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 MinerBob
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel color with a small head. It smells like what you think a beer should smell like no obvious aromas. A good beer taste its easily a session beer and very smooth with light carbonation. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 goochpunch
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
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 MartzMimic
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 popery
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a darkened amber color, a nice, heavy wood tone. Quite cloudy. I can just see the shadows of my fingers through the full glass. The head is cream-colored and creamy. It's a medium-thick blanket of foam that sticks on top of the beer for a good long time. Solid lacing. A doughy, rich malt flavor comes out as the strongest note in the aroma. There's also a good dose of caramel and some light, earthy hops. The hops make a stronger showing in the taste with a gentle bitterness and a mix of floral, earthy and grassy flavors with a touch of citrus peel. The beer is drier than expected, which is a pleasant surprise. It has a clean, rich malt character that steps aside to let the hops balance things out. Very easy to drink. Relatively low carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel. It manages to hit a rather British-y balance, which is generally hard to find among American takes on British ales. Good stuff.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 capnamerica
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Tone
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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 corby112
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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 azdback
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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 mpcrump
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 chocosushi
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->McEwan's IPA Shaker

A ~ Pours a rusty brown with a a solid inch of white head that dissipates into a faint of off-white cap. Carb is light. One of Marshall's filtered brews.

S ~ Biscuits with honey, Grass, Fresh grains. Lovely nose for the style, I wasn't expecting so many Field-like notes to come through.

T ~ Biscuity malt follows through along with the Grass notes with a finish of buttered-toast & cereal. Very full in flavor. Peppery Radish-like notes in the finish as well.

M ~ Appreciating the balance. Finish lingers for a good amount of time. Light to Moderate in terms of bitterness with a dry finish.

D ~ Would make a great session/meal beer. Balance is great, finish is better. I really like Marshall's take on European styles!
Seek out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 audiodav
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured hazy brownish amber with a decent finger sized head. Pretty decent lacing as well.

S - Grainy malts, touch of caramel, bit of a fruity aroma as well.

T - Bites a little citrusy and bitter a the top breaking into a decently robust with the grains/and caramel malts. Well rounded in flavor.

M - Nice carbonation, moderately robust in it's flavor. Very good finish.

O - This is a very drinkable ale. Not overly hoppy for those who don't care for the bitterness, but just enough for those of us who do. It's a very well rounded beer, definitely worth the buy.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Jason
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 soju6
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 climax
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 StaveHooks
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 grub
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 DovaliHops
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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