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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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617 Reviews
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Reviews: 617
Hads: 1,586
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 157
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006

Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Orignal. And that’s no Sin.

IBU: 68
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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for tossing one of these into a trade. Bottle says best before 5/01/09, so I'm guessing this is pretty fresh.

A - Transparent reddish brown (like cherry wood finish). One finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lace pattern. Not much in the way of visible carbonation. Wish there was more foam and better retention.

S - Yum. Citrus-y hops and a hint of rye. Fresh tangerine & grapefruit over top of a solid caramel malt backbone. Nice balance here.

T - More bitter than I expected - particularly with both the strong hop profile and the touch of rye whiskey flavor. The strong sweetness found in the smell isn't as present here, just a little sweetness on the back end. I'm going to delve into the realm of subjective preference here, but I find this is too bitter to be considered well-balanced, but not bitter enough to meet my hop-bomb needs. Leaves a bitter aftertaste as well.

M - Could be a little less watery, but otherwise smooth and creamy. Leaves a sticky resin after swallowing.

D - Plus - the restraint in carbonation keeps it from being too bloaty. Minus - even though this called a Rye beer, it appears to be competing in a very crowded IPA field.
The smaller size actually makes it more drinkable than Hop Rod Rye.

Solid effort by Two Brothers. (1,307 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass and decent retention. Hints of red when held up to the light.

s - Smells of rye, caramel malts, fruity malts, citrus, and wheat. Maybe a tiny bit of spice as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, rye, fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, and light pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - I thought this was a pretty good rye beer; I liked how the caramel malts and rye mixed together with the citrus and pine hops. A good interesting beer I'd certainly have again. (691 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass.
Cast in a dark, plummy hue, transparent, when held to the light, but otherwise significantly hazy. A plump and stable serving of creamy froth sits atop.

Big, wicked sweetness jumps out from the start. Rye + Sugar = guess what? Deeply, darkly fruity, very similar to a barleywine. Cherries dunked in brandy.

Sleek and supple once on the palate, fairly thick and clinging. Fills the mouth and spreads this tasty blend of grain, fruit, and a dry sweetness. Terribly unique.

Despite it's initial girth, Cane and Ebel finds itself a sophisticated, yet relaxing ale, with many mysteries inside. You can strain your mind to consider all the questions, or you can throw back your cares, like me, and indulge in the essential existential nothingness of it all.


much thanks to Mr. HAtfield (844 characters)

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

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

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a BIF chain. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Brewed with rye and Thai palm sugar. Beer is darker than I expected but it looks so inviting. It is dark brown and has a good head with staying power, yellowish or light brown head with small bubbles and moderate to low carbonation (medium to small bubbles).

The rye comes through very strong in the aroma. It smells so good. Not a lot of hop aroma or anything else. The rye malt dominates by a lot.

This beer is great. The rye malt comes through as the dominant flavor. There is a slight roast at the back end, there is no aftertaste to speak of. This is a great great beer. I would expect the adjunct sugar to dry it out or thin up the beer but it is full bodied, mouthfeel great, drinkability really high. If you like ryes go get this beer. Thanks Naugled. I love it. (860 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger tan head. Very full and thick. Decent retention leaving some pretty sweet looking lace rings. Color is a dark amber copper. A red beer that is actually red for a change. I can see through this one, but not the greatest. I have to admit, that this is one good looking beer.

Aroma: The obvious rye is there and I smelt some kind of sugar, but I had no clue. I checked the bottle and it says it is produced with thai palm sugar. I am guessing that is what I am smelling. There is also an IPA-like aroma coming from this beer. Floral hops and citrus notes. Kind of has a musky aroma to it.

Taste: First thought is that it reminds me a little of Nugget Nectar. Then comes the rye and that palm sugar (it makes its presence known here). It is an interesting sugar and I can definitely taste the difference. Very hoppy and citrusy. Interesting flavor, but I do kind of like it. I was debating on whether or not to give the taste a 4.5 and I said if it was classified as a red, I would have, because it would have been one fine red/amber, but it's a rye, so 4 will be what it gets. Still very close to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Is somewhat bitter, but no where near an IPA level. It is almost just a mellowed out version. Medium bodied. And a medium-to-high level of carbonation that seems to be correct. Leaves an IPA-like aftertaste. Very dry and full of floral hops.

Overall, I am really liking this beer. I am curious to know what the hop level would have been like had I tried this when it was first released. I am not disappointed with this brew at all. I could easily drink another in a night. It had some unique ingredients going on and it was neat to be able to try them. (1,723 characters)

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and creamy crystal malt and rye scent along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's bitter with a bit of rye spiciness. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor that blends nicely with the crystal and rye malts. It's incredibly smooth and light for a beer at 7%. Rye is the new trend in brewing and I couldn't be happier. It's spicey flavor lends itself well to hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It's complex all the way through; a great beer! (664 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
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. (340 characters)

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

First off, a note of explanation on the name of this beer. It was made by Brewmaster Jason Ebel and included a large quantity of Thai palm (cane) sugar in its recipe. Ha! It arrived with a fluffy, light-tan head above a clear amber liquid. The nose was a great mix of light hops, light malt, and a lot of spiciness, like pepper. The mouthfeel tended to be medium-to-thick. There was a really earthy quality to the beer on the tongue, like eating something that had been freshly picked. The finish had the expected rye bite that Sopor turned me on to. (550 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, with "best by" dating on the rear label. Pours a nice rich shade of dark honey amber, medium tan head, leaving fine lace on the glass. Sweet malty nose. Full flavor darker ale, sweet malts up front and quite dry hoppy snap in the rear. Complex notes of rye, vanilla, some smoke, flowing into a long balanced finish. Nice stuff. Have not been blown away by the other Two Bros. offerings, but this amped up one is fairly impressive. Well worth a try. (459 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a reddish brown with small off-white head, lightly fizzy, good retention, leaving some lacing in a pint glass.

S: Solid smell of some sweet and smoky brown malt, pineapple, very floral hops.

T: Definitely sweet at the forefront, I got a lot of caramel malt and brown sugar. Hops are give a dry citrus and some tropical flavour. Only problem was an annoying coppery metallic aftertaste that dropped the score down from a solid 4. Ends with that along with some bitter dry hops and rye spice.

M: Light carbonation, fairly light body, resiny, some residual sugar character for sure, metallic.

D: A nice rye beer from a brewery I have never tried before, but Founder's Red and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye are in another category all together in comparison. (779 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Fairly clear, rust/amber brown color, with a little carbonation. Easy pour produces a large, thick off white, slight yellow head. Nice retention and leaves thick rings of lacing.
S:Very strong aroma, of rye and citrus hops and some strong maltiness as well. Citrus sweetness is strongest flavor.
T: Generally reminds me of a cross between Red's Rye and Nugget Nectar. Like the nose, citrus hops dominate flavor with malty background and some rye. In flavor, this more strongly reminds me of Nugget Nectar.
M: Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a hop bite at end. Overall slightly thin, not quite crisp enough, could use a little more carbonation. Aftertaste lingers strongly with taste of rye.
D: Very flavorful beer with well hidden alcohol, but something in the balance and mouthfeel makes me just want either a red's rye or nugget nectar as this ends up feeling like a compromise between the two, especially at the slightly high price for it in this area. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brown body with some red in it. Hardly a white head and a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing, but overall not exactly attractive.

Smell - Rye all over the place. Some hops and some caramel to it also, but it's a lot of rye.

Taste - Rye forward again. Well, it is a rye beer, I suppose. Spicy and a little sweet, actually. Hop bitterness in the finish. Also, sadly, a boozy flavor, even though it's only 7%.

Mouthfeel - Kinda low carbonation and it feels heavy. It's got a lot of body to it, but that's probably from the rye. Again, the slight tinge of alcohol is disappointing.

Overall - I'm not a fan of rye beers, but there's some characteristics that bring it down besides the rye. Still drinkable, but not great. (801 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A single from Abe's

A dark red with an off-tan head, poor retention and little lacing. The aroma is very herbal with that rye spice. The flavor immediately reminds me of Red's Rye from Founder's, for obvious reasons. It's a big, but not too harsh citrus tang. As satisfying as any good IPA or hopped red ale, but with that wonderful rye twist to make it stand out. Worth a try. Quite tasty. (391 characters)

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

Pours a nice darker orange with a fairly minimal head, but one that sticks around as a thin cap for the duration of the beer.Decent lacing as well. Aroma has a touch of sour and a touch of rye spiciness with some floral hops as a bottom note. Slight rye sourness on the start, followed by spicy combo of rye grain and hops and long hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes throughout. Really very nice rye flavors. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a touch of candy sugar is there as well, but very balanced. Beautifully drinkable. (537 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark reddish brown colored beer without much head formation.

The smell is sweet with a pleasing scent of pine and pineapple with a mild sour hint to it. Faint smokiness and a sour fruit scent of orange.

The taste starts out sweet and solidly bitter. Mostly hop and malt with a mild sour edge from the rye.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is OK and tastes a great deal like Stone Arrogant bastard but I don't think I would buy this again. (439 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip, bottle courtesy of AJacob81! Label calls it a hopped up red rye ale brewed with Thai palm sugar. Looks interesting.

Pours a deep red, with minimal head even with an aggressive pour. A bit of lacing, and a slightly layer of retention but nothing to write home about. When I popped the top on this one, I got a big hop whiff from the bottle. Would have only predicted that from reading the label, but awesome nonetheless. Smells of hops, rye, some candied sugar sweetness and a bit of spiciness; really nice. Tastes is hoppy from the getgo, but fades into that rye malt quickly with a bit of sugar and sweetness to boot. Bit of a dry finish, but a quite a good mouthfeel on the whole. Drinkability is good, could have a couple of these given the opportunity; my glass disappeared quite quick! (832 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear walnut brown body with a creamy antique white head that holds its shape above the glass. There is no sign of carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh cut pineapple weed in the hops has notes of pale malt with a slightly darker malt hint in the background.

T- The big hops had notes of grass and the taste of fresh hop pellets which was followed by a pale malt flavor that was slightly sweet. As it warmed there was a note of dark caramel malt in with the paler malts and a faint lemongrass hint to the finishing hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but the texture was a bit watery.

D- This beer has very grassy hop notes and I didn't notice the exotic palm sugar subtleties. I will have to try another bottle or two and see if I can find those flavors. (831 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky amber hue with half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust sweet malt with a smattering of floral hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront toasted grainy malt, some caramel sweetness and a spicy rye element. Some flowery hop toward the finish helped to dry the beer out. Excellent toasted malt at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry and toasted residue.

Overall a very tasty and complex beer. Thanks to unclejedi for this one. (526 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The rye ale is a full, dark amber brown color, completely opaque. A finger of head has left small-sized patches of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a combination of citrusy hops and spicy dark rye bread. Peppery aromas cut into the rye, bringing out their sweetness.

T: Delicious. The rye is full, concentrated and chewy, leaving a bready taste in the mouth. The malts are met by vibrant hops, citrusy with grapefruit and orange peel leading the way. Caramel malts mix with the bready rye, creating a rich malt base that is capable of supporting the weighty hop profile. Hell, it could support a an entire extra addition of hops.

M: The rye and bold hops make this a real ale to savor. The flavor is full and intense from first sip to last; one of the best beers that the Brass Rail has had on.

D: Hop Stoopid kicked just before I arrived but you know what? This kicks Hop Stoopid in the pants 9 times out of 10. I love rye and I love hops and this beer provides both in tall order. (1,053 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to BAz Vancer and NucularGeorge

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice touch of hops, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Two Brothers brew and glad I've gotten a chance to try it out. (472 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before date of 3/19/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium to dark brown colour with a small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - some earthy and citrus notes. Sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral, earthy and citrus notes. Very sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well but this is well balanced overall. A slight spiciness comes through from the rye but not as much as some other rye beers I have had.

M - Medium to thick body, Chewy. Lightly carbonated. (553 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Jackie O's tulip glass on 7/26/11
*From notes

Yet another big thanks goes out to siege06nd for hooking me up with this one after his recent trip to the Land of Cleve.

A: Dark chocolate lab brown with a solid amount of golden sunlight amber fighting it's way through. A standard pour yields a 1.75 finger head and as the head dissipates, thick chunks of white lacing rim the glass.

S: Crispy. Heavy handed notes of rye and floral hops abound. Slightly sweet and quite earthy.

T: There's no hiding the rye - it's everywhere. Even when the hints of floral hops and roasted, rustic malt make their way to the forefront, the rye is right there with it. Slightly hoppy, but the hops play a supporting role. On the finish I get a bit of fried pork dumpling skin.

M: No complaints here. The mouthfeel does exactly what it should: it compliments the flavor profile of the beer. This is supremely creamy, and really a pleasure to drink.

O: Two Brother's Cane & Ebel Rye comes off like an East Coast AIPA / Brown Ale hybrid. The rye is certainly the star of the show, and is presented in a winning and approachable way from top to bottom. Effortlessly and deceptively well put together. Job well done, Brothers. (1,226 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SCHWINGGG! F & A!!! F & A!!!! This beer is FRICKIN AWESOME!!! Probably my favorite beer to date! The color is a clear Amber beauty! The smell is hoppy/cirus with something special...that special is Thai Palm Sugar....no less! The 7% ABV is balanced beautifully with hops, rye, caramel malt, and thai palm sugar! The head is nice/white with a perfect lace to follow! THIS BEER IS WORHT YOUR YOUNGER SISTER'S VIRGINITY! High ABV may scare some from a session stand point....trust me...after five tap servings...I still want MORE!!! YUMMY YUMMY! Jesse...thanks for having your reception at 2 Bros!!!! Stay thirsty my friends! (622 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark copper, almost brown, and leaves a one-inch head that never fully leaves. Some lacing left. I think you can see through exactly half of the glass if you put it up to the light at an angle...which is kinda eerie if you think about it.

S- Spicy hops. This is where you can smell the rye.

T- Well balanced hops and malts for as hoppy it is. Very last taste leaves a sweet sensation to remind you how delicious this beer is. Thai palm sugar!

M- Thick and creamy.

D/O- For a 7%abv brew, any style, this drinks incredible. One of my favorite beers I've tried in the last year. If I could get this any time it would be my go-to beer. I like trying as many beers as possible so for me to go to a large beer store in the hopes of finding something "hyped" or new, then see this and be ecstatic...well, whatever that means :) Automatically makes Two Brothers one of my favorites, and the fact that it's brewed just over an hour away is awesome. Absolutely delicious. (974 characters)

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.