Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I first encountered this beer (and brewery!) at the Ballpark Brew Bash in Buffalo this September. I thought it was the best beer in the show. It made a huge impression on me despite being about the 30th sample of the day.
The complexity of this beer manifested itself right from the growler pour. The color is hard to describe; the body is all of brown, red, copper and gold in a misty swirl. The head was an inch thick tan/white that dissipated quickly to half that, then held its form.
Big fruity nose hits you right away, but underneath is some bready caramel malt and spice.
The rye malts and caramel hit you right away but are quickly balanced out by the citrusy hops. Finished sweet with the caramel and some of the fruit lingering. Just a tiny bit of orange peel-like bitterness helped it along. Outstanding.
Nice mix of body and carbonation. It certainly didn't taste all of its 6.6%.
I'm really impressed by this beer and will seek it often.
Serving type: growler
10-31-2012 02:18:48 | More by NedShakeshaft
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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