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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 133
Photo of box299
1.74/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is the third beer I have tried from McNeill's and all three bottles only pour foam. The bottle was completely settled and chilled. Glass was chilled and rinsed but still filled the glass with nothing but suds. The bottle then just sits there and ooze's elephant's toothpaste. When the foam settled it did leave some nice lace. The taste is very thin for an Imperial IPA

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Photo of dragonWhale
1.84/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass of infinite proportions. Dark orange, a bit cloudy. I bring it to my nose and it whiffs of starch and medicine, perhaps a bit of caramel and citrus. I would say ass, but sometimes ass isn't this bad. Blah.
It's definitely starchy and kind've gross. I am singing the quiet song, for no one is awake to hear me scream. There is the slightest bit to enjoy. Maybe if the beer was more fresh, it'd have some hop flavor and I'd be not wondering what to do with the other half of the beer. Looking like a huck it down the dumpah..

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear amber copper color with a one fingered, dense creamy head.

S - Caramel malt dominates the nose and there's some very faint grapefruit aroma in the background, also getting some wet cardboard aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit bitterness, and boozey effervesence. There is some medicinal character and even tastes a little oxidized.

M - Heavy medium body and cloying.

O - This beer is probably past its prime, I'll re-visit this beer again because right now it falls flat on its face.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to shaebs99 for this.

3.5 A: Clear dark amber color. One finger of creamy off white head that falls quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

2.5 S: Citrusy and flowery hops with emphasis on orange and mango and a touch of grapefruit. However, the hops overall are quite weak. Crystal malts and something strange along the lines of sherry.

2.0 T: Mild hop bitterness. Hop flavor in form of pine and a touch of grapefruit, but again really weak. The malts are much stronger, but unfortunately not very tasty. Crystal and breadiness dominates, but doesn't work well together with the pine. This is the second DIPA that I've had this week that doesn't have any hops in it. It's starting to get old.

3.0 M: Medium body. Warming alcohol on finish. Could be creamier as it sits somewhat dead on the tongue. Moderate carbonation.

2.5 D: Horrible for a DIPA and not good for any other style. This brew needs the hops upped and a cleaner yeast.

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Photo of weeare138
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a hazy dark amber with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaks of sticky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell isn't overly appealing up front...I get some obvious hop notes of citrus, pine, and herbs with a wallop of sugary, (IMO) extract-like, syrupy aromas that sincerely smells like an open can of liquid malt extract. A touch of warm, bready biscuit is also found atop the whiffs of caramel, sugar and herbs.
Taste is a little lighter than the aromas with notes of tropical fruit being found. Again, there is that stinging sweetness that draws me back to beating the dead horse of reminding me of sweet extract. I'm not implying that McNeill's used extract but the malt flavor is certainly reminding me it more than any other beer I've had in recent memory.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and a bit too sweet with more "umph" in the hop category.

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Photo of DrJay
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange/amber with a slowly forming thin cap of whitish bubbles. The head settled really fast to a weak collar. There was a bit of spotty lace, but not much to see. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and tropical fruit, perhaps a little whiff of higher alcohols, roses, and pine. Nothing bad, but the aroma just didn't seem to meld well. Moderate bitterness that lingered once the malt fell away in the finish. Malty up front, biscuity mid-palate. Hop flavour was earthy, a bit citrusy, but quite muted. Light spicy alcohol flavour and warmth. Tropical fruit in the finish. Medium plus bodied with carbonation on the low side of average. Decent texture. This just didn't work for me. Other than being light on hop flavour, it just didn't come together. More boring than anything else.

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Photo of far333
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey amber color with an inch high head of sizzly light orange foam that settles down slowly to rocky caps.

Nearly no aroma, but I'm picking up some honey malt and faint citrus notes.

Grainy bready malt flavor upfront, moving quickly to sharp orange liqueur-like hops punctuated by rubbing alcohol vapors. Not too complex, needs some balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, very satisfying, but a little slick upfront and a little warming in the finish.

Low drinkability here, too much emphasis on ABV and less on balance and flavors. Winner of 13 national and international awards? This is close to being a drainpour for me.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark amber hue. No head w/ minimal carbonation.

S- sweet citrus, some apricot. Malty bread lingering.

T- Sweet fruit that quickly gives way to the malty backbone. Not very bitter at all. A basic flat taste. Mushy fruit with some bitter and spice.

M- Quite wet and moist. Taste doesn't linger much.

D-No alc taste. Kinda boring, but easy to drink. Maybe I got an older bottle. But not what I have come to expect from an IIPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted ommegang glass, color is copper/amber with a nice thick off white to light tan head that presents very thick and hangs around the entire tasting.

Smell is caramel sweet with light citrus hops; nothing spectacular.

Taste is a little to sweet, lightly cloying; flavors are caramel sweetness with strong bitterness throughout; hop flavors of note are lightly citrusy and mild spice.

Mouthfeel is cloying, the sweetness in the nose and taste linger unpleasantly, but the bitterness cleans up some of it.

Overall, an average dipa to slightly subpar, flavors and scents are just out of whack.

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Photo of samyoung
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tribeca Whole Foods purchase. Label advertised "piney and citrusy" as well as "13 national and international awards" - I was sold.

A - Murky orange. You could get lost in there...
S - Weak, faint hints of alcohol soaked hops and caramel.
T - Nice departure from the smell. Zesty, piney and alcohol-y.
M - Bold and consuming. This one coats the tastebuds.
D - If given a six pack of this beer I would be hard-pressed to finish three in a sitting - its a heavy, thick double-IPA that unfortunately does not have the liveliness of others I have tried (Hopslam which, to its otherworldly credit, has a higher ABV).

I am enjoying this beer, yet I passed up Stone, and Captain Lawrence D-IPAs for it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ppoitras for plopping this bottle into my Secret Santa box. It's a IIPA night!

Pours rustish hue with a smattering of cloudiness. Smell is sweet, malty, not like a true IIPA.

Warlord's taste follows suit. Whatever hops might be hanging around, they've been pummelled into submission long ago by the sweeet malts; their only contribution seems to be a bittering finish. This one's taking on some almost barleywine-esque attributes, much more so than a IIPA.

Not bad, but I need hops! This one falls short in that critical category, although if one ignores that shortcoming, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

An amber body with a bit of a cloudy haze and paper white cap that rose 2+ fingers and retreated slowly. A good amount of lacing left on the glass. On the nose, there are earthy and piney hops with a hearty backbone of caramel and toffee. The flavor profile is very similar. Sweet, citrus and an earthy undertone with the strong presence of caramel and toffee. The feel is oily/resiny with a medium body. The carbonation was on point and there was a faint bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a decent drinker but definitely not hop forward. This is about as balanced as they come, and therefore, not my favorite by any stretch.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Arrived with a deep copper color, and billowy white head that dissipates to a small pool. Some lacing too.

S: Hops, citrus, not too sweet.

T: I am giving this a low score, this was an incredibly underwhelming DIPA. It had a great hop taste, citrus and bitter. It did not have much of a bite or "wow" factor to it. Just seemed like a standard IPA.

M: Smooth, not overly carbonated. A little too thin.

D: I am unaware of the ABV. So, they either did a great job hiding the ABV (given it is classified as a DIPA) or it has a low ABV. Either way, the taste isn't pleasant to have more than a couple.

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Photo of Ego
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

don't turn your back on this beer, it will be overflowing all over your desk/table etc.

slightly hazy orange fading toward brown, lots of carbonation gurgling up this one, the head started up at 3 fingers but really retreats at a crazy rate down to almost nothing more than a hefty o-ring. lacing is sub par, legs are apparent but not defined to well, this is pretty average looking for a DIPA.

caramel citrus with hints of dark fruit (raisins specifically), smells duller and not 'bright' like most DIPAs, some dark honey notes, pretty interesting mix, definitely not the DIPA standard.

taste etc...
tastes like the smell... rasiny hops with a strange almost licorice bitter note, for all that carbonation it feels pretty syrupy in the mouth, some warming from the alcohol is noted, the finish is almost sort of unpleasant, it lacks crispness and bite, it is a strange flavor that just lingers and lingers, it feels out of place, somehow it tastes 'old' for lack of a better term (I have only had this bottle for 2 weeks in the cellar)

eh, nothing terrible but not a grail to be sought by those who love the style, worth trying just because it is different than most DIPAs.. and the bottle graphics remind me of Ironsword on the NES...

music: Alex Skolnick Trio - Goodbye to Romance

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Photo of jneiswender
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-think off white head and a cloudy brown-orange body

S-malty, cereal and floral

T-toast, citrus, pine and light alcohol finish


D-okay. Kind of muted. I might have this again if given limited choices.

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Photo of Gavage
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a two finger head that slowly falls.

Smell: earthy and woody tones are prominent. Grapefruit is a bit softer.

Taste: caramel, earthy tones, pine, grapefruit, red aples, and a biting bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Overall: a so-so imperial IPA. One bomber was more than enough in the session.

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Photo of seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Upon opening the bottle, I was immediately hit with a gusher. Beer everywhere...

Eventually, pours a hazy, translucent red-brown with a tan head. Smell is orangey hops, malt and the tiniest medicinal flavor. The taste is malt more than hops up front, with an orangey-hop, low-key bitterness in the back. Unfortunately, that is also accompanied by that very minimal medicinal flavor that sits a bit in the mouth. The mouthfeel is right on, with medium carbonation and not sticky sweet. Overall, this beer is alright. I wish I didn't pick up that off-flavor, because then it would have otherwise been an enjoyable, malt forward IIPA. Also, the gusher aspect was pretty annoying and unacceptable (docked the overall).

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Photo of silentjay
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a muddy amber brown with a decent cloud-like almost white head that quickly recedes, but leaves decent lacing.

some piney and woody hops on top of a caramel, toffee, and bready malt profile with some butterscotch.

bitter hops on top of buttery and caramelly base that isnt terribly impressive. after the swallow, some spicy hops linger a bit.

almost medium bodied and slightly oily/resiny with ample carbonation and a spicy, bitter aftertaste.

drinks okay. not my style of DIPA. would like a bit more hop flavor rather than the hop bitterness and the malt and yeast profiles could be cleaned up a bit. not bad as it is.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A- Pours like murky swamp water. Cloudy orange brown with a good amount of sediment swimming around and practically no head. Just a slight whitish ring around the glass.

S- Strong caramel sweetness with not to much hops. Bottle might be a little old.

T- Smooth caramel malts with once again not to much hop flavor till the finish. Slight maybe pine hops and citrus. Hard to tell because the flavor gets lost in the sweetness. Probably should have cracked this bottle when it was fresh, all the hop flavor has packed up and left. Bummer

M- Medium body with little to no carbonation and a slight bitter finish.


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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a copper color that finishes with a slight bronze look. Small frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a very slight fizzy surface and barely any lacing. Just some light fizzy bubbles here and there.

Aroma is malty, and wheat like. Hops are present, but pretty bland and not the mouth-watering IPA aroma I've come to love. Picking up slight fruit, lemon and grapefruit perhaps.

Flavor is decent, but definitely nothing special. Medium body, medium carbonation...finishes dry. Hops right up front with a malty mouth feel, not as much sweetness through-out as I would have liked. Overall, an ok IPA, but not one I'll care to drink again.

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Photo of u2carew
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head. Creamy with some big bubbles. Lacing is sticky. Hazy and amber in color.
S) Grapefruit. Peach. Earthy spice. Fairly light aroma overall.
T) Sweet caramel up front. Then moves to a mild hop bite. A lingering hop zing and alcohol in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied with some girth. Light syrupy feel.
D) A decent imperial IPA, but not a standout for this beer drinker.

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Photo of sholland119
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pony Bar, 7/17/10.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with a frothy white heads.

S-Sweet, lots of caramel with a subtle citrus hop note.

T-Very sweet, featuring lots of caramel malt. In the finish, some tar-like hop notes mixed with a pine sweetness,

M-Medium bodied, not too heavy.

D-An unusual interpretation of the style, to be sure. Pretty good flavors, though.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, applesauce, cinnamon, and malt. Flavor of grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. Also an odd malty flavor I can't quite identify. Some old socks present too. Not very hoppy for a IIPA, definitely malt-dominated. Just ok, but weak for a IIPA and not to style at all.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

A: Dark, hazy amber. Very little head that barely lasts.

S: Sweet, malty, hoppy.

T: Very sweet and hoppy to start. Ends bitter, malty, and sticky.

M: Almost chewy, syrupy. Thick, not too much carbonation.

D: Goes does with a bite. Alcohol presence is mild. Smooth for an Imperial IPA. It is not the best tasting IIPA I've had but it is still good.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

A very cloudy and dark amber hue with a two finger eggshell white head. Webby lacing is left behind as the head settles to a pillowy cap.

A very crisp and clean hop aroma, not loaded with an overwhelming mount of bitterness. The malts are pretty tame as well.

The hops have a good bitterness to them, but not backed up by as much flavor. There's a minty quality to them, along with a little citrus. The malts have a little bit of a toasted characteristic. Full bodied.

This one missed the mark in my book. Not bad, but it's missing some flavor behind the bite of the hops.

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