Hemp Hop Rye | O'Fallon Brewery

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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 GRG1313
2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy carmel color with a short, thin white head.

Super light, almost non-existent malt nose.

Mouthfeel is thin and without character.

Flavor is a relatively non-descript light burnt toast malt/bitter character. Purports to be an amber ale but could be a very light version of just about anything because there is no real character to this one.

Very light coffee bitter finish, again without any real character or assertive flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice idea well executed. my first o'fallon brew was a delight. pourd a light amber red into a chilled pint glass with a nice white head that left lecing all down the glass. the nose was rye for sure, but also heavily hopped in the american ipa range. it doesnt smell like cannabis, but there is a hit of that oily earthy hemp in the aroma. this is a pretty hoppy beer for what is classified here as an amber. it has none of that amber ale sweetness, and isnt particularly malt driven. a nice mouthfeel that permits the flavors to come out, improving as it warms. tasty!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very earthy, pungent, and rich Amber Ale that takes a back seat on the typical citrus character of hops.

The pour brings a highly froathy, true amber color with a creamy sheet of foam, immense lace, and medium haze. A nice looking beer.

Aroma of scorched caramel, toffee, hearty toasted breads, whole grain scent, mild toast, and spicy rye. Light on hops, they only accent the notes that are already present in the malty-grainy mix.

Hearty dark breads, caraway seed-pumpernickle bread flavor leads the way with a soft toffee-caramel backdrop. Spicy-earthy hops help to offset sweetness and enrichen the deep earthy tone of the beer.

Mouthfeel is dense and weighted but retains the creamy start of good Pales or Ambers. Still, the beer's richness wears on the palate with a clinging, sticky feel that never allows the crisp, clean hop/alcohol dryness that the style deserves.

A great pungent, earthy, and spicy beer. But it's simplicity and focus on heavy-sweet character hurts the balance.

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Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a fresh one, time to re-review.

Murky brown with an orange layer around the edges. Slim head of foam, not much lace or staying power. Unfiltered with visible yeast in suspension.

Bready buttered biscuits, mildly sweet with some rye spiciness.

Gently bitter, tea-like, grassy with some crusty multigrain bread flavors. Smooth and mellow feel, slight astringency but not too distracting. A little buttery, but not a huge diacetyl presence like last time. Pleasant residual hop bitterness. Overall not bad, a bit more noticeable hop and rye character this time around.

08-25-2010 C+ / 3.03
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this one.
Bottle screened "0440B1P1507" on bottom.

Pours a muddy brown with orange edges, with a slim cap of foam. A delicate crown of lace encircles the glass. Soon enough the head fades into a wispy skim.

Aroma at first was skunky hops, which seem to have blown off, and is now faintly perfumy and floral. Somewhat bready malts sit underneath that, with some cookie sweetness.

Feels a bit slick, mildly sweet and buttery with diacetyl, bready though not all that spicy really. Where's the rye and hops? Low level bitterness, not much hop presence there. Carbonation is barely there, it's undercarbonated and oddly slick. Really not into this one, needs some retooling.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The Feds make O'Fallon send them two independent lab results every time they bring in a new shipment of hemp seeds, to ensure there is zero THC content in them."

--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Massively murky caramel-dipped orange peel with blurry goldenrod edges. Nearly three fingers of khaki colored foam was generated on the pour, is firmly creamy, and lasts a while. Once meltage is underway, the glass becomes decorated with serrated rings of suds.

The nose is toasted, earthy, fruity and mildly butter caramel-like. The varied ingredients list includes Victory and crystal malt, two types of rye, Cascade-Hallertau-Summit hops, and hemp seed. This should be interesting beer at least.

O'Fallon deserves kudos for trying something different and for feeling good enough about the result to make it a year-round release. However, there may be a little too much going on... and it doesn't all fit together as well as it could have.

Flavors include toasted bread (both white and rye), an earthy nuttiness that is probably due to both malt and hemp seed, caramel, and a grapefruit peel citrusiness courtesy of Cascade hops. There's quite a bit going on, but a sharper focus, a more defined flavor hook, would have been the way to go. 25 IBUs tastes and feels about right.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's par for the 5.5% amber ale course, with just enough 'hang on' at the finish and bubbles that are neither too busy nor too quiet.

O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale is proof that, when it comes to beer, complexity isn't always better than simplicity. It's good to see small craft brewers taking chances (even small ones), but this new release didn't quite come together for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed amber with a finger of rocky cream colored head. Stays hazed throughout, average lacing & head retention

S: Grassyness, some peppery notes

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & a touch of apricot up front. Spicyness & jammy fruittyness dominate as this warms. Fruitty finish with rye flavor & a touch of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation & good balance

Good drinkabilty, nothing too extreme here, but this would work on the lake or at a BBQ. No new ground broken here

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Tone
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of rye, sweet malt, pale hop, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rye, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, enh ... for a rye not too bad, but not great either.

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Photo of Duff27
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O'Fallon : Hemp Hop Rye

Pours a solid amber, small off white head forms and retention is ok. Little to no lacing on the pint. Aroma highlights the rye, with a pronounced whiskey smell. In the flavor, very sweet maltyness upfront, almost cloying. There is a pinch of rye spice, minute hop presence and a dry/chalky stemmy hemp finish. Interesting but could use quite a bit more hops to balance the intense sweetness. Nice rye notes, and the hemp comes in at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth otherwise, with an almost creamy feel. Overall, an interesting beer but alittle sweet.

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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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this treasure at D's Six packs for 2.50 in Monroeville. My first hemp ale!

A - Pours with a surprising minimal head and mild carbonation. Color is a hazy deep brown.

S - Really sweet malts along with some slight wheat and grassy.

T - Starts off really sweet which I believe is sort of nutty and oily as described to others as sunflower oil. Then sort of trails off with a bitter grassy wheat like bite. Really no middle.

M - Medium bodied and sweet

D - Well all I found was a single but if I saw an affordable sixer (up to 10 dollars) I could see myself buy it again. Pretty solid brew

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtrockchalk for allowing this brew to migrate northeast to the great state of Minnesota. My first O'Fallon brew, somehow? Popped open a pair, one for my wife.

Pours a murky orange, red, like a toned-down DayQuil without the fluorescents. Smell is chunky rye, very damp earth with some nightcrawler hops. Veeery interesting. I can't even imagine how this is going to taste.

Hemp Hop Rye Amber tastes murky, too. Plenty of nicie spicie rye, clinking glasses with the unwashed hops. There's another undefinable taste that comes skipping along - I'm going to presume that's the hemp. Grainy doesn't do it, perhaps seedy, with a side of liquified Wonder Bread. It sounds odd, but the sum of the whole is nice. Easy to suck down, fo show.

Good brew. The rye is subtle enough to mesh well with the other ingredients, & the hemp lends a unique, Mother Earth angle. Almost a hybrid IPA/Amber/Barleywine. Well done.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed copper color with a small cap of tan head. Fades fairly quickly but does leave some nice lacing.

Sweet caramel and maybe some buttered rye bread. I get neither hemp, hemp seeds nor hops on the nose. Doesnt smell bad, but I seem to be missing two of the advertised ingredients.

Taste is definitely buttery and the rye is evident. Ive always liked a little bit of the butter off-flavors in an amber for some reason. Smooth body is slick and creamy. Not much hops am I getting and while I have only chewed on a few weed seeds in my days, I cant really relate much of the flavor here other than a vague nuttiness. Not bad, fits the amber ale category well. Goes down easy, but I guess I was expecting a bit more from the hops and maybe some unique flavor imparted by ganja seeds.

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Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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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