Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This had some fruit in the taste. Strong alcohol for a %7.7 brew. Not bad. Good on a cool night.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other Caramel maltiness with hint of earthy hops. Clear light amber brown with small white head. Flavor is bitter caramel, a bit oxidized, with some earthy hop notes. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is bitter.
Chad9976 (1340) - 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.
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.
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 (1306) - 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.
gws57 (1275) - 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.
pete4999 (1179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany brown. Really an intriguing beer. Smells strongly of caramel, toffee, banana, and other sweet fruits. Taste has a hit of vanilla and flowery notes throughout. Nice bite up front with a smooth, sweet finish.
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.