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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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619 Reviews

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Reviews: 619
Hads: 1,605
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 162
Gots: 206 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 619 | Hads: 1,605
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark caramel color, just slightly cloudy, but I don't believe it's bottle conditioned. Nice big foamy head after a very aggressive pour. Pretty mild aroma of citrus, rye, and an almost tropical mango like smell. On the palate, a faint smokiness comes first with the rye and hops clumsily juxtaposed. The dryness in the midpalate is quite firm with a thin, bone dry finish. It remains quite bitter in the mouth very long after each sip. Body is medium with moderate carbonation, it is quite balanced, not a souped up RIPA like it claimed to be. There's nothing grounding to this beer, it's slightly sloppy. Drinkability comes out low, a bit of a dissapointment.

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Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 of 7 daily rated beers in honor of Craft Beer Week

Poured in a pint glass on May 11
A: Best by 10/29/08!? C'mon - serious minus points for Liberty Village Wines and Spirits in Stillwater, MN for that. I wish it was fresh. Moderate pour yields 1/8 finger of white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Deep copper burgundy clear liquid. Pretty!
S: Rich bread and raisin/fig. Plum, some tang of rye and some sweetness. A little brandy.
T: Doesn't taste "hopped up", probably the age. Tastes good nonetheless. Some boozy brandy/bourbon notes. Rye tang.
M: Hot after warming. Good carbonation.
D: Good but I wish it was fresh.

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Photo of samie85
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 2/17/10.

A-Pours a dark red/copper with white one finger head.

S-Caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, and maybe the slightest whiff of rye.

T-Hint of spicy rye, but citrus hops dominate here with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit; caramel malt balances and keeps it from being very bitter.

M-Low carbonation and bordering on flat with medium body.

D-Pretty, easy drinking but not very interesting to my palate.

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Photo of salukiKMO
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S- 22 ounce bomber bottle
A- a nice reddish, almost light caramel color
Smell- citrus, with almost orange juice type aroma
Taste- really taste the hops, some what pine taste, strong flavor
Mouth feel- light
D- not my favorite type of beer, hence the rating. If you like "hoppy" ales this is the one for you. great example.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 12 oz. longneck into a 33 cl snifter. Best-by date is printed outside the lighter colored box, so it's partially illegible, but it's some time in 2013.

Look- Deep.deep ruby-amber with a generous head that falls within a minute or two. Sticky lace clings to the glass but doesn't develop much.

Smell- Malty, spicy, light herbal aroma. Swirling brings out some light citrus and booze. Sweeter as it warms.

Taste- Nothing too different from the aroma, although not as sweet as anticipated. Rye toast, marshmallow, mild citrus up front. Herbal/white bread finish. Tasty, subdued but very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, creamy sip. Mellow carbonation. A little heavier than I'd like.

Overall- Decent, but nothing too fancy. I'd probably pick it up again at some point if I saw it, but I'm not in any hurry.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, maroon-ruby body that shines faintly when held to the light. Its head is mild at best, with short retention, but it leaves thick sheets of lace and register marks down the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy rye and a general grainy character are nice on the nose. The hops express themselves as grapefruit zest.

T: There's a general sweetness that I find barleywine-ish, though I can't pin it down to toffee, caramel, or brown sugar. The rye imparts a spicy bread flavor that is especially noticeable in the finish. Hops impart citrus and a mild bitterness that is well covered during the taste, but lies bare in the aftertaste.

M: This feels fairly thin; the flavors fall quickly off the tongue, resulting in a watery finish.

D: I like it, but I probably wouldn't buy it if it were locally available, and I certainly wouldn't hunt it down via trade.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Best by 7/17/2011.

Aroma: Piney hops dominate up front, followed by robust rye, and finally dry, grainy malt.

Appearance: Light tan, fluffy, two fingered head disipates very slowly, while sticky lacing clings to the inside of the glass. Ruby-amber slightly hazy iced tea-colored body.

Flavor: Carmelized sugar up front, immediately followed by brisk hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Some of the rye note then makes an appearance, followed, finally, by a prominent bitter finish that lingers for about 30 seconds.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Less carbonation than expected, and frankly a bit on the flat side.

Overall: This beer has a beautiful body and lacing. Aroma is nice, but mouthfeel, unfortunately was a bit disappointing. It's not a bad beer per se. Just not one I'd order twice, when there are so many other options now.

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Photo of tjd112
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark ruby brown body, white well retained head, and some lacing

Smell - Grapefruit

Taste - Rye, grapefruit, and a hell of a lot of hops

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy

Drinkability - Could only drink one in a blue moon

Overall - Thought it would be worse

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Photo of smbslt
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 1/2 finger head, oatmeal color with very faint blueish grey tinge. Deep amber color with a bit of haze. Minimal carbonation but what was there meandered it way slowly to the head.

Nose was faint, hops for sure maybe some grass but I think I wanted it to be there.

Nice hoppy start but finish was a bit weak. There was no jaw tightening bitterness at the back end but the grass giving way to some very slight malt was too subtle and was not balanced with the start. The sweetness that was present throughout was also faint which was better than cloying.

Good viscosity which was expected based on the carbonation action which held the finish as long as it could.

Very drinkable but wish there was a bigger finish.

The Brothers are local so I will have to make a trip to further study this beer in its native habitat.

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Photo of deapokid
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rye beer pours a deep and mysterious red with a foamy head and medium retention. Carbonation seems to be on the light side and, if I didn't know better, I'd assume that this blood red ale was an amber.

Smell is way hoppier than expected, melding hop bitterness with a fruit sweetness that is well presented in the background.

Taste was floral and hoppy, packing a berry ripeness without the acidity. Although this is not lacking in the flavor department, I must admit that I was expecting more saltiness in the forefront.

I once had a Jewish Rye at Triumph Brewpub and really expected some of that deli roll character here. The brew can't be faulted for not resembling that beer, but I was hoping for salt to balance out the sweetness.

As it warms, the interesting flavors of the Thai Sugar come out and leave a nice coating on the tongue, but I can't help but wish for a little salt in the mix with all of these bold, sweet flavors.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to dzyneguru. Poured into 14oz glass. Poured a nice deep brown with a bit of a reddish tint. The beer had less than a half inch of of tan head that didn't have much retention and a little better than minimal lacing.

The Rye scent in this brew was kind of muted, not as sharp as others I've had, with a nice trace of hops in the background. The flavor had a bolder Rye flavor, but not overpoweringly so. There was also a nice blend of hops on the finish.

The body was decent, perhaps a bit thin. Drinkability was good, I'd have more of these if they were local to me. Overall, a decent beer that's worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of jsh420
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best by 3/4/11

pours clear dark copper brown with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell was not that strong - all i got was sugar and malt

taste was a little better - faint hops were overpowered by the very sweet malts - this is not the first time i have had this beer and maybe this bottle was just from a dud batch?

mouthfeel was good light/medium body with moderate carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok - but if the flavors are hit and miss bottle to bottle it will not be a staple in my house

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brown body with some red in it. Hardly a white head and a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing, but overall not exactly attractive.

Smell - Rye all over the place. Some hops and some caramel to it also, but it's a lot of rye.

Taste - Rye forward again. Well, it is a rye beer, I suppose. Spicy and a little sweet, actually. Hop bitterness in the finish. Also, sadly, a boozy flavor, even though it's only 7%.

Mouthfeel - Kinda low carbonation and it feels heavy. It's got a lot of body to it, but that's probably from the rye. Again, the slight tinge of alcohol is disappointing.

Overall - I'm not a fan of rye beers, but there's some characteristics that bring it down besides the rye. Still drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a reddish brown with small off-white head, lightly fizzy, good retention, leaving some lacing in a pint glass.

S: Solid smell of some sweet and smoky brown malt, pineapple, very floral hops.

T: Definitely sweet at the forefront, I got a lot of caramel malt and brown sugar. Hops are give a dry citrus and some tropical flavour. Only problem was an annoying coppery metallic aftertaste that dropped the score down from a solid 4. Ends with that along with some bitter dry hops and rye spice.

M: Light carbonation, fairly light body, resiny, some residual sugar character for sure, metallic.

D: A nice rye beer from a brewery I have never tried before, but Founder's Red and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye are in another category all together in comparison.

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Photo of HosP
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz into a pint glass. Split a pack with a fellow BAer. Thank you Patchmaster for picking this up!

A - Poured darker brown, maybe amber color. Hazy throughout the glass. Small head left very quickly, but not before leaving the lace on the glass.

S - Not a very strong aroma. Can't quite tell if its more hop or malt smell, good combination. Can pick up a faint candy aroma which makes it smell pretty sweet.

T - Very unique taste. This is my first rye beer, so a little different. At first the rye malts are at the front, but is followed quickly by some hop bitterness. Still a good mixture of hops and malts with a sweeter taste.

M - Medium body, little carbonation. Dry finish to it.

D - Very intriguing beer. Not sure how big of a fan I am of a rye beer. It is drinkable as there is a good mix of flavors. However I tend to enjoy hoppier beers, but for the style a good drink.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas present from AprilLuvs beer. Thanks.

Pours a ruddy amber with a soapy fading khaki headcap leaving suds lace.

Sweet nose of candy lolipop and floral aromas. There is a solid malt bill nose in there too.

First swigs: Table sugar and tea sweet front. Raw chewy grain and very bitter orange peel finish.

Feel is a tad cloying and suary sweet. Medium body with plenty of carbonation zip.

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Photo of Naugled
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass.

Very good appearance, gorgeous clear chestnut brown color. Head was a bit quick but is a nice tan hue.

Malty nose, but he rye seems to be in the background.

The rye is definitely in the flavor as is the hop flavors. The bitterness is a bit lingering.

Medium mouthfeel that leaves a sweet feeling in the mouth.

Good drinkability but not great.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 7ozs into my duvel tulip. The beer pours a clear mahogany brown with no head (unless vigorously shaken). The nose is candy sweet malt with almost no hops or spice. The taste is intensely sweet with a subtle pine hoppiness and slight rye spice. This is not the beer I expected. The mouthfeel is sweet with a slight bite from the hops/rye. It's smooth and drinkable, but really nothing special. Overall I think this beer is worth sampling at a brewfest, but not a top 10 rye...

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a small head that settles quickly. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Swirling the beer leaves a thick cap.

Citrus hops fill the nose. Just hints of malt lies in the background.

The flavor is dominated by the hops. Citrus flavors at first but there is a sour twang noticed before the bitter returns on the finish.

Has a surprising light body. It does not carry the bitterness of the beer very well. Carbonation is adequate without being intrusive.

A very hoppy beer. I would prefer more of the rye to come through. High ABV and bitterness limits consumption.

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Photo of fo5s
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my trust sam adams glass. Bottle has a best by of 6/30/09, so I wonder how fresh this is.

A- pours a deep ruby with a healthy 2 finger head. Looks delicious. A bit dark for an amber, but according to BA this is a rye beer so that seems to fit

S- malty, with a backdrop of hops (losing the battle to the malts). sweet.

T- sweet, but balanced. malt forward with a finish of muted hops. Slight twang of rye on the finish, but it's subtle

M- thick, coats the mouth. lively carbonation, but seemingly appropriate.

D- at 7%, I'd expect some more drinkability. The rye is starting to get to me by the end of just a 12oz

overall a solid beer, but not one I plan to revisit soon. If I do, I'd love to compare it to a fresher version.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. Bottle with an 8/31/09 best by date.

Look is a deep dark mohogany with ruby red highlights and an almond color two finger head with minimal lacing.

Smell is of slightly roasted caramel and pineapple.

Taste and mouthfeel are lighter then I thought they'd be. Some light caramel malts and a bit of roastedness. Some hints of pineapple and some spices I'm assuming are from the rye.
As this one moves closer to 45-50 degrees the flavors come to life. The sweetness really starts to come through.

Pretty good drinkability but nothing special in my book. Probably not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured copper amber into an American pint glass, with a thin white head but decent lacing. The smell revealed rye/caraway seeds, some brown sugar sweetness, and some pine. The taste did reveal a nice rye/malt balance, but there was a lingering sweetness mid-palate..maybe overripe orange? It made for a disjointed flavor. The mouthfeel did have a nice carbo feel to it, combined with a medium body. For me, a sipping beer; not for sessioning.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp and medium bodied, with some caramel, rye, toasted malt and cereal. ™

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Photo of ToddT
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves spotty lace all over the glass.

S- Not much of a nose at all, faint notes of hops and rye.

T- Smooth build up of a rye malt to a hop bitterness crescendo. Finish is pretty clean and quick.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, little residue from the hops in the finish as well.

D- Pretty drinkable would not have guess this was a 7.0% ABV.

Solid beer but very straight forward.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a red color with a tan colored head. The head fades not leaving much lacing. The smell of the beer is a little hoppy, a little sweet and has some spice. The taste had some sugary sweetness, nothing overwhelming. Theres also some spicy rye and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and has a good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer but I didn't think it was worthy of an A. Just my opinion though.

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Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.