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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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4,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,890
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 283
Gots: 420 | FT: 8
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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 h00kwurm
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened: 03-12-2012
Bottled: 01-17-2012

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: clear cherry oak colored ale, with a medium off-white head with good retention.

S: Piney hops aroma clear without muddling of any wanton smell.

T: A lovely even blended hop sensation. As the bitterness rides the tongue through the swallow, a lingering intensity is noticeable towards the back of the tongue. A wonderful sensation with excellent attack and fade.

M: With a beer like this, it would be foolish to expect anything less than near-perfect feel. there is an amazing clarity in the taste - clearly there is a very fine control over quality here.

O: This is an excellent rye ale. A must have for those who love IPA's. A great characteristic to the hops flavoring and a crisp well-blended nature make this a definite upper-echelon brew.

Photo of pentathlete
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this in a trade. Another fine beer.

The appearance is a dark brick with an off-white head that falls to a tall ring surrounded by lace. Smell is malty rye with hop notes, very inviting. The taste is cracked black pepper, citric acid, and fizzy carbonation. The rye shines through along with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium and at times feels full. Very nice for either a red ale or a rye beer. Easy to drink. Pushing 7% ABV, I'd recommend pairing this with some munchies, like a buttery cheese to keep it all in perspective.

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oxymoron
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this isn't related to RedruM. Poured about a mostly amber color with some brownish red hues. A good clarity with very small bubbles and great head retention. Left ample white lacing on top as well.

The smell is rather hoppy and somewhat spicey. Some lemon mixed with grapefruit hops giving it a medium sour nose appeal. The malt is basic and detectable but has an edginess to it with some earthy and pepper aromas.

The taste is hoppy with a great mix of malt backing. The initial taste as good bitterness flavor that is heightened and balanced well with the rye bite. The rye taste continues through the tasting but the bitterness is slowly replaced with more of an herbal and somewhat citrus mix. The malt is limited but balanced very well. Overall the malt, bitterning hops, and finishing hops are very well balanced.

The body has more medium feel then high. Good amount of carbonation that isn't too overpowering, but does assist in the rye/bitterness bite. A very easy beer to drink and the extra bite goes a long way in flavor.

Photo of malty
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle - no freshness date.

Deep murky orange/copper in color with a small off-white head.

Scent of fresh herbally hops with a sweet malt undertone. Smells similar to sugar glazed cinnamon almonds.

Taste is much more balanced than when I had it on tap 5 weeks ago at the source. Still, juicy citrus hops command the stage. The rye malt add sweetness and a solid balance to this pungent gem. Remarkable dry yet very juicy long finish.

Mouthfeel is amazingly lively - but not overcarbonated at all. Medium body with a welcolmed softness.

Drinkability is crazy. With it's superbly crafted hop bombardment - it leaves you craving for more.

I actually enjoyed this more from the bottle. I'm guessing the pint glass I drank this beer from at Founder's could have been a bit dirty (?). I'm definitley going to visit the brewery and have another sit-down with this great beer. Most definitley not a shy beer!

Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy reddish brown with a small tan head that has staying power. lacing left on the glass as the head fades.
Mixture of florals, citrus and spices dominate the nose. Nice lalt presence as well.
Earthy, bitter with a spicey backing character. Bitterness doesnt linger but leaves you wanting more.
Full; flavors. This beer tastes 'bigger" than it actually is.
Very nice

Photo of DelMontiac
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle dated 04/15/12.

Copper/orange and hazy forming peaked two finger off white froth, half of which stays for the duration of the glass. Lace is thick, super sticky and marks every sip.

Smells very like sweet melting caramel and fresh grapefruit peel. Rye and pepper hit deep in the nose.

Whoa, this beer tastes fantastic! Sweet doughy caramel backbone flanked by peppery rye and topped with a slight sting of bittering hops down the center of the tongue on the finish. Chopped pecans in the after. Very nice.

Love the feel too - quite velvety for an IPA and the carbonation is perfect. Sticky and full.

I love rye enhanced beers anyway, but this is one of the best I've encountered thus far. My friend and I didn't let the six of 'em hand around for long. Why didn't I bring more home...

Photo of boomer31
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Reddish hue and cloudy, dark tan head that sticks to the glass

S - Fruit and pine hops up front with a hint of rye. Not as much rye as Summits Rye PA, much more balanced.

T - Huge hop pine forefront with a touch of dry rye malt. A touch of sweetness lingers on the toungue

M - Nice high carbonation and chewy mouthfeel

D - Nice hoppy beer but approachable. The sweetness blends well with the rye malt and hops to make this beer extremely drinkable. Great session beer for a hop head

Overall this is fantastic session beer that balances sweet malts, bitter hops and a dry characteristic. Very nice

Photo of mattboyer182
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light brown, burgundy and see through. Thin white head.

S - a nice light floral hop smell . Just delicious.

T - good hops up front and Mellows into a grassy earthy tone.

M - medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - awesome beer! I love rye in beer

Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. I've really enjoyed this beer each time I've had it, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a strong two finger head over a murky brown rust liquid. Smells rye musky with grassy hop co-ho, tangerine, and mild grapefruit pith. Some oranges float on fruity esters.

Tastes caramel and rye musky. Hop bitter is in line with the malt and works well with the rye edge. Tangerine hop flavor with modest lemon and orange. Gently caramel. Gentle alcohol gives the citrus an aromatic ride. Dry finish keeps the md-thick body from hanging. Modest carbonation despite the strong head.

Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Red's Rye
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a crimson red with tan colored highlights. Nice looking head on top that leaves awesome patterns of sticky lacings.

Pleasant aroma with strong whiffs of pine and citrus hop bombs and faint caramel sweetness.

Sugary sweet with strong caramel swirl flavors coming through up front. Hints of freshly sliced apples and Georgia peaches. A tad nutty and bready which adds to the overall mouthfeel quality. The sip finishes with an incredible hop presence of grapefruits and pine cones.

This beer is a solid, whole package kinda beer and nicely crafted. Every aspect of this beer is represented well - malts, hops and Rye character. Reminds me of the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, which is another personal favorite. Yet another excellent beer from Founders.

Photo of Lothore
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a copper color with a small, off white head.

S- Lots of caramel malt, huge hop notes and rye.

T- A nice malty backbone that is intermingled with rye and balances out a fairly significant hop load.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This was an excellent brew that I wish was available locally.

Photo of Truh
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Told I had an acerbic wit with this one on 5/7/2005. 12-oz. bottle gifted from Warriorsoul poured in a shaker glass.

Clinging futon, summer weight, of filmed head that sticks a good bit, laces nicely too. Glowing, practically neon, red hue with haze but still a great deal of ascending action keeping things interesting on the eye. Very hoppy on the nose, and I begin to wonder if rye has some green characteristics to it; some graduated malt essence and a core of white pepper seeps through the hairs. Very smooth, almost silky mouth feel of hop oil riding in a side car to the lemon, rose hip and ginger ale sweetness, although I would almost say it had a lemon grass aspect as well.

Completely gratifying pour with a wonderful medium body to it, perhaps imparted by the rye? What does the rye do? Time to try the black rye!

Photo of atpben
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Charlotte Flying Saucer two days ago. Review is from notes taken there. Presented in a pint glass with appearence of hazy dark amber color. It had an amzing aroma with a combination of caramel, citrus, pines, and brown sugar. Taste is excellent too with great balance. The hops were really well balanced with hints of caramel. Pretty well carbonated with a nice crisp finish. Such a great session beer. Another good one from Founders. Looking forward to going to their brewery in May.

Photo of deBeers
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from my cold cellar drank mostly out of a wine glass.

Suttle artwork which melds with the actual color of the beer which is a beautifully dark ruby red. Generous off-white head with good retention, nice lacing and progressive carbonation (with small bubbles) when swirled are part of what this makes this a lovely offering from Founders.

Smells heavily of grapefruit and hints of rye. Tastes tart, bittersweet, like a great pink grapefruit. Yum, a new breakfast beer on Sundays with grapefruit? :0

Wow! The pink grapefruit smell and taste is incredible. Smooth, tart, yet crisp and creamy mouthfeel makes this definately worthwhile to seek out more.

Great beer! Share with friends or try one for yourself...also a big thanks to warriorsoul for getting this brew to me! First time for this style as well.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, a little yellow tint, very little head. There was a ton of sedimate in bottle also.

Smell - Smells like a rye. Hops and malts are there. Got some spices there also

Taste - Wow, nice hop/rye flavor. There is a fairly strong alcohol taste present which i didnt expect being 6.6%. The rye mixeds so well with the hops, you really get the taste the whole time. Nice

Mouthfeel - Great combination really kicks up your taste buds. The mouth, tounge and palette gets a great workout. The taste does last for a bit but doesnt ruin mouth.

Drinkabilty - GReat beer. One of the best ryes out there. Not quite the hop rye killer that hoprod is but very nice and smooth. I really like how the hops and rye work with eachother to create this great beer, i could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of JonMich13
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap 5/13 at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Got it free as my birthday beer.

A = Dark amber and clear with a light off white head. Good lacing throughout.

S = Lovely citrusy hop aroma.

T = Very nice citrus grapefruit hop with some sweet malt backbone. Excellent bitter finish with a little spicy kick and warming alcohol. Extremely tasty and well balanced.

M = Medium with some coating hop oiliness. Moderate carbonation allows the flavors to be in the forefront.

D = Extremely drinkable. Tasty and pleasing on the palate.

Excellent offering from Founders. I'm in love with their stouts and wanted to see how they performed in other areas. Very nice.

Photo of almychristopher
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a reddish amber color with a tan head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass. the aroma brings a goodly bit of malt and peppery rye almost overshadowing the citrus hops. the taste reflects the aroma with a bit of fruity sweetness, before the peppery and citrus finish. very nice mouthfeel for a rye, not overpoweringly heavy, so a very good drinkable rye p a....

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with a firm evergreen overtone. Flavor is richly hoppy and evergreen, just slightly bitter and subtly different from a traditional IPA. Texture is ragged, edgy and quite tingly.

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Jacobob10
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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 delta490
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy red, drifting towards brown. A thick creamy light tan head lasts throughout the beer and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is soft, but not lacking in character, with distinct hops notes of floral and citrus. The taste is excellent, with strong malt flavors balanced superbly by the hops and with a nice peppery notes on the finish provided by the rye. The body is just the right weight and there is a wonderful silky feeling and crisp finish. This is a great rye IPA.

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.


Photo of joel_bou
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Duster72
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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