McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPAMcNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA

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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and a good amount of piney hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness up front and then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in to balance things out. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a nice orangeish golden color that is quite hazy, suprisingly pours with little head, does leave a slight amount of lacing

S: nice sweet, citrusy hop notes, strong citrus

T: nice citrus and hop notes

D/M: leaves a slight tart taste on the pallet, drinks smooth, goes down nice, very slight alcohol bite, overall I really liked this brew

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Photo of Fernans
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - amber nothing unusual
S - slight floral smell not overpowering
T - here's where it shines. Like a true DIPA hoppy but not over the top. Well done. Nice finish.
M - small bubbles feels smooth and easy.
D - very in short. Warlord real is a top notch brew if you in enjoy the style

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle.

Pours darker murky slightly orangy amber.The head is creamy and long lasting, light tan in color. This one leaves plenty of fine and also frothy lace and sheeting.

Piney hop infused nose.

I found this one to be a very pleasant and equally taste brew. Loads of smooth malts up front and then biting pine and resin hops late.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

All in all a very smooth, tasty and enjoyable brew from McNiells. DIPA lovers go track some of this stuff down.

A bargain at under $5 at Spirit Haus in Amherst, Ma.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the horseshoe pub in Hudson, MA. Reviewed via Blackberry

Poured a murky tan body with small off white head.

Nose is very fruity, almost smells like a fruit beer. Citrus and some caramel as well.

Thick and full bodied. A nice firm citrus taste. Not overly bitter. Caramel and thick malt flavor. This beer is really an amazing cross between british barleywine and DIPA. Lemon, lime, grapefruit juice, not a lot resin or citrus peel which makes it very nice and unique. Ends with a fruity lingering finsh.

Wow, this hands down the best mcneils I've ever had. So totaaly not an american DIPA. Damn good.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

13 oz. pour served in a tulip shaped glass. Nice thick off-white head that disappears into healthy lace. Brown-amber and cloudy with little signs of carbonation. Aroma indicative of heavy Cascade hops: pine, apples, and light caramel. Taste is much more pronounced that the aroma: apples, toasted oak, alcohol with a slight sweetness. Medium body with a noticeable carbonation bite. Bitter finish that lasts. I'll have another.

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Photo of JMforman
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a $3 pint of this at Mellow Mushroom. Pretty sweet deal!

A- Deep amber with a decent head and good lacing

S- Citrus, caramel, toasted malt

T- Honey, grapefruit, dark fruit, alcohol

M- Very thick and creamy, way more than I've ever experienced in an IPA. Medium to heavy overall.

D- Very drinkable and cheap every Monday night at Mellow Mushroom!

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep reddish orange color, like a fall burnt orange. Really pretty and has a slight haziness to it. Very little head but nice lacing. Not your typical color for a double ipa. The aroma is so powerful with lots of pineapple, pine, lemons, grapefruit and mango. Really tropical. Also has some malt to balance the acidity out. The rich caramel malt is just a tad over powering to the hops but the complexities are fantastic. Mouthfeel is a little flatter than I would have liked but all in all it's silky smooth. Dry
Finish and medium to heavy bodied. Drinkability is nice. Really has a tropical fruits thing going on and it's very appealing. A must if this is distributed by you.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: dark amber, garnet in color, rocky head on aggressive pour. last a while.
Smell: Sweet malt-very clean passed by big citrusy grass notes from the hops.
Taste: Beer drinks very clean. sweet malt profile up-front quickly followed by bitter hops. no mango mostly all citrus.
Mouthfeel: sweet but alcohols dries it right out with plenty of bitterness for balance with scraping the tongue
Overall: A really good beer. Not the best dipa but definetly in the front of the class. Nice job Ray!

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Photo of mattp
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Oliver's. Very attractive reddish amber color. The nose was pretty hoppy as one would expect for this style. The flavor was rich, with good hops and a bit of the alcohol coming through. The mouthfeel was substantial, almost like you could eat it. Very flavorful but at this abv you are not going to toss four or five back at a sitting.

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Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. No freshness date noticeable on the label or the bottle.

A - Pours a not-quite perfectly clear dark orange with a thick, fluffy 1" white head that sits atop nicely. Head lingers for a couple of minutes before dissipating, fially reduces to a thin layer on the surface with a thick collar and some sticky lace left on the glass.

S - Right out of the bottle this yields a rich piney aroma. In the glass grapefruit and orange aromas kick in to the mix too. Tiny flashes of sweet malt and biscuits appear as well.

T - Flavor matches the aroma pretty well. Lots of piney hops hit the palate first followed closely with a bunch of grapefruit too. Malt is more prominant in the flavor profile than the aroma. Sugary and malty sweetness do add just the right amount of balance to the beer without holding back the hops. A little bit of yeastiness adds some bready characteristics here too.

M - Medium body, full enough for the style, but not heavy feeling. This imperial IPA leans towards the west coast interpretation - more hops forward and malt to balance, not as thick and sweet as many east coast imperials. Carbonation is light and has very fine, small bubbles - gives a creamy feeling to this one. Very nice.

D - This is a pretty smooth DIPA. Seems to straddle the IPA/DIPA line...drinks like an IPA. Not as powerful as many others, which makes this extremely drinkable for this category...and at $5 a bomber,I'm pretty motivated to give this one another go.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at the brewery a year after I first tried this beer so I thought I'd give it another go. Off tap this double IPA was a clear, orange color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention was decent and it left some spots of lacing; the appearance wasn't the strongest point. The aroma was excellent, citrus esp. grapefruit, orange zest, rich hops, green, and herbal without being bitter. The flavors were similarly outstanding, dominated by the orange zest and grapefruit notes. The finish was piney and herbaceous. Though it coated my tongue it was not oily and the malty backbone gave the hops enough balance. The mouthfeel was creamy and lush, the body medium/full and the carbonation soft. Highly enjoyable even if a little one-sided. Also worth noting, I ended up giving it the same score I did the first time.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained 22oz bomber from Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Orangey-tan brew with a 1-finger off-white somewhat-rocky head of medium and large bubbles. Somewhat dark and rich for an IPA. Head settles to a thin film that laces slightly. Bubbles are too large and heavy to lace significantly.

Second glass has a much better head, 2-fingers, smaller bubbles, better retention and lacing.

S: Light honey/caramel and orange/lemon aromas. Not a very strong hop presence noted in the nose (or maybe my sniffer is dysfunctional tonight).

T: Warmth on the tip of the tongue. Hops bite in soon and remain strong through the finish. Some honey and lemon up front. Pine, grass, orange, a hint of toffee in the finish. There isn't much in the middle because the finish is strong and starts early. A good dose of bitter lingers well after swallowing. Belch consists of orange and grass. Toffee becomes more apparent after exposure to air. Banana appears also.

M: Full and creamy, not harsh like some IPAs can be. Good dry finish, just as it should be. Appropriate carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

D: Very good. Thick and filling, but not too heavy. Enjoyable. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- Goldish brown in color, it has a white foamy head that leaves some lacing.
S- It has a sweet caramel scent to it.
T- It's very fruity and sweet. There's a smooth caramel aftertaste, but the front is dominated by a malty citrus. But there is a good balance, thankfully.

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Photo of Pentastar
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rusty amber with a tan colored, half inch head, lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Somewhat sweet with some bready malt, alchohol and yeast.

Taste: Intense bitterness with alchohol bite. Malt flavors are pretty noticeable too. Some pine flavor and orange, oily hops come through, along with an earthy background flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkeability: Good overall drinkability for the high abv.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McNeill's in Brattleboro VT
A - Brownish red grapefruit color. Hazy. Nice light tan head lingering that produces nice lacing.
S - Grapefruit, sweet malt.
T - Very nicely balanced hops and malt from the first sip. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.
M/F - Medium body. Very creamy and silky smooth.
D - A very good and tasty DIPA.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with decent clarity. Pours with a long lasting rocky head that leaves piles of sticky lacing. A very attractive glass of beer!

Spicy and resinous hop aromas with a hint of orange rind.

Juicy citrus hops ride on a big sweet malt body. A big chewy beer. A well made beer that is worth trying. With the hop bite and malt sweetness, I bet it would work well with some barbeque.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know McNeill's made an imperial IPA, but then I saw this in the beer store so I had to buy it.

Poured the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thick foamy head that left a small amount of lacing. An unusual amount of sediment was floating around...not that I mind the sediment. Color is a dark copper and hazy. Kind of a mild aroma. It certainly doesn't knock you down with hops, though the hops are there, along with citrus and pine. Taste follows the smell. Nicely balanced. A good amount of hops but not overwhelming. A noticable citrus presence. A real nice bitterness rounds out the taste. Medium bodied and a very smooth beer. Doesn't leave a lot of stick and drinks real easy. Overall I'd say this is a real nice, easy to drink DIPA that won't knock you on your ass with hops.

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Photo of ajkmetron
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely solid appearance, what I hope the double IPA would look like.

The aroma is really nice, but the overall taste doesn't really keep up with that expectation.

It's very nice, but that particular taste is just not my favorite.

Very good for a Vermont IIPA beer, but some of the West Coast (and Mid-A and Mid-W) breweries still seem to be a step ahead of this offering. (disclaimer, I'm a UVM alum).

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Odd, finding this one in Knoxville. Pours a cloudy copper body with a small beige head that leaves some very sticky lace.

Aroma of melted caramel, pine hops, and orange marmalade.

Mouthfeel reveals a thick and chewy medium body with a creamy carbonation.

Taste has a lot of chewy caramel and the maltiness prevails to the finish. Hops are up to the challenge and serve up a pine hop bitterness to balance. Citrus marmalade notes are present all the way through and contribute a thick bittersweet character. Hops segue into a bitter and dirty earthiness toward the finish.

A pretty good DIPA with a malty emphasis.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is piney and earthy hops with caramel malt. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant chestnut with 2” creamy foam dissipates to ½” film that hugs the side of the glass providing good lace.
S: Resiny hop with biscuit aromas.
T: A big hop driven beer with enough malt to balance.
F: Rich, creamy texture with medium carbonation and medium body.
O: A big hop forward Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma consists of citrus hops with nice resin and piney notes also detectable. Taste is also a complex mix between some notes of citrus hops with some resin notes which is well balanced by a semi-sweet caramel malt backbone. Floral notes are very nice. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of piney, citrusy hops with a bit of a malt backbone in the nose.

Taste is full of piney, citrusy hops upfront with a mild hop bitterness that reveals a decent malt backbone. A bit sweet and a bit of caramel in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop and malt flavors. Not too stingy or anything. Decent.

Not a bad attempt at a DIPA. Could use a bit more hops but otherwise, it's drinkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a frothy, one inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a sold, quarter inch skim with some swaths and spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals sweet citrus notes with earthy undertones and a suggestion of grapefruit seeds. Taste consistent with nose; however, a slightly candied character comes out in the flavor profile (maybe toffee) and a malty backbone expresses itself before culminating in a pleasant, slightly resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an assertive carbonation and some citrus astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands in the sides of the cheek. Definitely one of the top beers in Ray McNeill's line-up. I've had it in a bottle and on tap, but would love to try this one on cask as well. A really respectable East Coast DIPA.

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