Cane And Ebel | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
634
Ratings:
1,672
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
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175
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228
For Trade:
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date on back of 7/16/09

A - Clear dark ruby color with a pleasant light tan foamy head. Decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Hop smell is lightly floral with straw, wheat, and grass. Earthy. Light fruit aromas with a hint of apricot.

T - Much hoppier than it smells. The first thing that comes across is the floral and slight fruitiness of the hops followed by a slightly earthy finish.

M - Crisp and light with a dry, bitter finish. Light to medium in body.

D - I don't think that this is a bad beer by any standards; however, it's overly hopped flavor isn't balanced by any sort of "maltiness" (yes, its a Rye beer) and is a little overpowering.

I ended up giving the other from the 12 sample pack to my dad to drink. At least I have the bottle for home brewing.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a deep burnt amber, almost browned color with a light tuft of beige head on top. Fades out completely into a few bubbles of film, webbed lacing coats the glass.

Bitter and spicy in the nose with citrus hops. Rye spice and faint bready malts with soft sweetness. Pretty spicy and hoppy overall.

Spike of bitter hops up front with citrus driven by orange and grapefruit. Hints of peel and rind with some soft juiciness. Rye spice pleasantly burns through. Lighter bready and caramel notes drive through with the malt backbone. Finishes bitter, juicy, and citrusy.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and prickly on the tongue. Drinkable, hoppy, spicy, and delicious. I'd buy this regularly if it was available here.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a tranlucent deep reddish copper color with a slightly tanned head that looks quite thick and has great retention and big lace.

S-the nose is lighter with some nice grapefruit and a touch of piney hops, notes of rye malt with some spiciness to it.

T-the taste brings more rye than the nose and less hops. the rye kicks in first with notes of grapefruit and some pine coming in next giving way to some peppery spice and more rye at the finish.

M-very clean and smooth. it is slightly syrupy and leaves a little coat on the mouth.

D-this is actually pretty tasty. it goes down very easily and brings a nice hop profile for a rye beer. definitely give it a shot.

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

Taupe lumpy lacey head. Gooey, funky, bitter orange hops with a touch of caramel on the nose.
A bit of red currant and toffee and some rye spice, then resiny orange rind hops.
Spicy end and a tight pulp linger. Light-medium, sticky, creamy.

A bit thin, and rye doesn’t add enough bite. Nose is better than the taste. Not up to the standard of Founders Red’s.
I notice many of the most worshipful reviews are old, I wonder if this was just good for its time.

Also starting to have questions about Two Brothers…

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Photo of Durge
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This shows a dark mahogany red color with a hefty tan head and good lacing. The aroma is sharp lemony pine hops and deep butterscotch berry. The flavor brings very satiny smooth raspberry malt and piney hops. Delicious and rich with a very consistent and smooth carbonation. Somewhat like a mild barleywine. It has a slight resinous quality which hints at the rye taste. The bitterness gathers at the back of the mouth. There's a touch of dryness on the tip of the tongue. Very nice and distinctive. Fairly drinkable for sure.

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Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my trip to Philly last month. Enjoyed with my supper which consisted of a chicken & pepperoni sub with some frites sauce.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before 1/25/11.

Appearance: A dark amber body with a small ring that grows to a good 3 fingers before settling to 1. Leaves lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Good dose of piney hops mixed with sugar.

Taste: Hops right off the bat and lots of sugar cane that manages to not be overly sweet. I don't find the rye to be a real major player. Still tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness is nice, not as strong as implied on the label but decent enough. Finish is a little too clean. Would have liked more fullness in the palate.

Drinkability: Doesn't drink like 7% which is good but the expensive price might make me hesitate.

Overall: I like it. It doesn't stand out for me but i still enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Map Room

Pours dark with a small head that doesn't quite cut it. Still, nice and dark with good lacing.

Smells like very dark, rich hoppy rye. Resin, pot, dirt, and grapefruit. Class.

Oh--it tastes great! Potting soil moving into tasty, tasty pine and citrus hop, ending with a great kick of sweet malt.

And layered and perfectly balanced rye that kicks your ass but doesn't hurt you. It loves you too much to leave a mark.

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Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper color with a caramel one finger head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Delicious aroma of grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, passion fruit, spices and a hint of pine and rye.
Sweet flavor of rye, grapefruit, American Amber Ale yeast, spices, lots of caramels, earth, papaya, pine and lemon. Dry with a long bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.0% abv is very well hidden.
Great beer. A bold and beer with strong flavors given its hop profile and rye, but very well balanced. Its sweetness could be tuned down a bit. If you like Rye beers and a hoppy punch, you got to try this.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Translucent ruby, one finger off white, not much carbonation, lacing.

S-Starts with rye spicyness, citrus hops and grass hops as well.

T-Starts with nice rye notes. Then had mild citrus and grass notes. Tad bit of malts. Slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated but also a tad bit watery.

O-It's no Red's Rye PA, but still one the better hoppy Rye-Reds out there.

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

I've been on a kick lately of finding old notes...

The color is an appealing deep mohogany red with coppery highlights almost pushing to ruby at the edges. A very nice off-white head stands about two fingers tall, stays for a pretty long time without really fading away, and leaves some good lacing in fairly thick patches.
There's a breads and caramel presence from the malts with some citrus, grains pulling through overall with a light spiciness I can safely assume is from the rye. Also lingering is the particular aroma I've come to identify with Simcoe hope. The aroma is good, almost very good, lacking only the depth and power of the hops found later and moderate on a rye spiciness that comes out deeper in the flavor as well.
The flavor is where it's at. A big, bready malt along with a toffee sweet caramel malt make for a big, rich malt presence necessary because big malts are the only way to balance the beauty of the somewhow heavy yet clean hops in here. There's a big citrus and a nice tanginess to further balance an unusual but nice sweetness and plenty of rye spiciness. This one's deep, bold, robust, balanced, and flavorful. Delicious.
A full body and plenty of smoothness make for a nice, full, almost chewy mouthfeel. Plenty of crispness up front gives way to rich creaminess. Robust, clean and semi-dry in the finish.
I guess if I had to choose between this or Red's, I'd be lost. The price sticker would be the decision maker.

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

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, spicy rye, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is very balanced up front with a lot of spicy caramel and toffee and some grapefruit. The finish is dominated by a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I could drink this agian when in the mood for a well balanced rye beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, first of all I picked up a four pack of this for $4.99. Went to have a bottle last night and see a best by date of 4/22/09. So my review is not of the freshest bottle, but here it is.

A- pours a deep transparent brown with two finger head of tan suds. Good amount of lacing.

S- Big hops with sweet caramel malt.

T- Some hops and big sweet roasted malt. Heavier on the malt side. Reminds me of a DFH 90 Minute. I'm guessing some of the hops have faded in this one. Some caramel and toffee present. Not bad, but would like bigger hops like a Red's Rye offers.

M- medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. Mild chewiness.

D- Pretty good drinkability for a 7% beer. A couple is about all I could do of this. Would like to compare this to a fresh bottle as I really enjoy this style.

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

Sample at Brew Kettle: Dark amber color with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing at the top of the glass, and thinner layers below. Aroma of rye, malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a bready malt and rye flavor, along with a good amount of hops and fruit. The finish is spicy with hops and a touch of alcohol. Solid all around.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean reddish to deep amber color, with a tan head. In the aroma, hops, rye, and a sweeter malt. In the taste, sweet malt, dry rye, and some piney hops. A hoppy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and pine hop aftertaste. Nice balance; hops to rye and sweet to dry. Real freakin' good!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bulldog Lowertown: Solid hue of blazing dark brick red, nearing voilet, and nary a fluff or capping at all when served. A slight ring of foam remained most way thru and just a few spot of lacing stuck.

Lovely aroma of darkened juicy citric hoppyness matched well with a rye crispness that really pops. Darkly fruity with orange, plum, and cherry with hints to duller grapefruit and notes to some brown sugar sweetness and caramel.

Taste is immaculately yummy and bold with a tender crispness of rye malt. Eagerly smoothed over with lots of caramel balancing malt slathered with succulantly soft, juicy, and dark fruity citrusy stuff. Orangey, grapefruit, rum/cherry, plum, green raisin, and tinged just right with a hopitude of greasy resin leftovers in the finish. Quite Barleywine-esk actually.

Smooth, snappy crispness matched with a tender center all enveloped in a fairly hefty fullish body. Just as its about to go chewy it gets the rye snap, then the hoppy textured resinous finish.

Damn solid stuff! Goes down great at first but catches up to ya after the first glass. Worht every sip no matter how ya decide to drink it down.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a small head that settles quickly. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Swirling the beer leaves a thick cap.

Citrus hops fill the nose. Just hints of malt lies in the background.

The flavor is dominated by the hops. Citrus flavors at first but there is a sour twang noticed before the bitter returns on the finish.

Has a surprising light body. It does not carry the bitterness of the beer very well. Carbonation is adequate without being intrusive.

A very hoppy beer. I would prefer more of the rye to come through. High ABV and bitterness limits consumption.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jeager poured into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful deep, clear copper with a small dense off-white head. There is a good ring and some foam along the top throughout with very good lacing along the sides. Absolutely wonderful looking brew. The smell more hops than rye with a huge citrus and floral aroma up front with grapefruit leading the way. The rye malt is in the background but noticeable. The taste has some of the same stuff but with a heavier malt presence that balances the hops nicely. There is also more sweetness in the backbone of the taste with molasses and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium for a rye beer, very creamy and smooth but with a fairly dry, crisp finish. Drinkability is good on this one and I would rate it right up there with the best rye beers I've tasted. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/6/13, so close to the expiration.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark red. Can't even see through it. Big, fluffy light tan head. Almost an off-white really. Fades nice and slow with great retention. More great lacing (seems like Great Lakes should be more Great Lacing in fact).

S: Not much aroma at all. A little bit of rye bread and some floral notes? Hmph. Might be the age.

T: Floral notes up front. Then spicy rye bready notes from start to finish. Sweet bready notes intermingle too to balance it out. Mild grapefruit hops up front. A little wave of earthy bitterness and more grapefruit in the finish. Very dry in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: I was expecting a hoppy rye ale but definitely not THAT hoppy. Floral and grapefruit hops but more of an english pale ale level of hops and bitterness. Well balanced, smooth and very drinkable rye beer.

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

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a short lived cream colored head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a nice toasted caramel malt; some spicy rye and hops to boot. The taste is of a solid caramel malt, slightly nutty, slightly spicy. Nicy grassy hops to compliment the malt. The feel is moderate, chewy, semi-soft carbonation, finishes with a bitter twang. Two Brothers sure do know how to make an excellent malty brew. This brew is very smooth, nice rye and hop spice. Recommended.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Two Brothers sure has an interesting take on the color red. This is purplish black. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This has a hell of a lot more hop character than rye, but in any case it smells great. Citrusy and floral hops. Just a touch of spicy earthy rye underneath. Toasty malts with minor caramel notes.

2.5 T: The taste is confused. Moderate, though out of place, hop bitterness that comes off in an almost burnt nature. Rye is much more apparent, but it doesn't work well with the hops. That isn't to say it can't. I've had rye IPAs that were delicious. A touch of roastiness, toast, and sugary caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but lacking smoothness due to the perceived burnt flavors.

2.5 D: I think this would have worked better if they used less bittering hops. In any case, it's at least interesting.

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

Poured from a bomber into a nonic. Big 3 finger head atop a very dark amber body. Nice lacing, retention.

Rye and hops meld to create a gorgeous and appetizing aroma. Spicy and citrsuy.

Huge spicy and tangy rye malt flavors backed up by the classic zing of a red ale are balanced out by the nice smoothness achieved by the addition of thai palm sugar.

Very smooth on the palate, great carbonation, creamy and full.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Cult classic comes at us throwing hops and rye. Dim mahogany topped with an off-white lacing, this looks like a serious beer. Aromas of spicy rye, orangey hops, toasted bready malt and fruity esters ... mouthwatering. Big malty body flexes with a creamy smoothness. Rye grips the taste buds as a hint of caramel caresses. Hops come off a little sharp to start, but the flavor kicks in with citrus rind and mild tobacco. Warming alcohol has no problem showing its 7 percent, warming and a little fruity. Truly epic drinking.

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

This has been a want of mine for a while. Saw it in a six pack and had to grab it.

A - pours a lot darker than I anticipated. Brownish/copper color with a really nice billowing head that leaves a really nice lacing down the glass.

S - the nose has spicy rye malts, some piney, resinous hops, and some candy-like sweetness

T - starts off up front with a sugary sweetness that fades into a really nice rye flavor. The rye has a caramel / brown sugar richness to it that makes it very smooth. Ends with some nice hoppy, piney bitterness, which contrasts the sweet and spiciness from the rye and caramel malts.

M - nice and full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D - this is the best rye beer I have had to date. Really nice flavor profile to and pretty damn attractive in the glass. Glad to see this in six packs now with about the same price point it used to be. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is pretty aggressive. Dark straight brown color. No reddish tones at all. Lots of lacing. Good structure and retention in the head.

Aroma at first was a bit like home brew.. Some fusel alcohol. This seems to burn off and you get some pine, grain and a touch of fruity sweetness.

My first impression is that it's a touch sweeter than most ryes I encounter. I did notice the label noted the addition of palm sugar. Perhaps that explains it. Pretty nice actually. Well balanced and there is certainly a crispness that the rye imparts. Light bready taste and reminds me of crispy thick crusted bread. Some nice hop lingering bitterness at the end. But not overpowering at all.

Fairly smooth and dry with subtle carbonation.

Decent little beer.

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Photo of jsh420
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best by 3/4/11

pours clear dark copper brown with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell was not that strong - all i got was sugar and malt

taste was a little better - faint hops were overpowered by the very sweet malts - this is not the first time i have had this beer and maybe this bottle was just from a dud batch?

mouthfeel was good light/medium body with moderate carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok - but if the flavors are hit and miss bottle to bottle it will not be a staple in my house

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