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 Wnbafan
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
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!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Twelve oz single from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.58, best by Dec. Cold in a chilled pint glass.

Foggy copper brew with an inch of eggshell foam that condenses slowly. Smells semi-sweet with some diacetyl; hops are present but detected only by the dry feel to the smell rather than by aroma. Taste leads with a good hoppy bite of grapefruit rind contaminated by diacetyl. The feel is mostly dry with zesty carbonation and moderate alcohol burn. Finishes with lingering hop/diacetyl chimera and a little candy sweetness that comes out after the carbo is gone, kinda like lightly buttered lemon Pez.


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Photo of StlHopHead77
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an almost transparent,rusty amber with a quickly dissipating 1 1/2 inch cap that reduced down to a thin ring and left weak,spotty lacing on the glass.

S-Brown bread,tired hops,some toffee,stale citrus and brown sugar.

T-This beer comes across more English than American.There is a tinny,minerally quality to it with the flavors of stale bread,caramel,some slight citric hops and a tannic,wet tea leaf finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation but no real standout flavors for it to push forth. Slight hop bitterness was mild and fleeting.

O-Average.That pretty much sums it up.At it's best,this beer is average.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgian tulip. Received this as part of my Beer of the Month club December box.

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber color with one inch of frothy off white head and light carbonation evident. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, fruity malts, caramel malts, and very light citrus hops. Very malty, and not a lot of hops. Not that great.

t - Tastes of bready malts, caramel malts, and light fruity malts. Again, not a lot hops here, and below average.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth here.

d - I thought the smell and taste had very little hops and just a lot of bready malts; I found both below average. It did have a very nice mouthfeel though. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Willimantic brewpub -served chilled in a pint.

A - A dark amber bordering on red w/ good clarity and small pale ring as cap w/ small beading ringing the glass - I would have preferred more headspace from the pour, but I didn't knock the beer for that

S - A sweet aroma w/ slight citrus and subtle pine tinge w/ mild caramel note from the malt

M- A very mild carbonation for the style w/ thin almost watery feel, not very bitter and light finish w/ little malt profile and generally has more of a pale ale quality- lackluster at best

T - The taste is not much better than the feel, but slightly malty flavor w/ mild hop bitterness -The malt seems close to non-existant it is so subdued. The hops are more grassy and gently bitter than giving any really flavor to the ale- dissapointing but really middle of the road taste overall

D - This is not a good IPA, the beer is weak and was a chore for me to finish-bordering on flavorless. I may need to re-review to see if it was just a bad keg. If this is how it is intended I would avoid this.

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Photo of number1bum
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with a best by April notch on the side. It's
April 2nd so it's on the back end but still good. Pours a cloudy amber color with a creamy and pretty dense ivory colored head. Keeps a full but thin lace and leaves a few rings of stick as I work my way down the glass.

Smells of very ripe, slightly over-ripe in fact, fruit and sweet caramel. It's somewhat bready as well, and the fruit aromas are somewhat tropical with some peach there as well. Pretty bland and not a very enticing IPA nose.

Taste is even maltier than the nose was, with sweet caramel and some bready darker malt flavor as well. Slight nutty flavor even. Hop flavor is very modest, which is probably a kind word in this case. It's somewhat leafy I suppose, with very low bitterness. Flavor is not bad, as the malts are pretty pleasant, but there is not nearly enough hop flavor or bitterness here for an IPA. Given the low bitterness I doubt this was terribly hoppy even at its peak freshness.

Mouthfeel is a pretty creamy medium body, soft and pretty smooth. Some more snappy bitterness in the finish would obviously be nice but this does have a nice creamy feel to it.

As an IPA this is really not very good. Way out of balance toward the malty side without nearly enough hop flavor. If it were an amber ale or something I'd rate it higher, however, because the malt flavor is pretty good actually. Just not nearly enough hops to make this a good IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three full fingers of head; both the stickage and lace are impressive

Smell: Crusty bread, earthy hop and undertones of caramel

Taste: After a bit of toast and caramel, a very unusual mineral/herbal, diacetyl-laden tobacco character sweeps across the tastebuds; by mid-palate the caramel returns to add some sweetness; after the swallow, finish is dominated by the mineral/herbal character with a fruity/bitter edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say that I care for this one very much at all; more English than American but not a very impressive example, at that

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Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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 JerseyKirk
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Great caramel to slight amber color. Small less than 1 finger white head that cleared quickly.

S: Light citrus, light resin, light caramel malt.

T: Malt hits me first. Then there is a residual hop bitterness. Everything is out of whack here. The hops should be at the forefront and they aren't. The malt hits me first then just a resiny bitterness. Really lacking balance for the style.

M: A touch too malty.

O: Just not good enough to drink all the time. Could see as a session ipa but only because it's completely non offensive. Boring.

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Photo of silentjay
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Ryan011235
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Jimmy's No. 43 on 4/30/10

A - Pale amber; fairly dark without being cloudy. 1/4 inch head leaves thin retention. Decent lacing.

S - Crisp hop aroma with notes of tart, ripe citrus: lemon, grapefruit & orange. Moderately prominent malt bill with toasty undertones (maybe crystal malts?) & a faint mustiness.

T - Doesn't seem nearly as hoppy as the nose implies. Definitely shy on bitterness; mostly floral with a slight juiciness. Malts are prominent with distinct caramel. The bitterness does compound a little toward the end.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation, if leaning just a bit to the lower side. Slightly tart finish.

D - It's alright, but something seems off. It seems to lose a lot of flavor toward the end of the glass.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange body, frothy white foam with larger bubbles nested in the center. Spotty lacing all around. Some sediment is present, more a slight haze than anything from the yeast.

Aroma is somewhat muted, but there is some citrus rind and caramel malt present. Seems a little faded, the label is notched January with no year... this is a newish arrival to Illinois.

Flavor is malt dominant, bready and crackery with very mild citrus and some herbal hop character. Slight sweetness and a low level bitterness, though my hop tolerance may be too high at the moment. Lupulin threshold shift and all that.

Medium bodied, feels ok, but not something i'd revisit. Sadly it fits the East coast IPA stereotype, more English style than American.

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Photo of GJ40
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A deep golden with good clarity and a small beige head. Good lacing as it empties. The aroma is floral hops and toasted malt. I thought he flavor was a bit bland. It's got a mild hop flavor with a light bitterness. It had a moderate consistency and a moderate carbonation.

This one really tasted stale to me. Maybe the keg I sampled from had been around a while but I expected more from an American IPA.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle fresh until Sept. 2011 and consumed in a pint glass on 5.29.11.

Brew pours a clear and bright copper-amber under a sudsy head that leaves behind a nice lacing. There doesn't seem to be very much going on in the aroma in comparison to what's characteristic of the IPA style in general, though there is a mild note of flowery hops. A slightly higher carbonation than I'd desire seems to dominate the mouthfeel at the center, leaving the palate with a moderate bitter earthy hop resonance in the finish. I also pick up on notes of toasted biscuity malt and dry caramel in the finish. A simple yet solid IPA...

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of CorvetteMike
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Sensaray
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange toned amber with a light full tan head. Head slowly dissipates.

Smells like fresh flowery hops with some orangy citrus and light bread. Kind of sweet.

Light fruity taste to a lemon citrus bitter finish.

Decent mouthfeel. Light to medium mouthfeel with carbonation that's ok.

I dunno, nothing special to me. It's decent.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy cloudy rust orange with an half inch of foam that quickly faded leaving some lacing. There appears to be a fair amount of chunks floating in the glass
S - light floral hops along with some lemon and a hint of sweetness. Not very strong aroma at all.
T - pretty standard, not a strong hop bitterness, caramel malts, some piney earthy hops
M - good carbonation, medium bodied, a bit of a bitterness at the finish, not quite sure, its not hops, but maybe a burnt caramel flavor
D - its an ok IPA but nothing that I would seek out or even buy again. Pretty standard.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to stemmed wine glass on 6/13/11
*From notes

A: Rusted copper. A nice pour yields a 1.25 finger head and lackluster lacing.

S: Nice fruit and pine, though the toasty grains take over this one pretty quick.

T: Subdued fruit up front. Hearty roasted barley and cracked peppercorn hit the mid and run wild through to the finish.

M: Another top notch mouthfeel from Cottrell. Creamy, rich and perfectly balanced on the palate.

O: Cottrell's Mystic Bridge IPA is a nice and rustic attempt at an AIPA. Like their APA, this is simply passable. Though not a bad beer, it's utterly forgettable and something I'll be leaving off of my store shelves.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Freshest before 06/2011.

Dark tea in color with a slight haze. Frothy foam of a head that looks about an inch high; very good retention. Condensed lacing with good strength.

Semi-sweet, toasted malt without a hint of diacetyl. Resiny, floral hops laced with a balanced citrus aroma. Reminiscent of slightly aggressive English IPA aromas.

Big, toasted malt character that has a freshly-brewed tea quality. The hop flavors are slightly oily with a ton of spice: pepper, saffron. The flavors in the middle are medicinal and extremely earthen prior to receiving a brief reprieve in the form of lemon zest. The bitterness turns a bit sour as the citrus flavor thins out and makes for an unpleasant aftertaste.

Medium bodied; bulky, thick, and slightly off-balance.

Really pleasant aromas that don't quite translate in taste. Not a train-wreck of an IPA, but the flavors certainly lack balance.

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Photo of thain709
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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 JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty average AIPA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color, slightly reddish when held to a light. Nice size white head average retention and lacing.

Minimal smell for an AIPA. Taste is ok. Mild grassy and piney hops, some malt balance. Nothing special but pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is average. The abv is a bit high for mass consumption but there is enough here to warrant a couple of 12 oz'ers.

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