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 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)

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...

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.

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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Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slighty cloudy amber color with a yellow tint. White foamy one finger head that leaves nice lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit, citrus, maybe lemon, and some floral highlights in there. Hops are noticeable, but not at all overpoweringk

T: A very refreshing taste thats starts off with a floral taste and moves away to a very dry aftertaste. The dryness is interesting, because it keeps you coming back for more to remember the intial taste.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing--very carbonated, which goes well with the floral notes. Drinkability on this beer is pretty high even though its not very complex. A perfect beer to drink while watching a ballgame.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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 rousee
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good after being poured. Nice pure amber with a good 5mm head. Head retains very well with some decent lace. Smell is woody hops with a slight sourness. This is also apparent in tasting the beer. It is a pretty basic pale ale but still quite good. Slight rustiness to the finish. Rust is also known as oxidation. Is that what has happened here ?? No matter cuz its still pretty good. Mouthfeel is neutral and plain. A decent beer--I'm sure its better on-tap vs. bottled. Probably would go nice in a ploughmans lunch.

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Photo of LPorter33
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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 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 sulldaddy
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was a gift from my buddy and fellow BA Stopper! I am sampling a 12 oz bottle slightly chilled in a pint glass.
THe beer pours a clear copper color with 3 cm fluffy head off white head. Aroma is primarily floral hops with lemon and floral scents mixing nicely. Head fades slowly to a surface layer leaving tight latticework.
First sip reveals an average body and small tingly carbonation. Flavor starts with a hint of caramel and flows effortlessly to citrusy and piney hop flavors. The hops leave a bitter flavor in the back of my mouth. THe beer is good but a little mild and the bitterness hurts the drinkability in my mind.

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

Had this on-tap at the Cooperstown Brewery itself.
Golden body. Pretty thick head. Lace sticks around the edges well. Mild malt smell with some fruity notes. Light hop aroma as well. Decently hopped for an APA. Plenty sufficient. Malt backs up the bitterness nicely. Enjoyable yeasty finish along with the slight citrus twang. A very well balanced pale in my opinion and one of my favorite offerings from the Cooperstown Brewing Co.

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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 Todd
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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 sabrills70
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber orage with a great head, higher than average carbonation and good lace. Smells of sweet caramel with citrus and raisin overtones - fruity. Taste is sweet caramel, raisins, fruity, buttery. High carbonation. Finishes with nice hoppy bitterness. This is not a lawnmower beer. Fairly complex - meant to be enjoyed slowly- not guzzled. Save this one for a relaxing night at home. A good pale ale

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Photo of ybnorml
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orange/ amber ale With a bubbly off white head that leaves a little bit of lace. Has an inviting spicey and sweet/carmel aroma. A hint of carmel sweetness teases the tip of the tongue, while a hop spiceiness fills your mouth. The finish has a smooth bitterness followed by a hint of butterscotch. An even handed tasty Pale Ale.

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Photo of necoadam
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a brass color with some nice carbonation visible. Smell consisted of malts, a touch of caramel was in there as well, some citrus notes and some buttery tones are in there as well. Taste was pretty much standard for a pale ale. This leaned more on an ESB style I thought. Malty with some caramel and nutty flavors hit the palate. Got a little bit too buttery at the end and in the aftertaste from that Ringwood yeast. It wasn't too overwhelming but still needed to be controlled I thought. But other than that, it was good.

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Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber, topped with a three finger light ivory head. Leaves partial webs of lacing above the head that diminishes but never fully goes away.
Caramel and bread aroma, earthy and toffee notes.
Caramel and floral/herbal taste, light tea, oranges.
Medium bodied, good simple pale ale, nothing spectacular.

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Old Slugger from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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