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Cane And Ebel | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Cane And EbelCane And Ebel

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing as an Imperial Red Ale.

A: Cloudy, true red body with an off-white lacey head with sticky long legs.

S: Wet aroma, characteristics are still fresh. Excellent balance of lightly sweet caramel malts and floral/citrus hops.

T/M: A gummy body makes for easy drinking. All the flavors blend together while being noticeable, yet not very pronounced; the sugary body and smooth rye properties could be the acting catalyst.

O: Far exceeding my expectations. First brew from Two Brothers. This suits my classification for a higher gravity, well-hopped red ale. Clean flavors and alcohol kept in check.

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Photo of MowryJC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep, murky rusty color with red on the edges. The carbonation literally hangs in limbo near the top, giving this wonderfully hearty appearance. Thick soapy head that leaves a hearty lace that sticks around to the last drop.

S - Spicy, floral scent that ends with a great grain profile. I swear I can smell cream in the scent as well. It's an awesome combo.

T - I don't know where to begin, the complexity is great in this beer. All the promises the aroma makes make good in the taste, with a great rye spice and bitterness that is incredibly enjoyable. I never thought I would catch the palm sugar in this brew, but it's definitely present, and works great with the rest of the flavors.

M - Creamy as hell, and I love it. rolls around on my tongue and is almost as present and important as the taste.

D - Damn this beer is deceiving. Can't even begin to detect a 7% ABV. Not something I could drink 10 of in a night given the ABV, despite me wanting to. But I would take this rye beer every chance I could get it. The sweetness rounds out that spicy/hoppy flavor so nicely.

This is my favorite Two Brothers beer to date. The complexity in its smell and taste rocks, and the experience drinking this beer is just all around enjoyable.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A beautiful deep translucent brown with a small but adequate fluffy foamy head.

S: Big citrusy hop aroma on top of a sweet rye malt.

T: Big grapefruit hoppiness going on here. Underneath that beautiful layer is that nice rye maltiness which really balances this beer out.

M: Medium body barely with a nice cask creaminess make this sooo enjoyable on cask.

D: I Love this beer. I Love it even more on cask. I could drink a lot of this, easier than out of the bottle.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ej285701 gave this to me in a six-pack switch. thanks buddy!

Appearance: dark copper-brown color with a nice 3/4" white head in my mason jar :)
Smell: hops, molasses, slight raisin/prune smell
Taste: mmmm....delicious...hops, raisins, nice malt backbone as it sits on your tongue
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: for being 7%, this has great drinkability...could do two or three in a night

Overall, an excellent beer I'd like to have again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a very deep mahagony color with burnt pink grapefruit highlights. Head was a nice one and a half finger head. Light bubbling as well as lacing.

Smell- Indeed a very fubnky hop aroma with the lets not forget about the rye either. These two aromas combined with a grapefruit zest.

Taste- A great mix of brown sugared red rye, funky hops with a real resiny character, and grapefruit peels. Just an amzing mix of flavors in this artisanal brew.

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Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy amber in color w/ a fluffy white head.
S - Sweet, malty, roasted barley, hint of coffee.
T - The nose comes out on the palate w/ plenty of roasted malt and coffee.
M/D - Malt lingers on the palate and leaves a pleasant finish. Smooth, low carbonation, and tons of flavor make this beer one of the best brews I've had in a while.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry amber with a fine sudsy head that leaves fine lace behind as it melts. The nose is pure fruity,hoppy goodness with butterscotch spiced malt notes. Tons of fresh hoppiness, spicy caraway seed and caramel malt balance perfectly together to create a really tasty beverage. Smooth,and kind of sticky mouthfeel, mild carbonation makes this beer go down quickly. A top notch beer.

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Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had many rye beers, but this is by far the best so far. It pours a very thick, somewhat cloudy, tawny brown with a nice thick tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is a very nice balance between oily hops, maltish sweetness, some florals, some grassy notes too. The taste is a really nice treat. There is a touch of thick molasses, thick grainy breads, some nice sweet malts, very nice estery and fruity hops, some grapefruity acerbicness. This beer hits all the right notes. It is bitter without being bittering, thick without being syrupy, slightly higher on the ABV, without being throaty or alcoholy. The mouthfeel is slight, a tad drying, and the aftertaste is very modest. L'Chaim.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark bronze color with a good off white head and spotty lacing. Smell pulls me right in. Nice piney hops with a solid malt backbone that must be the rye. This beer reminds me of Red's Rye from Founders which is one of my favorites. There is something very nice about the way the rye blends with a fully hopped beer that is very nice. Taste is as good as the smell. Full sweet flavor brilliantly blended with the hops. Some significant earthy tones sneak in there too. A nice bitter aftertaste gives this a dry finish. Not sure what the availablility of this one is, I picked it up in a variety case, but I would give this one a huge recomendation if you can find it.

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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!

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dense head, medium brown to amber in color, a few spots of foam around the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: Hearty aroma that is heavy on the malts with a solid dose of brown sugar, thick tangerine and papaya, hops provide a nice citrus punch and some earthy touches, very inviting nose though I didn't pick up any rye- 4.50, T: Some caramelized sugars, plums and prunes, solid hop bite matched with an equally impressive shot of malts, a good bit of grapefruit, rye malts are less prominent than expected, elements of a double IPA - 4.50, M: Heavy mouth feel, quite smooth - 4.50, D: A very drinkable and very enjoyable beer, I wish this one was available in my local market as I can definitely see it becoming part of my regular rotation - 4.50

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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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Pours a deep amber color with a finger and a half of solid light khaki head that falls to just under a finger of foam. Clarity is excellent and only a small carbonation bubbles up the sides of the glass. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is very nice. Initially, I get grapefruit and caramel, along with a very nice spicey rye mingling with those sweet smells. I like it. Flavor brings nice candies hop flavor, sweet caramel, spun sugar, backed with a mild rye spiceyness and a moderate bitterness that carries through very well, leaving me wanting more of the beer. Very nice. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. It works well for the flavors that are present. Overall, I really do enjoy this one. This is probably the best beer from this brewery that I have tried. It drinks like a 5% ABV beer, the flavors are very full, and it's very enjoyable. With this being on tap at all the locals, I'll have a hard time visiting other beers. Good show.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 7/2/09.

A - Lively carbonated, cola-colored body with a reddish tint and one-finger beige head that dispersed into patches of foam, yielding an ornate labyrinth of lacing around the glass.

S - Fresh piney and citrusy hops right up front, which caught me by surprise. I don't recall this having such a pungent nose when I had this via bottle about a year ago. The rye presence is also quite apparent and adds a bit of spiciness into the mix. Sweet burnt sugar notes and sweet caramel malts round out the aroma.

T - Kicks off with a bold hoppy bite right off the bat featuring plenty of piney, sappy notes and a splash of citrus. Caramel and toffee malt sweeten the pot a bit, as does the slight burnt sugar aspect that persists throughout the flavor. Finishes with a mild toasted grainy character in the midst of the moderately aggressive hop character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Cane and Ebel is easily my favorite offering from Two Brothers. The aroma of this beer on tap was beautiful. This is one of the best rye beers on the market, in my opinion.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark mahogany color with a creamy light tan head. Leaves rings of lacing all the way down.

S: All sorts of things going on here. Sweet malts, rye, honey, blackberry, and brown sugar.

T: More citrusy here - mostly orange, grapefruit, and plum. Lots of rye nicely complements the citrus, pine hoppy part.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation is well-done.

D: Easily my favorite rye beer. One whiff of this stuff had my mouth watering. Nicely balanced and goes down smooth - this is a winner.

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Photo of Trumpstylz
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer...deep mahogany... had it on tap at charlies ale house in wheaton. The roughly 7% alcohol is undetectable, probably because the distinct flavor of the summit hop covers it up. Fairly citrusy and slightly earthy/herbaly... this beer is one to be reckoned with.

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Photo of commis
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Crushedvol! Love getting bottles of stuff I've never heard of!

Beautiful ruby color, crystal clear with vigorous head formation. The head itself is an ivory color. Very pretty beer.

Smells...unexpected. Lots of tropical fruit and a bit of Grapefruit-type citrus. Very subtle maltyness that comes across mostly as grainy/cereal. A touch of fruity yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of the same tropical fruits but the malt kicks in on the palate. The rye is quite present but not overly dominant as with many rye forward beers. Very well balanced. This has the hop-fix of a west coast ipa but really brings in the malt in all the right ways. Superbly balanced and reminiscent of a very well made strong ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly thick, but the sharpness of the hopping along with the higher carbonation keep it lighter feeling. Just about perfect, really.

This beer is highly drinkable. Goes down easy and is substantial enough without becoming heavy. At 7% this is one that could be consumed all evening. very enjoyable. It encompasses about everything I look for in an easy drinking beverage. Can't stress enough the care taken to create pleasing balance in Cane and Ebel.

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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!

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Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a nicely carbonated, hazed amber brown body topped by a two finger beige head. Excellent retention and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Big aroma of spicy rye, pine and grapefruit hops, and some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied, with zesty carbonation.

Very tasty, with a spicy rye edge to a firm hops bitterness that is grapefruit and pine. A hint of chocolate adds to the caramel and toffee maltiness that balances so very well. Creamy and full flavored from beginning to end.

Excellent construction here has produced a very tasty rye ale that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a touch of rye malt.

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Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with a thick foam that laces in tan clumps.

S - Strong scent of spicy rye hits the nose. This is about as robust a rye beer has smelled. There is also a lingering smell of earthy hops in the background.

T - Fresh blast of rye and spicy herbs. The base of this beer is quite malty. Overall is comes off as a rich, full-flavored rye beer.

M - Easily sessionable, and with a punch. The rye & spicy notes stay with you for a while.

O - Easily my favorite rye to date. If you are looking to pack some kick with comfort food, this is a great option. I would make an effort to get this again. Thankfully its readily available.

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Photo of uberez8
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had (and often have) at the two brothers brewery after an exquisite tour. Was very excited to finally have it on tap, at the source no less and was more than pleased. Exceptional appearance and smell coming out, perfect reddish caramel color with a good sweet smell with a hint of rye and a nice two finger, foamy white head. The taste was even better, an intense citrus hop flavor at first followed by a sweet, smooth malt finish. Well balanced, neither too bitter nor too sweet with a good rye tone through out it. Can't recommend this beer enough.
I really do wish it was getting more attention then their Domain Dupage, which although almost as good, does not have the unique personality and flavor to itself like this beer does.

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Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a clear body leaving a thin white lace for a head. The smell is spicy hops, citrus, earthy bread tones, and finishes with a sugar cane taste that is very apparent. The taste is sweet, it starts with a bitter hop bite that is smooth and balanced with the cane sweetness and a cereal undertone this is a very interesting beer one that is easily one of my favorite rye beers. The combination of rye and hops is fantastic, I hope this brew is here to stay.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent initial head and lacing, but not exceptional. Smell is hoppy with some rye undertones.

Nice hoppiness with some pale maltiness and slight caramel undertones, some rye undertones as well. A nice beer. Very balanced. A delight.

Mouthfeel is decent. Not super full, but decent. This beer is very very easy to drink and very sessionable for a 68 ibu beer with 7 percent alcohol.

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Photo of Redrover
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber and as always with this brewery, you get a cool & informative label.

Poured into an imperial pint, the beer is a dark mahogany with a dense & clingy tan head.

The beer has a wonderful and appetizing aroma of pine, rye, grapefruit and caramel.

I really enjoyed this one. The hops are very prominent as you would expect from 65 IBUSs, but some sweet malts and that wonderful spicy rye nicely balance them. The brewer does a great job of hiding the 7%. The taste stays solid as it warns and if anything may become a bit sweeter. I would love to see more use of rye in beers.

The mouth is pleasantly oily with nice low carbonation. What an easy drinker, I hope the two brothers add this one to their everyday line-up.

I would love to try this on tap and/or cask. My new favorite from this brewery. Off to the store for more!!

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,675 ratings.
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