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Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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162 Ratings

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Photo of maek228
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: a bright clear amber, with a nice foamy head with a decent amount of cling. the foamy head is full bodied....very nice

smell: english malts....with hints of dark sugar?

taste: very agreeable taste on this one. english malts with a nice hop finish. the bitterness of the hops is immediate...not giving the malts much time to give your tastebuds the sweetness....but none the less an agreeable taste.

mouthfeel: refreshing

drinkability: god i could drink this all night....only drawback is its compact and bitter taste

Photo of Ego
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dug out" 12 pack they offer (now available here in jersey)

you blink and the head is gone, a nice clean and refreshing looking light brown with red highlights, decent carbonation through the brew, no lacing really stands out as the head continues to dissappear into nothingness...literally. nice color but the other attributes drag this down...

malty butterscotch with a hit of hop spice, pretty straightforward and enjoyable

taste etc...
this reminds me of some of the first pale ales I tried back in the early days of my craft brew infancy, it certainly should be avoided by hop heads, the taste is immediate and quite refreshing, the malt is nice and almost chewy but the carbonation keeps it light, mouthfeel is pretty full for a pale which surprised me. the hops leave just a hint of bitterness lingering under the prickles of carbonation left in your mouth.

pretty good, if not your pretty basic APA. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I would drink it if it was on tap or around wherever I was that day.

Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slighty cloudy amber color with a yellow tint. White foamy one finger head that leaves nice lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit, citrus, maybe lemon, and some floral highlights in there. Hops are noticeable, but not at all overpoweringk

T: A very refreshing taste thats starts off with a floral taste and moves away to a very dry aftertaste. The dryness is interesting, because it keeps you coming back for more to remember the intial taste.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing--very carbonated, which goes well with the floral notes. Drinkability on this beer is pretty high even though its not very complex. A perfect beer to drink while watching a ballgame.

Photo of tgbljb
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an apricot color with absolutley massive slightly off-white chunky head taht would not go away. Smell is a nice combination of caramel maltiness and piney hoppiness. Taste is a little too sweet for me with almost a sugary feeling with hop dryness. Taste almost immediately dissapears and leaves nothing in the way of flavor or mouthfeel. Very strange. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Photo of rousee
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good after being poured. Nice pure amber with a good 5mm head. Head retains very well with some decent lace. Smell is woody hops with a slight sourness. This is also apparent in tasting the beer. It is a pretty basic pale ale but still quite good. Slight rustiness to the finish. Rust is also known as oxidation. Is that what has happened here ?? No matter cuz its still pretty good. Mouthfeel is neutral and plain. A decent beer--I'm sure its better on-tap vs. bottled. Probably would go nice in a ploughmans lunch.

Photo of LPorter33
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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 sulldaddy
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was a gift from my buddy and fellow BA Stopper! I am sampling a 12 oz bottle slightly chilled in a pint glass.
THe beer pours a clear copper color with 3 cm fluffy head off white head. Aroma is primarily floral hops with lemon and floral scents mixing nicely. Head fades slowly to a surface layer leaving tight latticework.
First sip reveals an average body and small tingly carbonation. Flavor starts with a hint of caramel and flows effortlessly to citrusy and piney hop flavors. The hops leave a bitter flavor in the back of my mouth. THe beer is good but a little mild and the bitterness hurts the drinkability in my mind.

Photo of palma
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Cooperstown Brewery itself.
Golden body. Pretty thick head. Lace sticks around the edges well. Mild malt smell with some fruity notes. Light hop aroma as well. Decently hopped for an APA. Plenty sufficient. Malt backs up the bitterness nicely. Enjoyable yeasty finish along with the slight citrus twang. A very well balanced pale in my opinion and one of my favorite offerings from the Cooperstown Brewing Co.

Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
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 Todd
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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 sabrills70
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orage with a great head, higher than average carbonation and good lace. Smells of sweet caramel with citrus and raisin overtones - fruity. Taste is sweet caramel, raisins, fruity, buttery. High carbonation. Finishes with nice hoppy bitterness. This is not a lawnmower beer. Fairly complex - meant to be enjoyed slowly- not guzzled. Save this one for a relaxing night at home. A good pale ale

Photo of ybnorml
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orange/ amber ale With a bubbly off white head that leaves a little bit of lace. Has an inviting spicey and sweet/carmel aroma. A hint of carmel sweetness teases the tip of the tongue, while a hop spiceiness fills your mouth. The finish has a smooth bitterness followed by a hint of butterscotch. An even handed tasty Pale Ale.

Photo of necoadam
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a brass color with some nice carbonation visible. Smell consisted of malts, a touch of caramel was in there as well, some citrus notes and some buttery tones are in there as well. Taste was pretty much standard for a pale ale. This leaned more on an ESB style I thought. Malty with some caramel and nutty flavors hit the palate. Got a little bit too buttery at the end and in the aftertaste from that Ringwood yeast. It wasn't too overwhelming but still needed to be controlled I thought. But other than that, it was good.

Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber, topped with a three finger light ivory head. Leaves partial webs of lacing above the head that diminishes but never fully goes away.
Caramel and bread aroma, earthy and toffee notes.
Caramel and floral/herbal taste, light tea, oranges.
Medium bodied, good simple pale ale, nothing spectacular.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden coppery color with a trace of white lace. Citrusy, buttery and faintly malty in the nose. Flavor seems to lean towards the malty side rather than hoppy, lending me to think this is more English than American in style. Has some citrusy and a dry, grassy maltiness with a tingle of hops in the finish. Crisp mouthfeel. Would make for a good session beer, but I think I prefer beers from that "other" brewery in Cooperstown.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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 longpondbeerman
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, sparkling amber with a medium white head. After receding the head left a bit of lacing on the pint glass. The smell is understated: some yeasty malts with a touch of toffee--seriously cloaked hops. The taste is precisely the same. Only a hint of hops emerge; this is primarily a buttery ale, a bit like the Shipyard IPA, but lighter and less bitter, with a sustained bready taste from start to finish. It possesses a thicker mouthfeel than I expected, offset by medium rich carbonation. A good beer.

Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a off-white two-fingered head that fades and leaves a lot lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Some hops, no sweetness, typical of a pale finishes smooth but with a bitter aftertaste. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light aroma, some skunky hops and pale malts. Light cream colored head left a bit of lace as it faded to a thick film. The beer is golden orange in color and fairly transparent. Smooth, sweet malt base with some butterscotch and hops on top, not much bite to the hops, just enough to let you know they're there. The bitterness fades allowing for a pretty clean finish. I'd have a few of these.

Photo of Charthepirate
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I've found my new session brew.

A smooth maltiness with just the appropriate fruity esthers. generally mild, but as the hops and malt mix in the middle of the mouth the beer nicely fills the mouth. On the way out it leaves a nice clean trail with a kcki of bitterness. a

Not the best pale on earth, but smooth malty and flavorful all around.


Photo of RocketWidget
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really wrong with this brew. Just not very exciting for me. Pours an off yellow color, with a slight white head. Not much of a detectable smell. Taste is simple but well defined, a typical pale ale taste of bitter, slightly sweet, with a very dry hoppy finish. A decent beer.

Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangy-gold with good sized head and retention. Smells of earthy and spicy hops, butterscotch, and pale grains. Taste is similar, but very dry. The finish is a lingering hop flavor that is mediocre. Carbonation is a bit prickly. Overall a pretty solid pale ale with primarily English influence.

Photo of beernut7
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This solidly built ale pours with a deep copper hazy hue. The aroma is rich with spicy citrus hop notes from an impressively sticky head. The body is sharp with a moderate malt presence and a mellow, but large hop spice. Tasty ale that will hold up well in its category.

Photo of goz
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.