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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
prettyham (27) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Not to many Imperial Red Ales out there these days and this one is on top. Great aroma, perfect balance between the hops and slight malts sweetness. I will be buying more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (911) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Beautiful crystal clear, deep copper color with a light taupe head. The head has excellent retention atop this stunning and inviting beer. The aromas are clean and of Christmas pull candy and competing grass and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, wet, slick, with a little carbonation and hop burn just before the finish. A bit of biscuit and toffee up front, leading into a touch of tart cherry, and finishes grassy with grapefruit bitterness, not necessarily flavor. This is an enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2013
(bottle from comrade bhensonb Благода& Билла!) Pours a clear dark crimson color with a medium light tan head and significant lacing. Aroma consists of a perfectly matched combo of hops and malt, with scents of grapefruit, orange, pine, peanut brittle, and cinnamon and sugar-coated doughnuts. Flavor also holds cinnamon (must be the Chinook speaking), caramel, pine, and iced tea. Tangerine makes an appearance with further warming and only accentuates the existing complexity on offer. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitterness that’s coupled with the spicy and slightly bready rye. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is very smooth, save for a tiny tingle of carb this could’ve been mistaken for a cask serving. Overall this is a quality imperial red, and is one of, if not the, best example I’ve ever tried. Certainly this beer is fit for any member of the proletariat. Thanks again Bill!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3351) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1624) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (882) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a reddish amber-brown with a one finger tan head with good lacing. Aroma is of pine, sweet malts, rye, citrus, caramel, bready malts, and some toffee. Taste is about the same as the aroma with maybe a little more hoppyness. Has a medium full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a deep, transparent copper with a thin, tan head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Aroma is deeply bitter with an absence of floral notes. Lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Heavily bitter taste, as promised by the style and claims for this brew, but with complex undertones. Good beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
22 oz ( from the local) pours dark copper with little head and lacing. Smells of strawberries, toffee, floral, and grainy. One solid red ale for those who enjoy hops and a little bitterness. The flavor is sweet and bitter together with a nice malty bready taste. Very drinkable well rounded, balanced and hits the red imperial style perfectly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
pours dark reddish-Brown, with a tiny light tan head. aroma is balanced with nice sweetness coming from the malt and some berries. hops are well disguised, until the first sip... citrus and resin hop bitterness dominate the middle of each sip, with the beginning being ask sweetness, and the finish almost like a rye ipa. very drinkable, and well brewed. great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bomber from... BevMo? Yeah, I think that’s it. Anyway, pours a murky amber brown Nice lacy off-white to yellow-stain foam head. Aroma is solid of toasty biscuit and cinnamon malts, with the Centennial hops carrying the nose. The rye comes through immediately on the first sip. Followed by more of that solid bready/cinnamon malt and clean (but somehow gritty?) hoppy finish to balance things out. Lingers sweetly on the tongue and teeth, without tipping over into oiliness. Really well done beer. Another from Knee Deep. On the pricey side, but consistently putting out quality stuff.


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