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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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 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 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 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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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
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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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

aggressive carbonation. A lot on fizzy gas, little on taste, which gives a middle mouthfeel with an uncomfortable graininess. Tad of tartness more than bitterness and drying sweetness and not very satisfying. Little head, beer and skunky smell, but still fresh, little interest.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As advertised, this beer appears a smooth looking clear orangey golden color, not much head worth mentioning. Smell is pretty nondescript - a little pale malt and some butter. Taste is pretty bland as well. Barely any hop characteristics, a bit of sweet grains or nuts and the smallest amount of toffee. Not really anything jumping out at me here. Kind of a grimy mouthfeel combined with the lackluster taste makes for a pretty boring beer unfortunately.

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Photo of number1bum
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with good clarity and about one finger of off-white head. Head retention isn't great, leaving only a thin lace and a bit of stick.

Smell isn't very strong or complex, consisting of pale malt, some floral hops and that signature buttery ringwood yeast.

Taste has a mild malt sweetness to it, with a bit of caramel or maybe honey flavor, fruity and buttery ringwood yeast, and some herbal hop flavor. The fruitiness tastes like pear. Too much buttery diacetyl ringwood for my taste. I actually like the fruity pear flavor which is the only saving grace for me. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy actually, almost chewy and medium-bodied for a beer that is so low in the alcohol department.

I don't really care for this much. I don't dislike ringwood beers, but I don't care for them when they're dominated by ringwood flavor and not much else. One is enough for me.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean golden/amber beer. Has a small off white head. A disticntive butterscotch character dominates the aroma with a hint of hops in the background. A light malty note starts out the taste and fades to a light hop snap before leaving a combination bitter and buttersctoch finish.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretty standard ale from cooperstown brewing. i can't really say anything bad about his one, but there's nothing definitively good about it either, save for the fact that it's a well made, easy drinking brew. a little hoppy, a little grainy and maybe a bit of caramel in both the smell and taste. there was nothing going on here that i was dissapointed in nor was there anything unexpected. a decent choice if your trying to ween someone off of heineken. even a bud drinker might be prone to enjoying this one.

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Photo of goz
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head that quickly diminishes to nothing, leaving tiny bits of lace. Aroma is fairly boring and mild, mostly just sweet. Flavor is also quite boring, slightly sweet, with a tiny bit of floral hops showing up for the end. Body is quite light.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a nice deep golden brew with a good head that died down but left a lot of lacing.

The aroma was of hops, and a hint of plum fruitiness.

The taste was a bit bitter, followed by some graininess... but overall it was rather bland. No aftertaste to speak of. And the mouthfeel was somewhat watery.

Not that drinkable a brew... it just was lacking in quality, nothing stood out.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a hazy dark straw color with a rocky mountain head that last the duration, leaving a thick lace behind. Hops aroma is low to very weak, I must say. Citrus is an aroma that I also can detect. A metallic flavor is present, but not strong, hop flavor is mild to weak unlike the IPA I was hoping for. As the beer sits to warm the metallic taste sticks out more and the citrus flavor leaves.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a massive white head, tok a while to pour the entire beer as the foam rose all the way to the top quickly. However, it reduced just as fast and there was nothing left on top and no lacing within moments.

S: Actually has a little funk to it, very surprising. A little bit of grains and a bit of citrus, but the funk dominates.

T: Again, slightly funky/sour. It dominates the flavor profile and I can't really get much else out of it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather slick.

O: Very confusing with the funk/sourness. Can't really imagine why it smells and tastes like it does. I like it, but reviewing to style is what will keep it low.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

There is nothing fancy about this beer, but it is a decent beer to drink.The appearance was a medium ivory creamy and rocky head that consisted of fine-small bubbles.The body was slightly hazy and it had a lot of fizzy and lively carbonation.The hue was orange and this beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.The nose wa malty, hoppy, fruity and citrus.The flavor was lightly hoppy, tart and it had a bit of an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and light bodied.

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Photo of smcolw
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Insane head, like an overcarbonated homebrew. I have a 20 oz glass for a 12 oz beer and I've had two gentle pours that have filled my vessel. I still have half a beer to pour! Slight haze. Definitely darker than a "golden", more like a light amber.

Slight sourness to the smell. Clear and crisp, some fruity esters.

Overcarbonated (not surprising, given the pour). Good body but not enough to overcome the carbonation. Slightly sour taste. Not as "crisp" as I would like. Slightly sweet, very low bitterness.

As a homebrewer, I know this is one of the hardest beers to make. The fruity esters and the carbonation prevent this one from being a great golden ale.

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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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