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Cane And Ebel | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006

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Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by ericwo. Thanks!

A: pours a dark brown hue that turns a brillant red when put up to light. The head is solid half finger that dies rather quickly. Huge thick sheets of lace left behind.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas with hints of spicy rye coming thru. Hints of citrus, grass, and a touch of booze.

T: Nice caramel malt up front in a big way. Hints of citrus poke thru with a touch of molasses. Nice rye comes thru in the finish where bitter and sweet seem to duel. Bitter wins and lingers a bit.

M: Nice and full bodied. Almost sappy with good carbonation.

D: Nice. I like this one. They could easily bomber this one, it is that enjoyable. Thanks Eric for knocking this one off my wants!

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber/brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, jam, sugar. Flavor of caramel malt, a touch of rye graininess, sweet molasses/sugar. Not overly sweet but pretty "blah" overall. It's not bad, but a little sweet for my liking.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

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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

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Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear garnet with a big foamy head that clings to the glass in rocky clumps. Crazy, pungent, tangy rye smell, almost tropical, with deep, sticky citrus hops. I think its probably the Thai palm sugar that really adds a unique character to the aroma. The flavor is real balanced and not quite as potent as the nose would suggest. Lots o' rye and lots o' hops with a big maltiness behind it all that adds a bit of sweetness. Sharp at times yet, somehow soft. Very smooth mouthfeel goes down effortlessly with a sudden, delayed sting from the rye.

Never really had a beer quite like this one before. A little strange at first but, I really got into it after a few sips. In fact, I drank it down very quickly. I'd sure like to try it on tap.


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Photo of Morey
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 10/25/11 printed on the back label.

Pours dirty brown with reddish hues when held up to the light. Light tan head stood about a half inch tall and has settled to a thin layer after a few minutes. Nice lacing as you sip on it.

The rye comes through nicely in the aroma...nice and spicy. Also getting some malty sweetness in the nose. A bit a brown sugar too.

Pretty smooth tasting up front, but the spicy rye and a slight hop bitterness make themselves known towards the middle. Finish is a tad sweet and surprisingly smooth with a touch of lingering sweetness and bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with that spicy character that you get from a good rye beer. Moderate carbonation.

A unique and interesting rye beer. Very nice.

Morey's Bottom Line: I like this beer alot. Not quite as hoppy as Founders Red's Rye or Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, but just as good. A fun beer to sip on and talk about.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear dark mahogany color with a very foamy tan head. Lacing was sticky but spotty.

Aroma of malts and rye upfront with some grapefruity hops in the background.

The rye really comes through with every sip. Also notes of bread and malts. Hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

This is an easy to drink and enjoy rye.

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Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from growler into a pint glass. Nice inch or so of light tan head that dissipated slowly over the course of the pint, leaving quite a bit of residue around the glass. Deep brown color with a red hue. Clear.

S: Very aromatic. Could smell it just from a foot away. Resinous hops. Smells of the forest.

T & M: The spicy bite of hops with a rye-malt lactic finish. Creamy yet dry, if that makes any sense. Very well balanced between a malty backbone and spicy hops. Medium body and carbonation.

D: As noted before, this is a well balanced beer, making it an easy drinker. An excellent representation of the style. I've had this beer in a bottle previously and it was far less impressed as it was not nearly as lively as this. However, today's beer is exhibiting a greater complexity and (obvious) freshness that was not present in my original tasting.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, fresh and grassy hop aroma. Nice. Slight malt background, but at least initially I'm not picking up any rye.
Pours very attractive. Rather thick and almost creamy light brown head. Very good looking amber of reds and copper.
Tasty APA type flavor. Really nice balance of flavorful hops and firm malt balance. Long finish of hop flavors and bitterness and some dryness. Very nice sweetness up front which is soft and almost candy like. The rye is rather subtle and adds only a mild spiciness and some rounding out of malt flavors.
Substantial fullness from the carbonation, which is made up of fine bubbles and creates a nice softness.
I'm really fond of the sweetness. What a great flavor. It helps complete an already flavorful and satisfying hop based beer.

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

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/11/2015 printed on the back label. A new one to me from Two Brothers, out of Warrenville, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a reddish-brown body, with hues of rust orange when in the glass. About a finger of frothy tan head that falls quickly. Leaves lots of sticky scattered lacing behind on the glass. Looks nice for what it is.

S - A pleasant and fruity aroma. Spicy grainy rye malt makes it's initial appearance, followed by lots of jammy / orangey / piney hops. A creamy sweetness imparted from the Thai palm sugar.

T - Bready rye malt with a touch of caramel, and lots of bitter resinous hops. Pine, orange, grapefruit. In all honesty, it seems a bit bland to me. Flavorful, to be sure, but there isn't much going on here to keep me interested. I'm giving it the 4 for quality.

M - The feel is smooth and easy drinking, if even a bit on the watery side of things. Fruity and jammy, with mild hop resins / bitterness lingering on the palate. Very easy-drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv.

Overall, I'm not a very big fan of rye beers to begin with, but this one wasn't terrible, just fairly bland and middle-of-the-road, in my opinion. Easy-drinking, and worth a shot for fans of the style, but it's not something I would return to again often.

Two Brothers Cane And Ebel -----4/5.

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Photo of deapokid
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rye beer pours a deep and mysterious red with a foamy head and medium retention. Carbonation seems to be on the light side and, if I didn't know better, I'd assume that this blood red ale was an amber.

Smell is way hoppier than expected, melding hop bitterness with a fruit sweetness that is well presented in the background.

Taste was floral and hoppy, packing a berry ripeness without the acidity. Although this is not lacking in the flavor department, I must admit that I was expecting more saltiness in the forefront.

I once had a Jewish Rye at Triumph Brewpub and really expected some of that deli roll character here. The brew can't be faulted for not resembling that beer, but I was hoping for salt to balance out the sweetness.

As it warms, the interesting flavors of the Thai Sugar come out and leave a nice coating on the tongue, but I can't help but wish for a little salt in the mix with all of these bold, sweet flavors.

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on cask at D.B.A. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of cask ales but I always try it because, well, i'm not sure why. This one was a real surprise. The flavor was awesome and there was a spicy bitterness that helped to compensate for the lack of carbonation that tends to accompany cask ales. I can't wait to try this in a bottle.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 7/29/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, deep amber color with a foamy beige head that left good lacing.

S - citrus hop aroma fills the nose.

T - sharp hoppy bitterness upfront with the balance of sweet malt following before the dry and bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D - very easy to drink, be aware of the abv.

Final Note: this beer is NOT retired, it's a limited-run seasonal and it's delicious!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 7/2/09.

A - Lively carbonated, cola-colored body with a reddish tint and one-finger beige head that dispersed into patches of foam, yielding an ornate labyrinth of lacing around the glass.

S - Fresh piney and citrusy hops right up front, which caught me by surprise. I don't recall this having such a pungent nose when I had this via bottle about a year ago. The rye presence is also quite apparent and adds a bit of spiciness into the mix. Sweet burnt sugar notes and sweet caramel malts round out the aroma.

T - Kicks off with a bold hoppy bite right off the bat featuring plenty of piney, sappy notes and a splash of citrus. Caramel and toffee malt sweeten the pot a bit, as does the slight burnt sugar aspect that persists throughout the flavor. Finishes with a mild toasted grainy character in the midst of the moderately aggressive hop character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Cane and Ebel is easily my favorite offering from Two Brothers. The aroma of this beer on tap was beautiful. This is one of the best rye beers on the market, in my opinion.

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at TW Arrowhead May 1 for $8.99. Best by 7/3/2015.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of rye, caramel malt, and citrus hops.

Taste is a nice rye tinged malt base which gives it a nice little extra zip. Caramel malts always go well with citrus hops. Over the course of the sixer there were hints of tropical hops as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a pretty solid beer that i would buy again.

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a nicely carbonated, hazed amber brown body topped by a two finger beige head. Excellent retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Big aroma of spicy rye, pine and grapefruit hops, and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with zesty carbonation.

Very tasty, with a spicy rye edge to a firm hops bitterness that is grapefruit and pine. A hint of chocolate adds to the caramel and toffee maltiness that balances so very well. Creamy and full flavored from beginning to end.

Excellent construction here has produced a very tasty rye ale that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a touch of rye malt.

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Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a brew! Great burnt amber pour, sticky ivory tan head and laces BUT -

Massive amounts of piney hops in the aroma, along with some floral & citrusy notes. Very sharp and sticky in the mouth, the taste is almost overloaded with pine. The hop kick tends to counteract the overbearing pine needles sticking in my throat. By mid=bottle its starting to mellow out and the enjoyment factor is increasing.

Full hop bodied and quite a different mid-west brew. 2 bros are really putting a strong effort to increase the area’s craft presence.

Fine, solid brew.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a good amber/iced tea color. A sparse head generates some minor lace.

Aroma - a dark sugar (caramelized?) with syrupy citrus and sweetbread.

Taste - base malts sweetened with palm sugar, eh? A nice smooth intro but I would never have figured that one out myself. The hops that follow show signs of Amarillo with their almost candyish citric components, but seem a little more bitter. Rye softens things out as well. The swallow shows signs of roasted grain with some coffee flavors sneaking in as well. A nice finish - roasty, dry, warm. A tasty rye with character.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, bubbles are a little subdued (about right), feels good.

Drinkability - very drinkable. A complex tasty profile that I could do multiple bottles of given a less-limited budget.

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Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a couple of bottles of this lately since I had not had it in a long time. Thanks much to Ffej for the hook up for a few of them.

A=Deep, clear rusty amber body with a small off-white/light tan head that reduced to a thin ring. Some light sticky webbed lace left behind.

S-Sweet malts AND citrus at the same time. Nice...like sniffing a bowl of mandarin oranges,

T- Blast of sweet caramel malt followed quickly by citrusy hop goodness. A very nice sweetness flows through the sip and then ends on a dry note...thanks rye malt!

M-Medium light body with a very smooth feel. This may be just a bit on the light side for me. I wouldnt mind a bit more body to support the sweetness.

D-I like the sweet/citrus hop combo. A very easy to drink and enjoyable brew. Good sharp hoppy bitterness flows nicely throughout to beer to be met with the sweetness from the malt and palm sugar and ends with the dryness of the rye....well done!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from pochmanm for my SNF week 17 winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a beautiful, rich, transparent, mahogany color that pours with a huge 3 finger+ soapy off-white head. The head eventually tames down to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S-Nose is mild to moderate in strength with a citrusy hop character coming through the most...beneath this is rye and caramel malt.

T- Overall flavor, much like the nose, is mild to moderate in strength- but very good. Upfront is a balance of citrus flavor and rye bitterness. The finish gets a bit sweeter as hop juices, sugar, and bready yeast. A mild residual bitterness lingers on the far back of the palate as a mild sweetness lingers in the front.

M- Excellent. Mild to moderate carbonation with a medium weight very smooth, oily body.

D- This beer is great! My favorite rye so far. I am trying to take my time with it but find it disappearing fast. It has an excellent balance of sweet and bitter and superb mouthfeel. I'd drink this all the time if I lived where it was available. Would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured a pint glass (a Hopleaf one, the Chicago connection...) . Thanks to BA KickInTheChalice for, finally, connecting me with this one...

'Worth a Whack' the label advises...

A: Deep and surly amber, with a ruddy hue underlying; a pure clarity when held to the lamp and a roil of bubbles. Head is a creamy finger that fades but never disappears; coating lace jigsaws up and down the glass.

S: A combo sweet/hoppy nose, bright and spicy. Something minty and fruity , a curious scent that takes a deep inhale to gather in and never quite expands to where I'd expect it to go.

T: A notable but not overwhelming hoppiness up front, after that it's a spice-filled rye that tastes, frankly, like bread. Dark and doughy, grainy and rich. There are traces of ground spice (nutmeg, maybe?) and fruit (pulpy apple). It's pretty excellent, complex and transforming from sip to sip.

M: Wonderfully crisp upfront, a spicy zing that lasts. Medium mouthfeel at first, growing notably heavier with later sips.

D: Pleasing and easy enough to down, despite a 7% strength. When allowed to warm, the drinkability increases...it's a curious thing that the warming actually wanes and the result 'seems' more sessionable. As nice as I'd hope for and a beer I'd look for again.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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