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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,970
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 297
Gots: 466 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Ratings: 4,970 | Reviews: 1,646
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Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a sustaining off-white head. Smells like a basket full of dry rye and grains with a bunch of flowers spread on top. Citrus notes play on top of it and near the end as well. I'm also getting some biscuity tones, too, possibly from the yeast, heavy in the background. The taste is a nice mix of toasted rye and hops. The hops explode in the form of pine resin about halfway into the sip and the slight grapefruit-citrus hints leave a nice flavor on the tongue, too. The rye and malt flavor balances the hops and slight citrus sweetness very well - an acute dry, bread-like flavor to play alongside a bitter, piney, hop gash. As the beer warms up (especially near the end), the caramel toasted malt really starts to become pronounced. Medium mouth feel, slightly dry finish; a good amount of carbonation makes this beer very enjoyable to drink.

A nicely balanced beer with a nice touch of rye and hops. The rye adds a nice element of dryness that works extremely well with the citrus. A good red, a good IPA, and a good rye beer.

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firts of many Founders brews Iam gonna partake in over the next few days,pours a deep amver with a nice fluffy two finger head leaving a nice sheet of lace behind.Hops,hops and more cirus,piney hop with a little lemon wedge in there made me wanna tear into this one,I am almost at a lack of words on the flavors and refreshing complexities of this beer,spruce and piney hop with a nice firm nutty malt backbone finishing with a perfect tartness wich just caps this off making for the almost perfect rounded beer.Damn why did I pass this up in the past I will be bringing this home with me back to NC for sure.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber with ruby hues and a healthy cloud of floaties. Thick, lasting head. Great lacing!

Bits of sour citrus, mega hops, alcohol, spice and sweet wet malts make up the aroma.
Taste is all big fruits and big rye. Tangy and spicy throughout with sweet malty start and a great hopped bitter finish. Creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Warming. Husky.

This is a superbly drinkable brew.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 8-1-10.

A: Pours an eye catching ruby-amber into my snifter. A light to medium pour yields no head, but a nice spider web of foam stays on top of the body. Some of the carbonation bubbles make their way slowly to the top, while other speed with reckless abandon. A good lacing is present in the form of small dots and long, wavy lines.

S: This is a supremely fresh and intoxicating bouquet. Notes of orange, orange peel, lemon, and lime marry wonderfully with a nice malt presence and the slightly spicy rye grains. This is one of those beers that as soon as I pop the cap, my nose is drawing the smell from the the bottle.

T: Grapefruit-like hop bitterness grips the sides of my palate as soon as the beer hits it. That sweet orange, lemon, and lime flavor shuffles on the top of my tongue and the rye breadyness shows itself at the end of the sip, while the bittering hops clean the palate of the citrus sweetness. This is a delicious beer.

M: Medium-bodied for the style with a great puckering bitterness throughout. Just the right amount of creaminess tantalizes my mouth before the hops and rye dry my palate right out.

D: This is one of the best full-time offerings that I've ever had from any brewery. It strikes the perfect balance for a "Rye PA" for me. There is a copious amount of citrus hop flavor, nice barley and rye malt, and yeasty breadyness available to my mouth. Simply put, this is a great beer.

Photo of BUD
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The pour was quick and smooth, creating a nice 2 finger thick tannish head which SLOWLY diminished(leaving a nice lace down the glass) as I was enjoying drinking it. The beer itself a deep ruby color.

It had a fruitish kind of taste and scent. Not being the seasoned beer reviewer at this point, the hops and malts part arent yet disdinguishable to me. I would say balanced. Being a 6.8% ABV beer, the ABV wasn't overbearing at all, since I dont care for beers that taste like Nyquil.

Mouthfeel and drinkability was smooth. Very delicious beer.

Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thick, cream colored head.

Aromatic flowery hops in the nose, juicy pink grapefruit, rye spiciness, pine.

It doesnt' taste as good as it smells to me. Lighter bodied with spicy bread notes that muddle slighty with the citrusy hops. Finishes with a lingering hop bite. Has a nice gulpable quality.

Overall, a nice beer, but not something i'm going to drink often.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traded by Csmiley-Thanks Chris!

A-Little head, reddish, orange and cloudy
S-Slightly boozy, sweet malt, some pine flavor
T-More piney hops than expected, balances out with sweet malt. There is a little bit if a rye bread flavor which adds to the bitterness on the end.
M-Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation
D-Above average and well crafted but I don't think I'm a huge fan of rye in beer so I wouldn't reach for too many more. Well crafted beer though

Photo of poibag808
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12oz bottle in a local 4 local beer trade. It pours a nice dark apricot body with a creamy head. Great lacing on the grass. It didtnt produce a strong aroma like I expected but you get nice hoppy/tropical fruits. It has a nice smooth mouth feel that is mildly hoppy upfront, but you get a spice from the rye towards the end that highlights the hops. Im not a big fan of rye beers but I love this beer. I wish I could get it locally.

Photo of steelerguy
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark amber with ruby tones around the edge. Low carbonation and smallish head that fades to a covering leaving a good it of lacing.

S - The rye really comes though along with some roasted malts. A bit of grassiness along with some citrus and fruit from the hops. Complex and awesome.

T - There are a lot of IBUs in this beer but all that malt, with the sweetness of the rye balance it out perfectly. Good hop flavor, a good bit of citrus along with some floral/sweet type flavors. Again, great complexity and flavor.

M - Moderate body, would like a bit more carbonation to clean it up a bit at the end to get you ready for the next sip.

O - This is what I would call a complex beer, I can see it pairing with so many foods. This is a great beer that I wish just looked a touch better.

Photo of blackearth
2.49/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all, I don't know if Founders decided to change the recipe of Red's Rye beer into Red's Rye P.A., or if it is just a name change. But I searched for Red's Rye P.A. and didn't find it, so I'm adding it now. The label reads, "Hopped-up Ale brewed with Rye."

Poured a dark-reddish amber with an off white head. I couldn't smell any aroma when I tried this beer. Medium bodied, caramel malt flavor and no distinguishable hop aftertaste, not good for something that is supposed to have an IPA characteristic. It was not balanced, malts dominated and there was a strong alcohol taste. Overall this one missed the mark.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, opaque reddish brown pour with a thick, foamy two finger head sitting nicely atop. Thick lacing on the side of the glass. WHOA! Amazingly beautiful grapefruity citrusy hop nose radiates off this brew. A spicy, caramelly background finds its way in there as well. But those hops...man oh man does those hops smell good!

Caramelly, nutty malts hit my tongue first with spicy rye in the mix as well as mixed fruit tones. The grapefruity, citric, floral hops do not miss a beat and bring a healthy dose of bitterness. This is a well balanced brew...with a very nice malt/hop mix. The rye spiciness gives it a nice unique twist. Yum!

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a medium body...good medium carbonation. Easy to drink. I wish I had a sixer of this stuff as I could enjoy a few more right now. A damn fine beer....I think more brewers should experiment with rye. Cheers to Founders...I look forward to drinking this one again soon!

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish, garnet color with a voluptuous light tan head. A bit cloudy, but the bottle was inadvertantly stored on its side during chilling, so that might lead to some of the haziness. Head stays 'til the bottom. Great looking brew.

A strongly hopped beer with lots of citrus grapefruit and some lemon grass as well in the nose. Taste is a solid hit of rye throughout. Initially a dark rye bread taste compliments a subtle bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is dry rye and hop bitterness. Some floral hops come through just before the finish and add a bit of character to this very dry, rye beer. I'd like to see some more sweet malt flavor in this to counteract some of the rye. A good flavor, but not as well balanced as some other rye's I've had. Edit: As I approach the bottom the overwhelming rye flavor has turned me off to this beer. Its decent but needs something to balance this out.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, and finishes dry. Drinkability is okay, a bit unblanced which detracts from its drinkability. I'd just like to see some more malt character.

Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Ruby red/amber with a thick off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Floral hops and a little spice.

T_Floral,piny hops with a little citrus.Nice spicy,earthy tone to it. Rounded out by a touch of caramel malt.

M_A little thin. Slippery.

D_Very.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong and full flavored bitter beer that goes down easily as well.

Some citrus smells, and of course the hops are present too. The pun-name, as cute as it is, betrays the seriousness that is obviously going on here.

The taste is an extreme mixture of many powers: grapefruit, rye, hops, some malt. The taste dies fairly quickly with nothing but a bit of bitterness in the end.

Goes down like swimming in your esophagus, although the 6.6 abv maybe is a bit low.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a bright cherry amber color. It had a medium-sized tan head, and there was a bit of lace.

Very citrusy,fruity aroma. Sweet malt and rye.

Taste followed form, only better than the aroma let on. Lots of grapefruit, also a little pineapple. Malt and rye, with a strong malt background.

Nice and hoppy. Great beer.

Photo of Todd
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Cloudy, dark amber with ruby hues. Healthy frothy head with a retaining clingy lace.

Massive hoppy, herbal, fruity esters, and grapefruit aroma. Lots of spice. Sweetish too, with a nice malty base beneath. Some major dank / resiny stuff going on in the nose too.

Even, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Incredibly creamy on the palate. Big juicy fruity flavors of red delicious apples, some pear and peach. Crisp twang from the rye, and spice that segues nicely into the prickly spicy/herbal hops, and their supporting flash of citric bitterness. Floral softness in the hops, with resiny oils that stick. The alcohol seems to embed its warmth into the palate, creating an estery/fume-like presence. A bit dry in the finish with apple-y notes, rye husk, and flower pith.

This is one hell of an offering. Amazing flavors and overall character! Love it.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass.
A beautiful copper amber color with a thick creamy head. Reminiscent of a Guinness

The aroma is spicy hops and a big malt that creates a slight alcohol finish

The taste is reminiscent of a Scottish style. The hops and the rye create a consistent bitter that lingers on the tongue. The lack of definition in the taste makes me want a different beer as I expected a little hop taste. I will admit that a slight pine hop flavor shows but weak at best

Meh

Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is one of my favorite beers. It is ridiculously tasty and drinkable, they go down sooo smoooth.

Pours a dark copper color with a good, solid off white head that sticks around. Decent lacing to speak of.

Smell is of sweet malts, caramel/toffee, very citrusy hops, juicy, grains..etc So good.

Taste is magnificent as well. Very juicy, citrusy, sweet malts, caramel flavors, rye/grains, nice hop finish but not very dry, mildly tropical even in the sweetness. When I speak of sweetness, I am no way talking about the cloying sweetness of some brews. This sweetness is a very juicy sweetness that is wonderfully balanced out by the citrusy hops. What a beer...and 6.8% abv?! Who knew?!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slippery on the tongue, not too carbonated.

VERY drinkable. Despite the abv%, this beer is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. It is just so damn tasty!

Hats off to Founders...again and again.

Photo of Guden
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A slight haziness in a medium copper body with a tiny green-yellow film of a head. Doesn't look great.

S- A high malty and caramel scent is combined with a citrusy and lightly spiced American hop aroma.

T- Strong rye flavors dominate with a medium bitterness and light caramel throughout that balance nicely.

M- Medium low in body but still a little high for an IPA. It accentuates the rye nicely.

D- Not a bad beer with a nice rye character that brings me back for more, not much of an IPA but a really solid red rye.

Photo of Duster72
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with lots of sediment from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Huge tan head with brown speckles takes several minutes to subside. Looks like the top of a root beer float. Head leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet rye. Taste is rye with sweet citrus hops and carmel malts. HInt of bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. Will buy more of these next time. Excellent beer!

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

A- Awesome head, the retention show its best by leaving big sticky patches of off-white lace on the glass. The center part of the head is a multi-sized bubbly mass of a plateau. Mildly hazed orangey brown color.

S- Big aroma of ruby red grapefruit and evergreen hop. Kiss of spicy rye and a big juicy fruity maltiness in the back.

T&M- Oh so very smooth, thick malty body. The bitterness tingles with small sharp bites into the maltiness, big herbal, tobacco, pungent citrus and mint hop flavors flail about. Warming alcohol hits in the middle. Clean spiciness from the rye ... solid maltiness middle to end with a lingering sun-dried herbal hop flavor.

D- My oh my, this is one tasty treat. The rye and hops complement each other well. Paired well with some aged Irish cheddar cheese.

Photo of tjthresh
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap the the brewery.
All american hops. Pungant and resiny. Clear copper/red with tan head and fab lacing. Big hop flavor with rye spicyness. Caramel, and good bitterness. Quite dry and refreshing. My first founder’s beer every. Pretty happy so far.

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to their website, this brewery's motto is "Ignore Mainstream" and "Push The Envelope". I'm getting alarmed about the three bottles of Devil Dancer I bought the same day as this rye ale. This one pours a cloudy, copper body with a small beige head that quickly falls into ring and film. Nice spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has a ton of hops, a strong note of spicy rye, and a hint of caramel malt. Hops are pine, grapefruit, and hemp. Mouthfeel has a medium body, moderate carbonation and a coating of pine resin hops. Taste is lots of hops and a hint of rye. Caramel malt is difficult to appreciate underneath the massive hopping. This one goes down really easy, and the aftertaste is not as biting as I feared. I am very fond of rye malt in beers, and this one is no exception. The hops are allowed to romp around all over the malts here, but I just happen to be in a hoppy mood as I finish this one off. Not quite ready for their Devil Dancer, though. Impressive brewery and a bold rendering of a rye ale here.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick over at Bauer Wine & Spirits for hanging on to a sixer of this latest and hopefully greatest offering from Founders.
Pours a deep dark cherry, boarding on brown w/ almost a full finger of tan head. Lacing is thin and both disappear quickly.
Aromas filled w/ figs, grapes, cherries, lemons...and juicyfruit hops to boot. Very inviting....
The taste is less as intense, but very enjoyable...it is quite bitter up front that doesn't let you fully enjoy all of the flavors I detected in the nose.
It is not thin, which I really like and is quite dry in its finish. No alcohol whatsoever in the taste.
Carbonation could be slightly less, but overall a great brew.
Drinkability is high...not one of my all time favorites, so I cannot justify a 5.
Great job Founders...they are simply awesome!

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium head that stays with dark red color. Can see carbonation constantly

Smell: hops, rye, a little grapefruit

Taste: Very bitter at first, some rye taste, a sweeter finish

Mouthfeel: very smooth throughout

Drinkability: I would have this again, but will not search it out. It is not a bad beer, but nothing jumped out at me either. I do like other Founder's ales better

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,970 ratings.