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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,922
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 288
Gots: 441 | 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"
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Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottling date is stamped on the neck as "01/09/13."

Pours a thickened, reddish amber color complete with a full finger of bone white head. Head retention is pretty damn good, especially considering the older age, which is expected as always from Founders' consistent quality. Not much lacing or residual sugar sticking to the glass. Not many bubbles rise to the top, although carbonation seems plentiful with the retention. Pretty viscous and thickened, almost to the point of being bready. Truly eye candy, and I'm already expecting a lot here.

The rye is fully up front here, in an almost crackly, spicy manner, but it is backed up by a sharp sweetness from the malts, almost in the sense that you get in barleywines as soon as the hops start to break up. In fact, there's barely any hoppy or astringent sensation to speak of other than a temporary sharp sweetness as well as a bit of booziness. Honey and light caramel prevail, and the rye and cracked toasted barley flavors, almost resembling wheat, linger on top. The alcohol becomes progressively sharper, as does the rye. Not much fruitiness to speak of - although the spiciness and floral phenols are undeniable. Feels a bit empty, but for its age, has held up well.

The initial flavor consists of a rush of slightly old yet nevertheless robust flavors of rye, breadiness, toasted barley cereal notes, and pungent earthiness combined with the honey and floral flavors. Some light characteristics of caramel, toffee, and maybe, just maybe, slight apricots. Again, not much fruitiness prevails, but it terms of showcasing the malts and rye, it truly shines. Absolutely bready and chewy in mouthfeel, as well as flavor. Very earthy, combining dank mineral sensations with dustiness, as well as slightly oily, resinous sensations from the sugars and whatever is left from the hops. Crackly, slightly astringent, but very well balanced.

This is a real treat to drink, and actually goes down quite easily in spite of any thickness. At this point, I'm not so set on Founders' hop-focused beers, but their maltier offerings are fantastic. This may be old at this point, but it's still drinking amazingly well. I love the spiciness imparted by the rye, as well as the earthiness, rather than excessive sweetness, on part of the predominant malts. Would love to try this fresh, but it seems to be good any time. Truly ahead in the style!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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