the near 90 degree heat in Greensboro the citric hop gives a sharp bite and crispness the lightly sweet toasty malt keeps it somewhat balanced and ever so drinkable.There was a reason this was in my fridge alot its very solid, good for a beginner hophead I think.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a wonderful orangish-brown in color, indicating the promise of a good malt balance. The head was beautiful right out of the growler. It was off white and full, showing good retention. It left some nice lacing on the inside of my Walking Man glass.

Smell – The deep citrus and light piney notes were well-blended with a good, solid, sweetish malt base. The malts seemed accented with caramel and maybe even some light nuts.

Taste – This is nice. The tangy orange and fuggle-type hops are complimented by a dab of PacNW pine. The malt balance is solid, too. It definitely has some caramel notes and a bit of nutty character.

Mouthfeel – I thought this was the IPA’s strong point. This went down like Courtney Love at a rock concert. It has a lot of different flavors, but they all work well together in between your cheeks. It also has a light bitterness and some good dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This went down extremely well. It is big enough to be an American IPA but not so intense that only hop-heads can enjoy. I think it would actually be a good one to introduce to a macro drinker.

Comments – Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Garthwaite for sending this out to me.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear, gold, with a light foamy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Abundant herbal citrus smell - hoppy and refreshing.

T: Fresh hops riding a light wave of caramel malt sweetness. There is a nice bitterness that brings everything near balance but tips towards the hops. Though balanced, the flavors are separate, creating an interesting dichotomy between the malt sweetness and the bittering hops. The finish is relatively long starting out on the malt side and lingering with the hops.

M&D: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Absolutely enjoyable and, if you like IPA's, this is an easy drinking session brew that goes down smooth and easy. Big thumbs up on this one!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a yellowish orange color with a small white head that quickly falls to just a thin coating over the top of the beer. Citrusy, grapefruity hops lead the way here along with some bready caramel. I like it.

A nice hoppy upstart with some citrus and a bit of herbal grassiness. There's a nice mellow bitterness and a bready, caramel malt background. A fairly standard IPA here...nothing too special.

Medium bodied with a mellow creaminess and nice bubbly carbonation. This brew is easily drinkable, but there are other IPA's that I'd turn to first. Worth a try.

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Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color with a finger and a half thick white frothy head that laces all the way down. There was a decent amount of carbonation with this brew. Aroma isn't as strong as with some IPAs but still smells good. The aroma is flowery and citrusy with a touch of bread.

The flavor follows the aroma profile with mostly citrus flavors, mainly a grapefruit and tangerine blend. The cascade hops are blended will with the Mt. Hood hops to offer up a citrusy flavor which isn't dominated by the "usual" cascade flavor in American IPAs making this brew pretty drinkable. The bitterness is just about right with how I expect an IPA, anything more would bring down the drinkability for those not initiated into the ranks of "hopheadedness." (Which I am proudly a member).

The mouthfeel is about average. The flavor seems to linger for a bit, again adding to the drinkability. It isn't overpowering by any means.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, bottled on 05 DEC 2003, at Old Dominion Brewing in Ashburn, Virignia. Pours an almost clear burnt orange with a large, fluffy ivory head that leaves behind enormous globs and sheets of foamy lace. Aroma is tart grapefruit and spruce pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, with a tinge of hop bite. Label says this is dryhopped with Mt Hoods and Cascades. Taste seems to confirm this. This one is wildly hoppy, with essence of spruce pine and bitter grapefruit jumping all over the palate. Malts play a minor role here, and aren't really noticed. A fine hoppy IPA.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD.
Bottled March 25th '05...states it was brewed and bottled at Old Dominion in VA.
Pours an attractive golden color w/ two full fingers of sudsy white head after an agressive pour. Lacing is web-like and has impressive cling.
The aroma is nice...spiced hops at first, but the malt sweetness shines through in the end.
Taste is enjoyable...nothing over the top. Buttery taste and a bitter finish. Hops linger on the pallet...drawing me back to the glass for more.
Mouthfeel is thin, but not too thin for its style.
Drinkability is decent...I could enjoy this one all evening, but I would probably try some others if in a decent beer bar.
A nice first experience w/ Tupper's...would gladly try their others.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Captial Ale House.

Per the description in the (extensive) beer list:

"Dry hopped with whole leaf Mt. Hood and cascade hops for 2 weeks in cotton bags, this cask-conditioned beer falls in at about 60 I.B.U."

Interestingly, there are two ABV's listed (the beer was listed in 2 places on the menu): 5.8% ABC and 6.5% ABV.

Served in a 20oz imperial pint glass, the "real ale" version of one of my local favorites arrived a clear, amber-brown in color. Initial 2-fingered layer of head was off-white in color and had a "soap bubble" appearance. The head quickly died off to a patchy and thin level. Sparse lacing of the glass. Aromas consisted of a muted layer of spicy and citrus hops. Just a faint whiff of sugary sweetness. Sharp dose of grapefruit tartness up front announces the taste. Middle tapers off to include a little more sweet malt and finishes with another hefty dose of drawn-out bitterness of leafy grapefruit. Body is low-medium and barely crosses over the "thin" line. Solidly drinkable. Good dose of lingering bitterness that isn't harsh or acidic. Kudos again to Old Dominion.

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Photo of jakester
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a pint glass.

Arrives a hazy amber with a 2 finger head of cream colored foam. Carbonation looks slow. The head drops to a coating and a ring with great lacing.

Aroma is strong grassy/piney hops and faint caramel candy malt. As it warmed I could pick up a little alcohol. Hops definitely dominate the aroma of this.

First flavor is thin malt followed by intense hop bitterness and grassy hops. Not much malt character at all; it's kind of thin. Aftertaste is hop bitterness and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery, bitter, with medium carbonation. Finish a long bitterness.

This beer seems out of balance to me. I like the hop profile, but the malt base is just too thin. I remember having this in bottles and liking it. Maybe on draft it's different?

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long necked brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Brewed and bottled in Ashburn, VA

Hazy golden/amber color with a 2" creamy white dissapated a bit quick to a coating with a thicker foam ring.A few very tiny bubbles stringing together wisping to the surface. Many very small particles suspended in the beer.

Very earth aromas,floral/grassy/citrus hop aroma a good moderate to strong hoppy nose. A sweet toasty carmell malt nose with some fruityness. Clean and pleasing,very inviting.

The taste is very well balance throughout the entire beer. Very earthy,great malt taste bittersweet toasty honeyed carmell with a light burnt taste. Piney/citrusy hop tastes with a bit of fruityness. Clean mid tastes finishes crisp and clean with a puckering sharp citrus bite with some grapefruityness and citrus rind. The great balance makes the taste leaves a clean bittersweet taste on the palate.

Smooth and creamy sum up the mouthfeel to a tee. Some juicy cloyingness.
As drinkable as an IPA can be very enjoyable and pleasing. Could drink this all night long and have done it many times. Hope the AB buyout doesn't change this beer. An all-time favorite of mine.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden to amber coloration. A one inch off-white head upon first pouring. Head does not stick around very long. Nothing memorable about the smell. Nice and tasty, hops pop over the taste buds. Very nice. This is a highly drinkable beer. Defintely worth trying.

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Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never heard of this brewery before but the label looked interesting and the name made be chuckle. I would say that this beer is more of an Amber than APA on the style spectrum, but it was pretty good. The hop aroma was a little lacking for the current standard APA, but it was very sprucey and resinous on the palate. The pale and caramel malt contributed a a nice graham cracker like graininess and provided a good center for the beer. I was pleasantly surprised by this well crafted beer from my home state

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy copper orange tone with an off white cream colored head, that bubbles down into a collar in under a minute leaving a breeding ground for clear rings of lacing. Aroma is filled with floral cascades, a husky grain, and citrus tones also a buttery malt follows this beer in the aroma. Taste dominated by hop bitterness, and the grainy lemongrass tone that is somewhat cloying to the overall quality of the taste. I wish there was more of a balance here with sweetness, it's just somewhat saturated with the same flavor and I want to experience everything blended together. Mouthfeel is medium in body with hop resins left in a film on my tongue after each sip, give me balance. Drinkability is mediocre not something that shocks and awe, just a decent representation of a hopped up IPA. Well, just drink one the proceeds combat homelessness and it's an overall good beer that is worth a try. If your going to order only one of the Tupper's Hop Pocket products please go with the pils, it's mindblowing.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malts with good amounts of earthy and lightly citrus hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors with slight amounts of caramel malts kick things off before being quickly overtaken by light citrus hops. Midway through the sip mild amounts of earthy hop flavors take over and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer as it seemed somewhat in between an American IPA and an English IPA without doing either overtly well. Still, it's an easy-drinker and is worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a luxurious deep amber with a healthy head that might be a touch too bubbly, but redeems itself with beautifully sticky lace and nice streams of carbonation.

Aroma is quintessentially IPA, boldly citric with a resin scent that ties in the delicious smell of caramel and grain. Much more of a rich grain profile comes out in the mouth, with hop bitterness laying apple-skin crispness over top of some darker fruits and toast. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky on the lips and drying on the tongue, maybe more so than I'd like, but it's not a problem sufficient to ruin the overall experience.

Should circumstances be included in a review? I'm exhausted and borderline grieving over a dear friend who's in a coma after a bike accident. I probably shouldn't be reviewing when this is really just a nice stiff drink to ease the nerves after a nightmarish evening. It did the job, I'll say that much.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical reddish/orange amber IPA coloring fills the glass, topped with a half finger of loosely bubbled white head that melts quickly to slightly sticky lacing.
Aromas are fruity and citrus hops.
Taste is surprisingly non-assertive....lightly toasted amber malt...very lightly toasted...starts you off with a sweetness that is quickly taken over by moderately spicy hops. Light citrus fruits such as oranges and tangerines give way to piney oils and faint grapefruit.
Light and refreshing for an IPA...more in the English IPA vein than an American IPA. Pleasant, well balanced, refreshing.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear amber with an off white soapy head that, though not very large, leaves a nice looking layer and bits of lace behind. Smells delightful. Aroma and taste have a great malt hop balance going on. Sweet caramelly malts give the citrusy orange, floral, leafy woods hops a tantalizing candy-like quality. Taste is likewise in its balance with a better sense of the hops maybe. Nice dryness and soft bitterness throughout as well. Mouthfeel is decent. Smooth medium body, and mildly viscous texture. Drinkability is a ok.

Very enjoyable brew for me. I could have a few of these at a time.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hop Pocket Ale arrived a dark reddish-gold color with a thin, wispy head. I could definitely pick up the hops in the nose, and the taste came nice, crisp, and hoppy, but not too bitter and a lot lighter than I expected. It also left an unattributable touch of warmness in my mouth in the aftertaste (I'm now guessing that comes from the 6.0% ABV). I liked this beer a lot, but I wouldn't say I loved it. A solid choice.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Glass, received from drabmuh in Secret Santa 2010.

Very hazy, glowing orange body. It's almost magical looking. The head is a very retentive white job. I think the level of haze can be attributed to this beer being on its side during shipping, up until last night.

The label notes dry hopping with Mt. Hood hops (in addition to Cascade) and I'm not familiar with this variety. This nose is very floral, like elderberry, with a little spice and orange peel. A little light honey malt rounds things out.

Plenty of orange peel with some hop spice, but these flavors fall a little flat on top of a good level of bitterness. A little malt apparent.

Good Pale Ale mouthfeel, meaning moderate carbonation with a moderate mouthfeel. In a word, balance.

This is the second great beer from my secret santa. I was hoping I'd get a couple beers in this BIF that made me say 'who is this brewery?', and this one has made me say just that. This is a good APA with a little twist that I think comes from the Mt. Hood hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy light beige cap that holds fairly well before dropping to a wide collar and lacy surface covering. Attractive lacing adds to its appearance. Surprisingly, hops don't dominate the aroma, allowing its toasty, caramel-drizzled malt to come through clearly between bouts of citrus rind (lemon, grapefruit, tangerine) and spicy hops. Quite refreshing! The body is medium leaning towards light; and its very fine carbonation leaves it lightly zesty on the tongue before smoothing to become almost lightly creamy. Grassy, spicy, citrusy, and piney hops are clearly more evident in the flavor, although it's biscuity and gently caramelish malt remains evident. The bitterness is bold, but not overwhelming, and it's nicely balanced. It finishes quite dry, as expected, with a short-lingering note of spicy hops and some more tenacious biscuit-like malt. A quality beer that satisfies even the most die-hard hop fanatic - but not the best out there.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden hue with a one-finger head of creamy, off-white foam. Brilliant hoppiness on the nose - lightly bitter, floral, and inviting. Hops continue on the palate - the dry-hopping really shines through. Bitterness pervades at first, gradually mellowing as the hops yield to the slight maltiness. Lovely creamy body. Overall, an extraordinary ale, although I wouldn't exactly put it in the IPA category. Maybe closer to an APA, kind of like Red Seal.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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