Cooperstown Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: morrowd3 on 05-22-2014

Baseball and beer. Few things are more ingrained in America's psyche than baseball and beer. The histories of both are laden with traditions and transcendence. Rascals and radicals. Celebration and shared experience. Treasured summertime moments with sun on our faces and a beer in our hands. The timeless game defines our past and guides our future.

Lightly golden-straw hue with a lasting thick, white head. Aromas of sweet malt, floral with slight citrus are followed by delicate herbal notes. Faintly sweet giving way to mellow, lightly floral hop flavor and notes of banana and pears from our signature house yeast. Nicely balanced with a clean herbal-hopped finish makes this an enjoyably, quaffable ale.
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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden and hazy, with a surprisingly low white foam head. Beer likely isn’t it’s freshest. Aroma: Pear and spicy clove phenols. No real notice of malt on the nose. Taste: Light malt sweetness and very fruity (banana, apple, pear). Gives way to a spicy hop bitterness, slightly stronger than expected. Mouthfeel: Lightto moderate body with high carbonation. Finish: Dry with a sharp spicy hop bitterness. Fruity esters linger a bit Overall: Good Belgian Blonde. Belgian yeast character dominates with a little higher bitterness than typical. Bottle sampled wasn’t at optimal freshness. (602 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Nice golden yellow color with thick white head and lacing. The smell is primarily citrus and spice. Very dry, yeasty flavor with lemon, pepper, and distinct hops. Finishes with more hoppy bitterness than I would have anticipated. Nice, crisp mouth feel with lots of carbonation. With a low ABV of 5.5, this is a good beer for watching a sporting event. I'm a big Ommegang fan but this is not one of my favorites. For a nice summer day, I'd prefer Fleur de Houblon or Hennepin, which are more flavorful. (530 characters)

Photo of dgmirelli
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i am drinking my second 4 of this style this evening and finally looking it up on BA only to see this maybe my last 4......all the while thinking this could be the summer sesssion beer for 2015. what a disappointment to see it's short shelf life. look is unfiltered GOLD deep in nature with the head following the glass down the neck. Smell is clean and fresh, taste is deep and sudden with its complexity upfront with a respectful length. feel is clean and fresh as it smells. Overall i enjoy it and would definitely like Ommegang to reconsider, bring the style back. (572 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready and wheat malt, wheat and some floral hops and pears. Body is medium and creamy. Herbal hops, funky yeast, wheat malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew. (318 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden color (not yellow) with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, along with lots of honey and citrus aromas, such as lemon and lemon-zest as well as some hints of floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Nice. Lots of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed by honey-like sweetness, a touch of black peppers, some lemon and lemon-zest, all finished with some slightly bitter, floral, grassy, piney, hops. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. A very nice, spot-on representation of a Belgian blonde-style beer. While it’s not one of my favorite Ommegang beers, I like it and I’d certainly drink it again. Highly recommended for fans of Belgian blonde-style ales. (1,081 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours blond with a big thick off white head. Nice lacing left on sides. Aroma is doughy, lemon, clove, banana, pepper. Flavor follows suit with a suprisingly moderate grassy bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, if all blond ales were as good as this one I would be a fan of this style. A really nice sessionable beer here that definitely pairs well with some baseball. (400 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is lemon, lavender and grain.
The taste is bright grapefruit and lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Nice overall. (189 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,565 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Banana, phenol, estery

Taste: Light banana, light malts, a mild sweetness that prevents this from being too dry. Distinct Belgian yeast

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A good brew, but doesn't stand out from the pack. Not really worth Ommegang prices (350 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque pale gold producing 2+ fingers of foamy, glowing white, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice webby lacing from the surface collar to the rim of the glass. Aroma is sweet with notes of biscuit & cracker malt, Belgian yeast, lightly fruity with hints of lemon & dry grass. Taste is not as delicate as most blonde ales with notes of biscuit, honey, fruit, pepper, floral & light citrus hops. Ommegang's Belgian yeast adds a different dimension to this blonde ale. Lots of soda cracker dryness. The sweetness promised by the nose is not as evident in the mouth. Starts with some sweetness then rapidly cascades into a bitter, dry finish. Aftertaste is dry & lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, creamy, lightly oily, slightly chewy, prickly & dry in the latter half of the sip. (837 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy and yet bold golden in appearance. Three quarter inch tightly knit off white head is present. Brussels lacing. Sourdough bread aroma is predominant. The sourdough bread element is also very pronounced in the front of the palate and the fade. You do get a bit of a coppery bitterness at the back of the palate to avoid this from tasting like a note. The mouth is very dry and heavily carbonated. Great take on this style. (434 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3.75 - Pale straw gold with a small, frothy head.
S: 4.25 - Nice spicy clove aroma, with light fruitiness.
T: 4.5 - Excellent flavor, with a fairly large amount of bitterness and earthy, floral hop notes, fruity banana, vanilla tones, and plenty of spicy phenols.
M: 4.5 - Ommegang always gets mouthfeel perfect, with lots of body even when light and effervescent like this one.
O: 4.5 - Delicious, delightful beer! Not an American blonde, certainly. Could easily be called a saison or a Belgian pale. (505 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a cloudy orange with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of sweet malt, almost sugary. It also had a bit of spice such as cloves and I think nutmeg on the nose. The flavor profile was a bit different from what I was expecting. The taste had those sp[ices up front, came into the hops which gave a clean flavor, and then the malt at the finish which was almost a little sour. Very interesting profile that I would like to try again. (461 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of peppery spices.
T: As in the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast, which are accompanied by hints of grassy hops. Notes of peppery spices are also present, and these linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. All of the carbonation makes it feel a little airy.
O: This beer is extremely flavorful given its light body and has some refreshing properties, similar to what you would expect from a saison. It is a really nice beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle (989 characters)

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big, pillowy white head that lingers for a while,
but dissipates slowly into a cap. There is plenty of lacing left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Hay and pepper dominate on the nose, but there is some funky yeast in the
background.

Taste: Funky and yeasty all the way down. A nice bit of sweetness builds its way up a you
continue to drink it.

Palate: The Belgian funkiness mixes well with the pepper on the finish to create a nice, long
aftertaste. Body is light, and the carbonation is about average, which makes for an easy
drinking beer.

Overall: This is a delicious beer! This is definitely a recommended four pack for a beautiful
afternoon in the yard (or for a football Sunday). (749 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours light bronze/gold, heavy white foam. Lots of lacing. Belgian yeast nose, little peppery. Taste is smooth, surrounding hop presence. Fades in/fades out. Flavors of pear. Even and flavorful. Consistent. Tasty bitter. 7/25 (225 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love baseball, perhaps not as much as a teenager when I convinced my parents to take a detour through upstate New York to visit the Basbeall Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The same city has also been producing perhaps the best Belgian-styled ales this side of the Atlantic. Cooperstown Ale kills two birds with one...baseball. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Something in that Ommegang brew produced huge, billowy heads which retain well. Another one appears in Cooperstown Ale with an orange-yellow body to match. The aroma is dry, floral, with notes of clove and vague bread dough. It tastes almost saison-like. It's a dry, modestly hoppy ale with some elegance. Fennel sweetness, floral notes, vaguely spicy, and overall dry. The body is light and airy, and it is an easy drinking ale made for warm days or watching baseball. (837 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. The head is a little over two fingers high, with a perfectly white shade. While it's not particularly thick or bubbly, the retention is quite good...annoying, in fact. Webs of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Aroma-wise, there's a definite Belgian element here - pseudo-Belgian ale, perhaps? I'm really enjoying the white grape note coming through, along with touches of black pepper and bread. It's even faintly hoppy. Yeah, looks like the BA collective underrated this going by the nose...

T: ...on second thought, it's rated about right. The pseudo-Belgian theme continues on the flavor profile: while there are some notes typical of a Belgian blonde (like white grape or bread), there's more of a typical 'Murican flair than anything Ommegang has made yet. The front end has a pleasant fruitiness, but I also get a weird cleaner-like note that harms the finish. If it tasted like it smelled, this would be a great blonde.

M: Typical blonde ale here - light, crisp, and dry finishing. Carbonation is surprisingly gentle, but by no means is it flaccid. Killing this is as effortless as it should be.

O: Not bad. Problem is, the nose wrote checks the flavor profile couldn't cash. Due to the price point, I'd have trouble recommending purchasing a 4 pack, but it's well worth trying a single.

3.25/5: Nice blonde that's rather mundane for Ommegang standards (maybe that's the point?) (1,452 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a slight haze, golden, yellow and with fiery sunshine highlights. Fat head of white crea,y faom that fell and left rings of lace. Nose is a nice bit of sweet lemon peel. Some pils malt sweetness and a bit of floral. Light sweet flower petals and a bit of orange. The yeast on this one is powdery and subtle and not very funky. Delicate. Taste is a dry and earthy cracker without too much sweetness on it. Crisp. Mouthfeel is silken and smooth. Soft. and creamy. Needs a few bubbles if you ask me. The drink is fruity but light and the floral and the fruits are both equal on the palate. Balanced toward the crisp dry malt. A sharp little bitter takes over in teh finish and lingers a bit. Finishes not quite dry and with no bite from carbonation. (757 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber-orange with a one finger white head that receded slowly to a cap of white. Quite nice looking. Scents of clove, a slight undertone of citrus, especially lemon, apricot, some Pils malt sweetness in the background, sugary sweetness, and some very faint tea-like hops. A very pleasing aroma, quite Belgian in character, very true to form for a Belgian Blonde. Flavor begins with a nice, soft Pils malt sweetness, balanced with some nice spicy hop flavors and lemon peel. This moves into a more dry middle with a moderate spicy hop character and a fairly strong lemon peel-like bitterness. Finish is dry with further lemon peel flavor and a light alcohol bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter lemon peel and grainy malt. A fairly good flavor profile, that is well balanced and fairly true to style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a smooth, slightly chalky feel. A good, very pleasing mouthfeel. Overall this is a good Belgian Blonde Ale that combines the very drinkable aspects of the style and the wonderfully complexity of Belgian ales. Quite a good offering. (1,109 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I usually rate beers where adherence to style is important. However what do you do when the style is fairly bland and the beer is quite tasty?

Cooperstown Ale pours a fairly clear bright gold color but with subsequent pours, becomes more of a hazy straw gold color. Big bubbly white head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Aroma is fairly strong, Belgian yeast and lemon zest.

Taste is excellent. Belgian yeast forward, lemon zest, some wheat bitterness and some mild hoppiness in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, enough hoppiness to affect the mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

This is a very good summer ale. Maybe not the model American Blonde Ale, but who cares? (683 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with a little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Awesome lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pilsner malts, powdery yeast, green apples, vanilla, grassy hops, and citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, bitterness, a little dry, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice golden ale that is borderline with a saison. Still enjoyable though. (580 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the beer. Smell is of malt, grain, chalk, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, yeast, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but a bit too yeast forward for the style in my opinion. (635 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber in color with a slight haziness. Impressive head formation and retention, with plenty of lace. Aroma of lemon zest and lemongrass. Obligatory clove note from Belgian yeast. Slightly peppery, giving way to a floral bouquet of hops.

Dry flavor profile with a nice hop bite. Estery flavors of green pear and apple atop a light pilsner malt backbone. Crisp mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation, which is sudsy and soft. Clean, dull finish with a bit of lemongrass.

This turns out to be something like a "light" version of Fleur de Houblon, a more flavorful but stronger BPA. A really nice showing for a lighter Belgian pale, and a good beer for a hot summer day. (671 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a small tulip.
This is pretty much a Belgium PA style beer.

Appearance: Clear with a durable head

Moderately bitter and lightly sour aftertaste is disappointing
Aroma is more appealing than the taste and slightly flowery. (257 characters)

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Cooperstown Ale from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.