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Pride Of Milford Special Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 144
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 144
Photo of DmanGTR
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - poured a dark amber red, crystal clear, into a straight glass. Although I was very careful and poured gently, it yielded a massive head that forced me to wait until it died down to pour the 3/4 bottle left. No lacing, quick to diminish.

S - strangely perfumey and flowery. Hint of sweet malts, some alcohol thrown in, slight honey tone? That weird perfume smell was in their pale ale too... maybe it's the yeast?

T - sweet herbal tea with an alcoholic finish and a touch of bitterness. Some caramel sweetness. Again, that yeast has some off flavors here...

M - light bodied, over carbonated at first but then it becomes too flat quickly. What's going on here?!

D - ugh, this is a drain pour.

Overall - I've had a number of beers from Cooperstown and every single one that I had yielded an exploding head that required me to wait to finish pouring. Worse yet, every single one has a very strange perfumey and flowery aroma that seems very off flavored. Furthermore, when looking at the sediment left behind, I see a collection of pinhead sized "pellets" on the bottom of the bottles. I wonder if these "pellets" are infectious colonies of bacteria/yeast but I see these in each bottle that I had.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine & Liquors in Somerville, MA.

A: Medium amber. Thin white head. Brilliant clarity.

S: Sweet malt flavor coupled with sweet dried fruit ester character. Smell is complex. Some diacetyl. Vinous.

T: The taste is kind of a mess. Diacetyl flavors dominate and overshadow malty base and fruity ester compliments. Hop flavor is weak All of this is layered with a cloying medicinal/solvent taste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Low carbonation. No alcohol warming.

D: A poor taste and high alcohol assist in making this beer not very drinkable. I will not purchase this beer again. Hands down the worst of the Cooperstown Brewing Co. options.

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Photo of cbl2
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

5/20/2007 12 oz. 7.70% No best by date.


Pours a clear amber/tea-like in appearance topped by just a thin film of white head.


Very grapey, with loads of diacetyl as well. Sickly sweet.


Wow, this is a diacetyl mess. Loads of butterscotch dominate the flavor alongside some grape esters. Way too buttery for my tastes. Hopefully this was a bad bottle. Down the drain you go…

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Photo of Fernans
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The second beer I tried from this brewer... not good overall.

Appearance: Healthy reddish brown. decent head from pour

Smell: Uh oh.. earthy, corky, sweet notes

Taste: Earthy, malty, some honey

Mouthfeel: Taste was a bit of a put off, didn't want it to linger to long.

Overall: It really wasn't special. It certainly does not stand out for a Strong Ale. Unfortunately, disappointing.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously to get a small off white head that quickly faded to a patchy film. Creamy butterscotch aroma almost too buttery, not inviting. Clear, dark iced tea colored beer with some fine carbonation floating up through it. Sweet malts, butterscotch, lightly bitter finish. Moderately full body, but a little too sweet and one sided. I'm not sure if this beer is bad or not, it definitely seems off, but not as bad as the Back Yard IPA I just poured down the drain. I bought singles of the other beers they make and drank them a week ago and they were all fine. I like my butterscotch flavors as much as the next guy (Mmm MIddle Ages), but this is a bit much. I'm dissapointed :-(

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Photo of PCmofo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Has a great slightly dark amber color that is quite clear
S- Smells slightly nutty/caramel
T- Taste is unique and has a slightly hopy flavor.
M- Mouth feel is slightly thicker
D- Drinkability is low because of the unusual flavor and aroma

I cant quite put my finger on the taste of this beer but either the lines need to be cleaned on the tap or it has gone bad. If I try it in the bottle I might change my tune.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours molasses amber color. 1/4" tan head

S: Smells like a strong ale. Not much else coming to mind, some alcohol and perhaps molasses and nuts at the end. Even less fruit hinted at.

T: Light caramel flavors abruptly muted by a slight alcohol presence over the malt. Some low aa hops definitely present too. Nothing too remarkable.

M: light malty mouthfeel left with some tingle from a slightly high carbonation for the style.

O: Meh beer, probably wouldn't bother getting again. It's cheap though.

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Photo of godlessape
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an inviting ruby brown and presents just a thin tan head.

Smell: Fruity and sweet like plums and apricots. I could sniff at this till my head spins, I get dizzy and fall out and not detect a single hop note.

Taste: A malty fruit basket and not much else. There is some bittering and dryness on the end but not enough.

Mouth-feel: Light bodied and a wee bit thin.

Overall: Not a bad brew but I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright copper with a thin lasting - for the most part - off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass, with some stickage.

The smell is grainy - almost cereal-ish. Some green apple and a perfumy/floral character is present. Some woody, musty hop notes come through.

The taste is of grainy sweetness with green apple and an odd perfumy/floral presence. A touch of caramel and warmth come through in the finish. There is a musty, almost woody, note as well.

It is slightly overcarbonated with a loose - barely hitting medium - body.

Something "dirty" about it, and it has a perfumy presence. On the weak side of things... It's not "bad", just not more than mediocre-ish, IMO. An odd, but not bad, brew.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a light amber hue with a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a thin frothy layer. Stickiness is pretty nice, holds on well to the sides. Smell is that Cooperstown ringwood yeast, caramel malt, roasted nuts, raisins, and hint of booze. Taste is pretty woody with some smoked nut flavors. Hints of vanilla seem a bit out of place but are quite strong. Butter and yeast are in the aftertaste and linger for quite a while. Medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation, a bit dry in the mouth. Pretty decent brew, just like Middle Ages with their ringwood yeast. If their brews aren't your thing, avoid this beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a deep amber, ruby red color, good clarity, small thin head, no real real lace. no head halfway through the glass.

lots of buttery diactyl in the aroma, buttered popcorn. behind that i can hardly detect some biscuity malt, a little caramel and some harsh yeastiness. maybe a hint of alcohol.

again, buttery diactyl and some wierd off yeastiness. behind that i detect a little citrus, herbal hops with some bitterness and some caramel, biscuit malt. a little honey. off yeast flavors dont make this too enjoyable.

very low carbonation, almost flat by the end of the glass. whats there is fizzy. weak body, almost a little watery. alcohol noticable, a little spicy on the palate.

i wouldnt drink this again...

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Photo of Jp7010
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | 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 reddish-amber into a nonic. Complete with a half-inch of white foam that dissipated quickly. The aroma was of bread and butter. A malty brew, with hints of caramel. The bread and butter undertones shine through. An almost salty taste also came out. The bread theme that this beer seems to have taken on shine through even through the feel. An almost bready chew on this brew. I can't say I'm looking forward to finishing the other bottle of this pair that came with my mixed pack. Bread and butter.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This was a trade pick-up for me from ThePorterSorter.

A: Pours a respectable fizzy deep red coloration with a slight but heady foam. Crystal clear and translucent ruby with moderate carbonation. Lacing is unremarkable with no cling, and settles fast. Easy to pour.

S: Bubblegum big time. Juicy fruit and malt on the nose.

T: Malty with plenty of tropical bubblegum flavors. Mineral notes and some roast, but it's slight. Some anise and nut flavors. Hops barely assert themselves.

M: It drinks fine. It's wet and leaves a slight astringency.

O: To me, this style always tastes like the wort from a Belgian ale without the adjunct spices, and that's what i'm getting from this beer. It's like a half-baked Belgian ale. It's o.k., just not something i'm gushing about.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with and inch of somewhat loose head.

S - Fruity, with ripe pears and some apple, sugary sweetness and a hint of floral hop.

T - Sweet, very apple-y. Hops are very muted, and bitterness not very assertive. A little tart up front, and there's some alcohol in the middle with bit of butteriness. Cidery.

M - Moderate body, not too heavy - which is a good thing, but nothing special.

S - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv., but just not very interesting flavour-wise.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, honey, fruit, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a pale burst of hops bitterness. The some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bourbon, fruit and honey quickly follow. The malt character is hearty but there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s not too bad but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a 1.5 finger, off-white head. While fluffy at first, the head reduces to nothing rather quickly. No lacing is left behind.

S: Slightly hoppy, with a bit of citrus. Mostly there is a heavier caramal aroma and a bit of butter and butterscotch.

T: Heavy caramel notes, a bit of a nutty flavor, and a relatively big amount of butter and butterscotch. The warmer it gets the more buttery it becomes.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, dry and sticky finish, slightly sweet.

O: It actually started off nicely, but by the time I finished, it was not as good. The buttery flavor was a bit overpowering.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good head that dissipates fairly quickly, some carbonation, but no lace. Nearly clear reddish amber color with a sweet smell of malts and initial taste is malty with a complex of flavors but finish is hoppy. Goes good with tortilla chips and medium salsa.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Bright, clear copper. Thin off white head. Patchy lace.

Deep malty nose. Hints of orange marmalade.

Sweet malt, toffee, plums, & hints of vanilla. Off dry finish with a hint of citrusy American hops. Medium bodied, relaxed carbonation. Interesting, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a Sensory Glass with a delicious brown body. Honey tones and slight ruby and amber notes around the rim. Visible carbonation forming a thin stream throughout the glass. Head is mocha brown with larger than average sized bubbles. Body is completely transparent with no haze or sediment.

S - Smell is strong dark fruit. Slight alcohol heat. No hop smell. Sweet smell.

T - Taste again has some sweetness to it. Dark fruits and strong alcohol heat. Little bitterness near the end. Taste sticks around for a while.

MF - Very thin. Taste is really strong for the thin body.

D - Fairly drinkable. Strong taste holds me back, especially since the flavor sticks around for so long.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from a standard american pint glass. part of the breweries mixed 12 pack. from notes.

A- this one pours out a dark orangish red colored body with an eggshell colored head on it. the head recedes pretty quickly, leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- grainy and nutty malts. a hint of alcohol. a little bit of green apples.

T- the malts i could smell come through loud and clear. the alcohol is more pronounced. light summer fruits come out in the taste. berries, apple, and a bit of pear.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- a decent beer from a rather unknown brewery (at least in my neck of the woods). id check this one out again if i get the chance. having six different beers in their mixed 12 pack makes picking it up easy for an out of towner like myself.

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Photo of Pencible
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear copper color with a little bit of off-white head. It smelled like lots of caramel and roasted malts, with a bit of lemon hops. It tasted like strong orange and lemon hops mixed with sweet malt, and had a bit of alcohol flavor. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this had more flavor and complexity than the other Cooperstown brews, but it wasn't an overly enjoyable flavor or complexity. Keep trying.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bottle of Pride of Milford purchased at the Brewery the day after Belgium comes to Cooperstown. The ale itself was poured into a Three Philosophers glass and is chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a brown, caramel-like color with no haze and a smallish head.

Smell: The ale has a biscuity malt nose that gives off some fruity sweet flavors.

Taste: The ale has a firm grainy malt backbone that hides any hop or alcohol flavors. The malt gives the beer a sweet flavor that reminds me of berries.

Mouthfeel: The ale has a pleasant, sweet mouthfeel that hides alcohol well.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable with an ABV that sneaks up on you.

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Photo of Naes
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a dark copper/brown colored ale with a small off white head.
The aroma is a bit toasty with a mild hop presence.
The taste is grainy which gives way to some alcohol flavor and has a fruity character near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As opposed to the on-tap version, the bottle has a much more pronounced diacetyl flavor. In both smell and in taste, there is that unmistakable buttery characteristic. In the taste, it can be a bit overwhelming, but there are other flavors. I detect some strong cherry flavors and a good amount of hop bitterness that really makes this a warming beer. Too bad there is so much butter in there, this would be a bit better if it was taken down a notch.

Still, it is a good overall beer and the alcohol is hidden very nicely. It's a good beer to sip and enjoy, but watch out, because this guy is stronger than you'd think. A good deal too, at about $5-$6 for a sixer. A good New York beer and one that I will purchase again, but only if I can't find it on-tap.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This strong ale pours a dark, very clear, amber, almost red, with a thin tan head. There is little or no lacing, and the aroma is sweet and peaty pruniness. Not surprisingly the taste is very earthy and heavy, and the mouthfeel is coincidentally medium heavy with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.