Mystic Bridge IPA | Cottrell Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of scootny
4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A clear copper brew with a thick white head and healthy retention. The beer is never uncovered. Lace is thick and copious. Smell is caramel, malt and grapefruit. Lovely yeast esters and a doughy bread essence. Taste is so balanced and perfectly hoppy. This is a delicate but firmly bitter beer. Grapefruit hits first followed by a bready malt core. A touch of caramel sweetness. Hop oil flows into a pronounced leafy hop finish. Grapefruit skin and more hop oiliness lingering giving a somewhat longish finish that gives way to just a touch of malt. A crisp and creamy carbonation with just enough weight to the beer to make you slow down just a touch and appreciate the satisfying qualities. Still light enough to refresh and slake the deepest thirst. Great drinkability. This may be the best session IPA ever brewed. It feels like the abv is at 6 percent or a touch lower because you can enthusiastically gulp this down and still walk after a few.

I love this brewery! They may only brew two beers but the specialization has brought excellence. Traditional brewing done with expertise. They seem to concentrate on packing flavor into the bottle not alcohol. A refreshing approach in these days of barrel and Imperial everything.

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Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden brown color with a decent off-white colored cover and solid splotches of lacing. The aroma is a woodsy and leafy cat piss, pretty strong. The flavor brings lots more of this cool bitterness but a little maple malt creeps in. It's spritely with fine carbonation, crisp and bright with hops. Very drinkable and refreshing. A sharp but enjoyable brew for the hop lovers out there. A nice ipa option.

2011 Update - A dark burnt amber color with a big light tan colored head with gobs of lacing. Lots of chunky suspension swimming around. The smeller finds deep near licorice pine hops and maple sugar malt. Intense and nice. The flavor offers an almost minty chocolate malt and pine/herbal hops. I get horehound sweetness. It’s medium bodied with pleasant, mild carbonation, a vague resinous feel. This plenty drinkable for such a stick-to-your-ribs ipa. Very, very nice stuff.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
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 StaveHooks
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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 bradco57
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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..

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Photo of chaz01
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer of the Month Club selection -- poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden copper color, clear, white head stays around a while and produces some nice lacing.

S: Piney hoppy notes with some apricot aromas.

T: Sharp distinct hoppy flavor hits you up front -- more piney than citrusy, long lasting finish that is very grainy and woodsy -- almost smokey in flavor.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Another example of why I enjoy the BOMC -- very distinct flavor for an IPA that was not only enjoyable, but very drinkable and leaving me wanting another. Nice job!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to have Cottrell bring out another offering as I am a huge fan of Old Yankee Ale, one of my favorite session pale ales.

Very nice white dense head with very clingy lace down my glass. Really stick to the glass. Nice clear orange hue.

More malt nose than hops, clean and grainy sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is very nice and full but not heavy like some big west coast IPA's can get. Starts sweet and smooth but only briefly till the nice sharp hop bite. No over done. Has a very clean and dryness that really balences the brew.

Overall a great sesson IPA that will be a regular in my rotation.

Nice job by Cotrell Brewing Co.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer just popped up in my local package store, looks like a new CT brewed beer.. good times. Pours a nice golden/red color. not much of a head to it, nice lacing on the glass though. Nice hoppy aroma to this one. Taste is medium bodied, maybe slightly heavier, and has a nice mouthfeel. Definitely a very 'wet' feeling to it, some nice hop bitterness but it's a bit subdued... this is more of a balanced IPA. Reminds me of Brooklyn Breweries IPA a lot.. not a beefed up American one but a nice solid all around one. Also, cool it's from a local brewery.. give it a try if you get a chance and want a rock solid IPA.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-brown-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some deeper roasted ones, and then a nice citrusy and floral and a bit earthy hop aroma at the end.
T: Like the smell, it tastes like a decent New England IPA. Nice light and sweet malt backbone followed by a slightly larger citrus/floral/pine hop flavor to finish off the beer.
M: Crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as it isn't too overpowering in one of the categories, nice drinkable IPA.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 bgjohnston
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 MarvinSnyder
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy light amber/orange color, decent head with good retention

S - citrus and pine American hop aroma, some supporting malt scents and a touch of yeasty esters

T - American hop flavors up front with a decent caramel-like malt supporting, hop finish is moderate to strong (appropriate to style) and lingers a bit on the tongue, some yeast fruitiness also noted along side the hop flavors

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent version of an American IPA. It has a bold hoppiness with enough malt to support the hop.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 04/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, bright amber body topped by an inch of dense white foam; solid retention and a good sheet of delicate lace. Quite attractive, and pretty much just what I want from an IPA.

S: Rich, smooth, and complex. Citrus hops, toffee malt, lots of bright fruit, and some delicate spice. Can't wait to dive in.

T: Disappointingly the toffee malt overpowers everything else - it's a tasty flavor, but doesn't deliver on the complexity promised by the alluring aroma. Hops only present on the pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium body with abundant and smooth effervescence. Nice.

D: Smooth and tasty, and no hint of alcohol (not that I have any real idea what the ABV on this one is; maybe about 6?); I could definitely have a few.

Notes: Another solid offering from the best bottling brewery in CT, but I'd like to see a much more assertive dose of hops. This seems like more of an English style IPA to me, as it just doesn't bring the bitterness like one would expect from a typical American interpretation of the style. It's definitely a very sweet beer, but quite good none the less. I could see a lot of non-craft, non-hophead types being able to enjoy this one (much like the Old Yankee Ale). Good stuff.


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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.

THe beer pours a bright clear copper hue with many streams of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Just a little sediment at the end of the pour.
Fluffy eggshell white head foams up 2 cm even with a gentle pouring and sticks around with some windowpane lattice as I sample the beer.
Aroma is mild with just a bit of caramel and some grassy hops, with a hint of pine resin.
First sip reveals an average body with a slightly creamy texture and very mild carbonation, almost cask-like.
Flavor is brief caramel and then all hops but not robust flavor notes, just some pine resin stickiness and a bit of grass finish with general bitter astringency that dries out my palate. NO hint of ABV and a very drinkable beer. I would say this could be sessionable but if it is really 6% that may hinder the sessionability a tad, I sure dont taste that alcohol.
Well crafted beer made for drinking.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark, kind of surprised by the heavy copper-amber. Nice dirty-white head and lacing.

S: Notes of citrus hops and a really sweet tangerine-maltiness.

T: The bottled version was surprisingly good, and on tap is much better. Fresh clementine-like hops, but sweet, not entirely bitter. The malt backbone is clearly present, but doesn't dominate.

M: Medium body, has a nice stickiness to it, good carbonation.

O/D: A really pleasant surprise again, this is a solid IPA coming from Connecticut. Would be really nice with a meal.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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 OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Ezone024
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Arithmeticus
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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