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Hemp Hop Rye - O'Fallon Brewery

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291 Ratings

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Ratings: 291
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 wingman14
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a caramel brown with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell is mostly hop, but not overpowering. Has some malt and sweet notes in there as well. The taste starts bitter with the malt and ends with the hops coming through. This is tastes like a hoppy amber, rich flavor with a hop finish. The mouthfeel is ok, somewhat harsh, carbonation detracts from the beer. But overall this beer is enjoyable, nice deep multilayered flavors, worth checking out.

wingman14, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin beige head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a wispy surface layer before receding to an edge layer only in a minimal amount of time. Aroma is caramel and some toffee mixing with a little bit of grassy and earthy hop qualities, I do get a little band-aid phenol buried in the nose, maybe opened this one just in time to save it.
The beer has a medium body with fine gentle rolling carbonation making it easy to drink each sip.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt with caramel and a little biscuit, followed by grassy hops and a bit of drying bitterness. No real hint of the ABV and the off scent hasnt produced any off flavors.
The flavor profile is mild, but enjoyable. I could drink a few of these in an evening and not be too bored. A decent brew for the style.

sulldaddy, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

TGIF...Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon is ok. The appearance is a hazy amber with good carbonation....but no head. The aroma consist of subtle hints of sour mash. The body is quite light and the taste is crisp and somewhat refreshing. The rye helps the beer come off the pallete quickly. Not sure what Hemp seeds are supposed to aste like...so not sure if that flavor is in the beer. There certainly is a hop, that provides a slight citrusy taste. After taste has a mild sourness. The mouthfeel is good....not a bad session beer.

WoodBrew, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

very hazy. beautiful deep amber color, almost burnt amber. great head retention.

smells richly of malts and hops. that cascade comes through and so does the nuttiness of the hemp seeds.

the flavor isnt really as big as it smells. a little malt flavor upfront. hop flavor towards the end, and the the malts and hop bitterness are very well balanced in the finish.

a medium body, with a medium crispness that allows the flavor to linger.

the alcohol is o so slightly apparent and warms nicely.

this is a good ass beer. very interesting very approachable. i think ill pour a glass for my ma and see how she likes it.

spitInTheOcean, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of dankster
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

Picked up a single bottle at total beverage.

A- deep copper color with a small thin head

S- smells very spicy from the rye with hops and a touch of hemp in the backround.

T- very good flavor almost like slighty bitter hemp tea. some notes of melon like fruit noticed but not sure what exactly.

M- smooth and creamy with a oily feeling in the mouth.

O- I really liked this beer being a big rye fan, a good find at only $2.50 a bottle but not something i would buy very often

dankster, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -9%

O'Fallon : Hemp Hop Rye

Pours a solid amber, small off white head forms and retention is ok. Little to no lacing on the pint. Aroma highlights the rye, with a pronounced whiskey smell. In the flavor, very sweet maltyness upfront, almost cloying. There is a pinch of rye spice, minute hop presence and a dry/chalky stemmy hemp finish. Interesting but could use quite a bit more hops to balance the intense sweetness. Nice rye notes, and the hemp comes in at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth otherwise, with an almost creamy feel. Overall, an interesting beer but alittle sweet.

Stinkypuss, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%

12oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some melon and a little spice (rye?).

The flavor is sweet malts, some ripe fruits, rye and a decent sized spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. The flavors just weren't up my alley.

Beaver13, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A. A moderate pour gave me a finger and a half of off-white head which takes its time dissipating. When held up to the light, the body appears to be an orangey looking amber with bubbles lazily rising to the top. Bubbles in the lacing pop rather than sink back into the glass.

S. I get a rye bread aroma, citrus hops and just the hint of malt.

T. Sweet malt is the start to this beer, then I get rye bread and spices. This dominates once it appears, and coexists rather well with the citrus hop flavor that comes in at the end.

M. Medium bodied, it coats the mouth for sure. Ends up a little on the dry side, overall not bad.

CFHMagnet, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish orange color. One finger white head shows low retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass falls back into the beer.

S- I get some rye in the front of the aroma. There is a light sweetness from the malt toward the middle with a alomst light wet grain scent. Light citrus hops in the ending along with a whiff of alcohol.

T- The rye hits you upfront but in a gentle way. Nothing to in your face at all. The middle of the beer like in the aroma has a light sweet malt that turns into a wet grain flavor. Faded citrus and piney hops in the ending show up to cloud the grainy flavor. Light alcohol in the overall ending doesn't really do much for me but isn't bothersome.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light rye and wet grain are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, grain, and hints of hops. Flavors were kind of running amuck and not blended together. No off flavors were present when I had this. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer really didn't do anything for me. I was expecting a little more rye in the front than what I had and there was no hemp flavor at all in this one. The wet grain flavor and aroma became a little too much for me at times. The faded hops suggested this beer might have been a little older than I had hoped but I don't think it could have made too much of a difference.

alleykatking, May 07, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

I could not find any dating on the bottle or label. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Very hazy amber body with a one-finger light tan, creamy head. Very little retention and lacing.

Interesting aroma that has some light notes of rye and some bready malt. Not much else going on.

The flavor is interesting but not great. Definite notes of rye and malt, but not much notice of the hops. The rye gives just a touch of spiciness.

I hope I didn't get an old bottle that had faded hops, but without the dating, I can't be sure. Good try, but it doesn't work all that well for me.

FanofHefe, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of websherpa
2.2/5  rDev -38.4%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark yellow/orange. Off white foamy head 1 1/2 fingers. Looks good to go.

Smell: Not a whole lot here. The rye is up front. There are some hops way in the back. The malts are generically sweet and overpowered by a somewhat grainy bitterness.

Taste: Not far off from the smell. I don't really get much hemp at all. The rye is there and not terribly interesting. The hops just don't do much for me either, just barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light with average carbonation. If the beer delivered a little more in flavor this may have complimented it well.

Drinkability: Not a drain pour, but I would turn down free ones in the future. From the name of the beer I thought I would love it. Hops, hemp, rye, all things I love. I just didn't deliver.

websherpa, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour produced a cloudy orange color. A nice creamy head developed but it did not retain itself. Head retention was below average- no stickage on the glass. The beer smelled of yeast and earth. I got some slight sweetness up front, very light mouthfeel. I taste a slight hint of tea...could this be the hempseeds? I have never had anything with hemp seeds before so I can't say if the taste is there or not. I really didnt pick up the rye taste. Overall its a decent change of pace beer- It might take awhile to finish this six pack but its not horrible. I like it that O'fallon stepped out and created a Hemp Rye beer- I don't know of anyone else doing something similar.

GossageBrewery, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

This beer has a clear copper body that leads to an excellent off white almost tan head. There is great lace and head retention. The aroma is sweet and cereal like. The flavor has lots of biscuit like esters with a little bit of yeast hemp and hop fruitiness. The rye brings some spice to the game. The mouthfeel is slick and medium.

MTNboy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Quite the showing of head retention on a muddled amber brew. Spicy rye and malt sweetness, with some herbal citric aromas from the hemp and hops. Creamy smoothness runs lush in the medium body. The hops play well with their cousin, hemp, with bitter to citric to herbal flavors. Strong enough malt base with a slightly sharp, spicy edge from the rye, which balances and compliments the hemp and hops. Some sweet tobacco--or should we say, tea-like hemp flavor--lingering in the semidry finish. A very drinkable and extreme session ale.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jbartlett89
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

pours burnt copper color with thick creamy head that leave lacing all the way down.

smells real earthy and toasty with some nice malt aroma at the end.

toastd malt flavor hints of something a little sweet leaves a little yeast taste on tip of the tounge.

mouthfeel is warm and creamy nice amount of carbonation. i would say this is a drinkable beer.

jbartlett89, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a thin head which dissipates quickly. The smell is earthy and malty with yeasty rye undertones. The taste showcases balanced malts and rye. However, this bottled version was overwhelmingly yeasty (first couple batches of homebrew yeasty). I had this beer last year off a keg and wonder if something might have changed the flavor profile to the beer. Overall, it's a drinkable brew and O'Fallon should get a tip of the hat for experimenting with Hemp in the brewing process.

jmvecchio1, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -9%

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2010. Poured in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Very small tan head. Well carbonated. Hazy rosy copper color. Light aroma, herby and musty. Starts lightly sweet and caramel but then becomes a bit maltier with a touch of rye. Creamy body and mouthfeel. Finishes a little like black rea, tannic, astringent, herbal. Moderate ethanol.

Not sure if I was supposed to taste the hemp or not.

htomsirveaux, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. "Malt beverage brewed with Hemp seeds". Interesting nomeclature. No specs per the website. Thick silty layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a nice creamy light yellow head with excellent retention and very good solid lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite nice...a solid amber ale aroma, with fruity apple and peach notes akin to Bell's amber ale, with a nice toasty malt middle and delicate citric and piney hop notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body...very creamy mouthfeel...really nice. The taste is a wonderful balance of the creamy mouthfeel, toasty malts, wet grain husk, honey, apricots and apples, a nice bitterness with lingering notes of toast and residual sugars in the aftertaste. The hops taste English in nature...guessing Kent Goldings.

This is really a solidly wonderful amber. Very drinkable. I could put back a 6'er of these no problem. I would definitely buy this again. Highly recommended.

Mitchster, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Cloudy, dark amber with a light tan head; nice bubbles shooting up the side of the glass; lacing is good

S: Spicy grains; definitely rye and very subtle hashy skunk quality; pretty subdued

T: Rye and sweet malty quality up front; a bit of a spicy quality on back end but rather thin; citrusy hop quality does finally appear on back end

F: A little thin but decent overall

D: A pretty good, drinkable beer; a bit thin and subdued but all in all it's a nice beer

dbossman, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A: Pours a hazy amber color with small head and no lacing.

S: Smells mostly of fresh grain with a hint of malt and spiciness.

T: Taste is of fresh grain with some citrus. very light bitterness at the finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth and clean. Not overpowering.

E: Easy to drink. Pleasant beer, probably best at a BBQ. Nice change of pace brew. Came as part of an O'Fallon Sampler Pack. Worth a try.

soju6, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Pours into a golden amber color with a one inch head that quickly disappears with no lacing, very little retention and moderate carbonation. The smell is of earthly spices, rye, floral hops while the taste is at first some caramel, some hops, followed by a pine taste and ending with a citrus taste. The tastes seem to be very balanced so its not to sweet or bitter. The mouthfeel is a little sticky on the lips and has a dry finish to it. It is a drinkable beer and if I had two I would drink two, but only have one. I do think it would have been better if it was a little more thicker.

DannyDan, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A friend brought an O'Fallon sampler pack from St. Louis... very nice of her, time to give this one a try! I poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice looking hazy amber color, but very little head at all and no retention on what was there. So, mixed bag on the looks.

There's a much stronger smell than I expected, malty caramel dominates but an earthy spiciness comes through too.

The taste is a little weaker than the smell, but I'm also picking up some hoppiness I missed on the nose. The other flavors are all present too with the rye earthiness coming more to the front than the amber malts. More complex than expected, and really a nice beer.

It's a little thin, but not enough to really take away much from the beer, just not anything to add.

I had an unfiltered wheat from O'Fallon first and found it a little boring. This one is the opposite, very interesting and I'll definitely be looking forward to the second bottle!

theboozecruise, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy amber. A small cream cap is fairly dense and quickly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves no lace.

S: A healthy dose of grapefruit and lemon dominates. The rye is quite pronounced too. It adds a caraway seed like herbal twist to the mix.

T: Grapefruit, lemon and a touch of pine constitute the bitter flavors. The rye adds a slightly sour caraway bite to the mix. Biscuit flavors are present as well. Finishes with a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: The medium body is grainy and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: Not bad. I didn't really pick up the hemp, but the rye is rather pronounced.

Rayek, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of BeerWhale
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%

Pours as a thick, creamy beer with a slightly red color and a thick fluffy white head that dissipates within a minute. The head quickly turns into a thin barely noticeable cap within two minutes.

The beer tastes muddled. I don't know how else to put this. There is no typical ale taste on the beginning and it does not finish with either a strong or clean finish. There is no "hemp" or "rye" taste anywhere in the tasting. (Pretty sure that's just marketing to get pot heads buying this beer)

Maybe they made it with dirty or old ingredients and maybe I just got a bad batch, but there is likely something off with this recipe.

I'm normally a fan of O'Fallon Brewery and being from St. Louis I'd love to give this a top notch review, but honestly I'm glad I only have two of these beers. Buying a six pack is a waste in my opinion. Not a horrible beer, but all of the other delicious amber ales in the marketplace, definitely one I won't be purchasing again.

BeerWhale, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of djenoch
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%

I would love to say this was a great beer and support a local brewery but this beer is really lacking.

Dirty malty notes with a light hop presence of pine with a tad of fruit. Not terribly drinkable. For an american amber I would expect an assertive hop presence and a more complex malt profile.

As far as the hemp... I can't distinguish that it adds any noticeable flavor or quality to the beer.

Wouldn't buy again.

djenoch, Dec 18, 2010
Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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