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McNeill's Sunshine India Pale Ale - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Sunshine India Pale AleMcNeill's Sunshine India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NEhophead on 07-20-2010)
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Reviews by TeddyBrew:
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New York

4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap yesterday at Rattle and Hum in NYC. The selection at this bar is exceptional, but I was drawn immediately to this offerings from McNeill's because: i) I think they may be the best brewery on the East Coast, ii) their beer was not available in NYC until recently, and iii) I had never tried this particular beer.

It's an IPA, plain and simple, and a great one. All great flavor, nothing too overwhelming, but plenty of hops. It strikes the absolutely right balance in mouthfeel and between drinkability and character.

This guy Ray is an artisan. I always try to stop in Brattleboro when I'm up that way, and I'm thrilled their beer is available here now.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 03:53:55 | More by TeddyBrew
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-04-2014 19:55:38 | More by patrick802
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-12-2014 13:44:28 | More by Noelito76
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-11-2013 03:34:53 | More by BillRoth
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4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6oz brown bottle. A best before last day of a month is located at the top of the label, but there is no notch or mark indicating when the last day might be.
Poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed glass.
It pours a hazy yellowish golden color with a fairly solid 3" off-white head, along with some patchy and webbed lacing.
Smells of grapefruit zest, white grapefruit, pale malt and gin burst out at first pour. Smells of resinous hop and a grassy field of sunflowers follow close behind.
This is one citrusy and juicy IPA! Tastes of grapefruit and mixed citrus dominate, while mild tastes of tart apple, gin, pine, black pepper and a slightly metallic tang come into play.
There is a fairly sweet malty backbone here, but this is certainly all about bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a tad raspy and edgy at first, but it becomes quite quaffable as it warms.
It's a bit puzzling why this very solid IPA doesn't receive higher marks. My only guess might be that there's some consistency issue with the brewing, but this one is certainly delish!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 00:35:02 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-04-2013 21:18:36 | More by CCutch
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-27-2013 16:56:21 | More by InspectorBob
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass

A One finger head. Hazy amber/orangeish.

S Potent. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel. Floral - dandelion, tulip. Hops. Nice smell.

T This definitely mirrors the smell. Lemon/citrus zest. Nice malt backbone. Good hit of hops. Got a little soapy aftertaste. This doesn't linger though.

M A little watery, but also some breadyness. So, medium.

O I like this IPA. It is kind of off balance, but it works. The flavors are subtle and smooth. Very refreshing. Hides the ABV well. Drinks like a session.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 02:40:30 | More by PieOhMy
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-29-2013 03:13:12 | More by jontron
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$9-$12 bombers are plentiful and a gamble: so many times the price doesn't meet the quality,
so when you grab one in the $4-$6 price range the expectations tend to be much lower. Vermont has proved itself worthy in the arena of fine beers, and McNeil's Sunshine IPA is an underrated beer worthy of closer attention in the $4-$6 bomber class.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a pleasing nose that is simple, clean and crisp: grapefruit and tangerine rind with a biscuit background. Nice 2 finger head in the imperial pint glass lasts a good long time with very impressive lacing for a lower to moderately priced IPA bomber.

The carbonation is slightly aggressive but not displeasing, mouthfeel is medium, and the flavor follows the aromas pretty closely. Not overly complex, but the simplicity is enjoyable and straightforward. Nice bitter aftertaste, but again not overly aggressive with some oily resins in there.

Bottom line: a very solid and thoroughly enjoyable IPA that competes solidly with the $6 West Coast bombers that have lined our Vermont shelves. Outshines the overrated and bland Bear Republic Racer 5 as well as Gigantic IPA, which has a slightly soapy aroma and aftertaste. Sunshine IPA offers strong bang for the buck with regard to quality, drinkability and overall enjoyment. Well worth a try, and a pleasant surprise for the money.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:14:38 | More by Hendry
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-16-2013 19:22:18 | More by mPaxtonS
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold orange with a sticky, persistent cap of foam. Muted orange citrus pith with sweet caramel, honey oat cake nose. Assertive carbonation and mild bitterness, citrus pith and pine resin flavor elements appear briefly but are washed away by lightly sweet caramel biscuit malt body. Not enough bitterness is established and thus is very balanced probably a little too much so for my IPA preferences. Mildly sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:51:15 | More by JackieTH
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One man's fancy is another man's filth. I think there's something in the tastebuds of McNeill's brewers that jives perfectly with my own.

Here's the thing. Any McNeill's beer, to me, tastes as clean and uncontaminated as could possibly be. The flavors tend not to be complex, however, they are very very deep. This brewery has it over any other nearly any other in the US, regarding this particularity, and it seems to me, no matter what bomber of McNeill's I drink, I get a gut feeling that I haven't ever tasted the style better.

So, as a massive advocate for something being done unquestionably super well, I qualify this beer an outstanding beer.

Specifically, they've chosen an herbal hop over a citrus or piney hop. The bitterness isn't excessive, it is well balanced and strong. Each drink to the last drop still tastes bitter and the complexity of the bitterness swirls to reveal layers of depth rarely experienced in a single sensation of bitter.

The mouthfeel of this beer, like all of McNeil's that I know, is perfectly light yet not thin.

It looks great. It tastes great. At $5 a bomber, it is a tad pricey, but you get back something to be very happy about. So, if you haven't, you must. This is such a great brewery and sooo under-rated here, it makes me think the bulk of the reviews here are worthless.

Of course, being a long-time hobby brewer, I don't have the average palate for beers any longer, so take it for a grain of salt. McNeill's caters to people who have drank a lot of beer and just want something really simple done really well.

You would think I know these guys - I don't. This is just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:42:29 | More by snilsen13
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-25-2012 03:20:22 | More by t0rin0
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-03-2012 02:59:05 | More by juliusseizure
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-26-2012 17:55:13 | More by eawolff99
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-28-2012 15:01:07 | More by oldp0rt
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-05-2012 23:38:17 | More by ms11781
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-07-2012 15:00:15 | More by jenray
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-21-2012 07:17:31 | More by fuzzcherry
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1219th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
22 oz

Thanks to Scott (Cliffbrake) for this one

App- Like the bottle says. A peach looking orangey blended yellow with a huge two finger very frothy long lasting white head. Great stick and cling as it falls like a puck not leaving.

Smell- Its got a lot of grapefruit behind it with a touch of pine tree. A bit thin on the nose with a touch of alcohol.

Taste- A lot of flavor but a bit damp and muddled. A bit creamy on the first taste and a touch of smooth booze and layered old orange/grapefruit juice with pine and a thick hop presence.

Mouth- A very medium creamy body with a low medium carbonation. Residual grapefruit and pine with some creamy notes.

Drink- A nice beer but a bit old tasting to me. Had a thick creamy layer but needed more pop. I would like this again but I thick cask is right avenue for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 14:18:44 | More by FosterJM
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample bottle. 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy deep golden, orange-ish hue with a creamy off-white head that slowly settles, leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. As this bottle is not super cold, I suspect it's not chill haze, nor was it a hard pour.

S: Lots of west coast character on the nose. Some caramel malt presence, along with grapefruit, pineapple, and floral notes.

T: Grapefruit and pineapple hop character dominates, with some honey character from the malt. Slight astringency on the finish, with floral, grassy notes.

Notes: Moderate in body, with decent flavor and viscous mouthfeel. It's pretty drinkable, although the astringent character on the finish takes some getting used to. A solid effort, but not a beer that I would seek out over and over.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:15:31 | More by WYVYRN527
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber aquired in trade with shcufj, enjoyed with buddy coldbrewky.

tan capped by a luxurious silky off white head that refuses to go away. Stong hop prescense in the nose, mainly pine. taste is all hop up front slightly cleansed by and good malt backbone, bitterness is there but not overpowering. More balanced than what I generally like in an IPA, but tasty none the less. medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 10:43:03 | More by UDbeernut
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-20-2012 04:28:47 | More by Ajlvt
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2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is pale copper with off white head thats about 2 inches thick, nice lacing and presence.

Smell is citrusy, earthy, piney hops with a presence of malt sweetness backing it up. Something off, but can't define it.

Taste is a little over sweet, pale malt, light caramel with solid hop bitterness, balanced between some pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel is way to cloying and sweet for my preference, but the bitterness comes back around after a while.

Overall, a pretty standard ipa, a touch sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:37:33 | More by mvanaskie13
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McNeill's Sunshine India Pale Ale from McNeill's Brewery
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