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 bceaglejoe
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -6.8%
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 sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden almost amber color, a bit haze, huge head with lots of carbonation and decent lace. Smell of light malt and a bit of rice - very faint smell. Taste is quite good - a nice light malt that is very nicely balanced with hoppiness. A bit of rice flavor. Some citrus notes as well. A very nice light ale. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. I recommend trying some of this.

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Photo of Todd
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's got a cut bottle-cap that looks like a baseball.

Appearance: Rich, bright golden hued beer topped with a frothy white head which retains well and trails the glass.

Smell: Pretty empty in the nose, with some hints of apple-skin.

Taste: A bit coarse on the palate, with a tight, spritzy, scrubbing and sharp-ish carbonation that creams up in the mouth, providing a bit of smoothness on the palate. Body is quite light. Major blast of zesty bitterness, with a watery citric character to it. Touch of cheesy hops. Sweetness is low, with notes of saccharin. Touch fruity berries, apple, pear and plenty of Ringwood yeast character (which may be odd for some). Dry, grainy and ashy in the finish.

Notes:A tasty ale. Uncomplicated, easy drinking and quite the refresher. The Ringwood yeast is a bit powerful though, and perhaps a bit too dirty and dominant.

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium golden color with a nice amount of carbonation that stays with you for a little bit. Smell consisted of some nice malt tones and some spicy hops, then some buttery tones show up from the ringwood yeast. Taste was alright actually. Some slighty bitter malts show up in the beginning and then ends with some spicy hops. Finished somewhat the same was the taste. The mouthfeel was more on the light side I would say, but on a summer day, this would fit the bill for sure. A good beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge carbonation leaves a mountanous head reminiscent of belgians. Hazy peach. Smell is of soft orange rind. Very light fruity and grain flavor finishes sweet and a little sugary with some astringency. Light and refreshing, this is a good thirst-quenching beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours a clear gold with a modest one-finger white head which recedes quickly and leaves little noticeable lacing. The aroma is mostly metallic malts coerced from different angles by spears of citrus and floral hops. The taste is very light, much less intricate than the smell--frankly pretty dull. Some lemony butter off of a thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Seems good for a summer's evening after a softball game (hence the name).

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

A different flavored brew. Color is a nice copper with very little head. Smell was smoky butterscotch? Taste likewise had a smoky, buttery flavor, rounded, yet witha slight bitterness on the finish///a bit unusual IMO. Mouthfeel was a bit oily...not unpleasant, but not spectacular either. Drinkability was hampered a tad due to this oily quality. Not my favorite, but if others like the qualities I described, give it a try.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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 HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright off-white head, bout 4 inches tall that took the shape of a doughnut as it faded leaving some nice lace. Orange amber colored, pretty transparent, with lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up along the sides. Fresh aroma, a bit of lemon, sweet malt and some floral hops. Pale malt flavor, nice a crisp, joined by a little tangy hops that carry the slightest bite. A pretty light bodied beer, easy drinking with a clean finish. A crisp and refreshing beer, nothing bad about it, but not much to it either, which I'm pretty sure is how this style is supposed to be so I can't complain.

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Photo of beernut7
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill-hazy copper with an impressive sticky head. The aroma is that of white-wine and bready malt. An initial light body pairs with a refreshing bready malt character and a flush of fruit on the finish. Very mild bitterness and very easy drinking. I would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of goz
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
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 SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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 hotstuff
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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 UnionMade
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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 AaronRed
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was lighter beer then I had expected. Poured nice and golden, of course, with a faint hop aroma as it settled. This beer is light and crisp, with some decent ale flavors, but is very tame- almost too much so. Almost no bitterness, which for some people is a huge plus, but I like a little more kick. But this is a golden ale, and given its style, was pleasing in its own way. Not a substantial beer, but it is smooth and a great beer for summer. Crisp and can easily be consumed- however much you want.

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Photo of WesWes
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
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 kunzbrew
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Thrasher
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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 sponberg
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 12 oz. bottle, in pint glass. Bright golden/amber color, head lasted about one minute (may have dissipated when I stuck my nose into the beer by accident while checking the aroma. Note to self: Watch that next time.)

Aroma: Some light malty notes, but mostly the distinct Ringwood yeast aroma. A bit prickly on the tongue, with a good malt/hop balance that does a pretty good job of quenching the thirst. Hints of alcohols and yeast are also present in the background. The finish is pretty clean, with a nice roundness, but the aftertaste is somehow reminiscent of an ice cream cone - no ice cream, just the cone. And not a sugar cone, either - one of those light yellow Eat-Em-All ones. Despite all that, it somehow manages to be a rather quaffable beer, even if it isn't up to the standards of its big brother (Old Slugger).

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Nine Man Ale Golden Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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