McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPAMcNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-28-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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1
Gots:
3
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0
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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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.

eyes...
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.

nose...
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)

verdict?
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
3.61 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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