Tuckerman's Pale Ale | Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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80
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416 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
416
Reviews:
150
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 150
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 SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbibehour
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 mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of redfox405
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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