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Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009)
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ejane

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +42.5%

06-02-2013 23:36:30 | More by ejane
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scootny

New York

4.88/5  rDev +39%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2010 00:30:53 | More by scootny
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

06-04-2012 17:27:06 | More by Larrydoherty
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JCHeff1979

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

10-07-2012 16:18:28 | More by JCHeff1979
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SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

04-17-2012 01:59:56 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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Durge

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden brown color with a decent off-white colored cover and solid splotches of lacing. The aroma is a woodsy and leafy cat piss, pretty strong. The flavor brings lots more of this cool bitterness but a little maple malt creeps in. It's spritely with fine carbonation, crisp and bright with hops. Very drinkable and refreshing. A sharp but enjoyable brew for the hop lovers out there. A nice ipa option.

2011 Update - A dark burnt amber color with a big light tan colored head with gobs of lacing. Lots of chunky suspension swimming around. The smeller finds deep near licorice pine hops and maple sugar malt. Intense and nice. The flavor offers an almost minty chocolate malt and pine/herbal hops. I get horehound sweetness. It’s medium bodied with pleasant, mild carbonation, a vague resinous feel. This plenty drinkable for such a stick-to-your-ribs ipa. Very, very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 05:24:28 | More by Durge
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle as part of a mystery 6 pick my wife picked up at a local Whole Foods; included were some Brooklyn, Dogfish and Mission Street beers, plus this one, the only one in the pack I had never tried. The bottle has been chilling in my cellar. It is marked best by April (I'll assume in 2012).

The beer is translucent and colored dark copper. A large off white foam head fills the top portion of my pint glass. As it settles, lots of lacing is left behind. There is some visible carbonation within the glass, but it is hard to see.

The beer has a big, earthy hop aroma. I could smell the hops as soon as I opened the bottle; it only became more strong as I poured. The hops come across as somewhat oily. The are notes of grass and forests, but there isn't a strong pine presence.

This is a tasty IPA. Hops are strong and present throughout each sip, but they aren't overpowering. This is a hoppy IPA, but nowhere near DIPA levels. Some sweetness is also present, but it works well with the hops. Lots of earthy flavors are present, mirroring the aroma.

The beer isn't very sticky. The hops are a little oily and provide a lot of tingling sensations. Coating is small, but does have some good hop flavors.

I like this IPA. Since it was a beer I was unfamiliar with, I will say that I am both surprised and impressed. I will have to drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:10:46 | More by ToasterChef
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Freshest before April notched on the label.

Pours a pretty ruby-copper color. The head is thin and white, but has good retention. I love the bright color of this but otherwise nothing special is found in the appearance.

The aroma on the first pour was hoppier than I expected. It had a nice citrus orange and earthy aroma to it. The malt is strong in the aroma which was surprising. It reminded me of a weak American barleywine, in a good way. The malts bring on a caramel and wood character that compliment the hop character really well. Could use a bit more strength. It's not conventional and not what I look for in an IPA, but I do love it.

The flavor brings a nice caramel sweetness even though the body is light and dry. Interesting toasted malt notes. Hop bitterness is relatively weak, but it has presence in the flavor. It has a very unique citrus flavor to it that I don't usually find in IPA's. Sweet orange rather than the usual bitter grapefruit. It could use more hop character and bitterness, but otherwise I'm impressed. The mouthfeel brings medium low carbonation with a moderate body.

I was impressed with this beer and will try it again. It's not a typical IPA, but it is a tasty beer. I look forward to trying this again in the summer near the Mystic Bridge itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:14:03 | More by jeffthecheff
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color. A big 1 1/2 inch billowy head that retains quite nice. Some good lacing going on.

S - Grapefruit hops, pine, sweet caramel, fresh grass, green apples, with a tiny bit of alcohol coming through.

T - Sweet malt kicks things off, turning into creamy toasted buttery caramel flavor. The citrus hops quickly race in towards the end and balance out the sweetness of the malt. The finish is a spicy/resin bitterness that blankets the tongue and the back of the throat. Aftertaste is both citrus and pine hops.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full body. Good carbonation.

Soars with drinkability! A very balanced IPA. The sweet malt starts the fight but the hops finishes it. Nothing crazy about this one. Just an all around solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:23:53 | More by StaveHooks
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Dulcea

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

04-28-2013 17:05:54 | More by Dulcea
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

06-22-2013 05:22:51 | More by JTomczak
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wiegs4life

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

03-31-2013 13:46:56 | More by wiegs4life
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JLapadura

New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

02-23-2013 01:54:05 | More by JLapadura
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chaz01

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the Month Club selection -- poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden copper color, clear, white head stays around a while and produces some nice lacing.

S: Piney hoppy notes with some apricot aromas.

T: Sharp distinct hoppy flavor hits you up front -- more piney than citrusy, long lasting finish that is very grainy and woodsy -- almost smokey in flavor.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Another example of why I enjoy the BOMC -- very distinct flavor for an IPA that was not only enjoyable, but very drinkable and leaving me wanting another. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:55:02 | More by chaz01
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:06:19 | More by OatmattStout
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer just popped up in my local package store, looks like a new CT brewed beer.. good times. Pours a nice golden/red color. not much of a head to it, nice lacing on the glass though. Nice hoppy aroma to this one. Taste is medium bodied, maybe slightly heavier, and has a nice mouthfeel. Definitely a very 'wet' feeling to it, some nice hop bitterness but it's a bit subdued... this is more of a balanced IPA. Reminds me of Brooklyn Breweries IPA a lot.. not a beefed up American one but a nice solid all around one. Also, cool it's from a local brewery.. give it a try if you get a chance and want a rock solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:05:10 | More by oriolesfan4
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erosier

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 11:28:13 | More by erosier
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 00:52:00 | More by bgjohnston
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 23:50:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/7/10 -poured into a pint glass - 12 Fl. Oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/marmalade color with a thick, foamy white head. This beer has exceptional lacing.

Smell: Citrus notes (oranges, grapefruit), piney hops, and some floral aromatics.

Taste: Initial sharp bitterness with a sweet malt flavor that provides some balance. Also, fruity overtones of apple, orange and grape. A dry woody finish leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but silky and smooth overall with a dry, sticky finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and flavorful beer. Quite enjoyable!

Comments: A Beer of the Month selection. Overall, this is an impressive and solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:48:58 | More by MarvinSnyder
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:43:34 | More by BeerAdvocate
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +14%

11-16-2011 03:28:28 | More by virinow
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +14%

09-09-2012 18:18:07 | More by briandaube
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

09-10-2012 16:19:25 | More by PaBeerLover
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +14%

04-14-2013 14:34:50 | More by nebula1999
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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.