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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 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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Photo of EPseja
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great BA Birthday BIF gift!

Served from a 22oz bomber in my favorite slightly-bowed Dogfish head pint glass at just about cellar temperature.

A - Super-clear medium brown color with copper highlights and a fat two inch off-white, creamy head. Lacing is very nice and head retention is up to speed.

S - Nice flowery, citrus hoppiness with a touch of sourdough and rye hidden under a blanket of medium roast malts. Very well balanced and enticing.

T - Lightly sweet malts give way to a fantastic rye graininess that not only bolsters the bitterness of the finishing hops, but also adds a touch of sweetness to the aftertaste, providing incredible balance.

M - Slight viscosity on the way in, puffing up to a deliciously creamy mouthful after some initial tongue-tip tingliness. Compresses nicely for the swallow and leaves a mildly sweet yeasty, bready aftertaste. Awesome.

D - Congratulations. This is one fantastic beer that has it all -- a nice hop profile like a good IPA and a great malt profile like a well made brown ale bordering on a light scotch ale. This beer has the body of a pole dancer and the brains of a Harvard Grad, with a touch of downhome sweetness like she'd add to every loaf of home-baked rye. Talk about your balance...

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass. the liquid is a brown amber with good carbonation. The head is one fat finger with a tan and rocky surface. it leave a slight lace.

The smell is good. Malty smell has both yeast and rye bread notes.

The taste is very good. rye bread and Hops and hops and more hops.

The mouthfeel is good. A nice crisp clean brew with a, close to full, body and good carbonation.

The Drinkability is very good. What a nice smooth and delicious brew. Thanks Shbobdb for this great treat! Prosit MK

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Pretty good sized, tan head. Fairly dark auburn-red color. Good amount of carbonation. Nice retention and tons of lacing along the glass as I drink.

Piney, hoppy aroma with a slight malt sweetness and a hint of oak.

Sweet, tangy hop flavor with fruitiness, then some rye notes and a pretty bitter, hop finish.

Medium-bodied and a little syrup-y and sticky mouthfeel.

Very attractive and nice smelling, but just a pretty good flavor. Mouthfeel was a little less than what I'd like.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a huge head that has a huge hop aroma, with a slightly tan color. Head lasted a long time. Left lacing

A nice copper color with orange hue accent. Aroma of hops, with a slight rye accentuated nose, with some fruitiness, and piny.

Flavor of rye, with a fruit character, lending too a very nice hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is a smooth nicely carbonated, medium bodied.

Overall this beer rock it is very drinkable. Balanced towards rye and hops mostly. This is reccommended

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

Poured a hazed red/brown combo with a slightly off-white head that produced some sliding lace on the glass.
Aroma of light citrus fruit, some orange peel, a bit of airy, pine and distinctive rye notes.
Flavor of darker rye bread came through on top of a jumble of caramel and dark fruit notes.
Mouthfeel was moderate with some real crisp, sharp rye notes cut by the softer fruit and darker caramel sweetness. Solid balance. As it warmed a slightly sour note was produced.
Drinkability is pretty solid, can definitely feel a warming rush of alcohol as it goes down.

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

Thanks goes to Woody Chandler for sharing this beer with me and I hear credit is do to Sopor for igniting an interest in Rye Beer that is now spreading. I have a limited experience with Rye beers and minimal success. Hop Rod Rye (more IPA) and Redhook Sunrye Ale I have had sampled of but not enough to review and the Sunrye somwhat bored me. I will revisit it, now that Woody/Sopor have explained the rye snap to the uvula. Cane & Ebel had this very enjoyable effect.

Appearance: Pours a transparent caramel amber color with an off-white head and notable lacing.

Smell: A very pleasant sweet bread sugary aroma with subtle suggestions of fruit and hops and nudge of rye.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The flavor and mouthfeel are partly intermingled. This beer is extremely approachable with relative straightforward flavors but so beautifully interlaced that this easy-drinker has crossed over to masterpiece status IMO. It start off with an exceptionally smooth creamy full body that graces the lips with and leaves a sweets malty bread flavor, with hints of toffee, hops and of course rye, on the taste buds. The edges have a dry astringency that sticks to my cheeks long after the beer passes through. And the feature in the finish is the rye sting to uvula and the lip-smacking reaction to the delicious aftertaste that beckons for more.

Drinkability: For a 7% ABV beer it seemed like one I could drink all evening. The alcohol content was well hidden and the flavors a simple and yet worthy of contemplation creating a very quaffable beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that this I've only had a couple of Rye beers so I'm not sure how to review this one. It looked good with a lively pour and darker amber color. The nose was mostly hops with a malty/bready combo. Solid hoppy taste up front with a long bitter aftertaste and a distinct bready dryness. Time to try more ryes. Thanks to dirtylou.

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

Deep amber/red with a frothy head whose lacing sticks to the side of the glass like glue.

Rich hop scent with appealing grapefruit and brown sugar notes.

The taste is primarily one of citrus/hops but it also features some burnt (in a good way) flavors and a slightly herbal aftertaste.

This is still my favorite Two Bros. brew and I could drink it all night long.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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