Hemp Hop Rye | O'Fallon Brewery

129 Reviews
Hemp Hop RyeHemp Hop Rye

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

Added by birchstick on 03-18-2010

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Photo of Mdg222
4.69/5  rDev +32.5%
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 CalhounJohn
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of lavellen
4.44/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd say that in the world or Rye Ales I am spoiled by Founders being down the road from my house. BUT I would definitely say that this was an exceptional beer for the genre. The head was nice and foamy, not too crazy, just right. The aroma was noisy with the hemp and hop scents that I was looking for and the taste was just edgy enough with rye that I was incredibly satisfied. I give this one a tryit for the beer lovers and a Must for the Rye beer lovers.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. "Malt beverage brewed with Hemp seeds". Interesting nomeclature. No specs per the website. Thick silty layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a nice creamy light yellow head with excellent retention and very good solid lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite nice...a solid amber ale aroma, with fruity apple and peach notes akin to Bell's amber ale, with a nice toasty malt middle and delicate citric and piney hop notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium body...very creamy mouthfeel...really nice. The taste is a wonderful balance of the creamy mouthfeel, toasty malts, wet grain husk, honey, apricots and apples, a nice bitterness with lingering notes of toast and residual sugars in the aftertaste. The hops taste English in nature...guessing Kent Goldings.

This is really a solidly wonderful amber. Very drinkable. I could put back a 6'er of these no problem. I would definitely buy this again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hossua34
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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 MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear copper body that leads to an excellent off white almost tan head. There is great lace and head retention. The aroma is sweet and cereal like. The flavor has lots of biscuit like esters with a little bit of yeast hemp and hop fruitiness. The rye brings some spice to the game. The mouthfeel is slick and medium.

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Photo of dankster
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at total beverage.

A- deep copper color with a small thin head

S- smells very spicy from the rye with hops and a touch of hemp in the backround.

T- very good flavor almost like slighty bitter hemp tea. some notes of melon like fruit noticed but not sure what exactly.

M- smooth and creamy with a oily feeling in the mouth.

O- I really liked this beer being a big rye fan, a good find at only $2.50 a bottle but not something i would buy very often

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy. beautiful deep amber color, almost burnt amber. great head retention.

smells richly of malts and hops. that cascade comes through and so does the nuttiness of the hemp seeds.

the flavor isnt really as big as it smells. a little malt flavor upfront. hop flavor towards the end, and the the malts and hop bitterness are very well balanced in the finish.

a medium body, with a medium crispness that allows the flavor to linger.

the alcohol is o so slightly apparent and warms nicely.

this is a good ass beer. very interesting very approachable. i think ill pour a glass for my ma and see how she likes it.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13%
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 schoolboy
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Evenly cloudy amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to a half finger skim. Decanted lazily. Laced the glass in thin rings.

S: Big malt character; biscuit and caramel that's slightly sweet. Earthy with some spice.

T: Big malts flavor consistent with the nose; sweet caramel and baked bread. Smooth, rich and slightly sweet in the middle. Finishes earthy with some sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. Smooth and balanced though plenty of malt character.

O: Good in a kind-of average category. Lots of malt character, but not cloying and not too filling.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Avery pint glass.

A - Pours a nice muddied and hazy amber with some light brown hints and a nice light tan head that is about .5 inches.

S - Some nice sweet rye malt is perceived up front. With some mild hints of hop flowers and a nice grassy earthy aroma.

T - Rye malt sweetness is perceived initially with some intense rye bread and sourdough bread qualities. Its like a bakery exploded in my mouth. There is a nice tartness and mild pine from the hops that adds a good dimension and balance to the malt profile.

M - Nice light-medium but flavorful body! Very good offering.

D - High with good flavor and normal ABV. Good beer to drink all night.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer's off-white foamy head sits on top of a hazy, honey-amber body. Webby rings of lacing decorate the glass, while there is also good head retention.

The beer smells of sweet fruits (apples, apricots), malts, caramel.

The taste is complex, like all good ambers. First a dry rye malt note is followed by toffee and caramel in the body. There's a dry, toffee-like finish, with a faint black licorice note as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky.

Overall, a decently complex brew with a lot of good amber ale qualities. Definitely no regrets for this purchase.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a murky, light brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled musty and malty. There was a subtle rye aroma with some muted floral notes.

T - Good spiced flavor with biscuity malt and touches of sharp rye flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew from O'Fallon. It is creative and unique.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz brown bottle at the liquor store. Poured to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a nice amber color with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of a malty sweetness along with a defintive rye spicy note. A subtle yet nice citrus hop character.

T/M - The beer starts very smooth and creamy with a malty sweetness. The spicy rye comes through well as does the mild hop bitterness with some citrus. A little sharp but pleasant. Well balanced with a little dry finish.

D - Extremely!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 18:24:59

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, biscuits, black pepper, toasted hemp seeds, and rye bread present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, rye bread, black pepper, herbs, lemon, lime, and hemp seed coat the palate. The finish is long and turbulent with caramel, rye bread, lemon, and black pepper notes vying for dominance.

M: Medium in body, dryish, and unusually velvety in the mouth. Carbonation is firm, but not all that intense. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a very nice little ale. I have no clue why I put off trying this for so long because I really enjoyed the unusual mélange of flavors presented by this beer. Definitely worth trying for fans of the style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to busternuggz for hooking me up with this beer in our recent trade. 12oz bottle into a DFH off-centered pint glass.

This beer is brewed with three things I love...rye, hops, and *cough cough*, seeds from the hop plant's cousin. Excessively hazy body shows a deep caramel, iced-tea core with a burnt orange & apricot exterior. The head is slim and light tan in color, resting as a thick ring of tiny bubbles. Interesting nose that's sharp with rye bread and citrusy hops. Sugared orange candies and Circus Peanuts smell a bit too sweet, but hold back just enough to let in notes of amber malt. A bit of nuttiness and pepper in the background.

Sharp, spicy rye and toasted bread crust hit the tongue first, quickly followed by a bit of grapefruit zest, resin, and tropical fruits from the hops. Hemp Hop finishes a bit grainy, with minerals and white pepper lingering after each sip. Body is clean and crisp, with an uppity carbonation level that gives some much-needed life to the medium consistency. Smooth at times, too, with a Cream Ale-like mouthfeel. I enjoyed Hemp Hop a bit more than the numerical aspect of my review suggests. A unique, tasty, and refreshing beer...and one I'd gladly revisit.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours into dimpled mug a hazy orange with very little head retention but good carbonation.
Smells of bread, malt, hops, mild citrus and a bit of the rye mentioned.
Malty goodness with a kiss of hops on the front end that mixes with the rye which isn't overpowering but instead gives this brew a nice crisp mouthfeel before a clean dry finish. Saw a single and had to try, very good beer for meals or session. Would get a six and recommend to others.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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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