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Hemp Hop Rye | O'Fallon Brewery

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Hemp Hop RyeHemp Hop Rye

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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

Added by birchstick on 03-18-2010

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Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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 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 jbartlett89
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours burnt copper color with thick creamy head that leave lacing all the way down.

smells real earthy and toasty with some nice malt aroma at the end.

toastd malt flavor hints of something a little sweet leaves a little yeast taste on tip of the tounge.

mouthfeel is warm and creamy nice amount of carbonation. i would say this is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a thin head which dissipates quickly. The smell is earthy and malty with yeasty rye undertones. The taste showcases balanced malts and rye. However, this bottled version was overwhelmingly yeasty (first couple batches of homebrew yeasty). I had this beer last year off a keg and wonder if something might have changed the flavor profile to the beer. Overall, it's a drinkable brew and O'Fallon should get a tip of the hat for experimenting with Hemp in the brewing process.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2010. Poured in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Very small tan head. Well carbonated. Hazy rosy copper color. Light aroma, herby and musty. Starts lightly sweet and caramel but then becomes a bit maltier with a touch of rye. Creamy body and mouthfeel. Finishes a little like black rea, tannic, astringent, herbal. Moderate ethanol.

Not sure if I was supposed to taste the hemp or not.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
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 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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Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with small head and no lacing.

S: Smells mostly of fresh grain with a hint of malt and spiciness.

T: Taste is of fresh grain with some citrus. very light bitterness at the finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth and clean. Not overpowering.

E: Easy to drink. Pleasant beer, probably best at a BBQ. Nice change of pace brew. Came as part of an O'Fallon Sampler Pack. Worth a try.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden amber color with a one inch head that quickly disappears with no lacing, very little retention and moderate carbonation. The smell is of earthly spices, rye, floral hops while the taste is at first some caramel, some hops, followed by a pine taste and ending with a citrus taste. The tastes seem to be very balanced so its not to sweet or bitter. The mouthfeel is a little sticky on the lips and has a dry finish to it. It is a drinkable beer and if I had two I would drink two, but only have one. I do think it would have been better if it was a little more thicker.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend brought an O'Fallon sampler pack from St. Louis... very nice of her, time to give this one a try! I poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a nice looking hazy amber color, but very little head at all and no retention on what was there. So, mixed bag on the looks.

There's a much stronger smell than I expected, malty caramel dominates but an earthy spiciness comes through too.

The taste is a little weaker than the smell, but I'm also picking up some hoppiness I missed on the nose. The other flavors are all present too with the rye earthiness coming more to the front than the amber malts. More complex than expected, and really a nice beer.

It's a little thin, but not enough to really take away much from the beer, just not anything to add.

I had an unfiltered wheat from O'Fallon first and found it a little boring. This one is the opposite, very interesting and I'll definitely be looking forward to the second bottle!

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy amber. A small cream cap is fairly dense and quickly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves no lace.

S: A healthy dose of grapefruit and lemon dominates. The rye is quite pronounced too. It adds a caraway seed like herbal twist to the mix.

T: Grapefruit, lemon and a touch of pine constitute the bitter flavors. The rye adds a slightly sour caraway bite to the mix. Biscuit flavors are present as well. Finishes with a lingering citrus bitterness.

M: The medium body is grainy and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: Not bad. I didn't really pick up the hemp, but the rye is rather pronounced.

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Photo of BeerWhale
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours as a thick, creamy beer with a slightly red color and a thick fluffy white head that dissipates within a minute. The head quickly turns into a thin barely noticeable cap within two minutes.

The beer tastes muddled. I don't know how else to put this. There is no typical ale taste on the beginning and it does not finish with either a strong or clean finish. There is no "hemp" or "rye" taste anywhere in the tasting. (Pretty sure that's just marketing to get pot heads buying this beer)

Maybe they made it with dirty or old ingredients and maybe I just got a bad batch, but there is likely something off with this recipe.

I'm normally a fan of O'Fallon Brewery and being from St. Louis I'd love to give this a top notch review, but honestly I'm glad I only have two of these beers. Buying a six pack is a waste in my opinion. Not a horrible beer, but all of the other delicious amber ales in the marketplace, definitely one I won't be purchasing again.

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Photo of djenoch
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I would love to say this was a great beer and support a local brewery but this beer is really lacking.

Dirty malty notes with a light hop presence of pine with a tad of fruit. Not terribly drinkable. For an american amber I would expect an assertive hop presence and a more complex malt profile.

As far as the hemp... I can't distinguish that it adds any noticeable flavor or quality to the beer.

Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of treyrab
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pure gimick beer. Hop Hemp Rye? A pure marketing scheme that lures people into buying a shitty beer. Hop? Nope. Hemp? Nope. Rye? Nope. Shitty, generic amber? Check.

A: Opens with a very, very slight hiss. Almost thought it wasn't carbonated from the softness of the hiss. Pours a chill haze amber similar to the color of a Lincoln penny. Decent one finger white head that leaves quickly.

S: Smell is straight up caramel malts and toffee. Not sure I can augment on the smell because there is just not much there. Not much hops or rye, just straight sweet caramel malt.

T: Plain, caramel, rather sweet. Mediocre amber with no surprises.

Overall, glad I got the tick, but wouldn't get again.

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Photo of Beejay
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy brown orange. A little bit of white head, though it dissipates right away.

S: Not a lot of aroma coming off this guy. Maybe a little bready, maybe. There is a little bit of a weird earthy thing going on..

T: Well this is interesting. Malty, with a hint of spice. There is a very odd flavor in the finish. Slightly earthy, but I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it is the hemp.

M: Light to medium in body. The carbonation is a little on the high side.

D: Not bad, just not good. Overall it seems fairly forgettable, not malty or hoppy enough to shine through.. Especially for a beer that has 'hop' in it's name. Not something I would pour out, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange with an almost static light tan head. After a slow fade a few short and stubborn thumbs of lace stick up from the brew, possibly looking for a ride, but to no avail. Smells of big light fruits (peaches, pears, apples) some subtle sweet malts, a hint of hops and the hemp seeds in the back. Tastes big on the fruits again with a bitter piny hop middle and the hemp seeds coming in at the end again, creating a slightly rough, but definitely unique and welcome ending. Light to medium and easy drinking with a welcomed edge to keep it all interesting.

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Photo of CMW
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, copper color with a medium cloud-like head. The murky nice is quite interesting as there is no light coming through this at all.

S - Very little in the nose to pick up. Slight pine resin, a little hops, sweet malt.

T - Sweet upfront with a caramel flavor. Aftertaste is a little bit roasty and sticky.

M - A little bit too light, but not bad.

D - This is easy to drink and has a very mild taste.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty, cloudy orange with a very soapy looking head. The head drops to almost nothing pretty fast.

Nose is interesting. The rye gives it an earthy quality. The hops provided a little orange peel and citrus. Somewhat sweet smelling.

The taste is bittersweet. The malt lays down a smooth grain taste. The hops provide some bitterness. Nothing stands out. Bland, especially with the ingredients used.

Not a very nice mouthfeel. Kind of flat and tea like. Drinkability is decent because there's nothing harsh or overbearing here.

Overall...wanting a lot more.

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

A - Hazy, opaque caramel orange color. Slightly above average sized, foamy, creamy, sticky white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin, foamy lace.

S - Toasted bready malt with plenty of caramel and toffee. Spicy rye and hop along with some floral hops as well. Some biscuit as well. Makes me think of a very malty English IPA. Pretty nice and interesting aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with plenty of toasted bread flavors. Fairly strong caramel and toffee flavors. Mid-sip a bit more of the hoppiness comes out with it mostly being floral, along with some spiciness and a faint hint of citrus. Rye makes an appearance. Overall it is fairly sweet with a little bitterness cutting through.

M - Pretty average feel with a lighter side of medium body and average carbonation. Slight stickiness.

D - Easy to drink beer with enough spice and hops to cut through the sweetness. Tasty and goes down just fine.

Notes: Nice beer with some nice hops and hemp (I guess) flavors, they just get covered a bit by the sweet bread, caramel, and toffee flavors. Easy to drink and it was tasty, but it wasn't overly interesting. Worth a try and I might get again for a good price.

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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 WeisGuy
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy, deep copper color. The head is one-finger thick and has very little retention or lacing. The smell is a bit musty with caramel malt and a dirty earthiness dominating any hop presence. There is a quick burst of caramel malt on the palate and then the taste quickly fall off with only a dry bitterness remaining on the midpalate and finish. Very light notes of caramel and biscuit malt, but quite hollow and disappointing. Alcohol isn't noticeable either. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation, a dry finish and no alcohol warming. Dry but easy on the palette, just not interesting or complex at all. Clean but hollow, this is just rather uninspired stuff.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
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 maximum12
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
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