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Old Slugger - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

153 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely different than expected.
It pours a deep, hazy amber with a gushing and foamy tan head that laces. There is a generous amount of carbonation helping to uplift an interesting & dank, garlic & onion hoppiness. The smell caught me off guard at first, but the thick, mineral character grows on both your nose and palate. The beer's aroma carries through to its flavor profile nicely and seems to be relatively balanced in regards to its tame hoppy bitterness and light alcohol. I honestly like this beer and went tried it with no expectations... pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:33:06 | More by ThePorterSorter
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kvltmetalhead

New York

5/5  rDev +43.7%

02-28-2012 16:16:09 | More by kvltmetalhead
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -42.5%

02-19-2012 02:13:27 | More by jfcaa193
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SLeffler27

New York

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A one inch off-white, creamy head builds over clear, chestnut brown beer with some carbonation. Leaves rings of lace on a pint glass.

Butterscotch is followed by hand soap.

Fairly well balanced, though slightly sour. The flavors are rather one dimensional with a moderate lingering finish that brings out some bitterness.

Light carbonation with a medium body and slick texture, this one has a dry, astringent finish.

Another fine thirst quencher after working in the yard. Old Slugger also works well with grilled hot dogs.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 12:07:05 | More by SLeffler27
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-11-2012 00:10:32 | More by RoryOMoore
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-12-2012 17:39:14 | More by bonbini26
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. No freshness date on this one.

Look- Hazy deep amber with a blood orange tinge, it looks like butterscotch candy. The reasonable amount of head starts off a sparkly off-white color, and it definitely twinkled more than usual. Not sure if that was a trick of the light or just the density and color, but it looked pretty snazzy. The head takes on more of an old parchment tone and character as it compacts down to a ~2mm film that crowds towards the sides of the mug. No lacing to speak of. By the end of the mug, the head was barely a wisp at the surface and the glass was as clean as it would be were I drinking windex (not a recommended pastime.) I really wish I had another one of these on hand to see if that sparkly pour was a fluke. +.5 just for that.

Smell- Quite pleasant and lighthearted; I get a bright banana bread/toffee that borders on a candi sugar sweetness, but isn't at all offensive. Any bitter hop aroma is pretty solidly buried, but the leafy character of what is detectable balances out the sweetness quite well. Agitation brings out a light bitter citrus and a hint of lavender.

Taste- Much like the smell- light and playful. Starts off with a crisp smack of piney hops that mellows quickly into a light biscuity flavor with touches of buttery diacetyl, mineral water, and something flowery. Very clean, with only the faintest resiny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation, slightly oily and dry at the finish. The surprise was a very faint minty/herbal cooling sensation that lingered on the tongue. At first I thought it was just the beer's temperature, but it grew more pronounced as it warmed. Curiouser and curiouser. Other than that, it's exceptionally clean and leaves nothing but a desire for more- this is one easy-drinking beverage! I found myself sipping it quicker than I expected and was rather disappointed to find my glass empty in a matter of minutes.

Overall, this would be an excellent session beer, and I could drink quite a few in a row. Not sure on the freshness, but it's got an unusual hop/malt balance with enough complexity to make it reasonably interesting. Not lip-smacking, but quite quaffable- a solid session APA that I'll definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:31:22 | More by Lawl3ss
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-18-2011 01:34:28 | More by BodiesLexus
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2011 04:40:37 | More by fizzyted
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brentterry85

Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-13-2011 22:48:37 | More by brentterry85
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this one to be more of an amer type than a pale ale, but solid just the same. poured an over-ripe red color with a small tan head. smells malty without noticable hop presence. taste is matching, although not sweet like ambers can be, balanced but unremarkable. mouthfeel is good for the style, very very drinkable, altough a little dry/dusty malt finish makes it not an ideal thirst quencher. i liked this beer, but am not at all wowed by it. eager for more of their brews

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:43:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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dwoolley1

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-01-2011 19:38:41 | More by dwoolley1
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-30-2011 18:16:06 | More by kelvarnsen
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tubeman

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-22-2011 00:32:29 | More by tubeman
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RWACKO

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-20-2011 23:26:47 | More by RWACKO
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-20-2011 15:14:54 | More by nh2032
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-18-2011 00:12:21 | More by tclapper
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meich75

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 15:02:44 | More by meich75
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lazy copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Fresh grain aroma with some citrus and caramel sweetness..

T: Taste of some malty sweetness with grain and a nice bitterness. Has a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite creamy. Nice Balance

O: Very enjoyable APA. Reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Nice beer from a regional brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:44:53 | More by soju6
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:25:27 | More by spinrsx
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:40:17 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: bread, biscuit, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, hop bitterness

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: it's an average pale ale. glad I got to sample it.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 19:39:01 | More by THECPJ
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oberon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 12:20:35 | More by oberon
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:54:33 | More by generallee
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skenyon1811

New York

2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 21:59:21 | More by skenyon1811
Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.