Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale | Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

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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 SixpointJMH on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of jayteez
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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 Enoch
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Spunky
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the Dominion Brewpub in Ashburn, Virginia (where it was originally brewed). What a fine product! Poured a beautiful golden hue with a creamy head that lingered well and left nice lace most of the way down the glass. The cask-conditioning smoothed out some of the bite and cut the fizz, but left all of the full-bodied hoppiness that makes this one of my favorites. The aftertaste is crisp and clean. I highly recommend this masterpiece anyway you can get it, but cask-conditioning brings Tupper's Hop Pocket Ale to near perfection.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Qstor
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of southdenverhoo
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, my first ever review. So it's probably way too high, so sue me.

I obviously like this beer, a gift to me from a friend in VA in return for a package of homebrew I sent him.

Pretty orangey amber, bright as hell (this is bottle conditioned), nice fluffy off-white head diminishing to a constant quarter inch.

Aroma impressions are hops (more citrussy than piney) outweighing some nice bready malt, but the malt is most definitely there too.

Flavor equals more of the same. Malts are bready, toasty, only lightly caramel, and absolutely not cloyingly sweet the way some folks attempt to "balance" big hops. There's not a ton of crystal/caramel malt in this...And big hops there are, orange more than grapefruit, but a combination of both, and a little pine resin too but much less prevalent than the citrus to my palate. Pretty big bitter backbone too. OK, but it's subtle too. Big hops yet subtle---see this is why I don't try to review these damn beers....Back end is indeed still bitter but I don't get the astringency other people note, though it's dry, but dry and bitter doesn't equal astringent to me.

This is what I want American IPA to taste like. When I get about 60% of this homebrewing, I'm very happy with my sorry ass, and people fawn over it.(The IPA, that is) So I'm fawning over this one. How's that?

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Photo of StevieW
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy golden yellow to medium orange color. Nice, full creamy beige head. Hop bubbles bursting through everywhere. Smell is a full of snappy hop and pine scents. Warming hop kick on the initial taste. Medium malt background. Very good, balanced flavors. Slightly oily, citrus and sticky finish. Hint of pine and pepper also. Lip smacking bitterness is both crisp and refreshing. Very solid. Easy to drink, great with grill outs and hearty meals. Medium bodied, full flavored IPA. One worth seeking out.

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Photo of dickroop
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of tigerpaws
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my fav beers. Good appearance and great for us hopheads. This beer is great alone but even better with some good hot and spicy thai or mexican food it compliments it very well.............CHEERS

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Photo of mschofield
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper-gold, well carbonated with a two finger rocky off-white head, leaves thin webs of lace.
Great citrus (tangerine and grapefruit) and sweet malt aroma. Not exactly balanced but the malt isn't smothered by the hop.
Taste consists of a bit of spruce, a little floral, toasted bread, tangerine, restrained grapefruit and a minor toffee note.
Medium bodied smooth and dry, great session beer drinkability. Grapefruit like bitterness builds in the back. As soon as I finished one I wanted another.

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Photo of ByrdBrain
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Riggo
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on hand-pump at Old Dominion Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia. Normally, the piney hops on this brew are a little over the top for me, but on hand-pump I loved it. Probably the closest I've ever come to having real ale in the UK.

Appearance was a cloudy, light orange/copper color with a thick, foamy white head that clings to the glass, leaving good lacing. The smell is of leafy, cedary hops, orange zest, and yeast. A fresh-smelling, gorgeous nose. Taste was malty, yeasty, and fruity (oranges) followed by a sharp cedary hop bite. Finish is long, with lingering notes of hop oil and fruitiness. Balance is excellent, though hop bitterness is a big player. Loved the less-than-cold temperature and the very low carbonation. The mouthfeel was great--very smooth, soft, and full in the mouth. A very hoppy yet drinkable brew. A great session beer.

Old Dominion is really a brewery to watch, in my opinion. Not quite up there with Victory, Rogue, Sierra, etc., but not far away. A trip to this brew pub is a must if ever in the D.C. area.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with an awesome head of white foam. The aroma is hoppy up front with a nice biscuity malt aroma in the mix as well. The taste is extremely hoppy, raw, and undefined. Now this is my kind of IPA! The biscuity malt flavors blend perfectly with the extreme hoppiness of this brew to make something quite special! The mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and extremely refreshing and the drinkability is awesome as well. One of the best sessions IPAs out there, and an extremely refreshing drink!

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from meathookjones. Thanks, man. Pours with a three quarter inch head. Color is a slightly toasted orange. The aroma is very hoppy, very floral. A considerable malt presence is lurking also.

Taste is pretty over the top. The hops are floral, the hops remind me of 90 Minute IPA. A nutty caramel malt backbone presents a rival to the hops, which are not bitter in the normal fashion. Mouthfeel is quite thick for the style and low ABV. I wish I had another one.

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Photo of RodSmith
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew pours a golden/orange with a nice fluffy IPA head that remains for the entirety of the glass. Smell is hoppy and syrupy and the well balanced taste backs this up with a big shot of hops Very good and not too syrupy, hop oils, grass clippings and pine dominate the flavor. Finishes with a spicy kick from the hops for good measure.

Just a run of the mill awesome IPA. It reminds me a lot of other IPAs I've had, but this one was particularly good.

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Photo of stirgy
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light golden amber with a very creamy and dense white head. Crispy citrus lemon aroma. Wow! This beer is awesome! Goes down with a true buttery smoothness and really has a lot of character. Nice and clean fresh grassy finish that leaves a slight oily coating on the tongue. Easy to drink without any biting bitterness. Delicious. I want more.

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Photo of Darkale
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy, rollicking, large-and-small bubbled head, rocky and uneven. Cloudy, butterscotch orange body. Aroma is nicely fruity and sweet above the hops.

And wow, big hops taste. Big and bitter. Fresh, slightly astringent. Not as malty as some other hoppy beers. Refreshing. A great IPA to have in your stable and my personal "house beer."

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

label displays a bottling date of 07.22.05 and says this ipa is dry hopped with cascade and mt hood hops. pours a hazy muddy burnt orange with bright orange highlights in a tulip glass. head is a fluffy off-white 1 inch and laces well after dropping to a eighth inch capper. first aroma is sweet with strong floral hop overertones. smells like caramelized or candy coated roses. first sip is moderatly bitter hops and reassures the floral aromas. grassy and piney. nice sweet caramel malt backbone. crisp medium body with good carbonation. swallow clunks a bit, but not too bad. finishes with a dry bitter bite. overall, this is an excellent ipa. i remember the on-tap version being a little more balanced and having an almost overwhelming bubble gum aroma and flavor. magnificent on tap, but the bottled version is very nice as well.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Jan. 17, 2003.

Hazy deep golden appearance. A thin, bubbly white head sticks around for a while. Aroma is pungent, oily, grassy and caramely. There's a refreshing aspect to this IPA that I enjoy. Bitterness is very well perceived and very well defined. It's a very clean bitterness. Hop flavors are somewhat subdued, but very enjoyable. A little orange rind. A little pine sap. The malt backing is sufficient and provides a hefty body. Close to full. Caramel malt seems to be the domineering flavor in the malt profile. This is a very enjoyable IPA.

Thanks go out to the Senior for carting this badboy home for me.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the brewpub during the HR invades Dominion weekend. Pours a slightly amber golden with a nice frothy head that a hand pump will get you. Was cloudier than usual due to the hand pump. The aroma seemed more balanced on tap. It was still hoppy, but the malt seemed to shine through a bit more. Definate floral and some fruity notes. Taste was delicious, more round than out of the bottle or regular tap. Had that cask richness which kept the hops from being so mouth puckering and drying. Mouthfeel was great with the cask providing a level smoothness heretofor unhad in this beer. Drinkability.. Hmmm well that night I believe there were 43 of these on our group's tab.... Lets just say it went down well

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Photo of nvsblman
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden color with about a finger of white head. Some nice lacing as I drink it. Aroma is full of grapefruity hops, but there is also some biscuity malt too. Great bright hoppy flavor with a good malt backbone keeping this hoppy but not over the top. It's creamy, almost reminding me of a cask ale as it warmed. Nice dry finish. This would be a regular of mine if it wee available!

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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 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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