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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 137
Gots: 110 | 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 beermanbrian
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark bronze color with a good off white head and spotty lacing. Smell pulls me right in. Nice piney hops with a solid malt backbone that must be the rye. This beer reminds me of Red's Rye from Founders which is one of my favorites. There is something very nice about the way the rye blends with a fully hopped beer that is very nice. Taste is as good as the smell. Full sweet flavor brilliantly blended with the hops. Some significant earthy tones sneak in there too. A nice bitter aftertaste gives this a dry finish. Not sure what the availablility of this one is, I picked it up in a variety case, but I would give this one a huge recomendation if you can find it.

beermanbrian, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Fairly clear, rust/amber brown color, with a little carbonation. Easy pour produces a large, thick off white, slight yellow head. Nice retention and leaves thick rings of lacing.
S:Very strong aroma, of rye and citrus hops and some strong maltiness as well. Citrus sweetness is strongest flavor.
T: Generally reminds me of a cross between Red's Rye and Nugget Nectar. Like the nose, citrus hops dominate flavor with malty background and some rye. In flavor, this more strongly reminds me of Nugget Nectar.
M: Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a hop bite at end. Overall slightly thin, not quite crisp enough, could use a little more carbonation. Aftertaste lingers strongly with taste of rye.
D: Very flavorful beer with well hidden alcohol, but something in the balance and mouthfeel makes me just want either a red's rye or nugget nectar as this ends up feeling like a compromise between the two, especially at the slightly high price for it in this area.

yourefragile, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Med
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the drafting room

A - Cola brown with a red tinge to it. Little head but nice lacing. Very appetizing.

S - Rye and roasted barley with some black currant. A little sweet. Maybe some grape stems.

T - A little subdued when cold but as it warmed some wonderful sweet malt and rye with no real noticeable alcohol. A little dark fruit at the finish. Not much hop profile to speak of.

M - Medium with slight coating. Decent carbonation.

D - May I have another?

Med, May 31, 2008
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy amber in color w/ a fluffy white head.
S - Sweet, malty, roasted barley, hint of coffee.
T - The nose comes out on the palate w/ plenty of roasted malt and coffee.
M/D - Malt lingers on the palate and leaves a pleasant finish. Smooth, low carbonation, and tons of flavor make this beer one of the best brews I've had in a while.

Gatch, May 25, 2008
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many a time on tap,however I am elated that Two Bros. are releasing this in 4 packs.

appearance-this beer is a very dark amber color.on appearance i would guess it was a brown ale or a porter.small head which disappated quickly

smell-fruity,mango scent with some hops and a little bit of sweet malt.

lacing-moderate lacing,not that big a concern for me.

taste-wow.i love this beer.big hop flavor with some hints of vanilla,mango,a small bit of alcohol,and a spicy rye finish.slight roasted malt notes as well.extremely drinkable.

mouthfeel-slight amount of carbonation.i feel it fits the style of the beer well,and isn't overly thick or thin.

this is a tremendous beer.if you can get your hands on it,please do so.

wyattshotmaker, May 18, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A single from Abe's

A dark red with an off-tan head, poor retention and little lacing. The aroma is very herbal with that rye spice. The flavor immediately reminds me of Red's Rye from Founder's, for obvious reasons. It's a big, but not too harsh citrus tang. As satisfying as any good IPA or hopped red ale, but with that wonderful rye twist to make it stand out. Worth a try. Quite tasty.

tempest, May 18, 2008
Photo of genog
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled this on tap at Mad mex last night.

Poured a hazy rusty brown colored head with plenty of creamy head sitting on top. It looks like it was poured from a nitro tap like guinness. Nose is full of rye and spicineyness. Taste is full of hops but also well balanced with plenty of full rye. Mouth feel is incredibly creamy for a Pale ale, and full on hops.

genog, May 16, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled to get this one in a package recently. I had heard about this a while back and had been hunting it ever since. It really seemed like something that would be right up my alley, and as a result, have had it sitting on my wants list for a while. So last night I decided it would be a good night to pop open this 12oz and sit down and enjoy it with dinner. Served it right out of the fridge and poured it into an imperial pint glass. A nice hard pour produced a wonderful ruby tinted liquid. Lots of haze with it, but you could still make out some nicer carbonation streaking its way up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of white colored foam then came up over the top and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin veil across the top that hung around for the remainder of the session. Very nice side glass lace really capped it off very well. This had a really good overall look to it and I was most excited to proceed with it.

The aroma was loaded down with hops. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine like aromas just erupting from the first moment that I took a whiff. Once it warmed it settled down and a good dose of the rye malts started to come through and really deepen the profile. Some nice hints of sugar coming through sweetening it up nicely. The flavor really started to set it off. First off it was remarkably smooth, almost too smooth at times, I had trouble believing this was at 7%. Rich rye malts were the big player in the smoothness, giving a subtle and refined balance to the loads of floral hosp that were dumped in on this one. The flavor started out with a heavy dose of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon grass as well, nice puckering hop bite, that was then transformed over to the malts, nice hints of sugar, and cereal grains coming through giving it a very lively depth. The long lingering bitterness of the finish provided by the ample dry hopping only served to draw out the moisture and really let that sweet smell sit there and dissolve for a good bit of time. The feel was very nice, with a good medium bodied ale with more then ample carbonation. Never dull or slick it really just came off very well. I could not even tell this was anywhere near 7%, in fact it was damn near session able. I would have loved to have had another one right after this, it was really that goods.

Overall I was really blown away by this one. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. Really a top notch, quality brew on all accounts that I would love to have the chance to try again. If you see this one around, go for it!

mikesgroove, May 16, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stein. Thanks again to tizzod for midwestern beer journeys.

A dark coppery brew with a half inch head, nice lacing. Explosive piney hop aromas, hop oil fumes almost visible, they are so strong. Undercurrents of rye tanginess.

Mouthfeel creamy and slick, conveys the full hoppy goodness, solid crisp, slightly sour rye malt background matches the flavor assault well. Alcohol well integrated. A RIPA--rye IPA. Very nicely done.

kenito799, May 16, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 7/29/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, deep amber color with a foamy beige head that left good lacing.

S - citrus hop aroma fills the nose.

T - sharp hoppy bitterness upfront with the balance of sweet malt following before the dry and bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - very easy to drink, be aware of the abv.

Final Note: this beer is NOT retired, it's a limited-run seasonal and it's delicious!

JoeyBeerBelly, May 16, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/29/08

A_Pours a medium chestnut clear colour with a very soapy off white head. Decent staying power for the cap, lacing is also good but not long lasting.

S_Grapefruit hops mingle well with a spicy and slightly sour rye character.

T_Toasty, sour rye hits the palate at first. This is followed up by a very dry grapefruit like hop essence. A good dose of toasted wheat as well as a bit of chocolate and a hint of spice.

M_A fully medium bodied beer from all angles.

D_This is a nice, well made beer where the rye makes its' presence known.

sleazo, May 12, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with red hues. Transparent. Head is 1.5 inches and lacing is super thick all the way down the glass.

S- Malty and a little bourbon like. Rich and warming. Sweet and roasty with hoppy aromas. Very well blended.

T- Very sweet and malty and a semibitter hop. Finishes suprisingly dry. Espcially complex due to the dryness to sweetness range.

M- Medium to thick and low to medium carbonation.

D- Rich and thick for the style. Not very sessionable, but damn good for a stand alone beer.

MMAJYK, May 09, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not sure how this beer is retired, as winking lizard still has plenty of their kegs...

A- deep dark slightly hazy brownish red body. lighting isn't too good in here but i'm assuming that it would be a blazing garnet red under the light. creamy beige head is pitted and very hoppy looking with great retention. thick blankets of lace become fine and drippy as they dry into little hanging boogers and waves.

S- amazing sour rye and citrus. the aroma is powerful even in this semi-crowded restaurant. i love the addition of rye to beer and it's definitely one of my favorite styles, though hard to come by. some body odor is pleasant in a weird sort of way as it mixes with grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and all manner of tropical delights. toasted grain and rye spiciness come back around behind the hops.

T- supreme hops taste right from the start. sour malted rye and some tangerine citrus and very mild peppermint sneak in before the intense white grapefruit dominates. dry toasted barley, a hint of caramel, oily lemon peel, and a resinous herbal spicy rye kick at the end for good measure. a small amount of sweetness can be appreciated, but it's hard to say if it's from thai sugar or malt, because in no way is this a sweet beer.

MF- the thai sugar is totally evident in the body, giving it a full silky, almost creamy feel. differnt than a belgian with candy sugar added, this has more of a 'down home' creamy feeling similar to skim milk or fresh squeezed juice with light carbonation.

D- good d for the smell and taste alone, but the unexpected richness of the body bumps it up a little. held up nicely to the strong taste of a pizza with feta cheeze.

hustlesworth, May 05, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, spicy rye, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is very balanced up front with a lot of spicy caramel and toffee and some grapefruit. The finish is dominated by a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I could drink this agian when in the mood for a well balanced rye beer.

KarlHungus, May 04, 2008
Photo of quad07
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.49 for a single 1pt, .6oz brown bottle with pry off cap from UFS. 7% ABV listed on label. Only date on bottle is 2006. This is a limited edition brewed once.

I noticed a nice wisp when prying off the cap. It poured into my large 23oz beer glass a dark amber brown color with light red & copper highlights. It produces a nice off white tight creamy head that left nice scattered lacewing to the finish.

The very first thing I noticed was the very well balanced smell of floral and green hops. The smell of caramel malts was very present and pleasantly rich.

The taste was great in so many ways. I noticed the rich taste of Carmel, malt & vanilla cream with a hint of rye nip. Then the nice green hop flavors took over with just a slight bitter finish. After it started warming I noticed more fruity flavors like bananas & peach or apricot. No real over powering alcohol taste at all.

This is a very drinkable IPA; I just wish I picked up two. If you're able to find a bottle I highly recommend it. Check my beer spy report for more details.


quad07, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at my bachelor party while hanging out at the taproom.

A - Deep amber red, with garnet and purple tints to it. The head is relatively small, but persistent and the bone white foam looks nice with the deeply hued brew.

S - Tart and sour rye notes jump right out, along with a huge hop burst.

T - Malty behind all of the rye and hop madness, this one has tons of brown rye bread and toffee notes. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, slightly tingly in the carbonation department, and dry and bitter on the finish.

D - I really liked this one! I love rye based beer, and this one is excellent. I liked Founder's Red's Rye better, but this is a close second.

pmcadamis, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer" is becoming a familiar refrain, but one that visitors to Champaign, IL should remember well. This place has it going on with a terrific selection. This was one of the better grabs from there. It begins with a five-star look--two thick fingers of dun foam laid over a medium brown body, with ample lacing ringing the DB mug. Great.

The nose is a terrific blend of citrus hops and caramel malt, sweet and sticky. The sticky really emerges in the taste, combining very well with the hops to produce something vaguely reminiscent of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot--sweeter, but well-hopped and sticky as Bigfoot is as well. I was very impressed. I greatly enjoy the mouthfeel of such beers; the complexity gives one a bit of everything, never a letdown. This felt stronger than the 7.00% ABV, a bit boozy in the delicious taste. But that doesn't detract from a beer that I'll soon revisit. Tremendous.

Gehrig, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one all around solid beer. Pours a cherry red color, almost opaque. Nice hops on the nose and some sweet citrus as well. Very clean, and smooth. Also crisp on the palate and an extremely dry finish. I did enjoy this beer and hope it has not been discontinued.

bigdeuce, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, with "best by" dating on the rear label. Pours a nice rich shade of dark honey amber, medium tan head, leaving fine lace on the glass. Sweet malty nose. Full flavor darker ale, sweet malts up front and quite dry hoppy snap in the rear. Complex notes of rye, vanilla, some smoke, flowing into a long balanced finish. Nice stuff. Have not been blown away by the other Two Bros. offerings, but this amped up one is fairly impressive. Well worth a try.

Billolick, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks!!
Pours mostly clear dark copper to maroon with a long lasting sticky offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Smell is sharp hoppy zesty rye and some light sweetness. Smells fantastic! Taste is moderately hopped and bittered with a really nice rye flavor, and some good finishing fruity caramel sweetness and a light lingering bitterness. Taste is really nice, noticeably rye-like and is extremely drinkable. Delicious! Thanks Andrew!

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of timmlimestone
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to telll you this was a hard one to rate. Great for he hops, but overall not too great for the tongue.

Appearance - Great for an IPA.

Smell - Wow The hops are amongst us.

Taste - Very hoppy

Mouthfeel - Very hoppy very american in the hops that I taste.

Drinkability - For a very much too strong IPA not bad.

timmlimestone, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

This one pours a dark red, with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, which drops down right away.

A little floral in the nose, and a faint hint of rye bitterness. A bit of bready malt, as well.

The taste is well balanced between slight spicy rye, along with the not overly bitter floral hops, and the mild sweetness on the other end. Not overstated in any one direction, but that balance should be enjoyed once in awhile too. The rye comes on a little bit more at the end of each drink, and makes for a dry finish.

A sweet, creamy, full mouthfeel, which is well balanced with the bitterness it also carries.

This would make a great session beer for me. There is nothing fancy about this beer, and sometimes, that's just what I want.

dancinwillie, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just picked up a four pack of this from my local beer store. This will be my first offering from Two Brothers but everything they put out seems really interesting. Drank out of my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a very clear dark red with bits of orange around the edges. Decent half finger head is off-white and very creamy. Plenty of lacing is left down the side of the glass and a nice cap and collar stay almost the entire beer.
Smell- Very floral hoppiness with plenty of lilac and rose hips to go around. Lightly toasted malt and the palm sugar add a very brown sugary undertone. A nutty hazelnut aspect is present as well.
Taste- The bitterness isn't as pronounced as I was expecting but it's still the dominating characteristic. Mildly herbal with an almost minty hop kick that is semi spicy from the rye. The whole thing is a bit milder than I was expecting. I was thinking it would be more like Founders Red Rye. A light sweetness is present that really is noticeable in the aftertaste. Finishes with the same nuttiness that was present in the nose along with a persistent sweetness.
Mouthfeel- A bit to thin for my liking but it is very smooth. Light carbonation that may be a notch to low.
Drinkability- I was hoping for a more extreme kind of beer but this makes for an easier drinking brew than I was expecting. The sweetness is a bit cloying after about half a glass but not to severely. Overall this isn't a bad brew but I was really hoping for more. Go with Founders Red Rye or Hop Rod Rye if you want a better hopped up rye beer.

younger35, Mar 20, 2008
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell: Daffodil flora.

Appearance: Mahogany brown with a lush, pocked head and an oozed appearance to the top. YOu wouldn't want to get this on your shoes.

A hop chirp hits, and in a millisecond is eclipsed by a more-rye-than-rye bite, a sugary kiss and a bitter farewell. Reader, I don't know if you'll understand me or not when I say that this beer is fast. But it is. Holy shit, how this beer is fast. Boom-boom-boom-boom. Four distinct traits, in about half a second. Repeat. THis is how a beer should drink. Slight resinous oil in the surprisingly un-slick mouthfeel makes this beer and my thirst have a cause/quench relationship.

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

Poured a dark bronze/red with a thick off wheat head, great retention and thick lacing to the bottom.

Smell has a big full citrus hop quality.

Taste is full and great, big strong sourdough bread malt body with a big clean crisp citrus and pine hop finish with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and sticky.

A very good rye IPA. Bitter but balanced. Love it.

bashiba, Mar 16, 2008
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