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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Cane & EbelCane & Ebel

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1,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 1233
Reviews: 595
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of NODAK


4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:16:21 | More by NODAK
Photo of charlzm


3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:29:13 | More by charlzm
Photo of Pjev11

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 20:06:54 | More by Pjev11
Photo of patriot76

New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 17:02:24 | More by patriot76
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 21:16:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 12:37:18 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of JuniperJesus


4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 14:32:46 | More by JuniperJesus
Photo of socon67

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:27:04 | More by socon67
Photo of FosterJM


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

1423rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

@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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:32:43 | More by FosterJM
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:03:58 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:52:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:25:12 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of dmfrench


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

Caramel sweet, rye spice, and sticky, fruity hops

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:23:37 | More by dmfrench
Photo of barczar


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in the fridge too long, so hop aroma and flavor are likely depleted.

Pours a nice amber color, clear, with solid 2 finger light beige head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is cola sweetness, caramel malt, bready, with a hint of rye and citrus hop.

Flavor retained more hop character. Lemon and grapefruit sourness dominate, supported by a bready caramel malt character, leading to a somewhat bitter rye finish. The sweetness of the malt accentuates the rye as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a very citrus forward beer, with enough rye to reign in the flavor and keep the profile in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 04:19:43 | More by barczar
Photo of TTAmod


4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/27/2012 best by date.

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Deep amber, clear, with a thin white head. Dissipates into a crown of lacing.

S: Gives off moderate rye, deep earthy hops, some pine, caramel...

T: Oh man...this one is good. The pine/earth hops are fairly strong for most of the taste. The spicy and sour rye takes over near the finish. There's a nice toffee malt undertone, as well. No perception of alcohol at all.

M: Slightly heavier than medium and super smooth.

O: My favorite rye beer and a prime example of the style. It has a nice dose of hops, which I like, and a nice dose of rye, which I also like. The mouthfeel is great, as well. Glad to have this beer super-local.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:38:36 | More by TTAmod
Photo of JCrazy84


2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allow me to preface saying that Hop Juice is one of my favorite beers I have ever had and I love Bell's Hopslam, and I am no stranger to hops...

Appearance: Pours an amber/red with a heavy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Heavy hops, that is about all I can smell. Probably Simcoe or Columbus.

Taste: I like IPA's, I really do, but this is just not doing it for me. I know it is a rye beer, but I have not had another rye to compare. This just tastes like it has very little balance besides just heavy hops. I get sweetness on the tip of my tongue, but in the short time it takes to get to the back everything is overwhelmed by hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin, tastes undercarbonated, possibly the reason for the overwhelming hops.

Overall: If you want hops with no balance, here is your beer. I like hops, but I cannot find one bit of sweetness or redeeming taste to allow anything but hops to be tasted in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:58:46 | More by JCrazy84
Photo of buschbeer


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with burnt orange highlights. I got a fleeting inch of sand colored head.

S - The first thing I notice is sweet caramel malt and some bread. I really don't get much rye.

T - I get caramel and toffee malt upfront. The rye comes through on the finish along with the hops and lingers for a bit.

M - Moderate to full

O - I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. The taste kind of reminds me of an Irish ale. Overall, it's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:55:32 | More by buschbeer
Photo of C2H5


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

Poured from a bottle, appearance is cloudy amber with a thick creamy off white head.
Smells sugar and spice, some floral hops and citrus
This beer tastes great! Brown sugar, vanilla, citrus and toasted malt, not too bitter not too sweet.
Super smooth, I could drink a lot of these but at 7% that may not be wise. I really like this beer, one of the best coming from Two Brother. This brewery is awesome and I am glad that they are local to me!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:44:29 | More by C2H5
Photo of KMcG


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is brown, the color of Snapple iced tea, including the foggy character of Snapple. There is some head that developed, which is about a finger high. It dissipates to a fine sticky lace.

Rye malts, pineapple, and pine dominate the nose. 

The taste is malty, sweet (some toffee) and dark fruit dried fruits are present. The hops come in at the end as citrus and floral tones. 

Nicely carbonated, crisp, and well balanced. 

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:16:26 | More by KMcG
Photo of jsprain1


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Garnet with a thin, one finger off white head that stays firm as a slick. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- On the nose, I'm a bit surprised it's a rye beer. It comes through heavy on hops with citrus being front and center. A bit of sweetness on the nose, but it really seems like a lighter IIPA on the nose.
T- There is a bit of caramel malt at first. Actually this beer is very sweet throughout. Fairly soon a big hop kick comes in with citrus and pineapple flavors very heavy. Rye malt is noticable but it takes a backseat.
M- Medium body. The carbonation is mild at first but seems to pick up a lot in the mouth. Very very dry finish, especially given how sweet the beer was.
O- Very good. A big hoppy beer that is complex and I can enjoy these often.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:58:07 | More by jsprain1
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Received this as an extra from Rob in our trade! Thank you!!

A - Pours a deep rich mahogany color. Perfectly clear with a nice 2 finger creamy head which lasts a long while which huge lacing.

S - Huge hop character aroma. You can almost taste the bitterness though the nose. Piney/Earthy hops with a deifnitive rye spice.

T/M - Not what I was expecting, really, but good. It stars out with huge hoppy flavor - more earthy tones than a citrus character. The beer quickly transitions to an almost peppery flavor. A different sort of sweetness in the middle towards the end which melds nicely with a less intense bitterness than I anticipated. A complex flavor that is actually quite smooth with a spicy rye bite - nice! Medium bodied with a nice carbonated body.

D - Very! I didn't notice the alcohol and it went down very easy.

Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very grateful for the chance to sample.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-27-2011 03:20:56

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:13:08 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of wrycon


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:09:38 | More by wrycon
Photo of vic21234


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle labeled best by 04/21/12.

A- Pours a dark amber, borderline light-brown color. Forms a half fingers worth of head that quickly dissipates. A nice film stays along the top and edge of the glass.

S- Smells lightly of citrus and malts. Some sweet fruits as well.

T- Starts smooth with noticable malts before finishing with the rye spiciness and hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, easy to drink, nice hop bitterness at the back of each sip.

A good rye beer, one of my favorites from my local Two Brothers Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:18:00 | More by vic21234
Photo of keytown


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber color with very little head, but leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S - Smells of toasted bready malts, fruity hops & spice from the rye.

T - Touch of caramel & citrus rind hit the palate first, followed by spicy rye & fruity hops.

M - Smooth and creamy.

O - Great beer, good balance of sweetness & bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:38:22 | More by keytown
Photo of match1112


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear dark amber body. a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

s: spicy rye, floral hops, bready malts and sugar.

t: a nice mixture of all the things listed above, but i could of done with a little less palm sugar.

m: full body, full flavor and decent carbonation. has a creamy feel to it as it goes down. and leaves a dry finish

o: i really enjoy this rye beer, i just wish it was a little less sugary.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:14:31 | More by match1112
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.