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:
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Damn, this is just a good beer. It's not the most complex but it's expertly crafted.
Ruby colored with a tall white head. Great retention, tons of lacing, looks fantastic.
Aroma is straight up grapefruit and pine, and lots if it.
Flavor keeps the grapefruit and pine but adds in a whole bunch of spice from the rye. Awesome combo.
Medium bodied and oh-so-easy to drink. Would pair great with some spicy food but big enough to standout on its own. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 03:55:34 | More by Jacobob10
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,553 ratings.