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Hemp Hop Rye - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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 CalhounJohn
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

The Hemp and the Hops didn't stand out as much as I thought, but I thought it was a very good beer, nonetheless. The consensus does not agree with me as the the beer has not rated well, but I thought it was balanced very well and it was a very smooth, quite drinkable beer.

CalhounJohn, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: big dose of rye and some citrus hops

Taste: caramel, followed shortly by rye, oats, biscuit, and citrus hops--nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle spike and a less bitter end.

Drinkability: I really like what I have had from O'Fallon and wish I could get them here. I really like this one. The rye taste is strong and the hemp balances the beer. This almost has the feeling of a roggen beer with more pronounced hops. There is a lot going on to let linger on the tongue. Glad I bought the six.

tigg924, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

A lunch time offering courtesy of number1bum. Thanks Josh!

Appearance: Poured into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is a cloudy, deep, dull amber color. Despite a rough pour, there's only about a half inch worth of dirty white head floating on top of the brew. The retention is decent, and the lacing leaves some thin soapy rings where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: Not really picking up much hemp, hop, or rye. Actually, that's not entirely true, there is some hop bitterness in there but it's mostly overshadowed by a bready kind of sweetness. Nothing really extraordinary here.

Taste: There's a faint bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but it's mostly a grainy sort of bready malt throughout. I was really hoping for some rye, but alas I remain disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated with a slick kind of texture. Body is light to medium.

Drinkability: I believe that average describes this beer the best. It's not bad, but it isn't really good either. There's no extremes in any of the categories, it's all fairly balanced albeit muted. I wouldn't turn another one down if offered, but I don't think I would bust a nut trying to score some more.

krisandajt, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

A- Pours coppery and cloudy, with a one finger head that slowly fades to just a ring around the glass. No lacing present.

S- Bready, some citrus.

T- Toasted malts. Hint hint hint of hemp, nothing that could be picked out without knowing what this beer is, I believe anyway.

M- Medium mouthfeel/carbonation.

D/O- I would imagine if you were more of a fan of this beer you wouldn't think twice about putting down a few easily. This is my second hemp-related beer I've had, the first being made my C'est What? in Canada. From what I recall I enjoyed that one a lot more.

Duff27, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, coppery-orange, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Faint hemp seed-Like walking into a "head shop" or an old vinyl records store.
Taste-Spicy, wet hemp, subtle hop notes. Dry and astringent. Flavors a bit out of balance, not really melding well together. However, a worthy attempt and an interesting brew.

hosehead83, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Very cloudy. Red in the center, and fades to a yellowish around the edges. Minimal head, MAYBE half a finger. Looks interesting

Smell is somewhat muted. Theres a bit o hops, but mostly sweet bready malts.

Taste is similar with a bit of that dark bready malts, with a hint of sweetness. Hops are citrusy and come of the finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad syrupy. Would have liked a more solid medium body.

Interesting brew as a whole, I'm not sure where the hemp comes in or what flavors or aromas come from it, but its an overall tasty brew and glad I could try it and would again.

EgadBananas, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle, no dating.

Quite a unique look; this one pours a very murky, cloudy amber with an orange tinge. Small whisper of white head & lacing, which is retained to ackowledge its carbonation.

Not much to the scent, however, other than a bit of toasted malt and seeds (both the hemp & rye).

Tangy malt, mixed with a very understated rye and herbal notes, make up the bulk of the flavor, with enough hops to balance it out. Unfortunately the hops don't make much of a selling point, and the finish is a bit lackluster.

Full in body and carbonation; no complaints there.

A unique amber ale, for sure, yet not I would seek out again. Perhaps a bit more rye, or hops, or malt sweetness for that matter, would change things. As it stands now, the flavor is pretty much "Meh".

Natural510, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

My pour created just better than a finger's worth of bubbling light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had an initial caramel-malt sweetness, but it was underlain by a slightly piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite caramel sweetness on the tongue accompanied by a slight spiciness. Finish was slightly spicy, making me wonder what all went into this beer. Hemp seeds and rye? Really?!? I would drink this again, given the opportunity. On the extreme finish, the peppery aftertaste is the rye giveaway. Nice.

woodychandler, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3/5  rDev -16%

I had this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,illinois on 7/31/10.This is my first crack at an O'Fallon product.

A-Pours out a muddled,coppery reddish brown with a small,fleeting,dirty white crown that left scant,loose suds.

S-Damp leaves,Pumpernickel,burnt sugar and dry spice.There was an almost forced earthiness that I can only attribute to the addition of hemp.

T-Some rye spice and toasted nuttiness.This beer fell short for me.I think the rye was under done and the toasted hemp seeds lent an almost bad,brown peanut taste to this beer.The rye that was there was muted at best and there was a lack of supporting hops and malt.A muddled offering.

M-Medium bodied with a dry spiciness and moderate carbonation.

D-I obviously didn't enjoy this beer but I believe that for someone that did it would have a reasonable amount of drinkability.

StlHopHead77, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +12%

I didn't want to buy a six of these. Too gimicky. It has rye in the name. I never heard of the brewery. These were reasons to avoid buying 6. So I found a single. I wish I had a couple to at least share.

On first taste you want another to figure out what just happened. It has a unique taste that isn't bad. The smell is a little like nice bong water (there's no such thing).

I am always about balance, this has that. Nothing too nasty or too simple. I'm sorry I sold it short.

schoolboy, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

Bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours murky burnished copper, bit of brown seeping in, with a thin, soapy tan head on top, that at least lasts for quite awhile on its own. Some soapy lacing as the glass recedes.

Nose is sweet, toasted white bread and a bit of brown sugar caramelizing, with either the hemp or the rye lending a bit of an earthy richness, and a very light hop note. Fairly interesting, and quite nice.

Taste is a pleasant surprise. More of the lightly toasted white bread note blends in with a very mild floral hop note, and more of the earthy complexity of either the rye or the hemp (both?) lending a bit of unexpected weight. Just a smidge of caramelized-to-burnt sugar leading into the finish. Finish carries just a bit of lingering piny bitterness, and more of the toasty goodness. Really quite surprised. Tasty beer that's quite drinkable, and just unique enough to stand out. It's not gonna blow anyone away looking for a tongue-incinerating hop bomb, but it does what it does pretty damn well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation provides just enough tingle.

Drinkability is quite good. Balanced but flavorful, fuller in flavor than in body, quite a nice beer.

JohnQVegas, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Thank you n8dietz!!!!

Pours a hazey amber with a quick receding head and no retention. Hard to see, but there is some bubbling in this hazey brew.

Very toasted malt of sweet biscuit aroma. Smells like it would be syrupy. Can't smell any rye, but maybe some hempy earth aromas encite the nostrils from time to time.

The taste is super toasted and sweet biscuits and white bread crust. There is an interesting rye and hemp sice note to the finish after each sip.

The palate is a little syrupy, then clears up when the carbonation hits the palate.

This was an alright beer and interesting ingredients wise. Worth trying, but nothing special.

scruffwhor, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of hossua34
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

A - Dark, nutty brown with some cloudiness to it. A short head that fades away fast. A measly amount of watery lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy. Definite notes of toast and burnt sugar. Very appetizing.

T - Quite malty, with an almost smoky kick. Nutty, burned toast tastes but not as strong as a porter. Very good.

M - Feels full and chewy in the mouth. Spot on.

D - Much better than I was expecting heading in. I had expected another one-time novelty beer, but I would easily buy this again. A great choice to soothe the cottonmouth.

hossua34, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +12%

Poured reddish brown and slightly cloudy with a two finger head that lasted a bit, then dissipated to a thin layer but left a fair amount of lacing.

Definitely a hoppy smell with some grains and malts to complement, plus a little bit of citrus and a bit of spiciness to make for a nice, although not real strong smell.

I was in the mood for something a little hoppier than usual, and this one was a nice selection that I'm quite pleased with. The hops flavors come thru strong but not overbearingly so. There's some malts and grains to be noted, and a touch of spiciness that complements and balances the brew nicely. I'm not sure I ever specifically tasted the rye but I don't think that matters much, as this is a fine and tasty selection.

Feels quite good, crisp and clean with ample carbonation and a generally pleasant feel in the mouth that fits the style nicely.

The beer is smooth an easy to drink, but maintains that little bit of bite that makes this beer a flavorful and tasty experience, without being too exotic or expensive to enjoy on a regular basis. Will definitely buy again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A small, single finger of eggshell white head formed on top of a cloudy, amber body. The foam had poor retention time, but laced the glass rather well.

The nose has lots of malts and grains up front. You can really detect a cracked pepper-like aroma hanging around. The rye is also present, but way in the background.

Hmm...the taste is not really in line with the nose. Starts off a bit spicy but quickly turns into a caramel malt flavor. The bready/grain backbone is present throughout and combines with the rye for a bitter finish.

The medium bodied mouth feel is well carbonated and a little on the slick side.

Yeah...this is drinkable, but nothing I would reach for again. Pretty unique and complex, but the flavor combination was not working for me.

mgbickel, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a hazy copper to deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet tea like maltiness. In the taste, a sweet rye malt and a small pine hoppiness. A small bitter and medium to light mouthfeel, with a sweet to dry sticky maltiness in the aftertaste. Not much in hop presence, but nice rye and a decent balance.

OWSLEY069, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

A- pours out thicker than i expected. extremely murky rusty orangish brown that is just about opaque. foam is tightly bubbled but not creamy, kinda generic looking but holds well. lace sticks initially but ends up as just some little crusty spots.

S- nice hoppy cascade nose, grapefruit and pine, bitter orange, thick cooked pineapple and a sweet a caramel malt infrastructure. rye spiciness is checked up and wonderful. toasted hemp seeds? even better. nutty aroma suggests that it's a contributor. nicely balanced sweet, sour, nutty, spicy, citrus, and toasty.

T- feels like a frankenstein of several different beers. oddly buttery, nutty and zesty. spicy rye can be tasted all over. hop bitterness and malt sweetness pretty much eradicate each other and i'm left with lots of resinous hop flavor without much bitterness, toasty grainy cereal, a dark deep toasty nuttiness like brazil nut and and somewhat chocolatey with a spicy and dry rye pumpernickel in my throat and a touch of citrus tartness. finishes grainy, bready, nutty, and resinous although the hop feel lasts longer than the flavor.

MF- feels full of richness, grainy and powdery on the cheeks. being unfiltered helps this effect and makes this beer really feel like there is something in it. hope the nutritious seed of the glorious hemp has released its essential oils and vital nutrients into this strangely pleasant concoction. soft, quiet, and somewhat stoned carbonation also adds to the murky feel.

D- not bad, feels like lunch, i like rye beers and i have no opposition to hemp seed. definitely more interesting than a standard hoppy red ale and decently drinkable for such a loaded brew. like a mild amber, a rye ipa, and a nut brown all mixed together with the buttery caramel of an english ale. a clever recipe and a successful endeavour fo sho, but not something i would want on a regular basis. but definitely an interesting character.

hustlesworth, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of rye, sweet malt, pale hop, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rye, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, enh ... for a rye not too bad, but not great either.

Tone, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

pours cloudy amber orange with 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of rye and biscuit malts not many hops for a beer with hop in the name

taste is just like the smell biscuity malts rye spice but you can pickup the hops which give a slight citrus flavor

mouthfeel medium body with plenty of carbonation

drinkabiltiyis ok - i just not much of a fan of ambers

jsh420, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a heavily clouded amber deep apricot hue with a large yellow tinted off white head. Thin scattered speckled lacing lines the glass. Aroma has a nice spicy bread tone and since I'm not sure what effect hemp seeds have I'm not sure what I'm supposed to detect. A good bit of caramel malts and some herbal background hops. Flavor has a nice rounded balance spicy sweet bready tones a touch of caramel and a dose of finishing herbal hops adds complexity and rounded edges to the party. Carbonation was mellow body was somewhat creamy, a nice drinking rye hemp solidly hopped amber ale. Medium bodied slightly oily but not sticky or cloying for refreshing. Drinkability was effortless interesting different complex, palatable, and extremely easy to put away.

WVbeergeek, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

A 12 oz bottle from a74gent. Thanks Steve.

A: The amber is a darker amber than most, a glow that could pass for a barleywine. That fuller color leaves the ale opaque. A finger of eggshell white head, a threat to overflow the glass, leaves a band of lace around, and up to, the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose is malty, a wonderland of cereal grains and bread. The rye isn't as strong as I'd like, in fact there's little indication of rye. Lots of other malts though.

T: Much better than the nose. The body is caramelly and rich, full of darker bread flavors. Caraway and rye flavors don't hide here, adding a rich, spicy flavor that sits nicely atop the caramel biscuit malts. The ale is completely reliant on the malts to carry the flavor. A tall order that works though, resulting in a chewy, full-bodied ale. Just a B rating? Not in my book.

M: The mouthfeel, syrupy and rich as it is, is very nice. I like the darker flavors that the rye lends. The dearth of hops isn't an issue, long live the malts.

D: Approachable, low in alcohol, wickedly good. I wasn't expecting as much as I got out of this amber ale.

akorsak, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

It think this beer is too subtle for most tastes, because it's certainly a fine beer. I didn't really like it until it approached room temperature and I imagine it'd be delicious on cask. The bready, spicy rye is very mellow and matches by a smooth grapefruit hop note. I'm not sure where exactly the hemp seeds figure in, but the general character is very earthy. The aroma also has a little extra toffee to it. The hazy dark-orange beer also poured a tall head, but left no lacing, but that's about the only knock against the beer I can find. This is a beer to savor.

tempest, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a tulip pint: Burnt sienna body, hazy, with a thick finger of creamy white head. Tiny dots of lacing.

Very pilsner-esque smell: clean malt with a lightly toasted bread crust character & some earthy, slightly peppery notes. Kind of smells like an adjunct lager, with a little mustiness. Gains a pretzel-like smell after a while, elevating it a little.

Taste is more interesting. Starts with some pepper & a restrained, doughy sweetness, then yielding some leafy bitterness. A little lemon & a dry, toasty malt, with a subtle buttery character (or even butterscotch). Nothing standing out, but complex & tasty.

Feel has some nice contrasting components: a spiciness challenges & arouses the tastebuds, a creamy follow-up soothes & mellows. Pretty stimulating.

Good stuff overall -- not huge, no significant highlights, but there's enough going on here to keep me entertained. I could see going through a few & not getting bored.

OneDropSoup, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

If the numerical stamps on O'Fallon are Julian dates, then my bottle was brewed on 1310, or May 11th, 2010. The label is minimalist and sums up some ingredients presumably.

Pours totally cloudy and the color is burnt orange, looks just like apple cider. A thick tan head soon becomes a ring. Smell is intense caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, like Grandpa's candy dish. Taste is fairly nutty and toasty. Feel is odd, starts creamy then morphs into sharp bitterness. Finishes citrusy. I can't tell if it's carbonated well..

An interesting experience for sure, and one of the most unique beers I've tried. Seems like a bit of a novelty, but works for me as a dessert beer.

sixerofelixir, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

I found this treasure at D's Six packs for 2.50 in Monroeville. My first hemp ale!

A - Pours with a surprising minimal head and mild carbonation. Color is a hazy deep brown.

S - Really sweet malts along with some slight wheat and grassy.

T - Starts off really sweet which I believe is sort of nutty and oily as described to others as sunflower oil. Then sort of trails off with a bitter grassy wheat like bite. Really no middle.

M - Medium bodied and sweet

D - Well all I found was a single but if I saw an affordable sixer (up to 10 dollars) I could see myself buy it again. Pretty solid brew

DrDemento456, Jun 26, 2010
Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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