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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.

Added by coldmeat23 on 06-11-2008

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 129
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
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 utah44
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass with a full off-white head that dissipated fairly soon thereafter. Appearance was off-white to sallow and completely opaque. Asked the barserver if it was always this cloudy and was told it must be the bottom of the barrel where the alcohol is higher and other stuff. Made perfect sense to me? Smell was average and beery with nothing distinctive. Taste was flat and thin with a hint of toffee. Finish was acidic with only a slight floral bitterness. An average brew that I wouldn't care to try again unless it was from a newly tapped keg and wasn't overly cloudy. Hopefully that was the reason for the unremarkable taste.

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Photo of azdback
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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 goochpunch
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
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 corby112
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Subtle floral hop aroma with an earthy/ herbal character along with some faint spice and dark malt. Hints of pine an grass along with some carmael, cocoa and toffee.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of dry, earthy hops and slightly roasted malt notes. Piny and herbal bitterness but not too dry countered by a sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Crisp, slightly bitter finish. Pretty quaffable but not something that I would want to have more than one glass of in a sitting.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - on cask, shaker glass, just cool of room temp.
A - light cider on the aroma.
A - three fingers of dense head, semi-clear amber in color.
M - creamy, almost velvety body. Low carbonation.
T - cider initially with rich malt body. Cider goes away as the beer warms leaving a nice rich caramel malt body.
D- I wonder if there was something off with the batch and the cider. Once this went away this was an outstanding bitter that I would definitely have a few pints of.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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 MartzMimic
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of malt, bread and tobacco. Malt follows through on taste with a bit of bitter caramel. A bit of oil on the tongue with some carbonation. Very quaffable beer. Nothing spectacular, just solid.

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Photo of bump8628
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a big fluffy head that climbs over the edge of the glass.

Aroma is pretty subtle with only a touch of biscuit coming through.

Toasty biscuit-like malt carries the taste with a sharp, almost coarse, bitterness and a touch of fruity and spicy hop flavor. A little bit of caramel character softens it up some.

Overall, a decent ale. It's quite a bit different than most of the bitters I've had in England, but nonetheless it's a decent, flavorful pint.

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Photo of capnamerica
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber color with a slight white head.

S: Caramel and hops.

T:.Nice george of salty sweet flavor with a moderately hoppy finish.

M: Slightly heavier than expected.

O: Very drinkable. This would be a nice beer for an afternoon game (watching the Hogs beat the Sooners). Solid.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 GeezLynn
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper orange, with a huge white head and great retention.

S: Fairly restrained with some caramel and pale malt breadyness and some slightly spicy hops.

T: Similar to smell, with nice biscuit base and some sharp, earthy European hops. Finish is on the shorter side and has some nice bitterness.

M: Soft, smooth feel, with very light carbonation despite the huge head.

Overall, a pretty easy drinking beer with a great mouthfeel. Flavor has a few attributes that could be cleaned up, but nice to see another option in this style. Will try it again if I happen to come across in the future.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 xfactor9600
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the draft at McNellies.

Pours light copper but murky amber.

Decent head with nice lacing.

Some faint fruit notes (i had a slight cold and was difficult to pick up much).

Someone what spicy, but went well with spciy pickles. Somewhat bitter as well, but a nice experience with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a fairly light nose with some biscuit malt and light hops

T - Follows the nose with biscuit malt and light hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - If I lived in Oklahoma this would be a beer that would pretty much always be in my fridge its a good everyday type of drinking beer with a reasonable abv and good taste its worth picking up a sixer to have around

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 grub
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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 nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky red/copper color. Poured a 3 finger vigorous tan head that dissipated to a bubbly skim. Laced in random spots.

S: Crystal and bready pale malt. Grassy hops.

T: Consistent with smell. Wet bread and earth. Finishes evenly bitter.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation even though poured a vigorous head. Smooth and sweet then long lingering bitter.

D: Easily drinkable. Could be a bit better blended flavor and better balance, but still a good beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very murky amber color with a huge head! I poured timidly and got almost four fingers. Smell is kinda stinky... really grassy, or more like some kind of growing plants...not really grass or flowers...or herbs. Very different smell to me. I read the style info on this site to help me understand, but doesn't really explain it to me. With every sip, I enjoy it more. Kinda reminds me of earthy roots... Yeah, I'm not a big radish fan, but it reminds me of some roots. Very interesting. The mouthfeel is very nice...not as carbonated as the appearance portrayed. Drinkability is decent...I wish I knew exactly what this taste was.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Tone
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of floral hops, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of grass, hint of dry hops, slight floral hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a good off-white head and lacing.

S: Has a nice fresh grain aroma with some citrus mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Starts with a citrus bite then a very light sweetness and a bit of a spicy finish with a nice touch of bitterness.

F: Fairly medium body, nice carbonation, quite crisp and smooth.

D: Easy drinker, good for the style. I would like to try this on Tap/Cask.

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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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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