Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 616
Hads: 1,579
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 156
Gots: 191 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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 BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber and copper color, slightly clouded, no head but plenty of lace

S: You can smell hops, malt and a hint of sugar

T: wow, this is quite a combination! This beer kicks you right in the taste buds in a way I was not expecting when I first tried this at the brewery. Even though it’s not exactly the highest IBU IPA in the world, it certainly is a bitter one; the combination of the hops they used to pair with the rye certainly makes a strong combination. The finish is extremely long lasting and the bitter hop flavor stays for a long time.

O: When I first tried this at the brewery I was blown away, it was so aggressive and intense. I quickly fell in love with it and walked over to the counter and bought one of their “Cane and Ebel” T-shirts right away. I’ve introduced this beer to a few beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike and there are always mixed reactions, but either way once you have this beer you’ll remember it.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ (985 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/28/2014. Pours moderately hazy deep copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, floral, grass, candi sugar, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of mango, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, candi sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, caramel, rye, toast, floral, grass, candi sugar, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy rye ale. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,330 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper color with a caramel one finger head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, passion fruit, spices and a hint of pine and rye.
Sweet flavor of rye, grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, spices, lots of caramels, earth, papaya, pine and lemon. Dry with a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.0% abv is very well hidden.
Great beer. A bold and beer with strong flavors given its hop profile and rye, but very well balanced. Its sweetness could be tuned down a bit. If you like Rye beers and a hoppy punch, you got to try this. (644 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sugary, some hops as well. Taste is good and unique. Some hops, rye, a bit of sweetness, palm sugar adds a different flavor, slight bitterness, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (305 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

the beer was a clear red with a nice, slightly off white, dense head, that was well retained and left some nice lacing. The smell was a nice hoppy pine aroma, not much rye, certainly expected a more pronounced rye for the style. Again, way too hoppy and not enough rye. Moderate feel, but very smooth and creamy. Overall, not enough rye, they need to try again with this one. (379 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 12 oz. longneck into a 33 cl snifter. Best-by date is printed outside the lighter colored box, so it's partially illegible, but it's some time in 2013.

Look- Deep.deep ruby-amber with a generous head that falls within a minute or two. Sticky lace clings to the glass but doesn't develop much.

Smell- Malty, spicy, light herbal aroma. Swirling brings out some light citrus and booze. Sweeter as it warms.

Taste- Nothing too different from the aroma, although not as sweet as anticipated. Rye toast, marshmallow, mild citrus up front. Herbal/white bread finish. Tasty, subdued but very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, creamy sip. Mellow carbonation. A little heavier than I'd like.

Overall- Decent, but nothing too fancy. I'd probably pick it up again at some point if I saw it, but I'm not in any hurry. (813 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown in color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that has great retention.

Smell is dominated by rye with some Caramel malt in the background. Some floral spicey hop notes are also present which work nicely with the deep rich malt.

Taste follows the nose being rye forward with a rich malty body and some spicy hops and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and medium carbonation. Balances nicely with the spicy hop oils in the finish.

Overall it's understandable why this is one their staples. Rye can be somewhat harsh sometimes but this is really well done. (590 characters)

Photo of DJScroggins
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brownish, clear, amber. Very light carbonation. Nice creamy head with moderate retention. Dense, fine lacing.

Strong toasted rye nose. Sugary malts. A whiff of hops.

Hops more prominent on first taste. Citrusy, hints of orange. Toasty rye emerges as it lingers. Fades to a surprisingly dry finish.

Light body. Crisp. Dry. Very little carbonation.

Cane and Ebel stands tall as an excellent showcase of the style. It's not my favorite rye, but it's up there. And it's certainly one of the easiest premium rye ales to obtain in the Midwest. (541 characters)

Photo of mikefuski17
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Cane and Ebel was a great beer. The color was very dark, similar to a stout. The aroma was subtle yet inviting. The head was not very frothy either. The flavor was awesome. I never had a rye beer before but it was interesting. There was no horrible after taste and was not too thick. Definitely give ryes a try. (315 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color, only ruby when you hold it up to light. About a finger of white head.

Smell is fruity, citrus and red fruit, and sweet.

Taste is powerful floral hops, rye, cherry, fairly bitter but a nice sweet tea aftertaste.

Very drinkable, medium bodied. Pretty damned good beer. (297 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Kuma's Corner in Chicago for $6 a pint.

I have to be honest, I didn't even really notice that this was a rye beer. It had a minor rye quality now that I think back on it, but this drank like a Red IPA to me. I did have a Dreadnaught before having this one, so that could have very well shat on my tastebuds while tasting this brew. Cane & Ebel has a pretty deep brown red color... a completely different shade from other ryes I've had. There's a nice two finger, slightly tan colored head. I guess the POPULAR adjective is KHAKI. I'll go with that. Lacing is awesome... pretty much there from beginning to end.

In the aroma and taste, I just get quite a lot of hops, and almost only hops -- not that I mind at all, it's just what made me think this was a Red IPA. The aftertaste is bitter, and gives a fairly malty and slightly rye flavor to make me start to understand the beer a little bit more.

Excellent beer, for sure. I said it three or four times already, but this screams "Style: Red IPA" until the beer is basically down your throat. I tend to find that rye beers that are really heavy on the rye almost present a vomit sort of flavor (appealing, right?), so I welcome the burst of hops that I get from this beer. I'd VERY happily revisit this beer. (1,275 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium brown red color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-rye, bready malt, brown sugar, slight citrus

T-rye, caramel malt, orange, slight citrus, toffee, mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-complex flavors in this rye ale, enjoyable to savor (316 characters)

Photo of ThreeKingdoms
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed 6/18/13
poured into pint glass

L: Dark amber mahogany color, about 1 inch of head...lacing along edges
S: rye, and citrus
T: hops up front, slightly bitter. Rye spice and malty sweetness follows. Rye hangs in the aftertaste.
F: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. nothing off here.
O: Solid, refreshing, flavorful beer. My first Rye, and left a good impression. (370 characters)

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

Appearance - came with a finger of khaki head, body is a translucent garnet, leaves excellent lacing

Smell - sweet rye bread, light toffee, faint citrus

Taste - much like the nose, much like the bread with a touch of brown sugar, light molasses, nice rye spice, finishes with semi sewer rye crusts.

Mouthfeel - medium mouthfeel, carb isighter side of medium and smooth, drinks easily, finishes slightly dry.

Overall - an. Excellent and tasty rye ale, very nice representation of the style, highly recommend. (511 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a big fan of Rye beers, I was very excited to receive this bottle as a gift. It pours a translucent, carbonated, deep ruddy hue, with a thick layer of foam blanketing the top. Excellent retention and lacing. It's got a very sweet, yet earthy aroma, likely due to the Palm Sugar. I actually am imagining raw sugar cane having a similar scent. Bready grains were noted along with a touch of Lemon Balm or Hyssop. The flavor was quite hoppy with toasted rye bread and a backing from the malts. It finishes very dry. Overall, this felt a little light across the palate but was still very enjoyable. (597 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/6/13, so close to the expiration.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark red. Can't even see through it. Big, fluffy light tan head. Almost an off-white really. Fades nice and slow with great retention. More great lacing (seems like Great Lakes should be more Great Lacing in fact).

S: Not much aroma at all. A little bit of rye bread and some floral notes? Hmph. Might be the age.

T: Floral notes up front. Then spicy rye bready notes from start to finish. Sweet bready notes intermingle too to balance it out. Mild grapefruit hops up front. A little wave of earthy bitterness and more grapefruit in the finish. Very dry in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: I was expecting a hoppy rye ale but definitely not THAT hoppy. Floral and grapefruit hops but more of an english pale ale level of hops and bitterness. Well balanced, smooth and very drinkable rye beer. (887 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip (best by 7/7/2013)

aroma- spicy earthy rye, citrus, pine, melon, slight fruit. Awesome

Flavor- rye, pine, juicy, herbal, some floral notes, good bitterness, hop forward

mouthfeel- meduim, smooth,

Overall- This is great, was not expecting the amount of flavor and aroma it packs. If you like rye and hops this is one to try for sure. (355 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt, rye breads, candied orange and earthy hops. Flavor is nicely breadt with nice rye presence, earthy hops, citrus hops and a nutty and musty sensation which carries throughout the experience. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is very complex and very smooth. There is a lot more to this one than I can pull out from it. A must try. (458 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, color is deep amber, slightly opaque, head presented at about 1/2" thickness, off white in color with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is where this beer hits its high note, very robust rye earthiness with a big hop note, citrus and pine blend.

Taste is very solid malted rye, light caramel, toast; very solid hop bitterness, similar to the scent in the citrus/pine mixture.

Mouthfeel is strong for upfront from the bitterness and rye flavors, lingering nicely, solid carbonation.

Overall, a very solid, very drinkable hoppy rye brew, definitely a rye/ipa blend. (591 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Russet brown amber color with a little head that fades fast.
Aroma has a spicy rye kick with some light hops and bready malts.
Taste is pretty good and leans to the malt side of the house. Its bold and assertive with rye malts and bitter with some hops that meld nicely at the finiah to a quite agrreable taste.
Finishes a wee bit dry.
A definite standout in the catagory. (374 characters)

Photo of themind
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality brew! I would purchase this again. Has a citrus hoppy flavor with decent balance in the beer. Two Brothers makes some good beer and if you are looking to try them this is a good place to start. I bought a variety pack and so far all have been decent.

Bottom Line: Quality brew! (286 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a darker amber color with a small, stable, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted rye malts, nicely balanced. Same in the taste, toastyed rye, caramel, citrus, crisp hop bitterness. Clean, dry, medium body, moderate carbonation, easily drinkable. (302 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler, poured into a pint glass

A somewhat clear ruby/mahogany colored body with a fluffy one finger yellowish cap. Some mild lacing strewn across the inside of the glass.

The nose is of rye, caramel, and citrus. Oranges and tangerines with a little bit of a tropical element underneath. Sturdy caramel with a bit of brown sugar.

Hmm, this is pretty sugary. Almost under-attenuated in a way. Caramel and brown sugar with rye, grapefruit, oranges, and pine resin through the middle. The finish is a blend of mild bitterness with a rush of sweetness. Fairly dry, but definitely sugary.

Medium bodied, chewy. Low carbonation. Finish is sweet, dry, and mildly bitter.

This is an interesting beer. The sweetness is cloying, masking the rye too much for my tastes. However, this is still enjoyable in an odd way. A little too sweet, but there is a decent hoppyness to help try and balance it out. (897 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Red with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Papaya, mango, candied orange & lemon. Lighter notes of rye and pineapple.

Taste
Candied orange, lemon and papaya. Notes of spicy rye and pineapple. Pale candy sugars with nuances of caramel. Hints of pine needle and rye linger.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Spicy, dry, bitter, tropical and citrusy. Yeah, I'd buy it again. (514 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on tap and I knew I wanted it instantly

A- pours a vibrant red amber with big head of foam. Excellent head retention on the sides but excellent lacing still involved. Looks like a nugget nectar at least in this shade of light

S- citrus, rye, spices, and maybe an unfermented sugar type scent. Sweet and very fresh with an herbal wheat theme mixed in

T- sweet and rye best describes it! Some citrus and tangerine and wrapped by the sweet flavors. Very delicious rye beer that is so sweet and enjoyable

M- excellent carbonation and flavors mesh well with the palate

O- I will have to go back and look but this may be the best rye beer I have ever had. Sweet rye flavors makes it drinkable like an amber. I wish I always had access to this (750 characters)

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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