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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 137
Gots: 91 | 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 CharlatanSin


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a one finger white head that fades quickly into a ring.

S: Woody and sweet. Sweetness is plum or raisin. Some earthy hops come through on a deep sniff.

T: Mmm, Rye. Lends a beautiful, pungent, earthy bitterness that's hard to come by. It lingers forever. It's definitely hoppy, but the hops profile is very different from an IPA. A bit of pine, maybe, but "earthy" is the best descriptor I have. There's plenty of sweetness to balance it out. Caramel and dark fruit. Superb balance.

M: Chewy with fairly high carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique beer, and very tasty. A notch below Hop Rod on my rye hierarchy, but an excellent beer, no question.

12-25-2009 04:28:37 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of sprucetip


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Pleased to have been introduced to this one recently.

Extraordinarily clear reddish mahogany with bountiful foamy head that fades gradually. Mildly active.

SMELL Piny and citric hops with light caramel malty sweet backing. The nose is hard to find at first, though the beer was not very cold, but it comes on much stronger at the end, thankfully.

TASTE I don't really know what rye or palm sugar cane taste like, so I can't say that I find those elements in this brew. I do notice moderate piny and citric hop flavors and bitterness being balanced delightfully bya malty sweet body. Not especially complex, but really smooth and well balanced. Some slight bitterness in the finish.

FEEL creamy, smooth and medium bodied.

OVERALL really nice, easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor. I will remember it fondly.

12-24-2009 03:17:38 | More by sprucetip
Photo of mmmbeer


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

12 oz. bottle, best by 10/29/08; sampled January '09. Brewed with rye, palm sugar and Summit hops, dry-hopped with Simcoe. The brew is a chill-hazed cherry red, capped with a thin layer of froth that leaves a bit of lacing. You can smell the age malts on this brew, but notes of caramel malts and sticky hops pierce through and help deliver a satisfactory aroma. Lots of resiny/citric hops on the palate, with a good backing of sweet crystal malts and a medium to high bitterness. There is also some fruity/floral alcohol and a light peppery note, but not really a whole lot of rye. It has a medium body and finish, and the sugar helps to keep this brew from being too heavy. In all, a nice hoppy and malty brew, but the rye and palm sugar don't really stick out at all. Maybe they come through a bit more when fresh.

12-08-2009 17:30:30 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured copper amber into an American pint glass, with a thin white head but decent lacing. The smell revealed rye/caraway seeds, some brown sugar sweetness, and some pine. The taste did reveal a nice rye/malt balance, but there was a lingering sweetness mid-palate..maybe overripe orange? It made for a disjointed flavor. The mouthfeel did have a nice carbo feel to it, combined with a medium body. For me, a sipping beer; not for sessioning.

12-08-2009 05:03:00 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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

11-29-2009 02:02:14 | More by bruachan
Photo of sgoodship


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

I went to a Two Brothers tasting at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. The beers in the tasting were OK but I really enjoyed the hell out of C&E on-tap. I'm having a love affair with very hop forward brews that are made with Rye - just works for me. It reminds me that I have to get some Hop Rod Rye!

The nose is subtler than it could be. There is a great mix of dark fruit, some citrus and big malt backbone. I want more!
The appearance is a very handsome dark reddish brown at the top of the glass with a golden color toward the bottom. The head is so soft and creamy looking. Lacing is fantastic layers and icicles.

With a sip it's clear it's a winner. A fabulous beer. The hop is sweet mixed with caramel but there is also a good amount of grassy hop bite at the back of the palate too. As always with the rye, you get that lovely distinctive dryness that adds to a dry hop finish and makes it feel like a very quaffable brew.

The body is strangely creamy on the palate. It makes the beer feel more full bodied than it actually is. The hop and rye provide a nice refreshing dryness. It's a refreshing and satisfying medium bodies brew with a low/medium carbonation.

It's clearly not what it is when it is fresh on-tap but still a fantastic beer.

11-22-2009 06:28:25 | More by sgoodship
Photo of ajmoody76


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

my brother-in-law gave me this bottle. thank you matt. twelve ounce bottle poured into a belgian goblet. dark amber with a reddish tint. thin tan head. looks good.

dark fruits on the nose. spicy hops. no off odors.

sweet. spicy hop bitterness. mild bitter hop aftertaste.

mid-full body beer. adequate carbonation. good beer. would try this again.

11-19-2009 21:17:56 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of noslenwerd


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Medium orangey brown type of color.

S: Milldy fruity and dry

T: At first it is a bit hoppy for me (Not the biggest fan of IPA type beers), but this quickly faded for me. After the bitter hops faded, there was a very unique flavor to this one. Very mild smooth fruit smoothy type of aftertaste, and a bit of vanilla. Very surprising flavor for a rye beer.

Summary: Hated this one at first but different tastes started popping out everytime I took a sip. Very unique flavor to this one. I will probably be drinking this one agian.

11-18-2009 03:48:12 | More by noslenwerd
Photo of EPICAC


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

It pours a clear, reddish color, and is topped by a dense, foamy, one-finger, beige head that retains well. Initial notes of spicy, rye grains meld well with an herbal, slightly resiny hop character. Swirling brings out a sweet, bready malt undertone, which opens up into notes of molasses upon warming.

There are moderately sweet malty characters upfront. There are notes of bready malts, caramel, light toffee, and chocolate. This moves into a slight spiciness that's part rye, part hops, and part carbonation. The spiciness quickly gives way to a strident, leafy, hop bitterness. Overall very tasty. This Rye Beer is medium-bodied, yet still crisp, and has a nice dose of prickly carbonation.

This beer had great balance. A good, flavorful malt backbone stood up well to a strong hop bitterness.

11-16-2009 23:07:37 | More by EPICAC
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.05/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-13-2009 02:29:30 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of projectflam86


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Pours a burnt amber color with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.

S- Sour rye and citrus hops are the most aggressive aromas in the nose. Some sweetness and alcohol present as well.

T- Nice sharp hoppy bitterness initially with a bit of a sour finish. A sweet caramel malt taste is present creating a nice balance.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

D- Nice hoppy brew that is fairly well balanced.

10-27-2009 03:20:48 | More by projectflam86
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a deep mahogany with a half inch light tan head that fades quickly to a sticky ring and skim coat, and leaves one thick ring of lace behind.

Smell is sweet, with notes of caramel and what I can only guess is the Thai palm sugar. There is also some toasted bread, spice, and a hint of floral and piny hops. The hops become stronger as it warms.

Taste begins with some caramel and apricot flavors, reminiscent of a barleywine. Toasted bread and spicy rye mingle with some brandy flavors and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with some bitter, piny hops.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium-bodied. It is almost syrupy, but there's is plenty of lively carbonation.

Definitely quite drinkable, and I wish I had more of these to enjoy.

10-26-2009 17:51:40 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

served in pint glass.

Very good appearance, gorgeous clear chestnut brown color. Head was a bit quick but is a nice tan hue.

Malty nose, but he rye seems to be in the background.

The rye is definitely in the flavor as is the hop flavors. The bitterness is a bit lingering.

Medium mouthfeel that leaves a sweet feeling in the mouth.

Good drinkability but not great.

10-22-2009 15:18:38 | More by Naugled
Photo of tmoneyba


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured hazy copper with an average fizzy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex sweet citrus and rye aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Medium balanced hoppy flavor with a medium rye tingly bitter finish of moderate duration.

Solid complex beer.

10-20-2009 01:21:49 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of drabmuh


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Received as an extra in a BIF chain. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Brewed with rye and Thai palm sugar. Beer is darker than I expected but it looks so inviting. It is dark brown and has a good head with staying power, yellowish or light brown head with small bubbles and moderate to low carbonation (medium to small bubbles).

The rye comes through very strong in the aroma. It smells so good. Not a lot of hop aroma or anything else. The rye malt dominates by a lot.

This beer is great. The rye malt comes through as the dominant flavor. There is a slight roast at the back end, there is no aftertaste to speak of. This is a great great beer. I would expect the adjunct sugar to dry it out or thin up the beer but it is full bodied, mouthfeel great, drinkability really high. If you like ryes go get this beer. Thanks Naugled. I love it.

10-17-2009 01:00:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jjanega08


4/5  rDev -2.2%

A= pours a deeper darker red color with a tiny miniscule head on it almost nothing actually. A small ring around the glass keeps what little head was there and no lacing is present. The head is really dissapointing looking but the color is beautiful.
S= rather sweetly malty smelling. There's a good amount of rye twang I suppose and a smaller than expected hop odor is detected.
T= a great rye taste. The rye actually is more overpowering than the hops which is rare in a rye beer. There's some regular malted barley riding the back but mostly rye twang. There's quite a bit of hops as well but they are only there to complement the delicious rye.
M= really low carbonation which I expected due to the tiny head on it. Really sort of a boring mouth on it.
D= pretty good rye beer. The flavor is awesome. The look and mouthfeel are sub par to average. The smell is decent as well. Clean this beer up and it would be one of the best rye beers you can make.

10-12-2009 00:32:34 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Mistofminn


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Picked up a bottle of this to throw into a trade, and I figured I would purchase two and finally review this brew.

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a light brown color with ruby and mahogany hints when held into the light. Pour produces a one finger slighty off-white head that shrinks to a small sheet in a couple minutes. It does have some nice stringy lacing.

The nose is super hopped up, and I was not expecting it. To me, this smells like a good IPA, and at 70 IBU's, a great bitterness level. I get floral as well as earthy hops, and a nice spicy rye character. I don't get the malt backbone as much as I would expect, but thats just a small complaint.

Any lack of malt backbone in the nose comes out in full force in the taste. This is still a hoppy beer, but the malt backbone takes over in my opinion. It's not even an old bottle, with a drinky by date of 11/11/09. Nice earthy hop character and spicey rye go along nicely with a sweet malt backbone. Very little bitter aftertaste, and alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. A very appropriate carbonation level, and a light bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable. If the ABV was slightly lower this would be an ideal session brew.

Overall, a great beer from Two Brothers. I can see why this is their flagship beer. I would gladly buy this again.

09-27-2009 21:30:52 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of fropones


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark copper reddish brown. Aggressive pour yielded about 1.5 fingers khaki head that dissipated with a good amount of lacing. Smell is sweet and hoppy. Some fruit, not all citrus. Taste is spicy up front, with some sweetness in back. Kind of a dry finish. Similar to a barleywine, but way more enjoyable in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, a little creamy. Very drinkable for 7%. Definitely would buy it again.

09-26-2009 04:26:08 | More by fropones
Photo of kegger22


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured a red/brown with a modest head that reduced to a skin. The aroma was hops bitter. The taste was a very nice balance of hoppy bitter and malty sweet. The feel was medium bodied and slightly oily, with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Cane and Ebel compares very favorably with Founders Red Rye.

09-18-2009 23:08:04 | More by kegger22
Photo of quinnsi


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

09-15-2009 04:13:26 | More by quinnsi
Photo of RyanC84

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -32%

This is the second time trying Cane & Ebel. Haven't been impressed either time.

Cane & Ebel gets off to a slow start. It pours a dark, very dark, copper red. Head hangs around for a few seconds before disappearing into nothingness. Lacing is non-existent.

Very sweet, malty, and a bit of rye in the nose. No hops at all here. The same can be said about the taste. Sweet tasting with a hint of hops and rye on the end. This bottle is still in date, so I'm a little confused as to where all the hops have gone. Perhaps it's the Thai Palm sugar that I'm not liking, but this is way to sweet to be considered a hopped up red ale.

Mouthfeel is thin and this beer feels a bit under carbonated. Won't be having anymore of these thanks. I'll stick to Founders & Terrapin for my red ale needs.

09-04-2009 19:40:03 | More by RyanC84
Photo of deapokid


3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

This rye beer pours a deep and mysterious red with a foamy head and medium retention. Carbonation seems to be on the light side and, if I didn't know better, I'd assume that this blood red ale was an amber.

Smell is way hoppier than expected, melding hop bitterness with a fruit sweetness that is well presented in the background.

Taste was floral and hoppy, packing a berry ripeness without the acidity. Although this is not lacking in the flavor department, I must admit that I was expecting more saltiness in the forefront.

I once had a Jewish Rye at Triumph Brewpub and really expected some of that deli roll character here. The brew can't be faulted for not resembling that beer, but I was hoping for salt to balance out the sweetness.

As it warms, the interesting flavors of the Thai Sugar come out and leave a nice coating on the tongue, but I can't help but wish for a little salt in the mix with all of these bold, sweet flavors.

08-26-2009 00:23:53 | More by deapokid
Photo of mrkrispy


4/5  rDev -2.2%

My first beer from Two Brothers.

Pours a dark copper/red, cloudy. Really foamy, woah! Big ol foam hangs out for most of the beer.

Big sweet malty nose, almost shocking. No hop backbone or balance.

Wow sugary at first, then it gets interesting. Malts everywhere, noticeable sugar sweetness. Caramel sugar sweetness, brown sugar? Chocolate there. Moderate-to-full body. Nice silky rye character. Bitterness creeps up on you, surprising based on the initial sweetness. Foam clings to the beer, to the tongue, to the glass. Slightly odd sweetness and twang on the finish.

08-19-2009 22:29:28 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of Reagan1984


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Head is pretty aggressive. Dark straight brown color. No reddish tones at all. Lots of lacing. Good structure and retention in the head.

Aroma at first was a bit like home brew.. Some fusel alcohol. This seems to burn off and you get some pine, grain and a touch of fruity sweetness.

My first impression is that it's a touch sweeter than most ryes I encounter. I did notice the label noted the addition of palm sugar. Perhaps that explains it. Pretty nice actually. Well balanced and there is certainly a crispness that the rye imparts. Light bready taste and reminds me of crispy thick crusted bread. Some nice hop lingering bitterness at the end. But not overpowering at all.

Fairly smooth and dry with subtle carbonation.

Decent little beer.

08-15-2009 20:11:35 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

This beer came a magnificent glowing amber with touches of brown and a thin film and collar of white.

Smells of pine, pine apple, cherry, pipe tobacco and dry dusty rye.

Tastes quite dry too with earthy grains, wheat, rye and finishes with some homemade bread crusts. This is balanced with a simcoe-like hoppy smoothness.

Feels slick and prominent with a soft scrub of carbonation. Very nice!

This is remarkably smooth, clean, attractive and delicious.

08-12-2009 18:33:18 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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