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Hemp Hop Rye - O'Fallon Brewery

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293 Ratings

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This smooth amber ale uses toasted hemp seed to create a nutty flavor in the finish that compliments the rye and hops (a botanical cousin to hemp). The wide assortment of flavors harmonize, creating a uniquely smooth and flavorful beer!

25 IBU

(Beer added by: birchstick on 03-18-2010)
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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -16%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz brown bottle at the liquor store. Poured to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a nice amber color with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of a malty sweetness along with a defintive rye spicy note. A subtle yet nice citrus hop character.

T/M - The beer starts very smooth and creamy with a malty sweetness. The spicy rye comes through well as does the mild hop bitterness with some citrus. A little sharp but pleasant. Well balanced with a little dry finish.

D - Extremely!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 18:24:59

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of gustogasmic
3/5  rDev -16%

gustogasmic, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Mattamue
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expiration date.

a Orange amber. Half an inch of white head on a moderate pour. Minor lacing slides down the glass during tasting.

s Wow hops. Floral assault to the nostrils. Settles in the back of the nose at the end of the smell with a tinge of resin and.. something clean like antiseptic. Not in a soured beer way, but in a hops way.

t Toasted malt on the ascent, hops floral at the crest and a rye mealy aftertaste in the trough.

m Heavy on the tip of the tongue and ends smooth and starts to thin out as it rolls back of the mouth.

o The hemp seeds play no part in the final taste of this brew. Whatever nutty sweetness they may impart is lost to the hops and the malt. The rye is second and the hops first. As an amber ale it is mediocre and only the rye notes at the end of the taste give it a unique quality worth trying.

Mattamue, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of biggred1
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with blonde highlights and a pretty looking creamy eggshell colored foam that leaves some craggy lace on the glass. Citrus and piney hops with some toasty grain and butterscotch in the nose. The flavors are nice and mostly harmonious with toast, spicy rye and citrusy hops with the hemp flavor becoming more evident in the finish. Medium bodied with smooth, full carbonation. A pretty good, solid amber.

biggred1, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to aguirre for this one!

A - copper red with a thin white head that stays well and laces nicely.

S - rye, grain, corn husk and a strange hop smell which im assuming is hemp?

T - big malt hits up front with caramel toffee. some rye in there as well as it leads to a subdued grass hop finish.

M - light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - not a bad beer not really what i was expecting but still good.

celticfutblclub, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

TippySelenoid, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -16%

AWS2111, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of HaysAmerica
3/5  rDev -16%

HaysAmerica, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of scratch69
3.5/5  rDev -2%

scratch69, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +12%

Grebdioz, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of campofapproval
3.5/5  rDev -2%

campofapproval, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange color, hazed over somewhat brown, with a wispy but somewhat sticky tan head. Not much lacing, but a bit stays around.

Nose is sweet, with a nicely toasted and citric aroma. Victory and crystal malts lend a sweetness, peppery rye in the back.

C-hops lend a crisp edge of hop bitterness to the flavor which is rounded off by a buttery malt texture. Toasted malts, peppery hop and rye content. Hemp seems like a reasonable addition, doesn't do much to the flavor all around, but there's a nuttiness and complexity to the flavor.

Bubbly but not too overcooked, nice size for the style. There may be too many cooks in this fire to really forge something great, but it's an interesting take on a banal and overdone style. Worth trying but probably not a repeat for me.

BretSikkink, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Ejayz, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed copper color with a small cap of tan head. Fades fairly quickly but does leave some nice lacing.

Sweet caramel and maybe some buttered rye bread. I get neither hemp, hemp seeds nor hops on the nose. Doesnt smell bad, but I seem to be missing two of the advertised ingredients.

Taste is definitely buttery and the rye is evident. Ive always liked a little bit of the butter off-flavors in an amber for some reason. Smooth body is slick and creamy. Not much hops am I getting and while I have only chewed on a few weed seeds in my days, I cant really relate much of the flavor here other than a vague nuttiness. Not bad, fits the amber ale category well. Goes down easy, but I guess I was expecting a bit more from the hops and maybe some unique flavor imparted by ganja seeds.

twiggamortis420, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jhatweb
5/5  rDev +40.1%

jhatweb, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +12%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice idea well executed. my first o'fallon brew was a delight. pourd a light amber red into a chilled pint glass with a nice white head that left lecing all down the glass. the nose was rye for sure, but also heavily hopped in the american ipa range. it doesnt smell like cannabis, but there is a hit of that oily earthy hemp in the aroma. this is a pretty hoppy beer for what is classified here as an amber. it has none of that amber ale sweetness, and isnt particularly malt driven. a nice mouthfeel that permits the flavors to come out, improving as it warms. tasty!

StonedTrippin, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from tripelhops, an excellent regular trading partner. Never heard of it, but I love rye beers; let’s hope this one turns out well.

A: Very thin beige head pops quickly over an amber-orange body. The foam is gone to less than a half-finger in seconds, leaving no lacing. The shine is decent, but the whole thing comes off just mediocre.

S: Mmmm, that’s an awesome rye aroma – sweet and caramely, with that great rye/grain scent. Big fruitiness, with white grape, raisin, and a bit of lemon. It’s very inviting. Finishes with some mild spice and some lager-like yeast (grainy and herbal, mostly). I’m getting good memories of Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye…

T: Ooooh…not what I was expecting. Tastes is a little thin, but with a good flavor backing; mostly bready, with that pumpernickel taste. There’s an herbal spiciness, too, consisting of flowery clove, light hops, and a strange bitter hint (must be the hemp); some citrus rinds and malt notes, as well. Finishes with that weird bitterness (mildly dry) and a taste of shandy spices. Decent palate, with more complexity than apparent on the first sip.

M: Prickly and thin, this one doesn’t leave a lot on the tongue. Still, it remains pretty drinkable.

O: I wish more had been done with the rye in this one. I’m glad, though, that the hemp taste was given a little room to move; it’s an interesting flavor. Couldn’t exactly save it, but it’s not like the beer turned out undrinkable. I’d probably have it again…on-tap.

BarryMFBurton, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Evenly cloudy amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to a half finger skim. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings.

S: Big malt character; biscuit and caramel that's slightly sweet. Earthy with some spice.

T: Big malts flavor consistent with the nose; sweet caramel and baked bread. Smooth, rich and slightly sweet in the middle. Finishes earthy with some sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. Smooth and balanced though plenty of malt character.

O: Good in a kind-of average category. Lots of malt character, but not cloying and not too filling.

Haybeerman, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with very good head retention. Leaving excellent lacing. Bubbles continuously go from bottom to hop in straight lines. Very appetizing looking grew. About par for what I expect in a GOOD beer.

Smell: A deeply malty nose with some hops and stinging esters. There is a deep biscuit to this one. The hemp brings a certain rich, earthiness to the nose.

Taste: Malts and a bit of citrusy hops. Very biscuity and an ever so slight hint of fruitiness on the finish to give it a slight sweetness. Hemp seeds are definitely present in this biscuit, however it certainly gives it a certain richness. Balanced amber with a certain richness that gives it session and breads and earth tones. A caramel character as well. Totally refreshing.

Mouth: More than moderately carbonated. Adds a slight burn in the mouth.

Overall: Every bit as good as their 5-day IPA, if not better. Its a good representation of the American Amber style, and I could drink this one all evening. Its only drawback is that its biggest risk (hemp seed) while definitely present, does not add enough to the brew to make it more than the grade its been given. The risk was small, and only paid off slightly. I don't know if I'll seek this one out intentionally, but most definitely would try on draft if I found it somewhere around STL.

paxchristi, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of abrand
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 finger head and great retention. Smell is full of malts, some hops and spices. Taste is well balanced with little complexity. Malts and caramel are about all that is going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty sessionable amber ale.

abrand, Sep 14, 2011
Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.