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Tuckerman's Pale AleTuckerman's Pale Ale

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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" flaxen head which dissipated medium fast. Hazy copper apricot body. Smells of rich malt. However the taste is much weaker, more like a crisp lager with a little bitter hops in the finish. About 1/4" of yeasty sediment is in the bottom. This is a fully acceptable beer and I enjoyed it but in the end it's just a little above average for a B-.

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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 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 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 scottbrew4u
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy light amber color that does not put off a bright glow like other pale ales. A thick white head stands up tall then comes nicely back to a thin layer on top.

S: Husky grains and toasted malt with a biscuit like freshness to the malt. Hops have have a more subdued herbal and spicy touch that should be increased to bring this one to balance in the aroma.

T: Clean toasted malt and fresh bread leave a semi-sweet note on the tongue and the hops provide some balancing bitterness but lacking in flavor. Some herbal notes and peppery spice from the hops feels a bit weak.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium body and a slightly dry finish.

D: This beer lacks some aroma and flavor style but overall it is drinkable. It comes off clean and balanced just left me wanting some more depth.

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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 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 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 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 fitzy84
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Redbones on tap. The beer had a good head with a typical amber like color. Aromas were pretty strong but in a good way. Spicy hop flavors could be sensed with a slight smell over the head. The scent flavors carried over to the taste of the beer. Somewhat bitter-ish but with a solid flavor of hops and malts. The drink felt a little thin in its body, for me at least. Overall, not too bad. It went well with the food.

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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 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 mlazzaro
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-a pours a hazy orange color. slightly off white head. meek head retention although decently carbonated. it looks pretty good, just could better clarity and head.

s- odors of sweet malts and yeast. a light citrus note from aroma hops. mild smell strength perhaps from low head retention.

t-malt dominant flavor. almost a smoky quality, like peated malt or something. also a nice finish with sweet crystal malt and suiting bitterness. Tastes like an English yeast at the end, although it is classified as an A.P.A.(perhaps because of location and not yeast variety).

This beer is oak barrel aged, so that very well may be the source of the wood/smoked flavors I was mentioning. It adds a unique and appealing character to the beer. Usually oak aged beers are more extreme and less drinkable than this one.

m+d- good balance. moderately full mouthfeel. I could sip on this for a while.

great example of an oaked beer.

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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 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 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 skullsplitter
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft up in North Conway. I figured it was one of the local brews so I would give it a go.

A - Golden in color. Compared to some of the pale ales I have had recently it seemed a little lighter than what I am used to. It looked refreshing enough, but nothing to get excited over. The head was virtually nonexistent which surprised me a little because I had it on draft. Lacing was very minimal and dissipated quickly.

S - Didn't really smell anything with this guy. Which is surprising. I had just driven three hours up to North Conway from Boston. I was pretty hungry so my sense of smell would have been pretty decent.

T - The taste was ok. Not much really here. There was a mild hop flavor but nothing really stood out.

M - Pretty decent body.

D - It's an easy beer to drink. But I don't really see myself ordering it again on draft. Perhaps it was a bad keg. Maybe next time I will try the bottle and see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only got a 3/4 inch head despite an aggressive pour. Still, good clarity, perfect bronze color.

Toffee in the smell, and some faint hoppiness, but just barely.

Toffee in the taste as well, and what I'm guessing is Ringwood yeast? Maybe not. It's a little sweet with rich maltiness and bitterness in the finish, but not much. This is definitely a British pale, despite what we're calling it here.

Low carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel. Light body makes it easy to drink. This is a pretty good pale ale that I'll be buying again.

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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 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 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 Boppar
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ellacoya Barn and Grill.

A: Copper, bubbly, one inch of off-white head fading to lacing. Looks like an APA.

S: Disappointing. The familiar scents of hops from the Pacific northwest and sweet malts are overpowered by the distinct aroma of armpit.

T: For an APA, this is fairly heavy on malt and light on hops. Let's put it this way: my girlfriend tends to shy away from hops, and she likes this beer. For an APA, that tells you something. That being said, it is by no means unpleasant tasting. It opens with malts, honey, and distinct (although not over-the-top) Cascade hops.

M: The moutfeel is light, briskly carbonated, and smooth.

D: While this may not be the best style example ever, I actually enjoy this beer, and could certainly put a few back.

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Photo of DurtyUI
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She's a golden smokey coloured ale with a high head that melts into smooth lemony lips and laced covered legs. Individually bottled yeast makes each beer uber refreshing, like right out of the tap! Kudo's for Tuckermans for thinking outside the bottle!

I received this perfectly balanced ale as part of a holiday brew swap and was happy to report back on her drinkability!

A quick initial bite of hops fades as deeper flavours emerge to create a Belgium beer style experience. To say it's citrusy is light in my opinion, more of a lemony scent that intoxicates the drinker into delving deeper into the Pilsner prison of one's own glass. The experience was over far too quickly and left me wanton of more crisp heavenly flavours!

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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 donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty gold color with good lace and retention. Aroma is of airy grass/citrus hops with shortbread malt.

Taste is of similiar citrus hops with a grainy hop oil throughout. I don't know if it's the bottle conditioning or the "finest Belgian malts" Tuckerman's uses, but the malt definately has an exotic Belgian twang to it. Carbonated swallow is a tad sharp.

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Tuckerman's Pale Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
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