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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,349 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 598
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 136
Gots: 85 | 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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rayjay

Hawaii

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

From jackndan in the '07 BIF race (go team spring!)

This beer features a lovely head, two fingers and full of tiny bubbles. Super sticky and thick lace. Deep copper colored clear beer with active carbonation.

Aroma features burning CO2 (think ginger ale), although it has a creamy appearance and smells a bit like a nitrogenated beer. Lots of malts (carmel, rye, and tons of pales) and restrained hops.

I was right about the creamy texture. Initially a bit tart, which is slowly taken over by a dry malt wave, finally fading away to a mild and creamy bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very tastefully balanced. Reminds me of fresh rye bread. Never too thick or syrupy (it looked a bit intimidating). The 7% abv is very well hidden, without any over-malted body signs. On top of all this, its delicious.

I'm loving the creamy mouthfeel, which still reminds me of NO2.

Drinkability is very good. It isn't overwhelming at all. Refreshing and very drinkable. Recommended. Cheers!

06-04-2007 23:29:43 | More by rayjay
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

a clear deep chestnut with a reddish tint. tan head and lacing. wonderful aromas of candied nuts, toffee, caramel, and roasty notes. moderately sweet brown sugar and caramel upfront followed by a long, lingering finish of hop bitterness, toasted nuts, and spicy rye. medium-bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. can't put my finger on it, but this has a wonderful mouthfeel. this is not a session beer, but one to be sipped and savored. very nicely done, it could be paired with any number of hearty or spicy dishes.
ok, i'm revisting this and this is some tasty fucking shit...dangerously drinkable.
newest batch in 4-packs-the mouthfeel is just a bit thin and lacking a bit in carbonation to my taste.

06-03-2007 03:49:01 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Duster72

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a cloudy deep ruby with a sizable head. Aroma is sweet citrus hops with some spicyness. Grainy rye taste with bitter hops and roasty sweetness. The word that kept coming to mind was harsh. Just a little too harsh for my tastes. Otherwise it's a generlly good flavor and a decent drink, just maybe not quite as pleasing as Founder's offering.

06-02-2007 13:20:21 | More by Duster72
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MillRat

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Taught a class near the Clark Street Ale House, and wanted to see what was on cask. Pleasant surprise to find Cane & Ebel there. Reviewed it back on 15 Jan 2007 in a growler from the brewery, so this is the cask review.

It still retains the dark ruby clarity, and the head is now much inproved in both size and staying power. The aroma of rye grassiness and citrus hops is even better than before. The flavor has a nice spiciness from both the hops and the cane, and the solid malt body balances well against the 68 IBU and dry-hop flavors. The cask presentation makes this beer even smoother and more dangerously drinkable than it was off the keg. If you're in Chicago's north loop area, don't miss it.

05-18-2007 01:30:24 | More by MillRat
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

What an excellent beer. Thanks goes to Talisker for the trade. Poured a deep reddish brown with a nice head taking up at least an inch at the top of the glass. Smells like citrus hops with a sugary like scent and a hint of rye as well. Excellent taste with a nice hop punch followed by the mellow rye and sugar additions. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is also great, hoppy but sugary, coating the tongue in a near perfect way. Very good drinkability as well. I would love to have a few of these stocked away, hopefully it will be back.

5-31-07 Just had another thanks to czoch75...same scores but what a damn beer!

05-12-2007 17:42:40 | More by ncvbc
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zebulon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%

Poured from bottle a rich amber red. Form off white head about an inch. Head droped and some lacing remained. Looked good, a little cloudiness but pleasant color.

Fruit aroma came out right away, reminded me of dried apricots.

Piney hop taste with other components, light dried fruit and citrus.

Comfortable on the tongue, pleasant drinking.

05-06-2007 15:45:21 | More by zebulon
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Crousejs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

I thought this was a wonderful beer. The beer poured wonderfully into a pint glass, and the head stayed on the glass nicely. The smell was flawless; awoke the nose without overpowering my palate. The first taste produced a wonderful coating in my mouth. A very lively beer, yet stayed right where it should. The hoppiness remained constant, and yet added to finding other notes in the beer as the glass progressed. A wonderful selection to pair with a veggie burger.

04-30-2007 00:03:28 | More by Crousejs
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blitz134

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. I like rye beers and had been wanting to try this one for a while.

Tawny red body with a quarter inch of white head on top to start. Head reduced to a thin layer and initially left a ring of lace as it subsided.

Smell is strong with hops and graininess. Hops are a little floral and a little grapefruity citrus and even has a touch of pine in there. Some crystal malting comes out as well to add a touch of simple sugar sweetness that works in nicely with the rye graininess.

Nicely balanced beer here. Lots of grainy rye underneath with some biscuity breadiness. Citrus pith and pine resin round out the hops. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Not full bodied, but not thin either, although the carbonation probably makes this feel lighter on the tongue. Finish is slightly dry and makes you want some more.

Awesome drinkability. I love rye beers. A dry finish, some bitter hops, and some prickly carbonation make a super drinkable beer in my opinion. I could drink this all the time. Makes me want to get a 6er of one of my fall back beers which happens to be a rye pale.

04-15-2007 01:15:22 | More by blitz134
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jjayjaye

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a lighter wheat amber color. A full finger whispy head that follows the waves and fades to surface. A nice amount of lacing observed.

The smell is aggressive fresh hopped and piney.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side. Hoppy yet creamy and smooth.

The flavor is a light grapefruit hop and ends with malty notes that linger (The rye's presence).

Quite drinkable. Scores points for imagination.

04-15-2007 01:03:15 | More by jjayjaye
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark ruby red in color with copper hues. Thin off white head poured one finger thick and dissappated almost immediately. Thin lacing.

S: Soft citrus whaff. Slightly folral. Pine sap. Yeast. Rye bread.

T: Toasted caramel malts give way to a slight presence of grapefruit juice and then pine hops kick in with a nice bitter bite on the tongue. Earthy or wet grass flavors are followed by more roasted malts and sweet dark sugars. Rye gives off a pleasant tickle in the back of the throat.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: I loved the dry hopped effect in this brew. It added another dimension to a very interesting beer. Adventurous but good. Recommended.

04-12-2007 22:01:50 | More by Tyrawlings
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8%

Decent initial head and lacing, but not exceptional. Smell is hoppy with some rye undertones.

Nice hoppiness with some pale maltiness and slight caramel undertones, some rye undertones as well. A nice beer. Very balanced. A delight.

Mouthfeel is decent. Not super full, but decent. This beer is very very easy to drink and very sessionable for a 68 ibu beer with 7 percent alcohol.

04-12-2007 04:49:36 | More by jasonjlewis
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks goes out to BAz Vancer and NucularGeorge

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice touch of hops, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Two Brothers brew and glad I've gotten a chance to try it out.

04-11-2007 00:21:15 | More by Wasatch
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Beertron

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Swilllover bought me a bottle of this...what a pal. He's the one that turned me on to this brewery after last year's Taste of the Midwest when he tried this Red Rye and pretty much freaked out about it. We were able to get their Domaine du Page here at the restaurant and I really really like that. I've also since tried the PA, the IPA and their Golden Path, and none have disappointed. Pretty excited about this one. Poured from their bomber into a pint glass.

A - 1" head on a normal pour. It's head is dimpled like a golf ball and is creating fault lines as it slooowly fades. Brew is bright red, as red as a Christmas light. Extremely tight lacing -- so tight that I almost shouldn't call it lacing.

S - It has the nice dry scent of hops -- good piny hops that combined very well with the bread-like yeast aroma. Inviting.

T - What a unique and favorable combo -- the deep roasted, bready malts with the strong pine tree hops. I'm liking this even more as I go. It tastes quite strong, but some of its more interesting flavors are kind of hidden -- there's a soft alium flavor (like roasted garlic or grilled scallions), then there's a subtle but distinctive taste of kind bud (hey, it's what it tastes like -- whatdaya do?) and, finally, there's a faint cinnamon tone in the way back that strikes me like Big Red gum.

M - This is a tangy, a little sticky and rather hot (I think that's the KB and cinnamon showing their presence), but its still relatively smooth.

D - My face is pretty warm after one large bottle. I really like this beer, but I think I'd have to quit after two 12oz's and switch to something like a lager with a bit more cooling maltiness to it -- kind of like how it helps to have milk with spicy food.

F - This would pair with cheeses that have a strong, dry tangy bite to them like Morbier, Camerbert or, around here, any cheese aged in Love Tree Farms' caves (that includes Fenceline and some Natural Valley cheeses in addition to the LTF classics). Overall, this would be a good pick for most cheese plates as long as there isn't a heavy emphasis on deeper umami cheeses like gruyere or its ilk. This could take to some stronger fish as long as there's a nice deep grain going along with it: brown rice, wild rice, farro or quinoa. There's also enough hop here to match with spicy tomato-based flavors (chili, salsa, sambals, etc.) I'd make: Grilled Alaskan king salmon with wilted arugula, garlic-infused brown rice, and spicy tomato sambal.

O - What a fun beer. I really hope that continue to make this beer. This is also an impressive combination that I would like to see more breweries give a shot at -- hopped-up rye. It's unique, flavorful and would go very well with the proper foods. As I said, it's not the most sessionable beer on the planet, but it has a strange elegance that would keep me coming back for more.

04-10-2007 19:07:45 | More by Beertron
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kajerm

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%

On cask at Clark St. Alehouse. Cloudy red-brown pint with a thick, substantial head and pretty good lacing. This is my first rye beer, but the smell is unmistakably rye-- rough and spicy. There is a background of nondescript citric hops.

Opens up with some biscuity malt and huge rye flavor that hangs on until the end. The finish is bitter and hoppy, nicely balancing out the spicy sweetness of the rye. The mouthfeel is just heavy enough to complement the flavor of the beer without sacrificing drinkability.

Good stuff, and brewed right in my backyard. I'll be ordering this again.

04-04-2007 17:39:28 | More by kajerm
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

I love rye beers (Founder's Red's Rye has been my favorite beer for awhile now), so I was thrilled to try this one. It is very good...its hoppy character is balanced nicely by the rye flavor, and it is fairly complex in both its flavor and mouthfeel. It is very good, and I would definitely recommend.

It poured a sparkling red with only a little head that hung around a bit. It has a rye-ish (like othe rye beers) and hoppy aroma, with some cedar notes that reminded me of some Hitachino I had a while back. Flavor is dry-hoppy, hop-citrusy, with just a touch of sourness. The sugar imparts a cotton-candy flavor as well. Mouthfeel is slightly scratchy in your mouth, which is pleasant. It is somewhat chalky in texure, but soft at the same time. Very interesting.

04-04-2007 15:21:53 | More by BeerBelcher
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a nice darker orange with a fairly minimal head, but one that sticks around as a thin cap for the duration of the beer.Decent lacing as well. Aroma has a touch of sour and a touch of rye spiciness with some floral hops as a bottom note. Slight rye sourness on the start, followed by spicy combo of rye grain and hops and long hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes throughout. Really very nice rye flavors. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a touch of candy sugar is there as well, but very balanced. Beautifully drinkable.

03-28-2007 01:01:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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joe1510

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz. Bottle
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Cane and Ebel poured an absolutely crystal clear copper. 1 finger creamy white head formed on the pour that left sheet lacing as it slowly receded. Minimal small slow rising carbonation is present.

The smell is of a solid backbone of caramel with layer upon layer of hoppiness on top. Pine tar and oily resinous hops are showcased in this beer. There is also a unique but mild sugary sweetness from the palm sugar. The sweetness really goes nicely with the resinous hop aroma.

Caramel maltiness comes through up front quickly followed by the resinous hops. The resinous hops linger and get joined by a mild leather flavor that's also from the hops. The caramel maltiness turns into more of a raw graininess as this beer develops on the palate. Finishes with a lingering resinous hops and mild aspirin.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets the beer work it's way through at it's own pace. Moderately dry finish. Solid hop bitterness leaves the tongue numb which is something I always enjoy.

I'm going to polish off this 22 and if I had another bottle I would drink it too. The hops make my mouth water and the dryness makes me want another drink.

Another exciting beer from Two Brothers. I've been looking for this for awhile and finally found it. Glad I did. A really enjoyable hoppy rye beer.

03-24-2007 01:53:32 | More by joe1510
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. The body was clear of sediment, golden brown/ruby in color. Two fingers of off-white head left steps on a ladder of lace. Beautiful.

Smell was clean fresh grains.

Taste was spicy. Sharp citic hops (Summit) dominated the sweetness of the malts (in a nice way). Drying finish. Extremely drinkable and very tasty.

Mouthfeel was prickly. Medium/filling carbonation.

03-06-2007 01:19:51 | More by Cresant
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granite

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +8%

22oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Thanks Dan

A---It poured a dark copper with a thin head.

S---Burnt sugar, molasses, floral hops and phenols.

T---Starts off very malty with toffee sweetness. Followed by spice from the rye malt contribution and citrus hops. It finished with slightly warming alcohol. I found it to be very delicious.

M---Medium to full bodied with a silky texture.

D---I wish I had access to this on a regular basis because it is amazing.

03-05-2007 14:07:02 | More by granite
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

I’ve been sitting on this and decided to bring this out for no reason what so ever (except to drink it). The pour is a mostly copper color that is pretty hazy and noticeable hints of red and orange. Good lacing but does hide to the edge of the glass. At least it doesn’t completely go away.

The nose is sweet and hoppy. A big sugary feel with the malt and a nice Rye backing that blends nicely. Some Belgium esters but light. The hops leave more of a grapefruit aroma and a touch of citrus on the back end.

The taste is very impressive. There is more of a Belgium gone American feel. The malt is more prominent with some noticeable sugary flavors that mixes with some caramel and biscuit notes. The rye blends very nicely and adds its own spiciness mix to the game. Some light phenolic value is noticeable as well, but that enhances the Belgium feel. The hops are not as forceful as the nose indicated but hold their own just fine. More citrus and some lighter orangey finish.

The body is good with a more Belgium feel. Carbonation and the sugary flavors hint at Belgium but the hops leaves more American feel. Overall this is a good beer, but I wonder if I would have sat on it longer if it would be even better. Oh well I still enjoyed it.

03-03-2007 05:53:57 | More by Oxymoron
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance - a good amber/iced tea color. A sparse head generates some minor lace.

Aroma - a dark sugar (caramelized?) with syrupy citrus and sweetbread.

Taste - base malts sweetened with palm sugar, eh? A nice smooth intro but I would never have figured that one out myself. The hops that follow show signs of Amarillo with their almost candyish citric components, but seem a little more bitter. Rye softens things out as well. The swallow shows signs of roasted grain with some coffee flavors sneaking in as well. A nice finish - roasty, dry, warm. A tasty rye with character.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, bubbles are a little subdued (about right), feels good.

Drinkability - very drinkable. A complex tasty profile that I could do multiple bottles of given a less-limited budget.

02-28-2007 21:25:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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frazbri

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Two Brother's Cane & Ebel poured deep red in color. The clean, clear body was topped by a creamy off-white head. A good amount of belgian lace remained on the glass. Aroma had notes of honey, apple and pine. Orange marmalade and carmel sweetness were nicely balanced by a clean bitterness. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a dryness in the middle, but a creamy aspect as well.

Cane & Ebel is a balanced and very drinkable brew. Sweetness, bitterness and a touch of tartness mingle together with great success.

02-03-2007 04:31:57 | More by frazbri
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear, reddish, light brown liquor. A blend of large and small bubbles in the head--dies quickly. Good lace on the side of the glass.

Nice blend of malt and hop in the aroma. The hop smells fresh, but is subtle to allow the dryness of the malt to come through.

Dry brew on initial taste. The hop takes over after that. Nice long aftertaste. Good body with relatively low carbonation. Not creamy.

A very nice, dry brew. At 7% abv, this is a deceptively strong beer for the flavor profile.

01-28-2007 19:22:57 | More by smcolw
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours to a beautiful deep dark brown body with a hint of ruby red when held to light. Hosts a decent 1 and a half inch rich tan head, leaving some lace as it fades. Rich sweet malty hops on the nose, nice aroma balance. taste is soft even hop feel that isnt loud but welcomed. Teams with a bit of nutty backbone and slight malty mouthfeel. Even shows a bit of sugar cane sweetness. Mineral notes shows up as it warms a bit. Extremely easy to drink.

01-17-2007 19:10:32 | More by SPLITGRIN
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Darkest bronze combined with burnt orange, a gorgeous hue that glows like dying firelight when even faintly backlit. Atop the liquid sits a tight-bubbled crown of ecru foam that looks like melting cinnamon ice cream. After all that, the best part about the appearance might just be the circumferential sheets of fine, filagreed lace.

I wish that I could appreciate rye malt in the nose. That's the only (slight) negative in what is a wonderful smelling beer. Even if I didn't know that Simcoe hops were used for dry-hopping, I might have been able to guess since their tropical fruitiness is so distinctive. A modest amount of caramel maltiness underlies the citric fruity goodness. Come to think of it, DIPA comparisons wouldn't be out of line.

Cane and Ebel is fabulous beer. It's everything that I'd hoped for and more. I know that two is a pretty small number, but after tasting Founders Red's Rye and now this one, I'd have to say that highly-hopped, rye-malted red ales are one of my favorite sub-sub-styles. If any other brewers want to jump on the bandwagon, there's plenty of room.

I'm still reminded of a DIPA. There's a more that solid malt backbone that is now tremendously rye spicy (woo hoo!) and a more than generous amount of hops that provide flavors of bitter orange and grapefruit zest. I'm pretty sure this bottle is at least six months old, which makes the still kickin' hoppiness all the more remarkable. This stuff is some kind of delicious.

Who knows what the Thai palm sugar added? The beer is sweet, but no more sweet than any other big IPA or DIPA. My thought is that it gave the brewers the opportunity to use the play on words that make up the name. Rather than Cain and Abel, we have Cane (sugar cane) and Ebel (the last names of the two brothers who own and run the brewery).

There's no way, with all that malt and all that palm sugar, that the mouthfeel could be anything other than full and semi-chewy. It's also plush, borderline sticky and sparsely carbonated. I wouldn't change a damn thing.

Without even checking my reviews, I know that Cane and Ebel is the best Two Brothers beer that has ever entered my glass. It's a lip smacking combination of cane sugar sweetness, rye malt spiciness and citric hop bitterness. I consider Red's Rye to be one of the best beers on the planet. I never dreamed that this Two Brothers offering would be almost as good. It will be a crime if it doesn't become a part of the brewery's year-round lineup.

01-14-2007 21:57:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.