McCarthy's Bane | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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McCarthy's BaneMcCarthy's Bane

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of LloydBobBoozehound
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of DrainBamage
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a brownish amber color with half inch thick head. Smell is malty with slight bitterness. Pretty bitter on the tongue, but goes down exceptionally smooth. The malts and hops are fairly well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. This is own of the best American Amber Ales I've had.

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Photo of rgirl
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Taylor_Nychole
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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 lsummers
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of RangnaR
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshpu
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of JoelClark
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics17
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ngaron
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Topher78
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of ronniebruner
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4/5  rDev +1%

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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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