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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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4,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 4291
Reviews: 1618
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4,291 | Reviews: 1,618 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of xnicknj


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a mostly clear brilliant auburn color with some reddish hues. A froth of beige head retains well and leaves curtains of lace on the glass.

Strong scents of invigorating grapefruit hops with floral edges. Some hints of rye with caramel malt and bitterness.

Very hoppy and bitter up front with dryness on the tongue. Grapefruit and orange juiciness create a dynamic hop profile. Some bready malt with caramel and a strong rye presence (THANK YOU). Slight sweetness throughout the middle. Finishes long, bitter, and dry.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the palate. This is one of, if not my favorite rye beers where you can actually taste the rye presence amidst the other flavors. Another awesome beer from Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 18:58:03 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Kelly88


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had On tap at Keystone bar and grill. Served in your standard run of the mill pint glass.

A- very dark amber with Ruby hues. Casual khaki head foaming On top. Real Nice soapy lacing surrounding the glass.

S- sweet malts that remind me of sweet candy. Citrus hops sneak in and make an appearance as well. Not very strong but good.

T- caramel malts at first greet the palate. After the beer butters you up it slaps you with hop juice and some alcohol. Hops are juicy with some pine mixed in.

M- well carbonated and well made. About light medium with flavors That feel good on the mouth. Nothing extraordinary and nothing bad. Just What you want with a pale ale. Slightly bitter sting and a refreshing zip.

Overall a well crafted craft beer. Nothing offensive and tons of positives. Flavor is well balanced between sweet and hoppy. Also a slightly spicy rye flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 00:15:55 | More by Kelly88
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taproom 307, a new beer bar in NYC; pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy off white head that faded on the slow side and left excellent foamy lacing.

Smells of rye, sweet malt, grains, light citrus hops, grapefruit and either yeast or something slightly funky or spicy; rye dominates the nose, with a lot of earthy grainy tones and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of rye, sweet malt, grass, toasted grains, grapefruit, light citrus hops, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, light spices, mild yeast and a slightly funky metallic finish that finishes dry and crisp; pretty tasty for a rye beer and it has a nice malt balance to level out the rye taste with just enough hops coming through for a real nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is creamy, light and crisp, with high carbonation, a medium body and a sweet malty finish that's dry and crisp with the rye present in a very appealing way; good drinkability, this went down easy and could make a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 03:17:01 | More by CHickman
Photo of orangesol


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange, with a few ruby undertones, with a nice pillow of one finger tall off-white head leaving thick rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong citric hops up front mix well with the spicy rye and caramel malt core. Hard to tell if it is an IPA or a Rye beer. Very nice.

T - Plenty of strong citric hops dominate the start and linger long thru the finish. The lightly toasted caramel malt, biscuity rye, and dulled citric fruits offer some contrast to the strong hop presence as best they can. Finish is a mix of bready rye and hop bitterness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with plenty of lingering rye and dulled hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Not too bad. I enjoyed this one but the overall bready feel really brought the drinkability down a few notches. I felt like I ate half a loaf of hoppy bread after only one glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 19:03:20 | More by orangesol
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.61/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 01:09:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Canary Sq in JP. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark shady orange colored body. Thin white head. Smell was very floral and citrusy. I liked the flavor very much. Not as hoppy or bitter as I was expecting. Hints of lemon and grapefruit along with fresh hop flavors. Very crisp mouthfeel, with a smooth body. Very easy beer to drink. The more rye beers I try, the more I like them. Add this one to the list of winners.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 22:39:01 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Gtreid


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reveiw from notes 12/22/10. On-tap at Stubby's pub and grub, Milwaukee.

A: Clear red color. Pour produced 2 fingers of slightly off white head that left nice rings of lace.

A: Big time fresh hops. Citrusy and piney, with a strong enough malt backbone to give it some balance, and just a hint of spice from the rye.

T: Again more citrus, piney, and grassy hops. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine, with pine sap. Caramel malt balances well. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter, but smooth.

M: Medium body, crisp and clean. Carbonation is spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is dangerously high! Overall, this is one fantastic brew, just another reason why Founder's is at the top of the hill when it come to craft beer. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 20:18:46 | More by Gtreid
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red. Lacing is nice and thick. I wish there was a bit more head to this. Still good though.

Smell: Very rustic. Rye grain and metallic mineral water (in a good way). Some caramel notes as well. Pretty faint though, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty decent balance between sour rye and sweet caramel in the background. A bit one note to some maybe, but this definitely high lights good notes. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with slightly above average carbonation.

Drinkability: Kind of a hybrid session and sipper. Pretty versatile.

Overall: Definitely better for rye fans.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:44:29 | More by tjsdomer2
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft pour in a pint shaker glass.

A: deep amber reddish, creamy head.

S: hoppy citrus, malts

T: snappy hops, finished by malts that add a sweet yet spicy character

M: smooth, not heavy, satisfying.

D: would be able to drink a few of these without to much trouble.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 13:07:48 | More by fastsrt
Photo of notalagerlugger


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed from the bottle and loved it on tap.
A- great auburn color nice head
S- grapefruit and light spice
T - the rye give this beer a different flavor a good acidity and spice. The Amarillo hops give a citrus and pine flavor. This IPA is the beer I use to judge other IPA's. It is very hoppy and not to heavy on the malt. The beer is not a red beer it is named a guy named Red that is why it is called Red's Rye PA. I did not buy it when I first saw it because I thought it was a malty red.
M - good medium feels like beer
D - good on hot days served about 50 degrees great with BBQ. I drink some every month.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 04:19:51 | More by notalagerlugger
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DBA Manhattan

A_Pours a reddish brown with a rocky light tan head. Nice sticky lacing and above average retention.

S_Clean smelling, a nice mix of toasted malt and hop. Similar to a good APA

T_Very hoppy up front. Pine shows through but there is also a hint of fresh cut grass. The malt comes next, slightly sweet with a minor bread note. The Rye comes through right before the finish as a nice spicy highpoint. The finish is very dry.

M_Thicker bodied with an aggressive carbonation (on the verge of too much carb) Slightly sticky.

D_Drinks like a good IPA with a slight spicy note. Reminiscent of Hop Rod Rye.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 22:34:59 | More by sleazo
Photo of Damian


3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Foundry on Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Beautiful, orangey-crimson body with a near two-finger head of bubbly, light tan froth. A drippy latticework of lacing trickled down the top quarter of the glass.

Tons of bright, citrusy hop notes came through in the aroma. Orange peel was most apparent. Crisp and juicy. Slightly sweet with just a bit of twang from the rye.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, yet drier and more bitter. A touch of maltiness appeared up front before the hops took over. Crisp, citrusy, West Cost style hops dominated. Pithy notes of grapefruit and orange rind were quite noticeable in the hop profile. Spicy in the center with subtle indications of rye. Oily, resiny notes of pine sap came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied yet smooth and frothy with a fine, zippy effervescence.

Drinkability was where this beer seemed to falter. As much as I respect the style, the combination of dry, bitter hops and sour rye notes was a bit too much for me to handle. If you are a fan of Hop Rod Rye and other super hoppy rye beers, you will likely enjoy this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 06:43:07 | More by Damian
Photo of boyfromthenorth


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't stand rye. why, why, why put rye in a beer. So , I was wrong. Wonderful beer. Might be my favorite beer from Founder. Really the best rye beer I'v every had.

Had this in a bar that didn't seem like they would have a micro but they had Red's Rye so boy was I happy when I found this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 21:59:47 | More by boyfromthenorth
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A dark, amber, red color. With a name of Red rye, go figure. Has a ton of head, and amazing lace retention on the glass. Foamy!

S - Hops and spices, oh my.

T - Big rye flavor, combined with hop bitterness. A great combo.

M - Medium bodied, and well carbonated.

D - As high as it gets. Very well balanced, and tasty. I have not been able to find it in stores here in Atlanta, but I am keeping my eyes open.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 03:41:00 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. Nice one finger head a great lacing. Clear red body.

Great aroma. Piney, grassy hop aroma. Hint of sweet malt.

Superb flavor. Nice hop bitterness in the beginning. A touch of citrus and a nice sweet malt finish.

Great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 20:33:37 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost red but a bit lighter, very nice white head leaves great lacing around the glass as the head decimates.

S: Sugary and lots of hops

T: The taste of this beer is exceptional! Lots of citrus hops with some grains,very bitter, but the sweetness takes that away at the tailend.

M: Very good mouthfeel, not to heavey not to light. Very pleasant. Smooth

D: Definitely a beer to drink about an hour after dinner, very filling but one of my favorites!

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 18:16:44 | More by thedoubler55
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy brown with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus hops upfront with floral and roasted malts hints towards the end.

T - Very hoppy and bitter to start with with some earthy and floral flavors towards the finish. Rye flavor is almost non-existent.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable beer that I would definitely recommend but I would call it an IPA instead of rye beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 14:48:25 | More by taigor
Photo of mjrod2142


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. draft pint served at American Craft in Brooline, MA

When the glass was put down in front of me, I first noticed the beer's beautiful and deep red color. Big bubbles raced up to a thin, yet creamy head that remained firm.

I skimmed the reviews for this beer and was surprised to see that so many others described strong, pleasant aromas. I picked up little to no noticeable aroma other than the slightest hint of rye. Maybe my senses were shot from the Founders Breakfast Stout I had prior?

The taste had a delicious hoppiness that was just bitter enough without being too bitter. A nice hint of rye was backed up by the flavors of a good red ale. It made me think of a higher-end Killian's with more hoppy flavor. I'm not sure if that's what the brewers were going for...maybe my palate was just shot. The creamy and full mouthfeel went down pleasantly and was very enjoyable. I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 03:23:25 | More by mjrod2142
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rich ruby red with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Bursting with citrus hops up front, along with pine forest, spicy rye and toasted malt.

Taste -- Grapefruit pith, pine resin, and lots of rye character: earthy, spicy, slightly toasted. Finish is citrus pith and celery.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with medium-to-mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- A great APA with solid rye character. Nice contrast from the traditional APA. Must try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 22:19:34 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of alleykatking


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bar Louie....

A- Pours a deep amber color that is crystal clear. One finger off-white head that dies down rather quickly. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of hops in this one. Light piney hops with a ton of citrus off tones. Caramel malts show off the backbone of the beer. Spicey rye notes linger throughout the entire aroma.

T- Nice crisp hop bite from the get go. Caramel malts are showing in the middle of the beer but this seems to die quickly from the citrus hops. Rye bite toward the end with some piney hops as well. This beer is straight forward in the taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops hops and hops left on the palate crushing it. Rye spicey flavors and alcohol left in the aftertaste. Well blended beer but not so much balanced..which I expected. Alcohol has medium to heavy drying on the palate.

D- This is my go to beer when I see it on tap. I can drink this beer all night long. Founders hit this one out of the park with this beer. Fantastic beer that is a easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 03:29:38 | More by alleykatking
Photo of Dunkle


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Amber with an inch and a half of off-white head. Lacing throughout.
S: Hops in the nose. Surprising for the style.
T: Wow! The hops are definitely apparent; citrus. This tastes more like an IPA than a Rye Beer (I like the play on words in the name: Rye PA). The grainy rye flavor finally shows up in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied and good level of carbonation. Smooth.
D: This is a great session beer. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. One of my go-to six packs.

This is great for anyone. I would recommend this to my friends who are just getting into craft beer, and my BA friends alike. This is a versatile brew!

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 18:26:08 | More by Dunkle
Photo of Franz4


4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Dewey's Pizza (from notes)

A- very nice deep ruby red color, head settled by the time it got to my table.

S- Lots of "pizzeria" smells in this place, so difficult to place a review here, but what I could tell, I liked.

T- Tasted very nice, I'm a little leary of rye beers, but this one was very well balanced.

M- nice, well balanced carbonation that left a nice tingle in the back of the mouth.

D- Very drinkable, very surprising beer, really loved it and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 03:06:40 | More by Franz4
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappeze in Athens. Poured into a pint glass. Off- white fluffy head, nice retention. Amber body. Aroma is grapefruity orange hoppiness and some mild malt sweetness. Smooth tasting, nice hop bite, caramel notes on the malt and juicy fruit salad goodness. Lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 18:42:46 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a tulip at the map room...A dark amber pour, nothing of note...The aroma is strong, lots of hop present with a light malt caramel backbone, a rye accent finish...the taste is mostly hoppy but in a good way, does not let the rye dominate or really present, hoppy throughout. Really nice feel, bitter, easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 05:21:08 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy amber with a consistent, half inch, off-white head composed of compressed, tiny bubbles below the surface of the cap. Head exhibits good retention with thick swaths and strands of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus notes on a toasted malt backbone with the merest suggestion of caramel. Taste is somewhat consistent with nose; however, sweetness is somewhat muted and an even bitterness comes out. Malt profile is a little more flat and earthy (the rye definitely makes itself known here) and finishes with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light (closer to the lighter side of the spectrum) with a lively, semi-sparkling background carbonation. A solid beer with a great balance between malty and hoppy; sweet and bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 23:06:36 | More by Jwale73
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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