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
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a good amber/iced tea color. A sparse head generates some minor lace.

Aroma - a dark sugar (caramelized?) with syrupy citrus and sweetbread.

Taste - base malts sweetened with palm sugar, eh? A nice smooth intro but I would never have figured that one out myself. The hops that follow show signs of Amarillo with their almost candyish citric components, but seem a little more bitter. Rye softens things out as well. The swallow shows signs of roasted grain with some coffee flavors sneaking in as well. A nice finish - roasty, dry, warm. A tasty rye with character.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, bubbles are a little subdued (about right), feels good.

Drinkability - very drinkable. A complex tasty profile that I could do multiple bottles of given a less-limited budget.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brilliant red color with way too much foamy eggshell colored head, almost looks like meringue. Almost everlasting retention yields some nice spots of sticky lacing. Smells of rye bread, caramel malt, citrus, and earthy hops with a touch of ethanol. Tastes of caramel and rye with a nice touch of orange, lemon, and grapefruit zest as well as a little earthy hop presence. Medium in body with nice carbonation, fairly smooth and sweet with a good hop character that I think could be stronger if the beer was a little fresher. According to the bottle it's best if drank before 6/19/2008, but even at this stage in the game it's pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer really got me excited for the taste. This beer I have never even heard of, so when I got this in the mail I was excited. The bottle does have a best by date of 5/01/09.

Pours a dark dark amber with a creme colored head that came to about three fingers and when drank, left a nice medium lacing. Held up to the light this beer looks menacing.

This beer smells pretty good, maybe too sweet though. Its overwhelming smell is the grapefruit and sweet hops.

This taste of this beer is probably the most disapointing thing about this beer. I had my first drink and thought that maybe my tongue was funked up. Not really though, just this beer is really light and kind of falls flat. No overwhelming characteristics in this beer fly out, no flavors linger.

Overall this beer is easy to drink because it does not taste like anything specific. This beer was okay, but if I was able to buy it here I most likely wouldn't.


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Photo of EricCioe
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a really pretty cross between bloodwood and mahogany, with little specks of particulate visible if held to the light. A big three finger fluffy cream head floats above, dying down over some time to a ring and island with a ton of thick, chunky lace. On the nose there is a mixture of deep pine and some spicy wet rye. It reminds me of birdhunting in the fall in Newaygo County, MI, where there is a spot with some planted rye fields surrounded by pine stands. There is also a little bit of caramel malt standing out here, but the main attraction is the big hop aroma and the rye off to the side. In the mouth there is the characteristic spice from the rye combining with a nice caramel malt backbone, perhaps with some of the sugarcane contributing to that bit of sweetness, and some wet, musty pine further back. The body is quite big, bigger than I expected, with a long finish of spicy rye and bitter hops.

I've looked at this beer on the shelves for years and never got one. Why? This is a great, great brew. I'm a huge fan of several beers I've had lately with the addition of rye. Hopefully this catches on and more brewers experiment with it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of katejdempster
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass.
Cast in a dark, plummy hue, transparent, when held to the light, but otherwise significantly hazy. A plump and stable serving of creamy froth sits atop.

Big, wicked sweetness jumps out from the start. Rye + Sugar = guess what? Deeply, darkly fruity, very similar to a barleywine. Cherries dunked in brandy.

Sleek and supple once on the palate, fairly thick and clinging. Fills the mouth and spreads this tasty blend of grain, fruit, and a dry sweetness. Terribly unique.

Despite it's initial girth, Cane and Ebel finds itself a sophisticated, yet relaxing ale, with many mysteries inside. You can strain your mind to consider all the questions, or you can throw back your cares, like me, and indulge in the essential existential nothingness of it all.

much thanks to Mr. HAtfield

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Photo of Lothore
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with a very small, off white head.

S- Smells faintly of roasted malt.

T- Lots of rye, hints of raisin and plum, finishes bitter with grapefruit hop notes.

M- Semi thick with medium/high carbonation that verges on too much.

D- This was a good rye beer. Not one that I think I would revisit but the rye flavors are very pronounced and it was worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brown body with some red in it. Hardly a white head and a fair bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Some lacing, but overall not exactly attractive.

Smell - Rye all over the place. Some hops and some caramel to it also, but it's a lot of rye.

Taste - Rye forward again. Well, it is a rye beer, I suppose. Spicy and a little sweet, actually. Hop bitterness in the finish. Also, sadly, a boozy flavor, even though it's only 7%.

Mouthfeel - Kinda low carbonation and it feels heavy. It's got a lot of body to it, but that's probably from the rye. Again, the slight tinge of alcohol is disappointing.

Overall - I'm not a fan of rye beers, but there's some characteristics that bring it down besides the rye. Still drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of scottwurst
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of mpdrago
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Torey
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of steelerguy
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber, large frothy and sticky head, moderate carbonation, a bit hazy but translucent, immense lacing.

S - Lots of floral and citrus hops perfectly balanced by toasted and sweet caramel malt aromas.

T - As in most hoppy beers the hops hit first, just a lot of great hop flavor but it immediately followed by a definite rye sweetness and twang. Really great balance of citrus and floral hops by rye, toasted malt, dark caramel sweetness.

M - I thought with the palm sugar this may be a bit on the dry side, but not at all. Not a heavy beer but some really nice moderate body. There is a silkiness to it but the higher carbonation and alcohol at the end clean it up nicely. Ends with a nice citrus bitterness.

O - This is just a great beer. There is something to please a lot of people. Lots of hop flavor and a good bit of bitterness. Tons of malt flavor with the complexity of rye and some palm sugar which may not be tasted directly but it must add to the complexity of flavor which is great. Higher on the alcohol but not a huge beer. Fantastic rye beer.

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Photo of lstokes
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer. Dark amber with a stable head, smells like a sort of grainy citrus, hits all of a hop-head's pleasure centers but also tangy with the sugar and balanced well with the rye malt, all of which just sort of makes it grow and sit in your mouth in pleasant ways rather than being abrasively hoppy. Very sweet so some people might not like it for that reason, but it's got a lot of complex notes--this time, the orange, the grapefruit, and the spice bite were the most prominent for me.

I had one at the beginning of departmental happy hour and wanted to go back for a second, but they were all gone when I looked around later! Am going to enjoy buying my own and maybe updating this review with something even more substantial.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of gopens44
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick luxurious beige head riding this clear copper ruby beer.

Nose has a biscuity thing happening on top of hops that come across more as no ble hops than anything else, as there's a subtle spice component that is at least reminiscent of noble hops.

Taste is immensely complex with an earthy, olive taste that is riding coincidentally with subtle berry, caramel and pine.

Mouthfeel is very slick, like almost greasy. Overall, the body is pretty nice as it's neither things nor thick yet not purposefully medium bodied feeling. Probably sounds stupid but that's the best I can describe it.

Pretty solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber/tan body with a small off-white head.

Very grassy, herbal, soft fruit citrus, dark plums, dark sugar and very mild rye bread.

Starts off very soft with an almost soapy mouth-feel. Medium to full bodied but very slick from start to finish. Very smooth and an almost oily rye bread taste. Prickly citrus peel Huge huge bitterness that especially comes through in the back end and into the finish. Almost an aspirin like grain bitterness. Dry leafy citrus hops.

The rye is muted a bit in this beer and it seems it's mostly just a huge double IPA with touches of rye. Not to say it's bad in a anyway, but it is what is. A like it, good beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1728 ratings