McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA - McNeill's Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-28-2009

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 132
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant chestnut with 2” creamy foam dissipates to ½” film that hugs the side of the glass providing good lace.
S: Resiny hop with biscuit aromas.
T: A big hop driven beer with enough malt to balance.
F: Rich, creamy texture with medium carbonation and medium body.
O: A big hop forward Imperial IPA. (315 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

don't turn your back on this beer, it will be overflowing all over your desk/table etc.

eyes...
slightly hazy orange fading toward brown, lots of carbonation gurgling up this one, the head started up at 3 fingers but really retreats at a crazy rate down to almost nothing more than a hefty o-ring. lacing is sub par, legs are apparent but not defined to well, this is pretty average looking for a DIPA.

nose...
caramel citrus with hints of dark fruit (raisins specifically), smells duller and not 'bright' like most DIPAs, some dark honey notes, pretty interesting mix, definitely not the DIPA standard.

taste etc...
tastes like the smell... rasiny hops with a strange almost licorice bitter note, for all that carbonation it feels pretty syrupy in the mouth, some warming from the alcohol is noted, the finish is almost sort of unpleasant, it lacks crispness and bite, it is a strange flavor that just lingers and lingers, it feels out of place, somehow it tastes 'old' for lack of a better term (I have only had this bottle for 2 weeks in the cellar)

verdict?
eh, nothing terrible but not a grail to be sought by those who love the style, worth trying just because it is different than most DIPAs.. and the bottle graphics remind me of Ironsword on the NES...

music: Alex Skolnick Trio - Goodbye to Romance (1,313 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma consists of citrus hops with nice resin and piney notes also detectable. Taste is also a complex mix between some notes of citrus hops with some resin notes which is well balanced by a semi-sweet caramel malt backbone. Floral notes are very nice. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one. (426 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear amber copper color with a one fingered, dense creamy head.

S - Caramel malt dominates the nose and there's some very faint grapefruit aroma in the background, also getting some wet cardboard aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit bitterness, and boozey effervesence. There is some medicinal character and even tastes a little oxidized.

M - Heavy medium body and cloying.

O - This beer is probably past its prime, I'll re-visit this beer again because right now it falls flat on its face. (512 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted ommegang glass, color is copper/amber with a nice thick off white to light tan head that presents very thick and hangs around the entire tasting.

Smell is caramel sweet with light citrus hops; nothing spectacular.

Taste is a little to sweet, lightly cloying; flavors are caramel sweetness with strong bitterness throughout; hop flavors of note are lightly citrusy and mild spice.

Mouthfeel is cloying, the sweetness in the nose and taste linger unpleasantly, but the bitterness cleans up some of it.

Overall, an average dipa to slightly subpar, flavors and scents are just out of whack. (611 characters)

Photo of box299
1.74/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Undrinkable!
This is the third beer I have tried from McNeill's and all three bottles only pour foam. The bottle was completely settled and chilled. Glass was chilled and rinsed but still filled the glass with nothing but suds. The bottle then just sits there and ooze's elephant's toothpaste. When the foam settled it did leave some nice lace. The taste is very thin for an Imperial IPA (388 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler brought over by a friend, poured into a bulb style glass.

very nice deep reddish amber, nice big off white head that settled to some nice thick big bubbly and creamy retention. nice lace. slightly cloudy.

nicely balanced, big alcohol, caramel, biscuit, slight woody fruity hop. towards the end of the glass developed an off aroma, not really enough hops for a DIPA in my opinion.

much better taste than the aroma suggests. woody, tropical fruity, pine sappy hops mingle with a nice candied caramel malt, alcohol definatly noticable, but not overpowering.

big bodied with lots of sticky resinous bitterness, thick and a little boozy.

pretty solid malty, sticky, DIPA, the aroma wasnt great and took a dive quick. i might drink this again. (750 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down very slowly and left some bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: There are flavors of citrus and pine resin hops in the taste, which are relatively well balanced by the underlying malts. The beer has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes like it’s somewhat strong but for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the taste. (709 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep amber color. The head was thick looking and left a pretty good lacing. The smell was hoppy, very hoppy actually which fits the style really well. The taste I found to be a little off. Not sure how, but the flavors didn't seem to be working out together. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad. Overall it's worth trying again and I plan to when I get the chance. (383 characters)

Photo of dbexpert
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: dark amber, garnet in color, rocky head on aggressive pour. last a while.
Smell: Sweet malt-very clean passed by big citrusy grass notes from the hops.
Taste: Beer drinks very clean. sweet malt profile up-front quickly followed by bitter hops. no mango mostly all citrus.
Mouthfeel: sweet but alcohols dries it right out with plenty of bitterness for balance with scraping the tongue
Overall: A really good beer. Not the best dipa but definetly in the front of the class. Nice job Ray! (497 characters)

Photo of ajkmetron
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely solid appearance, what I hope the double IPA would look like.

The aroma is really nice, but the overall taste doesn't really keep up with that expectation.

It's very nice, but that particular taste is just not my favorite.

Very good for a Vermont IIPA beer, but some of the West Coast (and Mid-A and Mid-W) breweries still seem to be a step ahead of this offering. (disclaimer, I'm a UVM alum). (408 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.99 bomber from SuperSaver.

Heavily hazy orange body, topped by a softball of off-white foam that looks like to could pack fragile goods with. Good lacing.

Piney aroma with a light citrus background. Pleasant but not the big enticing aroma I hope for with IIPAs.

A big splash of sweetness makes a big first impression. A wave of juicy fruit flows in, along with a bitter blast at the swallow which balances the sweet malt start and then overpowers the balance completely. Well hidden alcohol.

Properly chewy mouthfeel is good and firm.

Overall not a great IIPA but not a bad one either. Worth a try but keep expectations in the middle. (642 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a two finger head that slowly falls.

Smell: earthy and woody tones are prominent. Grapefruit is a bit softer.

Taste: caramel, earthy tones, pine, grapefruit, red aples, and a biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Overall: a so-so imperial IPA. One bomber was more than enough in the session. (484 characters)

Photo of haddon
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, TN

The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of piney hops.

taste starts a bit muted with sweet malts, caramel and then kicks it with piney hops. the bitterness lingers with a sharp alcohol burn on the aftertaste. not real well balanced.

medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

a little too creamy on the feel and the boozy burn is a little too evident for my preference. good representation of style but I probably wouldn't drink with a pizza next time. would rather sip a little slower on its own. it's a one and done beer for me. (750 characters)

Photo of benz08
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into an Ikea big snifter on 5/25/11

I have to be quite honest that I was surprisingly happy drinking this beer. It poured a deep amber brown with a big 3-4 finger head(my pour was a little less than ideal) but in the big $1.99 Ikea 25oz snifter it looked formidable and awesome. It gave the nice piney, citrus smell of a west coast IPA and the pleasant bitterness of a true EIPA. At 8.5% its in the mid-range of a DIPA but it was a little boozy. The saving grace of this DIPA from a small Vermont brewery was the price. At $6 retail for a bomber, it provided some nice bang for the buck. Drink this a little on the cold side because at cellar temperature the booze really comes though. Very little of the best Vermont has to offer is available outside Vermont but I'm glad it's starting to filter out. War Lord is absolutely worth the $6 so go out there and give it a try. (901 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

An amber body with a bit of a cloudy haze and paper white cap that rose 2+ fingers and retreated slowly. A good amount of lacing left on the glass. On the nose, there are earthy and piney hops with a hearty backbone of caramel and toffee. The flavor profile is very similar. Sweet, citrus and an earthy undertone with the strong presence of caramel and toffee. The feel is oily/resiny with a medium body. The carbonation was on point and there was a faint bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a decent drinker but definitely not hop forward. This is about as balanced as they come, and therefore, not my favorite by any stretch. (664 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
1.84/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass of infinite proportions. Dark orange, a bit cloudy. I bring it to my nose and it whiffs of starch and medicine, perhaps a bit of caramel and citrus. I would say ass, but sometimes ass isn't this bad. Blah.
It's definitely starchy and kind've gross. I am singing the quiet song, for no one is awake to hear me scream. There is the slightest bit to enjoy. Maybe if the beer was more fresh, it'd have some hop flavor and I'd be not wondering what to do with the other half of the beer. Looking like a huck it down the dumpah.. (543 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Upon opening the bottle, I was immediately hit with a gusher. Beer everywhere...

Eventually, pours a hazy, translucent red-brown with a tan head. Smell is orangey hops, malt and the tiniest medicinal flavor. The taste is malt more than hops up front, with an orangey-hop, low-key bitterness in the back. Unfortunately, that is also accompanied by that very minimal medicinal flavor that sits a bit in the mouth. The mouthfeel is right on, with medium carbonation and not sticky sweet. Overall, this beer is alright. I wish I didn't pick up that off-flavor, because then it would have otherwise been an enjoyable, malt forward IIPA. Also, the gusher aspect was pretty annoying and unacceptable (docked the overall). (715 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. In your face malts and hops, yet still drinkable, that's McNeill's. Some pineapple in addition to the citrus of the hops. Nice blend of malts which were both British and American and a full mouthfeel.Golden colour, small amount of head and barely perceived aromas. (286 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a muddy amber brown with a decent cloud-like almost white head that quickly recedes, but leaves decent lacing.

some piney and woody hops on top of a caramel, toffee, and bready malt profile with some butterscotch.

bitter hops on top of buttery and caramelly base that isnt terribly impressive. after the swallow, some spicy hops linger a bit.

almost medium bodied and slightly oily/resiny with ample carbonation and a spicy, bitter aftertaste.

drinks okay. not my style of DIPA. would like a bit more hop flavor rather than the hop bitterness and the malt and yeast profiles could be cleaned up a bit. not bad as it is. (623 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ McNeill's Brewery (Brattleboro, VT) on 2/20/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with a thin creamy head of eggshell-white foam. This retains with a thin filminess that stays a bit more robust around the edges, ringing the sides of the glass with some rich sticky lacing. The aroma smells of grapefruit, pine, and some light spice. A sticky feeling backing of tropical fruit, caramel, and bread give this some balance. This is definitely heavy with the hops but leans a little more towards the sweet sides of things in the nose overall.

The taste is bitter with a straight up grapefruit and pine bite that rips the tongue. This is tempered some by a sweet combination tropical fruit and bready sugars. The finish is dry and piney, with a pithy bitterness that hangs heavy on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp prickly feel that blows up maybe a bit too much in the mouth. There is some underlying slickness present but this is bordering on being a little over carbonated at times. I will say that alcohol is well hid and compliments that syrupy texture that eventually starts to envelope the feel.

I seem to remember liking this out of the bottle a bit more but this overall wasn't bad. As this warmed, it became bitter, thick, and syrupy with enough of a beefy power to it to give this some attitude. I was a little shaky on this pint to start but it won me over a bit more by the end. (1,444 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with decent clarity. Pours with a long lasting rocky head that leaves piles of sticky lacing. A very attractive glass of beer!

Spicy and resinous hop aromas with a hint of orange rind.

Juicy citrus hops ride on a big sweet malt body. A big chewy beer. A well made beer that is worth trying. With the hop bite and malt sweetness, I bet it would work well with some barbeque. (395 characters)

Photo of JMforman
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a $3 pint of this at Mellow Mushroom. Pretty sweet deal!

A- Deep amber with a decent head and good lacing

S- Citrus, caramel, toasted malt

T- Honey, grapefruit, dark fruit, alcohol

M- Very thick and creamy, way more than I've ever experienced in an IPA. Medium to heavy overall.

D- Very drinkable and cheap every Monday night at Mellow Mushroom! (359 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my New Hampshire McNeill's haul.

A: The double IPA (screw you Imps!) is golden and coppery, barely translucent thanks to a pervasive haziness. Another impressive head, over two fingers, has left thick lace throughout the glass.

S: An excess of citrus along with vegetal greenness, this DIPA seemingly has it all. The citrus is aggressive, bitter with orange and grapefruit. A nice bite that has an abundance of caramel under the surface.

T: Pleasantly hoppy, this ale doesn't lack for bite. The citrus is strong, a resounding taste that brings plenty of green leafiness in the finish. The vegetal flavor of the hops is pronounced, taking over most all aspects. Caramel malts linger around, but the hops steal the show for both good and bad. The vegetal presence, I'm not so keen on; the citrus sharpness I am.

M: The mouthfeel is loaded with hops, some fresher from the vine than others. The vegetal leafiness that pervades the ale lends a syrupy bitterness.

D: A bold IPA that doesn't shy away from its hoppiness. I'd say that I'm 4 for 4 on McNeill's beers. A bold hoppy flavor that strays at times but generally stays on course. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Fernans
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - amber nothing unusual
S - slight floral smell not overpowering
T - here's where it shines. Like a true DIPA hoppy but not over the top. Well done. Nice finish.
M - small bubbles feels smooth and easy.
D - very in short. Warlord real is a top notch brew if you in enjoy the style (282 characters)

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
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