Tuckerman's Pale Ale | Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship Pale Ale, released in 1998, is brewed with specialty malts, some grown in Maine, and four types of hops. After fermentation, it is cold conditioned and dry-hopped in lagering tanks for maximum taste and quality. It is naturally carbonated in the bottle or keg using a German process called “krausening”, where a small amount of fresh fermenting wort is added. This produces a delicate carbonation and superior flavor. From the Mash Tun to store shelves is a 30 day process.

Added by UnionMade on 10-09-2001

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Ratings: 433 |  Reviews: 154
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.27/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ohh, this was not good. Diacetyl seems to have taken this one.

Pours a pretty normal orangish color with yellow highlights and a small head.

The smell is really, really bad. This might be one of the worst and most disgusting things I've smelled in a long time. Seems infected with an over ripened and buttery fruit smell that is very off putting.

The taste is a little better, but still bad, barely any hops and akin to an adjunct lager, though I'm rating this as a pale ale? Over ripened fruit comes through again.

Mouth is fine, and drinkability of course is bad, I drained this sucker immediately.

I'm usually what most would consider a forgiving and 'high' score rater on this website, but this beer is one to not even consider buying.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ale pours a pale straw color with a half inch white head. The aroma is that of citrus and mild hops. The flavor is sweet and citrusy with a highly carbonated mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Over all a good beer but very different from most pale ales I've had.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden hue with moderate head. Light citrus aroma that leads to a malty, lightly hopped flavor with a hint of bitterness. Light is the key word here - it's a decent beer that tastes on the lighter side of a pale ale.

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Photo of nhdjinn
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from 12 pack bottle
A good example of a American Pale Ale. Not an IPA so don't compare

Look: slightly cloudy dark orange. Head constant with a pale ale. thin and lacy
Smell : malty slight hops. honey malt
taste: Perfect fora pale ale. goes down smooth sight caramel
Feel. Nice semi full body - perfect for style
Overall: A 4 out of 5 will buy again

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a standard light amber/darkstraw color, one finger of head.
Smell is very light, some maltiness and distant hop aromas.
Taste is again very mild, some odd flavor hard to identify that reminded me of homebrew.
Mouthfeel was ok.
Overall, found the beer to be substandard.

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Photo of dlacombe
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an awesome beer. so refreshing to find a pale ale that's NOT over-hopped. i believe the negative comments are a result of the craft beer hop wars that have been raging in recent times. try finding ANY classic pale that is so perversely hopped like most of today's. lots of relative new craft beer drinkers except over the top hops, not only from IPA's but also seemingly from pales, which used to be safe haven from over hopping. you know, just throwing more hops in mix does NOT a better beer make!! this is a very well conceived and executed pale ale. do yourself a big favor and try one, and see if you stop at that!!

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Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Dirty amber, slight haze (unfiltered/bottle-conditioned), orange hues, large-bubbled carbonation action and a foamy white head that snaps down to a still beer.

Light in aroma. Musty grain, light floral, faint bready malts, and a touch of fruitiness in the nose.

Smooth and dullish on the palate – not very lively and a bit watery. Harsh and astringent grainy tannins upfront, minimal sweetness, touch of apple-skin fruitness. Flat, one-dimensional hop bitterness of a light citric orange-zest flash across the palate, some grassy notes, and then it’s gone. Mouthful of unpleasant tannins in the finish, yeasty, drying. Unforgiving in the linger.

A really poor and lackluster example of a Pale Ale. The grainy tannins become this horrible flaw that makes this beer nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Fiore757
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Three fingers of think big bubbled head hold strong with a solid retention, clear dirty golden color.

S- Fruity, nutty with a lingering citric note in the aroma. Shortbread like malt aroma as well.

A- Citric and nutty up front, wet pale malt palate. Medium bitterness from the hops with a quick punch of flavor. Bread grain and more nutty yeast in the finish.

M- Smooth and mildly crisp. Moderate body.

D- Tasty enough to put back more than one, this beer is what New England is all about ... good craft beer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Not much for smells, some hops and faint pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent brew, average beer. I would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale honey color with a low and foamy off-white head that settles quickly. Aroma of light sweet malt, some butter and marshmallow. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Flavor is not complex and has no depth. Consists mainly of corn followed by that burnt rubber aftertaste that reminds me of Bud.

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Photo of KirkFrancis
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of En29356
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of joeseppy
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Portsmouth. Golden honey pour and nice froth brim. Pleasant aroma of mild hop and fruit essence. Again I use the word pleasant for the taste. Classic biscuity malt and tropical fruit. Nice and creamy with ample effervescence. Overall this is very good. Paired this up with North Haven oysters. I find this sessionable and put down a few. Will never see this where I live. You will not go wrong trying this out.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tuckerman's- Pale Ale

On tap at Flatbread- Portsmouth, NH.

A- Golden orangw with a small weak head. No lacing.
S- Crusty bread and cracked grainy malt.
T- Light caramel malt with a light toasted fresh grain bread, touch of lemon.
M- Slightly light and watery with a dry grainy body and tail end.

Overall- A bit watery in on the nose and tastebuds. OK but not worth another pint.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a large three finger white head over a murky gold apricot color. Very nice to look at, especially because of the bottle conditioning. Smell is crisp but subtle with bits of citrus and floral. Taste comes through as light citrus and biscuit around a central maltiness. Light and refreshing on the palate, with a little dry bitterness during the finish. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and easy to drink.

A good beer and refreshing pale ale. Only thing is I''d like to not have to try so hard to smell this beer. The aroma lacks some desired complexity too. The beer does look great though. Overall, decent and probably especially nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DrewBest
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 6 pack.

Deep golden amber color, very bubbly and VERY active. thin 1/4" white head.

smells of light hops and yeasty, only slight citrus nose.

Taste has a nice balanced hop/wheaty effect. no bitter hops here, much more balanced than hop doiminated. Wheats and yeast is present.

Lively brew! active, smooth and DRY.

highly drinkable and pleasnatly suprised by this one.

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Photo of KenC
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy amber to orange color. White light, soft head with lacing to the end.

S-- Faint floral mostly citrus aroma. Noticed the smell of malt, too.

T-- A great balance of malt and very good hop bitterness.

M-- Smooth medium body. Feels good.

D-- Very drinkable. Perfect balance. A quality beer, made with TLC. I wish I could get in NJ.

I discovered this brew après ski at Loon Mtn. NH. I told the bartender the styles of beer I like and she poured me one (several) of these. I liked it so much; I brought some home in bottles. I wish I brought more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A basic pale style. Neutral arom. Modest head on light body. Malty and though some lemon, a bit acidic. Below average mouthfeel.Hoppy though not too hoppy. Carbonation among other characteristics does not seem right. Drinkable but it's like a homebrewed pale.

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Photo of genovm
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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