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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Photo of allergictomacros
2.17/5  rDev -37.8%
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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Photo of LPorter33
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
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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Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
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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Photo of Cyn1c
2.57/5  rDev -26.4%
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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Photo of Todd
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
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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Photo of CapH
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Photo of Dope
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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 hopdog
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Photo of skenyon1811
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
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 lawrence76
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer when poured was that of a large tan sized soapy head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear with carbonation observed and the hue was copper.The nose was malty, fruity and hoppy.It had a hoppy and sweet flavor along with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel.This was a light bodied beer with fair lacing.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a bright amber, almost orange. A thin off white head forms and thins, but sticks around.

The aroma is thin hoppy and floral. Taste is good but a bit watery. Hops are up front but well balanced with the malt flavor. Carbonation is pleasant and mouthfeel is slightly dry, but fits well. Easy drinking, but not stand-out.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

like the other cooperstown brew i tried (the nine man ale), this one is well made but essentially your standard pale ale. pours a dark orange/light amber colour with an average head. there's a nice malt/hop balance here but maybe a bit too much of a fruit taste for my liking. carbonation level is just right. it's quite easy to drink but i've got a boat load of other pale ales that are just as easy to drink but are more flavourful. i'd go back to this one, but it'd be pretty far back in line for choosing.

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Photo of magine
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 tgbljb
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an apricot color with absolutley massive slightly off-white chunky head taht would not go away. Smell is a nice combination of caramel maltiness and piney hoppiness. Taste is a little too sweet for me with almost a sugary feeling with hop dryness. Taste almost immediately dissapears and leaves nothing in the way of flavor or mouthfeel. Very strange. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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 yesyouam
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
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 mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ElijahRivera
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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 jwinship83
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
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 SLeffler27
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. amber bottle. Poured a clear honey-golden in color with a sparse, ring-around-the-edges off-white head. Aromas are sweet, with some hop bite peeking through. Balanced flavor. Hops/malts/grains mix together. The Ringwood flavor is present as well. Finishes on the dry side. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Another decent AIPA.

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Photo of dnichols
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was served a pint from the tap while having lunch in a bar close to the BB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

A: It poured a cloudy amber tinged blond colored body with a one to two finger white head. The head receded fast and did not support a noticeable lacing.

S: It had distinct aromas of citrus (lemons), sweet toasted malts, and floral hops. It was reasonably well balanced but none of the flavors established a character for this brew.

T: It began with spice tinged creamy and sweet toasated malts and then light floral and bittering hops came into play. The hops were light and added a touch of citrus flavor and very distant white pepper.

M: It was light bodied moderate carbonation. I initially finished clean and crsip but as the session carried on there was a slightlyl sour aftertaste that I could not shake.

D: It was smooth and fairly well balanced with a light body and low ABV making it a good session brew. However, it's flvors were unimpressive to I doubt I'll seek it out. If it is present I'll enjoy but if not present I'll eaisly move on to one of it's better positioned cousins.

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