Nine Man Ale Golden Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 116
Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, and noticed a really nice head, though it dissipated rather quickly. When I think of what color a stereotypical ale should be, this beer comes to mind: its golden brown with a refreshing carbonation to it.

It has a nice crisp, well-rounded and full-bodied mouthfeel. It swallows smooth with flavors of hearty bread and a touch of nuttiness. It finishes clean with a lingering cool crisp taste of a refreshing beer at the ballpark in your mouth.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has short-lived head. Clear honey-golden color. Carbonation visible. Able to see right through it, but doesn't look light or thin. Some pretty good lace.

Smell is dry malt, like a typical ale. Has a slightly toaste aroma. Also has a ncie, honey-coated sweetness. Flowery. Very good. Sweetly pilsnerish. Dry bitter ale malt topped with a sweet, flowery sweetness. Some honey and butterscotch (slightly). Sweetness is really pleasant, not overbearing. Summery and refreshing.

Smooth and buttery. Creamy. Not at all thin or watery. Nicely sweet but dry as well. Well-balanced. A summer sipper.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewery bottle pick up. Pours into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale gold, settling out foam. Some layering. Bright malty nose and citrus. Taste is light, lemon citrus. Some tart, clean finish. Mild hop at the conclusion lends a little bite. Great summer beer, light mild, but tasty. Well made.

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Photo of WesWes
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color. It's nose is of sweet malt character with a grain base grain, probably 2-row American barley. It's mouthfeel is very light, which I think adds considerably to it's drinkability. It has little in the line of alcohol, but is a beer that tastes great in the summer when it's hot and you feel like drinking a ton without getting fall down drunk. One of my favorite beers. It's a guilty pleasure. There is little hopping present, probably noble ones like Fuggle and Kent Goldings. I don't hold it's light character against it. I don't usually care for light beers, but this one slips under the radar.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This poured a beautiful orange gold color with a small but nice tan head. The lacing is light.

Smell: Lightly, malty and sweet. Most notably though this beer smells insanely buttery.

Taste: Sweet and malty and of course buttery(diacetyl) as hell. Crisp and fruity with some VERY light(but enough) floral hop flavor. There is also a hint of caramel. This is a slightly dry brew.

mf/d: Slick and chewy while at the same time slightly thin. This is one of the most drinkable beers i have ever had. The ringwood yeast flavor is spectacular! A big surprise.

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Photo of generallee
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a tap at the brewery into a small plastic tasting glass. This was part of the breweries tasting. I think it was two or three dollars to sample each of there seven beers.

Appearance: It is hard to say from the sample size but I would say that it would be very similar to the bottled version.

Smell: Here is where I started to notice some difference. The malt is still pale and light but the hops are fresher, brighter and bring more citrus notes to the nose.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma, the hop flavor is fresher and more vibrant. The light pale maltiness is cleaner as well and I didn't notice any diacetyl notes. It is still light and fairly clean on the finish with just a little more citrus hop character. This is very refreshing, light bodied and easy drinking.

Notes: This is the way to drink a Nine Man!!! On Tap!!!

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

BAside: Bonus points for the cool stitched baseball bottle cap!

Poured lively and very agitated. Sweet nose, odd sense of straw and strawberry(?), mild hops, sharp, faint dry malts. It grows a little deeper & sweeter with some air, echoes of chewy caramel are alive now. Head was a triple play, at least 3 fingers of sticky, tight, very sculpted yet delicate pale ivory foam that lasted quite a while and only settled to a finger's worth of the same that laced is splotches. A hazy, tangerine stained brassy-golden amber in hue, warm, inviting, looks thick like honey with some suspended sediment, a steady parade of bubbles rising thru it. Visually this is a head turner...very nice.

A very light, sweet initial tonguefeel, its semi-dry with a dull, echoed crunch that helps to balance very well the sweetness of the malts. Its actually incredibly balanced, and I swear I am getting a tiny peek of some fruit sweetness that, to me, hints of strawberry....odd. Its going down very easy and pleasingly. The sweet, yet light, malts segue to a nice hop bitterness on the palate, with the yeasty dryness accentuating that bitterness. I'm enjoying this very much, and it would make an great hot weather/lawnmower beer, or even a session on a muggy day. The malts get some meat on their bones with mouthwarmth, growing stronger, more leathery, even a hint of summer corn sweetness. It finishes semi-sweet, wetter than its been to this point, clean, crisp, leaving a slightly bittersweet caramelized mouthfeel, coating, a wee bit chewy.

Damn, what a surprise this was! Its always a great feeling to try a new beer and find a real gem. This was wonderful. It is sweet, but I found it very refreshing, not lacking for body, taste or variety, and would make a great summer beer. Its not a taste bomb, but a nice, enjoyable beer. Could easily be pared with fish, veggies, salad, lite cheeses, deli sandwiches, probably any straight forward, no nonsense lighter fare. I would drink this again in a Cooperstown minute and definitely recommend this baseball "diamond in the rough" as a hit.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed this beer a lot. The person at the bar didn't know what style it was, what the abv was, anything. I would have guessed a blonde or golden ale and I guess I was right. It was very sessionable and really quite enjoyable. Not much on the aroma, but the flavor was great, the drinkability and mouthfeel were also very good. Don't know how available this beer is but if you see it, it's a good one.

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Photo of MsRif
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a pale yellow color with a small white head that mostly dissipated leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of grains, light citrus and earthy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, though a bit more hoppy with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkable but not exceptional. Recommended for a sample or a pint to try.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright off-white head, bout 4 inches tall that took the shape of a doughnut as it faded leaving some nice lace. Orange amber colored, pretty transparent, with lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up along the sides. Fresh aroma, a bit of lemon, sweet malt and some floral hops. Pale malt flavor, nice a crisp, joined by a little tangy hops that carry the slightest bite. A pretty light bodied beer, easy drinking with a clean finish. A crisp and refreshing beer, nothing bad about it, but not much to it either, which I'm pretty sure is how this style is supposed to be so I can't complain.

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium golden color with a nice amount of carbonation that stays with you for a little bit. Smell consisted of some nice malt tones and some spicy hops, then some buttery tones show up from the ringwood yeast. Taste was alright actually. Some slighty bitter malts show up in the beginning and then ends with some spicy hops. Finished somewhat the same was the taste. The mouthfeel was more on the light side I would say, but on a summer day, this would fit the bill for sure. A good beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy brilliant golden color with a massive head that overflowed the glass. Too much carbonation. I tghink I have seen this problem with other beers from this company.
Smell is lightly fruity wuth some peach notes present.
Taste is also moderately sweet with an almost honey-like character.
Finish is a bit dissapointing with little taste retention.
An easy drinking beer. Would be great for a hot simmer afternoon.

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Photo of sponberg
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 12 oz. bottle, in pint glass. Bright golden/amber color, head lasted about one minute (may have dissipated when I stuck my nose into the beer by accident while checking the aroma. Note to self: Watch that next time.)

Aroma: Some light malty notes, but mostly the distinct Ringwood yeast aroma. A bit prickly on the tongue, with a good malt/hop balance that does a pretty good job of quenching the thirst. Hints of alcohols and yeast are also present in the background. The finish is pretty clean, with a nice roundness, but the aftertaste is somehow reminiscent of an ice cream cone - no ice cream, just the cone. And not a sugar cone, either - one of those light yellow Eat-Em-All ones. Despite all that, it somehow manages to be a rather quaffable beer, even if it isn't up to the standards of its big brother (Old Slugger).

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Photo of sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden almost amber color, a bit haze, huge head with lots of carbonation and decent lace. Smell of light malt and a bit of rice - very faint smell. Taste is quite good - a nice light malt that is very nicely balanced with hoppiness. A bit of rice flavor. Some citrus notes as well. A very nice light ale. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. I recommend trying some of this.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden color with a huge fluffy head. The smell is of sweet bready malt. The taste is sweet malt with some other sweet characteristics of honey with a dry finish and a small amount of hops. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, with a middling amount of carbonation. This beer is certainly drinkable, but I can't imagine myself grabbing more than one at a time.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Rich golden hued brew with a clinging white lace.

Smell: Light malty caramel and buttery diacetyl make for a toffee like aroma, mild esters appear also.

Taste: Crisp with a very mellow rustic earthy flavour from a mix of the hops and Ringwood yeast strain, some dehydrated pear in the middle also. Definitely on the dry side with a grainy undertone. A herbal/orange hop twang towards the end helps to finish this brew off with a small amount of residual dextrins.

Notes: A pretty good brew , though peculiar tasting, the Ringwood strain is a bit of a distraction for this Golden Ale Style ... perhaps a cleaner stain would have been more suitable unless you are accustomed and enjoy the Ringwood traits?

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with some carbonation streams, topped by several fingers of off-white medium size bubbles and a fuzzy soft top.

Pleasant hay/grass aroma, with a bit of bakery biscuits thrown in too.

Moderately sweet beginning, followed by some earthy, herbal hops which balance nicely and then steal home in the finish with a enjoyable hop snap that lingers gently in the aftertaste. Bit overly grainy in the finish though.

Mouthfeel is light plus. Not watery like too many goldens, though still below medium/pale ale levels.

Good drinkability. Could have a few during a day game and still feel good to go in the evening.

Good sessionable golden ale for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear copper, with a short one finger white diminishing head. No lacing on the glass.

S. Fruit, citrus, grain, cereal, hay

T. Starts out with some malty flavors, caramel, fruity, pears or apples, Cider-like. Light bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, short duration

D. A pretty decent golden ale, decent balance. The fruitiness of this brew makes it stand out and adds to its uniqueness.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sweetness and a moderate biscuity malt.

The taste consisted of a sweet malt, a slight diacytl and a light flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffable ale.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark corn silk hue with a huge three finger white fluffy head that dies down to a nice layer that leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is of honey, pale malt, noble hops, and the typical Cooperstown ringwood yeast. Taste is a bit bland with some rustic metallic hop flavors and some lemongrass as well. The ringwood yeast is present on the tongue as well as a hint of semi-sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium chewy body with a mild amount of carbonation. Drinkable brew for sure if you're ok with the ringwood, but I'm a man that lives down the street from Middle Ages, so ringwood is nothing new to me. I was quite surprised by this, it definitely grew on me towards the end.

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Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this brew a number of times in the past but never reviewed it before. This brew pours to a crystal clear golden yellow color with a medium sized white head that does not have much of any retention. While looking at the brew you can see that it has a lot of carbonation as I am seeing a lot of bubbling traversing up the side of the glass. The aroma of this brew are caramel malt with a sweet smell mixed in. Not complicated but a nice smelling beer. Has a nice taste to it, as with the aroma it is not a complicated brew but has some nice solid properties with the buttery/caramel mixed upfront with a fruit like taste, not sure exactly what it is maybe apple or pear? Also finishes on a good note with a slight hop finish. Again this is not a complicated brew by any stretch but what it is, is a nice session offering.

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Photo of adamette
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from web site: "Nine Man" is a golden ale, brewed from English pale and crystal malts, and with torrified wheat. It is bittered with Cascade and Cluster hops and finished with Cascade hops. "Nine Man Ale" was first brewed as a summer seasonal beer in 1996. It was kegged the first season but not bottled until the opening of the baseball season in April 1997. Original Gravity 1.045 / Final Gravity 1.012 /4.3% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A One inch head supported by a golden brown body. This is the lightest appearing of the Cooperstown beers.

S I smelled fruits but brewers present at the time denied that but did mention that there are "citrus" elements to the beer. I still believed that there was distinct sweetness of fruits. I really liked the smell. Not hoppy very much at all.

T More malt and hops to taste but I still get some of that light, fruity sweetness. I really enjoyed this beer.

M Light to moderate. None of the Cooperstown beers are really light but this is the lightest of the bunch.

D Fair to good.

Notes: I really enjoyed this mildly hoppy beer with a sweet citrus aroma.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange/amber color with a thick head of white foam. Lots of bubbles and decent lacing.

S - Fruity and slightly floral. Definite hints of butterscotch, I just wish it was a little stronger.

T - Buttery and slightly herbal. Hints of fruit and malt. Finishes off slightly dry with a tiny bit of bitterness.

MF&D - Medium/light bodied with a slight tongue sizzle. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of rarevos
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into ale glass (the Ommegang Hennepin glass, my new favorite).

A: Pours a translucent reddish-gold with a decent amount of carbonation. Head recedes quickly to lacing and sticky trails.

S: Sweet malt backbone with some fruity esters present (hint of peach, some apple). I don't smell toffee as others have, but I do notice a bit of a buttery aroma.

T/M: Pretty basic stuff here, but nothing's that out of order. Some fruitiness, a bit of sweetness, a mild fruity hop presence toward the end, and a lightly bitter, crisp, and clean finish. I don't automatically reject a beer because of Ringwoody-ness, but there is some buttery flavor hiding in the back of this.

D: Pretty light ale. It's possible to drink a few of these, but it's not that high on my list of "go-to" session beers. It's OK, but it's a classic tweener for me: it's not flavorful enough to be a real session beer (or a cool weather beer), and it's not quenching enough to be a lawnmower beer. It's solid.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is most easily described as ringwood-light. No it's not a lite beer, but it has trademark ringwood taste, but is lighter than others of the same yeast. Gold colored and smelled of light fruits. Tasted of apple and orange with a slight grassy bitterness. The bitterness didn't seem to fit for me. I'd keep this one malty, that is unless you like your blonde ales hoppy.

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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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