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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 278
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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy deep amber in color and poured with a finger-high beige head that gradually faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel and honey.
T: The flavor is rather unique--likely due to the yeast--and has a good balance between the malt and hops resulting in a moderate amount of bitterness that's not overpowering along with some hints of sweetness. There are some notes of apples, caramel and honey in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink. I would definitely considering having this again because of its distinctive taste.

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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 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 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 zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-amber color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange and grapefruit with some piney notes. There was a touch of caramel in the nose, too.

T - It had a spicy bite of piney hops with a nice citrus tart. It had a nice caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a tasty IPA. I'd like to try their APA, too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with a good burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA that is worth drinking for a while.

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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 billab914
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured deep amber, almost copper in color with a big fluffy off-white head. The head had some decent retention to it and it also left some pretty good lacing.

The aroma has a nice floral, citrusy, piny, hoppy flavor to it. Grapefruit hoppiness seems to be the most present in the nose. Some bready malt comes through as well giving the beer a nice mix of flavors.

The taste has a moderate hoppiness for an IPA. It does have a pretty big malty backbone to it with some caramel showing through. Some nice grapefruit and some pine bitterness comes through in the finish. Overall compared to others in the style the bitterness seems pretty moderate to mild though. Pretty flavorful and nice drinking beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is good, it had some nice hoppy and malty flavors to it and was a nice beer overall. Very enjoyable and easy drinking beer overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful, tight (and later rocky) head. Leaves nice spiderweb-like lace. The broth is a clear, deep amber color.

Nice, fresh hop plug aroma predominates--slightly piney. No notable malt smell.

Near extreme in the bitterness from the hop. No subtlety here. Hop heads may love this, but it is more bitter than most IPA's. Neutral body with an average carbonation. There is some malt in the first couple of seconds of the taste. Loooong peppery aftertaste.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured an amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured subtle hop resins and pale malt.

The taste was slightly sweet with some juicy hops. Understated for the most part.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an average AIPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 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 MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours amber orange with a 1 finger head and left no lacing

smells more like a pale - balanced bready malts with a citrus hops

taste is just your average east coast ipa - well balanced sweet bready carmel malt with citrus hops with a little spice

mouthfeel light/medium body with good carbonation that gives it both a crisp and creamy finish

drinkability was ok - its easy drinking but like most east coast ipas they just do not do anything for me

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