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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: 141
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear looking mahogany brown with a loose, thin tan head. This beer doesn't have great lacing and looses its head relatively quickly. The beer smells like a strong ale with a sweet malt base and some biting alcohol. There is a touch of fruitiness in the nose, but it's not delicate and refined like a Belgian. The taste is slightly sweet toasty/chocolatiness with some biting alcohol. The mouthfeel is all wrong and completely off balance. Overall I would suggest that you do not seek out this beer because clearly it's not made for the general beer drinker...it's made for someone interested in sucking down an unrefined mess of beer-related flavors.

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of durwood64
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of kvltmetalhead
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Edwaka01
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of BodiesLexus
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 :)

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks RocPorterFanatic for this brew!

A: Slightly murky, and a nice medium brown with maroon highlights when held to the light. The head is creamy looking and slightly tan.

S: There is a nice sweetness, like freshly glazed bread. There is a slight fruity aroma that comes out in the form of cherries, and a leafy hop aroma that I like.

T: Sweetness first with cherries, then almost an almond flavor. The comes a touch of roasted flavor, with burnt sugar notes. Throughout there is a bit of a tartness to it, but I think it works.

M: Slightly on the thinner side, with perhaps a little extra carbonation.

O: Overall very nice. Tasty, and certainly interesting.

Photo of MsRif
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. This was the best of the bunch that they had to offer. Poured a reddish brown color with a small white head and minimal lacing throughout the session. Smelled of sweet malts, fruits, bready-ness and earthy hops (slight). Tasted like it smelled. Not really overly complex, but well-balanced and highly drinkable. Some dark fruits are more prevalent in the taste than in the nose of this beer.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Highly drinkable. Maybe that's why I got a case of it! Recommended.

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours aruby brown color with a small head and bit of lacing.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, a bit fruity with some spice.

T: Taste of some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit and some spice. A nice easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly mdium, smooth and quite dry. No hint of the 7.7 ABV. Well balanced.

O: very enjoyable ale. Another good beer from a regional brewer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.