Old Yankee Ale | Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Old Yankee AleOld Yankee Ale

Brewed by:
Cottrell Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship brew, a medium bodied, American Amber Ale, that has a great up-front malt taste with a refreshing hop finish. Drown yourself in New England with this outstanding session beer.

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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 274
Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper red body with one-finger head and a little bit of lace. Minimal malts and hops in aroma. Easy drinking beer that has minimal sweetness that balances with a mild, hoppy dryness and is an easy to drink amber ale.

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Photo of bradco57
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Our restaurant just tapped Cottrell Old Yankee Ale yesterday. I was anxious to taste it since we already had their Mystic Bridge IPA on tap which I thought was fantastic.. The Old Yankee Ale even surpassed that... It was creamy, fresh, tasty and all I could look for.. This is the kind of beer you can enjoy all year round and has real character.
I had never heard of Cottrell until a few weeks ago but I stand impressed. Our restaurant brings in plenty of craft beers and this one ranks amongst the best we've ever had!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a muddy burnt orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had some toasted caramel malts. Light cracker. Some citrus bitterness.
The taste was malty sweet with a light citrus bitterness.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent tingle of carbonation hitting my tongue.
Overall, its a decent American Amber / Red ale, nothing special for the most part.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-dark red, maroon, white head, lacing sticks around
-Sweet cracker malts, a grapefruit peel bitterness
-Sweet, toastyness isnt in your face, sharply bitter at the end of citrus peel
-Medium feel, smooth, then sharp and dry

-Honestly did not care for it considering the heavy dryness almost like that of a gin.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Opaque copper/amber body with a light cream colored one finger head.

s: Faint malts and citrusy hops

t: Toasted malt, rye, cider, citrus rind, floral and spicy hops.

mf: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp and peppery finish.

o: Benefits from letting it warm a bit. This beer gives something like Rare Vos a run for its money, yet lacks the yeast dynamic.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. copper colored. just kind of boring, not a lot of flavor. with an amber ale, the malt needs to provide the main focus point, or if not needs some hop flavor to stand out. neither is there.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12 oz. from bottle poured into clear plastic cup at an Eric Church concert at Mohegan Sun

A-Dark reddish Amber color with an off white head, just like the taste I had no idea what to expect. I didn't even know what kind of beer it was

S- smell was a bit muted due to the atmosphere of the concert, the various smells and aromas of arena food, smoke, and the plastic cup... However, I could pick up some hops and the fact that this was going to be a malty brew... Perhaps a brown ale?

T- Nope, the taste right away revealed that it was more of an amber or red ale than a brown. The taste was quite "different" but it was good. It was malty of front and finished with a "musty" hoppy ness. It had this earthy dirty flavor with a slight fruity taste that really seemed to make the beer pop. It was very memerable.

M- carbonation was nice and prickly but not over the top. The beer was rich and had a nice crisp, almost creamy finish.

O- overall a nice offering from New England. A beer I never heard of but was surprised to see that the bros gave it such high regards after sampling (100%). This has everything a great Amber ale should have and more and it gets style points. Good look (cool bottle) decent smell (although it was held back due to the setting of the event) excellent taste. I would recommend this brew and next time I'm in New England I would love to try it on draught.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

A Perfectly clear amber, medium carbonated with medium-sized, well-retained head (3/3)
S Nutty malt character with light tree fruit notes (8/12)
T Dark malty flavor that reminds me of lightly burnt toffee and whole wheat bread (15/20)
M Pretty bubbly with slightly dry finish (5/5)
O A fairly drinkable brown ale. Fairly true to style, and no discernible imperfections. (7/10)


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Photo of Campello_IPA
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with off white head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: bread, toffee, caramel, some citrus behind it.

Taste: brown bread, toffee sweetness, gives way to citrus and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: good body, stays on the tongue in a nice way. Medium carbonation.

Overall: great session beer. I would drink this all day for a cookout or with almost any meal. I had high expectations for this beer and was not let down at all.

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Photo of illpass78
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rusty red-brown with a surprisingly small head. Also kind of surprised by the minimal amount of visible carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: This beer has a nice mix of aromas, with toffee, caramel, some burnt sugar and a little grassy earth thrown in. Complex for the style.

Taste: This is a very appealing amber ale. The taste follows the nose, with lots of toffee and caramel. Nice slightly sweet finish. It's far from super-sweet, but there are some very nice sweet accents in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty standard in terms of heft for the style. Maybe leans a little more towards lighter than heavier, but not in a problematic way.

Overall: I'm a big fan of this. It's a really excellent red ale - it's quaffable and refreshing, but has complexity and character and pairs well with most meals. I had it with some mac & cheese and hot dogs while watching baseball. USA, baby.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. I do like the label. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

It pours medium caramel amber with a smallish off-white head that does tend to linger. It really looks like it should.

The aroma is fairly typical for the style with a whole lot of caramel malts and sweetness and little to no hops.

Mainly body mainly.

The flavor emits a humongous caramel or toffee malt character which is very typical for the style but something I was not necessarily in the mood for at the time. But as far as the style goes this is right on. Beyond that it is nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red-amber beer with a thin head. Some noticeable carbonation.

Rustic malts with an earthy toast. Light pithy hops offer nuances of citrus, specifically, grapefruit. A little toned-down, but decent.

Good hop bitterness with some citrusy and herbal flavors. Pithy, but darker malts contribute a faint roast character and hints of muddled pomme fruit. It does taste a bit restrained.

Mellow mouthfeel with a light-medium body and a carbonation level that's a little on the coarse side. Very drinkable.

I'd like to get a few more of these, because I think my bottle could've been fresher. Shows a lot of promise.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice pour delivers a blood orange to red body, and fairly opaque. Head is off white and makes even bubbles with large clumps and some soapy like retention, capping off at about 3 fingers tall.

Nose is a bit biscuity, with some caramel sweetness. Lots of dough and cookie like sensations. Not particularly hoppy either.

Palate comes with a mild grapefruit aroma, and an interesting finish. Front forward palate hot with a nice grapefruit bitterness. A bit of a wet body but some good caramel malt sweetness seems to easily get through. Weird finish though as the beer almost feels stuck in my throat. Nice mix of juiced grapefruit on this which really gets quite stuck in the mouth a bit. Slightly dry and grainy finish after some time passes.

A very interesting but odd tasting brew, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, fresh grains and notes of gingerbread. In the taste, fresh grains, a small pine hop, and a gingerbread malt. A small hop like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer fresh grain and note of gingerbread in the aftertaste. Quite English and homebrew like, not bad, but a bit boring.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, malt, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of hops (an average amount), a bit of malt, a bready quality, some caramel, and a hint of citrus. Tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an American one. Not a bad flavor, but not terrible either.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, clean finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid beer, but didn't wow me in a significant way. Still, a drinkable brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky copper color. Head is very mellow and slight. Head leaves very light lacing strings. Pretty color. Good looker.

S-Malt forward. I get a pleasant cotton candy aroma. Caramel dipped apples. Light floral hops.

T-Very malty. More English than American in my opinion. Sweet caramel and sugary breads. Could definitely use more hops, but thats just me. Lightly grassy. Apples too.

M-Full for the ABV. Creamy and the carbonation is soft. Almost feels like it was poured from a cask which is cool.

O/D-I prefer my APAs to be pretty much like IPAs but I can still appreciate a good ol' malty Pale. However, I wish that there was more complexity via the malt. It is a solid beer, but not one I would try again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times before, threw this one in a mix-a-six for a review. Very low key brewery for being somewhat local, I believe this is their staple beer.

Pours a hazy darkish orange, decent off-white head, eventually drops to a slight cap and ring, some lace left.

Nose is mostly malt forward, a pleasant combo of bready/caramel/nutty malts. Some light herbal+citrus hop there too.

Tastes like the smell and how I remember it, on the maltier side, closer to an English pale ale. Herbal hops, some grassiness and light fruit backed up by big buttery, biscuit, toffee malts. The hops do come out more with warmth, even with the malts ruling there is a decent amount of hop flavor here.

Smooth, balance is decent, not much complaints on the mouthfeel.

Good, but don't expect an American hop bomb pale ale - it has a little hop kick but this definitely leans closer to English style in my opinion.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March. Pours reddish-amber with a foamy off-white head, leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity with floral hop and citrus. Tastes are very well balanced with notes of bready malt, caramel, fruity and citric hop. Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy while being medium bodied. For balance, this is spot on and what I'd expect for the style. Excellent!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap tonight at Stone Hearth Pizza in Needham. Served in a regular pint glass. Dark orange colored body, with a large soapy white head. Good lacing on the glass. Any noticeable aroma was non-existent. Taste was decent at best. Just a malty ale, with not a lot going on. Mouthfeel was thin but drinkable. I am not even sure I'd call this an APA, since I didn't get any sense of hops at all. It was just an average tasting ale to me.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden honey in color. Pure white, foamy white head (giggity). Extremely enticing.

S: Malty. Lemon zest. Pepper. Grass. Wood. Very slight floral hop. A little funky, good funky tho. Wet hay. Earthy.

T: Bready. White bread. Pumpernickle. Risen dough. Slight slight floral hop.

M: Very balanced; not too thin, not too chewy. A nice coat on the tongue. The aroma stays in the nose more than on the tongue.

O: The problem with my rating is that I'm not an 'APA guy'. My rating is a little biased I hate to admit it, but at least I do.

Thanks redliner8!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with good cap off white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent leads with lightly toasted malts, nutty and a faint hint of buttery toffee, decent hop profile with floral and grassy notes first and a hint of citrus. Taste leads with a faint kiss of citrus before toasted malts, toasted nuts and lightly sweet toffee take over, hops mellow into a blend of floral and grassy, notes of watery fruit at the end. Medium bodied, good moderate carbonation. Quite happy with the overall character of the ale... not overly malty and English, not overly hoppy and American.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After really enjoying Cottrell's Mystic Bridge IPA, I picked up a 6 pack of the Old Yankee Ale. It's at cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass. The beer nearly foamed over when I popped the cap, but I began pouring before it had a chance to spill.

The beer is a translucent brownish copper color, this a finger of tan foam. It has settled down to a thinner head, but there is still a good layer of foam across the top. Patchy lacing is left behind.

Aroma has some grassy hops, but I am picking up a lot of yeast. I wondering if this is why the bottle was so carbonated when I opened it.

Oily hops provide a decent level of bitterness, but it comes as harsh by the time I swallow. I'm not really enjoying the aftertaste.

This is a slick, filmy beer. There is more coating that I expected to taste. What's left behind doesn't have a very good flavor.

I was really hoping this would be a much better beer, especially after seeing the Bros. review lists this as a world class beer. Maybe I just got a bad bottle; there are 5 more for me to enjoy that could redeem this beer. As it stand now, I wouldn't recommend this one, nor would I purchase it again. Go for their IPA, it's much better!

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with two fingers of off-white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. The head collapses slowly and leaves average lace.

S - bread and caramel with some musty, spicy hops.

T - bready malt up front. Some caramel and toffee in the middle and a thick malty finish with some red apple yeast.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - malty and drinkable, minimal hop presence for the style but an enjoyable entry level brew.

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Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange beer with a rapidly fading head,looks like iced tea.Aroma is carmel malts and bread.Taste is biscuits,assorted citrus and again carmel malts.Overall a good beer with good flavor from first sip to last gulp.I would recommend this brew and would purchase again.

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Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 274 ratings