1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Cane & EbelCane & Ebel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,384 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 136
Gots: 101 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cane & Ebel Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,384 | Reviews: 601 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ The Geneva Ale House

This brew has an awesome color to it. A deep reddish brown that has a hazy opaqe fog. Thick walls of lacing cling almost the whole glass. The nose is pine filled and very hoppy. It tastes fresh and hoppy. Pine dominates the taste buds and is then met with a malty backdrop. A crisp mouthfeel nails the palate with an intense bitterness and ample carbonation. Overall, great drink with a tasty hop presense.

ChugginOil, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of b3shine
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint. Looked good for a rye; deep in color w/shades of red and brown. Smelled great; hoppy with the twang of the rye noticeable. Taste was hoppy and tangy, just like it should be. Mouthfeel was good. The tanginess made it drink like a wild ale, but without all the carbonation. Overall, a quality brew that's great on draft.

b3shine, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DavidEddie for the growler!

Deep reddish-brown, somewhat bright with a tight tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Fruity, spicy smell with components from the rye and hops. Very inviting. Full malty flavor balanced by spicy and herbal hops. Medium to full mouthfeel. Spiciness from the rye blends well with the hops. Some sweetness in the middle, but not overdone, with a dry finish.

Balanced and tasty beer that really seems to bring home the idea of "beer is food." Delicious and inviting. I would drink this regularly if I could get it. Highly recommended.

CliffBrake, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a red color with a tan colored head. The head fades not leaving much lacing. The smell of the beer is a little hoppy, a little sweet and has some spice. The taste had some sugary sweetness, nothing overwhelming. Theres also some spicy rye and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodies and has a good carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer but I didn't think it was worthy of an A. Just my opinion though.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Best by 7/17/2011.

Aroma: Piney hops dominate up front, followed by robust rye, and finally dry, grainy malt.

Appearance: Light tan, fluffy, two fingered head disipates very slowly, while sticky lacing clings to the inside of the glass. Ruby-amber slightly hazy iced tea-colored body.

Flavor: Carmelized sugar up front, immediately followed by brisk hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Some of the rye note then makes an appearance, followed, finally, by a prominent bitter finish that lingers for about 30 seconds.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Less carbonation than expected, and frankly a bit on the flat side.

Overall: This beer has a beautiful body and lacing. Aroma is nice, but mouthfeel, unfortunately was a bit disappointing. It's not a bad beer per se. Just not one I'd order twice, when there are so many other options now.

mdvatab, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of fdkayti
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fantastic looking chestnut brown with hints of red. Fluffy Off-white head, lacing on the glass from top to bottom. A real beauty.

S- Hoppy and citrusy. Spicy.

T- Has a spicy sweetness to it. Zesty like a lemon peel. Rye, hops, subtle maltiness. Fantastic aftertaste.

M- Sticks around between sips, can't get it outta my mouth. Good carbonation. Light to medium heavy.

O/D- Dangerously easy to put down. Remains one of my favorites for any occasion. Too bad duff27 isn't here to partake.

fdkayti, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive deep copper color with a decent, sticky head and tons of hops in the nose. It's not has heavy as you might think. The main flavor is a spicy rye with some subtle vanilla and a big hop punch at the end leading to a dry, tart finish. There's some orange in there, as well. I'm noticing some sweet, toasted bread, too.

The 7% ABV warms a bit, and this is certainly bold, but I really like the rye in here and the complex flavors.

McNealc31, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice deep pour of red ruby brown with a sticky but small head. complex with a great balance of dense caramel, fruit and notes of vanilla. Nose of pine and blood orange and hints of grapefruit. This is aromatic only though. The palate is more apple with a floral zest hint and a great feel.

rtepiak, May 25, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a pint glass and got a half finger of a light head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing. Interesting looking translucent reddish brown colored beer.

S. I get a sugary malt smell up front, punctuated with a strong floral and citrus hop aroma. Also smell a bit of caramel throughout the nose.

T. Very mellow, this is a sweet malt into hop flavor that flows very well. The malt has a slightly toasted caramel tone that naturally passes into a floral hoppy bitterness. Ends hoppy and bitter with a hint of rye.

M. Mellow. Medium bodied with a slight dryness that accompanies the transition into the hop flavor. The carbonation does not make a big deal of itself.

O. An interesting and enjoyable find, glad the beer guy at my local store suggested it. The flavors do not overwhelm, they are just an enjoyable show that this beer puts on for your tongue.

CFHMagnet, May 25, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my ticks I had for a while. Picked up a bottle at Vintage Estate for $2.50 Best by 7/17/11

A - Very dark brown amber with a slight haze. Foamy half inch head with a slight tan color and great lacing.

S - Smells surprisingly more sweet than hoppy. Spicy rye notes and hits of citrus hops.

T - The rye gives it a nice bit of spice not like a pepper spice but more like a clean malt. Hops are there but only on the back end with a slight bitterness of pine that lingers seconds after I drink.

M - Tastes like a nice medium bodied beer to me.

Overall very drinkable but something about the rye makes it more bitter than sweet which I like in my IPA's. I did like it though and believe this is a very well made beer I guess rye just doesn't wow me. I do have a couple more beers by these guys so here's hoping I like them more.

DrDemento456, May 24, 2011
Photo of SurlyZach
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
A-dark copper/brown color
S-Complex mix of spicy rye, citrusy hops, and some malt
T-Great mix of bitter hops and spicy rye with just a bit of sweetness.
M-very smooth and almost light feel--easy drinking
O-this is a fantastic beer, very complex, excellent combo of hoppiness and rye, this is definitely one of my new favorites

SurlyZach, May 20, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A hazy brown brew that pours to a one finger khaki head and recedes to a thin skim, leaving spotty lacing.

S -- Smells of rye, citrus, toasted malts, and a faint hint of oily sugar.

T -- Caramel and citrus peel, evenly bittering throughout, a shade sharper on the front than the back. Heavy rye character in the form of spicy tones that ride on every aspect of the flavor.

M -- Somewhat creamy, smooth, resinous, medium to full body, and moderate carbonation.

D -- Solid, worth a try -- very nice brew for any IPA drinker.

CPeterson, May 18, 2011
Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 7/17/11.

Partly cloudy, dark amber to burnt sienna body. Thick cushion of creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Mix of herbal and citrus hops on the nose, backed by spicy rye and fruity, caramel malts. The nose reminds me a lot of one of my favorite rye beers, Founders Red's Rye.

Herbal hop bitterness up front. A touch of singed, almost smoky malts follow, before caramel and fruit (ripe pear) sweetness take over. Any sweetness is handily checked by lasting herbal and pine bitterness. There's also a spicy edge to everything, making for a deliciously complex taste. Dry finish, with lingering citrus hop bitterness and traces of spicy caramel. Medium-full body with a delectably creamy feel. Great beer!

alexgash, May 11, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a chestnut/copper color with thin tan head that has some retention and lace.

S: Lots of apricot/peach hops aromas, quite pleasant. Aromas persist to the bottom of the glass.

T: Leads with a gently bitter pine/grapefruit flavor that persists through the finish. Midway some gentle malts join in, with light pepper also on the finish. The rye is not coming through on its own but is definitely coloring the overall flavor. A little ways into the glass, minerals join the spicy finish. This one makes you pucker. The sweetness occasionally tries to come to the surface, only to be hogtied again by the hops. Flavors are all very fresh.

M: Medium/light feel with quite a bit of creaminess. It numbs the tongue pretty early in the glass.

O: This is a truly fine beer. At 7%, too strong for a session, but I want to have one after another nonetheless. Worth seeking out.

AmericanGothic, May 10, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my bruery tulip.

A- very dark brown. Very dark cola color is what it reminds me of. Some mahogany highlights patrol the edges. Nice 1 finger white head fades rather quickly to a polka dot cap. Good splatters of lace are in play. Good looking beer.

S- lots of hops! Citrus hops are here in force along with a Nice backing of floral and a splash of rye. Truly a great smelling beer.

T- great hop forward brew. Tons of citrus that is on the tangy side of bitter. Malts add some surface area so the rye can stand out. Hops are so fresh and sharp the rye takes a back seat But who cares, this is a great hoppy beer.

M- very good feel. Light to medium with a Nice subtle crisp carbonation that does its job and nothing more, which is just What I like.

Overall This beer is great. Huge hop flavors without any off flavors. The only thing that makes this a rye beer and not a top notch ipa is its color. As a bonus you could drink this all day it seems. Job well done two brothers

Kelly88, May 08, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a really pretty cross between bloodwood and mahogany, with little specks of particulate visible if held to the light. A big three finger fluffy cream head floats above, dying down over some time to a ring and island with a ton of thick, chunky lace. On the nose there is a mixture of deep pine and some spicy wet rye. It reminds me of birdhunting in the fall in Newaygo County, MI, where there is a spot with some planted rye fields surrounded by pine stands. There is also a little bit of caramel malt standing out here, but the main attraction is the big hop aroma and the rye off to the side. In the mouth there is the characteristic spice from the rye combining with a nice caramel malt backbone, perhaps with some of the sugarcane contributing to that bit of sweetness, and some wet, musty pine further back. The body is quite big, bigger than I expected, with a long finish of spicy rye and bitter hops.

I've looked at this beer on the shelves for years and never got one. Why? This is a great, great brew. I'm a huge fan of several beers I've had lately with the addition of rye. Hopefully this catches on and more brewers experiment with it.

EricCioe, May 04, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 12 oz bottle best by 071711

A- pours a slight hazy dark mahogany color with garnet striations.. a nice staying 1 finger khaki head with some nice clinging lacing

S- is sweet bread and malt ,sweet rye ,some toffee, and lots of citrus hops

T-sweet rye spices are mixed well with an abundance of floral hops,some sweet malts and bread with pepper and other spices ,a touch of toffee

M-well carbonated crisp and sweet on the palate creamy and smooth,hops are abundant but not at all bitter

O- loved this version of a hopped up rye beer..its tasty,creamy and hoppy..very enjoyable ..will be drinking this again and again

gatornation, May 01, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

We got destroyed at Quizzo tonight, so hopefully this is enough to make me feel a bit better. It pours a clear ruby topped by a finger of glowing dirty white foam and exhibiting a decent amount of matter floating about within. The nose comprises orange peel, onion, toasted rye bread, black pepper, and dark toffee. The taste holds notes of soil, orange rind, light mandarin orange, potato skin, grass, and a touch of toffee. I winced a bit whilst drinking this. The body is a barely-light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I was not much of a fan of this at all, really. The flavors don't do anything all that great for me, and the smell comes kinda close to offensive. I can see how this could actually be a lot worse, but that doesn't make it very good.

TMoney2591, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown caramel colored body with a two inch tan head.

S- Spicy upfront hops, white pepper and spices give the hops a great strong character. Definitely a nice bready malt base.

T- Hops are more herbal and grassy with a definite spice character coming from the rye. Finishes off with a touch of sweetness from the malts.

M- Creamy and foamy, with moderate carbonation.

O- One of the best rye beers I have encountered, something to look out for and pick up.

foogerd, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of sirdillon
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Received in a trade from noslenwerd, many thanks!

Nice reddish caramel color with a 3 finger fluffy off-white head. the head never completely dissipates, lacing is left around the glass. This is beautiful.

Not getting any rye here, but there is a pleasant sweetness that usually I only find is bourbon barrel aged beers. Kind of a vanilla/coconut type of malty sweetness. Maybe a bit of a grassy aroma as well.

Definitely on the sweet side of things, but very very well balanced with the hops. Has a complex tropical sugar/caramel/lightly toastiness to the flavor, with some hop bitterness and slight dryness in the finish. Really good, not getting a lot of distinct flavors from the hops, but the rest more than makes up for it.

Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely coats my entire mouth with all of it's flavors and sweet goodness. Excellent.

Overall- I would've liked this to maybe lower the ending bitterness in the flavor, and perhaps let more of the hop flavors to shine through. All in all though, this is an excellent beer. I wish it were distributed here!

sirdillon, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "red" in the historic sense of red versus white ales, but I would call this caramel colored, sort of like a cola. The head starts thin and sticks around as islands of bubbles amongst a floating quagmire of foam.

Smells of rye...the alcohol more so than the grain. I know the ABV is only 6.8% (according to the bottle, so ignore what they say above), but it smells stronger. I'm thinking that the cane sugar is giving it a dark fruit brandy tone that I'm picking up as booze. On second sniff molasses really comes through. Time to taste to see what's really going on here.

Big time on the dark fruit (prunes) with burnt molasses as another major player. The rye adds a grassy undertone and mouthfeel. It's as if someone brewed one of Belgium's strong, dark ales using rye in the mash tun. I'm thinking that's what they were going for, so nicely done. There's so much going on here that I can't make out the "whackiest hops we could lay our hands on" in there. Some reviwers got some citrus from the hops and I do get a little grapefruit at the back...good catch. There is also some black pepper spiciness but I can't tell what's bringing it to the party. It could be a phenol, the rye or it could be hops.

This really comes off feeling boozier than it is and it defies classification. I think BA put into the rye category because it's brewed with that grain but it doesn't conform to any style...and I LOVE that!

Naugros, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot to write down who shared this one.

A: The pour is a very dark amber color, almost copper, with a sizable off-white head.

S: Decently hoppy with quite a lot of rye aromas. Somewhat sweet with some bread and toffee coming through in addition to the citrus and floral notes of the hops.

T: Interesting flavor. The rye gives off its patented spiciness which works nicely with the sweet toffee and toasted bread flavors. Citrus hops are there once again and provide some contrast.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Easily one of the better beers I've had from Two Brothers. Nice flavor and fairly easy to drink.

womencantsail, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark amber/ruby (especially noted when backlit) with a small, greyish/off-white head. Fine sediment and particulate is in suspension. Leaves some lace.

S: Interesting - very much citric (pink grapefruit comes to mind), but not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Light, bready malt with some brown sugar sweetness. Rye spiciness is definitely noted. Dry bitterness at the finish, turning slightly metallic, maybe minerally is a better descriptor. As it warms, I get some fruitiness as well underneath it all.

M: Active carbonation is fine in feel, call the heft lighter than medium. At times it feels almost thin.

O: Solid beer. Went down very easily (and quickly).

Kendo, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, large frothy and sticky head, moderate carbonation, a bit hazy but translucent, immense lacing.

S - Lots of floral and citrus hops perfectly balanced by toasted and sweet caramel malt aromas.

T - As in most hoppy beers the hops hit first, just a lot of great hop flavor but it immediately followed by a definite rye sweetness and twang. Really great balance of citrus and floral hops by rye, toasted malt, dark caramel sweetness.

M - I thought with the palm sugar this may be a bit on the dry side, but not at all. Not a heavy beer but some really nice moderate body. There is a silkiness to it but the higher carbonation and alcohol at the end clean it up nicely. Ends with a nice citrus bitterness.

O - This is just a great beer. There is something to please a lot of people. Lots of hop flavor and a good bit of bitterness. Tons of malt flavor with the complexity of rye and some palm sugar which may not be tasted directly but it must add to the complexity of flavor which is great. Higher on the alcohol but not a huge beer. Fantastic rye beer.

steelerguy, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of brew4health
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark orange amber, nearly opaque, hazy, clearly unfiltered, tan head

s: spicy, slightly fruity with dominant malt aroma

f: spicy, malty sweet, slightly fruity flavor with a bit of a rye bite, malt dominates

m: creamy, medium body, lightly carbonated, clean sweet finish

o: I think spicy, malty when I drink this beer. It is sweet and overbalanced to the malty side but none-the-less complex and quite nice. My bottle is marked "best by 6/28/11" and it seems fresh. Thanks Two Brothers!

brew4health, Apr 15, 2011
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.