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Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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96 Reviews

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 20.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 174
Reviews by MVotter:
Photo of MVotter
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooperstown Brewery's Old Slugger Pale Ale pours into a chalice a clear copper, sporting a thin cream-colored head.

The smell is citrus hops, and sweet malts, grains, grasses.

The taste of this pale ale actually leads with some of the sweeter malt notes alluded to as part of the aroma ... a caramel flavor. The finish is a slight bitter hops taste.

The mouthfeel is medium gravity with plenty of carbonation, enough to give the overall experience a "dry" quality ... subsequent sips on this one tended to increase in frequency (hehe).

The drinkability follows suit with the previous categories. The Old Slugger Pale Ale is a really pleasant experience all the way. Maybe not a grand slam, from my perspective, but definitely an extra base hit.

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special, thin body, don't bother.

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Photo of Zonayork
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Todd
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
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..

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Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Cyn1c
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of dahr85
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BabiGrand
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.