Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.
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Reviews by scootny:
4.88/5 rDev +39%
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.
02-15-2010 00:30:53 | More by scootny
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-13-2014 00:26:01 | More by ExtraStout
4/5 rDev +14%
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.
11-15-2010 21:43:34 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-10-2011 20:38:04 | More by lordofthewiens
3.25/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
11-07-2009 00:34:25 | More by far333
4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
03-23-2010 23:50:01 | More by NJpadreFan
3.65/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-31-2010 16:51:33 | More by Stigs
3.23/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-22-2010 19:46:15 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
04-11-2010 19:35:45 | More by Ezone024
3.83/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
09-29-2011 02:10:49 | More by Gmann
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
12-27-2011 01:33:26 | More by KTCamm
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-10-2012 01:54:46 | More by dexterk1
4.15/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
10-30-2009 00:06:19 | More by OatmattStout
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