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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 125 | 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 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
Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin but fluffy head, as if that makes any sense, atop a dark coppery brown brew.

Slightly spicy smell with sweet malt and earthy hops.

Tastes great. Sweet smooth malt base with a solid, citrusy hop kick. Strong but not over powering.

Smooth medium-full body with good carbonation.

A distinctive beer which is complex but still easy to drink. A solid beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Tasted on 3/7/08.

tmitch75, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a thick creme head. Nose is nice. Definite grass clippings there with some piney citrus. It's a nice full nose that isn't blasting away at my nostrils. I like it. Flavor is smooth. Nice thick grainy level. Bright citric tones. This is an awfully hoppy rye, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel and a full carbonation.

RblWthACoz, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of quasimoto
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright crisp citrusy aromas start off this beer with a good background of Caramel malt.
The flavors are the same as the aromas but a little heartier. A lot heartier. The viscous mouth feel blend into the slight alcohol flavor and a very faint hint of cardboard. Light green lemon zest flavor is in the middle of it too. But not the good part of a lemon. Other than that, the flavor is impeccable. The rye isn't strong, but it is very good. It starts of light and dry. The bitterness is right up front, turns smooth and creamy in the middle and stays on the tongue. Drinkability is up there. Way up there.

quasimoto, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half finger, rocky, brownish off-white head with good retention and excellent lace. Perfectly clear ruby colored body. This is a strikingly beautiful beer; pretty much flawless.

S - Strong, spicy aroma of rye, along with light caramel, vanilla, and herbal/ spicy hops.

T - The spiciness of the rye asserts itself first, along with a thin sweetness. This is quickly followed by a wave of sharp, almost soapy bitterness. Pine like hop flavors follow and the rye character and bitterness fight for dominance through the finish, accompanied by a subtle smokey note. A distinct, lingering flavor of grapefruit remains after everything else is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a slight residual sweetness.

D - This kind of beer is not my cup of tea, but it is well made and I can see how it would be very enjoyable for an IBU pervert. Honestly, my biggest complaint isn't really the level of bitterness, but that it is such a sharp, acrid bitterness. Personally I think some of those bittering hops might have been better used for aroma and flavor.

nickfl, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Jerzy86
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well this was my first rye beer and I had a great time with it... First the color is a deep amber, there really wasn't much of a head on is when I poured it, but slightly carbonated. The smells are very distinct, but I really liked it for the most part. The mouth feel was great, totally smooth and creamy, but had a little bite on the tongue... Will drink again!

Jerzy86, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby in color with a crisp off white head and slight carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet roasted malt with herbal hops and understated rye.

Taste is bitter with plenty of herbal hop and a dry grainy rye character. Definite malty base that brings sweetness of brown sugar and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is mildly oily from the resinous hops. very little carbonation.

An interesting beer. Great dry hop character. Rye adds a nice complexity.

Blakaeris, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a glowing ruby brown with nice hazing. 1 1/2 fingers of head with some nice cascading. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very subtle. A bit sweet. The obvious rye notes. Just a bit of bitter grapefruit in the back.

T/M: Nice caramel sweetness. Light hop bitterness come through near the end. Rye is subtle but remains throughout. Citrus and peppery hops. Medium body and carbonation. a bit of dryness in the end.

D: Very easy to drink and tasty. Glad I got more.

pwoods, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear dark mahogany color with a very foamy tan head. Lacing was sticky but spotty.

Aroma of malts and rye upfront with some grapefruity hops in the background.

The rye really comes through with every sip. Also notes of bread and malts. Hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

This is an easy to drink and enjoy rye.

Monkeyknife, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber body taht starts off with a thick one and half finger head then reduces to an impressive lacing ring.

Smells like a IPA. Strong grapefruit/citrus hops followed by an even nalt balance. The rye sourness is noticable. Taste is mildly sweet at first then a hop kick hits the middle of the tounge. This has the same taste as if you were snacking on grapefruit and pieces of rye bread.
Feel is a bit sticky, carbonation is good.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Almost a sweeter IPA. I liked it and would have more. I like the bitter citrus hop tones. It may not exactly be true to form, but still a good choice.

Homerbag, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks DavidEddie for another opportunity to try this beer.

Love the color of this beer. Nice dark reddish amber. Great head retention and stick. Aroma's of bready rye and malt sweetness along with piney hops. Taste is a very nice balence of bready malt and rye flavors along with a subtle but nice hop bitterness.The malt and rye flavors really keep the hops in check, but in a good way.The alcohol hides nicely, but seems to creep up near the end. Creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbination. Some hophead brethren might be dissapointed in this one as the hops are used to keep things in check and not reck your tongue. When I drink a rye ale I want the rye and malt characteristics to shine thru.

This beer makes me say "sure we can session this". I just hope there is someone to get us home later. A really nice rye ale. Give this a whirl.

drunkmonk, Feb 09, 2008
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.