Mystic Bridge IPA | Cottrell Brewing Co.

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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA
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Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA

Brewed by:
Cottrell Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009

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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by mooseisloose:
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3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the fourth, time to pop the top on some new BOTMC arrivals, let's give this one a whirl. This one has a very citrus hoppy smell. On the pour I get a nice bronze IPA colour with a fine bubble head that stands like a champ. On the taste this is a well balanced brew, nice hop bite with a good malt backbone, almost spicy but mostly citrusy. This is a very tasty IPA, hits the mark for the style and goes down very smoothly. I will be drinking more of this one. As a post note, the head held all the way to the last sip and poured down after. Very cool.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Hazed amber with some particulates; nice crowning of white lace. Complex aroma of citric peel, mineral salts, apple orchard and fresh baked crackers. Rustic with a duo of toasted bread and citric hop, bittersweet to start. Earthy yeast and a fruitiness in the middle with baked apples on the mind. More of a citric peel and wild herb tone from the hops after the malt base settles in. Toasted bread and earthy yeast come back to finish things off even while the hops linger with a bit of citrus.

This has New England IPA written all over it. A lovely beast it is; tame compared to the West Coast versions, but still a beast.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before December.
Amber color. Sticky, off-white head.

Citrus/floral aroma. Peppery in the nose. Sweet malt.

Grapefruit taste up front, late piney hops. Fair amount of caramel malt.


Pleasant enough IPA. It didn't wow me that much, though.

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Photo of TTripp725
1.25/5  rDev -64.6%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey apricot colored with an inch-high head of off-white sticky foam that settles out slowly to a thick head of meringue that leaves big craters as it sinks.

Inviting aroma of citrusy hops and grainy malt.

Flavor is less hoppy than the nose suggests. Malty upfront, but flavors are very light. Biterness is firm, but hops flavors are understated. They're mostly in the finish with notes of pine and orange rind. Subtle pine lingers, as well as a slight metallic taste.

Full mouthfeel, round and filling, finishes slightly crisp. Average drinkability, could use more hop flavor and complexity.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cottrell Brewing- Mystic Bridge IPA

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with the thickest chunkiest head. Thick lacing and excellent head retention.
S- Very buttery malt, caramel with grassy hops.
T- Thick sweet buttery malt, brown rice, caramel, toffee, and a woodsy hoppy touch.
M- Very buttery sweet and slick. Smooth and more English in style.

Overall- I liked this 1 alot. Very tasty very buttery.

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Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Prime 16, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a quarter inch of light fluffy off-white colored foam, fades to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the beer is amber colored, crystal clear.

S - a bit on the sweet side, loaded with sharp caramel malts and earthy hops with a slight pine to it.

T - a lot like the other "local" IPA's up here, more British in style with a hop profile dominated by Cascade and Fuggle. strong and assertive caramel and honey for massive balance.

M - medium bodied and a bit oily, goes down smooth and slick. carbonation is nice and lively, not distracting.

D - solid, good for a minor hop fix and more of an introductory IPA. look elsewhere for something to blow your mind.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at a guest beer at Willimantic Brewpub. Golden with lots of white lace. Creamy mouthfeel. The aroma had a little hops, a little maltiness, also funkiness. Off-bitterness with grapefruit yes, but also acidity.Below average IPA, this didn't work out.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Ezone024
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark amber/brown..very cloudy yet good carbonation and a thick cream colored head with a fine candy/hop scent..smells like hops glazed with sugar.

tastes so fresh of candy with a nice bitter balance.

sweet up front and then finishes clean with a great hop presence.

cottrells 2 beers are very impressive it'd be nice to see them in more stores!

put a bridge in your fridge.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Larrydoherty
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of billybrew21
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tight creamy off-white head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is of a bready caramel malt. The hop profile brings light grapefruit and pine. It has a bit of a dank wet rag aroma, which is a bit odd.

The flavor starts off with the bready caramel malt, which also provides some tea-like flavors. The hop flavor is piney and resiny. Not very hop flavorful but more bitter.

The beer has a moderate body with tingly carbonation. Slight sweet to start off but finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness, which lingers a bit too long.

Decent IPA with a substantial malt body, perhaps a bit too big. Does have some nice hop bitterness.

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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 286 ratings