O'Hanlons Organic Rye
Hanlons Brewery

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Rye Beer
Ranked #214
Ranked #41,316
3.62 | pDev: 9.94%
Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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EPseja from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Nov 15, 2008
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aerozeppl from New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 2 Finger pour. White head with some piting. No lacing at all.

S: Has that UK bottle conditioned smell which I really do not care for that much. No real hint of the rye.

T: Again more a UK ale than a rye beer. Not bad just very average. Nothing is really popping out at me.

M: Little bit creamy. Very smooth body.

D: Would not seek this one out. Maybe an old bottle. I jus expect a rye beer to taste a little like rye.

Jun 29, 2008
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AlexJ from North Carolina

3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed copper pour with a dense head of white that retains and laces nicely.

Aroma is mild and bready, with a bit of caramel, biscuits, and a light earthy note.

Flavor is slightly better, a buttery, pretzl-like malt entry has a bit of caramel sweetness backed by a light fruity note and a dry, lightly peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, though the texture is somewhat creamy. A very average beer overall.

Dec 23, 2007
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plaid75 from New York

3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Dec 12, 2006
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Oct 08, 2006
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czechsaaz from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jul 23, 2006
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Although almost two years behind the "best by" date, the pear pours a slightly hazy copper colored body with a nice head that leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma (which I presume is from the rye) with some caramel malt underneath

Taste: Starts out with a nice biscuit malt flavor, just a touch sweet; mid-palate, the roasted grainy and citrus flavors start to emerge and provide good balance through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Still drinking nicely two years too late; wonder what this would have been like in its prime

Jan 22, 2006
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Jan 19, 2006
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber with a hefty bubbly beige head. The cabonation is quite intense, no lacing.

S - Odor is mostly of floral hops and some unusual malt notes, which I would suspect is the rye.

T - The rye dominates the flavor, at least I assume it is the rye. It give a pleasant tasty spice, perhaps a mixture of more traditional grain flavors with a bit of apricot, sweet onion and fennel. It sounds weird, but tastes alright.

M - Thinner than I hoped. Refreshing though.

D - No trouble with this one. It was an easy beer to drink. I can't see myself seeking it out in the future though.

Jan 05, 2006
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UncleFlip from Alabama

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Dec 01, 2005
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yelterdow from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the trusty Unibroue tasting glass at just over fridge temperature. Label reads "Best before: 02 20 2004"... let's see how this one held up 21 months later...

Appearance- A nice hazy orange/amber that showcases an unbelievable, outstanding light bisque colored head. The foamy crown condenses near the top and drops slowly, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. With a quick swirl the mat resurges, then mellows again.

Smell- Notes of grassy hops intermingle with the pale malts wonderfully, with neither dominating. Nicely subdued, and quite simple.

Taste- Earthy, mineraly notes (I would assume this would be from the well water at the brewery), with barely a trace of the rye and bready character you might expect from this style of beer. The balance of ingredients is superb, especially noting that this beer is 21 months past its "drink by" date! I had my doubts...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and vivacious in the mouth, truly sublime. The quiet carbonation elegantly flows over the tongue and down the throat, leaving a path for the next graceful sip.

Who would have guessed a year-and-a-half old, past-its-prime rye beer from England could inspire such poetry? Highly recommended.

Nov 28, 2005
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Nov 06, 2005
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pentathlete from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red and hazy with a light beige foam that falls after a few minutes. Nose is bread and fruit with the odd malt odor that should be rye but I couldn't quite place it. Taste is similar to the nose, chewy bread, with a spicy alcohol hop bite. The mouthfeel is watery, and the finish is medium. Rye burps? Drinkable. Excellent sandwich accompaniment.

Sep 02, 2005
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nlmartin from Ohio

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.

Aug 27, 2005
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Zorro from California

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Aug 13, 2005
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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice,somewhat coppery color with a very decent head. This is what I envision a British beer to look like. Dont know why but I do. Perfect looking pint. Sulfur like-slightly phenolic aroma. Trace of banana and cloves-very weiss beer like actually. Malty and crisp flavor. Somewhat toasted. Bready and yeasty. Very bright on the tongue. Crisp and clean finishing. A very drinkable beer indeed. I had marked it lower overall in drinkability but raised it during my review as it has really grown on me.

May 13, 2005
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dgallina from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -13%
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

Apr 18, 2005
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RocketWidget from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer! First of all, cool because this is an organic beer. Comes in a bottle-conditioned, 1 pint, .9 fl. oz bottle. Pours a hazy, dark yellow color. Head is off-white, light but persistent. Taste is good. The rye makes the beer have an unusual taste, but in no means a bad one. I can definitely distinguish elements of rye bread in there. Other than that, sweet and subtly hoppy, spicy on the aftertaste. A recommended beer to try, at least to get a feel for the style.

Apr 09, 2005
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santoslhalper from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Apr 04, 2005
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SilentSabre from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one 4.0's across the board. It poured a slightly cloudy copper colour with quite a lot of debris floating in it. Presumably rye flakes. It had about a finger and a half thick slightly off white head that subsided to a spotty white haze in about 40 seconds. Smell is sweet with some mild hoppy notes hiding in the back ground. Taste is a little sweet as well with some malt on the finish. Nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. Great brew.

Mar 17, 2005
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/31/04 is stamped on the cap, I'm six months late, oh well let's see how this goes. Organic Rye is a hazy copper in color with a huge, creamy head. Aroma is citric, not lemony but more like oranges. I'm guessing this is from the rye. The taste is also citrusy-orange and fairly crisp throughout. Malt flavor kicks in towards the middle and lessens the citrus flavor. The finish is light on taste and a little disapointing. Overall this is a good, easy-to-drink beer, however it might be just a tad too mild for it's own good.

Feb 24, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy tangerine with scads of miniscule bubbles leaping off the bottom of the glass and a pale ecru cap of creamy, yet airy, foam up top. Chunks of lace appear initially, but melt fairly quickly, leaving meandering tendrils of dried foam. Abundant carbonation ensures that the head is never less than a fat one finger.

Organic Rye smells like sour apple cider with undertones of lightly spicy rye bread. It's a different aroma to be sure, and a good one, although more power would be nice. The flavor follows the nose to some extent, but is also on the mild side. The appley character is all but lost, permitting toasted grain and bitter hops to assume center stage. More rye flavor would result in a better beer.

There's a pleasing interplay between bitter and sour, weighted heavily toward the former, especially on the short, clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and, visual evidence aside, isn't all that carbonated. I've bumped the appearance score up a notch because there's a huge amount of lace in the end.

O'Hanlon's Original Rye (Organic Rye in the U.K.) is pretty good beer that would benefit from more rye flavor. I have yet to find a great rye beer, but I'm bound to run across one sooner or later.

Feb 03, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've not been highly impressed with the offerings from this company ... and this one doesn't impress me too much either. Pours an orange color with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma definately has some rye in there. Some slight hops and a caramel malt aroma. The rye comes through in the flavor with a certain hop character, but it just doesn't do it for me. Normally I like a good rye beer, but this the flavor of this one just doesn't hit the spot.

Feb 01, 2005
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to clvand0 for the opportunity. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a 2 finger head that falls to lightly coat the beer. The nose is slightly orange sweet, some spiceyness with the rye. A little uninteresting. The flavor is more hoppy than the nose tells me. The rye is also fairly prevalent, with the orangey sweetness is more in the background. Its okay, but not my favorite. The feel is moderate, with a slight smooth and creamy texture. Overall, not a bad beer, but really nothing great. I don't think I will seek this one out again.

Feb 01, 2005
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allengarvin from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle, poured in a nonik glass.

Appearance: Clear walnut amber color, with a huge, and I mean Huge, head, about an inch and half initially, very slow to settle down.

Aroma: Grainy, apple-juice aroma.

Flavor: Very fruity (ripe apples & raisins, maybe some tangerine or bitter orange too), with a spicy, peppery rye presence. Some nice yeasty phenols also. Nice floral hop flavor, with bitterness in the middle. Dry finish.

Body: Medium body, average carbonation.

Interesting beer. The yeast characters remind me more of Belgian ales than English.

Jan 20, 2005
O'Hanlons Organic Rye from Hanlons Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 53 ratings