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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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 148
Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for hooking us up with great beer all day!

Pours a clear brown/copper, thin off white head, leaves some solid lacing, good retention, nice layer. Smell is very sweet, caramelized, very fruity, nice dose of alcohol, sherry, very malty and strong. Taste is similar, sweet brown sugar/caramel front, sherry, some citrus, malty as all hell, fruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, warms going down, nice and smooth. Very surprisingly good!

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Photo of PCmofo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Has a great slightly dark amber color that is quite clear
S- Smells slightly nutty/caramel
T- Taste is unique and has a slightly hopy flavor.
M- Mouth feel is slightly thicker
D- Drinkability is low because of the unusual flavor and aroma

I cant quite put my finger on the taste of this beer but either the lines need to be cleaned on the tap or it has gone bad. If I try it in the bottle I might change my tune.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to Amanda at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo for the generous sample of this lovely ale.
Pours a transparent but muddy orange brown colour and maintained a short, but steady level of head. The body is a little thin not boasting any harsh of dominant qualities. The aroma is incredibly sweet with notes of raisins, dates, fermented berries. The flavours mimic the aroma with a similar sweetness in the aftertaste that rings out for a few seconds then seems to disappear. This works as a good winter warmer, the malt bill is very complex. Also notes of oak. No suggestion as to the alcohol percentage. There's not much roast, not much bitterness, or alcohol sting. What there is a lovely soft brandy/sherry complex. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of cbl2
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

5/20/2007 12 oz. 7.70% No best by date.


Pours a clear amber/tea-like in appearance topped by just a thin film of white head.


Very grapey, with loads of diacetyl as well. Sickly sweet.


Wow, this is a diacetyl mess. Loads of butterscotch dominate the flavor alongside some grape esters. Way too buttery for my tastes. Hopefully this was a bad bottle. Down the drain you go…

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 1 year old bottle from my cellar purchased at the brewery.
im pouring into a snifter. the beer pours a clear chestnut with ruby highlights. A soft fluffy eggshell white head foams up about 2 cm and recedes slowly. Aroma is very malty with raisin, brown sugar, toffee, and some other dark fruits. Very fizzy prickly carbonation, soft silky texture, body is actually a little lighter than expected.
Flavor start sweet and malty, with toffee and dark fruit mixing nicely. Middle gets a little buttery, but only in background and rolls to a bitey finish. I think the finish is bitter from booze not hops as it is a general sharp bite. Leaves a bit of lingering bitter flavor long after each swallow, also a little warm down the gullet.
A decent beer but my have lost a little alcohol cover sitting in my basement for a year.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a bottle at Downtown Wine & Liquors in Somerville, MA.

A: Medium amber. Thin white head. Brilliant clarity.

S: Sweet malt flavor coupled with sweet dried fruit ester character. Smell is complex. Some diacetyl. Vinous.

T: The taste is kind of a mess. Diacetyl flavors dominate and overshadow malty base and fruity ester compliments. Hop flavor is weak All of this is layered with a cloying medicinal/solvent taste.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Low carbonation. No alcohol warming.

D: A poor taste and high alcohol assist in making this beer not very drinkable. I will not purchase this beer again. Hands down the worst of the Cooperstown Brewing Co. options.

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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 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 JohnnyM2002
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from tempest...thanks!!

A - Pours an orangish/amber color with a small tan head.

S - Mix of citrus malt and earthy/bready aromas.

T - Biscuity malt dominates up front, but gives way to a citrusy/hoppy blend that isn't overpowering, but is a nice accompaniment. Alcohol comes out a little, but doesn't hinder the flavors at all.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A very good style-selection...I'd like to pick up a few and hold on to them for awhile.

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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 brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a bubbly ecru head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lacing

Smell: Grainy malt aroma that is slightly nutty with a dash of butter

Taste: Immediately strikes the tongue with a fruity (plums and berries) and nutty malt taste; shortly thereafter, the grainy malt flavors that were in the aroma appear as well; after the swallow, the RIngwood yeast imparts its characteristic touch of diacetyl; the finish was sour and a touch rough but the earthy English hops added a nice touch

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slightly slick from the diacetyl

Drinkability: Complex and interesting and, while it would not rank among my favorites, it is unusual enough to seek out; congrats to the brewery for creating this singular sipper

Thanks, palma, for the opportunity

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Photo of williamherbert
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange. Thousands of little bubbles slowly and deliberately rise to the surface. Gorgeous. The head actually stays atop the beer as I drink it, right down to the bottom.

Has a malty aroma with a mild sweetness. However the sweetness is the overwhelming characteristic of the smell. A slight bitter hint of malt at the end. Seems to have all the characteristics of an English Ale.

Has a very strong pungent flavor. Heavy malt and some sweetness, but overall has a strong, somewhat sour taste. Any hops that might be in this beer are completely overpowered. But the malt is pleasant with the perfect sweet/sour mix.

Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. The fact that the carbonation is slight on the tongue is a bonus. As strong as this is, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Has a perfect combination of thickness and drinkability.

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Photo of Naes
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a dark copper/brown colored ale with a small off white head.
The aroma is a bit toasty with a mild hop presence.
The taste is grainy which gives way to some alcohol flavor and has a fruity character near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated.

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

This is the first beer I have reviewed. I thoroughly enjoyed this with beer with dinner, but am not getting the same taste experience now that I am not breaking it up with bites of food. I like its clear, amber color. As for smell, maybe I should have smelled it before tasting it, because now, I experience very little aroma by sniffing, but what I get is subtle fruit and caramel. I deceded to grab some food (turkey breast) to enhance the drinking experience. This helps. I really enjoy the taste. It's not terribly complex to me--mostly caramelish malt, yet I've never had a beer quite like it. The alcohol is making me tipsy, and I wouldn't have guessed it to be 7.7%, based on the taste. Rating numerically seems a bit misguided to me. The mouthfeel is what it is--nothing astouding, but to me. perfect for this beer. The last sip was a pleasure, as well as the mellow aftertaste, which I will take to my bed, if it lasts after I brush my teeth! Well, I've had quite a delicious time with this, and I encourage you all to try it. It also seems like a "safe" beer to offer all kinds of friends; there's nothing eccentric, extreme. or weird about it. Now that the glass has been empty for a few minutes, I am tasting the yeast; it's a subtle aftertaste--nice, even though I don't usually like the taste of most yeasts. Well, I think you can see why I chose my handle, and thanks for allowing me to share my novice beer-drinking experience with you.

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

Bright clear copper body, topped by a healthy head of bona china white froth which rose above the ri at first pour.

Nose is yeasty, bready, and all the way in the back, there's a candy sniff.

Powerful sweet foundation, caramelly, but wit also a deep dark chocolate aspect which cuts enough that the overall taste is not cloying. Hops seem to hang at the roof of the mouth and then gently descend onto the tongue and into the mix. Enough hops to brake the sweetness, and if it never gets too bitter, it does endup balanced. Slight alcohol twing in the finish/aftertaste.

Good medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable for a strong ale.

Another fine Englsih inspired beer from Cooperstown "other" brewery.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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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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 wedge
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 AaronRed
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Ego
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dug out" 12 pack.. best by 06/30/06

one full finger of large bubbly white head, sharp looking brown color, very consistent in the glass with some amber highlights here and there. good lacing and cling to this one. a good looking brew.

a little boozy .. like bourbon, lightly roasted caramel malts, cherries in chocolate also lurk in the background, very nice! later on down I get a little more butterscotch mixed in...

taste etc...
I thought the alcohol would be more assertive as per the nose, I was wrong.. this is very smooth. nice full mouthfeel with the carbonation being dead on for this. this drinks like a smooth brown ale.. I can't believe this is near 8%... there is only some warming in the gullet.

this one is tasty and very drinkable (if you dont mind the ringwood yeast strain, it doesnt bother me personally...) - but watch the ABV. I'll buy this one again, maybe not in the spring or summer but in the fall for sure.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 whartontallboy
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep copper/brassy color with moderate cloudiness, a thin white head, and a nice little bit of streaming carbonation.

Big caramel smell with a huge malty, yeasty aroma. Very big scent that emanates right out of the glass. Alcohol and some light fruitiness comes through underneath as well.

Flavor is similarly caramel and malt-laden with a big yeast flavor. There's a bit of spice and a fruity flavor that almost approaches plum in the finish. Alcohol pulls through as well. Interesting flavor that is a nice one to sip on, but maybe a little too much caramel to be completely on point.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pleasant.

Overall: A nice strong ale that has a great drinkability for its ABV. Not my favorite, but definitely a good one to try.

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Pride Of Milford Special Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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