Pride Of Milford Special Ale | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Pride Of Milford Special AlePride Of Milford Special Ale
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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
Photo of xgrigorix
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Bright, clear copper. Thin off white head. Patchy lace.

Deep malty nose. Hints of orange marmalade.

Sweet malt, toffee, plums, & hints of vanilla. Off dry finish with a hint of citrusy American hops. Medium bodied, relaxed carbonation. Interesting, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of palma
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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 sabrills70
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper color. Not much head but very tiny bubbles. OK lace. Smells of apple with some caramel, raisin and vanilla. Slight alcohol smell. Taste is very similar to the smell except that the alcoho; is a bit more pronounced, with a nice hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Finishes a bit dry. Overall a decent beer.

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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 karengarys
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is right up my alley, so consider this biased. I'll do my best to separate my love for this style out of the review.

Pours nice, rich and dark. Somewhat light reddish brown. Leaves a bit of fizz on top.

Smell is dark and sweet, perhaps banana, molassis, sugar or vanilla.

Taste matches the smell, with a dark tawney edge - molassis? Malt? Not sure, but it has a bit of a dark bite.

Nice mouthfeel that turns syrupey as it warms. I'm guessing I like this at around 50F, it is too cold from the 'fridge, but at room temprature the mouthfeel falls apart and turns bland.

Nice body, not thin, not super heavy.

Clean finish with alcohol hitting the back of the throat. This leaves very little aftertaste.

Too bad I can't find this regularly around me. I could drink it all the time.

What is it, anyway? "english strong"? It seems to me that it is like an American rendition of a Scottish heavy ale.

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Photo of Suds
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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 wyllder
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown with little head and a lacing that chases the beer on the way down.

Nose is a mix of lightly roasted malts and caramel.

Taste, like the nose is just the briefest flush of hoppy bitterness followed by a nicely balanced roasted malt on the midsip. Finish is mild, leaving you with an aftertaste of roasted malts and caramel.

Not bad at all. For a strong ale, I expected something, well.. stronger?

The best word I can use to describe this would be inoffensive. It's not something I'll be buying again, but it's easy enough to drink.

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

Orange/amber in color with a good off white head. A tasty whiff of malty sweetness in the aroma. The maltiness is the previlent characteristic with a little bit of smooth bitterness at the back of the tongue. But it is the malty sweetness the sets up home on the middle of your tongue, probably hely ther by the higher alcohol. A tasty gem.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This strong ale pours a dark, very clear, amber, almost red, with a thin tan head. There is little or no lacing, and the aroma is sweet and peaty pruniness. Not surprisingly the taste is very earthy and heavy, and the mouthfeel is coincidentally medium heavy with a fair amount of carbonation.

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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 HappyHourHero
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously to get a small off white head that quickly faded to a patchy film. Creamy butterscotch aroma almost too buttery, not inviting. Clear, dark iced tea colored beer with some fine carbonation floating up through it. Sweet malts, butterscotch, lightly bitter finish. Moderately full body, but a little too sweet and one sided. I'm not sure if this beer is bad or not, it definitely seems off, but not as bad as the Back Yard IPA I just poured down the drain. I bought singles of the other beers they make and drank them a week ago and they were all fine. I like my butterscotch flavors as much as the next guy (Mmm MIddle Ages), but this is a bit much. I'm dissapointed :-(

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a creamy head. A deep aroma flows with tones of caramel and toffee with and underneath of light spice. The body is extra smooth and heavy strongly supporting a buttery toffee flavor which predominates a mellow bitterness. Very tasty and well-balanced with a creamy finish.

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Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear ruby red, medium tan head that slightly lasts, good lacing, tons of bubbles in the body. Aroma is buttery, fruity, and some caramel. Flavor is slightly fruity, buttery, light caramel. Body is medium, fairly dry. The second bottle I had of this was much warmer than the first, and the flavors and drinkability were much better when warmer (about 60 vs 45 or so for the first bottle).

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite visually appealing, with a crystalline, coppery amber color and a huge, pillowy, slightly meringue-like head. As it subsides it reminds me of cloudscapes as seen through an airplane window.

I'm not detecting much besides hops in the aroma, but it's a good smell for all that. The initial big, smooth push of malt offers hints of caramel and toffee. This is quickly followed by a big, slightly fizzy hop snap in the middle. The finish is hoppy and long. I think this is a very well-balanced beer.

Note: This is not the type of beer I would tend to drink on its own; I need a pairing to work with the crisp hoppiness. However, I have not yet found a beer that pairs up better with pizza. I don't have the most discerning palate yet, but it seems to me as though the malt flavor is linking up with the wheat in the crust. If I were rating this beer as a pizza companion I'd give it a 5 for drinkability, but for a general rating I had to score it lower.

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

The color as it pours from the bottle a deep ruby to almost brown color with a portly light tan head, lace is a nice thin coating on the glass. Malt dominates the nose, but I do get a hint of yeast, well maybe it just the extra malt that makes me think that? Start is sweet, malt loaded, top is medium in its feel and the finish spicy in the hop category, the acidity mild. A nice dry long lasting aftertaste and a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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 UnionMade
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel brown color, with a thin almond head, quickly diminishing to a thin haze atop the beer.
Aroma is malty, with a good bit of toasted malt. Very much like a strong or old ale. Light toffee, with floral esteriness. Hops are mild, coming through the background lightly. A light hint of alcohol and a paint thinner-like esteriness, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms up.
The flavor is rich and malty, with a light hopping in the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little slick, with an alcoholic warmth coming through the middle and finishing the beer with mild hop bitterness. Very estery, with a hint of paint thinner astringency, although not a bad thing. Hints of plum, apple, and apricot. Tasty and complex. Great malt and hop balance, while retaining a sweet, decadent feel. I'm definitely enjoying this beer

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

The beer pours a dark golden to light amber color with a white lace head. The aroma is a very refreshing fruity malt smell. I love this quality in beers. It tastes light with a med. addition of caramel malts. It is high in alcohol boasting 7.7% abv. , but is still very drinkable. A good beer to drink cold. I didn't detect much in the line of high powered hopping for either flavor or aroma. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not the best that Cooperstown has to offer. It could do a little more with better head retention, higher hopping, and a larger aray of malt complexity, but how many beers do you know that could do the same.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good head that dissipates fairly quickly, some carbonation, but no lace. Nearly clear reddish amber color with a sweet smell of malts and initial taste is malty with a complex of flavors but finish is hoppy. Goes good with tortilla chips and medium salsa.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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 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 John
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong and full of rich caramel and medium roasted malt flavor. A gentle fruitiness is imparted from the Ringwood yeast. Subtle hop finish.

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