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Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.

Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%

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.

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Photo of ExtraStout


3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:26:01 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:12:29 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark amber color; very little head; fantastic lacing
S: hoppy, sweet, lingers nicely
T: hops, straw flavor; slightly sweet, not bitter (despite being very hoppy); medium roast malt very prominent; inviting and tasty--very well balanced

Really good IPA, esp. as a standard, go-to type

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:34:32 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Wnbafan


1.6/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is by far THE worst beer I've ever had. I is bitter and skunky. It will ruin what ever you drink it with, and don't even think about drinking it by itself. You need something to help cover up the skunkiness! Their regular white label beer is ok, but this is horrendous! A total waste of money!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:49:16 | More by Wnbafan
Photo of thecheapies


3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mystic Bridge IPA.

Pours a hazy bronze red-orange hue. Head slivered at a quarter-inch. Paltry lacing.

Sweet maltiness with caramel and toffee notes marry into a lighter note of earthy citrus hop. Dank orange, pith, and clover all in the nose. Too sweet, from the get-go.

Malts prove a little tinny, yet ripe with toast and toffee sweetness. Hops are a little soured. Has some plant-y and floral notes that don't necessarily turn orange into orange blossom. Leafy, and with resinous notes, the quality of hoppiness is a little meager. Bitterness is medium. Carbonation, a little dialed-up. Finishes with an aftertaste best described as 'minty'. Maybe mentholated, but short on tobacco. Picking up crackery notes from a sluggish dryness. Long-ass finish. Oily feel keeps everything on the tongue. Unlike a clean crispness that I will look toward, especially if the flavor is not what I was targeting.

A bland, uninspiring IPA. Certainly not indicative of New England's reputation. Still a simple drink that goes down easy. Can't blame it on the freshness, this bottle is stamped good til September.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 14:46:37 | More by thecheapies
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:36:06 | More by CorvetteMike
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Faint cloudiness. Tawny, deep orange copper body. Pinkie finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Nice retention and lacing. Somewhat balanced nose with a nice mix of hoppy resins, pine, fruity malt, and cookie dough.

Toasted malt up front. Slightly herbal, minty hop bitterness follows and stays throughout. Mix of fruit and cookie-ish malt sweetness fills in. Resinous hops into the finish. Dryish finish, with lingering soapy hops and crackery malts. Moderate body with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad, but there are better IPAs coming out of CT these days.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:01:19 | More by alexgash
Photo of FanofHefe


3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a couple bottles tonight at Pour Richards restaurant in Bluffton, SC. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber body with bit of orange tint. One-finger white head that leaves solid lacing.

Relatively weak aroma. A bit of grapefruit citrus and light caramel malt.

The flavor is a bit better than the aroma and has solid citrus and pine notes. Good balance of caramel malt make for a solid east coast IPA.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable. Solid IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:50:14 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of CampusCrew


3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift... and i think its pretty solid ipa... love the dark rich amber body. Really comes out with lovely malt flavors. Not west coast by any means. Like a hoppy amber ale, citrus and caramel. Very balanced. Nice head retention and good carbonation. Would drink this like crazy if i was a local. Nice overall beer

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:20:11 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Standings NYC and served in a Stoudt's pint glass.

It's hard to judge the exact color of Mystic Bridge IPA due to the dim lighting in the bar, but it appears to be a fairly clear burnt orange. About a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer and holds on for a little bit before cleanly falling away. The nose is nice, lots of grapefruit and tangerine peel, balanced by just a faint aroma of caramel. The malt profile manages to become more complex, while staying firmly in the background on my palate. It's more bready here, but a touch of caramel is still appreciable. The bitterness that comes through next is sharp, almost as intense as I'd find in man imperial versions of the style. That makes it all the more disappointing when the hoppy finish is a little bit mild. I do appreciate tangerine joining the standard grapefruit note, but it isn't as lively as it should be. The body is well on the dry side of things, but the carbonation is a bit dull. Seeing Mystic Bridge IPA on tap was the first I had heard of Cottrell Brewing , consider it a solid first impression.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 00:35:38 | More by axeman9182
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. Some light sediment. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, first and foremost, along with a hint of citrus, a light malty quality, and an earthiness in the finish. Much hoppier - and less sweet - than a lot of American IPAs, but very balanced and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those solid, straightforward beers. Drinkable and well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:35:36 | More by avalon07
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed amber-copper coloring with a thin, off-white, filmy head. Aromas of tangy caramel with a slight citrus highlight. A touch of dry hops at the end of the nose. Flavors of dry, peppered hops on the forward tongue, with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance. Lemon zest and lime throughout, as well. Light bodied, almost watery, but with good flavors. The aftertaste is peppery and sweet, leading to a clean, quick finish. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 15:57:45 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of mnrider


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle. Freshness notched on label.

A: Pours a deep amber with a large forming white head. Good + head retention. Lacing is sticky up near head then turns slick down the glass.

S: An interesting mixture of malts and citrus stuff. Hops come in a bit but are small.

T/M: The beer goes down smooth and feels pretty crisp. I'd say medium bodied and refreshing. Orange peel and citric tasting hops. Not overly hoppy like other IPA's, yet the bitterness is on the higher side.

O: An easy to drink east coast IPA. Less hops means less taste for this beer. But since it's so easy to drink with adequate taste I could have a bunch at a time.


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:43:35 | More by mnrider
Photo of troysoy2


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by April 2012, so the hops may have mellowed out a bit, as I understand it.

Poured into a pint glass, and got a nice finger of eggshell head, which didn't last long, but did leave decent webby lacing. The body is a nice, deep amber-orange.

The smell is really quite malty. Bready, a little dry biscuit. What little hops are left in the smell come through as grassy, maybe a tad citrusy.

The taste is, as expected, dominated by a nice full-bodied malt backbone. There is definitely a good orange peel bitterness to the finish. A nice, dry accent to an otherwise malt-heavy IPA. The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Full, refreshing, and crisp at the end.

Honestly, I wasn't entirely in the mood for a hoppy IPA when I cracked this open, so Mystic Bridge IPA was just what the doctor ordered. A pleasant surprise, and a very drinkable beer. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 04:40:09 | More by troysoy2
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops and flavor is grapefruit hops, hints of caramel and a lingering bitter finish. $2.09 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:08:43 | More by jdhilt
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 2/2/2012: pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went own.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, orange peel and lightly toasted grains; nice soft nose that is well balanced.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, orange peel, coriander, light lemon, lightly toasted grains, and brown sugar; mild hoppyness with nice bready balance that lets the grains play a nice part in the brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oil slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. An old school IPA that's on the light side, but still tasty, refreshing and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 19:29:10 | More by CHickman
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a chunky cream-colored head. Good lace and retention.

Smells of toasted malt, some yeast and herbal bitterness.

Brown bread crust, some medicinal bitterness, like black tea. Citric hop rind, almost a bit burnt. Spicy grain. If there is any sweetness, it dries out instantly. Long bitter and malt finish. THis is a fairly muscular brew.

Medium bodied, with some mouth coating properties that lead to a bit of a pucker.

Overall, good IPA. Like the style, different flavors, and the strength of all characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:07:59 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of ToasterChef


4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:54:46 | More by dexterk1
Photo of MDDMD


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and some decent lacing

S-citrus and malt aromas with bready notes

T-citrus and malt flavors predominate with some bitter hop finish which tends to fade

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent IPA, but nothing outstanding

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:04:39 | More by MDDMD
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:33:26 | More by KTCamm
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Plan B Burger Bar in Hartford. The label says drink by 10/11 but I'm not buying it. Smells way too fresh.

Translucent, dark honey color. Either an unfiltered or lightly filtered beer. Thick band of lace left by a thin layer of retention.

Aroma is soft pine, wheat cracker and some type of dry lichen or moss. Peach schnapps and pizza dough.

Soft prickly pine and light citrus hops. Sharp wheat cracker malt.

A pleasant and reserved New England IPA. No one will ever confuse this with a Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 15:25:15 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Great caramel to slight amber color. Small less than 1 finger white head that cleared quickly.

S: Light citrus, light resin, light caramel malt.

T: Malt hits me first. Then there is a residual hop bitterness. Everything is out of whack here. The hops should be at the forefront and they aren't. The malt hits me first then just a resiny bitterness. Really lacking balance for the style.

M: A touch too malty.

O: Just not good enough to drink all the time. Could see as a session ipa but only because it's completely non offensive. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:08:08 | More by JerseyKirk
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark amber color with huge off white head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly citrus and other fruits with hops.

T - Starts with malts and caramel and transforms into bitter citrus and hops. Has a slightly earthy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Slightly refreshing but other than that very average and unnoticable IPA. I would not recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:42:41 | More by taigor
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a previous review I wrote on a growler I bought:

I bought a growler of this at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which was on tap along with their Pale Ale. Never heard of the brewery and was impressed to see whole foods carrying a small local brewery

The beer itself was good but not as good as the pale. Very dark color for an IPA but the aroma and flavor are a little weak for the style. It's a good beer but will not satisfy the hop fix that ordering or buying an IPA is prompted by.


Pretty much the same for the draft version. A good IPA that's worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 19:25:56 | More by david18
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