Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,646 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,042
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 320
Gots: 509 | FT: 8
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"
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Red's Rye IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,646 | Hads: 5,042
Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Calico
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of n8tron
5/5  rDev +19%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of delicious
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of deBeers
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of FirstMan
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of benito
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (1,250 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (2,552 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a ruby amber coloration. There is a inch and a half honey colored head. The head resolves into a thin film of honey goodness. There are floating black particles in the beer.

Smell: The beer smell fruity with nice malty undertones.

Taste: The beer taste great. Great malty backbone with the addition of fruity goodness. Good hop back bite. The rye adds a nice bready taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a full bodied chewyness about it. Very drinkable I could pound these back all night. (574 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange appearance. The head is initially nice, off-white, but quickly resumes to cover. Appealing rye, cookies and raisin nose contain a strong multi-hopped facet reminiscent of smoky/earthy centennial. Bitterness comes out quite heavy. Bready and earthy profile, nicely leafy and woody toward the finish, but citric all the way. Medium bodied, slight creaminess, smooth overall feel. Good stuff. (403 characters)

Photo of BUD
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The pour was quick and smooth, creating a nice 2 finger thick tannish head which SLOWLY diminished(leaving a nice lace down the glass) as I was enjoying drinking it. The beer itself a deep ruby color.

It had a fruitish kind of taste and scent. Not being the seasoned beer reviewer at this point, the hops and malts part arent yet disdinguishable to me. I would say balanced. Being a 6.8% ABV beer, the ABV wasn't overbearing at all, since I dont care for beers that taste like Nyquil.

Mouthfeel and drinkability was smooth. Very delicious beer. (596 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber with ruby hues and a healthy cloud of floaties. Thick, lasting head. Great lacing!

Bits of sour citrus, mega hops, alcohol, spice and sweet wet malts make up the aroma.
Taste is all big fruits and big rye. Tangy and spicy throughout with sweet malty start and a great hopped bitter finish. Creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Warming. Husky.

This is a superbly drinkable brew. (398 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy auburn with small chunks even with a careful pour. I like my beers chunky, so it gets bonus points for that. The head is very large, stays and laces, but is just a little too foamy. Smell is dark caramel with American fruity hops. Reminds me of SNCA. Bready flavor with citric sizzle and solid bitterness that ends with that "twang" of rye. Cocoa too. Medium body is nice and soft on the tongue. Dry finish makes for easy drinking, easier than I usually find this combo of flavors to be. This is a nice beer, but this damn combo of fruity hops and toasted malt just does not work! Two great flavors that just don't belong together. Good beer, but not all that special. The rye doesn't make as much difference as all us beer geeks would like to believe. (762 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a terrific Rye beer. Founders took a great base red wheat ale and added some really good Rye flavor to it.

A beautiful red coloring gives a nice off white head that gives up some nice lacing too. It smells of sweet caramel deep cooked caramel malts with a playful hops citrus and floral aorma. A good wheat flavor covered with the slight apples spice of rye meeting the sweetness of the long boiled malts. The citrus hops cut straight though the blend of maltyness and add a great balance to the flavor. Lovely mouthfeel and pretty drinkable as in I wish I had more. (577 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big, fluffy, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Very sticky with nice lacing. The beer is a tawny red color with a slgiht haze to it.

Smell: Sweet fruit nose with a pine hop scent following. Lots of fresh pine in the nose makes it smell even sweeter and earthy.

Taste: Very strong hop flavor that is almost medicinal in flavor. Strong pine flavor but not too bitter. The hop flavor is like licking a Christmas tree but luckily the sweetness of the malt adds nice balance and character. The malt is very faint and has to battle with the hops to get noticed. The rye makes a quick appearance in the middle of the beer with a sour husk flavor. Sweet and fruity but not very deep. The hop flavor is not very bitter and makes for a nice clean hop flavor. The end is long and sweet with lingering pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not very sticky. Despite the strong hop flavor it is very comfortable on the palate.

Drinkability: All around a tasty and good beer. Sweeter and hoppier than I expected but they match well. Nice hop flavor without being painfully bitter. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah buddy. Good suds. Poured out to a medium red color with a nice off-orange head. Rings of lace were present and dense. Nice. Aromas of hops, floral notes, sourness and some malt made the mouth water in anticipation of what was to come. Taste was solid and full; flavors of cooked malts, strong hops and bread notes fused together in beer bliss. A medium bodied mouthfeel fit this brew well. A good level of drinkability, I could have this on a regular basis and enjoy the hell out of it every time. Recommended. Special Thanks to sopor for the sample. (555 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially pours a gorgeous coppery orange until the end, where all the yeast sitting on the bottom of the bottle proceeds to dump out and join the party. Clouds things up quite a bit. Not really a problem for me. I could use the vitamins. A vigorous pour generates a full plume of creamy colored head, which settles into an even, filmy mist. Nice sticky lacing, as i expect from this brewery.
The aroma is hops front and center. Citrusy and floral, namely orange, grounded by a softened, caramel malt base. Some toasty cereal grain and a doughy yeast quality. Pretty clean, kinda Sierra Nevada-esque, especially with the big hop nose.
The flavor opens with pale and crystal malt flavor, softer and a bit grainier with the rye, hops right on it's heels. Initially a citrusy orange and lemon feel, moving into a less gentle grapefruity finish. The hopping is quite bold, especially for a red ale. Malt flavor is somewhat blurred and lost beneath the hop attack, but maintains a mild caramelized sweetness. A bit of yeasty doughiness. Some flowery bitters, especially in the aftertaste. Fairly full bodied, with a modest carbonation level. Goes down damn smooth. The alcohol is a bit higher than I'd like for a "drinkin' beer", but it's a good brew for a short, hoppy session. Just what I'd expect from these folks. (1,314 characters)

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of a penny that's aged a bit - dark copper with some ruddy highlights. Head rises a bit to orangey peaks, and then disappears. Aroma is invitingly hoppy, with slight nuances of understated sweet fruits mixed in with malty sweetness. Flavor is initially hoppy, with some bitter pine and tangy grapefruit hints. Finishes crisp, with a lingering aftertaste that smacks of fresh tingly grapefruit. Another tasty beer sent my way from BuckeyeNation. (464 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,646 ratings.