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Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

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233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 93
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a moderate copper with an off white head and a small amount of lacing. Pretty good retention. Nose brings very light citrus and grassy hops with some pale malt in the background. Taste is very light hops with some pleasing malt. Good feel with a bit of bitterness on a nice body. Drinks fairly well, but is quite mild.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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 kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three full fingers of head; both the stickage and lace are impressive

Smell: Crusty bread, earthy hop and undertones of caramel

Taste: After a bit of toast and caramel, a very unusual mineral/herbal, diacetyl-laden tobacco character sweeps across the tastebuds; by mid-palate the caramel returns to add some sweetness; after the swallow, finish is dominated by the mineral/herbal character with a fruity/bitter edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say that I care for this one very much at all; more English than American but not a very impressive example, at that

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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 zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange and grapefruit with some piney notes. There was a touch of caramel in the nose, too.

T - It had a spicy bite of piney hops with a nice citrus tart. It had a nice caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a tasty IPA. I'd like to try their APA, too.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with a good burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Willimantic brewpub -served chilled in a pint.

A - A dark amber bordering on red w/ good clarity and small pale ring as cap w/ small beading ringing the glass - I would have preferred more headspace from the pour, but I didn't knock the beer for that

S - A sweet aroma w/ slight citrus and subtle pine tinge w/ mild caramel note from the malt

M- A very mild carbonation for the style w/ thin almost watery feel, not very bitter and light finish w/ little malt profile and generally has more of a pale ale quality- lackluster at best

T - The taste is not much better than the feel, but slightly malty flavor w/ mild hop bitterness -The malt seems close to non-existant it is so subdued. The hops are more grassy and gently bitter than giving any really flavor to the ale- dissapointing but really middle of the road taste overall

D - This is not a good IPA, the beer is weak and was a chore for me to finish-bordering on flavorless. I may need to re-review to see if it was just a bad keg. If this is how it is intended I would avoid this.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgian tulip. Received this as part of my Beer of the Month club December box.

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber color with one inch of frothy off white head and light carbonation evident. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, fruity malts, caramel malts, and very light citrus hops. Very malty, and not a lot of hops. Not that great.

t - Tastes of bready malts, caramel malts, and light fruity malts. Again, not a lot hops here, and below average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth here.

d - I thought the smell and taste had very little hops and just a lot of bready malts; I found both below average. It did have a very nice mouthfeel though. Wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful, tight (and later rocky) head. Leaves nice spiderweb-like lace. The broth is a clear, deep amber color.

Nice, fresh hop plug aroma predominates--slightly piney. No notable malt smell.

Near extreme in the bitterness from the hop. No subtlety here. Hop heads may love this, but it is more bitter than most IPA's. Neutral body with an average carbonation. There is some malt in the first couple of seconds of the taste. Loooong peppery aftertaste.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured deep amber, almost copper in color with a big fluffy off-white head. The head had some decent retention to it and it also left some pretty good lacing.

The aroma has a nice floral, citrusy, piny, hoppy flavor to it. Grapefruit hoppiness seems to be the most present in the nose. Some bready malt comes through as well giving the beer a nice mix of flavors.

The taste has a moderate hoppiness for an IPA. It does have a pretty big malty backbone to it with some caramel showing through. Some nice grapefruit and some pine bitterness comes through in the finish. Overall compared to others in the style the bitterness seems pretty moderate to mild though. Pretty flavorful and nice drinking beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is good, it had some nice hoppy and malty flavors to it and was a nice beer overall. Very enjoyable and easy drinking beer overall.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to stemmed wine glass on 6/13/11
*From notes

A: Rusted copper. A nice pour yields a 1.25 finger head and lackluster lacing.

S: Nice fruit and pine, though the toasty grains take over this one pretty quick.

T: Subdued fruit up front. Hearty roasted barley and cracked peppercorn hit the mid and run wild through to the finish.

M: Another top notch mouthfeel from Cottrell. Creamy, rich and perfectly balanced on the palate.

O: Cottrell's Mystic Bridge IPA is a nice and rustic attempt at an AIPA. Like their APA, this is simply passable. Though not a bad beer, it's utterly forgettable and something I'll be leaving off of my store shelves.

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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.