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McNeill's Dead Horse IPAMcNeill's Dead Horse IPA

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SheepNutz on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of OatmattStout
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/orange color with a decent head and a little lacing. There was not much of a hoppy nose on this IPA but di detect some malty and bready notes. Nice thick and smooth mouthfeel with lite carbonation of tiny bubbles. Hop flavors were real nice with a somewhat mellowover all but left you with a strong presence in the after taste. Really nice bite to the hops anda nice grapefruit rind tart finish. Had some good chewy toasted grain and biscuit flavors in the malt.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber/orange colored ale with a large head full of big bubbles. Also I am not sure is this is a bottle conditioned ale but there is certianly a fair amount of debris floating around. A nice light sweet floral scent to the beer. Initially light in the mouth but with a strong bitter after taste. I generally like Hoppy beers but this didn't suit my taste.

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Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber honey color, with some reddish hues coming through. White foamy bubbles sit atop, but I wouldn't call it a head. Spotty lacing down the glass. Aroma is of malt and hops, somewhat sweet, a little fruity. Mouthfeel is watery, with low carbonation. Taste is an even mix of malt and hops, with a bitter finish, like biting into an orange peel. A bit of smoke comes through as well. Lingering pine and citrus sticks in the back of the throat. Not my favorite from this brewer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange cloudy with sediment, tan head
Grapefruit nose, a little caramel, and malty
Grapefruit and malt taste, not as bitter as I would have thought, but the hops are there, especialy citrus and pine. But more malty and less hoppy that I expected. The hops become more pronounced as it warms.
Full malty feel.
It doesn't stand up to some of the other IPAs out there, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of HonestWeightBeer
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber with plenty of sediment.

Poured a decidely hazy orange brown with plenty of carbonation, and the head is built to last. It's huge and stiff head leaves plenty of sticky lace.
Aroma is lively with floral hops and sticky hop oils, alcoholic notes and fruity hints.
Taste is smooth and heavy, with tons of hops, a strong malt presence that is interspersed with friuty , citric qualities. Yeast is everpresent lending an earthy taste. Nice bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is full and round, a real healthy, smooth & strong presence on the palate.
Drinkable, oh, don't get me started.. This is really a beautiful brew, well rounded and oh so tasty.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn fine, easy drinking IPA. Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle, with nice artwork of a cartoon dead horse on its back. Purs out a nice deep copper color, with a very generous brown head for this bottle conditioned brew. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is a nice blend of hops and malt, not overly powerful but lets you know it's going to be a nice thirst quenching IPA. Taste is very full, nice hop bitterness with plenty of english malt flavor and soem fruit esters mixing nicely - I taste a little bit of apple. Very smooth and alcohol is not noticeable, not as dry as some IPA's in the finish. Yummy....

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Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, with a small whitish head. Tons of floating yeast particles, like an alcoholic asteroid field.
Aroma is almost completely devoid of hops. Is my nose not working? Rich maltiness
Flavor is initially malty, with all the hops coming through in the end, providing a long, long bitter finish. Citric, floral american hoppiness. Very interesting hopping. Light esteriness, pear, with a touch of apple. Some cardboardy flavors in the finish. I think my bottle was a little old, which might explain the understated hops.
Reminiscent of a british IPA, with an american twist.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best McNeills ever, but still tasty.

Lovely pumpkin color, but unfortunately no head on the glass. What threw me a bit was the aroma: not a fresh hop smell, but more of a musty hop one.

I found this to be all hops...not overly extreme hops, just that was all I could taste. The hops made for a bit of astingency in the mouthfeel.

Bit of a one note beer...I thought it could use a bit more balance and have some malt characteristics. McNeills is probably my favorite New England brewery however, and I will always come back to this brew. pat

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Umm! Lots of yeasty goodness floating about! This Cloudy Copper IPA holds a nice off-white head and trails of sticky lace. The aroma is of fresh hops, malt, yeast and alcohol. Medium malty and highly hopped with a strong grapefruit bitterness and mild citrus and metallic tanginess. The edginess mellows out towards the end of the 22oz bottle.

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Photo of charlesw
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a light orange/brown with a humongous head. Very cloudy - in fact, even in the first 12oz glass there was a good amount of yeast globules. The huge (dark cream colored) head dies down quickly enough (thankfully).
It smells (faintly) of a fruity, slightly off beer.
Ah, but the taste! Dang! This is what an IPA should be! Lightly fruity and tons of hop bitterness all over the mouth! Towards the end of the mouthful I get more of a caramel/malt/butter flavor/texture. Nice and bitter aftertaste! Mmm!
If it was easier to find I'd be drinking this on those hot summer days!

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Photo of goz
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangey brown, small tan head that leaves decent lacing on the way down. Aroma is lightly malt sweet, with some floral, pine and citrus hints from the hops. Flavor is initially sweet from the malts, then gets some good earthy, pineapple and grapefruit from the hops. Body is quite full, seems very close to a cask conditioned beer going down.

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Photo of MJR
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...

Appearance: Pours a lovely amber with a bit of copper around the edges. I see a bit of sediment from the bottle-conditioning floating here and there. The head is a sight to starts out thick and creamy, shrinks only a little bit and shows incredible staying power. Fantastic lacing on the glass as well.

Smell: Raw and fresh with tons of hops. There's a slighty earthy, woody note that plays second fiddle. Good aroma...

Taste: Fairly understated and English in character with a good balance between the fresh hops and the grainy, bready malts. There's a touch of a woody, leathery flavor in there that adds a bit of depth. The hops have quite a bit of spiciness to them. If I had to pick out a fault, I would say that it's a bit thin in flavor. What's there is good, but it's not multi-layered like the best IPAs. This flaw is especially noticeable in the finish. Shot of alcohol on the tail end...

Mouthfeel: It starts out a bit thin, but gets thicker and creamier towards the bottom of the bottle. Has a nice, dry finish that does a good job of preparing the palate for another sip.

Drinkability: This is a well done English-style IPA. It's not in the same league as the best IPAs out there, but it's quite drinkable and would match well with a variety of food.

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Photo of scottum
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy brown with a small head. Quite fruity and a bit yeasty. The hops fit into the balance so wonderfully well. Very interesting IPA. Not supped up like most american IPAs these days. Mellow and very pleasant. Certainly worth your mouth's time.

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

Pours a nice orange color, with a decent head. Hops, hops and more hops. They blast your senses from the opening sip to the last keptchap whacked drop from the bottle. The hops were not overwhelming, but rather delightful. A real man's beer, hearty and bold.

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Photo of Denali
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber color. Almost no head.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Taste: I was suprised by the strong apple taste up front (since I didn't detect apples in the aroma). Hops flavor then comes in, with a nutty and sweet malt aftertaste.

Mouhtfeel: Not too much carbonation. A little thin.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Not too acidic and no noticible alcohol taste.

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Photo of John
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy copper/amber color with copious quantities of suspended and precipitated yeasties. Looks like someone stirred in a spoonful of horseradish. Multi-grain bread aroma, some oily hops as well. Flavors are pretty well balanced and the hops are fairly tame considering this is a McNeill’s brew and an IPA. Never fear though as the hops are the dominate player. Smooth, medium mouthfeel and relatively low level carbonation. Some tart/sour yeast flavor is noted. Good IPA but not quite what I expected.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who else but a “Master Brewer”, would name a beer “Dead Horse”, can you imagine “Burger King’s Dead Horse Club Sandwich” Got to love these masterful people who take their art so seriously, then call a beer “Dead Horse, or “Moose Drool”.

The beer as it sets in my glass a limpid copper color, the head is immature, and the lace satisfactorily covers the glass. Lots of malt at the front, lightly floral, somewhat sweet but all in all a great smelling beer. Top a bit slender in feel, sneakily hopped, moderate in carbonation, dry aftertaste. More an "English" IPA, than the over the top hopped American IPA's, but then I like both "Sub-Styles", equally well for their own attributes.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA. Very hazey (bottle conditioned) brown colour with slight orange tone with a very heavy creamy-head with full coverage, stick and great retention. The nose is full of hop flower and slight oil. Heavy, thick, musty (in a good way) hop oil and flower with a solid, balancing malt launching pad. Not sickly hop oily like some craft super-IPAs . Very good with slight lingering aftertaste. Light-feeling medium body, and great smoothness.

Extrordinarily drinkable, crafted IPA. My new favorite IPA? Could be. This brew is everything great about IPAs. Drink, Drink! Cheers!

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a “best before last day of” freshness date on the side of the label, funny little pic of a dead horse and buzzard on the front. Good amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: The foaming action is a treat! Lots of stickage and the head stays while the beer is there. A dark reddish orange unfiltered beauty.

Smell: The aroma is lively and jumping around with alcoholic esters, pungent and woody hop and a coarse mix of malt and yeast.

Taste: Full in the mouth from a lush and creamy malt built palate, bottle conditioned carbonation and solid medium body. It raw baby … Yeah! Fruity and pungent from both the hops and fruity esters. A touch buttery under the layered maltiness. Bitterness from the hops is more than sufficient with woody and oil undertones. Yeast is quite perceivable with lots of mineral and chalky nutty flavours. Finish with a lot of residual flavour as well as some sweetness.

Notes: This is a balls to the wall English style IPA, perhaps they brewed something like this back in the day. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned for your tasting pleasure and it was certainly a pleasure for my taste buds.

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Photo of jermar
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on an IPA. Very fruity tasting, almost like #9, with the fruit coming from the malt not the hops.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, has a dark golden color, with a small fine head. Only picked up a mild hop nose. Body was medium +, and fairly smooth on the tongue. Touch of malt flavor to start, then smooth, mild hoppiness to finish. Was hoping for more hoppiness, actually.

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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