705: Cane and Ebel

705 - Cane and EbelName: Cane and Ebel
Brewery: Two Brothers Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Warrenville, IL
Style: Rye Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7
First Brewed: 2006
Price: $1.99

Tasting Notes
Heady aromas of spice, citrus hops, burned sugar, and a touch of tropical fruitiness. Palate is sweet up front, building to a bitter middle, drying a little, but with a creamy, oily texture from the rye. Finish is long and bitter, with the burned-sugar flavors lingering.

Ricky’s Thoughts

There are only 2 beers on the list from Two Brothers, and we are trying/reviewing them both tonight. Figured we might as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone. See what I did there? Kill 2 beers with 1 glass? I’m reaching.

This one, based on the tasting notes, sounds much better than the Domaine DuPage. I hope, because I didn’t like that one very much. I like rye, too. Here goes nothing. Cheers!

In the Glass: This beer has a nice dark amber color to it. Almost like looking at a Killian’s Irish Red. Man, I haven’t had a Killian’s in a LONG time. Do they still make that? Maybe I will order one sometime this weekend. Or book a trip to Ireland and drink it from the brewery. Chances are that one isn’t even brewed in Ireland.

There is a nice white head atop this beer, and the lace, like the Domaine DuPage, is weak. I need to stop comparing this to the other beer… Apples. Oranges.

Nose: This smells incredible. It’s sweet and has an almost mint aroma to it. Is that an off flavor? I hope not, because I like sweet and I love mint! The beer is also 68 IBU, so there are some hops in there somewhere. Let’s see where. Cheers!

Flavor: This is not sweet. That’s for sure. There are the hops, too. The beer is quite complex, though. I am hit with the hops right off the bat, and then a subtle sweet sets in as I swallow. Weird. I didn’t see that coming. I hadn’t even swallowed before I started to judge this beer. Not getting much rye from this, either, until the finish. What rye is there is faint. But that’s OK, because the complexity breaks it up enough for an enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel: At first, there is a ton of carbonation, but as you swallow, the carbonation turns every so slightly and the beer coats your tongue with a lingering oily (yes, I stole that from the tasting notes) finish. I think the aftertaste is my favorite part of this beer, though. The rye really kicks in then.

Aftertaste: There is the rye! I wanted more bitterness, especially for a beer that is 68 IBU, but the lingering bitterness makes up for it. Every swallow is drying to a lovely enjoyable finish.

The beer is good, but it’s not quite 4 stars. It’s 3.5, though. This is my favorite beer from them thus far. Maybe. I did drink their imperial stout the other night. As it warmed up, it was pretty good. Regardless, cheers to whatever you’re drinking tonight.

Cane and Ebel – The bottle says: Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai palm sugar and the spicy tang of rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an original. And that’s no sin.

Rating: 3.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

It’s another Two Brothers beer! Let’s see how these guys do with this one. Ricky said it smelled really good, and he didn’t like the Domaine Dupage, but I did. I like the take on the name, since the brothers’ last name is Ebel. I wonder who Cane is in this case, or if there is one. Oh wait! Maybe they mean cane as in sugar.

This one is a “red rye ale”. Ricky and I are arguing about the style. I’m just going by what the bottle says – red rye ale. He says “red rye” is not a style. I’m guessing the red just refers to the color. Oh, he looked it up. “A red rye beer is a rye beer.” Whatever. I’m just going by what the bottle says. And it does look red in the glass. It actually looks somewhat similar to the Domaine Dupage, only a bit darker red color. Same tiny bubbles floating to the top. And this one actually has a bit more head on it. This one smells kind of hoppy, and not surprisingly, a bit like rye bread. I wonder if that’s what it tastes like.

This one does taste kind of hoppy. The bottle says it’s 68 IBUs. I find it interesting that it even tells the IBUs on the bottle, since most beers don’t. It tastes like of like a hoppy red ale to me. It’s not bad, but probably not my first choice in terms of style. I bet Ricky likes it. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but again – not my first choice.

Rating: 3/5

704 bottles of beer on the wall…

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