McCarthy's Bane | Knee Deep Brewing Company

McCarthy's BaneMcCarthy's Bane
BA SCORE
3.89/5
87 Ratings
McCarthy's BaneMcCarthy's Bane
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,831
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
87
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 25
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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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Boverhof3
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Deep amber color with semi-cloudiness to the body. Head is off-white rising maybe a notch below a finger's length...drops quick after one sip or so.

Smell: Light hoppy floral, but super light.

Taste: Malty beer off the bat, you have a little sweetness to it. Floral feel, and feels somewhat complex feel with light sour notes.

Mouth: Sticky rye bread with notes of light honey to give you a bit confusion when you put the glass down.

Overall: Not a bad brew, honestly if you love IIPAs or imperial reds this might be one to grab if you're at a bar. Gives you pretty much everything you ask for. Not heavy on the pockets either. Salud!

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

Photo of DrainBamage
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
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 Blazer22
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 ngaron
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradExtreme
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelClark
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/18/2014. Pours crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, spicy rye bread, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, spicy rye bread, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, spicy rye bread, light roast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial red ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Photo of A-Sox
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright, shiny, clear red amber. Plenty of carbonation streams. Softball of light tan bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Dense lace.

Assertive aroma of fresh bread, earthy hops, and candy.

Big sweet malt splashes the tongue. Plenty of caramel. Bitter bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Full smooth mouthfeel.

A good imperial red leaning toward the malty side.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BetterBaconBureau
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of NorCalAussie
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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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Photo of danielreign
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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