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Hemp Hop Rye - O'Fallon Brewery

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299 Ratings

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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 busternuggz
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Muddy orange-amber color with a 1/4" off white head, recedes but comes back with a swirl. Leaves a little patchy lacing.
Smells nice, has a nice seedy/bready character, kind of like fresh baked multi-grain bread. I smell the rye malt too (which contributes to that breadiness but stands out on its own too), along with a little caramel.
Has a nice malty, layered taste. Breadiness all throughout, with some caramel, rye spice, subtle hops, and a nice seedy tasting finish. Ends somewhat dry with some grassiness and pleasant hop bitterness on the aftertaste.
Nice texture to it, medium bodied and smooth enough, ends fairly dry and light.
There's more easy drinking ambers out there, but I enjoy it's character and I could easily have several of these.
It's got more character than a lot of ambers, but it's not outstanding. I like it though.

busternuggz, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color. It's barely "amber" or "red" at all. Decent head retention.

A rather simple nose to it, grain and brown sugar.

I'm just not digging the grainy malt bill on this. There's a slight brown sugar sweetness and a little bit of herbal hop in it, but overall it's just an average tasting beer.

Body is medium and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good because it's not filling and has a lower abv, but it's just not interesting in the least.

Vonerichs, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks to hooliganlife for tossing this in as an extra.

A - A hazed, almost murky burnt orange with a finger high head which quickly fades out, leaving little lacing.

S - Grainy malt with a touch of hops and fruit.

T - Slightly bitter hoppiness with bready malt and toasted grain. A slight citrus hint peeks through with some sweet edges, finishing pretty clean and crisp.

M - Lighter to medium body, bubby, slightly dry.

D - Lower alcohol, decent flavor, and somewhat lighter body all make this a pretty easy one.

Decent beer, but not really anything I'd seek out.

xnicknj, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, grainy, honey color. Solid 2-finger medium cream head. Very nice retention. Pretty nice thick lace, too.

Nose is rye malt, with an understated floral hop presence. Getting a hint of red licorice, too.

Strong red ale flavor. Lots of malt presence, but not balanced wuth enough thickness in the body. Definite red licorice, very weak herbal hops, and a slight tart finish. Not very inspiring. I exoect a drier beer when tasting rye and not getting that here.

Not quite enough body to make this a good read ale.

It's drinkable, but not the best representation of style.

beer2day, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with about an inch of light beige head.

Smell is primarily malty, with some sweet caramel and some earthy hops. There's a slightly toasty aroma too. I don't really get much from the rye here, or the hemp for that matter. Still a pretty decent nose for an amber ale.

Taste has a smooth caramel sweetness with some biscuit and lightly toasted malt flavors as well. Maybe the hemp is contributing some of that; I think the rye is too. In that regard it's better than the nose, but it doesn't have more hop flavor to match. There isn't a lot here in the way of hop flavor; a bit of an earthiness but that's really about all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy. It's quite clean and smooth; maybe a touch more carbonation would be nice but it's a nice feel.

This is a decent beer but it sounds more interesting than it is. Seems like it should be more complex but it's really not. Drinks like a pretty straightforward amber ale. Not bad, but nothing special.

number1bum, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark orange rust with pillowy and dense head. Hazing from hop AND hemp oil? Plus rye can get gummy so I would feel safe calling this one unfiltered, which earns it a +1.

Earthy and lemony in aroma, toasted honey wafers, a little tart with not too much of a hop presence. Smells good, but where are the hops? This is an American Red with the word hop in the title, right?

Wood musk, lemon, some light toffee, and a bacteria-like tartness ( think greek style yogurt). The malt has a full bodied flavor like honey toast while the hops are good on bitterness, but more subdued and supportive then one would suspect from the title. I suspect that the hemp lent a supportive role to the grain and might be what's giving it that honey taste. Did they toast some hemp? Just use the seeds? ???

Full-bodied and heavy on the palate. A session beer that will make you think you are drinking something heavier in alcohol and at 5.5% that means I drink slower and drink longer which suits me fine.

A fine sessioner. Interesting taste, texture and bouquet. Would like to try it on draft somewhere. I guess gimmick beers can also boast integrity.

tapman, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of josht
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, orangey-brown color

Smell: Bready, nutty and a little hoppy aroma

Taste: definitely roasted, malty taste, nutty with a hoppy bitterness. Some toffee flavors, just a little sweetness. And a little bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium and coats the tongue well. Good carbonation, but not too much.

Drinkability: It is a good blend of some different types of hops. A cool idea by putting the hemp in there. I can't have several back to back, but still a good beer style to try.

josht, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that fades quickly

Smell: Toffee and wort

Taste: Very sweet, from start to finish, with a toffee syrup flavor that has a hint of hemp bitterness that struggles to peak through

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: An unattenuated mess - I was tempted by the name on the label but the flavor and feel of this beer are really disappointing

brentk56, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 16, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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