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 SerialHiker
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown…off white head did form about a finger width thick and settled to a slightly thinner layer…a good lookin’ brew…(4/5)

Smell: Peppery rye up front…also some sweetness, caramel, floral notes and a touch of citrus…there’s an earthy, mustiness happening here…it’s nice, but it’s not overwhelming…(3.75/5)

Taste: Sweet, earthy, caramel maltiness up front, much more than I would have expected…there’s a definite sugary sweetness that isn’t strong, just noticeable…after the initial flavors, this brew really dives into the hops and rye…peppery rye bite comes out, nicely balanced by citrus/piney hops…slightly resinous feel…there’s some bready qualities to the flavor as well…peppery rye/piney bitterness into the after taste…a very hoppy rye ale…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, plenty of carbonation…it fluffs up bringing tons of sweet, slightly peppery maltiness to the palate…there’s a mild touch of resin/syrup feel…finishes very smoothly, doesn’t linger too far, but leaves an earthiness behind…(3.85/5)

Overall: I’m a big fan of Two Brothers, partly because I like supporting small, independent businesses, but mostly because they make very drinkable beer and Cane and Ebel is another example of that…with super flavor and a relatively low ABV, I definitely could drink a few of these in a sitting and not bat an eye…this is definitely worth picking up if you see it on your local, independent beer store or if you’re traveling through the Chicagoland area…Two Brothers strikes again! (4/5)

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

Dark copper reddish brown. Aggressive pour yielded about 1.5 fingers khaki head that dissipated with a good amount of lacing. Smell is sweet and hoppy. Some fruit, not all citrus. Taste is spicy up front, with some sweetness in back. Kind of a dry finish. Similar to a barleywine, but way more enjoyable in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, a little creamy. Very drinkable for 7%. Definitely would buy it again.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my brother-in-law gave me this bottle. thank you matt. twelve ounce bottle poured into a belgian goblet. dark amber with a reddish tint. thin tan head. looks good.

dark fruits on the nose. spicy hops. no off odors.

sweet. spicy hop bitterness. mild bitter hop aftertaste.

mid-full body beer. adequate carbonation. good beer. would try this again.

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Photo of JoePat
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick kaki head.

I get a lot of piny hop aroma with some malt sweetness and a little spiciness from the rye.

The flavor is kind of barleywine like with a dark crystal sweetness and big piney hop flavor. The rye helps to balance out the sweet malt.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel backing up the flavor yet not really detracting from the drinkability. This beer goes down smooth and makes me want more with every drink.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell: Daffodil flora.

Appearance: Mahogany brown with a lush, pocked head and an oozed appearance to the top. YOu wouldn't want to get this on your shoes.

A hop chirp hits, and in a millisecond is eclipsed by a more-rye-than-rye bite, a sugary kiss and a bitter farewell. Reader, I don't know if you'll understand me or not when I say that this beer is fast. But it is. Holy shit, how this beer is fast. Boom-boom-boom-boom. Four distinct traits, in about half a second. Repeat. THis is how a beer should drink. Slight resinous oil in the surprisingly un-slick mouthfeel makes this beer and my thirst have a cause/quench relationship.

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Photo of roan22
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow Jeff of TJs Everyday managed to score a keg of this limited, lusciously smooth, hoppy red ale.

Its a nice dark ruby color with smallish white head. It tasted a little boozy, with notes of dark liquor/Sugar In The Raw balancing the bitter grapefruity hops nicely.

As the pint went down and the booze kicked in, I was feeling no pain. This is a very tasty beer, in fact, its really damn good. Its just a little too strong for me to be able to drink more than one of, and then get into the car, hence the drinkability score of 4.

Excellent beer

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Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to a Two Brothers tasting at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. The beers in the tasting were OK but I really enjoyed the hell out of C&E on-tap. I'm having a love affair with very hop forward brews that are made with Rye - just works for me. It reminds me that I have to get some Hop Rod Rye!

The nose is subtler than it could be. There is a great mix of dark fruit, some citrus and big malt backbone. I want more!
The appearance is a very handsome dark reddish brown at the top of the glass with a golden color toward the bottom. The head is so soft and creamy looking. Lacing is fantastic layers and icicles.

With a sip it's clear it's a winner. A fabulous beer. The hop is sweet mixed with caramel but there is also a good amount of grassy hop bite at the back of the palate too. As always with the rye, you get that lovely distinctive dryness that adds to a dry hop finish and makes it feel like a very quaffable brew.

The body is strangely creamy on the palate. It makes the beer feel more full bodied than it actually is. The hop and rye provide a nice refreshing dryness. It's a refreshing and satisfying medium bodies brew with a low/medium carbonation.

It's clearly not what it is when it is fresh on-tap but still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, producing a dark brown, mahogany brew with a small half inch head. Little retention and lacing.

Aroma is complex. A bready biscuit aroma with a pungent hoppy kick in the nostrils.

Sort of plain mellow brown ale flavor. Thick sweet flavor with a nutty, caramel punch but really hoppy; a little piney, a little earthy.

Full bodied with a lingering flavor embodying all the beers characteristics. Very little carbonation, makes it feel thicker than it really is.

Decent flavor, couldn't really have more than one though. Really thick; I think a bit more carbonation would be beneficial to this beer and make it easier to drink.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by of 12/8/11, poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with an off white head that slowly fizzles. Little lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - Aroma of rye, hops, and touch of malt. Little faint, have to really dig the nose in there, but what is there is nice and inviting.

T - A nice solid rye taste with some bitter hops coming up in the background and giving some bitter piney tastes that really compliment. The rye is nice and coating, not really giving way until a couple moments in the aftertaste, where the hops really shine. A subtly complex taste from start to finish.

M - A little on the heavier side, but a rye beer that's hopped up would do that. It's still drinkable with solid carbonation.

O - A very nice rye beer, and would go well just about any time of year. The taste and beer itself is nice and coating, with that piney hop making this interesting and wanting to come back for more. One of my favorite offerings from Two Brothers.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel amber color with a slight red hue, very minimal light frothy head, quickly diminishes. No lacing on glass.

S- Sweet, malty-candi sugar is the dominant scent (I checked and realize that it is actually Thai palm sugar), butter, slight grape aroma. I don't really get much hop aroma...which I would hope to get to balance out the malty, sugary aromas up front.

T- Caramel, toffee, sweet-honey and vanilla, moderate bitterness to try and offset the sweetness. Sharp, yet inviting, caramel...good hop character with a very malty backbone. At room temp as warmed up...certainly more complex and inviting, comfortable.

M- Thick, yet smooth...fresh and slightly bitter, enticing tingle on back of and strong...but not all that complex, it is balanced and clean.

D- A bit too sweet, drinkable for a few, but beyond 2 just doesn't work for me beyond that.

For the creativity of the style, and I think they used some interesting ingredients...bold, clever and creative. Good overall beer...

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is caramel with red garnet highlights. Exceptional head and thick lacing combine for an impressive presentation.

Musty but somewhat citrus hop aroma leads to spicy rye and faint malt.

Taste starts with a piney/citrus hop burst leading into the spicy rye then mellows to a malt backdrop. Balanced, complex and highly enjoyable. Pepper and pine, citrus and dry malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry and medium body. Spot on carbonation. Very nice.

This beer goes down fast for a 7% abv. It hits the spot on a cold rainy evening. Two Brothers use of rye is the best I have had as they did not over do it while creating a unique and tasty brew. Cheers!

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Photo of wschmit
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a nonic.

A: Fine tan head maxes out at about half an inch in height, over a clear, burnished brown body. Head dissipates into a very thin ring with slight webbed lacing.

S: Nice herbal hops, tangy rye, and a vaguely fruity, almost cherry scent. Almost like iced tea at times, in a very good way.

T: Good hop kick throughout, but not overpowering of the sour rye and the sugar. Just enough sweetness in the finish to keep this very drinkable. Taste largely follows the nose. Very good.

M: Coats the tongue nicely, with a somewhat astringent feeling. Medium carbonation.

D: High. Great balance of hops, rye, and maltiness. Not at all boozy feeling for 7% abv. Almost sessionable, if it were a little less alcoholic. I could (and often do) get pretty tipsy on this if I'm not careful. A great beer, and reasonably priced.

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

A -- A hazy brown brew that pours to a one finger khaki head and recedes to a thin skim, leaving spotty lacing.

S -- Smells of rye, citrus, toasted malts, and a faint hint of oily sugar.

T -- Caramel and citrus peel, evenly bittering throughout, a shade sharper on the front than the back. Heavy rye character in the form of spicy tones that ride on every aspect of the flavor.

M -- Somewhat creamy, smooth, resinous, medium to full body, and moderate carbonation.

D -- Solid, worth a try -- very nice brew for any IPA drinker.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle... right into my duvel glass

A- pours a deep red color... almost blood like... even the thickness feels like it. Big white head.... lots of sticky lacing

S- cane sugar, rye malt, earthy grass, tons of sugar in the nose but very well balanced...

T- very pronounced rye malt... more than the smell... hint of sweetness maybe from the cane sugar... earthy hops and funk in the back of the throat

M- dry, sweet, bittnerness.... bubbly down the throat...

O- this is yet another brewery you can't really go wrong with... their more driven towards taste over ABV. track them down and enjoy like a victorious Viking lol

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second Two Brothers of the evening. I found this stuff for 6.50 a 4 pack today. I have been wanting to try this beer for some time but haven't been able to locate it....unitl today.

A - Very nice. Deep Brown Red with a cloudy feel and look. Excellent. It says....well crafted on it.

S - Hops are noticeable. Also there is a sweetness to this beer than I haven't picked up on with other Two Brothers.

T - Very Good!!! Hops on a sweet tooth. Reminds me of a piece of rye bread just coming out of the toaster with a little butter on it. Not too strong rye flavor but nice. You can taste this beer in the back of your throat just as it slides down. Very nice.

M - Again, very smooth like most two brother beers are. Excellent. Quality is what these guys strife for.

D - Ahhh...Yeah! A little bit more expensive than there other beers but for a miss priced 6 pack, I think $1.75 per bottle is well worth it. I think the price might be wrong so I am going back tomorrow and pick up some more. HELLO!!!!

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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 diabecktic
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark, plum-colored beer pours with ~1 finger of dense, light-brown head. The dense liquid moves very slowly, sticking to the side of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma resembles a fruity pine cone, with spicy, sour notes complimenting a sugary, fruity malt.

The rye malt imparts a unique combination of spicy and sour to an otherwise hoppy beer. Plum-like sweetness and cane sugar are up front, with citrus and spice complimenting strong notes of rye. The taste is quite strong, but it remains balanced throughout.

The body of this beer is very thick. The cane sugar and plum which are responsible for the dark sweetness likely account for this density. Sourness is strong towards the end, though it doesn't dry the mouth.

For a beer with 7.0% alcohol, it's quite well-hidden. The flavor is quite strong, but the overall balance and complexity keep this facet from overpowering you. If not for the high % ABV, this might qualify for a session beer; I would recommend sipping as opposed to quick consumption.

If you're looking for an odd style that remains accessible, then this is probably the beer for you. A dark sweetness anchors the unique sensation associated with using a rye malt, yielding a complex, but balanced, beer with a high alcohol content. This beer might not be for everyone, but it's a great-tasting example of an uncommon style that's worth trying.

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Photo of b3shine
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint. Looked good for a rye; deep in color w/shades of red and brown. Smelled great; hoppy with the twang of the rye noticeable. Taste was hoppy and tangy, just like it should be. Mouthfeel was good. The tanginess made it drink like a wild ale, but without all the carbonation. Overall, a quality brew that's great on draft.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours an amber/garnet with a solid finger of head, tight lacing.

Smell: Lighter caramel, rye, some cat-pee hops (Simcoe?) and tropical fruit

Taste: Twisted rye, citrus hops, some sour malt with a strong rye bread lingering presence.

This is a pretty solid RiPA that I'd be happy to pick up on a regular basis if it was distributed in my area.

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Photo of youngblood
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured copper haze. Moderate carbonation. Head stayed at one finger for about ten minutes. Very pleasing to view.

S - This is where I knew that I would like this beer. Strong hop presence in the nose.

T - Again, nice strong hops. Very citrusy. Bit of sweetness on the tail end of the flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel. Somewhat silky and thick.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is also available from the two brothers tap house on cask pour fridays and saturdays. I had this on cask, and it's even better, but currently I'm drinking it from the bottle. It's a deep reddish brown in color, clear with a light cream head. The aroma is definitely of hops. The taste is sweet, with a refreshing citrusy flavor from the hops, and a roasted malty afterfinish. It has a hint of warming alcohol. Actually, it's hard to detect the rye malt. Wonderful beer though, very drinkable. Even better on cask.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip (best by 7/7/2013)

aroma- spicy earthy rye, citrus, pine, melon, slight fruit. Awesome

Flavor- rye, pine, juicy, herbal, some floral notes, good bitterness, hop forward

mouthfeel- meduim, smooth,

Overall- This is great, was not expecting the amount of flavor and aroma it packs. If you like rye and hops this is one to try for sure.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pub glass. Pours a deep red-orange color with a 2 finger cream colored head that lasts well during drinking. Loose, light carbonation present.

Smells stroungly of old style sourdough rye bread. Light pine, spicy earthy smell with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste as smells. Very nice rye/malty sweetness with a touch of caramel. Finished with a slightly bitter piney-grapefruit tartness/dryness. I think I can taste some caraway seed. There is a pleasant taste of spiciness, but I can not tell what the individual spices are.

Full bodied, pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Not overpowering. Alcohol presence is balanced within the beer. Easy to drink. If you like rye, you will like this.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear reddish copper-colored beer with more than an inch of tan-tinged head giving up the gas in fat bubbles. Not much foam making it to my lip, but thick lacing and some of rising bubbles. Smells of grapefruit and a caramel malt made zippier by the rye.

Sharper greeting from all those 68 IBUs in the taste. Goodly grapefruit and piney kick, but backed up by darker sweet flavors -- toffee, caramelized sugars -- and a healthy rye snap. A glass starts out dry, but a bomber's worth piles up in your mouth a bit. You get a touch of the the rye and hops again every time you push your tongue around. Smooth and full-bodied, with light carbonation.

Oh, goodness, the ryes are growing on me. I'm going to want a bottle of this every time I see it at the store.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,704 ratings.
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