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O'Hanlons Organic Rye - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
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O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-25-2003)
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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a beautiful new copper color with two fingers frothy white head. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles dancing for the top. Good head retention, fair lacing. Nose is very sugary, sweet caramel, slight brown sugar, and just the slightest hint of rye. If I wasn't looking for it I wouldn't have smelled the rye I'm sure.

Taste starts out with a splash of bitterness that has a bit of sting, but is quickly soothed by ale fruitiness and then the spectors of muddled rye come out and can get mean in the aftertaste, turning rather metallic, but for the most part are peasent. Caramel /toffee flavor lingers in the background the whole time.

Lots of carbonation in this thick beer make for a chewy mouthfeel, this probably isn't considered "to style" but you know what? it works and it feels good, so I don't care.

This brewery has a reputation for high-priced, mediocre beer. Perhaps this one is no different, being admittedly odd for the style. However this is one of my favorite ryes, certainly O'Hanlon's best offering, and its orgasmic with a ruben, pastrami sandwich, or wood oven pizza. Give it a try.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This 500 ml bottle pours a slightly hazed, orange/copper body topped by an enormous, offwhite, tight, rocky head. Be careful with the pour on this one! After several minutes, the head fades into patch and collar lace.

Aroma is restrained, and features some caramel malt, citrus notes of lemon, and peppery spice. As it warms, the smell of rye bread becomes very apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate, natural carbonation.

The taste is quite interesting, with definite notes of rye bread flavors. A herbal spice bitterness is present most of the way through, and seems to be from both the rye flakes and hops. The malt seems thick and heavy, underneath, particularly near room temperature. The rye spiciness reasserts near the finish, which is dry and on the bitter side. Long, herbal aftertaste.

Brewing an organic rye beer is quite an undertaking, but this one works for the most part. The rye malt is a bit heavy handed, at times, but I like this one. I would definitely enjoy one of these from time to time, but its expense is a factor to consider.

merlin48, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy golden orange hue with a nice sized off white head specks of lacing, not bad. Aroma: The more sediment I pour in, the more spicy rye grassy notes that eventually take on a citrus note, great smelling beer. Taste: Roggenbier in all of it's glory, rye flavor takes on a grassy, peppery, and citrus tone reminiscient of a what would be a wheat infused saison farmhouse style ale, with sweet pale English malts adding a well needed layer of sweetness in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale awesome overall sensation just coats the palate so nicely. Drinkability: Way to easy to consume for me, considering the amount of flavor here could be one of the best rye infused ales I have had the pleasure of tasting.

WVbeergeek, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a nice smooth malty flavour, a bit fruity (peach), with a hoppy finish, dryish aswell, decently good. Another flavourful brew from this brewer, but the balance isn;t the greatest, perhaps a bit sticky and a touch too sweet, bready malty flavours stand out the most.

rastaman, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured, O'Hanlon's Organic Rye delivers a clear orangeish-amber body with golden highlights. A more yeasty pour lightens it and throws a good haze. The full, frothy head of bright-white foam drops to a solid, creamy head that holds quite well and leaves nice, thin lace about the first half of the pint.

The nose offers subtly spicy malt backed by lightly grassy and leafy hops.

The body is medium, and it's creamy in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled, natural, moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers a mild, yeasty fruitiness and some honeyish malt that's tempered with subtle pepperish spiciness (from the rye) and mild grassy hops.

It finishes drying with some slight residual malt and a dusting of delicate spiciness.

NeroFiddled, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded golden color with very large white head and medium lacing. Floral and hoppy aroma with a twist of underlying grainy rye bitterness. Flavor is not as complex as the smell. Largely sweet and malty, with an edge of rye spiciness in the finish. Not much fruitiness or depth, however.

Medium-boded and easy-drinking, but a bit too sweet overall. Not sufficiently drying or refreshing in in the end

dgallina, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-honey, with off white head that's a mix of small and moderate bubbles. Head starts two finger, quickly becomes one.

Smell is fresh grain and yeast, banana and apricot, and paint thinner. Better then it sounds, but could be much better.

Not as flavourful as I'd hoped. The introductory smell is better than what goes in your mouth. Has an odd thin-ness in the flavour, that I also experienced with their ruby. There's some grain up front, some sweetness in the middle, the a bit of woody grain at end.

The mouthfeel is wetter than I;d expected, and the carbonation more up front than I'd expected. Not overbearing, but present.

It goes down pretty easy, so the drinkability score is higher than expected. I doubt I'd make a session out of it, though.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an odd beer, but honestly not all that great. I don't think the rye imparted anything too tasty into this beer and could've been used alot better. It had a very dry, yeasty flavor to it that was ok, but again didn't live up to it's potential. I was hoping for better from O'Hanlon's, but sadly i was let down.

santoslhalper, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit hazy pour, with an energetic head. Aroma is something of a surpise with distinct yeast aroma of banana - quite Belgian-esque. An interesting malt profile - I didn't really get much in the way of a typical rye flavor, but it was clear that something different was going on in the malt department. I suppose I wanted something a little more distinctively rye. Not bad.

Brent, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This would be the 3rd rye beer I've ever tried, aside from Big Rock's now defunct Magpie (wish they would bring that back....), and one done by Red Hook that I had over 7 years ago now.

Comes in a very sturdy 500 ml brown bottle, a blurb about O'Hanlon's and on their rye beer on the back label, but it's more marketing mumbo-jumbo rather than real info. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, rich off-white frothy head that eventually subsides to a thin frothy ring. The nose is very tart and spicy and herbal and a bit woody, and I am at a loss of words to actually compare it anything. The flavour starts with citrus and some wood chips and the malt starts building from that point. As the rye malt gains momentum the beer also gains some fruitiness. The rye is most potent on the finish where it is balanced out with strong herbal hops and a spicy finish. Light mouthfeel with natural carbonation. An enjoyable and refreshing beer, but not one that I would turn into a session drinker, one at a time is enough for me. A huge thanks to stephenlouis for graciously sending out a bottle for me, I've been itching to try this one for a while now.

IronDjinn, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of importguy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an nice golden colour with little head. I thought it would be more carbonated by the way it poured but it was not.

It was bit bitter in finish but fairly light in flavour. It was I think much like Kilkenny but a bit lighter. It had a slightly malty flavour, but I found it did not have the harshness of similiar beers. This could be due to the organic Rye?????

A nice beer and I would buy it again.

importguy, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a three finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured an earthy floral hop and a mild rye spice.

The taste had that typical bottled British beer green apple element. A decent flowery hop and spicy grain bill were evident. Rather bland overall.

The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit astringent.

Overall not what I look for in a rye beer. Very boring flavor profile.

plaid75, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is malt and rye and a herbal hop scent. Mildly fruity and a bit of roasted malt scent.

Taste is a little sweet with a good stiff hop level. Tasty herbal hop flavor dominates this beer. After the first few tastes the rye flavor shows up. There is a metallic flavor here that throws off the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew but it is a bit expensive too. I can't see buying this again unless someone else is buying. It is quite drinkable despite the price.

Zorro, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy bronze hue. Covered by a mountainous, steadfast, hefeweizen-esque cream white head akin to egg whites beat to a soft peak. Dense lace remains. Quite an attractive brew. Butterscotch and toffeeish medium lovibond crystal malt prevalent in aroma. Secondary are floral hop hints and woody, earthy esters. In flavor, the profile follows the path of a regular bitter, but deviates mid palate into a peppery, spicy and slightly husky melange. Mellow, static diacetyl undertone. Hop bitterness is surprisingly sharp, but serves to offset what would otherwise be a cumbrous combination of residual caramel sweetness and thick, rye derived glucans. Still, the brew does eventually weigh a touch heavy on the palate. Esters are mostly of a fig like nature, although there's an expected earthy, almost humus like impression. Finishes with a hint of sherryish oxidation, but otherwise clean with sweet biscuit hints. A quirky brew that almost brings it all together, but falls short on balance. Still, it's an enjoyable, flavorful beer worth a try.

marc77, May 28, 2004
Photo of daliandragon
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I seriously considered having a pastrami on rye with mustard and a big dill pickle with this beer but then figured that would be cheating as it would have to be pretty bad for the beer not to score perfect 5s on that measure.
So instead I pour this beer and observe a copper color with a thin head and a good deal of carbonation bubbles. I sense mostly malt and alcohol in the nose.
The taste is properly thick, and does indeed have a nutty, malty flavor that could easily be associated with fresh bread. An interesting taste, but not my favorite. A bit of smokiness lends depth but I could have dealt with a little less carbonation, after all, this is a malty ale, so why all the bubbles?
A decent effort but this isn't really my type..I like the organics and originality but I won't be having this one again.

daliandragon, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear although it's got yeast sediment. The color is somewhere among dark amber, copper and a light brown. The head is off-white, maybe ivory, and of a moderate size and fades quickly but incompletely. The aroma is fruity (apples) and herbal. The flavor is very bright, lemony almost like the smell of dish detergent (I used a glass that hasn't seen dish detergent in months, so it wasn't that) more of that herbal characteristic and a bit of rye keeping the malt interesting. It's like, crisp and easy drinking. It'd be a great session beer or something to drink with casual food, but it's not something to savor.

aracauna, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a four-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Cloudy amber color, chunky bits settling to the bottom. Medium bodied. Faint spicy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts crisp and finishes on a sweet note. Best by date is 8/31/2004 but it tasted fine. $4.04 for a 500ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

jdhilt, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - doesn't take much of a pour to create a good 2-finger head on this one. Settles to an even, pocky layer. The beer is a murky sunset orange color.

Aroma - yeasty with a twist. Something extra I can't really place. I wanna say it's the rye but what do I know? Recedes to a faint, fruity smell that is a bit of a challenge to pick up.

Taste - yeasty start. A hard to find malt base through all the bubbles. Some hops turn up on the swallow. A pleasant bitter finish and a bread crust kind of aftertaste, along with some sour grapefruit. I don't really taste any rye, though. Pouring in the yeast alters the flavor by giving it a fuller body with increased breadiness, but only by a smidge.

Mouthfeel - thin and very bubbly. Leaves behind a good tasting residue of grapefruit and some earthy spiciness, but nothing real distinctive.

Drinkability - not all that complex of a beer, but pretty good for a session or with some serious chow. Its pretty good.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let this one warm up a bit...it's rather dead in flavor if it's too cold. Bubbly orange color with the yeast, becomes a cloudy light brown with large yeast chunks with it in. Head retains rather well. Sweet citrus, something that might be rye, and a bit of alcohol in the nose. After sampling it with and without yeast, the rye flavor is more noticeable with the yeast. Citrusy flavor with a hint of rye finishes rather dry. I'm getting some spicy rye burps as well. Nice. Could use more hops and more rye flavor, ie needs more complexity. All in all though a nice sipping beer, would do alright as a session brew.

IrishRedRock, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of nlmartin
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was from a pint .9 bottle it was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: It started with a promising coppery amber pour with a nice inch high head. The head quickly resolved itself to a scant little finger high ring around the glass. No lacing in evidence. There was a moderate amount of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the glass. So far no worries.

Smell: An average blend of lemony citrus goodness and maltyness.

Taste: Nothing offensive. Just nothing particularly good. The Rye did not impart any unusual taste to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Nothing offensive just nothing that you could figuratively take a bite out of.

Drinkability: This is an average beer. It is still a cut above most average beers. I think this is not an outstanding beer. This will work if nothing better is available but dont go out of your way.

nlmartin, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of claytri
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a great amber color very like red winter wheat. It had a pleasant smell of yeast and grain. I was starting off with a very cold pour and the aroma was very light. The beer when extremely cold has a sharp dry light flavor, it was very grainy with a light tinge of yeast. As it warmed the rye flavor grew. As it grew it also gained a noticeable aftertaste; a tart dry finish that speaks to the rye. Nice smooth oily feel to this beer. A resonably drinkable beer that can serve as a nice change of pace.

I was looking for something a little different and saw this. Remembering how pleased I was with my first Rye beer I decided to give it a try. A nice crisp beer, but not my perferred styles. I'm sure it will be something different again in the future, but not a standy choice.

claytri, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head; very nice. The aroma is decent, I guess. I really couldn't smell too much. It had some malty character to it with a grainy edge. The taste is slightly above average. The rye flavor sticks out and blends nicely with the rest of the malts. It is a little bit bitter, but nothing too harsh. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium/full bodied beer with little carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes it a slow drinker. This is a decent beer, but it's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml Bottle (1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz) wide stubby brown glass bottle, with a thin neck. It is interesting to note that the beer is actually marketed as “Organic Rye Beer” in the UK & EU, yet for some reason in the US market, it is called just “Original Rye Beer”, exactly same label, just the word Organic has been replaced with Original. Weird. It’s the same beer anyway, as the small UK Soil Association Organic Standard symbol in the bottom left hand corner of the label attests to. O’Hanlon’s first organic beer & the UK’s first Organic Rye.

Appearance: Hazy looking tangerine color with some barley-sugar & amber hints. The beige head is rocky and forms crusts, but sits well when first poured. Soon rescinds to a thin uniform collar after some time. Laces well.

Nose: Hmmm, the tangerine-orange color comes through in the nose. Malts, rye (?) and light traces of musty hops.

Taste: Peachy-oranges. The introduction has a citrus fruitiness that has a fleshy feel at times, whilst having some vanilla teasing. Slightly sweet malts in the middle, as well as a fresh, fruity, citric ending. The zesty tang mixes well with the whole leaf Hallertau hops, both contribute to a spicy-hoppiness, and a really nice crispness to the finish. A bit light in strength, but there is some underlying complexity to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Above average body, medium in strength, but smooth, with some grain malts in the back end.

Drinkability: Quite appealing, but it has a specialized flavor profile rather than a quaffing one. I could drink a couple, but that would be about it.

Overall: Organic beers get knocked quite a bit it seems, but in principal at least, I support them. However, I am still not so sure why they are priced so highly – this is their only drawback to wider appeal I believe. Rye beers are not endemic to the UK; I have only really tried them since being Stateside. But I enjoyed this one and would try it again, at least, if I did not have to shell out 4 notes to drink to do so.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of EPseja
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature from a stocky 24oz. bottle in a SABL glass.

A - In the SABL glass, it looks like it could almost be Sam Adams Boston Lager. Fiery copper color with an active, large bubbled light tan head. Head retention is excellent, with an obscuring film constantly covering the surface, but lacing is only fair.

S - Very very malty with a honeyed biscuitiness. For a rye beer, there really isn't much of the rye coming through, or hops for that matter. Pleasing, if not one-dimensional.

T - Much dryer and less sweet than the aroma would have you expect. Bready maltiness that's soon overshadowed by a slightly musty tartness in the middle and back. Dry, medium hopped finish. Underwhelming.

M - Very active carbonation gives a touch of tongue tingly numbness. Tames down nicely after an initial rise in volume for a smooth and easy finish.

D - I was hoping for a bit more bravado, but in typical English fashion, this beer delivers stability and gentleness instead of excitement and power. A good, solid session beer for the style, but not necessarily the best example of the style.

Afterthought... upon close inspection of the cap, I noticed a freshness date of 8/2008 -- but in a certain light, it almost looked as if it said 2004. If the latter is the case, I'm very surprised that I actually found a bottle so old, and I'm duly impressed that it's held up so well over time.

EPseja, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fruity and spicey aroma. There is light rye aroma, but it smells like a nice malty and fruity English Pale Ale. Very pleasant aroma.

Amber colored and cludy with a big frothy head. Head lasts throughout.

Sweet malty aroma with a lot of honey notes. Very fruity. I don't get much in the way of rye except for a dryness at the back end. Really nice yeast profile though. I'd like a little more Rye flavor.

Medium bodied and a little low on the carbonation.

Really a nice drinking beer. Good flavor and easily drinkable. I think it's kind of lacking a rye character but I would drink it again.

czechsaaz, Jul 23, 2006
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O'Hanlons Organic Rye from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.