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

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Tuppers' Hop Pocket AleTuppers' Hop Pocket Ale

Brewed by:
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 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 BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This deep cloudy amber brew was bottled on 5/18/2002, so it's one day less than a year old and still in fine condition. An off-white foamy head sits on top and leaves behind a trail of sticky lace (much like a fresh beer). Full of floral hop aromas. The sweet caramel malt is full bodied and a soothing counterbalance to the high citrus, grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Some alcohol is noticed. Full of bright flavors throughout the glass. It's bitter and sweet and very drinkable.

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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 PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color between gold and copper. Off-white head.
Aroma of spicey, citrusy hops with some sweet, caramel malt mixed in.

Crisp hop bite hits you right up front. Hops are spicey, citrusy, and provide a fairly high level of bitterness. Caramel malt flavor is there, but overpowered by the hops. Hop resins leave some residual bitterness at the finish.

Good body. Carbonation level seems a tad high on the tongue.
Drinkability is good, especially if you're a hop-head.

Overall, a good IPA. Hop bitterness:flavor ratio was a bit high IMO, but still well worth seeking out.

A big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for hauling this back to Ohio for me!

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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 fattyre
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear very slightly yellowish orange color with a large rocky white head. The mouthfeel is nice soft rounded and pleasing. The smell is mild sweet malt with strong grapefruit. The taste is malty bread with strong citrusy resiny hops. A very nice intensely hoppy tastey ale. Well crafted.

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Photo of avylover
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crisp looking deep golden brew. A white smallish head that dies down into a white ring. The smell is very inviting, with some nice maltiness and a huge hoppy citrous aroma. This one hoppy brew, as the name implies. It's very crisp with a slight orange peel taste but mostly straight up crisp hop bitterness. Leaves the tongue tingling quite a bit, and very refreshing. There's a maltiness in the background somewhere but is really only evident in the mouthfeel rather than taste. Great brew, Especially for $6 a sixpack. This beer would compete well with some other pricier IPAs, and I'm lucky to have this one in the area.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another one of the few great craft brews in my area. Pours a clear, dark copper color with a medium sized rocky head fades away slowly, leaving a light lace on the glass. The aroma is full of cascade hops and citrus peel. Taste is extremely hoppy with mild citrus undertones. If you love hops this is the beer for you. There was a little bit of an oily aftertaste on the finish. This is a very crisp and refreshing brew, it’s definitely a great session beer that can be enjoyed any day of the year.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost orange in color, I would call it a burnt orange. A thick slightly off white head was present. Gave away to a decent lace. The lace stayed thick for ½ the beer but gave away near the end. Aroma was hops, citrus and grassy. Nice, Typical of an IPA. Taste is slightly bitter at first, I mean very slight, then the malt body and the spice hop finish. I think there is a nice balance between the hops and malt taste. A very nice IPA.

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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 budgood1
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this one pours out a slightly cloudy, dark copper colour. a thin white foamy head leaves tiny wisps of lace. strong perfumy aroma of hops; a profile which is unlike any i've ever before sampled. tastes of the hops, a bit citrusy, a touch of sharp pine....very flowery and perfume laden. there is a definite, sturdy caramel malt body that holds up the flower garden hop load. extremely smooth and creamy on the tongue, yet an odd bitterness in the finish let's a faint crispness pull through. a very nice and tasty ale. the unique hop profile is one to tickle your senses. easy drinking and a hop head treat to be sure. this is some serious hop juice.

thanks to frank4sail for the sample!

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Photo of Maestro
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great American IPA. This beer has a good nose and a decent head. The taste is rather uniform throughout the beer. A strong blend of hops carries the weight of this beer. The malts don't shine through until you get to the middle of the beer. The beer mellows out and allows you to appreciate its complexity. There are some citrusy notes as you get closer to the end. This is a regional gem for those VA/MD/DC area.

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

How many times can I thank Murph for brews. Another great brew all the way from Virginia.

This beer pours a golden amber color with a nice big head that seems to last. Nice floral notes in the smell but nothing to powerful. IPA is one of my favorite styles and this brew does not disappoint. Fruity, smooth and hoppy, all of the things that I like. Kind of reminds me of Harpoon IPA with a bit better flavor. This brew is very good, but lets see where it can go from here.

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Photo of comat0se
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm... I would consider this an APA, and in fact they won with this beer in the APA category at GABF 1997. Never matter that, labels are unimportant. This beer pours light brown with an offwhite chunky head which lasts and lasts. Nice floral hop aroma which also leads the taste with a touch of malt sweetness. This is followed by assertive spicy hops which is also accentuated by the prickly but constrained carbonation. Has a nice and appropriate mouthfeel. The finish is dry with a slightly grassy, clean hop flavor.
Nice beer.

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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 Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color, the head hefty, the lace in husky sheets. Nose is citrusy, sweet, floral, with light malt tones, "Quite Sniffable". Front is mostly malt, the top middling, the finish, toweringly hopped, titillatetingly (New Word) acidic, dry long lasting hop spicy aftertaste. Ranks #292 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. The hop "grab" ranks up their with some of the better pales of the world. This is classified as an American, English or India Pale? Doesn't matter which, it is a fine beer. Pours out to an amberish gold with the smell of hops. Taste is predominantly hops, which, to me, is a great thing!!! Tasty. A keeper.

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Photo of mophie
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really nice beer from our friends at Old Dominion. Golden/orange hue, slightly hazy, with a nice, thick head that recedes to a bubbly layer across the top. Citrusy hop aromas, slightly floral, a little bready. Initial taste is grapefuit, giving way to a cake-like taste in the middle, followed by just a hint of sweet malt backbone. "Whole flower Mt. Hood and Cascade," and it tastes like it. Finish is pucker-up bitter (it is, after all, named after a hop pocket). If you're a fan of hops, this will not disappoint!

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Photo of John
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing copper/burnt orange color. The pillowy tan head maintains itself well. Hoppy aroma that only hints at the malt basis. The hop character is interesting, turning from pungent, oily, citrus to spicey peppery. As hoppy as the beer is, it manages to balance out somewhat toward the end. Would love to find this on tap. Impressive pale that I wish were available locally (scored some from vintagecellar.com).

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Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a creamy white head that leaves a decent lace down the glass. The aroma is mostly of floral/citrusy hops with some slight malt in the background. The flavor starts off with some nice floral hoppy bitterness that lasts throught. The hops assert themselves with some nice citrus qualities while letting the smooth and creamy malt flavors creep into the foreground occasionally. The cask version of this brew is just incredibly smooth and mellow tasting and very drinkable. It is definitely worth going to this brewpub just to try this on cask, nevermind the other 20 taps they have.

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

Big thick head of microbubbles tops an orange body bursting with effervesence. Head hangs around fairly well. Nice lacing. Heavy dose of grapefruit in the nose. The hops burst out as soon as the beer hits the tongue. Nice citrus tang. There is enough malt for some semblence of balance, but it is strictly only support. This is a hop head delight. Not overpowering. An American style Pale Ale, not English. Bottle conditioned. The easiest Old Dominion brew to find in NJ, thank the distribution gods, and in my mind, one of their two best (Bourbon Barrel Stout being the other).

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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good hops from start to finish. Having had Stone's Ruination a few hours earlier, it's interesting how they have similar hop flavors but while Ruination explodes right at the end, Tupper's hits you from the beginning (although not as strongly) and sticks with you through the end. The flavor is a bit sweeter as well. The white head starts out thick and creamy (a quite admirable head) and eventually thins to a thin cream skin covering the top of the beer completely, but barely. The body is a nice red gold color.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Murph for this one! Possessed an orangey/dark-gold color, with a big frothy, white head which maintained a thin layer to the end. Good flowery hop aroma! Mouthfeel was real good; no points off here. Some malt was lurking in the background, but the hops are the lead actor here. Pleasingly smooth hop bite, and a flavorful, long-lingering aftertaste! Kudos to Murph for the sample.

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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

Yet again, I must agree with my man "tigerpaws." Not a bad brew, by any means. This beer's high reputation is well-deserved. It is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever has the pleasure of savoring. Bottoms up!

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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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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 353 ratings