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 GeezLynn
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 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 weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 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 htomsirveaux
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
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 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 wolfinthemirror
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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 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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Photo of McDosey
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jmbranum
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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 kylejohnson03
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy copper color, and the first pour gives me a magnificent two finger off-white head. As I take my first few drinks, the head leaves large notches on the glass.

S: A good amount of fruit in the nose. Bready notes, along with just a touch of citrus hops.

T: My first impressions are earthy, caramel candies, and hops come in more in the end. I was cooking dinner while drinking, and I walked away and came back to it about ten minutes later. The bitterness had kicked into overdrive and it was quite a pleasant suprise.

M: Medium body, thin carbonation.

D: Such a smoooth drinker. Flavorful, rich, but with a low enough ABV to be able to go a few rounds. Also, this beer is a great value @ $4.99 for a 22oz bomber. An outstanding price for a beer this good!

An exceptional ale from Marshall Brewing Co!!

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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 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 Yeastcakes
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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 utah44
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with ncie label and green waxed top...Thanks to BEERTRACKER for throwing this in as a great local extra!

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt orange beer capped with a HUGE, slightly soapy large-bubbled head with good retention...there's a bit more carbonation than belongs in a bitter IMO.

Smell: Light dry bready malts, somewhat crackery, with a bit of yeasty fruitiness in the background; hops actually aren't that obvious, and there's just a bit of sweet cereal-like graininess...simple, but not unpleasant

Taste: Some dry caramel malts, light graininess as well, a fairly good dose of hop bitterness, some mild leafy herbal's fairly dry and refreshing, and the bitterness is punchy and pleasant. The finish has a touch of tea-like bitterness and some leafy, resiny, and woodsy hops. Not a ton going on, but nice.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Nice English Bitter if nothing extraordinary...really glad I got to try this as it's one of my favorite styles and not one we see a lot of in the States.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Squelch
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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 TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 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 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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McNellie's Pub Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
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