Old Slugger
Cooperstown Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,748
Ranked #45,247
3.47 | pDev: 15.27%
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Photo of Dope
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

No bottling date but I'm assuming fresh.

A: Pours a clear red. Frothy, fizzy tall tan head.

S: Grassy aroma right off the bat with a little bit of graininess.

T: Grassy again and then lots and lots of butter. I just had their EIPA and it tastes basically the same, except this one is slightly less bitter and has no pine aspect. Very buttery.

M: Medium/light bodied.

O: A butter bomb, I tossed it after a few sips. Yuck.

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Photo of atr2605
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear copper color with a white head with good retention and some lacing
S-butterscotch, toffee, earthy hops
T-malty toffee flavors, with a bit of spice and malt sweetness, with slight bitterness throughout
M-medium bodied
O-very sessionable beer, nothing out of this world but would drink again

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Amber color.

S- Nutty, earthy, good malt presence. The hops are weak in the aroma and taste.

T- Same as the aroma. The hops only provide a slight bitterness.

M- ?

O- It tasted English to me, and it turned out it was Cooperstown Brewing Old Slugger Pale Ale, which is a brewery that usually sticks to English styles although BeerAdvocate lists it as an APA.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - deep brownish orange slightly hazy.

Smell - semi-sweet, caramel, some citrus aroma. Not strong at all though.

Taste - decent taste. A real middle of the road slightly sweet taste of caramel comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel - not much there

Overall - I thought this was an okay beer. Definitely sessionable. Not to overpowering.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange, some carbonation, three finger head, semi-sticky

S-Grass, banana, butter, some citrus.

T-Meh, not much of anything. Same flavor that is all of their beers because of the yeast (the buttery note). Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Only picked it up because it was the only beer I hadn't tried of theirs. It was meh. Not much reason to drink their stuff.

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Photo of zachary80
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the brewery last week.

Pours am amber brown with a dense white head. Good lacing. Dark body for being a standard pale.

Hoppiness leans towards citrus, is a little on the light side, and some malt sweetness and yeast character come through.

The maltiness is definitely a dominating factor here, each sip seeming to swing between the malt and hops. The yeast character hinted at by the aroma is also present here.

Good mouthfeel for a pale ale. No alcohol presence.

Overall I am rating this as an English Pale Ale and not an American one - it seems more stylistically like the former although it seems to use American hops. Also picked up a pamphlet that describes some of their beers; I'll try to update if it provides relevant information.

From their info:
"Old Slugger - a hearty pale ale, copper in color, quite malty, with a moderate hop bitterness. 5.4% abv"
"In brewing, we use two-row English barley malt, West Coast hops, and yeast from Ringwood, England."

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Photo of CapH
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This review is for the most current Old Slugger I just had. As of late, they have been "tweaking" the recipe to "Americanize" it.

Appearance- Dark copper, head quickly disappearing.

Smell- Musty and malty like the brewery itself.

Taste- Fruity overtones with out much hop flavor at the beginning or end. Very malty almost like their English Strong Ale, Pride of Milford.

Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation without being flat or too fizzy.

Overall- Not what I remembered. Too fruity without a nice hop flavor to place it with the better Pale Ales, American or English.

I must say, the old version of 3+ years was far superior. I would say it was one of my favorite Pale Ales containing a perfect balance between malt and hops with a nice mouth feel and wonderful hop aroma. The "old" version would easily receive a 4+ overall from me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow hops and a small gingerbread balanced malt. In the taste, a small pine hop, with a note of gingerbread malt, a bit hop forward, but nice. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A basic pale, a bit hop forward, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is definitely different than expected.
It pours a deep, hazy amber with a gushing and foamy tan head that laces. There is a generous amount of carbonation helping to uplift an interesting & dank, garlic & onion hoppiness. The smell caught me off guard at first, but the thick, mineral character grows on both your nose and palate. The beer's aroma carries through to its flavor profile nicely and seems to be relatively balanced in regards to its tame hoppy bitterness and light alcohol. I honestly like this beer and went tried it with no expectations... pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A one inch off-white, creamy head builds over clear, chestnut brown beer with some carbonation. Leaves rings of lace on a pint glass.

Butterscotch is followed by hand soap.

Fairly well balanced, though slightly sour. The flavors are rather one dimensional with a moderate lingering finish that brings out some bitterness.

Light carbonation with a medium body and slick texture, this one has a dry, astringent finish.

Another fine thirst quencher after working in the yard. Old Slugger also works well with grilled hot dogs.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a mug. No freshness date on this one.

Look- Hazy deep amber with a blood orange tinge, it looks like butterscotch candy. The reasonable amount of head starts off a sparkly off-white color, and it definitely twinkled more than usual. Not sure if that was a trick of the light or just the density and color, but it looked pretty snazzy. The head takes on more of an old parchment tone and character as it compacts down to a ~2mm film that crowds towards the sides of the mug. No lacing to speak of. By the end of the mug, the head was barely a wisp at the surface and the glass was as clean as it would be were I drinking windex (not a recommended pastime.) I really wish I had another one of these on hand to see if that sparkly pour was a fluke. +.5 just for that.

Smell- Quite pleasant and lighthearted; I get a bright banana bread/toffee that borders on a candi sugar sweetness, but isn't at all offensive. Any bitter hop aroma is pretty solidly buried, but the leafy character of what is detectable balances out the sweetness quite well. Agitation brings out a light bitter citrus and a hint of lavender.

Taste- Much like the smell- light and playful. Starts off with a crisp smack of piney hops that mellows quickly into a light biscuity flavor with touches of buttery diacetyl, mineral water, and something flowery. Very clean, with only the faintest resiny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation, slightly oily and dry at the finish. The surprise was a very faint minty/herbal cooling sensation that lingered on the tongue. At first I thought it was just the beer's temperature, but it grew more pronounced as it warmed. Curiouser and curiouser. Other than that, it's exceptionally clean and leaves nothing but a desire for more- this is one easy-drinking beverage! I found myself sipping it quicker than I expected and was rather disappointed to find my glass empty in a matter of minutes.

Overall, this would be an excellent session beer, and I could drink quite a few in a row. Not sure on the freshness, but it's got an unusual hop/malt balance with enough complexity to make it reasonably interesting. Not lip-smacking, but quite quaffable- a solid session APA that I'll definitely try again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this one to be more of an amer type than a pale ale, but solid just the same. poured an over-ripe red color with a small tan head. smells malty without noticable hop presence. taste is matching, although not sweet like ambers can be, balanced but unremarkable. mouthfeel is good for the style, very very drinkable, altough a little dry/dusty malt finish makes it not an ideal thirst quencher. i liked this beer, but am not at all wowed by it. eager for more of their brews

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lazy copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Fresh grain aroma with some citrus and caramel sweetness..

T: Taste of some malty sweetness with grain and a nice bitterness. Has a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite creamy. Nice Balance

O: Very enjoyable APA. Reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Nice beer from a regional brewer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a very light amount of hops. There is also a bit of a woody and yeasty flavour. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - The carbonation level and the yeast flavour make this an interesting tasting brew for sure. It started to grow on me as I progressed through the glass. Not sure I'd buy it again, but I'm happy I came across a bottle of this beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big props to THECPJ for bringing me back a mix 6 from Cooperstown Brewing Company. Decided to open the Old Slugger first.

A: Pours a clear orange/amber with a tan head, about 1.5 fingers in height at first. This quickly dissolves to a thin layer of bubbles along the top. No lacing.

S: Some grainy malt, a bit of sweet caramel, and some light citrus, mostly lemon and lemon rind.

T: Sweet biscuity malt upfront with some caramel. There is a bit of bitterness in the middle and finish from the hops. Slight metallic/oxidized flavor as well, this fades as the beer warms though. There is some citrus, would have liked it a bit more pronounced, but not a big problem.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation Drinks rather easy.

O: Pretty good, the slight metallic taste hurts it a bit, but other than that solid and easy drinking.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: bread, biscuit, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, hop bitterness

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: it's an average pale ale. glad I got to sample it.


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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich copper color with a well defined 1/2 finger white head that held well,real nice richness and clarity to the beer.Buttery caramel dominated the aromas with a bit of toast and faint leafy hop,more English in style than American in my opinion.Cooperstown likes the Ringwood buttery yeast strain and it comes off on the palate,buttery with some sweet biscuit,hops are more leafy and herbal and are understated.This isnt an APA its English in nature and to one sided wih its butteriness.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 slightly hazy look with a good amber color and a creamy off white head. The two finger head slowly settles as I drink and makes some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a nice blend of bready maltiness with a pleasant butterfinger like caramel/toffee sweetness and citrus/grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a good base of bready malt and very light toasted grain. This is balanced buy mildly bitter hops that add a touch of citrus and grassy flavor to the overall character. It finishes with a mild bitter fade on a smooth yet well carbonated medium body.

Notes: It's good in the bottle but much better and with a brighter hop character on tap.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A: very hazy amber orange-ish color with a tall but bubbly head that falls within a second. The head looked more like a soda than a beer. It does have a nice lacing afterward.

S: This smells alot like a lager to me. Not as hoppy and floral smelling as I would expect. It does have a good sweet note to it.

T: I get a toasted/caramel malt taste with a bitter hop bite. It tastes good but there is not too much depth to this beer.

M: Very light for a pale ale. Too much carbonation, feels foamy.

D: This has too much carbonation for me and a little too sweet for a pale ale.

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Photo of magine
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a hazy amber tea like color with an off white thin head, head settles to a wisp lace island. Decent color, no lace. The color was very nice, but the lack of lace or head retention is a disappointment. Average appearance.

Brew smells of slight fruit hops; apple maybe. Bready, butterscotch scented malts. Maybe a bit of caramel. Nothing is big though. Average nose.

Brew is slightly crisp initially, has a biscuit malt tasting smoothness in the finish. Finishes clean. Slight citrus flavors, has a decent balance of flavors. But it is more subtle then anything else. The brew has decent flavors; just a bit underwhelming. Average taste.

This is a brew that is as middle road for a pale ale as you can get. Will not offend, but will not make you take notice either. Easy drinking for sure. With so many other pale ales out there that best this one, it is tough to return to this again.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old Slugger is a hazy, very lively amber ale with a huge, rocky, off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There's not much aroma. I get a slight whiff of leafy hop pellets and caramelly sweetness. It's light bodied and bubbly. The finish is dry and pretty clean. There's not much flavor-- a light toastiness and a light spicy bitterness at the finish. It's very light drinking; not too interesting but quite refreshing. It's a quaffer... or a slugger.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack my parents picked up at the brewery. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a darker than expected copper colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on it. the head lasts almost the entirety of the beer, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are the sweet caramel and toffee like malts. after that comes some earthy and spicy hops.

T- the taste once again starts out with caramel and toffee malts. the earthy hops are there also, and are a little more bitter than i would have expected. im also picking up an off flavor. almost butterscotch like.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy to finish, but a fairly average example of a very common style. this isnt offensive by any means, but i dont think i would seek this one out again.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a nice clear copper, with a off white one finger head. No lacing on the glass.

S. Sweet carmel, grass, citrus, floral

T. Bold carmel malty sweetness followed by a nice bitter hoppy finish. Orange peel, nuts, cereal

M. Medioum bodied, nice carbonation. semi dry finish.

D. This beer has a good transition from the sweet malty start, to the bitter hoppy finish. The hops stay on the toungue long after the brew has disappeared from the mouth. A good brew.

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Photo of MVotter
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooperstown Brewery's Old Slugger Pale Ale pours into a chalice a clear copper, sporting a thin cream-colored head.

The smell is citrus hops, and sweet malts, grains, grasses.

The taste of this pale ale actually leads with some of the sweeter malt notes alluded to as part of the aroma ... a caramel flavor. The finish is a slight bitter hops taste.

The mouthfeel is medium gravity with plenty of carbonation, enough to give the overall experience a "dry" quality ... subsequent sips on this one tended to increase in frequency (hehe).

The drinkability follows suit with the previous categories. The Old Slugger Pale Ale is a really pleasant experience all the way. Maybe not a grand slam, from my perspective, but definitely an extra base hit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky head that refused to leave the slightest trace of lace

Smell: Earthy tea-like bitter aromas with an underlying Ringwood diacetyl tone

Taste: Earthy flavors up front with an underlying buttery toffee sweetness; growing tea-like bitterness that arrives by mid-palate and persists after the swallow to balance out the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The only one of the three Cooperstown beers I sampled tonight that didn't have carbonation problems; overall, a pretty good example of the style if you care for an English Pale Ale fermented with Ringwood yeast

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 188 ratings