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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.

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Photo of jmerloni
1.65/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Ruby brown color, with a solid looking consistency, good size head that laces well.

S - Not much here. What is here smells like cheap malts and overcooked fruit.

T - Yikes. Not pleasant in the least. Almost tastes like ALL caramel malt. Kind of repulsive.

M - medicinal, overdone mouthfeel. Way thicker than it makes sense for this beer to be.

D - Honestly, this is a very confused beer. I'd like to know what the brewery's goals are. I can taste the pine in there, but it's suffocated under a layer of mucousy nothingness, followed by a hoppyness that is suffocated in the same heavy mucous so that it tastes tarry. They need to get the pineyness more up front and lighten the beer. You'd think they were making a 10% abv beer by the way they mouthfeeled this one. Maybe I'm missing something, maybe this beer is artsy, but I find it confusing, at best.

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Photo of Todd
2.02/5  rDev -42.5%
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 Thads324
2.09/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely dark gold. A bit of off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge. Smells of fresh toasted bread and the faintest citrus hop. Tastes very much the same. Very little bread and grainy flavor. Very little grassy, earthy hop with a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is super light and watery.

Not a bad beer but just very light and underwhelming. Much too watery and lacking in flavor.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
2.13/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Says it's dry-hopped and naturally conditioned. Freshness notch on Nov, no year.

Very pretty, fluffy white head that stays and stays, leaving at last thick curds of foam on the glass. Light orangey amber beer. Bit of sediment in the bottle.

But the smell. Oh dear. Something's gone off. Smells very musty and funky.

More funk in the taste. Medium body, strong carbonation.

Maybe it's just a bad bottle.

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Photo of gfreed
2.21/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like beer-- nice golden hue, fluffy white head. Smells a bit like beer-- a bit of tangy fruit and some hops. Tastes like beer-- no! Tastes more like fruit water with CO2. Very thin, has no body, very little taste. Very little of anything, in fact. No, thanks.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.27/5  rDev -35.3%
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 predikit
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clouded golden copper color, left a fizzy white head that dissipated immediately.

Smell is malty with a hint of fruit, but otherwise very nondescript.

The taste has some very prominent offnotes, which turn me off completely. Don't know if it is intended or a mistreated bottle, but it is like putting dirt in my mouth.

Light bodied, crisp, but not drinkable at all due to the weird off flavor in the beer.

May do a do-over at some point, but as it stands I wouldn't want to every go near the beer again.

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Photo of csbrew1
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what happen to this brew? It used to be a great pale ale, then fell off for some reason? To which I stopped buying it. I recently gave it another shot and blah. I almost went to the store to see if they'll refund my money. Haha! Mind you its a smooth drinking brew but other than that a below average pale ale. It always seems to tastes flat! Not much of a header before and after the pour. Overall I'd say thumbs down.

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Photo of atlanta
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head to speak of, no lacing after the first couple of sips, and a bit flat. At first I thought I was getting vanilla, and thats pretty much it. Then by half glass I became aware of a buttery-ness, and I realised I was tasting diacetyl. Disappointing.

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Photo of Risser09
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Expires this month July 2007

Appearance: Golden red-orange pour with moderate yellowish white head. Quickly dissipating leaves no lacing or many bubbles at all.

Smell: Grapefruit, hop oil, strawberry. Smells alive, maybe because of the bottle conditioning.

Taste: Funny, tastes more like it's been lagered. Slight hop flavor and perhaps some coniferous tones. This beer really falls flat in this area.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe but very little carbonation. Kind of annoyed that nothing is going on there.

Drinkability: Better than a BMC product, but skip over this one and go for something else. Tried it once, now move on.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Tawny in color with a lot of haze. bubbly white head sputters out after a shot time. Small, sticky patches of lacing.

S: Very bready and doughy. Mild, vague fruitiness. Light floral hopping. Nondescript.

T: Very bready, thin caramel flavor. Grainy. Hollow hop bitterness, not much in the way of hop flavor. Doughy and grainy finish.

M: Light in body, slight creaminess. Grain astringency is a little off-putting. Strong, crisp carbonation cuts through an already wanting body and makes it seem even less substantial.

O: At its best this is just a very mediocre brew. With all the competition out there, I wouldn't give it a second look.

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Photo of mainejohn
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 12 pak because it was on sale at Market Basket in Somersworth (OK..I don't buy beer in Maine, where I live because of the stupid bottle deposit law). I had never had it before, and when I got home, chilled it, I was disappointed and wished I hadn't bought a 12 pak. There is little of no head, and I was expecting a pale ale (as labeled), not an amber ale. The flavor is mediocre, and with all the other choices out there, I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of WasabiBrew
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from bottle purchased in a 6-pack this past summer. Expiration notched on bottle was November, so in theory it is still fresh (on 11/30/09) and tasted like it was. The fact that I still had a bottle kicking around from a 6-pack I bought in August is the most telling thing here. I was kind of dreading drinking these and managed to knock a couple off onto family, but it was finally time to make room in the fridge.

Not very pale for a pale ale. Tastes very blunt and strong. Taste doesn't seem like it would pair very well with anything as I was having trouble enjoying it when it was all alone.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a rusty amber color with hints of gold towards the bottom of the glass and fairly thick white foam on top. Decent retention.

S - the aroma is faint. citrus zest and white grapes are most prominent. Hints of caramel and toasty grains in the background.

T - sweet caramel and toast flavors up front. Sweet and bitter collide in the center with notes of citrus and earthy bitterness while white grape juice flavors add more sweet character. Finish is snappy, quick and dry.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Slightly watery texture. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O - alright pale ale. I like how crisp the finish is but the grape juice sweetness doesn't agree with me at all.

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Photo of cracker
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-brown orange hue with little to no lace. Smells of faint citrusy like hops. Somewhat of a cereal malty like smell with a strong alcoholic whiff (odd for an average ABV beer). Some sulfur notes come out as the beer warms. Taste is not too remarkable. Hops are not very noticeable. Seems a bit over-carbonated leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. Slightly buttery in taste. Overall very average. Maybe it would fit the bill as a decent session beer but not one with any strong unique characteristics.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Like the picture on the outside.

Like a cow, this has a big head.

Some spice notes but mostly cut grass in the nose. Like doing a line of grass clippings.

Lemony, thin tastes. Like a weak lemon square.

Ok beer. Wanted to try a micro east coast Pale ale. Kinda weak.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

During this past NYE, some friends and I picked up six packs of Tuckerman's Pale Ale. I took a sip of one and new something was just not right. As the weekend progressed, I found myself grabbing anything but this beer in the refrigerator. Nevertheless, I brought one home to review with some more insight. With fresh pint glass in hand, I was ready to give this another shot...

Nice looking bottle label with a cool pic. Freshness date notched for February on the side of the label. Served in an imperial pint glass.

The carbonation of this beer seems off. I understand its "naturally carbonated in the bottle." Something seems wrong with the conditioning of this beer.

Is this a fluke or is this beer really this overly-carbonated? Both times I opened this beer it began to spill like mad. When in the glass, it creates an overly fluffed and bleach-white unattractive head. Even with the most passive pour the head is just not happening. Minimal lacings on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is not bad. Slightly floral and citrusy. Nice whiffs of hops, but chalky and musty too.

Seltzer water-pressure carbonation mouthfeel. Grainy, sweet and watered down flavors. Slight orange zest.

I was hoping for more. I was glad to support the most local brewery in North Conway last week, but this beer just did not live up to its potential.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Sept we good to GO!

A hazy dull looking orange amber here, kind of lifeless. An off white three finger maybe four of large size but very soapy looking, is made and then falls very quickly, leaving a watery collar. No lacing apparent while drinking.

Taste is lacking. Weak and thin, cotton dry mouth a little and hop medicinal bitterness. Texture is wet and watery also, with a lifeless powdery malt base. It's very wet and lifeless.

Hmm not so great here for a pale ale, won't be having this again.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An attactive pear juice colored brew with a soft light beige head about a finger tall. Not bad so far.

S: Floral, little bit soapy with honey and chamomile.

T: Begins lightly citrusy and floral but really not a lot going on. Slight caramel backbone but not strong enough. Finishes very dirty. Aftertaste is a bit of grapefruit rind, pine and more soap.

M: Light to medium body with a nice carbonation.

D: Meh. Just another boring APA. Next

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Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
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 BeerKangaroo
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brownish red colored body, the head is about one finger and lumpy, dies within a couple seconds. Ringy lacing follows the beer down

S: mostly sweet, some fruity sugary substances

T: similar to the smell

M: medium, sessionable, bland aftertaste and finish

O: good but nothing spectacular. I don't necessarily need this again, but maybe it would be better on tap somewhere.

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Photo of jnezda
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Prior to climbing Mt. Washington this weekend I wanted to enjoy a couple local beers to load up on carbohydrates for the hike. Stayed in Gorham NH and found a place serving beer named after the trail I was climbing, perfect. Tried Tuckerman's on draft. Dark in the bar so didn't get a great read on color but seemed golden to light amber. 1 finger course, white head that faded quickly with little lacing. Beer had some fruit hints to the smell and was pleasant and light so complimentary to the crisp night air before the night before Labor Day. The taste was slightly malty with little hop characteristics. Some fruit did come out, perhaps a hint of apricot, plum and pear. The overall taste was not remarkable but the session qualities of this local beer were enjoyable.

Wish I had the opportunity to try some of the other Tuckerman's beers and will seek them out the next time I am in New Hampshire.

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Photo of CliffBrake
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange color with good clarity. Modest head and lacing.

The nose is very subdued. There is a bit of fruity esters, maybe banana. No discernable hops in the aroma.

Flavor is also light, with a bit of sweetness, a touch of sour and just a bit of subdued, but slightly harsh bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin and slightly abrasive. Drinkable enough to lubricate dinner, but not memorable at all.

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Photo of Truh
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carved some turns on some black diamonds with this one on 6/19/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

No carbonation to speak of in the least; I counted thirty-nine bubbles jousting around the circumference of the pint glass. Throttled gold/yellow hue with a chambering haze. Washed out hoppiness to taste, with a rice-like underpinning that I just couldn’t shake. The pour was jumpy at the edges, with little bulk in the middle, and thus in the end left somewhat of a hollow mouthfeel. In the end, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a result of its desultory profile and somewhat off taste.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very mellow beer. Pours a hazy amber color with a white head. Nice lacing. Has a hop and yeast aroma to it, nothing special. Has a slight taste of hops and citrus to it. Not bitter at all.

To watery. Tastes like a commercial beer. You could put down a six pack of these babies like nothing. Tastes like a light beer not a pale ale.

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