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Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Old SluggerOld Slugger

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158 Ratings

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-26-2013 01:10:42 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -4%

Poured a rich copper color with a well defined 1/2 finger white head that held well,real nice richness and clarity to the beer.Buttery caramel dominated the aromas with a bit of toast and faint leafy hop,more English in style than American in my opinion.Cooperstown likes the Ringwood buttery yeast strain and it comes off on the palate,buttery with some sweet biscuit,hops are more leafy and herbal and are understated.This isnt an APA its English in nature and to one sided wih its butteriness.

03-04-2011 12:20:35 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-03-2013 22:21:54 | More by Zonayork
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2.58/5  rDev -25.6%

Pours a slightly chill-hazed golden color with amber hues. Thin foam lace.

Malty with a pronounced slick butterscotch nose, gentle floral aroma and splash of apple.

Sharp upfront, lively and well-carbonated, creating an initial thirst quenching feel. Bitterness stings the palate with a lemony character and raw herbal edges. Notes of medicinal. Apple fruitiness and apple-skin-coarse feel on the palate. Umm ... more buttery sweet caramel flavors. Gotta love that out of control Ringwood yeast! Finishes slick, then turns dry with notes of husk.

Not overly impressed. It's all Ringwood Gone Wild! If they had more control over the yeast, perhaps this might be a half-way decent APA. As it stands, it's just okay.

11-11-2004 23:05:44 | More by Todd
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +21%

Sampled: On tap, at the brewery, and in numerous bottles.

A very nicely balanced pale ale that uses Fuggles in addition to the usual Cascade hops, which to me adds a degree of flavor & aroma complexity that some of the purely Cascade pale ales seem to miss. Call it a mid-Atlantic pale ale - halfway between British & American in character. Very drinkable, with background flavor notes of butterscotch and just a bit of Ringwood yeast flavor which add to the firm maltiness and balancing bitterness. In my fridge more often than not when I look at my beer stash.

04-29-2002 14:08:00 | More by sponberg
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New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No other information is available on the label.

Appearance: The body has a slightly hazy look with a good amber color and a creamy off white head. The two finger head slowly settles as I drink and makes some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a nice blend of bready maltiness with a pleasant butterfinger like caramel/toffee sweetness and citrus/grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a good base of bready malt and very light toasted grain. This is balanced buy mildly bitter hops that add a touch of citrus and grassy flavor to the overall character. It finishes with a mild bitter fade on a smooth yet well carbonated medium body.

Notes: It's good in the bottle but much better and with a brighter hop character on tap.

02-21-2011 18:54:33 | More by generallee
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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Light copper in colour with a well retaining white lace.

Smell: Sweet crisp malt, mild hop and faint butterscotch diacetyl.

Taste: Semi crisp sweet malt with a light coating of buttery diacetyl and mild caramel. Hop bitterness evens out the malt profile the goes hand and hand with a crisp grainy flavour. Nice rounded hop finish of citrus and herbal fades into the background with a lingering residual sweetness.

Notes: A pleasant pale ale, fermented out with the Ringwood strain and a well blended mix of hops to make for a nice finish. A great hybrid pale ale.

04-13-2002 04:03:52 | More by Jason
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

12 ounce brown bottle, put into the stream of commerce w/o any freshness dating, tsk, tsk, tsk...I like the baseball theme from Cooperstown. Pours orange/dark honey amber, off white head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lacing. Nose is of malt , slightly metalic. This is a decent Brit style PA, notes of more malt, more metal/minerals, fairly light on the hops in this one. Fair Ale, middle of the road sessioner. Not overly impressive.

04-28-2005 02:20:50 | More by Billolick
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

12oz. amber bottle. Poured a clear honey-golden in color with a sparse, ring-around-the-edges off-white head. Aromas are sweet, with some hop bite peeking through. Balanced flavor. Hops/malts/grains mix together. The Ringwood flavor is present as well. Finishes on the dry side. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Another decent AIPA.

07-29-2004 02:37:14 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

A very nice pale ale, medium amber with good head that dwindles to thin layer, crisp fruity malt nose. Sweet, crisp malts are the backbone of this brew, reminiscent of leaves in autumn, sweet caramel, and tart apples. The hops round the finish, making this an incredibly clean tasting brew. The marriage is perfect and the hops really bring out the best in the malts. Finish is initially dry, then a lingering wetness sets in. Mouthfeel is a little sharp and fizzy. All in all quite tasty, and appetizing.

08-17-2002 15:29:24 | More by Thrasher
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-11-2013 19:00:27 | More by JMS1512
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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

Big props to THECPJ for bringing me back a mix 6 from Cooperstown Brewing Company. Decided to open the Old Slugger first.

A: Pours a clear orange/amber with a tan head, about 1.5 fingers in height at first. This quickly dissolves to a thin layer of bubbles along the top. No lacing.

S: Some grainy malt, a bit of sweet caramel, and some light citrus, mostly lemon and lemon rind.

T: Sweet biscuity malt upfront with some caramel. There is a bit of bitterness in the middle and finish from the hops. Slight metallic/oxidized flavor as well, this fades as the beer warms though. There is some citrus, would have liked it a bit more pronounced, but not a big problem.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation Drinks rather easy.

O: Pretty good, the slight metallic taste hurts it a bit, but other than that solid and easy drinking.

07-23-2011 00:40:17 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-04-2014 21:51:41 | More by Griffith
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -23.6%

Ringwood yeast and mild hops and light copper colour. Small head. Early session ale. Dry, fair. #9 on-tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Smooth for a nothing special lager. Not greatest intro to this brewery, but we will at least give it two more strikes..

11-18-2004 04:59:06 | More by Sammy
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3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

Amber body and white head with a little retention. Smells of ringwood fruit - where are the hops? Taste is pretty good. Mix of ringwood fruit, sweet malt and bit of grassy hops. Very drinkable, I'd also call this an amber or recommend it for the summer.

11-19-2006 06:13:45 | More by tempest
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-25-2012 18:21:44 | More by Larrydoherty
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2.45/5  rDev -29.4%

a: Dark copper to amber, with good clarity. Very little foam or froth on the surface.

s: Grainy aroma with a vague hint of sweetness.

t: Disappointingly light. Characteristically bitter with a malty, creamy body. Fruity and musty undertones. Grassy, earthy hop flavors absent.

m: Creamy, with a wet, refreshing finish.

Overall one of the least pleasing beers I have recently had. I enjoy an American style pale ale quite a lot and this brew was not what I had bargained for.

12-15-2007 18:59:53 | More by Cyn1c
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

The appearance of this beer when poured was that of a large tan sized soapy head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear with carbonation observed and the hue was copper.The nose was malty, fruity and hoppy.It had a hoppy and sweet flavor along with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel.This was a light bodied beer with fair lacing.

09-03-2003 19:28:23 | More by hotstuff
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New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

07-01-2013 03:50:07 | More by pjkelley82
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-09-2012 03:19:50 | More by BabiGrand
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

This is a 12 oz bottle of Old Slugger served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cool but warming.

Appearance: The ale is a solid amber color with a decent head that laces well.

Smell: The ringwood yeast gives this beer a sweet fruity malt aroma.

Taste: The ale has a light hop presence, allowing the ringwood and the malt to shine. The ringwood accentuates a sweetness in the malts, providing a biscuit/fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate although I've noticed that the ringwood has imparted an identical taste in this and one or two other CBC beers.

Drinkability: While this is not the flagship for APA's, the yeast gives it a bit of oomph.

07-29-2006 01:22:36 | More by akorsak
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-12-2012 17:39:14 | More by bonbini26
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-24-2014 01:17:59 | More by buzzy
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-12-2013 04:41:34 | More by jaydoc
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2.3/5  rDev -33.7%

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Nice copper color of a good ale. Excellent head retention. Good 1/2 inch that faded to 1/4 inch and lasted much longer than average

Smell = Floral, carmel hops permeate through. Smells very similar to your atypical quality APA.

Taste = Hmm..I seriously wonder if my bottle from skunked because there's a definitely funky taste mixed in that really doesn't seem right. Starts off great like a grain-toasted carmel, malt well balanced APA but then a nasty funky skunked taste comes through. There's no freshness date on it and Marty's is a high quality place so I don't think it's expired. Perhaps the brewery messed this batch up but regardless, I'm not a fan of this one.

Overall = My review might be seriously flawed if I got a skunked bottle but if not, you can find 100s of APA's that taste a lot better than this one. It still has a great look though, one of the better looking beers I've seen in awhile.

06-18-2005 01:23:37 | More by LPorter33
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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.