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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: 138
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
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:
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Photo of bklynbeerbaron

New York

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 03:55:56 | More by bklynbeerbaron
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 21:47:48 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of akorsak


3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 13:11:26 | More by akorsak
Photo of bjohnson


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 02:00:15 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 11:33:10 | More by Gavage
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 00:58:07 | More by wedge
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 00:54:25 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:18:56 | More by Ego
Photo of ggaughan


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 02:03:35 | More by ggaughan
Photo of tavernjef


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 23:02:44 | More by tavernjef
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 01:22:27 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of NEhophead


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 04:15:31 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 00:33:41 | More by Litterbean
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 05:43:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of xgrigorix


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 18:18:32 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of palma

New York

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 08:47:26 | More by palma
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 00:17:06 | More by sabrills70
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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!.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 23:45:32 | More by oberon
Photo of karengarys


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 22:54:08 | More by karengarys
Photo of Suds


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 01:37:10 | More by Suds
Photo of wyllder


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 00:10:43 | More by wyllder
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 18:45:06 | More by ybnorml
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 21:24:56 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of RoyalT


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:28:59 | More by RoyalT
Photo of HappyHourHero


2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
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 :-(

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 05:02:21 | More by HappyHourHero
Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.