McNellie's Pub Ale | Marshall Brewing Company

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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.

Added by coldmeat23 on 06-11-2008

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Reviews by Soonerick76:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Chris for a couple Marshall beers at DLD

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

It pours a semi-clear burnt orange with a head that starts really rich and dense but dies quickly into a small layer of bubbles.

The smell is loaded with bready, toasty malt smells with some caramel smells thrown in there. I'm also getting just a little floral type hops but not much.

The taste has a nice amount of toasted sweet bread to it. There is also just a little bit of spiciness to it. I'm not sure if its the hop taste or the yeast that is the culprit but it's pretty minor. The finish is slightly bitter and then some English yeast fruitiness as well thrown in.

The mouthfeel seems pretty full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation, it's really smooth and excellent drinkability. This beer would really shine on cask.

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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 Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very nice with grassy hop smells as well as some malt. The flavor is malty sweetness with toffee and biscuit malt. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness to balance things out and you also get some spiciness towards the end. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Cloudy amber color with almost no head that leaves the tiniest ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and yeasty bread. Taste is a mix of caramel and malts before a yeasty finish. Medium body with light carbonation. No bitterness or alcohol aftertaste, but it has a yeasty, dry finish to it.
Nothing bad with this. Fairly quaffable and definitely an acceptable attempt at the style.

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Photo of Jach
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BC65
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter. Thin head, deep copper colored body.
Rich smell of caramel, fresh bread and grain.
Rich taste as well. Caramel, mildly bitter with a malt backbone.
Sticky feeling, medium body with low carbonation.
A genuine good beer. The smell is outstanding and it has a great taste to follow.

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Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA.

Pours mostly clear amber with a large, lasting off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, earth, floral hops, and...Belgian yeast? Yeah, I'm getting a little bit of that, strangely enough. Is this really a bitter?

Flavor is nice and subtle with caramel and biscuit malt, earthiness, and grassy and floral hops. Slightly bitter on the finish. The Belgian yeast notes also appear in the flavor, along with some fruitiness, maybe apple or citrus.

Medium body and average carbonation. Nothing special on the mouthfeel really.

Definitely a sessionable one, as it is very drinkable (and I don't know the ABV, but I don't care, session beer purists).

This ain't half bad for an Oklahoma beer!

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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 TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle that I got in a LIF win from thehand (I think).

A- Poured a very nice semi-hazy copper color. The bottle had some sediment in the bottom of it which I did not pour. Good one finger tan head which dies down a little and left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This has some nice bittering hops in the nose of this beer. I smell a lot of sweeter malts though which bring this up to par. The malts lean more toward a toffee and sweet caramel more than anything. Smells interesting...lets hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- This is really well...good and balanced. The malts come through with this from the get go. Lightly roasted which I missed in the nose along with the hints of toffee and a deep caramel taste. The bittering hops comes through and balance out the beer very well. I couldn't have expected more to be honest.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel to this beer. Nice malt overtones on the palate with a slight bitter hop leave for a semi-sweet coating on the tounge after you take a sip. Good bitterly sweet aftertaste that makes you want to drink more.

M- This was quite the suprise beer for me to drink. It is quite smooth and actually makes you want to drink more of it after the bottle is gone. I could make this a everyday drinker if it was readily available to me. Kind of sad that this beer isn't.

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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 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 Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tbrascojr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 thehand
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from wax-dipped 22oz bottle into pint glass. Clear medium golden amber color with 1" off white head, some big bubbles on top, settles fast, leaving a thin film, some spotty lacing. Aroma is clean, light earthy hops, light toasted malt, which follows through to the taste. Nicely balanced. Medium-light bodied, little bit of lingering earthiness on the finish. Nice and easy drinking, super sessionable.

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