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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

107 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Ego
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

from the "dugout" 12 pack, best by 6/30/6

eyes...
very active head that starts off one full finger and crackles to dissapation rather quickly, very actiuvely carbonated all around, dark honey colored, not bad, pretty average...

nose...
butterscotch from the ringwood yeast dominates (like mst of their beers it seems...), slight dry metallic twinge also in there, not much else aside from a subtle roast malt tone... a bit weak.

taste etc...
leaves a very dry mouth, a touch watery on the mouth feel, the carbonation is prickly and good.. the flavor is a bit watery at times and is dominated by the ringwood here... to a detriment in my opinion. it's just too much here. there isnt much to this one...

verdict?
this one is borderline crap... at least this bottle, it doesnt taste "bad" perse but nothing here makes me want to revisit it...

Ego, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is a very large white frothy head sitting on top of this copper colored ale.
The aroma is grainy and contains trace amounts of hops.
The flavor has a citrus presence with tones of caramel malt and a mild bitterness near the finish. There is also candy sweetness to this brew that I do not like.
Mouth feel is light in body and a bit over carbonated.
I don’t think I could fallow this with another.

Naes, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of nickss
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange hue with a moderate 1" head. The constant stream of bubbles is certainly telling of the level of carbonation in this one

Smells of light fruit... very champagney. Very crisp and acidic.

Pale, malty flavour... however all in all not much going on here. A bit of lemon and some barely discernable apple.

Very very light and carbonated.... a bit too tight for me.

Average so far as drinkability is concerened... refreshing, crisp, a summer brew for sure.

nickss, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of palma
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very light golden body with a copper hue. Thin head. Little or no retention.

Nose: Caramel malt. A faint sweetness, kind of like toffee candy.

Taste: Malty with some light citrus. Lingering malty aftertaste. Somewhat bitter end. A little bland.

Drinkability: This is not a very good brew. Will probably not drink this again. Id take it over a Bud though.

palma, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As advertised, this beer appears a smooth looking clear orangey golden color, not much head worth mentioning. Smell is pretty nondescript - a little pale malt and some butter. Taste is pretty bland as well. Barely any hop characteristics, a bit of sweet grains or nuts and the smallest amount of toffee. Not really anything jumping out at me here. Kind of a grimy mouthfeel combined with the lackluster taste makes for a pretty boring beer unfortunately.

twelvsies, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = clear golden brown -looks like cream soda, a color I'm not paticularly fond of, good head that quickly fades into trace lacing.

Smell = Bitter sour hops with a very faint carmel like sweetness that comes through in the end. I enjoyed the scent.

Taste = Initial bit of sugary sweetness, then a very sour and acidic flavor dominates through, tastes almost like a hard cider at times. Has a pleasant bread/wheat aftertaste. A little bland overall though.

Overall = Not bad. High drinkability even if it's nothing spectacular in the taste department. I like the crisp, clean taste it leaves in my mouth and the aftertaste is very agreeable. I recommend you try one or two.

LPorter33, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean golden/amber beer. Has a small off white head. A disticntive butterscotch character dominates the aroma with a hint of hops in the background. A light malty note starts out the taste and fades to a light hop snap before leaving a combination bitter and buttersctoch finish.

ybnorml, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Pale straw gold, clear, topped by a thin off white head.

Lightly hopped - slightly floral & a touch of citrus.

Malty sweetness, light in flavour. Somewhat bready & light hopping. Just a little bit of citrus. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, & easy drinking.

xgrigorix, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a six-pack from my brother as a Christmas present. It was definitely a beer I hadn't heard of before.

It poured a deep, golden amber. The head was medium-sized, but it kept well. The scent was almost lemon-y, which was pleasant. It smelled like it was a pretty light beer. And that is what it turned out to be. It wasn't overly carbonated, making it easy to get down. It had a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, which was fine with me. Surprisingly, the beer also had a bit of a lime character in the taste. The mouthfeel was a pretty good balance. It wasn't too heavy, and it wasn't too light. I think this would be a good beer to drink while watching the ballgame or sitting around the TV. Shame they don't serve this at Fenway, as far as I know.

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't earth-shattering, but it was good. The baseball bottle cap is a nice touch.

bceaglejoe, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a nice deep golden brew with a good head that died down but left a lot of lacing.

The aroma was of hops, and a hint of plum fruitiness.

The taste was a bit bitter, followed by some graininess... but overall it was rather bland. No aftertaste to speak of. And the mouthfeel was somewhat watery.

Not that drinkable a brew... it just was lacking in quality, nothing stood out.

connecticutpoet, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of sabrills70
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden almost amber color, a bit haze, huge head with lots of carbonation and decent lace. Smell of light malt and a bit of rice - very faint smell. Taste is quite good - a nice light malt that is very nicely balanced with hoppiness. A bit of rice flavor. Some citrus notes as well. A very nice light ale. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. I recommend trying some of this.

sabrills70, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's got a cut bottle-cap that looks like a baseball.

Appearance: Rich, bright golden hued beer topped with a frothy white head which retains well and trails the glass.

Smell: Pretty empty in the nose, with some hints of apple-skin.

Taste: A bit coarse on the palate, with a tight, spritzy, scrubbing and sharp-ish carbonation that creams up in the mouth, providing a bit of smoothness on the palate. Body is quite light. Major blast of zesty bitterness, with a watery citric character to it. Touch of cheesy hops. Sweetness is low, with notes of saccharin. Touch fruity berries, apple, pear and plenty of Ringwood yeast character (which may be odd for some). Dry, grainy and ashy in the finish.

Notes:A tasty ale. Uncomplicated, easy drinking and quite the refresher. The Ringwood yeast is a bit powerful though, and perhaps a bit too dirty and dominant.

Todd, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium golden color with a nice amount of carbonation that stays with you for a little bit. Smell consisted of some nice malt tones and some spicy hops, then some buttery tones show up from the ringwood yeast. Taste was alright actually. Some slighty bitter malts show up in the beginning and then ends with some spicy hops. Finished somewhat the same was the taste. The mouthfeel was more on the light side I would say, but on a summer day, this would fit the bill for sure. A good beer.

necoadam, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge carbonation leaves a mountanous head reminiscent of belgians. Hazy peach. Smell is of soft orange rind. Very light fruity and grain flavor finishes sweet and a little sugary with some astringency. Light and refreshing, this is a good thirst-quenching beer. I would definitely drink this again.

waughbrew, May 25, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours a clear gold with a modest one-finger white head which recedes quickly and leaves little noticeable lacing. The aroma is mostly metallic malts coerced from different angles by spears of citrus and floral hops. The taste is very light, much less intricate than the smell--frankly pretty dull. Some lemony butter off of a thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Seems good for a summer's evening after a softball game (hence the name).

longpondbeerman, May 10, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A different flavored brew. Color is a nice copper with very little head. Smell was smoky butterscotch? Taste likewise had a smoky, buttery flavor, rounded, yet witha slight bitterness on the finish///a bit unusual IMO. Mouthfeel was a bit oily...not unpleasant, but not spectacular either. Drinkability was hampered a tad due to this oily quality. Not my favorite, but if others like the qualities I described, give it a try.

edchicma, May 06, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright off-white head, bout 4 inches tall that took the shape of a doughnut as it faded leaving some nice lace. Orange amber colored, pretty transparent, with lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up along the sides. Fresh aroma, a bit of lemon, sweet malt and some floral hops. Pale malt flavor, nice a crisp, joined by a little tangy hops that carry the slightest bite. A pretty light bodied beer, easy drinking with a clean finish. A crisp and refreshing beer, nothing bad about it, but not much to it either, which I'm pretty sure is how this style is supposed to be so I can't complain.

HappyHourHero, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of beernut7
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill-hazy copper with an impressive sticky head. The aroma is that of white-wine and bready malt. An initial light body pairs with a refreshing bready malt character and a flush of fruit on the finish. Very mild bitterness and very easy drinking. I would like to try this on tap.

beernut7, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of goz
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head that quickly diminishes to nothing, leaving tiny bits of lace. Aroma is fairly boring and mild, mostly just sweet. Flavor is also quite boring, slightly sweet, with a tiny bit of floral hops showing up for the end. Body is quite light.

goz, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. pin-striped bottle with ol' Abner Doubleday on the bottle. Bottle cap looks like a baseball.

Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a briskly-carbonated and fizzy dull orange-colored beer with a thick layer of lacing head that quickly died off.

Aroma: Different. An earthy, "flowery" aroma. Bits of malty sweetness as well.

Taste: Gritty, earthen flavor. Very, very dry. Nothing too exciting here. Moderately bitter. Long-lasting dryness.

Drinkability: Again, not too exciting. The finish knocks a point off the drinkability. A little smoothing of the rough edges would do this beer well.

Mouthfeel: Low-bodied, very fizzy. Almost a "macro"-like mouthfeel.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretty standard ale from cooperstown brewing. i can't really say anything bad about his one, but there's nothing definitively good about it either, save for the fact that it's a well made, easy drinking brew. a little hoppy, a little grainy and maybe a bit of caramel in both the smell and taste. there was nothing going on here that i was dissapointed in nor was there anything unexpected. a decent choice if your trying to ween someone off of heineken. even a bud drinker might be prone to enjoying this one.

SixpointJMH, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

There is nothing fancy about this beer, but it is a decent beer to drink.The appearance was a medium ivory creamy and rocky head that consisted of fine-small bubbles.The body was slightly hazy and it had a lot of fizzy and lively carbonation.The hue was orange and this beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose wa malty, hoppy, fruity and citrus.The flavor was lightly hoppy, tart and it had a bit of an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light bodied.

hotstuff, Sep 02, 2003
Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.