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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: 129
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-28-2009)
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Photo of Gyle41386
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Dark orange/amber pour. About two fingers of creamy foam retain well and leave behind some very nice lacing.

Not an overly hoppy nose. Mostly earthy and piney, with lighter notes of citrus and caramel.

Malty sweet flavor up front gives way to some muted earthy bitterness. This beer is at its most bitter in the oily finish. Not sure what the ABV is, but there's a bit of heat in the finish, as well.

Very smooth, creamy texture. Little lighter body than I'd expect from a DIPA. Slick, oily finish. Not a bad beer at all.

Gyle41386, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of far333
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey amber color with an inch high head of sizzly light orange foam that settles down slowly to rocky caps.

Nearly no aroma, but I'm picking up some honey malt and faint citrus notes.

Grainy bready malt flavor upfront, moving quickly to sharp orange liqueur-like hops punctuated by rubbing alcohol vapors. Not too complex, needs some balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, very satisfying, but a little slick upfront and a little warming in the finish.

Low drinkability here, too much emphasis on ABV and less on balance and flavors. Winner of 13 national and international awards? This is close to being a drainpour for me.

far333, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of UA8
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and hazy dark amber color with a tall and coarse foamed beige head.

S- Scents of bitter herbs and pine. Malt coming forward assertively with caramel notes and fruit bread character.

T- Some fruit basket notes lead on the is one, mipalate speaks of caramel malt notes, finishes with malt sweetness overlayed with herbal and pine hop bitterness. Different from others I have had somewhat like the hoppier barleywines.

M- Syrupy with moderate high viscosity and light to medium carbonation.

D- This is kind of an odd IIPA but I think it may grow on me the malts are pretty well balanced with the hops on this one lending it a syrupy barleywine character with big hop notes.

UA8, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy copper/orange with a big 2 finger of off white rocky frothy head to it. Head recedes slowly leaving sheets of sticky lacing along the glass the entire way down. Nose is sharp with hops at first then quickly muted. Citrus and piney hops are the most prevalent with some carmalized malts in the background. Taste is mildly fruity up front balanced with some caramel malts and a bit of piney hops, a touch of biscuit and toasted malts in the middle, and a nice citrus burst of hops in the finish that gives a nice bitterness. Ligher side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, oily feel with a slight sticky finish. For a DIPA falls slightly short, but not a bad beer overall.

Jayli, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head. Creamy with some big bubbles. Lacing is sticky. Hazy and amber in color.
S) Grapefruit. Peach. Earthy spice. Fairly light aroma overall.
T) Sweet caramel up front. Then moves to a mild hop bite. A lingering hop zing and alcohol in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied with some girth. Light syrupy feel.
D) A decent imperial IPA, but not a standout for this beer drinker.

u2carew, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

13 oz. pour served in a tulip shaped glass. Nice thick off-white head that disappears into healthy lace. Brown-amber and cloudy with little signs of carbonation. Aroma indicative of heavy Cascade hops: pine, apples, and light caramel. Taste is much more pronounced that the aroma: apples, toasted oak, alcohol with a slight sweetness. Medium body with a noticeable carbonation bite. Bitter finish that lasts. I'll have another.

LittleDon, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Berthold
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy amber (SRM9) with a thick large bubble off white head buoyed by moderate carbonation. Large floral/grapefruit hop nose with a moderate underpinning of malty sweetness that finished with a slight huskiness. Big grapefruit hop flavor with a balanced malt backbone. A leathery mouthfeel finish including some warmth from alcohol.

Berthold, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No freshness date noticeable on the label or the bottle.

A - Pours a not-quite perfectly clear dark orange with a thick, fluffy 1" white head that sits atop nicely. Head lingers for a couple of minutes before dissipating, fially reduces to a thin layer on the surface with a thick collar and some sticky lace left on the glass.

S - Right out of the bottle this yields a rich piney aroma. In the glass grapefruit and orange aromas kick in to the mix too. Tiny flashes of sweet malt and biscuits appear as well.

T - Flavor matches the aroma pretty well. Lots of piney hops hit the palate first followed closely with a bunch of grapefruit too. Malt is more prominant in the flavor profile than the aroma. Sugary and malty sweetness do add just the right amount of balance to the beer without holding back the hops. A little bit of yeastiness adds some bready characteristics here too.

M - Medium body, full enough for the style, but not heavy feeling. This imperial IPA leans towards the west coast interpretation - more hops forward and malt to balance, not as thick and sweet as many east coast imperials. Carbonation is light and has very fine, small bubbles - gives a creamy feeling to this one. Very nice.

D - This is a pretty smooth DIPA. Seems to straddle the IPA/DIPA line...drinks like an IPA. Not as powerful as many others, which makes this extremely drinkable for this category...and at $5 a bomber,I'm pretty motivated to give this one another go.

portia99, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

A very cloudy and dark amber hue with a two finger eggshell white head. Webby lacing is left behind as the head settles to a pillowy cap.

A very crisp and clean hop aroma, not loaded with an overwhelming mount of bitterness. The malts are pretty tame as well.

The hops have a good bitterness to them, but not backed up by as much flavor. There's a minty quality to them, along with a little citrus. The malts have a little bit of a toasted characteristic. Full bodied.

This one missed the mark in my book. Not bad, but it's missing some flavor behind the bite of the hops.

BeerSox, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  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.

puboflyons, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of iceball585
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown color, cloudy, thin white fuffy head, lots of sediment floating throughout

S- Grassy, earthy, grapefruit, hops, fairly bitter auroma

T- Pine, grassy, bitter hops, buttery, caramel malts, nutty, alcohol, slightly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, crisp bite, warming of alcohol, very dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not an instant classic in my book. This beer has an interesting complex flavor worth giving a try but not the best that McNeills has to offer in my opinion.

iceball585, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with an inch of creamy khaki foam on top. Orange highlights and good clarity. Aromas bring sweet sugared fruits and caramel malts upfront. Cotton candy? Citric and piney hops with resinous accents in the background. Quite malty and a tad bit earthy.

First sip brings dense sweet malts upfront with caramel and fruits rolling across the tongue. Earthy accents roll in that get caught up by citrus and pine laden hop oils. Bitterness kicks in and provides good balance with the sweet malts. Quite a big malty body for an imperial IPA and not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess. This brew goes down smooth and is easy to drink for a DIPA. The hop punch isn't quite there for me and this end up as a more malt forward brew. Overall though it's a tasty brew and I'm glad to try my first McNeill's, thanks to warriorsoul.

orbitalr0x, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very murky copper color with a finger and a half of white head with a nice amount of lacing.

S: The hops are there and are quite strong but the malt really works against them instead of complimenting them. A little bit of yeast comes in as well which I enjoyed.

T: Fairly well balanced with the hops winning in the end with an ever so slightly bitter finish. Balanced is the word the only bad part is the hops are not nearly where I need them to be.

M: Pleasant light mouthfeel for a DIPA.

D: Fairly good. Certainly not bad. The problem is everyone is doing this style now so unless you are blowing peoples minds it all sort of gets lost in the middle.

aerozeppl, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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!!


Bierman9, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 30, 2009
Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

DrJay, May 27, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

smcolw, May 23, 2009
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know McNeill's made an imperial IPA, but then I saw this in the beer store so I had to buy it.

Poured the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thick foamy head that left a small amount of lacing. An unusual amount of sediment was floating around...not that I mind the sediment. Color is a dark copper and hazy. Kind of a mild aroma. It certainly doesn't knock you down with hops, though the hops are there, along with citrus and pine. Taste follows the smell. Nicely balanced. A good amount of hops but not overwhelming. A noticable citrus presence. A real nice bitterness rounds out the taste. Medium bodied and a very smooth beer. Doesn't leave a lot of stick and drinks real easy. Overall I'd say this is a real nice, easy to drink DIPA that won't knock you on your ass with hops.

mtbbaboon, May 21, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy dark copper with a one inch head of dense off white. Retention is lengthy, with a fairly thick skim coat remaining throughout the glass as well as plenty of smeared lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a blend of malt and hops. A hint of butterscotch underneath and a blend of pine and citrus on top. Lacking any pungency or high level of floralness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, creamy, and chewy mouthfeel. A bit tacky and sticky.

Pine resin and citrus pith start the palate along with a solid malt base and toffee undertones. A solid bitterness pulls through along with a smidge of warming alcohol.

Finishes with some lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and candied citrus with spruce.

Fairly decent for a bottled McNeils. Far from screaming "fresh" and certainly a bit subdued for a IIPA, but not infected and tasty nonetheless.

brewandbbq, May 21, 2009
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained 22oz bomber from Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Orangey-tan brew with a 1-finger off-white somewhat-rocky head of medium and large bubbles. Somewhat dark and rich for an IPA. Head settles to a thin film that laces slightly. Bubbles are too large and heavy to lace significantly.

Second glass has a much better head, 2-fingers, smaller bubbles, better retention and lacing.

S: Light honey/caramel and orange/lemon aromas. Not a very strong hop presence noted in the nose (or maybe my sniffer is dysfunctional tonight).

T: Warmth on the tip of the tongue. Hops bite in soon and remain strong through the finish. Some honey and lemon up front. Pine, grass, orange, a hint of toffee in the finish. There isn't much in the middle because the finish is strong and starts early. A good dose of bitter lingers well after swallowing. Belch consists of orange and grass. Toffee becomes more apparent after exposure to air. Banana appears also.

M: Full and creamy, not harsh like some IPAs can be. Good dry finish, just as it should be. Appropriate carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

D: Very good. Thick and filling, but not too heavy. Enjoyable. Good representation of the style.

BeerNinja007, May 20, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 0z. bomber for $4!!

A dank and cloudy amber color, very dark in the middle with a frothy, bubbly tan colored head, nice sticky lacing with lots of foamy coverage.

Resiny, piney hops, big time pineapple and other sweet fruits mixed in. grainy heat, tingles the nose.

This is a very bitter and tart hop flavor, very-upfront, dry leaves and fresh acorn's. Medium to high heat adds with the tart fruit flavor with pineapple and slight strawberries. A hearty grain and malt lingers on the lips. The finish is herbal, earthy and bitter, slightly sweet malt and rather well-rounded. Perhaps a bit too much Pineapple flavor popping out of the hops, and the fruits are bit flat and too much heat.

a thick and hefty feeling with a lingering heat.

A bottle from Mcneill's???!!! don't be scared.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 09, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

johnnnniee, May 08, 2009
Photo of victrola42
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark amber color

Smell: Mildly citrus

Taste: Earthy/Piney, light citrus

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lightly carbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Not your typical Imperial India Pale Ale at all. More like and india pale ale.

Would buy again for sure. Good price, around $4.00.

victrola42, May 04, 2009
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the horseshoe pub in Hudson, MA. Reviewed via Blackberry

Poured a murky tan body with small off white head.

Nose is very fruity, almost smells like a fruit beer. Citrus and some caramel as well.

Thick and full bodied. A nice firm citrus taste. Not overly bitter. Caramel and thick malt flavor. This beer is really an amazing cross between british barleywine and DIPA. Lemon, lime, grapefruit juice, not a lot resin or citrus peel which makes it very nice and unique. Ends with a fruity lingering finsh.

Wow, this hands down the best mcneils I've ever had. So totaaly not an american DIPA. Damn good.

taez555, May 03, 2009
McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.