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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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1,385 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 136
Gots: 102 | 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)
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Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

jrallen34, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Bitterbill, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

WoodBrew, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.2%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

tone77, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

vfgccp, Jul 02, 2012
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 Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Dogbrick, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

OWSLEY069, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  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.

tavernjef, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

claspada, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  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?

DefenCorps, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Duff27, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

barnzy78, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  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.

champ103, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

gford217, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.38/5  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.

Durge, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Lare453, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

cjgator3, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

illidurit, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Brenden
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Brenden, Sep 09, 2010
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.