Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
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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 gford217
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jeager poured into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful deep, clear copper with a small dense off-white head. There is a good ring and some foam along the top throughout with very good lacing along the sides. Absolutely wonderful looking brew. The smell more hops than rye with a huge citrus and floral aroma up front with grapefruit leading the way. The rye malt is in the background but noticeable. The taste has some of the same stuff but with a heavier malt presence that balances the hops nicely. There is also more sweetness in the backbone of the taste with molasses and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium for a rye beer, very creamy and smooth but with a fairly dry, crisp finish. Drinkability is good on this one and I would rate it right up there with the best rye beers I've tasted. Highly recommended.

Photo of brewdoc75
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear, amber-brown color into my pint glass. A soft white head sits atop and dwindles to a nice lace. Good carbonation, but not too much. The aromas are pleasant. There is a definite hop presence with some citrusy and earthy tones. The malts come out strong in the nose as well. The flavor is pretty solid. It starts with a citrusy hoppy bite, with some subtle floral and earthy notes. This is followed by some caramel flavored malts. The beer finishes with a slightly sweet flavor from the palm sugar. You do get a bit of they rye spiciness in the aftertaste too. The mouthfeel is smooth when it hits the mouth. The beer finishes dry.

Overall a damn fine beer. Nothing out of this world, but definitely something a bit different for the hopheads and pale ale fans. It is pretty drinkable, however the price was a bit steep (12.99 for a 4-pack). I would definitely recommend grabbing a pint sometime. I don't think I'll pick it up again in bottles due to the price though.

Photo of leif86
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby colored brew with a slightly off white, foamy head with excellent retention.

S: Spice from the rye. An excellent hop aroma along with what I think resembles the smell of vanilla extract.

T: Deliciously bitter (grapefruit like) without being over powering. This stays with you for a while. Spice from the rye. Chocolate and caramel as well.

M: Very creamy, perfect carbonation. Lingers in your mouth without being sticky.

D: Superb. Simple as that.

Photo of tjfontaine
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this beer at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul MN recently - a very nice Rye Beer with a taste common to Amber Ales which I like ... I bought 4 bottles of this beer today at the four firkins in St. Louis Park MN ...

This beer has a bit of hoppyness and tastes to me like a bit lighter version of Surly Furious.

I would have this beer again.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark butterscotch with a thin white lacing. Ruby red highlights that appear crystal clear. Good looking beer.

S - slight vanilla and caramel with a slight spiciness of the rye. floral hops are balanced along with highlights of malt. After taking a sip i am picking up on some sort of oak or slightly resinous wood. Incredible balance to a red rye.

T - smooth vanilla and caramel balance a slightly spicy undertone of rye. Again, incredible balance keeps the rye balanced. No bite from the bitterness of the hops just floral note that melds with the malt charecter. Layers of flavor picked up on just one sitting.

M - Smooth and slick, a slight spiciness comes about as the beer touches the back of the tounge. A balanced dextrinous beer proves to be quite evident.

D - I wish i could have bought a case. One sitting is not enough... I try to savor each sip to preserve the lone bottle. A very easy drinking brew.

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $3.00...
"A hopped-up red, rye ale" on the front logo sticker..
According to the bottle, this beer was brewed with rye and palm sugar...
Pours a ruby-red, tawny, dark-amber hue with a minimal head that deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Hints of amber, caramel, malts, and hops dominated the aroma...
Taste included a strong presence of rye on the tongue along with a nice balance of malts and hops, caramel, a hint of vanilla, and slight candied sugars...
No bitterness or alcohol detected, and the brew concluded with a sweet finish...
Good stuff...

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

Thanks to ncvbc for the chance to try this "retired" beer. Love the label, it has a cross between mickey mouse's ears and a radiation fallout logo with the human form of satan in dress shoes cutting down crops.

Pours a clear copper red with some orange highlights. Not much of a head. Some white foam.

Smells a hoppy, sweet, dark sugar, some dry rye. It's a kaleidoscope of smells. I can see the aroma.

One of those beers your tastes buds react to even before it gets on your tongue. And with every sip your tongue starts to taste before the beer hits it. Kinda like when you feel yourself drool as you smell sausage cooking.

Great sweet, creamy, hoppy, spicy, tastes with a deliciouso rye aftertaste. I was expecting something like Hop Rod Rye, but this is a great suprise, like finding 20 bucks in your pocket you didnt know was there.

Hope this beer unretires, if not i'll have to find it playing golf in florida.

Photo of blakesell
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear red with a finger thick head of solid foam. Carbonation is an off cream tan color and lingers for a good ten minutes. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass in thick rings.

Smell- Thick citrus hops and slight rye that grows in aroma as the beer warms. Citrus is very hard to get past, not that this is a bad thing. A slight ethanol scent comes through in the finish as the beer warms.

Taste- Creamy with citrus and piney hops leaping upon the tongue. Standard base malts and rye balance out the finish very well. No real alcoholic warmth. Slightly soapy and spicy. Bitterness is balanced and tingles slightly.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium in carbonation, mouth-coating, full-bodied, effervescent, and hoppy as all get out.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, alcohol is undetectable. A panty dropper of the IPA world.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains very nicely, leaving a good looking latticework of lace behind. The aroma is dominated by rye notes and caramel sweetness but I'm also picking up some hints of citrus and light hops in the backend.

The taste, much like the aroma, has a firm base of rye and caramel malt presence that is well surrounded by a nice, dry hopped bitterness. Unfortunately, also like the aroma, I can definitley tell that a certain degree of hop fade had taken hold, telling me that this one's just about past its prime. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice smooth and easygoing feel with a creamy carbonation that screams "Drink Me!" And 7%? What 7%? I couldn't even feel it!

Wow! This is one very tasty and easy drinking offering from Two Brothers, with full use of the rye notes, a delicous creamy carbonation, and even with some hop fade, some fantastic dry hopped character. I'm all over this stuff next time it's released, as I'm sure it's incredible fresh!

Photo of roan22
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow Jeff of TJs Everyday managed to score a keg of this limited, lusciously smooth, hoppy red ale.

Its a nice dark ruby color with smallish white head. It tasted a little boozy, with notes of dark liquor/Sugar In The Raw balancing the bitter grapefruity hops nicely.

As the pint went down and the booze kicked in, I was feeling no pain. This is a very tasty beer, in fact, its really damn good. Its just a little too strong for me to be able to drink more than one of, and then get into the car, hence the drinkability score of 4.

Excellent beer

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; best by June 19th 2008 and that be today!

A: Copper colored brew with a thin, tan head

S: Combination of sweet caramel malt, rye and fruity hops. The rye is really dominant and delicious.

T: Mild hop bite to start things off and leads into a solid rye backbone with a mild caramel sweetness. The finish is fairly dry. I wish I had a fresher bottle

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation and finish

D: Goes down easy.

Notes: I had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago and it was way better than this - probably a freshness issue?

Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours mahogany in color with two fingers worth of impressive thick head which leaves heavy off beige lacing around the glass

S- Strong citrus hops abound also slight hint of apricots gorgeous assertive nose. Reminds me of the scents of a Florida beach

T- Citrus and grassy hops up front with a touch of caramel malts and very subtle roasted palm sugar in the background

M- pleasant amount of carbonation primarily consisting of smaller bubbles slightly creamy

D- This beer is an excellent example of a rye beer. It has a wonderful nose and sold hop character. Very balanced. I could definitely work my way through a six pack of these. Don't let the price dissuade you its worth it.

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

Appearance is a pretty, clear, intense red/copper with a short white head that leaves a good ring of lacing.

The smell is a sweet pineapple hops and maybe a bit of bubblegum.

The taste is a bit of bitterness that lingers, mild hops and then some malt sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to light.

Drinkability is pretty good at 7%. I wouldn't mind another.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark copper color. Really weird color for a beer. Minimal white head.

S: Nice interesting mix of hops and rye. Some malt in the back.

T: Really nice mix of the hops and the rye. Definately the hoppiest rye beer I have ever had. Nice biscuit malt back.

M: Nice and creamy. Medium body.

D: Nice beer. Very drinkable even for a rye beer. Smooth.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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