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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
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 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 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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 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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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 champ103
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
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 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 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 gford217
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 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 nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 armock
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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 stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 bump8628
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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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