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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Cane & EbelCane & Ebel

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Ratings: 1234
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006)
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Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler, poured into a pint glass

A somewhat clear ruby/mahogany colored body with a fluffy one finger yellowish cap. Some mild lacing strewn across the inside of the glass.

The nose is of rye, caramel, and citrus. Oranges and tangerines with a little bit of a tropical element underneath. Sturdy caramel with a bit of brown sugar.

Hmm, this is pretty sugary. Almost under-attenuated in a way. Caramel and brown sugar with rye, grapefruit, oranges, and pine resin through the middle. The finish is a blend of mild bitterness with a rush of sweetness. Fairly dry, but definitely sugary.

Medium bodied, chewy. Low carbonation. Finish is sweet, dry, and mildly bitter.

This is an interesting beer. The sweetness is cloying, masking the rye too much for my tastes. However, this is still enjoyable in an odd way. A little too sweet, but there is a decent hoppyness to help try and balance it out.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2013 13:03:46 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DavidEddie for the growler!

Deep reddish-brown, somewhat bright with a tight tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Fruity, spicy smell with components from the rye and hops. Very inviting. Full malty flavor balanced by spicy and herbal hops. Medium to full mouthfeel. Spiciness from the rye blends well with the hops. Some sweetness in the middle, but not overdone, with a dry finish.

Balanced and tasty beer that really seems to bring home the idea of "beer is food." Delicious and inviting. I would drink this regularly if I could get it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2011 00:29:49 | More by CliffBrake
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

deep copper niceness. great color. head is a little lame, but does its job, releasing fantastic odors

lushly rich, stickily hoppy, spicily rye-ey. great mix of piney and citrus hops, with a little of whatever sugar they have in there

the hops are so fresh coming out of this. great rye kick. C&E has always been a little sweet for my tastes, perhaps just a little slow feeling. i would have thought the palm sugar (or whatever) would dry it out--perhaps they compensate by mashing hot

Serving type: growler

11-29-2009 02:02:14 | More by bruachan
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear toasty brown with two inches of sandy brown head, leaves some great lacing through the duration of the session.

S: The rye is very apparent and I love it, bright and spicy with a sticky and sappy piny hop backing.

T/MF: On tap and out of the growler this beer is a bit different from a bottle that may have been sitting on the shelf for who knows how long and a bit more aggressive than the softness of the hand pumped version. Taste reflects the aroma in a big way, sweet but not overbearingly so, tastes of caramel, fresh pumpernickel bread (for that bready chocolaty taste) and balanced with a prickly, piny hoppiness. Feel is deliciously solid, rich and chewy with a delicate but sturdy carbonation that finishes with a slight grabby dryness.

D: As good, if not slightly better than the bottled version but it's hard to battle the tastiness of a cask. But this remains one of my favorite year round offerings from one of the best and friendliest breweries around.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2009 02:29:30 | More by bluemoonswoon
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rudy burnt orange and red with a really nice two fingers of off-white foam

S: piney hops almost entirely with a hint of malt at the end.

T: Much more balanced than expecting after the taking in the nose. Light carbonation and hops in the front, then predominated by nice, round malt flavors. after a few moments, the hops makes themselves known again, lingering for quite a while.

M: The carbonation and hops balance well in the mouth, with some warming from the alcohol.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2009 04:13:26 | More by quinnsi
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from growler into a pint glass. Nice inch or so of light tan head that dissipated slowly over the course of the pint, leaving quite a bit of residue around the glass. Deep brown color with a red hue. Clear.

S: Very aromatic. Could smell it just from a foot away. Resinous hops. Smells of the forest.

T & M: The spicy bite of hops with a rye-malt lactic finish. Creamy yet dry, if that makes any sense. Very well balanced between a malty backbone and spicy hops. Medium body and carbonation.

D: As noted before, this is a well balanced beer, making it an easy drinker. An excellent representation of the style. I've had this beer in a bottle previously and it was far less impressed as it was not nearly as lively as this. However, today's beer is exhibiting a greater complexity and (obvious) freshness that was not present in my original tasting.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2009 01:40:50 | More by Florida9
Photo of Vonerichs


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cane & Ebel is mahogany in color, clear, and has a light tan head with moderate lacing.

The spicey rye headlines the smell along with caramel sweet malt. There's definitely a hop presence. The smell is intriguing and complex.

Impressive taste... this has a huge malt backbone and the thai palm sugar really stands out, giving this sweet flavor. The rye provides an earthy spice and it closes with a very pleasant hop balance, earthy/herbal.

Medium body with great carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops, but not overdone.

This goes down easy and is quite delicious. Very sessionable.

This is a creative brew and perhaps the best offering from Two Bros, and I like quite a few of their brews. Their outstanding use of hops in this one makes this a top notch rye.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2009 01:53:43 | More by Vonerichs
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taught a class near the Clark Street Ale House, and wanted to see what was on cask. Pleasant surprise to find Cane & Ebel there. Reviewed it back on 15 Jan 2007 in a growler from the brewery, so this is the cask review.

It still retains the dark ruby clarity, and the head is now much inproved in both size and staying power. The aroma of rye grassiness and citrus hops is even better than before. The flavor has a nice spiciness from both the hops and the cane, and the solid malt body balances well against the 68 IBU and dry-hop flavors. The cask presentation makes this beer even smoother and more dangerously drinkable than it was off the keg. If you're in Chicago's north loop area, don't miss it.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2007 01:30:24 | More by MillRat
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 18:46:34 | More by Lemke10
Photo of ToddHolder


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:29:02 | More by ToddHolder
Photo of Chiefy770


4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle into an IPA glass. "Best by" 05/20/14

Dark amber body, nearly brown. Big fluffy off-white head caps this one off. Great lacing throughout. Sweet notes of citrus from the hops stands out in the nose. Other notes of sweet fruit and spiced hops are also detectable. Pretty good presence of rye in the malts. The malts really carry complex flavors from the rye. Sweet caramel and bread slowly break down and leave a great hit of citric hops in the finish. Somewhat smokey flavors develop in the finish.

This is quite frankly one of the best Rye IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:14:57 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of cambabeer


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark wood colored brown with a little reddishness to it body. Light carbonation visible under a good white head that settles slowly to a thin lace that clings to the glass all the way down.

Nose had a lot of citrus hop aroma but it was backed up by the rye malt body. Really deep sweetness but balanced buy some burnt undertones from the rye. Very smooth mouthfeel and taste from the big malt character. The smell is certainly sweeter than the taste. The hops and rye work together nicely to give a nice bitter body that's sweetened a little at the beginning with some citrusy flavors and again sweet in the aftertaste with the warming 7 percent alcohol showing itself only slightly. Long bitterness in the back of the palate however, screaming for another sip.

This was really good. The rye and hop flavors balanced well and the mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable, would get again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 22:17:56 | More by cambabeer
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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany color with sharp rye flavors and hoppy characteristic. Nice overall balance, but not as impressed as I thought I would be though. The thai palm sugar is a good touch, though it doesn't put it over the top for me. Above average beer but not Two Brothers best.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:37:55 | More by craftbeerbyob
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber and copper color, slightly clouded, no head but plenty of lace

S: You can smell hops, malt and a hint of sugar

T: wow, this is quite a combination! This beer kicks you right in the taste buds in a way I was not expecting when I first tried this at the brewery. Even though it’s not exactly the highest IBU IPA in the world, it certainly is a bitter one; the combination of the hops they used to pair with the rye certainly makes a strong combination. The finish is extremely long lasting and the bitter hop flavor stays for a long time.

O: When I first tried this at the brewery I was blown away, it was so aggressive and intense. I quickly fell in love with it and walked over to the counter and bought one of their “Cane and Ebel” T-shirts right away. I’ve introduced this beer to a few beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike and there are always mixed reactions, but either way once you have this beer you’ll remember it.


Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 16:18:56 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/28/2014. Pours moderately hazy deep copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, floral, grass, candi sugar, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of mango, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, candi sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, floral, grass, candi sugar, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy rye ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:27:45 | More by superspak
Photo of FLima


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper color with a caramel one finger head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, passion fruit, spices and a hint of pine and rye.
Sweet flavor of rye, grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, spices, lots of caramels, earth, papaya, pine and lemon. Dry with a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.0% abv is very well hidden.
Great beer. A bold and beer with strong flavors given its hop profile and rye, but very well balanced. Its sweetness could be tuned down a bit. If you like Rye beers and a hoppy punch, you got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:59:31 | More by FLima
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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sugary, some hops as well. Taste is good and unique. Some hops, rye, a bit of sweetness, palm sugar adds a different flavor, slight bitterness, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 14:37:18 | More by tone77
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 07:38:45 | More by Lawl3ss
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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown in color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that has great retention.

Smell is dominated by rye with some Caramel malt in the background. Some floral spicey hop notes are also present which work nicely with the deep rich malt.

Taste follows the nose being rye forward with a rich malty body and some spicy hops and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and medium carbonation. Balances nicely with the spicy hop oils in the finish.

Overall it's understandable why this is one their staples. Rye can be somewhat harsh sometimes but this is really well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:54:34 | More by Fcolle2
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brownish, clear, amber. Very light carbonation. Nice creamy head with moderate retention. Dense, fine lacing.

Strong toasted rye nose. Sugary malts. A whiff of hops.

Hops more prominent on first taste. Citrusy, hints of orange. Toasty rye emerges as it lingers. Fades to a surprisingly dry finish.

Light body. Crisp. Dry. Very little carbonation.

Cane and Ebel stands tall as an excellent showcase of the style. It's not my favorite rye, but it's up there. And it's certainly one of the easiest premium rye ales to obtain in the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:04:14 | More by DJScroggins
Photo of mikefuski17


3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Cane and Ebel was a great beer. The color was very dark, similar to a stout. The aroma was subtle yet inviting. The head was not very frothy either. The flavor was awesome. I never had a rye beer before but it was interesting. There was no horrible after taste and was not too thick. Definitely give ryes a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 18:05:10 | More by mikefuski17
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color, only ruby when you hold it up to light. About a finger of white head.

Smell is fruity, citrus and red fruit, and sweet.

Taste is powerful floral hops, rye, cherry, fairly bitter but a nice sweet tea aftertaste.

Very drinkable, medium bodied. Pretty damned good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 17:27:08 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Alextricity


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago for $6 a pint.

I have to be honest, I didn't even really notice that this was a rye beer. It had a minor rye quality now that I think back on it, but this drank like a Red IPA to me. I did have a Dreadnaught before having this one, so that could have very well shat on my tastebuds while tasting this brew. Cane & Ebel has a pretty deep brown red color... a completely different shade from other ryes I've had. There's a nice two finger, slightly tan colored head. I guess the POPULAR adjective is KHAKI. I'll go with that. Lacing is awesome... pretty much there from beginning to end.

In the aroma and taste, I just get quite a lot of hops, and almost only hops -- not that I mind at all, it's just what made me think this was a Red IPA. The aftertaste is bitter, and gives a fairly malty and slightly rye flavor to make me start to understand the beer a little bit more.

Excellent beer, for sure. I said it three or four times already, but this screams "Style: Red IPA" until the beer is basically down your throat. I tend to find that rye beers that are really heavy on the rye almost present a vomit sort of flavor (appealing, right?), so I welcome the burst of hops that I get from this beer. I'd VERY happily revisit this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 06:01:22 | More by Alextricity
Photo of MDDMD


4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium brown red color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-rye, bready malt, brown sugar, slight citrus

T-rye, caramel malt, orange, slight citrus, toffee, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-complex flavors in this rye ale, enjoyable to savor

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 14:13:05 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ThreeKingdoms


4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed 6/18/13
poured into pint glass

L: Dark amber mahogany color, about 1 inch of head...lacing along edges
S: rye, and citrus
T: hops up front, slightly bitter. Rye spice and malty sweetness follows. Rye hangs in the aftertaste.
F: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. nothing off here.
O: Solid, refreshing, flavorful beer. My first Rye, and left a good impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 13:43:11 | More by ThreeKingdoms
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Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.