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Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

Added by Todd on 02-22-2004

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Reviews: 1,660 | Ratings: 5,167
Photo of q33jeff
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Rye, Hops Cloudy Red Pour. A disquieting amount of sediment.Nice Grainy Rye and hop Flavor once everything settled down. Touch of Strawberry?Light on carbonation. Odd Beer, maybe I got a bad batch. Bottle exploded upon opening though it had just sat perfectly still in my fridge for over 48 hours. As a result the beer was very flat.
RE-RATED LATER: Upped ratings after 2nd-6th beers were better, still a lot of sediment and low carbonation, but smoother feel when the experience doesn't start with a bang and a face full of foam.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 16oz draft in a pint. A great red IPA with grapefruit bitterness (not to much). The beer goes down easily although it isn't my favorite red IPA. I have only had one glass of this ever and certainly would like to try it again!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in darker than red, light brown. 3/4" head with substantial retention. Aroma was not as hoppy as amarillos usually are, the rye tempered this a little methinks.

Taste was solid amount of rye, bready. Hopped up, but not into ipa territory I thought. Plenty of caramel and rye all over this. One of those 2nd tier rye hoppy beers for sure. Good, not great.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a nonic pint. Pours a gorgeous amber brown with 1.5 fingers of high density light tan head that did not dissipate quickly and left a sheet of lacing. Nose was a little mute, sweetness possibly from caramel malt, spicy from the rye. Loved the taste, lots of spice with pleasant but not overwhelming hop character. Mouthfeel was very good, carbonation spot on, and the finish has a hint of bitterness in a sea of spicy. This is a great example of a red rye IPA done right! Really hoping to find it bottled at some point as I want lots more!

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love a good Rye IPA and this is one which defines the genre. Full bodied and spicy the way a RyePA should be. Pours a deep golden with spicy, earthy hop notes bubbling up from the depths. Taste is like a rollercoaster of flavor, so complex and rich. Like the Sam Adams commercials say of Jim Koch, I practically chew this brew. Overall one of my favorites.

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Photo of cherche
3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty decent. Not even within the same r atmosphere as the hype/current rating though. Tastes like a malty pale ale from the pacific NW with a hint of rye. Founders continues to baffle me. I don't think I have had a beer they make that has been even close to as good as the rating it has on this site. Not sure if the quality has declined in recent years or of people have just overrated their beers. Wouldn't get again unless in a real pinch.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

wow this was good, will have to have another, one of the fusion styles and more rye than IPA, much sweeter and grapefruit notes, good taste complex and great carbonation, will try more, much better than suspected.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep copper with a creamy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of nice lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus, kinda toasty bready, a little spice, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange and grapefruit, nice rye spice, nice toasty bready, and some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of hzl00b
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been a hop-head for nearly 12 years now and this is my favorite hoppy beer after having sampled 500 plus. My only beef is that Founder's pulled this as a full-time offering in a 6-pack and brought it back as a seasonal beer in a 4-pack for the same price. But I must admit, it is still worth it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep reddish amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit, floral, a little rye spiciness;

T: malty up front, hoppy at the end; starts with caramel, followed by a bit of rye spiciness; grapefruit becomes more prevalent at mid-palate and stays through the finish; mild bitterness at the finish that builds through the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice; the rye spice is a nice lead-in to the hop bitterness;

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crimson red with a one inch tan head that lingers and leaves some rings. Bready aroma and floral. Mild sweetness with caramel malt and rye spiced flavor.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a lovely, hazy deep red with a creamy white head.
The aroma is loaded with tropical fruits and a hint of spice and a touch of candied fruit.
Hops up front with grapefruit and orange, a little pineapple sweetness and some spicy rye mid taste. A long, lingering and chewy, slightly resinous finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and rether smooth.
Really good stuff.

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Photo of mjurney
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color, hazy. Lots of thin bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Grapefruity, cirtus, herbal, sweet malts, a bit peppery from the rye.

Hop bitterness up front, grapefruit, citrus, herbal, a little piney. Deep malt character, sweet bread, caramel, a little peppery (rye). Finish is semi-dry, a little zesty. Body is full, juicy, a little oily, very smooth, semi-refreshing.

Well made Rye IPA, it's a world class!!

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Norse Bar. A dark copper color, aroma of sweet malts and slightly citrusy hops. Taste is similar, though there's a stronger sweetness, especially in the finish. Texture is amazing, thick and creamy. I am sorry that this is no longer available in bottles. It's great to find it on tap but I wish this were a year-round beer in bottles.

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Photo of Karnivool1
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went to Founders over the weekend had it on tap there, a shame this isn't bottled anymore due to a short shelf life. This is a world class brew, easily the best rye beer I've had.

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Photo of Shaun_S
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not a fan of IPA, being a Rye beer and a bit different was hoping this would be the one to win me over but simply did not. Red's Rye is definitely a bit sweeter than a normal IPA but just didn't do it for me. If you already like IPA you will most certainly love this beer seeing as even I found it tolerable but if you are like me and have not found an IPA you have liked maybe skip this one. I was able to pick this up as a single so don't feel too bad for trying it out.

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Photo of pat61
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Nightingale.
A: Brilliant red tinted amber with a 1” off-white foam collar that clings to the side to the glass.
S: Smells like half a Texas ruby red grapefruit sitting next to a slice of light rye toast.
T: An assertive grapefruit rind bitterness balances big caramel malt flavors.
F: Creamy, silky, medium for medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A well balanced, assertively bitter, rye IPA.

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Photo of BigH75
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Invested in a full 1/2 barrel for my home tap. Love this stuff. Great balance of bitter, body and unique flavor of rye. Nice maroon color and head that creates a nice lacing. Avoid if you don't like rye. But if that is good for you, it is a great alternative to super hoppy west coast ipas.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At a Brass Tap near Tampa, FL. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a transluscent pale reddish-copper. Smells of grapefruit zest and piney hops. Tastes like a grapefruit IPA with a malty rye backbone. Well balanced, clean bitterness at the end. Very drinkable, not too sweet, something that could be my new go-to. Will need more for further testing. 4.45/5

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Murky reddish copper body with a one inch khaki head that settles to a cap and ring. Patchy lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is grapefruit, herbal hop, rye spice, and caramel malt. Taste is light malty sweetness all the way through, piney and floral bitterness, spicy rye bite, and some citrus fruit. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a bitter spicy finish.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my Top 10 favorite craft brews. This beer displays the finer qualities of the amarillo hop, like no other. The nutty, slightly spicy rye backbone supports a strong body, to the dry-hopping bitterness offered from the amarillo.

I tried to simulate this beer in my latest home brew attempt, and came pretty darn close! Recommend to those of you who use home brew kits the Brewer's Best brand from Kent, OH; Rye Pale Ale kit, and then substitute the Citra hops with Amarillo. Added extra white refined sugar to increase the ABV to >6%. Bazinga!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep and dark burnt amber and ruby, forms a finger and a half of lightly tan head.
S - Hops, grapefruit and a malty breadyness due in part to the rye addition within this brew.
T - Bitter hops and bready malts. Rye is pushing it, you'd have to really hunt for it. Drinks more like a hop dominant, bitter red ale.
O - A very good IPA, not great, but very good.
V - Bought as a single, unsure of value.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fairly dark brown color and very cloudy. Great head and good lacing.
Smell - strong spiced hop smell
Taste - weird to say but it taste like it looks. Sweet bitter spiced hop taste with a good amount of citrus in there. Has a good carmel malt backbone to give it the sweetness.
Feel - creamy with a medium body and medium high carbonation
Overall - great strong red eye ipa. Great mixtures of the 3. A lot to taste here.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at bagger dave's just outside of grand rapids, MI. paired with their blue cheese burger

a: clear ruby-copper with some kind of bone-coloured head

s: citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit) with slight spicy rye characteristics

t: orange, grapefruit, and pine up front. a strong-but-not-harsh drying bitterness kicks in mid-palate, along with the rye flavours

m: medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, oily and sticky

o: the bitterness isn't for beginners, but get past that and you have a mouth-coating, delicious, and flavourful rye IPA

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Photo of Roxie_B
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Founders Red’s Rye P.A.
Appearance: Half a finger of bone colored head. Hazy and the color of autumn leaves.
Smell: Resinous. Reminiscent of fresh cut soft wood.
Taste: Pine and citrus hops and rye spiciness with a toasted malt backbone. Slight floral aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated with a lingering finish.
Overall: A well balanced brew and no complaints.

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