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Hemp Hop Rye | O'Fallon Brewery

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Brewed by:
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
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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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have probably put this in the Rye Beer catagory, but that's just me.

I had this on-tap at twilight grille. Pours a rosey amber color with a thin white head.

Nutty is the first thing I think when I smell it. I also get mildly spicy bready and biscuity malts, hints of pine, and a little vomit. (The last one probably doesn't make much sense, but it does to me.)

Nice flavor, the piney, peppery hops jump out in a prickly way on the tongue, which is nice. It's bready and becomes somewhat chocolaty as it warms. The carbonation is great, it has a lot more body than I expected, also a plus. Plenty of flavor through and through.

Very enjoyable beer. I won't track it down, but I could see this making a solid fall seasonal.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always cool to see a new brew that utilizes hemp! Pours into my glass a really hazy amber/red with a nice inch of eggshell foam on top of the brew. Color hues are cool on this one. Aromas start with bready, caramel malts intertwined with some rye spiciness. Quite a bit of nuttiness as well. Herbal hops sit in the background. Good twist on your standard amber ale.

First sip brings caramel malt upfront with bready accents. Nutty accents along with a spicy rye kick as well. Earthy, herbal accents as it flows down. Finishes with a good hop kick and mellow bitterness.

Mouhtfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Good carbonation and body that goes down easily. The rye and hemp add a nice twist here. It's cool to see O'Fallon making a brew like this as I'd love to see more hemp brews. Worth trying.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with lots of fine sediment within the body. There's a half inch of creamy brown head on top. Light lacing. The aroma is dominated by the spicy rye notes along with amber malt that gives light caramel notes. I'm tasting caramel along with some faint earthy rye. The mouth is a bit syrupy and dry.

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Photo of TCJosh
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good-looking beer, deep clear amber in color with golden edges and an extremely thick off-white head that forms about two fingers high and dissipates to about half a finger the rest of the way. Lacing is light and thin, but the head is a thing of beauty.
This is a bit malt heavy for its name, though it does make for a fair balance. Bready malts with a toasted note, toffee and caramel sweetness, grains, and a gentle spicy rye note that could be stronger, again especially considering the name, balance with an herbal, floral and earthy hops note that has no real hint of citrus and is even just underneath the malt rather than above it.
The flavor is sourdough bread (pretty tasty, actually) with a very earthy and floral hops, even a bit woody. Malts and hops may be over-balanced, as I feel the hops should be bigger in this one. Also, the rye spice and grain flavors are here but could be more straightforward.
The body is medium, there's a reasonably crisp bite at the beginning of each sip, and there's a nice smoothness that makes for easy drinking. Carbonation is light but ample and the finish is dry and lingering.
There's not much detracting from the drinkability other than what I want there to be more of in here.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer uses a great mix of rye and hops. It pours golden and hazy, with a finger width head, with no lacings, and decent carbonation. It has rye aroma, with a strong rye taste, with hints of caramel, herbs, and citrus. it is drinkable, no edge, and has rye after taste...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fishkab
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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