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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93
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Ratings: 5,022
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 315
Gots: 492 | 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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Ratings: 5,022 | Reviews: 1,656
Photo of shbobdb
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Oh man. This is a WONDERFUL beer.
It has everything you could possible want in a beer. It pours a deep ruby with a pleasant cream head.
The smell is mostly that of wonderfully citrusy hops. Mmmm. Then there is a touch of rye mixed in there too.
Oh man, and the taste is amazing. A strong blast of citrus followed by dark rye. Mmmmm, dark rye.
Man, I could drink this all day. Too bad it's 7%, or I would!

Photo of Tallboy
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: pours a dark amber brown with an average tan head.

Scent: at first I detected some lemon and lime. then some honey and oats, then came the rather distinct rye presence.

Taste: a bit of stout caramel at the jump but not to be outdone by the even sweeter malt,honey and strawberriess. there was also a nice earthy pine taste mixed with the rye and citrus that I realy liked...and made it so much more complex than what I am used too.

Mouthfeel: crisp and delightful for such medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I felt this was a remarkable first venture into the "Rye" beer category, score another win for Founders and me!!!

Photo of jlh8643
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no date into an imperial pint glass. An off white rocky head just explodes immediately from the initial pour. It takes several attempts to pour most of the bottle into my glass while trying to leave the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Lots of hop particles and other matter are bottled along for the ride. A deep, hazy, copper body that emits a very floral, resiny perfume with grapefruit aromas. Slightly spicy too. Lace just clump on the side of my glass as I drink. The hops are mainly the focus in the body. Citrus and spicy. Not sure if the spicy part is the hops or the rye but the mouth feel is medium. Finishes somewhat soft with lingering bitterness. A great drinker and fairly complex.

Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a fresh bottle obtained in a trade. I've also had this one on tap several times in Boston and in Grand Rapids and it doesnt dissapoint. This one is a dark amber colour with a dishwater coloured head that lasts for a while. Aromas are all fresh, floral hops and a nice malty edge with hints of rye to round it out in the background. The taste is hoppy as all get out in typical founders style, I do find them a bit one dimensional in their hop profiles just like FFF, but with beers this good...who cares! The rye is their too and it swirls together with a nice light caramel-like malt flavor. This one is pretty resiny as well providing the end user with nice hop burps. Mouthfeel is slightly abrasive in a good palate smacking way and drinkability is way up there.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a coulple O bottles of this in separate trades. Thanks, folks!

Very strong tan head fills my pint glass almost to the top. It's falling slowly, and there's a bit of very hazy light brown-peach liquid under. Held up to the light, the liquid's red qaulities come alive, wth more range emerging, as well.

Smell is lovely. Hops hit right up fornt, followd quickly by a sweet maltiness and a ht of rye rght at the end, combined with hops.

Wowza. Nice. The hop flavour builds as it goes along, with a noted woody rye kick from iddle to end. Nicely done.

Carbonation is just a touch high for me, and hits at the front of the tongue and in the throat. Liquid is medium.

Easy drinker, with enough complexity to get your attention. Well done, Founder's.

Be well
-UF

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhh. Mmm. Wow. Mmm.

An incredible sensory journey, with a supernatural interaction of flavors dominated by hops, barley, and rye, not necessarily in that order. The rye flavor here is more pronounced than any other rye beer i've ever had. Always dominating in the finish.

Man i wish i'd had a Rueben with this.

Divine offering from Founders. Will they ever expand down South?

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a good feeling about this beer when I cashed out at the store. The guy says, "You had this before? Cuz it is amazing!" I had high hopes from that point on. The beer pours out a cloudy, amber-brown with a big head that lasts.

The smell is one of the biggest high points. So hoppy and sweet it almost makes me drool. Citrus and grassy notes come through as well. The taste, well it does not disappoint. The first thing you notice is how dry this beer is. I love that. Dry IPA's and Triples are among my favorites. The rye lends some great sour notes that really fit in with the whole beer. Well balanced and explosive in the mouth.

I love this beer. Great flavors that are big but still easy to drink.

Photo of DeaconBluez
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled through trade with northertimber.
poured red copperish color with orange with sunset colored edges. tan/half finger head.
this has nice has a nice hoppy smell with hints of nice crisp fruit.
the flavor follows the smell. great taste. there almost seems like there are hints of apples and strawberries.
carbonation is a bit high, but the hoppiness balances out well. this would be great sessional beer. many thanks norhtertimber

Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel.

Photo of bruachan
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at the lizard

i'm in love with the black rye so i was excited to give the red one a taste

pours a garnet with amber highlights and a feeble head (could be the glass, i suppose). NW hop aroma...smelled like someone had actually put hop pellets into my glass. i'm not sure if i would have picked up on the rye if i didn't know to look for it; subtle, but i did find it

medium mouthfeel

not what i had hoped for given my afinity for the black one

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a chimay chalice. Lovely blood-orange color, very hazy, with an offwhite head. Good coating along the glass. Strong citrus-hop smell, full and aromatic. Huge burst of hop flavor, lemon-grass, citrus, spicy... forcibly drying the beer from start to finish. Rye flavor is restrained, or perthaps just hard to find beyond all the hops. Lingering finish. Body is full, though slightly waterty.

A good hoppy beer, but I was hoping the rye would be more prominant.

Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Foamy head lasts well, with heavy lacing. Aroma is light dark fruit, but dominated by piney hoppiness. Taste reflects the nose almost exactly, but with some alcohol warming in the close. Mouthfeel is extra smooth from the rye, and drinkability is good as well. All around enjoyable brew.

Photo of Calico
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an absolutely huge head. Good clarity. A nose of maple and cherry. Hits the palate at first with pleasing sharp hop notes. Alcohol warmth is almost immediately apparent.

The rye makes for a good dry taste, and malt adds a roundness to the flavor. Rye notes and hops balance the maltiness perfectly. Very bright, sparkly mouthfeel, and yet a smooth drinking beer.

Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a deeply red colored ale with a tan head. The shade here is so dark that I could almost call this reddish brown.

The smell is quite hoppy and aromatic. There is a base slightly sour scent of rye here that is complimented by the hops. Hop aromas are anchored by a basic oak aroma with citrus and pine on top with a spicy edge.

Taste is dry and woody at the beginning. Malt and hop flavors kick in here at about the same time. There is a faint sour twang here with mostly woody hops as the main flavor. Strongly flavored but mellow too. Malt flavor stays restricted to dark sugar and a bit of caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable beer for those who like them dry and hoppy. Nothing at all is bad about this beer, the only thing that would prevent sessioning all night is the above 5% alcohol level. A very mellow beer I can recommend.

Photo of n8tron
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, WOW. I had know idea what to expect from this beer. I picked it out randomly believe it or not, cause I had never seen it before. It sat in my fridge for over a month before I finally tried it. I was nervous as I had never had a "rye" beer. This beer goes down like cool-aid. Its got a smooth but very flavorful sweet taste. Its like a tamed down IPA but packed full with taste. This is my favorite beer so far.

Photo of delicious
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a great label of an old man drawn in conté crayon.

Dark amber body with large, flakey suspended particulate matter and a foamy yellowish head — the color of aged lace.
The nose is fruity and bready ... strawberries? The rye definitely adds something to the flavor, though I'm not confident I could pick it out in a blind tasting. My father bakes a Jewish rye, and I'm reminded of it. This beer has a great balance; it starts flavorfully malty and transitions smoothly into a bitter finish. I get some strawberries in the taste, too.
This beer is easy to drink, and the complexity keeps you sipping and smiling.

Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a red wine glass. seemed appropriate based on the color.

pours a deep brownish amber with as much beige head as you want. i stopped pouring to limit it at three inches; it falls with nice lacing into foamy peaks and valleys. dark sediment dots the base. beautiful appearance.

aroma does hint at rye, dominated by a malty, bready sweetness. rich, peppery, full-bodied aroma, with hints of sweet, juicy grapefruit.

taste disappoints slightly from the beautiful appearance and aroma. malty flavors with a gently bitter aftertaste. hints of the citrus flavors from the aroma in the aftertaste as well. overall, far more pedestrian that the pour and aroma would indicate.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass which yielded a 1 and a half finger head. Coppery with some cloudy definition and overall medium amber color.

Smell- Like the hoppy, unrefined rye grain aroma. Almost smells like smells like mom is kneading homemade rye bread.

Taste- Hardly any malt presence. Definetly dominated by the hops balanced bitterness and thes rye's accentuation of that bitter note. Overall a bitter beer, but if you like IPA's, you will enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light bodied, does leave a clinging aftertaste but nothing a hops fan couldn't appreciate.

Drinkability- If the alcohol contentwasn't so high this could be a good regular drinking beer. Or session beer, but other than that a good pint after pint beer.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle.

Pours a hazed red/copper with a rocky, irregularly shaped tan head. The froth is long lasting and clingy.

Nice fat citrus smells in the nose, along with pungent herbs, sweet malts, and a hint of booze.

Round and juicy mouthfeel with a great creaminess from the hearty head and just right carbonation. Hops take the show at the top, brash and resinous, grapefruit and herbal. The malts are sweet and full, with a snap of black pepper like spiciness that fades with the hops in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticable.

What a great beer! Why did I only get a six pack? I shouldn't have shared so much.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red and cloudy. Head is huge, creamy and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell is very citrus and hop dominated. I can detect some grapefruit and spice aroma.

Taste is dominated by hops, sweet maltiness appears at the finish. The rye flavor jumps out in the beginning and really lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I would prefer a little fuller flavor.

All in all a decent and unsual beer. The more I drink of it the more I like it.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear, ruby-amber color that shows rich copper-orange highlights when held up to the light. The head is frothy, rocky, initially a finger thick and a full tan color with a bit of an amber tinge. The aroma is quit hoppy; a mix of herbal notes, pine and citrus. I get aromatic notes of candied orange peel, and grapefruit; both of which come to dominate the aroma after a bit.

The taste has a sharp hoppiness to it that carries through almost to the end, but actually mellows and becomes a lingering, smooth, sweet citrus note and a bright bitterness. This is definitely hop dominated, but there is a malt character here, which, through its caramel notes, helps to accentuate the fruity citrus character of the hops. As the beer warms up it begins to pick up some minty menthol like notes in the finish. I can't say that the rye is really noticeable here; perhaps it adds a bit to the body of the beer and it seems to make it have a head with more staying power. As with many of the so called "rye" beers this is a hop bomb; don't get me wrong, I definitely am enjoying this beer, but I am curious as to what the rye is really adding.

Photo of deBeers
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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 FirstMan
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's in Westboro. Happy to see they were carrying Founders, although no Breakfast stout. Boo hoo.

Beautiful reddish brown coloring with a very slight foggyness. This is clearly an unfiltered beer as well. Little bits of stuff floating around in there. I even poured carefully to keep the bottom out. Not a huge head, but enough to leave a gauze across the top and ring around the edges. A few fingers of lacing.

Nose is big time hops. Crisp and floral with a warm maltiness underneath. Brown sugar hints linger in the nose. While the hops present themselves right of the bat, a little more sniffing reveals a great deal more complexity.

Honestly the taste is the opposite of the nose. A full sweetness presents itself right off in the creamy round mouthfeel. This opens up elegantly into the hop floral bitterness that hits a high and then mellows into a wonderfully balanced warmth and cleanness. Finally at the end a subtle ghost of smokiness wisps in and disappears. Lingering light bitterness in the mouth for quite a while.

Very very good. I'd love to have this on tap. It's probably extraordinary.

Photo of benito
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a sixer of this earlier this week and held off on reviewing it until now (four of six gone) because as soon as I tasted this for the first time I knew that this beer was way smarter than I am...and I needed time to think about it and retaste.

The pour, a transparent and dark amber, is probably the only unremarkable aspect. There's little head and carbonation, and it alone does nothing to prepare you for what's to come. But then the smell...ah the aroma of rye and honey with a hint of oat and fruitiness as well, all of which carry over to the taste.

Every sip I've taken of each pint of this brew that I've now tried continues to surprise me, as the flavor profile manages to reinvent itself (seemingly) every time, or that each swig reveals new, increasingly complex flavor combinations: rye (obviously), but also strawberry, honey, oat, and straw. This is a heavy-duty brew with an incredible balance between sweet and bitter, an aggressive and succesful attempt to embolden the amber/red style through stronger, more assertive flavors.

The balance makes this emminently drinkable and hides the 6.8 ABV. This is easily the best beer in two ale styles (rye and red) that I've ever had. Kudos to Founders for a wonderful beer!

Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, dark amber in hue with gold and bronze influences, when backlit a redder color develops; I like the appearance of the liquid. Beige head, at the apex the foam reached almost two-fingers in height. The bubbles quickly faded to a moderate cap, clumpy for awhile before turning outright soapy. The subsequent lacing was widespread, thick bands of foam clung well to the side of my glass. I am digging this beer’s look!

The nose is bold. It smells like a DIPA. “Red” must have been a man because that name surely doesn’t fit this beer. The rye gets lost in the massive hoppiness. Grapefruit rinds, lemon zest, citrus fruit, some pinecones, and flowers. At times I could detect some fruit and maybe a kiss of caramel. The rye is secondary, it’s zesty/spiciness provides the harmony. I was hoping it would be more of a solo act or at least a balanced duet. Nevertheless, the nose is inviting. It is articulate with plenty to say until the end, it gets oddly silent. No matter, I like the aromas!

The palate does not taste like a DIPA. That is fine. In fact, it tastes like an IPA infused with rye. Maybe that is exactly what it is suppose to taste like! The hops profile is formidable. Hot at times, kiss of alcohol throughout… by the end the rye is heard. Spicy, zesty, and a little bready-earthy but, in reality, the hops are the show-stealer. There is a great blend of pine, grapefruit rinds, orange peel, acidic citrus notes, candied fruit, honey, and some flowers. Malt sweetness is minimal, just some caramel. I think the malt backbone is fairly weak on this beer. The hops are strong, the alcohol is firm but the malt is an afterthought. This doesn’t really hurt the palate… well, a richer malt profile would make this beer amazing. It is just damn good… “as is.”

Medium in body, the mouthfeel is surprisingly light. It is not thin to the point of distraction but I would think just a bold beer would have a heartier body. The carbonation is low but very fitting. The mouthfeel doesn’t say, “sip me” and I don’t think this is really a “drink me” kind of beer. Oh well…

Damn drinkable. When all is said in done the warmth of the alcohol, the hop profile/bitterness, and spiciness of the rye all come together and creates one hell of a tasty beer. I do really like this beer but I can’t help but think it could be better. More malt and more rye would really soup-up this beer. Still, I would jump at the chance to drink this one again. My sample was provided by BuckeyeNation. Thank you… it was damn yummy!

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 5,022 ratings.