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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Photo of Greatheil
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't understand the low rating. This is one of the most delicious pale ales I've ever had. Perfectly balanced. Like a fine white bread with your dinner. Exactly what a pale ale should be.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.77/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a burnished gold, almost amber, a thick antique white froth forming with a vigorous pour. The head settles into a thick film, with bunches of large bubbles forming islands.
The aroma is awesomely balanced, equally toasty malt and floral hops. The malt is pleasant and clean, with a slight grassy and pear esteriness. The hops are slightly citric, with a decent amount of grapefruit rind. A touch of orange as it warms, with the malt gaining some ground to stabilize the sharp hopping.
The flavor starts out with a solid toasty maltiness, a touch of caramel sweetness coming through with warmth. Very mild lemon, orange, pear and freshly mown grass esters add complexity. The fruitiness moves into the finish, meeting an adequate floral/citric hopping. Plenty of hops, adding a mild grapefruity bitterness, with soft floral hop flavor. A touch of cookie-like yeast in the finish, adding just enough sweetness to counter the hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste showcases equal amounts of sweet estery fruit and floral hop flavor. A modest medium body is supported by just enough small bubbled, natural carbonation to keep things brisk. A crisp, easy drinking mouthfeel well suited for any season.
This is an amazing session beer, on a similar level with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The kind of stuff you can pull back all day long. The balance is just amazing. Definitely one of the hidden gems of the craft beer world, let alone New England. I can't wait for these folks to come out with something else. If it's half as good as the pale ale, it's sure to be damn fine.

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Photo of KenC
4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
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 MattBrooks
4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle conditioned American Pale Ale from a small family brewery tucked into a corner of Conway, NH has a supremely light body and easy going mouthfeel. Light and airy hops dance on the tongue and a slight caramel taste rounds out the finish. A perfect brew for any season!

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Photo of dlacombe
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 waughbrew
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color is sort of a boring hazy peach, but the head is great. big citrusy hops at forefront of aroma with bready malt and yeast coming in second and third. Taste and feel are both very smooth and enjoyable. A polished brew for sure. I dare say that this is my favorite pale ale yet.

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Photo of beernut7
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This APA is a great representation of the style. A great hoppy aroma is the first step to wonderful journey of flavor. Medium refreshing body goes down easy with a smooth lingering bitterness. This is one of the smoothest spicy APAs around and if you can find it, pick some up and love it.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
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 berliner07
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for years now, and I still like coming back to it. Not a challenging beer, but flavorful and enjoyable every time. A great session Pale Ale. You can notice some differences over the years, but still solid. Highly available as well.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty interesting beer, given to me by a local as a gift while vacationing in New Hampshire. Apparently Tuckerman is a mountain up that way that has a pretty intense vertical to try and ski down. No ski patrol, ski at your own risk.
This one poured mostly clear with a touch of haze and average carbonation, nice light copper color.
Nice rush of floral hops in the nose and some sweet maltiness.
Initially I was a little put off with what tastes almost like coriander and rosemary but within a few sips it is very easy to settle into it and before I knew it I was really diggin’ it.
The body is full and creamy.
I can drink a bunch of this. It isn’t boring or over the top… it’s compelling and intriguing.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Martignetti's.

Appearance = Decent looking light golden amber. Clear with a lot of bubbles arising. Not a huge head but a good thin layer of creamy white foam that stayed for awhile.

Smell = Flavorful scent that you'd find in a typical, good APA. Hops outweight the malt as you'd expect. It's very well balanced though and strong enough to impress me.

Taste = This is a stable, tasty, solid APA. Nothing amazingly unique but a darn good example of how this style should taste. I particularly enjoy the bready, malty aftertaste as it adds a great balance to the initial hop dominated flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and could use some more carbonation which is my only real complaint. Highly drinkable, this is a great APA from a cool, tiny little brewery.

Overall = Thumbs up from me. This would make a great all around, everyday beer. I picked this out because I like supporting tiny breweries and I'm glad their product delivered such quality. I will definitely buy again .

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Photo of Flashy
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark for a pale ale, which is probably the least desirable craft beer I can think of. Love the label.

Smell: Hop, earth, malt.

Taste: Strong taste/ hops for a pale ale. Could drink this stuff until the end of days.

Overall: Would like to try Tuckerman Alt, would love to try this on tap. Not what I usually like, which makes this beer even more impressive.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
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 mshallah
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a cool label. It's a b/w photograph of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt. Washington in the wintertime with early extreme skiers climbing up the bowl shaped ravine and skiing down. Oct. expiration date. Hazy amber with a foamy head that deflates to a small ring. Not a sticky or clingy lace, but bubbles that linger on the walls of the glass. Aroma of toasty malt and ale yeast fruitiness. Not much in aroma hops, but some alcohol after a swirl of the glass. Taste is toasty, bready malt with enough bittering hops to rid this beer of any sweetness. A separate tangy flavor can be detected towards the front of the tongue, as well as some alcohol warmth underneath. A sparkling ale with a quick finish. Wonderful to quaff. On tap at many restaurants, bars and taverns in New Hampshire and is great with food. Yet another great NH beer that makes it easy to drink local and support home-state breweries.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - cellar temps, Sam Adams glass
A - light citrus hop aroma.
A - two to three fingers of head that goes down to a nice quarter-inch persistent head.. Slightly hazy, light orange color.
M - low carbonation, full mouthfeel. Creamy mouthfeel.
T - Wonderful malty flavor balances with light citrus flavor.
D - Reminds me of a helles, I could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Blue Mermaid.

This pale ale poured a hazy, orange amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was a very nice floral aroma, nice and flowery, with some malt, too. The taste was very floral with a good shot of maltiness. There was also a bit of bready flavor, and some hop bitterness came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste was floral and hoppy. A very nice and enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is a golden amber brown, moderate head. Light lacing on the glass.

Light hoppy aroma, some citrus in there as well.

Taste is just awesome. Perfect balance of hops and malt. The mild hoppy grapefruit flavor tends to dominate, but then some mild roasted malt flavors come through. Mild hops bitterness throughout.

Great mouthfeel, not too heavy. Perfectly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, and a great session beer. It is perhaps my favorite APA. It borders on the IPA line with the hops flavors.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above a slightly cloudy dark golden/light amber brew. Head was dense and long-lasting, with foamy lacing here and there. Aroma is of pale malts and citrusy hops. Taste resembles the nose, with pale malt and a crisp hop bite with a slight lemon tinge sharing time. Mouthfeel is good, goes down well, and drinkability is even better. Nice one.

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Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper-amber, topped with a one finger off white head, gets slightly hazy if you pour in the yeast.
Pale and caramel malts, floral and earthy notes. A lot of caramel and citrus to the aroma.
Nice fruity and caramel full taste. A herb note, nice mild bitterness. Finishes with some toffee.
Medium bodied and mellow, a nice session beer, I look forward to this brewery bringing out some more styles.

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Photo of akahn
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rosy amber-brown color with a lasting but short off-white bubbly head. Decent lace left here and there. Hazy, with some floaties.

Fresh hoppy aroma, a little bit like spruce sap and a little spicy. Oddly, I detect the aroma of a tomale, but of course, there's no corn in this beer, so I don't know what's going on.

Understated but flavorful. This beer is in the opposite spectrum of the style from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, because rather than very bright in flavor, this beer is rather earthy. It is also sweet in a tropical, candied way. Hops play an accenting role, balancing things with a slight prickle, not very bitter.

Incredibly soft and creamy feel on the palate. Medium body. Deliciously drinkable. I can't believe I passed this one up for so long.

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Photo of ajhod
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid pale ale from a great SMALL brewery.

This tasting is poured from a 12oz bottle, but I have had it ample times on draft in the Washington Valley. Good from bottle...but seek it out on draft if you can. The Wildcat Inn in Jackson pours a lot of this...plus it's available at most of the ski areas in the Valley.

Appearance is that of a regular pale ale. pale copper colour, a bit cloudy from the bottle conditioning (I swilled the yeast in-I love that). If poured more carefully, it is crystal clear.

Smell is of floral hops, light but fresh and present.

Taste is fresh and malty, pleasant but not super aggressively hopped. Hops have a floral characteristic.

Mouthfeel is rich and tasty. A bit sweet and floral, balanced by hops. Light, natural carbonation.

Highly drinkable. A good session ale, good with food, good by itself.

Poured from the bottle it seems to be slightly less hopped than I have had it. Both my wife and I had this beer on draft and the hops burst through much stronger. Excellent either way.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i've seen this beer in my supermarket for a while but finally got around to trying it. i dig the idea of a small family brewery not far from where i live.
pours a dark cloudy amerber with some orange hues. not much lacing but a decent cream colored head.
smells very inviting. definitly makes my interest pick up. slight fruit overtones with some definite yeast.
the taste is very smooth. slightly juicy near the end it leaves as quickly as it came. it really kind of just vanishes. not bad by any means. actually quite nice. the flavors don't linger, but they are very pleasing. i could definitly see drinking a bunch of these on a warm day, actually i guess on any day. i look forward to trying some more of their brews and maybe making a visit to the brewery this spring.

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium to light amber with nice hazy particles in the end, fram yeastleft to actually bottle condition this stuff. Aroma is nicely malty with a bit of spice. The palate s very mild light bitterness, malty and cinnamon spicy that hints at a Belgian style. The effect is light and quite drinkable.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year round beer, I like it both summer and winter, although I drink it primarily when I go skiing. Great color, and kinda foggy, it has a great blend of hops. It goes down smooth, like skiing a fresh groomed double diamond. I wish Tuckerman would bottle something else!

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of Dec 2010. Sampled on Aug. 24, 2010. It pours a cloudy bottle-conditioned copper with a foamy, puffy, beige head that sticks around for the entire time. The aroma is mild throughout with a comforting balance of caramel malts, light hops, and maybe a dash of citrus. The body is medium and rather slick like honey. A very nice fresh, crisp taste highlights the experience with a fine balance of malts, hops, and bitterness. This is a pleasant pale ale that I could drink regularly.

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