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Tuckerman's Pale Ale | Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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80
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146 Reviews
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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
390
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
25.93%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tuckerman's Pale ale pours a slightly hazy orange-amber body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head holds well and leaves an initial ring of spotty and splotchy lace about the glass.

The nose is delicately citrusy (mainly lemon & grapefruit) over a soft, gently sweet and biscuity malt.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a delicate zest from its natural, bottle-conditioned carbonation.

The flavor is initially citrusy, followed by a bit of gently caramelish and biscuity malt that becomes a bit more nutty as it warms across the palate. A moderate bitterness balances it, and really only shows in the finish along with some lingering yeastiness and a bit of grassy and citrusy hop.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/16/09 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. A decent hops bitterness comes in next and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better APA's out there but this is still a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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 smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lace and a mild head; slight haze in the liquor; traditional amber color.

It is difficult to discern the aroma, thus the mediocre rating...no flaws, though, were present.

Very nice hop bite that is balanced by a light malt. The body is good for the style. A pleasant offering for an American pale ale.

I found this to be a very good thirst quencher. It was also flavorful unlike most whistle-wetters.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June (had two days later):

Pours slightly hazed (bottle-conditioned) golden amber with a one-finger white frothy head that slowly descends to a lasting creamy cover.

The smell is of mild spiciness, citric fruitiness and caramelish graininess.

The taste is of soft earthiness, citrus and a touch of pine. Grainy and spicy tones balance out the bitterness. It says that it uses English and Belgian malts and four different domestic hops. They blend nicely and evenly over the palate. Finishes with a bitter/spicy dryness.

Medium to full bodied, it has a nice carbonation level. Flavors linger.

A solid pale ale - nicely balanced and flavorful. It has characteristics that make it fairly unique. A damn fine drink and easy enough to session!

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to New England!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, rustic orange appearance, perfunctory, creamy head.
Malt in the aroma, followed by lightly sour fruit. I'm smelling yeast, too, and I'm pretty sure this stuff never got near a filter. I like that.
Smooth and easy on the tongue, yeast is tasted, and some citric fruit. Body is a light medium, and the finish rolls off rather dryly. Very easy drinking, flavor getting juicier further in...quite a zesty, tasty quaffer.

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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a yellowish-copper coloring that is slightly hazy, with a muddled appearance to it. Thin, filmy, white surface coating all over the top of this beer. The beer's aroma is mild and fresh hops, which are light and effervescent. Pepper and citrus are present, as well. The flavors are heavily dosed with hops throughout on a biscuity backbone, and highlights with citrus and pepper again. The beer stays light and crisp in mouth, with an effervescence throughout. The aftertaste is a slightly sweet citrus taste, with some of the hops spicing. Puckering dry finish that cleans the palate of the beer and anything else you may have tasted that day. Decent brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and bisquit/aromatic malt scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a bitter hop flavor laid over a solid malt bill of mostly pale malts. It's quite bitter up front with a fruity yeast/hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I'm not so sure I like the bottle conditioning in this one. I would like to try a purely force carbonated version. This is an above average APA, but certainly nothing special. I'm glad I tried it though.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a one finger white pillowy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was immediately upfront hoppy. Several different hop aromas were present - flowery, oily and citrusy.

The taste was very hoppy and peppery as well, but tempered by a strong biscuity malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was full and dry. Good light carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable APA. Would try this one again if available.

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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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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 VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours darker than expected. Deep amber color. Head is more of a patchy film than a consistent layer. Lacing is minimal.

S-Mellow aroma. Light citrus. Malt is a bit of caramel and a bit of bread. Bland but has decent components.

T-Quite like the nose. Initial sip was very forgettable. Every sip since the first is a bit better. Citrusy, caramel sweetness, bready and pale malt. Forgettable but not without some decent flavors.

M-Lighter body. Powerful carbonation. Aftertaste lasts for a while.

O/D-Glad I had a single. No bad news in this headline, just pretty boring. I do understand why this is a local brew that leads people to try more craft offerings.

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Photo of DrJay
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber, slight haze, with a moderately dense cap of beige bubbles. Decent head retention, a bit of stickage. Light citrusy aroma with some biscuity malt, a little floral. Bitterness was soft around the edges, but still solid. More citrus, lemon and orange, mild maltiness. The texture was a little coarse, lightish body with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. Decent balance and easy drinking, but a little lacking in mouthfeel.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear, medium gold color with a one fingered creamy white head. Minimal carbonation.

S - Not very aromatic at all. Faint crackery malt, light floral character, and some caramel malt.

T - Not much going on, should be more. One dimensional, light bodied, very crisp, crackery and delicate caramel malt with a somewhat watery finish. Leaves a lightly crisp malt coating in the mouth with a little bit of floral pine hopping.

M - Light bodied and thin.

D - Meh. Best for quaffing in 90+ degree weather.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color on the pour with a generous off white head, bubbly in texture and the lace a nice and clinging curtain upon the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and fresh, start sweet, nicely malted and the top light to medium in feel. The carbonation is pertinent and the hops pleasing in their bite, a nice drinkable middle to the pack pale ale in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light amber color brew with a two-finger bubbly white head and pretty fair lace. The aroma strikes me first of a bit of raspberry and wheat, crisp. The taste is a mild malt with some black pepper and lemon at the front. It has a somewhat creamy feel with a mild hop aftertaste. Quite drinkable. Not highly distinctive but a pleasant choice with some subtle complexity.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours light orange-brown, somewhat opaque, thin bubbly head.

S: A little earthy hop character, pale malt, caramel.

T: Hop character is quite light, pale malt is earthy, but more in a sense of dirt than pleasant wood/etc. Alcohol is surprisingly noticeable, slightly metallic finish and a little sulphur. Not much good flavor here.

M: Medium soda like carbonation, light body, watery, almost nonexistent finish.

D: Didn't really want to drink this, good hop/malt characters were very bland and little sweetness. The unpleasant flavors also didn't make it enjoyable. I'll continue skipping this.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Flatbread company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Mild amber color with some white foam. Somewhat opaque, good color. Malty smell, some grassy notes, some citrus. Taste is standard pale ale - hop very balanced, holds throughout but not powerful. Good carbonation.

Good pale ale, not remarkable, but tasty.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft. No head forms at all. Hazy amber in color with orange tones. The lightest of lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smells like apple cider. Fruity

Interesting in that it tastes a touch like apple cider as well. I don't mean an off flavor and I don't mean that negatively. Mild, but present bitterness, light bread notes. Lots of fruity esters.

Light pin point carbonation, a touch dry,

Drinkable? - yes. Must I have more? Not really. Its an ok APA.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Nashua Garden; $2.50 for a pint! Attractive golden color, with a touch of haze to it. But a very minimal head and lacing. Had a citrus-like nose, though not overly strong. Mouthfeel was up to snuff: good body and fairly smooth. Started with a touch of malt sweetness kicking around, then a cascade-like grapefruit hop flavor takes over. Very easy drinking!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden yellow with big frothy white head with bubbly lacing. Smells of light hops, malt, and yeast. Tastes similar to smell - pale malts and light hops - light and simple. Medium body with light natural bottle-conditioned carbonation. Smooth, refreshing, easy drinking.

An average pale ale with the bonus of bottle conditioning for personality.

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