Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 129 | 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 hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep amber in color, with an attractive two-inch head of off-white foam
Aroma-Subtle hops and rye notes
Taste-A bit of a hop onrush,followed by a malt, palm sugar sweetness that mellows out the flavor.
Very smooth, with some spicy rye notes and noticeable hops but nicely balanced throughout.
Overall, another solid offering from the brothers at Two Brothers.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed reddish brown, spotty head at best with minimal lacing. Scent is a pleasant combination of spice and citrus with a solid sweet, but not overpowering bready and carmely background. First sip is predominately mild spice and tropical fruits, the spice intensifies as it warms, yet the citrusy hop presence fades slightly, the sweet and bready carmely background does not come through until the beer is almost at room temperature. Medium bodied, slight touches of oilyness, but also slightly watery in the begining. Im torn, had some good charachtertistics to it, but tastes rather uneven and flat on some sips.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to deep amber color, with a tan head. In the aroma, hops, rye, and a sweeter malt. In the taste, sweet malt, dry rye, and some piney hops. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and pine hop aftertaste. Nice balance; hops to rye and sweet to dry. Real freakin' good!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured a pint glass (a Hopleaf one, the Chicago connection...) . Thanks to BA KickInTheChalice for, finally, connecting me with this one...

'Worth a Whack' the label advises...

A: Deep and surly amber, with a ruddy hue underlying; a pure clarity when held to the lamp and a roil of bubbles. Head is a creamy finger that fades but never disappears; coating lace jigsaws up and down the glass.

S: A combo sweet/hoppy nose, bright and spicy. Something minty and fruity , a curious scent that takes a deep inhale to gather in and never quite expands to where I'd expect it to go.

T: A notable but not overwhelming hoppiness up front, after that it's a spice-filled rye that tastes, frankly, like bread. Dark and doughy, grainy and rich. There are traces of ground spice (nutmeg, maybe?) and fruit (pulpy apple). It's pretty excellent, complex and transforming from sip to sip.

M: Wonderfully crisp upfront, a spicy zing that lasts. Medium mouthfeel at first, growing notably heavier with later sips.

D: Pleasing and easy enough to down, despite a 7% strength. When allowed to warm, the drinkability's a curious thing that the warming actually wanes and the result 'seems' more sessionable. As nice as I'd hope for and a beer I'd look for again.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, bottle courtesy of AJacob81! Label calls it a hopped up red rye ale brewed with Thai palm sugar. Looks interesting.

Pours a deep red, with minimal head even with an aggressive pour. A bit of lacing, and a slightly layer of retention but nothing to write home about. When I popped the top on this one, I got a big hop whiff from the bottle. Would have only predicted that from reading the label, but awesome nonetheless. Smells of hops, rye, some candied sugar sweetness and a bit of spiciness; really nice. Tastes is hoppy from the getgo, but fades into that rye malt quickly with a bit of sugar and sweetness to boot. Bit of a dry finish, but a quite a good mouthfeel on the whole. Drinkability is good, could have a couple of these given the opportunity; my glass disappeared quite quick!

Photo of salvo
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich brown/red pours out of the bottle into an imperial pint glass with a half inch fluffy tan head that laces the glass and leaves only islands of foam.
S: Fresh dough, yeasty, yields to the hops, but not overly strong. Citrus & pine hops are balanced with big rye malt aroma. Rye imparts sweetness in the nose, and again on the tongue.
T: First taste is hops, then the sharpness of the rye, and sweetness of malt. It fills the mouth and lingers leaving bitter hops on the tongue in that great astringent way. Well balanced between the malts, hops, and grain. There's some sweetness but it balances the hops.
M: Full-bodied -- it fills the mouth and lingers and offers layers of taste.
D: One is enough, but two would make an evening.

Cane & Ebel is a wonderfully complex and layered flavorful hopped red rye. I'l thrilled 2Bros is giving Founders a run in this category.

June 2010 review revised upon revisiting August 2010. Does not disappoint upon revisiting; rather, I have a profound respect for the 2Bros and am enjoying this beer immensely.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown amber color with less than a finger of head. Head holds on for only a short while and lacing is decent, but exactly the best.

S- Spicy rye jumps out immediately from the onset of the beer and follows it through the end. A floral and spicy hop is available from the middle until the end with minimal malt available.

T- Once again the spicy rye jumps out immediately and is the dominating presence in the beer. Slight amount of sweet malt between the spicy rye but is quickly overcome with a lingering bitterness and the familiar rye taste.

M- Medium body with fair carbonation. Refreshing and nice for the style.

D- On a hot day such as today, I kept reaching for this one regularly.

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is light tan foamy and has some good retention. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium dark brown color with dark garnet hues. The clarity is slightly opaque. There is some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A rich rye aroma, banana, yeast, toffee, citrus, floral esters, and some clove aromas. There are subtle notes of phenols, and solvents.

Taste: A very pleasant rye flavor, banana, toffee, caramel, lemon, grapefruit, cloves, floral esters, and some phenols. There are notes of solvents, and yeast.

The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a very nice hoppy rye beer with nice subtle flavors. I enjoy how different this beer is and how it is presented on my palate. Thank you DIM for getting me this beer.

Photo of kbeals
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JimboHD2005 sent this one to me a little while back as an awesome extra.

A- Dark copper colored, nearly brown. A finger of off-white foamy head. Sticks around nicely and leaves excellent multi-tiered lacing. Near flawless.

S- Lots of hops, although I was disappointed it was rather lop-sided, no malt backbone to it. A ton of citrus, orange and pineapple mostly.

T- Similar to the smell but with a nice, sweet, caramel like backbone to it. Hops and malts interplay nicely leading to a very tasty brew.

M- Lightish body, very smooth with good amounts of carbonation. Just as I'd expect.

D- Very drinkable, I love these good summer thirst quenching beers.

Thanks so much for this one Jim, it was very much enjoyed!

Photo of Pahn
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost fully opaque dark brownish amber, and leaves tight rings of lacing. The bartender left about one centimeter of head, which stuck around for awhile and also left a solid wall of lacing.

Smell: At first it smells like nothing at all. As the beer warms a bit, some rye and malty sweetness come through. As the malt profile in the aroma fills up, it matches really well with the rye, but even after twenty minutes or so the (albeit good) smell is too weak.

Taste: Big rye, as well as notes of grape and caramel malt sweetness. It kind of tastes like it's about to say, "Hey, I'm a barleywine," but then pulls back and says, "No, I just have some really clear, good--but not over the top--malt flavors. Also, grape." The grape note is pretty interesting... I'm usually turned off when a beer tastes like grape, but this is more the mild dark fruit suggestion you get from some imperial stouts, but a very overt suggestion. These sweet, occasionally bready and sugary flavors are a really good match with the rye. Some piny hops add a small bit of flavor and bitterness, but aren't a major player. The finish approaches that sickly sweet, off-putting malt flavor that plagues a lot of maltier, lower alcohol beers and macro lagers, but thankfully doesn't get there.

Mouthfeel: Slightly juicy, lighter side of medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Works better than that sounds for this kind of beer.

Drinkability: I enjoyed my pint, and would have happily had more had I not decided to try some other things. Alcohol is nowhere in the taste, nor is anything else that might build up and deter you from drinking.

I found Cane & Ebel to be a satisfying, somewhat genre-straddling beer. It's easy drinking, and does a lot of things well.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber/brown color with a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly, but laces well and leaves a nice frothy top for the duration.

Smell: Hops, rye, with sweet dark fruits and raisins. Very welcoming.

Taste: Very sweet and hoppy up front, with sweet malts and rye on the finish. The sweetness of the Thai Palm Sugar is noticeable and is a surprisngly great mix with the hops, rye and malt. Very nice tasting and unusual (in a good way) rye beer.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Feels creamy and a little slick on the tongue, also in a good way.

Drinkability: Another winner from the Two Brothers brewery (I also enjoy their Domaine Dupage French style country ale quite a bit). This was an easy beer to session with, I was only slightly disappointed that it came in a four pack and not a six pack, because I immediately wanted more.

Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this brew is now packaged in 6 packs- poured into Duvel chalice

A: pours deep clear red with about 1 finger of off white head, lots of sticky lacing, head dissipates to a collar

S: pine, resin, grapefruit, toasted rye, caramel, and honey. Lots of complexity here, nice notes of rye intertwined with a strong hop character

T: the front is sweet with notes of caramel and honey, this gives way to bitterness from the hops. Lots of grapefruit on the palate, the finish is very spicy. Nice from start to finish.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation- everything is on point here

D: this is a great brew, and at a new price, there is a good chance this beer will be a staple in my fridge. I previously reviewed the cask version and loved that, the bottled version is nearly as good, just lacks some of the nuances I picked up in the cask version.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, oily, brown. Not too much foam. Definitely a lot of lacing though. Not off-putting, but kind of flat. Still, it's not a bad look. Slightly above average.

Smell: Fresh rye bread, molasses, and brown sugar. Good balane of pine bitterness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good carbonation balance. Pretty malty, but not hoppy. Definitely a lot of sweetness from the Thai sugar that's in this. Good, but not great, across the board.

Drinkability: Not necessarily refreshing since it's very thick, but goes well with steak.

Overall: I don't have much to say about this overall since I know very little about rye beer. I did enjoy this and would drink it again. Good dessert beer. Good anytime beer really. This beer gets better as time goes on.

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

A. Pours a reddish-brown with a small creamy tannish head that dissipates quickly.
S. Grassy hops with sweet malt and a shade of spicy rye.
T. Spicy upfront then sweet malt base with a pile of delicious hops piled on top and a spicy rye finish.
M. Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation.
D. I could drink these all night and be happy.

Photo of ballz50401
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Best By 6/2/10 on bottle.
Poured a dark brownish-red with a nice stable head with good lacing and some yeast sediment floating around. Smells like toffee, toasted caramel malts with a nice citrus hop aroma. Waves of rye, hops, and caramel malts flow through to palate with some good bitterness at the end. Very good balance of ingredients. It has a nice creamy, chewy mouthfeel. A very yummy, well made brew that I would love to try again.

Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass. This had a modest head which left nice swirls as it dissipated. As I continued to drink, the foam left rings on my glass.

Smells and tastes like citrusy hops. The flavor hit me in three waves with every sip - first sweet hops, then plum and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a little oily, in a good way. I think that it would be a little overpowering to consume more than one of these in a sitting. Very interesting, and very tasty.

Photo of maxwellh
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time on cask . . .

Nice two-finger head with adequate lacing as it drank.

Pretty burnt red tone that was crystal clear in the glass.

Aroma was a knock-down piney hop hit up front with some big malt notes playing right alongside it.

Drinks VERY spicy. From the nose, one would expect to get a very pungent bitter hit from the hops--and they're certainly there--but the balance is pretty impressive. Big, round spice with some caramel in the malt but the floral, grapefruity hops wipe the malt away. C&E drinks big, but I wouldn't have been opposed to having another one (or two?) over the course of an evening. It's just so well-balanced. I'm very impressed.

Photo of michaelbutler
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 13 2010

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A- Dark Red-brown, foamy head, leaves a nice lace
S- Strong hops and sugar, sweet
T- Strong rye, dry finish
M- Full body, medium carbonation, dry finish
D- Very tasty, smooth and enjoyable, could definitely have more than one

Photo of ghostee
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by October 2010) into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown with some hints of red, with a small white head which leaves lacing on the sides.

Smell is strong on grassy and citrusy hops, and somewhat sweet/sugary.

Taste has a nice sweet and sugary malty base, with a good mix of grassy hops. The hops linger on the tongue and leave a bitter taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is medium/high. This is a good tasting beer that goes down pretty easy. Not a super high ABV so I could see having a couple of these.

Photo of AJacob81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite locals, and the best representation of what Two Brothers is capable of accomplishing, Domaine DuPage and Dog Days notwithstanding...

Poured into a standard pint.

A - Deep brownish-auburn red, with a quickly-disappearing thin off-white head. Hazy, with little light penetrating at all.

S - Rye and baked sugar, a lot of cinnamony spice. Some dark berry notes as well and some subdued hop aroma. Inviting.

T - Unique, well-balanced between dark toast and warm sugar cookies at first, then the hops come into full effect. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a great bite counterbalances the sticky sweetness of the sugar cane. Nice tartness in the finish.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, easy finish.

D - Meant to be savored, but no mere sipper this. The rye and hops keep this a compelling drink throughout.

This is the kind of playfully inventive beer I'd like to see more of from the Brothers Ebel. Well done.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to dzyneguru. Poured into 14oz glass. Poured a nice deep brown with a bit of a reddish tint. The beer had less than a half inch of of tan head that didn't have much retention and a little better than minimal lacing.

The Rye scent in this brew was kind of muted, not as sharp as others I've had, with a nice trace of hops in the background. The flavor had a bolder Rye flavor, but not overpoweringly so. There was also a nice blend of hops on the finish.

The body was decent, perhaps a bit thin. Drinkability was good, I'd have more of these if they were local to me. Overall, a decent beer that's worth your time if you see it.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this at the Whole Foods market in uptown Manhattan... I had heard positive mention of it before, so was looking forward to giving it a try.

A: A nice rusty reddish-brown, topped with a sticky wite head, a little over a finger tall. Plenty of lacing left behind. This is a rare instance (not sure if it's the first in my reviews) where I feel the appearance is bang-on and perfect to style.

S: Warm malts, and plenty of rye - almost to the extent of giving it a rye bread kinda scent. Some caramel notes in there without a sweetness which is a pretty nice touch.

T: One sip was all I needed to know that I was fond of this beer, but I went on to the second bottle before reviewing it... I really wanted to get to know what I was tasting. Like the nose, it has a big, spicy rye flavour paired with a caramel sweetness, and a nice hop kick that I didn't really pick up on so much on the nose (presumably the rye covered it more in that sense?). Complex, but not complicated, if that makes sense. Plenty of flavour profiles, but all very nicely balanced.

M + D: Smooth, medium body, carbonated rather nicely with a little stickiness on the finish. It's a very easy drinker, especially considering the 7% ABV which is very well hidden (though the spicy character of the rye could also be muting the peppery or similarly 'spice-like' qualities of the alcohol). I was shocked at just how much I enjoyed this beer, and plan to pick up another pack to take home. Excellent stuff.

Photo of BigBry
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Lodge in Chicage, all local beers were $3 - perfect!

Dark mahogany brown, clear liquid with thin, slightly off-white foam. Good head stability, which left good looking lace rings on the glass.
Lots of different smells, spicy rye malt is present, earthy hops, slightly sweet and fruity.
Layers of flavor as well. Malty sweetness, balanced by floral hop bitterness. Earthy, fruity, floral, all at once. Rye come through with a nice sharp finish. The alcohol warms with out having a burn. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.
Lots of strong flavors, might be too much to pound a bunch, but a good all around beer.
Very similar to the cask version.

Photo of chicagoish
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper like an old penny. Leaves rings of lacing all the way down.

S: Sweety, Hoppy, Malty.. Brown Sugar..

T: Very complex.. hard to put into words. Nice hop bite and you can also taste the rye. Malts are there too...

M: Smooth and rich. Nice.

D: You can most certainly to more than one or two. Very nice.

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.