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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a decent head with bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness, citrus and fresh grain.

T: Flavor is a mild caramel sweetness, bit of citrus and fresh grain. There is a nice mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Light body, smooth with an intangible character.

O: Easy drinker. Good session beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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 smibroncos
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear copper, with a short one finger white diminishing head. No lacing on the glass.

S. Fruit, citrus, grain, cereal, hay

T. Starts out with some malty flavors, caramel, fruity, pears or apples, Cider-like. Light bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, short duration

D. A pretty decent golden ale, decent balance. The fruitiness of this brew makes it stand out and adds to its uniqueness.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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 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 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 brentk56
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
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 mjaskula
2.77/5  rDev -18%
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 nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy orange/amber color with a thick head of white foam. Lots of bubbles and decent lacing.

S - Fruity and slightly floral. Definite hints of butterscotch, I just wish it was a little stronger.

T - Buttery and slightly herbal. Hints of fruit and malt. Finishes off slightly dry with a tiny bit of bitterness.

MF&D - Medium/light bodied with a slight tongue sizzle. Crisp and easy drinking.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
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 adamette
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from web site: "Nine Man" is a golden ale, brewed from English pale and crystal malts, and with torrified wheat. It is bittered with Cascade and Cluster hops and finished with Cascade hops. "Nine Man Ale" was first brewed as a summer seasonal beer in 1996. It was kegged the first season but not bottled until the opening of the baseball season in April 1997. Original Gravity 1.045 / Final Gravity 1.012 /4.3% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A One inch head supported by a golden brown body. This is the lightest appearing of the Cooperstown beers.

S I smelled fruits but brewers present at the time denied that but did mention that there are "citrus" elements to the beer. I still believed that there was distinct sweetness of fruits. I really liked the smell. Not hoppy very much at all.

T More malt and hops to taste but I still get some of that light, fruity sweetness. I really enjoyed this beer.

M Light to moderate. None of the Cooperstown beers are really light but this is the lightest of the bunch.

D Fair to good.

Notes: I really enjoyed this mildly hoppy beer with a sweet citrus aroma.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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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Photo of TheTrevor
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden color with a huge fluffy head. The smell is of sweet bready malt. The taste is sweet malt with some other sweet characteristics of honey with a dry finish and a small amount of hops. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, with a middling amount of carbonation. This beer is certainly drinkable, but I can't imagine myself grabbing more than one at a time.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 Jp7010
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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 number1bum
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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 BeerTruth
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark corn silk hue with a huge three finger white fluffy head that dies down to a nice layer that leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is of honey, pale malt, noble hops, and the typical Cooperstown ringwood yeast. Taste is a bit bland with some rustic metallic hop flavors and some lemongrass as well. The ringwood yeast is present on the tongue as well as a hint of semi-sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is light to medium chewy body with a mild amount of carbonation. Drinkable brew for sure if you're ok with the ringwood, but I'm a man that lives down the street from Middle Ages, so ringwood is nothing new to me. I was quite surprised by this, it definitely grew on me towards the end.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone bought a mixed 6-pack of beer from Cooperstown Brewing for me while they were there to see the baseball Hall of Fame, and this was one of the beers in it. I've never had an American Blonde Ale, and I thought this was a decent style of beer. It reminded me of a kolsch, but there didn't seem to be as much grape flavor to this, and it was a bit more subdued. It did fit in well with the mild weather that's been in these parts recently!

The pour wasn't anything spectacular. This beer had a nice head, miminal lacing, and a dark amber hue to it. The taste was mostly maltly, with some grass and straw and a very crisp, sharp, and slighty subdued hop twinge in the back. It could be more filling and have more depth to it, but this is a good warm weather beer nevertheless.

I couldn't taste the alcohol in this, and the 4.30% ABV can hardly be felt. This seems a bit similar to some of the belgian whites that I've had, without the cloudiness to it. It's worth a try once, but I have yet to find anyone that's a huge enhtusiast of this style. Hopefully, the other two beers from Cooperstown that I haven't sampled yet will be a bit better!

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Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden, Fluffy white head, that did not go away. Lots of bubbles,and nice lacing. Smell is grassy. Body is on the light,and carbionated. Taste is a good balance of fruit,and grassy hops. Refreshing with a dry finish. No problem having more than one of these!

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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 alexskovan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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