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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz brown bottle (undated), poured to a standard pint glass... the one from Philly's Standard Tap. Thanks to Matt/drabmuh for sharing.

An historic look to the label artwork - a guy framing each side (one in a somber suit holding a large bouquet at his side, the other a laborer leaning on a shovel) of what appears to be a large stone. The inscription: 'A rich harvest ale, carefully aged and dry hopped with whole flower Mt. Hood and Cascade hops'. Nothing profound, but gets the point across as to what's inside.

A: A silky auburn, glowing warmly in the glass. Though the fine haze, plenty of carbonation shows, rising from multiple places vigorously. Terrific head (I forgot to mention the foam creeping out of the bottleneck after opening - a snail's-paced 'gusher'), one that builds to a full two fingers of eggy foam then succumbs to a tissue thin topping. Textured lace clumps in rings from top to bottom.

S: Given time to warm, this develops a very nice aroma: spiced bread dough (rye?), toasted nuts, a grassy/leafy hop and squeeze of citrus. Bold and balanced.

T: Very spicy hopping right away, then an lengthy fall into the abyss of pithy grapefruit bitterness. A little off-putting at times, hop bitterness grew imbalanced here and there, but caramel always seemed to reign it in. One lingering flavor: iron - a slight metallic bloodiness in the finish...

M: Crisp enough, then a blanketing creaminess. Medium body, modest carbonation. Not really sticky, more like grainy - a fine coating of starchy sediment.

D: Hmmm, I liked it just enough to finish... I'd be happy to have this again, however; the 'harvest ale' tag on the label tells me this should be a beer best served at its peak freshness. Didn't necessarily taste 'old', just a bit less vibrant than I'd anticipated. Worth a try.

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

A light tan white head that's very foamy. Held up to the light, a cloudy orange copper body, gold on the side of the glass. Slightly carbonated.

I smell more malts than hops but there is a slight citrus and caramel smell. Also a hint of a nutty aroma.

Slight bitter taste but sweetness rolls in. Roasted malts with caramel, slight toffee and a nutty taste. Cascade hops are there but in the background. Am I missing something here; this is called Hop Pocket, right? I do like the taste a lot but I think it should have a lot more hoppy taste if the name is Hop Pocket. A slight, I mean s....l....i....ght hint of a metallic aftertaste but is noticeable.

Medium body. Slightly carbonated and smooth. It feels nice in the mouth.

This is a good beer and isn't heavy at all. It's definitely a session beer. I could have a few and wonder where my six pack had gone, oh wait, that's right, it only comes in a four pack!

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

Pours a golden bronze with a white head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is floral with some malts.

Taste is a a nice balance of malt and hops, a very nice pale ale.

Good mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation,

A very drinkable pale ale, a nice session beer.

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Photo of xhuskr
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was so excited to finally try this beer. My sister sent me a few bottles recently and tonite I cracked the first one. Perhaps I was hoping for too much or it didn't do so well in-transit. The hops have a bit of a bite to it. When opening it a few ounces gushed out of the bottle on to the counter (good cleaner). Not as well balanced as hoped and I do love Pale Ale. I'll try another one later. The lace on my glass is a nice look and the more I drink of it, the more I like it..but not as much as I'd hoped (or hopped).

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Photo of ATPete
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a murky orange brown color with a medium sized peach tinged head. I get the cascade hops in the nose, not a booming hop profile in the bouquet but a pleasant one, some sweet caramel malt. Good balance to its flavor, some citrus rinds and some generous malt to back everything up. A well made pale ale.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge props to Allie ( ? ) on this beverage.

A- Somewhat violent pour generates an acceptable finger's worth of head. Off-white eggshell coloration. Many giant bubbles form up like baby's spittle from the center of the glass. The edges stay strong in their maturity with microfine collection of miniature froth.

The liquid itself is this interesting turbid orange juice with yellow hued edging. Tangerine almost. Quick notes on the retention, good. GET IT?! The lacing is quite nice. Sticky, thin, and ubiquitous.

S- Nice sweet maltyness forward, of the caramel persuasion. Some faint hops come through as a bitter edge. I detect a bit of citrus, tangerines? Very hard to pull things out of this beer.

T- Unusual. There is a bitter presence right at the start. Sort of yeasty afterthoughts to try and round it out. There is a significant lack of balance to this beverage. All bitter, minor grass or floral notes. I really wanted something else. The alcohol comes forward for a six percent and pairs off against some oxidized metal flavors. Not much in terms of fruits, malts, or anything sweet to balance it enough to note.

M- There is more hop flavor in the finish and on tasting my lips than in the beverage. Moderate amount of body, smooth, and mild carbonation to enjoy. Some lingering flavors save this beer from drain pouring.

D- Not really great... kinda lackluster in the world of american pales. The alcohol comes forward, the flavors don't pair off appropriately, and there is just a significant amount of lacking characteristics I have come to expect.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, with a one finger head and lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Smells of earthy hops, with a faint aroma of biscuity malts. Tastes of smooth earthy hops, contrasted with a distant malty background, taste fades away in the finish. perfect amount of carbonation makes this one slide down easily.

Not a bad pale ale by any means, but it is a rather plain one. The hop taste is pretty run of the mill, and lacks the complexities that can be found in other hoppy brews. Overall it's a run of the mill beer, definitely not bad by any means, but there is much better out there.

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Photo of steveh
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't sampled this one in a while, mostly since I always have to get it in trade -- thanks Kelly!

A -- Very hazy (bottle conditioned) peach-amber with a dense, light tan head that settles quickly, but revives easily.

S -- Citrus & earthy hops and biscuit malt in good balance.

T -- Biscuit malts hit the tongue first, but are quickly overpowered by spicy, earthy hops and their bitterness. The biscuit malt lingers in the background, but the spicy and bitter hops are most dominant. A vague metallic character becomes present in the finish, probably due to the high alpha hops.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- While tasty and leads me to think I'd have another, I just wouldn't have 2 in the same evening. The bite of the bitterness quickly fatigues the palate.

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

look: hazy (unfiltered), small frothy head, reddish-tawny

aroma: wildflowery (w/ stems), and a bit spicy a la cinnamon

taste: fruity, mildy toasty and nutty, mellow soft malt presence

feel: cask-like with a tiny carbonate bite at the end

drink: not bad, tastes/drinks a little like a brewpub pale/IPA or extract homebrew

Heard about this beer a few times and finally saw a bottle (as well as their Pils) at a Joe Canal's. "Hop Pocket"? - thought this was going to be an IPA - ended up coming across as confused mix between that and an APA, no doubt, and some amber ale in there as well (nuances...). Okay, as it pulls some nice elements of those styles but, altogether, it wouldn't entice me back for another. Real (thin) nectary juice element to it while what I had hoped for was something drier and cleaner. No thoughts on what food to pair this with if at all.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Troegs pint glass.

Pours a deep cloudy amber, almost brown with 2 fingers of off white head that dissipates to a thin layer which sticks around for the duration.

Smells of piney hops with with some sweet dark malts in the background.

Taste is pretty bitter but does not assault the tongue. Lots of malt sweetness here, almost leaning towards being a hoppy brown ale as opposed to an APA.

Mouthfeel is full and a little slick with some nice prickly carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high with it's pleasant bitterness but the heavy dose of dark malt would probably limit this one to being a beer I'd only reach for when I was having a hop craving on a cool rainy fall day... like today.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden-orange color with a fairly large off-white head that looks a bit fizzy and dissipates kind of quickly, leaving behind spotty lace.

Smell: Earthy and piney hop aromas dominate, but there's also some biscuity notes.

Taste: Begins with a biscuity sweetness and a pine hop note, finishing bitter with some grapefruit hints. As the beer warms a bit, nutty flavors begin to present themselves.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A superb pale ale, and something that would satisfy most hopheads. Very hoppy indeed, but also well-balanced. This actually has a nicer hop profile than many IPAs I have had, very tasty- something I would love to buy again.

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

A 12 oz bottle picked up at The Cheese Shop. I haven't had a Hop Pocket in years (I know, I know, it wasn't brewed for a few years but work with me).

A: The pale ale is a darker caramel amber color, more brown than not but with orange highlights trying desperately to peek through. A finger and a half of white head has left patches of lace.

S: Citrus hops are abundant, a lush bitterness that takes over the ale in its entirety. Peppery aromas follow the hops, augmenting the bite.

T: Very hoppy but well balanced. Those five words could suffice for the ale. The generous hop additions have left their mark, bitter syrupy citrus flavors are strong. A fruity orange and grapefruit flavor masks portions of the bitterness and brings a peppery flavor to the forefront. The hoppiness lasts, principally in the form of a syrupy richness, long after each sip is gone. Caramel malts, an adequate base for the strong hoppiness, do their job adequately.

M: The mouthfeel, a barren hop-filled landscape, is sharp and pungent at times. A rich, luxurious pale ale.

D: More please. The flavors are strong but not over-the-top. Lots of hops, clean and citrusy, make it hard to dislike.

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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 JDH2000
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- pours burnt orange/copper with one finger of head that lasts throughout the beer. Extensive lacing on the glass.

S- aromatic malts with some fading hops--earthy with some citrus. Would have expected more hop scents. Maybe I got an older bottle.

T- initially hit with a nice bitterness that I didn't expect from the subdued hop aroma. Smooth malt flavor followed by piney hops flavor.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- not bad. Definitely drinkable. I'd give it another try on tap or cask, which will likely be fresher.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, indecipherable date code.

Pours fairly thick and murky burnt orange/deep amber/copper, small one finger head, recedes to a foamy ring and cap, a few spots of lacing.

Aroma starts pretty subdued, some toasted malt and pine, earthy and floral hops. Starts to come together more as it warms and introduces some citrus and orange aromas.

Flavor is still far more in your face with nice resinous, citrus, orange rind, bitter hoppy blast balanced against a strong caramel malt backbone, mild sweetness, with a good lingering bitterness on the finish.

Medium to full body, good carbonation, drinks very nicely.

This is a pretty serious APA, good stuff.

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Photo of velkyal
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask (or at least through a beer engine) at Beer Run in Charlottesville.

Sight - bright amber topped with a creamy white head
Smell - distinctly citrus, in particular grapefruit
Taste - bright cirtusy hops upfront, backed up though by a smooth toffee undertone
Sweet - 2/5
Bitter - 4/5

Overall a very nice beer indeed, if it was properly cask conditioned prior to being pulled through a beer engine then the sparkler did its job of rounding out the body and just subtly muting the bitterness making this a beer to drink all night, in fact, I did!

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass reviewed on my droid.

Pours cloudy amber with one finger of foam. Obviously bottle conditioned. Aroma is mild with some faded hoppiness, floral.

This is not as good as I remember it. Hops are vey mild, bitterness is low and there is not much sweetness. There is a lingering bitterness that is not pleasant. I remember this beer being great... now not so much.

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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 Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-07-19 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA

A - Mildly hazy amber with a short, light tan head

S - Yeasty bread and mild fruit

T - Roasted grain, caramel, touch of coffee. Good hop bitterness. There's a slight sour finish.

M - Mildly creamy with a light body and medium carbonation

D - Pretty decent with enough flavors to make it interesting

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

Had this on draft at a fantastic pizzeria (Pizza Mia's) in Bethesda, Md.

A: cloudy amber; decent one-finger head; no carb. beads
S: very hoppy, slightly sweet aroma. My wife detected a hint of apple.
T: hoppy, slightly bitter, almost to the level of an IPA. The beer's flavor profile is all about hops (hence the name). Not very sweet. There is a slight metallic aftertaste.
M: richly fills the mouth.
D: one could easily go for multiples

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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 tchenery
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a rich orange color with an off-white head of about 1/8 inch thick. It is pretty opaque, a little too thick looking.

It smells delicious though, very floral aroma. Heavy on the American hops.

It is a very bitter beer to say the least. Bitter on the front and a floral fruity taste right after from the hops, but then it is all malt. There is a roasted, almost coffee/chocolate flavor to the beer right at the end. On the second taste you almost forget about the hops and it's a malt forward beer from then on. It leaves the mouth very dry.

I'm not crazy about it, but I think it's good and I can see why people do get crazy over this beer.

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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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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
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