McCarthy's Bane | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of aquazr1
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant deep red tinted amber under a 2” sudsy cream colored foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Floral, resiny hops, light bread.
T: A full malty attack leads into a big hop bitterness that blends with the malt and then produces a long lingering bitter malt finish.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium to low carbonation, soft and fine.
O: More of a broad shouldered imperial red than a red or amber ale with big malt flavors supporting assertive hops. Very nice.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Treated as an American Strong ale, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark burnt red color with a thin off white foamy head dissipating at a nice pace and leaving a cap of foam that clings for most of the consumption. The smell starts off with a sweet bready to caramel malt coating sweet to semi-bitter piney to citrus hops. The taste was mildly sweet through the hops and the caramel and bready malt. Bitterness from the hops makes an effort to balance but ends up drying on into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good with a definitely mostly dry feel on my tongue. Overall, as an American Strong ale, it works. I’d have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Topher78
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dirtyhalos
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of ronniebruner
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%

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!

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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 87 ratings