Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 154
Gots: 187 | FT: 1
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 OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to deep amber color, with a tan head. In the aroma, hops, rye, and a sweeter malt. In the taste, sweet malt, dry rye, and some piney hops. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and pine hop aftertaste. Nice balance; hops to rye and sweet to dry. Real freakin' good!

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

On-tap at Bulldog Lowertown: Solid hue of blazing dark brick red, nearing voilet, and nary a fluff or capping at all when served. A slight ring of foam remained most way thru and just a few spot of lacing stuck.

Lovely aroma of darkened juicy citric hoppyness matched well with a rye crispness that really pops. Darkly fruity with orange, plum, and cherry with hints to duller grapefruit and notes to some brown sugar sweetness and caramel.

Taste is immaculately yummy and bold with a tender crispness of rye malt. Eagerly smoothed over with lots of caramel balancing malt slathered with succulantly soft, juicy, and dark fruity citrusy stuff. Orangey, grapefruit, rum/cherry, plum, green raisin, and tinged just right with a hopitude of greasy resin leftovers in the finish. Quite Barleywine-esk actually.

Smooth, snappy crispness matched with a tender center all enveloped in a fairly hefty fullish body. Just as its about to go chewy it gets the rye snap, then the hoppy textured resinous finish.

Damn solid stuff! Goes down great at first but catches up to ya after the first glass. Worht every sip no matter how ya decide to drink it down.

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in the fridge too long, so hop aroma and flavor are likely depleted.

Pours a nice amber color, clear, with solid 2 finger light beige head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is cola sweetness, caramel malt, bready, with a hint of rye and citrus hop.

Flavor retained more hop character. Lemon and grapefruit sourness dominate, supported by a bready caramel malt character, leading to a somewhat bitter rye finish. The sweetness of the malt accentuates the rye as it warms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a very citrus forward beer, with enough rye to reign in the flavor and keep the profile in check.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jeager poured into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful deep, clear copper with a small dense off-white head. There is a good ring and some foam along the top throughout with very good lacing along the sides. Absolutely wonderful looking brew. The smell more hops than rye with a huge citrus and floral aroma up front with grapefruit leading the way. The rye malt is in the background but noticeable. The taste has some of the same stuff but with a heavier malt presence that balances the hops nicely. There is also more sweetness in the backbone of the taste with molasses and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium for a rye beer, very creamy and smooth but with a fairly dry, crisp finish. Drinkability is good on this one and I would rate it right up there with the best rye beers I've tasted. Highly recommended.

Photo of illidurit
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a nonic. Big 3 finger head atop a very dark amber body. Nice lacing, retention.

Rye and hops meld to create a gorgeous and appetizing aroma. Spicy and citrsuy.

Huge spicy and tangy rye malt flavors backed up by the classic zing of a red ale are balanced out by the nice smoothness achieved by the addition of thai palm sugar.

Very smooth on the palate, great carbonation, creamy and full.

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

On Tap at The Map Room

Pours dark with a small head that doesn't quite cut it. Still, nice and dark with good lacing.

Smells like very dark, rich hoppy rye. Resin, pot, dirt, and grapefruit. Class.

Oh--it tastes great! Potting soil moving into tasty, tasty pine and citrus hop, ending with a great kick of sweet malt.

And layered and perfectly balanced rye that kicks your ass but doesn't hurt you. It loves you too much to leave a mark.

Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Local Miami. Arrives in a Green Flash goblet.

A- Light see-through brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before shimmying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of light surface foam. Thick, full cobwebs of lacing.

S- Moderately hoppy aroma with some complimentary alcohol. Somewhat musty.

T- Toasty, light chocolate and also light spiciness from the rye. Restrained bitterness with some alcohol presence. Overall, well-balanced with the hops playing off the rye malt nicely.

M- Semi-viscous and sticky with medium carbonation and a full-ish body.

O- High drinkability and a nice combo of rye and hops. I used light as an adjective frequently in this brew because it displays a good amount of finesse.

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

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, spicy rye, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is very balanced up front with a lot of spicy caramel and toffee and some grapefruit. The finish is dominated by a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I could drink this agian when in the mood for a well balanced rye beer.

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

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a short lived cream colored head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice toasted caramel malt; some spicy rye and hops to boot. The taste is of a solid caramel malt, slightly nutty, slightly spicy. Nicy grassy hops to compliment the malt. The feel is moderate, chewy, semi-soft carbonation, finishes with a bitter twang. Two Brothers sure do know how to make an excellent malty brew. This brew is very smooth, nice rye and hop spice. Recommended.

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

poured into a tulip glass.

best by date of 11/09/12.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with an amber hue when held to light. One and a half finger of off white head.

Smell: The rye malts cut right through the hops with a litely spiced note. Caramel malt profile. Hops are herbal.

Taste: The rye malts are the big player in this beer. The malts taste like a rye bread drizzeled with a caramel syrup imparting a mild sweetness of malts with a spicy rye kick. Herbal and peppery hops with a touch of pine. low end of moderate bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. Its got a little bit of creaminess to the body, but not overly so.

Overall: If you like rye beers this is one to look for in the great lakes beer region. Its good beer from chicago!

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 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
12oz

@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.

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

Taupe lumpy lacey head. Gooey, funky, bitter orange hops with a touch of caramel on the nose.
A bit of red currant and toffee and some rye spice, then resiny orange rind hops.
Spicy end and a tight pulp linger. Light-medium, sticky, creamy.

A bit thin, and rye doesn’t add enough bite. Nose is better than the taste. Not up to the standard of Founders Red’s.
I notice many of the most worshipful reviews are old, I wonder if this was just good for its time.

Also starting to have questions about Two Brothers…

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, first of all I picked up a four pack of this for $4.99. Went to have a bottle last night and see a best by date of 4/22/09. So my review is not of the freshest bottle, but here it is.

A- pours a deep transparent brown with two finger head of tan suds. Good amount of lacing.

S- Big hops with sweet caramel malt.

T- Some hops and big sweet roasted malt. Heavier on the malt side. Reminds me of a DFH 90 Minute. I'm guessing some of the hops have faded in this one. Some caramel and toffee present. Not bad, but would like bigger hops like a Red's Rye offers.

M- medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. Mild chewiness.

D- Pretty good drinkability for a 7% beer. A couple is about all I could do of this. Would like to compare this to a fresh bottle as I really enjoy this style.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is pretty aggressive. Dark straight brown color. No reddish tones at all. Lots of lacing. Good structure and retention in the head.

Aroma at first was a bit like home brew.. Some fusel alcohol. This seems to burn off and you get some pine, grain and a touch of fruity sweetness.

My first impression is that it's a touch sweeter than most ryes I encounter. I did notice the label noted the addition of palm sugar. Perhaps that explains it. Pretty nice actually. Well balanced and there is certainly a crispness that the rye imparts. Light bready taste and reminds me of crispy thick crusted bread. Some nice hop lingering bitterness at the end. But not overpowering at all.

Fairly smooth and dry with subtle carbonation.

Decent little beer.

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!

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a small head that settles quickly. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Swirling the beer leaves a thick cap.

Citrus hops fill the nose. Just hints of malt lies in the background.

The flavor is dominated by the hops. Citrus flavors at first but there is a sour twang noticed before the bitter returns on the finish.

Has a surprising light body. It does not carry the bitterness of the beer very well. Carbonation is adequate without being intrusive.

A very hoppy beer. I would prefer more of the rye to come through. High ABV and bitterness limits consumption.

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!

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)

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

Thanks to crushedvol for this bottle.

A: Pours a murky deep redish brown that isn't fully opaque. There is a wonderful 1/2 finger of creamy tan head that slowly dissipates. It leaves just a thin ring along the top of the beer.

S: Smells really malty with some obvious rye spice hidden in there. There are also some floral hop notes to this brew.

T: Starts off sweet and a bit bready, with some fantastic spice to it. The rye really shines through. I love rye beers. It finishes with some more sweetness and just a slight taste alcohol.

M: Full bodied beer, some cloying in the start. The flavors of this beer linger on the palate for a bit.

O: A really solid drinker. There is a great balance with the malty sweetness and the spicy rye. Each flavor is spot on. I like it. If it were available near me, I'd buy some bottles every now and again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Two Brothers sure has an interesting take on the color red. This is purplish black. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This has a hell of a lot more hop character than rye, but in any case it smells great. Citrusy and floral hops. Just a touch of spicy earthy rye underneath. Toasty malts with minor caramel notes.

2.5 T: The taste is confused. Moderate, though out of place, hop bitterness that comes off in an almost burnt nature. Rye is much more apparent, but it doesn't work well with the hops. That isn't to say it can't. I've had rye IPAs that were delicious. A touch of roastiness, toast, and sugary caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but lacking smoothness due to the perceived burnt flavors.

2.5 D: I think this would have worked better if they used less bittering hops. In any case, it's at least interesting.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Cult classic comes at us throwing hops and rye. Dim mahogany topped with an off-white lacing, this looks like a serious beer. Aromas of spicy rye, orangey hops, toasted bready malt and fruity esters ... mouthwatering. Big malty body flexes with a creamy smoothness. Rye grips the taste buds as a hint of caramel caresses. Hops come off a little sharp to start, but the flavor kicks in with citrus rind and mild tobacco. Warming alcohol has no problem showing its 7 percent, warming and a little fruity. Truly epic drinking.

Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper color with a caramel one finger head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, passion fruit, spices and a hint of pine and rye.
Sweet flavor of rye, grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, spices, lots of caramels, earth, papaya, pine and lemon. Dry with a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.0% abv is very well hidden.
Great beer. A bold and beer with strong flavors given its hop profile and rye, but very well balanced. Its sweetness could be tuned down a bit. If you like Rye beers and a hoppy punch, you got to try this.

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.

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.

Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.