Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

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243 Ratings

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cottrell Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009

A mild earthy IPA with hints of citrus–a great example of a year ‘round New England IPA. Take the leap with this local favorite. Enjoy with your favorite meal or just on its own.
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Photo of ExtraStout
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a nice darker golden color. One inch lasting foamy head.

Not much smell to speak of but that also means no bad smells are there. Some piney hop notes and a hit of caramel malt. This certainly has more flavor than the nose would indicate.

The brew has a sweetness while on your tongue but the finish is dry and bitter.

I've never tried Cottrell before. But one day while heading home from Foxwoods casino I stopped in a local package store looking for some local CT brew. I'm glad I did.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Hazed amber with some particulates; nice crowning of white lace. Complex aroma of citric peel, mineral salts, apple orchard and fresh baked crackers. Rustic with a duo of toasted bread and citric hop, bittersweet to start. Earthy yeast and a fruitiness in the middle with baked apples on the mind. More of a citric peel and wild herb tone from the hops after the malt base settles in. Toasted bread and earthy yeast come back to finish things off even while the hops linger with a bit of citrus.

This has New England IPA written all over it. A lovely beast it is; tame compared to the West Coast versions, but still a beast.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before December.
Amber color. Sticky, off-white head.

Citrus/floral aroma. Peppery in the nose. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit taste up front, late piney hops. Fair amount of caramel malt.


Pleasant enough IPA. It didn't wow me that much, though.

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey apricot colored with an inch-high head of off-white sticky foam that settles out slowly to a thick head of meringue that leaves big craters as it sinks.

Inviting aroma of citrusy hops and grainy malt.

Flavor is less hoppy than the nose suggests. Malty upfront, but flavors are very light. Biterness is firm, but hops flavors are understated. They're mostly in the finish with notes of pine and orange rind. Subtle pine lingers, as well as a slight metallic taste.

Full mouthfeel, round and filling, finishes slightly crisp. Average drinkability, could use more hop flavor and complexity.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cottrell Brewing- Mystic Bridge IPA

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with the thickest chunkiest head. Thick lacing and excellent head retention.
S- Very buttery malt, caramel with grassy hops.
T- Thick sweet buttery malt, brown rice, caramel, toffee, and a woodsy hoppy touch.
M- Very buttery sweet and slick. Smooth and more English in style.

Overall- I liked this 1 alot. Very tasty very buttery.

Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Prime 16, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a quarter inch of light fluffy off-white colored foam, fades to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the beer is amber colored, crystal clear.

S - a bit on the sweet side, loaded with sharp caramel malts and earthy hops with a slight pine to it.

T - a lot like the other "local" IPA's up here, more British in style with a hop profile dominated by Cascade and Fuggle. strong and assertive caramel and honey for massive balance.

M - medium bodied and a bit oily, goes down smooth and slick. carbonation is nice and lively, not distracting.

D - solid, good for a minor hop fix and more of an introductory IPA. look elsewhere for something to blow your mind.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at a guest beer at Willimantic Brewpub. Golden with lots of white lace. Creamy mouthfeel. The aroma had a little hops, a little maltiness, also funkiness. Off-bitterness with grapefruit yes, but also acidity.Below average IPA, this didn't work out.

Photo of Ezone024
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark amber/brown..very cloudy yet good carbonation and a thick cream colored head with a fine candy/hop scent..smells like hops glazed with sugar.

tastes so fresh of candy with a nice bitter balance.

sweet up front and then finishes clean with a great hop presence.

cottrells 2 beers are very impressive it'd be nice to see them in more stores!

put a bridge in your fridge.

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tight creamy off-white head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is of a bready caramel malt. The hop profile brings light grapefruit and pine. It has a bit of a dank wet rag aroma, which is a bit odd.

The flavor starts off with the bready caramel malt, which also provides some tea-like flavors. The hop flavor is piney and resiny. Not very hop flavorful but more bitter.

The beer has a moderate body with tingly carbonation. Slight sweet to start off but finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness, which lingers a bit too long.

Decent IPA with a substantial malt body, perhaps a bit too big. Does have some nice hop bitterness.

Photo of scootny
4.85/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A clear copper brew with a thick white head and healthy retention. The beer is never uncovered. Lace is thick and copious. Smell is caramel, malt and grapefruit. Lovely yeast esters and a doughy bread essence. Taste is so balanced and perfectly hoppy. This is a delicate but firmly bitter beer. Grapefruit hits first followed by a bready malt core. A touch of caramel sweetness. Hop oil flows into a pronounced leafy hop finish. Grapefruit skin and more hop oiliness lingering giving a somewhat longish finish that gives way to just a touch of malt. A crisp and creamy carbonation with just enough weight to the beer to make you slow down just a touch and appreciate the satisfying qualities. Still light enough to refresh and slake the deepest thirst. Great drinkability. This may be the best session IPA ever brewed. It feels like the abv is at 6 percent or a touch lower because you can enthusiastically gulp this down and still walk after a few.

I love this brewery! They may only brew two beers but the specialization has brought excellence. Traditional brewing done with expertise. They seem to concentrate on packing flavor into the bottle not alcohol. A refreshing approach in these days of barrel and Imperial everything.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a ping glass. Picked up in a mix a six at a local shop.

Pours medium dark amber with full inch white foam that eventually collapses under its own weight. Notes of caramel/toffee, more flavors and malts than anything especially hoppy. Taste is very soft. Light malt mild hop clean finish. Very smooth and even. Balanced. Light bitter resides.

Easy drinking IPA.

Photo of dexterk1
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass. Poured with a dark red color and a thick head.
Odor is pleasant with floral notes, but average.
Taste is smooth at first and has a small hop bite towards the end. Also has a good floral peak in the middle. Feel is a little light on the tongue. Taste tends to come and go rather quickly.
Overall a pretty nice beer with solid taste and good look. Mouth feel could be better due to the fact that it is pretty light.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to have Cottrell bring out another offering as I am a huge fan of Old Yankee Ale, one of my favorite session pale ales.

Very nice white dense head with very clingy lace down my glass. Really stick to the glass. Nice clear orange hue.

More malt nose than hops, clean and grainy sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is very nice and full but not heavy like some big west coast IPA's can get. Starts sweet and smooth but only briefly till the nice sharp hop bite. No over done. Has a very clean and dryness that really balences the brew.

Overall a great sesson IPA that will be a regular in my rotation.

Nice job by Cotrell Brewing Co.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A coppery pour is dark with an abundance of macro-particle matter suspension. Pale khaki head is whispy, moderately holding while providing a broken, snake band like lacing.

S: Caramel grains, and grapefruit with a sweet herbal supplement. Hints of chives, floral scents, perfumy in delivery with an orange-caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor of toasted warmth, light honey, pine and grapefruit. Floral hops with some herbal undertones of chives and a herbaceous-caramel. Perfumy orchard like finish that was woodsy, grassy, with some parsely notes coming a bit after the swallow.

M: malty and creamy of medium base with a relaxed sense of carbonation.

O: Overall a unique blend of toasted floral and herbal hop warmth and not what i was expecting. Gentle ipa drinking, best before of november, consumed in jan may have some hand in the hops seeming a bit relaxed. I would try my hand at a single here first for those expecting a traditional style west coast ipa who may be dissappointed, for others seeking an alternative hop flavored ipa a bit softer, herbal and floral in content may find this a welcome different treat.

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange body, frothy white foam with larger bubbles nested in the center. Spotty lacing all around. Some sediment is present, more a slight haze than anything from the yeast.

Aroma is somewhat muted, but there is some citrus rind and caramel malt present. Seems a little faded, the label is notched January with no year... this is a newish arrival to Illinois.

Flavor is malt dominant, bready and crackery with very mild citrus and some herbal hop character. Slight sweetness and a low level bitterness, though my hop tolerance may be too high at the moment. Lupulin threshold shift and all that.

Medium bodied, feels ok, but not something i'd revisit. Sadly it fits the East coast IPA stereotype, more English style than American.

Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head and left no lacing

smells more like a pale - balanced bready malts with a citrus hops

taste is just your average east coast ipa - well balanced sweet bready carmel malt with citrus hops with a little spice

mouthfeel light/medium body with good carbonation that gives it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability was ok - its easy drinking but like most east coast ipas they just do not do anything for me

Photo of CorvetteMike
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle to the glass a amber color with a 2 finger head.

a: Amber color with a 2 finger head.
s: Slight hint of citrus, hops and malt.
t: Hoppy with slight amount of citrus, some carbonation.
m: Medium body with some carbonation.
o: Not my type of IPA.

Glad I purchased a single bottle, so I do not have to suffer drinking the other five. Will not buy any more.

Photo of bgjohnston
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me as a 6-pack of 12oz bottles. As it was a birthday present, I am not aware of how much it costs at this time.

Label is date notched, best by January. As this is August, I am guessing by the quality within that it is pretty fresh.

Poured a clear, dark amber with a tan head and good carbonation. The foam goes down pretty quickly, but some stays on top and a lot sticks to the glass. I generally like more of a fruity smell from the hops than this one gave, but still a nice hoppy presence above the glass.

Taste is a real pleaser. Not one of those massive DIPAs, for sure, but I was surprised by the big taste and mouthfeel on this one. The malt stays in the background from sip to swallow, providing a balance while letting the hoppiness lead as the predominant flavor.

I am not aware of the ABV, but it doesn't seem to be out of proportion for what it is. I would be happy to have a couple after dinner for the rest of the week.

Overall, a very nice beer and a really excellent present. I can't believe this one wasn't in the database yet.

Photo of Sensaray
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange toned amber with a light full tan head. Head slowly dissipates.

Smells like fresh flowery hops with some orangy citrus and light bread. Kind of sweet.

Light fruity taste to a lemon citrus bitter finish.

Decent mouthfeel. Light to medium mouthfeel with carbonation that's ok.

I dunno, nothing special to me. It's decent.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy deep amber in color and poured with a finger-high beige head that gradually faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel and honey.
T: The flavor is rather unique--likely due to the yeast--and has a good balance between the malt and hops resulting in a moderate amount of bitterness that's not overpowering along with some hints of sweetness. There are some notes of apples, caramel and honey in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink. I would definitely considering having this again because of its distinctive taste.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes 8/7/10.

Poured into a pint glass. Bottles notes freshest before October.

A: Pours slightly hazy, fairly dark copper for an IPA. 3 full fingers of head the leave small spots of lacing. Fairly large layer of head lingers.

S: Sweet malts and caramel with citrus hops in the background. Almost a little chocolate here as well. Would like the hops to be more dominant.

T: Citrus flavor with a mild bitterness that sticks. Sweet, malty backbone.

M: A little thin in body. Moderate carbonation with resinous hop flavor.

D: OK IPA here. Nothing memorable, but easy drinking.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, pours a nice mahogany with maybe a hint of orange when held up to the light. One inch head leaves spiderwebs down the glass. There is a decent amount of sediment suspended in the beer... I don't think that's supposed to be there.

Aroma is one of the mildest I've come across for an IPA, and the taste matches. Some piney hop notes and a hit of caramel malt. This certainly has more flavor than an English Pale Ale, but it's not going to be enough for hop heads. There is an odd syrupy sweetness but the finish is dry and bitter.

Cottrell, due to its size and location, usually gets lost amongst the many New England beers. With that, it can be tough to find it fresh on the shelves. I'd like to give this beer another try or on draught, as I've always enjoyed their flagship Old Yankee Ale. This IPA has more bite than that, and I'll chalk up any oddities to a lack of freshness.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured an amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured subtle hop resins and pale malt.

The taste was slightly sweet with some juicy hops. Understated for the most part.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an average AIPA.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-brown-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some deeper roasted ones, and then a nice citrusy and floral and a bit earthy hop aroma at the end.
T: Like the smell, it tastes like a decent New England IPA. Nice light and sweet malt backbone followed by a slightly larger citrus/floral/pine hop flavor to finish off the beer.
M: Crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as it isn't too overpowering in one of the categories, nice drinkable IPA.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a cloudy amber with a dense off white head that disspates slowly to a thin cap of bubbles

S - Piney hop aroma dominates.

T - The hops are in the forefront as I sip. The caramelly sweet malt comes trough midway, before the finishing hops come in leaving a stong bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - A good IPA that has a well balanced hop blend. A couple of these would go down really well.

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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.