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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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1,652 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,652
Hads: 5,094
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 342
Gots: 551 | FT: 9
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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Reviews: 1,652 | Hads: 5,094
Photo of tviz33
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark and murky amber body with a short tan head.

S- This is the first beer in a long time that made me say "holy fucking shit." Really outstanding and different. It's pretty sweet-smelling with a little pine and grapefruit, but it unmistakably smells like cranberry juice with a little tomato juice mixed in. Maybe a little peppercorn too.

T- The rye flavors come first, sort of pepper-like. The piney hop flavors balance this quite well.

M- Medium body, medium amount of carbonation, and kind of creamy.

O- This thing is a treat. Exceeded all expectations.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely red-orange hue. One finger khakli colored head that leaves decent lace in it's wake.

S: Spicy and tangy rye, with grapefruit from the amarillo hops, and a malty sweetness.

T: See everything above. Tart, spicy, and puckery bitterness from the use of rye malt and liberal hopping.

M: Dry, bitter, and very sticky. Very long spicy finish.

D: Incredibly refreshing! A perfect "anytime of the year" beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having this on tap at the brewpub I had to pick up a six of it. Now that I only have one bottle left I wish I would have got a case, damn this is some tasty stuff. Dark reddish color with a decent tan head. Rings of lacing were left by the floating mound of foam that remained. Quit a hoppy nose with citric and some floral hops jumping out with a nice crisp rye undertone. Light sweet caramel maltiness is there as well. Hops and rye are quite an appetizing combination. Flavor is similar with a nice hop bite to start is off. Plenty of rye and malt to balance out the bitterness. Light caramel, grapefruit and a bit of pine hops all blend together nicely over the rye. Bitter hoppy rye finish. Damn this is some tasty and smooth stuff. Really creamy medium body. Goes down oh so smooth with a light prickliness from the hops. This would be a staple in the fridge if I could get it locally. Almost like a Hop Rod Rye junior. Great stuff.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.

Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.

Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste . Finshes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired from mikeyv35 in a trade. thanks again Mike!

A - tawny body w/ a perfedt 2 finger biege crown w/ excellent retention

S - sweet caramel malt, spiced pumpernickle bread, and tons of hops. if this tastes like it smells smells, than we could be on to something wonderful here...

T - yup, just like the aroma, incredibly bitter and spicy with very noticable spicy rye flavor. excellent!

MF - perfect amount of carbonation on this full-bodied delight.

D - very high but i cannont imagine having more than 24 oz. in a single session. outstanding flavor, but it could be an overload to the senses after 2. that being said i wish i had more to keep on-hand for when the mood strikes for another. damn you Founders, bring your nectar to the Mile High City!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Bleeding Deacon in St. Louis.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with awesome ruby hints. There is a nice 0.5 inch off white head. Great hearty looking beer.

S - Rye apice and malt sweetness come up first then a nice and strong piney and hop resin aroma. Great grain bill on the nose. I absolutely love the bottled version and this draft doesn't fall far behind.

T & M - The taste is amazing. Wonderful spicy rye notes, sweet barley malt mixed in with some nice rye bread notes. Then the hops kick in. Awesome pine and resin notes with some slight citrus notes that give it a clean hop finish. The pine aspect of it still let's it be nice and sticky. This is by far one of my favorite beers. I love the complexity and simplicity at the same time and feel that its an underrated Founders offering. This is on par with Hop Rod Rye if not better. The body is nice and light and refreshing with perfect carbonation.

D - Delicious and well crafted flavors all around. One of the better offerings from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of jampics2
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@Winking Lizard. Super duper fresh 18oz pour into my take the glass home Founders oversized pint glass.

Looks great, amber body with an eggshell head.

Smell is a citrus explosion. Tons of orange and grapefruit plus some spicey rye. Just a perfect amount of rye vs hops.

Taste amazing, almost perfect. Great grapefruit hops, moderate bitterness, and a huge rye presence that breaks up the hop party and injects a wonderful element.

Mouthfeel is great - perfect carb enhances the hops and spicey rye, touch creamy feel.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink this by the keg (in fact, this is the next 1/6bbl I'll be seeking for the kegerator). Amazing beer from Founders and perhaps the best rye IPA out there.

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Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out amber brown and sits burnt amber in the glass with a large, light tan head. Keeps a good skim on the surface and coats the glass with boatloads of lacings, huzah! A dandy of a beer to hold in front of you.

Smells rich and citrusy with oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Apricots run around the sides with hits of peach and apple as well. Any sign of maltiness is completly dominated by these rich, citrus hop aromas. I'm going to enjoy this.

Tastes initally malty, with nice hints of caramel, but is soon pushed aside by a sharp intrusion of hop flavors. Full, pine cone flavors are accompanied by notes of grapefruit rind and lime. Nice toasty flavor appears as hop flaovrs mellow out and brings with it a nice, light flavor of rye. Finish is well bittered and boasts more citrus and pine flavors and a nice lingering hint of rye.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Nice, lively carbonation in a medium body. Well done, Founders. You had me at "Centennial." I could drink this beer all day and all night. I absolutely adore the blend of citrusy hops and light rye flavor. This beer, along with it's Founders bretheren will find their way into my fridge on a frequent basis....oh baby.

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Photo of beerman207
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear reddish orange into the glass - leaves some of the best lace I've seen in a while.

S: Smells amazing right on the pour - big notes of citrus and rye. Wow.

T: The taste here is great as expected. I actually believe I can detect orange in here in addition to the strong citrus and rye presence. The sweet malt just balances this perfectly.

M: Very mild

D: Could drink this all night long. Wow. Simply amazing.

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Photo of iceburger97
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a golden color like an ipa. tastes outstanding with complex maltiness and a mild but noticeable sweet citrus flavor very drinkable although u might want to drink no more than 7. Mouthfeel was exceptional. Smell was that of grapefruit with floral character. Overall a nicely crafted beer, hard to find anything bad about it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours a clear reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam.

The smell is of...whoah..fruity and citrusy and earthy malty..very nice!

The taste has big grapefruit flavour up front but then I can taste the rye and some earthy malt and other fruit, maybe orange, it all comes across as *very* tasty. Wow. I'm bigtime digging the flavours here.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes witha nice snap of citrus and rye.

Drinkability, despite the abv, is very good. This is another Founders brew that I'd like to revisit. No doubt about it! I love how the rye is so noticeable here as it makes this brew so crisp and easy drinking..Btw, the second pour gets a bit cloudy and overall, the head retention is *awesome* as is the lacing.

Bottom line: This is an *awesome* brew! It is probably the best of the style that I have ever tasted!

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 9-19-11

A - Pours a cloudy burnt red color with a cream colored head about a finger high, not much retention but some pretty lacing.

S - Citrusy hops and lots of grapefruit in the nose. Subtle malt presence and noticeable rye.

T - Initial taste is like sour grapefruit... yummy. There's a pretty noticeable hop character throughout, and the rye is there, too. Not overpowering the rest of it, but definitely makes itself known. This beer is just plain delicious.

M - Doesn't know whether to be bubbly or creamy. Sort of in the middle, with a very dry, hoppy finish.

O - I think I may have just found a new mainstay in my beer diet. It's relatively cheap, Michigan-made, and did I mention that it's DELICIOUS? Because that's kind of important.

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Photo of RappAttack
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a hazy amber with a thin white head that makes a little island in the center of the liquid
S: smells of rye, a little tobacco, some grapefruit, some other fruitiness cant quit put my finger on it
T: wow, rye, spicy hop-ness along with the grape fruit backed by a sweet malty finish
M: good carbonation and med body makes this very enjoyable
O: I work a Total Wine and after passing this beer a million times walking up and down the isles, i finally decided to give it a try. Sure glad i did ill be picking up a couple sixers of this, this may be a new staple beer for me

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried this beer twice now, once on tap at the brewery in Grand Rapids, MI; and once out of the bottle, back home in NC. I fell in love with the one on tap.

The beer pours a brilliant ruby red, which isn't too surprising given its name. The creamy off-white head accentuates the red beer underneath. And it stays there throughout your beer experience.

Wow...the aroma! Grapefruit and more grapefruit, followed by hints of malt and the malty sweetness. What an inviting aroma, and what made it better was that it was unexpected. I didn't know what I'd get for aroma with a rye beer.

The flavor matches the aroma with the grapefruit/citrusy notes. (These are BIG notes!) But there is a malt presence, especially as it warms some...but mine was gone before I could let it warm too much.

A medium "plus" mouthfeel. There is some chewiness to this beer. You know that you're not drinking a 4.5% beer!

Overall a real winner. Try it over the July 4th weekend as part of your RED, White and Blue theme.

(If I were rating the bottled version, it would still be 4-plus; but if you can get this on tap, do it!!)

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Photo of wcudwight
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgandy copper color. Hazy. Very unique. Massive, thick, sticky head that never fully recedes. It just forms craters in the thick dense head. Very thick lacing.
Smells like a frest cut Christmas Tree. Mmmm!
The rye is very noticable and interplays with the massive amount of hops perfectly. Bitter, but it's a complex bitterness. It's more than just a hoppy bitterness, kind of like the rye adds to the bitterness. This is great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but chewy. This is one to savor in the mouth before swallowing.
Very drinkable and tasty.
Overall an excellent beer and the best rye beer I've had to date. I'm going to explore rye beers some more.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/dark amber. Tad murky. small head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Floral hops. Toasted caramel malts. Lots of honey. orange peel. not getting the Rye but this is a huge and delicious bouquet.

T: All of the smells are there in the taste except maybe the orange. The rye does come through a little. Wow! this is delicious. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness. On the hoppier side for a Pale.

M: Outstanding. Thick and crisp. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Very good but I wish I could could taste the rye more.

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Photo of marcpal
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottled poured into tall cylinder glass. Happy to finally get a 6-pack of this here in Jersey.

A: Surprise, surprise- Crimson red with a thin off white head. Some carbonation and not much lacing.

S: Piney hops up front but the malt is clearly there. They rye bread aromas come out knowing what to anticipate here.

T: Different than the smell- more here of caramel malts, some alcohol, and citrus flavors. The rye and the bitterness are a flavorful combination. Far hoppier than I would guess for the style, but from this brewer shouldve have not been shocked. Grapefruit more than the earthiness in the aroma.

M: Creamy, very creamy. Oiliness from the hops stays on the tongue, lots of bitterness.

D: The bitterness grows through the beer and it fits right in Founders style. Alcohol is present but the tastiness makes this plenty drinkable. Popping a few not an issue.

This is a beer that surely got better the more you drank, a fine thing. Im far from an expert on rye beers, but if this epitomizes it, Ive got to try some others.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes
Bottle,draught,Nitro tap.Pours hazy amber with a descent off-white creamy head. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops mingled with matly sweetness and a just a hint of grain.The flavor is awesome, first you taste fresh hops, some citrus,some floral,and then you get some of the malt sweetness, the flavors deepen as it warms,nice full mouthfeel,with a dry finish. This stuff is The Bomb !

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious beer from Founders. If this was in my back yard it would be my staple beer. Pours reddish orange with litttle head and some spotty lacing. Smell is of slightly sweet malt and some spicy rye as well as citrusy hops. Nicely balanced and very appetizing. The taste is magnificently balanced and proof that non-extreme beers can be astoundingly good. Very nice blend of rounded malt, slightly spicy rye, citrusy/piney hops, and some fruity/bubblegum like esters. No one flavor components dominate, they just form a harmonious quartet. Beautifully drinkable wwith a smooth but slightly spicy mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep ruby colour topped by a dense, generous, light brown head. Excellent head retention with plenty of lacing. Citrus/pine hop aroma, a little resinous, is prominent, backed by sweet rye malt aroma. Big malty sweetness, almost like gingerbread, balanced very well by strong bitterness and lots of floral hops. Starts quite fruity, with apple flavour, and a little spice throughout. Full body, almost chewy. Finishes bitter with some fruitiness. Very light alcohol warming throughout. Creamy texture is aided by fine carbonation. An absolutely great beer, and one that I'll be on the look-out for whenever I'm back in Michigan.

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

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Photo of trbergman
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful garnet color with one finger of sticky off-white head.

S - Packed with hops. Resiny pine with citrus zest also present. Some sweet malts are in the background and I also get a hint of sourdough bread aroma.

T - Hoppy but well balanced. I let the beer warm quite a bit before pouring and I think this really brings out the qualities of the rye. It's bready, earthy, and satisfying. Hop flavor tastes more piney that citrusy to me, and there's plenty of hop bitterness in the long, delicious finish.

M - Rich, chewy, and pleasantly astringent.

D - It may be a touch too alcoholic to session, but otherwise I'd say the beer is spot on in this category. Very good.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish color with a decent sized white head that laces the glass as it recedes. the smell is amazing amarillo hops with a rye backbone. the flavor follows suit with the amarillo flavor coming through followed by the rye malt and finished with a nice hop bitterness. the mouthfeel is nice and light and just right. overall one of the best rye beers out there.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an exceptional brew!

The pour is good but unassuming - the beer is a deep amber brown with a sticky dirty tan head which lasts throughout the glass.

The smell is very, very inviting - some very strong citrus hops notes with a very distinct grain as well. It's a very clean smell - there's nothing heavy or cloying suggested in the nose.

At first all you taste is the hops - there's a very present citrus hop note of grapefruit rind. Fortunately it's not an over-the-top smack in the face, it's actually a very skillfully balanced flavor. Once you've gone past the citrus there are some very nice grain notes - mostly a roasted grain with that golden-brown toast flavor and a light touch of rye as a balance note. Then by the end of the sip you're back to the hops, a mixture of citrus and fresh cut grass - very green and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is very good - this is a medium bodied brew with a bit of thick feel on the tongue but there's quite a bit of large carbonation bubbles to clear the palate at the end of each sip. Light bitterness at the end to crisp up the experience; a good way to end each drink.

All in all a very experience - it hits all the notes I look for in an excellent beer. It's very well balanced and obviously the work of a craftsman who's proud of their work. Now all I have to do is work out a regular trading route so I keep this in permanent rotation!

[Many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for including this one in the trade - this is an outstanding brew!]

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Photo of udubdawg
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a slightly hazed reddish orange color. Head is a quite thick light tan that rapidly subsides, but a thin layer is retained throughout most of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing. Some sediment made it to the glass, but it settles out rapidly.

Nose is full of citrus and pine needles. Sweet fruitiness and rye bread present behind the hops. Simply mouth-watering.

Bittersweet grapefruit is right up front in the flavor, with the rye bread again following behind and a lingering bitterness. Other than the grapefruit the fruit flavors were most suggestive of apple and lemon. Dries the palate a bit and leaves a spicy memory, and begs for another sip - who am I to argue?

relatively full-bodied beer, with oily hop notes coating the mouth. Crisp and extremely drinkable. I'm rapidly running out of this fine beer, and sadly it isn't available within hundreds of miles.
Don't underestimate the flavor - if you like hops, and are intrigued about how a bit of rye spiciness adds to it, you can't do much better. Few beers more tasty have ever crossed my lips.

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Photo of Cresant
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Copper/amber body was clouded with tiny particulates. 1-2 fingers of off-white lumpy head faded to a collar and sheets of lace.

Smell was very nice. Citrus hops met with spicy grains. Bread and pine needles.

Taste was complex, balanced. Peppery. Grapefruit rinds mingle with grain sweetness. No single component overwhelms the presentation here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was zesty, mildly prickly, medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

A new beer to add to my list of favorites. Very nice.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.