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Hemp Hop Rye | O'Fallon Brewery

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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

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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 130
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Lanypany88
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, great for chilling at night.

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Photo of Mdg222
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First drink was heavily caramel flavored. Very smooth and reminded me of a pub ale with more carbonation. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it. The caramel calmed down and the flavor of the hops created a nice balance. Loved this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brock915
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer, nutty with a buttery finish.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours very hazy, sort of orange I think under all that haze. A light tan head faces to a thin can quickly before sticking around for quite some time.

my experience with this beer appears significantly different than the previous reviews. I get nearly overwhelming diacetyl in this beer. It's too bad, as I really enjoy this aroma. I'm not sure whether it is barley malt, hemp seeds, or rye that is providing this toastiness, but I dig it. For the record I had a lot of diacetyl in the cask-conditioned version I tasted last month too.

I'm giving the beer a good taste score, despite taking away some points for flaws, so you know I really enjoyed it. I already mentioned the diacetyl more than enough so I'll drop it. the maltiness is everpresent and quite rich and invites another sip.
Principally I wish the flavor was cleaner. the mouthfeel is medium-full, and quite creamy, but there is a lingering doughiness that is higher than ideal. Some bittering hops might balance it out, but I steer away from balancing something high with something else high - I prefer, and think it easier, to balance without stacking malt/hops to precarious levels!

I'm going to rack this one to experimentation, of which I entirely approve. Perhaps their house Kolsch yeast strain doesn't like these sugars. perhaps they need to modify the mash temps with this particular recipe. Or perhaps, and probably more likely, it is just me. *shrug*
Having been to the brewery I certainly don't think diacetyl is the result of fermentation temp or infection - these guys know their shit.

good attempt, and I'll try it again regardless if it never improves...but I do see significant room for it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Photo of tem3175
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange-amber with a thick and frothy beige head.

The aroma is all rye malts and nothing less. A little something extra couldn't hurt.

The taste is, of course, full of rye maltiness but also light citrus, floral notes and a touch of honey. I'm not sure what the hemp adds to the flavor but I am drinking this while wearing shoes made with hemp. Coincidence? I don't know.

Medium bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated.

I'm always a sucker for a rye brew and this one doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of bigotecircus
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BogAl
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was hazy cloudy orange with hints of light brown and VERY light copper. light fluffy head held around for a bit. light lacing.

light on the nose, my one and only complaint. some dry hopping make help this. light nutty tones and a very light floral hop scent.

a bit complex here, light nutty brown flavors blended with a nice rye bitter bite and a floral and citrus hop flavor. the nutty brown and rye stood out the most. crisp finish.

medium body with a nice crisp carbonation bite. light and easy over all.

this was very enjoyable. a bit vibrant and easy to drink. nice low ABV and great flavor = win!

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Photo of Basoos1
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RAC81
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 330 ratings