Cottrell - Old Yankee Ale
Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
I’m disappointed to say that I hadn’t heard of Cottrell Brewing Company earlier. They’re based in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and apparently, they make great beer. I’m looking forward to trying their Mystic Bridge IPA sometime in the future. For now, though, the focus is on Old Yankee Ale.
The body of the beer is a coppery-amber with a mild haze to it. There’s a small off-white head, but not much retention and no lacing. The earthen malts come through clearly in the nose, backed up by slight caramel hints and modest floral hops.
The toasted malts are right up front with this beer, which nicely balances sweetness with bitterness. The hop profile is mild, but has considerable character and adds a lot to the beer, without taking over. The finish is crisp, but not dry. What’s left is a lingering tasty molasses,
Final Verdict: B+