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McNellie's Pub Ale - Marshall Brewing Company

McNellie's Pub AleMcNellie's Pub Ale

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very good

94 Ratings

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: coldmeat23 on 06-11-2008)
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Photo of bump8628


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 20:11:42 | More by bump8628
Photo of utah44


2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 08:35:45 | More by utah44
Photo of xfactor9600


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the draft at McNellies.

Pours light copper but murky amber.

Decent head with nice lacing.

Some faint fruit notes (i had a slight cold and was difficult to pick up much).

Someone what spicy, but went well with spciy pickles. Somewhat bitter as well, but a nice experience with adequate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 16:56:18 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of Bdc


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from draft at McNellies, Tulsa, at the brewery and in bottle. Pours copper-amber with a faint haze. Creamy head and nice lacing. Its aroma is quite spicy with floral and dark fruit notes. Pleasant bitterness with a zesty hop bite. Bread and caramel malt backbone with some of the typical fruity English yeast esters. A well-done special bitter not experienced often outside the UK.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 02:08:36 | More by Bdc
Photo of MartzMimic


3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:07:20 | More by MartzMimic
Photo of popery


3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a darkened amber color, a nice, heavy wood tone. Quite cloudy. I can just see the shadows of my fingers through the full glass. The head is cream-colored and creamy. It's a medium-thick blanket of foam that sticks on top of the beer for a good long time. Solid lacing. A doughy, rich malt flavor comes out as the strongest note in the aroma. There's also a good dose of caramel and some light, earthy hops. The hops make a stronger showing in the taste with a gentle bitterness and a mix of floral, earthy and grassy flavors with a touch of citrus peel. The beer is drier than expected, which is a pleasant surprise. It has a clean, rich malt character that steps aside to let the hops balance things out. Very easy to drink. Relatively low carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel. It manages to hit a rather British-y balance, which is generally hard to find among American takes on British ales. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:08:13 | More by popery
Photo of EagleTalon


4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 20:46:02 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of capnamerica


3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber color with a slight white head.

S: Caramel and hops.

T:.Nice george of salty sweet flavor with a moderately hoppy finish.

M: Slightly heavier than expected.

O: Very drinkable. This would be a nice beer for an afternoon game (watching the Hogs beat the Sooners). Solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:45:03 | More by capnamerica
Photo of Tone


3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of floral hops, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of grass, hint of dry hops, slight floral hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 13:27:57 | More by Tone
Photo of Fatehunter


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:13:32 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:38:26 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of corby112


3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 15:19:05 | More by corby112
Photo of azdback


2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 06:09:56 | More by azdback
Photo of mpcrump


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy amber color with a good sized head.

S - Malts, grains, and hints of citrus and caramel.

T - Starts with citrus and bitterness and ends up with mals, grain, and a night of caramel.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body.

O - Easy to drink. Slightly bitter but not overly so. Easy to drink a couple of these in a short setting.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 16:39:28 | More by mpcrump
Photo of chocosushi


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->McEwan's IPA Shaker

A ~ Pours a rusty brown with a a solid inch of white head that dissipates into a faint of off-white cap. Carb is light. One of Marshall's filtered brews.

S ~ Biscuits with honey, Grass, Fresh grains. Lovely nose for the style, I wasn't expecting so many Field-like notes to come through.

T ~ Biscuity malt follows through along with the Grass notes with a finish of buttered-toast & cereal. Very full in flavor. Peppery Radish-like notes in the finish as well.

M ~ Appreciating the balance. Finish lingers for a good amount of time. Light to Moderate in terms of bitterness with a dry finish.

D ~ Would make a great session/meal beer. Balance is great, finish is better. I really like Marshall's take on European styles!
Seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:14:10 | More by chocosushi
Photo of zeff80


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with some sugary sweetness.

T - It tasted of earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Some nice caramel sweetness makes a solid backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty English bitter. Another good brew from Marshall.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:27:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of audiodav


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured hazy brownish amber with a decent finger sized head. Pretty decent lacing as well.

S - Grainy malts, touch of caramel, bit of a fruity aroma as well.

T - Bites a little citrusy and bitter a the top breaking into a decently robust with the grains/and caramel malts. Well rounded in flavor.

M - Nice carbonation, moderately robust in it's flavor. Very good finish.

O - This is a very drinkable ale. Not overly hoppy for those who don't care for the bitterness, but just enough for those of us who do. It's a very well rounded beer, definitely worth the buy.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:07:38 | More by audiodav
Photo of sulldaddy


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:33:36 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:38:36 | More by Jason
Photo of soju6


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a good off-white head and lacing.

S: Has a nice fresh grain aroma with some citrus mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Starts with a citrus bite then a very light sweetness and a bit of a spicy finish with a nice touch of bitterness.

F: Fairly medium body, nice carbonation, quite crisp and smooth.

D: Easy drinker, good for the style. I would like to try this on Tap/Cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 21:57:49 | More by soju6
Photo of climax


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:12:30 | More by climax
Photo of StaveHooks


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly brown amber color, 1 finger white head. Nice retention with spotted lacing throughout.

S - Toasted caramel, rich malt, dusty muted fruit,

T - Smooth bready malt with toffee note swimming throughout, earthy... and I mean earthy hops swim over the palate, a flirty sweetness plays with the creamy body. Hints of subtle fruit add acidity. The hops start earthy and perk up perfectly for the finale.

An incredibly silky feel. This beer is bursting with character, like it has a story to tell.

Serving type: cask

08-22-2010 02:22:18 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:25:48 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, acquired at DLD.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange, quite bright, medium sized white head forms and slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass and decent layer, some lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, very fruity, lots of dried apricots, caramel sweetness, corn syrup, some floral, a bit of biscuit, a touch of peach and some fruity hoppiness, not too bad.

Taste is a little light but nice, some sharp citrus notes, a bit of floral, more peach and apricots, light biscuit, caramel middle, a touch of Honeycomb cereal, a touch of sour fruit in the finish, light spicy/herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not too bad, more of an ESB I think than a straight bitter but a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:19:53 | More by Viggo
Photo of DovaliHops


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very murky amber color with a huge head! I poured timidly and got almost four fingers. Smell is kinda stinky... really grassy, or more like some kind of growing plants...not really grass or flowers...or herbs. Very different smell to me. I read the style info on this site to help me understand, but doesn't really explain it to me. With every sip, I enjoy it more. Kinda reminds me of earthy roots... Yeah, I'm not a big radish fan, but it reminds me of some roots. Very interesting. The mouthfeel is very nice...not as carbonated as the appearance portrayed. Drinkability is decent...I wish I knew exactly what this taste was.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 08:08:55 | More by DovaliHops
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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.