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Cooperstown Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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.

Added by morrowd3 on 05-22-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
192
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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18
Gots:
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Reviews by JayQue:
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I usually rate beers where adherence to style is important. However what do you do when the style is fairly bland and the beer is quite tasty?

Cooperstown Ale pours a fairly clear bright gold color but with subsequent pours, becomes more of a hazy straw gold color. Big bubbly white head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Aroma is fairly strong, Belgian yeast and lemon zest.

Taste is excellent. Belgian yeast forward, lemon zest, some wheat bitterness and some mild hoppiness in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, enough hoppiness to affect the mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

This is a very good summer ale. Maybe not the model American Blonde Ale, but who cares?

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Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin body, overwhelming floral notes.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 juicebox
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a small tulip.
This is pretty much a Belgium PA style beer.

Appearance: Clear with a durable head

Moderately bitter and lightly sour aftertaste is disappointing
Aroma is more appealing than the taste and slightly flowery.

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Photo of Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy amber-orange with a one finger white head that receded slowly to a cap of white. Quite nice looking. Scents of clove, a slight undertone of citrus, especially lemon, apricot, some Pils malt sweetness in the background, sugary sweetness, and some very faint tea-like hops. A very pleasing aroma, quite Belgian in character, very true to form for a Belgian Blonde. Flavor begins with a nice, soft Pils malt sweetness, balanced with some nice spicy hop flavors and lemon peel. This moves into a more dry middle with a moderate spicy hop character and a fairly strong lemon peel-like bitterness. Finish is dry with further lemon peel flavor and a light alcohol bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter lemon peel and grainy malt. A fairly good flavor profile, that is well balanced and fairly true to style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a smooth, slightly chalky feel. A good, very pleasing mouthfeel. Overall this is a good Belgian Blonde Ale that combines the very drinkable aspects of the style and the wonderfully complexity of Belgian ales. Quite a good offering.

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Photo of JHS123
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ommegang calls this baseball and beer. My opinion is vastly different. I would prefer a Pilsner or a Crisp lager as a baseball brew but based on the choices and the fact that its from one of the best brewers Ommegang and lastly I haven't tried this one yet.

Appearance: Light orange/yellow straw appearance with a very sweet aroma similar to Bronx Ale. Its reminiscent of a Shocktop on smell slightly skunky citrus.

As to taste, its sweet but not cloying. Its bready/yeasty and I get the impression that the desire of the brewer was to evidence sweet malts and breadiness. Its got a creaminess to it but its not in any way a hop forward beer. Its nicely carbonated with a good head but there's way too much sweetness to the taste and no real alcohol heaviness.

Its not my style but if you are looking for an alternative to Shocktop with Orange Citrus sweetness this could be a step in the right direction.

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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 mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djl9701
1.08/5  rDev -71.9%

Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Fiddlersgreen7
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a huge pillowy white head that slowly settles into a puffy cap. Plenty of webby lacing.

The aroma is clovey from the Belgian yeast. Fruity and spicy. Not super strong but classic Belgian aroma.

The taste is of a neutral pils malt which is crackery dry. Nice clove notes from the yeast and a subtle grassy notes from the hops. Some apple and citrus notes.

The feel is light with crisp carbonation. Sweet on the palate, a bit powdery with the yeast. Bright.

A good Belgian pale ale. I believe this beer is misclassified as an American Blonde Ale.

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