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

Brewed by:
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 Jenray
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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 herman77
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of swierczt
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.99 bomber from SuperSaver.

Heavily hazy orange body, topped by a softball of off-white foam that looks like to could pack fragile goods with. Good lacing.

Piney aroma with a light citrus background. Pleasant but not the big enticing aroma I hope for with IIPAs.

A big splash of sweetness makes a big first impression. A wave of juicy fruit flows in, along with a bitter blast at the swallow which balances the sweet malt start and then overpowers the balance completely. Well hidden alcohol.

Properly chewy mouthfeel is good and firm.

Overall not a great IIPA but not a bad one either. Worth a try but keep expectations in the middle.

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Photo of seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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 portia99
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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 Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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 thekevlarkid
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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 far333
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
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 sholland119
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 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 CCutch
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler brought over by a friend, poured into a bulb style glass.

very nice deep reddish amber, nice big off white head that settled to some nice thick big bubbly and creamy retention. nice lace. slightly cloudy.

nicely balanced, big alcohol, caramel, biscuit, slight woody fruity hop. towards the end of the glass developed an off aroma, not really enough hops for a DIPA in my opinion.

much better taste than the aroma suggests. woody, tropical fruity, pine sappy hops mingle with a nice candied caramel malt, alcohol definatly noticable, but not overpowering.

big bodied with lots of sticky resinous bitterness, thick and a little boozy.

pretty solid malty, sticky, DIPA, the aroma wasnt great and took a dive quick. i might drink this again.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with a reddish tint to it. About a finger and a half of light beige head keeps well, stays full throughout and leaves a good deal of webbing on the sides. It's a bit on the dark side but otherwise looks very nice.

Nose initially has a hint of booze and is pretty sweet; lots of pale and crystal sweetness. Has an interesting fruitiness to it, some sweet orange, peach, apricot. With the sweetness it gives a sort of booze soaked, candied fruit aroma.

Taste is also on the sweet side for a DIPA. It's not a completely caramel malt sweetness, there is some pale there too I think. Like the smell there is quite a bit of fruity flavor but it's so sweet that it's a very sugary fruitiness, sort of candied and slightly medicinal. Orange, peach and some tropical fruits are the primary hop flavors, all quite sweet. Luckily there is a pretty good bitterness in the finish which cuts through some of the sweetness. Otherwise this one would be terribly out of balance. I wish it was hoppier in terms of flavor and had a bit more bitterness as well, but there is enough of a bitter punch in the finish to keep it from being a sticky sweet mess.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty heavy feeling; it's pretty thick and sticky in the finish. The bitterness helps to dry it out in the finish a bit, but not enough; it would be a total mess with less bitterness.

This is a decent IPA but it's pretty rough around the edges. Too sweet number one, and too full bodied number two. The hop bitterness is just enough to keep it from being a sweet, sticky mess, but barely. It needs less sweetness, less body and more hops to reach the level of the great DIPAs.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 133 ratings