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Review of O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale

09 Nov
Hello again guys.  Thanks for checking in for another craft beer review.

Today, I’m going to be trying another brew from the O’Fallon Brewery located in O’Fallon, Missouri called the Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale.

O’Fallon tends to make some pretty decent beers and I had never heard of this brew before, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.

The website, ofallonbrewery.com, didn’t have a description of the Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale, so I copied the commercial description from ratebeer.com.

That’s right, there’s hemp in this smooth, polished amber ale.  To be specific, we use hemp seed – one of the oldest and healthiest of ingredients – to create a subtle toasted nutty flavor that compliments the hops (a botanical cousin to hemp) and rye.  We use Cara Rye and Malted Rye for a subtle spiciness and rich ruby color and Victory Malt to tie together the flavors with a nuttiness that compliments the hemp seed flavor.  German Hallertauer hops add seasoning and we finish with Cascade hops for a crisp citrus aroma and taste.  This wide assortment of flavors harmonize, creating a uniquely smooth and flavorful beer!  Enjoy!

Ok.  Let’s enjoy then.

This brew has an ABV of 5.5% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

It poured a cloudy, amber color with some burnt yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass.  An off white, creamy, smooth head was formed from a medium aggressive pour.  It wasn’t very large, the retention time was just “ok” and the lacing seemed to fall back into the liquid fairly quickly after forceful swirls.

The bouquet had a very “earthy”, “herbal” hop profile.  Sweet caramel malts with a slight hint of toasted nuttiness enveloped the nose.  Small hints of rye bread were definitely noticed along with a mild hint of butter.  Overall, it seemed to be balanced and harmonized very well.  This aroma wasn’t too bad really.  It wasn’t particularly robust, although enough character was present to keep me interested.

With the first sip I received the breadiness, however it seemed to lean a little more towards wheat bread than rye bread.  I don’t know, it could have just been my ignorance of interpretation.  Again, a smattering of the caramel sweetness showed itself along with the very “earthy”, “herbal” hop presence.  Some bitterness was noted, however it was not overdone or out of character with the subtle hop character.  A light, toasty savor was found as well as a very pleasant apple butter taste.  Something similar to apple butter spread that one may receive on biscuits.  Very nice I thought.  I never really discerned any citrus or anything though.

The mouthfeel was a sturdy medium.  It was smooth, dry and a little bit chewy.  An honorable amount of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to enjoy between sips.

I think we have ourselves a pretty good beer right here.  I found it to be very enjoyable.  It’s solid all around.  An honest and respectable aroma, taste and mouthfeel kept my attention throughout the entire drinking experience.  It made for an excellent companion on this crisp Fall evening.  It’s completely sessionable and worth a try if you happen upon it.  I would have no problem sipping on this brew again.

So, if you have the opportunity to try the O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale…. do it, and let me know what you thought of it.  I would like to hear about your experience.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+ 

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Country: USA, O'Fallon

 

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