McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPAMcNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness up front and then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in to balance things out. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber color. Quite cloudy. Rocky head that leaves chunky lace on the glass.

More earthy (and malty) than most IIPA's. Surprisingly mild in the hop department.

Unusually sweet, but in an interesting way. The hop shows up lightly for an IPA but well-balanced for any other ale. I like the unusual nature of this beer. It is different from any beer I've had before. I love the creativity, even if it departs from norm.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is piney and earthy hops with caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gavage
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a bomber of this at whole foods for a nice price. my 1st from the company.

A- Copperish orange with some light bronze and a nice sturdy head of condensed off white head. Nice lines down the glass and good retention.

S- Smells really malty and somewhat alcoholic, but overall this is one sweet beast. Sweet caramel and slight candy sugar with a touch of grain. Hops are no problem here, there is a bunch of citrus including a ton of grapefruit and mango, the malts just overpower them though.

T- A sweet DIPA thats not afraid to show it's hop profile as well. This kinda reminds me of Cigar City jai lai because of the sweet center built around hops. Citrus, mango and grapefruit, check. Some small lemon bite, check. Pine as well, not really earthy or grassy. Caramel around everything and than some.

Feel is about medium with a small bitterness under the lucious smooth malt backbone that rides the tounge quick and efficient. The sweet sticks around a bit to long though. Falls apart with warming. Carb is not a problem here, bubbling.

I drank the bomber, i had no problems with that but a 12ozer would of done. A bit to sweet for me at my moment in time right now. A good look that if dry hopped even more would be great.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle.

Pours darker murky slightly orangy amber.The head is creamy and long lasting, light tan in color. This one leaves plenty of fine and also frothy lace and sheeting.

Piney hop infused nose.

I found this one to be a very pleasant and equally taste brew. Loads of smooth malts up front and then biting pine and resin hops late.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

All in all a very smooth, tasty and enjoyable brew from McNiells. DIPA lovers go track some of this stuff down.

A bargain at under $5 at Spirit Haus in Amherst, Ma.

Photo of weeare138
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a hazy dark amber with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaks of sticky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell isn't overly appealing up front...I get some obvious hop notes of citrus, pine, and herbs with a wallop of sugary, (IMO) extract-like, syrupy aromas that sincerely smells like an open can of liquid malt extract. A touch of warm, bready biscuit is also found atop the whiffs of caramel, sugar and herbs.
Taste is a little lighter than the aromas with notes of tropical fruit being found. Again, there is that stinging sweetness that draws me back to beating the dead horse of reminding me of sweet extract. I'm not implying that McNeill's used extract but the malt flavor is certainly reminding me it more than any other beer I've had in recent memory.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and a bit too sweet with more "umph" in the hop category.

Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin layer cream head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear (not cloudy now) amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit and caramel nose. Flavor is grapefruit and caramel, big change from last year, sweeter not cloying. The brewer has given this more malt, much better DIPA now. $4.79 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly white head that doesn't stick around very long, but leave lots of sticky lace on the way down. Smells of pine and citrus, some caramel and brown sugar in the background. Taste is much of the same. Malty with a resinous citrus hop bite and an astringent almost phenolic finish. Carbonation is a bit high, mouthfeel is resinous, body is medium. Not that hoppy for an Imperial IPA! Except for the finish I thought this was a pretty good IPA, but that astringency killed this one for me.
4.5/4.0/3.0/3.5/3.5

Re-sampled 5/12/2010
Pours a clear orange amber color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine and citrus, a hint of mineral and a bit of a caramel malt backbone. Taste is pine with a hint of citrus and a smattering of caramel and brown sugar. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. This is a really good IPA. I still think its a stretch to call this a DIpa. This sample tasted much better than the last and gone was the astringent harsh bitterness that I remembered. I still think McNeil's bottled product sucks for consistency, but this time I got a good bottle. My score reflects this sampling.

Photo of DrJay
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange/amber with a slowly forming thin cap of whitish bubbles. The head settled really fast to a weak collar. There was a bit of spotty lace, but not much to see. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and tropical fruit, perhaps a little whiff of higher alcohols, roses, and pine. Nothing bad, but the aroma just didn't seem to meld well. Moderate bitterness that lingered once the malt fell away in the finish. Malty up front, biscuity mid-palate. Hop flavour was earthy, a bit citrusy, but quite muted. Light spicy alcohol flavour and warmth. Tropical fruit in the finish. Medium plus bodied with carbonation on the low side of average. Decent texture. This just didn't work for me. Other than being light on hop flavour, it just didn't come together. More boring than anything else.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of piney, citrusy hops with a bit of a malt backbone in the nose.

Taste is full of piney, citrusy hops upfront with a mild hop bitterness that reveals a decent malt backbone. A bit sweet and a bit of caramel in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop and malt flavors. Not too stingy or anything. Decent.

Not a bad attempt at a DIPA. Could use a bit more hops but otherwise, it's drinkable.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of dmeadows. The label states this to be "a bitter ale made from piney, citrusy American hops and a blend of English and American malts. It's heavily dry-hopped to give it an especially pungent nose."

The beer is a clear golden copper color with a thin tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is definitely hoppy but it has a fairly large load of sweet caramel malts too, giving huge flavors from both sides. Honestly there might be too much sweetness for my personal tastes, but the hops shine through well regardless.

The beer tastes sweet initially, but it takes nanoseconds before the hops bitterness washes over your tongue. The after-taste is rich but balanced, like a light American barleywine. Full bodied and sticky, at least it seems sticky (maybe due to sugary sweetness).

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code noted. Sampled on Aug. 2,2009. It pours a somewhat cloudy amber-copper with a decent foamy head that dissipates slowly but never quite goes away. For an IPA, the aroma is subtle with hops. You know they are in the brew but it is not an overwhelming sensation. The mouthfeel is kind of smoothly creamy with a medium texture. Bitter hops are much more bold in the taste with a very sweet malty chaser. This is a hearty and enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a frothy, one inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a sold, quarter inch skim with some swaths and spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals sweet citrus notes with earthy undertones and a suggestion of grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose; however, a slightly candied character comes out in the flavor profile (maybe toffee) and a malty backbone expresses itself before culminating in a pleasant, slightly resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an assertive carbonation and some citrus astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands in the sides of the cheek. Definitely one of the top beers in Ray McNeill's line-up. I've had it in a bottle and on tap, but would love to try this one on cask as well. A really respectable East Coast DIPA.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ppoitras for plopping this bottle into my Secret Santa box. It's a IIPA night!

Pours rustish hue with a smattering of cloudiness. Smell is sweet, malty, not like a true IIPA.

Warlord's taste follows suit. Whatever hops might be hanging around, they've been pummelled into submission long ago by the sweeet malts; their only contribution seems to be a bittering finish. This one's taking on some almost barleywine-esque attributes, much more so than a IIPA.

Not bad, but I need hops! This one falls short in that critical category, although if one ignores that shortcoming, it's not a bad beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a tulip. Cherry amber color with a thick, tan, meringue-like head. Good looking beer, except the head dwindled very rapidly. A bit of lacing. Fairly sharp citrus aroma with a little sweet malt. Predominately grapefruit taste, very hoppy, little bit of malt. A mostly balanced mouthfeel. I knocked down the drinkability a little. The alcohol, while not noticeable, certainly showed some effect. Next time I'll share the bomber.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, applesauce, cinnamon, and malt. Flavor of grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. Also an odd malty flavor I can't quite identify. Some old socks present too. Not very hoppy for a IIPA, definitely malt-dominated. Just ok, but weak for a IIPA and not to style at all.

Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

War Lord was part 2 of the DIPA sampling yesterday with Artied2. Nice artwork on the label, with a bit of info regarding the contents. No ABV or freshness info, though.

Poured a cloudy chestnut hue, with a fine, creamy, tan, mousse-like topping. Had scant carbo within, and lacing was quite decent. Aroma had some light caramel and a solid helping of citrus present. Body was a middle of the road medium, and the liquid was fairly smooth on the tongue.

Flavor has some caramel and toffee sweetness. Heaped on top of that was a good load of citrus. Was a touch piney, with that strong west-coast hop character lingering well on the palate. Pretty good overall, especially considering the hit-or-miss nature of McNeill's bottled offerings. Artie liked this better than I, overall. Zum Wohl!!

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
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