McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA | McNeill's Brewery

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into standard pint.

A- A nice, copper/gold mashup with a sticky, frothy, long-lasting head that is eggshell white. This is how DIPAs should look. A bit darker than standard, but I'm not complaining!

S- Floral/citrus hops. Pleasing, if a bit subdued.

T- Wow. Whatever the nose lacked, the taste brings doubly. Very intense hops, citrus/grapefruit, a hint of pine resin. Very nice. A pretty good malt bill does a good job of keeping this one pretty balanced, though. A solid DIPA, not as complex as some... but bold and in-your-face, which I enjoy.

M- Thick for a DIPA, good carbonation... no complaints here. I like it!

D- Fairly high. Price is right @ under $5 for a bomber. Pretty good hop bomb, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I will buy more of it.. not the best DIPA I've had, but it's damn tasty and hit the spot. My first McNeill's.. clearly not my last! This is a damn good DIPA.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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 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 UA8
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and hazy dark amber color with a tall and coarse foamed beige head.

S- Scents of bitter herbs and pine. Malt coming forward assertively with caramel notes and fruit bread character.

T- Some fruit basket notes lead on the is one, mipalate speaks of caramel malt notes, finishes with malt sweetness overlayed with herbal and pine hop bitterness. Different from others I have had somewhat like the hoppier barleywines.

M- Syrupy with moderate high viscosity and light to medium carbonation.

D- This is kind of an odd IIPA but I think it may grow on me the malts are pretty well balanced with the hops on this one lending it a syrupy barleywine character with big hop notes.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 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 Berthold
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy amber (SRM9) with a thick large bubble off white head buoyed by moderate carbonation. Large floral/grapefruit hop nose with a moderate underpinning of malty sweetness that finished with a slight huskiness. Big grapefruit hop flavor with a balanced malt backbone. A leathery mouthfeel finish including some warmth from alcohol.

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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 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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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code noted. Sampled on Aug. 2,2009. It pours a somewhat cloudy amber-copper with a decent foamy head that dissipates slowly but never quite goes away. For an IPA, the aroma is subtle with hops. You know they are in the brew but it is not an overwhelming sensation. The mouthfeel is kind of smoothly creamy with a medium texture. Bitter hops are much more bold in the taste with a very sweet malty chaser. This is a hearty and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of iceball585
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown color, cloudy, thin white fuffy head, lots of sediment floating throughout

S- Grassy, earthy, grapefruit, hops, fairly bitter auroma

T- Pine, grassy, bitter hops, buttery, caramel malts, nutty, alcohol, slightly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, oily, crisp bite, warming of alcohol, very dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not an instant classic in my book. This beer has an interesting complex flavor worth giving a try but not the best that McNeills has to offer in my opinion.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 aerozeppl
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 lordofthewiens
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a tulip. Cherry amber color with a thick, tan, meringue-like head. Good looking beer, except the head dwindled very rapidly. A bit of lacing. Fairly sharp citrus aroma with a little sweet malt. Predominately grapefruit taste, very hoppy, little bit of malt. A mostly balanced mouthfeel. I knocked down the drinkability a little. The alcohol, while not noticeable, certainly showed some effect. Next time I'll share the bomber.

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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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McNeill's Warlord Imperial IPA from McNeill's Brewery
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