Cane And Ebel | Two Brothers Brewing Company

1,712 Ratings
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

Added by murphysbleachers on 05-14-2006

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented to me clear amber with orange hue and a cream head that laces heavily. Nose is bread, spicy rye malt and a little hops. Tastes nice and hoppy with a big malty balance and the rye shows up at the bitter end. Medium in the mouth and very drinkable. Overall a delightful rye IPA that is worth trying.

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Photo of errantnight
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Man, I love hoppy rye beers, and this is no exception.

This one came from Joe1510 as part of a gigantic collection of awesomeness.

Pours a ruby-brown with a finger of head... but this is a tenacious, creamy, rich, and thick head with attractive lacing.

Aroma is spicy and citric, warm toast and a toffee note.

Taste showcases a slightly rough bittering note beneath a layer of sugar toast and lemon. Rye spice around the edges. Clean finish, but the rough bittering stands through.

A creamy, medium body. Perfect.

In general, I love the look, aroma, and taste of this beer... but it sits rather heavy, and the bittering is particularly forward. Still, a great example of the style, and worth picking up, and perhaps even seeking out for fans of the style. I know I am.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a big ol' head that leaves strands of lacing behind

Smell: The rye complements the grapefruit in the aroma to produce a grainy, citrusy blend

Taste: After establishing the cane sugar backbone, the bitter flavors take over with a trifecta of pine, grapefruit and rye grain; after the swallow, the flavor mellows out with the cane sugar and grapefruit flavors coming into prominence

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a little flabby

Drinkability: This beer has a nice hoppy bitterness but it is distinguished by the cane sugar as well as the rye flavors from the grain bill; the combination is unusual and really tasty

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Photo of kegger22
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a red/brown with a modest head that reduced to a skin. The aroma was hops bitter. The taste was a very nice balance of hoppy bitter and malty sweet. The feel was medium bodied and slightly oily, with good carbonation. Drinkability was very good. Cane and Ebel compares very favorably with Founders Red Rye.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured a pint glass (a Hopleaf one, the Chicago connection...) . Thanks to BA KickInTheChalice for, finally, connecting me with this one...

'Worth a Whack' the label advises...

A: Deep and surly amber, with a ruddy hue underlying; a pure clarity when held to the lamp and a roil of bubbles. Head is a creamy finger that fades but never disappears; coating lace jigsaws up and down the glass.

S: A combo sweet/hoppy nose, bright and spicy. Something minty and fruity , a curious scent that takes a deep inhale to gather in and never quite expands to where I'd expect it to go.

T: A notable but not overwhelming hoppiness up front, after that it's a spice-filled rye that tastes, frankly, like bread. Dark and doughy, grainy and rich. There are traces of ground spice (nutmeg, maybe?) and fruit (pulpy apple). It's pretty excellent, complex and transforming from sip to sip.

M: Wonderfully crisp upfront, a spicy zing that lasts. Medium mouthfeel at first, growing notably heavier with later sips.

D: Pleasing and easy enough to down, despite a 7% strength. When allowed to warm, the drinkability's a curious thing that the warming actually wanes and the result 'seems' more sessionable. As nice as I'd hope for and a beer I'd look for again.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark amber and copper color, slightly clouded, no head but plenty of lace

S: You can smell hops, malt and a hint of sugar

T: wow, this is quite a combination! This beer kicks you right in the taste buds in a way I was not expecting when I first tried this at the brewery. Even though it’s not exactly the highest IBU IPA in the world, it certainly is a bitter one; the combination of the hops they used to pair with the rye certainly makes a strong combination. The finish is extremely long lasting and the bitter hop flavor stays for a long time.

O: When I first tried this at the brewery I was blown away, it was so aggressive and intense. I quickly fell in love with it and walked over to the counter and bought one of their “Cane and Ebel” T-shirts right away. I’ve introduced this beer to a few beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike and there are always mixed reactions, but either way once you have this beer you’ll remember it.


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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. "best by" date of 9/2/0? (09?). tasted in early april 09.

clear, dark amber. very active head, with HUGE 5-finger, tan head, even though i poured carefully! this recedes to a bumpy, almost cranular, "brainy" meringue. big splotchy rings of lace all the way down the glass. would have been a 5.0 if the head wasn't THIS big.

sweet aromas from both the mild citrusy hop and from the caramel malts, with apple esters too. hints of pine in back.

taste: malty, with sweet/sour twinge - from rye? moderate bitterness from the fruity and citrusy hops - not too aggressive, just pleasant overall, with lightly resinous finish.

medium body, with smooth light syrupy moments and resins in the finish. moderate carbonation is lightly prickly upfront.

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Photo of Med
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the drafting room

A - Cola brown with a red tinge to it. Little head but nice lacing. Very appetizing.

S - Rye and roasted barley with some black currant. A little sweet. Maybe some grape stems.

T - A little subdued when cold but as it warmed some wonderful sweet malt and rye with no real noticeable alcohol. A little dark fruit at the finish. Not much hop profile to speak of.

M - Medium with slight coating. Decent carbonation.

D - May I have another?

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus in a pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany with a thin white lace and film, which leaves rings on the glass.
S: Very earthy, with honey, blackberry, and mild citrus fruit, along with creamy malts and a subtle rye undertone. The alcohol is reminiscent of brandy and the overall experience is definitely Belgian.
T: The earthy, rustic notes are in front, which is immediately followed by the bitter hops and rye, which come off with pine and fruit notes (that I can't exactly pinpoint). The alcohol taste is close to gin, which lingers quite some time.
M: Creamy and frothy with a sharp dry-mouth experience at the finish.
D: I've had this on tap a few times before, but I can't think of a single time I've had two pints in a row.

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Photo of wytman71
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed amber color with a 1" head that slowly recedes to leave some patches and legs of lacing behind. Sipping creates patches of lacing on the sides.

The aromas include some bready rye and some pine and grapefruit.

The flavors include some pine, grapefruit, some sweetness and the bready rye supported by a nice malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly soft with fairly low carbonation. The finish begins as the bready rye sweetness begins to fade and the grapefruit and hints of pine are left to turn into some lightly bitter dryness.

An enjoyable beer which I'ld be happy to have another of and which I expect I'll be revisiting sometime in the future.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains very nicely, leaving a good looking latticework of lace behind. The aroma is dominated by rye notes and caramel sweetness but I'm also picking up some hints of citrus and light hops in the backend.

The taste, much like the aroma, has a firm base of rye and caramel malt presence that is well surrounded by a nice, dry hopped bitterness. Unfortunately, also like the aroma, I can definitley tell that a certain degree of hop fade had taken hold, telling me that this one's just about past its prime. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice smooth and easygoing feel with a creamy carbonation that screams "Drink Me!" And 7%? What 7%? I couldn't even feel it!

Wow! This is one very tasty and easy drinking offering from Two Brothers, with full use of the rye notes, a delicous creamy carbonation, and even with some hop fade, some fantastic dry hopped character. I'm all over this stuff next time it's released, as I'm sure it's incredible fresh!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently released in 4-packs, sampled from a 12 oz. bottle.

Deep mahogany that glints red under stronger light. Spotty lace that coats the glass. Head retention is good, foam sticks around for a good half hour.

Earthy and bready rye in the nose, some indication of hops as well.

It feels more substantial than when I last had a pint on draft. Medium bodied with some leafy hop bitterness in the background.
Caramel, rye bread, with a nice bittering hop throughout.

Very nice and sessionable, possibly 2 Brothers most popular brew.

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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 BeerSnobRobinson
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of yeastsipper
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a translucent red color without much head. Would like a big thick head on this one but not to be.

Smell is somewhat muted. A lot of sweetness for me. Some hops notes, but slight. Some fruit smell, grapes I believe. Not expected there.

Taste is fantastic. Very hoppy, much more so than the nose would indicate. Some citrus and pine, with roasted malt and some wood. The malt and hops really give this beer a woody flavor, as if it were barrel aged. Great balance and I love the taste that is left on the palate. Hops, rye malt and wood.

This beer was recommended and it far exceeded expectations. Great stuff

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

Thanks to ncvbc for the chance to try this "retired" beer. Love the label, it has a cross between mickey mouse's ears and a radiation fallout logo with the human form of satan in dress shoes cutting down crops.

Pours a clear copper red with some orange highlights. Not much of a head. Some white foam.

Smells a hoppy, sweet, dark sugar, some dry rye. It's a kaleidoscope of smells. I can see the aroma.

One of those beers your tastes buds react to even before it gets on your tongue. And with every sip your tongue starts to taste before the beer hits it. Kinda like when you feel yourself drool as you smell sausage cooking.

Great sweet, creamy, hoppy, spicy, tastes with a deliciouso rye aftertaste. I was expecting something like Hop Rod Rye, but this is a great suprise, like finding 20 bucks in your pocket you didnt know was there.

Hope this beer unretires, if not i'll have to find it playing golf in florida.

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

Clear dark mahogany color with a large foamy tan head. Lotsa sticky lace and great retention.

Citrus hop and acidic pineapple over a roasty, thick caramel. Aroma doesn't match the dark color but I think that's kinda cool.

Thick and creamy with citrus hops dominating a complex caramel, toasted pumpernickel and rye spice undertone. Sugary "umph" in the middle which I'm assuming is the Thai palm sugar mentioned on the bottle.

Went well with a bowl full of fresh cherries.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Two Brothers Heavy-Handed IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost to a mahogany-ish color. Good, almost double finger head with a lot of carbonation bubbles. Very dark and only slightly transparent in the glass. Lots of lacing.

S: Hops and rye. Beautiful. Slightly sweet. Very inviting.

T: The red rye flavor comes out immediately, and the hopes are definitely there, although not overpowering. Slightly sweet, and a tad bitter as it goes down.

M: Medium-bodied with slight carbonation. Just a touch of alcohol on the throat as it goes down.

D: Very drinkable. Each sip definitely leaves me wanting another. This brew would be a great early evening sipper in the summer as the sun goes down after a good barbecue.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

popped this open with my buddy Paul, we are getting Paul into craft brew.

Pours a deep red. a small amount of off white lacing up top. moderate lacing. when swirled I am greeted by a nice one finger layer of foam.

smell gets me excited. good hop balance. sweet. malty.

taste is dry. bitter oily flavors hit me at the back of my mouth. slightly biscuty. real nice

mouth is very dry. this beer is almost like a sponge. subtle bitterness sticks with me for a while.

i could drink this again. not sure it would be at the top of my search list but it certainly got me excited for my rye ale in primary right now.

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

Pours a very dark almost brown with slight amber. Thin head that left a little lacing

Has a sweet rye smell.

Taste is strong rye with a with a nice subtle hop finish(not as hoppy as other rye's I've had). This would make a good session beer for me because of the smooth taste, although the ABV is a little high for a session.

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

A-Deep amber/red color, clear very nice 3/8 inch head from bartender pour. Head is made up of very fine bubbles and hang around a very long while. As it did recede it left very nice lace.

S-Huge spicy rye bread aroma, floral hops, spicy hops and caramel malt.

T-Very simialr to nose, starts out with a nice spicy rye kick. The caramel malts comes in the middle with nice sweetness. This is followed quickly by a burst of spicy and floral hops. A touch of citrus hop comes through that wasn't noticed initally in the nose. finish is again spicy and also bitter.

M-Medium body with an inherent creaminess, Very fine carbonation carried the flavors throughout the pallet.

D-this is a very fine beer. I could easily toss back several of these babies and will seek it out again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep ruby orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of rye, grassy hops, and some grain. A great scent, not much complexity, but nice depth.

Taste of rye, caramel, and grassy hops. A simple and damn good rye beer, very much worth a try.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

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

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a thick creme head. Nose is nice. Definite grass clippings there with some piney citrus. It's a nice full nose that isn't blasting away at my nostrils. I like it. Flavor is smooth. Nice thick grainy level. Bright citric tones. This is an awfully hoppy rye, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel and a full carbonation.

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Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear dark amber body. a two finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

s: spicy rye, floral hops, bready malts and sugar.

t: a nice mixture of all the things listed above, but i could of done with a little less palm sugar.

m: full body, full flavor and decent carbonation. has a creamy feel to it as it goes down. and leaves a dry finish

o: i really enjoy this rye beer, i just wish it was a little less sugary.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,712 ratings.
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