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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 03-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap into a pint glass:

A - Hazy deep golden color, decent head

S - Citrus scents, yeasty complexity

T - Hoppy citrus notes with a malt backbone that balances it. Some yeasty off taste.

M - Medium bodied, lighter carbonation

D - Decent IPA, nothing to write home about though.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I am being nostalgic, but this used to be better, didn't it? This new version, by way of St. George brewery, feels kind of amateurish, like a really good homebrew.

Pours deep hazy copper with a decent dense head. The aroma is assertive, like buckwheat honey, with a snap of flowery hops. The flavor is a little raw and young, malty, with a earthy, herbal hops and a light, diffuse bitterness. The flavor suggests a brew made with malt extract. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I had expected.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Expensive and mediocre at best in this tasting.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with a retro drawing of a suited man holding greenery (hops?) and a worker with a shovel on each side of a panel that describes the main characteristics and ingredients of the brew. Notes below the contract brewing from TupperĀ“s to St. George Brewing Co. Side note offers a liner about bottle conditioning, sharing and how half of the profits go to undefined charitable institutions over the signature of the Tuppers. Lacks bottling or freshness date, notes Alc. by Vol. (6%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber pour. Nice frothy head with average to low retention but a nice surface memory and rich lacing. Heads down this is the best quality of the brew. All else goes down from here.

S - Lightly hoppy with a malty touch and... A faint skunky whiff, very small, more so like a lazy macro lager for an instant. Fades away quickly and leaves an non-intrusive and bland aroma shortly after the pour.

T - Not much better than the smell, less of the skunky note to the point that it may not be there although it leans to insinuate it is on a couple of occasions. But it is masked by a brash hoppy range that translates in bitterness, not awful but not pleasing either, with a malty note in the back.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation early on that subsides a bit too quickly leaving a flatness that does not help.

D - It is actually not that bad but it is an overall disappointment. One can drink it lightly but there is little commendable about this pale ale despite its local kudos and next much better offerings from the region and elsewhere. It is far from a drain pour to be fair, and if one comes your way it is drinkable but that is about it.

Notes: A bit of local vibe was helping the contract return of this regional brew. Unfortunately it is undeserved. Not only it feels overpriced, with a 4 pack marketing release, but most importantly it feels undeserving of the praise. This is a fair pale ale leaning on its poorer side. I was looking forward to it but not anymore... Now, there is a possibility that while supposedly rather fresh this is a bad bottle. I will sure give another a try and will update the review accordingly if it is an improvement. If not, this is as good as it gets.

Update: OK, having received a note that there might have been some issues with the inaugural batch for this edition, as recognized by the brewer, and that this is probably part of it, I'll sure be looking out to try a fresh and improved 2nd batch. And I'll be pleased to update the review accordingly.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not since my days as an addicted-to-Arizona-iced -tea-window-washer have these flavors meshed so familiarly together.

Everything about this beer screams herbal iced tea. Scent and taste are a match. Somewhat unpleasant bitterness end the charge.

Too bad I didn't really dig the regular Arizona iced tea, I was peach guy. Regardless, not a fan anymore.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It would be a decent beer if it weren't for the strange metallic flavored finish. Let it breathe a bit to reduce the metal taste.

Appearance: Amber/orange, clear, min head

Smell: Malt, some hops, some funk/yeast

Taste: Initial metallic funk; then bitter hops up front with a strong malt back

Mouthfeel: CO2 noticable; bitter

Drinkability: Without the metal, it's somewhat drinkable

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

one of the earliest beers on my craft beer path, enjoyed a few of these while interning in VA some years back, glad to see this one around again

a: opaque hazy straw amber, good retention and lace

s: pale body with a light caramel addition for malt complexity, nice blend of citrus hops - mostly grapefruit - and a glimpse of yeast, nicely built

m: lighter carbonation, medium body, crisp

t: full pale malt structure, light caramel, crisply acidic citrus hops - lemon and pine flavor with a grapefruit bitterness, nice hop strength

d: easy, really nice ipa

standard pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

got this as an extra in a trade with 2dogbrew

Copper color with a nearly white head that whips itself up almost 2 fingers tall. Leaves some hefty curtains of thick lacing. Pretty dark for an IPA, but looks very nice.

Smells hoppy. Citrus, floral, and pine. Little maltiness shows through, but is no match for the hops.

Taste is almost all hops.... Again, a bit of bready malt is consumed by hops. I taste fruity notes- apples and orange/lemon. But those get overshadowed by the piney aftertaste and feel that comes with swallowing. Getting a lot of grapefruit now, but it doesn't seem "huge" and fresh... Seems a tad bland.

Body and carbonation are pretty good. Medium body with an acceptable level of carbonation for the style.

This thing lingers... The way a food sometimes feels like it sticks to your ribs... The powerful resiny pine vibe on the aftertaste really knocks this one down a notch. I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these.

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Photo of kshankar
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/amber with white foam. Okay lacing, but not much.

Aroma is mildly hoppy but that's about it. Floral, citrus, etc...but I had to really take a big sniff to get any sort of aroma out of this one. Slightly weak

The taste is primarily the floral hops and it isn't really that bad. While the hops aren't strong, the problem with this beer lies in the lack of balance, its only hops, so it leaves a bitter aftertaste that lingers too long with no malt sweetness to aid it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Light to medium, carbonation is good. Drinkability is average, due to the aftertaste.

Its still worth a try, and if its at a bar, I wouldn't avoid it if there wasn't much else there. Its still slightly above average in the IPA range. Just needs balance!

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

A: Medium gold with a slight peach color, thin ring of head around the edge of the glass, some fine particles at the bottom of the glass - 4.00, S: The name seems deceiving as my first whiff provides a solid punch of crystal or pale malts, a sweet doughy smell, the hops are also present but on the side of meek for an IPA whle providing a slight earthy and green aroma - 3.75, T: Firm hop bite, tons of pink grapefruit and what I perceive as orange zest, the beer is a little earthy and with some grass flavor, there's also a touch of a caramel to balance all the hops - 3.50, M: Some lingering on the tongue - 3.50, D: A solid IPA, hard to recall how this beer compares to the old version the Old Dominion used to brew but it appears that St. George Brewing has done a good job - 3.50

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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 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 roan22
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer after having two 4-packs, over the last two weeks time...from the inaugural batch of the contract-brewed-and-bottled version, by St. George Brewing in Hampton, VA.

I'll try hard not to compare it to the Old Dominion-brewed version of Tupper's HPA, which I had access to first in Blacksburg 1998-1999; later in Philadelphia.

Appearance: pretty coppery amber color, active bubbles, frothy off white head which fades to a cap, nice intricate lacing.

Aroma: earthy dirty hops, magic marker chemical scent, unpleasant note of too-much-perfume.

Taste: spritzy club soda, zesty pepperyness, a piney resiny note, then tangerine and citrus notes, and then holy dry puckery bitterness in a fruity/resiny/earthy sense. hmm i swear i taste some sweet-tartness going on here too...lactic acid??? finishes with oily resinyness. not enough grapefruit [Old Tuppers bias] but the four pack drinks nicely!

Mouthfeel: better than average, interesting zing and pucker to your tongue.

Drinkability: better than average.

I believe in Bob Tupper's hoppy vision. Thanks St. George for bringing it back.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four pack at my local Whole Foods

Had the first for lunch with a chicken mushroom pizza I baked myself, the second after dinner (thai yellow curry chicken with potatoes, mushroom and tomatoes, also homemade).

Good amber color with little head and average lacing

Very good smell almost flora spicy

Fresh, crisp taste of pine and grapefruit, nice bitter aftertaste

Little better than average mouthfeel

Very drinkable with the right food

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale is earthy, rich, and heavy.

It poured dark copper, with a huge pillowy tan head that stood above the rim and then quickly dissipated. Sticky thin lace was left on the glass.

The smell and taste were thick and earthy. It tasted like grass and mossy tree bark. Oddly enough, this worked as it invoked a rustic, one-with-the earth feeling. The mouthfeel was thick and bitter, and although it didn't go down easy, it shook the palate and made sure its presence was known. There's nothing sweet or light about Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale.

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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 DefenCorps
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The original Tuppers was before my time, and I was quite excited to see this being resurrected. On tap at Max's today

Clear amber with a thin white head with great retention, this beer shows beautiful lacework.

The nose is dominated by citrus rind, grapefruit and a definite lemongrass character. Mild caramel sweetness is noticeable along with some toast and honey. The palate opens with a prominent, aggressive hop bite, big and quite bitter with a blend of grapefruit and chalky citrus rind character. Flavors of caramel and honey are present, but this beer is quite dry, further exacerbating the excessive hop bitterness. Hop flavor is quite low too. Clean and bitter on the finish, this medium-light beer is moderately carbonated. Ultimately, though, I can't say I'm a fan.

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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 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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Photo of changeup45
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to be able to try this beer via a trade (different site). Orange-copper color with a nice foamy head. Aroma is a pleasant floral hoppy scent with some fruits. Very tasty, nicely balanced flavors: bitter, dry, hoppy, and some light malt for backing and balance. Quite flavorful and very good. No problem having this one again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color with a moderately creamy dull white head that left a fair thin film lacing.

S: soft with a light hoppiness from the spicy mt. Hood and cascade hops producing a sweet citrusy aroma.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and malty with a light spicy hopping of fresh citrus (oranges) and pine. A touch of flowery hops against a toasted caramel backing brings out a nice dryness in the finish.

M: a tad thin and watery, very light with little character.

D: A nice rounded hoppiness making for a decent session drink. Not as big or hoppy as one would expect from the name but a smooth, moderately hopped ipa none the less that is enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Nice clear amber with huge 3 finger, pillowy head. The head hangs around for several minutes before dying down to a patchy white cap, leaving lots of lacing.

S - Heavy on the citrus hops at first; lots of grapefruit and lemon with an exotic tangerine/clementine aroma. Citrus is backed by leafy, grassy aroma. Some sweet malt as well.

T - Pretty much in line with the nose. Citrus hits first and segues into floral aspects, culminating in a very herbal, meal-like taste. As the earthy flavor fades, some sweet caramel malt takes hold just long enough to balance the moderate bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable.

M - Moderately carbonated with a little bit of thickness; a nice slick beer considering the wealth of flavor.

D - As far as IPA's go, this is one of the better ones to session. Layers of flavor along with a controlled and balanced bitterness make a great beer to have a few of.

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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 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 cvstrickland
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear brownish-gold body with a huge, persistent, creamy, fluffy white head that starts at three fingers and holds at 1+; nice gooey lacing;

Smells of hops; extremely piney and dry; a little malt;

Tastes of hops; grapefruit, spruce; extremely piney and dry; a little malt;

Smooth and tingly in the mouth; oily from hops; nicely carbonated; very drinkable.

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