Saturday, July 19, 2014

Knee Deep Brewing Company McCarthy's Bane Imperial Red Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Knee Deep Brewing Company McCarthy's Bane Imperial Red Ale.

From the Knee Deep Brewing Company website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance:  Pours reddish brown with a large pillow of off-white foam and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malts, citrus hops and a touch of rye spice.
Taste: Sweet caramel, roasty and bready malts, toffee and rye blended exceptionally with citrus and pine hops.
Overall: Balanced and enjoyable, Knee Deep Brewing Company McCarthy's Bane Imperial Red Ale is an excellent Imperial Red Ale.  At 8% ABV the alcohol is well hidden as the hops, malt and rye shine. Absolutely a must try for fans of the style.


Mark Harvey

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