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 AltBock
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a fiery red label with the name of the beer in big bold red letters,, the Two Brothers Mickey Mouse like symbol, 3 of the beer's specifications, and a drawing of either Cane or Ebel cutting through a field of barley or corn stalks. This drawing freaked me out! Why? Look at the eyes of the man in the field. He has the eyes of a zombie. Don't make eye content. Also, that sharp farm instrument in his hand doesn't help either. FREAKY!! Under this drawing is the saying "Worth a Whack." The back black label has the mandatory US information, a best before date, and a paragraph not about the beer, but about the brewery. Be warned! Look out for the zombie on the front.

I decided to pour this Rye Ale into a victory pint glass. "Cane & Ebel" poured a clear light amber color witha small tint of orange mixed in with it. Sitting on top of this amber brew was a thick and creamy head of foam. It looked like the head of foam was a pure white color from a distance, but up close it was more of an off white color. This creamy head of foam had slow retention that left behind a creamy off white skim of foam and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace. That skim of foam was long lasting. It stuck around for the entire life of this beer. Man, did this beer look good!

You can really smell the malted rye in this beer! Everything after rye was in small amounts. Nothing could come close the power of the rye. Behind the rye was a drop of honey, a hint of tart grapefruit, a splash of pine needles, and a subtle whiff of citrus hops at the end.

I sure hope you like the taste of rye because there was an insane amount of malted rye in this beer. The aroma came close to the amount of rye that was contained in this beer. The thing about that was the fact that the aroma was bursting with malted rye. But unlike the aroma, some other flavors had some time in the spotlight. Following behind all of the rye was a pinch of lightly tart grapefruit, a drop of sweet honey, a touch of pine and spruce, and a few slightly bitter citrus hops. Two Brothers said it was brewed with sugar, but I couldn't taste of it. It didn't need it anyway. It had enough rye in the taste to entertain my taste buds.

This Rye Ale was medium bodied and contained a rye based aftertaste of more malted rye, a dash of honey, and a few pine needles. This aftertaste didn't stick around for too long.

Even though the malted rye was everywhere, it never got boring. You'd think with all the malted rye that this beer contained it would get boring, but it didn't. In the end, it was delicious Rye Ale! I would love to drink this again and in fact, I just did! But this time it wasn't in a little 12 oz. bottle, but in a 22 oz. bomber bottle. Behold the power of the rye!!

Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 200th review. Wooohooo!

On tap at McNulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland a few hours ago. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. It is the "IPA of the week" at the Bier Markt.

A Dark Brown translucent, maybe a bit of ruby red hue with minimal head that lingers for maybe 2 minutes. After that there were only trace bubbles on the surface. Not a bad look by any means but also not all that impressive.

S Hops. Really pungant. Like standing in a hop field having hops extract applied to your upper lip. Really, such a distinct aroma of pure hops. I did not smell anything else. That does not impress me.

T Huge hops bitterness started the taste (could it have been the nose coming back as I sipped?) but that gave way to a nice malty middle and a nice, wet finish. This is a hoppy beer for sure but it is presented in a well rounded, mature way. Other really hoppy beers that I have had, by comparison, were unbalanced hop featurettes and "one trick ponies." I am not afraid of hops but I think that such an unbalanced beer is, well, unbalanced.

M Full with hops bitterness, reasonably high ABV at 7%.

D Not the best due to hops bitterness and moderately high ABV.

Notes: I have not liked the hoppy hoppy beers in the past but if they continue to taste like this, a mature, well balanced but hoppy beer, then I might start to be persuaded into the hop camp.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with a cream head. Good retention

S: Nose is sweet with a small bit of hops. Caramel malts come through as well.

T: The beer is bitter with a spicy hop character at the end. The malts are quite present with a sweet caramel flavour. The flavour is over all really blanced with the high hop flavour and lots of sweetness. A great red ale.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Decently drinkable.

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

Pours a clear brilliant red color with way too much foamy eggshell colored head, almost looks like meringue. Almost everlasting retention yields some nice spots of sticky lacing. Smells of rye bread, caramel malt, citrus, and earthy hops with a touch of ethanol. Tastes of caramel and rye with a nice touch of orange, lemon, and grapefruit zest as well as a little earthy hop presence. Medium in body with nice carbonation, fairly smooth and sweet with a good hop character that I think could be stronger if the beer was a little fresher. According to the bottle it's best if drank before 6/19/2008, but even at this stage in the game it's pretty darn tasty.

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

A - dark amber red, almost sanguine, with a half a finger of creamy white head, very little carbonation

S - sweet aroma, like malts and some honey-esque sweetness and background wheatiness, now that i note that its a wheat beer it makes sense

T - the wheaty character battles the malt profile with no regard to the hops sneaking up from behind, hops sneaks up behind wheaty, draws his knife and plunges into his profile, assassinating wheaty and leaving hops and malt alone on the palate, until the finish

M&D - wonderfully complex without pretension, a nice mix of flavors, nicely layered and easily quaffable, a nicely brewed beer, well done

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Cherry Tree into an American pint glass.

A--Deep russet red body with two fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Plenty of head to go around as it curtained the sides of the glass.

S--Very dominant fruit presence, maybe orange, or something a little deeper--plum? It's almost like orange-date bread to smell, which is terrific. Unfortunately, this morphed into kitty litter at the end of the sniff--dunno if that's due to the age on the barrel or what, but it was a little wrinkling.

T--More of that elusive orange-date-plum character up front, which mingles at the finish with the floral hops. In between is a decent, if not pronounced, rye flavor, which I'd like to have at a greater depth of spiciness. I'm a Sazerac fan, though, so the redder the better. The concentration seems to be on sweetish overtones and rye undertones, which is interesting--kinda like a fruitcake with caraway seeds in it.

M&D--Both are quite high, as the carbonation matches well with the spice without upsetting the balance of the sweet, and the alcohol doesn't get in the way even though it's far from hiding its warmth. Worth trying, without a doubt. I like Sixpoint's Righteous a bit better, only because I like my rye's a little dry (and to use my time to rhyme), but this one's a good representative of the style.

Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, coppery mahogany color. It poured with a short lived, smallish tan head.

s: Plenty of toffee with some sharp rye edges that get stronger as it warms. Some piny hops as well.

t: I get toffee that is slightly charred up front along with some dark fruits. The finish has a very nice bite from the piny hops and rye. These play very nicely off of one another.

m: This was a little under carbonated, making it feel a bit watery.

d: I love a good rye beer. This was a real treat, and I'll certainly look for more.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark reddish brown colored beer without much head formation.

The smell is sweet with a pleasing scent of pine and pineapple with a mild sour hint to it. Faint smokiness and a sour fruit scent of orange.

The taste starts out sweet and solidly bitter. Mostly hop and malt with a mild sour edge from the rye.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is OK and tastes a great deal like Stone Arrogant bastard but I don't think I would buy this again.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Nice 1/2CM tan head. Dark dark red. Dark Ruby red and translucent when held up to a light. I'm talking ruby red like the gemstone, not like Dorothy's shoes. Light lacing.

Rich deep caramel aroma. Very pinous hoppy smell. Not overwhelming, but very inviting. Almost sense a little vanilla aroma

Malty sweetness, rich flavor very sweet. Lots of hops but not over-powering. A nice balance with the malt.

Great thick mouthfeel, like I was actually drinking something with substance. Almost creamy, a pleasure to drink. Doesn't feel like a 7.0% beer, I think I'll have another.

Photo of mnj21655
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a relatively clear dark reddish-brown in color with a minimal (maybe 1/4") light tan head that quickly faded. Aroma is quite subdued, some light rye bread, a bit of yeast and a peppery note in the background. Taste is really quite good, lots of rye, a solid but not dominant hop bitterness, some perfumey alcohol near the finish and a bit of spicyness throughout. Good mouthfeel, medium-ish body with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy. Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is enjoyable, flavors are balanced, a version with less alcohol would probably make a pretty good session beer.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a solid white head and nice lacing.

Lots of grainy rye malt mixed with some citrus hops in the nose.

Taste is very well balanced. Grainy malt from the rye blend nicely with the grapefruit hops for a delicious, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit dry with good carbonation.

This is a nicely sessionable rye beer. Not my favorite rye beer but a good one.


Photo of rhinos00
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A- Amber with an inch of head that dissipated quickly.

S- Nice combination of sweet malt, rye, citrus, and a trace of hops.

T- At first the malt and rye provide a unique sweetness. This is followed by fresh, crisp taste citrus hops.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- I could drink this all day. Not overly sweet, and the hop presence is just perfect.

Overall, a very quality beer. Reminds me a lot of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. Highly recommended!

Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap oured into a pub glass at Jake's Pub in Lincoln Park, Chicago. pours a deep ruby/amber color with one finger of solid and creamy head that is tan i ncolor and has good retention. solid lacings.

aroma is of fresh, citrusy hops up front, with a base of caramel malts and a nice grassy hop quality overall.

taste is mildly malty up front, with caramel notes and a lightly bready character, along with a distant earthy note. finishes on a smooth, fresh hop note with a lingering mix of citrusy and grassy hops. nicely proportioned and very fresh on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a heavy hop character, enhanced by the malt profile. a semi-dry texture while on the palate, with a bitter finish and aftertaste.

drinkability is good. this is a wonderfully hoppy brew with enough malt character to create a nice balance. the smooth and fresh quality of the draught version prevents the brew from becoming overly bitter or stale on the palate, resulting in a great brew that is quite drinkable. cheers!

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by ericwo. Thanks!

A: pours a dark brown hue that turns a brillant red when put up to light. The head is solid half finger that dies rather quickly. Huge thick sheets of lace left behind.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas with hints of spicy rye coming thru. Hints of citrus, grass, and a touch of booze.

T: Nice caramel malt up front in a big way. Hints of citrus poke thru with a touch of molasses. Nice rye comes thru in the finish where bitter and sweet seem to duel. Bitter wins and lingers a bit.

M: Nice and full bodied. Almost sappy with good carbonation.

D: Nice. I like this one. They could easily bomber this one, it is that enjoyable. Thanks Eric for knocking this one off my wants!

Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a brown to brownish red color. The head has a darker color that is in the same vein as a stout. The head is light, and quickly dissipates. Little lacing. Carbonation appears light.

S - Some kind of malty smells here - seems like its mostly the simple barley notes, although the more astringent rye is lightly there.

T - Starts with a lean towards the sweeter side. Loaded with plenty of barley and rye. Mid stream starts to show the bitter balance -although it never takes over. Finishes with the rye flavors - the bite is quite noticeable. No phenolic flavors, surprising to me considering the ABV.

M - Has lots of body. A combination of the unfermentables and the body of the rye. Smooth in texture due to its low carbonation.

D - While I find this beer pleasant to drink, I do find the flavors are "potent" enough to begin to wear. The ABV combined with the strong body also makes it less sessionable.

Good beer overall - would certainly like to try the imperial version.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ej285701 gave this to me in a six-pack switch. thanks buddy!

Appearance: dark copper-brown color with a nice 3/4" white head in my mason jar :)
Smell: hops, molasses, slight raisin/prune smell
Taste: mmmm....delicious...hops, raisins, nice malt backbone as it sits on your tongue
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: for being 7%, this has great drinkability...could do two or three in a night

Overall, an excellent beer I'd like to have again.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber in color with a thick brown head. SLowly recedes and leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Very sweet aroma with light spicy rye undertones. Some citrusy hop aroma comes through as well.

T - Dry sweetness up front before being taken over by a citrusy hop bitterness. LIght tastes of grapefruit and lemon. A spicy lingers underneath but never reall y comes through to the front.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and a very dry feel.

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

Pours a deep ruby that has perfect clarity when held to the light. Constant bubbling keeps the head fresh, though there isn't much of it. But the overall visual impression is, "beautiful."
Mmmm.... the aroma. Wonderful. Reminds me of Ruination, but only because of the intensity and complexity of the hopping. The malt backbone is there too... maybe it's more like Yulesmith, or shark attack... it's awesome. Rich pine and grapefruit notes, complimented by thick caramel and deep malty/grainy undertones.
Flavor is sweet and malt-heavy, somewhat syrupy, with a good bit of bread, molasses, and cane sugar. The hops take over towards the finish, and a grapefruit and resin assault begins, leaving an intense bitterness behind after each swallow. The flavor balance is far to the sweet end of the spectrum, but the finish is one of the most bitter I have experienced.
Mouthfeel is excellent, boasting a creamy, thick, and syrupy presence and a finish of intense astringency and dryness. Carbonation is just a tad low, otherwise excellent mouthfeel.
This beer is highly drinkable, but the sweetness begins to get to me, even through the bitter, after half a glass. It's still a pleasure to finish, but not nearly as drinkable as it could be if there was a bit less cloying flavor in the middle.

Photo of fahne23
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, cherry red color with a 3/4 - 1" opaque head. Sticky lacing covers the sides of the glass.

S:Hops on the nose, bready and some malt characteristics come through.

T: Malty sweetness balanced by the bittering hops, hint of warm alcohol on the finish.

M: Smooth mouthfeel that is evenly carbonated.

D: Very nicely balanced red ale with distinct hop flavor. Pretty drinkable for 7%. Almost a session beer, but a little heavy on the bitterness.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

This shows a dark mahogany red color with a hefty tan head and good lacing. The aroma is sharp lemony pine hops and deep butterscotch berry. The flavor brings very satiny smooth raspberry malt and piney hops. Delicious and rich with a very consistent and smooth carbonation. Somewhat like a mild barleywine. It has a slight resinous quality which hints at the rye taste. The bitterness gathers at the back of the mouth. There's a touch of dryness on the tip of the tongue. Very nice and distinctive. Fairly drinkable for sure.

Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a short lived cream colored head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice toasted caramel malt; some spicy rye and hops to boot. The taste is of a solid caramel malt, slightly nutty, slightly spicy. Nicy grassy hops to compliment the malt. The feel is moderate, chewy, semi-soft carbonation, finishes with a bitter twang. Two Brothers sure do know how to make an excellent malty brew. This brew is very smooth, nice rye and hop spice. Recommended.

Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had many rye beers, but this is by far the best so far. It pours a very thick, somewhat cloudy, tawny brown with a nice thick tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is a very nice balance between oily hops, maltish sweetness, some florals, some grassy notes too. The taste is a really nice treat. There is a touch of thick molasses, thick grainy breads, some nice sweet malts, very nice estery and fruity hops, some grapefruity acerbicness. This beer hits all the right notes. It is bitter without being bittering, thick without being syrupy, slightly higher on the ABV, without being throaty or alcoholy. The mouthfeel is slight, a tad drying, and the aftertaste is very modest. L'Chaim.

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

This is a very good beer. Bready, hoppy, lacy. Pours a nice dark amber, the smell is heavily bready. Lacing on the glass is the most I've ever seen, now that I'm looking at this empty glass the lacing remains all the way up to the top, it's incredible. The feel and texture is perfectly balanced, very comforting drink. Drinkability is very high as this is a very well balanced and flavorful beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to starofindia for sending this extra that clearly should have been on my wants list :)

Best by date of 10/29/08

Pours a dark amber color with a great sized head, fades slowly with a cap and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is a good mix of citrusy hops and malt, great nose balance.

Taste is initially citrusy and hoppy then the caramel malt backbone comes to smooth things out and leaves a nice bready aftertaste, great balance of sweetness and hops with a decent creaminess.

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