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Old Yankee Ale - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Old Yankee AleOld Yankee Ale

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very good

248 Ratings

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2001

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.
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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding Pale Ale, true to its roots, English-style all the way. Deep mahogany body, full, strong head, excellent lacing. Would have been "5's" across the board except there was no freshness dating on the bottle, regardless, nose was outstanding too. Deep caramel notes, slightly spiced cloves, big malty backbone, and a strong, not overpowering, hop finish.

On it's merits, it's outstanding. Rarely, when reviewing, do I compare beers; however, this one is in the Company of BBC Traditional Ale, and Cisco’s Whale's Tail. One of the finer American made English-style Pale Ales in this country.

Photo of Tomas77
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in Mystic for the day and had lunch at S&P's right along the water. Great food and beer as it turned out. Started with a hefe wiezen then ordered the Cottrell amber ale. I need to find this somewhere because it was that good.

Served in a pint glass. A dark amber color with a small off white head. Looks good and is very appetizing.

A nice fruity,estery aroma came through on the hop with some caramel on the nose as well.

Same for the flavor except that it had a more caramel character to it. A hint of chocolate also shows up. Low bitterness. More malts than hops but a very balanced beer.

Medium bodied. Not heavy at all. Very refreshing.

I highly recommend it.

I'm not too sure but Old Yankee Ale might be the only one brewed at their brewery. Only showed this beer on their website. Good start to get them going.

Photo of Nipitato
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep dark amber - quite dark for an APA. The beer has good clarity accompanied by a white splotchy head.

S: Rich, deep grapefruit hop aroma predominates. Some burnt toast malt aroma in play as well.

T: Nice biting grapefruit hop flavor. Earthy malt is toasty and not particularly sweet. Good hoppy aftertaste with a dry finish.

MF: Medium light - watery despite the very high carbonation.

D: A good though not outstanding APA with a little extra hop kick. Easy drinking. I would have no problem drinking this again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is slightly pungent with smoked malts, pale hops, some spice and a little citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of caramel, tea, some smokiness and a decent amount of hops. The malt character is pretty hearty. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is dry.

D: A little tasty, goes does easy, not too filling, I could drink a few of these, however I normally would prefer something a little more flavorful. This one seems to lean toward the English Pale Ale style, but still a decent beer.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle best served before Oct notch stamped out of the label. Pours a dark amber with a good off white head that retains pretty well. Lots of fast moving carbonation and decent lacing. Light straw-like aroma of pale malts, grassy hops and a touch of caramel.
Light to medium bodied, very light malt sweetness up front, caramel in the middle (even more so as it warms). Grassy hop finish and a light, faint pine bitterness.
A decent ale, a good session beer. I give props to this beer and the brewery, not too many in CT I hope they do well.


Photo of Liquids
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery, middle of the road amber color with an almond tinted foamy head that dies out in a relatively short amout of time. Smells coppery with resinous, slightly citric hops. Taste is nothing too over the top, a fair amount of malt with a solid hoppy finish that is about as much as is desirable. Any more hops here and it would be overkill and tip the scales. The malt flavors of copper and caramel dominate, and are notably present, but don't exactly balance it out, though close enough. This is a good taste, certainly. Mouthfeel is light, good carbonation. This is drinkable, and went well with the lentil stew in olive oil over rice that I paired it with, as it seemed possibly the only beer in the fridge that wouldn't overwhelm the flavors (too mellow a meal to pair with a stout) but yet flavorful enough to hold up to the oil without losing everything but the hops. The more I drink this the more I enjoy it. This is a "pale ale" that I do occasionally return to, which is impressive considering I avoid the style; though really this seems to me an amber ale, and that may partially be why. Drink this.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a bright, orangish ruby-tinted body that is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, large bubbled head. The beer is quite well carbonated, perhaps even a bit overly so. The aroma is lightly tart with notes of green apples and even a bit of citrus character. I get a touch of sweet malt character and some toasted grain notes towards the end. There seems to be some light funky mushroom notes, as well as some characteristically Brett like overtones.

The beer is definitely well carbonated, it foams up as it hits the tongue and makes it hard to see the flavors. What is apparent though is that this beer is lightly tart, with a green apple note. I go to swirl my tulip glass a bit, and the beer practically jumps out of my glass. Notes of sweet fruit are found up front after some of the carbonation has been released; I get notes of plums, some raisin notes and a bit of berry action. The finish is lightly bitter, but not much in the way of hop character is really evident. There is a light astringency, but I am not sure that this is hop derived. The funky note that was found in the aroma is only lightly noticeable in the flavor, even the tartness begins to fade as my palate gets used to it. As the beer warms up the malt character begins to become a bit more evident; notes of toffee and a nice malty sweet note come to the fore. Not a bad beer, but it is just a bit off.

Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep - not very pale ale - amber hue with a tight bubbly head that leaves sporadic lacing. Citrus hops hit the nose first followed by a dry steel-like aroma. The taste is balanced between some sweet caramel malts with a solid citrus/fruity hop bitterness. Very dry, metallic at times, with a medium body.

Seems to be somewhat uneven from bottle to bottle. There is an overall "steely" quality that is somewhat undesireable - might be the water. I do, however like the flavor of this particular bottle...I may have to try and get my hands on some fresh from the brewery.

Photo of CherylM
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, well-balance Pale Ale. However, I experienced a very lively foaming action when I opened the bottle. Be careful not to spill too much. Taste was malty, yet hoppy, a nice copper color with a long-lasting beige head. Very satisfying. Too bad it is so hard to find.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, somewhat dark orange body, some small carbonation streams. Head is a lively and lumpy two fingers of off-white bubbles, which leave attractive lacing immediately.

Clean and inviting fruity aroma, strong on the orange, with hints of other citrus.

Taste kicks off both malty and fruity, with a rising tide of earthy hops in the finish, though the fruitiness never quite gives way.

Mouthfeel is medium plus, though not syrupy. Feels nice rolling across the tongue. Nice drinking, though I probably wouldn't have more than two in a row.

When I ate at the Oyster Company in Mystic, I was pleased that this was the first suggestion of the server when I simply asked what kind of beer you have. I was not disappointed then or now.

Photo of ecoboy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was over ten years in RI and watched this brewery's infancy, even as I did not really get my craft brew jones until after moving out of the state. That said, this was one of the first American style pale ales I could bring home that was produced sort-of-locally, so I do have a soft spot for it. Luckily the product did not disappoint when I revisited it recently.

(OT, but worth noting. I do find myself appreciating breweries that do not diversify too much when they know they do something well. Tuckerman's in NH comes to mind as well. If you're only getting shelf space for one product, make it a good one, and make a lot of it!)

Rich amber with honey edges under a craggy off-white head. Aroma smells like the inside of a brewery at work: balanced, on the fresh and bright side, rather than anything being heavy or dominant. Flavor is excellent malt/hop balance as well, with a metallic nature as the only off note. Nothing foody or fruity, just brewed in nature. Solid medium mouthfeel.

Good to great everyday ale.

Photo of Zorro
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nod to Brewfan for the sample.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a light tan head.

Smell is malty and a bit spicy with a mild bit of pine scent from the hops. Additional fainter hop scents of oranges, tea and menthol.

First taste impression is mellow malt and a mild flavor of oak and grapefruit. A small surprise is the prickling of my tongue by the carbonation level, didn't notice it that much in the appearance. As I drink this the flavor changes and becomes sweeter and fruitier. A bit later still the spicy aspects of this beer appear, hard to pick out what except ginger.

Mouthfeel is good if maybe a little stingy.

Super drinkable and a damn tasty beer. A beer without any real defects at all except they don't sell it in California.

Photo of rajendra82
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Direct from Connecticut via Counselor, the beer opened super pressurized, and pouring into the pint glass indicated a six inch tall foamer topping an inch of beer. As the beer settled down, the color of the body was revealed to be clear copper. The aroma was malty with treacle sweetness, and some earthy hops. The taste under all that foam was rather thin and bland. Mostly grainy and nutty with brown sugar sweetness some decent hop bitterness, the carbonation added some crisp sour club soda flavor. The mouthfeel was better after the carbonation died down. Not too bad overall.

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy white head with quite a few larger bubbles. Fades to a sheet after a moment. Clear, dark-rustic copper in color. Some condensed lacing with average strength.

Lemon and light cascade, floral hop aromas. A touch of mustiness and caramel. Light citrus aromatics that are quite pleasant.

Light caramel malt base that is balanced nicely with a light, yet understated cascade hop presence. A musty, perfume-like flavor surrounds this Pale. Slight bitterness followed by a moderate cascade tartness.

Medium bodied; very mellow. A little film on the palate, but nothing unpleasant.

A lighter Pale. I wasn't expecting much from this one, but was pleasantly surprised by a pretty good tasting and drinkable American Pale. I'd go back to this one as a decent local brew.

Photo of ppoitras
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head (what there is) lasts okay, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet grain husks, with a light fruity, citrusy hops bent. Taste is malty sweetness, which hits with a fruity hops character, then parts with revisits of both. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is relatively average, with just some bitterness of the general persuasion knocking it down a peg. Drinkability is good, quite sessionable. A reasonable APA, but just not quite as good others I've had recently.

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color with a big bubbly 1.5" head. Light lacing develops. The aroma was of mild citrus and malt. The flavor was a nice balance of malt, and caramel, with some lite bitterness and a touch of nuttiness.

This was slightly thinner in body than expected. The mouthfeel was smooth with a nice malty / citrus finish. Very drinkable and a lovely simple session beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice dark copper with a thin light tan head. faint haziness. floral hops with faint nutty caramel, and bread aromas. nice amount of piney grapfruit hops up front, some strong nutty and milder caramel notes. smokiness is present in the aftertaste, creating a nice complexity. meduim bodied and not as dry as the taste might suggest, which works really well with this beer. i'm really pretty imprssed with this beer and would like to see this brewery come out with something else sometime soon.

Photo of Morris729
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper amber color with a tremendous mountain of foam that billows up over the top of the glass but is able to hold itself together and avoid even a single drop of spillage. Nose is musty and earthy with a bit of wet wood and leather. Medium in body with a texture that is rather creamy at first that turns crisp in the finish. Taste begins with sweet caramel malts and a bit of a roasted nuttiness that is followed by the same earthy and woody notes that the aroma led you to expect. Some acidic leafy hops are present in the finish. This is some seriously good beer. Thanks to paceyourself for the sample!

Photo of necoadam
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all over the place. Poured out a dark copper color with some carbonation. Smell consisted of hops, malts, nutty aromas and a touch of toasted aromas as well. Taste was mainly hops I thought. Malts come in the beginning but are taken over by hops from the middle on and has a sharp hop aftertaste. Some of those toasted flavors blended in with the hop bite at the end, but not very much. I thought it could of used just a tad more carbonation in the mouthfeel department. If this was balanced just a little bit more, this would be a killer brew. But it's decent nevertheless.

Photo of ybnorml
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is slightly opaque orange/amber in color with not much head that did leave a little lace. All that I could get from the aroma was a ligth maltiness. The taste starts with a little of that malty sweetnees on the tip of the tongue followed by a sharp hop bitterness along the sides of the tongue and down the back of the throat. This ale did not strike me as warrenting a second.

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber in hue with tawny highlights, especially when held to a light, very slight haziness. An off-white head reached a modest half finger in height before slowly fading to a bubbly cap. The subsequent lacing was very minimal and spotty. The color is very appealing. The nose as an ideal blend of toasty, caramely, biscuit malts, a bit of grain; the hops are mildly citrusy with flowery notes and a bit of cheese. The potency is modest but the invitation is clearly positive, I really the bouquet, simplistic but talkative. I can only hope the palate matches this delicious aroma. Well, the palate wasn’t quite as lively as I had hoped. The hoppy bite is great and exactly big enough for a Pale Ale (or American Amber Ale as Cottrell proclaims). Perfectly juicy and citrusy with a vague kiss of wild flowers, plus the hops are long lasing and linger well into the aftertaste. Lovely stuff. Noticeable ale fruitiness. Light nuttiness. I am a little disappointed with the malt complexities because they are, frankly, lacking and overshadowed by the hops. The malt tries to offer some toastiness and a smidgen of a caramel but both flavors are very faint. Still I really like this beer; it is a damn tasty Pale Ale, just as good as many others. Medium in body, firm but yielding carbonation, the mouthfeel is good. I am sure this would work well with a juicy burger or a doughy pizza. It is very drinkable and fairly easy to quaff. Thank you UnionMade for the bottle!

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.