Old Yankee Ale | Cottrell Brewing Co.

Old Yankee AleOld Yankee Ale
272 Ratings
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: 272 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of trecker
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a English pint glass. like another reviewer from Georgia, I got this in a beer of the month pack.

A: a nice amber/ copper color with small white head.

S: I didn't get a strong smell out of it either way. Maybe a little grapefruit.

T: A very smooth, sweet taste, bitter on the back end but in a good way.

M: medium

D: very drinkable.

Overall, one of the best American pale ales I've had.

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Photo of Ineedaride
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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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are faint aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the smell.
T: There's a perfect balance between the malts and hops in the flavors, neither of which quite stands out in particular. There are some hints of malty sweetness and mild bitterness, but as soon as you taste one of these it is canceled out by the other.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I could drink this beer all night long--it's very sessionable.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white head with a copper color underneath. There is a sweet malty base, with some spices, slightly musty chewy grains, some sweetish caramels, but well balanced against dryish hops in the finish that leave the mouth puckerish into the aftertaste. Hay loft like taste and smell.

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant copper color with an inch of white foam on top.

Grapefruit in the nose.

Beautiful blend of malt sweetness, bready notes and just the right amount of hops. Apple and pear esters come through. This is truly a treat and drinks so easily. It seems like such a basic APA but it comes across so well.

Medium mouthfeel and silky smooth.

Light citrus in the finish with a nice caramel sweetness while finishing dry.

I am lucky that a friend passed this on to me because is a great APA. I'll have to keep my eye out for this one in the future.

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Photo of JayQue
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid APA. Pours a hazy copper color with a small antique white head. Head retention is very good and lacing is thick rings around the glass.

Smell is ok. Malty with some citrus hops.

Taste started out malty with an odd aftertaste. That aftertaste went away quickly and the main flavor was bready and sweet malt with a late citrus hops finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp...Just right

Drinkability is very good. Good taste..nice looking beer at a very reasonable abv. I could think of a number of settings where I would like this beer.

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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 FickleBeast
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass... had at a wedding, reviewed on my droid.

Pours a hazy orange with almost no foam. Aroma is fruity, no real hops. Taste is sweet, decent crystal malt presence. Bitterness and hop flavor is low. Like the IPA from this brewery, I wish this had more hops. That being said, this is clean and drinkable, nice session beer.

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Photo of PubliusII
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cottrell "Old Yankee Ale"
Bottle Pour into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy brown pour with a thick two-finger head. Fantastic head retention. Little visible carbonation and the translucency.
Smell- Not especially strong but you can really smell tones of malt, with a roasted, nutty flavor as a pleasant after taste.
Taste- The taste is my favorite part of this beer. The medium body allows you appreciate the balanced malty taste that finishes with a well proportioned, hoppy bite.
Drinkability- I would definitely buy this beer again. The well balanced taste combined with medium carbonation and body create a delicious experience that you can see traced down your glass the entire time you drink it thanks to a think, sticky lace.

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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 BeerAndBourbon
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a hazy orangish brown with a one finger creamy off white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S. Quite sweet - sweet malt with caramel and apple cider with a touch of tartness.

T. Bit of sweet malt upfront and then a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish. Not at all what I was expecting after smelling this beer.

M. Brisk carbonation on top of a thin to medium body.

D. Not what I was expecting, but an interesting beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $1.58 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Lebanon CT. Best by date of Jan, no year. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Mostly clear copper brew gives a nice 1/2" of light tan foam that settles gently to a thin stable layer.

Smells fairly neutral, just a little mixed hop and thin malt background. Taste starts with a fairly strong mixed hoppy bite, some caramel sweetness, and it a certain cool kind of undertone, like mint or menthol, giving it a very crisp feel. Feel has a sharp carbonation, medium-bodied, mostly dry. Finishes mostly clean with a little resiny slickness and lingering hop.

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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 PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a "freshest before date" of Dec. Pours a dark, hazy copper color. Not much head and minimal lacing. Smells good. Some earthiness with a sweetness and some pine. A bit of hops as well. Taste is sweet with some malt and hops. Very refreshing and smooth. Overall nicely drinkable. A good beer brewed in CT that I often forget about. I need to start remembering.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought last week for my buddy John's back yard brewfest and brought the extras back to NC with me to drink here. This pours well with a ruddy brown body and cloudy interior. A dense white foam and malt-centric nose follow. This beer is above standard for the style in all respects.

The taste favors the hops with a gentle, earthy tone and notes of bread and citrus bring the finish to a nice balance. This is light and refreshing but complicated enough to satisfy at a higher level. This is a really good light New England ale and barely known.

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Photo of racer2k
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a local hotel in Stamford, CT. This was one of the first beers from a fresh keg

A - Beer pours a nice dark amber color that has a tint of orange. A very small white fluffy head develops but quickly flattens out and disappears.

S - Distinct musty malty and bready tone with a hint of floral hops to balance the profile.

T - Sweet cereal malt flavor with some hints of fresh baked bread and a mild hop tone to finish the taste. This is quite a well balanced beer that has a nice complex array of flavors on board. The beer seems to start sweet and hoppy but finish malty with an excellent balance.

M - Very light mouth feel that is light on carbonation but robust in flavor.

D - Quite a nice beer here that is very sessionable with around a 5% abv. I could drink this beer all day long! Well done Cottrell Brewing Company!

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Photo of JEdmund
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, clear, forms a nice cap.

S: Good aroma of citrus hops and an inviting malt sweetness.

T & M: Overall light but well flavored. Thin body but a fluffy light texture. Bitterness is consistent and matched well against the malts (Summit and Cascade - 26 IBUs). Definitely a good pub beer. A bit of apple flavor in finish. Malts are biscuity but not overly sweet.

D: Really pleased with this New England pale ale and feel lucky to have tried it. Would love to try their IPA. Good stuff!

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Photo of billab914
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear, deep amber color with a huge frothy white head. Pretty good head retention and very good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a malty and toasty flavor with some caramel and nutty flavors coming through. Not overly hoppy, definitely seems as if it's going to be a malt focused APA.

The taste has caramel, toasty, bready, malt sweetness to it along with a bit of nutty, brown flavor. A little bit of some floral hoppiness comes through with a moderate bitterness. Pretty nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nicely flavored and balanced beer. It had some very nice malty flavors to it and went down pretty easy.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A recent BOTMC arrival, yesterday in fact, so hey, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a malts and a malty backbone and dry earthy hops. Pouring into a trusty pint I get a orange-amber colour and a big foamy head. On the taste this brew has an earthy bite at the start with a mostly balanced but bitter middle and a clean finish. Apparently lots of later hop additions, but very earthy throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin but keeps it crisp and doesn't bog down. This is a tasty APA, more English in my opinion. I lean more towards the citrus hop offerings but this is a nice change of pace.

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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 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 gfreed
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to a tasting featuring this beer at my local store in Arlington, MA, but they had already run out of samples. The beer guy gave me such a passionate speech about Cottrell, however, that I bought a six-pack of OYA anyhow.

The appearance isn't anything special and is in fact rather ordinary for an APA: a deep amber with a loose off-white head; little lacing. There wasn't a big wallop of anything in the nose-- a good thing-- and the aroma was spiced with a nice dose of vanilla. There is almost no carbonation, so the beer had some density that I didn't expect. And the taste, like the aroma, was dominated by vanilla, but there were other things such as raisins and peas (?) in the not-too-distant back rows. The ABV is low, and so this beer becomes incredibly drinkable. Its taste is unique: not spectacular but satisfying in an odd way. Nice label, too.

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Photo of parris
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, looks heavily carbonated with a think head, light amber in color.

Smells a bit like red apples, very light for a pale ale.

It's got a light flavor, unbalanced a bit on the bitter side, definitely a bit astringent, but not overwhelmingly. Nice caramel finish. Goes down easy, could happily drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Ezone024
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cottrell old yankee is one fine beer.

pours out a sweet deep amber color with a nice thin yet full head.. great aromas such as carmel and nutty with a hint of mild hops.

taste is very balanced, it's has a slight nuttiness over a fine hop finish clean and crisp.

for an amber a tad more on the malty side. it is just a really awesome brew. Well crafted and you can tell after the 1st taste.

should be as popular as long trail.

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Photo of scootny
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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Old Yankee Ale from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 272 ratings
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