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 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 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 mgbickel
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A small, single finger of eggshell white head formed on top of a cloudy, amber body. The foam had poor retention time, but laced the glass rather well.

The nose has lots of malts and grains up front. You can really detect a cracked pepper-like aroma hanging around. The rye is also present, but way in the background.

Hmm...the taste is not really in line with the nose. Starts off a bit spicy but quickly turns into a caramel malt flavor. The bready/grain backbone is present throughout and combines with the rye for a bitter finish.

The medium bodied mouth feel is well carbonated and a little on the slick side.

Yeah...this is drinkable, but nothing I would reach for again. Pretty unique and complex, but the flavor combination was not working for me.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper to deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet tea like maltiness. In the taste, a sweet rye malt and a small pine hoppiness. A small bitter and medium to light mouthfeel, with a sweet to dry sticky maltiness in the aftertaste. Not much in hop presence, but nice rye and a decent balance.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours out thicker than i expected. extremely murky rusty orangish brown that is just about opaque. foam is tightly bubbled but not creamy, kinda generic looking but holds well. lace sticks initially but ends up as just some little crusty spots.

S- nice hoppy cascade nose, grapefruit and pine, bitter orange, thick cooked pineapple and a sweet a caramel malt infrastructure. rye spiciness is checked up and wonderful. toasted hemp seeds? even better. nutty aroma suggests that it's a contributor. nicely balanced sweet, sour, nutty, spicy, citrus, and toasty.

T- feels like a frankenstein of several different beers. oddly buttery, nutty and zesty. spicy rye can be tasted all over. hop bitterness and malt sweetness pretty much eradicate each other and i'm left with lots of resinous hop flavor without much bitterness, toasty grainy cereal, a dark deep toasty nuttiness like brazil nut and and somewhat chocolatey with a spicy and dry rye pumpernickel in my throat and a touch of citrus tartness. finishes grainy, bready, nutty, and resinous although the hop feel lasts longer than the flavor.

MF- feels full of richness, grainy and powdery on the cheeks. being unfiltered helps this effect and makes this beer really feel like there is something in it. hope the nutritious seed of the glorious hemp has released its essential oils and vital nutrients into this strangely pleasant concoction. soft, quiet, and somewhat stoned carbonation also adds to the murky feel.

D- not bad, feels like lunch, i like rye beers and i have no opposition to hemp seed. definitely more interesting than a standard hoppy red ale and decently drinkable for such a loaded brew. like a mild amber, a rye ipa, and a nut brown all mixed together with the buttery caramel of an english ale. a clever recipe and a successful endeavour fo sho, but not something i would want on a regular basis. but definitely an interesting character.

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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 jsh420
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber orange with 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of rye and biscuit malts not many hops for a beer with hop in the name

taste is just like the smell biscuity malts rye spice but you can pickup the hops which give a slight citrus flavor

mouthfeel medium body with plenty of carbonation

drinkabiltiyis ok - i just not much of a fan of ambers

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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 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 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 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 sixerofelixir
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If the numerical stamps on O'Fallon are Julian dates, then my bottle was brewed on 1310, or May 11th, 2010. The label is minimalist and sums up some ingredients presumably.

Pours totally cloudy and the color is burnt orange, looks just like apple cider. A thick tan head soon becomes a ring. Smell is intense caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, like Grandpa's candy dish. Taste is fairly nutty and toasty. Feel is odd, starts creamy then morphs into sharp bitterness. Finishes citrusy. I can't tell if it's carbonated well..

An interesting experience for sure, and one of the most unique beers I've tried. Seems like a bit of a novelty, but works for me as a dessert beer.

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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 Freethyhops
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a- pours a light rusty amber. a bit hazier than it seems it should be. the bit of off-white head that was produced didn't stick around very long and reduced to a very thing film and collar.

s- a big caramel malt presence mixes with a rather unpleasant slightly sour spiciness I'm guessing is from the rye. maybe some grassy/earthy tones in there but that's almost stretching for something.

t- the caramel is still the main part of the show. the slightly sour qualities have subdued and the slight spice from the rye is left. stays on the sweet side though there is fairly good bitternes balancing the sweetness. bready qualities mix into the finish.

m- light-medium body with good QC in the carbonation department. nothing really standout but nothing wrong here either.

d- I'm glad this bottle was free and I'm definitely not encouraged to pick up a 6er of this one. It's a unique take on an Amber ale but misses the mark for my tastes.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no bottle date) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a hazy amber/orange with medium carbonation and a thin head. Some earthy hop aroma with some toasted malts, very mild. Some toast, dark caramel, and Rye malts. Some mild bitterness that finishes dry. About average for the style. Was hoping for more hop aroma/flavor because of the name.

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Photo of bort11
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had originally poured this 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head narrow pint glass. Big mistake. The narrow opening of the glass did not let the beer breathe and it resulted in very muted flavors and smells. Second time around I used a Boulevard Smokestack goblet to greater results. I am using the chalice for these tasting notes.

There is not a lot of head, maybe a quarter inch of lightly toasted tan foam. Once it recedes it's gone. I couldn't even get it to reactivate with a quick swirl. I suspect that may be due to the different oils in the ingredients. The body color is a murky muddy brown. No light comes through the glass, not even around the edges.

Smell is a straight up malty sweet with a hint of nutty undertones. I was hoping to get more from the rye or hops. Those two don't show up in force until the after taste. Even then is it just a mild spicy tickle. I do taste the hemp, which comes of a little like sunflower oil. It is mildly nutty and seems to be the main force to balance out the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel has a high/medium body. It is oily, but not slick. It's more filling than a lot of ambers. I was done after two. I have to admit I'm a little disappointed with this offering. I was hoping for more from the rye and hops.

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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 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 Cresant
2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip glass. No date. The body was a dull, hazy orange/brown, sort of like an old penny. A very modest head left a fine film, but no real lacing.

Smell was grainy with a mild sour snap. Dark fruits. Bready. Maybe some floral notes. Aroma is the most interesting aspect of this beer.

Taste was disappointing. I love rye beers, I love hoppy beers, and I've never had a hemp beer but I was very hopeful when trying this amber ale. Primarily malty in flavor. There was a mild spiciness. Some nutty notes. Dirty, not clean at all. Hops were very under-represented here. I'm not sure how they thought it was a good ideal to call this beer "Hemp Hop Rye", Hemp Malt Rye would have been much more appropriate. Dull and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel was undercarbonated. Medium to full bodied, seems too heavy for the style.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours very hazy, sort of orange I think under all that haze. A light tan head faces to a thin can quickly before sticking around for quite some time.

my experience with this beer appears significantly different than the previous reviews. I get nearly overwhelming diacetyl in this beer. It's too bad, as I really enjoy this aroma. I'm not sure whether it is barley malt, hemp seeds, or rye that is providing this toastiness, but I dig it. For the record I had a lot of diacetyl in the cask-conditioned version I tasted last month too.

I'm giving the beer a good taste score, despite taking away some points for flaws, so you know I really enjoyed it. I already mentioned the diacetyl more than enough so I'll drop it. the maltiness is everpresent and quite rich and invites another sip.
Principally I wish the flavor was cleaner. the mouthfeel is medium-full, and quite creamy, but there is a lingering doughiness that is higher than ideal. Some bittering hops might balance it out, but I steer away from balancing something high with something else high - I prefer, and think it easier, to balance without stacking malt/hops to precarious levels!

I'm going to rack this one to experimentation, of which I entirely approve. Perhaps their house Kolsch yeast strain doesn't like these sugars. perhaps they need to modify the mash temps with this particular recipe. Or perhaps, and probably more likely, it is just me. *shrug*
Having been to the brewery I certainly don't think diacetyl is the result of fermentation temp or infection - these guys know their shit.

good attempt, and I'll try it again regardless if it never improves...but I do see significant room for it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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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 hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was hazy cloudy orange with hints of light brown and VERY light copper. light fluffy head held around for a bit. light lacing.

light on the nose, my one and only complaint. some dry hopping make help this. light nutty tones and a very light floral hop scent.

a bit complex here, light nutty brown flavors blended with a nice rye bitter bite and a floral and citrus hop flavor. the nutty brown and rye stood out the most. crisp finish.

medium body with a nice crisp carbonation bite. light and easy over all.

this was very enjoyable. a bit vibrant and easy to drink. nice low ABV and great flavor = win!

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Photo of cbmatt
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up at the store on friday and glad i did. it poured a dark amber to a red color. the hoppiness was not as present as i expected, but it there, adding a nice level to the beer. the smell of the beer was of a airy lager. the taste was sweet with a nice slight bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown ale with one finger off-white head and lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is very fruity and sweet with some apricot tones.

Interesting flavors to be enjoyed here. Hops are mellow with floral and soapy characters. Hemp adds a grassy drying flavor. Rye dries the palate further and adds bite. Malt is smooth and seems to blend the flavors together.

Medium-bodied brew. A bit spritzy and overcarbonated. The grassy character is overly drying and adds an off texture to the feel.

For the most part, I'm impressed with this offering. It's the best I've tried so far from the O'Fallon series. The flavors are unique and nicely balanced. Very refreshing on a summer night.

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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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Hemp Hop Rye from O'Fallon Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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