Nine Man Ale Golden Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

BA SCORE
20%
Liked This Beer
3.37 w/ 120 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States
cooperstownbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,160
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
120
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.37/5
pDev:
12.76%
Alströms:
3.55
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 72
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 Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is spicy along with some caramelized malts, touches of fruit and hops in the background.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel, spice and fruit, a mild hops bitterness, a bit of smokiness and a malt character that is light but is enough to provide a little substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-medium body, medium-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, its flavor is slightly different from others in the style, but there isn't enough here to make me choose it unless my available selections were limited.

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Photo of nickfl
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Cooperstown Brewing, Milford, NY

Pours straw-yellow with a little white head that dissipates rather quickly. Crisp, grainy aroma, and crisp, grainy taste, with light grassy hops following. Simple. Very light and crisp, not big on taste, but highly drinkable nonetheless. I could easily spend a summer night drinking this, but there's nothing amazing going on here.

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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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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 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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light orange in color with a 1" head. The head falls to a surface foam relatively quickly.

Smell: for this style, there is actually a decent aroma of mild citrus and caramel candy.

Taste: very basic ale, as mild caramel, grapefruit, and soft bitterness are well balanced but slightly dull. A hint of a metallic tone hits the back of the tongue during the swallow.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start and finish. Relatively clean aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: not bad, but this is a little dull - I would like to see a little more citrus tones to brighten this up.

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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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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 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 jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a white two-fingered head that fades and leaves a reasonable lace. Light bodied and light-medium bodied. Not hoppy like a lot of golden ales has more of a balance of hops and malt with just a little sweetness coming through but a slightly bitter finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Nine Man Ale served in a tumbler. The ale is cool.

Appearance: The ale is golden in color with good lacing and no sign of haze.

Smell: There is a distinct biscuity nose of malts but no hops to be found.

Taste: The malts give the ale a definite sweetness and the complete lack of hop nose and aroma cuts out the bitterness factor.

Mouthfeel: I would like some hop character to assert itself.

Drinkability: The ale tastes good on its own, so I recommend it for a hot summer afternoon outside.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, lots of sediment, three finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Lots of grass and spice, some wheat as well, even some cherries...

T-Starts with grain/straw with grassy hops and spice, something is off though that I can not place.

M-Very light and very carbonated.

O-Something was off in the taste couldn't place it. And as the beer warms it loses what luster it had.

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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

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Dope
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date, assumed fresh.

A: Pours a nice clear red. Small fizzy light tan head. Decent retention however. No real lacing.

S: Hmph, not bad. Light citrus and some mild cereal grain.

T: Well, at least this one doesn't taste like butter. Mild grain maltiness with very light grassiness in the background. A little caramel sweetness. Even a hint of citrus in there.

M: Medium/light bodied.

O: Pretty straight-forward blonde. Drinkable and fairly bland. Nothing special but not a mess like the last two I tried (their APA and EIPA).

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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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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 20% out of 100 with 120 ratings
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