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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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey-orange body with a decent head and a bit of lacing

Smell: Grassy, piney and a surprising amount of biscuity caramel on the nose

Taste: Lays down a biscuity backbone which sticks through to the finish as the bitter hops kick in; well-balanced but not as bitter as other American IPAs out there

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated

Drinkability: Very refreshing, but I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more Cascades on the nose and a higher level of IBUs

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a high, three-finger head into my tulip and has quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is a little bit week--some floral hops as well as a little bit of citrus. Some slight graininess to the malt. The taste is somewhat grainy with a mildly-assertive hop presence. The hop bill seems to consist mostly of floral hops, with a bit of resin there as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a tad less carbonation than would do the brew well; a bit of astringent bitterness (tea-like) in the mouthfeel as well. Drinkability is pretty good--low alcohol and a pretty good taste makes this a fairly-sessionable beer.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-gold body with a tall, meringue-like, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, grassy nose, primarily, with supporting notes of biscuit dough, humble barley grains, mineral water, distant caramel, and dried citrus peels.

Taste: Pale biscuit-toned maltiness with a lightly sweet touch of caramel. Grassy, spicy, and herbaceous hoppiness at first, much like a strong black English tea, followed by musty citrus accents (passes from grapefruit to orange and back again). Moderate bitterness. A bit minerally on the back half, with the suds helping to accentuate the bitterness a tad. Finishes bitter and quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. The body is just a hair thin and the carbonation a hair too hair, working against the beer as a whole.

Drinkability: It's been a long time, Tuppers. Nearly eight years by my count. A nice revisit, though I wasn't taken with it then, nor am I now.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazed, orange-accented golden amber with an average-sized dark cream head. The cap is reasonably dense, is rocky as it falls and leaves a small amount of lace in scattered scraps. Although it's more subdued than many IPAs, the aroma is quite nice. Lots of lemon and grapefruit hoppiness riding a wave of pale malt. Simple but effective.

My verdict, after the first few ounces, is that Hop Pocket is a good, but not a great, IPA. The hops simply aren't up front enough. To be more specific, it's plenty bitter, but actual hop flavor is lacking. Lightly sweet pale malt provides a solid enough foundation that ends up being equal to the citrus zesty hops in terms of flavor delivery. That's no way to construct an IPA.

The light-medium body and the generous amount of carbonation don't help matters and simply add to the feeling of harshness. More substance and fewer bubbles would go a long way toward helping the mouthfeel. The finish is dry and pretty intensely bitter.

Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale isn't that impressive. My suggested fixes should be obvious given the faults that I've cataloged above. As is, it doesn't stand a chance against the better IPAs. I love the classic, old-fashioned looking label though.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice light orange amber with about one finger high of white frothy foam on the top. A quick recession led to not too much more then a touch of film across the top and a somewhat lackluster side glass presentation.

S – Aroma was very nice, a touch light but once you picked it up it was full of piney hops. Lots of resin like characters with a touch of sugar mixed in. This was more then decent in depth; only knock against it was a touch on the light side in terms of volume.

T – Flavor was very good actually. A nice tight bitter flavor profile came over you almost all at once. A good amount of pine fresh hops in the front that mellowed into a nice malty earthen grain like flavor in the middle that was hinted at by a touch of grass. This was then backed up by a very nice dry hoppy finish. Very well rounded and a really nice profile.

M – Very crisp and clean with very nice carbonation. The overall feel was a light bodied ale with a decent dryness to the finish. Not too light as it was defiantly a nice session like quality.

D – Very nice, the combination of light profile, and good carbonation will win this category every time. This was an easily sessionable nice pale ale.

Overall I had never even heard of the brewery before, so that was the primary reason I went for this and I am glad I did. It was a very nice little sessionable pale that went perfect with lunch and really made a nice little impact with me. I would definitely reach for this one again in the future.

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

I picked this up at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, Pa. Decanted cool into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle w/ bottling date of 2/21/07

A - A brilliant deep amber w/ good clarity and a full cap of sand colored foam measuring approx. 3.5 fingers w/ a fine bead. The lace is wispy and sticks minimally.

S - A sweet fruity scent w/ a nice dose of piney odors that have a tinge of woody and citrus notes. Pleasantly aromatic w/ Mt. Hood and Cascade providing the sweet hoppy floral notes.

M - Woody tinges mix w/ oily hoppy textures and a fully effervesscent feel that has a subtle sweet finish.

T - This ale is a pleasure to taste w/ hop flavors up-front in the mix w/ a noticeable flavor of Cascadew/ a subtle spiciness and hints of woodiness w/ a gentle acidity. The tinge of sweetness from a balanced malt backing creates a pleasing taste experience.

D - A fine ale w/ a great balance w/ an emphasis of fresh hop flavor and an ample amount of tasty malt and slightly boozy taste as it warms. A nice well balanced and highly drinkable ale - Most enjoyable.

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Photo of billab914
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this at my local store the other week. Can't say that I ever tried it back when it was abundant in this area so I'll be trying this local with a fresh palate.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a nice deep amber color with a thin white head covering the top. It had pretty good head retention and left some good lacing on the sides of the glass. Very nice looking beer, the color and clarity were great.

Aroma isn't that strong, it has a little floral hops and some citrus with a little malt sweetness as well. The taste is somewhat hoppy but not as hoppy as I expected. It has some citrus flavors but finishes with more of a bitter pine flavor. There is a decent amount of malt sweetness coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed it but it probably won't become one of my go to beers available here.

Overall it was decent, and it was nice to get to try this local but I just didn't wow me like I thought it would. It was a lot less hoppy then I expected, for an IPA there are a lot of ambers more hoppy then this. I can only assume that the competition and selection has changed dramatically since this was last around, and at nearly $10 a 4 pack it would be tough for me to choose this over say a cheaper 6 of Torpedo or Two Hearted, which it will be next to in the store.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Why am I awake right now? ... This beer pours a cloudy amber-brown topped by a finger or so of slightly off-white froth. The nose comprises lots o' greenery, some orange peel, hoppy florals, and a tiny rabbit slap of toffee. The taste amps up the citrus peel and greenery, tones down the florals, and makes the toffee slightly more perceptible, though not by very much. The body is a fairly strong medium, with a moderate carbonation and pretty crisp finish. Overall, not a bad pale, a decent local offering for those dog days.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about an inch if white foam and a good amount of carbonation.

s - Smells of hops, sweet fruits and malts, and honey.

t - Tastes strongly of hops with a bitter aftertaste. Also tastes strongly of citrus, grapefruit, and some lemon. To be honest I found it a bit bland with a bitter aftertaste that wasn't that great.

m - Light bodied with little to moderate carbonation.

d - Overall, I thought this was an ok IPA, but nothing special. I would have liked a more hoppy smell/taste to it, and thought the aftertaste wasn't that great. I'd give it another shot, but wouldn't go out of my way to find or buy it. IMO there are much better IPA's out there.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a light head, but good carbonation. It was a deep gold in color and a very hoppy nose. I noticed loads of citrus in the mouth with an intense grapefruit flavor at the finish. I had heard a good bit about this beer and I was not disappointed.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When they say it is carefully hopped, does that mean that they just put one hop in a time, watch and see what happens, and then put another in? “Frankie! What the hell are you doing? Don’t just throw those hops in there!” I am just curious is all.

Pours a slightly fogged orange amber with a decent crème head. And the small head that is there actually sticks around for quite some time. Nose is pretty mild really with a slight wood thing going on. Very mild perfume scents there as well. Flavor is smooth and slightly earthy. Hops are there, but don’t kick you in the mouth at all. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a good liquid feel. Overall very drinkable. Very smooth and consistent. Could easily be a session brew. Would be interested to see this one on tap and cask too.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a color that surprised me for a hoppy ale, clear, and pale gold, with a nicely retained off-white head.
Aroma: abuzz with hoppiness, piney, citrusy, fruity (grapefruit meets tangerine, I'm thinking. I like it, it's good! Fresh, and vibrant!
Hops continue as we take our first sip, and they are tangy, tasty, blistering with hops, but how enjoyabale is it? The lack of more maltiness to conteract the full-on hop attack is a significant drawback, though not one that troubles me a great deal. I love the stuff, though I surely wouldn't enjoy too many in a row.
Finish is nice and long, predominantly hoppy, and actually that's the foremost characteristic of this brew. Body is a bit too light, for the hoppiness, and texture is, again, dominated by the mannerisms of the hops in the brew. And that's a good thing.
I am very happy to have finally been able to sample this American classic beer, and I have Marc77 to thank!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is amber to brown and slightly hazy. Carbonation is moderate and made up of medium bubbles that rise slowly through the beer. It forms a thin head of tiny off white bubbles that completely coat the beer. The head sticks to the walls of the glass leaving a lot of lacing. There is some staying power to this head as well. Looks good.

The aroma is malty with some hop character. Overall the aroma is a bit underwhelming but it smells like an APA with the volume turned down.

Beer is medium bodied, has some bitterness at the end but there is a forward almost metallic flavor to the whole thing. It finishes nicely and there is some good hop character in there. Second taste, not a lot of sweetness and the carbonation in the mouth is really low. Mouthfeel is OK, drinkability is fine, actually this beer is quite drinkable. Overall, its a fine APA, but not a AIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a small head. The aroma was full of hops, and some sweetness was detected. This medium bodied IPA was very bitter on the tongue, and the malt was slighlty hidden. The malt did seem to come through in the aftertaste, but the bitterness ruled. I also sensed a tinge of fruitiness at the end of the glass. The carbonation was a less than expected, and the head quickly disappated leaving no lacing.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and carapils malt scent along with a mild bitter hop aroma. It has floral and breadlike notes. The taste is good. It has a well balanced flavor that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a very bitter hop finish. It is a rich and malty beer, very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. The aroma isn't that intense, but the flavor and mouthfeel are solid; a good drinker.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Good retention and light amber in color.

S. Hops at the forefront here. I pick up a bit of citrus.

T. Very bitter and hoppy. About what you can expect for an IPA. This is a strong one but very enjoyable.

M. Medium body and good carbonation.

D. Very drinkable, but its almost so strong and so hoppy drinking 6 will put you under. A good session brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, almost clear copper color and a tan head. The aroma smells of fresh pine needles and grapefruit, as well as a hint of toasty malt. Light bodied with a nice bitterness in the finish. There is a hop zing throughout that you feel on your tongue. Not as hoppy as I was perhaps expecting, but it does have a nice level of hops. It has a faint pine flavor from the hops, but the main hop contribution is the zippy bitterness. The toasty malt notes from the aroma are continued in the taste. There are also some dry austere caramel notes as well. This beer actually becomes more and more malty as I work my way through it, quite interesting. This beer is easily quaffable, and would make for an excellent session beer.

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

Tis like seeing an old friend after all these years. At Max's today.

The beer pours an orangy amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Nose is likewise pretty nice, with citrus, white pepper and a hint of pine. It's not all that prononced, but what there is, is very nice. Flavors replicate the nose, except there's considerably more flavor on the palate then one would expect from the nose. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with an impressive amount of flavor. Drinkability is very, very good, as one would expect from an IPA with such low abv.

Sure, there are a lot of better IPA's out there these days, but I'll always have a soft spot for Tuppers. When I moved here from the West Coast originally back in 2004, it was beers like Tuppers that made me realize I'd be all right (from a beer standpoint at least). Good to see this one around again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with a frothy one finger tan head that left a lace ring right down the glass. A piney, citric fruit nose along w/ a sturdy caramel malt base. Taste is more of the same as it is a medium to full body full of citric hop goodness along with a musky, malt taste balanced in it. Finishes clean and balanced with moderate dryness. Just an easy to drink IPA that hits on all aspects of a quality IPA and I am glad I finally got to try it.

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