McNeill's Champ Ale | McNeill's Brewery

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83
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61 Ratings
THE BROS
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McNeill's Champ AleMcNeill's Champ Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Champ Ale is a West Coast style pale ale. Also somewhat citrusy, it has notes of concord grapes both in the flavor and the nose. Made from a blend of British and domestic malts, it has a light red or pale rose color and very high drinkability.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.5%
 
 
Wants:
0
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of swierczt
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours copper gold with a light chill haze under a sudsy cream colored foam collar that quickly dissipates but hugs the glass all the way down.
S: Yeasty, spicy hops, malt sweetness. T: Balance leans towards the malt with caramel, light fruits seasoned with hop citrus and spice.
F: Creamy medium body and carbonation.
O: A good, easy to drink American pale Ale.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had to give some higher-than-newb marks because of my long affinity with this beer.
( Maybe a bad choice of words.) However, this stuff has been satisfying a small percentage of us in the Connecticut River Valley for many years. The taproom is rustic, inviting, friendly and the beer is underrated. Champ is one of my faves...perhaps it's the whole experience but I will never take this of of my Zombie Apocalypse List...Along with Spam and Zombie dust, if that gives you any perspective. Seriously good....

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Photo of Snow81
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of patrick802
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of Hopstout
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of noremac423
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of firkinhophead
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 from the Casual Pint in Knoxville. Bottle conditioned.

Pours cloudy, golden with a thick, fluffy head that rises up over the rik and takes a while to settle down. Clumpy, sticky lace.

Aroma is a strong suit. Sharp, yeasty notes of cheddar, apple, lemon, and biscuit. Floral hops.

Steely wheaty malts, citrus pith, vinous dry fruitiness, mild lemon soapyness.

Thin, slick mouthfeel like a wheat beer. Dry and a tad chaulky. Soft on the palate from the bottle conditioning.

Easy drinking, dry and subtle. A great summer ale that would pair well with bread, cheese and fruit. Drinks like a Saison without the spiciness. Would be great on cask. Perhaps a bit simple, but quite satisfying.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 ounce bottle.

A: Pours an amber/orange hue with a thick white head that is slow to settle. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is vigorous for the style.

S: Caramel and bready aromas up front, with piney, citrusy hop notes making up the better half. Some fruity aromas rise from beneath.

T: Very malt-forward up front. Caramel and honey, along with some fruity esters from yeast. Slight burnt grain notes lie in between. Hops come forward with citrus, grassy notes, and a slight medicinal bitterness on the finish.

Notes: Moderate in body with a very pleasant mouthfeel, and as the beer warms it becomes better. Rustic in flavor, combining the old world with the new. Flavor is there, but overall, the rest of the aspects are pretty basic. A good pale, although there are others that I would choose before it on a menu.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a fluted glass, color is pale copper, translucent, head is off white, very thick and dense, clings the glass well.

Smell is slightly off, bitternes is the there, but the sweet notes are not, hints of vinegar.

Taste starts out somewhat clean, light caramel sweet, but is caught up by some tartness, something is off, bitternes is there but not in a flavorful way.

Mouthfeel is balanced, the tartness is not lingering and the bitterness is the for a pale.

Overall, I don't like this as pale, it looks nice but does not followup; again an off beer from McNeill's, could be the freshness, could be the product and attention to quality, so far it has been 50/50.

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Photo of hoeg0015
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jondeelee
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Champ Ale begins with a rich, malty nose, full of caramelized brown sugars, lychee nut, hints of chocolate malt and milk chocolate, and a good counter of rosewater hops.

On the tongue, the beer starts off slow, with a grape-like flavor mixed in with caramelized brown sugars, then moves to more light fruit esters, including apricot, orange, and berry. These lighter textures are soon joined by a good undercurrent of toasted grains, adding a biscuit/cereal base. Hops are very faint here, noticeable not so much because of their flavor (though they do nicely balance the sugars) but from the tingling they leave on the tongue and soft palate. The aftertaste is a mixture of nicely toasted grains and light pine notes from the hops, and lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is good fare, and some lovely citrus and fruit flavors play around on the tastebuds.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the pub in Brattleboro this pale ale is a yellow-ish amber color with a thin white head but good cascading lace. The aroma is mild citrus hop with a bready, vaguely caramel idea. The taste buds pick up rye bread mixed in with the citrus bite, much like I noted in the cask ESB. There’s a nice grapefruit/lime taste that stays steady with a hempy, dusty, almost evergreen grain theme underneath it. The body is on the heavy side of light, with tasteful but delicate carbonation. Highly drinkable and a good choice for the beer lover at large.

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Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy watered down iced tea color (mild copper brown) with a 2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: English yeast, butter, toffee, slight fruity note, light hop presence.

Taste: Same as the nose but not as colorful. Might not be the freshest bottle so I'd like to revisit this one again.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with ample crisp carbonation and a moderately soft crown.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

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McNeill's Champ Ale from McNeill's Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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