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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 149
Gots: 173 | 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:
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 brdc
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle, courtesy I think of splitgrin.

Dark golden, thin but compact and lasting light tan head.
Aroma has some caramel maltiness, fruity hoppiness, particularly citric, but no noticeable rye.
Medium bodied, this one feels a lot more like a DIPA. Nice malty backbone, caramel, with a somewhat hoppy, bitter fruitiness, citric with grapefruits and oranges, but again, not much rye to talk about.
This beer was kind of old, so the hoppiness is probably more intense than I felt. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of that, it is a good beer. Too bad I could not notice more rye, but perhaps I do not know exactly what I am looking for.

Photo of yeastsipper
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a translucent red color without much head. Would like a big thick head on this one but not to be.

Smell is somewhat muted. A lot of sweetness for me. Some hops notes, but slight. Some fruit smell, grapes I believe. Not expected there.

Taste is fantastic. Very hoppy, much more so than the nose would indicate. Some citrus and pine, with roasted malt and some wood. The malt and hops really give this beer a woody flavor, as if it were barrel aged. Great balance and I love the taste that is left on the palate. Hops, rye malt and wood.

This beer was recommended and it far exceeded expectations. Great stuff

Photo of Reneejane
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is also available from the two brothers tap house on cask pour fridays and saturdays. I had this on cask, and it's even better, but currently I'm drinking it from the bottle. It's a deep reddish brown in color, clear with a light cream head. The aroma is definitely of hops. The taste is sweet, with a refreshing citrusy flavor from the hops, and a roasted malty afterfinish. It has a hint of warming alcohol. Actually, it's hard to detect the rye malt. Wonderful beer though, very drinkable. Even better on cask.

Photo of pijiu
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep caramel colored liquid with a oatmeal-hued head about an inch thick, that dissipated quickly. Tightly packed tiny bubbles with persistent lacing.

S: Has a very pleasant floral smell with a dash of citron scent. It has a mild aroma, but it is very pleasing.

T: Tastes sharp on the tip of the tongue and the top of the soft palate, but not too harsh. Continuation of citrus notes throughout, light hints of aged cheese, bitter hop finish on the sides of the tongue.

M: Very smooth and thin. Very little carbonation and therefore a very mild drink. Easy on the throat.

D: Very easy to drink, but has a strong flavor. Would be a good complement to red meat or deeply colored sauces. Perhaps would not drink it by itself.

Overall: A pleasing beer, but you must be in the mood for a stronger, darker flavor. The aroma is quite nice.

Photo of badmoon
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Dark brown. Started with a decent head that didn't last. This one has a little bit of lacing but not much.

S: The spice is really standing out. I'm not getting any hops...spicy!

T: I'm getting sugar and malt. I'm not picking up the hops other than the bitter finish. Could just be my bottle. Who knows.

M: Very creamy. It also has a sort of metallic quality. I'm really beginning to think I have a bad bottle.

D: It's OK. I wouldn't want more than one or two. It's a big beer.

Overall: It's passable. There are many other beers I'd rather drink but this one was fine. I'd like to try a different bottle to see if mine was "off".

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazy rich apricot color with about an inch of light ecru colored sticky foam. Moderate lacing sticks to the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of rich, spicy caramelized malts, ruby red grapefruit juice, bready grains, and a touch of resinous pine. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. Looking forward to getting more when it becomes available. Check this one out if you see it.

Photo of stace
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the hand pump at Poor Phil's.

Appearance: Brown, lots of head, decent staying power. Cellar temp.

Smell: Subtle, really. It's not good or bad, it's rather hard to pick out. But what you can pick out -- hops.

Taste: I'll say I'm not a hophead. I'm trying to gain an appreciation of hoppy beers. The hops on this particular glass just burst out. And they dominate on the finish - the bitter is palpable. It may be my non-hopheadedness, but for the style the hops certainly overtake the sour that a rye ale should present. But I'm sure hop lovers will dig this.

Mouthfeel: Like most casks, this is a delight. Love it.

Drinkability: It's not a session beer at 7%. But, again, if you like the hops, I'm sure you'll find yourself quaffing a few.

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have got to admit that I've only had a couple of Rye beers so I'm not too sure how to review this one. It looked good with a lively pour and darker amber color. The head was minimal, but stuck solidly to the glass. The nose was mostly piney hops with a malty/bready combo. Solid hoppy taste coupled with a punch of sugary sweetness up front, followed by a long bitter aftertaste and a distinct grainy dryness. Time to try more ryes. I loved it and will for sure pick up another 4pk in the future.

Photo of williamherbert
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is glassy, glowing deep cherry red. Puffy white head that shrinks to an uneven foam. Lots of tiny carbonation.

Smooth honey goes with the more bitter amber malts. Hint of a lacquer. A mild resiny hop. Too much metallic and furniture polish.

The taste has a metallic, nail-polish taste. But otherwise has a nice, woody hop, along with bitter -- slightly sour -- amber malt.

The feel is smooth but with medium body. A little bite at the end. Not bad but just a strange, metallic taste that overshadows the rest. Too much lacquer.

Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from growler into a pint glass. Nice inch or so of light tan head that dissipated slowly over the course of the pint, leaving quite a bit of residue around the glass. Deep brown color with a red hue. Clear.

S: Very aromatic. Could smell it just from a foot away. Resinous hops. Smells of the forest.

T & M: The spicy bite of hops with a rye-malt lactic finish. Creamy yet dry, if that makes any sense. Very well balanced between a malty backbone and spicy hops. Medium body and carbonation.

D: As noted before, this is a well balanced beer, making it an easy drinker. An excellent representation of the style. I've had this beer in a bottle previously and it was far less impressed as it was not nearly as lively as this. However, today's beer is exhibiting a greater complexity and (obvious) freshness that was not present in my original tasting.

Photo of jdskinns
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with a fingers width foamy head. Transparent when put up to light. Good carbonation, very lively.

Very fruity, sweet smell. Not very strong, but good.

Great balance of the sugar and rye for a sweet, fruity taste. I enjoyed this one.

Quite a drinkable beer, very tasty and light enough to drink a few back to back. I have a feeling this will be a great summer beer, I'll definitely be buying more when it gets warmer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber/brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, jam, sugar. Flavor of caramel malt, a touch of rye graininess, sweet molasses/sugar. Not overly sweet but pretty "blah" overall. It's not bad, but a little sweet for my liking.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of ommegoose
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 6/30/09.

Deep mahogany color with good clarity. Beige head, formed a bit slow, but left a patchy sheet on the back half of the glass.

Great aroma. Resinous piney hops are primary, followed by the sticky sugar aroma. It's bold, but not at all cloying; a very pleasant sweetness, being derived from palm sugar rather than corn syrup or something cheap. Smells sticky, like syrup being boiled down into a thick goo. Another layer is a spicy rye. These elements blend so well. You can pick it apart, or appreciate the way it works together.

I can say a lot of the same things about the flavor. It's superbly balanced on the palate, seamlessly showing off sweet, bitter, and spicy flavors. There's so much rye flavor, but it's livened up by a sweetness like raw sticky dark sugar. The rye bite is complemented by bitter piney hops. The hopping of this is superb. Rather than cluttering it with citric hops for the sake of complexity, the hops simply add depth to the dominant rye character. Having had this on tap, I know the piney hops are more forward, adding a more explosive flavor, and healthy bitterness. As is, it is still boldly flavorful, and at 68 IBUs, not slacking there either. Finishes on the dry side, with lingering rye spice and herbal hop aftertaste.

Like any beer with a healthy rye presence - smoooth. 7% abv isn't tasted or felt in the least. One must at least guess that such a potently flavorful beer is no less than that strong. It's certainly not felt though. Carbonation is on the lower side.

While the boldness and relative heaviness of the beer prevents me from chugging it down, I'd gladly drink these all night. I've been craving this beer before getting this pack, and while Hop Rod Rye is a passable substitute and great beer, I quickly remembered why I preferred this one. I wish it was easier to find and a bit more affordable, but anyone who can get it needs to. It's fantastic right now, and even better nearer to peak freshness. I might score this a perfect on tap. It's that good.

Photo of confer
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sample from the variety case.
The print the best by date on the bottom of the back side label. This bottle was more than 3 months from this date
The color is a nice copper/red with an tan head .
The smell is like your surround by pine trees.
It tastes the the same pine forest with a very bitter finish. Very creamy.
This beer isn't an everyday beer for me but I wouldn't mind having an occasional Cane & Ebel

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a big ol' head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: The rye complements the grapefruit in the aroma to produce a grainy, citrusy blend

Taste: After establishing the cane sugar backbone, the bitter flavors take over with a trifecta of pine, grapefruit and rye grain; after the swallow, the flavor mellows out with the cane sugar and grapefruit flavors coming into prominence

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby

Drinkability: This beer has a nice hoppy bitterness but it is distinguished by the cane sugar as well as the rye flavors from the grain bill; the combination is unusual and really tasty

Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cane & Ebel is mahogany in color, clear, and has a light tan head with moderate lacing.

The spicey rye headlines the smell along with caramel sweet malt. There's definitely a hop presence. The smell is intriguing and complex.

Impressive taste... this has a huge malt backbone and the thai palm sugar really stands out, giving this sweet flavor. The rye provides an earthy spice and it closes with a very pleasant hop balance, earthy/herbal.

Medium body with great carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops, but not overdone.

This goes down easy and is quite delicious. Very sessionable.

This is a creative brew and perhaps the best offering from Two Bros, and I like quite a few of their brews. Their outstanding use of hops in this one makes this a top notch rye.

Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber orange with a small whitish head, nice lace.

Nice nose of amber malt and spice hops, one of the best of this style.

The malt dominates the taste buds, very nice and deep, not as complex as the nose, but good anyway.

Smooth and silky, maybe a bit lack of fizz, heavy dude. Maybe it was just an old bottle from Binny's, sold it to me for $4.99 should have known, doesn't present a big problem though, just that the hops may be worn out a bit. Can't really tell it's in the 60's for IBU's, will have to try a fresher bottle sometime.

Really a nice drinker, very solid and spicy enough to help the intrigue.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Two Brothers Heavy-Handed IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost to a mahogany-ish color. Good, almost double finger head with a lot of carbonation bubbles. Very dark and only slightly transparent in the glass. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops and rye. Beautiful. Slightly sweet. Very inviting.

T: The red rye flavor comes out immediately, and the hopes are definitely there, although not overpowering. Slightly sweet, and a tad bitter as it goes down.

M: Medium-bodied with slight carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol on the throat as it goes down.

D: Very drinkable. Each sip definitely leaves me wanting another. This brew would be a great early evening sipper in the summer as the sun goes down after a good barbecue.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to trep for the extra! 12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Cane & Ebel pours an attractive, deep russet hue with hints of reddish mahogany peering through when held up to the light. The light gray head isn't much to look at, but retreats to a wisp of foam and ring of bubbles, leaving some nice lacing as the beer level drops. Excellent aroma on this Rye beer, as sweet layers of caramel and toffee malt blend perfectly with grapefruit-pine hops, tropical fruits, raspberry bubblegum, and a hint of spicy rye. It could use a bit more rye in the nose, but that's a relatively minor nit-pick.

Really diggin' the flavor on this one: starts off with a juicy burst of malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a balance of spicy rye and fresh, floral hops. The spiciness culminates alongside a perfect carbonation level across the back of the palate, lending a nice dryness to the finish. And although the body is on the slightly thin side for 7%, this makes for a highly drinkable brew that I'll surely revisit in the future. Well done, Two Brothers; Cane & Ebel easily rivals Founder's Red Rye in terms of taste and quality.

Photo of jcompton
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance-pours a deep amber into a goblet. quickly receeding head

smell-sweet rye malts up front in the rose, followed by the citrus hop

taste-immediate sweetness from the rye malt, quickly stabilized by the citrusy hop bitterness. nice finish

mouthfeel-full bodied without being syrupy. moderate carbonation

drinkability-very enjoyable version of one of, if not my favorite styles. i will definitely grab another.

Photo of Jekster
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful mahogany brown with garnet highlights. There is a slight but present fluffy white head that settles to a nice thin lacing.

Smell: This beer has a pleasant rich brown sugar sweetness that is forward on the nose followed by a mellow floral spice. I smell fresh cut grass, fresh zested oranges along with earth components like tree bark and moss. There is a definite bready, grainy malt character hiding in the background. It reminds me of fresh cooked waffles on Sunday morning.

Taste: This beer is forward with a nice chewy bread crust and cereal grain flavors. This malt is paired with a slightly fruit sweetness like fresh boiled cranberries, apricot and tart grapefruit. This is followed by a combo of peppery spice from the rye and floral, citrusy (lemon, orange) spice from traditional American hops. There is definitely a lingering bitterness, but it is not shocking to your palette or overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body, but a wonderfully dry finish making it both bold and fantastically thirst quenching.

Drinkability: I could easily sit back and drink many of these throughout the evening either paired with food or on it's own. At 68 IBU's and 7 ABV it could definitely get me in trouble. ;)

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer is definitely my favorite that Two Brother's has to offer. It has a uniqueness from the Rye and Palm sugar that is showcased in the beer. It's really a unique take on an American Rye Ale by blending the peppery spicyness of Rye with the sweet citrus spice of American hops. It's a definite must try beer in my opinion.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Going into this one with Founder's Red Rye as the benchmark (on tap at my local pizza joint is cause for excessive quality control testing).

Dark red with thin head into a standard pint glass.

Nice malty, rye aroma. Did not pick up the "hopped-up"aspect in the aroma.

The malty finish seems dry with a burnt characteristic. Flavor comes across thin and watery.

This is my second go round with this beer and I may need a third because of consistency issues. I thought it was a better beer than what I'm drinking.

Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of early may

A- clear reddish amber colored body with a small off white colored head. a few small bubbles can be seen moving slowly to the top of the glass. spotty lacing left on the sides of my glass

S- rye malts and hops. lots of each. the hops come across as grassy or fruity.

T- malted rye upfront along with some caramel malts. the hops are very strong. tons of fruity and grassy hops.

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing. very nice.

D- its great to see this one in the year round category from two brothers. something i enjoy drinking a few of in a sitting. check this one out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, bready rye malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus, rye and some spice. There's a strong hops bitterness that provides some balance and rye malt character is very character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better rye beers out there but this is still a good beer to drink for a while.

Photo of youngblood
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured copper haze. Moderate carbonation. Head stayed at one finger for about ten minutes. Very pleasing to view.

S - This is where I knew that I would like this beer. Strong hop presence in the nose.

T - Again, nice strong hops. Very citrusy. Bit of sweetness on the tail end of the flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel. Somewhat silky and thick.

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Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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