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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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4,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,896
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
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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:
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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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle to an Imperial Pint

A: A standard pour resulted in a 2-finger cream colored cap that was well retained eventually reducing to a nice foamy cap. Clear and the color was a brilliant orange-brown. Spot lace clung to the glass.

S: Pine and grass hop dominates the smell, much like most IPA's. There was also faint caramel malt and citrus.

T: The spice from the rye was up-front which gave way to a more traditional IPA hop-finish. Hop charcter followed that of the aroma with pine being the most discernible flavor. The resiny hop lingered, but the flavor overall was crisp. As the beer warmend vanilla and caramel were more pronounced balancing the flavor quite well.

M: Moderate carbonation with a crisp moderately dry finish with some lupulin induced slickness. A chewy beer.

D: Great rye flavor without sacrificing the traditional IPA balance of malt and hop. A well rounded beer that I will purchase quite often.

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

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Clear copper pour with quickly fading head and decent lacing. Nice big earthy, herbal nose with hints of toffee, caramel, citrus and rye. The taste is very unique and has a lot going on. The bitterness of the hops hits you first, but is nicely offset by a solid roasty, caramel malt backbone. Hints of tea, pine, grass, resin, toffee, and of course rye. The rye really comes to the forefront as it warms. Great chewy and resiny mouthfeel makes this quite drinkable for me. The spicy rye bitterness is there from start to finish. Only my second experience with Founders, but they're two for two so far! May have just taken over first place with me for Rye PA's.

Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Lets start with the head.... I poured this baby somewhat lightly and there was about a 1/4" of mountainous head domed above the rim. Big bubbles, small bubbles.... bubbles o plenty. An off white head rests proudly atop a beautiful hazy red ale. The laser etched bottom sends lanes of carbonation racing to meet up with the rest of the trapped bubbles at the bottom of what seems to be a never dying pile of head. The lacing shows evidence of the beer levels before i took my last few quaffs. The sweet grain and rye spiciness combine with the citrus minty hops witch are coating my tongue as I type. The thought of another sip is satisfying only reminding me the end of this glass is nearing. Aroma, taste and aftertaste compliment each other well giving this ale a three ring show.

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown, almost maroon hue with short white head and some lacing. Aroma of spice and strong hops. Scents of wheat and grains and rye. Tastes of bitter citrus hops, pine and grain. Citrus hops are grapefruit and orange peel. Malt flavors are light, but some creaminess comes through bitterness. Subtle notes of grass, ginger, cinnamon, apple. Grains are earthy but with some nut meat. Overall a superbly bitter IPA with much more grain and earthy tones than your average IPA. Also more pine notes and strength in the hops than your average IPA, but what drastically sets this IPA apart from the pack is the grains.

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

From a 12 oz short necked brown bottle.
Very nice looking beer, i decided to use my Chimay chalice,dark,deep,luxuriant ruby red,slightly hazy with a nice sized light tan head, that dissapeared fast leaveing lashings of lace down the chalice.
Quite a hoppy aroma, almost as spicy as the typical American IPA,nice and invigorating.
mmm i like the taste,nice smooth sweetness at first then overwhelmed by the bitter/peppery hops witha touch of what I imagine to be rye on the sides of the tongue, this all blends in quite well leaving a good impression.
Very very nice feel on the palate,luxuriant and creamy smooth but packing a potent "zing".
Very drinkable ale, If I could get this in Oregon ,it would be a regular in my fridge.
Thanks to JahNoth for this excellent beer!

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

Bottle 1/17/2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to garnet red in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The smell of the rye is very detectable in this beer even through the fairly intense citrus/orange hop aromas.

T: Very much follows the smell of the beer, there is quite a bit of the rye spiciness that I would expect followed by the citrus/orange hops. The hop bitterness is not too intense and pairs nicely with the rye spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very pleasant drinking beer that could easily be a session beer for me. I enjoy the aromas and the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Definitely one to get another time.

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

I guess I lost my review of this awhile back. I'm not sure how/when, but I just happened to come across this beer and realized my review is missing. Here it is again...

A: The pour is a hazy amber/red color with a fluffy off-white head which sticks around for awhile and has some nice lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. It goes quite well with the spiciness of the rye and the mildly sweet caramel aroma.

T: The bitterness of the grapefruit and pine, once again, blends well with the rye and sweet malts in the beer. The citrus is definitely the more prominent of the hop qualities and works incredibly well with this beer.

M: The carbonation level is moderate and the body is full.

D: Founders can do no wrong in my eyes and this beer is just another reason why. A really good RyePA.

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

This fine brew pours a nice clear reddish-orange color that is topped with inch of cream colored foam that seems to have some pretty good head retention.

Spicy notes from the rye are detected in the aroma, as well as floral hops and subtle malty sweetness.

The rye and the hops work together nicely creating a spicy hop flavor that is somewhat addicting. The malt is somewhat noticable, but is definitely in the background here.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

I could definitely sip on a sixer of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer is right up there with Nosferatu as far as my favorite red ales are concerned. One of the best.

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

A: Redish-caramel with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention, great lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee, rye bread and a hint of cotton-candy, fruity esters.

T: Plenty of hop flavour (citrus, pine, and a little aspirin in the finish), but the malt does hold it's own (toffee, rye bread, hints of raisin/prune). Strong bitterness, but it's very pleasant. Definitely more American hop flavour than rye.

M: Moderate to full body (slightly acidic/prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: Plenty of hop flavour and bitterness, a delight for the hop head. Alcohol could certainly be trouble.

Thanks for picking this up Eric!

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

A- Caramel/amber with a flash of orange, toffee colored head. Head is packed closely, died down and created some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sharp warm citursy hops lots of spice, freshly ground pepper, toasted malts.

T- Huge juicy hops, grapefruity and citrus. A dry bitterness from the hops. Tingling spiciness throughout. Plenty of malt backing.

M- Feels big,thick, and foamy.

D- Full of taste and drinkability, you'll want to stock up on this one.

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

A: hazy reddish orange with an off-white, nearly tan, head and ample carbonation

S: big citrus. grapefruit and orange, pine and underlying caramel

T: citrus, mainly grapefruit in tall order. a little orange peel and rye spiciness

M: Mouthfeel is outstanding. medium-full body with crisp carb and a spicy bite

D: Again, the word outstanding seems to fit.

Photo of rodney45
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dark brown, like walnut shells. Head is thick and looks like frothy caramel icing, like the ones on top of a german chocolate cake.

S: Hop laden, and smells a little bit like burnt crystal malts. Smells a little bit like peanut butter, in a good way.

T: A tapastry of crystal and chocolate malts, blended ever so carefully with a good helping of citrus hops that dont overwhelm, but add to the chorus of flavor notes that linger ever so delicately on the palate. Rye taste is present but overwhelmed by the sheer emensity of the balance of this beer. This beer is not dominant in any one flavor. The hop notes are mostly apricot and lemon.

M: Smooth and lightly carbonated if you give it a nice vigerous pour which yields a two finger head. Drinks a little bit like a porter or scotch ale.

O: i was really taken a back by this beer. It snuck its way into my six pack of centenial ipa without me even noticing. im probably going to head back tomorrow and see if i can buy the rest. What a good solid beer.

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

no freshness date

a: Pours a hazy dark orangeish amber with thick frothy head that slowly settles leaving cream colored lacing clinging to the side of my glass.

s: The hops give off some strong grapefruit aromas as well as the typical herbal notes. Finally, there is a slight spicy character that I assume is due to the rye.

t: Sweet malt and citrusy hops contribute to an IPAish taste, but with an interesting twist to it that I assume is do to the rye.

m: Very smooth with a chalky, dry finish. Has a thick, creamy texture.

d: Its different from the other beers I've had, I don't know if its the rye or something else. Certainly unique and I like it. I only have one bottle, but if I had more, I would definitely try another and try to get a better grasp of its flavor and aroma which are both similar to an ipa, but a little different. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but I wouldn't shy away from seconds either.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark-brown in color, with shades of burnt sienna. Craggy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Rich, toasty dark malts. Slight rye sourness, somewhat dry; similar to toasted rye chips. A touch of pine from the hops.

Taste: Dry, roasted barley up front. Bulky grain flavors saturate the palate. The middle brings a more creamy, slightly sweeter malt profile. Slight sourness from the rye is detectable, but the flavor remains bold, roasty and dry. Hop bitterness provides tightness to the finish, leaving a sharp and lingering pine taste on the tongue. The alcohol burns slightly on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a smooth and creamy composition.

Verdict: A rich, roasty, solid brew. Excellent.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.35/5  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.

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

My local Co-op started offering Founders, so I did what any reasonable person would do and bought one of each kind they had. This is my fifth Founders brew and might just be my favorite so far.

This one has a nice, rich, hazy orange color. An inch of puffy head formed on the pour, with some good lacing as I worked my way down the glass.

I knew I was in for a treat when I picked up an intense lychee/sweet pink grapefruit aroma. It smells like some perfectly ripe tropical fruit. What's awesome is that there's an equally intense lychee taste that opens up when you take a sip. The fruitiness stays for a second or so, dissipates into some dry, piney hoppiness mixed in with the rye bite. As the bitterness fades I start to pick up the lychee again. There is a lot going on in this one!

Final verdict: a big winner. It amazes me the kind of flavors a brewery can wring from a relatively limited amount of ingredients! I'm going to be picking up this in quantity as soon as possible.

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

12 oz twist off bottle

A- pours a ruby brown color with nice vibrant red highlights. A decent white head forms and leaves a bit of sticky lace. No visible carbonation...is this the trend with Founders?

S- Fresh hops, sweet toasty malts, hints of cherry and apple and a nice rye spicyness about it.

T- Very fruity, malty/grainy/rye character at first, ripe fruit notes, good hop bitterness, citrus notes and sweet floral feel. A chocolatey aftertaste mixed with some hop bitterness upon the finish. Awesome.

M/D- Medium body, good over all complexity and a great amount of carbonation makes for another delicious, easy drinking session beer from Founders.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear red-brown with orange hues. Two inch off-white head. Good retention, patchy lacing.

S: Rye, some breadiness, and a whole lot of citric grapefruit notes. Other vague fruit scents in the background.

T: Big rye twang up front is followed by rye bread and some earthy and nutty tastes. Hops are heavy handed, and just as much of an attraction as the rye. Huge hit of bitter citric grapefruit. Maybe some pine thrown in too. Dries just a bit and finishes with tastes of rye and grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied, very full, and very creamy. A tad slick. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lends crispness and enhances drinkability without becoming sharp and accentuating the rye too much. Very good.

O: An awesome beer. My favorite rye beer on the market so far.

Notes: A very unique and interesting beer. Should be able to create some great food pairings with it.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

Slightly hazy red orange color. I love the color on this one. I don't know this Red character, but I like him already. A lively carbonation, and a decent tan head that just does not go away. Literally, the head lasted the entire drink, maybe 10 to 15 minutes. Impressive lacing as well.

The nose on this one is strong citrus fruits. I love it already. Grapefruits and a piney hop character hook you from the get go. There is also a caramel tone to it, as well as the rye.

Taste is everything I hope it would be. A Rye IPA. Hmm. If this were a style in itself, I would be a huge fan. I love the combination of the citrus grapefruit and the piney hop bitterness. No too much rye here, but thats ok. I think if rye were more prominent it would take away from the IPA base. I think this should be categorized as an IPA, rather than a Rye beer, but I'm still a huge fan.

Smooth and sharp, I like the carbonation bite it has. Very smooth and silky. I love the drinkability too. For a cheaper brew, this is an amazing deal. Boy am I glad Founders made it to Minnesota.

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

A bright and clear copper brown, with some red hues. Nice, roiling carbonation produces a big, vanilla head. Pretty nice retention, nice sticky lacing.

Rye is noticeable in the nose. Grapefruit. Caramel malt. Rye returns with some slightly spicy grain.

Grapefruit and caramel to the taste as well. Primarily citrus, but nicely balanced, with the caramel malts cutting the bitterness. Nice spicy rye melds in during the second half of the palate. Finish is slightly bitter, but mostly clean - I feel like I just drank some juice.

Amply carbonated. Feel is like a cracker - I get bread, but the CO2 and spice and feel also lend substantial crispness. Creamy towards the end. Medium body. Very drinkable, and nice.

Photo of praufs01
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy reddish brown, with a pillowy off white head.

Aroma - Sweet pink grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with light carbonation that feels very silky on the palate.

Taste - Very light pink grapefruit taste on a nice malty backbone.

Overall - I've never had a Rye beer that was this good. It's very smooth with characteristics of an IPA but different enough to make you appreciate that it is a Rye beer.

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

on tap at bagger dave's just outside of grand rapids, MI. paired with their blue cheese burger

a: clear ruby-copper with some kind of bone-coloured head

s: citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit) with slight spicy rye characteristics

t: orange, grapefruit, and pine up front. a strong-but-not-harsh drying bitterness kicks in mid-palate, along with the rye flavours

m: medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, oily and sticky

o: the bitterness isn't for beginners, but get past that and you have a mouth-coating, delicious, and flavourful rye IPA

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

I have come to realize that Founder's Brewing is one of the best up and coming breweries out of the midwest. So far, I have not been disappointed with any of their brews.

Appearance of this beer was deep brown leather with hints of orange and red pearing through. The head left nice lacing down my chalice. There was a decent amount of yeast and other remnants of what I assume to be leftover from dryhopping. THe smell had a wonderful hop punch that left you salivating for a taste. There was definate citrusy notes in the nose. The taste was supremely balanced with a bitter beginning and a dryness in the finish. The rye seemed to have add it's two cents in the finish with the grainy dryness. The bitterness was exceptionally present, but was not as heavy as a IIPA. Overall, this is stuff you could drink all night and love every once of it. I foresee Founder's coming out with some phenomenal beers to add to their already fabulous line (i.e. Centennial IPA and Breakfast stout)

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

Appearance- pour very rddish orange with a decent amount of head. A bit murky. Great lacing

Smell- lots of hops on the nose. Some malt background, specifically rye hints coming through.

Taste- some great hop flavors first and foremost with a solid rye backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- a thicker ipa feel with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- nicely drinkable for a hoppy beer. Finished a glass with no difficulty

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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