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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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of RobGuiry
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of LMSMITH
2.21/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of steve8robin
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshest before June 2010. 12 oz. bottle...

A: Deep copper brown with red hues with a 1 inch white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Hard to get strong scents off of this one. Get some earthy notes. Not much else. Very one dimensional.

T: Just kind of a heavily carbonated sparkling water. Hint of coffee-esque roastiness on the backend. Nope, I'm not impressed.

M: A hint overcarbonated for my taste. Ok.

D: Goes down too easy. Like water. Ok.

All in all, all I have to say is no way! Avoid this one. Not worth your time. So many better brews.

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Photo of Homebrew35
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger head that fades fast to nothing.
Smells of sweet, yeasty, green apple, some slight funk.
Tastes neutral slight malty sweet and a balanced hop btterness. Some green apple.
Light body medium carbing, ok drinkability, not one I'd try again.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of jsh420
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours bright clear golden copper with a 2 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of rich toasted bready malts with a little bit of hops

taste was a let down after th nose - the beer tastes watered down - the malts are sour and has a metalic flavor - the only thing like the nose is the hops(not many)

mouthfeel is bland and boring - medium body very flat

drinkability is not good - bad flavor and mouthfeel - good thing i just bought a single

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Photo of ybnorml
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is slightly opaque orange/amber in color with not much head that did leave a little lace. All that I could get from the aroma was a ligth maltiness. The taste starts with a little of that malty sweetnees on the tip of the tongue followed by a sharp hop bitterness along the sides of the tongue and down the back of the throat. This ale did not strike me as warrenting a second.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Body is a light orange-apricot color with a white head that does not leave behind much of any lacing. The nose is really light with just a touch of malt and the faintest of hops in the background. Hops are nearly gone from the flavor other than a touch of bitterness. Slightly-sweet doughy malt is all that exists. Mouthfeel is okay. This drinks well enough but there's really nothing going on and not much to say about it.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Standings, NYC, NY

A none-too-impressive pale ale. Poured copper-brown with a bit of a whitish head. Grains in the nose, with citrusy hops in the background. Grains and light citrus tasting, fading to a bitter, somewhat metallic, sweet maltiness. A bit thin. Medium-light mouthfeel, and below average drinkability.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a bright, orangish ruby-tinted body that is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, large bubbled head. The beer is quite well carbonated, perhaps even a bit overly so. The aroma is lightly tart with notes of green apples and even a bit of citrus character. I get a touch of sweet malt character and some toasted grain notes towards the end. There seems to be some light funky mushroom notes, as well as some characteristically Brett like overtones.

The beer is definitely well carbonated, it foams up as it hits the tongue and makes it hard to see the flavors. What is apparent though is that this beer is lightly tart, with a green apple note. I go to swirl my tulip glass a bit, and the beer practically jumps out of my glass. Notes of sweet fruit are found up front after some of the carbonation has been released; I get notes of plums, some raisin notes and a bit of berry action. The finish is lightly bitter, but not much in the way of hop character is really evident. There is a light astringency, but I am not sure that this is hop derived. The funky note that was found in the aroma is only lightly noticeable in the flavor, even the tartness begins to fade as my palate gets used to it. As the beer warms up the malt character begins to become a bit more evident; notes of toffee and a nice malty sweet note come to the fore. Not a bad beer, but it is just a bit off.

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Photo of micmillon18
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one out of a beer of the month club. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep amber color with some orange hues. Head is good with lots of lacing. Nice to look at.

S - Hops with a slight bit of maltiness. Not overly strong.

T - Taste is similar to the smell but fainter. I taste hops but thats practically it. The malt shows up at the end. Not a lot going on in this one.

M - Light and the carbonation is in check. I noticed a poor after taste which sticks around rather long.

O - Drinkable but not overly flavorful. I guess its refreshing but if your looking for flavor, you'll want to spend your money elsewhere. There are better ones out there

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

Tastes like a clone of Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Riggsy
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Walkinbeauty
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Tim725
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 273 ratings