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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Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -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 brentk56
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -4%
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 mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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 smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, clear with an impressive head that has some staying power.

Very mild aroma, well-balanced. Appealing but light.

An innocent beer, certainly nothing offensive about it. It's the opposite of an extreme brew. No errors but no excitement either. Worthy of putting into a flight as a neutral offering. Nice body with appropriate carbonation.

Good pale ale without exceptional flavors or aromas. Good level starting beer.

Additional tasting 3/12/11:
The reminds me of a British Bitter...there's lots of caramel and earthiness on the malt side, plenty of peppery hop in swallow and aftertaste. The head also died away more quickly. Overall, I felt this was an improved beer from my tasting of five years ago.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Light copper in colour with a well retaining white lace.

Smell: Sweet crisp malt, mild hop and faint butterscotch diacetyl.

Taste: Semi crisp sweet malt with a light coating of buttery diacetyl and mild caramel. Hop bitterness evens out the malt profile the goes hand and hand with a crisp grainy flavour. Nice rounded hop finish of citrus and herbal fades into the background with a lingering residual sweetness.

Notes: A pleasant pale ale, fermented out with the Ringwood strain and a well blended mix of hops to make for a nice finish. A great hybrid pale ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber brown. No head. Nose is like almost a caramel that has been overcooked. Bordering on burnt. Flavor is leafy. Kind of a dead leaf kind of thing. A bit rustic and worn down. Kind of slightly sweet on the side. Feel is thick on the liquid with standard carbonation. Overall this is one you wouldn't miss much on if you passed. No great shakes.

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Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle, put into the stream of commerce w/o any freshness dating, tsk, tsk, tsk...I like the baseball theme from Cooperstown. Pours orange/dark honey amber, off white head, dissolving to a tiny bubble film and leaving respectable lacing. Nose is of malt , slightly metalic. This is a decent Brit style PA, notes of more malt, more metal/minerals, fairly light on the hops in this one. Fair Ale, middle of the road sessioner. Not overly impressive.

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Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body and white head with a little retention. Smells of ringwood fruit - where are the hops? Taste is pretty good. Mix of ringwood fruit, sweet malt and bit of grassy hops. Very drinkable, I'd also call this an amber or recommend it for the summer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color, with a nice white head that is well maintained. The golden color is acheived with a small proportion of chocolate malt in the grist (I come to this brewery often). It's aroma is malty in composition with little hop aroma. It's taste is excellant. Malty notes and that Ringwood yeast. The mouthfeel is good also. Low to med. body with a smooth finish. Definately one you can enjoy over and over again. It's the flagship beer of this particular brewery, although I think they have better ones. As far as pale ales are concerned I think this is comparible to most micros, but is far from the top.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
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 spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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 akorsak
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Old Slugger served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cool but warming.

Appearance: The ale is a solid amber color with a decent head that laces well.

Smell: The ringwood yeast gives this beer a sweet fruity malt aroma.

Taste: The ale has a light hop presence, allowing the ringwood and the malt to shine. The ringwood accentuates a sweetness in the malts, providing a biscuit/fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate although I've noticed that the ringwood has imparted an identical taste in this and one or two other CBC beers.

Drinkability: While this is not the flagship for APA's, the yeast gives it a bit of oomph.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This golden, nearly amber beer sports a fantastic white head. Beautiful longevity and lace. The aroma is a mix of ringwood yeast (which is very pronounced), slight maltiness, and English hops. There's a little sweetness up font, but the beer is very well balanced. It's on the English side of a pale ale, which suits my tastes very well. Medium in body, with very low carbonation. It has a creamy mouthfeel, and is very satisfying. Quite good.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours limpid amber to light copper color, the head moderate in size, and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, slight floral hints, clean and fresh with the start sweet and the top a bit skimpy. Surprisingly a pretty big hop finish and a pleasant amount of carbonation with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, nice “Session” beer for those of you that can buy it locally.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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 Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear bronze color with a good amount of white head. It smelled like grassy hops, light refined yeast, and caramel malt. It tasted like a watery but balanced blend of sweet caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was somewhat oily with some carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this was a very simple but clean and refreshing beer. Quite drinkable despite its generic character.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours cold into a short pilsner glass a slightly hazy copper color with a nice fluffy white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of buttery malt and flowery hops. The taste is a chewy sweet malt with good hop bitterness, almost a chocolate butterscotch touch with good hop bite. Much more substantial than I anticipated. A bit peppery with a pretty heavy feel for a pale ale. Recommended for something a little different and decent. Plenty drinkable to boot.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Dope
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice fluffy white head formed, then immediately vanished. The beer was clear amber in color with lots of visible carbonation. No lacing at all remained in the glass..

Aroma was of light berries. (Strawberries) and some grains.

Taste was a dead bitterness up front, then some cracker flavor.. Finally this gave way to some mineral flavor and lingering hop bitterness. I sensed some diacetyl. Not overly interesting.

Mouth feel was medium light in body with some effervescent carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

A more than passable APA, but nothing real special.

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Photo of hopdog
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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