Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Tuppers' Hop Pocket AleTuppers' Hop Pocket Ale
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Reviews by leftmindedrighty:
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

The head disappeared fast on this one, not a very good sign.

Smell, very malty nose, some bitterness, but mostly malts and a musty undertone.

Taste, The big malt bill makes itself known right off the bat. This beer sort of has an underlying bitterness, you can taste it clearly. But it is far from the dominant flavor. But all in all it is balanced very well.

Overall, a beer I would buy again. A great session beer and I think a good beer to convert a macro drinker.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours anice golden color, slightly towards the amber side.
It is well carbonated, with a nice off white head climbing above the beer and wonderfull lacing hanging on the sides of the glass.
The nose is quite nice with citrusy notes of hops and a hint of grapefruit.
Mouth feel is very average and the flavors could definitely be more pronounced. It is called " Hop Pocket" but could use more hops in its pocket in my opinion.
It is a good, drinkable, session beer. But may not be worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of ebby82
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of copasetic
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear dark orange/light amber with virtually no head, even with aggressive pouring. The aroma really stands out. Big citrus and almost bubblegum-like hits of delicately-handleded American hops. The flavor is loaded with hops, nicely bitter, but is a little bit too thin and lacking in malt flavors to hold up to the hop presence.

Pretty good IPA. Very nice aroma, but the mouthfeel and maltiness could use more backbone.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper (nice clarity) with a thin white head that is pretty well-retained until about half-way down, when it virtually disappears.

The smell is of robust citrus with some pine.

The taste is of grapefruity citrus mixed with some pine. A firm malt background is there to keep the hops together and give it some body and depth (and balance?)...This one is about the hops - which are tasty - nice hop profile. Dry. bitter, touch of sour, finish.

Not the smoothest, yet the taste begs for another, especially if you are in a hoppy mood.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 5/30/07
Pours a nice cloudy, light amber color. Very little head is poured, must be a dirty glass... Tons of just passed fresh hops in the aroma, lots of citrus, floral notes and some resin bitterness, good signs to come. On the palate, the bitterness is slightly abrasive, with little malt character to balance it. It finishes really thin and the 6% abv is quite evident because of that. Overall, I've had much better IPAs. I feel like the hop flavor is there, but perhaps no one thought about the malt profile or the beer is just over attenuated.

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Photo of dickroop
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This ale is dark amber to coppery, with a fast-fading head but residual surface skim of small bubbles and a ring around the edge of the glass. It's hazy, not quite clear.

The smell is floral and citrus aromas in abundance -- a feast for the nostrils. The taste is well balanced and it gently but assertively delivers strong floral, aromatic hop goodness. Jasmine is the predominate flavor note but with substantial grapefruit side notes. Mid-palate is light and airy and the finish is a little bitter but nice. Label reads "Extravagantly hopped... carefully aged and dry-hopped with whole flower Mt Hoods and Cascades". Bravo!

Mouthfeel is silky, nice carbonation, medium body, and some stickiness, but this ale is not sweet, malts are held in check. Highly drinkable, this is a brew to buy again... and again, etc. Just a pleasure to have in the mouth... and in the fridge.

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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 11/1/06.

Slightly hazy, with an orange/amber color. Large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Very grassy, but a good balance of biscuit as well.

Taste is quite hoppy - grass & herbal. Crackery in the middle. More bitter than sweet. Unpleasant phenol/medicinal taste, maybe ties into herbal flavor. Nice, lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Not dry, surprisingly.

OK, but phenol/medicinal flavor really off-putting. Get rid of that, and you would have a very good beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a golden color with orange tint, off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly and okay lacing. Very hoppy aroma and taste. The hops were much too dominant, especially since I was having with a spicy meal, after a couple other beers, and still came thru strong. inish was also more sour than I expected Okay, but I was somewhat dissappointed in this one.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish in color, white head leaves little lacing.

Smell: Hops dominate aroma with just a hint of the malt.

Taste: More piney hops apparent than any othe hop flavor, well rounded out by the mat backbone although it is still quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light/medium body.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

This has been at our run of the mill grocery stores for quite sometime. If I am in the store and my only choices are this and a few selections from seirra nevada, I sometimes go with the hop pocket just to change it up a bit. It decent, nothing too special but still well made.

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Photo of supascape
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the 12 0z. Tupper's Hop Pocket Ale directly down the center of the glass. Recommended by a beer shop owner in Atlanta. He noticed my brew preferences and asked me to try this one. He has my business from this day forth!

The brew produced about a 3/4 inch, light-tan head that lingered around a bit leaving a nice lacing behind. The beer is a goldish, burnt-orange color. The carbon that is released during the initial pour leaves quickly.

The grassy-citrus-hoppy scent pops from the glass. Nice!

The hops are apparent as soon as it hits my tounge. The title "Hop Pocket Ale" does not lie. It is hops front-and-center on this one. Hints of citrus and grass abound. If you are a lover of bold, hoppy brews, give this one a try. Aftertaste galore! Daddy like!

Pretty good on the mouth. Very non-abrasive, but not super-smooth.

Very drinkable for the genuine beer enthusiast. Could be a little bitter for the casual drinker.

This is a very good beer, indeed.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of jayteez
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer introduced me into the world of hoppy beers. Now I am hooked on hopped up beers and go out of the way to find them.. too bad they stopped brewing this beer.. *queues Taps*.

This beer introduced me into the world of hoppy beers. Now I am hooked on hopped up beers and go out of the way to find them.. too bad they stopped brewing this beer.. *queues Taps*.

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Photo of jockstrappy
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a classic mug. Pours a hazy copper, orange color with a frothy 2-inch white head, moderate lacing on the glass. Smell does not offer much, a citrus hop aroma is all that I really picked up. Taste is hoppy up front, with hints of grapefruit and orange peel, slight toasted malt balances things out nicely, and the hops linger after a clean finish. Alcohol is hidden for the most part, medium body and carbonation make this one very sessionable. This one falls in the grey area between IPA and APA, But a good offering by both standards. Worth a shot!

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Photo of clickpush
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. A two finger head caps a ruby-amber bodied beer. Medium head retention - the head, though big, looks a bit thin. Specks of residue remain on glass and the head stops dissipating with about a quarter inch cap over the whole surface.

Nose: Hops are very present but mild mannered - it's light and rustic with hints of fruit and hay. Not all that attractive, as it's very light and hard to distinguish.

Mouth: Very bitter compared to the smell. Long lasting and peppery warm, these hops are spectacular. A touch of alcohol on the exhale, but not too much. The beer falls short on the malt - just a tiny presence of its character on the tip of the tongue. I think some more malt here would work well with the hops, which aren't spectacular enough to carry the beer by themselves. The mouthfeel is nice - the front's prickly with little bubbles and it smoothes out well as it progresses through to the swallow.

Very easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear amber, with a slight head, and a lot of carbonation.

Beer smells sweet, and a bit fruit like. Not noticing a whole lot of aromas from this one though.

Beer tastes dusty, sour, and a bit sweet. Slightly creamy on the finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit above average, the flavors do linger a bit, and the beer is pretty rounded, and well carbonated.

This beer didn't do it for me. It tasted bland. Almost like an amature homebrew. I don't think I'd care for another. It was ok, but I didn't really like it all that much.

Thanks for the chance MuenchenerKindl.

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Photo of WAP
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with minimal head and lacing. The smell is quite pungent -- overly sweet fruit aromas and some pine hop. Haven't seen many beers with a bigger nose than this, but I'm not sure it's pleasant either. Taste is fruity up front (apple and maybe a little grape flavor) with a strong bittering finish. The hops don't come through much in the taste except for the bitterness. This is an interesting beer, but the flavors do not seem to work all that well together for me. I probably won't buy this one again.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Is "lacyness" good? Hop Pocket Ale is a beer with a catch-22. I love the spicy taste, but at the same time, the spicy taste lead to an uncomfortable mouthfeel. The appearance was preety cool. It had a couldy amber color, and produced a nice head, but as was posted before myself, the head lowered rather fast. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/29/05. The body was a cloudy yellow/amber with one finger of off-white head. Significant lacing remained.

Smelled of summer squash!? and sweet grain. Very unusual smell, not bad, just unusual.

Tasted of peppery hops. Mild. Balanced. As it warmed the bittering quality expressed itself more fully. Dry finish.

Medium carbonation and body.

Nothing very compelling here.

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Photo of k75
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours good, tight bubbles.

big floral nose, some citrus (lemon)

body is medium, flavor is good to very good with the hop out front

balance is evident, but slanted toward bitter as expected.

very high drinkability for those with hop experience.

standand 'drying' quality on the finish - hop oils show themselves

holds it's own in a mad mad world of ipa's

thumbs up (but grab a Dog 90 min instead)

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Photo of dedrinker
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper/ gold with a nice firm head. Aroma is slightly fruity with spicy hops. Flavor is dry malt backbone with a little bit of juicy fruit, and the minty, herbal, piney hops flooding over the tongue. I really love this beer when I can get a hold of it within one month of the bottling date. If you get it a week old past the bottling date it is sublime. For those who aren't from the local area of its manufacture, it is brewed FOR Bob Tupper (not BY Bob Tupper or his "brewing company") by the Old Dominion Brewing Company in Asheburn VA. You can get it on draught out at there brewery pub, often in the cask (or an unfiltered facsimile thereof, I am told). Good stuff.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of guinnessfan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 pint served at The Green Leafe in Williamsburg.

A: Light copper, slightly clouded, color with one finger white head that quickly vanishes into a rim. Slight lacing recorded. Looks highly carbonated.

S: Not much here. Very mild hops/grass.

T: Mild hops, pine tree flavor. Slight bitterness. Unimpressive.

M: Way overcarbonated, thin, light aftertaste. Not that bad.

D: Easy to drink, decent flavor but there are much better beers out there. Especially at the Green Leafe.

Another ho-hum IPA. Not a bad beer if the alternatives are BMC. But definately not a beer I will be looking for in the future.

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Photo of jackorain
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I was in DeSha's near Cincinnati sampling the so-so selction when the bartender says "I've got my own private stash of thei beer Tupper's Hop Pocket, have you heard of it and do you wnat one?"
I said yes I've heard of it but never had one, sure I'll try it.
So Scotty (bartender) pours the beer into a glass for me but does not present the bottle. I also brought up to the bartender that Tupper's had been temporarily out of production but I had seen the pils but not the ale yet. This was mostly met with a shrug (see note below). I review thusly:

A-Copper color, minimla head fell to nice consistnet thickish coat that left nice lacing the sheets a little as it falls back into the glas after each swig.

S-Carmel malt and green hops. Mostly malty and hops are muted.

T-Caramel and biscuit malt jump right out. The green and citrus hops show up in the middle with a little bitterness that is nice but does not balance out the malts which come back in the end. The finish is a short lived hoppy bitterness. Nice

M-Nice light to medium body with subdued carboantion.

D-very drinkable in fact I had another which led me to discover my note below.

Note: So with the second one, Scotty hands me the bottle. The bottling date was 09-30-05. This beer is two years old! No wonder the hops were muted! It was still great thopugh and showed no signs of oxidation. Impressive! I'd love to try this beer fresh. So I wonder why Scotty did not tell me his stash has been stashed for two years!!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had a solid amber orange color, a small white head, and a smooth balanced taste. The dry hopping seemed noticeable, I don’t know why, but the hops were in there. Decent session beer and even better they donate some of the profits to the homeless! I wonder if that little part will change since I understand this has been taken over by AB.

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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 353 ratings