Mystic Bridge IPA
Cottrell Brewing Co.

Mystic Bridge IPAMystic Bridge IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,693
Ranked #43,465
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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Reviews by tgoldian:
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of clake
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curlybird
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper brown with a small, short lasting, off white head with some lacing.
Aroma was a sweet caramel, with less hops than expected, and a hint of citrus.
Taste followed the nose with the sweet caramel dominating the hops with some citrus and pine. slight bitterness at the end.
Medium body with good carbonation and smooth.
This is a drinkable beer, probable the sweetest IPA i every had. If you are a hophead, this beer is not for you.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Freshest before April notched on the label.

Pours a pretty ruby-copper color. The head is thin and white, but has good retention. I love the bright color of this but otherwise nothing special is found in the appearance.

The aroma on the first pour was hoppier than I expected. It had a nice citrus orange and earthy aroma to it. The malt is strong in the aroma which was surprising. It reminded me of a weak American barleywine, in a good way. The malts bring on a caramel and wood character that compliment the hop character really well. Could use a bit more strength. It's not conventional and not what I look for in an IPA, but I do love it.

The flavor brings a nice caramel sweetness even though the body is light and dry. Interesting toasted malt notes. Hop bitterness is relatively weak, but it has presence in the flavor. It has a very unique citrus flavor to it that I don't usually find in IPA's. Sweet orange rather than the usual bitter grapefruit. It could use more hop character and bitterness, but otherwise I'm impressed. The mouthfeel brings medium low carbonation with a moderate body.

I was impressed with this beer and will try it again. It's not a typical IPA, but it is a tasty beer. I look forward to trying this again in the summer near the Mystic Bridge itself.

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Photo of thain709
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brass Rail Deli

A - Served with a darker shade of copper body that had a slight haze to it...two fingers worth of off white head formed and fell, slowly, to a full, thin cap...some decent lacing was left

S - The nose is very malt forward...lots of caramel, toasted malts, and have to search hard for the hops, but they are there and do come across bright and fresh when you find them

T - What you find in the nose is how you can expect the flavors to be...again, very malt forward with the hops being in the background and mostly at the finish...caramel starts off and is sweet, but never cloying...the toasty aspect shows in the middle then transitions into a smooth, buttery flavor and finish...that smooth characteristic carries over and combines with the subtle, bright hops to give a more sweet than bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth with minimal carbonation...the bitterness is kept at a minimum

O - It's always nice to see a new brewery in the area and to have it on tap nonetheless...I found this IPA to be more of an English version than an American style...very malt forward with minimal hop presence

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a moderate copper with an off white head and a small amount of lacing. Pretty good retention. Nose brings very light citrus and grassy hops with some pale malt in the background. Taste is very light hops with some pleasing malt. Good feel with a bit of bitterness on a nice body. Drinks fairly well, but is quite mild.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of CampusCrew
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

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Photo of swierczt
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Was excited to see another offering from Cottrell in addition to the Old Yankee Ale.

A: Straw yellow/brownish amber in color, crystal clear. Has a bright white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Light lacing left on the glass.

S: Faint citrus fruit. Maybe a little bit of pine mixed in there as well. Malt notes (caramel) are apparent. However, nothing in the smell is overwhelming.

T: Overall, the flavors are delicate. The citrus fruit in the smell does not come out in the taste. Mostly caramel malt flavor until the finish. A nice bitter hops bite comes through at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

D: Very drinkable. I would categorize this one as a session beer even though I'm not completely sure of the ABV. I checked Cottrell's website, but it was pretty limited in the amount of information available. At any rate, a nice change from the hugely hopped DIPA's that I usually enjoy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Plan B Burger Bar in Hartford. The label says drink by 10/11 but I'm not buying it. Smells way too fresh.

Translucent, dark honey color. Either an unfiltered or lightly filtered beer. Thick band of lace left by a thin layer of retention.

Aroma is soft pine, wheat cracker and some type of dry lichen or moss. Peach schnapps and pizza dough.

Soft prickly pine and light citrus hops. Sharp wheat cracker malt.

A pleasant and reserved New England IPA. No one will ever confuse this with a Stone brew.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper in color, nice bubbles streaming up the glass from the carbonation. White, fluffy head slowly forms and stands firm atop this beer.

Smell: Up front I get small amounts of light hop aroma, a slightly sweet backround, almost earth like. Not really a huge grapefruit aroma, just more of a light citrus backdrop, some honey and a small tinge of toasted malt.

Taste: Not your typical "hop head" IPA here, but respectable in the flavor department. Copious amounts of citrus hops paired with a bready malt element, slightly sweet and reserved. The malt really kicks this beer into high gear, pairing well with the small hop profile without taking over. I get some honey like sweetness towards the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky yet the carbonation edges things out a bit. A nice amount of bitterness towards the back of the tongue from the hops used. This one is medium bodied and sits nicely in the mouth, not too wet.

Drinkability: Overall, if your looking for a hoppy overload of a beer your in the wrong viscinity. But, if you want a good balanced IPA where the flavors aren't too agressive, this is the one for you.

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Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never noticed this at Julio's, hopefully a sign of freshness (says before June).

A- Chunk filled light brown with a small white head. The cap fizzes down quite quickly and only leaves a thin ring behind. Some nice webs of lace.

S- Caramel and nutty malt with the slightest bit of floral hops. Smells kind of like a Brown Ale. Slight bit of dark fruit.

T- Pretty much just like the nose. Caramel, dark fruit and nutty malt in the forefront. Floral and citrus hops are fairly light here making this drink more like an amber. Some yeasty bread flavors.

MF- Silky, creamy body with a good, high amount of carbonation. Low end bitterness.

DB- It is very difficult for me to accept that this would be Best Before June 2010 but I guess I will give this another shot in the future. My biggest problem is the huge caramel malt here, it doesn't really give the hops a chance to shine.

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Photo of MA08
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StaveHooks
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper color. A big 1 1/2 inch billowy head that retains quite nice. Some good lacing going on.

S - Grapefruit hops, pine, sweet caramel, fresh grass, green apples, with a tiny bit of alcohol coming through.

T - Sweet malt kicks things off, turning into creamy toasted buttery caramel flavor. The citrus hops quickly race in towards the end and balance out the sweetness of the malt. The finish is a spicy/resin bitterness that blankets the tongue and the back of the throat. Aftertaste is both citrus and pine hops.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full body. Good carbonation.

Soars with drinkability! A very balanced IPA. The sweet malt starts the fight but the hops finishes it. Nothing crazy about this one. Just an all around solid IPA.

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Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours an amber copper with a surprisingly dark off-white head that sticks around a while and laces in chunks.

lots of buttery, toasted cracker malts with some herbal hops and a bit of citrus behind that. meh.

starts watery and flavorless, but tons of butter cracker and slight caramel malts come into play before the herbal hops add some bitterness on the finish.

almost medium bodied with ample carbonation and some biting bitterness after the swallow.

its ok. nothing I'd seek out. this is what New England IPAs used to be. many have far surpassed this in the past couple of years.

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Photo of JCHeff1979
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/7/10 -poured into a pint glass - 12 Fl. Oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange/marmalade color with a thick, foamy white head. This beer has exceptional lacing.

Smell: Citrus notes (oranges, grapefruit), piney hops, and some floral aromatics.

Taste: Initial sharp bitterness with a sweet malt flavor that provides some balance. Also, fruity overtones of apple, orange and grape. A dry woody finish leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but silky and smooth overall with a dry, sticky finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable and flavorful beer. Quite enjoyable!

Comments: A Beer of the Month selection. Overall, this is an impressive and solid IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CHickman
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.

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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.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me as a 6-pack of 12oz bottles. As it was a birthday present, I am not aware of how much it costs at this time.

Label is date notched, best by January. As this is August, I am guessing by the quality within that it is pretty fresh.

Poured a clear, dark amber with a tan head and good carbonation. The foam goes down pretty quickly, but some stays on top and a lot sticks to the glass. I generally like more of a fruity smell from the hops than this one gave, but still a nice hoppy presence above the glass.

Taste is a real pleaser. Not one of those massive DIPAs, for sure, but I was surprised by the big taste and mouthfeel on this one. The malt stays in the background from sip to swallow, providing a balance while letting the hoppiness lead as the predominant flavor.

I am not aware of the ABV, but it doesn't seem to be out of proportion for what it is. I would be happy to have a couple after dinner for the rest of the week.

Overall, a very nice beer and a really excellent present. I can't believe this one wasn't in the database yet.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a ping glass. Picked up in a mix a six at a local shop.

Pours medium dark amber with full inch white foam that eventually collapses under its own weight. Notes of caramel/toffee, more flavors and malts than anything especially hoppy. Taste is very soft. Light malt mild hop clean finish. Very smooth and even. Balanced. Light bitter resides.

Easy drinking IPA.

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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 289 ratings