One thing that goes hand-in-hand with beer is baseball. Or it’s the other way around. Either way, they make a great team on a warm summer night. So it’s no surprise that Cooperstown, N.Y. and the surrounding area has become home to a couple of breweries. One of them is Cooperstown Brewing which began brewing in 1995. Their Bambino Amber Ale is a nod to Babe Ruth. Will this be a home run?
The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick, slightly tan head that rose to about two fingers at its height. Some carbonation can be seen bubbling to the surface to reinforce the head. There is a nice aroma of hops and malt and a slight biscuit note which is pleasing to the nose.
The first sip offers malt, hops, and notes of bread. Biscuit and bread take the forefront with hops coming in at the end giving this beer a nice, dry finish. There is not much carbonation giving this beer a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth. The head has retained throughout the process and sits pleasantly on top and there is good lacing throughout the glass.
This is kind of your typical Amber Ale. You’ve probably had something like this before. It doesn’t stand out in any one way but that can be a good thing. It’s a solid offering. At 5.5% ABV it isn’t going to be too much either.
This is a solid offering. It has a nice balance between malt and hops and the medium-bodied feel is very nice. The creaminess of the Bambino is actually really pleasant as you drink and that slightly dry hop finish makes you want to dive in again. This is a beer you can imagine having with a good seafood dish or some fish and chips. You can also have one at the ballpark and feel satisfied. This isn’t a beer that will make you feel like Ruth just hit one out of the park but it will make you feel like you’re having a good beer in a nice saloon and talking about Ruth and Ty Cobb before heading off to the ballpark in your suit and tie. This brew has that kind of feel to it and that is pretty good.