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McCarthy's Bane - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012)
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Reviews by gleemonger:
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, cloudy reddish brown with a fluffy off-white almost tan head that immediately sticks to the glass as it starts to fall. Not much head retention, but thick, sticky lacing for sure.

Piney hops with some pretty complex smelling sweet malts. A little citrusy grapefruit hop character too. Pretty raw, unfiltered smelling.

Getting way more of the malts here than the hops on the taste. Heavy on the caramel, met by a more bitter hop presence than flavor. Not quite as complex or tasty as the aroma had me expect, but mostly there. Not a ton of complexity.

Moderate body, moderate carbonation, fairly heavy stickiness left in the mouth after each sip. Nothing too special here.

Not bad, a little raw and unrefined, but definitely tasty and lets the flavors come through in a pretty tasty way. A heavy take on an imperial red that can maybe use a tad more tweaking maybe to be great, but has some promise for sure.

gleemonger, Jun 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is a thick, deep, heavy-looking ruddy orange-brown. It grows a thick, creamy, dense tan head one finger tall that pillows the big brew beneath and never really leaves. It kinds of sits around at half a finger and leaves a few big, heavy, fat rings of lacing toward the top of the glass, legs out a bit, and leaves follows with some equally heavy patching.
Pithy and bready on the nose, the aroma portends some big malts under a hop-heavy foundation. An herbal quality stands out among the bitterness too. There's kind of a dank, earthy quality to it underneath. This is a strong aroma, certainly far from muted.
This one is bout as hoppy as a red gets. At first a touch metallic along with the earthiness, I wonder if some variety of English hops or malts were used here. Otherwise piney and pithy with a pretty good balance from malts, or at least just enough to keep it from teetering over the edge. Caramel and toffee with some breads come out here also.
There's a big body to this brew without going overboard, and it's pretty rich and thick off an initial crispness that stays light but consistent all the way before cutting into a dry, woody finish.

Brenden, May 23, 2013
Photo of buzzword
4/5  rDev +3.6%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

AlexChillton, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Taylor_Nychole
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Taylor_Nychole, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured aggressively, this ruby brown brew produced an off-white, 3 finger head with good retention. Fair, sticky lacing.

Smell - Noticeable citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruit, backed by notes of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel malt, a faint hint of roasted coffee malt character, and a strong, oily grapefruit hop presence, with hints of pine, which start small and grows in dominance as the beer heads toward the finish. Lingering bitter pith aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Somewhat velvety in smoothness.

Overall - Fairly impressive Imperial Red. If I had to describe the flavor in three words, I'd call it 'Arrogant Bastard Light'. They share similar flavors, though AB is more complex, aggressive and bitter. This for $8, or AB for $5? Give me the AB.

TheSixthRing, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

vihila, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MisterGone, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of TrojanRB
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TrojanRB, May 23, 2014
Photo of jbhollis1180
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Topher78
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with just about everything from Knee Deep Brewing this beer rocked my palate. The brew poured a very dark crimson red verging on brown with about half a fingers worth of a khaki head. The aroma has plenty of spice, toffee and a hint of citrus. The taste is earthy with a blast of bitterness of the front of the tongue, slightly sweet and bready on the middle of the tongue and finishes dry. It's medium bodied beer and masks the 8% ABV very well.

Topher78, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of kk73
4/5  rDev +3.6%

kk73, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Kaymord, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +3.6%

elkinbrown, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

1424IpA, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Fresh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Fresh, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

111213forlife, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark beige head over the clear amber brew. Head deflates slowly, with sticky chunky lacing. Aroma is sedate, with some pine hops present.

Taste starts moderately sweet, fruot and citrus in the middle, balancing bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Reasonable beer here.

ppoitras, Jun 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

LloydBobBoozehound, Apr 16, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%

This is a pretty strong brew. 8% for an IPA is pretty amazing! What makes this brew so good is the rich, hoppy feel. This beer is heavy and dark and pours a beautiful amber-molasses color. The aroma is a lot lighter than the taste and has great head on it. Pours smooth, but heavy. Not for the faint of heart... easily one of the better red ales I have ever had!

ronniebruner, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

christianmoore, Jul 06, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

KlayWey, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

drewone, Yesterday at 03:26 AM
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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.