Old Slugger | Cooperstown Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
good
185 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States
cooperstownbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
185
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice orange golden color with a huge foamy off white fluffy head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of caramel. The hop aroma is prominant. This is a pleasant malty adn fruity brew. The hops cut the flavor somewhat but not too bitter. This is nicely balanced. The feel is creamy and wet. Not as drinkable as the golden ale, but this is nice.

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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 TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden copper color with a huge fluffy head. The smell is malty with a little bit of hops aroma. The taste is starts off fairly sweet with a little bit of a hops bite in the middle that gives way to more sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, although there was more carbonation than I expected. This is a very nice little beer, and I could imagine going through a sixpack or so sometime.

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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 Cyn1c
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
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 Jp7010
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to the brewery as part of a Cooperstown Beverage Trail run with some family. On the way out, picked up a mixed 12-pack of all of Cooperstown's offerings.

Poured copper with a half inch of white foam into a nonic. The aroma was sweet, and vaguely floral-like. A burst of buttery diacetyl scent is also present. The taste was well-balanced. Neither the malts nor the hops overpowered the other. Floral notes, and biscuity undertones were also present in the flavor. It felt a little grainy, but not horribly so. Somewhat fizzy.

I do see what other reviewers mean by saying it's not a good American Pale Ale. Certainly, not enough hoppy bite. As an English Pale Ale, it is decent though. The presence of so much diacetyl can be somewhat of a put-off, however.

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Photo of foxmul924
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-Agressively Poured from Cold Bottle to Room-Temperature Pint. Full, Off-White Colored Head.

English-Style Ale with an Oily, Light-Medium Body/Mouthfeel

Sweet, Malty Aroma

Taste Bears Hints of Honey, Piney/Grass, and Sour Blueberries

Hops not Overwhelming, Although I Did Expect a Hoppier Taste for a Pale Ale. Upon Swallowing, Sweet Malt Flavor Chases and Lingers After Initial Hoppiness.

Overall a Very Drinkable, Everyday Brew.

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

I would have to concur with some of the previous reviewers and say this does resemble an English Pale Ale moreso than an American one. One of the very reasons I enjoyed this brew. It poured a clear dark amber with lots of slightly off-white head, subsided to a ton of lacing. Smell is malty, with some hop aroma. Hops are definitely present in the flavor, Fuggles, maybe Goldings, could be wrong though. Aroma has a slight sweetness to it, very pleasant. This goes down nice and smooth, very easy to drink.

This is a very good ale. A perfect accompaniment to the Jays final game of the season.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm choosing to review this as an English Pale Ale, because pretty much every aspect of this beer is more English than American, and it's a very successful English Ale for the reasons I will enumerate below, whereas it lacks the hop bite that we expect from an APA. I think the negative reviews this beer has received of late have been because of its miscategorization.

That said, it pours a hazy amber with a mountain of light tan head, which eventually bubbled away into a persistent half-inch of foam that left decent lacing most of the way down the glass. The smell was primarily of rich biscuity malts and honey, but there's fruity yeast and buttery diacetyl present as well. It's very pleasant.

I think it's quite a tasty brew, and don't understand other reviewers' gripes, aside from the fact that it's not a real APA. Up front, you've got the malts and honey, the fruity yeast, but the earthy/grassy hops do come out, and I don't find the finsh cloying at all -- more of a tart green apple.

It's got a big body, which borders on being too heavy, but the finish really makes up for it -- the mouthfeel is wet & sticky while the beer is still in your mouth, but right after each swallow, my tongue dried right up, which left me in the perfect position to have another sip. I'm not sure I'd drink this on a warm afternoon, but it's perfect for a cool spring evening such as tonight. A good seasonal beer, IMO.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm choosing to review this as an English Pale Ale, because pretty much every aspect of this beer is more English than American, and it's a very successful English Ale for the reasons I will enumerate below, whereas it lacks the hop bite that we expect from an APA. I think the negative reviews this beer has received of late have been because of its miscategorization.

That said, it pours a hazy amber with a mountain of light tan head, which eventually bubbled away into a persistent half-inch of foam that left decent lacing most of the way down the glass. The smell was primarily of rich biscuity malts and honey, but there's fruity yeast and buttery diacetyl present as well. It's very pleasant.

I think it's quite a tasty brew, and don't understand other reviewers' gripes, aside from the fact that it's not a real APA. Up front, you've got the malts and honey, the fruity yeast, but the earthy/grassy hops do come out, and I don't find the finsh cloying at all -- more of a tart green apple.

It's got a big body, which borders on being too heavy, but the finish really makes up for it -- the mouthfeel is wet & sticky while the beer is still in your mouth, but right after each swallow, my tongue dried right up, which left me in the perfect position to have another sip. I'm not sure I'd drink this on a warm afternoon, but it's perfect for a cool spring evening such as tonight. A good session beer, IMO.

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

This has a nice, hazy cider orange. Large pillowy head. Darkish orange. Head sticks around for a while. Tiny specks of lace at the top.

Has a nice English Pale smell. Ale-y, slightly fruity (apricot/orange?). Sweet ale malt, few hops to be detected. Fruity and inviting.

Malty ale taste, with a fruity base in the malt. Musty hops act as a bitter parting shot, mild though they are. All flavors increase/improve as it warms up.

Thick ale feel. Slightly creamy and with a wet after-feel. It has a definite English Pale taste. Lovely actually; a fine, sweet ale.

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Photo of lawrence76
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
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 alexskovan
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a great big white head. Aroma is . . . hey! Creamy and toasty -- can you imagine? An APA that smells like something other than breakfast citrus! Let's have a sip . . . ok, to be fair, the grapefruit hops are there, but balanced and working with the other members of the cast -- not chewing the scenery as they scream, "Hops! HOPS! This isn't macro and you can tell 'cause its got HOPS!!!"

A complex taste. That creamy flavor is the first thing I notice, but then it is balanced out by the toasty malt and hops. This beer has the complexity and character that you will find in a good English Special Bitter, but it is lighter in color and body.

Good stuff! (But the hop-heads won't be happy. . .)

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Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour a very burndt orange with low carbonation and a light tan head. Some glass cling.
The aroma is a light fruity (green apple) and caromel.
Taste begins to the malts and stays through out with the addition of some fruit like hops in an attempt to balance.
Even tho it is a pro malt beverage it has a green apple linger.

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

Brew poured to an amber color with golden highlights while possessing a nice sized white head that has good retention. The lacing is very good down the whole side if the glass. The aroma is nice as well, clear malt scent of caramel with some nice roasted highlights. For an American IPA, it does not have a clear hop scent, it is there but is quite muted compared to the malts. The taste is very solid, nice caramel malt flavors of front that quickly snap to a hop flavor that lingers into the after taste. The hops that are present are clearly there but seem to be a good complement rather than a dominant feature. Has a nice amount of carbonation that seems to add to the hop flavor as it tingles the tongue. This is a very easy drinking brew, one that is a good session brew especially when you can get it for about $10.00 a 12 pack. A real strong offering from CBC.

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Photo of MurtJP
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a lingering slightly tinted head. Has an aroma I remember from a coffee roasting house. The taste is light " in front " but has a dark caramel taste "in the back ". Very smooth drinking, remains a moment on the palate. As a rookie reviewer I hesitated to go too high with the numbers but bottom line, Old Slugger is a favorite.

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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 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 TheFeintingGoat
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from right here in Oneonta (about 20 miles away from Cooperstown).

Pours a nice copper color with a billowy head--moderatly good rentention. Lots of carbonation drifting up, very pretty.
A sweet carmel hops smell permeates the air couples with a red wheat aroma.
Nice foamy, sudsy taste at the start, giving way to a bittersweet sugar grain taste. The hops are quite prevalent, but on a whole the beer is quite relaxed.
The mouthfeel gives way to a higher carmel flavor and smoothes the beer out a bit while also intensifying the hops bite after the swallow. Very smooth and sticky as well.
Not complex, yet not the simplest thing either it's just overall a very nice beer. Very relaxing, sweet and smooth like caramel. Nice for a ballgame, that's for sure. The head retention is a big plus.

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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 RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very appealling orange bronze body, some carbonation streams, medium clarity, and a huge tower of egg-shell white foam, rising above the rim, with some impressive dents in the top. Some dripping lacing.

Big bakery bready aroma, with some floral and fruity hints along the edge.

Taste kicks off with a nice solid sweet caramelly foundation. Pleasant tide of earthy hops build on that foundation enough to call it their own. Light, mellow hop tingle gently lingers from the finish and on into the aftertaste. Good balance overall. A Very English pale ale.

Proper mediumish mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, I could session this.

I know Cooperstown gets overshadowed by the other guys in town, but they make solid English-ish ales. Give them some at bats.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, medium amber with a thin, fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: A nice smell of oats with a buttery undertone, but no hop aroma to speak of.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The buttery oat flavor hits your tongue right away with a mild, citrusy kick from the hops. But the bitterness is extremely subdued. Grainy, vaguely metallic finish. Mouthfeel is slick with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily, and the 5.5 ABV makes it sessionable.

Notes: This tastes more like an amber ale to me - the hop character is just not there compared to other pale ales I've had. I don't know if I'd go out of my way for this one, but it's pleasant enough that I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of maek228
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: a bright clear amber, with a nice foamy head with a decent amount of cling. the foamy head is full bodied....very nice

smell: english malts....with hints of dark sugar?

taste: very agreeable taste on this one. english malts with a nice hop finish. the bitterness of the hops is immediate...not giving the malts much time to give your tastebuds the sweetness....but none the less an agreeable taste.

mouthfeel: refreshing

drinkability: god i could drink this all night....only drawback is its compact and bitter taste

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Photo of Ego
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dug out" 12 pack they offer (now available here in jersey)

eyes...
you blink and the head is gone, a nice clean and refreshing looking light brown with red highlights, decent carbonation through the brew, no lacing really stands out as the head continues to dissappear into nothingness...literally. nice color but the other attributes drag this down...

nose...
malty butterscotch with a hit of hop spice, pretty straightforward and enjoyable

taste etc...
this reminds me of some of the first pale ales I tried back in the early days of my craft brew infancy, it certainly should be avoided by hop heads, the taste is immediate and quite refreshing, the malt is nice and almost chewy but the carbonation keeps it light, mouthfeel is pretty full for a pale which surprised me. the hops leave just a hint of bitterness lingering under the prickles of carbonation left in your mouth.

verdict?
pretty good, if not your pretty basic APA. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I would drink it if it was on tap or around wherever I was that day.

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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