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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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 148
Photo of palma
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper/amber body with a smooth tan color head that sticks around well and leaves a lace till the last drop. Vanilla, caramel, floral and estery aroma along with a mild hoppy nose. Medium hop flavor up front followed by a fruity tangyness. Light buttery notes hiding among the fruit flavor. A solid caramel malt background throughout. Bitter green apple peel in the finish. Also ends dry and tart and with a faint grainy aftertaste. As the beer warms the tangyness really starts to show up strong. Hard to believe this is 7.7 ABV. The alcohol is hidden very well in this brew. Medium carbonation. This is definitely my favorite brew from Cooperstown Brewing Co.

Notes: For some reason, I love playing battlefield when Im drinking this beer.

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Photo of halo21
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured out a darker amber to copper brown color, with a thin white head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smell: It smelled of fruity esters, like figs and other darker stone fruit. There is a bit of maple sugar and hints of caramel malts.

Taste: A very sweet beer, with sugars and raisins, and warms up to more complex notes, with interesting fruity flavors and a little heat.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, with a full amount of flavor. This is a complex beer backed up with a bit of weight. It is well balanced and a good strong ale.

Drinkability: Medium; I have enjoyed a few of these through out my beer drinking career. I did not know until writing this review that it was 7.7% ABV. It hides it very well, but is a little heavy after more than 1.

Notes: A great beer from an upstate New York brewery. I think this is one of the best offerings Cooperstown brings to the table.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as crystal clear medium copper color with modest off-white head. Head quickly fell to a thin ring leaving attractive lacing sticky lacing.
Smell is very fruity with strong caramel and toffee notes.
Taste is absolutely great with a nice firm fruity maltiness backed by a mild hop bitter bite. Perfect balance.
Full and creamy in the mouth.
Trull an excellent beer. Its ability to session is limited by its completely hidden alcohol content. Great job.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Suds
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear woody-brown color with a thin, white head. Teriffic aroma…serious malt smells. Just a hint of alcohol in the nose. There’s a grist-like, sugary smell, mixed with yeast and fruit (blackberries?)…molasses…sort of reminiscent of a barley-wine. Just great!! It’s got a little slick oiliness, but it fits right in to the beer’s character. Hoppy and bitter finish. I didn’t know what to expect from this beer, and it sat on the back of my beer shelf for a long time after I bought it. That was my loss. This is fantastic!!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper color with some golden glowing around the edges. Small to medium sized ivory cap. Leaves some light topping once its faded and the lacing is splattered with spots.

Aroma is quite nice, seemingly light but delicately enhanced with a certain subtle complexity that fits a strong ale. Warmingly toasted and bready with a pleasing little dollop of white grape and apricot jam. in moo, a very nice taster. Toasty and warm, lightly fruity and hoppy. Buttered toast, slippery caramel, dried apricot, and a mellowing warm tone is located all throughout as it begins to finish with some yeasty dryness and hop oil warmth adding some lovely little additions of herbal spice, then back again with some caramel returns and more subtle warming. The malt backing is quite adequate and largely placed as to make a subtle balance and play between the warmth, hops, spice, and yeast. A pleasure to sip. Subtlity is the name of the game in this one. Great finish. The hoppy spices are perfectly intertwined into the finish.

Feel is clean, smooth, and warming with a certain medium tilted body that leans to the malted side of things. A good thing here. Very balanced and well rounded. The texture is so easy to take in. A very drinkable ale, sipable in large doses.

A warming thanks to syrbeer for the samples!!

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly no head. What is there dies to fine bubbles along the rim. Almost no lace--just some spots on the glass. The brew looks like dirty copper (light brown). It's also crystal clear.

Smells like melted caramel--buttery and very sweet. Slightly toasted with some honey. On aroma alone, I might think this is a dessert beer.

It's sweet, but not like the smell. Also, there's a good dollop of bittering hop that gives this some balance. Very rich body with a low level of carbonation. The malt has a good biscuit and white bread (lightly toasted). This is one of the better Strong Ales I've ever had.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours like cough syrup, viscous with no carbonation. It's a foggy burgandy color. Only a faint tan edging. The aroma is fruity and musty. The taste is very interesting. I haven't had a lot of experience with the Ringwood yeast, but I'm assuming that is the source of the unique fruitiness present here. A subtle tartness seems to burried, but present. The sweetness overrides almost everything. The main fruity tones seem to be banana esters. Body is full and smooth. Nice drinkability. 7.7% a/v? Would've never guessed.

Gotta thank Davo for sharing some baseball history with me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 3 beers bought for me from Cooperstown Brewing, this has to be my favorite by quite a large margin. Others on here have stated how this takes a lot of warming up to be fully enjoyed, and as it turns out, that's 100% true. There's a lot under the surface here, and I don't normally drink brews of this style, but it's growing on me as I work my way down my pint glass!

The pour was alright - no lacing, a minimal amount of head, and a burnt orange hue could be seen here. At first, the taste was very sweet up front and tart in the back, the orange notes really stuck out to me. Yes, it's sharp, but as it warmed up, the sweetness gradually toned down in terms of it's overpowering aspect and the leathery, buttery, currant-like notes took over. I could feel some dates and black raspberry here, but this beer has a wondering warming aspect to it, above all else. This is the first cool weekend we've had here this autumn, and I couldn't imagine a better brew to help bring it in.

The 7.70% ABV is a bit too high, and it can be felt pretty easily after a sip or two. Not to worry, it doesn't stand out or overpower the beers flavor in any way. One thing I noticed is that many reviewers said this had a buttery feel to it. I can't really detect it, but the subtlety of the flavors combines to give this a pretty amazing amount of depth. It's a shame that there's only two of these in the 6-pack that I was given, since Cooperstown's got a winner her. Any chance that this is what the Rockies have been drinking the last 3 weeks?

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Photo of MVotter
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pride Of Milford, English Strong Ale by the Cooperstown Brewery pours into a chalice a clear bronze, producing a thin, tan head.

The smell is butterscotch, and sweet malts; great aroma!

The taste is nice blend of malts and hops ... buttery, sweetish malts at the start, and a mild hop taste in the finish (maybe even a hint of coffee in the after taste). Nice balance to the taste in this brew.

The mouthfeel is medium, silky-smooth, and is pleasantly effervescent and refreshing.

This brew is VERY drinkable, an extremely tasty English Strong Ale, and at 7.7% abv, it's one of those that is so tasty and enjoyable to drink that you have to pace yourself ... I'm sure that the abv would catch up to you quickly!

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Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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 ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive clear amber color with a slight cream colored head...Big sweet vanilla/butterscotch notes on the nose...ringwood yeast all the way...body is on the low side of medium for this style but it seems about right...flavor is big on the butterscotch....some vanilla....maybe just a tich of caramel...not much hoppping...BUT..this is not overbearingly sweet...a nicely balanced Old Ale that warms up the tummy a little...finishes slighty alcoholic...

A real treat here...These are the kinds of beers I like to kick back with the family and watch a nice movie....just sip slowly on beer...smell it over and over...very relaxing and it takes a quality beer to enjoy in that way....this one fits the bill..

Special thanks to Johnny P for this dandy

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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 generallee
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 mjaskula
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick tan head that thins but sticks around. Color is an unfiltered reddish brown. Smells a of ripe apple with a bit of hops and malt. Tastes great in two phases. Starts out thin and crisp and then gets stronger at the end. Apples mildly the whole way and strong malt at the end with a touch of hop bitterness. Gets better with every sip. Stays in your mouth, but isn't over powering.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is quite nice, and pretty tasty too. Instead of my usual banter on how malty or sweet and dark it is, I'm going to keep this really simple.

Think Newcastle Brown Ale, double up the malt and ABV, and you got this. Tasty, sweet and overall a damn good English style brown ale.

If you like Newcastle Brown, get this, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of tempest
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 eberkman
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery on Saturday and poured into a Cooperstown Brewering Company pint glass with a cool little glass baseball at the bottom, which lets you know it's time to refill.

Pours a nice, deep copper leaving a creamy, silky eggshell-colored head that has relatively good retention leaving moderate lacing.

The smell is one of buttery diacetyls (must be the ringwood everyone seems to be talking about), caramel malts and subtle alcohol notes with some hints of dark fruit.

Taste is dominated by malts -- bready, caramel-y, toasty malts -- again with some dark fruity taste as well. And obviously the butterscotch sensation lingering in the background. As a fan of English ales, I would never complain about diacetyl -- it's something I specifically seek out, and for an American brew, this has it in good doses. So flavorwise, it's definitely to my liking. Not much hop presence -- you only know they're there from a subtle bitterness that emerges in the latter phases of the finish.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and a little sticky, but it thinned out more than I would have liked it to in the finish. Very drinkable for a 7.7 ABV beer -- you don't really detect the alcohol until you're much of the way through, and then it's via buzz, not taste. As sessionable as you can get for a strong ale. I regret that this isn't an option because I only have 2 more of these and want them to last.

This is a really nice English style ale that I'd recommend if you can find it (the owner told us that they're having distribution issues and are not currently being sold in some of the states they were formerly shipping to. That's a shame.). All their ales that I've sampled adhere pretty closely to the traditional English style, this one above all. I wish more brewers were as conscientious about making their "English" ales actually taste English.

Also, be sure you do not bypass this brewery if you're in Cooperstown to visit the Hall of Fame and Ommegang. It's a hidden gem. Great people and great beer.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A reddish bronze color with a wispy head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: A sweet, bready aroma mixed in with a faint odor of oats from Ringwood yeast.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet and fruity, then you get a warming, alcoholic bite similar to a brandy. Interesting, and in a good way. The Ringwood is there, but it's in the background this time- more of a cereal-like undertone. Finish was metallic. Mouthfeel was fine, relatively light body medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very smoothly despite the 7.7 ABV.

Notes: A tasty strong ale, the Ringwood was kept under control here. My favorite from this brewery so far.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is adorned with a label showing a vintage 40's auto before which stands a young, aspiring baseball-player in uniform. This is a clear, robust, copper colored bier, atop which sits a creamy albeit fine tan layer of bubblies. A bit of lacing edges the sides, but not a lot. The nose exudes caramel, as well as a Ringwood-like aroma. I'd like to see a bit more ooomph there, though. Body is more than medium, and it's quite smooth on the tongue. How smooth? Like JohnnyP taking-a-cabbie-for-a-ride smooth! Flavor, as with the aroma, has a pleasant caramel malt lean to it. A hint of alcohol can be detected, and it has a combo of a buttery flavor and floral hops in the finish. This is a good offering, and somewhat reminds me of Gearys Hampshire. My thanks go to the aforementioned JohnnyP for the bottle. Prosit!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic, thanks Chad! Pours a hazed brownish-red color with a small tan head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose is dark fruits, toasty toffee and sweet minerals. Certainly has a British flair to it on the nose, lets see about the flavour...

Taste is quite good, I am surprised by this one! Dark fruits and alcohol go together nicely. Brown Ale-esque maltiness throws down a nice base layer for a pretty hefty mineral aspect. Looking at the label and brewery, I was thinking this one would be a little on the gimmicky side...ok...alot on the gimmicky side; but this is quite a nice little treat that shows some nice depth and some solid UK characteristics. Mouthfeel is velvety and lowly carbonated. Chad obviously knows what he’s doing sending this one around :)

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Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy off white head that settles to a film with a few pools of larger bubbles. Some dimpled lace that remains. A glowing dull, depp bronze in color.

Sweet caramel, vanilla, and honey. Some dark fruit tones as well: plum and raisin. Also a faint smokiness with a noticeable alcohol aroma.

Caramel and toffe-sweetened malt profile. Apple, grape, plum, and raisin esters. Still an oaky, smoke flavor but it is rather hidden compared to its presence in the aroma. Light vanilla tones. The finish is very dry with an aftertaste of raisin, toffee, and a warming alcohol.

Medium bodied; sweet, warming, and mellow on the palate.

A tame yet flavorful Old Ale. The complexities of flavor makes this version of the style quite interesting. I would strongly consider this as a session beer. My favorite Cooperstown offering to date.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear reddish amber / orange color with a two inch creamy head that lasts nicely. Light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: bread, ripe red fruits, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: bread, overripe black plums, caramel, yeast, and a mild bitterness. A simple dry hearty beer here.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. Hint of crispness at the end. Bread and caramel linger softly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very good. Personally a definite session beer for me, one of the better brews from Cooperstown.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from web site: "Pride of Milford" is a very special ale with a tapestry of complex flavors and aromas. It is brewed with five malts and fermented with the Ringwood yeast at a higher temperature which gives this beer a uniqueness all its own. "Pride" has a distinctive reddish copper color. It is strong and rich beer. When "Pride" was first brewed in December 1999, many thought the flavor and aromas of this beer had fruit overtones. No fruit or adjunct flavoring is added to this beer. The unique flavor comes from our special brewing process. Original Gravity 1.070/ Final Gravity 1.012/ 7.7% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A One inch head supported by a reddish brown translucent body. Head is light brown with a reddish hue.

S Sweet amber like smell with citrus sweetness. Really inviting.

T Great malty sweetness and alcohol kick. Not strong hops at all.

M Moderately thick.

D Really great for the high ABV. I could have several of these and then I would have to watch out for the ABV catching up with me.

Notes: This is my favorite Cooperstown Brewing Company beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfect copper color with a slight off white head. Slight retention on top, but not much.
S: Aromas of caramel with a slight raspberry fruit tart thats noticeable in the background. Bready malts dominate the malt profile. Good heavyness to the malt character.
T/M: Caramel and raspberry fruit up front with a good malt backbone that kicks into high gear and hangs out for awhile. Sweet fruity malt in the mouth starts out very thick and ends with a slight bitter finish. Medium to a little thicker body on this one. Smooth and exceptionally pleasing on the palateand coating on in the mouth. Mellows out a bit as it warms. Overall a great tasting ale.
D: Definately a drinkable offering from Cooperstown. One of their better ones.

Notes: The picture is of the owner when he was young. He grew up in Milford, NY and played little league there.

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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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