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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 145
Gots: 149 | FT: 1
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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 AmericanGothic
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a chestnut/copper color with thin tan head that has some retention and lace.

S: Lots of apricot/peach hops aromas, quite pleasant. Aromas persist to the bottom of the glass.

T: Leads with a gently bitter pine/grapefruit flavor that persists through the finish. Midway some gentle malts join in, with light pepper also on the finish. The rye is not coming through on its own but is definitely coloring the overall flavor. A little ways into the glass, minerals join the spicy finish. This one makes you pucker. The sweetness occasionally tries to come to the surface, only to be hogtied again by the hops. Flavors are all very fresh.

M: Medium/light feel with quite a bit of creaminess. It numbs the tongue pretty early in the glass.

O: This is a truly fine beer. At 7%, too strong for a session, but I want to have one after another nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Kelly88
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bruery tulip.

A- very dark brown. Very dark cola color is what it reminds me of. Some mahogany highlights patrol the edges. Nice 1 finger white head fades rather quickly to a polka dot cap. Good splatters of lace are in play. Good looking beer.

S- lots of hops! Citrus hops are here in force along with a Nice backing of floral and a splash of rye. Truly a great smelling beer.

T- great hop forward brew. Tons of citrus that is on the tangy side of bitter. Malts add some surface area so the rye can stand out. Hops are so fresh and sharp the rye takes a back seat But who cares, this is a great hoppy beer.

M- very good feel. Light to medium with a Nice subtle crisp carbonation that does its job and nothing more, which is just What I like.

Overall This beer is great. Huge hop flavors without any off flavors. The only thing that makes this a rye beer and not a top notch ipa is its color. As a bonus you could drink this all day it seems. Job well done two brothers

Photo of EricCioe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a really pretty cross between bloodwood and mahogany, with little specks of particulate visible if held to the light. A big three finger fluffy cream head floats above, dying down over some time to a ring and island with a ton of thick, chunky lace. On the nose there is a mixture of deep pine and some spicy wet rye. It reminds me of birdhunting in the fall in Newaygo County, MI, where there is a spot with some planted rye fields surrounded by pine stands. There is also a little bit of caramel malt standing out here, but the main attraction is the big hop aroma and the rye off to the side. In the mouth there is the characteristic spice from the rye combining with a nice caramel malt backbone, perhaps with some of the sugarcane contributing to that bit of sweetness, and some wet, musty pine further back. The body is quite big, bigger than I expected, with a long finish of spicy rye and bitter hops.

I've looked at this beer on the shelves for years and never got one. Why? This is a great, great brew. I'm a huge fan of several beers I've had lately with the addition of rye. Hopefully this catches on and more brewers experiment with it.

Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 12 oz bottle best by 071711

A- pours a slight hazy dark mahogany color with garnet striations.. a nice staying 1 finger khaki head with some nice clinging lacing

S- is sweet bread and malt ,sweet rye ,some toffee, and lots of citrus hops

T-sweet rye spices are mixed well with an abundance of floral hops,some sweet malts and bread with pepper and other spices ,a touch of toffee

M-well carbonated crisp and sweet on the palate creamy and smooth,hops are abundant but not at all bitter

O- loved this version of a hopped up rye beer..its tasty,creamy and hoppy..very enjoyable ..will be drinking this again and again

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown caramel colored body with a two inch tan head.

S- Spicy upfront hops, white pepper and spices give the hops a great strong character. Definitely a nice bready malt base.

T- Hops are more herbal and grassy with a definite spice character coming from the rye. Finishes off with a touch of sweetness from the malts.

M- Creamy and foamy, with moderate carbonation.

O- One of the best rye beers I have encountered, something to look out for and pick up.

Photo of sirdillon
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Received in a trade from noslenwerd, many thanks!

Nice reddish caramel color with a 3 finger fluffy off-white head. the head never completely dissipates, lacing is left around the glass. This is beautiful.

Not getting any rye here, but there is a pleasant sweetness that usually I only find is bourbon barrel aged beers. Kind of a vanilla/coconut type of malty sweetness. Maybe a bit of a grassy aroma as well.

Definitely on the sweet side of things, but very very well balanced with the hops. Has a complex tropical sugar/caramel/lightly toastiness to the flavor, with some hop bitterness and slight dryness in the finish. Really good, not getting a lot of distinct flavors from the hops, but the rest more than makes up for it.

Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely coats my entire mouth with all of it's flavors and sweet goodness. Excellent.

Overall- I would've liked this to maybe lower the ending bitterness in the flavor, and perhaps let more of the hop flavors to shine through. All in all though, this is an excellent beer. I wish it were distributed here!

Photo of Naugros
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "red" in the historic sense of red versus white ales, but I would call this caramel colored, sort of like a cola. The head starts thin and sticks around as islands of bubbles amongst a floating quagmire of foam.

Smells of rye...the alcohol more so than the grain. I know the ABV is only 6.8% (according to the bottle, so ignore what they say above), but it smells stronger. I'm thinking that the cane sugar is giving it a dark fruit brandy tone that I'm picking up as booze. On second sniff molasses really comes through. Time to taste to see what's really going on here.

Big time on the dark fruit (prunes) with burnt molasses as another major player. The rye adds a grassy undertone and mouthfeel. It's as if someone brewed one of Belgium's strong, dark ales using rye in the mash tun. I'm thinking that's what they were going for, so nicely done. There's so much going on here that I can't make out the "whackiest hops we could lay our hands on" in there. Some reviwers got some citrus from the hops and I do get a little grapefruit at the back...good catch. There is also some black pepper spiciness but I can't tell what's bringing it to the party. It could be a phenol, the rye or it could be hops.

This really comes off feeling boozier than it is and it defies classification. I think BA put into the rye category because it's brewed with that grain but it doesn't conform to any style...and I LOVE that!

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark amber/ruby (especially noted when backlit) with a small, greyish/off-white head. Fine sediment and particulate is in suspension. Leaves some lace.

S: Interesting - very much citric (pink grapefruit comes to mind), but not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Light, bready malt with some brown sugar sweetness. Rye spiciness is definitely noted. Dry bitterness at the finish, turning slightly metallic, maybe minerally is a better descriptor. As it warms, I get some fruitiness as well underneath it all.

M: Active carbonation is fine in feel, call the heft lighter than medium. At times it feels almost thin.

O: Solid beer. Went down very easily (and quickly).

Photo of steelerguy
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, large frothy and sticky head, moderate carbonation, a bit hazy but translucent, immense lacing.

S - Lots of floral and citrus hops perfectly balanced by toasted and sweet caramel malt aromas.

T - As in most hoppy beers the hops hit first, just a lot of great hop flavor but it immediately followed by a definite rye sweetness and twang. Really great balance of citrus and floral hops by rye, toasted malt, dark caramel sweetness.

M - I thought with the palm sugar this may be a bit on the dry side, but not at all. Not a heavy beer but some really nice moderate body. There is a silkiness to it but the higher carbonation and alcohol at the end clean it up nicely. Ends with a nice citrus bitterness.

O - This is just a great beer. There is something to please a lot of people. Lots of hop flavor and a good bit of bitterness. Tons of malt flavor with the complexity of rye and some palm sugar which may not be tasted directly but it must add to the complexity of flavor which is great. Higher on the alcohol but not a huge beer. Fantastic rye beer.

Photo of brew4health
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark orange amber, nearly opaque, hazy, clearly unfiltered, tan head

s: spicy, slightly fruity with dominant malt aroma

f: spicy, malty sweet, slightly fruity flavor with a bit of a rye bite, malt dominates

m: creamy, medium body, lightly carbonated, clean sweet finish

o: I think spicy, malty when I drink this beer. It is sweet and overbalanced to the malty side but none-the-less complex and quite nice. My bottle is marked "best by 6/28/11" and it seems fresh. Thanks Two Brothers!

Photo of bobhits
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A near black amber hazy color, well retained head, lacing, and just darn enticing looking. Smells of dark malts and strong american hops with something different that I can only assume is the rye coming to life.

The flavor on this one is just what I wanted and expected. The rye adds this extra harsh layer to the dark IPA flavors that is amazingly desirable. I my mind this may be the missing part of most dark IPAs. Just something extra to justify all that dark color and dark malt flavors.

That said nothing here is exceptional or amazing. Just very well done across the board.

Photo of smbslt
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 1/2 finger head, oatmeal color with very faint blueish grey tinge. Deep amber color with a bit of haze. Minimal carbonation but what was there meandered it way slowly to the head.

Nose was faint, hops for sure maybe some grass but I think I wanted it to be there.

Nice hoppy start but finish was a bit weak. There was no jaw tightening bitterness at the back end but the grass giving way to some very slight malt was too subtle and was not balanced with the start. The sweetness that was present throughout was also faint which was better than cloying.

Good viscosity which was expected based on the carbonation action which held the finish as long as it could.

Very drinkable but wish there was a bigger finish.

The Brothers are local so I will have to make a trip to further study this beer in its native habitat.

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BB1313
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/9/11. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep auburn, which turns red in the light; pretty dark color. Decent white head and decent lacing. Lots of sugars and fruity hops up front. Nice aromas. The taste is bitter and bold, but balanced. Citrus in the mix. It's slightly spicy due to the rye. Somewhat malty w/ caramel and toffee in the mix. I really like sweetness from the palm sugars. And make no mistake, the hops shine. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and creamy; moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly warm. This beer gets a few extra points for how easy it is to drink and its' overall balance. I was definitely craving another one. Overall, this is a fine red ale.

Great beer, I'd always be down for one of these. It was reminiscent of Nosferatu, IMO.. hoppy, tasty red ale. Recommended!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Cult classic comes at us throwing hops and rye. Dim mahogany topped with an off-white lacing, this looks like a serious beer. Aromas of spicy rye, orangey hops, toasted bready malt and fruity esters ... mouthwatering. Big malty body flexes with a creamy smoothness. Rye grips the taste buds as a hint of caramel caresses. Hops come off a little sharp to start, but the flavor kicks in with citrus rind and mild tobacco. Warming alcohol has no problem showing its 7 percent, warming and a little fruity. Truly epic drinking.

Photo of mryuk
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours and unfiltered brown amber with slight head.

smell is slight malt and slight piny hops but there is not too much there.

taste is less malty than expected with a nice hop finish coming through.

mouth is medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall a good beer. hoppier than expected which was enjoyable.

Photo of commis
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Brunite
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of imagese
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!!

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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.