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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of kvltmetalhead
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is really not a very good beer. I don't say that because it's a lighter style. It's just not good.

Poured with a foamy head that immediately vanished. The beer was a light golden color with a touch of visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Aroma was like a stick of butter. A sense a diacetyl bomb coming on.

Unfortunately, I was right. This is a butter nightmare. There is a slight grain flavor with little hop character and no finish. It's just the butter flavor that sticks with you.

Mouth feel of slick and oily. Also no finish....

Drain pour. Not worth 125 calories. Sorry.

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Photo of Ego
2.36/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

from the "dugout" 12 pack, best by 6/30/6

very active head that starts off one full finger and crackles to dissapation rather quickly, very actiuvely carbonated all around, dark honey colored, not bad, pretty average...

butterscotch from the ringwood yeast dominates (like mst of their beers it seems...), slight dry metallic twinge also in there, not much else aside from a subtle roast malt tone... a bit weak.

taste etc...
leaves a very dry mouth, a touch watery on the mouth feel, the carbonation is prickly and good.. the flavor is a bit watery at times and is dominated by the ringwood here... to a detriment in my opinion. it's just too much here. there isnt much to this one...

this one is borderline crap... at least this bottle, it doesnt taste "bad" perse but nothing here makes me want to revisit it...

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Photo of jwinship83
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack. no freshness information anywhere. drank from a standard american pint glass. review from notes.

A- this one pours out a bright golden colored body with a small fizzy white head. the head fizzes away quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- grainy cereal malts. very little in the way of hops. theres really not too much to this one.

T- the taste is equally bland. grainy cereal malts reminiscent of "the big three" and a small amount of earthy hops.

M- light bodied. thin and watery. the carbonation level is way too high.

D- sessionable, but not interesting enough. pretty unremarkable.

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Photo of Lucoli
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of Naes
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is a very large white frothy head sitting on top of this copper colored ale.
The aroma is grainy and contains trace amounts of hops.
The flavor has a citrus presence with tones of caramel malt and a mild bitterness near the finish. There is also candy sweetness to this brew that I do not like.
Mouth feel is light in body and a bit over carbonated.
I don’t think I could fallow this with another.

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Photo of palma
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very light golden body with a copper hue. Thin head. Little or no retention.

Nose: Caramel malt. A faint sweetness, kind of like toffee candy.

Taste: Malty with some light citrus. Lingering malty aftertaste. Somewhat bitter end. A little bland.

Drinkability: This is not a very good brew. Will probably not drink this again. Id take it over a Bud though.

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Photo of brentk56
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a soda pop head that fizzes away in about five seconds

Smell: Smells a bit like a combination of day old spilled beer and buttery toffee

Taste: Bready, up front, but with a growing butter toffee flavor from the diacetyl; after the swallow, there is a modest earthy hop presence that adds some balance

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but way too fizzy

Drinkability: The poor carbonation quality ruined what would otherwise be an average, but drinkable, beer

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden body with a head that was quick to become very thick, smelled deeply of yeast, slight acidic fruit, a weird musty smell and little hop. Again the taste was musty, a strange, gross yeasty taste with little malt body to balance that out and very little in the ways of hops to give it any spice.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, with a frothy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, with little malt presence. Beer is very light, with a slightly dry finish. Golden ales are wierd, because they seem to have some lager qualities. Slight nutty yeastiness, mild american hops. Kind of dull.

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Photo of JMS1512
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of mjaskula
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a thin head that is almost unmentionable, disappears completely. Has a nice golden color, with a tiny bit of light sediment.

Aroma is light and floral. Taste is mild and light, every flavor is faint: bitterness, hops, butter, fruit, maybe some malt. Carbonation is light, stays in your mouth a bit, which is strange, given the light flavors. The more i drink the weirder i think it is, I'd rather stop thinking about it and just take it at face value as an average light beer.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my boss Randy for the sampler pack.

Nice, thick and fluffy head and golden body with streams of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass.Not much of a smell.Not a bad taste,sorda watery but thats not turning me away.There is a funky taste in there,that didnt turn me away either.I enjoy this stuff and I think I taste lemon in there and a slight bitterness.Goes down real easy and would make a great session beer.I wish I had a couple more of these, its very refreshing and a well done beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting but not entirely successful. First bottle was incredibly foamy, possibly infected, so I was maybe too careful with the second since this time there's no head to speak of. Dark for the style. Good caramel malts with rich butter and toffee flavors overshadowed by indelibly tart green apple flavor. Initially an interesting balance but grows tiresome. Mouthfeel a touch too fizzy, like soda. I don't know if the apple flavor comes from the hops but it serves the same purpose, to dry out the finish but unfortunately does not tickle the tongue into wanting more sips. I wonder if these could be old bottles since they seem a bit off; not ruined but lacking refinement. Put dates on your labels, Cooperstown.

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Photo of masonstorm
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shakydog68
3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bjohnson
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark than your usual golden ale color. Nice half finger frothy head with some good retention.
S: Sharp malty and bitter notes are noticeable up front. Smells soft.
T/M: An overly malty golden--intersting. Bigger malty notes than I would have expected. Slight hop bitterness towards the rear of the mouth with floral and grassy hop notes appearing at the front. As it warms a fruity flavor emerges as well. Slightly buttery on the palate, but otherwise goes down smooth. Carbonation blast takes away from the flavors a bit.
D: Drinkable golden ale, though I think there are more refreshing thirt quenching ones out there. Low abv so I can imagine this is a good session beer--maybe while playing some whiffle ball or kick ball with some friends.

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3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. pin-striped bottle with ol' Abner Doubleday on the bottle. Bottle cap looks like a baseball.

Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a briskly-carbonated and fizzy dull orange-colored beer with a thick layer of lacing head that quickly died off.

Aroma: Different. An earthy, "flowery" aroma. Bits of malty sweetness as well.

Taste: Gritty, earthen flavor. Very, very dry. Nothing too exciting here. Moderately bitter. Long-lasting dryness.

Drinkability: Again, not too exciting. The finish knocks a point off the drinkability. A little smoothing of the rough edges would do this beer well.

Mouthfeel: Low-bodied, very fizzy. Almost a "macro"-like mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jp7010
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 straw gold into a nonic, coming with a lacing of white foam. The smell was malty and buttery. Diacetyl shining through in another of Cooperstown brews. It tasted like buttered bread, with some nut tones. The feel was harsh, and grainy. Not a very good brew, with so much diacetyl and so little hop notes. I don't expect much in the way of hops from a blonde ale, but I would hope for more than this.

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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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