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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber almost ruby, two finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of malt, caramel, toffee, some grapes with acidity or alcohol in there.

T-Malt dominated, caramel, toffee, grapes, buttery and cherries.

M-Medium bodied with little carbonation.

O-Cooperstown most flavorful brew but the balance and all of the other factors do not make this the best.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear looking mahogany brown with a loose, thin tan head. This beer doesn't have great lacing and looses its head relatively quickly. The beer smells like a strong ale with a sweet malt base and some biting alcohol. There is a touch of fruitiness in the nose, but it's not delicate and refined like a Belgian. The taste is slightly sweet toasty/chocolatiness with some biting alcohol. The mouthfeel is all wrong and completely off balance. Overall I would suggest that you do not seek out this beer because clearly it's not made for the general beer's made for someone interested in sucking down an unrefined mess of beer-related flavors.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huh if I were to guess I would have figured it was a red ale.

A - Deep ruby hue (red) with about a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Slight toffee, caramel, bubblegum, maybe some fruity yeasts, and a tiny bit of nutty smell.

T - Far from offensive but it just came off as a sweet red ale. Taste of mild nutty then fruity yeasts with mild bubblegum. It was good but could have used more ABV or hops to truly be a strong ale.

M - Medium bodied for what it was it drank rather well.

Overall with better examples of the style I am torn to hate this but it did drink very well for a Strong ale.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This was a trade pick-up for me from ThePorterSorter.

A: Pours a respectable fizzy deep red coloration with a slight but heady foam. Crystal clear and translucent ruby with moderate carbonation. Lacing is unremarkable with no cling, and settles fast. Easy to pour.

S: Bubblegum big time. Juicy fruit and malt on the nose.

T: Malty with plenty of tropical bubblegum flavors. Mineral notes and some roast, but it's slight. Some anise and nut flavors. Hops barely assert themselves.

M: It drinks fine. It's wet and leaves a slight astringency.

O: To me, this style always tastes like the wort from a Belgian ale without the adjunct spices, and that's what i'm getting from this beer. It's like a half-baked Belgian ale. It's o.k., just not something i'm gushing about.

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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 Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 MsRif
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. This was the best of the bunch that they had to offer. Poured a reddish brown color with a small white head and minimal lacing throughout the session. Smelled of sweet malts, fruits, bready-ness and earthy hops (slight). Tasted like it smelled. Not really overly complex, but well-balanced and highly drinkable. Some dark fruits are more prevalent in the taste than in the nose of this beer.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Highly drinkable. Maybe that's why I got a case of it! Recommended.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours aruby brown color with a small head and bit of lacing.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, a bit fruity with some spice.

T: Taste of some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit and some spice. A nice easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly mdium, smooth and quite dry. No hint of the 7.7 ABV. Well balanced.

O: very enjoyable ale. Another good beer from a regional brewer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, honey, fruit, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a pale burst of hops bitterness. The some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bourbon, fruit and honey quickly follow. The malt character is hearty but there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s not too bad but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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 godlessape
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an inviting ruby brown and presents just a thin tan head.

Smell: Fruity and sweet like plums and apricots. I could sniff at this till my head spins, I get dizzy and fall out and not detect a single hop note.

Taste: A malty fruit basket and not much else. There is some bittering and dryness on the end but not enough.

Mouth-feel: Light bodied and a wee bit thin.

Overall: Not a bad brew but I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of Fernans
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The second beer I tried from this brewer... not good overall.

Appearance: Healthy reddish brown. decent head from pour

Smell: Uh oh.. earthy, corky, sweet notes

Taste: Earthy, malty, some honey

Mouthfeel: Taste was a bit of a put off, didn't want it to linger to long.

Overall: It really wasn't special. It certainly does not stand out for a Strong Ale. Unfortunately, disappointing.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best beer from Cooperstown Brewing, IMO. Well-balanced, flavorful...all over a very good brew. Pours slightly reddish-brown with a bit of a white head that mostly dissipates. Rich, malty nose with some fruity sweetness. Taste of malts and implications of dark, dried fruits. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable. Light overall, but with lots of character. Had no problem taking a few home with me.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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 CharlieMurphy
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours molasses amber color. 1/4" tan head

S: Smells like a strong ale. Not much else coming to mind, some alcohol and perhaps molasses and nuts at the end. Even less fruit hinted at.

T: Light caramel flavors abruptly muted by a slight alcohol presence over the malt. Some low aa hops definitely present too. Nothing too remarkable.

M: light malty mouthfeel left with some tingle from a slightly high carbonation for the style.

O: Meh beer, probably wouldn't bother getting again. It's cheap though.

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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 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 smibroncos
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear dark caramel color, with a nice two finger diminishing off white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Carmel, leaves, dates, raisins

T. Carmel and roaster nuts, sweet brown sugar, date. Alcohol is definitely present, Not much in the way of hops or bitterness.

M. Medium bodied good carbonation. Nice duration.

D. A pretty good brew. It warms the tongue a little and the flavor lasts a decent time. The only negative is that it is a little sweet for me.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours an effervescent copper color with a huge towering head that dies away relatively quickly. The aroma is mostly bready maltiness which is sweet and nutty around the edges. The flavor is also very bready/nutty. A bit of that 7.7% ABV shows. The body is medium and carbonation is lower than the pour had me anticipating. Overall this is a nice little brown ale that is pretty drinkable for the ABV.

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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 beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug and Eric who threw this in on a beer trade. Clear copper pour with decent head and lacing. Nice malty nose with lots of toffee, brown sugar and just a touch of alcohol. The taste evolves as this beer warms. Lots of nice toasty caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, with a hint of nuttiness to it. Just a touch of bitterness on the finish to balance it out. The slightly higher alcohol is really well hidden which makes this extremely drinkable. Reminded me of sitting in a pub in London. Really a well done beer and unexpected surprise from a great beer trade!

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Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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 MikeBrandman
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours into a Sensory Glass with a delicious brown body. Honey tones and slight ruby and amber notes around the rim. Visible carbonation forming a thin stream throughout the glass. Head is mocha brown with larger than average sized bubbles. Body is completely transparent with no haze or sediment.

S - Smell is strong dark fruit. Slight alcohol heat. No hop smell. Sweet smell.

T - Taste again has some sweetness to it. Dark fruits and strong alcohol heat. Little bitterness near the end. Taste sticks around for a while.

MF - Very thin. Taste is really strong for the thin body.

D - Fairly drinkable. Strong taste holds me back, especially since the flavor sticks around for so long.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank from a standard american pint glass. part of the breweries mixed 12 pack. from notes.

A- this one pours out a dark orangish red colored body with an eggshell colored head on it. the head recedes pretty quickly, leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- grainy and nutty malts. a hint of alcohol. a little bit of green apples.

T- the malts i could smell come through loud and clear. the alcohol is more pronounced. light summer fruits come out in the taste. berries, apple, and a bit of pear.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- a decent beer from a rather unknown brewery (at least in my neck of the woods). id check this one out again if i get the chance. having six different beers in their mixed 12 pack makes picking it up easy for an out of towner like myself.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room / Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY, this one shows a dark copper color with a decent white cover and good lacing. The aroma brings honey banana toffee, pleasant but not very strong. The flavor matched the aroma with much more force. There's cider mash and maple sugar with an herbal hop touch. It's medium bodied and medium drinkable. A hint of alcohol. Very interesting, a worthy entry. Somewhat of a cough medicine taste or maybe bourbon inflected. I would like to try again, not a barn burner but different and enjoyable enough.

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