Copper Ale | Ramapo Valley Brewery

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Ramapo Valley Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WesWes on 09-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by orangemoustache:
Photo of orangemoustache
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty brown until held to direct light, which it then shows some nice crimson highlights. The cap is decently sized and sandy brown, very little lacing is generated. The nose is very nice, fermented dark fruits, oak barrel and subtle brown sugar. Big fruity flavors prune and sweet berries. A good amount of floral hop challenges the toasted bread crust flavors for top spot, malt wins. This is not a malt monster, but the malt is in charge and balanced by sweet caramelized sugars. Some nuttiness and leathery notes as well. A little off taste on the tail, slightly bitter/metallic like finish. Well carbonated to a fault and not quite enough body to carry the malt to fruition. This is better than average and drinkable, but not going to make it on the next shopping list.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.26/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just start by saying that this is the furthest thing from an English pale ale that the mind can comprehend. I don't know what this is, but it is far closer to a doppelbock or old ale than any other style that I can think of.

A - This is deep milk chocolate brown with absolutely no head, save a thin beige ring. This is as murky and foul in appearance as the deepest dredges of a brackish pond. That isn't scary to me since some of the best Belgian Quads have much the same appearance.

S - Rich chocolate slathered over a big super-ripe strawberry. Chocolate covered cherries, melted milk chocolate, and a faint wisp of coconut. (See what I mean about this not being an English pale ale?). This is complex, richly yeasty, and deep. Outstanding nose!

T - Again, melted milk chocolate. Whoppers that have melted from sitting in your car on a warm day. Banana baby food, snickerdoodle cookies, and Sixlets. Damn good, damn good!

M - Medium bodied, gently carbonated, and neutral on the chocolaty finish.

D - Two words. MALT BOMB. I have a soft spot for the sweet chocolaty brews, and this one is very good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ramapo Valley's Copper Ale pours a dark crimson-mahogany body with gleeming orange and gold highlights beneath a pillowy head of creamy yellowed-white foam. The head retention is pretty good, and it leaves some nice rings of dense lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose expresses yeasty fruitiness with a bit of esters over a bed of toasty maltiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation.

The yeasty fruitiness hits you upfront in the flavor, followed by some floral character and alcohol across the middle before it starts to warm and the gently sweet and toasty (crusty bread) malt is revealed. Some grassy and floral hops appear along with a firm bitterness, ushering in a dry, mineralish finish that lingers with grassy hops and just a touch of toasty and bready malt.

Apart from the characteristics of the seemingly high temperature fermentation, this is quite a lovely little brew with a beautiful fruity and floral character.

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Photo of Gavage
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a short 1/2" head. No lacing develops. The carbonation is very low as I could easily count the carbonation bubbles rising.

Smell: faint caramel candy.

Taste: caramel, light bitterness, ripened fruit, and a slight metallic flavor. Overall this just seemed unbalanced, leaning towards sweet.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, but the finish is smooth. Aftertaste sticks with hints of caramel and metallic tones in your throat.

Drinkability: below average. I like my English style pale ales to be mild and session oriented. This one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a light hop aroma (Kent Goldings). The taste is average. It has a musty, semi- sweet malt flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a dry noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is supposed to be a take on an English recipe. I just don't think it's that good. The mouthfeel is terrible. This one needs a tune up.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive slightly off-white head that threatened to escape the confines of the glass.
Smell is a amixture of caramel, roasted malt and a mild wine-like aroma in the background.
Taste is significant for caramel with a light dark fruitiness.
Finish is a bit thin with little taste retention.
Nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one was a bit of a gusher, as soon as I popped the cap the beer tried to foam over. The beer is a clear, deep amber color, and despite being well carbonated only forms a thin pale amber colored head. The aroma is a mix between sweet caramel, and intense fruity notes of prune and cherry and even perhaps a bit of sherry. The taste is somewhat malty, and has a weird lingering finish that seems a bit off. There are notes of sherry here as well as caramel, and a concentrated fruitiness that reminds me of prunes. This is pretty light on the palate and the one thing that really lingers is the sherry note.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep copper, almost brown with a thin, wispy head. The nose is malty sweet, with caramel and toasted bready notes dominating, some dark fruit is also present. The flavor follows suit with the nose, toasty and caramely also a light burnt sensation - there is a lingering sweetness that reminds me of black licorice and raisins. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side but the carbonation helps make up some of the density; somewhat dry finish. Overall a decent beer with a nice malty complexity. Not earth shattering, but solid.

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Photo of brantadid
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow...what a head. Poured into a pint glass with a solid inch of head. Then grew to a 2 inch mounded head that, if left alone, would have lingered for hours. Rich copper color, which was fitting.

Very pungent aroma. I could smell this beer from accross the table. Sweet malts and rasberry came through. Maybe a little cherry.

Incredible carbonation, but not fizzy.

Malty sweetness on the front palate follow by the lingering bitterness of cocoa. Very unexpected.

I hated this beer at first. By the fourth bottle, not in one sitting, I began to appreciate it.

Also, as it warmed, more cherry and blackberry came through. Reminds me of really fine dark chocolate.

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Copper Ale from Ramapo Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 9 ratings