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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 278
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 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 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 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 tko741
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA gives off a nice golden - amber sheen, with lots of effervescence and a good two-finger head that reduces to a thin white roof over the beer. Lacing is somewhat present all the way down.

Burnt caramel, light citrus, and clove are what come to mind when smelling this beer, and all scents are balanced, if not a bit underwhelming.

This beer has what most IPAs have...a crisp hop bite, a light malty sweetness underlying the taste, and a nice bitter finish. The finish has a rather unpleasant mild soapiness to it as well. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, but saved by the nice carbonation of the beer.

Pairs well with some light pasta dishes and chicken. I'd order this one a few more has some subtle flaws but overall a good beer to have during an evening out.

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

Got this as an extra in a trade with irishct15. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a nice thick foamy head, that leaves some nice lacing along the glass. Getting some nice citrus hops with just a slight bready, caramel maltiness in there. Taste is some nice citrus hops, with a sweet malty backbone. Then a nice floral hop bitterness to finish. Overall a pretty solid session beer, kind of nice change from the extreme hop bombs we are all used to.

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Photo of swierczt
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Was excited to see another offering from Cottrell in addition to the Old Yankee Ale.

A: Straw yellow/brownish amber in color, crystal clear. Has a bright white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Light lacing left on the glass.

S: Faint citrus fruit. Maybe a little bit of pine mixed in there as well. Malt notes (caramel) are apparent. However, nothing in the smell is overwhelming.

T: Overall, the flavors are delicate. The citrus fruit in the smell does not come out in the taste. Mostly caramel malt flavor until the finish. A nice bitter hops bite comes through at the end.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

D: Very drinkable. I would categorize this one as a session beer even though I'm not completely sure of the ABV. I checked Cottrell's website, but it was pretty limited in the amount of information available. At any rate, a nice change from the hugely hopped DIPA's that I usually enjoy.

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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 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 Gambrinus1184
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass at the Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly murky amber orange color with a nice, two-finger head of creamy off-white foam. Lacing was nice as was head retention.

S: Smells of musty grapefruit and a little pine needle.

T: Taste is nice and malty up from, with a rich caramel malt flavor and some heavy fruity ale flavors of apricot and lighter berries. In sets the grapfruit hop flavors which are clean on the palate before washing away with light bitterness and spice.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but a rich, full-bodied IPA to say the least.

D: Unsure of the ABV on this one, but it has a nice warming sensation, perfect for fall, and yet the citrus aspects keep it doable in the spring and summer months as well. I'd session it to support a local brewery, but it might get pushed down the list if a rarer brew presented itself.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body, good clarity. a litle haze, topped by snow white rocky mounains. Good stretchy lacing.

Non agressive aroma of orange, lemon, and pine. Pleasing, but not a grabber.

Smooth semi-sweet malt foundation rolls down the center of the tongue. Biting bitter hops assault from above. Some juicy fruit in the middle. Bitter and sweet fruit entangle at the finish.

Smooth firm mouthfeel. Solidly drinkable.

A pleasant surprise find during a week-end in Mystic. Grab a six and head for Abbotts in the Rough for some lobsta roll.

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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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