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.

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Photo of LJSchoppert
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, it's hazy honey with a rich head (the bottle-conditioning works)
The smell is sweet and a little yeasty
There's not a lot of hop anywhere to be found really
Goes down creamy, this carbonation is really on point
Overall I'm a little disappointed with this one. The krausening is a very cool trick but it's wasted on a beer that doesn't really have any other character

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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 bwood06
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was the one beer that I drank the entire weekend that my wife and I were in New Hampshire for the Ironman 70.3 Timberman race. I had not drank prior to the race in order to be as hydrated as possible, and I had not drank after the race simply because I was trying to recover all the water that I lost during the race. The end result was that I didn't get a chance to sample a New Hampshire beer until the day after the race. This beer is a bright, golden amber color that is clear with light carbonation visible. The head is white in color, frothy, and dissipates quite slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. 4/5 The aroma is a mixture of malty sweet and hoppy sweet. There is a definite sweet caramelized sugar and bready sweetness that comes through but the focus is more on the fruity hop sweetness that is characterized by grapefruit, tangerine, and white wine grapes. There is a bit of tart lemon that comes through as well. 4/5 Caramel and fresh white bread come out right away on the tongue with a sweetness that lasts for quite some time. Once these notes dissipate, lemon fruit and tangerine come out and provide their own sweetness with just a hint of bitterness. There is an interesting Welch's white grape juice sweetness that comes through right before the lemon and tangerine comes back and provides a stronger bitterness than before. The bitterness does not linger on the palate for long. 3.75/5 This pale ale is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and is quite coating with a slight viscous profile. There is very little drying and no lingering dryness. 4/5 This is quite an enjoyable beer and quite different than most APAs than I have had. The bitterness is quite subdued compared to "normal" APAs and is much sweeter than "normal." Sessionable, easy to drink, and only enough complication to be interesting but approachable. 3.75/5

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Portsmouth Holiday Inn, amazingly enough. Draft was golden amber with a moderate head. Moderate hoppiness and malt in the nose. The mouth enjoys the lightly hoppy malt flavor. Enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 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 ManapuaMan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BoldRulerVT
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 JordonHoltzman
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange yellow with a white two finger thick head that dissipates to about a pinky thick. The yeast at bottom of the bottle did not come out along with the beer, Keeping the beer bright and clear.
Pretty well balance aroma of lightly toasted malts and pine from the hops.
Taste doesn't impersonate the smell as much as I'd like it to be. The beer has that crisp mouthfeel and the taste that I associate with a mild pilsner. Nothing wrong with that, as it's a very drinkable beer. However I wouldn't give it a nod as a good pale ale.

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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 metter98
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with hints of biscuit malts.
T: The taste has fresh flavors of fruity yeast and floral hops along with hints of biscuit malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful and complex for being a pale ale and having a low alcohol content. This beer is very sessionable and I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden, caramel straw color…fairly transparent, I can see tons bubbles, this is a very lively brew…head is just off white and settles to a nice thin layer…(3.75/5)

Smell: An earthy yeast and citrus hops up front…I’m getting some orange, lemon and grassiness bitterness…it’s got a noticeable yeast which isn’t surprising seeing how carbonated it poured out of the bottle…tons of earthy tones, a very mute sorta smelling brew...there’s also the expected “pale” malt smell…moderate aroma here though…(3/5)

Taste: Grassy and yeasty right off the bat…it’s got a grassy bitterness that comes and lingers throughout…it’s not overly diverse in flavor, a fairly straightforward pale ale with a European influence…there isn’t any real sign of citrus that I picked up in the nose…earthy, pale and grassy basically sum this one up…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light with tons of carbonation…this brew fluffs up bringing a cloud of grassy, earthy bitterness to the palate…very light, refreshing and crisp…grassy bitterness lingers well into the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is an interesting brew…it’s got good flavor, but it lacks in depth for me…the pale malts are accentuated by really any other flavor than yeast…with that said, the flavor is very drinkable and has a light, refreshing quality that suggests I could drink several of these during a nice summer’s day and remain competent…if you like brews that are easy going, or if you are attending a summer outdoor engagement, then this beer may be a good choice for you…it’s a nice pale ale, it just needs a bit more…(3/5)

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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 MAUEX_MFA
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, refreshing with a nice hoppiness and clean malt taste. Well balanced, without much aftertaste. This is not a strong, flavorful brew, but would make an excellent session beer. This is a good one to take camping, or to throw in the cooler for a backyard barbecue.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Barrington Brewery pint glass.

A: Hazy, relatively clean golden color with a two-finger head of frothy, off-white foam that holds droplets of yeast and sediment. Lacing is faint and carbonation seems weak through the chilled haze.

S: Slightly fruity bust mostly veggie grains with a touch of spicy hops and toasted malt.

T: Sticky sweet and smooth up front before drying quickly with a honey-like flavor. A flash of citrus fruit hits the palate before ushering in more veggie and apricot flavors. This combo is sorta gross, and the weak hops do little in the way of balancing or enhancing the taste.

M: Medium bodied ale and a little sticky and slick up front. The bottle conditioning leaves the brew without enough carbonation to lift flavors.

O: Although not the worst APA I've had, it's more forgettable than anything else. This 5.5% ABV wacky, vegetative American pale is not something I'm looking to revisit.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by June. Pours a murky reddish orange with a one inch white head, leaves some spotty lacing. Smell is carmel, biscuit, some tangerine, and grass. Taste is very balanced, with grass and tangerine leading the way. Body is on the thin side, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking. This a average pale ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge bubbly off white head that slowly recedes and leaves a moderate amount of lace. Smells of earthy and floral hops, biscuity almost pilsner like malt aroma, with hints of citrus. Taste follow the nose fairly well, biscuity almost honey sweet malt with earthy citrus and floral hops to counter. Medium thin body with a bready sweet watery mouthfeel and a moderate to high level of carbonation. This is a really nice pale ale for 1998, but kind of pedestrian by today's standards. Well made, nothing objectionable, but nothing really exciting here either. Kudos for bottle conditioning though!

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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 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 beerbiatchMD
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In tap into a pint glass at Flatbread Co. in Portland, ME.

Dark brownish red in color--actually thought they served me the wrong beer as I was expecting a pale ale. Half finger off white head is present.

Smells mostly sweet with raisiny pruney overtones. More like a dark beer than a pale. Don't really get any hops as mentioned in other reviews.

Tastes similar to the nose. Raisiny and brown sugar malts. Not really any hops or bitterness on my palate.

Food carbonation, smooth, no real complaints on mouthfeel.

Overall good but not great. Tastes like an average English-style ale that seems to be so common here in the northeast. Don't strongly recommend but worth trying.

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