Nine Man Ale Golden Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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3.37 w/ 120 ratings

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 72
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 alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy gold with a grainy dense white head that left no lacing. Aroma is nuts and fruit. Taste is hoppier than Blonde Ale usually is, but it's not that tiresome grapefruit hop that so many American micros are burdened with. Good, but a little unbalanced. There is a hollowness in the center of the taste.

Good but not great.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - this blonde ale pours a hazy dark yellow, with tons of carbonation arising from a few sediment fragments that keep a 1 1/2 finger of rocky white head

S - a dry aroma, yeasty, slight grassy and surprisingly grapey, a nice aroma, yet rather monofaceted

T - light taste, grapes persist to the flavor, slight breadiness with some fine spices in the finish

M&D - light bodied, with a slight metallic note, but a decent ale, nothign spectacular but nice flavored and easy down. me and my buddy could easily kill a six pack of nine man on my porch in the summer time, again a quality brew from Cooperstown

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 nickss
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange hue with a moderate 1" head. The constant stream of bubbles is certainly telling of the level of carbonation in this one

Smells of light fruit... very champagney. Very crisp and acidic.

Pale, malty flavour... however all in all not much going on here. A bit of lemon and some barely discernable apple.

Very very light and carbonated.... a bit too tight for me.

Average so far as drinkability is concerened... refreshing, crisp, a summer brew for sure.

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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 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 LPorter33
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = clear golden brown -looks like cream soda, a color I'm not paticularly fond of, good head that quickly fades into trace lacing.

Smell = Bitter sour hops with a very faint carmel like sweetness that comes through in the end. I enjoyed the scent.

Taste = Initial bit of sugary sweetness, then a very sour and acidic flavor dominates through, tastes almost like a hard cider at times. Has a pleasant bread/wheat aftertaste. A little bland overall though.

Overall = Not bad. High drinkability even if it's nothing spectacular in the taste department. I like the crisp, clean taste it leaves in my mouth and the aftertaste is very agreeable. I recommend you try one or two.

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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 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 xgrigorix
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Pale straw gold, clear, topped by a thin off white head.

Lightly hopped - slightly floral & a touch of citrus.

Malty sweetness, light in flavour. Somewhat bready & light hopping. Just a little bit of citrus. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, & easy drinking.

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

I got this as a six-pack from my brother as a Christmas present. It was definitely a beer I hadn't heard of before.

It poured a deep, golden amber. The head was medium-sized, but it kept well. The scent was almost lemon-y, which was pleasant. It smelled like it was a pretty light beer. And that is what it turned out to be. It wasn't overly carbonated, making it easy to get down. It had a slight bitterness to the aftertaste, which was fine with me. Surprisingly, the beer also had a bit of a lime character in the taste. The mouthfeel was a pretty good balance. It wasn't too heavy, and it wasn't too light. I think this would be a good beer to drink while watching the ballgame or sitting around the TV. Shame they don't serve this at Fenway, as far as I know.

I enjoyed this beer. It wasn't earth-shattering, but it was good. The baseball bottle cap is a nice touch.

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