McNellie's Pub Ale - Marshall Brewing Company

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McNellie's Pub AleMcNellie's Pub Ale

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: coldmeat23 on 06-11-2008

Inspired by the house ales found in the pubs of Great Britain and Ireland, McNellie’s Pub Ale is a traditional ale brewed in the style of a Best Bitter. Various maltings of two-row barley are joined with American Glacier hops to give this beer its color, complexity, and a bit of a New World twist. The Old World character present in this ale is largely influenced by its yeast, which originates in the port city of Hull, East Yorkshire, England.
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Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Chris for a couple Marshall beers at DLD

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

It pours a semi-clear burnt orange with a head that starts really rich and dense but dies quickly into a small layer of bubbles.

The smell is loaded with bready, toasty malt smells with some caramel smells thrown in there. I'm also getting just a little floral type hops but not much.

The taste has a nice amount of toasted sweet bread to it. There is also just a little bit of spiciness to it. I'm not sure if its the hop taste or the yeast that is the culprit but it's pretty minor. The finish is slightly bitter and then some English yeast fruitiness as well thrown in.

The mouthfeel seems pretty full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation, it's really smooth and excellent drinkability. This beer would really shine on cask.

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Head might be lacking in height but it does drop some lacing on the glass, a bit murky looking as the sediment kicked up during pouring ... looks healthy. ;-) Big biscuity nose, yeast and a faint citric edge as well. Smooth and the flavor pretty much mirrors the nose though some yeast and fruit make a showing. Biscuit flavor is clean and sticks to the after taste. Dry finish.

Pretty big for the Bitter style, yeast and constant bisucity flavor takes away from the drinkabilty though it ends up being an OK quaff.

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very nice with grassy hop smells as well as some malt. The flavor is malty sweetness with toffee and biscuit malt. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness to balance things out and you also get some spiciness towards the end. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Cloudy amber color with almost no head that leaves the tiniest ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and yeasty bread. Taste is a mix of caramel and malts before a yeasty finish. Medium body with light carbonation. No bitterness or alcohol aftertaste, but it has a yeasty, dry finish to it.
Nothing bad with this. Fairly quaffable and definitely an acceptable attempt at the style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter. Thin head, deep copper colored body.
Rich smell of caramel, fresh bread and grain.
Rich taste as well. Caramel, mildly bitter with a malt backbone.
Sticky feeling, medium body with low carbonation.
A genuine good beer. The smell is outstanding and it has a great taste to follow.

Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA.

Pours mostly clear amber with a large, lasting off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, earth, floral hops, and...Belgian yeast? Yeah, I'm getting a little bit of that, strangely enough. Is this really a bitter?

Flavor is nice and subtle with caramel and biscuit malt, earthiness, and grassy and floral hops. Slightly bitter on the finish. The Belgian yeast notes also appear in the flavor, along with some fruitiness, maybe apple or citrus.

Medium body and average carbonation. Nothing special on the mouthfeel really.

Definitely a sessionable one, as it is very drinkable (and I don't know the ABV, but I don't care, session beer purists).

This ain't half bad for an Oklahoma beer!

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at McNellies, what a treat!

Poured amber/caramel with 1 finger of tan head. Some bubbles clinged to glass through & had decent head retention & very good lacing

S: Apricot, pears & biscuitty malt

T: Nice orchard fruit presence mingles with herbal hops & biscuitty malt up front. Herbal & slight citric hops surface as this warms, along nice fruittyness & some caramel. Finished crisp, semi-dry with a bit of herbal hops. Most Authentic bitter I've had since being in England!

MF: Medium bodied, creamy with great balance

Drank like mother's milk; highly recommended if you come across it!

Photo of Beertracker
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marshall's McNellie's Pub Ale pours up sublime from the sparkler of beer engine creating a cascading effect as the carbonation releases thousands of tiny bubbles creating a finely condensed, lacy creamish-white head that perfectly crowns the slightly hazy, gamboge-tawny copper colored body. The clarity becomes brighter as the beer warms. The hoppy (grassy, earthy) aroma shows some fruitiness (lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit) which is complimented by some lightly toasted caramel maltiness. The alcohol warmth is nearly negligible. Clean, no diacetyl or other off-flavors. The light hoppy flavor starts off with a touch of breadiness & some caramel maltiness that eventually gives way to a pleasant earthy bitterness that never completely dominates the dryish, fruity, well-balanced finish. This medium-light bodied, unfiltered Premium Bitter is wonderfully creamy from the beer engine with just the perfect amount of carbonation. There's just a touch of grainy astringency from the domestic pale malt. This is an extremely drinkable English-style session beer that delivers enough hops to keep even the most discriminating beer lover's interest. It sure is nice to have some real ale back on draught in T-Towne. McNellie's Cask Pub Ale can be found on draught at James E. McNellie's Public House (Side Bar). A pint pairs nicely with the signature Fish & Chips or the Landlord's Cottage Pie. Here's to Brewer, Eric Marshall & Publican, Elliot Nelson and their collaboration ale!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle that I got in a LIF win from thehand (I think).

A- Poured a very nice semi-hazy copper color. The bottle had some sediment in the bottom of it which I did not pour. Good one finger tan head which dies down a little and left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This has some nice bittering hops in the nose of this beer. I smell a lot of sweeter malts though which bring this up to par. The malts lean more toward a toffee and sweet caramel more than anything. Smells interesting...lets hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- This is really well...good and balanced. The malts come through with this from the get go. Lightly roasted which I missed in the nose along with the hints of toffee and a deep caramel taste. The bittering hops comes through and balance out the beer very well. I couldn't have expected more to be honest.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel to this beer. Nice malt overtones on the palate with a slight bitter hop leave for a semi-sweet coating on the tounge after you take a sip. Good bitterly sweet aftertaste that makes you want to drink more.

M- This was quite the suprise beer for me to drink. It is quite smooth and actually makes you want to drink more of it after the bottle is gone. I could make this a everyday drinker if it was readily available to me. Kind of sad that this beer isn't.

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine brew found in El Dorado. Pours to a generous buff head that falls to a thin layer and does produce some lacing effects. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and English hops. Flavor picks up where aroma started with a nice malty backbone with caramel malt and Maris Otter malt with a balancing charge of floral/earthy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, no astringency and appropriate carbonation. Overall a fine English bitter that takes regional standards to a new level.

Photo of goochpunch
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out copper amber with head that barely sticks around. Smells just faint overall. Fruity esters and toasty malts. Flavor is sweet with tons of fruit from the yeast. UK hop character. Flat overall flavor profile with an odd tartness. Mouthfeel is flat and light. Not impressed.

Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a green wax seal into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a ruby tinged amber color with amazing amount of carbonation and great lacing. It had a large tan head that ever so slowly settled into a constant thick foam fed by the carb.

The aroma was floral hops with some citric hops as well as toasted malt and caramel. Only had a few English Bitters and this has one of the best aromas. Really good sniffer. The taste was good but not on par with the aroma. Starts out with a carb attack and then settles into a nice malty middle till the bitter from the hops kick in and finish it with a nice mild bitter bite. Goes down quite smooth. Nice break from the hops bombs and stouts I've had lately. Only major complaint is the carb levels. It is extremely over-carbonated. The beginning of each drink starts with a carb attack on the lips and tongue. And after a couple drinks, I have to rip some good burbs to relieve the gas buildup. Hurts the drinkability.

Overall, an excellent English Bitter that I highly recommend. I can see why it's #4 in that style as of this reviewing. Not available here but I can easily get when I visit the in-laws in Oklahoma. Need to try on tap.


Photo of PEBKAC
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Beer number three today on my annual Friday fall fridge frolic.

Same fat tulip glass, same comfy chair.

Another wax top courtesy of russpowell. :)

The open bottle smokes for a bit as I wait on the microwave to deliver my breakfast.

Turbid/creamy pour, settles into an appetizing dark & cloudy rust/honey brown beer. An inch of velvet-soft, cream-colored head lays on top like a throw pillow.

Cheerio/Mini-Wheats sort of smell wafting off the top. A little carmelization & very light chocolate. Sweaty, mild semi-citrus hops, pleasant doughiness. I'm anticipating a sweet red ale.

First thing I notice, is the carbonation is way lower then the previous Marshall beer I just had. There is a constant froth, a build up of body, that delivers more of a meal, & less of a sizzle then I was expecting. Taste is big on dry biscuits & earthy, though calm & considerate hops. Some charred malt in there, bittering up what the hops gave up in favor of position. Barely peppery, & tasting of some ash. Flavor is drawn a little thin, bit the earthy/dirty qualities seem to fill the gaps some. Slightly itchy malt, seemingly calcified water makes the style pretty obvious.

Alcohol is pretty negligible. Feel, more then the actual flavor is what sells it. A quencher with quite decent flavor too. :)

Photo of thehand
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from wax-dipped 22oz bottle into pint glass. Clear medium golden amber color with 1" off white head, some big bubbles on top, settles fast, leaving a thin film, some spotty lacing. Aroma is clean, light earthy hops, light toasted malt, which follows through to the taste. Nicely balanced. Medium-light bodied, little bit of lingering earthiness on the finish. Nice and easy drinking, super sessionable.

Photo of Squelch
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown with a creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Head dissipates fast

Smell: estery. Very nice. No hope aroma

Taste: very fruity. Nice malt and hops balance. Slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: creamy head. Smooth. Beer engine cask conditioning makes this one really smooth.

Drinkability: excellent session beer. I would drink this again.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored body with a slim tan head. Slight haziness from bottle conditioning, this one had a bunch of sediment but poured just fine. Pleasant aroma of biscuits, fruit and a touch of toffee sweetness; English with an American slant. The taste is clean and crisp, firmly bitter from both hops and husky grain though initially malt-forward. There's a bit of apricot-like fruitiness before the dry and bitter finish kicks in. No buttery diacetyl in this one, which I almost miss, but it remains English in character regardless. Very good stuff, this would make a great session beer.

Notes: This was an extra from beertracker - thanks!

Photo of GeezLynn
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper orange, with a huge white head and great retention.

S: Fairly restrained with some caramel and pale malt breadyness and some slightly spicy hops.

T: Similar to smell, with nice biscuit base and some sharp, earthy European hops. Finish is on the shorter side and has some nice bitterness.

M: Soft, smooth feel, with very light carbonation despite the huge head.

Overall, a pretty easy drinking beer with a great mouthfeel. Flavor has a few attributes that could be cleaned up, but nice to see another option in this style. Will try it again if I happen to come across in the future.

Photo of kylejohnson03
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy copper color, and the first pour gives me a magnificent two finger off-white head. As I take my first few drinks, the head leaves large notches on the glass.

S: A good amount of fruit in the nose. Bready notes, along with just a touch of citrus hops.

T: My first impressions are earthy, caramel candies, and hops come in more in the end. I was cooking dinner while drinking, and I walked away and came back to it about ten minutes later. The bitterness had kicked into overdrive and it was quite a pleasant suprise.

M: Medium body, thin carbonation.

D: Such a smoooth drinker. Flavorful, rich, but with a low enough ABV to be able to go a few rounds. Also, this beer is a great value @ $4.99 for a 22oz bomber. An outstanding price for a beer this good!

An exceptional ale from Marshall Brewing Co!!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed some mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a decent balance while still overtaking the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while this might not be one of the best beers in the style, it's still comparable to the best. It's very solid and is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy orange-copper color with a soapy off white head that recedes to a thick film; sheets of lacing coat the glass. The beer smells malty with faint caramel, toffee, apricot, and hops. Tastes rather rich with malts and caramel up front, then a faint dry hop finish. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, smooth.

Overall, an exception beer, true to the style. Delicious.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of malt, bread and tobacco. Malt follows through on taste with a bit of bitter caramel. A bit of oil on the tongue with some carbonation. Very quaffable beer. Nothing spectacular, just solid.

Photo of jmbranum
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper colored brew with a generous long-lasting creamy head

Minimal aroma but the flavor makes up for it. Rich malty goodness with a tiny hint of chocolate, dirt (not in a bad way, but like how good garden dirt smells), a little of coffee and a little bit of cream. A nice background of hops, but not too much. Excellent balance!

So, so smooth in the mouth. Wonderful fluffy yet substantial texture. Easy to drink.

Highly recommend this beer. So proud of all of the excellent Okie beers I've had lately.

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours slightly hazy orangey amber with a small fine off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. slightly toasted white bread. cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol. touch of caramel and toffee. lightly floral. nice herbal character. a touch fruity.

taste is nice. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. toasted white bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level. a mix of light floral and herbal hop character. touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. and tasty. definitely a bit of an american slant to it, but it's a pretty good shot at the style.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent trade receipt from RagingBull.
Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber hue with just a bit of yeast dredge in the bottom of the bottle that adds just a hint of haze to the beer.
The beer has a thin beige head that fades quickly to an edge layer leaving not lattice as it fades.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of caramel, maybe a bit of stale bread and some mild dried fruit. I also get just a hint of earthy hops mixed in for good measure.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation that gives just a small tickly sensation with each sip.
Flavor is similar to nose with some grainy malt up front and some caramel but the beer finishes with a dryness and just a bit of earthy hops. I also get a little orange peel zest, kind of sweet and fruity but also mildly astringent. The bitterness lingers a bit and makes the next sip seem more enticing.
This is a pretty well crafted beer and I am sure I could drink several of these and not get bored with them.
A worthy session beer!

Photo of climax
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mcnellie's Pub Ale poured a relatively flat amber, with an orange glow. The head was very generous, sunk lazily with large bubbles bursting every second.

The nose was all about balance. Smooth and flavorful toasty caramel and grapefruit coexisted together. Slight diacetyl and some fruity tartness added the extra complexity.

The flavor was interrupted by a blast of carbonation I was not expecting. The tingle hit the mouth right as my lips had waded through the mass of foam which had no ambition to recede. Not a bad thing however. The flavor that emerged had an excellent dry hop presence, making me want another sip immediately. Toasty throughout, some apricot, and an especially buttery character towards the end kept the balance in equilibrium.

Sessionable all night, too bad I only bought a single.

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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.