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McCarthy's Bane - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

LloydBobBoozehound, Apr 16, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +26.8%

rgirl, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Taylor_Nychole, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a slight head. Color is a dark reddish brown. It's fairly clear but such a dark beer you almost can't see through it.

Smells fantastic, I love hopped up red ales. The piney hops hit first mixed with some caramel malty notes.

Taste is very straight forward hops. I would call this an ipa if it weren't for its pleasant malty background. Piney residuals remain on the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Somewhat sticky.

Overall, it's a great imperial red ale. It seems more like a red/ipa hybrid. I would love to try this again and on tap.

lsummers, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

MisterGone, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

RangnaR, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DrFunkenstein, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Joshpu
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a clear dark brownish amber color. Two finger white head. Light carbonation, nice lacing retention.

S: I get the piney hop smell. Smells like malts and dark fruits. Also a caramel presence. Definitely has the more biscuity smell as it warms.

T: Very much like the smell and has the malt taste, but also the piney hop presence. There is also a biscuit tasting note, and a caramel presence. Definitely has the more biscuity and hop flavor as it warms.

M: Medium to full bodied. It's actually more smooth drinking than I thought it would be.
Sort of silky smooth.

Overall I think its a great beer. I think it is well balanced. Normally the caramel and malty tasting beers are not my favorite but this tastes very good. With that being said though, it also definitely has the hop presence, which I love.

Joshpu, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Celtics17
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The rye lingers as this beer warms. Citrus hops, caramel is balanced with the citrus character. Very good imperial Amber Ale. Taste like an IPA, but lacking most characters in an IPA. This is a strong version of an Amber.

I got this one fresh. Only a week old.

Celtics17, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Snifter.

A: Pours a deep reddish golden amber one to one.5 finger head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Pine, resin, sweetness and more pine.

T: Thin malt base which is a bit surprising, otherwise close to the aroma. Pine, bitter ness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation. Bitter dry clean finish with a bit of lingering effect to let you know it packs a punch.

O: Very tastey, very similar to an American strong ale in the light of a Stone Arrogant Bastard. Not sure the difference between imperial red and american strong ale, but never the less this is a good beer.

CommanderOfAwesome, Jan 25, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 +3.9%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

AlexChillton, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%

vihila, Nov 21, 2012
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kk73, Jul 14, 2014
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elkinbrown, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bonis, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ErikNorCal, Aug 17, 2014
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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.