McNeills Extra Special Bitter Ale

McNeills Extra Special Bitter Ale

Rated 3.220 by BeerPals
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Brewed by McNeill's Brewery

Brattleboro, VT, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

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ID: 5347 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank18558
Overall Percentile64.9
Style Rank229 of 733
Style Percentile68.8
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.314
Weighted Score3.220
Standard Deviation0.710

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7 Member Reviews

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  • HERBJONES 522 reviews
    rated 3.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    Dark copper brew with a wispy white head. Huge citrus nose. ESB? Medium light body that is only slightly balanced. This is not an ESB in my opinion. Very much a West Coast Pale/IPA.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 18 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a hazy amber-copper color with a moderate head and some lacing. While pouring it, it seemed a little flat. Tasted fine though. Hoppy, sweet fruit aroma. Tasted quite hoppy, sweet, with sugary notes that made it seem maybe a little sweet. Slightly bitter and spicy as well. Good overall tasting beer but a touch too sweet for me. Hops do dominate the flavor so be sure you like hoppy beers when you drink this one.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 2.2 18 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 6

    Split this with herbjones at a mini southern california get together. This was a dissappointing brew. It's not an ESB. It's more like a west coast IPA. Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy. No Malts at all. It's hazy golden golored with a huge hop aroma. I'd rate it higher if it were supposed to be an IPA

  • MKOBES 550 reviews
    rated 3.7 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 8

    Bottle. Cloudy orange and yellow in color with a nice white head. Hop aroma. Citrus hops. Citrus hop flavor. Very hoppy Esb. No malt character whatsoever. Nice beer.

  • EYEDRINKALE 939 reviews
    rated 2.7 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    GABF '03. Tasting notes didn't have anything good to say, so I will censor them for this site. &^$*@#(!@^*)%& . How's that?

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 4.2 19 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This ESB pours with a crystal clear, amber body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, grapefruity and hoppy with a slight pine note and a touch of malt. A great aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter from the hops wtih a slight grapefruit note, some piney notes and a very bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, slightly dry and smooth.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.9 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Cask, poured a copper color with a creamy off white head and nice lacing on the glass. Fruity and freshly herbal hop aroma. Lightly bitter hops and a pleasant fruity citrus taste. Soft and creamy mouthfeel.

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