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 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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Added by Bierman9 on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very murky copper color with a finger and a half of white head with a nice amount of lacing.

S: The hops are there and are quite strong but the malt really works against them instead of complimenting them. A little bit of yeast comes in as well which I enjoyed.

T: Fairly well balanced with the hops winning in the end with an ever so slightly bitter finish. Balanced is the word the only bad part is the hops are not nearly where I need them to be.

M: Pleasant light mouthfeel for a DIPA.

D: Fairly good. Certainly not bad. The problem is everyone is doing this style now so unless you are blowing peoples minds it all sort of gets lost in the middle.

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Photo of regspeir
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip
Poured a dark, cloudy reddish orange with a one-finger head that settles to a coating. Lacing was interesting - almost looked like milk skim. Nose was malt forward, some flowery hops and a little citrus. Taste transitions from hops and pine to caramel malts, pineapple and grapefruit with some bitterness in the start and again in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a little edge and expected oiliness. In a previous reviews, a soapiness has been mentioned and it's there in the mouthfeel. Carbonation makes for some large bubbles. Drinkability was ok if I could get it easier but it is a little syrupy to fit with my favorites in this style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin layer cream head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear (not cloudy now) amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit and caramel nose. Flavor is grapefruit and caramel, big change from last year, sweeter not cloying. The brewer has given this more malt, much better DIPA now. $4.79 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Pours a haze-filled, oak-brightened maple in color. Dense, inch-high white foam with very sturdy retention. Ringed lacing around the majority of the glass.

Bright/ripe, juicy pineapple, lime, apricot, and honeydew. The hop oils practically jump out of the nonic. Steady, warm alcohol nose with notes of vanilla and honey. Faint biscuity malt with a cutting saffron spice.

Creamy, toasted bready malt character with a hefty layer of honey and an additional layer of vanilla. The hop character takes hold following the slightly, bulky malt sweetness; and it is ruthless. The hops swarm the palate with a bulky, floral-perfume presence that only mildly highlight a bit of citrus flavors. Notes of tropical fruit are followed by an abrasively, vaporous alcohol presence.

Full in body; simply unbalanced. The slick malt character and the intense wave of noxious, perfume is too much for the palate to handle; not to mention the lingering heat that the alcohol presence imparts.

A very intense experience, and I don't necessarily mean that in the most glowing terms. Such great aromatics that translate into a bulky, overpowering flavor and mouthfeel. The Warlord takes your palate for hostage and does not let go.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a bomber of this at whole foods for a nice price. my 1st from the company.

A- Copperish orange with some light bronze and a nice sturdy head of condensed off white head. Nice lines down the glass and good retention.

S- Smells really malty and somewhat alcoholic, but overall this is one sweet beast. Sweet caramel and slight candy sugar with a touch of grain. Hops are no problem here, there is a bunch of citrus including a ton of grapefruit and mango, the malts just overpower them though.

T- A sweet DIPA thats not afraid to show it's hop profile as well. This kinda reminds me of Cigar City jai lai because of the sweet center built around hops. Citrus, mango and grapefruit, check. Some small lemon bite, check. Pine as well, not really earthy or grassy. Caramel around everything and than some.

Feel is about medium with a small bitterness under the lucious smooth malt backbone that rides the tounge quick and efficient. The sweet sticks around a bit to long though. Falls apart with warming. Carb is not a problem here, bubbling.

I drank the bomber, i had no problems with that but a 12ozer would of done. A bit to sweet for me at my moment in time right now. A good look that if dry hopped even more would be great.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Dark orange/amber pour. About two fingers of creamy foam retain well and leave behind some very nice lacing.

Not an overly hoppy nose. Mostly earthy and piney, with lighter notes of citrus and caramel.

Malty sweet flavor up front gives way to some muted earthy bitterness. This beer is at its most bitter in the oily finish. Not sure what the ABV is, but there's a bit of heat in the finish, as well.

Very smooth, creamy texture. Little lighter body than I'd expect from a DIPA. Slick, oily finish. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a smallish sticky white head. The aroma is pungent, way hoppy, with a deep well of pine and citrus that makes it like smelling a rich mai-tai. The flavor is sweet and pineapply, with a sweet malt background and a surprisingly retrained citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is very sticky.

Good if not particularly artful or subtle.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 0z. bomber for $4!!

A dank and cloudy amber color, very dark in the middle with a frothy, bubbly tan colored head, nice sticky lacing with lots of foamy coverage.

Resiny, piney hops, big time pineapple and other sweet fruits mixed in. grainy heat, tingles the nose.

This is a very bitter and tart hop flavor, very-upfront, dry leaves and fresh acorn's. Medium to high heat adds with the tart fruit flavor with pineapple and slight strawberries. A hearty grain and malt lingers on the lips. The finish is herbal, earthy and bitter, slightly sweet malt and rather well-rounded. Perhaps a bit too much Pineapple flavor popping out of the hops, and the fruits are bit flat and too much heat.

a thick and hefty feeling with a lingering heat.

A bottle from Mcneill's???!!! don't be scared.

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Photo of soze47
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bomber to drink while watching football. I've never had a beer from them.

Appearance: Very cloudy. Brown amber in color. Substantial head on a gentle pour that takes a while to subside. I get some yeast floater too, especially on the second pour.

Aroma: Hoppy, but not too robust smell. There is definitely a substantial bready malt in the nose too.

Taste: No one normal hop taste (citrus, piney, floral) really jump out too much. If any thing, it has a herbal grassy subtleness over a noteworthy malt. It isn't really caramel sweetness like many other IPAs, but a bready or doughy sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one was highly carbonated, which made the heavy/medium body from being too cloying or overly sweet. Not a hard beer to drink and doesn't have a strong aftertaste, which is nice for the style.

Overall: Unique for sure. Not my favorite by a long shot, but easy to drink. McNeill's created a good tasting beer here, but the hops are a little too subtle for my taste.

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Photo of haddon
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, TN

The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

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

taste starts a bit muted with sweet malts, caramel and then kicks it with piney hops. the bitterness lingers with a sharp alcohol burn on the aftertaste. not real well balanced.

medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

a little too creamy on the feel and the boozy burn is a little too evident for my preference. good representation of style but I probably wouldn't drink with a pizza next time. would rather sip a little slower on its own. it's a one and done beer for me.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy copper/orange with a big 2 finger of off white rocky frothy head to it. Head recedes slowly leaving sheets of sticky lacing along the glass the entire way down. Nose is sharp with hops at first then quickly muted. Citrus and piney hops are the most prevalent with some carmalized malts in the background. Taste is mildly fruity up front balanced with some caramel malts and a bit of piney hops, a touch of biscuit and toasted malts in the middle, and a nice citrus burst of hops in the finish that gives a nice bitterness. Ligher side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, oily feel with a slight sticky finish. For a DIPA falls slightly short, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

War Lord was part 2 of the DIPA sampling yesterday with Artied2. Nice artwork on the label, with a bit of info regarding the contents. No ABV or freshness info, though.

Poured a cloudy chestnut hue, with a fine, creamy, tan, mousse-like topping. Had scant carbo within, and lacing was quite decent. Aroma had some light caramel and a solid helping of citrus present. Body was a middle of the road medium, and the liquid was fairly smooth on the tongue.

Flavor has some caramel and toffee sweetness. Heaped on top of that was a good load of citrus. Was a touch piney, with that strong west-coast hop character lingering well on the palate. Pretty good overall, especially considering the hit-or-miss nature of McNeill's bottled offerings. Artie liked this better than I, overall. Zum Wohl!!


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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. In your face malts and hops, yet still drinkable, that's McNeill's. Some pineapple in addition to the citrus of the hops. Nice blend of malts which were both British and American and a full mouthfeel.Golden colour, small amount of head and barely perceived aromas.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with an inch of creamy khaki foam on top. Orange highlights and good clarity. Aromas bring sweet sugared fruits and caramel malts upfront. Cotton candy? Citric and piney hops with resinous accents in the background. Quite malty and a tad bit earthy.

First sip brings dense sweet malts upfront with caramel and fruits rolling across the tongue. Earthy accents roll in that get caught up by citrus and pine laden hop oils. Bitterness kicks in and provides good balance with the sweet malts. Quite a big malty body for an imperial IPA and not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess. This brew goes down smooth and is easy to drink for a DIPA. The hop punch isn't quite there for me and this end up as a more malt forward brew. Overall though it's a tasty brew and I'm glad to try my first McNeill's, thanks to warriorsoul.

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Photo of david18
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my bottle review:

I bought this beer because I had never seen it before. It was at the whole foods on 97th and Columbus in New York City. It was a very good balance of elements without anything overpowering the other. Not too hoppy, not too malty, not too strong on the alcohol.

Color is a good dark golden brown. Piney hoppy aroma. Sweet and bitter flavor. Worth getting if you see it.


I had a sixteen ounce of this at Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I generally agree. At the bar it's called an English Style double ipa. I think that's accurate. STrong and malty without being too hoppy. The problem is that the alcohol is a little too present.,

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down very slowly and left some bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: There are flavors of citrus and pine resin hops in the taste, which are relatively well balanced by the underlying malts. The beer has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes like it’s somewhat strong but for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of lpayette
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. First time I remember seeing McNeill's there. I believe that this is the same as their old "Imperial IPA" but with a new name. The label is black and surprisingly snazzy compared to the McNeill's labels of old. A nice improvement overall from the new production facility.

Appearance- pours a slightly cloudy honey amber color with a solid two finger head. Great lacing.

Smell- My first thought is apples, and I'm sure the people on the lookout for quality issues would say that this is one. It's subtle though, and I believe it's just a pleasant hoppy smell.

Taste and mouthfeel- With the first couple sips I was pleasantly surprised how good this was. Is it on par with the quintessential DIPAs? No, not quite. But it's pretty darn good regardless. Not to say that this is the hoppiest beer out there, but my one complaint is that there is just a tad too much harshness from the hops. Like the first addition was boiled a smidgen too long. If I can ignore that however, everything else holds up pretty well. From mid-sip to the finish the hops are dreamy and the mouthfeel creamy. The malt in this one is just enough to offer a nice rounded balance.

Drinkability- Pretty good overall. With some minor tweeks I think this could be something special.

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 133 ratings