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 blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. I like rye beers and had been wanting to try this one for a while.

Tawny red body with a quarter inch of white head on top to start. Head reduced to a thin layer and initially left a ring of lace as it subsided.

Smell is strong with hops and graininess. Hops are a little floral and a little grapefruity citrus and even has a touch of pine in there. Some crystal malting comes out as well to add a touch of simple sugar sweetness that works in nicely with the rye graininess.

Nicely balanced beer here. Lots of grainy rye underneath with some biscuity breadiness. Citrus pith and pine resin round out the hops. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Not full bodied, but not thin either, although the carbonation probably makes this feel lighter on the tongue. Finish is slightly dry and makes you want some more.

Awesome drinkability. I love rye beers. A dry finish, some bitter hops, and some prickly carbonation make a super drinkable beer in my opinion. I could drink this all the time. Makes me want to get a 6er of one of my fall back beers which happens to be a rye pale.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter wheat amber color. A full finger whispy head that follows the waves and fades to surface. A nice amount of lacing observed.

The smell is aggressive fresh hopped and piney.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side. Hoppy yet creamy and smooth.

The flavor is a light grapefruit hop and ends with malty notes that linger (The rye's presence).

Quite drinkable. Scores points for imagination.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap and poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark ruby red in color with copper hues. Thin off white head poured one finger thick and dissappated almost immediately. Thin lacing.

S: Soft citrus whaff. Slightly folral. Pine sap. Yeast. Rye bread.

T: Toasted caramel malts give way to a slight presence of grapefruit juice and then pine hops kick in with a nice bitter bite on the tongue. Earthy or wet grass flavors are followed by more roasted malts and sweet dark sugars. Rye gives off a pleasant tickle in the back of the throat.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: I loved the dry hopped effect in this brew. It added another dimension to a very interesting beer. Adventurous but good. Recommended.

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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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAz Vancer and NucularGeorge

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, slightly hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a nice touch of hops, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Two Brothers brew and glad I've gotten a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Beertron
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Swilllover bought me a bottle of this...what a pal. He's the one that turned me on to this brewery after last year's Taste of the Midwest when he tried this Red Rye and pretty much freaked out about it. We were able to get their Domaine du Page here at the restaurant and I really really like that. I've also since tried the PA, the IPA and their Golden Path, and none have disappointed. Pretty excited about this one. Poured from their bomber into a pint glass.

A - 1" head on a normal pour. It's head is dimpled like a golf ball and is creating fault lines as it slooowly fades. Brew is bright red, as red as a Christmas light. Extremely tight lacing -- so tight that I almost shouldn't call it lacing.

S - It has the nice dry scent of hops -- good piny hops that combined very well with the bread-like yeast aroma. Inviting.

T - What a unique and favorable combo -- the deep roasted, bready malts with the strong pine tree hops. I'm liking this even more as I go. It tastes quite strong, but some of its more interesting flavors are kind of hidden -- there's a soft alium flavor (like roasted garlic or grilled scallions), then there's a subtle but distinctive taste of kind bud (hey, it's what it tastes like -- whatdaya do?) and, finally, there's a faint cinnamon tone in the way back that strikes me like Big Red gum.

M - This is a tangy, a little sticky and rather hot (I think that's the KB and cinnamon showing their presence), but its still relatively smooth.

D - My face is pretty warm after one large bottle. I really like this beer, but I think I'd have to quit after two 12oz's and switch to something like a lager with a bit more cooling maltiness to it -- kind of like how it helps to have milk with spicy food.

F - This would pair with cheeses that have a strong, dry tangy bite to them like Morbier, Camerbert or, around here, any cheese aged in Love Tree Farms' caves (that includes Fenceline and some Natural Valley cheeses in addition to the LTF classics). Overall, this would be a good pick for most cheese plates as long as there isn't a heavy emphasis on deeper umami cheeses like gruyere or its ilk. This could take to some stronger fish as long as there's a nice deep grain going along with it: brown rice, wild rice, farro or quinoa. There's also enough hop here to match with spicy tomato-based flavors (chili, salsa, sambals, etc.) I'd make: Grilled Alaskan king salmon with wilted arugula, garlic-infused brown rice, and spicy tomato sambal.

O - What a fun beer. I really hope that continue to make this beer. This is also an impressive combination that I would like to see more breweries give a shot at -- hopped-up rye. It's unique, flavorful and would go very well with the proper foods. As I said, it's not the most sessionable beer on the planet, but it has a strange elegance that would keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of kajerm
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Clark St. Alehouse. Cloudy red-brown pint with a thick, substantial head and pretty good lacing. This is my first rye beer, but the smell is unmistakably rye-- rough and spicy. There is a background of nondescript citric hops.

Opens up with some biscuity malt and huge rye flavor that hangs on until the end. The finish is bitter and hoppy, nicely balancing out the spicy sweetness of the rye. The mouthfeel is just heavy enough to complement the flavor of the beer without sacrificing drinkability.

Good stuff, and brewed right in my backyard. I'll be ordering this again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love rye beers (Founder's Red's Rye has been my favorite beer for awhile now), so I was thrilled to try this one. It is very good...its hoppy character is balanced nicely by the rye flavor, and it is fairly complex in both its flavor and mouthfeel. It is very good, and I would definitely recommend.

It poured a sparkling red with only a little head that hung around a bit. It has a rye-ish (like othe rye beers) and hoppy aroma, with some cedar notes that reminded me of some Hitachino I had a while back. Flavor is dry-hoppy, hop-citrusy, with just a touch of sourness. The sugar imparts a cotton-candy flavor as well. Mouthfeel is slightly scratchy in your mouth, which is pleasant. It is somewhat chalky in texure, but soft at the same time. Very interesting.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker orange with a fairly minimal head, but one that sticks around as a thin cap for the duration of the beer.Decent lacing as well. Aroma has a touch of sour and a touch of rye spiciness with some floral hops as a bottom note. Slight rye sourness on the start, followed by spicy combo of rye grain and hops and long hop bitterness on the finish. Citrus notes throughout. Really very nice rye flavors. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a touch of candy sugar is there as well, but very balanced. Beautifully drinkable.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Cane and Ebel poured an absolutely crystal clear copper. 1 finger creamy white head formed on the pour that left sheet lacing as it slowly receded. Minimal small slow rising carbonation is present.

The smell is of a solid backbone of caramel with layer upon layer of hoppiness on top. Pine tar and oily resinous hops are showcased in this beer. There is also a unique but mild sugary sweetness from the palm sugar. The sweetness really goes nicely with the resinous hop aroma.

Caramel maltiness comes through up front quickly followed by the resinous hops. The resinous hops linger and get joined by a mild leather flavor that's also from the hops. The caramel maltiness turns into more of a raw graininess as this beer develops on the palate. Finishes with a lingering resinous hops and mild aspirin.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets the beer work it's way through at it's own pace. Moderately dry finish. Solid hop bitterness leaves the tongue numb which is something I always enjoy.

I'm going to polish off this 22 and if I had another bottle I would drink it too. The hops make my mouth water and the dryness makes me want another drink.

Another exciting beer from Two Brothers. I've been looking for this for awhile and finally found it. Glad I did. A really enjoyable hoppy rye beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. The body was clear of sediment, golden brown/ruby in color. Two fingers of off-white head left steps on a ladder of lace. Beautiful.

Smell was clean fresh grains.

Taste was spicy. Sharp citic hops (Summit) dominated the sweetness of the malts (in a nice way). Drying finish. Extremely drinkable and very tasty.

Mouthfeel was prickly. Medium/filling carbonation.

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

22oz bottle poured into an English pint glass. Thanks Dan

A---It poured a dark copper with a thin head.

S---Burnt sugar, molasses, floral hops and phenols.

T---Starts off very malty with toffee sweetness. Followed by spice from the rye malt contribution and citrus hops. It finished with slightly warming alcohol. I found it to be very delicious.

M---Medium to full bodied with a silky texture.

D---I wish I had access to this on a regular basis because it is amazing.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been sitting on this and decided to bring this out for no reason what so ever (except to drink it). The pour is a mostly copper color that is pretty hazy and noticeable hints of red and orange. Good lacing but does hide to the edge of the glass. At least it doesn’t completely go away.

The nose is sweet and hoppy. A big sugary feel with the malt and a nice Rye backing that blends nicely. Some Belgium esters but light. The hops leave more of a grapefruit aroma and a touch of citrus on the back end.

The taste is very impressive. There is more of a Belgium gone American feel. The malt is more prominent with some noticeable sugary flavors that mixes with some caramel and biscuit notes. The rye blends very nicely and adds its own spiciness mix to the game. Some light phenolic value is noticeable as well, but that enhances the Belgium feel. The hops are not as forceful as the nose indicated but hold their own just fine. More citrus and some lighter orangey finish.

The body is good with a more Belgium feel. Carbonation and the sugary flavors hint at Belgium but the hops leaves more American feel. Overall this is a good beer, but I wonder if I would have sat on it longer if it would be even better. Oh well I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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 frazbri
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two Brother's Cane & Ebel poured deep red in color. The clean, clear body was topped by a creamy off-white head. A good amount of belgian lace remained on the glass. Aroma had notes of honey, apple and pine. Orange marmalade and carmel sweetness were nicely balanced by a clean bitterness. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with a dryness in the middle, but a creamy aspect as well.

Cane & Ebel is a balanced and very drinkable brew. Sweetness, bitterness and a touch of tartness mingle together with great success.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish, light brown liquor. A blend of large and small bubbles in the head--dies quickly. Good lace on the side of the glass.

Nice blend of malt and hop in the aroma. The hop smells fresh, but is subtle to allow the dryness of the malt to come through.

Dry brew on initial taste. The hop takes over after that. Nice long aftertaste. Good body with relatively low carbonation. Not creamy.

A very nice, dry brew. At 7% abv, this is a deceptively strong beer for the flavor profile.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a beautiful deep dark brown body with a hint of ruby red when held to light. Hosts a decent 1 and a half inch rich tan head, leaving some lace as it fades. Rich sweet malty hops on the nose, nice aroma balance. taste is soft even hop feel that isnt loud but welcomed. Teams with a bit of nutty backbone and slight malty mouthfeel. Even shows a bit of sugar cane sweetness. Mineral notes shows up as it warms a bit. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest bronze combined with burnt orange, a gorgeous hue that glows like dying firelight when even faintly backlit. Atop the liquid sits a tight-bubbled crown of ecru foam that looks like melting cinnamon ice cream. After all that, the best part about the appearance might just be the circumferential sheets of fine, filagreed lace.

I wish that I could appreciate rye malt in the nose. That's the only (slight) negative in what is a wonderful smelling beer. Even if I didn't know that Simcoe hops were used for dry-hopping, I might have been able to guess since their tropical fruitiness is so distinctive. A modest amount of caramel maltiness underlies the citric fruity goodness. Come to think of it, DIPA comparisons wouldn't be out of line.

Cane and Ebel is fabulous beer. It's everything that I'd hoped for and more. I know that two is a pretty small number, but after tasting Founders Red's Rye and now this one, I'd have to say that highly-hopped, rye-malted red ales are one of my favorite sub-sub-styles. If any other brewers want to jump on the bandwagon, there's plenty of room.

I'm still reminded of a DIPA. There's a more that solid malt backbone that is now tremendously rye spicy (woo hoo!) and a more than generous amount of hops that provide flavors of bitter orange and grapefruit zest. I'm pretty sure this bottle is at least six months old, which makes the still kickin' hoppiness all the more remarkable. This stuff is some kind of delicious.

Who knows what the Thai palm sugar added? The beer is sweet, but no more sweet than any other big IPA or DIPA. My thought is that it gave the brewers the opportunity to use the play on words that make up the name. Rather than Cain and Abel, we have Cane (sugar cane) and Ebel (the last names of the two brothers who own and run the brewery).

There's no way, with all that malt and all that palm sugar, that the mouthfeel could be anything other than full and semi-chewy. It's also plush, borderline sticky and sparsely carbonated. I wouldn't change a damn thing.

Without even checking my reviews, I know that Cane and Ebel is the best Two Brothers beer that has ever entered my glass. It's a lip smacking combination of cane sugar sweetness, rye malt spiciness and citric hop bitterness. I consider Red's Rye to be one of the best beers on the planet. I never dreamed that this Two Brothers offering would be almost as good. It will be a crime if it doesn't become a part of the brewery's year-round lineup.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bleeding cherry juice dark red in color. There's a thin beige head which doesn't rest on top for too long but leaves many small dots of lace all over the glass which do stay for a long time.

The nose is filled with loads of rye and piney flare.

This one rocks the tongue with loads of rye that tingle the tongue. There's a slight bite from the alcohol but not enough to dissuade me from taking another sip. There's still a nice dry hoppy finish.

It's delicious to say the least. Many thanks to dhchatfield for this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers looks to have a little viscosity from the pour. It's crystal clear bronze appearance is speckled by dots of carbonation rising at a slow pace. The beige head is thin and leaves little lace. Nice hoppy nose with a little spicy rye character as well. Malts take a back seat in the aroma with a slight bit off toffee coming through. Nice hoppy start on the palate as well. Of the PacNW varieties I would think. The hops are bright and citric and resiny to a smaller extent and lemony. Nice enough. I catch some of that spiciness coming from the rye as well. And everything is backed up sufficiently with a toffeeish English kind of malt backing. Somewhat of a dry finish. Body is close to full. And the carbonation is appropriate. Nice beer and quite interesting.

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Photo of gulzuler
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditionial pub glass, just above room temperature...lacing was consisent throughout the whole drinking period. For some reason, the hops in this seems really fresh and pronouced. The ale has a kick, even though the alchol is well masked.

Overall I am impressed with this unique beer.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burgundy color with a nice tan head that falls to clumped bubbles that lace well.

Aroma is nice rich sugar malt with soft pine notes loaded in between. Some rye lightly funky noted but more a big malty aroma instead of rye for the most part even though rye is noted. Smells like a nice old ale.

Taste is good malty again dominating, lingering sugars floating around nice rye flavors mingled thru out and blend well. Nice piney notes mingled with some deep citrus touches of mint. For me the cane sugar mixed with the rye is making this seem more like big and malty instead of rye like.

Mouthfeel is big but not full with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good nice sweet big rich full of flavors and worth a many tries if I could. Thanks go to merlin48 for this treat.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear ruby color. Large pillow-y head that leaves all sorts of lacing on the glass.

S: Big aromas of rye, malt, and hops.

T: Hops and funky rye. The two flavors are like a one-two punch, complimenting each other. Also along for the ride is a large malt backbone to even out the hops and malt. I also detect a slight sweetness from the Thai palm sugar they use. As it warms I also noticed nutty flavors banging around in there.

M: At once bitter and dry, and sweet and creamy.

D: Goes down very smooth considering the amount of hops and rye they use in this. Seems smoother than other examples of this style. A definate home-run.

This bottle was purchased back in June '06 and resided in my fridge ever since. When this beer was first released in the spring upon initial pour there was a huge aroma and taste of fresh green hops (like they consulted with FFF and copied their methods). When I poured this bottle, I was very surprised by how the fresh green hop aroma/taste receded slightly from the forefront and how the rye and malt characteristics got a chance to step out a little more. I'm very happy to hear that Two Brothers are going to have this as a recurring seasonal.

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Photo of briman
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color, some ruby & golden highlights. Good clarity. About a 1/4 inch off-white head, good retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is hoppy citrus, like a load of fresh tangerines or grapefruit with a hint of rye sneaking through.

Flavor is hoppy as well. Citrus hops right from the start. Finishes dry, grainy....but this is where I catch the rye as it blends in with a nice lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is excellent, with the hops eeking out a slight lead. Surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is hidden well in the aroma & taste. I'd rate the drinkability high, and certainly will seek out more.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep brown with one finger of white crown. The foam falls down pretty quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite nice with lots of roasted grain notes and a hint of rye, coupled with some rather piny hop notes.

Flavor is good, bordering on excellent. Great roasted grain flavor, good rye notes and good hop flavors of herbs, pine and resin. Just a bit too much residual sugar leaves this on the sweet side, otherwise it would have been quite incredible.

Mouthfeel is adequate - good carbonation for the medium bodied brew, some roasted grain bitterness and some hop bitterness but neither is enough to cut the gummy leftover sugar that coats the tongue.

All in all very drinkable and the first rye beer that I'd say comes close to Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. Not quite as hoppy and a bit on the sweet side but the rye flavor comes through clean and clear. Even as it is it's very drinkable and a near miss from being excellent.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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