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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 4286
Reviews: 1617
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004)
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In terms of India Pale Ale's this beer is not overly bitter. A very nice red color lives up to the name and its welcoming aroma of peaches leads to an easy drink, especially for fans of bitter beers. For those trying to delve into the IPA world this is a good place to start.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2014 01:23:36 | More by ZachMcGinn
Photo of Jesswellick


2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Medium mouth feel with malty hints. Very strong bitter notes that leave a not so enjoyable after taste. Has a very welcoming appearance and smell but was very thrown off by the flavor. Not my favorite beer to taste, but a decent IPA for what it's worth. Doesn't leave an enjoyable mouth feel and the bitter taste lacks enthusiasm.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2014 01:20:05 | More by Jesswellick
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3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer caramel in color. Once you bring it up to your nose you can smell hints of citrus. Once you taste this beer you can taste the hops as well as some slight citrus flavors. This also has a good amount of hops, but does have a very strong aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2014 01:16:34 | More by phartman133
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce pour on tap at 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn.

The pour was a mix of red and orange with a bright red highlight when held up to the light. The body was cloudy. The lacing was fantastic as it clung to the glass like a spiderweb.

The smell was hop forward with lots of lemon and tropical notes plus the usual pine. I did get to much of the spice or rye.

The taste was just like the aroma. Very nice. Lots of bitter grapefruit and lemon. The bitter hops are very present as well. The rye was kind of subdued.

The mouthfeel was nothing spectacular but by no means bad. I actually wanted another as soon as I was done. My only complaint was the bitter dry finish. Damn tasty though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 15:24:00 | More by WheelsPSU
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Guanabanas. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep red body. Not really transparent, although I can't tell because it's dark out. Big creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, lots of caramel malt, and a distinct spicy rye character.

Taste - Grapefruit hops joined by some resiny pine. Rye is much more prominent. Spicy finish to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for me. Thick for the style. Creamy carbonation.

Overall - Great rye character, but its body made me struggle through the whole pint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 20:45:46 | More by Alieniloquium
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.

pours a dark cloudy red brown with a good inch and a half white head. smell is quite hoppy with some good rye notes. the taste hits you with the rye up front and follows with some hops but mostly your typical APA flavors. not as hoppy as the nose. good drinkability, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a real easy drinking rye pale. recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 23:20:23 | More by Axnjxn
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New York

4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep ruby red color that is clear.

The aroma has lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of earthy pine.

The flavor follows with mostly pine and floral notes and then grapefruit bitterness on the end. There is a peppery spice from the rye along with a gentle sweetness.

Despite being bitter and hoppy, the beer is really well balanced. Just another phenomenal beer from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 14:15:34 | More by dar482
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transparent amber brown with a slight off-white head. light lacing, not much in the way of effervescence.

S: Strong hops on the nose, honey, caramel, floral, citrus

T: rye, malt, hops.

M: Medium bodied. crisp, easy to drink.

O: If you get a chance, please do try this one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 18:29:02 | More by jroberts8811
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am unfortunately going from memory. I would be all in favor of this beauty achieving year round status. The heartless bastards at Founders have made it a seasonal brew for some unknown an obviously insufficient reason. Had it on tap at Founders brew pub which was a slice of heaven, but by the bottle it is extremely close to fresh tap taste. Founders is awesome and I highly recommend this heavenly brew to just about anyone as the maltiness and hop finish are sublimely and superbly blended to achieve party in your mouth status...it is just about perfect for beer lovers of most types. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 11:54:21 | More by hopdaddy49
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a very good IPA. The touch of rye made it very enjoyable. You could smell the rye and it had a dark apple juice color. The hop and rye taste with a pleasant bitter after taste. It was also pretty smooth for an IPA. I would this to anyone.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2013 00:48:09 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_greg
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Got this on-tap in a tall glass. It was a beautiful, clear, reddish, amber brown with a slight off-white head.

S: It smelled of rye and hops right away - earthy, bitter, a little citrusy-sweet.

T: Prevalent rye taste. Malty and hoppy. Dry. A bit of earthy spice. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth with a little fizziness.

O: Love this beer. Big fan of the delicious rye taste and the delicious smoothness. One of my new favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 23:38:40 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
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New York

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, New York.

Poured a deep copper, almost red hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured waves of piney, citrus, herbal and tropical hops atop a clean grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney and herbal hop assault that begrudgingly gave way to spicy rye malt and round crystal malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a brawny full bodied hop bomb. Very nicely made.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 20:15:23 | More by plaid75
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown color with reddish-amber highlights. Not a great color, but the head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way down the glass. Could see mild carbonation when I held the glass up to the light.

S - Comparable to a Ruthless Rye (which I love). Very clear rye smell with a nice piney hops kick.

T - It's rye through and through, with malty sweetness in the center and piney hops on the finish. Nice spiciness. Really tasty.

M - A different feel to this one. It's not really carbonated or heavy bodied, but this beer is more like silk, which is a nice contrast to the hops and rye. The beer sort of glides through your mouth - excellent contrast.

O - I could probably be a little more generous here. This is the best I've had from Founders - all of the features complement each other and it is a pleasure to drink. Perfect for this cold, rainy afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 17:33:20 | More by Andrew041180
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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is dark copper, slightly cloudy, denser murky white head. Nose is hopped up, light rye spice and juicy citrus and sticky piney hops. Taste is a bit less fresh hop, spice is mild with a more present malt body, biscuity and chewy, lighter carbonation, soft citrus and sticky pine, very creamy feel, soft body.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 18:28:42 | More by cpetrone84
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is another Founders beer to add to my list. It has an average appearance: dark copper in color beneath a moderate froth cap; there is some minor lacing along the glassrim, yet little carbonation present.

The nose is the usual in that there is a heavy pine scent with some wafting grass aroma. The palate detects subtle citrus in the initial taste, one which hesitates between a sweetness and outright bitterness. Once past the first sip, the scene changes as the dry rye comes onto the stage and steals the show with a arbitrary rush of toastiness. The mouthfeel is strangely buttery.

An interesting style for Founders: despite its’ average 6% abv., it comes across as somewhat heavy than the style would have you believe. While not big on rye, I could still recommend this for a single quaff. That is that for this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 23:54:28 | More by jjboesen
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South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great dark red amber, that pours heavy with a nice head. The taste is prevelant immediately and is a full flavored and full bodied. Can't quite compare the taste to anything else at the moment, but I found it excellent. A full bodied beer with a full taste and not an overpowering after taste. Not to strong ABV wise nor too watered down. Just a phenomenal beer I was lucky to find at my local craft store. Two draughts and an immediate purchase of a four packs should say enough. excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 23:50:42 | More by Wrigfen
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3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this one at the Brick Store Pub in downtown Decatur. The hops is masked a bit too much at first sip; however I did pick up the customary IPA bitterness at the end. There was a tad too much rye on the front end and not a sufficient amount of hop bitterness for my taste. I enjoy all the other Founders brews, but have to put this one at the back of the bus. Having said that, while I would never go out of the way to pick up a six pack or growler, I would certainly order it at one of our Atlanta area beer bars if the other draught offerings were sub-par.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 19:35:21 | More by Hopprof
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2.61/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

As a fan of rye beers and separately IPAs, I wanted to like this, but the beer has a sort of whacky, out-of-balance characteristic. The Michigan hop-head aesthetic is in full bloom here. Bell's Brewery has been setting the pace on these over-blown hop styles. The problem with this Rye PA is that the hops get masked by the rye grain charateristic. Sort of a train-wreck. Malty sweetness isn't evidenced by intent, but the result of this combination is sort of a sharp mush of bitterness. Over many beers this would escalate with growing fatigue on the palate. I've tried this on two occasions- once in the tap room at Founders and once at a bar in Ann Arbor. I did not finish either pint. Exceptionally poor label art too for Founders on this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 19:14:40 | More by monkbrewed
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this brew at "The Harp" in Willimantic, CT - a nice hole in the wall Irish pub.

I had the Founders Red Rye on-tap, poured straight. It had a good head, light and semi-transparent. The smell was excellent and perhaps my favorite part of this drink. It was so fragrant of grapefruit and citrus that my group of friends commented on the smell upon its arrival. It was highly carbonated, crisp, and fresh tasting. Staying true to its citrus scent, the taste was equal parts citrus and floral. I really enjoyed this and would both recommend it and have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 21:08:19 | More by MGoodrich
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Founders event at the Cloverleaf Tavern. It was served in a Palm tulip.

Red's Rye Pale Ale arrives ruby red in the glass, with a bit of clarity and some lighter red highlights. Almost two fingers of foam crowns the beer, and while it fades quickly at first, the last third or so hangs on for a while. There's definitely some lacing left clinging to the glass, but I'd classify it as spotty. The nose is disappointingly mild, but a bit of caramel plays off spicy grapefruit notes as aromas from the hops and rye meld together. The beer's a little more robust once it hits my palate. A prominent caramel note greets me, before a mild bitterness segues nicely into the spicy touch from the rye. The hoppy finish has some citrus, but also a more dank, pine-y aspect to it. The body is just too chewy for my taste, and as a result the carbonation struggles to cut through it all and make an impression. Red's Rye PA is a decent offering, but doesn't quite measure up to the quality of most Founders brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 22:25:43 | More by axeman9182
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: ?
Review from recent tasting at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, a medium brown/amber color with a finger or so of foamy white head; decent retention and lacing. Pine and citrus in the nose, stone fruits, bready malts and rye notes. Good mash of all those components in the taste, bready malts, caramel, stone fruits and citrus, pine bitterness, and a mildly sour twinge. Medium body, well-balanced, a very nice drink overall, and a great, easily-obtainable selection from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 23:17:14 | More by Rifugium
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first experience with a RyePA.; exceptional. definite fan of this brewery.

A: dark red, thick tan head
S: the rye comes through, remebered that pepper note from rye whiskeys. malt comes through strongly as well.
T: starts sweet, good caramel malt notes, biter hops begin to take over about half way through, finishes bitter and complex and lingers there.
M: medium weight
O: a definite go to for me when i'm looking for something on the bitter side, the rye defenitely adds complexity to the IPA style. highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 23:55:59 | More by JustinCurtisKoch
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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this beer,heard lots about it over beeradvocate, great taste really wish to see more of thoses brews around this area (newhampshire)
the flavor of this beer is very unique compare to this everyday micro brews that I like.

Very hoppy, beautiful color at the pour, over all really good! Defenely a 10 high score on my board!

Lately I have Ben discovering lots of small brewerys but world class score thanks for beeradvocate.
And thanks to the founders master brewer! Keep working for THE BEST!
I m a big supporter of fine tasting brews.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 00:39:33 | More by Gilmanbrz
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 9/5 at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop:

Appearance - Amber, dark rust. One finger head that dissipates to light lace on top. The head leaves a trail on the glass as you go. Sticky Icky!

Smell - Big citrus up front, most noticeably pink grapefruit. Very light malt on the nose, smells more like caramelized sugar to me.

Taste – Bam! Smooth citrus is met with that spicy rye note. Just like the nose, it reminds me of pink grapefruit in the summer and the rye carries me over to fall. The rye provides that little kick which evens the whole beer out. Very smooth, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation is perfect and for this medium bodied beer. The hops and rye leave the mouth dry, begging for more.

Overall – Great Rye Pale Ale. Lots of smooth hops with a bit of spicy rye. Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 14:06:34 | More by SGDJosh
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, quaffable IPA with the added twist of some spicy rye and accentuated caramel goodness.

tall, foamy, tan-colored head - ultra-clean-filtered appearance - liquid, reddish-amber in hue

west-coast style hop profile in the nose - nice, but nothing unique - a bold, pungent, fairly-balanced pine/floral blend with some faint notes of orange peel - very appealing underlying caramel character and some mild alcohol

flowery/herbal hoppy with a mellow, yet lightly-biting bitterness up front - rye spiciness seems to take hold (w/ hops) midway, following through to the finish - the malt is there, rounded by that unmistakable caramel flavor - so nice

quite lighter-bodied (though not w/o a subtle roundness) and easy-drinking for an American IPA, which is certainly appreciated - dry, for sure, though a phantom saliva-sodden syrupy film stays on the taste buds between sips

up there with the most drinkable American rye beers I've had - it may take second to SA's Revolutionary Rye in my eyes, which is still strange to me - perhaps if they dialed back the hops a bit on this one and let malt come through more, it'd be the apple of my rye, harharhar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 05:41:47 | More by Bouleboubier
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