Pride Of Milford Special Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Pride Of Milford Special AlePride Of Milford Special Ale

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 101
Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- slightly agressive, balanced malt/hop punch

color- medium-dark amber

smell- brown sugar

body- solid medium-body mouthfeel

appearance- dirty, off-white head

notes and comments- medium-length citrusy finish like malty apples. this is a unique beer that us west coasters can't find.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep copper with a two finger head that leaves a trail of lace down the glass,big malty aroma sweet and caramely with some brown sugar in there.Taste has a smokiness to it some clove and bubblgum quite odd for the style but very tasty I get a late smokiness that lingers well.Hmm great flavors for a dark wheat beer but for a strong ale quite unique a beer to savor I love it I wish I had more damn it!.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a rather light and clear brown with a decent head.

Smell – Wow. This has a monster flavor here that I’ve never picked up before. It’s malty for sure. Maybe a yeast of some kind? Whatever it is, it is awesome. There’s some nice sweets going on here, too, notably raw sugar and light caramel, but this yeasty malty backbone is something else.

Taste – There it is. Incredible. This is really cool. 760 reviews posted on the site and 761 turns out to be something completely new. I love beer.

This is definitely a yeast base. It is sharp and very tight, which bodes well for a few months of cellaring, IMHO. The flavors are really tight. The yeast and sugars from the nose come out wonderfully at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A tad bigger than medium-bodied. This ale is sweet but not sticky sweet, and the sharp yeast flavors hit the back of the mouth like a ton of bricks.

Drinkability – Excellent and unique example of the style. This is a real sipper and went down quite well.

Comments – OldFroth never ceases to amaze me. This gem from PA was an education of the palette.

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Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Mary Discount, outside of Utica, NY.

Pours a deep copper with the slighest reddish hue around the sides of my pint. Tinge of lacing into islands and on sides of glass.

Yummy malt, delicious malt, wow. Sweet prune, maybe honey malt, rum raisin. No hops, smells like an all malt lager.

Medium malt, light bitter ... maybe light a porter, like biscuit.

Abv and rum sweetness marry nicely. I bet this would handle age quite well. Mellow like a Strong ale should.

Love it. I thoroughly enjoyed my 6pack of this. Make sure to allow the temp up. Looking forward to many more.

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Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with VENOM - this beer has a lot of the same flavor notes as Geary's Hampshire Ale, with an added benefit of being available fresh year round. Very smooth, belies its alcohol content. The caramel and toffeeish maltiness and the Ringwood yeast flavor (not as pronounced as in Middle Ages brews) are balanced by a spiciness that seems to be from the hops. A very, very nice "spring and summer evening by the fire" brew.

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Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No other information is available on the label.

Appearance: The body has a rich amber color, good clarity and light off white head. The head fades quickly to just a thin wispy covering. This makes a little slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a firm malty character with a good hit of earthy and lightly citrusy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects nose with its solid, lightly toasted malty base. The malt sweetness has some toffee and nuttiness with mellow fruity notes blended with both juicy and earthy hop notes. Hop bitterness keep the sweetness in check and gives good balance to the finish. This also makes this beer very drinkable even at 7.7%abv. The palate is a medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

Notes: This beer is well made and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a deep amber, ruby red color, good clarity, small thin head, no real real lace. no head halfway through the glass.

lots of buttery diactyl in the aroma, buttered popcorn. behind that i can hardly detect some biscuity malt, a little caramel and some harsh yeastiness. maybe a hint of alcohol.

again, buttery diactyl and some wierd off yeastiness. behind that i detect a little citrus, herbal hops with some bitterness and some caramel, biscuit malt. a little honey. off yeast flavors dont make this too enjoyable.

very low carbonation, almost flat by the end of the glass. whats there is fizzy. weak body, almost a little watery. alcohol noticable, a little spicy on the palate.

i wouldnt drink this again...

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Photo of ggaughan
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. This beer pours a translucent amber color with a bubbly off white head and thick lacing. The aroma is of toasted malts with some sweetness, maybe a bit lemony. The first taste gives you a bit of bitterness but mostly toasted malts and caramel that is very enjoyable and drinkable. The beer has a nice bit of carbanation that reminds me of the texture of a beer like Duvel but with different taste. With an abv approaching 8% this beer is deceiving as it is approachable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a 1.5 finger, off-white head. While fluffy at first, the head reduces to nothing rather quickly. No lacing is left behind.

S: Slightly hoppy, with a bit of citrus. Mostly there is a heavier caramal aroma and a bit of butter and butterscotch.

T: Heavy caramel notes, a bit of a nutty flavor, and a relatively big amount of butter and butterscotch. The warmer it gets the more buttery it becomes.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, dry and sticky finish, slightly sweet.

O: It actually started off nicely, but by the time I finished, it was not as good. The buttery flavor was a bit overpowering.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice darker amber color, decent bubbles, and light-brownish lacing that likes to stay all over the top of the glass.

Smell: A wealth of stylistic characteristics: caramel, figs, prunes, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and a bit of citrus in different facets.

Taste: A layered brew as it goes from colder to room temperature. At first the raisin and caramel and toffee sweetness dominates, but as it warms, there's a good citrus and leafy backbone that really curbs the sweetness, which I like. You can tell the booze is there, but for the relatively high ABV it's balanced very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with decent creaminess and fullness, but it does get a bit watery as it warms, much more quickly than it probably should.

Drinkability: Relatively inexpensive, tasty, and should be a great sipper for when the weather starts getting cold here, which will be soon.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy yeast lager. Carbonated head. Ringwood yeast, bit of fruit and almond and somewhat bitterness. Like an xmas ale of the second tier of brewers. Hops, alcohol which dries out mouth. Medium mouthfeel. Lots of malts contribute to sweetish aftertaste.

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Photo of tempest
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Helllooo ringwood. Beer pours a nice red amber with white head. Right off the bat, this sucker smells and tastes of ringwood and not much else. I, for one, am a fan of the yeast so this is a good deal. I'm sure there's some malt in there, but I've mostly got tastes of creamy fruit with only a hint of butterscotch. It's good to see the big D hasn't taken over this beer. Very smooth drinking and no hint of the 7.7% abv.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a medium sized tan head with fine-large bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body of this beer was clear with a little bit of carbonation observed.The hue was reddish-copper and there was no lacing.The nose was malt and alcohol and the flavor was malty and a little bitter from start to finish.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth texture and light bodied.At 7.7% ABV the alcohol was not overpowering in my opinion.

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Photo of dahr85
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bottle of Pride of Milford purchased at the Brewery the day after Belgium comes to Cooperstown. The ale itself was poured into a Three Philosophers glass and is chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a brown, caramel-like color with no haze and a smallish head.

Smell: The ale has a biscuity malt nose that gives off some fruity sweet flavors.

Taste: The ale has a firm grainy malt backbone that hides any hop or alcohol flavors. The malt gives the beer a sweet flavor that reminds me of berries.

Mouthfeel: The ale has a pleasant, sweet mouthfeel that hides alcohol well.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable with an ABV that sneaks up on you.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and later in a bottle, this brew is strong and assertive. It does mellow the more you drink it- maybe due to warming a bit or because it's high alcohol content (both I guess). It has a very sweet almost honey like aroma. Taste is also on the sweeter side, really seems made in the style of an English Strong Ale(which is what is it supposed to be). Carmel predominates in this beer. It's a little too one-sided, made to be strong, yet kind of a one hit wonder. Not a bad beer by any means. It's enjoyable when one is in the mood for a strong ale. I like that American brewers are trying to make different styles of ale like this one.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks RocPorterFanatic for this brew!

A: Slightly murky, and a nice medium brown with maroon highlights when held to the light. The head is creamy looking and slightly tan.

S: There is a nice sweetness, like freshly glazed bread. There is a slight fruity aroma that comes out in the form of cherries, and a leafy hop aroma that I like.

T: Sweetness first with cherries, then almost an almond flavor. The comes a touch of roasted flavor, with burnt sugar notes. Throughout there is a bit of a tartness to it, but I think it works.

M: Slightly on the thinner side, with perhaps a little extra carbonation.

O: Overall very nice. Tasty, and certainly interesting.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle is a reddened copper color ale with a fat, creamy head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. I gave it a semi-hard pour as it didn't look as though there would be much head halfway through. Aroma is musty at first and definately heavy on the malt. A swirl of the glass brings out caramel, fruit, and mild hints of ringwood yeast. Occasionally a whiff of metal. Smooth malty flavor - fruit (almost tart in the center but not quite), a soft sweetness, and warm diacetyl. The fruitiness gets heavier as it warms. Smooth, slick, and full.

Malty and strong yet very smooth and mellow. Very easy to handle for a strong ale. The ringwood yeast is used really well here too...not overdone in any way. Pretty interesting.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky amber/ruby colour with a mid-sized frothy head that has average retention time and extremely limited stickiness to it.

The aroma is sweet and candy like with some caramel in the mix. Faint hints of alcohol are present along with some berry and other fruit notes.

The flavour is much more fruit like than the aroma. Candy definitely fades to the back and a hint of butter comes into the mix as well. The finish of each sip even has a slightly rugged nut taste to it. Interesting blend that works well overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch slick.

This is a nice brew from Cooperstown. I wasn't thrilled with it at first but it simply needed some time to warm up and let the flavours and aromas come out, so If you are poured one and it seems a bit too chilled, do the same.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: deep reddish amber in color, slight head

s: toffee, tobacco, and dark leather in a compact package - not terribly strong but satisfying, rich brown sugar, some dark fruits, earthy hop profile

m: carbonation a bit lively, maybe light-medium in range, body around medium

t: woody tobacco, toffee, brown sugar, just a touch buttery, and some darker tree fruit skins, touch of sweetness at first turning towards the drier end, mild earthy hops

d: no problem

single pickup from Westmere, Albany

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Photo of Proteus93
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lighter orangish brown with some tea like qualities... a bit of haze, and a semi-creamy white head that leaves a touch of sticky lacing.

S: The smell is fabulous and carries the aromas that I often detect in English styled brews... honeydew melon, honeysickle, canteloupe, along with a sweet, malty breadiness and a little leafy hop

T: Some of the same 'melony fruit' qualities, but a bit of a bitter edge... a definite hoppy flavour is apparent, along with warm malts and a noticable alcohol spiciness.

M: Some assertive carbonation, though the overall mouthfeel is a little on the nondescript side. It doesn't seem to have a whole lot of body. A little slickness towards the end to help the flavours linger, but not huge.

D: A decent offering, and an interesting style choice. When all is said and done, it's a fairly tasty brew and it smells great. I did find it a bit boozy as it went, so it's not the most accessable beer, but worth trying or having a couple.

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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 149 ratings