Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 619
Hads: 1,592
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 160
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006

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 Orignal. And that’s no Sin.

IBU: 68
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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep reddish brown with a modest head. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and toasted nuts. The flavors are first of brown bread, followed by a light caramel and a mild pine hoppiness. The texture is creamy and very smooth. This is a fabulous beer, rye can be a difficult grain, but this is a great execution.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a touch of red when held up to light. A faint hint of rye, but not much aroma. Nice rye taste with a sweet finish, caramel? Feels very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Poboxbrian
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I searched out this beer after reading the reviews. I like many of the Two Brothers creations, so I was expecting a good experience with this one. It was disappointing.
The beer looks good, smells good, but it isn't special in either area. The feel in the mouth is a bit too effervescent. The taste is what does it in.
This beer is rough. Almost immediately the back of my tongue and posterior upper pallet are overcome by the acidity of the beer. I'm not sure if acidity is the correct word, but it feels corrosive. The after taste is immediate and long lasting.
I expect this is a totally different beer when it's fresh, but like most hoppy beers, they don't employee the technology necessary to maintain the freshness. With this in mind, I would give this beer another try at the brewery, but I won't ever buy it from a high-end beer store again.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant brown under a 3” rocky, clingy, light tan 3” foam collar that takes about 3 minutes to recede to a thick film.
S: Big rye aromas and spicy light brown sugar.
T: Malty spicy rye, light brown sugar, hint of chocolate, citrus, melon and a fairly assertive bitter finish that balances the Thai palm sugar. The Thai palm sugar adds an interesting aspect to it with light brown sugar qualities and an interesting spiciness.
F: Very creamy, rich texture, medium body, soft palate.
O: A very complex and layered beer with the rye, Thai palm sugar and hop flavors and bitterness all interacting together in very interesting ways.

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Photo of frozyn
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Dark amber, almost ruby color with a foamy, 2 finger off-white head. Looks very enticing. Head retains for a long while with good lacing.

S -- I don't really smell much at first, to be honest. Later on, a bit of citrus comes out, but kind of lacking in the aroma department.

T -- Earthy spiciness (from the rye, according to Google), slight pine flavor, sweet toffee maltiness. Citrus came out strong with warmer temperatures.

F -- Crisp and creamy. Leaves an oily film behind.

O -- I really enjoyed this beer. The hop profile was nice, and having had a number of hop-forward beers recently, I was able to separate it from the rye flavors and enjoy what rye has to offer.

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Photo of BeermanGREEK
2.3/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought this because of the EXTREMELY high ratings. It was a MASSIVE dissapointment. Tastes like grapefruit juice mixed with sprite and alcohol thrown in. Very dissapointing.

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at TW Arrowhead May 1 for $8.99. Best by 7/3/2015.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of rye, caramel malt, and citrus hops.

Taste is a nice rye tinged malt base which gives it a nice little extra zip. Caramel malts always go well with citrus hops. Over the course of the sixer there were hints of tropical hops as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a pretty solid beer that i would buy again.

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Photo of bwood06
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - frothy white head that is slow to dissipate. clear deep amber in color. almost mahogany. slow rising carbonation. 4/5

S - pine and citrus hops. light toffee sweetness. there is a subtle spiciness present. 4/5

T - caramel malt, peppery, and piney. toffee and earthy finish. well hopped but balanced with sweetness. ever so slight fruitiness to the middle. 4.25/5

M - very smooth but light. carbonation is very light. 4.25/5

O - very complex, especially for a red. very well balanced. 4/5

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good as any RYE PA. Smart, alt, craft. Try it.

A: Hazy amber with a big tan thick head that leaves lots of lace.

S: Grapefruit jam on rye toast.

T: Lovely soothing combination of pine, grapefruit and rye, long silky sweet-bitter finishing see-saw.

F: Med. Good mouth feel.

O: Rare and well done, as good as any rye ipa.

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Photo of TH28
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Appearance: deep reddish Amber brown, clear, with a frothy khaki head. Aroma: Strong punch of lemon and grapefruit hop notes, with a bit of peppery rye. Taste: Bready, toasty, peppery malt flavored, leading into a sharp resinous, earthy, and tart grapefruit hop flavor. Seems like a hint of roast, but could be the rye Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky. Finish: Leaves a hint of rye but mainly a resinous strong hop bitterness that lingers long past the swallow. Overall: Strong malt base with layers of flavor, but this definitely leans hoppy on overall balance. A pretty easy drinking beer considering the complexity of all the malt/hops. Nothing out of whack. It’s a good one.

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Photo of Theescarletandgray
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! The color is brown with a gold hue. The color piqued my interest when I saw it poured for a friend. The taste was great! The hops are wacky, wacky good! I will be looking to get a keg of this in the future.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a go-to for me. A great beer to grab when you're having trouble deciding what to drink because it offers so much. Very complex, very delicious. And the ABV will take you to brown town in no time. #blessed

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled earlier this afternoon on 3/21/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10 ounce pilsner glass.

Brew pours a pretty dark amber in color with a good 1-finger thick foamy off-white head. Lots of sheet lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Lots going on with the aroma as there is some burnt brown sugar, spices and woodsey hops. More going on with the taste even with some roasted malts with a touch of caramel in the mix as well. Finishes slightly dry with a slight bitter finish but that only last a couple of seconds. Overall a decent brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of MNJR
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A truly great beer. Woodsy flavors, rye spice, creamy texture with tight carbonation and fluff for miles on the head. Almost a smoky flavor, some sweetness. Strong flavors, but all good flavors, a bit bitter but pleasant aftertaste. Rich, complex, sturdy, massively excellent beer that just kicks ass.

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Photo of Ri0
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by 4/11/15.

A - Dark bronze with a 1 finger eggshell head. Fades and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - Rather sweet like caramel and palm sugar with some burnt aromas. The hops and rye give it a added scent.

T - Earthy with the spicy rye and bitter hops. Some roasted maltiness to go along with the palm sugar and caramel sweetness.

M - Medium feel with a creamy finish and good carbonation. Dry and spicy finish.

O - An excellent red rye that has a flavorful malty backbone.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/11/2015 printed on the back label. A new one to me from Two Brothers, out of Warrenville, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a reddish-brown body, with hues of rust orange when in the glass. About a finger of frothy tan head that falls quickly. Leaves lots of sticky scattered lacing behind on the glass. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A pleasant and fruity aroma. Spicy grainy rye malt makes it's initial appearance, followed by lots of jammy / orangey / piney hops. A creamy sweetness imparted from the Thai palm sugar.

T - Bready rye malt with a touch of caramel, and lots of bitter resinous hops. Pine, orange, grapefruit. In all honesty, it seems a bit bland to me. Flavorful, to be sure, but there isn't much going on here to keep me interested. I'm giving it the 4 for quality.

M - The feel is smooth and easy drinking, if even a bit on the watery side of things. Fruity and jammy, with mild hop resins / bitterness lingering on the palate. Very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv.

Overall, I'm not a very big fan of rye beers to begin with, but this one wasn't terrible, just fairly bland and middle-of-the-road, in my opinion. Easy-drinking, and worth a shot for fans of the style, but it's not something I would return to again often.

Two Brothers Cane And Ebel -----4/5.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with great clarity. A fingernail of creamy beige colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Intriguing aroma of rye and cane sugar along with piney hops playing more of a background note. The flavor is comprised of rye,cane sugar,and piney hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and has the sharp edge from the spicy rye.

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Photo of GroggyGreg
4/5  rDev -2%

Right out the bottle I got some a blast of interesting fruity aromas, I would guess that come from the hop choices in this ale. Like strawberry banana orange juice and canned pineapple juice. Really fun first impression.

It pours a rich copper color with a nice head that falls to a persistent covering.

In the flavor there is a nice malty base with more pineapple juice flavor. The hop bitterness is firm and balancing against the malt and juiciness from the hops.

The beer adds interest with some very light tea-like astringent bite (or is that a lingering bitterness from high-alpha hops? idk), peppery and cherry notes, as well as a drying impression something like diet cherry coke.

Overall impression is that this is a really fun beer with a lot of qualities that will keep you interested with every new sip. The balance is evident by the brew's ability to give you impressions of the nice base malts, the rye, as well as some really fun hop aromas and flavors. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"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." Brewed in the style of a Rye Ale. Available as a year round beer in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamed head of a tannish white color over a red amber body with high clarity, mild haze and plentiful relaxed carbonation. The retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is a fair balance of malt and hop characteristics with aromatic floral, fruity and soapy hops with a modest bitterness atop a biscuity malt base with a subtle touch of rye for a slightly bready, somewhat tangy note to match. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor is considerably more malt-forward, with slick biscuit and tangy rye malt crowning an otherwise light and simple malt profile. The hop profile isn't quite as bright in the flavor, although the bitterness is still moderate and matched with the soft tanginess of the rye, generates more than enough bite to counter the sweet malt undertones. Finishes tangy and dry with a touch of peppery and herbal hop resin. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, softly dry. Carbonation generates a subtle airiness for a slightly creamy, frothy mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium+ amongst all beers. Balance is slightly tangy and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to note. 4.25

(Overall) This is quite the quality introduction for me to this brewery. A rye ale with quite a bit of bright hoppy flavor and bitterness to round it out. Very drinkable despite its above-average body and thorough flavor profile. Enjoy it young to appreciate it at the peak of its flavor. 4

Two Brothers Brewing Company's
Cane and Ebel

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Photo of seedyone
2/5  rDev -51%

03/04/14 Just a taste...but I had to make note. This goes into the WWTT file (What Were They Thinking). I should start by confessing to not being a big hops fan, but the effrontery of the rye negates any nuances. I'm not big on slamming a beer but I'm leaving this 'message in a bottle' so I don't ever get caught up in the mystery of the name of this brew again. Might be rye-ght for some...but I'm not that guy.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 7/11/14 so a little past expiration, which I will take into account when scoring.

Appearance: Very dark rust color and pretty much opaque due to the darkness but red when held up to the light. Poured a one-finger off-white head that has quickly dissipated, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma: Caramelized orange, barleywine-esque. Sweet but not too sweet.

Taste: The very first thing I noticed is the incredible balance. The label states "a hopped up red rye ale" so I was expecting a lot of bitterness combined with a peppery flavor from the rye. However, the flavor, while robust, is much more restrained than the hops and rye would suggest. Cane and Ebel starts with a nice bouquet of caramel malt and a stone fruit flavor that may be a result of the addition of palm sugar. A moderate hop bitterness develops about mid-way through. The finish is quite smooth with a malt sweetness creeping in and then the peppery rye comes through in the aftertaste where it lingers. Sort of an orchestra of flavors all coming in at just the right times. 68 IBUs almost seems like an overstatement but at 7% ABV it may be that the malt is covering up a lot of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body but never too heavy. About average carbonation for the style and decently smooth. Good drinkability but unfortunately not a session option.

Final Thoughts: Really pleasantly surprised by this one. Picked it up for a buck, which was a very good deal. I'm typically not a rye beer fan but Two Brothers Brewing Co definitely knows how to work their malt bill to strike a great balance. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 09/10/14
L - creamy ivory head tops a reddish-brown ale
S - different aroma: sweet, brown sugar, citrus, earthy spicy rye
T - spicy rye, brown sugar, earth, grapefruity citrus, toasted grain, sweet with moderate bitterness
F - creamy and very dry accentuating the bitter finish
O - still my favorite Two Brothers beer. I always love coming back to this one.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pours a beautiful deep red/dark brownish color with a nice cream head that rises just over an inch in the glass. The smell is very nice, previews the hop taste that is to come with your first sip. A nice balance hop taste with a great malted barley taste. It's a complex flavored beer but not so bold that someone who doesn't get into the super bold beer styles shouldn't like it. Very well balanced and smooth drinking. Having mine with some popcorn lol and it goes awesome. A very good brew, my favorite two brothers brew so far.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollywood Stadium inside Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL. This pours a dark amber color with a slight brown foamy head. Good aroma of toasted rye. Has a strong, bitter flavor and full of rye tones. Lots of bold, bitter flavors and very well made.

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Photo of t8dd
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Aroma of rich grain, piney hops and sweet malt. Pours dark amber with a frothy white head. Flavors of spicy grain, resinous hops with a pronounced bitterness. Finishes dry and bitter. Not bad. Last beer of birthday night so impressed that I remembered it at all.

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Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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