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Old Slugger | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 96
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1.75/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy orange with some floaties and a off-white head.

S - Aroma is floral and fruity with a bit of husky grain.

T - A little tart up front, and an excess of fruitiness. Lots of apple. Not a lot of hop flavour, but bitterness is present in the finish and aftertaste.

M - Very fine, sharp fizziness is almost painful.

D - Not a good beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Nice copper color of a good ale. Excellent head retention. Good 1/2 inch that faded to 1/4 inch and lasted much longer than average

Smell = Floral, carmel hops permeate through. Smells very similar to your atypical quality APA.

Taste = Hmm..I seriously wonder if my bottle from skunked because there's a definitely funky taste mixed in that really doesn't seem right. Starts off great like a grain-toasted carmel, malt well balanced APA but then a nasty funky skunked taste comes through. There's no freshness date on it and Marty's is a high quality place so I don't think it's expired. Perhaps the brewery messed this batch up but regardless, I'm not a fan of this one.

Overall = My review might be seriously flawed if I got a skunked bottle but if not, you can find 100s of APA's that taste a lot better than this one. It still has a great look though, one of the better looking beers I've seen in awhile.

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2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours slightly hazed with a foamy head that pops down to a thin layer.

The smell is of caramel, grainy, a bit musty.

The taste is of buttery caramel and some mustiness. The Ringwood yeast shines forth. Some hops are in there to add some balance, though not quite enough. Some vague fruitiness is there as well. Not enough is going on to control the yeast. Finishes with an annoying sweetness. This is certainly more of an English-style Pale rather than an APA as categorized here, IMO. And not a very pleasant one at that.

It has some body and flavor does hang on a bit, though I don't know how good that is in this case.

Well, it's not drainpour, but close. Pass.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special, thin body, don't bother.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

a: Dark copper to amber, with good clarity. Very little foam or froth on the surface.

s: Grainy aroma with a vague hint of sweetness.

t: Disappointingly light. Characteristically bitter with a malty, creamy body. Fruity and musty undertones. Grassy, earthy hop flavors absent.

m: Creamy, with a wet, refreshing finish.

Overall one of the least pleasing beers I have recently had. I enjoy an American style pale ale quite a lot and this brew was not what I had bargained for.

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2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly chill-hazed golden color with amber hues. Thin foam lace.

Malty with a pronounced slick butterscotch nose, gentle floral aroma and splash of apple.

Sharp upfront, lively and well-carbonated, creating an initial thirst quenching feel. Bitterness stings the palate with a lemony character and raw herbal edges. Notes of medicinal. Apple fruitiness and apple-skin-coarse feel on the palate. Umm ... more buttery sweet caramel flavors. Gotta love that out of control Ringwood yeast! Finishes slick, then turns dry with notes of husk.

Not overly impressed. It's all Ringwood Gone Wild! If they had more control over the yeast, perhaps this might be a half-way decent APA. As it stands, it's just okay.

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2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
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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2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ringwood yeast and mild hops and light copper colour. Small head. Early session ale. Dry, fair. #9 on-tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse. Smooth for a nothing special lager. Not greatest intro to this brewery, but we will at least give it two more strikes..

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2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear orangish color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Tastes of the same caramel and citrus. The body was lively and somewhat fizzy body. Nothing really stood out or made this one memorable to me.

Notes from: 12/21/07

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2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a off-white two-fingered head that fades and leaves a lot lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Some hops, no sweetness, typical of a pale finishes smooth but with a bitter aftertaste. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle.

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2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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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2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the first microbrews I got into back in the early to mid 90s (went to college and eventually became a regular at this brewery). Having it now, is sort of wierd when I think about the way it tasted back then.

A crystal clear, gorgeous beer with a respectable head. Nice copper colour. Aroma is of malt, and yeast esters. somewhat sublte almost noble hop aroma is present.

The flavour is mostly malt...medium in body but almost a bit heavy on the tongue. Diacetyl is noticable. Other English yeast characateristics, residual sugars, esters, malt accent - also present.

Overall a drinkable beer, but I would tire of them after a few...not exactly what I would grab for a 'session' beer, but a decent pale ale none the less

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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