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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: 142
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange. Thousands of little bubbles slowly and deliberately rise to the surface. Gorgeous. The head actually stays atop the beer as I drink it, right down to the bottom.

Has a malty aroma with a mild sweetness. However the sweetness is the overwhelming characteristic of the smell. A slight bitter hint of malt at the end. Seems to have all the characteristics of an English Ale.

Has a very strong pungent flavor. Heavy malt and some sweetness, but overall has a strong, somewhat sour taste. Any hops that might be in this beer are completely overpowered. But the malt is pleasant with the perfect sweet/sour mix.

Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. The fact that the carbonation is slight on the tongue is a bonus. As strong as this is, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Has a perfect combination of thickness and drinkability.

Photo of Naes
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of TotalNovice
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I have reviewed. I thoroughly enjoyed this with beer with dinner, but am not getting the same taste experience now that I am not breaking it up with bites of food. I like its clear, amber color. As for smell, maybe I should have smelled it before tasting it, because now, I experience very little aroma by sniffing, but what I get is subtle fruit and caramel. I deceded to grab some food (turkey breast) to enhance the drinking experience. This helps. I really enjoy the taste. It's not terribly complex to me--mostly caramelish malt, yet I've never had a beer quite like it. The alcohol is making me tipsy, and I wouldn't have guessed it to be 7.7%, based on the taste. Rating numerically seems a bit misguided to me. The mouthfeel is what it is--nothing astouding, but to me. perfect for this beer. The last sip was a pleasure, as well as the mellow aftertaste, which I will take to my bed, if it lasts after I brush my teeth! Well, I've had quite a delicious time with this, and I encourage you all to try it. It also seems like a "safe" beer to offer all kinds of friends; there's nothing eccentric, extreme. or weird about it. Now that the glass has been empty for a few minutes, I am tasting the yeast; it's a subtle aftertaste--nice, even though I don't usually like the taste of most yeasts. Well, I think you can see why I chose my handle, and thanks for allowing me to share my novice beer-drinking experience with you.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A reddish bronze color with a wispy head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: A sweet, bready aroma mixed in with a faint odor of oats from Ringwood yeast.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet and fruity, then you get a warming, alcoholic bite similar to a brandy. Interesting, and in a good way. The Ringwood is there, but it's in the background this time- more of a cereal-like undertone. Finish was metallic. Mouthfeel was fine, relatively light body medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very smoothly despite the 7.7 ABV.

Notes: A tasty strong ale, the Ringwood was kept under control here. My favorite from this brewery so far.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear copper body, topped by a healthy head of bona china white froth which rose above the ri at first pour.

Nose is yeasty, bready, and all the way in the back, there's a candy sniff.

Powerful sweet foundation, caramelly, but wit also a deep dark chocolate aspect which cuts enough that the overall taste is not cloying. Hops seem to hang at the roof of the mouth and then gently descend onto the tongue and into the mix. Enough hops to brake the sweetness, and if it never gets too bitter, it does endup balanced. Slight alcohol twing in the finish/aftertaste.

Good medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable for a strong ale.

Another fine Englsih inspired beer from Cooperstown "other" brewery.

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.

Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfect copper color with a slight off white head. Slight retention on top, but not much.
S: Aromas of caramel with a slight raspberry fruit tart thats noticeable in the background. Bready malts dominate the malt profile. Good heavyness to the malt character.
T/M: Caramel and raspberry fruit up front with a good malt backbone that kicks into high gear and hangs out for awhile. Sweet fruity malt in the mouth starts out very thick and ends with a slight bitter finish. Medium to a little thicker body on this one. Smooth and exceptionally pleasing on the palateand coating on in the mouth. Mellows out a bit as it warms. Overall a great tasting ale.
D: Definately a drinkable offering from Cooperstown. One of their better ones.

Notes: The picture is of the owner when he was young. He grew up in Milford, NY and played little league there.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle is a reddened copper color ale with a fat, creamy head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. I gave it a semi-hard pour as it didn't look as though there would be much head halfway through. Aroma is musty at first and definately heavy on the malt. A swirl of the glass brings out caramel, fruit, and mild hints of ringwood yeast. Occasionally a whiff of metal. Smooth malty flavor - fruit (almost tart in the center but not quite), a soft sweetness, and warm diacetyl. The fruitiness gets heavier as it warms. Smooth, slick, and full.

Malty and strong yet very smooth and mellow. Very easy to handle for a strong ale. The ringwood yeast is used really well here too...not overdone in any way. Pretty interesting.

Photo of AaronRed
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and later in a bottle, this brew is strong and assertive. It does mellow the more you drink it- maybe due to warming a bit or because it's high alcohol content (both I guess). It has a very sweet almost honey like aroma. Taste is also on the sweeter side, really seems made in the style of an English Strong Ale(which is what is it supposed to be). Carmel predominates in this beer. It's a little too one-sided, made to be strong, yet kind of a one hit wonder. Not a bad beer by any means. It's enjoyable when one is in the mood for a strong ale. I like that American brewers are trying to make different styles of ale like this one.

Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dug out" 12 pack.. best by 06/30/06

one full finger of large bubbly white head, sharp looking brown color, very consistent in the glass with some amber highlights here and there. good lacing and cling to this one. a good looking brew.

a little boozy .. like bourbon, lightly roasted caramel malts, cherries in chocolate also lurk in the background, very nice! later on down I get a little more butterscotch mixed in...

taste etc...
I thought the alcohol would be more assertive as per the nose, I was wrong.. this is very smooth. nice full mouthfeel with the carbonation being dead on for this. this drinks like a smooth brown ale.. I can't believe this is near 8%... there is only some warming in the gullet.

this one is tasty and very drinkable (if you dont mind the ringwood yeast strain, it doesnt bother me personally...) - but watch the ABV. I'll buy this one again, maybe not in the spring or summer but in the fall for sure.

Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. This beer pours a translucent amber color with a bubbly off white head and thick lacing. The aroma is of toasted malts with some sweetness, maybe a bit lemony. The first taste gives you a bit of bitterness but mostly toasted malts and caramel that is very enjoyable and drinkable. The beer has a nice bit of carbanation that reminds me of the texture of a beer like Duvel but with different taste. With an abv approaching 8% this beer is deceiving as it is approachable.

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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!!

Photo of whartontallboy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep copper/brassy color with moderate cloudiness, a thin white head, and a nice little bit of streaming carbonation.

Big caramel smell with a huge malty, yeasty aroma. Very big scent that emanates right out of the glass. Alcohol and some light fruitiness comes through underneath as well.

Flavor is similarly caramel and malt-laden with a big yeast flavor. There's a bit of spice and a fruity flavor that almost approaches plum in the finish. Alcohol pulls through as well. Interesting flavor that is a nice one to sip on, but maybe a little too much caramel to be completely on point.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasant.

Overall: A nice strong ale that has a great drinkability for its ABV. Not my favorite, but definitely a good one to try.

Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy off white head that settles to a film with a few pools of larger bubbles. Some dimpled lace that remains. A glowing dull, depp bronze in color.

Sweet caramel, vanilla, and honey. Some dark fruit tones as well: plum and raisin. Also a faint smokiness with a noticeable alcohol aroma.

Caramel and toffe-sweetened malt profile. Apple, grape, plum, and raisin esters. Still an oaky, smoke flavor but it is rather hidden compared to its presence in the aroma. Light vanilla tones. The finish is very dry with an aftertaste of raisin, toffee, and a warming alcohol.

Medium bodied; sweet, warming, and mellow on the palate.

A tame yet flavorful Old Ale. The complexities of flavor makes this version of the style quite interesting. I would strongly consider this as a session beer. My favorite Cooperstown offering to date.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of palma
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper/amber body with a smooth tan color head that sticks around well and leaves a lace till the last drop. Vanilla, caramel, floral and estery aroma along with a mild hoppy nose. Medium hop flavor up front followed by a fruity tangyness. Light buttery notes hiding among the fruit flavor. A solid caramel malt background throughout. Bitter green apple peel in the finish. Also ends dry and tart and with a faint grainy aftertaste. As the beer warms the tangyness really starts to show up strong. Hard to believe this is 7.7 ABV. The alcohol is hidden very well in this brew. Medium carbonation. This is definitely my favorite brew from Cooperstown Brewing Co.

Notes: For some reason, I love playing battlefield when Im drinking this beer.

Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper color. Not much head but very tiny bubbles. OK lace. Smells of apple with some caramel, raisin and vanilla. Slight alcohol smell. Taste is very similar to the smell except that the alcoho; is a bit more pronounced, with a nice hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Finishes a bit dry. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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!.

Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is right up my alley, so consider this biased. I'll do my best to separate my love for this style out of the review.

Pours nice, rich and dark. Somewhat light reddish brown. Leaves a bit of fizz on top.

Smell is dark and sweet, perhaps banana, molassis, sugar or vanilla.

Taste matches the smell, with a dark tawney edge - molassis? Malt? Not sure, but it has a bit of a dark bite.

Nice mouthfeel that turns syrupey as it warms. I'm guessing I like this at around 50F, it is too cold from the 'fridge, but at room temprature the mouthfeel falls apart and turns bland.

Nice body, not thin, not super heavy.

Clean finish with alcohol hitting the back of the throat. This leaves very little aftertaste.

Too bad I can't find this regularly around me. I could drink it all the time.

What is it, anyway? "english strong"? It seems to me that it is like an American rendition of a Scottish heavy ale.

Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear woody-brown color with a thin, white head. Teriffic aroma…serious malt smells. Just a hint of alcohol in the nose. There’s a grist-like, sugary smell, mixed with yeast and fruit (blackberries?)…molasses…sort of reminiscent of a barley-wine. Just great!! It’s got a little slick oiliness, but it fits right in to the beer’s character. Hoppy and bitter finish. I didn’t know what to expect from this beer, and it sat on the back of my beer shelf for a long time after I bought it. That was my loss. This is fantastic!!

Photo of wyllder
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown with little head and a lacing that chases the beer on the way down.

Nose is a mix of lightly roasted malts and caramel.

Taste, like the nose is just the briefest flush of hoppy bitterness followed by a nicely balanced roasted malt on the midsip. Finish is mild, leaving you with an aftertaste of roasted malts and caramel.

Not bad at all. For a strong ale, I expected something, well.. stronger?

The best word I can use to describe this would be inoffensive. It's not something I'll be buying again, but it's easy enough to drink.

Photo of ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/amber in color with a good off white head. A tasty whiff of malty sweetness in the aroma. The maltiness is the previlent characteristic with a little bit of smooth bitterness at the back of the tongue. But it is the malty sweetness the sets up home on the middle of your tongue, probably hely ther by the higher alcohol. A tasty gem.

Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.