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McNellie's Pub Ale - Marshall Brewing Company

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McNellie's Pub AleMcNellie's Pub Ale

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116 Ratings

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
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 htomsirveaux
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle tried 1 Jul 2009.
Completely fills a Celis pint glass with an off white foamy head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy, dark honey color. Aromas of cider, priming sugar, whiff of rubber or latex. Smells like our first homebrew. Tastes.... dusty. Sweet throughout, like a honey wheat bread. Hops are earthy, soapy and short lived. Body is quite light, almost watery. Alcohol is minimal.

Would not get this again.

Looking at the later reviews, this might have been a bad batch.

Photo of utah44
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass with a full off-white head that dissipated fairly soon thereafter. Appearance was off-white to sallow and completely opaque. Asked the barserver if it was always this cloudy and was told it must be the bottom of the barrel where the alcohol is higher and other stuff. Made perfect sense to me? Smell was average and beery with nothing distinctive. Taste was flat and thin with a hint of toffee. Finish was acidic with only a slight floral bitterness. An average brew that I wouldn't care to try again unless it was from a newly tapped keg and wasn't overly cloudy. Hopefully that was the reason for the unremarkable taste.

Photo of AndyKate1005
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of azdback
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Great Divide Pint glass. A dark orange or red color. Clear with barely any carbonation bubbles at all. Head is non existent and lace doesn't look like it wants to play either.

Smell is kind of roasted barley. At first it smells like a Porter with the rich robust roasted malts.

Taste has the same flavors the smell did initially but they don't last long. Those taste are smokey, roasted flavors but the bitter or almost sour flavor overcomes the tongue very rapidly. It kind of leaves the palate with a lacquer or wood stain taste.

Mouth is crisp and almost spritzy. Body is light and the finish is dry and very average.

Overall I need to say that I really didn't like this very much. The initial flavors and smell are good but the more important taste doesn't hold up. Thanks to Luis for bringing this back from K.C. for me to try.

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BigJamoke
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Porterac
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Subtle floral hop aroma with an earthy/ herbal character along with some faint spice and dark malt. Hints of pine an grass along with some carmael, cocoa and toffee.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of dry, earthy hops and slightly roasted malt notes. Piny and herbal bitterness but not too dry countered by a sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Crisp, slightly bitter finish. Pretty quaffable but not something that I would want to have more than one glass of in a sitting.

Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of corbs
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of rtrasr
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of BierGartenok
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of soonerlight
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Carl_R
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - on cask, shaker glass, just cool of room temp.
A - light cider on the aroma.
A - three fingers of dense head, semi-clear amber in color.
M - creamy, almost velvety body. Low carbonation.
T - cider initially with rich malt body. Cider goes away as the beer warms leaving a nice rich caramel malt body.
D- I wonder if there was something off with the batch and the cider. Once this went away this was an outstanding bitter that I would definitely have a few pints of.

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 bump8628
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a big fluffy head that climbs over the edge of the glass.

Aroma is pretty subtle with only a touch of biscuit coming through.

Toasty biscuit-like malt carries the taste with a sharp, almost coarse, bitterness and a touch of fruity and spicy hop flavor. A little bit of caramel character softens it up some.

Overall, a decent ale. It's quite a bit different than most of the bitters I've had in England, but nonetheless it's a decent, flavorful pint.

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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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