Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

615 Reviews
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Reviews: 615
Hads: 1,576
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 156
Gots: 191 | 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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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (684 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown…off white head did form about a finger width thick and settled to a slightly thinner layer…a good lookin’ brew…(4/5)

Smell: Peppery rye up front…also some sweetness, caramel, floral notes and a touch of citrus…there’s an earthy, mustiness happening here…it’s nice, but it’s not overwhelming…(3.75/5)

Taste: Sweet, earthy, caramel maltiness up front, much more than I would have expected…there’s a definite sugary sweetness that isn’t strong, just noticeable…after the initial flavors, this brew really dives into the hops and rye…peppery rye bite comes out, nicely balanced by citrus/piney hops…slightly resinous feel…there’s some bready qualities to the flavor as well…peppery rye/piney bitterness into the after taste…a very hoppy rye ale…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, plenty of carbonation…it fluffs up bringing tons of sweet, slightly peppery maltiness to the palate…there’s a mild touch of resin/syrup feel…finishes very smoothly, doesn’t linger too far, but leaves an earthiness behind…(3.85/5)

Overall: I’m a big fan of Two Brothers, partly because I like supporting small, independent businesses, but mostly because they make very drinkable beer and Cane and Ebel is another example of that…with super flavor and a relatively low ABV, I definitely could drink a few of these in a sitting and not bat an eye…this is definitely worth picking up if you see it on your local, independent beer store or if you’re traveling through the Chicagoland area…Two Brothers strikes again! (4/5) (1,606 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark murky red with not much head to speak of. The appearance of this one leads me to believe this will pack a punch of flavor, I hope for a full bodied experience.

S: Peppery spices up front, some floral hops and caramel sweetness in there as well.

T: They aren't messing around with the rye in this beer. It is amazingly spicy and complex, but they've packed enough caramel malts in to keep it very balanced. This is like nothing I've ever had.

M: I could chew this. It's not incredibly thick, but the creamy smoothness makes me want to just suck on it for a while... weird.

O: This. This is what a great beer should be. You could search the entire world for a better Rye Beer and come up completely empty handed and dumb founded. Well done! (755 characters)

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer before. Just wanted wait until I get a super fresh 6pk of this beer.

Appearance: Deep crimson-amber with a one finger light tan head

Aroma: Sugar sweet peppery rye. In the background hops are mostly floral with very little citrus.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Sweet peppery rye, with floral/light citrus hops. A little bit of caramel malt. Sometimes, there is a light toasted rye breadiness in the finish which then turn into the hops' bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Median bodied with median carbonation. Slightly sticky. Soft hop bitterness that lingers very shortly. Easy to drinker.

Overall: I enjoy this beer. The Thai palm sugar adds an interesting sweetness and flavor to the beer. Neither does the rye or hops dominate over each others. (764 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Local Miami. Arrives in a Green Flash goblet.

A- Light see-through brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before shimmying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of light surface foam. Thick, full cobwebs of lacing.

S- Moderately hoppy aroma with some complimentary alcohol. Somewhat musty.

T- Toasty, light chocolate and also light spiciness from the rye. Restrained bitterness with some alcohol presence. Overall, well-balanced with the hops playing off the rye malt nicely.

M- Semi-viscous and sticky with medium carbonation and a full-ish body.

O- High drinkability and a nice combo of rye and hops. I used light as an adjective frequently in this brew because it displays a good amount of finesse. (775 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently, this is the #6 ranked Rye Beer here on BA... and for good reason.

I got bored hanging with my wife's family, so I retreated to the bathroom to tick this beer on Christmas day.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a ruby red/orange color, slightly hazy, and with a soft, off-white heady that left a web resembling cotton candy on the glass.

S: Smelled of melted Astro-Pop, malt, a fair amount of fresh hops, and red velvet cake batter. Delectable!

T: Exactly like the nose, definitely bitter, but not totally a hophead paradise beer. It did have that rye beer "Wasa" cracker quality in the middle that was a cheeky variation on an East Coast IPA. Not too sweet and lots of lacing here.

M: Like I stated, this was bitter, with spiral lacing left on the glass and nice carbonation bill.

O: I killed a six pack of this over the span of three days along with all the other goodies I had in between. I'll be revisiting this brew when I'm in the area quite often now I'm sure. (984 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark brownish-amber color with an inch thick, creamy tan head that lingers for a couple minutes. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing as well.

Smell - The sweetness of the palm sugar comes through lightly, with a dominant aroma of rye.

Taste - The spiciness of the rye masks most of the other flavors.. There is a toasty/smoky flavor as well but I think that might be from the rye? The sweetness from the sugar tastes pretty nice.. And the bottle is right about having the wackiest hops. I can detect some pine hops, along with some other earthy and floral hops. Has a strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Has a creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is the first rye beer I've ever tried. I am not pleased.. lol. To me, this basically just tastes like a nasty IPA, with rye added. (830 characters)

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a dark amber body. Lacing is soapy and clear, sticky. Aroma includes some caramel malt, but is certainly dominated by quite a hop bill. Resinous hop juiciness in the form of grapefruit and grass, some earthiness. Taste is biting and bitter balanced by some nice malt sweetness. Tongue coating with a warming mouthfeel. Very tasty. (419 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of warrenout330
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle... right into my duvel glass

A- pours a deep red color... almost blood like... even the thickness feels like it. Big white head.... lots of sticky lacing

S- cane sugar, rye malt, earthy grass, tons of sugar in the nose but very well balanced...

T- very pronounced rye malt... more than the smell... hint of sweetness maybe from the cane sugar... earthy hops and funk in the back of the throat

M- dry, sweet, bittnerness.... bubbly down the throat...

O- this is yet another brewery you can't really go wrong with... their more driven towards taste over ABV. track them down and enjoy like a victorious Viking lol (642 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing as an Imperial Red Ale.

A: Cloudy, true red body with an off-white lacey head with sticky long legs.

S: Wet aroma, characteristics are still fresh. Excellent balance of lightly sweet caramel malts and floral/citrus hops.

T/M: A gummy body makes for easy drinking. All the flavors blend together while being noticeable, yet not very pronounced; the sugary body and smooth rye properties could be the acting catalyst.

O: Far exceeding my expectations. First brew from Two Brothers. This suits my classification for a higher gravity, well-hopped red ale. Clean flavors and alcohol kept in check. (607 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is caramel with red garnet highlights. Exceptional head and thick lacing combine for an impressive presentation.

Musty but somewhat citrus hop aroma leads to spicy rye and faint malt.

Taste starts with a piney/citrus hop burst leading into the spicy rye then mellows to a malt backdrop. Balanced, complex and highly enjoyable. Pepper and pine, citrus and dry malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry and medium body. Spot on carbonation. Very nice.

This beer goes down fast for a 7% abv. It hits the spot on a cold rainy evening. Two Brothers use of rye is the best I have had as they did not over do it while creating a unique and tasty brew. Cheers! (664 characters)

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

At first, it seemed all hops all the time on the nose, with a strong resiny aroma...however, as it opens up, the palm sugar is noticeable with a small sweetness and a note of spicy rye. It's a good nose.

Initially, it has a really good and firm floral/piney bitter snap to it...comes across just like an IPA to me. Then, the slight spiciness of the rye is evident although not as much so as many other rye beers so I don't believe it's quite as prominent in the making of this beer...although still present. On the finish, the palm sugar provides a small sweetness that seems more evident as it warms and helps the beer wrap up on a pretty solid mix of resin and sugar.

All in all, very very tasty. I just wish it wasn't so expensive and hard to find! (755 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed September 15th, 2012. Bottle labeled "best by 5/8/12". Oops!

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. A creamy, fine one-finger head of off-white appears and sticks around a good long time. Excellent sheeting. Mostly clear orange/copper colored brew has copious lazy bubbles rising throughout.

Notes of rye and citrus (orange and grapefruit) in the restrained nose.

Flavor is subtle and somewhat complex. Rye bread notes lead off with a bit of spice. Just barely more sweet than not. Clean hop notes on finish: grassy and lightly citric with only a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation prickle. Finishes ever-so-slightly dry.

Pretty drinkable due to the combination of smooth, clean mouthfeel and well-blended flavors. The ABV should give one pause to having more than a couple of these on a hot afternoon, though, as the alcohol is not present in the flavor at all.

Since the beer is well past its expiration date, I can imagine that the hop presence must be more pronounced in a fresher example. As it stands, though, this expired sample was fine drinking anyway. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Pjev11
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice hard pour from a bottle into a pint glass makes this come out looking fantastic. Root beer colored ale with red and orange tints throughout. A nice one finger head that recedes into a small layer of foam and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Smooth in the mouth but not as "hopped up" as the bottle claims. Malty and rich, a nice rye ale for sure. I was expecting more hoppiness so I am a bit let down on that end, but if they hadn't advertised as "hopped up" I'd be more than pleased with this one.

Overall, something I am absolutely looking forward to getting more of. I have not had all that much from 2 Bros yet, but have really liked what I've tasted so far. (687 characters)

Photo of patriot76
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown with a reddish hue. A little cloudy with a thick one inch head that leaves fantastic lacing.

S- Wonderful hop aroma with a strong hint of the rye and thai palm sugar. Very complex. Great nose.

T- Wow. What a great tasting mixture of hops and rye along with the thai palm sugar and malt. Perfectly balanced. It leaves very pleasant bitterness that lingers very well.

M- The pleasant bitterness starts at the back of the palate, then fills the entire palate, ending in a perfectly balanced aftertaste.

O- Outstanding. World class. One of the best beers one could find anywhere... in my humble opinion. (656 characters)

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... (482 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

best by date of 11/09/12.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with an amber hue when held to light. One and a half finger of off white head.

Smell: The rye malts cut right through the hops with a litely spiced note. Caramel malt profile. Hops are herbal.

Taste: The rye malts are the big player in this beer. The malts taste like a rye bread drizzeled with a caramel syrup imparting a mild sweetness of malts with a spicy rye kick. Herbal and peppery hops with a touch of pine. low end of moderate bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. Its got a little bit of creaminess to the body, but not overly so.

Overall: If you like rye beers this is one to look for in the great lakes beer region. Its good beer from chicago! (807 characters)

Photo of JuniperJesus
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with a thick foam that laces in tan clumps.

S - Strong scent of spicy rye hits the nose. This is about as robust a rye beer has smelled. There is also a lingering smell of earthy hops in the background.

T - Fresh blast of rye and spicy herbs. The base of this beer is quite malty. Overall is comes off as a rich, full-flavored rye beer.

M - Easily sessionable, and with a punch. The rye & spicy notes stay with you for a while.

O - Easily my favorite rye to date. If you are looking to pack some kick with comfort food, this is a great option. I would make an effort to get this again. Thankfully its readily available. (645 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1423rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

@World of Beer, Naperville, IL

App- Almost like an amber color with only a small head to it. Decent cling but not much. A good density is there and allows a nice amount of light in. Tinges of brown in the center.

Smell- I enjoyed the aromatics on this beer. Had a decent of rye with a good amount of hippiness behind it and a full dose of malt on the nose.

Taste- A really good blend and balance on this. Glad I found a single bottle at the bar vs. a 6 pack to take home. A huge amount of rye and a nice creamy flavor with a touch of malt and pepper.

Mouth- A medium creamy body with a medium carbonation. Good rye residual flavors and a bit of pepper.

Drink- A good beer. Should've brought a 6 pk home but didn't have the room for 6 more beers. Want more. (802 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red maple mahogany. Off-white,creamy head has great retention and lace.

S - Spicy with coriander, curry, cinnamon, and balanced with caramel and cappuccino.

T - Fantastic latte notes, rye bread and caramel. Black pepper, medium roast coffee, and herbal bitters on the backend.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a nice spicy carbonation.

O - A great beer, one of my favorite ryes. (384 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -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. (340 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cane and Ebel is very, very reminiscent of Founders Red’s Rye, especially when you read the label descriptions: this one reads “a hopped up red rye ale,” while the Founders label read “hopped-up and brewed with rye.” With that kind of similarity, there’s only one thing to hope for now: taste that’s on-par with Red’s Rye.

About a month or so before the enjoy by date (“BEST BY 7/7/12”).

A: Dark and brooding, a deep red color mixed with a muddy brown. A thin head appears, so fizzy it’s nearly creamy; a sandy retention of light tan encircles the glass, leaving full chains of lacing here and there.

S: Bold, with rye everywhere…finally! I feel like the last umpteen rye beers I’ve had have been a little lax on the pumpernickel aromas, but this one is all about that dark spice. Caramel, light milk chocolate, and a sugary, honey grassiness also pop up from the rye and palm sugar – the perfect setup for the moderate-strength hop aromas of pine, juicy citrus, and cherry.

T: Now THAT is a rye palate – the spice of this red grain comes screaming up on first sip, so spiced and bready that it is, undoubtedly, the main flavor of this beer. What a superb realization of an American rye, abounding with more complex flavors of toffee, pumpernickel, toast crusts, and brown sugar; lots of bread in there. As for the hops, I’m getting a bold pine and lemon candy taste, only adding to the bitter-sweetness of the palate. Finishes with a hint of dark alcohol and grassy, natural sweetness. Very balanced, this is a rye beer that has a remarkably sweet taste to it – in the end, though, it’s balanced with a hefty amount of hops and spice.

M: Luscious is the only word I can say here. It hits all the right notes when it comes to a rye, shuffling the palate along with carbonation while remaining slick throughout. Properly chewy at times, to boot.

O: A beer that I WILL buy I again; I’m promising myself that. Today, even. Yes, it is quite sweet, and sweet is one of my least favorite qualities in a pale ale – Cane and Ebel, though, has the biggest rye bite I’ve tasted since Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye. And that, my friends, is something to admire. (2,198 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel sweet, rye spice, and sticky, fruity hops
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A: Deep, dark, hazy sunset red with a fairly persistent regenerative three finger off white head.

S: The first thing I get is a raw, almost spiced sweetness, more like molasses than any kind of fruit. Rye spice is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Floral, zesty, and dusty hops float on top. Not extremely potent, but quite pleasant and inviting.

T: Malt is similar to the nose... raw, caramel, candy sweet with a spicy rye edge, but hops are much more exotically fruity and bitter on the palate... this is well hopped, well made beer.

M: While creamy, the body is just a hair thinner that I'd like to feel at this ABV. Texture is fine grained and sticks to the tongue well. Carbonation is high enough to carry the flavors into the palate, but low enough not to get in the way. (842 characters)

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.