Mystic Bridge IPA
Cottrell Brewing Co.

Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,078
Ranked #46,331
3.55 | pDev: 14.37%
Cottrell Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA
Notes: A mild earthy IPA with hints of citrus–a great example of a year ‘round New England IPA. Take the leap with this local favorite. Enjoy with your favorite meal or just on its own.
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered amber appearance with a large, off white head and good lacing. Subtle aroma of floral and citrus hops. Taste is equally mild mannered, with pine and summer fruit giving way to the sweetness of the caramel malts. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel, with flavors that complimented the pasta dish it accompanied.

Aug 23, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date

L: Clear copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Malts and caramel. Grainy... mild fruits and sweetness.

T/F: Sweet and malty... caramel for sure. Not enough hops to balance it out. Very mild profile... some tropicals and citrus but mostly a malt bomb. Well carbonated... medium to thin in body.

O: Pretty average stuff... too malty and sweet and not enough hops. Drinks more like an amber or red ale. Didn't hate it... wouldn't revisit. Too much better stuff out there.

Oct 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a somewhat hazy yellow to golden orange color with a decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing that slid right on into the beer. The smell had a nice English sweet maltiness running over top of some light bitter piney hops. The taste was English malty sweet with that same bitter piney hoppiness running underneath to balance it a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body and had a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was suited more towards an English IPA than an American one (there was a certain subdued carbonation about it). Overall, yup, sure is an English IPA.

Jun 15, 2017
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bradco57 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We just put Mystic Bridge on tap at our restaurant in Philly. The beer has a beautiful almost orange color with a nice creamy head.. The bite is not as severe as some IPA's which I prefer.. I thoroughly enjoyed the pint I had last night and look forward to having a few more soon..

Nov 14, 2015
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MikeRusso from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Sat down in Mystic Pizza for a pitcher of Mystic Bridge IPA. Very fitting since the bridge was 25p yards away. The beer is a nice dark ipa with caramel notes and a good citrus undertones. It feels think in your mouth (that's what she said) in a good way. Has a good hoppy aroma and a slight rim.

Sep 19, 2014
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a nice darker golden color. One inch lasting foamy head.

Not much smell to speak of but that also means no bad smells are there. Some piney hop notes and a hit of caramel malt. This certainly has more flavor than the nose would indicate.

The brew has a sweetness while on your tongue but the finish is dry and bitter.

I've never tried Cottrell before. But one day while heading home from Foxwoods casino I stopped in a local package store looking for some local CT brew. I'm glad I did.

Apr 13, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A coppery pour is dark with an abundance of macro-particle matter suspension. Pale khaki head is whispy, moderately holding while providing a broken, snake band like lacing.

S: Caramel grains, and grapefruit with a sweet herbal supplement. Hints of chives, floral scents, perfumy in delivery with an orange-caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor of toasted warmth, light honey, pine and grapefruit. Floral hops with some herbal undertones of chives and a herbaceous-caramel. Perfumy orchard like finish that was woodsy, grassy, with some parsely notes coming a bit after the swallow.

M: malty and creamy of medium base with a relaxed sense of carbonation.

O: Overall a unique blend of toasted floral and herbal hop warmth and not what i was expecting. Gentle ipa drinking, best before of november, consumed in jan may have some hand in the hops seeming a bit relaxed. I would try my hand at a single here first for those expecting a traditional style west coast ipa who may be dissappointed, for others seeking an alternative hop flavored ipa a bit softer, herbal and floral in content may find this a welcome different treat.

Jan 15, 2014
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark amber color; very little head; fantastic lacing
S: hoppy, sweet, lingers nicely
T: hops, straw flavor; slightly sweet, not bitter (despite being very hoppy); medium roast malt very prominent; inviting and tasty--very well balanced

Really good IPA, esp. as a standard, go-to type

Nov 16, 2013
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Wnbafan from Connecticut

1.7/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is by far THE worst beer I've ever had. I is bitter and skunky. It will ruin what ever you drink it with, and don't even think about drinking it by itself. You need something to help cover up the skunkiness! Their regular white label beer is ok, but this is horrendous! A total waste of money!

Sep 11, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mystic Bridge IPA.

Pours a hazy bronze red-orange hue. Head slivered at a quarter-inch. Paltry lacing.

Sweet maltiness with caramel and toffee notes marry into a lighter note of earthy citrus hop. Dank orange, pith, and clover all in the nose. Too sweet, from the get-go.

Malts prove a little tinny, yet ripe with toast and toffee sweetness. Hops are a little soured. Has some plant-y and floral notes that don't necessarily turn orange into orange blossom. Leafy, and with resinous notes, the quality of hoppiness is a little meager. Bitterness is medium. Carbonation, a little dialed-up. Finishes with an aftertaste best described as 'minty'. Maybe mentholated, but short on tobacco. Picking up crackery notes from a sluggish dryness. Long-ass finish. Oily feel keeps everything on the tongue. Unlike a clean crispness that I will look toward, especially if the flavor is not what I was targeting.

A bland, uninspiring IPA. Certainly not indicative of New England's reputation. Still a simple drink that goes down easy. Can't blame it on the freshness, this bottle is stamped good til September.

Jul 24, 2013
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CorvetteMike from Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle to the glass a amber color with a 2 finger head.

a: Amber color with a 2 finger head.
s: Slight hint of citrus, hops and malt.
t: Hoppy with slight amount of citrus, some carbonation.
m: Medium body with some carbonation.
o: Not my type of IPA.

Glad I purchased a single bottle, so I do not have to suffer drinking the other five. Will not buy any more.

Jul 13, 2013
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Faint cloudiness. Tawny, deep orange copper body. Pinkie finger of dense, creamy, light beige head. Nice retention and lacing. Somewhat balanced nose with a nice mix of hoppy resins, pine, fruity malt, and cookie dough.

Toasted malt up front. Slightly herbal, minty hop bitterness follows and stays throughout. Mix of fruit and cookie-ish malt sweetness fills in. Resinous hops into the finish. Dryish finish, with lingering soapy hops and crackery malts. Moderate body with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad, but there are better IPAs coming out of CT these days.

Jul 07, 2013
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FanofHefe from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a couple bottles tonight at Pour Richards restaurant in Bluffton, SC. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber body with bit of orange tint. One-finger white head that leaves solid lacing.

Relatively weak aroma. A bit of grapefruit citrus and light caramel malt.

The flavor is a bit better than the aroma and has solid citrus and pine notes. Good balance of caramel malt make for a solid east coast IPA.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable. Solid IPA overall.

Mar 07, 2013
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift... and i think its pretty solid ipa... love the dark rich amber body. Really comes out with lovely malt flavors. Not west coast by any means. Like a hoppy amber ale, citrus and caramel. Very balanced. Nice head retention and good carbonation. Would drink this like crazy if i was a local. Nice overall beer

Jan 05, 2013
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Standings NYC and served in a Stoudt's pint glass.

It's hard to judge the exact color of Mystic Bridge IPA due to the dim lighting in the bar, but it appears to be a fairly clear burnt orange. About a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer and holds on for a little bit before cleanly falling away. The nose is nice, lots of grapefruit and tangerine peel, balanced by just a faint aroma of caramel. The malt profile manages to become more complex, while staying firmly in the background on my palate. It's more bready here, but a touch of caramel is still appreciable. The bitterness that comes through next is sharp, almost as intense as I'd find in man imperial versions of the style. That makes it all the more disappointing when the hoppy finish is a little bit mild. I do appreciate tangerine joining the standard grapefruit note, but it isn't as lively as it should be. The body is well on the dry side of things, but the carbonation is a bit dull. Seeing Mystic Bridge IPA on tap was the first I had heard of Cottrell Brewing , consider it a solid first impression.

Nov 21, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. Some light sediment. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of hops, first and foremost, along with a hint of citrus, a light malty quality, and an earthiness in the finish. Much hoppier - and less sweet - than a lot of American IPAs, but very balanced and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those solid, straightforward beers. Drinkable and well done.

Oct 16, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed amber-copper coloring with a thin, off-white, filmy head. Aromas of tangy caramel with a slight citrus highlight. A touch of dry hops at the end of the nose. Flavors of dry, peppered hops on the forward tongue, with a solid caramel malt backbone to balance. Lemon zest and lime throughout, as well. Light bodied, almost watery, but with good flavors. The aftertaste is peppery and sweet, leading to a clean, quick finish. Not bad.

Sep 03, 2012
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle. Freshness notched on label.

A: Pours a deep amber with a large forming white head. Good + head retention. Lacing is sticky up near head then turns slick down the glass.

S: An interesting mixture of malts and citrus stuff. Hops come in a bit but are small.

T/M: The beer goes down smooth and feels pretty crisp. I'd say medium bodied and refreshing. Orange peel and citric tasting hops. Not overly hoppy like other IPA's, yet the bitterness is on the higher side.

O: An easy to drink east coast IPA. Less hops means less taste for this beer. But since it's so easy to drink with adequate taste I could have a bunch at a time.


Aug 28, 2012
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troysoy2 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by April 2012, so the hops may have mellowed out a bit, as I understand it.

Poured into a pint glass, and got a nice finger of eggshell head, which didn't last long, but did leave decent webby lacing. The body is a nice, deep amber-orange.

The smell is really quite malty. Bready, a little dry biscuit. What little hops are left in the smell come through as grassy, maybe a tad citrusy.

The taste is, as expected, dominated by a nice full-bodied malt backbone. There is definitely a good orange peel bitterness to the finish. A nice, dry accent to an otherwise malt-heavy IPA. The mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Full, refreshing, and crisp at the end.

Honestly, I wasn't entirely in the mood for a hoppy IPA when I cracked this open, so Mystic Bridge IPA was just what the doctor ordered. A pleasant surprise, and a very drinkable beer. I'm a fan.

Mar 17, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Mar 05, 2012
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CHickman from New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 2/2/2012: pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went own.

Smells of floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, orange peel and lightly toasted grains; nice soft nose that is well balanced.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, orange peel, coriander, light lemon, lightly toasted grains, and brown sugar; mild hoppyness with nice bready balance that lets the grains play a nice part in the brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oil slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. An old school IPA that's on the light side, but still tasty, refreshing and quite enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a chunky cream-colored head. Good lace and retention.

Smells of toasted malt, some yeast and herbal bitterness.

Brown bread crust, some medicinal bitterness, like black tea. Citric hop rind, almost a bit burnt. Spicy grain. If there is any sweetness, it dries out instantly. Long bitter and malt finish. THis is a fairly muscular brew.

Medium bodied, with some mouth coating properties that lead to a bit of a pucker.

Overall, good IPA. Like the style, different flavors, and the strength of all characteristics.

Jan 16, 2012
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ToasterChef from Maine

4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle as part of a mystery 6 pick my wife picked up at a local Whole Foods; included were some Brooklyn, Dogfish and Mission Street beers, plus this one, the only one in the pack I had never tried. The bottle has been chilling in my cellar. It is marked best by April (I'll assume in 2012).

The beer is translucent and colored dark copper. A large off white foam head fills the top portion of my pint glass. As it settles, lots of lacing is left behind. There is some visible carbonation within the glass, but it is hard to see.

The beer has a big, earthy hop aroma. I could smell the hops as soon as I opened the bottle; it only became more strong as I poured. The hops come across as somewhat oily. The are notes of grass and forests, but there isn't a strong pine presence.

This is a tasty IPA. Hops are strong and present throughout each sip, but they aren't overpowering. This is a hoppy IPA, but nowhere near DIPA levels. Some sweetness is also present, but it works well with the hops. Lots of earthy flavors are present, mirroring the aroma.

The beer isn't very sticky. The hops are a little oily and provide a lot of tingling sensations. Coating is small, but does have some good hop flavors.

I like this IPA. Since it was a beer I was unfamiliar with, I will say that I am both surprised and impressed. I will have to drink this one again.

Jan 12, 2012
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass. Poured with a dark red color and a thick head.
Odor is pleasant with floral notes, but average.
Taste is smooth at first and has a small hop bite towards the end. Also has a good floral peak in the middle. Feel is a little light on the tongue. Taste tends to come and go rather quickly.
Overall a pretty nice beer with solid taste and good look. Mouth feel could be better due to the fact that it is pretty light.

Jan 10, 2012
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber color with an off-white head and some decent lacing

S-citrus and malt aromas with bready notes

T-citrus and malt flavors predominate with some bitter hop finish which tends to fade

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent IPA, but nothing outstanding

Jan 09, 2012
Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 291 ratings