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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

233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

NEhophead, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

ppoitras, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Gavage, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

kmo1030, May 25, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

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!

Morris729, May 22, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

necoadam, May 15, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

ybnorml, May 14, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

bditty187, May 12, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is copper, with a bubbly white head. The smell is a balanced mix of malt and hop. The taste is a nice hop bitterness that melds well with the paler malt, and emphasizes neither flavor heavily. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

Thanks to UnionMade for this beer. Well, this is a pale ale that stands right up there with the West Coast pale ales, only from much closer to home. A solid beer with a remarkable balance and drinkability, this is one I'd be glad to have again.

beergeek279, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

First off, thanks to pbrian for sending this one along as an added bonus as his leg of BIF 6. Poured into a standard pint glass, Old Yankee Ale had a clear russet hue and a firm, compact light tan head that exhibited nice retention and left spotty lace.
The nose had a sweet caramel aroma with a prominant earthy malt note also vying for attention. Added into the mix were some mild spice notes and a fruity sweetness. A few tastes and it was clear that this was a robust pale ale, full of toasty malt and a clearly defined caramel flavor. Mid-palate revealed a heartily earthy malt note and the start of a spicily bitter hops bite that built gradually through the drying finish. The feel was clean and crisp and surprisingly full.
Overall, this was a decent pale ale, albeit having a bit too much of a swing from profoundly malty to concertedly hopped. Old Yankee Ale didn't quite meld the two cleanly so much as make them stand apart on purpose, IMO.

Boilermaker88, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: Slightly reddish nut-brown with moderate carbonation. Small head that settled quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a slight yeastiness. Hop oresence is moderate.

Taste: Crisp and clean, with an initial sweet malt presence. Slight fruitiness in the middle dryed out by a nicely hopped, well-bittered finish. Spicy and slightly yeasty, with an earthy backbone.

Notes: This beer tastes like it was brewed in Maine, and is definitely 100% New England.

rabidawg, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a hazy deep amber with virtually no head despite vigorous pour.
Aroma is very light nose, hints of caramel and spice.
Flavor has some caramel malt and very biscuity and grapefruit profile. Also has an interesting spice that I can't quite place.
Mouthfeel has a promising full bodied start but then disintegrates into a strange malt and spice amalgam that leaves a strange aftertaste. Doesn't quite work for me.
Drinkability is solid but aftertaste doesn't make me want another.
Thanks to PBrian.

CRJMellor, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

This was a dark coppery colour with an ample head of rocky, white foam. The aromas were hoppy, malty, and a bit medicinal, and metalic. The taste was quite hoppy up front and the middle was a bit spicy, and interesting, but the finish of this brew was thin and metalic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and full, and the drinkability is decent. This was a decent beer, but with the metalic flavors, it did not live up to its hype!

francisweizen, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Starchild
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

This beer has a thin layer of foam that stays with the beer. A perfect amount of foam which then coats with the sides of the glass with lacing. The first sip let me know this was spicy hopped ale with a malt backbone. The hops bitterness reminded me of grapefruit mixed with a earthy floral aroma. The alcohol although not high was completely covered by the flavor. The end of the beer was dominated my bitterness that smoothed out and by the last sip was only slightly noticeable.

A different pale ale then I expected and have been drinking lately. A little more kick the SNPA but nothing too much like an IPA. Complex, Drinkable, Enjoyable.

Starchild, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Copper color with a good-sized light tan head.
Aroma of biscuity, bready malt with piney hops showing as well.

Taste shows a balanced pale ale that is malty if anything. English-like. Solid biscuity, bready malt backbone balanced by piney, earthy hops.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall a good pale ale, but I prefer my pale ales hoppier than this one.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for this fine CT beer!

PhantomVodoo, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

In my travels, I've found and read that as far as ales go, color used to describe it means literally nothing. At one time in England, it denoted a bottled only beer, not one taken from a cask, but bottled directly.

Dark amber in color with a portly head that is creamy in texture and a light tan or beige color, the lace forms a nice sheet to drape the glass. A slight hint of fresh plowed dirt or maybe musty might better describe what I’m sensing, either way a nice nose. Front is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is moderate to somewhat heavy on the palate. Finish is pleasantly acidic, the hops well defined and perky in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, and a fine drinking beer.

Gusler, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Twelve ounce brown bottle - freshness date notched on label.

Medium amber, clear, topped by a creamy off white head that leaves behind some nice lace as it settles.

Some biscuity malt & apple like fruitiness mingles with restrained hop aromas.

Biscuit & caramel, some fruity appled flavours, & a subtle hop bitterness shows some flowery flavours complemented by a touch of spice.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, & very drinkable

xgrigorix, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of LiamStLiam
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Moving to the Boston area has done wonderful things for my beer-drinking activities. I have had so many more beers, been to some many more great places and met great people like BAs.

But . . . I left Cottrell's behind.

When I am back home, especially at CC O'Brien's on Mechanic, just up the river from the brewery, this is my No. 1 beer. A gorgeous copper color, fruit in the right places, and a beer I can down pint after pint of.

I am reviewing the draft after visiting recently, but I have had more than enough bottles as well. This is a beer I bring with me when I travel to show people what great microbrews are all about.

I am not sure what it is that attracts me to this beer. Part of it is hype. It is brewed across the river from my hometown, and I actually worked in the factory where it is now brewed.

If this wanders into your package store, get it. You won't regret it. If you see it on tap, drink it .

Great beer.

LiamStLiam, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

A nice coppery-amber color. There was a little head on mine, but it didn't last too long. Maybe the bar glasses weren't as clean as they could have been. There was a moderate hop aroma, with a decent mix of malts. Medium body, with a bit of bitterness to it. My wife isn't fond of hoppy beers, but she liked this one.

Boto, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Another Yankee done fooled me! I mean, what should one expect from a bottle merely marked "Old Yankee Ale", anyway?
Appearance: dark, rich amber/ brown color, beneath a tawny tan head.
Aroma: sweet and malty, toffeeish, and distinctly nutty.
Light hoppiness, medium body, excellent texture, delightful play on the tongue.
Fruitiness comes forward in the middle, and rides out to the end. Very smooth and easy, quite nice overall. Felt like a fuller bodied brown ale, than a "pale ale."
Big thanks to Bierman 9!

feloniousmonk, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber, with a thick ivory head. I had to wait for it to settle down so I could pour the rest of the bottle.
Aroma is solidly malty, with a bit of estery pear. Hops are apparent, herbal and a little earthy. Some grassy aromas, a little breadiness.
Flavor is intially malty and grainy, with some yeastiness. Fruity esters really don't come through much in the taste. Hops are moderate and a bit rough. A slightly muddy quality to the hopping. Light pear flavor towards the very end of the beer.
Not bad stuff. It's a nice session beer, but some of the flavors are a bit strange. Rough hopping, but the malt presence is great, with good balance. The bottle could have been a bit old.

UnionMade, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Less than average appearance.Poured a small head that went nowhere fast.Alot of sediment floating around this dark auburn Pale Ale.Hints of wheat,hops,and malt are noted for the taste and smell.Has a metallic copper taste.Hops are tasted more than on the aroma.Medium bodied with a slight crispness on the mouthfeel and a touch watery. Bitter and dry finish.More work on carbonation and less malt would make this a great Pale Ale.It is already well-hopped.

kelticblood, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, May 08, 2003
Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.