zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a 6 pack purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton, NY. Pours clear amber, white head. Aroma is caramel, grass, malt, vanilla. Flavor is the same with some bitterness from the hops.
can8ianben (1324) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting offering as a unique beer of their brewery. I liked the complexity of the malts, the alcohol is hidden well, but it didnít make me want to drink more of it (seems like that is the theme over at Cooperstown Brewery)
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey, sweet aroma and a touch of some kind of fruit in the flavor that I can't put my finger on. Malts and caramel are also present. Medium carbonation.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sligtly hazy amber with a small white head. An odd beer as I was not expecting a big beer from such a small brewery. Aroma of old wood and barleywine. A big taste from the first sip, a woody, liquor conditioned taste. You can not detect the ABV but you can feel it.
williamherbert (1295) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Original rating 05/14/10: ... 6/5/7/4/15 = 3.7 ...
Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange/ruby red. 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. Some butterscotch from the (Iím guessing) Ringwood yeast; sharp and sugary.
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. Lots of yeast, a sugary finish: plums, grapes, dates. Minor alcohol burn on the way down.
Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. Fizzy; 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 good combination of malts, thickness, sweetness, fizzyness and drinkability........
==RERATE 07/10/14 ==
Color is super-cloudy, dark carrot orange. Doesnít quite have sediment,but the fluid is murky as hell. Looks awesome. Interesting that when I opened the bottle, it foamed up and bubbled out like a volcano.
The aroma is unusually metallic. Sugary, almost like a barleywine. Supremely grainy, with an almost lacquer-like scent. An earthy grain bill. When you let it warm up, a sort of Sour Ale component kicks in; Iím not sure if thatís a byproduct of the yeast (I thought they used Ringwood), but itís unusual, in a good way.
Flavor is more sugary malts, with very little hop presence. More finished wood sealant. As it warms up a bit, the sugars really explode. There is a mild sugary sourness that I really enjoy.
Feels thick and chewy, and sits around after after youíre done with it. This is an intense beer, make sure you decant it properly and let it warm up.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one bottled at the brewery in Milford, New York. Bright, medium yellow pour with an unusual banana and strawberry nose, citrusy, with pineapple, cherry, citrusy hops, spectacularly complex, excellent.
Chad9976 (1188) - 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.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry, fruity, yeast nose. Ruby amber hue. Sticky off-white head. Very sweet, smooth and light texture/body. Start is all malt, flows very smooth over palate. Yeast provides nice fruitiness. Very drinkable, alcohol is not evident at all. Finishes with a light bitter lingering finish.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Rerate:
Sampled August 2008 - 12oz bottle, from a variety pack. Pours orange-amber, topped with a large off-white head. Biscuity aroma, with notes of caramel malt, peach, apple, and mild citric hops. Flavor began with caramel malt, complimented by apricot and mild hops. Long sweet malt finish.
Original rating, 4/22/07
12oz bottle. Dark Amber color with a thin tan head. Strong malt aroma with undertones of driet fruit and a bit of peat. Strong roasted malt flavor with prunes and honey and spice in the background. Long lasting sweet malt finish with some alcohol.
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep copper with red hints and a small bubbly tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, red fruit, berry, and grass. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, berry, and cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a little sour cherry and bitter sappy pine in the finish. Medium carbonation and a little sticky and creamy. Pretty good.