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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 148
Gots: 161 | 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 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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber-brown... almost leather like in color. Thin offwhite head, lacing was minimal.

S: Citrus hops, mostly grapefruit in character. Brown sugar, rye, caramel, no alcohol.

T: An improvement upon the rather mild nose. Strong grapefruit bitterness up front, with a semi-sweet sugary-caramel flavor which was nice a subtle. Rye was present in the background, but not over powering.

M: Medium-light body. Decent carbonation. Clean finish.

D: Solid. The sugar notes I think slow this beer down in this department, but its a nice tradeoff in the flavor department.

Photo of tconboy
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown amber with nice thick lacing and a nice tan head. Smells of rye and dank hops. Nice malty flavor and hoppy smoothness. Smooth medium carbonation finishes nice and dry. New to the style but this was definitely an enjoyable brew. Recommended.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep ruby orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of rye, grassy hops, and some grain. A great scent, not much complexity, but nice depth.

Taste of rye, caramel, and grassy hops. A simple and damn good rye beer, very much worth a try.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

Photo of dakid618
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into 10 oz glass. Pours a deep dark red caramel with a finger of head. Good retention and lacing on the glass. Very caramellike smell. Taste is of smooth toasty dark malts with a wheaty rye like background. The mouthfeel is light and coats the tongue. I could easily drink a few of these. Another great brew from Two Brothers.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label art on this one that brewdlyhooked13 generously sent me.

Pours a really dark amber, almost brown. Darker than I was expecting. Nice big tan head that is fairly resilient. Great lacing down the side of my tulip.

Smells of mostly floral hops and rye. Pretty nice actually. The aroma hit me as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle. There's a little bit of a citrus hop aroma too.

T - Interesting in that there's a lot of hop flavor but it's not very bitter. The date is fine on it so I guess the rye balances it out that much. The flavor, like the nose is all hop and rye to me.

M - Smooth and moderately carbonated. Nice dry finish.

D - Good drinkability for 7%. I'm becoming a big fan of "imperial ambers/reds" which I think this could fall under. Reminds me of hop head red and nugget nectar but less bitter and the addition of the rye. I've liked most rye beers I have had and this is no exceptions.

I'll definitely add this to to the list of beers and brewers I'd like to see here in SC.

Photo of jpalarchio
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up by a friend on a road trip.

Pours a deep mahogany color with good carbonation.

Smell has just a mild rye smell to it. Considering I'm not a fan of rye bread, I'm beginning to question why I'm drinking this beer.

Seems to be a well-crafted beer. The style isn't for me but I can still appreciate the quality.

Photo of Buebie
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for this nice extra.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter.
Forming a decent 1 finger off white bubbly head.
The head quickly fizzles leaving a few pods of bubbles. Thin spotty streaks of lace with a greasy kind of brandy like texture on the glss.
Color is a pale brown, transparent when held to light, but still darker brown in color. Glowing with a golden brown shimmer.

Aromas of sweet buttery toast, malt, caramel, a hint of alcahol but very slight. Brown sugar, maple syrup, and some nice grapefruity hops, mmm its a sweet nectar of goodness at the knose.

Upfront its busrting with hops and a welcome even balance of carbonation. Its definatly sweet, but still some bitterness from the hops comes through swinging.
More of that toasted bready flavor, lots of sweet malt, burnt caramel, honey, and just the right amount of hops to keep that sweetness in check.
Crisp clean finish with a long lingering bitter hop and carbonation still tickling my tounge.

I didnt get much from the rye on this. Any kind of spice was drowned out by the hops. Still a good balance between sweet and bitter, so I cant really complain.
Very nice beer, recommend.

Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark red color with rust highlights, a smallish bubbly tan head and some light lacing. Nice, hoppy aroma, plenty of citrus and pine notes and a light spiciness. Flavor is on par with the nose. Piney hops, light citrus, slightly sweet and a solid rye spiciness along coasting along nicely with some toasty, bready malts. Medium bodied, average carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I really enjoy these hopped up rye beers. The spiciness of the rye really adds to the complexity of the hop flavors.

Photo of schellsbeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second Two Brothers of the evening. I found this stuff for 6.50 a 4 pack today. I have been wanting to try this beer for some time but haven't been able to locate it....unitl today.

A - Very nice. Deep Brown Red with a cloudy feel and look. Excellent. It says....well crafted on it.

S - Hops are noticeable. Also there is a sweetness to this beer than I haven't picked up on with other Two Brothers.

T - Very Good!!! Hops on a sweet tooth. Reminds me of a piece of rye bread just coming out of the toaster with a little butter on it. Not too strong rye flavor but nice. You can taste this beer in the back of your throat just as it slides down. Very nice.

M - Again, very smooth like most two brother beers are. Excellent. Quality is what these guys strife for.

D - Ahhh...Yeah! A little bit more expensive than there other beers but for a miss priced 6 pack, I think $1.75 per bottle is well worth it. I think the price might be wrong so I am going back tomorrow and pick up some more. HELLO!!!!

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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