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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2001

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Scored freshness date on a classic old New England style label.

Appearance: Copper liquid with an off-white, creamy, bubbly head.

Smell: Dry grain aroma followed by a citrus hop aroma.

Taste: This brew starts with a crisp carbonation paired with a sharp, grapefruit bitterness (almost steel-like at times). This slowly fades into a malty, chewy, sweet, caramelly profile that blends with a leafy/earthy flavour. Unlike many beers, this beer does not finish out entirely dry. A somewhat chewy caramel is left behind in the sweet aftertaste.

Notes: Ohmibeergod this is a complex and delicious beer! A high quality brew. A BeerAdvocate favourite.

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4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer and perfectly balanced. Not a high ABV so you can really drink this all night long. Absolutely one of my new favs

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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 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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4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light amber colored beer with a nice head of white foam that leaves some sticky lace. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasty malt. Flavor hits the tongue with a nice dose of hops, very grapefruit like, takes a while for the hops to drop back and reveal an underlying malty sweetness that gives a rather creamy finish. Very nice beer and highly drinkable, thanks to Loren (VENOM) for handing me a bottle of this after the Maine Brewer's Fest.

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4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this brew at a pub that is new to me, happen to notice they had it on tap. I was pretty excited seeing as though I had lived right by the brewery in CT a few years back.

Anyways, about the beer, when poured from tap the head is much thicker than when poured from the bottle. From tap it tends to be 1 to 1.5 inch, bottle is at most 1. It has a cream color to it, and falls quickly leaving a nice lace.

On the first sip there is a nice citrusy spiciness. This leads into a blend between the intense citrus and a sweeter undertone. Once the sweetness comes out the bitterness of the hops is right on it's tail. I'm not one for too intense of hops and this has a good amount, but not too much for me. Seriously it has a nice balance to the hops and malt.

I have had this brew many times in a bottle, please get this if you can on tap. Totally different experience. It has more body to it and I feel like the mouthfeel is better, almost no film at all, nice and chewy.

Overall a very refreshing beer, I will be ordering this as long as they make it. Hopefully we will see other brews from this brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle which came through a beer of the month club membership.

Great appearance in the glass. Average foam, nice color, nice lacing.

A good tasting APA. Just a hint of hops smell, and a nice balance all around. Just a touch of bitterness combined with a smooth flavor and finish.

Reminds me of Flying Dog's APA. That's a good thing.

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4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nod to Brewfan for the sample.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a light tan head.

Smell is malty and a bit spicy with a mild bit of pine scent from the hops. Additional fainter hop scents of oranges, tea and menthol.

First taste impression is mellow malt and a mild flavor of oak and grapefruit. A small surprise is the prickling of my tongue by the carbonation level, didn't notice it that much in the appearance. As I drink this the flavor changes and becomes sweeter and fruitier. A bit later still the spicy aspects of this beer appear, hard to pick out what except ginger.

Mouthfeel is good if maybe a little stingy.

Super drinkable and a damn tasty beer. A beer without any real defects at all except they don't sell it in California.

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4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge off white head atop a deep coppery amber liquid. Clear without any carbonation but scads of lace and retention. Smell is of sweet malt and butterscotch. Yeasty fruitiness blends into a light earthy hops. Taste is just superb. Malt and light butterscotch with a perfect hop balance. Lovely caramel sweetness. A soft whole grain breadiness. A touch of grapefruit flows through to the finish. A crisp feel and medium light weight. Refreshing and thirst quenching. Super drinkable as this feels like no more than about 4 percent abv. One of the most sessionable beers I've had. I wish I had a 64 oz growler instead of 32.

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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper amber color with a tremendous mountain of foam that billows up over the top of the glass but is able to hold itself together and avoid even a single drop of spillage. Nose is musty and earthy with a bit of wet wood and leather. Medium in body with a texture that is rather creamy at first that turns crisp in the finish. Taste begins with sweet caramel malts and a bit of a roasted nuttiness that is followed by the same earthy and woody notes that the aroma led you to expect. Some acidic leafy hops are present in the finish. This is some seriously good beer. Thanks to paceyourself for the sample!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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