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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009

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Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a fluffy, slightly sticky head. The aroma is malty and syrupy, with a dusky, biscuity edge. The flavor is mostly malt, with some biscuit and caramel, slightly roasted and toasty. The hops are slight and delicately floral, like a faded rose, with a faint, tannic tea character. The mouthfeel is smooth and slight. The finish is mildly bitter. Overall, this feels more like an english mild, a good pub beer. On that basis, it's pretty good, though not deep or exciting.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes 8/7/10.

Poured into a pint glass. Bottles notes freshest before October.

A: Pours slightly hazy, fairly dark copper for an IPA. 3 full fingers of head the leave small spots of lacing. Fairly large layer of head lingers.

S: Sweet malts and caramel with citrus hops in the background. Almost a little chocolate here as well. Would like the hops to be more dominant.

T: Citrus flavor with a mild bitterness that sticks. Sweet, malty backbone.

M: A little thin in body. Moderate carbonation with resinous hop flavor.

D: OK IPA here. Nothing memorable, but easy drinking.

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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 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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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 FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the bottle at a wedding.

Aroma is sweet with a decent grassy hoppiness. Flavor is nice... a bit too sweet for an IPA, but there is a nice hoppy flavor behind the sweetness. Closer to an APA than IPA for me. Good, drinkable local brew, very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, pours a nice mahogany with maybe a hint of orange when held up to the light. One inch head leaves spiderwebs down the glass. There is a decent amount of sediment suspended in the beer... I don't think that's supposed to be there.

Aroma is one of the mildest I've come across for an IPA, and the taste matches. Some piney hop notes and a hit of caramel malt. This certainly has more flavor than an English Pale Ale, but it's not going to be enough for hop heads. There is an odd syrupy sweetness but the finish is dry and bitter.

Cottrell, due to its size and location, usually gets lost amongst the many New England beers. With that, it can be tough to find it fresh on the shelves. I'd like to give this beer another try or on draught, as I've always enjoyed their flagship Old Yankee Ale. This IPA has more bite than that, and I'll chalk up any oddities to a lack of freshness.

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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 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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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 cpanossian
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour with 1-2" light beige fine creamy head which quickly dissipates. Apricot/orange color in tulip glass. An interesting aroma that shifted from slight sweet malty to slightly bitter barley. But at no time did I experience a hoppy aroma (which I was expecting). It mellows on the palate after awhile, and settles down as a fairly innocuous offering.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 mooseisloose
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the fourth, time to pop the top on some new BOTMC arrivals, let's give this one a whirl. This one has a very citrus hoppy smell. On the pour I get a nice bronze IPA colour with a fine bubble head that stands like a champ. On the taste this is a well balanced brew, nice hop bite with a good malt backbone, almost spicy but mostly citrusy. This is a very tasty IPA, hits the mark for the style and goes down very smoothly. I will be drinking more of this one. As a post note, the head held all the way to the last sip and poured down after. Very cool.

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Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 hiikeeba
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a cloudy amber with a dense off white head that disspates slowly to a thin cap of bubbles

S - Piney hop aroma dominates.

T - The hops are in the forefront as I sip. The caramelly sweet malt comes trough midway, before the finishing hops come in leaving a stong bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - A good IPA that has a well balanced hop blend. A couple of these would go down really well.

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

12oz pour at Prime 16, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a quarter inch of light fluffy off-white colored foam, fades to just about nothing within a couple minutes. the beer is amber colored, crystal clear.

S - a bit on the sweet side, loaded with sharp caramel malts and earthy hops with a slight pine to it.

T - a lot like the other "local" IPA's up here, more British in style with a hop profile dominated by Cascade and Fuggle. strong and assertive caramel and honey for massive balance.

M - medium bodied and a bit oily, goes down smooth and slick. carbonation is nice and lively, not distracting.

D - solid, good for a minor hop fix and more of an introductory IPA. look elsewhere for something to blow your mind.

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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 Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint came with a finger of head that faded quickly. Deep amber in color with some orange tones.
Some nice lacing.

Nice fruity esters with a whiff of sweetness. Also some floral light citrus.

Pretty nicely balanced IPA. Strong malt backbone with a light spice and thick pithy bitterness. Dry finish with a slight mineral tone.

Medium body, dry, prickly carbonation.

Fairly decent IPA, but not one I would chase.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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