McNellie's Pub Ale | Marshall Brewing Company

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McNellie's Pub AleMcNellie's Pub Ale
McNellie's Pub AleMcNellie's Pub Ale

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the house ales found in the pubs of Great Britain and Ireland, McNellie’s Pub Ale is a traditional ale brewed in the style of a Best Bitter. Various maltings of two-row barley are joined with American Glacier hops to give this beer its color, complexity, and a bit of a New World twist. The Old World character present in this ale is largely influenced by its yeast, which originates in the port city of Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 132
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this in trade from Stephens101 I believe. Shared with some of the regulars at the Brick Store Pub. This is a very nice English Bitter. It surely would have been nice if Marshall Brewing Company had been open when I lived in Tulsa a while ago. Very well done beer. Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a decent head that sticks around for a bit. Smells somewhat light and yeasty, but with a nice, dry, biscuity smell in the background. Tastes very clean and restrained with good, typical English malt notes. Slightly biscuity, soft and with a subtle earthy bitterness. Soft on the palate up front, but with just enough dry bitterness to give it some snap at the end. Really a very well made beer. Nice to try something so well made from Oklahoma.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Head might be lacking in height but it does drop some lacing on the glass, a bit murky looking as the sediment kicked up during pouring ... looks healthy. ;-) Big biscuity nose, yeast and a faint citric edge as well. Smooth and the flavor pretty much mirrors the nose though some yeast and fruit make a showing. Biscuit flavor is clean and sticks to the after taste. Dry finish.

Pretty big for the Bitter style, yeast and constant bisucity flavor takes away from the drinkabilty though it ends up being an OK quaff.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle tried 1 Jul 2009.
Completely fills a Celis pint glass with an off white foamy head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy, dark honey color. Aromas of cider, priming sugar, whiff of rubber or latex. Smells like our first homebrew. Tastes.... dusty. Sweet throughout, like a honey wheat bread. Hops are earthy, soapy and short lived. Body is quite light, almost watery. Alcohol is minimal.

Would not get this again.

Looking at the later reviews, this might have been a bad batch.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine brew found in El Dorado. Pours to a generous buff head that falls to a thin layer and does produce some lacing effects. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and English hops. Flavor picks up where aroma started with a nice malty backbone with caramel malt and Maris Otter malt with a balancing charge of floral/earthy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, no astringency and appropriate carbonation. Overall a fine English bitter that takes regional standards to a new level.

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Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an attractive orangey-amber. nice creamy off-white head falls to a thin cap.

smells earthy and fruity. caramel, toffee, orange, some cedar and perhaps bubblegum and a little granny smith apple peel.

on palate, a nice english flavor. lots of malt going on here but nicely balanced with some earthy hops. some orange and apple, leafy hops, toffee/caramel and a little citrusy dry bite to finish things out.

great low carbonation which i love and which is to style. great drinkability.

nice melding of earthy hops and caramel/toffee flavors. reminds one of fuller's esb, which is certainly a compliment.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a green wax seal into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a ruby tinged amber color with amazing amount of carbonation and great lacing. It had a large tan head that ever so slowly settled into a constant thick foam fed by the carb.

The aroma was floral hops with some citric hops as well as toasted malt and caramel. Only had a few English Bitters and this has one of the best aromas. Really good sniffer. The taste was good but not on par with the aroma. Starts out with a carb attack and then settles into a nice malty middle till the bitter from the hops kick in and finish it with a nice mild bitter bite. Goes down quite smooth. Nice break from the hops bombs and stouts I've had lately. Only major complaint is the carb levels. It is extremely over-carbonated. The beginning of each drink starts with a carb attack on the lips and tongue. And after a couple drinks, I have to rip some good burbs to relieve the gas buildup. Hurts the drinkability.

Overall, an excellent English Bitter that I highly recommend. I can see why it's #4 in that style as of this reviewing. Not available here but I can easily get when I visit the in-laws in Oklahoma. Need to try on tap.


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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent trade receipt from RagingBull.
Pouring at room temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber hue with just a bit of yeast dredge in the bottom of the bottle that adds just a hint of haze to the beer.
The beer has a thin beige head that fades quickly to an edge layer leaving not lattice as it fades.
Aroma is grainy malt and a bit of caramel, maybe a bit of stale bread and some mild dried fruit. I also get just a hint of earthy hops mixed in for good measure.
First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation that gives just a small tickly sensation with each sip.
Flavor is similar to nose with some grainy malt up front and some caramel but the beer finishes with a dryness and just a bit of earthy hops. I also get a little orange peel zest, kind of sweet and fruity but also mildly astringent. The bitterness lingers a bit and makes the next sip seem more enticing.
This is a pretty well crafted beer and I am sure I could drink several of these and not get bored with them.
A worthy session beer!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marshall's McNellie's Pub Ale pours up sublime from the sparkler of beer engine creating a cascading effect as the carbonation releases thousands of tiny bubbles creating a finely condensed, lacy creamish-white head that perfectly crowns the slightly hazy, gamboge-tawny copper colored body. The clarity becomes brighter as the beer warms. The hoppy (grassy, earthy) aroma shows some fruitiness (lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit) which is complimented by some lightly toasted caramel maltiness. The alcohol warmth is nearly negligible. Clean, no diacetyl or other off-flavors. The light hoppy flavor starts off with a touch of breadiness & some caramel maltiness that eventually gives way to a pleasant earthy bitterness that never completely dominates the dryish, fruity, well-balanced finish. This medium-light bodied, unfiltered Premium Bitter is wonderfully creamy from the beer engine with just the perfect amount of carbonation. There's just a touch of grainy astringency from the domestic pale malt. This is an extremely drinkable English-style session beer that delivers enough hops to keep even the most discriminating beer lover's interest. It sure is nice to have some real ale back on draught in T-Towne. McNellie's Cask Pub Ale can be found on draught at James E. McNellie's Public House (Side Bar). A pint pairs nicely with the signature Fish & Chips or the Landlord's Cottage Pie. Here's to Brewer, Eric Marshall & Publican, Elliot Nelson and their collaboration ale!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of azdback
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Great Divide Pint glass. A dark orange or red color. Clear with barely any carbonation bubbles at all. Head is non existent and lace doesn't look like it wants to play either.

Smell is kind of roasted barley. At first it smells like a Porter with the rich robust roasted malts.

Taste has the same flavors the smell did initially but they don't last long. Those taste are smokey, roasted flavors but the bitter or almost sour flavor overcomes the tongue very rapidly. It kind of leaves the palate with a lacquer or wood stain taste.

Mouth is crisp and almost spritzy. Body is light and the finish is dry and very average.

Overall I need to say that I really didn't like this very much. The initial flavors and smell are good but the more important taste doesn't hold up. Thanks to Luis for bringing this back from K.C. for me to try.

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Photo of Bdc
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from draft at McNellies, Tulsa, at the brewery and in bottle. Pours copper-amber with a faint haze. Creamy head and nice lacing. Its aroma is quite spicy with floral and dark fruit notes. Pleasant bitterness with a zesty hop bite. Bread and caramel malt backbone with some of the typical fruity English yeast esters. A well-done special bitter not experienced often outside the UK.

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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, acquired at DLD.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange, quite bright, medium sized white head forms and slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass and decent layer, some lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, very fruity, lots of dried apricots, caramel sweetness, corn syrup, some floral, a bit of biscuit, a touch of peach and some fruity hoppiness, not too bad.

Taste is a little light but nice, some sharp citrus notes, a bit of floral, more peach and apricots, light biscuit, caramel middle, a touch of Honeycomb cereal, a touch of sour fruit in the finish, light spicy/herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not too bad, more of an ESB I think than a straight bitter but a drinkable beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great introduction to the Marshall Brewing Company. A standard, solid, and inviting beer that offends no one yet should be comforting to all.

The pour brings a solid copper color with mild haze. Above average on head formation, retention, and lacing of creamy off-white foam.

Maltiness is the leading character that pushes the beer from nose to finish. Crisp graham cracker sweetness, breadiness, and grains give a moderate level of sweetness, breadiness, caramel, and body.

Hops are earthy and take a while to balance but finally does just before the finish. Quite English with the delicate, floral, earthy character.

Estery with cherries and apples give a little more variety to the beer, keeping it from becomming all about the malts.

Carbonation is light, emulating the creaminess and efforvescence of cask ales- a worthwile adjustment. Otherwise the beer fades into a minty dryness and a waining residual caramel sweetness.

A nice English Ale that I'll be happy to drink any day.

Thanks again BlueOkie!

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at McNellies, what a treat!

Poured amber/caramel with 1 finger of tan head. Some bubbles clinged to glass through & had decent head retention & very good lacing

S: Apricot, pears & biscuitty malt

T: Nice orchard fruit presence mingles with herbal hops & biscuitty malt up front. Herbal & slight citric hops surface as this warms, along nice fruittyness & some caramel. Finished crisp, semi-dry with a bit of herbal hops. Most Authentic bitter I've had since being in England!

MF: Medium bodied, creamy with great balance

Drank like mother's milk; highly recommended if you come across it!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, spicy, with some caramel. The taste is bitter, slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note, got some spice in there, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Lane.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours slightly hazy orangey amber with a small fine off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. slightly toasted white bread. cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol. touch of caramel and toffee. lightly floral. nice herbal character. a touch fruity.

taste is nice. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. toasted white bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level. a mix of light floral and herbal hop character. touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. and tasty. definitely a bit of an american slant to it, but it's a pretty good shot at the style.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out copper amber with head that barely sticks around. Smells just faint overall. Fruity esters and toasty malts. Flavor is sweet with tons of fruit from the yeast. UK hop character. Flat overall flavor profile with an odd tartness. Mouthfeel is flat and light. Not impressed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed some mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a decent balance while still overtaking the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while this might not be one of the best beers in the style, it's still comparable to the best. It's very solid and is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jmbranum
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper colored brew with a generous long-lasting creamy head

Minimal aroma but the flavor makes up for it. Rich malty goodness with a tiny hint of chocolate, dirt (not in a bad way, but like how good garden dirt smells), a little of coffee and a little bit of cream. A nice background of hops, but not too much. Excellent balance!

So, so smooth in the mouth. Wonderful fluffy yet substantial texture. Easy to drink.

Highly recommend this beer. So proud of all of the excellent Okie beers I've had lately.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled earthy and malty with some sugary sweetness.

T - It tasted of earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Some nice caramel sweetness makes a solid backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty English bitter. Another good brew from Marshall.

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Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the McNellie's 1st Annual Craft Beer Festival in Tulsa. Jotted down some notes on the back of a Rogue coaster, amongst a few weird/curious looks.

Poured a rusty copperish-brown into a sample mug.

Smell involved a good balance of hops, sweet malts and some furtive citruses, while it tasted of various spices mixed with caramel and an essence of tea, all of which made for a fulfilling session brew.

This is a light to medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable debut beer that should be a good
sign of things to come.

7/16/09. Returned to McNellies for an evening out and a concert, and was excited to try this brew on cask, and in the proper nonic glassware this time. Was light brown with cherry hues at the edges. The tan head faded slowly into a decent leftover froth. The brew is smooth anyway, but ultra-smooth, highly drinkable and satisfying served like this.

I recently read where McNellies actually loses money by serving this beer, and that is a sad state of affairs, so if you're ever at McNellies in Tulsa or OKC, have a couple of these and support cask beer in Oklahoma.

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Photo of climax
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mcnellie's Pub Ale poured a relatively flat amber, with an orange glow. The head was very generous, sunk lazily with large bubbles bursting every second.

The nose was all about balance. Smooth and flavorful toasty caramel and grapefruit coexisted together. Slight diacetyl and some fruity tartness added the extra complexity.

The flavor was interrupted by a blast of carbonation I was not expecting. The tingle hit the mouth right as my lips had waded through the mass of foam which had no ambition to recede. Not a bad thing however. The flavor that emerged had an excellent dry hop presence, making me want another sip immediately. Toasty throughout, some apricot, and an especially buttery character towards the end kept the balance in equilibrium.

Sessionable all night, too bad I only bought a single.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Beer number three today on my annual Friday fall fridge frolic.

Same fat tulip glass, same comfy chair.

Another wax top courtesy of russpowell. :)

The open bottle smokes for a bit as I wait on the microwave to deliver my breakfast.

Turbid/creamy pour, settles into an appetizing dark & cloudy rust/honey brown beer. An inch of velvet-soft, cream-colored head lays on top like a throw pillow.

Cheerio/Mini-Wheats sort of smell wafting off the top. A little carmelization & very light chocolate. Sweaty, mild semi-citrus hops, pleasant doughiness. I'm anticipating a sweet red ale.

First thing I notice, is the carbonation is way lower then the previous Marshall beer I just had. There is a constant froth, a build up of body, that delivers more of a meal, & less of a sizzle then I was expecting. Taste is big on dry biscuits & earthy, though calm & considerate hops. Some charred malt in there, bittering up what the hops gave up in favor of position. Barely peppery, & tasting of some ash. Flavor is drawn a little thin, bit the earthy/dirty qualities seem to fill the gaps some. Slightly itchy malt, seemingly calcified water makes the style pretty obvious.

Alcohol is pretty negligible. Feel, more then the actual flavor is what sells it. A quencher with quite decent flavor too. :)

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored body with a slim tan head. Slight haziness from bottle conditioning, this one had a bunch of sediment but poured just fine. Pleasant aroma of biscuits, fruit and a touch of toffee sweetness; English with an American slant. The taste is clean and crisp, firmly bitter from both hops and husky grain though initially malt-forward. There's a bit of apricot-like fruitiness before the dry and bitter finish kicks in. No buttery diacetyl in this one, which I almost miss, but it remains English in character regardless. Very good stuff, this would make a great session beer.

Notes: This was an extra from beertracker - thanks!

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Photo of JEdmund
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive copper color with a moderate head

Deliciously sweet and fruity; nice and inviting

Taste & Mouthfeel
Wonderful blend of caramel sweetness and fruitiness with low hop bitterness; it reminds me a lot of an American barleywine, but much smaller in every way; body was medium; really enjoyable and definitely a session beer

McNellie's Pub Ale went down too fast and easily. I'd love to have a few glasses of this on tap. This was easily my favorite Marshall beer of three I tried (also had the IPA and wheat).

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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 132 ratings