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McCarthy's Bane - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012)
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jakecattleco:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jakecattleco, Jun 19, 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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

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

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Topher78
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Kaymord, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

elkinbrown, Jul 27, 2013
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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, Tuesday at 10:12 AM
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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
Photo of Samuel906
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I've been on a Knee Deep kick lately, and this was my latest adventure. First of all, I thought the label art was very cool. Second, this beer has an incredible smell, one of the best I have experienced. Sweet maple and brown sugar, plum and fig combined with some mild pine and malt. Pours a deep, dark reddish brown with medium head. Taste replicates the smell to a more mild degree. The hops come out a bit more in the taste, as well as some very slight smoke. I don't feel that the smell quite lives up to how exquisite it smells, but this is still a great all around beer. No booze in the taste. Mild carbonation.

Samuel906, Mar 04, 2013
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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.