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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: 1,585
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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Reviews: 617 | Hads: 1,585
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. (1,453 characters)

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. (325 characters)

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! (306 characters)

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. (1,149 characters)

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! (807 characters)

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. (775 characters)

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. (449 characters)

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. (823 characters)

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. (423 characters)

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. (581 characters)

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. (522 characters)

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. (496 characters)

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. (790 characters)

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. (848 characters)

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… (521 characters)

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 (546 characters)

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. (802 characters)

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. (610 characters)

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. (749 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my trip to Philly last month. Enjoyed with my supper which consisted of a chicken & pepperoni sub with some frites sauce.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before 1/25/11.

Appearance: A dark amber body with a small ring that grows to a good 3 fingers before settling to 1. Leaves lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Good dose of piney hops mixed with sugar.

Taste: Hops right off the bat and lots of sugar cane that manages to not be overly sweet. I don't find the rye to be a real major player. Still tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is nice, not as strong as implied on the label but decent enough. Finish is a little too clean. Would have liked more fullness in the palate.

Drinkability: Doesn't drink like 7% which is good but the expensive price might make me hesitate.

Overall: I like it. It doesn't stand out for me but i still enjoyed drinking it. (891 characters)

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! (700 characters)

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! (733 characters)

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) (284 characters)

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. (644 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Translucent ruby, one finger off white, not much carbonation, lacing.

S-Starts with rye spicyness, citrus hops and grass hops as well.

T-Starts with nice rye notes. Then had mild citrus and grass notes. Tad bit of malts. Slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated but also a tad bit watery.

O-It's no Red's Rye PA, but still one the better hoppy Rye-Reds out there. (382 characters)

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