Mystic Bridge IPA | Cottrell Brewing Co.

94 Reviews
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.

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Photo of taigor
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark amber color with huge off white head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly citrus and other fruits with hops.

T - Starts with malts and caramel and transforms into bitter citrus and hops. Has a slightly earthy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Slightly refreshing but other than that very average and unnoticable IPA. I would not recommend it.

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Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a previous review I wrote on a growler I bought:

I bought a growler of this at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which was on tap along with their Pale Ale. Never heard of the brewery and was impressed to see whole foods carrying a small local brewery

The beer itself was good but not as good as the pale. Very dark color for an IPA but the aroma and flavor are a little weak for the style. It's a good beer but will not satisfy the hop fix that ordering or buying an IPA is prompted by.


Pretty much the same for the draft version. A good IPA that's worth seeking out.

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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 Tschnab
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper orange body with some head and some lace notches.

S- fruity tropical hops, malty, bready, carmely notes, some herbal leafy notes.

T- just like the smell, a very balanced ipa. Malt and hops don't overpower, although I want my ipas to err on the side of hops.

O- a nice ipa, pretty malty, very tasty.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ngeunit1
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades slowly down to a ring around the glass leaving large spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of floral/grassy hops and a touch of citrus hops. There is also some sweet caramel malts and some biscuit aroma also.

T - Starts off with a hit of sweet caramel malt and some buttery biscuit flavor. Some grassy hops and bitterness in the background. Through the middle some stronger citrus hop flavor and bitterness come through. The finish is mix of citrus hops and some biscuit flavor that lingers nicely with some bitterness. Feels a bit off with a bit too much buttery flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish is nice, but the flavor could linger a bit better alongside. Fairly crisp though.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is nice, there is just some other flavor that does not mix in nicely (buttery). Could also use a bit more in the finish, kinds just drops off the palate.

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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 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 PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Freshest Before Date notched at Jun. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thin head. Very minimal lacing. Aromas of bread, caramel, and some orange peel. Smells sweet. Taste has some bitterness up front along with the caramel, bread, and orange peel. Surprising amount of malt taste for this IPA. Not overly hoppy but does have some hop flavor to it. Good, clean, crisp brew made in CT.

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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 whisperjet
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy caramel color. Thin headed that fades fast.

S: floral and sweet. Biscuit notes and sticky sugar that sit in the nose.

T: hoppy and sweet. Taste lemon and grapefruit. Not incredibly bitter and not a whole lot of punch but still tasty.

M: thin with light carbonation.

D: nice tasting beer with a clean finish. Very drinkable

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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 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 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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Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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