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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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BA SCORE
82
good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

bacher468, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Ego
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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

Ego, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

tenacioustomato, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +11.4%

RoryOMoore, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

fuzzcherry, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

eawolff99, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Orbfan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Orbfan, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

herman77, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

djrn2, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
5/5  rDev +39.3%

SortaAmbivalent, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Morningside
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Morningside, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

jzeilinger, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

mvanaskie13, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Turbodog666
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Turbodog666, Jan 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Bilco, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of box299
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%
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

box299, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

dogfishandi, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

metter98, Jul 20, 2011
McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.