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Mystic Bridge IPA - Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

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206 Ratings

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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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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-02-2012 17:45:15 | More by JAHMUR
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-31-2011 15:49:18 | More by MerkurKing16
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-11-2011 05:20:40 | More by jeanphony
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4/5  rDev +14%

12-07-2011 22:13:42 | More by ROGUE16
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-25-2011 04:31:07 | More by barnzy78
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +14%

11-21-2011 23:38:35 | More by Burt
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New York

4/5  rDev +14%

11-16-2011 03:28:28 | More by virinow
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-15-2011 23:41:27 | More by HopStoopid120
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +6.3%
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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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 20:38:04 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper orange body with some head and some lace notches.

S- fruity tropical hops, malty, bready, carmely notes, some herbal leafy notes.

T- just like the smell, a very balanced ipa. Malt and hops don't overpower, although I want my ipas to err on the side of hops.

O- a nice ipa, pretty malty, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 18:14:11 | More by Tschnab
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:10:49 | More by Gmann
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brass Rail Deli

A - Served with a darker shade of copper body that had a slight haze to it...two fingers worth of off white head formed and fell, slowly, to a full, thin cap...some decent lacing was left

S - The nose is very malt forward...lots of caramel, toasted malts, and butter...you have to search hard for the hops, but they are there and do come across bright and fresh when you find them

T - What you find in the nose is how you can expect the flavors to be...again, very malt forward with the hops being in the background and mostly at the finish...caramel starts off and is sweet, but never cloying...the toasty aspect shows in the middle then transitions into a smooth, buttery flavor and finish...that smooth characteristic carries over and combines with the subtle, bright hops to give a more sweet than bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth with minimal carbonation...the bitterness is kept at a minimum

O - It's always nice to see a new brewery in the area and to have it on tap nonetheless...I found this IPA to be more of an English version than an American style...very malt forward with minimal hop presence

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 13:59:42 | More by thain709
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy cloudy rust orange with an half inch of foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing. There appears to be a fair amount of chunks floating in the glass
S - light floral hops along with some lemon and a hint of sweetness. Not very strong aroma at all.
T - pretty standard, not a strong hop bitterness, caramel malts, some piney earthy hops
M - good carbonation, medium bodied, a bit of a bitterness at the finish, not quite sure, its not hops, but maybe a burnt caramel flavor
D - its an ok IPA but nothing that I would seek out or even buy again. Pretty standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:19:36 | More by mikereaser
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark, kind of surprised by the heavy copper-amber. Nice dirty-white head and lacing.

S: Notes of citrus hops and a really sweet tangerine-maltiness.

T: The bottled version was surprisingly good, and on tap is much better. Fresh clementine-like hops, but sweet, not entirely bitter. The malt backbone is clearly present, but doesn't dominate.

M: Medium body, has a nice stickiness to it, good carbonation.

O/D: A really pleasant surprise again, this is a solid IPA coming from Connecticut. Would be really nice with a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 03:50:33 | More by mostpoetsdo
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:26:41 | More by zeff80
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:22:47 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.

THe beer pours a bright clear copper hue with many streams of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Just a little sediment at the end of the pour.
Fluffy eggshell white head foams up 2 cm even with a gentle pouring and sticks around with some windowpane lattice as I sample the beer.
Aroma is mild with just a bit of caramel and some grassy hops, with a hint of pine resin.
First sip reveals an average body with a slightly creamy texture and very mild carbonation, almost cask-like.
Flavor is brief caramel and then all hops but not robust flavor notes, just some pine resin stickiness and a bit of grass finish with general bitter astringency that dries out my palate. NO hint of ABV and a very drinkable beer. I would say this could be sessionable but if it is really 6% that may hinder the sessionability a tad, I sure dont taste that alcohol.
Well crafted beer made for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 03:48:38 | More by sulldaddy
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle fresh until Sept. 2011 and consumed in a pint glass on 5.29.11.

Brew pours a clear and bright copper-amber under a sudsy head that leaves behind a nice lacing. There doesn't seem to be very much going on in the aroma in comparison to what's characteristic of the IPA style in general, though there is a mild note of flowery hops. A slightly higher carbonation than I'd desire seems to dominate the mouthfeel at the center, leaving the palate with a moderate bitter earthy hop resonance in the finish. I also pick up on notes of toasted biscuity malt and dry caramel in the finish. A simple yet solid IPA...

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:13:20 | More by albertjr21
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3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Freshest before 06/2011.

Dark tea in color with a slight haze. Frothy foam of a head that looks about an inch high; very good retention. Condensed lacing with good strength.

Semi-sweet, toasted malt without a hint of diacetyl. Resiny, floral hops laced with a balanced citrus aroma. Reminiscent of slightly aggressive English IPA aromas.

Big, toasted malt character that has a freshly-brewed tea quality. The hop flavors are slightly oily with a ton of spice: pepper, saffron. The flavors in the middle are medicinal and extremely earthen prior to receiving a brief reprieve in the form of lemon zest. The bitterness turns a bit sour as the citrus flavor thins out and makes for an unpleasant aftertaste.

Medium bodied; bulky, thick, and slightly off-balance.

Really pleasant aromas that don't quite translate in taste. Not a train-wreck of an IPA, but the flavors certainly lack balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:33:57 | More by NEhophead
Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.