Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 615
Hads: 1,576
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 156
Gots: 191 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something a bit different and very tasty and pleasant. Summit hops, plum sugar which gives interesting drinkable characterist while being fresh fruit sweet. A good showing of rye, with vanilla.Everyone I shared this with had a different take, reflecting the complexity successfully created, different fruits, citrus. Complex aroma as well. (339 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that you can't see through with a thin white head.

Very light malt nose and perhaps a bit of green ivy, not much else.

Light mouthfeel but with some light creaminess, light malt, cooked fruit flavors and some underlying bitter pine hops. Hints of white pepper.

Tasted this one almost a year beyond it's "best by" date. Perhaps the dates really do mean something. I might want to try one that's a bit fresher before making any definitive decisions. (471 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt, rye breads, candied orange and earthy hops. Flavor is nicely breadt with nice rye presence, earthy hops, citrus hops and a nutty and musty sensation which carries throughout the experience. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is very complex and very smooth. There is a lot more to this one than I can pull out from it. A must try. (458 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy amber in color with very little head; lacy patterns of bubbles cover the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of rye malts and brown sugar in the nose along with some notes of piney hops.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of bitterness from the piney hops but is not overpowering and nicely balanced by the mild sweetness in the underlying malts. Notes of brown sugar are also present, plus there are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to heavy-bodied on the palate and very smooth and clean. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink and I would definitely try one of these again to sample the interesting mix of flavors. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden. (811 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Two Brothers Heavy-Handed IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost to a mahogany-ish color. Good, almost double finger head with a lot of carbonation bubbles. Very dark and only slightly transparent in the glass. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops and rye. Beautiful. Slightly sweet. Very inviting.

T: The red rye flavor comes out immediately, and the hopes are definitely there, although not overpowering. Slightly sweet, and a tad bitter as it goes down.

M: Medium-bodied with slight carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol on the throat as it goes down.

D: Very drinkable. Each sip definitely leaves me wanting another. This brew would be a great early evening sipper in the summer as the sun goes down after a good barbecue. (749 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a big ol' head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: The rye complements the grapefruit in the aroma to produce a grainy, citrusy blend

Taste: After establishing the cane sugar backbone, the bitter flavors take over with a trifecta of pine, grapefruit and rye grain; after the swallow, the flavor mellows out with the cane sugar and grapefruit flavors coming into prominence

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby

Drinkability: This beer has a nice hoppy bitterness but it is distinguished by the cane sugar as well as the rye flavors from the grain bill; the combination is unusual and really tasty (693 characters)

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

I often think that rye beers are way to grain-ey and bite-ey, but when used in an IPA, I think that the grain hull bittering adds a strength and additional character to the hops. This beer is just that, a serious IPA already, but intensified in the bittering by the rye addition. Allowing a solid malty, toffee sweetness to excape the bittering initially and in the finish. Otherwise, the citrus, piney hops and strong bittering dominates the brew. Good beer, if only on those occations when a hop flavored beer just won't cut it. (530 characters)

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. (460 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque murky amber with an inch of dense foam that retains exceptionally well.

Smell: A somewhat muted aroma of burnt sugar and resiny hops with a hint of rye. A subtle fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: A touch of caramelized sugar and a ton of rye. Fruity and earthy, malty but not especially sweet. Medium/light-bodied. A blast of piney bitterness comes out in the finish; this stuff has a big hop smack but man is it nice.

Drinkability: Could easily drink a few of these, damn good stuff.

Edit: Had this again recently and it was nowhere close to being as good as I remembered. Did they tweak the recipe? (642 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest bronze combined with burnt orange, a gorgeous hue that glows like dying firelight when even faintly backlit. Atop the liquid sits a tight-bubbled crown of ecru foam that looks like melting cinnamon ice cream. After all that, the best part about the appearance might just be the circumferential sheets of fine, filagreed lace.

I wish that I could appreciate rye malt in the nose. That's the only (slight) negative in what is a wonderful smelling beer. Even if I didn't know that Simcoe hops were used for dry-hopping, I might have been able to guess since their tropical fruitiness is so distinctive. A modest amount of caramel maltiness underlies the citric fruity goodness. Come to think of it, DIPA comparisons wouldn't be out of line.

Cane and Ebel is fabulous beer. It's everything that I'd hoped for and more. I know that two is a pretty small number, but after tasting Founders Red's Rye and now this one, I'd have to say that highly-hopped, rye-malted red ales are one of my favorite sub-sub-styles. If any other brewers want to jump on the bandwagon, there's plenty of room.

I'm still reminded of a DIPA. There's a more that solid malt backbone that is now tremendously rye spicy (woo hoo!) and a more than generous amount of hops that provide flavors of bitter orange and grapefruit zest. I'm pretty sure this bottle is at least six months old, which makes the still kickin' hoppiness all the more remarkable. This stuff is some kind of delicious.

Who knows what the Thai palm sugar added? The beer is sweet, but no more sweet than any other big IPA or DIPA. My thought is that it gave the brewers the opportunity to use the play on words that make up the name. Rather than Cain and Abel, we have Cane (sugar cane) and Ebel (the last names of the two brothers who own and run the brewery).

There's no way, with all that malt and all that palm sugar, that the mouthfeel could be anything other than full and semi-chewy. It's also plush, borderline sticky and sparsely carbonated. I wouldn't change a damn thing.

Without even checking my reviews, I know that Cane and Ebel is the best Two Brothers beer that has ever entered my glass. It's a lip smacking combination of cane sugar sweetness, rye malt spiciness and citric hop bitterness. I consider Red's Rye to be one of the best beers on the planet. I never dreamed that this Two Brothers offering would be almost as good. It will be a crime if it doesn't become a part of the brewery's year-round lineup. (2,478 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently released in 4-packs, sampled from a 12 oz. bottle.

Deep mahogany that glints red under stronger light. Spotty lace that coats the glass. Head retention is good, foam sticks around for a good half hour.

Earthy and bready rye in the nose, some indication of hops as well.

It feels more substantial than when I last had a pint on draft. Medium bodied with some leafy hop bitterness in the background.
Caramel, rye bread, with a nice bittering hop throughout.

Very nice and sessionable, possibly 2 Brothers most popular brew. (537 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to get this one in a package recently. I had heard about this a while back and had been hunting it ever since. It really seemed like something that would be right up my alley, and as a result, have had it sitting on my wants list for a while. So last night I decided it would be a good night to pop open this 12oz and sit down and enjoy it with dinner. Served it right out of the fridge and poured it into an imperial pint glass. A nice hard pour produced a wonderful ruby tinted liquid. Lots of haze with it, but you could still make out some nicer carbonation streaking its way up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of white colored foam then came up over the top and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin veil across the top that hung around for the remainder of the session. Very nice side glass lace really capped it off very well. This had a really good overall look to it and I was most excited to proceed with it.

The aroma was loaded down with hops. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine like aromas just erupting from the first moment that I took a whiff. Once it warmed it settled down and a good dose of the rye malts started to come through and really deepen the profile. Some nice hints of sugar coming through sweetening it up nicely. The flavor really started to set it off. First off it was remarkably smooth, almost too smooth at times, I had trouble believing this was at 7%. Rich rye malts were the big player in the smoothness, giving a subtle and refined balance to the loads of floral hosp that were dumped in on this one. The flavor started out with a heavy dose of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon grass as well, nice puckering hop bite, that was then transformed over to the malts, nice hints of sugar, and cereal grains coming through giving it a very lively depth. The long lingering bitterness of the finish provided by the ample dry hopping only served to draw out the moisture and really let that sweet smell sit there and dissolve for a good bit of time. The feel was very nice, with a good medium bodied ale with more then ample carbonation. Never dull or slick it really just came off very well. I could not even tell this was anywhere near 7%, in fact it was damn near session able. I would have loved to have had another one right after this, it was really that goods.

Overall I was really blown away by this one. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. Really a top notch, quality brew on all accounts that I would love to have the chance to try again. If you see this one around, go for it! (2,603 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber to light brown hue with a foamy, cappucino-like, tan head that left behind sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of rye malt and a citrusy/grapefruit aroma. Hints of pine and pepper, too.

T - This is very malty with a nice sweet caramel flavor. A good hop presence ands some spice and grapefruit flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer that is still easy to drink.

D - This is a very fine rye beer. Great malt and hop tastes. (472 characters)

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

Forgot to write down who shared this one.

A: The pour is a very dark amber color, almost copper, with a sizable off-white head.

S: Decently hoppy with quite a lot of rye aromas. Somewhat sweet with some bread and toffee coming through in addition to the citrus and floral notes of the hops.

T: Interesting flavor. The rye gives off its patented spiciness which works nicely with the sweet toffee and toasted bread flavors. Citrus hops are there once again and provide some contrast.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Easily one of the better beers I've had from Two Brothers. Nice flavor and fairly easy to drink. (643 characters)

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

A - One and a half finger, rocky, brownish off-white head with good retention and excellent lace. Perfectly clear ruby colored body. This is a strikingly beautiful beer; pretty much flawless.

S - Strong, spicy aroma of rye, along with light caramel, vanilla, and herbal/ spicy hops.

T - The spiciness of the rye asserts itself first, along with a thin sweetness. This is quickly followed by a wave of sharp, almost soapy bitterness. Pine like hop flavors follow and the rye character and bitterness fight for dominance through the finish, accompanied by a subtle smokey note. A distinct, lingering flavor of grapefruit remains after everything else is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a slight residual sweetness.

D - This kind of beer is not my cup of tea, but it is well made and I can see how it would be very enjoyable for an IBU pervert. Honestly, my biggest complaint isn't really the level of bitterness, but that it is such a sharp, acrid bitterness. Personally I think some of those bittering hops might have been better used for aroma and flavor. (1,075 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

We got destroyed at Quizzo tonight, so hopefully this is enough to make me feel a bit better. It pours a clear ruby topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam and exhibiting a decent amount of matter floating about within. The nose comprises orange peel, onion, toasted rye bread, black pepper, and dark toffee. The taste holds notes of soil, orange rind, light mandarin orange, potato skin, grass, and a touch of toffee. I winced a bit whilst drinking this. The body is a barely-light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I was not much of a fan of this at all, really. The flavors don't do anything all that great for me, and the smell comes kinda close to offensive. I can see how this could actually be a lot worse, but that doesn't make it very good. (836 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a hint of red when the light comes through. There is a two inch thick tan head that leaves very nice lacing. A layer of head remains through the pour.

Smell: A mild malty sweetness, hints of dark fruit and molasses with some citrus hops in there as well. I think I'm also picking up a little spice, perhaps from the rye. Very nice.

Taste: There is more of a malt presence than I expected from this one. I'm picking up molasses, and perhaps a bit of a honey flavor. The hops have a citrus peel bitterness, and while they're not dominant, I wouldn't exactly say they're in the background either. There is some spice in there from the rye in the finish along with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high amount of carbonation. The finish is a little bit slick.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but everything worked for me. I would definitely have another. (1,014 characters)

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains very nicely, leaving a good looking latticework of lace behind. The aroma is dominated by rye notes and caramel sweetness but I'm also picking up some hints of citrus and light hops in the backend.

The taste, much like the aroma, has a firm base of rye and caramel malt presence that is well surrounded by a nice, dry hopped bitterness. Unfortunately, also like the aroma, I can definitley tell that a certain degree of hop fade had taken hold, telling me that this one's just about past its prime. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice smooth and easygoing feel with a creamy carbonation that screams "Drink Me!" And 7%? What 7%? I couldn't even feel it!

Wow! This is one very tasty and easy drinking offering from Two Brothers, with full use of the rye notes, a delicous creamy carbonation, and even with some hop fade, some fantastic dry hopped character. I'm all over this stuff next time it's released, as I'm sure it's incredible fresh! (1,066 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, bready rye malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus, rye and some spice. There's a strong hops bitterness that provides some balance and rye malt character is very character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better rye beers out there but this is still a good beer to drink for a while. (772 characters)

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

I had this on tap last night at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA. Served chilled in a pint glass.

A - a caramel/bronze shade w/ mild haze and the head of light beige clings steadfastly after the sip.

S - Fruity date-like nose w/ piney and grainy odors. Slightly tobacco-like w/ earthy aromas that are sweet.

M - A slight resinous tinge in the feel as the moderately high level of carbonation keeps the beer from feeling to cloying w/ a slick rye texture w/ a bitter pine finish

T - The taste is crisp and spicy w/ rye flavor high in the grainy/malty element w/ a slight cereal sweet malt taste of rye. The flavor has a gentle caramel aspect w/ hops rushing to close the gap following the sweet effect w/ piney and mild citrus notes of tangerine. A smooth candy like taste is noticed toward the end of the pint w/ a taste that keeps the beer balanced w/ the high alpha hops that hang on into a slightly bitter finish.

D - A great rye IPA, I can't imagine many hoppy ryes I would rather have. the fullness makes it hard to drink too many, but still very drinkable and one I consider refreshing for the strength. I recommend this if you are a fan of rye beers and hops - it won't disappoint in either respect. (1,209 characters)

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

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a thick creme head. Nose is nice. Definite grass clippings there with some piney citrus. It's a nice full nose that isn't blasting away at my nostrils. I like it. Flavor is smooth. Nice thick grainy level. Bright citric tones. This is an awfully hoppy rye, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel and a full carbonation. (349 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a darker amber color with a small, stable, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted rye malts, nicely balanced. Same in the taste, toastyed rye, caramel, citrus, crisp hop bitterness. Clean, dry, medium body, moderate carbonation, easily drinkable. (302 characters)

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

Appears slightly hazed deep copper amber with a large off white cream head leaves even lacing around. Aroma has sweet roasted caramel aspects with flowing herbal and mild citrus notes along with a spicy rye kick. Flavor is great I have no clue what Thai palm sugar tastes like but this beer is so unique with the combination of spicy rye, herbal and citrus hop tones, and caramel roastiness. Strong flow of hop oils carrying the bitterness to the edge. Mouthfeel is sticky with hop resins evenly carbonated very smooth, glides going down medium bodied. Drinkability is nice an all around very complex drinking beer that I hope to see again soon. (645 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Flying Dog pilsner glass in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent amber.

Sm: Cream, toasted malt, and very light caramel. Maybe butterscotch. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lovely toasted malt foundation. Some nice cream and butterscotch tones lie atop. Fairly complex. Well built and pretty well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat tingly. A bit too thick. Pretty complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, but it costs a lot. It isn't as unique as it should be. Hides its ABV well. For a rye beer, it's not bad. (672 characters)

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

Thanks to d0b for tossing one of these into a trade. Bottle says best before 5/01/09, so I'm guessing this is pretty fresh.

A - Transparent reddish brown (like cherry wood finish). One finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace pattern. Not much in the way of visible carbonation. Wish there was more foam and better retention.

S - Yum. Citrus-y hops and a hint of rye. Fresh tangerine & grapefruit over top of a solid caramel malt backbone. Nice balance here.

T - More bitter than I expected - particularly with both the strong hop profile and the touch of rye whiskey flavor. The strong sweetness found in the smell isn't as present here, just a little sweetness on the back end. I'm going to delve into the realm of subjective preference here, but I find this is too bitter to be considered well-balanced, but not bitter enough to meet my hop-bomb needs. Leaves a bitter aftertaste as well.

M - Could be a little less watery, but otherwise smooth and creamy. Leaves a sticky resin after swallowing.

D - Plus - the restraint in carbonation keeps it from being too bloaty. Minus - even though this called a Rye beer, it appears to be competing in a very crowded IPA field.
The smaller size actually makes it more drinkable than Hop Rod Rye.

Solid effort by Two Brothers. (1,307 characters)

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