Old Yankee Ale | Cottrell Brewing Co.

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147 Reviews
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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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 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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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 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 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 emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newer arrival to Illinois, "Best By: Feb." notched on the label.

Deep saturated peachy orange. Frothy lace adheres to the glass, spotty seafoam on the opposite side. Retention is good, it maintains a healthy skim on top the whole time.

Aroma of English malt, peanut butter, wheat bread. Ringwood yeast possibly, seems very British.

Malty, bready, light dried fruit, golden raisin and toffee. Very malt forward, little to no hop character. Easygoing feel, light carbonation. Not bad, an east coast session ale that comes across as fairly mild. Again more UK than US style-wise.

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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 rajendra82
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Direct from Connecticut via Counselor, the beer opened super pressurized, and pouring into the pint glass indicated a six inch tall foamer topping an inch of beer. As the beer settled down, the color of the body was revealed to be clear copper. The aroma was malty with treacle sweetness, and some earthy hops. The taste under all that foam was rather thin and bland. Mostly grainy and nutty with brown sugar sweetness some decent hop bitterness, the carbonation added some crisp sour club soda flavor. The mouthfeel was better after the carbonation died down. Not too bad overall.

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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 steelerguy
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is called an American Amber Ale by the brewer.

A - Copper, hazy, 2 finger white head that dropped to a covering that hung around with moderate carbonation.

S - Very sweet caramel aroma with a little floral hop.

T - Overly sweet, not enough hop or alcohol to balance the left over sugars in there. Finishes coying sweet, there is a little bitterness in there that is totally overwhelmed.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, very malty, would feel better in a big beer or some stouts, out of place in an APA but better for an amber.

D - One is plenty, has the feel of a cold weather or relaxing after dinner beer, but it seems like it is supposed to be more of an easy drinking beer...but too heavy for that. Just not a balanced brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

a - Pours a copper-amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bready malts, toasted malts, fruit, and light citrus.

t - Tastes of bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and light fruit. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high 'carbonation.

d - A pretty good APA, but nothing special. Easy to drink and going down, but ntohing really standing out in the smell or nose; not bad, just average. Wouldn't seek out but have no problem finishing the three bottles I received.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

A: Earthy sand with a off-pink hue. A careful pour yields a two finger head and passable lacing.

S: Like a German Pils. Über toasty grain and late harvest barley. If the bouquet was a season, it'd most certainly be Autumn.

T: Bitter grain and malt. It's like pumpernickel that's been left in the toaster too long. This is most certainly an olde-timey New England APA.

M: Creamy and spot-on carbonation. Far and away the standout of the brew.

O: Cottrell's Old Yankee Ale may very well be a good beer, but when I think APA, this ain't it. It just doesn't fit the bill in most any category - nose, taste, etc. I respect it, but I also won't reach for it the next time I want an American Pale.


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Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber, with a thick ivory head. I had to wait for it to settle down so I could pour the rest of the bottle.
Aroma is solidly malty, with a bit of estery pear. Hops are apparent, herbal and a little earthy. Some grassy aromas, a little breadiness.
Flavor is intially malty and grainy, with some yeastiness. Fruity esters really don't come through much in the taste. Hops are moderate and a bit rough. A slightly muddy quality to the hopping. Light pear flavor towards the very end of the beer.
Not bad stuff. It's a nice session beer, but some of the flavors are a bit strange. Rough hopping, but the malt presence is great, with good balance. The bottle could have been a bit old.

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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 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 francisweizen
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a dark coppery colour with an ample head of rocky, white foam. The aromas were hoppy, malty, and a bit medicinal, and metalic. The taste was quite hoppy up front and the middle was a bit spicy, and interesting, but the finish of this brew was thin and metalic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and full, and the drinkability is decent. This was a decent beer, but with the metalic flavors, it did not live up to its hype!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is slightly pungent with smoked malts, pale hops, some spice and a little citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of caramel, tea, some smokiness and a decent amount of hops. The malt character is pretty hearty. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is dry.

D: A little tasty, goes does easy, not too filling, I could drink a few of these, however I normally would prefer something a little more flavorful. This one seems to lean toward the English Pale Ale style, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; while the head is not particularly large, it displays great retention

Smell: Caramel, with just a hint of earthy hops

Taste: Opens with the caramel and closes with the same; in the middle, there is just a bit of earthy hop balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this is an amber beer from the old days - it is Old Yankee, after all; easy to drink but just not much going on

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Photo of necoadam
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all over the place. Poured out a dark copper color with some carbonation. Smell consisted of hops, malts, nutty aromas and a touch of toasted aromas as well. Taste was mainly hops I thought. Malts come in the beginning but are taken over by hops from the middle on and has a sharp hop aftertaste. Some of those toasted flavors blended in with the hop bite at the end, but not very much. I thought it could of used just a tad more carbonation in the mouthfeel department. If this was balanced just a little bit more, this would be a killer brew. But it's decent nevertheless.

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