Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 153
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
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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 tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking ark amber color with a slowly fading, modest lacing. The nose is hops, malt, and subtle, slightly metallic rye.

Lovely taste..a nice mix of hops, moderate bitterness, and tasty rye. Thankfully the metallic aspect is nowhere to be found in the taste, a slightly off-putting characteristic of many other rye beers. This is one of the best tasting ryes I've had.

Nicely carbonated and crisp. Complex blend of rye and hops with a solid malt backbone, very slightly sweet. Tasty.

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

I was lucky enough to grab a bottle of this at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN. It poured a reddish brown, almost an amber with light white head. It smelled sweet and of rye malts and almost had a piny hoppiness to it. Almost had a candied fruit flavor to it. It tasted great. It was a good balanace of the rye, malt, hops, and sweetness. Kind of fruity. It was full bodied and left a sweet after taste. It was drinkable but I'd only have a couple at a time. It had good flavor and was a very good beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another thanks to dzyneguru. Poured into 14oz glass. Poured a nice deep brown with a bit of a reddish tint. The beer had less than a half inch of of tan head that didn't have much retention and a little better than minimal lacing.

The Rye scent in this brew was kind of muted, not as sharp as others I've had, with a nice trace of hops in the background. The flavor had a bolder Rye flavor, but not overpoweringly so. There was also a nice blend of hops on the finish.

The body was decent, perhaps a bit thin. Drinkability was good, I'd have more of these if they were local to me. Overall, a decent beer that's worth your time if you see it.

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.

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sugary, some hops as well. Taste is good and unique. Some hops, rye, a bit of sweetness, palm sugar adds a different flavor, slight bitterness, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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

Pours a clear reddish brown, big off white head forms, tons of lace and great retention. Smell is spicy, grapefruit and floral, pine, caramel, little bit alcohol, hops are real nice. Taste is spicy, pine and grapefruit hops, caramel and sugar cane in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice clean bitterness in the finish, most excellent.

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

This beers looks to have a little viscosity from the pour. It's crystal clear bronze appearance is speckled by dots of carbonation rising at a slow pace. The beige head is thin and leaves little lace. Nice hoppy nose with a little spicy rye character as well. Malts take a back seat in the aroma with a slight bit off toffee coming through. Nice hoppy start on the palate as well. Of the PacNW varieties I would think. The hops are bright and citric and resiny to a smaller extent and lemony. Nice enough. I catch some of that spiciness coming from the rye as well. And everything is backed up sufficiently with a toffeeish English kind of malt backing. Somewhat of a dry finish. Body is close to full. And the carbonation is appropriate. Nice beer and quite interesting.

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

I got this in a trade with Joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear copper with about a 2 finger head of foam and good lacing and boy, the head retention is very nice indeed.

The smell is a strong grapefruit but there's also some sweet malt sneaking through the cracks.

The taste has good notes of grapefruit which, btw, aren't as strong as I would have expected from the nose(not a bad thing!), roasted malt, some bread, some earthy tones, and caramel malt in the background. Nice medium mouthfeel here and it finishes slightly tart, slightly sweet. Good tasting brew!

I've only had a few beers that have Rye listed in the name but the one's I've tried have all turned out to be quite tasty and satisfying.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a very deep mahagony color with burnt pink grapefruit highlights. Head was a nice one and a half finger head. Light bubbling as well as lacing.

Smell- Indeed a very fubnky hop aroma with the lets not forget about the rye either. These two aromas combined with a grapefruit zest.

Taste- A great mix of brown sugared red rye, funky hops with a real resiny character, and grapefruit peels. Just an amzing mix of flavors in this artisanal brew.

Photo of claspada
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the brewpub as part of a sampler...A bright clear dark copper with amber highlights, lightly clear. A light tan head great retention and lacing...Light malts on the aroma but mostly hops, you can tell its totally dry hopped. Taste is is rye undertones with lots of hops throughout. The hops mostly cover up everything, makes it taste pretty good if you like hops. Decently easy to drink, but nothing special.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The whitish head soon recedes to an island of carbonation and a ring around the glass. The beer is a medium brown in color.

smell: Tealike aromas of fresh, floral hops blended with some caramel and rye malt aromas.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around medium, the body a lighter medium.

taste: A slightly nutty, lightly sweet sweet malty flavor finds some hop flavors and soon gives way to a moderate bitterness. Not much depth, but tasty.

drinkability: somewhat limited

bomber split with dirtylou during my stay in WI

Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a deep burnt amber, almost browned color with a light tuft of beige head on top. Fades out completely into a few bubbles of film, webbed lacing coats the glass.

Bitter and spicy in the nose with citrus hops. Rye spice and faint bready malts with soft sweetness. Pretty spicy and hoppy overall.

Spike of bitter hops up front with citrus driven by orange and grapefruit. Hints of peel and rind with some soft juiciness. Rye spice pleasantly burns through. Lighter bready and caramel notes drive through with the malt backbone. Finishes bitter, juicy, and citrusy.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and prickly on the tongue. Drinkable, hoppy, spicy, and delicious. I'd buy this regularly if it was available here.

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

12oz bottle; best by June 19th 2008 and that be today!

A: Copper colored brew with a thin, tan head

S: Combination of sweet caramel malt, rye and fruity hops. The rye is really dominant and delicious.

T: Mild hop bite to start things off and leads into a solid rye backbone with a mild caramel sweetness. The finish is fairly dry. I wish I had a fresher bottle

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation and finish

D: Goes down easy.

Notes: I had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago and it was way better than this - probably a freshness issue?

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date on back of 7/16/09

A - Clear dark ruby color with a pleasant light tan foamy head. Decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Hop smell is lightly floral with straw, wheat, and grass. Earthy. Light fruit aromas with a hint of apricot.

T - Much hoppier than it smells. The first thing that comes across is the floral and slight fruitiness of the hops followed by a slightly earthy finish.

M - Crisp and light with a dry, bitter finish. Light to medium in body.

D - I don't think that this is a bad beer by any standards; however, it's overly hopped flavor isn't balanced by any sort of "maltiness" (yes, its a Rye beer) and is a little overpowering.

I ended up giving the other from the 12 sample pack to my dad to drink. At least I have the bottle for home brewing.

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

This shows a dark mahogany red color with a hefty tan head and good lacing. The aroma is sharp lemony pine hops and deep butterscotch berry. The flavor brings very satiny smooth raspberry malt and piney hops. Delicious and rich with a very consistent and smooth carbonation. Somewhat like a mild barleywine. It has a slight resinous quality which hints at the rye taste. The bitterness gathers at the back of the mouth. There's a touch of dryness on the tip of the tongue. Very nice and distinctive. Fairly drinkable for sure.

Photo of barnzy78
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 09/10/14
L - creamy ivory head tops a reddish-brown ale
S - different aroma: sweet, brown sugar, citrus, earthy spicy rye
T - spicy rye, brown sugar, earth, grapefruity citrus, toasted grain, sweet with moderate bitterness
F - creamy and very dry accentuating the bitter finish
O - still my favorite Two Brothers beer. I always love coming back to this one.

Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a kick lately of finding old notes...

The color is an appealing deep mohogany red with coppery highlights almost pushing to ruby at the edges. A very nice off-white head stands about two fingers tall, stays for a pretty long time without really fading away, and leaves some good lacing in fairly thick patches.
There's a breads and caramel presence from the malts with some citrus, grains pulling through overall with a light spiciness I can safely assume is from the rye. Also lingering is the particular aroma I've come to identify with Simcoe hope. The aroma is good, almost very good, lacking only the depth and power of the hops found later and moderate on a rye spiciness that comes out deeper in the flavor as well.
The flavor is where it's at. A big, bready malt along with a toffee sweet caramel malt make for a big, rich malt presence necessary because big malts are the only way to balance the beauty of the somewhow heavy yet clean hops in here. There's a big citrus and a nice tanginess to further balance an unusual but nice sweetness and plenty of rye spiciness. This one's deep, bold, robust, balanced, and flavorful. Delicious.
A full body and plenty of smoothness make for a nice, full, almost chewy mouthfeel. Plenty of crispness up front gives way to rich creaminess. Robust, clean and semi-dry in the finish.
I guess if I had to choose between this or Red's, I'd be lost. The price sticker would be the decision maker.

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

Sample at Brew Kettle: Dark amber color with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing at the top of the glass, and thinner layers below. Aroma of rye, malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a bready malt and rye flavor, along with a good amount of hops and fruit. The finish is spicy with hops and a touch of alcohol. Solid all around.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler, poured into a pint glass

A somewhat clear ruby/mahogany colored body with a fluffy one finger yellowish cap. Some mild lacing strewn across the inside of the glass.

The nose is of rye, caramel, and citrus. Oranges and tangerines with a little bit of a tropical element underneath. Sturdy caramel with a bit of brown sugar.

Hmm, this is pretty sugary. Almost under-attenuated in a way. Caramel and brown sugar with rye, grapefruit, oranges, and pine resin through the middle. The finish is a blend of mild bitterness with a rush of sweetness. Fairly dry, but definitely sugary.

Medium bodied, chewy. Low carbonation. Finish is sweet, dry, and mildly bitter.

This is an interesting beer. The sweetness is cloying, masking the rye too much for my tastes. However, this is still enjoyable in an odd way. A little too sweet, but there is a decent hoppyness to help try and balance it out.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a tranlucent deep reddish copper color with a slightly tanned head that looks quite thick and has great retention and big lace.

S-the nose is lighter with some nice grapefruit and a touch of piney hops, notes of rye malt with some spiciness to it.

T-the taste brings more rye than the nose and less hops. the rye kicks in first with notes of grapefruit and some pine coming in next giving way to some peppery spice and more rye at the finish.

M-very clean and smooth. it is slightly syrupy and leaves a little coat on the mouth.

D-this is actually pretty tasty. it goes down very easily and brings a nice hop profile for a rye beer. definitely give it a shot.

Photo of rfgetz
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed reddish brown, spotty head at best with minimal lacing. Scent is a pleasant combination of spice and citrus with a solid sweet, but not overpowering bready and carmely background. First sip is predominately mild spice and tropical fruits, the spice intensifies as it warms, yet the citrusy hop presence fades slightly, the sweet and bready carmely background does not come through until the beer is almost at room temperature. Medium bodied, slight touches of oilyness, but also slightly watery in the begining. Im torn, had some good charachtertistics to it, but tastes rather uneven and flat on some sips.

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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