AirForceHops (4417) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 Tap @ the Brewery, Milford, NY. Served in taster glass. Also had in a 12 oz bottle from the brewery. Nose of caramel and toffee candy, but not too sugary or rich. Also, dark fruit notes with a cereal malt flavor. Nice flavor in this one, some complexity. Flavor is malty and sweet, reminds me of a barleywine, caramel as well as English hops. Medium-full body. Very drinkable, alcohol is not evident at all. Finishes with a light bitter lingering finish. Nice brew.
bb (7401) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Citrus and caramel/toffee aroma. Citrus and caramel flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. Citrus and caramel/toffee lingers with light earth.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear golden body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and light malt aroma. Sweet caramel, light malt and toast flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
American breweries are often able to take niche styles from other regions and make them uniquely American while still maintaining their original heritage. I think thatís a good way to describe Pride of Milford Special Ale as it certainly tastes like an American beer on the surface, but just a little contemplation reveals its true English roots.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance: Hazy blood red/burnt umber color with noticeable carbonation. Forms a small, tannish/yellow soapy head which fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Genuine aroma of caramel and toffee candy, but not sugary or rich. Slight dark fruit notes with a cereal malt scent as well.
Taste: As much as I hate umbrella styles of "____ strong ale", Iíd say Pride of Milford Special Ale definitely falls into the category of an English strong ale (Americanized). The majority of the palate is in line with the aroma of caramel and toffee candy flavors. They make for a sweet flavor, but arenít as sticky, rich or cloying as the individual confectionary components. Thereís a somewhat familiar backbone of English malts - slightly bready, slightly toasty and slightly cereal-like. German doppelbocks also tend to have these components, but this beer isnít nearly as robust.
The middle of the palate imparts a light bitterness, with the finish delievering another bout of candy sweetness combined with almost iced tea-like sensation. Itís actually quite refreshing, although the beer doesnít finish completely clean but does leave a pleasant, mild taste of candy and malts.
Mouthfeel: Proportionately speaking, this is a rather thin brew. Thereís a slightly watery consistency, as the slightest fizzy texture while itís in the mouth.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 7.7% ABV, Pride of Milford Special Ale would seem to be a middle to light heavyweight of a beer, but it drinks like something of a much lower weight class. The palate is flavorful but not cloying, and the tepid, thin body makes its chuggable, smooth and slightly refreshing. The alcohol will sneak up on you, though, so handle this beer with kid gloves.
Overall, Pride of Milford is one of, if not the best beers by the Cooperstown Brewing Company. Itís a beer that with a little more strength would make it a heavy hitter instead of just a good position player.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy mahogany color with a small white head. Aroma of bread and caramel. Maybe some sweet fruit in there too. Sweet flavor of caramel, toffee, some fruit jam, and toasted bread. Medium bodied beer that is pretty good but overall just too sweet for me.
deyholla (8034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma is full of bread with a bit of caramel and hints of dark fruits. Flavor begins full of bread as well with a bit of a sweetness (biscuit) and a balancing dark fruit note in the finish. Nice and smooth on the tongue.
jb (2483) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hefty nose of caramel and tea. Dark amber with minimal head and spotty floaty stuff. Interesting palate with big initial burst of flavor then reduced to that which I smelled initially. The flavor burst is full, a bit hoppy, a bit of wood, toffee. Very interesting and good. Thanks for the trade Ron!
Ron (2955) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber color with big frothy off white head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. First taste was a bit bitter with a bit of malt and figs. The 7.7% is nicely masked. The body is full and rich. The finish is smooth and clean.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (earthy, herbal, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of vegetables. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (earthy, herbal, spicy, woody), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of vegetables. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.