Nine Man Ale Golden Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.31/5  rDev +27.5%
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 +23.4%
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 Yeldarb92
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +19.5%
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 bonbini26
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of kbnooshay
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of generallee
3.99/5  rDev +18%
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 +14.2%
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 +13.9%
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 +13.9%
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 +13.3%
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 +12.4%
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 +12.4%
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 +10.9%
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 pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of 59rockabilly
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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