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Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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good

94 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 94
Hads: 168
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 168
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thinnish cream colored head. Average retention and light lacing.

Smells like fruity hops and sweet buttery toffee/caramel malt.

Maltier than your average APA. Malts are earthy/musty with a crazy butterscotch flavor (diacetyl). Hops are not overdone; they balance out the sweetness nicely and lend to a slightly dry finish.

Feel is moderate and slightly creamy. Good carbonation levels.

A little different, but not in a bad way. Balanced and enjoyable. Highly drinkable. Wish they had this one at the ballpark. (541 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. Body is clear coppery-amber with a half-finger light khaki-colored head. Leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Some cereal or grain and fruityness. Thought at first it was hops, then as it warmed I thought it was more of a malty sweet fruityness. In hindsight I'm guessing it was the Ringwood yeast, however.

T: Light grainy malt up front. Fruityness is there in the middle. Slightly dry metallic/minerally flavor is there at the finish. It becomes more fruity as it warms.

M: Lighter than medium bodied. Good carbonation.

D: Good; better if you drink it cold and quick, as I'm not a big fan of that fruityness that becomes more prevalent as it warms. (698 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear orangish color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Tastes of the same caramel and citrus. The body was lively and somewhat fizzy body. Nothing really stood out or made this one memorable to me.

Notes from: 12/21/07 (290 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice fluffy white head formed, then immediately vanished. The beer was clear amber in color with lots of visible carbonation. No lacing at all remained in the glass..

Aroma was of light berries. (Strawberries) and some grains.

Taste was a dead bitterness up front, then some cracker flavor.. Finally this gave way to some mineral flavor and lingering hop bitterness. I sensed some diacetyl. Not overly interesting.

Mouth feel was medium light in body with some effervescent carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

A more than passable APA, but nothing real special. (563 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from web site: "Old Slugger" is a hearty Pale Ale, copper in color, crisp malty fullness on the front of the palate and lingering hop bitterness on the back with a dry finish. It is brewed with four barley malts, including two-row English pale and crystal malts, balanced with Mt. Hood, Cascade and Fuggle hops, and fermented in open vessels by Ringwood Yeast, a true top-fermenting ale yeast. "Old Slugger" is the flagship beer of the Cooperstown Brewing Company and was first brewed in July 1995 and bottled in November 1995. Original Gravity 1.054 / Final Gravity 1.012 / 5.5% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A Good one inch head poured from a bottle at the brewery. Body is copper, translucent, interesting and inviting look.

S Moderately hoppy, plenty of malt only moderate bitterness.

T Smell characteristics carried over to the taste. This is a good, solid beer. Malt and hops in good balance.

M Moderate mouthfeel, on the full side though.

D Really good. I believe that it was intended to be very drinkable and it meets its intention nicely.

Notes: A regular brew at Cooperstown and it is very good. (1,116 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served a pint from the tap while having lunch in a bar close to the BB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tinged blond colored body with a one to two finger white head. The head receded fast and did not support a noticeable lacing.

S: It had distinct aromas of citrus (lemons), sweet toasted malts, and floral hops. It was reasonably well balanced but none of the flavors established a character for this brew.

T: It began with spice tinged creamy and sweet toasated malts and then light floral and bittering hops came into play. The hops were light and added a touch of citrus flavor and very distant white pepper.

M: It was light bodied moderate carbonation. I initially finished clean and crsip but as the session carried on there was a slightlyl sour aftertaste that I could not shake.

D: It was smooth and fairly well balanced with a light body and low ABV making it a good session brew. However, it's flvors were unimpressive to I doubt I'll seek it out. If it is present I'll enjoy but if not present I'll eaisly move on to one of it's better positioned cousins. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours cold into a short pilsner glass a slightly hazy copper color with a nice fluffy white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of buttery malt and flowery hops. The taste is a chewy sweet malt with good hop bitterness, almost a chocolate butterscotch touch with good hop bite. Much more substantial than I anticipated. A bit peppery with a pretty heavy feel for a pale ale. Recommended for something a little different and decent. Plenty drinkable to boot. (483 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a Cooperstown sampler at the brewery during a recent trip to the H.O.F.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color. Thick head of white foam and good lacing. High carbonation (fizzed up when I opened the bottle).

S - Malty and slightly floral with hints of caramel and butterscotch.

T - Malty and very creamy. Hints of caramel sweetness up front followed by a slightly bitter hop finish.

MF&D - Very creamy for med/thin bodied beer. Definitely worth checking out. (515 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear bronze color with a good amount of white head. It smelled like grassy hops, light refined yeast, and caramel malt. It tasted like a watery but balanced blend of sweet caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was somewhat oily with some carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this was a very simple but clean and refreshing beer. Quite drinkable despite its generic character. (401 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy orange with some floaties and a off-white head.

S - Aroma is floral and fruity with a bit of husky grain.

T - A little tart up front, and an excess of fruitiness. Lots of apple. Not a lot of hop flavour, but bitterness is present in the finish and aftertaste.

M - Very fine, sharp fizziness is almost painful.

D - Not a good beer. (351 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice orange golden color with a huge foamy off white fluffy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of caramel. The hop aroma is prominant. This is a pleasant malty adn fruity brew. The hops cut the flavor somewhat but not too bitter. This is nicely balanced. The feel is creamy and wet. Not as drinkable as the golden ale, but this is nice. (362 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This golden, nearly amber beer sports a fantastic white head. Beautiful longevity and lace. The aroma is a mix of ringwood yeast (which is very pronounced), slight maltiness, and English hops. There's a little sweetness up font, but the beer is very well balanced. It's on the English side of a pale ale, which suits my tastes very well. Medium in body, with very low carbonation. It has a creamy mouthfeel, and is very satisfying. Quite good. (443 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden copper color with a huge fluffy head. The smell is malty with a little bit of hops aroma. The taste is starts off fairly sweet with a little bit of a hops bite in the middle that gives way to more sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, although there was more carbonation than I expected. This is a very nice little beer, and I could imagine going through a sixpack or so sometime. (409 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber brown. No head. Nose is like almost a caramel that has been overcooked. Bordering on burnt. Flavor is leafy. Kind of a dead leaf kind of thing. A bit rustic and worn down. Kind of slightly sweet on the side. Feel is thick on the liquid with standard carbonation. Overall this is one you wouldn't miss much on if you passed. No great shakes. (365 characters)

Photo of Cyn1c
2.57/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Jp7010
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to the brewery as part of a Cooperstown Beverage Trail run with some family. On the way out, picked up a mixed 12-pack of all of Cooperstown's offerings.

Poured copper with a half inch of white foam into a nonic. The aroma was sweet, and vaguely floral-like. A burst of buttery diacetyl scent is also present. The taste was well-balanced. Neither the malts nor the hops overpowered the other. Floral notes, and biscuity undertones were also present in the flavor. It felt a little grainy, but not horribly so. Somewhat fizzy.

I do see what other reviewers mean by saying it's not a good American Pale Ale. Certainly, not enough hoppy bite. As an English Pale Ale, it is decent though. The presence of so much diacetyl can be somewhat of a put-off, however. (765 characters)

Photo of foxmul924
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-Agressively Poured from Cold Bottle to Room-Temperature Pint. Full, Off-White Colored Head.

English-Style Ale with an Oily, Light-Medium Body/Mouthfeel

Sweet, Malty Aroma

Taste Bears Hints of Honey, Piney/Grass, and Sour Blueberries

Hops not Overwhelming, Although I Did Expect a Hoppier Taste for a Pale Ale. Upon Swallowing, Sweet Malt Flavor Chases and Lingers After Initial Hoppiness.

Overall a Very Drinkable, Everyday Brew. (441 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have to concur with some of the previous reviewers and say this does resemble an English Pale Ale moreso than an American one. One of the very reasons I enjoyed this brew. It poured a clear dark amber with lots of slightly off-white head, subsided to a ton of lacing. Smell is malty, with some hop aroma. Hops are definitely present in the flavor, Fuggles, maybe Goldings, could be wrong though. Aroma has a slight sweetness to it, very pleasant. This goes down nice and smooth, very easy to drink.

This is a very good ale. A perfect accompaniment to the Jays final game of the season. (595 characters)

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm choosing to review this as an English Pale Ale, because pretty much every aspect of this beer is more English than American, and it's a very successful English Ale for the reasons I will enumerate below, whereas it lacks the hop bite that we expect from an APA. I think the negative reviews this beer has received of late have been because of its miscategorization.

That said, it pours a hazy amber with a mountain of light tan head, which eventually bubbled away into a persistent half-inch of foam that left decent lacing most of the way down the glass. The smell was primarily of rich biscuity malts and honey, but there's fruity yeast and buttery diacetyl present as well. It's very pleasant.

I think it's quite a tasty brew, and don't understand other reviewers' gripes, aside from the fact that it's not a real APA. Up front, you've got the malts and honey, the fruity yeast, but the earthy/grassy hops do come out, and I don't find the finsh cloying at all -- more of a tart green apple.

It's got a big body, which borders on being too heavy, but the finish really makes up for it -- the mouthfeel is wet & sticky while the beer is still in your mouth, but right after each swallow, my tongue dried right up, which left me in the perfect position to have another sip. I'm not sure I'd drink this on a warm afternoon, but it's perfect for a cool spring evening such as tonight. A good seasonal beer, IMO. (1,420 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm choosing to review this as an English Pale Ale, because pretty much every aspect of this beer is more English than American, and it's a very successful English Ale for the reasons I will enumerate below, whereas it lacks the hop bite that we expect from an APA. I think the negative reviews this beer has received of late have been because of its miscategorization.

That said, it pours a hazy amber with a mountain of light tan head, which eventually bubbled away into a persistent half-inch of foam that left decent lacing most of the way down the glass. The smell was primarily of rich biscuity malts and honey, but there's fruity yeast and buttery diacetyl present as well. It's very pleasant.

I think it's quite a tasty brew, and don't understand other reviewers' gripes, aside from the fact that it's not a real APA. Up front, you've got the malts and honey, the fruity yeast, but the earthy/grassy hops do come out, and I don't find the finsh cloying at all -- more of a tart green apple.

It's got a big body, which borders on being too heavy, but the finish really makes up for it -- the mouthfeel is wet & sticky while the beer is still in your mouth, but right after each swallow, my tongue dried right up, which left me in the perfect position to have another sip. I'm not sure I'd drink this on a warm afternoon, but it's perfect for a cool spring evening such as tonight. A good session beer, IMO. (1,423 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a nice, hazy cider orange. Large pillowy head. Darkish orange. Head sticks around for a while. Tiny specks of lace at the top.

Has a nice English Pale smell. Ale-y, slightly fruity (apricot/orange?). Sweet ale malt, few hops to be detected. Fruity and inviting.

Malty ale taste, with a fruity base in the malt. Musty hops act as a bitter parting shot, mild though they are. All flavors increase/improve as it warms up.

Thick ale feel. Slightly creamy and with a wet after-feel. It has a definite English Pale taste. Lovely actually; a fine, sweet ale. (570 characters)

Photo of lawrence76
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the first microbrews I got into back in the early to mid 90s (went to college and eventually became a regular at this brewery). Having it now, is sort of wierd when I think about the way it tasted back then.

A crystal clear, gorgeous beer with a respectable head. Nice copper colour. Aroma is of malt, and yeast esters. somewhat sublte almost noble hop aroma is present.

The flavour is mostly malt...medium in body but almost a bit heavy on the tongue. Diacetyl is noticable. Other English yeast characateristics, residual sugars, esters, malt accent - also present.

Overall a drinkable beer, but I would tire of them after a few...not exactly what I would grab for a 'session' beer, but a decent pale ale none the less (744 characters)

Photo of alexskovan
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a great big white head. Aroma is . . . hey! Creamy and toasty -- can you imagine? An APA that smells like something other than breakfast citrus! Let's have a sip . . . ok, to be fair, the grapefruit hops are there, but balanced and working with the other members of the cast -- not chewing the scenery as they scream, "Hops! HOPS! This isn't macro and you can tell 'cause its got HOPS!!!"

A complex taste. That creamy flavor is the first thing I notice, but then it is balanced out by the toasty malt and hops. This beer has the complexity and character that you will find in a good English Special Bitter, but it is lighter in color and body.

Good stuff! (But the hop-heads won't be happy. . .) (728 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (330 characters)

Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.