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McNeill's Dead Horse IPA - McNeill's Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%

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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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from a 12 oz can into an oversized wineglass. 12/13/14 stamped on the bottom of the can. Single purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Burnished amber, bright and clear, with 1/2 finger of off-white slightly sticky head with average retention but big swaths of lacing. (3.5)

S: Minty and orange marmalade aromas from hops along with a lemon soap aroma. Maltiness is not easy to pick up, maybe some caramel but not much coming through. (3.0)

T: Flavor has a little more to offer than the aroma, with more of a light crystal caramel note with some breadiness and a nice crackery character to the finish. Hops on the other hand are still a little tired tasting with a floral, soapy, lemon-orange quality to them. There are some better herbal, minty, earthy notes there that come through with warming. The yeast esters provide a bit of background general fruitiness. No alcohol detected. Bitterness is low. (3.5)

M: Medium body with medium carbonation adds up to a medium overall mouthfeel, a little sticky and probably not as dry as it could be, not that this style is supposed to be very dry like Am IPAs. (3.25)

O: McNeill's Dead Horse IPA isn't a bad beer, it just is kind of average and seems like it hasn't been updated to keep up with modern changes in beers. Things like brightening the hops or adding a more poignant malt quality might go a long way to making this a more interesting and enjoyable brew.

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McNeill's Dead Horse IPA from McNeill's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.