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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.

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Photo of tronester
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer I have ever had.

Let me qualify my statement though. From the cask this is the best I have ever had. In the bottle, this beer is very good, probably getting a solid A- on the ratings. However, in real ale form, it is outstanding, A+

The beer is served with a dense, rocky, tan head. The color is a clear copper/red. The smell is deeply of earthy hops. Incredibly rich and complex. The beer is served at the perfect temperature, around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The first thing you taste is the wonderfully rich malt. It has hints of toffee and bread. Next, a hint of English Ale yeast strain. Finally, the earthy hops in the finish. The hop flavor is slightly more American than English, but that doesn't really matter, it is fantastic. Mouthfeel is amazingly rich, PERFECT carbonation that is incredibly soft. Drinkability is OFF THE CHARTS. I only drank one pint (wasn't sure if it was a 16 or 20oz) as I had to drive home afterward, but if I wasn't driving, I would have had many of these.

If you are in the Tulsa area and are able to try this beer, I highly recommend you do. It is completely different than the kegged and bottled versions.

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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 wolfinthemirror
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good beer.

i dunno if it was just my bottle, but it poured very fizzy and had quite a large, soapy head. almost resembled a cider the way it looked, golden amber and cloudy, stuck around the entire time.

Smell was very floral, I swear I got notes of apple in the nose, and some hops were up front and present.

in the taste, the hops are there, a nice bittering, and some subtle spice. full of flavor, this beer rules in the taste department. well balanced.

it's a light bodied beer and quite fizzy, i thought it was almost too high in carbonation. feels awesome in the mouth.

HIGHLY drinkable. there is a really good taste to this beer that makes me wish I had another bomber to crack open right now.

I'd love to have this on tap at McNellies.

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Photo of champ103
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish/amber color. A beige head of over one finger forms with good retention. Tons of spiderweb looking lace all the way down the glass. This can't look any better.
S: Light toasty and caramel malt. Citrus fruits from a decent hop presents. Not complex, but pleasant.
T: Toasted and caramel malt again. This has a nice light sweetness. The hop presents shows itself as the taste lingers on. This is a wonderfully balanced beer.
M/D: A medium body that is almost under carbonated. Creamy and smooth. So easy to drink. To high in ABV for the perfect session, but so enjoyable to drink.

The bottle version is great. On cask this is exceptional. As good as good as any of the great cask beers I have had in Scotland. This should be on cask at every bar possible. Highly recommended on cask or bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber topped in green wax, shared by Georgiabeer - thanks Robert!

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy beige head that shows impressive staying power and very good lacing. Great pour on this one.

Aroma starts with some citrus and grassy hops and a decent toasted caramel malt presence as well. There are also hints of light fruits in there that lend a faint sweetness to the aroma.

The taste again has an impressive hop presence up front, lots of citrus and some grassy undertones. The toasted malt presence forms a solid backbone and the finish is bitter with hops and lightly sweet with fruits.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry in the finish.

Very, very impressed with this beer, especially as I'd never heard of the brewer before we cracked this bottle. A top tier bitter with an impressive hop profile and super high drinkability.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy orange-copper color with a soapy off white head that recedes to a thick film; sheets of lacing coat the glass. The beer smells malty with faint caramel, toffee, apricot, and hops. Tastes rather rich with malts and caramel up front, then a faint dry hop finish. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, smooth.

Overall, an exception beer, true to the style. Delicious.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly brown amber color, 1 finger white head. Nice retention with spotted lacing throughout.

S - Toasted caramel, rich malt, dusty muted fruit,

T - Smooth bready malt with toffee note swimming throughout, earthy... and I mean earthy hops swim over the palate, a flirty sweetness plays with the creamy body. Hints of subtle fruit add acidity. The hops start earthy and perk up perfectly for the finale.

An incredibly silky feel. This beer is bursting with character, like it has a story to tell.

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Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Beertracker
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 JEdmund
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle coutesy of thehand - thanks! Nice extra. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter, probably not the most appropriate glassware, but it fits the whole bomber!!

Appearance: Interesting presentation - a wax-dipped 22 oz. bomber for a 5% abv english bitter!? Unique, I'll take it. Pours a surprisingly deep, ruby-tinged auburn, hazy, capped by a good, healthy finger of off-white head. The retention is actually surprisingly good, fading slowly and leacing some nice swaths of sticky, even lacing and a big, thick collar and sheen. Carbonation - that is, what carbonation is visible through the haze - is about average speed and relatively sparse.

Aroma: Very malt forward and full - toast, toffee, strong caramel, even some faint hints of chocolate - but with a nice accompaniment of leafy hops. Hops aren't as assertive here as they are in the mouth, however, but that's alright - the malt complexities are enough to carry the party here.

Taste: A very balanced brew. The malt backbone is heavily roasted and slightly nutty, with hints of toffee, caramel, and slight toast. The hop bitterness is moderate but definitely noticeable, and is accompanied by some slightly citrusy, slightly grassy and spicy hop notes. There's also a definite fruity note, not dark, but not light and estery either - it's grapelike, almost, pleasant. It's both distinctly American and distinctly traditional at the same time.

Mouthfeel: A relatively thin-bodied beer, appropriate for the style, with a healthy amount of carbonation that makes for a fairly large, perhaps slightly too large, but even and both crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Soft effervescence.

Drinkability: A well-made and extremely sessionable brew at 5.0%, this one was quite a pleasant surprise. I'd love to try this one on cask, too - seems that cask ale was sort of made for this kind of brew. Many thanks to thehand for this tasty, pleasant, and very quaffable brew.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: 20oz. Nonic
TEMP: Approx. 50-55 degrees

Pours a golden, burnt amber color with ruby highlights. A one finger+ head of creamy tan foam. Retention is fairly good. The lacing is great and leaves a 'wall' almost all the way down the glass.

A nice hoppy presence in the nose. Citrus and earthy hops notes are both plentiful. Also, a light touch of caramel toasted malts is here.
A mild, but inviting nose.

This has a mild, smooth flavor. It also has excellent balance. There is a nice, mild, malt sweetness. It is perfectly balanced by a nice hops kiss. Everything plays well with each other and no one trys to dominate.

Medium bodied and very smooooth. A very nice, light creaminess to it. This has a low carbonation level with serves it greatly.

This is one super-easy, smooth drinking brew. It has such great balance. The bottled and draft versions are easy enough to drink already. This cask version is a super-session brew.
Marshall is kicking ass with the cask ales, definitely! Thank you, Eric & Company.

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Photo of Squelch
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown with a creamy off white head. Nice lacing. Head dissipates fast

Smell: estery. Very nice. No hope aroma

Taste: very fruity. Nice malt and hops balance. Slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: creamy head. Smooth. Beer engine cask conditioning makes this one really smooth.

Drinkability: excellent session beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of climax
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 McDosey
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dropped this one at James E McNellie's in Tulsa about a month ago. Is this the McNellie's pub to which the beer's name refers? Maybe our OK BA's would know better.

This came in a Guinness pint glass and was honey-colored, almost orange in fact, with copper tones. Murkier than I would have expected, but I like that. A finger of fine white foam that left intricate lacing topped it off, but didn't stay around for long.

Hops presented in the nose, with familiar scents of citrus and pine most prominent. This didn't exactly jump out of the glass, but perhaps some of that's to blame on the pour.

This was a very very smooth beer with an integrated flavor to it. This is what is meant by a session beer, I'm sure. Soft fruity highlights accompanied the pine and citrus hops - my wife insists there was a cherry taste in there and I think she was right.

I found this to be rather thin, with a very light and brief mouth coating giving way to a clean finish. Not bad at all, just sort of a weak way to end the gulp.

Unfortunately this was very weakly carbonated and served underchilled. I know mild carbonation is a hallmark of the style, but this was bordering on flat. The beer or the bar? I don't know. That compromised my overall enjoyment, but I'm giving Marshall the benefit of the doubt on this one.

The flavor was great and had a smoothness to which I'm unaccustomed. Will look for this again to see if the carbonation problem is a chronic one.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to thehand for this nice brew.

A - A hazy amber with a tall tan head poured from a wax dipped bomber.

S - I don't detect a very strong scent but maybe my nose just isn't working right today. Just a slight toasty biscuit aroma for me.

T - Biscuit, caramel. toffee/nutty tones with an herbal quality and a wine like fruitiness. There is a nice bitterness to round it out though I can't quite put my finger on the hop flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Fairly high level of carbonation but maintains a very creamy mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Only 5% abv and a very pleasant tasting - complex but not overbearing. I'd love to try this on tap or cask.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mpcrump
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Hazy amber color with a good sized head.

S - Malts, grains, and hints of citrus and caramel.

T - Starts with citrus and bitterness and ends up with mals, grain, and a night of caramel.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body.

O - Easy to drink. Slightly bitter but not overly so. Easy to drink a couple of these in a short setting.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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