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

A- Brown caramel colored body with a two inch tan head.

S- Spicy upfront hops, white pepper and spices give the hops a great strong character. Definitely a nice bready malt base.

T- Hops are more herbal and grassy with a definite spice character coming from the rye. Finishes off with a touch of sweetness from the malts.

M- Creamy and foamy, with moderate carbonation.

O- One of the best rye beers I have encountered, something to look out for and pick up.

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

Mellow but strong in equal measure, Cane & Abel is a showcase of brewing skill, melding jaw breaking strength with a balanced profile that belies that strength and settles into a balanced easy drinker. Pours a light crystal clear brown with ample sticky lacing, this brew starts with a malty caramel aroma that buoys a significant eatery piny hop aroma. The first sip is surprising as the aggressive hop content does not attack the tastebuds with prickly abandon, instead choosing to lay in wait, allowing the smooth body to mellow into a melange of malt sugars then gradually creep back lending a long resiny aspect to the flavorful finish. Skirting the territory of the barley wine, Cane & Abel deftly avoids that moniker choosing instead a strong but flavorful profile that hides its muscles in a classy and complex veil of flavors. Very well done from this young brewery.

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Photo of jdskinns
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper color with a fingers width foamy head. Transparent when put up to light. Good carbonation, very lively.

Very fruity, sweet smell. Not very strong, but good.

Great balance of the sugar and rye for a sweet, fruity taste. I enjoyed this one.

Quite a drinkable beer, very tasty and light enough to drink a few back to back. I have a feeling this will be a great summer beer, I'll definitely be buying more when it gets warmer.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark brown with a nice head.

S: Huge overtones of malt and rye greet me take in the aroma from the glass.

T: A hit of citrus with malt and hops powering through to the end of the taste.

M: perhaps a tad undercarbonated for my liking. Very smooth.

D: A nice change of pace beer for me. I'm not normally a fan of Red Ryes, but the extra hop in this beer intrigued me. It will go in the rotation.

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

Poured from bottle a rich amber red. Form off white head about an inch. Head droped and some lacing remained. Looked good, a little cloudiness but pleasant color.

Fruit aroma came out right away, reminded me of dried apricots.

Piney hop taste with other components, light dried fruit and citrus.

Comfortable on the tongue, pleasant drinking.

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

A - a deep brown almost mahogany, with a nice head.

S- citrus-piney hops, malts.

T-complex, citrus-pine hops, malts, rye.

M- good body with a decent mouth coating.

D-Good brew, excellent for sessions, fairly decent balance of the hops/rye. Would recommend to anyone to have as a regular brew in their fridge.

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

appearance-pours a deep amber into a goblet. quickly receeding head

smell-sweet rye malts up front in the rose, followed by the citrus hop

taste-immediate sweetness from the rye malt, quickly stabilized by the citrusy hop bitterness. nice finish

mouthfeel-full bodied without being syrupy. moderate carbonation

drinkability-very enjoyable version of one of, if not my favorite styles. i will definitely grab another.

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

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful mahogany brown with garnet highlights. There is a slight but present fluffy white head that settles to a nice thin lacing.

Smell: This beer has a pleasant rich brown sugar sweetness that is forward on the nose followed by a mellow floral spice. I smell fresh cut grass, fresh zested oranges along with earth components like tree bark and moss. There is a definite bready, grainy malt character hiding in the background. It reminds me of fresh cooked waffles on Sunday morning.

Taste: This beer is forward with a nice chewy bread crust and cereal grain flavors. This malt is paired with a slightly fruit sweetness like fresh boiled cranberries, apricot and tart grapefruit. This is followed by a combo of peppery spice from the rye and floral, citrusy (lemon, orange) spice from traditional American hops. There is definitely a lingering bitterness, but it is not shocking to your palette or overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body, but a wonderfully dry finish making it both bold and fantastically thirst quenching.

Drinkability: I could easily sit back and drink many of these throughout the evening either paired with food or on it's own. At 68 IBU's and 7 ABV it could definitely get me in trouble. ;)

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer is definitely my favorite that Two Brother's has to offer. It has a uniqueness from the Rye and Palm sugar that is showcased in the beer. It's really a unique take on an American Rye Ale by blending the peppery spicyness of Rye with the sweet citrus spice of American hops. It's a definite must try beer in my opinion.

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

A: Medium orangey brown type of color.

S: Milldy fruity and dry

T: At first it is a bit hoppy for me (Not the biggest fan of IPA type beers), but this quickly faded for me. After the bitter hops faded, there was a very unique flavor to this one. Very mild smooth fruit smoothy type of aftertaste, and a bit of vanilla. Very surprising flavor for a rye beer.

Summary: Hated this one at first but different tastes started popping out everytime I took a sip. Very unique flavor to this one. I will probably be drinking this one agian.

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

Had the Cane and Ebel on tap at the Lyndale Tap house with some southern sliders.

A - Beautiful red/copper/burgundy hue. Decent head. Decent lacing.

T - Yes please. The Rye is perhaps stronger than other rye beers I am used to (BGW Bitter Woman, Founders Red Rye, etc) but this is not a bad thing in this case, by any means. Very very good. Good balance of hop and malt. I would highly recomend this beer on its taste.

D - Good. Smoooth and perhaps a tad heavy. Perfect compliment to my dinner.

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Photo of timmlimestone
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to telll you this was a hard one to rate. Great for he hops, but overall not too great for the tongue.

Appearance - Great for an IPA.

Smell - Wow The hops are amongst us.

Taste - Very hoppy

Mouthfeel - Very hoppy very american in the hops that I taste.

Drinkability - For a very much too strong IPA not bad.

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Photo of patriot76
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown with a reddish hue. A little cloudy with a thick one inch head that leaves fantastic lacing.

S- Wonderful hop aroma with a strong hint of the rye and thai palm sugar. Very complex. Great nose.

T- Wow. What a great tasting mixture of hops and rye along with the thai palm sugar and malt. Perfectly balanced. It leaves very pleasant bitterness that lingers very well.

M- The pleasant bitterness starts at the back of the palate, then fills the entire palate, ending in a perfectly balanced aftertaste.

O- Outstanding. World class. One of the best beers one could find anywhere... in my humble opinion.

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Photo of michaelbutler
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 13 2010

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A- Dark Red-brown, foamy head, leaves a nice lace
S- Strong hops and sugar, sweet
T- Strong rye, dry finish
M- Full body, medium carbonation, dry finish
D- Very tasty, smooth and enjoyable, could definitely have more than one

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Photo of JulieRFoster
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Distinguished 'I'm not a virgin' wedding-dress-white head glistens two fingers above a deep mahogany body. Lacing is like icing dripping off the roof of a ginger-bread house.

Deep fruity scents: plum and black cherry. Smell is dark and rich and sweet. Maple syrup and honey together. Also, citrusy hops; lemon and tangerine scents. Also get passion fruit and a general fruit medley - outstanding. The nose is also a little woody, like cherry wood. It's consistently sweet, but has such a wide range of scents that are all subtly integrated. Downright impressive.

Solid medium mouthfeel - good body and medium range level of carbonation. All pretty well done for the style, although feels a little thin as you work your way down the glass.

The taste is more bitter than the smell, but that's kind of welcome as to not make the flavor sickeningly sweet. Taste is a little dull. Still fruity - passion fruit, plum and nectarine. It's a little tangy like nectarine or green apples (green grapes?). Taste is more green fruit, vs. the smell which was very rouge.

A great beer all-around and very drinkable. Could certainly be a session beer.

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Photo of RyanC84
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the second time trying Cane & Ebel. Haven't been impressed either time.

Cane & Ebel gets off to a slow start. It pours a dark, very dark, copper red. Head hangs around for a few seconds before disappearing into nothingness. Lacing is non-existent.

Very sweet, malty, and a bit of rye in the nose. No hops at all here. The same can be said about the taste. Sweet tasting with a hint of hops and rye on the end. This bottle is still in date, so I'm a little confused as to where all the hops have gone. Perhaps it's the Thai Palm sugar that I'm not liking, but this is way to sweet to be considered a hopped up red ale.

Mouthfeel is thin and this beer feels a bit under carbonated. Won't be having anymore of these thanks. I'll stick to Founders & Terrapin for my red ale needs.

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Photo of mayor55
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 2 brothers brew pub. Looks very tasty in the glass. deep brown color. The quality of the ingredients come through very strongly in this beer. Rye bread is very prominent and accurate. Little bit of sweetness and salty mix. I love this beer. Went very well with muffalotta sandwich.

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Photo of brundo4
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz'er. Best by: 6/2/10. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber. Red and orange tones. 2 fingers of fluffy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing. Appetizing to say the least.

S- Bitter first, like most rye beers. Hoppy, but with a sweet and smoky malt background. Some chocolate and... graham cracker?

T- Heavy rye and hops rush up the front. The sweetness and smoky base struggles to keep up but does so very well. Very mellow and bitter with some citrus notes and a good woody, earthy quality. Some citrusy sweetness way deep in there that I can't put my finger on.

M- Super, super smooth. Really silky and mellow. Not too heavy, not to light. A pleasure.

D- At 7%, this is a really mellow, drinkable brew. So tasty and so satisfying. Crisp, layered and rewarding. Best rye I've had in a long, long time.

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Photo of quad07
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.49 for a single 1pt, .6oz brown bottle with pry off cap from UFS. 7% ABV listed on label. Only date on bottle is 2006. This is a limited edition brewed once.

I noticed a nice wisp when prying off the cap. It poured into my large 23oz beer glass a dark amber brown color with light red & copper highlights. It produces a nice off white tight creamy head that left nice scattered lacewing to the finish.

The very first thing I noticed was the very well balanced smell of floral and green hops. The smell of caramel malts was very present and pleasantly rich.

The taste was great in so many ways. I noticed the rich taste of Carmel, malt & vanilla cream with a hint of rye nip. Then the nice green hop flavors took over with just a slight bitter finish. After it started warming I noticed more fruity flavors like bananas & peach or apricot. No real over powering alcohol taste at all.

This is a very drinkable IPA; I just wish I picked up two. If you're able to find a bottle I highly recommend it. Check my beer spy report for more details.


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Photo of badmoon
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Dark brown. Started with a decent head that didn't last. This one has a little bit of lacing but not much.

S: The spice is really standing out. I'm not getting any hops...spicy!

T: I'm getting sugar and malt. I'm not picking up the hops other than the bitter finish. Could just be my bottle. Who knows.

M: Very creamy. It also has a sort of metallic quality. I'm really beginning to think I have a bad bottle.

D: It's OK. I wouldn't want more than one or two. It's a big beer.

Overall: It's passable. There are many other beers I'd rather drink but this one was fine. I'd like to try a different bottle to see if mine was "off".

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle

A- Dark red with garnet hues, clear, head retention light, slight lacing

S- Caramel, plums, sweet candi, cherry, dried fruit, some hops but not much, the dark fruit character prevails

T- Nice and balanced, has a heavy caramel taste that is brought into check with a nice hop balance. Nice spiciness from the rye malt. Finishes clean and smooth for as highly hopped that it is.

M- Medium to medium high carbonation with medium-thick to thick body.

D- Very drinkable for being 7% and 63IBUs, very balanced, nice

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Photo of MIchelle
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pours a beautiful deep red/dark brownish color with a nice cream head that rises just over an inch in the glass. The smell is very nice, previews the hop taste that is to come with your first sip. A nice balance hop taste with a great malted barley taste. It's a complex flavored beer but not so bold that someone who doesn't get into the super bold beer styles shouldn't like it. Very well balanced and smooth drinking. Having mine with some popcorn lol and it goes awesome. A very good brew, my favorite two brothers brew so far.

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Photo of hopjuicer
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint. Pours a deep copper red.

Excellent dry hop in the nose, grain and molasses.

Taste demonstrates an excellent balance hop and malt, hiding a moderately high abv for the style.

This beer is the highlight of the variety 24 pack from Costco and a long time go to beer. I was pleased when they added it to their year round lineup, and switched it from four to six pack without increasing the price.

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Photo of sirdillon
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Received in a trade from noslenwerd, many thanks!

Nice reddish caramel color with a 3 finger fluffy off-white head. the head never completely dissipates, lacing is left around the glass. This is beautiful.

Not getting any rye here, but there is a pleasant sweetness that usually I only find is bourbon barrel aged beers. Kind of a vanilla/coconut type of malty sweetness. Maybe a bit of a grassy aroma as well.

Definitely on the sweet side of things, but very very well balanced with the hops. Has a complex tropical sugar/caramel/lightly toastiness to the flavor, with some hop bitterness and slight dryness in the finish. Really good, not getting a lot of distinct flavors from the hops, but the rest more than makes up for it.

Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Definitely coats my entire mouth with all of it's flavors and sweet goodness. Excellent.

Overall- I would've liked this to maybe lower the ending bitterness in the flavor, and perhaps let more of the hop flavors to shine through. All in all though, this is an excellent beer. I wish it were distributed here!

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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 ddahlen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another singles rack selection from one of my local beer stores. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Snifter with about 1 cm of head and a dark amber color.

The nose has some great pine and citrus notes with a hint of caramel.

The taste is nice and malty with a great hop presence to back it up. The bitterness is nice and subtle. There is a decent amount of residual sweetness, but it's not overbearing or cloying.

The mouthfeel is nice, a bit fuller than you'd typically see in the style, but not necessarily over the top. The light carbonation makes the beer super smooth and definitely easy to drink.

Overall, this is another great hoppy rye ale. A style I am definitely in love with. It's not quite on par with Founder's Red's Rye, but close. Good stuff.

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Cane And Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,686 ratings.
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