McCarthy's Bane | Knee Deep Brewing Company

McCarthy's BaneMcCarthy's Bane
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ngeunit1 on 10-01-2012

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 lacqueredmouse
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Two fingers of tannish head. The beer is red and clear and pretty. Some carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Coffee. Dry caramel malts. Soft fruit. Pleasant Imperial Red.

T: Hm. It's okay. Hoppy-bitter, but tritely so. Toasted, buttery malt with apples lurking in the background behind the alleged 80 IBU. Sweetish and strong, but well-balanced.

M: Dry, bitter, and carbonated. I'm a fan.

O: Enjoyable imperial red. Recommended to those who like the style. Would drink again.

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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 GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine back in mid-August for $9.49.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is pretty well balanced. Caramel bread malts blend nicely with the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good brew. Definitely try it if you come across it.

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

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops and some caramelized sugars and dark caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops, some bitterness, and some dark caramel malts. Through the middle, some caramelized sugars come through with some pine hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, some bitterness, and some light smokey flavor.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good complex red ale. Nice overall balance.

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McCarthy's Bane from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.9% out of 100 with 87 ratings
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