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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3167) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
Block like head deep dark ruby pour mild carbonation aromas pine fruit dark malt toffee syrup the flavours citrus medium bitter resin toffee rich malt sweet toasted touch coffee and chocolate sweet caramel the finish decent imperial good qualities involved especially the roasted and bitter resin finish nice ale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (772) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bomber bottle. Pours mahogany, off white head. Sweet aroma with some hop back. Taste is sweet, slight hop bitter. Nicely balanced beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5611) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle, amber reddish pour, medium bodied. boozy, sherry aroma, rich malts, toffee, caramel notes. touch of fruity hops. Agressive amber

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Reddish colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is caramel, grapefruit, pine, raw hops, also their house character. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, moderate sweetness, really nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Thanks to Dodgrblu for bringing the growler for Thanksgiving! Aroma and flavor of stale, grassy hops, some body and the maltiest I've had from Knee Deep. Unfortunately, I'm still not a fan. Ok beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
In short: A corpulent resinous fruity red ale. Good nourishing hoppy beer.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear copper body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose is resinous hops over rich caramelized cereals. Taste is as malty as it is hoppy. In mouth the beer has a nice full body creamy mouthfeel with a generous carbonation. Taste is nourishing. Red berries covered with caramel, cherry wood, breakfast fruit jam, red meat, resinous fruity hops, resinous wooden hops. Bitterness of medium intensity. A certain astringency reminiscent of chewing on a sheet of paper. A good beer despite the awkward red-meat flavor, something that I often get from those so-called Red Ale. I used to think that beer was the one thing I consumed in excess quantity but then I read the recommended serving size on my jumbo size potato chips bags and now my beer consumption doesn’t seem so bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (270) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours rust red, nicely balanced hop/malt nose and palate, finishing clean and a little short.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1549) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
When I was young my mother told me there would be an ale that gave me a sudden vision of clarity, a breathtaking outlook of clarity and suddenly the world would make sense when I supped such an ale. This wasn’t the ale she meant. In fact, it is hard to envisage which ale she meant as I was only seven at the time and now I am 35. If my mother could be burnt at the stake as some sort of seer, she would have espoused that the ale I have in front of me was red like a red thing and a cream coloured head with a slight greenish tinge. There must be hops here somewhere.. A snort from the nose reveals amber resinous hops with niffs of resin, spruce, herbal grassiness and a good lungful of apricot, nectarine, dehydrated peaches and biscuits. A taste suggests that and an up-front fruity-tartness that reverts into bitter astringency of unripe apricots and a mouthful of flavour, which makes me think that I’m not sorry I had this beer at all. So there you go. A champ in my book. Big like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate foamy sandy head, nice lacing.   Pithy and bready nose.   Slightly toasted malts, dull caramel, and stale tea leaves as well.   Moderate malty background, light citrus aspects, strong tea leaves.   Seems a little dusty too.   Not too sharp, rather dull actually.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Toasted malt finish, slight biscuit, pale citrus peel, with some tea leaves.   Seems to be a very moderate example of an Imperial Red, either that or its been around for too long.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zsb19 (154) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown with thick fluffy off-white head. Aroma is juicy citrus hops with some sweet maltiness. Taste is sweet caramel malt upfront with some floral hops in the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering slightly bitter citrus and spruce hops. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall nice balance and good take on Imperial Red style.


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