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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

Nine Man Ale Golden AleNine Man Ale Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

101 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%


Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

aggressive carbonation. A lot on fizzy gas, little on taste, which gives a middle mouthfeel with an uncomfortable graininess. Tad of tartness more than bitterness and drying sweetness and not very satisfying. Little head, beer and skunky smell, but still fresh, little interest.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 04:14:02 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a soda pop head that fizzes away in about five seconds

Smell: Smells a bit like a combination of day old spilled beer and buttery toffee

Taste: Bready, up front, but with a growing butter toffee flavor from the diacetyl; after the swallow, there is a modest earthy hop presence that adds some balance

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but way too fizzy

Drinkability: The poor carbonation quality ruined what would otherwise be an average, but drinkable, beer

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 23:02:41 | More by brentk56
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is spicy along with some caramelized malts, touches of fruit and hops in the background.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel, spice and fruit, a mild hops bitterness, a bit of smokiness and a malt character that is light but is enough to provide a little substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-medium body, medium-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, its flavor is slightly different from others in the style, but there isn't enough here to make me choose it unless my available selections were limited.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:32:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color. It's nose is of sweet malt character with a grain base grain, probably 2-row American barley. It's mouthfeel is very light, which I think adds considerably to it's drinkability. It has little in the line of alcohol, but is a beer that tastes great in the summer when it's hot and you feel like drinking a ton without getting fall down drunk. One of my favorite beers. It's a guilty pleasure. There is little hopping present, probably noble ones like Fuggle and Kent Goldings. I don't hold it's light character against it. I don't usually care for light beers, but this one slips under the radar.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 12:14:25 | More by WesWes
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light orange in color with a 1" head. The head falls to a surface foam relatively quickly.

Smell: for this style, there is actually a decent aroma of mild citrus and caramel candy.

Taste: very basic ale, as mild caramel, grapefruit, and soft bitterness are well balanced but slightly dull. A hint of a metallic tone hits the back of the tongue during the swallow.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start and finish. Relatively clean aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: not bad, but this is a little dull - I would like to see a little more citrus tones to brighten this up.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 13:07:11 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Insane head, like an overcarbonated homebrew. I have a 20 oz glass for a 12 oz beer and I've had two gentle pours that have filled my vessel. I still have half a beer to pour! Slight haze. Definitely darker than a "golden", more like a light amber.

Slight sourness to the smell. Clear and crisp, some fruity esters.

Overcarbonated (not surprising, given the pour). Good body but not enough to overcome the carbonation. Slightly sour taste. Not as "crisp" as I would like. Slightly sweet, very low bitterness.

As a homebrewer, I know this is one of the hardest beers to make. The fruity esters and the carbonation prevent this one from being a great golden ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 19:21:47 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is most easily described as ringwood-light. No it's not a lite beer, but it has trademark ringwood taste, but is lighter than others of the same yeast. Gold colored and smelled of light fruits. Tasted of apple and orange with a slight grassy bitterness. The bitterness didn't seem to fit for me. I'd keep this one malty, that is unless you like your blonde ales hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 02:16:47 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Nine Man Ale served in a tumbler. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale is golden in color with good lacing and no sign of haze.

Smell: There is a distinct biscuity nose of malts but no hops to be found.

Taste: The malts give the ale a definite sweetness and the complete lack of hop nose and aroma cuts out the bitterness factor.

Mouthfeel: I would like some hop character to assert itself.

Drinkability: The ale tastes good on its own, so I recommend it for a hot summer afternoon outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 01:39:52 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Cooperstown Brewing, Milford, NY

Pours straw-yellow with a little white head that dissipates rather quickly. Crisp, grainy aroma, and crisp, grainy taste, with light grassy hops following. Simple. Very light and crisp, not big on taste, but highly drinkable nonetheless. I could easily spend a summer night drinking this, but there's nothing amazing going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 18:10:36 | More by Rifugium
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white two-fingered head that fades and leaves a reasonable lace. Light bodied and light-medium bodied. Not hoppy like a lot of golden ales has more of a balance of hops and malt with just a little sweetness coming through but a slightly bitter finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 22:20:50 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich golden hued brew with a clinging white lace.

Smell: Light malty caramel and buttery diacetyl make for a toffee like aroma, mild esters appear also.

Taste: Crisp with a very mellow rustic earthy flavour from a mix of the hops and Ringwood yeast strain, some dehydrated pear in the middle also. Definitely on the dry side with a grainy undertone. A herbal/orange hop twang towards the end helps to finish this brew off with a small amount of residual dextrins.

Notes: A pretty good brew , though peculiar tasting, the Ringwood strain is a bit of a distraction for this Golden Ale Style ... perhaps a cleaner stain would have been more suitable unless you are accustomed and enjoy the Ringwood traits?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2002 04:02:02 | More by Jason
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plaid75

New York

3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweetness and a moderate biscuity malt.

The taste consisted of a sweet malt, a slight diacytl and a light flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffable ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 01:50:29 | More by plaid75
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy brilliant golden color with a massive head that overflowed the glass. Too much carbonation. I tghink I have seen this problem with other beers from this company.
Smell is lightly fruity wuth some peach notes present.
Taste is also moderately sweet with an almost honey-like character.
Finish is a bit dissapointing with little taste retention.
An easy drinking beer. Would be great for a hot simmer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 00:54:22 | More by tgbljb
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a massive white head, tok a while to pour the entire beer as the foam rose all the way to the top quickly. However, it reduced just as fast and there was nothing left on top and no lacing within moments.

S: Actually has a little funk to it, very surprising. A little bit of grains and a bit of citrus, but the funk dominates.

T: Again, slightly funky/sour. It dominates the flavor profile and I can't really get much else out of it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather slick.

O: Very confusing with the funk/sourness. Can't really imagine why it smells and tastes like it does. I like it, but reviewing to style is what will keep it low.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:26:32 | More by mdaschaf
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is really not a very good beer. I don't say that because it's a lighter style. It's just not good.

Poured with a foamy head that immediately vanished. The beer was a light golden color with a touch of visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Aroma was like a stick of butter. A sense a diacetyl bomb coming on.

Unfortunately, I was right. This is a butter nightmare. There is a slight grain flavor with little hop character and no finish. It's just the butter flavor that sticks with you.

Mouth feel of slick and oily. Also no finish....

Drain pour. Not worth 125 calories. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 18:26:20 | More by Reagan1984
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with some carbonation streams, topped by several fingers of off-white medium size bubbles and a fuzzy soft top.

Pleasant hay/grass aroma, with a bit of bakery biscuits thrown in too.

Moderately sweet beginning, followed by some earthy, herbal hops which balance nicely and then steal home in the finish with a enjoyable hop snap that lingers gently in the aftertaste. Bit overly grainy in the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light plus. Not watery like too many goldens, though still below medium/pale ale levels.

Good drinkability. Could have a few during a day game and still feel good to go in the evening.

Good sessionable golden ale for a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 22:10:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, lots of sediment, three finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Lots of grass and spice, some wheat as well, even some cherries...

T-Starts with grain/straw with grassy hops and spice, something is off though that I can not place.

M-Very light and very carbonated.

O-Something was off in the taste couldn't place it. And as the beer warms it loses what luster it had.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 16:23:52 | More by rlee1390
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewery bottle pick up. Pours into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale gold, settling out foam. Some layering. Bright malty nose and citrus. Taste is light, lemon citrus. Some tart, clean finish. Mild hop at the conclusion lends a little bite. Great summer beer, light mild, but tasty. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 13:11:12 | More by KTCamm
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soju6

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a decent head with bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness, citrus and fresh grain.

T: Flavor is a mild caramel sweetness, bit of citrus and fresh grain. There is a nice mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Light body, smooth with an intangible character.

O: Easy drinker. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:38:05 | More by soju6
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adamette

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from web site: "Nine Man" is a golden ale, brewed from English pale and crystal malts, and with torrified wheat. It is bittered with Cascade and Cluster hops and finished with Cascade hops. "Nine Man Ale" was first brewed as a summer seasonal beer in 1996. It was kegged the first season but not bottled until the opening of the baseball season in April 1997. Original Gravity 1.045 / Final Gravity 1.012 /4.3% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A One inch head supported by a golden brown body. This is the lightest appearing of the Cooperstown beers.

S I smelled fruits but brewers present at the time denied that but did mention that there are "citrus" elements to the beer. I still believed that there was distinct sweetness of fruits. I really liked the smell. Not hoppy very much at all.

T More malt and hops to taste but I still get some of that light, fruity sweetness. I really enjoyed this beer.

M Light to moderate. None of the Cooperstown beers are really light but this is the lightest of the bunch.

D Fair to good.

Notes: I really enjoyed this mildly hoppy beer with a sweet citrus aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:31:22 | More by adamette
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UnionMade

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, with little malt presence. Beer is very light, with a slightly dry finish. Golden ales are wierd, because they seem to have some lager qualities. Slight nutty yeastiness, mild american hops. Kind of dull.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 06:09:54 | More by UnionMade
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack. no freshness information anywhere. drank from a standard american pint glass. review from notes.

A- this one pours out a bright golden colored body with a small fizzy white head. the head fizzes away quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- grainy cereal malts. very little in the way of hops. theres really not too much to this one.

T- the taste is equally bland. grainy cereal malts reminiscent of "the big three" and a small amount of earthy hops.

M- light bodied. thin and watery. the carbonation level is way too high.

D- sessionable, but not interesting enough. pretty unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 16:02:51 | More by jwinship83
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with good clarity and about one finger of off-white head. Head retention isn't great, leaving only a thin lace and a bit of stick.

Smell isn't very strong or complex, consisting of pale malt, some floral hops and that signature buttery ringwood yeast.

Taste has a mild malt sweetness to it, with a bit of caramel or maybe honey flavor, fruity and buttery ringwood yeast, and some herbal hop flavor. The fruitiness tastes like pear. Too much buttery diacetyl ringwood for my taste. I actually like the fruity pear flavor which is the only saving grace for me. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy actually, almost chewy and medium-bodied for a beer that is so low in the alcohol department.

I don't really care for this much. I don't dislike ringwood beers, but I don't care for them when they're dominated by ringwood flavor and not much else. One is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 20:04:44 | More by number1bum
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david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed this beer a lot. The person at the bar didn't know what style it was, what the abv was, anything. I would have guessed a blonde or golden ale and I guess I was right. It was very sessionable and really quite enjoyable. Not much on the aroma, but the flavor was great, the drinkability and mouthfeel were also very good. Don't know how available this beer is but if you see it, it's a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 15:24:37 | More by david18
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - this blonde ale pours a hazy dark yellow, with tons of carbonation arising from a few sediment fragments that keep a 1 1/2 finger of rocky white head

S - a dry aroma, yeasty, slight grassy and surprisingly grapey, a nice aroma, yet rather monofaceted

T - light taste, grapes persist to the flavor, slight breadiness with some fine spices in the finish

M&D - light bodied, with a slight metallic note, but a decent ale, nothign spectacular but nice flavored and easy down. me and my buddy could easily kill a six pack of nine man on my porch in the summer time, again a quality brew from Cooperstown

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 03:55:34 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.