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Knee Deep McCarthy’s Bane Imperial Red Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Attention citizens of America! The reds are among us! An Imperial Red was spotted in the vicinity of Knee Deep Brewing Co. It has disguised itself with a heavy dose of hops in the kettle and even more in the fermenter. To further allude detection, it has added a slight spice from rye. Do NOT be fooled. This is not a west coast style IPA. This a delicious and extremely dangerous Imperial Red. Do not try to approach it by yourself. McCarthy’s Bane is here and very real. If you share this beer with your comrades, be prepared to find your name on a list in McCarthy’s briefcase. It may be on draft in select quality beer establishments around you. Be advised! McCarthy’s Bane is a malty, somewhat spicy, yet very hoppy brew that is dry hopped and brewed with huge amounts of Pacific Northwest hops. Yes, we use rye in this amazing brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap @ Knee Deep. Copper in color with an off-white head. The nose is quite caramel and brown sugar forward. Decently hoppy with lots of pine and citrus peel. Kind of grassy, too. The flavor is intensely sweet. Big time sugar, caramel, and fruits. Some bitter grass and pine. Moderate citrus qualities. While hoppy, it’s not quite enough to overcome the massive sugar content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3600) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1343) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2015
22 oz. Bottle purchased at Champanes, this beer had a dark red pour with a little brown/bronze color, and it gave a more than one finger faint off-white head that lowered a bit to a thin layer and thick ring, there was nice lacing on the glass, the nose had aromas of citrus hops with a touch of floral and spice notes, caramel and hard candy, a little toasted malt, candy and malt sweetness, the flavors were malt, citrus hops, hard candy and caramel, faint dark fruit notes in the background, some candy and malt sweetness, the finish had a good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue, malt followed afterwards, the mouth feel was a light medium that was creamy on the lips and had average carbonation, this was a simple big red beer with a good amount of hops, it was an ok drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1887) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Tap. Ruby red with slight tan head. Toffee and fig hop aroma. Taste is very hop with burnt sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (328) - USA - JAN 10, 2015
More an amber than a red, capped with an off-white and gorgeously thick head, this brew from Knee Deep is not ELUDING detection at all, (alluding to the incorrect use of the word in the deScription of the brew. Shit makes me crazy). The aroma is tantalizing as soon as I crack that cap and the malts are inundating the air around the bottle and glass. They said snifter, I went with snifter. The first sip is obvious. Caramel. Heavy. I could put this shit in the middle of a chocolate bar and sell it for good money. Wow, the mellow of that malty flavor is absolutely as huge as it is comfortable having it wrap around my lips and tongue. Creamy and rich, the flavor is beautifully sticky caramel again, and I hate to say that the malts are not even slightly hiding behind the hops in this. I do find that there is a lingering bitter at the back end that I dislike, but it is minimal and doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the beer. The rye is just icing on the cake and lends its spiciness to the smooth malts to give this beer a satisfying edge. For as creamy as this is, the carbonation is really good and doesn’t seem to lessen over time. The body of the beer is full of life and although the head makes a sneaky getaway while you’re busy paying attention to the flavor and taste, one quick swirl and a twist of the wrist and it’s looming large again. Although this is not my favorite from the brewery, if you like a good Strong Ale, you should give this a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22oz bomber at the CO-OP. Nice amber/reddish pour with an light brown head that hung around. Nice malty/doughy aroma that was present in the flavor as well. Smooth hop finish that lingers. Pretty decent red.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Had this one before they started dating their bottles. Shoulda known better. Had obviously been out for longer than I prefer. Nice big caramel maltyness, medium bodied and a touch sticky. Faded hop aroma and flavor though the bitterness is still there. They’ve kinda turned into douches since being called out for not dating (there was session IPAs on display at Total Wine 5 minutes from the brewery, and when they were told their response was not only dismissive but downright rude) so pretty much the only one I buy these days is super fresh Simtra."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sirwisa (25) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
I love rye. It gets a bit hidden behind the big malt aroma and hop, but I think you’ll get some if its earthiness if you pair it with the right food. I like this beer with lamb and some funky cheeses, not so much with vinegar based sauces.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2893) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Strong malty nose with a ton of sugar and toffee with a light hop presence. Taste is malt forward initially with a firm hop bitterness. Dry finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1354) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
From bomber to glass. Aroma of rich biscuit malt. Some slight spice from the rye, but had hoped for more. Pours an amber-chestnut with a light tan head. Taste is rich malt with slight chocolate. Alcohol is present. Hops are restrained with grass, slight citrus and a little earth. A little "mole sauce" on the back half. Moderate low bitterness belies the IBUs. Missing a little something.

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