Monday, March 11, 2013

Cane and Ebel: A Hopped Up Red Rye Ale

Red Rye Ale 7% ABV

Brewed by Two Brothers Brewing Co. Warrenville, Illinois

Notes: 68 IBUs (International Bittering Unit). Brewed with Summit, Columbus, and Simcoe hops. Brewed with Rye Malts which is unique, also brewed with Thai palm sugar. Which is also very unique to this beer.

Background: This is a hopped up Red Rye Ale.  Two Brothers wanted to branch out and try something new, and this is what they came up with.

Appearance: It pours a clear mahogany color. A very smooth red. Solid head retention for the duration of the beer.

Aroma: Not an overly hoppy aroma for a beer with 68 IBUS. You definitely can smell the sweetness of the Thai palm sugar. Also, a slight citrus scent.  

Taste: As I said, this is a hopped up red rye beer. So you get a lot of flavors of other red beers with an extra hop kick. A very smooth, sweet beer. You get the hop taste up front, then it progresses to a citrusy rye flavor, finishing off smooth and sweet.

Overall: I would rate this beer an 88/100. This is a great beer in a pretty limited category. I wish more breweries would do hopped up Reds. Very smooth beer for the higher IBU rating. The 7% ABV is masked pretty well. Definitely a beer everyone should try at least once.

-Braden & Jon

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