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Old Yankee Ale - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Old Yankee AleOld Yankee Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cottrell Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship brew, a medium bodied, American Amber Ale, that has a great up-front malt taste with a refreshing hop finish. Drown yourself in New England with this outstanding session beer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2001)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. I do like the label. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

It pours medium caramel amber with a smallish off-white head that does tend to linger. It really looks like it should.

The aroma is fairly typical for the style with a whole lot of caramel malts and sweetness and little to no hops.

Mainly body mainly.

The flavor emits a humongous caramel or toffee malt character which is very typical for the style but something I was not necessarily in the mood for at the time. But as far as the style goes this is right on. Beyond that it is nothing that blows me away.

03-22-2014 22:42:10 | More by puboflyons
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper/bronze with a thinner wispy white head.Aromas of leafy hops andbiscuit malt mainly.Pretty dry on the palate,a bit of hard water in there with a big leafy herbal finish wich is nice.Reminds me a little of Geary's APA in its dryness,a pretty solid quaffing pale.

09-21-2011 14:14:40 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance – Light, florescent orange in color with a huge, beautiful head that was mesmerizing. This ale looked incredible.

Smell – The subtle citrus hops were well-balanced with some toasted malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste – This one, again, was very well-balanced. The malts and hops from the nose came right on target at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This was light-bodied, maybe a notch above, and felt rather thin but otherwise came together nicely.

Drinkability – I thought this could have shown a little more substance, but the flavors were good.

04-26-2004 01:31:39 | More by RoyalT
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -28%

11-10-2013 23:10:59 | More by woodchipper
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steelerguy

New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

This beer is called an American Amber Ale by the brewer.

A - Copper, hazy, 2 finger white head that dropped to a covering that hung around with moderate carbonation.

S - Very sweet caramel aroma with a little floral hop.

T - Overly sweet, not enough hop or alcohol to balance the left over sugars in there. Finishes coying sweet, there is a little bitterness in there that is totally overwhelmed.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, very malty, would feel better in a big beer or some stouts, out of place in an APA but better for an amber.

D - One is plenty, has the feel of a cold weather or relaxing after dinner beer, but it seems like it is supposed to be more of an easy drinking beer...but too heavy for that. Just not a balanced brew.

06-21-2010 00:43:30 | More by steelerguy
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-16-2014 15:46:33 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +29.6%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Scored freshness date on a classic old New England style label.

Appearance: Copper liquid with an off-white, creamy, bubbly head.

Smell: Dry grain aroma followed by a citrus hop aroma.

Taste: This brew starts with a crisp carbonation paired with a sharp, grapefruit bitterness (almost steel-like at times). This slowly fades into a malty, chewy, sweet, caramelly profile that blends with a leafy/earthy flavour. Unlike many beers, this beer does not finish out entirely dry. A somewhat chewy caramel is left behind in the sweet aftertaste.

Notes: Ohmibeergod this is a complex and delicious beer! A high quality brew. A BeerAdvocate favourite.

08-30-2001 01:16:05 | More by Jason
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%

This is a very nice ale, first time I've ever tried it.This bottle was lovingly provided by a wonderful lady friend of mine who summers in CT. Looks good in the glass, head took off pretty quick. Pleasant malt smells are present. Very good flavor, not aggressive but full and flavorful. maybe just a tad sweet for session drinking but tasty nonetheless. Nice soft mouthfeel makes you want to have another sip! Good balance right through the finish. This is an outfit that knows what it can do and sticks to its knitting. Great job!

06-24-2009 16:23:08 | More by BeerIsland
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Pours a one finger head that fades fast to nothing.
Smells of sweet, yeasty, green apple, some slight funk.
Tastes neutral slight malty sweet and a balanced hop btterness. Some green apple.
Light body medium carbing, ok drinkability, not one I'd try again.

10-16-2010 21:52:35 | More by Homebrew35
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, lightl brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and slight hops

Taste: big toasted malt, caramel, and light hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: An enjoyable malty treat that drinks more like an amber. Not an overly complex brew, but one I could easily session.

01-23-2011 22:08:17 | More by tigg924
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-16-2013 22:29:04 | More by KolbMarley
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Indeed this is a delicious beer. Absolutely perfect head, initially quite bitter with fruity hop bite, warm malt undercoat. Very versatile with all kinds of food, fish and seafood, as well as heartier fare, and even salad. Basic, sturdy american ale, functional and pleasurable, good for both summer and winter. With this and Hammer & Nail, CT turns out to have some of the best brews in the country. We don't need no crazy hop heavy experimental super-ale, just basic homegrown classic drink-'em-up BEER.

05-01-2002 17:33:40 | More by Thrasher
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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

No exclamation from the bottle as the top came off, expected a whoosh of some sort. Honey-apricot colred with a thin white head that rises up minimally and settles back down to a thin film of foam.

Aroma of bready malts, ripe fruit, cinnamon and lemon.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, intially light malt, some ripe fruit and citrus, finishing with a piney bitter, some grapefruit rind as well.

Mouthfeel is even and smooth, borderline slick. Pretty drinkable, good sessionable pale ale.

07-13-2008 22:48:43 | More by far333
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Pours a slightly ruddy copper hue with a nice sized light tan off white head leaves behind generous sized rings of lacing. Aroma: Wonderful mix of pine cone, and citrus scented hops with a wonderfully malty caramel tone going down. Taste: Neither hops or malt overpower the flavor very well balanced the hops have a piney edge that blends very nicely with the pale malts used here, very well made APA. Mouthfeel: Medium body some slightly sticky textures with incredibly smooth carbonation. Drinkability: Nice session pale ale well balanced with nice flavors thanks to beergeek279 and cupbeerman for the sample.

07-09-2004 22:07:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

Light pouring, a tannish gold with little or no head. Not much in terms of any hops or mail aroma.
Taste was very crsip and dry and very refreshing. Not a very special beer, but it is a very easy drinking beer during warmer weather.
It had a very good fisnish

04-09-2011 23:46:17 | More by rdilauro
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racer2k

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Had this on tap at a local hotel in Stamford, CT. This was one of the first beers from a fresh keg

A - Beer pours a nice dark amber color that has a tint of orange. A very small white fluffy head develops but quickly flattens out and disappears.

S - Distinct musty malty and bready tone with a hint of floral hops to balance the profile.

T - Sweet cereal malt flavor with some hints of fresh baked bread and a mild hop tone to finish the taste. This is quite a well balanced beer that has a nice complex array of flavors on board. The beer seems to start sweet and hoppy but finish malty with an excellent balance.

M - Very light mouth feel that is light on carbonation but robust in flavor.

D - Quite a nice beer here that is very sessionable with around a 5% abv. I could drink this beer all day long! Well done Cottrell Brewing Company!

07-24-2010 17:47:22 | More by racer2k
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Moredrinkin

New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-14-2011 01:29:11 | More by Moredrinkin
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

A brown pale ale with a tan colored head. Head forms a lasting rim around the glass. Smell is bready and grainy with a hint of bananas and citrus. Taste is suprisingly ultra citrus. Nice dry bitterness and good mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink.

Not bad.

01-29-2006 18:55:07 | More by tastybeer
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

A nice healthy light amber color with a very nice, head full of life, decent lace and slow to dissipate.

A good balance in the aroma, light and dark malts, herbal with some earthy, subtle hops underneath that.

The flavor goes a long way, there's a bunch of complexity for this style, more layers than usual with a robust malt, dark wheat and amber malts pop out and then the herbal, earthy hops kicks in for another level and wonderful balance. The feel is medium and delightful until the end!

This beer gets the most flavor and quality from this style!

01-21-2011 20:26:29 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

This pours a clear reddish color with a huge foamy tan head. This beer has alot of carbonation. The aroma is very bready with malt sweetness and some citrus,grapefruit? The taste is very good with a nice combination of malt and hop bitterness. The malt has a nice sweetness while the hops leave a citrus aftertaste. The m/f is light and the balance of flavors is very good. This is a very good beer. Once I popped the cap I knew this would be special.

03-01-2006 00:37:25 | More by jmz62565
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

A rough pour brings up a medium-sized, frothy off-white head atop a hazy copper body. The head retention is good and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout most of the glass. Some nice (but transient) lace adds to the appearance. The nose displays a toasty caramelish malt and some gentle citric-like fruitiness (that's probably from a combination of yeast and floral/citrusy hops). The body is medium and couples with a gentle, exceptionally-fine, and natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that leaves it smooth and creamy across the palate. Lightly toasted malts follow the aroma into the flavor along with an interesting nuttiness that's possibly due to a low-level diacetyl. A mild fruitiness from the yeast, and a subtle touch of floral/citrusy/grassy hop flavor rounds things out and gives it a decent amount of complexity. It's very well-balanced with a bitterness that makes it's presence known and anchors the malt, but stays far enough back to allow the subtle complexities of the yeast's character come through. It finishes dry with some lingering nutty malt, light fruit, and a dull bitterness. A really nice beer that's very English in character. Quite quaffable!

05-08-2003 18:04:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-27-2014 00:39:57 | More by Roguer
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Ezone024

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Cottrell old yankee is one fine beer.

pours out a sweet deep amber color with a nice thin yet full head.. great aromas such as carmel and nutty with a hint of mild hops.

taste is very balanced, it's has a slight nuttiness over a fine hop finish clean and crisp.

for an amber a tad more on the malty side. it is just a really awesome brew. Well crafted and you can tell after the 1st taste.

should be as popular as long trail.

02-22-2010 22:43:33 | More by Ezone024
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cosgrovekatie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-13-2014 22:21:39 | More by cosgrovekatie
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-01-2012 22:35:02 | More by snowmaggedon
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Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.