Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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5,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,018
Reviews: 1,656
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 312
Gots: 490 | 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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Red's Rye P.A. is brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale brewed with Rye. Originally a year round release, Red's Rye has since been relegated to fall seasonal 12 oz. 4 packs with year-round availability on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel-white head of a foamy frothed consistency over a moderately hazy red amber body. Thin specked sediment generates mild cloudiness, carbonation is moderate. Retention is above average, lacing is medium and stringy. 4

(Smell) Most trained noses can easily identify the bready, spicy characteristics of rye up and front, with a mellow sweetness and subtle graininess. Other aromatic notes include a light herbal hop profile with a subtle bitterness and a mellow fruitiness. 4

(Taste) Lightly toasted grainy caramel and peppery, spicy rye collectively form a flavorful malt body, fairly clean despite its assertiveness. Hop notes are herbal, peppery, slightly citrusy, although fainter by comparison, with a moderate bitterness, although the graininess of the malt bill seems to generate the most balance to the subtle sweetness of the brew. Subliminal undertones include lightly roasted coffee beans and herbal tea. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, mildly dry, peppery with a mellow graininess. Carbonation is soft, forming a smooth, lightly frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate, off characters of mild graininess may impede drinkability, but often come with the territory of rye and caramel malt. 3.75

(Overall) An enjoyable beer by Founders. They manage to pack a lot of malt flavor into this bottle. The Rye makes for a thicker, spicier and more peppery body than Pale Ales without it, so this is a worthy try for anybody who wants a Pale Ale with a bit more malt character. I recommend enjoying it as fresh as possible as the hop flavors do not take long to drop off. 4

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Red's Rye P.A.
3.98/5.00

Photo of Jacobob10
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this is just a good beer. It's not the most complex but it's expertly crafted.

Ruby colored with a tall white head. Great retention, tons of lacing, looks fantastic.

Aroma is straight up grapefruit and pine, and lots if it.

Flavor keeps the grapefruit and pine but adds in a whole bunch of spice from the rye. Awesome combo.

Medium bodied and oh-so-easy to drink. Would pair great with some spicy food but big enough to standout on its own. Highly recommended.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick reddish mahogany with solid tan head. Hops, pepper notes from the rye, and sweet malts on the nose. Taste is bittering hops up front and on the sides mingling with the rye giving it that zing of white pepper and an even body. Malt sweetness on the back makes it nicely rounded with bittering hops coming through on the aftertaste. Many love this brew, I personally love rye brews, yet the hops are a bit strong to my liking. Hop heads dream.

Photo of beergoot
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body appears a deep reddish-brown, topped with a very thick, creamy, and sticky white head. Rich rye spiciness floating in the aroma; cola-like; caramel sweetness to the smell. Big, rye bread flavor; cookie dough sweetness; well-tempered hop bitterness throughout the taste experience. Heavy body; big sugary feel without being cloying.

This is an amazingly heady malt bomb, packed with rye spiciness, superb malt sweetness, and well-tempered hop bitterness and bite. From the incredible sticky, brittle sheets of lacing on the glass to the evil malt sweetness and sugary feel spiked with a delicious rye pep in the flavor and the nearly decadent pleasure of the heavy, rich mouthfeel, this is one winner of a beer. An exceptional find and even better drinking experience.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice frothy head with great retention and sip analyzing lacing. Aroma of straight up marshmallow. Taste started incredibly strong with the caramel marshmallow overpowering everything, as I went along some hop/malt presence became more apparent but the caramel remained throughout. This beer has an incredible rich feel that is only enhanced by the caramel taste. Very interesting.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber with decent head. Despite it's light color, this thing pours nice and thick! Very surprised with the hefty body. Smells clean and piney typical of an IPA. Taste is wonderful. Nice clean and refreshing but not thin. Has wonderful mouthfeel and nice and creamy with no bitterness. A great fantastic beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firmer malt and a spicy grain undertow allows this strongly bittered beer to resemble IPA, but with some balancing accessorizing. Founders is happy to allow the rye grain to heighten the sense of hop bitterness, even if malty compromises occur. A risk perhaps, but one worth taking.

Its handsome and masculine deep burgundy hues are quite suggestive of its toast, caramel and delicately pungent grain sweetness. But the dominant grapefruit, orange and pineapple hop character that wafts over the nose and early palate sing its American IPA praise.

In a bready-sweet body, the taste peppery taste of rye pierces through the sweetness and provides a husken toast flavor that's both hearty and spicy. While sweetness fades, armatures of honeycomb malt texture gives support to the hop onslaught to ensue. The quick taste of citrus peel and pith turns decidedly bitter in rapid succession. The steely caramel taste that's left balances the rye but doesn't interfere with the hops.

Raw and somewhat rustic in taste, it nearly earthen taste from rye and barley offers a moderate semblance of balance even though the ale's finish is malty-dry and deeply resinous with torn pine needles, evergreen and citrus. Both its medium body and Its long bitter-sweet finish is the perfect companion for American cheeseburgers.

Photo of TheBrewLady
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I stared into that crazy old man face and found it impossible to resist. He either wants to show me his bird feeder collection, hand me a treasure map, or eat my soul.

Appearance: Opaque and deep amber with a thick and creamy tan head that lasts forever.

Smell: Guava, pineapple, strawberry, and grapefruit.When people say exotic tropical fruit, this is what that should mean. The pale ale part of this is also present with pine and caramel, but not enough to hinder or mask the delicious tropical bouquet. In short, this smells like paradise.

Taste: My first impression of this wasn't of a specific flavor, but was that of perfect balance instead. It's delicious and drinkable. The pine is more felt than tasted, which is a pleasant change, and lingers through the aftertaste. I get the tropical fruit smorgasbord toned by rye bread and wrapped up in an earthen caramel blanket.

Mouthfeel: This is full and well carbonated, but gets a little watery on the finish.

The Verdict: This is really well crafted, I love it and highly recommend you go find it asap. It's clear this was made with thoughtfulness, care, and love, just as I expect from Founders.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance

A non-transparent deep & dark honeyed amber

Nose

Raw honey, medium roasted maly, sugar, pear, apple, banana

Palate

Initial honey and malt with big rye flavor followed by citrus and a hoppy finish. Butterscotch, medium mouthfeel and alcohol comes through rather strong for only being 6.6%

Overall

Big flavor- and slightly balanced. It is certainly easily drinkable and the flavor does go well with the alcohol flavor that comes through.

-BeerandwhiskeyHQ.com

Photo of delta490
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy red, drifting towards brown. A thick creamy light tan head lasts throughout the beer and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is soft, but not lacking in character, with distinct hops notes of floral and citrus. The taste is excellent, with strong malt flavors balanced superbly by the hops and with a nice peppery notes on the finish provided by the rye. The body is just the right weight and there is a wonderful silky feeling and crisp finish. This is a great rye IPA.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to DFH IPA glass

A - slightly hazed copper red. A frothy tan head has good staying power. Beautiful beer.

S - Red grapefruit, orange citrus zest, bready and spicy rye malt in the background. Brown rye bread aroma comes out more as it warms.

T - Fresh ruby red grapefruit, bittering citrus rind, pine comes in on the backend with a spicy bitterness. Strong rye malts create a sweet and spicy backing but the citrus hops dominate. Finishes long, bitter and dry.

M - Moderate carbonation, full medium body, dry on the finish.

Very nice beer. Refreshing with different characteristics. Rye IPAs don't always work but this one shines among its competitors.

Photo of WillKorn
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very unique beer that is excellent on occasion. This is certainly not a heavy beer, but for me it is difficult to drink a lot of these in one sitting. It is a very nice change in pace having a rye beer every once in while because of the flavor that it brings the table.

Photo of kristen56
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great color: dark, redish amber color. White head thats moderately thin. Scents of hops came through right away. It definitely has some fruit notes as well. It has a light earthy taste as well. Almost more like grass as opposed to those heavy earth tones. The hops taste lingers yet it finishes off nicely. Very flavorful and a great overall IPA.

Photo of sonnens4
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color, slight head-less than 1 inch, not crystal clear-not super very cloudy however

Smell: Caramel, malty, nutty

Taste: Malty, carmel, sweet, hop's

Mouthfeel: Filling, not overwhelming-not over carbonated, somewhat heavy but still delicate

Overall: Enjoyable with a lot of great qualities, well balanced, sweet but still has some bitter elements

Photo of exposd
2.05/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew offers lots of malt, hops, rye, and some grapefruit, but just a little too much bitterness especially on the after taste. The bitterness almost leaves a flavor that makes the beer unenjoyble and I am a big IPA drinker so I am usually used to this... This one just doesn't do it for me like the other Founders IPAs do.

Photo of KDKid
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red in colour. Thin, white head. This beer was once called a Rye Pale Ale. As much as I like IPA's, I wish it had remained as such. I feel it's a bit too bitter to be able to appreciate the rye in the recipe. I've had others that are more subtle. Maybe our friends south of the border are, in fact, too into their bitter beers. Still a very good beer, nonetheless. Good mouthfeel, just overpowered by the 70 IBU's.

Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Jesswellick
2.51/5  rDev -40%
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.

Photo of phartman133
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of eepound2
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was poured from my growler into a regular pint glass. Pour was amber color with a little lightness to it, very nice. My pour had a fairly small white head. Smell as happy with some grapefruit and a little lemony. Taste was similar to that as it was flavorful and happy with a citrus kick but decently balanced. This was my first time having this beer and I was very happy with it. When available on tap, I will definitely get again. Solid brew from founders

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

Pours a hazy light amber, very thin white head.

Smell, strong hops and grapefruit, with some early spring earthiness.

Tastes is bold grapefruit, slight hint of coriander, and very well hopped up.

Mouth-feel, good carbonation combine with a great bitter end.

Overall - Wonderful, get some of this one fresh and it won't disappoint...if you like grapefruit, it is seriously a gulp-able brew.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 08/13/13 at 50 degrees into regular pint glass
Aroma of pine and rye
Head average (3 cm), creamy, off white, slowly diminishing
Lacing good, multiple rings > 1 cm wide with mostly small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins spicy with a hint of hop pineness, slowly fades to a slight bitterness; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft.

Evan though this is 8 months old, it is still flavorable, with the rye predominating. The reduced presence of hops could be because of the age of the beer.

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: great dark red amber color with good clarity has a nice off white head and excellent lacing
S: very citrusy and fruity smell at first followed by some rye and caramel malt
T: Very much like the smell good citrusy hops at first balanced by some sweet malt background and a spicy rye after taste. Damn good beer
M: great mouthfeel just the right amount of carbonation.

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pint glass. If there's a bottle code, I don't see it. Bought in Texas, shipped to Washington.

Pours slightly hazy, reddish, little head, almost no visible carbonation unless you move it around a little. Smell is slightly piney, slightly citrusy. Slight spiciness that I attribute to the rye.

Taste is rye spiciness, piney hops. Lots of bitterness. Plays nicely with the rye. Slight creamy flavor. Nothing blowing me away, but a nice, well-integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soothing. Overall, nice beer. I like it.

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 08/19/13...huh? This just came out this month.

A- Pours a very reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Large clots of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Has that usual spicy rye aroma with some grassy hops behind it. Notes of caramel and sweet bread. Also slightly nutty.

T- Moderately bitter with some more spicy rye notes. Toasty, tangy and just a tad sweet. Very drinkable too with a lingering hop flavor.

M- Tingly and slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A RIPA fully realized. However they've honed this recipe is very impressive since a lot of Rye beers miss the mark for whatever reason. This one has a good balance and the flavors aren't overly accentuated.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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