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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (387) - 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 (1792) - 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 (6299) - 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 (168) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4175) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of citrusy and resinous hops plus a good amount of caramel and cereal malts plus hints of rye. Flavor the same with a strong hoppiness and lot of malts. Average texture. A decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (934) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bomber purchased at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach while waiting for the 405 traffic to clear up after a business trip to Los Angeles. Pours a deep red / brown / auburn hue with one finger of off-white / greyish foam. Aroma somewhat weak with notes of mellow citrus, pine, and some sweet toffee. Flavor has significant hops (pine sap, sweet grapefruit) along with some spicy rye. The flavor also has more dark malty notes (chewy honey caramel and roasted nuts) than usual for this imperial red style, something that works well here. Finishes with moderate business and well-concealed alcohol. Nice version of this style. (30, 803)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22 fl oz / 650ml bottle into a mug. Served cold. Aroma: Strong, strong hops. Pretty piney. Moderate maltiness to balance it out. Spicy maybe? Really nice! Appearance: Transparent dark amber body, fluffy, light tan head. Taste: Strong hop profile. Piney, again. Moderate malt presence. A really nice balance. I got a weird, off flavor, though. It was kind of plastic-y? I’m not sure how to describe it. Didn’t distract too much. It was just an odd aftertaste. Palate: Long, bitter hop finish. Warms. Overall: Quite nice! I really liked the balance found in this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This pours dark brown and has a tan head of about a finger. Big hops and malts in the aroma. They are all over the place. A huge bitter blast to my taste buds makes finding subtlety almost impossible. Hops are viciously bitter here. Rye is tasted and malts are big but those hops are lethal. Did you ever see the statue of the two Greek wrestlers and one of them has the other by the penis? Well, this one has me by the dick.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3473) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
This was shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Pours almost clear very dark copper color. Big light tan head. Good lacing. Attractive beer. Nose is citrus hops and rich malts. Medium to bold body. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is big rich malts and a ton of hops; Simply assaults the taste buds. The finish is grapefruit. The alcohol is hidden. This is a really big and powerful beer. Simply amazing. Love it

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5925) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have some caramel, toasted rye bread, some fruits and a touch of the alcohol. Decent enough, these guys do some good beers if you get them fresh.


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