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Pride Of Milford Special Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

morrowd3, Jun 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

kvltmetalhead, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

DmanGTR, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Nipitato
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Nipitato, May 10, 2007
Photo of cbl2
2.42/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance:

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

Aroma:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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…

cbl2, May 20, 2007
Photo of Fernans
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Fernans, May 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

BodiesLexus, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of HappyHourHero
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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 :-(

HappyHourHero, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of PCmofo
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

PCmofo, Jun 26, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

electtodefer, May 01, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

CharlieMurphy, Apr 01, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

godlessape, Aug 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

LJWalker, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

tubeman, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

OriolesFan1008, May 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Rss13, Aug 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

ShriverMO, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

jwc215, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BeerTruth
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

BeerTruth, Oct 25, 2007
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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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...

dogfishandi, Apr 19, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Jp7010, Dec 06, 2007
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Aiptasia, Jan 26, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

allergictomacros, Jun 06, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 24, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.