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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 129
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a deep orange tinted ruby, with about a finger of tan head made up of mostly tiny bubbles. Very nice lacing.

Aromas of citrusy/earthy hops and rye bread.

First sip is of sweet malt, spicy rye, and citrus and earthy hops. The finish is mostly bitter, with some rye bread notes. Good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. No carbonic bite, very well carbonated.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, and a slight puckering bitterness. No carbonation prickle. "Softly carbonated."

Very drinkable. If not for the alcohol, this would be a great session beer. One of my favorite Two Brothers beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:14:06 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber red, with hint of brown. great lacing. solid 1 finger head.

S: earthy, hops, hint of bitter rye, grain.

T: blend of sweet malt, bitter rye, and citrus

M: med/heavy, slight syrup, nice carbonation to flavor balance.

D: great beer by TWO Brothers, probably one of my favorite offerings by them. Check this one out; not to be chugged.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 17:45:33 | More by BeerLover99
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves spotty lace all over the glass.

S- Not much of a nose at all, faint notes of hops and rye.

T- Smooth build up of a rye malt to a hop bitterness crescendo. Finish is pretty clean and quick.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, little residue from the hops in the finish as well.

D- Pretty drinkable would not have guess this was a 7.0% ABV.

Solid beer but very straight forward.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:34:35 | More by ToddT
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best by 3/4/11

pours clear dark copper brown with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell was not that strong - all i got was sugar and malt

taste was a little better - faint hops were overpowered by the very sweet malts - this is not the first time i have had this beer and maybe this bottle was just from a dud batch?

mouthfeel was good light/medium body with moderate carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok - but if the flavors are hit and miss bottle to bottle it will not be a staple in my house

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 19:24:14 | More by jsh420
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired via trade with jchow79, to be poured into my Pittsburgh Pirates shaker pint glass. I don't have much experience with "Rye Beers", so this will be an adventure for me.

A: Pours a hazy brown with an off-white, fluffy, 1-finger head on top that dissipated quickly but left good lacing on the glass.

S: The *rye* is present. I'm picking up rye bread and some earthy notes in the nose. Also detecting the presence of hops.

T: Rye malts intertwine nicely with piney bittering hops. The taste starts with the malty rye and moves towards hops near the middle/end of the taste. The finish isn't as dry as I would have expected... surprisingly refreshing.

Not a terribly "complex" beer. Just a good, solid medley of rye malt and piney-bittering hops. It's simple, it's refreshing, and it works here.

M: Well carbonated. As previously noted, the finish isn't as dry as I would have thought.

D: Drinkability is pretty good here. As I previously stated, the "marriage" of the rye malts and the hop profile chosen here is well done. I would definitely be willing to have this beer again another time.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:17:59 | More by psuKinger
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear Brown color, whole thing has a reddish tint. Tannish cream colored ring around edge of glass. A few bubbles and spotting on the face of the beer. Very Hoppy aroma, mixed well with a sweet matly aroma; quite a pleasant and settling aroma, very balanced. Nose is slightly stuffed up so this could be completely wrong, but still smell really good through a stuffed up nose. Moderate to high carbonation. Sweet start, Malty rye middle, with the fruitiness of the hops coming through in the end. Dry finish, finish seems to be a combination of malt and hop. Not an intense aftertaste, almost grapey. Finishes clean and light. Beer feels heavier in middle of drink and much lighter after swallow. Sweetness increases with warmth, as well as the apperance of the alcohol, but still well hidden in flavor. Overall it is a good balance in aroma and flavor of malt and hop. Might be one of my new favorite red ryes.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:42:35 | More by despainmakesbeer
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 2 brothers brew pub. Looks very tasty in the glass. deep brown color. The quality of the ingredients come through very strongly in this beer. Rye bread is very prominent and accurate. Little bit of sweetness and salty mix. I love this beer. Went very well with muffalotta sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 14:45:30 | More by mayor55
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cane and Abel has an upfront malt profile but the the rye and hops clash for a red, smoky for a red ale, would not session. The hoppy aroma is misleading to an extent but overall the beer tastes very good. Pours dark but also pours slightly 'thin'.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:45:49 | More by BeerEndevour14
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are of caramel and pales malts with some "rough edges" from the rye malts and some bitter citrusy hops.

The taste is really up front with bitter hops that quickly goes sweet malt but rapidly returns to harsh bitterness from either the rye or the hops; I think it's the hops.medium carbonation

I could certainly try another of these, but it's defintely not my favorite rye offering. I was pretty exciting for this beer but was kinda letdown to be honest.

Serving type: cask

11-19-2010 00:57:35 | More by claspada
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my trip to Philly last month. Enjoyed with my supper which consisted of a chicken & pepperoni sub with some frites sauce.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before 1/25/11.

Appearance: A dark amber body with a small ring that grows to a good 3 fingers before settling to 1. Leaves lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Good dose of piney hops mixed with sugar.

Taste: Hops right off the bat and lots of sugar cane that manages to not be overly sweet. I don't find the rye to be a real major player. Still tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is nice, not as strong as implied on the label but decent enough. Finish is a little too clean. Would have liked more fullness in the palate.

Drinkability: Doesn't drink like 7% which is good but the expensive price might make me hesitate.

Overall: I like it. It doesn't stand out for me but i still enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:10:25 | More by papat444
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice Red color. The head consists of fairly large tan bubbles.

S: Nice American hop scent comes out right away. Earthy, and grassy. There is a bit of a spicy smell in there.

T: Nice hop flavor coming right out, grassy, and piney. There is a bit of caramel in there, as well as a nice bready taste. There is a little bit of a spice note from the rye, Very tasty indeed. The bitterness is solid, but it does not overpower what the malt is doing.

M: Medium in body, with appropriate carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very nice overall. A good mix of malt and hops. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:31:36 | More by Beejay
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nice brown color with a nice two finger head that hangs around for awhile and provides some nice lacing.

S= I smelled sweet carmal malts and some hops with a earthy backbone. Smells pretty good to me.

T= Perfect amount of malts and hops. The Rye comes out in the taste and leaves a nice aftertaste.

M= Medium bodied, a little creamy nice low amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

D= Very drinkable really enjoyed this one could drink a few of these in one sitting. Really want to try more from Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:37:14 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, thin head with lacing all around. A very deep red color with a piny nose. Body is thin, good amount of hop presence but in a nice balance, not too overpowering. The spice of the rye and sweetness of the palm sugars add complexity. A very enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:06:37 | More by cincibrew
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pours a spiced rum brown with a nice two fingered lumpy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing.

S: Malt and hops with a musty earthy backbone. Not too much rye in the nose.

T: The perfectly balanced hops and malts burst onto the tongue first and then the sour rye comes through, leaving a rye aftertaste.

D: Solid drinkability, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is refreshing and creamy on the tongue.

Overall: I like this one! I like rye bread and I think that the rye was well transferred into the flavour. Its a very original, engaging beer that I will definitely be returning to. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 16:14:20 | More by JohnnyChicago
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New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my new Stone pint glass.

Pours a reddish amber hue that's quite clear and transparent. Not too much of a head fluffs up during the pour, but there's a thin quarter inch cap that appears and leaves some loose stringy lacing. Smell is extremely complex with many different things going on at once. Floral hops are quite prevalent, along with citrus and dark fruits. As the brew warms, a distinct sweetness can be detected, ranging from milk chocolate(?!) to toasted malts to a spicy breadiness that I can only assume to be the rye. Very interesting and enticing bouquet!

Sweet caramel malts are all over the initial sip, giving way to the hops from the nose. Bitterness coats the tongue, but not in an overpowering way, and it rides the rest of the way into the swallow. Other flavors come out to play along the way, including the chocolate and the spicy rye breadiness and that thai palm sugar advertised on the bottle. Sweet yet hoppy at the same time. Wow! Aftertaste is a mix of all the flavor profiles and lingers quite a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some light carbonation.

With an interesting balance of flavors, this brew is definitely one to try out. I didn't know what to expect from it, but boy did it throw me for a loop with its unique sweet 'n spiciness. A beer I would gladly revisit if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:14:12 | More by r0nyn
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tulip. Recieved this in a generous BIF box from Sopernicus

A - Dark, dark red-purple almost black. Reminds me of the color of a plum. A small white head rests on top

S - Kind of a fruity aroma with some spicy rye notes. Not picking up much here however.

T - rich malts mingle with spicy rye notes. Some citrusy hop notes in the finish along with other dark fruit flavors. Malt is the first thing you notice before the hops take over. Well balanced

M - Medium body, creamy, nice low amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors. Nothing really turns me off in this beer but there isn't much that wow's me either. Worth trying and I wouldn't mind drinking this again but I don't see myself seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 20:25:01 | More by jpmclaug
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep, murky rusty color with red on the edges. The carbonation literally hangs in limbo near the top, giving this wonderfully hearty appearance. Thick soapy head that leaves a hearty lace that sticks around to the last drop.

S - Spicy, floral scent that ends with a great grain profile. I swear I can smell cream in the scent as well. It's an awesome combo.

T - I don't know where to begin, the complexity is great in this beer. All the promises the aroma makes make good in the taste, with a great rye spice and bitterness that is incredibly enjoyable. I never thought I would catch the palm sugar in this brew, but it's definitely present, and works great with the rest of the flavors.

M - Creamy as hell, and I love it. rolls around on my tongue and is almost as present and important as the taste.

D - Damn this beer is deceiving. Can't even begin to detect a 7% ABV. Not something I could drink 10 of in a night given the ABV, despite me wanting to. But I would take this rye beer every chance I could get it. The sweetness rounds out that spicy/hoppy flavor so nicely.

This is my favorite Two Brothers beer to date. The complexity in its smell and taste rocks, and the experience drinking this beer is just all around enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:47:39 | More by MowryJC
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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every time I drink this beer I find something new to love. I don't know what they put in there, but I wish they would distribute in in Vermont so I didn't have to drive all the way to Chicago for it.

The color is orangey-amber, like butterscotch sundae topping. The head is thick and white and you could float a quarter on it.

It smells like citrus and pine. The body is huge, and the flavors- well, like I said, I seem to find something new every time. I swear I detected a note of cantaloupe in the last one. This is a big, bitter, fruity and delicious beer. A great way to introduce a newbie to IPAs because it doesn't smack you in the face.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 22:51:24 | More by VTbeerbroad
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received recently in a very generous box from callmemickey. Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance: pours a shadowy burgundy, almost completely opaque, with hues ranging from copper to chocolate revealed by a hold to the light. A half-finger head of light tan appears late and dissipates after about a minute, leaving behind a lingering, bubbly ring. Some stained glass lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: on the hop side, there are vinous, dank, floral hops, reminding of grass, roses and orange peel. On the malty side, a lightly toasted yet spicy an unmistakeable rye character shows itself amidst lots of sugar, honey and caramel. This strikes a fantastic balance.

Taste: sticky icky hops and peppery lemon-rind, backed by rye and toasted bread. The sweetness in the nose isn't too apparent here, traded off for lingering bitter, grassy hops. Well-balanced, but not too exciting.

Feel: the carbonation lightly massages the tongue while I roll the smooth, medium-bodied brew across the palate. As it warms, the beer pulls itself together even more, increasing in both body and creaminess. It's a delight on the palate.

Drink: It's nice to see what a subtle yet interesting aspect rye can bring to a beer when handled with skill and a light touch. Cane & Ebel take a break from their historically antagonistic qualities and work together wonderfully in this beer. It's all very well-balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 07:24:26 | More by Phelps
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a nonic.

A: Fine tan head maxes out at about half an inch in height, over a clear, burnished brown body. Head dissipates into a very thin ring with slight webbed lacing.

S: Nice herbal hops, tangy rye, and a vaguely fruity, almost cherry scent. Almost like iced tea at times, in a very good way.

T: Good hop kick throughout, but not overpowering of the sour rye and the sugar. Just enough sweetness in the finish to keep this very drinkable. Taste largely follows the nose. Very good.

M: Coats the tongue nicely, with a somewhat astringent feeling. Medium carbonation.

D: High. Great balance of hops, rye, and maltiness. Not at all boozy feeling for 7% abv. Almost sessionable, if it were a little less alcoholic. I could (and often do) get pretty tipsy on this if I'm not careful. A great beer, and reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:04:46 | More by wschmit


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

12oz bottle into snifter: from notes
A: This ale pours a deep amber, brown body, that is red around the edges in the light. The head pours a nice one in. froth, that retreats to a spotty layer on the top of the glass. The lacing that is left is in the form of very small carbonation bubbles on the glass that are very well dispersed. A slow and steady twirl of carbonation is seen in the glass.

S: A nice note of rye is present with subtle undertones of smoke. A nice deep aroma, that shows a bit of how strong this brew is. While the intensity is a bit on the lower side, it helps its overall drinkablity.

T/M: The first notes off the nose are a combination of rich malts and hops that hit the palate in a balanced form. The mouthfeel is the quintessential Two Brothers creaminess. The medium body is very smooth and easy to put down, no thickness to this one, just a very silky mouthfeel. The off notes are very nutty and roasted, the hops seem to only be present on the front, while this one has many layers, they are all nicely balanced. The finish is semi-chewy, but very enjoyable.

D: This is a great rye ale, many layers of complexities and s great taste that has you coming back for more. I find this to be a really drinkable brew for the autumn season, as it brings out nice semi-smokey flavors and hold a nice roasted, nutty finish. Well hidden ABV and oh so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 13:15:55 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer. Dark amber with a stable head, smells like a sort of grainy citrus, hits all of a hop-head's pleasure centers but also tangy with the sugar and balanced well with the rye malt, all of which just sort of makes it grow and sit in your mouth in pleasant ways rather than being abrasively hoppy. Very sweet so some people might not like it for that reason, but it's got a lot of complex notes--this time, the orange, the grapefruit, and the spice bite were the most prominent for me.

I had one at the beginning of departmental happy hour and wanted to go back for a second, but they were all gone when I looked around later! Am going to enjoy buying my own and maybe updating this review with something even more substantial.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 18:25:52 | More by lstokes
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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint. Pours a deep copper red.

Excellent dry hop in the nose, grain and molasses.

Taste demonstrates an excellent balance hop and malt, hiding a moderately high abv for the style.

This beer is the highlight of the variety 24 pack from Costco and a long time go to beer. I was pleased when they added it to their year round lineup, and switched it from four to six pack without increasing the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:02:09 | More by hopjuicer
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky reddish/brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms with good retention initially. The bubbly foam recedes to a tiny cap, with some light patchy lace.
S: A big powerful aroma comes billowing out. At first, passion fruit of pineapple and melons. Citrus and pine as well. There is a bit of spice, I think more from hops than anything. Really well balanced with toasted malt, and sweet toffee. A big bready aroma from the rye as well. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose, but with much more bready rye that I love. A substantial hop presents of passion fruit, citrus, and pine. Though toasted rye bread, toffee, and some brown sugar gives this incredible depth. Again, excellent.
M/D: A nice full body that is well carbonated. Lightly resiny and syrupy. Though really creamy and smooth. The alcohol has a nice punch, but still a great beer to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

This is a very nice beer. One of the best rye beers I have had. Up there with the best of the Rye Pale Ales. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 00:21:03 | More by champ103
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a deep orange brown color. 1 - 1 1/2 inch head that fades quickly.

Smell- Very bready from the rye. I pick up hints of nutmeg and orange. I feel the smell could be improved. A little heavy on the bread, not much else.

Taste- Opens up sweet and malty, get some nice bread/rye elements, and finishes with a dry bitter taste. I'm getting some orange and maybe grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- the medium body works well for the beer and the hops have a nice kick.

Drinkability - It's a nice beer. I had 1, my companion had 3. This one is really dependent on what you taste and how the character hits you. I'm big on smells, and didn't find the aroma of this beer quite as pleasing as other Ryes I've tried. It's a solid beer and would try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 13:41:46 | More by Jacobpaul81
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.