Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 95
Reviews by ElijahRivera:
Photo of ElijahRivera
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Amber color.

S- Nutty, earthy, good malt presence. The hops are weak in the aroma and taste.

T- Same as the aroma. The hops only provide a slight bitterness.

M- ?

O- It tasted English to me, and it turned out it was Cooperstown Brewing Old Slugger Pale Ale, which is a brewery that usually sticks to English styles although BeerAdvocate lists it as an APA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Todd
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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..

Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cyn1c
2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LPorter33
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

like the other cooperstown brew i tried (the nine man ale), this one is well made but essentially your standard pale ale. pours a dark orange/light amber colour with an average head. there's a nice malt/hop balance here but maybe a bit too much of a fruit taste for my liking. carbonation level is just right. it's quite easy to drink but i've got a boat load of other pale ales that are just as easy to drink but are more flavourful. i'd go back to this one, but it'd be pretty far back in line for choosing.

Photo of goz
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, with a large rocky tan head that leaves a light lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity (mostly apple), sweet, and slightly floral from the hops. Flavor is fruity, sweey, slightly floral in the light hoppy finish. Medium in body, ending is quite dry for an ale with this much sweetness.

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange, some carbonation, three finger head, semi-sticky

S-Grass, banana, butter, some citrus.

T-Meh, not much of anything. Same flavor that is all of their beers because of the yeast (the buttery note). Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Only picked it up because it was the only beer I hadn't tried of theirs. It was meh. Not much reason to drink their stuff.

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours limpid amber to light copper color, the head moderate in size, and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, slight floral hints, clean and fresh with the start sweet and the top a bit skimpy. Surprisingly a pretty big hop finish and a pleasant amount of carbonation with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, nice “Session” beer for those of you that can buy it locally.

Photo of mjaskula
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a bright amber, almost orange. A thin off white head forms and thins, but sticks around.

The aroma is thin hoppy and floral. Taste is good but a bit watery. Hops are up front but well balanced with the malt flavor. Carbonation is pleasant and mouthfeel is slightly dry, but fits well. Easy drinking, but not stand-out.

Photo of skenyon1811
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A: very hazy amber orange-ish color with a tall but bubbly head that falls within a second. The head looked more like a soda than a beer. It does have a nice lacing afterward.

S: This smells alot like a lager to me. Not as hoppy and floral smelling as I would expect. It does have a good sweet note to it.

T: I get a toasted/caramel malt taste with a bitter hop bite. It tastes good but there is not too much depth to this beer.

M: Very light for a pale ale. Too much carbonation, feels foamy.

D: This has too much carbonation for me and a little too sweet for a pale ale.

Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a very light amount of hops. There is also a bit of a woody and yeasty flavour. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - The carbonation level and the yeast flavour make this an interesting tasting brew for sure. It started to grow on me as I progressed through the glass. Not sure I'd buy it again, but I'm happy I came across a bottle of this beer.

Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours slightly hazed with a foamy head that pops down to a thin layer.

The smell is of caramel, grainy, a bit musty.

The taste is of buttery caramel and some mustiness. The Ringwood yeast shines forth. Some hops are in there to add some balance, though not quite enough. Some vague fruitiness is there as well. Not enough is going on to control the yeast. Finishes with an annoying sweetness. This is certainly more of an English-style Pale rather than an APA as categorized here, IMO. And not a very pleasant one at that.

It has some body and flavor does hang on a bit, though I don't know how good that is in this case.

Well, it's not drainpour, but close. Pass.

Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour a very burndt orange with low carbonation and a light tan head. Some glass cling.
The aroma is a light fruity (green apple) and caromel.
Taste begins to the malts and stays through out with the addition of some fruit like hops in an attempt to balance.
Even tho it is a pro malt beverage it has a green apple linger.

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.