Cooperstown Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Cooperstown AleCooperstown Ale

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baseball and beer. Few things are more ingrained in America's psyche than baseball and beer. The histories of both are laden with traditions and transcendence. Rascals and radicals. Celebration and shared experience. Treasured summertime moments with sun on our faces and a beer in our hands. The timeless game defines our past and guides our future.

Lightly golden-straw hue with a lasting thick, white head. Aromas of sweet malt, floral with slight citrus are followed by delicate herbal notes. Faintly sweet giving way to mellow, lightly floral hop flavor and notes of banana and pears from our signature house yeast. Nicely balanced with a clean herbal-hopped finish makes this an enjoyably, quaffable ale.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting combination of straw and golden with an orange hue. Massive foamy head that almost spills over, the lace is sticky and frothy. A good looking brew.
Reminds of a Belgian aroma, fruity and spicy. Tart lemon, some orange peel and even an occasional honey malt like sweetness.
Lemony and peppery. The hops bitterness has a strong kick that is on the high side of moderate. The palate is semi dry, as is the finish, which is peppery and bitter. Crispy, medium to light body. As the drink warms, the mouthfeel becomes frothy and creamy from the dense head and lace that has retained.
A very refreshing brew and easy to drink. I could definitely pound a few. I've yet to be disappointed by Ommegang.

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Photo of fx20736
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 11/14/15. Served cool (not cold) in a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy honey amber. Thick white head, great lacing.

Smell: Soft malt, lemon zest, clove like yeast.

Taste: malty with a faint orchard fruitiness and yeasty spice.

Feel: chewy, thick.

Overall: another fine ale by Ommegang

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/foamy two-finger white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, with some spice notes, banana notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some licorice notes, spicy, with some banana. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty brew. Ommegang is a top notch brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised Ommegang isn't held in even higher esteem then they already are. Every beer I try from them is top notch. While I wouldn't say Cooperstown is my favorite beer of theirs I still liked it a lot. Well balanced, easily drinkable, and not real bitter makes this a great blonde ale

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden amber with a moderate fluffy head. Pleasant scent entices... A bit of bitterness on the tongue is not a distraction, but an enhancement. Enjoyable.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange-golden color. With 2 fingers fluffy head.

Aroma is tame and un-eventful. I primarily get yeast, some straw, and a kiss of lemon.

Taste is very redeeming. I am reviewing this as if this is Ommegang's light summer option. The start is that wonderful crisp and highly carbonated Belgian inspired tickle of the taste buds. This transitions into the dominant flavors of their spicy yeast, tons of lemon, and more earthy hay. Just before the finish, the hops come out. By no means is this beer bitter, but the hops provide a beautiful florelness that lingers into the finish.

Overall, this is another great Ommegang's beer. Not as complex as their usual offerings but I prefer this option to their other summer beer (fleur de houblon). This beer is a great beer to eat with snacks. A salty potato chip works great! It gets a 88/100.

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Photo of cavedave
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white gold, topped by three fingers of lathery white foam. Skeleton arms of lace remain for the ride, and the head never quite settles lower than a half inch.

Medium aroma, featuring that wonderful house yeast tart, spicy notes (coriander? clove? cardamon?) and light hop notes featuring floral and citrus.

Medium strength taste, pretty much the same as the aroma, well balanced, with the spicy notes revealed as pepper and coriander flavors. Sip ends with the spice accompanied by a bit of herbal bitter.

Very light in mouth, even for style, highly carb.'ed, maybe a bit too much, even for style. Excellent finish and clean flavor profile. Nicely refreshing.

Delicious beer in a style that is broad and poorly defined. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden and hazy, with a surprisingly low white foam head. Beer likely isn’t it’s freshest. Aroma: Pear and spicy clove phenols. No real notice of malt on the nose. Taste: Light malt sweetness and very fruity (banana, apple, pear). Gives way to a spicy hop bitterness, slightly stronger than expected. Mouthfeel: Lightto moderate body with high carbonation. Finish: Dry with a sharp spicy hop bitterness. Fruity esters linger a bit Overall: Good Belgian Blonde. Belgian yeast character dominates with a little higher bitterness than typical. Bottle sampled wasn’t at optimal freshness.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Nice golden yellow color with thick white head and lacing. The smell is primarily citrus and spice. Very dry, yeasty flavor with lemon, pepper, and distinct hops. Finishes with more hoppy bitterness than I would have anticipated. Nice, crisp mouth feel with lots of carbonation. With a low ABV of 5.5, this is a good beer for watching a sporting event. I'm a big Ommegang fan but this is not one of my favorites. For a nice summer day, I'd prefer Fleur de Houblon or Hennepin, which are more flavorful.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i am drinking my second 4 of this style this evening and finally looking it up on BA only to see this maybe my last 4......all the while thinking this could be the summer sesssion beer for 2015. what a disappointment to see it's short shelf life. look is unfiltered GOLD deep in nature with the head following the glass down the neck. Smell is clean and fresh, taste is deep and sudden with its complexity upfront with a respectful length. feel is clean and fresh as it smells. Overall i enjoy it and would definitely like Ommegang to reconsider, bring the style back.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready and wheat malt, wheat and some floral hops and pears. Body is medium and creamy. Herbal hops, funky yeast, wheat malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden color (not yellow) with a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, along with lots of honey and citrus aromas, such as lemon and lemon-zest as well as some hints of floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Nice. Lots of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed by honey-like sweetness, a touch of black peppers, some lemon and lemon-zest, all finished with some slightly bitter, floral, grassy, piney, hops. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. A very nice, spot-on representation of a Belgian blonde-style beer. While it’s not one of my favorite Ommegang beers, I like it and I’d certainly drink it again. Highly recommended for fans of Belgian blonde-style ales.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours blond with a big thick off white head. Nice lacing left on sides. Aroma is doughy, lemon, clove, banana, pepper. Flavor follows suit with a suprisingly moderate grassy bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, if all blond ales were as good as this one I would be a fan of this style. A really nice sessionable beer here that definitely pairs well with some baseball.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is lemon, lavender and grain.
The taste is bright grapefruit and lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
Nice overall.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Look: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Banana, phenol, estery

Taste: Light banana, light malts, a mild sweetness that prevents this from being too dry. Distinct Belgian yeast

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A good brew, but doesn't stand out from the pack. Not really worth Ommegang prices

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque pale gold producing 2+ fingers of foamy, glowing white, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice webby lacing from the surface collar to the rim of the glass. Aroma is sweet with notes of biscuit & cracker malt, Belgian yeast, lightly fruity with hints of lemon & dry grass. Taste is not as delicate as most blonde ales with notes of biscuit, honey, fruit, pepper, floral & light citrus hops. Ommegang's Belgian yeast adds a different dimension to this blonde ale. Lots of soda cracker dryness. The sweetness promised by the nose is not as evident in the mouth. Starts with some sweetness then rapidly cascades into a bitter, dry finish. Aftertaste is dry & lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, creamy, lightly oily, slightly chewy, prickly & dry in the latter half of the sip.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy and yet bold golden in appearance. Three quarter inch tightly knit off white head is present. Brussels lacing. Sourdough bread aroma is predominant. The sourdough bread element is also very pronounced in the front of the palate and the fade. You do get a bit of a coppery bitterness at the back of the palate to avoid this from tasting like a note. The mouth is very dry and heavily carbonated. Great take on this style.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3.75 - Pale straw gold with a small, frothy head.
S: 4.25 - Nice spicy clove aroma, with light fruitiness.
T: 4.5 - Excellent flavor, with a fairly large amount of bitterness and earthy, floral hop notes, fruity banana, vanilla tones, and plenty of spicy phenols.
M: 4.5 - Ommegang always gets mouthfeel perfect, with lots of body even when light and effervescent like this one.
O: 4.5 - Delicious, delightful beer! Not an American blonde, certainly. Could easily be called a saison or a Belgian pale.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +7%

Pours a cloudy orange with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of sweet malt, almost sugary. It also had a bit of spice such as cloves and I think nutmeg on the nose. The flavor profile was a bit different from what I was expecting. The taste had those sp[ices up front, came into the hops which gave a clean flavor, and then the malt at the finish which was almost a little sour. Very interesting profile that I would like to try again.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of peppery spices.
T: As in the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast, which are accompanied by hints of grassy hops. Notes of peppery spices are also present, and these linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. All of the carbonation makes it feel a little airy.
O: This beer is extremely flavorful given its light body and has some refreshing properties, similar to what you would expect from a saison. It is a really nice beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big, pillowy white head that lingers for a while,
but dissipates slowly into a cap. There is plenty of lacing left behind on the glass.

Aroma: Hay and pepper dominate on the nose, but there is some funky yeast in the

Taste: Funky and yeasty all the way down. A nice bit of sweetness builds its way up a you
continue to drink it.

Palate: The Belgian funkiness mixes well with the pepper on the finish to create a nice, long
aftertaste. Body is light, and the carbonation is about average, which makes for an easy
drinking beer.

Overall: This is a delicious beer! This is definitely a recommended four pack for a beautiful
afternoon in the yard (or for a football Sunday).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours light bronze/gold, heavy white foam. Lots of lacing. Belgian yeast nose, little peppery. Taste is smooth, surrounding hop presence. Fades in/fades out. Flavors of pear. Even and flavorful. Consistent. Tasty bitter. 7/25

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love baseball, perhaps not as much as a teenager when I convinced my parents to take a detour through upstate New York to visit the Basbeall Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The same city has also been producing perhaps the best Belgian-styled ales this side of the Atlantic. Cooperstown Ale kills two birds with From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Something in that Ommegang brew produced huge, billowy heads which retain well. Another one appears in Cooperstown Ale with an orange-yellow body to match. The aroma is dry, floral, with notes of clove and vague bread dough. It tastes almost saison-like. It's a dry, modestly hoppy ale with some elegance. Fennel sweetness, floral notes, vaguely spicy, and overall dry. The body is light and airy, and it is an easy drinking ale made for warm days or watching baseball.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. The head is a little over two fingers high, with a perfectly white shade. While it's not particularly thick or bubbly, the retention is quite good...annoying, in fact. Webs of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Aroma-wise, there's a definite Belgian element here - pseudo-Belgian ale, perhaps? I'm really enjoying the white grape note coming through, along with touches of black pepper and bread. It's even faintly hoppy. Yeah, looks like the BA collective underrated this going by the nose...

T: ...on second thought, it's rated about right. The pseudo-Belgian theme continues on the flavor profile: while there are some notes typical of a Belgian blonde (like white grape or bread), there's more of a typical 'Murican flair than anything Ommegang has made yet. The front end has a pleasant fruitiness, but I also get a weird cleaner-like note that harms the finish. If it tasted like it smelled, this would be a great blonde.

M: Typical blonde ale here - light, crisp, and dry finishing. Carbonation is surprisingly gentle, but by no means is it flaccid. Killing this is as effortless as it should be.

O: Not bad. Problem is, the nose wrote checks the flavor profile couldn't cash. Due to the price point, I'd have trouble recommending purchasing a 4 pack, but it's well worth trying a single.

3.25/5: Nice blonde that's rather mundane for Ommegang standards (maybe that's the point?)

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