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McNeill's Dead Horse IPA - McNeill's Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 10-29-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nice traditional ipa, bonus half point for the name!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Appreciate that they went for something different here but def not my style of IPA. All malt and no hops. Not a drain pour but the balance of the sixer may be giveaways.

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange in color and extremely hazy. Minute particles in suspension. Sticky off white head settles after a bit. Lacing clings in thin web patterns.

S: Dank, pine, tropical fruits such as tangerine, mango, and apricot. Base malt scents of caramel and toast. It's good, and it's popping.

T: Tropical and juicy up front. Tangerine, clementine, pineapple, star fruit. Slight earthy and spicy bite and a bit of aggro hop oils, though it soon backs off. Big toasty and caramel malt base is a blunt balancing force. Slightly buttery. Bit of raw yeast. Toasted grain and green hop oils on the finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Creamy malt texture with a slight sense of weight. Moderate astringency.

O: Why is it called 'Dead Horse IPA'? Because you can't beat a dead horse, rimshot. This is a brand that those who were around in the early days of craft beer will remember fondly. After a long hiatus the brand is looking to make a comeback, brewing and canning out of Wachusett. The liquid itself is tasting quite good. However, I worry about its potential to make an impact in the market again. The beer landscape has changed a lot, and it's so much more competitive now. McNeill's can't just rely on their old customer base to get by; they need to actively solicit new drinkers in a completely different and much younger demographic. Their name means nothing to these people, and without an active sales force and more aggressive marketing they will probably just end up as another hokey-looking can on the shelf collecting dust. It doesn't help that the market is preferring the more aggressive west coast style IPAs to the more English versions of the style these days. I really wonder what McNeills' current ambitions are.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz can. Pours a somewhat murky burnt orange with over an inch of fluffy white head. Some lacing. Aromas of floral hops with a hint of orange. Sweet and bready malts. Slightly herbal. The taste is malty with some herbal and floral hops. Sweet bread with some hints of caramel. Bitter orange peel notes. Floral hop finish. Lots of carbonation. Not bad, not great. Overall, decent beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.



App-3.5 A-3.75 T-3.75 M-3.5 O-3.75 = 3.71

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McNeill's Dead Horse IPA from McNeill's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.