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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,275 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4275
Reviews: 1612
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%


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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eepound2

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: growler

04-20-2014 23:59:18 | More by eepound2
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Perfect Copper color that you think of when you hear Rye and pours with a slight head. Good clarity.
S: Really fresh citrus on the nose that you would not expect. Smells amazingly refreshing and not the traditional smell I would expect. Amazing surprise.
T: Clean, refreshing and precise. Not really tasting notes but this was so good i didn't want to take it slow enough to discern the details; it was awesome.
M: This is a little heavy on the palate and the only downside I see to this brew.
O: Founder's did it again with releasing this take on a rye PA. by far the most refreshing and crisp rye PA I have had. The only thing I wish is a little more predominant rye flavor but that discrepancy ends up being a strength in this offering.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2013 20:45:16 | More by SavvyStudent
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered this beer (and brewery!) at the Ballpark Brew Bash in Buffalo this September. I thought it was the best beer in the show. It made a huge impression on me despite being about the 30th sample of the day.

The complexity of this beer manifested itself right from the growler pour. The color is hard to describe; the body is all of brown, red, copper and gold in a misty swirl. The head was an inch thick tan/white that dissipated quickly to half that, then held its form.

Big fruity nose hits you right away, but underneath is some bready caramel malt and spice.

The rye malts and caramel hit you right away but are quickly balanced out by the citrusy hops. Finished sweet with the caramel and some of the fruit lingering. Just a tiny bit of orange peel-like bitterness helped it along. Outstanding.

Nice mix of body and carbonation. It certainly didn't taste all of its 6.6%.

I'm really impressed by this beer and will seek it often.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2012 02:18:48 | More by NedShakeshaft
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dejrrma

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.49 for a 32oz Growler at Ale Yeah. Poured into a pint glass.

a- a beautiful ruby reddish color and amber orange. a small white head forms that thins out into a ring. lively with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

s- minimal smell of hops and pine, slight bready scent.

t- light hops, a nice bitterness, rye dryness and spice. there's a very, very slight sourness, and it's almost unnoticeable, but it's there. light malt. alcohol is not noticeable at all.

m- crisp, refreshing, with a dry finish. good carbonation, light body. a well balanced beer.

o- great beer for the weather. great for the price. would purchase again.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2012 18:18:49 | More by dejrrma
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy deep orange brown colored brew with a healthy big bubbled off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma says cat piss hops, a little grassy citrus bite and a little caramel malt sweetness. The flavor brings sharp hop bite, lemon and grapefruit over what I find to be a proper rye bread touch. It’s finely but prominently carbonated in a medium-light bodied brew. Awesome!

Serving type: growler

09-25-2011 03:01:01 | More by Durge
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Who's Red? Probably some filthy Commie... This beer pours a clear ruby-amber topped by nearly two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises pine needles, tangelos, creamy caramel, and a touch of peppery rye. The taste kicks up the rye a great deal, though it is still not allowed to take any position of preeminence. Instead, it shares the spotlight in a vigorous tango with hop elements that themselves gracefully combine the talents of pine and ruby red grapefruit. It's quite a dance, particularly set against the backdrop of sweet caramel. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light carbonation and a very creamy feel. This beer begs to be continually consumed and returned to. Thankfully I've got the rest of this growler to help me with that...

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 13:46:15 | More by TMoney2591
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

Picked one up at the brewery, pours a very dark red with a decent amount of foam. Smells very fruity in a good way, but the taste doesn't quite match it. Still tastes good with a bitter hop kind of finish to it. A very sessionable beer overall. Glad I finally got to try this one.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2010 05:16:15 | More by WeedKing4
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at Founders.

A perfectly balanced and drinkable beer. This is an IPA made with rye. A great mix of the bitter hops flavors and the sweeter caramel/rye flavors makes this probably one of the best beers I've had from Founders, at least of the sessionable non-overpowering variety. Medium bodied and exceptionally drinkable. Not overly intense or complex flavors, but delicious.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2009 00:37:53 | More by webmanspidey
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ngandhi

Illinois

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

I was at Arcadia just a few hours before strolling into the back country forest preserve party that is the Founders Brewing Company brewpub. And Arcadia's rye might have just been the perfect primer for the Founders Rye, a beer I've had a few firkins of by the bottle and tap, but never one so close to the source. What amazes me still about the Founders Red's Rye is its insistence on freshness. Though a beer absolutely consumed by peppery, anisette hops, it verges on being a drinkable barleywine because the rye is so intense. This beer would only taste better with a corned beef shooter. Which is to say, you never see this much balance in what really amounts to a double IPA. But the graininess here provides great liquid-Jell-O-like texture and body, not to mention flavor, that makes the hops all the more interesting. It's as bitter as all get out, but maybe closer to Rogue's Old Crustacean than to something like 3F's Dreadnaught. I love that. I love that a beer can be this hoppy and still let the malt shine. Not more than five brewers in the world can balance the extremes this well, and none do it better than Founders.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2008 03:11:27 | More by ngandhi
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:35:22 | More by JerUrbans
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:28:45 | More by Ozzylizard
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 05:45:20 | More by GinjaSlice
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snaotheus

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:18:37 | More by snaotheus
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 03:57:48 | More by Immortale25
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Emnmarko

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/11/13 Enjoyed 2/22/14

A- This is a dark amber colored brew. Clear with good carbonation. A fluffy light, off white two finger head slowly recedes to leave a tight cap and ample lacing. Looks like it's rightfully named Red's Rye.

S- A floral citrus aroma grabs my attention first. Grapefruit, orange and lemon.

T- A malt backbone balances the hop profile here which has a more bitter earthy pine feel than when observed in the nose. A peppery note helps the bitter hop aftertaste linger on.

M- Lighter bodied than expected. Easy to drink. Leaves a light waxy feeling.

O- Founders makes some of my favorite brews and and this one is no slouch. Well balanced including an interesting hop transformation from nose to mouth. I typically enjoy rye IPA's and this one rates up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 19:03:39 | More by Emnmarko
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a red/ copper color with a mild off white head and moderate lacing. There is heavy carbonation and the brew is mostly see-through.

The smell is strong on rye, grapefruit, orange and pine. There is a strong sweet malt backbone with a hint of caramel. There is also a hint of tobacco taste.

The taste starts with rye and grapefruit then moves to tobacco then finishes with pine. There is a strong sweet malt/caramel backbone which is present from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel is smooth but also a little chewy. There is a pine resin left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this is a well balanced rye beer. It is not as heavy on the rye and peppery spices as other rye's I have had but the strong sweet malt backbone makes up for that. It could be said that this is a rye IPA for those who don't like to be overwhelmed by rye.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 17:26:04 | More by microbrewlover
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
70 IBU's 6.6% ABV, Bottled on 01/09/14

A - Red's shocking clarity not only showcases the brilliant copper-hued amber color but also the carbonation, streaming from the glass' nucleation point to it's luscious cream head. Great retention supported by the aforementioned carbonation eventually leads to haphazard webbing on the pint making this one sexy beer!

S - Floral and earthy hop aromatics comprised of rustic dry leaf and flower pedals still allow the spicy rye to shine through as both co-exist, blanketing the malty, bread-like base.

T - Plenty of rye adds a sharp and up-front spiciness that lingers throughout the entirety of the beer while toasted biscuit and wheat bread cust backs up the still-present hop blast. though fairly absent in aroma, grapefruit rind emerges in flavor with lingering earthy undertones and floral notes.

M - The smooth malt base provides nice structure and body, offsetting the sharp rye, which adds a gritty texture and spice that lingers on the tongue with the beer's impressive 70 IBUs. The bitterness and carbonation in this beer would act in perfect tandem to cleanse the palate and compliment food pairings.

O - Once labeled Red's Rye PA, the addition of one single letter suits the beer a little more. Red's Rye IPA is a hop-and-rye forward beer that doesn't focus directly on one ingredient or the other but melds the two in harmony as grapefruit, earthy, and floral attributes blend with the spicy rye over biscuity, bready malt for a superb balance considering it's listed IBUs. At a fair 6.6%, this full-flavored beer packs a wallop without walloping the imbiber; one hell of a combination!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:08:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Act25

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders leads the category again. A beer you will be glad you sampled.

A: pours a deep burgundy/ amber color with lasting rocky head formation, retention, and lacing. Beauty.

S: front is grapefruit, orange zest, herb, and lemon on a bed of caramel malt and evergreens. Want more of it.

T: Starts like the smell, but intense: bold front of grains, rye, and dominant, juicy tropical hop flavors: Grapefruits orange zest, and pineapple flavor compliment the more background grainy, bready flavors. Amber, candied caramel balanced with piney, long, long bitter tingling finish.

B: Great body - creamy, rich, full, and malty. As one review wrote: " beer fills the mouth with an expanding, frothy feel."

Very lively, top of class, must try, original yet not fussy.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 19:27:09 | More by Act25
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Turbinator with about 1.5 years on the bottle. Aging has considerably helped IMO.

A: Deep ruddy with frothy white 1 finger head. 1/2 finger stays all the way through. semi-lively carbonation.

S: Definitely a malty and spicy rye. The hops are mild and are not interfering with the rye.

T: Spicy notes, some very indistinct sour rye. VERY light malt and hop notes...the hops are definitely of the gentle noble variety if I had to guess. spicy, spritely tongue sensations.

M: creamy. medium full. Smooth and succint. balanced finish with malt and carb playing with bitterness nearly perfect ways. Not hot or boozy.

O: I want more...so smooth, velvety, spicy, dry, all the notes I like in rye whisky but toned down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:41:23 | More by Scrapss
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lochef81

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany color with a very small Head that lasts just a minute or so. The aroma is all rye, malt, and spice. There is little to no hint of hops or of the ipa qualities of this beer. It's Sips dry and a little rough with a bit of alcohol bite on the tail end. The body is a bit thin for this type of ale. The flavor is definitely rye and a lot of malt. Almost more like a porter than an ipa. There is virtually no hoppiness at all. Overall this is a very good beer (still rarely disappointed by Founders). It's just not what I expect from a rye ipa. Hits on the rye notes but not on the ipa ones.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:10:25 | More by lochef81
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer! Deep amber color, grainy sweet carmelized malty smell, and tastes of earthy grains, slightly citrus with a hint of dry hops. Very enjoyable, improves dramatically as it warms. Continues to reveal new subtle flavors with each drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:39:06 | More by THE-DUDE
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle server in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color which is clear in the beginning but that becomes cloudy in the end. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge and big bubbled yellow head. Excellent retention and tons of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, grainy and quite lemony in the nose. Strong notes of malts and rye. Brown sugar, orange peel with some peppery notes. Tropical fruits. Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and rye. Strong notes of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange and lemon). Brown sugar. Spices: A bit peppery in the mouth too. Delicious 70 IBUs bitterness. Light notes of pine. Earthy yeasts in the very end

M: Medium, smooth body. Good carbonation. Herbal and lemony aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Absolutely delicious PA. My 7th Founders which gets an above 4 evaluation. What else can I say about this brewery?

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:34:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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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tviz33

New York

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark and murky amber body with a short tan head.

S- This is the first beer in a long time that made me say "holy fucking shit." Really outstanding and different. It's pretty sweet-smelling with a little pine and grapefruit, but it unmistakably smells like cranberry juice with a little tomato juice mixed in. Maybe a little peppercorn too.

T- The rye flavors come first, sort of pepper-like. The piney hop flavors balance this quite well.

M- Medium body, medium amount of carbonation, and kind of creamy.

O- This thing is a treat. Exceeded all expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 06:31:24 | More by tviz33
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a bit of a red tint. A thin off white wisp of a head covers most of the top of this beer. Good clarity. I get a nice combo of rye and pine like hops in the nose. The front of the palate I get more of the rye and then a nice bit of bitterness from the hops kick in and remain in the aftertaste. The beer has some moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:10:49 | More by Franziskaner
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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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