Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 615
Hads: 1,575
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 156
Gots: 190 | 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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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Pretty good sized, tan head. Fairly dark auburn-red color. Good amount of carbonation. Nice retention and tons of lacing along the glass as I drink.

Piney, hoppy aroma with a slight malt sweetness and a hint of oak.

Sweet, tangy hop flavor with fruitiness, then some rye notes and a pretty bitter, hop finish.

Medium-bodied and a little syrup-y and sticky mouthfeel.

Very attractive and nice smelling, but just a pretty good flavor. Mouthfeel was a little less than what I'd like. (509 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a huge head that has a huge hop aroma, with a slightly tan color. Head lasted a long time. Left lacing

A nice copper color with orange hue accent. Aroma of hops, with a slight rye accentuated nose, with some fruitiness, and piny.

Flavor of rye, with a fruit character, lending too a very nice hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is a smooth nicely carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall this beer rock it is very drinkable. Balanced towards rye and hops mostly. This is reccommended (495 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed red/brown combo with a slightly off-white head that produced some sliding lace on the glass.
Aroma of light citrus fruit, some orange peel, a bit of airy, pine and distinctive rye notes.
Flavor of darker rye bread came through on top of a jumble of caramel and dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel was moderate with some real crisp, sharp rye notes cut by the softer fruit and darker caramel sweetness. Solid balance. As it warmed a slightly sour note was produced.
Drinkability is pretty solid, can definitely feel a warming rush of alcohol as it goes down. (568 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Woody Chandler for sharing this beer with me and I hear credit is do to Sopor for igniting an interest in Rye Beer that is now spreading. I have a limited experience with Rye beers and minimal success. Hop Rod Rye (more IPA) and Redhook Sunrye Ale I have had sampled of but not enough to review and the Sunrye somwhat bored me. I will revisit it, now that Woody/Sopor have explained the rye snap to the uvula. Cane & Ebel had this very enjoyable effect.

Appearance: Pours a transparent caramel amber color with an off-white head and notable lacing.

Smell: A very pleasant sweet bread sugary aroma with subtle suggestions of fruit and hops and nudge of rye.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The flavor and mouthfeel are partly intermingled. This beer is extremely approachable with relative straightforward flavors but so beautifully interlaced that this easy-drinker has crossed over to masterpiece status IMO. It start off with an exceptionally smooth creamy full body that graces the lips with and leaves a sweets malty bread flavor, with hints of toffee, hops and of course rye, on the taste buds. The edges have a dry astringency that sticks to my cheeks long after the beer passes through. And the feature in the finish is the rye sting to uvula and the lip-smacking reaction to the delicious aftertaste that beckons for more.

Drinkability: For a 7% ABV beer it seemed like one I could drink all evening. The alcohol content was well hidden and the flavors a simple and yet worthy of contemplation creating a very quaffable beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,581 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that this I've only had a couple of Rye beers so I'm not sure how to review this one. It looked good with a lively pour and darker amber color. The nose was mostly hops with a malty/bready combo. Solid hoppy taste up front with a long bitter aftertaste and a distinct bready dryness. Time to try more ryes. Thanks to dirtylou. (339 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber/red with a frothy head whose lacing sticks to the side of the glass like glue.

Rich hop scent with appealing grapefruit and brown sugar notes.

The taste is primarily one of citrus/hops but it also features some burnt (in a good way) flavors and a slightly herbal aftertaste.

This is still my favorite Two Bros. brew and I could drink it all night long. (372 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

red and clear, not very carbonated. not much of a head so kind of lacking in the looks department. its all uphill from there though...smells like raw hops straight from the vine. (cascade?) that's all i can smell, but it sure smells great. taste is hops forward but they dont stick around, which is fine because it allows the rye to come through a bit. nice and bitter but also smooth. very well balanced, soft and velvety. this might be my favorite of the beers i've had from 2 bros. (484 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant brick red/amber colour. High clarity, the head is tan, about 1/2 inch, and holds up well. Moderate resiny hop flavor in the aroma, with lightly toasty malt. The smell is decent, but doesn't really entice me.

The taste is lightly dry, with toasty, caramel malt flavor. The hops are pine-like, and balance out the flavor well. Decent bitterness toward the end which seems to fade after each subsequnt sip. I only get a small hint of rye in the end, and not much spiciness either- not what I expected.

The thickness is medium, with a slight syrup-like slickness to it initially. The carbonation is not that strong, and I would say it loses its potency quickly as the beer sits in the glass. This seemed to water it down a little.

Overall, I thought it was decent. It wasn't what I expected for a Rye beer, in fact it seemed more like an IPA of some sort. Worth a try, maybe split it with a friend. Thanks to Vancer for the bottle... (958 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep red, with some white lacing. Smell is dry hops, with some rye coming through, and sweetness like pears. Taste is strong hops up front, but they quickly fade, allowing rye and pepper to come through. Excellent treatment of the hops. It's also not sweet at all, despite the hints of sweetness in the nose. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, drinkability is high. (373 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle courtesy of shbobdb.

Moderate pour into my 400 ml chalice yields a fairly hazy dark amber body under a smallish off-white head that fades quickly to a solid cap, and leaves ample lacing.

Smell is like raisin-bread in liquid form. Very yummy. You can even smell the icing on the edge: sweet, even cinnamony. Great smelling beer!

Taste is more of the smell, with an added punch of hop-bitterness. The malted rye is definitely there. Nice peppery hop-notes. Really a lot going on here. Rum, malt, espresso, toasted rye bread, raisins, clove and cinnamon. Wow. I like it.

Mouthfeel is not a round and smooth as I would like from a beer this complex, but still, it's nice.

I could drink more of this. Wish I had more.

Thanks to shbobdb for the chance to enjoy this pretty unique beer! (816 characters)

Photo of maundythirsty
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear reddish copper-colored beer with more than an inch of tan-tinged head giving up the gas in fat bubbles. Not much foam making it to my lip, but thick lacing and some of rising bubbles. Smells of grapefruit and a caramel malt made zippier by the rye.

Sharper greeting from all those 68 IBUs in the taste. Goodly grapefruit and piney kick, but backed up by darker sweet flavors -- toffee, caramelized sugars -- and a healthy rye snap. A glass starts out dry, but a bomber's worth piles up in your mouth a bit. You get a touch of the the rye and hops again every time you push your tongue around. Smooth and full-bodied, with light carbonation.

Oh, goodness, the ryes are growing on me. I'm going to want a bottle of this every time I see it at the store. (771 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Brew Kettle: Dark amber color with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing at the top of the glass, and thinner layers below. Aroma of rye, malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a bready malt and rye flavor, along with a good amount of hops and fruit. The finish is spicy with hops and a touch of alcohol. Solid all around. (325 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, a note of explanation on the name of this beer. It was made by Brewmaster Jason Ebel and included a large quantity of Thai palm (cane) sugar in its recipe. Ha! It arrived with a fluffy, light-tan head above a clear amber liquid. The nose was a great mix of light hops, light malt, and a lot of spiciness, like pepper. The mouthfeel tended to be medium-to-thick. There was a really earthy quality to the beer on the tongue, like eating something that had been freshly picked. The finish had the expected rye bite that Sopor turned me on to. (550 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cane and Ebel pours in to my glass a deep copper golden color with amazing clarity. The head begins as a biscuit of dense, firm foam. The lacing was a real treat to see, as defined rings mark each sip until the last.
The smell is crisp spicy rye, green leafy hops, a hint of grapefruit and sweet malt with a toasty undertone.
The taste is sweet caramel, toffee, flavorful rye spiciness and pine resin from the hops. The label lists 68 IBUs, this actually comes across as something less. The bitterness is moderate and the finish is somewhat dry. Very nice, indeed.
The carbonation is moderate and sits well on a medium-light body.
This was very enjoyable. A spiced American IPA perhaps? This is a beer that is very well made and an excellent example of what a beer can be. Well done. (791 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a decievingly wonderful beer.
Pours a ark golden amber topped with a half finger head that melts to sticky lacing for as long as it lasts...unfortunately not long enough.
Aroma is fresh green hops with soft toasted malt.
Taste is sweet amber malt, sugar, drying spicy rye (VERY nice.and nicely hidden in there) and citrus hop on the tale end.
Aftertaste is grapefruit and rye dryness.
Ok....where is the alcohol? VERY nicely hidden.
This is a surprise. A double IPA with rye....very nice..delicious, yet not cloying...nice rye dryness and slight biscuit breadiness, sort of fills the bill for both a sipping desert and a suck up all day.
Really like it.
Thanks, Clint...another winner...BIG winner. (711 characters)

Photo of laintringulis
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pub glass. Pours a deep red-orange color with a 2 finger cream colored head that lasts well during drinking. Loose, light carbonation present.

Smells stroungly of old style sourdough rye bread. Light pine, spicy earthy smell with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste as smells. Very nice rye/malty sweetness with a touch of caramel. Finished with a slightly bitter piney-grapefruit tartness/dryness. I think I can taste some caraway seed. There is a pleasant taste of spiciness, but I can not tell what the individual spices are.

Full bodied, pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Not overpowering. Alcohol presence is balanced within the beer. Easy to drink. If you like rye, you will like this. (698 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Vibrant copper with saffron highlites. Clean and lightly hazed with minimal bubble activity. Decent khaki colored head made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Hop syrup, red fruit preserves, rye and some forest floor.

T: The cane sugar is apparent at the very beginning of the first sip...a tickling hits hits the tip of the tongue. Some astringent rye flavors move across the sides of the palate while some honey notes work the center. Little bit of grapefruit hides behind the red beet malt backbone. The bitterness doesn't come until after the swallow, where an earthy profile lingers for some time.

M: Medium body, some what prickly.

D: Not bad, bit off balanced. Hop profile isn't round enough to balance the sharp sugary background. Drinkable for sure. (769 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear dark amber brew. Head holds on nicely, with lots of sticky delicate lacing. Aroma is dominated by juicy pine hoppiness, but restrained enough to not burn out the nose hairs. Taste works nicely, with the strong hops character offset by the fleeting sweetness of the malts and what I assume is the palm sugar that the label touts. Spiciness of unknown origin, hops or rye, makes things interesting as well. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is dangerously easy. I'm sure I will find myself revisiting this one. (658 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gave this one a shot in Chicago at the Map Room.

Poured a slightly hazy, rust colored pint o' liquid. Head was huge, and just did not seem like it was ever going to go away.

The nose is full of rye spiciness, as well as a good, earthy graininess that gets youe attention and starts your mouth to watering. Almost a rye toast scent. Very little hop aroma shows through here.

Big malty taste up front. A good rye spice to it, with a touch of citrusy hops to balance it out. A bit like a breakfast of rye toast and grapefruit, as AutumnalDave describe it. Nice earthy "dustiness" to it at well. There's a lot going on in here, all competing for your tongue's attention.

The mouthfeel is big and oily, just as it should be in a rye beer, even one with not that huge a percentage of rye. There is a silkiness to the mouthfeel as well which makes it a lot of fun to drink. Very, very nice.

Overall, this one is quite interesting. Not something I'd throw back again and again, but it's definitely good for what it is. I'd recommend it to most anyone. (1,059 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber color with a very thick head that has no intention of going away anytime this decade. Very nice.

S - This beer has the typical earmarks of a rye beer. Big roasted grain aroma with a hoppiness that isn't very distinct due to the dark malts. Smells a little yeasty as well.

T - Whoa, yeah this is a Rye beer. No question. Big roasted flavors hit hard up front and leave very little, if any, room for the sweeter malts to back them up. Citris hops make an appearance toward the middle. Finishes up in a typical Rye fashion. Bitter and a bit sour (in a good way) with some "dustiness" on the palate.

M - Very, very nice. Smooth and easy drinking.

D - Same as above. Nice beer.

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the chance to try this unique and easy drinking beer. (833 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boston's. Pours a dark brown color with some copper highlights. Thick fluffy white head holds together very well. Citrusy and floral aroma. Nice caramel malt background combines with just a hint of spicy rye. Nice floral and citrusy hop combination compliments the malt quite well. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Nice patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass to the very end. A very nice IPA that when added with some rye produces pleasant results. Nice. (482 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a brew! Great burnt amber pour, sticky ivory tan head and laces BUT -

Massive amounts of piney hops in the aroma, along with some floral & citrusy notes. Very sharp and sticky in the mouth, the taste is almost overloaded with pine. The hop kick tends to counteract the overbearing pine needles sticking in my throat. By mid=bottle its starting to mellow out and the enjoyment factor is increasing.

Full hop bodied and quite a different mid-west brew. 2 bros are really putting a strong effort to increase the area’s craft presence.

Fine, solid brew. (564 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear coppery orange, topped with a receding off white head. No bottle conditioning? Head dies very quickly into a meek collar. No lacing. Aroma is pretty much all hops. Citrusy and bright, with a fresh, punchy attack. An unusual sugary sweet fruitiness in the background, I expect from the added sugar. A bit too saccharine to be malt. It adds to the orange juice citrusy scent. The flavor opens with sweet caramel right up front. Big, bold flavor with a healthy dose of green fruit. Kiwi, apples, grapes. Hops peep in early, delivering orangey citrus with a bit of a bright green lime tang. The color may be red, but the taste screams green. Green hops, green fruit, green face if you drink too many bombers. Amazingly smooth and silky, with a firm, full body and gentle carbonation. I'm very happy with that, as it makes the beer just glide across the palate. I'm sure the rye contributes something to the effect, too. Is this oak aged? Something gives off that feel. Prominent citrusy hops in the finish, very sunny and fresh. Unusual sweet aftertaste that lingers on with the hop bitterness. Amazingly well balanced, with the oddball palm sugar and all. Some beer-batter yeast presence. I don't know how many batches it took to nail this, but nail it they did. I'll be buying another and probably extra to share with friends. Word on the street is that they brewed this with a new super alpha hop variety called Summit (18%!!!). It's amazingly juicy. Might be a new favorite of mine. Very good. I look forward to the Philosophers Stone. (1,549 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby/scarlet tones. Clean and clear yet dense. Very thick nearly white head retains itself superbly.

Rich citrusy aromas, big grapefruit up front with hints of orange, and lemon peel, cotton candy, bubble gum, and a malty aroma as well.

Fabulous beer, sweet pink grapefruit, a cotton candy factory in a glass. Nice hubba bubba bubblegum finish. Also hints of lemon, orange, sweet floral hop, and balanced malt. Very complex and delicious.

Unbelievabley balanced, with moderate carbonation, rich yet subtle and easy to drink. (532 characters)

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