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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 1230
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of FosterJM


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1423rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

@World of Beer, Naperville, IL

App- Almost like an amber color with only a small head to it. Decent cling but not much. A good density is there and allows a nice amount of light in. Tinges of brown in the center.

Smell- I enjoyed the aromatics on this beer. Had a decent of rye with a good amount of hippiness behind it and a full dose of malt on the nose.

Taste- A really good blend and balance on this. Glad I found a single bottle at the bar vs. a 6 pack to take home. A huge amount of rye and a nice creamy flavor with a touch of malt and pepper.

Mouth- A medium creamy body with a medium carbonation. Good rye residual flavors and a bit of pepper.

Drink- A good beer. Should've brought a 6 pk home but didn't have the room for 6 more beers. Want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:32:43 | More by FosterJM
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red maple mahogany. Off-white,creamy head has great retention and lace.

S - Spicy with coriander, curry, cinnamon, and balanced with caramel and cappuccino.

T - Fantastic latte notes, rye bread and caramel. Black pepper, medium roast coffee, and herbal bitters on the backend.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a nice spicy carbonation.

O - A great beer, one of my favorite ryes.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:03:58 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of rye and pine, two qualities that I think go quite well together. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of rye and pine and not too much else. Low to medium bitterness, with a medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly straightforward, but also very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:52:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cane and Ebel is very, very reminiscent of Founders Red’s Rye, especially when you read the label descriptions: this one reads “a hopped up red rye ale,” while the Founders label read “hopped-up and brewed with rye.” With that kind of similarity, there’s only one thing to hope for now: taste that’s on-par with Red’s Rye.

About a month or so before the enjoy by date (“BEST BY 7/7/12”).

A: Dark and brooding, a deep red color mixed with a muddy brown. A thin head appears, so fizzy it’s nearly creamy; a sandy retention of light tan encircles the glass, leaving full chains of lacing here and there.

S: Bold, with rye everywhere…finally! I feel like the last umpteen rye beers I’ve had have been a little lax on the pumpernickel aromas, but this one is all about that dark spice. Caramel, light milk chocolate, and a sugary, honey grassiness also pop up from the rye and palm sugar – the perfect setup for the moderate-strength hop aromas of pine, juicy citrus, and cherry.

T: Now THAT is a rye palate – the spice of this red grain comes screaming up on first sip, so spiced and bready that it is, undoubtedly, the main flavor of this beer. What a superb realization of an American rye, abounding with more complex flavors of toffee, pumpernickel, toast crusts, and brown sugar; lots of bread in there. As for the hops, I’m getting a bold pine and lemon candy taste, only adding to the bitter-sweetness of the palate. Finishes with a hint of dark alcohol and grassy, natural sweetness. Very balanced, this is a rye beer that has a remarkably sweet taste to it – in the end, though, it’s balanced with a hefty amount of hops and spice.

M: Luscious is the only word I can say here. It hits all the right notes when it comes to a rye, shuffling the palate along with carbonation while remaining slick throughout. Properly chewy at times, to boot.

O: A beer that I WILL buy I again; I’m promising myself that. Today, even. Yes, it is quite sweet, and sweet is one of my least favorite qualities in a pale ale – Cane and Ebel, though, has the biggest rye bite I’ve tasted since Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye. And that, my friends, is something to admire.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:25:12 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of dmfrench


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel sweet, rye spice, and sticky, fruity hops

A: Deep, dark, hazy sunset red with a fairly persistent regenerative three finger off white head.

S: The first thing I get is a raw, almost spiced sweetness, more like molasses than any kind of fruit. Rye spice is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Floral, zesty, and dusty hops float on top. Not extremely potent, but quite pleasant and inviting.

T: Malt is similar to the nose... raw, caramel, candy sweet with a spicy rye edge, but hops are much more exotically fruity and bitter on the palate... this is well hopped, well made beer.

M: While creamy, the body is just a hair thinner that I'd like to feel at this ABV. Texture is fine grained and sticks to the tongue well. Carbonation is high enough to carry the flavors into the palate, but low enough not to get in the way.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:23:37 | More by dmfrench
Photo of barczar


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in the fridge too long, so hop aroma and flavor are likely depleted.

Pours a nice amber color, clear, with solid 2 finger light beige head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is cola sweetness, caramel malt, bready, with a hint of rye and citrus hop.

Flavor retained more hop character. Lemon and grapefruit sourness dominate, supported by a bready caramel malt character, leading to a somewhat bitter rye finish. The sweetness of the malt accentuates the rye as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a very citrus forward beer, with enough rye to reign in the flavor and keep the profile in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 04:19:43 | More by barczar
Photo of TTAmod


4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/27/2012 best by date.

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Deep amber, clear, with a thin white head. Dissipates into a crown of lacing.

S: Gives off moderate rye, deep earthy hops, some pine, caramel...

T: Oh man...this one is good. The pine/earth hops are fairly strong for most of the taste. The spicy and sour rye takes over near the finish. There's a nice toffee malt undertone, as well. No perception of alcohol at all.

M: Slightly heavier than medium and super smooth.

O: My favorite rye beer and a prime example of the style. It has a nice dose of hops, which I like, and a nice dose of rye, which I also like. The mouthfeel is great, as well. Glad to have this beer super-local.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:38:36 | More by TTAmod
Photo of JCrazy84


2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allow me to preface saying that Hop Juice is one of my favorite beers I have ever had and I love Bell's Hopslam, and I am no stranger to hops...

Appearance: Pours an amber/red with a heavy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Heavy hops, that is about all I can smell. Probably Simcoe or Columbus.

Taste: I like IPA's, I really do, but this is just not doing it for me. I know it is a rye beer, but I have not had another rye to compare. This just tastes like it has very little balance besides just heavy hops. I get sweetness on the tip of my tongue, but in the short time it takes to get to the back everything is overwhelmed by hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin, tastes undercarbonated, possibly the reason for the overwhelming hops.

Overall: If you want hops with no balance, here is your beer. I like hops, but I cannot find one bit of sweetness or redeeming taste to allow anything but hops to be tasted in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:58:46 | More by JCrazy84
Photo of buschbeer


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with burnt orange highlights. I got a fleeting inch of sand colored head.

S - The first thing I notice is sweet caramel malt and some bread. I really don't get much rye.

T - I get caramel and toffee malt upfront. The rye comes through on the finish along with the hops and lingers for a bit.

M - Moderate to full

O - I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. The taste kind of reminds me of an Irish ale. Overall, it's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:55:32 | More by buschbeer
Photo of C2H5


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, appearance is cloudy amber with a thick creamy off white head.
Smells sugar and spice, some floral hops and citrus
This beer tastes great! Brown sugar, vanilla, citrus and toasted malt, not too bitter not too sweet.
Super smooth, I could drink a lot of these but at 7% that may not be wise. I really like this beer, one of the best coming from Two Brother. This brewery is awesome and I am glad that they are local to me!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:44:29 | More by C2H5
Photo of KMcG


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is brown, the color of Snapple iced tea, including the foggy character of Snapple. There is some head that developed, which is about a finger high. It dissipates to a fine sticky lace.

Rye malts, pineapple, and pine dominate the nose. 

The taste is malty, sweet (some toffee) and dark fruit dried fruits are present. The hops come in at the end as citrus and floral tones. 

Nicely carbonated, crisp, and well balanced. 

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:16:26 | More by KMcG
Photo of jsprain1


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Garnet with a thin, one finger off white head that stays firm as a slick. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- On the nose, I'm a bit surprised it's a rye beer. It comes through heavy on hops with citrus being front and center. A bit of sweetness on the nose, but it really seems like a lighter IIPA on the nose.
T- There is a bit of caramel malt at first. Actually this beer is very sweet throughout. Fairly soon a big hop kick comes in with citrus and pineapple flavors very heavy. Rye malt is noticable but it takes a backseat.
M- Medium body. The carbonation is mild at first but seems to pick up a lot in the mouth. Very very dry finish, especially given how sweet the beer was.
O- Very good. A big hoppy beer that is complex and I can enjoy these often.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:58:07 | More by jsprain1
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Received this as an extra from Rob in our trade! Thank you!!

A - Pours a deep rich mahogany color. Perfectly clear with a nice 2 finger creamy head which lasts a long while which huge lacing.

S - Huge hop character aroma. You can almost taste the bitterness though the nose. Piney/Earthy hops with a deifnitive rye spice.

T/M - Not what I was expecting, really, but good. It stars out with huge hoppy flavor - more earthy tones than a citrus character. The beer quickly transitions to an almost peppery flavor. A different sort of sweetness in the middle towards the end which melds nicely with a less intense bitterness than I anticipated. A complex flavor that is actually quite smooth with a spicy rye bite - nice! Medium bodied with a nice carbonated body.

D - Very! I didn't notice the alcohol and it went down very easy.

Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very grateful for the chance to sample.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-27-2011 03:20:56

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:13:08 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of wrycon


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-mahogany in appearance, with more amber tones on the edges. About half a finger of off-white head. Good lacing and minor retention. Smells good. A musky, grainy earthiness mixed with roasted malt. Not overly pungent, but sufficiently aromatic. Quite a good brew. Initial hop bite that's semi-piney. That gives way to a full malt and rye middle that tactfully builds toward the end. Back end is sharp but creamy and allows the piney hop notes to re-emerge in the mouthfeel. A very flavorful brew that's not boastful. A solid take on the rye ale.

Like It? Very Much So

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:09:38 | More by wrycon
Photo of vic21234


3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle labeled best by 04/21/12.

A- Pours a dark amber, borderline light-brown color. Forms a half fingers worth of head that quickly dissipates. A nice film stays along the top and edge of the glass.

S- Smells lightly of citrus and malts. Some sweet fruits as well.

T- Starts smooth with noticable malts before finishing with the rye spiciness and hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, easy to drink, nice hop bitterness at the back of each sip.

A good rye beer, one of my favorites from my local Two Brothers Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:18:00 | More by vic21234
Photo of keytown


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber color with very little head, but leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S - Smells of toasted bready malts, fruity hops & spice from the rye.

T - Touch of caramel & citrus rind hit the palate first, followed by spicy rye & fruity hops.

M - Smooth and creamy.

O - Great beer, good balance of sweetness & bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:38:22 | More by keytown
Photo of match1112


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear dark amber body. a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

s: spicy rye, floral hops, bready malts and sugar.

t: a nice mixture of all the things listed above, but i could of done with a little less palm sugar.

m: full body, full flavor and decent carbonation. has a creamy feel to it as it goes down. and leaves a dry finish

o: i really enjoy this rye beer, i just wish it was a little less sugary.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:14:31 | More by match1112
Photo of Treebs


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF anniversary pint glass. Best by 2/20/2012 on the bottle.

A: Pours a deep amber, almost cherrywood like color with lighter amber edges. A two finger, off white head forms on the pour and leaves some nice sticky webbings of lace.

S: Nice floral hops, some rye spice, little bit of citrus zest, and some honey-like sweetness that I can only assume is the palm sugar.

T: The palm sugar gives this an odd sweetness upfront that doesn't seem to really blend mesh with the rest of the drink. It is nice though with some rye spice, a little bit of fruitiness, mainly apples and pears, and some nice sweet floral hops.

M: This is what kills it for me. I don't know if it was just my bottle, but it had some below average cabonation and it really turned into a sticky mess. I was expecting some stickiness with the style, but the lack of carbonation almost turned into a syrup. The body was full flavored though.

O:If the body had more carbonation I would have really enjoyed this, but it really knocked it down a couple pegs. I will revisit in the future and hopefully it was just my bottle. The flavors were nice though and it was probably the best tasting offering from Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 14:48:29 | More by Treebs
Photo of dexterk1


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Has a nice head of a few inches and a nice deep red color.
Odor is somewhat neutral. Slight odor of citrus and floral.
Taste is floral as well. Also has a sour note from the rye. Mouth feel is hearty but not overly heavy.
Overall one of the best two brothers beers. A very good rye beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:08:30 | More by dexterk1
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York and saw that the reviews are good on here. I like this style because of the hops and full-bodied aspect and this beer certainly did not let me down. It was easy to drink, flavorful, and had just the right amount of sweetness in it to complement everything. In short, this was the most pleasant surprise that I had in a long time!

This beer had a wonderful pour to it, with a deep brown hue that was radiant and light in the middle. The head lasted for quite a long time and the lacing could have been a bit better, even though it was present for most of my drinking session. As for the taste, it was quite strong of sugar, with some pine up front. That gave way to a more earthy and richer back, that had just a bit of floral and lemon underneath the sharp hops. The mouthfeel was nicely balanced and the back cleaned like mint, in terms of the taste and strength of it. The complexities were here but this never felt too overpowering or overdone. Instead, this had a very up-front feel that lasted from start to finish.

To be sure, there was alcohol too but it never felt too strong. This is a Rye Beer and a great example of that, as there was just a hint of spice to offset the sweetness. I loved this beer and even though it's not for everyone, Two Brothers has a winner here. I'd certainly buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 22:02:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taupe lumpy lacey head. Gooey, funky, bitter orange hops with a touch of caramel on the nose.
A bit of red currant and toffee and some rye spice, then resiny orange rind hops.
Spicy end and a tight pulp linger. Light-medium, sticky, creamy.

A bit thin, and rye doesn’t add enough bite. Nose is better than the taste. Not up to the standard of Founders Red’s.
I notice many of the most worshipful reviews are old, I wonder if this was just good for its time.

Also starting to have questions about Two Brothers…

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 12:54:57 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of birchstick


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been a want of mine for a while. Saw it in a six pack and had to grab it.

A - pours a lot darker than I anticipated. Brownish/copper color with a really nice billowing head that leaves a really nice lacing down the glass.

S - the nose has spicy rye malts, some piney, resinous hops, and some candy-like sweetness

T - starts off up front with a sugary sweetness that fades into a really nice rye flavor. The rye has a caramel / brown sugar richness to it that makes it very smooth. Ends with some nice hoppy, piney bitterness, which contrasts the sweet and spiciness from the rye and caramel malts.

M - nice and full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D - this is the best rye beer I have had to date. Really nice flavor profile to and pretty damn attractive in the glass. Glad to see this in six packs now with about the same price point it used to be. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 22:54:47 | More by birchstick
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Two Brothers sure has an interesting take on the color red. This is purplish black. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This has a hell of a lot more hop character than rye, but in any case it smells great. Citrusy and floral hops. Just a touch of spicy earthy rye underneath. Toasty malts with minor caramel notes.

2.5 T: The taste is confused. Moderate, though out of place, hop bitterness that comes off in an almost burnt nature. Rye is much more apparent, but it doesn't work well with the hops. That isn't to say it can't. I've had rye IPAs that were delicious. A touch of roastiness, toast, and sugary caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but lacking smoothness due to the perceived burnt flavors.

2.5 D: I think this would have worked better if they used less bittering hops. In any case, it's at least interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 03:43:52 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of muskabeatz


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Sort of a murky, rusty shade of amber, with a light khaki head and decent lace/retention. Appearance almost borders that of a brown ale.

S- Grapefruit hops up front, accompanied mostly by other citrus aromas. This is slightly floral, with the rye coming through on the back end along with some clove and candy sugar.

T- Follows the nose. Nice floral presence up front followed by a mild sweetness, and slightly bitter/dry finish. Tasty.

M- Smooth, oily, a bit dry from the hops and the rye. Would not have guessed that this is 7%, as it is very easy to drink.

O- This is a very solid brew overall. It doesn't necessarily kill it in any one aspect, but makes for a great overall package. I would certainly drink this agian.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:29:44 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Muddy red, almost chestnut in color. Frothy, two-finger light beige head that leaves a thick, sticky lacing.

Nose is pine, caramel sweetness, and a touch of grassiness.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. An initial, fleeting sweetness gives way to some nice hop flavor and bitterness. Sweetness comes around more as the beer warms, and I begin picking up some hints of tobacco.

Medium body and carbonation, the hop resins seem to coat the tongue. Fairly dry finish.

I could drink several of these in a sitting. Overall very well balanced, and the ABV seems to be hidden fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:10:40 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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