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Cane and Ebel

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Warrenville, IL

Style: American Strong Ale

Jill’s Rating:
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Every now and then I like to shock good old Eddie Glick. It’s not hard to do really—I mean, the guy barely gets out of his parents’ basement—except when it comes to beer.

See, Eddie thinks he’s got me figured out. Just imagine his falsetto voice mocking me: “Oooooo! You’re the girly girl! Oooooo! You like your fruit beer! The pinker, the better! Ooooo! Those hoppy beers are nasty! Oooooo!”

You get the picture. Sure, it’s difficult being the only chick on the BD staff, but it’s fun proving myself. It’s even more fun proving that I don’t think all hoppy beers are awful.

Take for instance, Two Brothers’ Cane and Ebel. This is a rye beer (brewed with Thai sugar, which may have helped my taste buds along a little). It’s pretty damn hoppy. Well, I downed some in front of Eddie and pronounced it good. Really good. Eddie’s eyes grew big in disbelief. “You liked it? Hey Mikey!

I wasn’t just messing with Eddie. I really liked the Cane and Ebel. This deep red beer was simply gorgeous to look at and had some decent lacing to boot. The nose blew me away with its fruitiness. I knew that was because of the hops, but that really helped make the beer. I could definitely taste the hop presence in the beer, but it didn’t blow me away with bitterness. Perhaps that’s due to the 70 pounds of Thai sugar added to each batch. Surprisingly, that amount of sugar didn’t add much sweetness to the overall effect. I felt it balanced and smoothed out the hops and really released the fruity qualities. Overall, it’s a highly enjoyable beer, especially for this unusual style.

So believe it or not, I’m venturing on the outskirts—make that the exurbs—of the hopheads. Whether or not I’ll move any closer remains to be seen.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on September 22, 2008.
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