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Pride Of Milford Special Ale - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 103
Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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...

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of Sneers
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ale House, Binghamton.

Pours a deep red-brown into the pint glass, capped by a nice light tan head. A good deal of lacing, too. [Note: The brewery describes this as "reddish copper." Perhaps this bar was just dark.]

The nose on this is rich, malty, and surprisingly fruity. It's not, however very strong, though I'm sure the pint glass isn't helping.

The taste is just like the nose, but enhanced. The fruitiness comes through strongly in the form of raisins, with some other dark fruit. The malt is rich, sweet and has an almost molasses-like quality without being cloying. There's also a bit of roastiness and buttery notes. The hop presence isn't strong, but adds a mild bitterness and spiciness. The 7.7% alcohol isn't slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel on this is awesome. Rich, full, creamy: everything I could ask for in a good English ale. I put two of these back without any effort; it's easy to sip and delicious.

I live just an hour and a half from Cooperstown, so I see their beer on the shelves all the time, but have never before today committed to buying any of their products. Next time I go on a beer run, I'll for sure be seeking more of this out.

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No other information is available on the label.

Appearance: The body has a rich amber color, good clarity and light off white head. The head fades quickly to just a thin wispy covering. This makes a little slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm malty character with a good hit of earthy and lightly citrusy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects nose with its solid, lightly toasted malty base. The malt sweetness has some toffee and nuttiness with mellow fruity notes blended with both juicy and earthy hop notes. Hop bitterness keep the sweetness in check and gives good balance to the finish. This also makes this beer very drinkable even at 7.7%abv. The palate is a medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

Notes: This beer is well made and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of smibroncos
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear dark caramel color, with a nice two finger diminishing off white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Carmel, leaves, dates, raisins

T. Carmel and roaster nuts, sweet brown sugar, date. Alcohol is definitely present, Not much in the way of hops or bitterness.

M. Medium bodied good carbonation. Nice duration.

D. A pretty good brew. It warms the tongue a little and the flavor lasts a decent time. The only negative is that it is a little sweet for me.

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

Reviewed from notes

Pours an effervescent copper color with a huge towering head that dies away relatively quickly. The aroma is mostly bready maltiness which is sweet and nutty around the edges. The flavor is also very bready/nutty. A bit of that 7.7% ABV shows. The body is medium and carbonation is lower than the pour had me anticipating. Overall this is a nice little brown ale that is pretty drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of halo21
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured out a darker amber to copper brown color, with a thin white head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smell: It smelled of fruity esters, like figs and other darker stone fruit. There is a bit of maple sugar and hints of caramel malts.

Taste: A very sweet beer, with sugars and raisins, and warms up to more complex notes, with interesting fruity flavors and a little heat.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, with a full amount of flavor. This is a complex beer backed up with a bit of weight. It is well balanced and a good strong ale.

Drinkability: Medium; I have enjoyed a few of these through out my beer drinking career. I did not know until writing this review that it was 7.7% ABV. It hides it very well, but is a little heavy after more than 1.

Notes: A great beer from an upstate New York brewery. I think this is one of the best offerings Cooperstown brings to the table.

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

Thanks to Doug and Eric who threw this in on a beer trade. Clear copper pour with decent head and lacing. Nice malty nose with lots of toffee, brown sugar and just a touch of alcohol. The taste evolves as this beer warms. Lots of nice toasty caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, with a hint of nuttiness to it. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish to balance it out. The slightly higher alcohol is really well hidden which makes this extremely drinkable. Reminded me of sitting in a pub in London. Really a well done beer and unexpected surprise from a great beer trade!

Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: deep reddish amber in color, slight head

s: toffee, tobacco, and dark leather in a compact package - not terribly strong but satisfying, rich brown sugar, some dark fruits, earthy hop profile

m: carbonation a bit lively, maybe light-medium in range, body around medium

t: woody tobacco, toffee, brown sugar, just a touch buttery, and some darker tree fruit skins, touch of sweetness at first turning towards the drier end, mild earthy hops

d: no problem

single pickup from Westmere, Albany

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a Sensory Glass with a delicious brown body. Honey tones and slight ruby and amber notes around the rim. Visible carbonation forming a thin stream throughout the glass. Head is mocha brown with larger than average sized bubbles. Body is completely transparent with no haze or sediment.

S - Smell is strong dark fruit. Slight alcohol heat. No hop smell. Sweet smell.

T - Taste again has some sweetness to it. Dark fruits and strong alcohol heat. Little bitterness near the end. Taste sticks around for a while.

MF - Very thin. Taste is really strong for the thin body.

D - Fairly drinkable. Strong taste holds me back, especially since the flavor sticks around for so long.

Photo of jwinship83
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from a standard american pint glass. part of the breweries mixed 12 pack. from notes.

A- this one pours out a dark orangish red colored body with an eggshell colored head on it. the head recedes pretty quickly, leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- grainy and nutty malts. a hint of alcohol. a little bit of green apples.

T- the malts i could smell come through loud and clear. the alcohol is more pronounced. light summer fruits come out in the taste. berries, apple, and a bit of pear.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- a decent beer from a rather unknown brewery (at least in my neck of the woods). id check this one out again if i get the chance. having six different beers in their mixed 12 pack makes picking it up easy for an out of towner like myself.

Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room / Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY, this one shows a dark copper color with a decent white cover and good lacing. The aroma brings honey banana toffee, pleasant but not very strong. The flavor matched the aroma with much more force. There's cider mash and maple sugar with an herbal hop touch. It's medium bodied and medium drinkable. A hint of alcohol. Very interesting, a worthy entry. Somewhat of a cough medicine taste or maybe bourbon inflected. I would like to try again, not a barn burner but different and enjoyable enough.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice darker amber color, decent bubbles, and light-brownish lacing that likes to stay all over the top of the glass.

Smell: A wealth of stylistic characteristics: caramel, figs, prunes, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and a bit of citrus in different facets.

Taste: A layered brew as it goes from colder to room temperature. At first the raisin and caramel and toffee sweetness dominates, but as it warms, there's a good citrus and leafy backbone that really curbs the sweetness, which I like. You can tell the booze is there, but for the relatively high ABV it's balanced very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with decent creaminess and fullness, but it does get a bit watery as it warms, much more quickly than it probably should.

Drinkability: Relatively inexpensive, tasty, and should be a great sipper for when the weather starts getting cold here, which will be soon.

Photo of MVotter
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pride Of Milford, English Strong Ale by the Cooperstown Brewery pours into a chalice a clear bronze, producing a thin, tan head.

The smell is butterscotch, and sweet malts; great aroma!

The taste is nice blend of malts and hops ... buttery, sweetish malts at the start, and a mild hop taste in the finish (maybe even a hint of coffee in the after taste). Nice balance to the taste in this brew.

The mouthfeel is medium, silky-smooth, and is pleasantly effervescent and refreshing.

This brew is VERY drinkable, an extremely tasty English Strong Ale, and at 7.7% abv, it's one of those that is so tasty and enjoyable to drink that you have to pace yourself ... I'm sure that the abv would catch up to you quickly!

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like Dr. Pepper with little carbonation. Sweet aroma of malt and a little molasses maybe. I really like the malt balance on this one and the sweetness is just right. Finishes with a little bitterness and just a hint of spice, which is nice and unexpected. This is the best that Cooperstown brewing offered. Really enjoyed this one and glad I brought a sixer back.

Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Mary Discount, outside of Utica, NY.

Pours a deep copper with the slighest reddish hue around the sides of my pint. Tinge of lacing into islands and on sides of glass.

Yummy malt, delicious malt, wow. Sweet prune, maybe honey malt, rum raisin. No hops, smells like an all malt lager.

Medium malt, light bitter ... maybe light a porter, like biscuit.

Abv and rum sweetness marry nicely. I bet this would handle age quite well. Mellow like a Strong ale should.

Love it. I thoroughly enjoyed my 6pack of this. Make sure to allow the temp up. Looking forward to many more.

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

taste- slightly agressive, balanced malt/hop punch

color- medium-dark amber

smell- brown sugar

body- solid medium-body mouthfeel

appearance- dirty, off-white head

notes and comments- medium-length citrusy finish like malty apples. this is a unique beer that us west coasters can't find.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

Photo of mjaskula
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick tan head that thins but sticks around. Color is an unfiltered reddish brown. Smells a of ripe apple with a bit of hops and malt. Tastes great in two phases. Starts out thin and crisp and then gets stronger at the end. Apples mildly the whole way and strong malt at the end with a touch of hop bitterness. Gets better with every sip. Stays in your mouth, but isn't over powering.

Photo of almychristopher
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice brown copper color with a thick off white head that recedes to patchy lace that clings to the glass. the aroma presents a lot of sweet malt and fruit esters, with a touch of hops in the background. the taste follows with a decent amount of caramel and crystal malt up front finishing with some hop bitterness, the bit of warmth on the way down is nice, in conjunction with the medium body and good co2. a decent beer, and one that I look forward to having again.

Photo of Proteus93
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lighter orangish brown with some tea like qualities... a bit of haze, and a semi-creamy white head that leaves a touch of sticky lacing.

S: The smell is fabulous and carries the aromas that I often detect in English styled brews... honeydew melon, honeysickle, canteloupe, along with a sweet, malty breadiness and a little leafy hop

T: Some of the same 'melony fruit' qualities, but a bit of a bitter edge... a definite hoppy flavour is apparent, along with warm malts and a noticable alcohol spiciness.

M: Some assertive carbonation, though the overall mouthfeel is a little on the nondescript side. It doesn't seem to have a whole lot of body. A little slickness towards the end to help the flavours linger, but not huge.

D: A decent offering, and an interesting style choice. When all is said and done, it's a fairly tasty brew and it smells great. I did find it a bit boozy as it went, so it's not the most accessable beer, but worth trying or having a couple.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of their better beers.

Pours with an aggressive head that does recede away fairly quickly. The beer is an clear deep amber with no visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was malty and of caramel. Some light fruitiness as well.

There is a subtle spice to the flavor that I enjoy. A bit of black pepper. A nice caramel/dark bread flavor that is well balanced from front to back. There is a nice hop bitterness that lingers.

Mouth feel is medium bodied an a full flavored beer.

Good drinkability.

Definitely one of the brewer's best beers.

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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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