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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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 148
Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright copper with a thin lasting - for the most part - off-white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass, with some stickage.

The smell is grainy - almost cereal-ish. Some green apple and a perfumy/floral character is present. Some woody, musty hop notes come through.

The taste is of grainy sweetness with green apple and an odd perfumy/floral presence. A touch of caramel and warmth come through in the finish. There is a musty, almost woody, note as well.

It is slightly overcarbonated with a loose - barely hitting medium - body.

Something "dirty" about it, and it has a perfumy presence. On the weak side of things... It's not "bad", just not more than mediocre-ish, IMO. An odd, but not bad, brew.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 lonestar4lunch
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like Dr. Pepper with little carbonation. Sweet aroma of malt and a little molasses maybe. I really like the malt balance on this one and the sweetness is just right. Finishes with a little bitterness and just a hint of spice, which is nice and unexpected. This is the best that Cooperstown brewing offered. Really enjoyed this one and glad I brought a sixer back.

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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 NorCalYeti
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 DmanGTR
2.05/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - poured a dark amber red, crystal clear, into a straight glass. Although I was very careful and poured gently, it yielded a massive head that forced me to wait until it died down to pour the 3/4 bottle left. No lacing, quick to diminish.

S - strangely perfumey and flowery. Hint of sweet malts, some alcohol thrown in, slight honey tone? That weird perfume smell was in their pale ale too... maybe it's the yeast?

T - sweet herbal tea with an alcoholic finish and a touch of bitterness. Some caramel sweetness. Again, that yeast has some off flavors here...

M - light bodied, over carbonated at first but then it becomes too flat quickly. What's going on here?!

D - ugh, this is a drain pour.

Overall - I've had a number of beers from Cooperstown and every single one that I had yielded an exploding head that required me to wait to finish pouring. Worse yet, every single one has a very strange perfumey and flowery aroma that seems very off flavored. Furthermore, when looking at the sediment left behind, I see a collection of pinhead sized "pellets" on the bottom of the bottles. I wonder if these "pellets" are infectious colonies of bacteria/yeast but I see these in each bottle that I had.

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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 almychristopher
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nice brown copper color with a thick off white head that recedes to patchy lace that clings to the glass. the aroma presents a lot of sweet malt and fruit esters, with a touch of hops in the background. the taste follows with a decent amount of caramel and crystal malt up front finishing with some hop bitterness, the bit of warmth on the way down is nice, in conjunction with the medium body and good co2. a decent beer, and one that I look forward to having again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of their better beers.

Pours with an aggressive head that does recede away fairly quickly. The beer is an clear deep amber with no visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was malty and of caramel. Some light fruitiness as well.

There is a subtle spice to the flavor that I enjoy. A bit of black pepper. A nice caramel/dark bread flavor that is well balanced from front to back. There is a nice hop bitterness that lingers.

Mouth feel is medium bodied an a full flavored beer.

Good drinkability.

Definitely one of the brewer's best beers.

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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 Moxley
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear mellow amber with no head or lacing to speak of. A bit watery looking.

S: Sweet malt, a little hoppy, with a fruity apple, floral-like smell.

T: Sweet malt up front with a distinct apple presence. Floral undertones with a slightly bitter finish. This beer starts out a lot better than it finishes.

M&D: Average beer for your summer BBQ. Crisp and refreshing and best served supper cold. A nice alternative to your typical macro-brewed ale.

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Photo of Pencible
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear copper color with a little bit of off-white head. It smelled like lots of caramel and roasted malts, with a bit of lemon hops. It tasted like strong orange and lemon hops mixed with sweet malt, and had a bit of alcohol flavor. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this had more flavor and complexity than the other Cooperstown brews, but it wasn't an overly enjoyable flavor or complexity. Keep trying.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper/gold color with a decent head.
Smells very caramelly and sweet. Got my tastebuds ready for some serious residual sugars, however the taste, though on the sweet side, was nowhere near as sweet as expected. Mostly malts and fruit in the flavor. Surprisingly smooth and mellow considering the ABV. I thought this was one of Cooperstown's better offerings.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hyland24 for pulling this from the upstate connections. Poured an apricot color with golden hues lining the egdes of the glass. Had an unmistakable "Big Apple" aroma. Reminded me of walking in an apple orchard. The taste was sweet apples up front with a mild bitter finish. Was not like a cider but more like a bubbly apple wine. Had a very light and bubbly mouthfeel will be a great summer beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with and inch of somewhat loose head.

S - Fruity, with ripe pears and some apple, sugary sweetness and a hint of floral hop.

T - Sweet, very apple-y. Hops are very muted, and bitterness not very assertive. A little tart up front, and there's some alcohol in the middle with bit of butteriness. Cidery.

M - Moderate body, not too heavy - which is a good thing, but nothing special.

S - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv., but just not very interesting flavour-wise.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a orangish amber color. The pour produced a white foam head that subsided into a thick bubbly film. Thick patches of foamy white lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Slightly fruity malt aroma with definite hints of bread and butter. Hints of alcohol.

T - Malty and bready up front. Finishes with a slightly dry and spicy hop bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied ale. Good carbonation gives this ale a crisp mouth feel. Although ABV is 7.70% I felt this ale went down well.

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Photo of Jp7010
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Went to the brewery as part of a Cooperstown Beverage Trail run with some family. On the way out, picked up a mixed 12-pack of all of Cooperstown's offerings.

Poured reddish-amber into a nonic. Complete with a half-inch of white foam that dissipated quickly. The aroma was of bread and butter. A malty brew, with hints of caramel. The bread and butter undertones shine through. An almost salty taste also came out. The bread theme that this beer seems to have taken on shine through even through the feel. An almost bready chew on this brew. I can't say I'm looking forward to finishing the other bottle of this pair that came with my mixed pack. Bread and butter.

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Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper color with good clarity, a few bubbles rising to the top, and about one finger of off-white head. Head is not substantial but it actually retains a good thin lace, but only leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is quite malty with sweet caramel malt most apparent. Blending with the malt aromas is substantial fruitiness and butterscotch aromas. That would be the ringwood yeast.

Taste is dominated by those same characterisitcs that came through in teh smell. Nice malt sweetness, although it's offset by some hop bitterness and a sort of roasted or smoky nut flavor. The ringwood buttery flavor is apparent but not as much so as in the smell, and it's not bothersome (it sure can be when overdone). Overall, pretty complex and quite interesting in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, and the carbonation is not very aggressive which makes it smooth and soft on the palate. I'm not sure I'd have more than one of these in a sitting, but this is a really interesting and tasty brew that I'd have again if given the chance. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a light amber hue with a 1.5 finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a thin frothy layer. Stickiness is pretty nice, holds on well to the sides. Smell is that Cooperstown ringwood yeast, caramel malt, roasted nuts, raisins, and hint of booze. Taste is pretty woody with some smoked nut flavors. Hints of vanilla seem a bit out of place but are quite strong. Butter and yeast are in the aftertaste and linger for quite a while. Medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation, a bit dry in the mouth. Pretty decent brew, just like Middle Ages with their ringwood yeast. If their brews aren't your thing, avoid this beer.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself."

--Paul 'Bear' Bryant

Burnt, brassy orange with Sunkist edges. The crown of foam resembles orange mousse. It stays steady at two fingers for a considerable length of time due to the vigorous stream of bubbles feeding its underside. A few arching streamers of lace have appeared, but there's much more glass visible than I'd like.

The nose is a mixture of mild caramel notes, butter and an ale yeast fruitiness. Five malts are in use, so it's no great stretch to believe that caramel/crystal is among them. The butteriness comes from the use of Ringwood yeast and the origin of the ale fruitiness should be obvious. After a few more sniffs, I'd like to change 'butter' to 'butterscotch'.

Pride of Milford is distinctively flavored beer (Ringwood will do that). That particular yeast strain always makes me think of Jolly Old England, and the ABV is sufficient to qualify, so I see no problem with the style assignment. English strong ale is a bit of a catch-all anyway.

Each mouthful delivers unripe fruit swimming in butter, caramel sauce and a wee dram of Irish whiskey. It also tastes like the beer spend some amount of time in wood, but I doubt it. Like the well-done, nostalgic label, the flavor profile is old-fashioned in a good way.

The above description makes the beer sound sweet, but it really isn't. A stealth amount of hops and the barely noticed alcohol keep things from becoming too sticky. Warming opens things up a tad. That's good if you like where it started and not so good if you don't. I'm beginning to enjoy Pride more and more with each passing sip.

It feels like pickiness, but the mouthfeel needs to be more full. This is a beer that should languish on the palate, not specialize in the 'hit and run'. More malt is an obvious fix and would turn this 'Special Ale' into something even more special.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Pride of Milford has an intensely loyal following in Cooperstown and its environs. It isn't an ale that one could drink in quantity while taking in a double-header, but is more of a 'thinking man's' beer. If I had another bottle or two right now, I have no doubt that I could understand and explain the infield fly rule. Gotta love those baseball caps. Thanks BeerTruth.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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