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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

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4,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,551
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 223
Gots: 311 | FT: 9
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

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"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of dmfrench


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

Piney, buttery, DIPA-like brew with a hint of peppery rye.

A: Pretty hazy copper/orange body with a persistent two finger cream white head. Lacing everywhere.

S: Sharp, potent, citrus hops with a firm, sweet, and very buttery caramel malt foundation. Perhaps I can smell a bit of rye spiciness, but it may just be because I expect it to be there. All in all, much like a DIPA nose.

T: Quite flavorful for 6.6%! Hops are very resinous, much more piney than the nose, and fill the mouth completely. The malt profile is a bit dryer than the nose suggested, with more of a biscuit feel than caramel. Diacetyl is present, but not as much as was in the nose. I can definitely taste the rye pepperiness, but I wish it was more. Finish is on the resinous hops, and is medium length.

M: Fairly strong carbonation, resinous and sticky, a hair grainy, and perfectly weighty for a sub double. This is not a double; it's not going to feel like one.

D: Not much out of place to detract... high honors.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:24:04 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Biggness

New York

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

I had this beer on tap @ Sunset Grill & Tap. It pours a dark amber with a 2 fingered white head with very nice lacing. The smeel was very nice and hoppy, with a very nice malt base to it. The flavor followed suit, a very nice balance between the two and its alwasy nice what flavors the rye adds to beeds. This beer was nicelt carbonated and the mouthfeel was good and a drinkable brew, but not an all nighter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 21:00:05 | More by Biggness
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders leads the category again. A beer you will be glad you sampled.

A: pours a deep burgundy/ amber color with lasting rocky head formation, retention, and lacing. Beauty.

S: front is grapefruit, orange zest, herb, and lemon on a bed of caramel malt and evergreens. Want more of it.

T: Starts like the smell, but intense: bold front of grains, rye, and dominant, juicy tropical hop flavors: Grapefruits orange zest, and pineapple flavor compliment the more background grainy, bready flavors. Amber, candied caramel balanced with piney, long, long bitter tingling finish.

B: Great body - creamy, rich, full, and malty. As one review wrote: " beer fills the mouth with an expanding, frothy feel."

Very lively, top of class, must try, original yet not fussy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 19:27:09 | More by Act25
Photo of drizzam


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

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass. I'll start out by saying the head is phenomenal...2 fingers of fluffy off-white head that maintains forever! The brew is a clear amber/red color.

S - Caramel malt and slight grapefruit esters seem to dominate the nose. Smells like this one could be a hoppy number as well.

T - The hops I got in the nose are definitely abundant. Spicy rye and hop notes with some citrus in the background. Some decent complexity to this one.

M & D - Creamy and thick bodied. Leaves a bit of a hoppy ending lingering on the tongue. 6.8% ABV is well masked. This is an excellent brew...Founders has yet to disappoint me. Anyone who loves IPA's will love this brew (even though it's a Rye). One I will recommend to my friends!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 21:11:29 | More by drizzam
Photo of dkeramaty


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

If I can say one thing about Founder's, they do hops right. I love this beer. Appearance is a nice deep red/amber hue (it is a red ale) with a nice off white head, decent retention, and lacing. The aroma was enough for me to know that this beer was going to taste good. I am guessing that it was dry-hopped as it has that nice floral piney hop aroma that I crave. Taste is well balanced with a good malt backbone to follow up the hoppiness. My taste buds are not discerning enough to tell what the rye was doing here but an excellent beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 18:22:12 | More by dkeramaty
Photo of iGulp


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a newly tapped keg. The beer poured well with a nice firm head. Overall color was reddish-brown and nice clear viscous, semi-translucent appearance. Easy roll and good mouth feel. Balanced hop taste and a bit of very light sweetness as the beer temperature rose during drinking. Very smooth and balanced taste. Initial heavy hop feel from first sip, faded and became more balanced with subsequent tasting. The smell was average, non-floral and simple. However, the taste offset the nose and delivered a solid IPA taste without an after-taste. A solid beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 20:28:53 | More by iGulp
Photo of patre_tim


4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange brown like apple cider, highly unfiltered and opaque, lots of bubbles on the glass, 2 finger yellowish head.

S: Rye, hops, citrus hops, molassis, fresh cut grass, fresh garden herbs, feels like I’m about to take a fresh healthy drink like wheat grass juice.

T: Grain, malt, molassis, fresh grass, citrus hops, rye, dull bitter linger at the end. Some qualities such as the breadiness remind me of barley wine, it has a slight sweet undertone, and really does taste like fresh squeezed juice of some herb or grass. Phenominal job on this beer.

M: Medium bready body, medium carbonation.

O: Great beer. Love the freshness, uniqueness, balance, herbal healthy quality, the label, the company, the colour, etc. Great by itself, it would go well with Scottish oat cakes and whipped butter.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:10:28 | More by patre_tim
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red body topped with a creamy white (almost off white) head. Very good head retention, which stays with the beer the whole time. There is tiny lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Sharp Amarillo hops on the nose. Also, there's a lot of rich full malt in there. The rye is very noticeable. Grapefruit is also very prevalent.

T: The first thing I noticed was the rye. Then the rest of the malts came later. All the while, intertwined with the bittering hops. It's very well balanced though.

M: It’s a full, rounded ale. It fills you palate and lingers for a bit, but not in a bad way. For a hoppy rye, it has a rather easy after taste.

D: This beer is very drinkable. This would be a great tailgate companion on a brisk day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 19:56:50 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle server in nonical glass

A- murky copper amber with 1 finger bubbly ecru head with good retention and moderate lacing

S- hops heaven chiefly pine, grapefruit, and a bit of herbal and grassy notes

T- holy crap this beer is bold. Grapefruit bitter and sour kicks you in the balls but notes of mint, meadow grasses, and earthy herbal spice sooth you off to nirvana. Great rye kick and perfect touch of etoh.

M - full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - one of the best and most unique rye beers I have tried this year. What a great surprise. Founders does it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 18:59:33 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of mikeaji


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of Founders Brewing and I must say I am impressed. I am usually bound to buy the typical Belgium Trippel's and Quad's, but this bottle struck my eye at Total Wine. The beer pours a nice red color, and it tastes fantastic. The carbonation is not overpowering and you can taste the Rye and hops. A well balanced beer that I see myself buying in the future. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:09:45 | More by mikeaji
Photo of dbossman


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and quite red; there is a minimal head with fairly quick dissipation; the lacing is good though

S: The aromas are citrusy/hoppy/grapefruit, but overwhelmingly the grapefruit shines through; there is something here that reminds me of a new toy--plasticy and fresh--this sounds bad, but actually I love it balanced with the grapefruit hops aroma

T: Hoppy up front, but the citrus and grapefruit flavors persist to create a balance on the back end of the tongue; there is a small malt presence that also comes out in the back side of the mouth; of course the rye flavors are also here and they are complemented by the previous mentioned flavors

F: A bit carbonated up front and the beer seems to dissipate fairly quickly but most of the flavors, luckily, stay on the tongue

D: While fairly hoppy and a little strong this beer is quite drinkable; actually kind of nice summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:37:16 | More by dbossman
Photo of wspscott


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adam's glass

A: Dark red, a little bit of orange color,hazy, pours with a thick off-white head that drops but never disappears, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Hops, lots of piney hops, maybe a little citrus.
T: Again, lots of hops combined with some malty/caramel sweetness. Like an over the top APA. The grapefruit from the hops becomes more obvious as it warms up. The rye doesn't come across as spicy (covered by the hops?), it is more in the mouthfeel.
M: There is a creaminess here that I assume comes from the rye, the carbonation is high enough so it doesn't come across as thick. There are enough hops to leave an "oiliness" on the tongue.
D: This is a very good beer, no problem reaching for a 2nd or 3rd. I would like more rye in the flavor, but it adds a depth to the mouthfeel that makes this different from a APA/IPA. I really like this beer, will definitely purchase again. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:00:33 | More by wspscott
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty amber brown color with a pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy, with grapefruit and pine standing out. There is a touch of pepper and candied fruit. The taste is of a solid bready malt with some light caramel notes. This is followed by a grapefruit forward hop profile which also has notes of pepper and candied tropical fruit. There is some nice balance between the malt and hops; everything comes together for a nice spicy profile. Red's Rye is moderate to full bodied with tingly carbonation; finishes with a hoppy bitterness and dry. A hoppy rye brew that is supported by bready malt. Nothing is over the top but there are some big flavors. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:27:11 | More by Gmann
Photo of m2paulun


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Color is a nice copper/deep amber. A big fluffy head with great retention and lacing forms. Can not wait to try this beer.

S - Strong citrus and floral hop smell. Can definitely smell the rye as well.

T - A lot like the smell. Tastes of grapefruit citrus balanced with caramel malt. The rye comes through, but not too strong.

M - Has a medium body. The carbonation is medium. Nice and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink. The ABV is not too high. I could see myself drinking most, if not all, of the six pack. Compliments a summer day perfectly.

As I have said before, In my opinion Founders can do no wrong. Each new beer I try from them is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 23:38:32 | More by m2paulun
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! A huge thanks to kzoobrew for this beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a scarlet, hazy color. About two fingers worth of head are obtained that dissipate relatively quickly and leave moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - This smells great! Took me by surprise. A definite hop, pine, and grapefruit nose in the forefront. This is followed by some light malt characteristic that has a scent of caramel and then behind that the distinct aroma of rye. There is an additional fragrance mixed in (a good one) that I just cannot put my finger on, but it is certainly welcomed in the mix.

Taste - An immediate bitter hop taste mixed with piney goodness. This is then smacked to the side by a relatively intense rye flavor that I enjoy. I've always been particular to rye bread (memories of a child) so this is right up my alley. Once the rye fades it becomes a hint more citrusy (unripe grapefruit) and then finishes with just a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body, carbonation that has a nice bite to it, and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. I am really liking how the flavors are mixing together. A very refreshing and tasty brew. I would defiantly have this in my weekend mix during the summer if I had my hands on it, to give me a break from all the D/IPA's I'd be drinking. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:29:04 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of lou91


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders has to be one of the best at producing beer that smell and taste so good you forget about the alcohol. Red, opaque with lots of floaties. This rye is rich, silky, malty, caramel and hoppy and oh so drinkable. If this was available in California I would drink this on a regular basis. This is a rock solid red.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 06:19:36 | More by lou91
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber/amber brown beer didn't produce a head for me (?), but swirling the glass produces a beige finely bubbled foam

S: floral, herbal, woody; citrusy

T: hardy malt and bold hop flavors; some citrus, pine, and musk; rye in the background; rustic

M: bitter, rather full-bodied and chewy

O: another great beer from Founders (no surprise there) - satisfying, gratifying, hearty - truly a rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:13:23 | More by Greywulfken
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really am enjoying the beers I picked up in Michigan and especially the ones from Founders. Red's Rye pours with a small slightly off white head with some lacing. Has a orange ruby color to it.

Smells great, lots of pine, citrus, rye bread/crackers and even more hops!

Loads of hop bitterness on the tongue. Pine, citrus, caramel malts and once again more bitterness. This is a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 20:58:02 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown with lovely tannish head and good lacing. Quite dark.

Nose is malty, bready, and bitter. It's kind of mild, but it's pleasant.

Taste... wow. Bitter but not painful, no back of the jaw pain at all. Bready, biscuity, and... sour near the end. Not in a bad way, just a nice citrusy sourness that adds a whole new dimension to the flavor. Sweet, bitter, biscuit, sour. Complex. Every sip is a whole flavor experience.

Mouthfeel is full and oily. A weee bit too frothy and light, but besides that, I dig it. Overall this is... really, really nice. I could see myself being in the mood for this, often. And shelling out cash for this, often. Oh come to Florida, come to Florida!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 04:13:55 | More by scooter231
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - deep red color, small head that left little to no lacing, lots and lots of huge chunks, more than I think should have been there

s - spicy, citrusy hoppy bitterness, could detect the alcohol and the rye also

t - lots of bitterness with some hints of citrus and piney hops in there, malted rye, and spice, alcohol in with the bitterness on the finish

m - the chunkies tainted this beer, I actually had to strain it because I was basically having to chew with every drink, I don't mind a few big chunks, but this was ridiculous...must have gotten a bad bottle

d - I'm not a huge rye beer fan, but this one had a good taste, probably wouldn't drink more than one though

I thought this was a good beer apart from the chunkage. Unfortunately, that just tainted it a bit for me.

New review - 12-29-06

Totally different experience this time with this brew. Got a good bottle this time and there was no ridiculously huge chunkies. Great taste with the rye and hoppy bitterness being in perfect harmony. Good mouthfeel without all the sediment. Highly drinkable as well. Huge jump in rating for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 19:02:28 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pours a reddish copper colour with a finger of soapy tan head that eventually resides to a thick ring around the glass leaving lots of spidery lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Very sweet initially on the nose with lots of caramel malt aromas coming through, lots of piney hops and grapefruit aromas coming through as well and of course the rye is present.

Taste- Just like the aromas, this one started off very sweet to me with the rye playing a bigger role on the palate, lots of sweet caramel and bready malt flavours come through next and it also finishes really sweet, with the hops coming through in the middle, with a very slight alcohol bite from the rye in there.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with average carbonation, this is a very smooth and easy drinking rye beer, very well balanced that finishes sweet and malty on the tongue.

Overall- It seems to me like Founders almost
sets the bar for every genre of beer that they create, everything that I have tried from them thus far is nothing short of spectacular and top notch in whatever beer category they are pursuing. This rye beer from them is no exception, the other rye beer I tried from another local brewery was nothing compared to the simple complexity and amazing balance that this beer has. This beer is available year round because it is just awesome; it needs to be available anytime you want a quality rye beer. Another win from Founders, do they ever do anything that is subpar?

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:36:08 | More by Roke87
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 12 oz bottle poured a dense, cloudy copper. Creamy head simmers down to bubbly lace.

N - Up front malt. Sweet hints of mandarin orange and toffee, balanced with citrus and something musty - not bad, just as if this bottle has been waiting for me.

T - Flavor begins with lightly roasted grains, and a good dose of malts, filled with clean strong hop taste. Sits soft and smooth on the palate, with the spicy grain of the rye mixing with hoppy pineapple and slight bitterness that almost washes away and is replaced by a well balanced aftertaste of herbs, malt, hops and rye.

M - Well bodied, yet smooth and clean. A little chewy with a thickness that lingers. Does not feel heavy.

D - A new favorite beer. Extremely well balanced in taste. Very appealing nose. Goes down so smooth and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:50:41 | More by lightindarkness
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, brown pour with thin lacy head

S - Citrusy and hoppy with a hint of grain

T - Initial only citrus taste leads to more balanced citrus, hops and rye

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and medium crispness

D - Well balanced Rye... have had more extreme rye's but this one is nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 15:22:06 | More by rfgetz
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber/copper with a large white head. Leaves lace as the beer disappears.
S - Lots of hops, predominantly grapefruit and lemon. Some sweetness hidden underneath too. Very nice.
T - Lots of fruit here. Again strong grapefruit, some pear, very fresh fruits. Some spice and sweetness going on also. Very very complex. Leaves an almost apple resin on the way out.
M - Slightly chewy and sticky. Leaves mouth slightly dry.
D - Very drinkable. No reason one can't have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 13:26:32 | More by youngblood
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a light mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice bready malts, some roastiness, light caramel sweetness, figs, brown sugar, faint trace of rye, slight floral notes, citrusy hops, grapefruit fruitiness, some pine...

Taste - Lightly toasted malts followed by nice spicy rye notes, fresh bread, toffee, citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits), piney and grassy hops, marmalade, slightly nutty, bitter aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Medium body. Incredibly drinkable for 6.8%....

Overall - An excellent and supremely well balance brew... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 10:23:00 | More by mdagnew
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