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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
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
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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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-23-2012 18:17:22 | More by bacher468
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Ego

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:32:28 | More by Ego
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-18-2012 14:57:56 | More by yergermeister
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

04-17-2012 00:11:01 | More by tenacioustomato
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-09-2012 06:20:37 | More by RoryOMoore
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-09-2012 06:14:31 | More by fuzzcherry
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-07-2012 16:58:03 | More by eawolff99
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-04-2012 16:16:59 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 19:38:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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Orbfan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-17-2012 15:25:15 | More by Orbfan
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herman77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-11-2012 22:07:03 | More by herman77
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-11-2012 03:00:30 | More by djrn2
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +39.3%

03-05-2012 05:53:51 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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Morningside

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-07-2012 00:53:34 | More by Morningside
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:39:14 | More by jzeilinger
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:36:50 | More by mvanaskie13
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Turbodog666

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-03-2012 23:02:28 | More by Turbodog666
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-28-2011 23:19:24 | More by nmann08
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-28-2011 03:43:07 | More by jenray
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-18-2011 11:36:09 | More by Bilco
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-18-2011 02:48:13 | More by patm1986
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 16:56:38 | More by ElGallo
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box299

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:58:02 | More by box299
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dogfishandi

New York

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.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 22:09:25 | More by dogfishandi
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 23:39:57 | More by metter98
McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
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