Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.54/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed out of the classic brown stubby bottle with "BOTTLED 08/11/13" marked clearly on the curve between the body and the neck. Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass from Founders. Re-reviewing, as the last time I had this beer, I don't believe it was fresh, and it certainly tastes different now.
Appearance - Strong pour yields a light cinnamon-sugar colored head of about a finger and a half thick. Creamy, with some pocking as the larger bubbles burst. The head sits atop a jewel-like combination of amber-orange and garnet red. Translucent and easy to see through, with no haze whatsoever. Retention is good, eventually dissipating to a rim of light foam around the edge of the glass and lacing is wispy and faint, but quite sticky in the places on the glass that it lingers.
Smell - This is the biggest difference so far in comparison to the older bottle. A rich tapestry caramel sweetness and bright, citrusy hops that give the distinct impression of grapefruit, but also contain some aromatic floral notes. The slightly sour element of rye is also a faint hint in the background.
Taste - The hop profile isn't as in your face at this point, but that seems appropriate. Here, the sourness from the rye, which is different than the puckering effect of "sour" beers, is on full display, with a bit of heft and spiciness coming through as well. Balancing with the heft of the rye are the bitter profiles of the hops, some faint burnt caramel sweetness, and some notes of citrus rind and dandelion.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slightly chewy, with moderate--but on the light side--carbonation that provides a slightly biting but pleasant mouthfeel. Faint lingering bitterness on the finish.
Overall, this is one of, if not THE best rye beers available. It might be my favorite beer from Founders as well. Complex and balanced as well as highly drinkable. Enough body to stand up to colder weather and heartier foods, but refreshing enough to fit in with hot weather and light foods as well.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 04:03:28 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
No label information. Red's Rye P.A. is brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale brewed with Rye. Originally a year round release, Red's Rye has since been relegated to fall seasonal 12 oz. 4 packs with year-round availability on draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a caramel-white head of a foamy frothed consistency over a moderately hazy red amber body. Thin specked sediment generates mild cloudiness, carbonation is moderate. Retention is above average, lacing is medium and stringy. 4
(Smell) Most trained noses can easily identify the bready, spicy characteristics of rye up and front, with a mellow sweetness and subtle graininess. Other aromatic notes include a light herbal hop profile with a subtle bitterness and a mellow fruitiness. 4
(Taste) Lightly toasted grainy caramel and peppery, spicy rye collectively form a flavorful malt body, fairly clean despite its assertiveness. Hop notes are herbal, peppery, slightly citrusy, although fainter by comparison, with a moderate bitterness, although the graininess of the malt bill seems to generate the most balance to the subtle sweetness of the brew. Subliminal undertones include lightly roasted coffee beans and herbal tea. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, mildly dry, peppery with a mellow graininess. Carbonation is soft, forming a smooth, lightly frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate, off characters of mild graininess may impede drinkability, but often come with the territory of rye and caramel malt. 3.75
(Overall) An enjoyable beer by Founders. They manage to pack a lot of malt flavor into this bottle. The Rye makes for a thicker, spicier and more peppery body than Pale Ales without it, so this is a worthy try for anybody who wants a Pale Ale with a bit more malt character. I recommend enjoying it as fresh as possible as the hop flavors do not take long to drop off. 4
Founders Brewing Co.'s
Red's Rye P.A.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 21:15:41 | More by Jadjunk
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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