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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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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 doppelmeup
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep red amber color into a stange glass served at a MacNivens restaurant in Indianapolis. Creamy head that left nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

A bit hard to determine aromas in the bar atmosphere, but it was slightly fruity with hints of pumpernickel bread.

Taste was exceptional. Awesome combination of malts and hops, perfectly balanced. Slight rye presence in the background.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable beers I've had. This was an exceptional beer and lived up to the hype. An excellent choice.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great looking poor. Dark golden red with a head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is hoppy and you think you are getting another hop bomb of an IPA (not that this would be a horrible event by any means) but then you taste it and the rye comes out and mingles with the hops and it is fantastic. As it warms the rye starts to dominate and the beer changes a bit, but in a interesting way. Good at the beginning, good at the end, it is a tremendous brew. I'm getting a little tired of Founders just showing up with beer after beer and kicking butt and taking names. Seriously Founders, let some other breweries get a shot at the top of my ratings, it is embarassing. I feel like such a fan boy.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper body with nice thick off-white head. head sticks around and laces nicely

S- smells of sweetness, grapefruit and clover.

T- absolutely amazing taste. hoppy at the front leading to extreme smoothness then bitterness again at the end.very complex flavoring all which blend together perfectly to make it a very smooth and balanced overall taste.

M- nice medium body. not to thick but a chewy presence that suits the beer well.

D- im on my first beer of the six back and i cant want to drink another. im going to limit myself to 1-2 at a time so i can continue to enjoy it.

overall- ive seen this in local stores for quite sometime but just decided to try it out and im glad i did. sticks out from any other brew ive had. i cant wait to try the black rye

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass a thorough reddish amber color depending on the angle I hold it to the light. Not much head to speak of and what was there quickly dissipated without much trace.

Smells a tad hoppy and just a little malty with a touch of some other flavors I'm not totally qualified to describe.

Tastes fanatasic, everything I hoped for and more. Perfect balance of malt, hop and bitterness. No tacked on gimmicky flavor to finish it off. Just disappears down your throat leaving the sides of your tongue just a little bitter and begging for another sip of this exceptionally balanced beer. Not too watery and just crisp enough.

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Photo of reeder
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy brown. Not sure if this is usual for this style. Not bad, but not as appealing to me as a transparent amber would have been.

Ah, but the nose is fantastic. Sweet floral hops. A beautiful aroma that reminds me of my favorite IPAs.

The first taste is a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness. Just the right dryness to make it refreshing. The rye gives it a slightly unique taste that sets it apart from the canonical west coast taste.

I really like this beer. It is very drinkable. At the same time it is complex and beautifully crafted.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a pint glass a minimal eggshell white head is produced. There's little retention and lacing to note. The beer is clear and bronzed copper in color.

I'm thinking this is one fresh six pack of this beer. The smell is potent and fantastic. Rich and sweet caramel malts are paired with very green smelling hops which lend a fruit punch like scent to the beer. There's underlying dry and raisin notes which are undoubtedly from the rye. Overall very well balanced and pleasing while reminding you that this is indeed a rye beer.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again I think this is one of the more fresh six packs I've picked up in recent memory. To lead, there's some good crisp bitterness and piney hop flavor which moves in to some peppery dryness from the rye. There's just a touch of caramel malt sweetness but on the whole this beer drinks very dry, and crisp while keeping piney hops and rye as the stars of the show. The beer finishes dry and clean and begs for the next sip. This is the first beer in quite a while that has really wowed me.

The beer is perfectly mild and constantly refreshes the palate. It's good for extended drinking and would be superb with a meal. Highly drinkable.

Bottom Line:
The best rye beer I've had to date, and again probably the most impressive beer I've had in recent memory. It's perfectly balanced and quite refreshing.

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Photo of FrothHead
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not too much fancy-pantsy beer judge talk here. Just my opinion.

The label - the freaky hobbit dude reminds me of Harry Potter at age 80!

OK, the beer. If you love hops balanced by a little caramel malt, this is heaven!

S- note the citrus (grapefruit)

T- The grapefruit comes through on the front of the tongue and lingers (melding with the hops bitterness in the finish.)

Enjoy the caramel malt (present but reticent) in the middle.

Finish with faint memory of malt fading into hop bitter that lingers on the back of the tongue.

This is one of my session beers. OK, I'm a hophead!

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Photo of machostacos
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby Founders bottle into a pint glass. Doing a side-by-side with He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's Rye DIPA (though I've had Red's Rye many times before!)

A: Ruby amber color (gorgeous), perfectly clear with a thin, somewhat soapy beige head that leaves a thin film and collar that hugs the edges of the glass. Thick, elegant lacing.

S: Very spicy and citrusy; I know this is dry-hopped with Amarillos and it's very evident from the pineapple and mango aromas. The rye is beautifully featured here in all its unique, spicy glory. Not much else is evident, but it's more than enough to get my mouth watering.

T: Just like the nose - very rye-spicy and citrusy. Plenty of juicy pineapple, mango, papaya, and other tropical fruits perfectly balanced by the spicy rye-forward malt backbone. Solid hop bitterness with a slightly bitter finish and lingering aftertaste. Exceptional balance. Absolutely delicious.

M: Quite full-bodied, a little creamy and chewy. Decently coating; sort of oily. Perfect level of carbonation.

O: This is simply a phenomenal Rye, and my favorite rye beer overall. It showcases every element and leaves me wanting little else from this brew. Founders simply can do no wrong. The He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's is another excellent Rye IPA, but Red's Rye came out on top. One of my all-time favorites!

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Photo of gatornation
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a gem as with all of founders beers. pours a dark orange /carmel brown with a great hop/malt balance and the rye make it quite delicious like nothing ive had b4...with good lacing left behind. taste is earthy , ciitrus, pine and a little grapefruit. this is one tasty beer . its not one to drink 3 in a row but rotate 1 every couple of days. the beer is a treat as is their dirty bastard scotch ale...seek this one out it will not disappoint

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Photo of BeerMark
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Red's Rye Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company is a welcome addition here in Alabama. It's color is dark amber with a beige head. The smell is pine, hops, and rye. The taste is fantastic. It's a well balanced beer that has equal parts sweet malt and hop bitterness. Will be in heavy rotation at my house. This beer has made me want to try other rye beers. Keep the great beers coming to Alabama.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A - Pours a rich copper, very clear with a nice 2+ finger tan head.

S - Pine & Rye....Very pleasant

T - MMM....very nice hop presence up front splashed after that with a spicy hint of rye. The hops are like the nose. Pine, oily feel. The rye really is a nice flavor kick at the end. Wonderful

M - Somewhat creamy feel, yet not heavy at all....super smooth. Nicely done!

O - Wow this is a great brew. I've heard a lot and read a lot about this one and it did not disappoint at all. Awesome! A session brew to boot. I could see myself having 3 or 4 of these puppies in a sitting during the summer! Very well done!!

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Photo of YankChef
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

Appearance: slight amber with a strong cranberry juice red nice foamy thick head.

Aroma: Sweet, juicy pine big time hops and sweetness. Pineapple, rose water

Taste: Slightly sweet and juicy upfront and on the finish, all hops, hops and delicious hops in between. Almost tastes fruity from a lot of the notes, berry and maybe some peach.

Overall: absolutely delicious and clearly deserves its rating as the number one rye beer. If you havent had it, TRY IT

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Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is as expected, a "reddish" amber. Rye adds a pleasant "sour taste", but the main taste is bitterness from start to finish. Body is medium; could be a touch fuller. An excellent ale for those willing to try something different!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured a deep amber color, almost rusty, with a small head that sat nicely atop the beer. The nose was very nice, with a definate blast of rye spiceyness and a citrusy hop with a nice thick caramel base underneath. The flavor was complex, with an almost rye-bready flavor with caramel and grapefruity hop. Everything was balanced very well. The feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch more thickness would do it good. Overall, a damn fine beer. I liked it enough to have it off tap twice since the first bottle. The flavor balance was just divine. It was smooth and refreshing. I would like to keep a keg of it around in the summer.

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Photo of zombiebeergut
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think that some people are incapable of liking this beer because they dont like the taste of rye.. Atleast I have read that in the reviews.. I personally have liked every single rye brew ive had.. And this one is fantastic!

Serving type 12oz bottle

A-Pours an amber red with a half inch of off white cream colored head.

S-Aroma is floral hops and caramel with citrus notes and very pleasing to me.

T-Taste is sweet with a lot of great floral and pine hop flavor and spicy rye notes. Amazing balance of bitter and sweet but more of a sweet taste and a bitter finish id say.

M-Bubbly with a good amount of carbonation very pleasant.. Medium consistency.

O-This is an AMAZING brew from an AMAZING brewery and an AMAZING style.. I feel this beer is greatly overlooked and underrated!

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Photo of mjurney
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep mahogany color, hazy. Lots of thin bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Grapefruity, cirtus, herbal, sweet malts, a bit peppery from the rye.

Hop bitterness up front, grapefruit, citrus, herbal, a little piney. Deep malt character, sweet bread, caramel, a little peppery (rye). Finish is semi-dry, a little zesty. Body is full, juicy, a little oily, very smooth, semi-refreshing.

Well made Rye IPA, it's a world class!!

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Photo of scott
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking these for some time now, and cannot believe I haven't reviewed it yet.
Dark, hazy amber with medium-light head and little retention or lace.
Where the appearance doesn't completely awe you, the nose punches you into submission. Aggressively floral, agressively hoppy, followed by a nice sweet aroma.
An easy drinker, this has complexity but doesn't not fail to merely refresh. Medium-bodied, this starts dry and finishes very quickly.
Bitter, to say the least, but has balance & focus. Highly recommended.

Update: This is one of the better beers I've ever encountered and had the pleasure of knowing. Sublime. This is so near perfect, I'd like to know what perfect is...

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Founders offering pours a bright brown amber with substantial head that never leaves. Aroma is big and spicy, with some citrusy hops and piney notes as well. Thankfully, you can smell the malt backing for all of those hops. On the palate, this big, smooth beer starts off with exploding bitterness, then shifts to some sourness at the mid palate. The finish and "burn" at the end seem like classic rye to me. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that is unique, interesting, and tasty to boot. Very well done.

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Photo of cameraman
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A red light ruby color, with touches of amber. An off white colored head forms, about an inch thick. A citrusy hoppy frgrance, with touches of malty sweetness, followed by a hint of spiciness from the rye. The taste blends well starting the sweet malt, then the rye takes over, then it layers to grapefruit and grassy flavors. The rye and the hops linger on the palate for sometime. A even balanced medium bodied feel, it glides across the palate leaving a slight arid feeling. This is a very good beer and is quickly becoming a favorite. The 6.8 percent alchol it would be hard to consider this a session beer, but man is it hard to not have two or three.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Red's Rye P.A. pours pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a small white head. The nose is big and hoppy; full of grapefruit and grass and caramel and bread crust and yummy.

The flavor starts out sweet with toasty notes with some fruitiness - something in there reminds me of strawberry jam. This is all followed by a big, spicy hop punch with all kinds of hoppy/grapefruit flavors, which leads to a nice smooth bitterness that lingers for a good while and is welcome to do so.

Overall, this beer freaking rocks and I may need to make sure I have some in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer started out with a nice redish look. The taste gives way to a piney citrus taste with a great hoppy aftertaste. It is nearly IPA like with its flavor. The rye taste helps mellow out the hops giving this beer excellent drinkability. An exceptional beer with terrific flavor.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous ruby with a massive soft and meringue-like head that settled to a thin cap lasting the glass through. Slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

Smell: Spicy and hoppy, with a huge noseful of rye and a dose of juicy, citrusy hops. Sweet malt and a celery-like character.

Taste: Nice and creamy in the mouth, with that characteristic rye bite. This is the best (commercial) example of a highly-hopped rye beer I've had. Wonderful mixture of sweet malts, slightly spicy and stalky rye, and the perfect blend of juicy hops to dry things out nicely in the end. Excellent beer.

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Photo of OldSock
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation and Appearance – 12ozer with a sort of creepy red charcoal face on it. In my pint glass it’s a beautiful clear rusty brown beer that has a thin white head and sticky lacing.

Smell – Good floral hop nose as well as some rye sourness. It’s a clean aroma, fresh, sweet and juicy like freshly picked fruit.

Taste – Unlike any beer I have had, it’s like biting into a fresh grapefruit it’s sweet and sour and juicy. Good citrus hop flavor and bitterness come through at the end and linger just a bit after you swallow. Other than the rye there is little flavor from the grains, but with all that’s going on I don’t miss the grains even a little.

Mouthfeel – Medium-light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Creamy and smooth, it slides down without offering any resistance.

Drinkability and Notes – Slides down easy, really fantastic beer. The only other rye beer I have had is the Black Rye, the two beers are as different as night and day. The Black Rye is a better showcase for the flavor of rye, but this beer is far superior in taste and drinkability. A definite must buy for anyone, a new favorite for me.

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Photo of farrago
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy head colored deep cream, lays thinly across the surface but takes awhile before it breaks apart, not much lacing. Dark burnt orange-red in color, slight haziness deepens the hue further, retains depth along the rims. Nose smells as caramelized as burnt, develops scents of brown sugar, white grapefruit pith, pine oil, apricot pit, flower water, on the whole never gets in your face, that grapefruit the most obvious element, more about keeping it all on the same page. In the mouth it's medium to full-bodied with a steady stream of carbonated pop and sizzle, very active presence. Spicy with a crisp graininess, the citrus a blend of white grapefruit, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange. The malt dimension leaner here, some brown sugar to toffee, appears to act more as a salve for the palate than source of flavor. Nicely floral with a credible level of apricot, peach fruit. Manages to create a unified, consistent presence without ever appearing to attract attention to itself. The finish is long, yet tactful. Never bitter but comes close in the name of refreshment. Pretty damn chuggable.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never had a Founders I didn't like, but this is an excellent pale ale, and was enjoyed as a second in a series at lunch. smooth feel, crisp taste, less carbonated than I would expect. Nice tart hoppiness, more citrus than pine. Definitely one I would order again.

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