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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,418
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 franksnbeans
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me clear amber with orange hue and a cream head that laces heavily. Nose is bread, spicy rye malt and a little hops. Tastes nice and hoppy with a big malty balance and the rye shows up at the bitter end. Medium in the mouth and very drinkable. Overall a delightful rye IPA that is worth trying.

franksnbeans, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of bassmantin
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber color with moderate head and lacing. I can't smell much in it. If anything, all I detect is the smell of alcohol. A little unimpressed. The taste is a surprise... maltier than I expected with only a hint of hops in the aftertaste. I would have liked more hoppiness to balance this out a little more. The rye is somewhat apparent, but not as dominating as in, say, a Founder's Red's Rye. Still enjoyable and unique.

bassmantin, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Sixpoint
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good rye beer, and this one fit the bill.

Poured with a copper russet hue, it had a spicy fruit hop nose and a lingering chocolate malt undertone.

In the taste, I found a distinct and signature coconut flavor, perhaps a result of the fermented palm sugar.

Despite its strength, the beer was rather drinkable and easy to consume. I was amazed how quickly I finished the bomber.

Well done.

Sixpoint, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of shroompod
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured cold into goblet. Darkish brown, somewhat cloudy , small head, no lacing.

Smell is faintly caramel, not smelling a lot, could be my allergies.

The beer pulls through with nice hop bite , maltiness , and some crispness with I'd assume comes from the sugar and rye.

Mouthfeel is thin, and under carbonated.

Overall drinkability is pretty good, although I won't be seeking this one out.

shroompod, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and creamy crystal malt and rye scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's bitter with a bit of rye spiciness. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor that blends nicely with the crystal and rye malts. It's incredibly smooth and light for a beer at 7%. Rye is the new trend in brewing and I couldn't be happier. It's spicey flavor lends itself well to hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It's complex all the way through; a great beer!

WesWes, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something a bit different and very tasty and pleasant. Summit hops, plum sugar which gives interesting drinkable characterist while being fresh fruit sweet. A good showing of rye, with vanilla.Everyone I shared this with had a different take, reflecting the complexity successfully created, different fruits, citrus. Complex aroma as well.

Sammy, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This ale poured a dark brownish amber color with a thick, rocky, beige head that slowly subsided, leaving some extra thick, sticky lacing around the glass. The aroma was very strong and consisted of a huge floral, citrus hop presence, along with some caramel malt sneaking in behind the hops. The flavor was decently hoppy and bitter, but the citrus elements appeared to have been mellowed out quite a bit by the palm sugar. This seemed to give the beer some brandy and vanilla characteristics. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a slightly slick, oily feel, along with light carbonation. A very enjoyable and unique beer from Two Brothers.

mdm46410, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice red color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Nice level of hoppiness to it with a crisp bite in there. Heavy handed hop bitterness in the flavor. Terriffic creaminess and soft malt taste. Nice crispness from the rye. The creamy flavor really balances nicely against the heavy hop flavors. Great body-very full and smooth. Just a great beer all around. Very enjoyable.

lackenhauser, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- HUGE airy off white head on a light cloudy darker red body.
S- Rye comes through nicely, spices, citrus hops, grapefruit, grass, and few earthy tones as well.
T- Very interesting and different flavor. Citrus and grass hops blended in a sugary body. Rye comes through nicley and adds a nice twist to the flavor. A light hint of spices come through and builds up on tongue. Light alcohol warms back throat. Rye, dry, light bitterness, and grass flavors all stick around for the aftertaste.
M- Way to carbonated IMO. Medium/full body with really high carbonation.
D- It is a very decent beer. Few things I don't like but mostly it is a very tasty beer. I wouldn't mind drinking more of this at all.

BlindPig, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dchatfield for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear rustic amber hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a nice lacing. Webbing is very good, sticky from here to there. Smell is clean and crisp with sweet citric friut aromas with a floral scent as well, a bit weaker than I would like. When I first take the initial sip it's almost like fresh brewed iced tea (with carbonation) but then the hop rye flavor emerges. Sweet caramel malt balances perfectly with the citric hop/rye bite. Almost a kettle corn popcorn flavor to it, yummy. Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation. Ends pretty dry, but in a pretty good way. Drinkability is great, no alcohol in the nose or on the tongue, hidden very well. I said it before, and I'll say it again...more breweries need to make rye beers. Good work Two Brothers.

BeerTruth, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas present from AprilLuvs beer. Thanks.

Pours a ruddy amber with a soapy fading khaki headcap leaving suds lace.

Sweet nose of candy lolipop and floral aromas. There is a solid malt bill nose in there too.

First swigs: Table sugar and tea sweet front. Raw chewy grain and very bitter orange peel finish.

Feel is a tad cloying and suary sweet. Medium body with plenty of carbonation zip.

blitheringidiot, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a dark brown-reddish color with a foamy two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: A little light on the nose. It has a light grainy taste. Hops are noticeable, but not overly strong. Light caramel-toffee malt smell.

Taste: Initially, it's slightly grainy or earthy which I'm sure is the rye factor.Toffee malt adds a bit of a sweetness to the mix. Hops are bitter and noticeable, but again, not over the top. Pretty well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, carbonated well, and very smooth. Very drinkable beer. Overall, this is a very well done brew. Certainly one I recommend.

prototypic, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a nonic. Big 3 finger head atop a very dark amber body. Nice lacing, retention.

Rye and hops meld to create a gorgeous and appetizing aroma. Spicy and citrsuy.

Huge spicy and tangy rye malt flavors backed up by the classic zing of a red ale are balanced out by the nice smoothness achieved by the addition of thai palm sugar.

Very smooth on the palate, great carbonation, creamy and full.

illidurit, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of chadspivey
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to malcontent for the opportunity to try this brew....

A: Dark amber color with a two finger, offwhite head.

S: This is a faint smell. Roasted malts, not much else.

T: There's the hops. I couldn't smell them, but I can taste them. The malt still rocks. Well balanced brew.

M: Perfect. Compliments the taste very well. Full body.

D: If I had regular access to this beer, I would drink way too much beer.

chadspivey, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark caramel color, just slightly cloudy, but I don't believe it's bottle conditioned. Nice big foamy head after a very aggressive pour. Pretty mild aroma of citrus, rye, and an almost tropical mango like smell. On the palate, a faint smokiness comes first with the rye and hops clumsily juxtaposed. The dryness in the midpalate is quite firm with a thin, bone dry finish. It remains quite bitter in the mouth very long after each sip. Body is medium with moderate carbonation, it is quite balanced, not a souped up RIPA like it claimed to be. There's nothing grounding to this beer, it's slightly sloppy. Drinkability comes out low, a bit of a dissapointment.

dreadnatty08, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish copper. Nice two finger off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Steady streams of bubbles racing to the surface.

Aroma consists of sweet caramel malts, honey, woody pine hops, some light citrus, and rye. Smells good, but it's a bit sweet smelling, imo.

The flavor is somewhat sweet for a rye, as well. Hops show up more after a couple of sips and the bitterness starts to kick in. Rye bread is noticeable, as is something that gives it a creamy flavor...not sure where it's coming from.

Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Almost like it's on nitro. Very easy to drink. ABV doesn't show up at all. Pretty damn good rye beer.

Imstillthegman, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Crystal clear amber color. Good lacing. Small to medium, creamy, light tan head.

Sweet aroma. Caramel and honey. Spicy, hops both herbal and citrus. Milder aroma than I expected.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, but it gets more balanced as it warms. Hops & rye keep it bitter. Rye shows up in finish. Biscuity. Sweet character sugary/caramel.

Medium + body. Low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Nice. Reminds me a bit of Nugget Nectar.

, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brownish amber color with one and a half fingers worth of creamy white head that has pretty good retention, and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is of sweet caramel initially when poured, but more noticeable after the pour are some piney and citrusy hops along with a little touch of rye.

Initially, the beer is sweet with toffee and caramel. Then comes the hops. There is some pine along with some grapefruit, and pineapple is present also. The beer finishes with a nice spicy rye flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, smooth, and pleasantly carbonated. No signs of the 7% alcohol and this is a very drinkable beer. I wish there were more of this style available to me. I havent had a lot of these, but between this and the two Founder's rye beers, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. This is a great beer.

hckyfn9999, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of rayjay
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From jackndan in the '07 BIF race (go team spring!)

This beer features a lovely head, two fingers and full of tiny bubbles. Super sticky and thick lace. Deep copper colored clear beer with active carbonation.

Aroma features burning CO2 (think ginger ale), although it has a creamy appearance and smells a bit like a nitrogenated beer. Lots of malts (carmel, rye, and tons of pales) and restrained hops.

I was right about the creamy texture. Initially a bit tart, which is slowly taken over by a dry malt wave, finally fading away to a mild and creamy bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very tastefully balanced. Reminds me of fresh rye bread. Never too thick or syrupy (it looked a bit intimidating). The 7% abv is very well hidden, without any over-malted body signs. On top of all this, its delicious.

I'm loving the creamy mouthfeel, which still reminds me of NO2.

Drinkability is very good. It isn't overwhelming at all. Refreshing and very drinkable. Recommended. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clear deep chestnut with a reddish tint. tan head and lacing. wonderful aromas of candied nuts, toffee, caramel, and roasty notes. moderately sweet brown sugar and caramel upfront followed by a long, lingering finish of hop bitterness, toasted nuts, and spicy rye. medium-bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. can't put my finger on it, but this has a wonderful mouthfeel. this is not a session beer, but one to be sipped and savored. very nicely done, it could be paired with any number of hearty or spicy dishes.
ok, i'm revisting this and this is some tasty fucking shit...dangerously drinkable.
newest batch in 4-packs-the mouthfeel is just a bit thin and lacking a bit in carbonation to my taste.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep ruby with a sizable head. Aroma is sweet citrus hops with some spicyness. Grainy rye taste with bitter hops and roasty sweetness. The word that kept coming to mind was harsh. Just a little too harsh for my tastes. Otherwise it's a generlly good flavor and a decent drink, just maybe not quite as pleasing as Founder's offering.

Duster72, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of MillRat
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taught a class near the Clark Street Ale House, and wanted to see what was on cask. Pleasant surprise to find Cane & Ebel there. Reviewed it back on 15 Jan 2007 in a growler from the brewery, so this is the cask review.

It still retains the dark ruby clarity, and the head is now much inproved in both size and staying power. The aroma of rye grassiness and citrus hops is even better than before. The flavor has a nice spiciness from both the hops and the cane, and the solid malt body balances well against the 68 IBU and dry-hop flavors. The cask presentation makes this beer even smoother and more dangerously drinkable than it was off the keg. If you're in Chicago's north loop area, don't miss it.

MillRat, May 18, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer. Thanks goes to Talisker for the trade. Poured a deep reddish brown with a nice head taking up at least an inch at the top of the glass. Smells like citrus hops with a sugary like scent and a hint of rye as well. Excellent taste with a nice hop punch followed by the mellow rye and sugar additions. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is also great, hoppy but sugary, coating the tongue in a near perfect way. Very good drinkability as well. I would love to have a few of these stocked away, hopefully it will be back.

5-31-07 Just had another thanks to czoch75...same scores but what a damn beer!

ncvbc, May 12, 2007
Photo of zebulon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle a rich amber red. Form off white head about an inch. Head droped and some lacing remained. Looked good, a little cloudiness but pleasant color.

Fruit aroma came out right away, reminded me of dried apricots.

Piney hop taste with other components, light dried fruit and citrus.

Comfortable on the tongue, pleasant drinking.

zebulon, May 06, 2007
Photo of Crousejs
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a wonderful beer. The beer poured wonderfully into a pint glass, and the head stayed on the glass nicely. The smell was flawless; awoke the nose without overpowering my palate. The first taste produced a wonderful coating in my mouth. A very lively beer, yet stayed right where it should. The hoppiness remained constant, and yet added to finding other notes in the beer as the glass progressed. A wonderful selection to pair with a veggie burger.

Crousejs, Apr 30, 2007
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.