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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 153
Gots: 177 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,532 | Reviews: 614
Reviews by TheSSG:
Photo of TheSSG
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, foamy head that is off-white-tan, and is surprisingly not persistent, yet resiny. Aroma is sweet malt, floral hops, and spicy rye...just brilliant. A deep burnt umber color. Starts bitter with notes of grapefruit and a LOT of rye spiciness coming through. Builds to a hefty bitterness in the middle. Bitterness begins to become very pronounced and a mix of pine resin and grapefruit/citrus rind. Right as this flavor is most intense, it cuts into the malt, where the rye shines right through, and the finish is still hop bitterness, a touch of rye, and then the sweetness of the palm sugar comes through.

Complex, (rye) malty, hoppy. Everything you could ever want from one bier.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to a Two Brothers tasting at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. The beers in the tasting were OK but I really enjoyed the hell out of C&E on-tap. I'm having a love affair with very hop forward brews that are made with Rye - just works for me. It reminds me that I have to get some Hop Rod Rye!

The nose is subtler than it could be. There is a great mix of dark fruit, some citrus and big malt backbone. I want more!
The appearance is a very handsome dark reddish brown at the top of the glass with a golden color toward the bottom. The head is so soft and creamy looking. Lacing is fantastic layers and icicles.

With a sip it's clear it's a winner. A fabulous beer. The hop is sweet mixed with caramel but there is also a good amount of grassy hop bite at the back of the palate too. As always with the rye, you get that lovely distinctive dryness that adds to a dry hop finish and makes it feel like a very quaffable brew.

The body is strangely creamy on the palate. It makes the beer feel more full bodied than it actually is. The hop and rye provide a nice refreshing dryness. It's a refreshing and satisfying medium bodies brew with a low/medium carbonation.

It's clearly not what it is when it is fresh on-tap but still a fantastic beer.

Photo of wrycon
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-mahogany in appearance, with more amber tones on the edges. About half a finger of off-white head. Good lacing and minor retention. Smells good. A musky, grainy earthiness mixed with roasted malt. Not overly pungent, but sufficiently aromatic. Quite a good brew. Initial hop bite that's semi-piney. That gives way to a full malt and rye middle that tactfully builds toward the end. Back end is sharp but creamy and allows the piney hop notes to re-emerge in the mouthfeel. A very flavorful brew that's not boastful. A solid take on the rye ale.

Like It? Very Much So

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Cult classic comes at us throwing hops and rye. Dim mahogany topped with an off-white lacing, this looks like a serious beer. Aromas of spicy rye, orangey hops, toasted bready malt and fruity esters ... mouthwatering. Big malty body flexes with a creamy smoothness. Rye grips the taste buds as a hint of caramel caresses. Hops come off a little sharp to start, but the flavor kicks in with citrus rind and mild tobacco. Warming alcohol has no problem showing its 7 percent, warming and a little fruity. Truly epic drinking.

Photo of steelerguy
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, large frothy and sticky head, moderate carbonation, a bit hazy but translucent, immense lacing.

S - Lots of floral and citrus hops perfectly balanced by toasted and sweet caramel malt aromas.

T - As in most hoppy beers the hops hit first, just a lot of great hop flavor but it immediately followed by a definite rye sweetness and twang. Really great balance of citrus and floral hops by rye, toasted malt, dark caramel sweetness.

M - I thought with the palm sugar this may be a bit on the dry side, but not at all. Not a heavy beer but some really nice moderate body. There is a silkiness to it but the higher carbonation and alcohol at the end clean it up nicely. Ends with a nice citrus bitterness.

O - This is just a great beer. There is something to please a lot of people. Lots of hop flavor and a good bit of bitterness. Tons of malt flavor with the complexity of rye and some palm sugar which may not be tasted directly but it must add to the complexity of flavor which is great. Higher on the alcohol but not a huge beer. Fantastic rye beer.

Photo of blackearth
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. I found a "best by" date of 4/22/09 printed on the bottle. Shoot. Poured a very dark red body with no head, but a few swirls gave it a little cap. Aroma is of spicy and grassy hops. Full bodied and smooth, this beer has a big roasted caramel flavor with a little "bite" from the rye. Great peppery hop finish after each sip. Of course this is better fresh, but it was still as good as I remember the first time I tried it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 22oz bomber into my tulip glass a striking deep garnet hue with great clarity. A half inch of bone white foam leaves patches of sticky lace on my glass. Looking good! Aromas here instantly draw you in with a huge, vibrant melding of grapefruity, citric oil dripping hops combined with the most prominent spicy rye aroma I have ever come across in a beer. Sidelines of caramel sweetness, but the fresh dank green hops steal the show. Wow, this brew smells so damn good it's hard to put into words, you must try it for yourself!!

First sip brings a smooth, slightly dry bready carmalized maltiness upfront that has a big spicy kick of rye flavor. Bold citrusy, grapefruity resinous hops waste no time moving in and integrate seamlessly into the brew, creating a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Flows down with some more spiciness and a lip smackin hop cone finish. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice creamy aspect that fills the mouth with each sip. Spot on carbonation makes this one disappear from my glass with the greatest of ease. Overall, the best brew I've had from Two Brothers thus far and a benchmark for the rye beer style. Read on the Two Bros website that this might become a regular in six packs...please, please, please let that be true as I for one will buy it all the time!

Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. I like rye beers and had been wanting to try this one for a while.

Tawny red body with a quarter inch of white head on top to start. Head reduced to a thin layer and initially left a ring of lace as it subsided.

Smell is strong with hops and graininess. Hops are a little floral and a little grapefruity citrus and even has a touch of pine in there. Some crystal malting comes out as well to add a touch of simple sugar sweetness that works in nicely with the rye graininess.

Nicely balanced beer here. Lots of grainy rye underneath with some biscuity breadiness. Citrus pith and pine resin round out the hops. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Not full bodied, but not thin either, although the carbonation probably makes this feel lighter on the tongue. Finish is slightly dry and makes you want some more.

Awesome drinkability. I love rye beers. A dry finish, some bitter hops, and some prickly carbonation make a super drinkable beer in my opinion. I could drink this all the time. Makes me want to get a 6er of one of my fall back beers which happens to be a rye pale.

Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep ruby with a sizable head. Aroma is sweet citrus hops with some spicyness. Grainy rye taste with bitter hops and roasty sweetness. The word that kept coming to mind was harsh. Just a little too harsh for my tastes. Otherwise it's a generlly good flavor and a decent drink, just maybe not quite as pleasing as Founder's offering.

Photo of blahblahbeercom
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This BEER pours a murky brown/red color. The head starts out one finger thick, but ends up much less than that.

Smell- Cane and Ebel has an earthy, almost musty smell in the bottle. Once poured, I could pick up a pepper and caramel smell.

Taste- At first sip, I could taste a caramel/malt flavor. There is sweetness to this initial taste, but the earthy barley flavor keeps it from being overwhelming. Rye & sweetness gives way to a slight bitterness from hops.

Mouthfeel- slightly sticky... lingers on the tongue with bitterness and slight earthy tones

Overall- I am very happy with the way earthy rye and bitter hops dance in this ale. This unique ale really works!

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a nicely carbonated, hazed amber brown body topped by a two finger beige head. Excellent retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Big aroma of spicy rye, pine and grapefruit hops, and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with zesty carbonation.

Very tasty, with a spicy rye edge to a firm hops bitterness that is grapefruit and pine. A hint of chocolate adds to the caramel and toffee maltiness that balances so very well. Creamy and full flavored from beginning to end.

Excellent construction here has produced a very tasty rye ale that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a touch of rye malt.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, with "best by" dating on the rear label. Pours a nice rich shade of dark honey amber, medium tan head, leaving fine lace on the glass. Sweet malty nose. Full flavor darker ale, sweet malts up front and quite dry hoppy snap in the rear. Complex notes of rye, vanilla, some smoke, flowing into a long balanced finish. Nice stuff. Have not been blown away by the other Two Bros. offerings, but this amped up one is fairly impressive. Well worth a try.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap a few days back thanks to Chris at Redbones...this is from a bomber purchased at Downtown W&S.
Dark amber in color with a full finger of bright white head...most disappears, but leaves behind some sticky webbed lacing.
Fruity hops in the nose with some sweet caramel malt to back it up...the rye is there, but very little spice.
The taste is great...the rye is well placed among the huge hop profile in this one...green tea flavor as well with the slightest detection of sweetness. Finishes quite dry with some lingering flavors...again, tea mostly. Alcohol very well masked.
Mouthfeel is quite thick for the style and the carbonation is high.
Loved it a bit more on tap, but not losing much in a bottle...probably the best beer to come out of TBB in my book.

Photo of badmoon
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Dark brown. Started with a decent head that didn't last. This one has a little bit of lacing but not much.

S: The spice is really standing out. I'm not getting any hops...spicy!

T: I'm getting sugar and malt. I'm not picking up the hops other than the bitter finish. Could just be my bottle. Who knows.

M: Very creamy. It also has a sort of metallic quality. I'm really beginning to think I have a bad bottle.

D: It's OK. I wouldn't want more than one or two. It's a big beer.

Overall: It's passable. There are many other beers I'd rather drink but this one was fine. I'd like to try a different bottle to see if mine was "off".

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of rye and pine, two qualities that I think go quite well together. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of rye and pine and not too much else. Low to medium bitterness, with a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward, but also very good.

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber-red with foamy cream colored head and lacing spattered all over.

Smell: Complex mix of grapefruit, orange, spice and bread.

Taste: Grapefruity hops and somewhat sweet fruity & toasty malts battle, while a sharp spiciness floats above both the hops and malts and carries long into the very bitter finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium to full smooth body, extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: What an onslaught this beer is on my taste buds, yet still quite refreshing.

This is now my third Rye IPA/Red Ale (Founders Red Rye and Summit India Rye being the other two), and this is simply a sub-style I truly enjoy. Like the Black IPA (or whatever we are now calling it), this almost deserves its own style now, since this has nothing in common with the other, tamer Rye beers out there.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is slightly hazy copper brown with ruby highlights and an off-white head. Good lacing. The aromas of citrus and piney hops tingle my nose along with earthy rye malts in the background. Smells very inviting. Flavor has much the same as aroma and the full mouthfeel practically encourages me to chew this beer. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Finish is a bit harsh as I get to the bottom of my glass from all the hops, but I guess that means all you hopheads out there are going to really like this beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Trumpstylz
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer...deep mahogany... had it on tap at charlies ale house in wheaton. The roughly 7% alcohol is undetectable, probably because the distinct flavor of the summit hop covers it up. Fairly citrusy and slightly earthy/herbaly... this beer is one to be reckoned with.

Photo of Dsavic1015
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal!

-D&G

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears slightly hazed deep copper amber with a large off white cream head leaves even lacing around. Aroma has sweet roasted caramel aspects with flowing herbal and mild citrus notes along with a spicy rye kick. Flavor is great I have no clue what Thai palm sugar tastes like but this beer is so unique with the combination of spicy rye, herbal and citrus hop tones, and caramel roastiness. Strong flow of hop oils carrying the bitterness to the edge. Mouthfeel is sticky with hop resins evenly carbonated very smooth, glides going down medium bodied. Drinkability is nice an all around very complex drinking beer that I hope to see again soon.

Photo of jeonseh
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a bomber that I picked up the last one of at the Liquor Bucket.

A - Was really surprised by how dark this beer was. A dark brown/copper mixture with a small bit of carbonation flowing through it. The sheen is rather glossy on the beer and it makes it look rather attractive. A small head came up at first that was a light cream and brown mixture but it faded away pretty quickly.

s - smells a bit like caramel and sweetness mixed in with some fruit flavors as well. Kinda smells like a belgian actually but with a big hit of caramel malts that usually don't find in the strong dark ales. I would say it smells like this beer has the belgian fruit esters though I don't know if it actually does or not but at least to me it smells like it does. Like this one a lot and once again not what I thought it would be.

T - Taste is rather sweet with a very light hops presence that I can pick up on. Taste a lot of caramel/toffee and also a bit of plums and grapes is mixed in there as well. It reminds me of a sweeter belgian strong dark which just reminds me of how it smells as well. At the end there is a light bit of bitter that hits the mouth and sticks around at the end. A nice contrast to the sweeter flavors that hit the mouth originally.

MF - kinda thick and sticky in the mouth which goes rather well with the sweet and caramely aspects that first hit the mouth. there is a light carbonation that hits the mouth later and goes a bit nicely with the more bitter feelings that hit the mouth as well.

D - really a good beer that I would definitely drink again and could drink easily while hanging out. Definitely not as hoppy as I expected it to be especially since the bottle says it was a hopped up red rye ale. Nevertheless still a very good beer and one they should brew all year round so we could enjoy it all the time. Hope it at least comes back at some point. the only problem is that I only bought one so I guess that is not a possibility. Note that is my own fault and does not hurt the drinkability of this beer.

Photo of JuniperJesus
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is gorgeous like a copper beauty shiny from a healthy application of massage oil. The malt and sweetness flirt hard with the spice of the rye and bitterness of the hops. It’s no surprise these two hook up for an orgy of deliciousness that results in a simultaneous orgasm that leaves you gasping for air and dreaming of your next sip.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear walnut brown body with a creamy antique white head that holds its shape above the glass. There is no sign of carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh cut pineapple weed in the hops has notes of pale malt with a slightly darker malt hint in the background.

T- The big hops had notes of grass and the taste of fresh hop pellets which was followed by a pale malt flavor that was slightly sweet. As it warmed there was a note of dark caramel malt in with the paler malts and a faint lemongrass hint to the finishing hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but the texture was a bit watery.

D- This beer has very grassy hop notes and I didn't notice the exotic palm sugar subtleties. I will have to try another bottle or two and see if I can find those flavors.

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a glowing ruby brown with nice hazing. 1 1/2 fingers of head with some nice cascading. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very subtle. A bit sweet. The obvious rye notes. Just a bit of bitter grapefruit in the back.

T/M: Nice caramel sweetness. Light hop bitterness come through near the end. Rye is subtle but remains throughout. Citrus and peppery hops. Medium body and carbonation. a bit of dryness in the end.

D: Very easy to drink and tasty. Glad I got more.

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Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.