Cane And Ebel
Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #9
Ranked #3,156
4.1 | pDev: 10.73%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Cane And EbelCane And Ebel
Notes: 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
Reviews: 649 | Ratings: 1,728 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rapayn01
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 6 pack of this on a trip to Chicago in 2016. I'm a big fan of rye IPAs and I found this to be an outstanding sample of the style, with the rye spice perfectly augmenting the hoppiness of the IPA.

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Photo of defunksta
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark copper-brown color that is opaque. Nice strong, sticky, and heavy head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of American hops. Some citrus and some tropical aromas. Has a slightly toasted bread, toffee and caramel sweetness to the nose as well.
Flavor: Strong dank hop flavors of melon and earth. This is followed by a heavy darker malt sweetness of sweet caramel, toffee, and some cherry. There is a good amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness, but not all the way. Ultimately it finishes more sweet than bitter. A slight rye spiciness, but I think it is definitely overshadowed by the bittering hops. The alcohol is apparent.
Feel: Slightly heavier and sticky with the malt profile. Good carbonation though. Finishes moderately bitter like an IPA, but ultimately a stronger malt profile wins out on the end to finish sweet and malty.

Overall: Quite a delicious rye beer. Aggressively hopped and drinks similar to an IPA or rye-IPA, but packs a stronger malt profile that characterizes this beer. The rye is overshadowed by the hops. I think it could use slightly less hops to showcase the rye flavor. Drinks like a rye-IPA. Stronger darker malts remind me of a barleywine, but definitely fits the rye-IPA profile. Similar to an IPA, but darker and more malt-focused.

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Photo of jkblr
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 07/07/19 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7% ABV 68 IBU. The beer pours bright dark amber in color with sticky khaki colored head. The head recedes slowly to a thick cap leaving very nice lacing. The aroma is faint with rye spice, pine and vague fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel rye, with some chocolate and pine showing up at the end. The finish is medium bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall, very good. I really like this style and this is a nicely done example.

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Photo of darrenrfuller
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Best rye I've had in a long time. We'll balanced between spicy rye notes, slightly sweet malt backbone fully supported by the sugar addition. Delicious!

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Photo of wkjewell
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic tasting beer. The flavor of the palm sugar and the rye really come through to make an excellent beer. The hopped additions add a crisp finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a dark red color that gave a one finger white head that settled to a half finger close to a film while releasing a substantial amount of beautiful speckled spider web lacing. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell had some citrus, rye, malty mutedness with just a tad bit of hops in the background. The taste was bittersweet with a great combination of the hops and rye combining very nicely with the malts and citrus. On the palate, it sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say this was a very drinkable beer for the ABV, quite impressive. Overall, pretty nice rye beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper body, some haziness, light tan head, wispy and a touch of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, pine, and a bit of spice and alcohol warmth.

T - Opens with lemon, moves quickly to tea and mint, a snap of peppery spiciness, and a sharp dry bitter close.

M - A bit sticky in the open, bitter dry close. Mildly taxing over time.

O - A refreshing brew and quite nice overall, with an excellent mix of spice, fruit, and sharp bitterness.

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Photo of EliW
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a gorgeous look, with its ruby red slightly brown color, almost as if it was heavily aged in sherry casks. Very aromatic but not fruity like an IPA. It drinks very smooth, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. This is somewhere between a sipper and a gulper. I would definitely come back to this again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a 22 April 2017 BB date stamp.
Excellent clarity in a deep red-brown body. Good off-white head with decent retention.
Aroma: lots of toffee and faint rye. Alcohol esters.
Flavor: moderately strong and bitter; plenty of spicy rye flavors.
Feel: smooth, medium+ body.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jealous Monk in CT. Nice dark orange color. Reasonable head. Great rye bite. Had with my sausage meal, great compliment. Love a good rye beer and this is one of the better I have had.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Best by 2/29/16"; drank 1/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a frothy curtain of tree-rung lace.

Blood orange, brown sugar & faint baking soda notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & baking soda flavors up front; brown sugar notes on the finish. Unique, certainly, and a bit odd. I'd have another...

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Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 3/12/17 so still got a little over 3 months prior so should be relatively fresh. Appearance isn't much to look at. Sort of a really dark ruby / slight brown clear beer with small head that quickly disappeard. Has a really nice bright, sweet aroma. Hoppy but not in a citrus. Is it piney? Not sure but its really aromatic and can't quite put my finger on it. Taste is chewy, bitter hopped and very west coast IPA. Not sure if it bitter from the rye malts, hops used or combo. Very rich mouthfeel. A good well made IPA for the old school IPA drinkers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby chestnut color with good clarity. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I'm impressed by both the retention and the soft, frothy texture. Some streaks of lacing stick to the glass.

There's more to this beer's aroma than just one-note caramel malts and rye. Some touches of piny yet subtly tropical hops appear (doing a decent job of balancing the big caramel, toffee, and rye qualities), but the most impressive feature are the ale esters. Rich red and dark fruits absolutely explode, aided by a gentle hint of vanilla. This really showcases a delicate sense of subtlety too few craft beers have these days, and I'm impressed.

There's more tropical fruit flavor on the opening than expected. It's bordering on IPA-levels, yet it doesn't finish with overt bitterness - I'd even call it vaguely juicy. Near the middle, notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and sugar cookie show up. It finishes with rye malt and a mild bitter bite. Key word being mild. While it's not endlessly deep, it's balanced impeccably - and ultimately very enjoyable.

There's really little about the mouthfeel I don't like. For one, it doesn't have the sharpness a rye beer can have. And despite the medium body and malt sweetness, it finishes with the right level of dryness. Carbonation is perhaps a bit mild, but

I approve! This is a damn tasty offering. It doesn't just feel like some half-hearted rye IPA: it shows off both elements with equal aplomb. I'm so happy to have Two Brothers in MD now...

4.05/5: A rye IPA done right

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Photo of Cole-Arnholt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New style for me.

Poured from 12oz bottle.

Pours a clear, ruby red color, very nice color to this beer.

Smells of sweet malt, a little caramel as well. You also get the earthy hops, maybe a hint of citrus but I might be reaching.

Taste is initially sweet and malty which is quickly overtaken by the spice from the rye and hops, it tapers off into a nice bitter finish, the sweet bready malt returns as well, very pleasant lingering taste without being cloying.

Overall impressively balanced for what is a decently complex beer. The peak of spicy bitterness is well accentuated by sweetness and richness on the finish. Very much enjoyed.

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Photo of Vixie
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice looking red beer with maybe an inch of a tan head. It takes several minutes for the head to reduce down to some lacing along the glass sides and across the top.

Subtle sweetness is the first thing I smell, maybe caramel or toffee like. I can also smell the rye and a hint of spice.

Little sweet up front, like a mild caramel. The rye kicks in, followed by spice and a decent hop kick that is mainly bitter. It all kind of blends together, but in a nicely balanced way.

Pretty smooth going down, nothing to complain about here.

Normally I am not a fan of beers at this level of IBU, but this one is so balanced, it doesn't overwhelm. It is nicely complex, a lot of flavor here. I have yet to be disappointed by this brewery, and this is yet another really nice beer by them.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brick red with nice creamy head. Scent is sweet caramel, spicy rye, and a touch of orange from the hops. Taste is nearly identical to smell. The texture is smooth and creamy and the spiciness of the the rye lingers in a rather pleasant way. A very nice beer and the best I've had from Two Brothers.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (BEST BY 10/13/16) emptied into a pint glass is a coke colored body and cream fluffy head which leaves a spotted lacing.
Citrus, rye, and stone fruit aromas dominate.
Flavors include bread malt and maybe slight smoke.
Feel is full, not heavy, and a clean finish.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description really does a lot of justice to this beer. It's fairly big despite the ABV being in the medium category of 7%. Bitterness is assertive. Tows a really interesting line between dry and creamy, it starts and finishes dry and hoppy with that peppery rye earthy spice. But the middle is a really nice kiss of malt sweetness that gets sandwiched by that astringency. Very interesting and worth sipping at your leisure.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am sure this is a good beer for some but to me just to bitter. Color, smell and feel was good, but just don't like my beer bitter or taste like coffee

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A stellar deep red ale. The rye gives it a real sharp flavor that cuts through the deeper malt, which I find necessary for a good red ale. The hoppiness is largely bitterness, though with some minor aromatics. I was surprised to discover that it included a bit of cane sugar as adjunct because the beer was not over-sweet at all. In sum, an exceptionally balanced beer. My only critique would be that I wanted something a little more punchy with either the rye or the hops.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper and brown color with a modest lace. Malt sweetness, caramel, toffee and buttery, in the aroma, punctuated by the rye. The malty sweetness coats the outside of the mouthfeel and is slick. The predominant taste has a spicy rye bread quality and a sharp hops bite that is IPA like. Medium bodied and smooth. Overall this was a good one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with off-white head. Floral notes, some caramel, and some roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with some caramel sweetness and a little bite from the hops. Not bad.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like it when one of the mysteries of the Universe gets answered right under my nose.
At 68 IBU, this is above my threshold of what I ordinarily buy.
But somehow, the beer is made well-enough that the hops do not fight with the malt... in fact, they play nice together.
This is supposed to be good beer for barbecue, and it is... even for me, the vegetarian. (I like the sweet & sour tang and will put it on my veggies and potatoes; just for variety, not as habit.)
Cane & Ebel also complements the spiciness of a rye bread... which also has sweet like the b-que.
Cane is the sugar added. Abel is the Bros last name. A double meaning worth much.
I've had this beer many times and will again.

This beer is in the "1001" and deserves to be there.

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Photo of therubicon
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head with lots of lacing action going on. Spicy rye and a hint of sweet malt in the nose. The spiciness from the rye is balanced well by bitter hops and a solid malt backbone. All this combined with a medium body and refreshing dryness makes for a well-rounded, drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one beautiful beer. Pours to a creamy head that laces symmetrically down the glass. Deep red color. Aroma is tangy rye, sweet sugary malts and spicy piney hops. Flavor is definitely rye forward with the spicy, piney hops singing backup. Crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light medium. Tasty and great looking too. Can you tell I like Reds?

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