McNeill's Dead Horse IPA | McNeill's Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
McNeill's Dead Horse IPAMcNeill's Dead Horse IPA
BA SCORE
3.66/5
Good
196 Ratings
McNeill's Dead Horse IPAMcNeill's Dead Horse IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SheepNutz on 10-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,804
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
196
pDev:
14.75%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy glossed over orange color with a slim one finger white foamy head that dissipated decently in a nice way. Lacing was decently stringy and messy. The smell started off with a decent earthy to semi-grassy sweet hops running into a sly caramel backbone. The taste pretty much copied the smell and had a decent sweet malty backbone leading to the semi-earthy and becoming slightly citrus (and English-esque) in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is sly and carries the harshness just enough but stays back to allow the bitterness to take the lead. Overall, good as an English IPA, is that what its supposed to be.

 783 characters

Photo of IBUBrew
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swierczt
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorChugButterman
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber with a slight amber tint under a 1” off-white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Bread, caramel and fruit in the aroma with citrusy hops.
T: Biscuit with a little caramel finishes dry with a slight astringency and some earthy, spicy bitter and a slight dose of pepper.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A full flavored English Indian Pale Ale.

 383 characters

Photo of rbastone
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snilsen13
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An under-rated IPA, for sure. Tasted from a can.

This is complex, uniquely-flavored with great bod and maltiness (McNeill's beers are just great like this). If you are into IPA for the hops alone, you won't understand. As a home brewer, I really appreciate this beer.

With all the hype over some very hard to get VT beers, this brewery, which is more available across VT, is producing amazing beer. For example, compared to the Fiddlehead IPA, this one is on a different level. YMMV.

 490 characters

Photo of Chris33
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

served from the cask at the brewery. amber colored, clear, white head. mild pleasant earthy hop aroma. taste is well balanced, overall a nice body and feel

 158 characters

Photo of SABERG
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InkedinRi
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was not impressed with this ipa. No info on can.. No date, abv, or ibu. I think I bought a old can. Info on the can helps.

122 characters

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You know The Bros' Rankings are sometimes quite high on beers that don't overwhelm the denizens of BA. However, I think that they just nail a lot of them. They are not afraid to give high marks to stuff that is (in my experience) just plain good, without the hype. I'm in no way saying that all of BA is a bunch of hype helpers, but this is one case where it's like, wow, this is a really unique beer for many reasons and the Bros score is right in line with mine. Though, mine of course, is just an opinion and I will say that there are many , man, many more qualified raters than I. However, it's really all opinion in a sense. Blathering, but just loved this and like a very adept review that is below mine, was blown away by the beer after I had seen such mediocre ratings. Sometimes you wonder how much thought is being out into the ratings. It's always like there is this regression to the mediocre mean...how many beers rank from 81-86...a huge majority I would believe. And many of us call this mediocre...well in this case you're missing out if you don't try it. Besides, it's got a dead horse on the bottle...what better to do than beat it, which is what I seem to be doing.

 1,185 characters

Photo of nlb802
4.69/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't expect that much, as this is not a particularly famous beer and the "BA Score" is rather low. I was pleasently suprised by the strong malt and delicious hops of this English Style IPA. Very clean profile, very different than most IPA's now a days. Do yourself a favor and try it.

 291 characters

Photo of Reillybrews
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CraftBeerAndCupcakes
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Blueapollo420
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Nice traditional ipa, bonus half point for the name!

52 characters

Photo of hoagzzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appreciate that they went for something different here but def not my style of IPA. All malt and no hops. Not a drain pour but the balance of the sixer may be giveaways.

 169 characters

Photo of colonia25
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
McNeill's Dead Horse IPA from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 196 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.