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Pride Of Milford Special Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Pride Of Milford Special AlePride Of Milford Special Ale

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Ratings: 140
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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy yeast lager. Carbonated head. Ringwood yeast, bit of fruit and almond and somewhat bitterness. Like an xmas ale of the second tier of brewers. Hops, alcohol which dries out mouth. Medium mouthfeel. Lots of malts contribute to sweetish aftertaste.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a bubbly ecru head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lacing

Smell: Grainy malt aroma that is slightly nutty with a dash of butter

Taste: Immediately strikes the tongue with a fruity (plums and berries) and nutty malt taste; shortly thereafter, the grainy malt flavors that were in the aroma appear as well; after the swallow, the RIngwood yeast imparts its characteristic touch of diacetyl; the finish was sour and a touch rough but the earthy English hops added a nice touch

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slightly slick from the diacetyl

Drinkability: Complex and interesting and, while it would not rank among my favorites, it is unusual enough to seek out; congrats to the brewery for creating this singular sipper

Thanks, palma, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself."

--Paul 'Bear' Bryant

Burnt, brassy orange with Sunkist edges. The crown of foam resembles orange mousse. It stays steady at two fingers for a considerable length of time due to the vigorous stream of bubbles feeding its underside. A few arching streamers of lace have appeared, but there's much more glass visible than I'd like.

The nose is a mixture of mild caramel notes, butter and an ale yeast fruitiness. Five malts are in use, so it's no great stretch to believe that caramel/crystal is among them. The butteriness comes from the use of Ringwood yeast and the origin of the ale fruitiness should be obvious. After a few more sniffs, I'd like to change 'butter' to 'butterscotch'.

Pride of Milford is distinctively flavored beer (Ringwood will do that). That particular yeast strain always makes me think of Jolly Old England, and the ABV is sufficient to qualify, so I see no problem with the style assignment. English strong ale is a bit of a catch-all anyway.

Each mouthful delivers unripe fruit swimming in butter, caramel sauce and a wee dram of Irish whiskey. It also tastes like the beer spend some amount of time in wood, but I doubt it. Like the well-done, nostalgic label, the flavor profile is old-fashioned in a good way.

The above description makes the beer sound sweet, but it really isn't. A stealth amount of hops and the barely noticed alcohol keep things from becoming too sticky. Warming opens things up a tad. That's good if you like where it started and not so good if you don't. I'm beginning to enjoy Pride more and more with each passing sip.

It feels like pickiness, but the mouthfeel needs to be more full. This is a beer that should languish on the palate, not specialize in the 'hit and run'. More malt is an obvious fix and would turn this 'Special Ale' into something even more special.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Pride of Milford has an intensely loyal following in Cooperstown and its environs. It isn't an ale that one could drink in quantity while taking in a double-header, but is more of a 'thinking man's' beer. If I had another bottle or two right now, I have no doubt that I could understand and explain the infield fly rule. Gotta love those baseball caps. Thanks BeerTruth.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep copper with a two finger head that leaves a trail of lace down the glass,big malty aroma sweet and caramely with some brown sugar in there.Taste has a smokiness to it some clove and bubblgum quite odd for the style but very tasty I get a late smokiness that lingers well.Hmm great flavors for a dark wheat beer but for a strong ale quite unique a beer to savor I love it I wish I had more damn it!.

oberon, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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
Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best beer from Cooperstown Brewing, IMO. Well-balanced, flavorful...all over a very good brew. Pours slightly reddish-brown with a bit of a white head that mostly dissipates. Rich, malty nose with some fruity sweetness. Taste of malts and implications of dark, dried fruits. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable. Light overall, but with lots of character. Had no problem taking a few home with me.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden to light amber color with a white lace head. The aroma is a very refreshing fruity malt smell. I love this quality in beers. It tastes light with a med. addition of caramel malts. It is high in alcohol boasting 7.7% abv. , but is still very drinkable. A good beer to drink cold. I didn't detect much in the line of high powered hopping for either flavor or aroma. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not the best that Cooperstown has to offer. It could do a little more with better head retention, higher hopping, and a larger aray of malt complexity, but how many beers do you know that could do the same.

WesWes, Jun 02, 2003
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 smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly no head. What is there dies to fine bubbles along the rim. Almost no lace--just some spots on the glass. The brew looks like dirty copper (light brown). It's also crystal clear.

Smells like melted caramel--buttery and very sweet. Slightly toasted with some honey. On aroma alone, I might think this is a dessert beer.

It's sweet, but not like the smell. Also, there's a good dollop of bittering hop that gives this some balance. Very rich body with a low level of carbonation. The malt has a good biscuit and white bread (lightly toasted). This is one of the better Strong Ales I've ever had.

smcolw, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear reddish amber / orange color with a two inch creamy head that lasts nicely. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: bread, ripe red fruits, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: bread, overripe black plums, caramel, yeast, and a mild bitterness. A simple dry hearty beer here.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. Hint of crispness at the end. Bread and caramel linger softly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very good. Personally a definite session beer for me, one of the better brews from Cooperstown.

Gavage, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Helllooo ringwood. Beer pours a nice red amber with white head. Right off the bat, this sucker smells and tastes of ringwood and not much else. I, for one, am a fan of the yeast so this is a good deal. I'm sure there's some malt in there, but I've mostly got tastes of creamy fruit with only a hint of butterscotch. It's good to see the big D hasn't taken over this beer. Very smooth drinking and no hint of the 7.7% abv.

tempest, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

akorsak, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to Amanda at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo for the generous sample of this lovely ale.
Pours a transparent but muddy orange brown colour and maintained a short, but steady level of head. The body is a little thin not boasting any harsh of dominant qualities. The aroma is incredibly sweet with notes of raisins, dates, fermented berries. The flavours mimic the aroma with a similar sweetness in the aftertaste that rings out for a few seconds then seems to disappear. This works as a good winter warmer, the malt bill is very complex. Also notes of oak. No suggestion as to the alcohol percentage. There's not much roast, not much bitterness, or alcohol sting. What there is a lovely soft brandy/sherry complex. I liked it a lot.

biegaman, May 24, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for hooking us up with great beer all day!

Pours a clear brown/copper, thin off white head, leaves some solid lacing, good retention, nice layer. Smell is very sweet, caramelized, very fruity, nice dose of alcohol, sherry, very malty and strong. Taste is similar, sweet brown sugar/caramel front, sherry, some citrus, malty as all hell, fruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, warms going down, nice and smooth. Very surprisingly good!

Viggo, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours like cough syrup, viscous with no carbonation. It's a foggy burgandy color. Only a faint tan edging. The aroma is fruity and musty. The taste is very interesting. I haven't had a lot of experience with the Ringwood yeast, but I'm assuming that is the source of the unique fruitiness present here. A subtle tartness seems to burried, but present. The sweetness overrides almost everything. The main fruity tones seem to be banana esters. Body is full and smooth. Nice drinkability. 7.7% a/v? Would've never guessed.

Gotta thank Davo for sharing some baseball history with me.

Bighuge, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +7.5%

beertunes, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color as it pours from the bottle a deep ruby to almost brown color with a portly light tan head, lace is a nice thin coating on the glass. Malt dominates the nose, but I do get a hint of yeast, well maybe it just the extra malt that makes me think that? Start is sweet, malt loaded, top is medium in its feel and the finish spicy in the hop category, the acidity mild. A nice dry long lasting aftertaste and a nice drinkable beer.

Gusler, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huh if I were to guess I would have figured it was a red ale.

A - Deep ruby hue (red) with about a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Slight toffee, caramel, bubblegum, maybe some fruity yeasts, and a tiny bit of nutty smell.

T - Far from offensive but it just came off as a sweet red ale. Taste of mild nutty then fruity yeasts with mild bubblegum. It was good but could have used more ABV or hops to truly be a strong ale.

M - Medium bodied for what it was it drank rather well.

Overall with better examples of the style I am torn to hate this but it did drink very well for a Strong ale.

DrDemento456, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic, thanks Chad! Pours a hazed brownish-red color with a small tan head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose is dark fruits, toasty toffee and sweet minerals. Certainly has a British flair to it on the nose, lets see about the flavour...

Taste is quite good, I am surprised by this one! Dark fruits and alcohol go together nicely. Brown Ale-esque maltiness throws down a nice base layer for a pretty hefty mineral aspect. Looking at the label and brewery, I was thinking this one would be a little on the gimmicky side...ok...alot on the gimmicky side; but this is quite a nice little treat that shows some nice depth and some solid UK characteristics. Mouthfeel is velvety and lowly carbonated. Chad obviously knows what he’s doing sending this one around :)

twiggamortis420, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper color with some golden glowing around the edges. Small to medium sized ivory cap. Leaves some light topping once its faded and the lacing is splattered with spots.

Aroma is quite nice, seemingly light but delicately enhanced with a certain subtle complexity that fits a strong ale. Warmingly toasted and bready with a pleasing little dollop of white grape and apricot jam.

Oooo...as in moo, a very nice taster. Toasty and warm, lightly fruity and hoppy. Buttered toast, slippery caramel, dried apricot, and a mellowing warm tone is located all throughout as it begins to finish with some yeasty dryness and hop oil warmth adding some lovely little additions of herbal spice, then back again with some caramel returns and more subtle warming. The malt backing is quite adequate and largely placed as to make a subtle balance and play between the warmth, hops, spice, and yeast. A pleasure to sip. Subtlity is the name of the game in this one. Great finish. The hoppy spices are perfectly intertwined into the finish.

Feel is clean, smooth, and warming with a certain medium tilted body that leans to the malted side of things. A good thing here. Very balanced and well rounded. The texture is so easy to take in. A very drinkable ale, sipable in large doses.

A warming thanks to syrbeer for the samples!!

tavernjef, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive clear amber color with a slight cream colored head...Big sweet vanilla/butterscotch notes on the nose...ringwood yeast all the way...body is on the low side of medium for this style but it seems about right...flavor is big on the butterscotch....some vanilla....maybe just a tich of caramel...not much hoppping...BUT..this is not overbearingly sweet...a nicely balanced Old Ale that warms up the tummy a little...finishes slighty alcoholic...

A real treat here...These are the kinds of beers I like to kick back with the family and watch a nice movie....just sip slowly on beer...smell it over and over...very relaxing and it takes a quality beer to enjoy in that way....this one fits the bill..

Special thanks to Johnny P for this dandy

ZAP, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a rather light and clear brown with a decent head.

Smell – Wow. This has a monster flavor here that I’ve never picked up before. It’s malty for sure. Maybe a yeast of some kind? Whatever it is, it is awesome. There’s some nice sweets going on here, too, notably raw sugar and light caramel, but this yeasty malty backbone is something else.

Taste – There it is. Incredible. This is really cool. 760 reviews posted on the site and 761 turns out to be something completely new. I love beer.

This is definitely a yeast base. It is sharp and very tight, which bodes well for a few months of cellaring, IMHO. The flavors are really tight. The yeast and sugars from the nose come out wonderfully at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A tad bigger than medium-bodied. This ale is sweet but not sticky sweet, and the sharp yeast flavors hit the back of the mouth like a ton of bricks.

Drinkability – Excellent and unique example of the style. This is a real sipper and went down quite well.

Comments – OldFroth never ceases to amaze me. This gem from PA was an education of the palette.

RoyalT, Apr 10, 2004
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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.