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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,452 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006)
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Photo of commis
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Crushedvol! Love getting bottles of stuff I've never heard of!

Beautiful ruby color, crystal clear with vigorous head formation. The head itself is an ivory color. Very pretty beer.

Smells...unexpected. Lots of tropical fruit and a bit of Grapefruit-type citrus. Very subtle maltyness that comes across mostly as grainy/cereal. A touch of fruity yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of the same tropical fruits but the malt kicks in on the palate. The rye is quite present but not overly dominant as with many rye forward beers. Very well balanced. This has the hop-fix of a west coast ipa but really brings in the malt in all the right ways. Superbly balanced and reminiscent of a very well made strong ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly thick, but the sharpness of the hopping along with the higher carbonation keep it lighter feeling. Just about perfect, really.

This beer is highly drinkable. Goes down easy and is substantial enough without becoming heavy. At 7% this is one that could be consumed all evening. very enjoyable. It encompasses about everything I look for in an easy drinking beverage. Can't stress enough the care taken to create pleasing balance in Cane and Ebel.

commis, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of EROlsizzle
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle a restaurant near me. The server had no idea what it was or how to explain it to me, so it was a total surprise when I poured it in and sampled. Excellent hop aroma on the nose with a hint of rye. Both hop and rye flavors are well-balanced all the way through, with the grainy sourness of the rye blending well with the citrusy hops. The finish is smooth, and the flavors linger pleasantly for quite a while after the sip. All in all, a very good beer for any climate or any season. The numerous flavors and the way they bend and balance is great.

EROlsizzle, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber body with a 2 finger head that settles to a ring. Lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Very heavily hopped. Lots of citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Initially very bitter. Flavor settles down as it warms. Lots of nice grapefruit notes along with a bit of spiciness from the rye. A nice resinous, oily coating left after each sip.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is a bit strong at first but settles in. Pretty thick body. Definite oily, resiny notes on finish. Balanced.

Drinkability: Very nice. Almost as good as Reds. Will have to watch this one for sales.

Brunite, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/3/11; poured into a tulip ipnt.

A: Clear red-amber-brown color, with one finger of a light tan head with good lacing.

S: Dark fruit is noticeable here, along some citrus hops and the unique, slightly sweet aroma of rye.

T: Sweet, fruity, with lots of rye and a great balance of sweet and bitter culminating in a lingering hop bitterness on the finish (with elements of rye flavor in it). Light ethanol bite also shows up on the finish, but it's not unpleasant.

M: Smooth, with a light body for the style/ABV and with medium carbonation; dry finish.

D: I enjoyed this bottle, and Cane & Ebel is surely a beer I'll pick up again when I get another chance.

AwYeh, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/29/11. Purchased in Chicagoland

A- light ruby with a 2 finger head that fades to a thin layer and laces nicely

S- pine and citrus hops followed by bready malt sweetness

T- toasted rye followed by citrus hops. Pine hops and a roasted caramel finish off

M- medium body with nice carbonation. So smooth. If this wasn't so roasty, the mouth feel would be a little too thick

D- amazing. I forgot how much I really like this beer. Needs to be in SoCal ASAP!!!

imagese, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep chocolate brown, verging on black, with nice garnet highlights. Good clarity. Moderately large pale tan head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome aroma, with citrusy, resiny hop notes emerging in the forefront. Nice malt complexity with dark bread crusts, grain, spicy rye, and a subtle, earthy nuttiness.

Flavor-Big, complex malt/rye profile-Spicy rye, bread, bread crusts, grain, walnuts, and awesomeness. Pine and citrus hop flavors are present as well, and the hop bitterness builds to just above moderate in the finish. This beer strikes a fine balance between the malt and the hops. Aftertaste is dry and crisp from the hops, and nutty, piney flavors linger long on the palate.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

This is delicious, complex, and overall fantastic. Love it.

plfahey, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter glass

A - Beer pours with a one finger beige colored head, which dissipated very quickly; the body of the beer had a brown, almost burgundy, color to it; moderate amount of lacing on the edge of the glass

S - Subtle touch of malt sweetness followed up with a explosive hit of grains, especially rye; brown sugar

T - Beer carries a dry but crisp rye flavor, coupled with a touch of burnt, almost toffee flavor; the taste finishes off with hop bitterness that washes down the back-end of the hatch making me want more 2Bros beer

M - Smooth flavor throughout the sip; effervescent; beer finishes off with dry, bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while and is slightly astringent

D - Great drink for a rye beer; another quality brew by Two Brothers; great job blending complex ingredients of rye & hops to produce a delicate balance of smooth taste: I would definitely have a few more

ferrari29, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of drewba
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Homer alert! Bottled down the street from me about a month ago.

A - Dirty brown and burgundy. A fantastic finger-tall creme colored head sits on top with decent retention and has super sticky lacing.

S - Conservative hop presence and a liberal malt presence. Rye bread, brown sugar, a little nut, then a super subtle lemon citrus with heavy grass and pine. But still, the malt is winning here. There's also a wood quality going on in the nose, this isn't barrel aged, but it smells like they let this filter through a leafy branch before bottling.

T - Hops are more assertive here than in the aroma, great start.Hops have a nice range noted in the smell: hints of lemon/lime citrus, a bit of grapefruit, but mainly sappy pinecones and dry grass. The rye is present, but understated; where are my carraway seeds and spice? The thai palm sugar they use gives a quickly vanishing sweetness in the middle before it's overwhelmed by the pine.

M - medium bodied with a lovely, tingly carbonation. Very creamy with a satisfying, juicy finish. A dry grapefruit and pine bitterness lingers long enough to remind me to go open another bottle.

D - A solid offering from Two brothers, one that I revisit often and will continue to drink on the reg.

drewba, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of thebierbrewery
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle

A- Dark red with garnet hues, clear, head retention light, slight lacing

S- Caramel, plums, sweet candi, cherry, dried fruit, some hops but not much, the dark fruit character prevails

T- Nice and balanced, has a heavy caramel taste that is brought into check with a nice hop balance. Nice spiciness from the rye malt. Finishes clean and smooth for as highly hopped that it is.

M- Medium to medium high carbonation with medium-thick to thick body.

D- Very drinkable for being 7% and 63IBUs, very balanced, nice

thebierbrewery, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with very impressive lacing. A nice vibrant head. Hints of light brown and amber at times as well.

Smell - I am overwhelmed by hops at first, but they are quick to balance themselves out. A heavy malt smell as well. Slight fruity and caramel notes in the nose as well.

Taste - An absolutely delicious full flavored IPA taste. Strong, impressive hops. A very rich and malty IPA that is perfectly balanced between bitter and smooth. It transfers from rich, to hoppy, to smooth and caramel-like. A perfect balance.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - As stated, very smooth and hoppy. A smooth drink. This feels like two brothers are working together to create the perfect drink. One brother is named hops. And the other brother is named Smoothness. And it's like they high fived each other to create this sweet concoction of a beer.

Jesse13713, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out a root beer color, with a tan frothy head. It looks impressive and enticing! The smell is quite bold with resinous grapefruit hops and some underlying sweetness from the malts, perhaps a touch of spiciness from the rye. Ahh, the taste is long citric hops with a touch of dryness and sharpness from the malts. Not sweet at all, lots of residual hops in the aftertaste and again that spicinous that I love from a good rye beer. The mouthfeel is full and slightly oily from the hops - not necessarily a bad thing. I had my local liquor store bring this in and when I saw the price tag I said I would only be buying one six pack, well this is number two. Drinkability is high. Everything I love about the style and overall an awesome brew!

Star80, Feb 19, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had (and often have) at the two brothers brewery after an exquisite tour. Was very excited to finally have it on tap, at the source no less and was more than pleased. Exceptional appearance and smell coming out, perfect reddish caramel color with a good sweet smell with a hint of rye and a nice two finger, foamy white head. The taste was even better, an intense citrus hop flavor at first followed by a sweet, smooth malt finish. Well balanced, neither too bitter nor too sweet with a good rye tone through out it. Can't recommend this beer enough.
I really do wish it was getting more attention then their Domain Dupage, which although almost as good, does not have the unique personality and flavor to itself like this beer does.

uberez8, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark brown color with an two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass and decent retention. Hints of red when held up to the light.

s - Smells of rye, caramel malts, fruity malts, citrus, and wheat. Maybe a tiny bit of spice as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, rye, fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, and light pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - I thought this was a pretty good rye beer; I liked how the caramel malts and rye mixed together with the citrus and pine hops. A good interesting beer I'd certainly have again.

mdfb79, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Out of the bottle this pours a mostly transparent cherry red color with a nice off-white froth. Decent retention and some nice lace forms scattered webs on the glass.

Smell: A very blended aroma. Caramel, spicy rye, tropical fruit hoppiness, and some candied grapefruit. This could be considered a DIPA.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a bit of gooey caramel, then candied grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine effortlessly combine with a spicy rye flavor to give this beer great depth. A touch of spicy pine at the end, just to kick it up a notch. Finishes clean. There is Thai palm sugar in here, although I am not sure how it manifests itself.

Mouthfeel: The smoothness in Cane & Ebel is not interrupted by the rye. As opposed to a complete complement, the dryness just softens how juicy I would otherwise imagine this being. Medium carbonation and a medium to full body.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and one whose scores I keep upwardly revising as the glass progresses. It starts smooth and I do not pick up on all of the flavors, but as I am able to drink more and dissect the flavors I like it even better.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SCHWINGGG! F & A!!! F & A!!!! This beer is FRICKIN AWESOME!!! Probably my favorite beer to date! The color is a clear Amber beauty! The smell is hoppy/cirus with something special...that special is Thai Palm Sugar....no less! The 7% ABV is balanced beautifully with hops, rye, caramel malt, and thai palm sugar! The head is nice/white with a perfect lace to follow! THIS BEER IS WORHT YOUR YOUNGER SISTER'S VIRGINITY! High ABV may scare some from a session stand point....trust me...after five tap servings...I still want MORE!!! YUMMY YUMMY! Jesse...thanks for having your reception at 2 Bros!!!! Stay thirsty my friends!

WoodBrew, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of DanThomas
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful mahogany brown, clear, thin white head, heavy lacing. This beer looks great. I had a sampling of this beer on-tap at the brewery and I liked it so much I picked up a six-pack. This review comes from the bottle.

S- A lot of hops on the nose, bitter and piney. There is a hint of sharp rye on the end of it, but this beer definitely smells the part of a hop bomb.

T- Very hoppy (pine flavor) and a lot of peppery rye spice, which is welcome. There is a hint of the palm sugar on the back end, just enough sweetness to provide a respite from how intensely bitter this beer is. Of the few rye beers that I've had, this one definitely takes the title for most rye flavor. I, for one, would not mind it if they pulled back on the hops and the bitterness a little bit; it practically makes the mouth pucker.

M- Medium bodied beer with a sharp, refreshing carbonation.

D- It's hard to drink more than one of these with the high alcohol and the intense bitterness, but I love this beer for its rye flavor and uniqueness. It really stands out, and if it was readily available here it would be my go-to for a DIPA (yes, it's that well-hopped). Also, if you get the chance the brewery and the tour are both a great experience.

DanThomas, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of LacquerHead
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Fizz Bar and Grill in Chicago

It was poured in a standard pint glass. It was amber/reddish in color with a white foamy head.

The aroma was hoppy - pine was what I detected first. It also had sweet malty aroma.

The hops were the first thing I tasted. There was soft pine hoppiness. It had a good sour taste. Slightly sweet malt rye that had a light earthiness.

Conclusion: This had a lively refreshing taste and I would defiantly revisit it again.

LacquerHead, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before date of 3/19/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium to dark brown colour with a small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - some earthy and citrus notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral, earthy and citrus notes. Very sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well but this is well balanced overall. A slight spiciness comes through from the rye but not as much as some other rye beers I have had.

M - Medium to thick body, Chewy. Lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Lothore
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with a very small, off white head.

S- Smells faintly of roasted malt.

T- Lots of rye, hints of raisin and plum, finishes bitter with grapefruit hop notes.

M- Semi thick with medium/high carbonation that verges on too much.

D- This was a good rye beer. Not one that I think I would revisit but the rye flavors are very pronounced and it was worth a try.

Lothore, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice transparent mahogany color, that glows when held to the light. It has a big 2-finger light tan head. The head left a ton of lacing on the glass that stuck and dried.

S - Pretty faint, but it smells of sweet malt, rye, and hops. It also has a nice earthy character to it.

T - The taste is of sweet malt and some bitter rye. There is a decent hop presence here as well. The finish is smooth and citrusy, it also has a nice bitterness to it.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy. There is a nice creamy feel, and a hop bitterness that sticks to the mouth and linger just for a little bit.

D - I think the drinkability is pretty good. It is easy to drink and goes down smooth, but I just expected a little more from this beer. It is good and all, but I just wish the flavors were a little stronger. Overall, its a good beer, it just doesn't really stand out among some of the other rye beers I've had.

JizackFH, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark copper/brown with some good head rentention and wonderful lacing

smell: caramel malts, heavy dose of sweetness antipation

taste: not as sweet as smelled.. brown sugar, caramel, toffe like flavors. some nice spice kick from rye grain and hops mesh well with beers. backend has a werid aftertaste. more on the sugar end. like a heavy syrupy aftertaste

mouthfeel: medium bodied, overcarbonated

drinkability: interesting and solid beer. wortth seeking

CampusCrew, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick kaki head.

I get a lot of piny hop aroma with some malt sweetness and a little spiciness from the rye.

The flavor is kind of barleywine like with a dark crystal sweetness and big piney hop flavor. The rye helps to balance out the sweet malt.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel backing up the flavor yet not really detracting from the drinkability. This beer goes down smooth and makes me want more with every drink.

JoePat, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Arbitrator, Dec 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
This dark, plum-colored beer pours with ~1 finger of dense, light-brown head. The dense liquid moves very slowly, sticking to the side of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both very good.

Smell:
The aroma resembles a fruity pine cone, with spicy, sour notes complimenting a sugary, fruity malt.

Taste:
The rye malt imparts a unique combination of spicy and sour to an otherwise hoppy beer. Plum-like sweetness and cane sugar are up front, with citrus and spice complimenting strong notes of rye. The taste is quite strong, but it remains balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel:
The body of this beer is very thick. The cane sugar and plum which are responsible for the dark sweetness likely account for this density. Sourness is strong towards the end, though it doesn't dry the mouth.

Drinkability:
For a beer with 7.0% alcohol, it's quite well-hidden. The flavor is quite strong, but the overall balance and complexity keep this facet from overpowering you. If not for the high % ABV, this might qualify for a session beer; I would recommend sipping as opposed to quick consumption.

Summary:
If you're looking for an odd style that remains accessible, then this is probably the beer for you. A dark sweetness anchors the unique sensation associated with using a rye malt, yielding a complex, but balanced, beer with a high alcohol content. This beer might not be for everyone, but it's a great-tasting example of an uncommon style that's worth trying.

diabecktic, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious rye beer. More complex flavour profile than I expected, with more than just roasted malts or hops in both the aroma and taste. Very pleasant changes as the beer crosses the palate, with a delightful finish.

The 7% ABV is masked completely and this is dangerously drinkable!

hopsolutely, Dec 23, 2010
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.