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 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 Mattamue
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expiration date.

a Orange amber. Half an inch of white head on a moderate pour. Minor lacing slides down the glass during tasting.

s Wow hops. Floral assault to the nostrils. Settles in the back of the nose at the end of the smell with a tinge of resin and.. something clean like antiseptic. Not in a soured beer way, but in a hops way.

t Toasted malt on the ascent, hops floral at the crest and a rye mealy aftertaste in the trough.

m Heavy on the tip of the tongue and ends smooth and starts to thin out as it rolls back of the mouth.

o The hemp seeds play no part in the final taste of this brew. Whatever nutty sweetness they may impart is lost to the hops and the malt. The rye is second and the hops first. As an amber ale it is mediocre and only the rye notes at the end of the taste give it a unique quality worth trying.

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Photo of biggred1
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with blonde highlights and a pretty looking creamy eggshell colored foam that leaves some craggy lace on the glass. Citrus and piney hops with some toasty grain and butterscotch in the nose. The flavors are nice and mostly harmonious with toast, spicy rye and citrusy hops with the hemp flavor becoming more evident in the finish. Medium bodied with smooth, full carbonation. A pretty good, solid amber.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to aguirre for this one!

A - copper red with a thin white head that stays well and laces nicely.

S - rye, grain, corn husk and a strange hop smell which im assuming is hemp?

T - big malt hits up front with caramel toffee. some rye in there as well as it leads to a subdued grass hop finish.

M - light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - not a bad beer not really what i was expecting but still good.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange color, hazed over somewhat brown, with a wispy but somewhat sticky tan head. Not much lacing, but a bit stays around.

Nose is sweet, with a nicely toasted and citric aroma. Victory and crystal malts lend a sweetness, peppery rye in the back.

C-hops lend a crisp edge of hop bitterness to the flavor which is rounded off by a buttery malt texture. Toasted malts, peppery hop and rye content. Hemp seems like a reasonable addition, doesn't do much to the flavor all around, but there's a nuttiness and complexity to the flavor.

Bubbly but not too overcooked, nice size for the style. There may be too many cooks in this fire to really forge something great, but it's an interesting take on a banal and overdone style. Worth trying but probably not a repeat for me.

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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 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 BarryMFBurton
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from tripelhops, an excellent regular trading partner. Never heard of it, but I love rye beers; let’s hope this one turns out well.

A: Very thin beige head pops quickly over an amber-orange body. The foam is gone to less than a half-finger in seconds, leaving no lacing. The shine is decent, but the whole thing comes off just mediocre.

S: Mmmm, that’s an awesome rye aroma – sweet and caramely, with that great rye/grain scent. Big fruitiness, with white grape, raisin, and a bit of lemon. It’s very inviting. Finishes with some mild spice and some lager-like yeast (grainy and herbal, mostly). I’m getting good memories of Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye…

T: Ooooh…not what I was expecting. Tastes is a little thin, but with a good flavor backing; mostly bready, with that pumpernickel taste. There’s an herbal spiciness, too, consisting of flowery clove, light hops, and a strange bitter hint (must be the hemp); some citrus rinds and malt notes, as well. Finishes with that weird bitterness (mildly dry) and a taste of shandy spices. Decent palate, with more complexity than apparent on the first sip.

M: Prickly and thin, this one doesn’t leave a lot on the tongue. Still, it remains pretty drinkable.

O: I wish more had been done with the rye in this one. I’m glad, though, that the hemp taste was given a little room to move; it’s an interesting flavor. Couldn’t exactly save it, but it’s not like the beer turned out undrinkable. I’d probably have it again…on-tap.

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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 paxchristi
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with very good head retention. Leaving excellent lacing. Bubbles continuously go from bottom to hop in straight lines. Very appetizing looking grew. About par for what I expect in a GOOD beer.

Smell: A deeply malty nose with some hops and stinging esters. There is a deep biscuit to this one. The hemp brings a certain rich, earthiness to the nose.

Taste: Malts and a bit of citrusy hops. Very biscuity and an ever so slight hint of fruitiness on the finish to give it a slight sweetness. Hemp seeds are definitely present in this biscuit, however it certainly gives it a certain richness. Balanced amber with a certain richness that gives it session and breads and earth tones. A caramel character as well. Totally refreshing.

Mouth: More than moderately carbonated. Adds a slight burn in the mouth.

Overall: Every bit as good as their 5-day IPA, if not better. Its a good representation of the American Amber style, and I could drink this one all evening. Its only drawback is that its biggest risk (hemp seed) while definitely present, does not add enough to the brew to make it more than the grade its been given. The risk was small, and only paid off slightly. I don't know if I'll seek this one out intentionally, but most definitely would try on draft if I found it somewhere around STL.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with a big 2 finger head and great retention. Smell is full of malts, some hops and spices. Taste is well balanced with little complexity. Malts and caramel are about all that is going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty sessionable amber ale.

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Photo of wnh
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky amber-copper color topped by a froth, fluffy off-white head.

Smells like an amber ale, but more nuanced. The most distinguishing feature is a moderate, pleasant nuttiness. Hops add mild but bright citrus notes. Underneath it all is an earthy, woodsy character that I am associating, correctly or not, with the hemp.

Decidedly sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests. Toffee and candied citrus dominate, and the malt-to-hop relationship is reminiscent of a barleywine, though overall much less intense. After a few sips I pick up on the nuttiness, which I don't particularly care for. Still earthy, but less woodsy than the nose.

Medium bodied, but finishes thin. Mostly firm. Lacks astringency of many nutty beers. Not bad at all, and thankfully not a gimmick.

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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 wingman14
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel brown with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell is mostly hop, but not overpowering. Has some malt and sweet notes in there as well. The taste starts bitter with the malt and ends with the hops coming through. This is tastes like a hoppy amber, rich flavor with a hop finish. The mouthfeel is ok, somewhat harsh, carbonation detracts from the beer. But overall this beer is enjoyable, nice deep multilayered flavors, worth checking out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a thin beige head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a wispy surface layer before receding to an edge layer only in a minimal amount of time. Aroma is caramel and some toffee mixing with a little bit of grassy and earthy hop qualities, I do get a little band-aid phenol buried in the nose, maybe opened this one just in time to save it.
The beer has a medium body with fine gentle rolling carbonation making it easy to drink each sip.
Flavor is a bit of grainy malt with caramel and a little biscuit, followed by grassy hops and a bit of drying bitterness. No real hint of the ABV and the off scent hasnt produced any off flavors.
The flavor profile is mild, but enjoyable. I could drink a few of these in an evening and not be too bored. A decent brew for the style.

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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 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 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 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 Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
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 CFHMagnet
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A. A moderate pour gave me a finger and a half of off-white head which takes its time dissipating. When held up to the light, the body appears to be an orangey looking amber with bubbles lazily rising to the top. Bubbles in the lacing pop rather than sink back into the glass.

S. I get a rye bread aroma, citrus hops and just the hint of malt.

T. Sweet malt is the start to this beer, then I get rye bread and spices. This dominates once it appears, and coexists rather well with the citrus hop flavor that comes in at the end.

M. Medium bodied, it coats the mouth for sure. Ends up a little on the dry side, overall not bad.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish orange color. One finger white head shows low retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass falls back into the beer.

S- I get some rye in the front of the aroma. There is a light sweetness from the malt toward the middle with a alomst light wet grain scent. Light citrus hops in the ending along with a whiff of alcohol.

T- The rye hits you upfront but in a gentle way. Nothing to in your face at all. The middle of the beer like in the aroma has a light sweet malt that turns into a wet grain flavor. Faded citrus and piney hops in the ending show up to cloud the grainy flavor. Light alcohol in the overall ending doesn't really do much for me but isn't bothersome.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light rye and wet grain are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, grain, and hints of hops. Flavors were kind of running amuck and not blended together. No off flavors were present when I had this. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer really didn't do anything for me. I was expecting a little more rye in the front than what I had and there was no hemp flavor at all in this one. The wet grain flavor and aroma became a little too much for me at times. The faded hops suggested this beer might have been a little older than I had hoped but I don't think it could have made too much of a difference.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I could not find any dating on the bottle or label. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Very hazy amber body with a one-finger light tan, creamy head. Very little retention and lacing.

Interesting aroma that has some light notes of rye and some bready malt. Not much else going on.

The flavor is interesting but not great. Definite notes of rye and malt, but not much notice of the hops. The rye gives just a touch of spiciness.

I hope I didn't get an old bottle that had faded hops, but without the dating, I can't be sure. Good try, but it doesn't work all that well for me.

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Photo of websherpa
2.22/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark yellow/orange. Off white foamy head 1 1/2 fingers. Looks good to go.

Smell: Not a whole lot here. The rye is up front. There are some hops way in the back. The malts are generically sweet and overpowered by a somewhat grainy bitterness.

Taste: Not far off from the smell. I don't really get much hemp at all. The rye is there and not terribly interesting. The hops just don't do much for me either, just barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light with average carbonation. If the beer delivered a little more in flavor this may have complimented it well.

Drinkability: Not a drain pour, but I would turn down free ones in the future. From the name of the beer I thought I would love it. Hops, hemp, rye, all things I love. I just didn't deliver.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour produced a cloudy orange color. A nice creamy head developed but it did not retain itself. Head retention was below average- no stickage on the glass. The beer smelled of yeast and earth. I got some slight sweetness up front, very light mouthfeel. I taste a slight hint of tea...could this be the hempseeds? I have never had anything with hemp seeds before so I can't say if the taste is there or not. I really didnt pick up the rye taste. Overall its a decent change of pace beer- It might take awhile to finish this six pack but its not horrible. I like it that O'fallon stepped out and created a Hemp Rye beer- I don't know of anyone else doing something similar.

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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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