McCarthy's Bane - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
Color is a dark brownish amber in the tall Saxo tulip. Not much pressure in the bottle, but seems reasonably carbonated and pours a thin foam. A whiff of aromatic hops like Cascades greets the nose.
You also get a nice splash of the big hops at first sip, but bitter is the main flavor. There is some rather murky malt, but it's a very thin flavor in spite of the fairly robust mouthfeel. Ends on a hot and dirty note. Seems like they took an undistinguished red ale recipe and super-sized the hops but not the malt.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.
10-22-2012 03:26:12 | More by mactrail
3.49/5 rDev -9.4%
A - Pours a deep amber with some brown hues to it. Has a light tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.
S - Seems a bit muted but does have a good dose of piney hops. Definitely a hint of metallic with a English ale (Fuller's) smell to it.
T - Malty at first to borderline muted. Hops hit on the backend and has an earthy character throughout.
M - Pretty smooth, not as much carbonation as is needed. With the malty dominance I was expecting a fuller bodied beer.
O - Not exceptional, but doable in a pinch. It just misses some marks in a few categories.
06-05-2013 22:15:37 | More by cvm4
3.64/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-04-2013 05:42:37 | More by Samuel906
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
650ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Pours a solidly red hue, almost fruit-like in appearance, with a messy, bubbly head of off-white that sits stark and static atop the beer. Lacing forms in modest streaks. Body has a pleasant weight behind it, and holds fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.
Nose is muted, but along the right tracks. Some slightly piney, woody hop notes come through above a gritty grain character. Some rounded, earthy characters are also present: I think more likely from the malt, even though the character is somewhat similar to a dusky English hop aroma. There's a hint of metallic twang as well as it warms. It's ok, but not spectacular.
Taste is also quite muted, here falling towards the malt direction much more than the hops direction. It's pleasant enough with a nutty malt character forming a hill on the palate that is lightly streaked with hop bitterness towards the back to provide some balance. It's all a little bit by-the-numbers, but it's balanced enough, pleasant enough and quite inoffensive. But it doesn't excite me.
Feel is smooth with a tingle from the carbonation.
Overall. Yes, yes, very decent. It's not going to make you gasp in awe, but it's a pretty solid red ale that doesn't really do anything wrong. That's no bad thing.
05-07-2013 01:39:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-27-2013 23:45:20 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Fairly clear ruby brown, small off white head, lots of spotty lace.
S - Malty, with a slight under smell of hop.
T - Packs flavor, but mostly bitter. Fairly thin on the malt compared to what I was expecting. A very hoppy beer. Leans towards the bitter in the end.
M - Medium body. Chewy beer. Good carbonation. Nice balance and finish.
D - Dangerously tasty for a pretty high ABV.
11-06-2012 03:18:23 | More by srandycarter
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-13-2013 19:34:26 | More by gleemonger
McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.