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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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4,821 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,821
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 265
Gots: 391 | 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:
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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Ratings: 4,821 | Reviews: 1,636 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Founder's, to cherish. I like rye, and combined with a hopped up beer, you got a bold satisfying beer. Rye, full citrus mouthfeel and some lovely bitter aftertaste. Genuine red colour, head with initial hop bubbles. I would drink this on a regular basis. Delicious 3 weeks later.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The guy that runs the Lone Hill Liquor store in Glendora came over to drink with us last wednesday and brought a 6 pack of this stuff along with a few other select beers. Don't know much about rye beers but this was pretty good. I really enjoyed it.

It poured a great red color that was very clear and had a nice 3/4 inch head that had a very slight tan tint to it. Looked pretty sitting in my pint glass. Left a good amount of lacing in the glass. It smelled quite hoppy with some caramel malt smells coming out as I got to the bottom of the glass. The taste was that of a red ale and a lot of hops and some dryness that I imagine comes from the rye. Good balance, we all enjoyed it and agreed that it was worth having again. The mouthfeel was a bit fizzy without a lot of substance, still good but not quite like the ales that I'm used to drinking.

A good and drinkable beer and if I find it somewhere on tap I'll be sure to get a pint.

t0rin0, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending this one!

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest and some rye/malt. Taste is of bitter citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a malt and rye backbone. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good rye beer with some very nice citrus aromas and tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -28.2%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A darkish copper color with a big off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a bit of pine in there as well. On further smells, the rye comes through.

T: Not as much of the rye as is present in the nose, but it's nicely there the entire time. Hops are good on top of the slightly-sweet malt.

M: Fairly thick and quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A solid beer that is very nice on a Fall day with the nice hops and the warming feeling of the slightly-spicy rye.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a thin white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hoppy flavors and bitterness dominates the taste but these are in no way overpowering because they are nicely balanced by the underlying caramel and rye malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate. It is rather refreshing and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable and is also quite sessionable.

metter98, May 05, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Piney and slightly sour, with some underlying caramel, peach and apricot aromas

Taste: Starts out with an immediate bitter piney, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the caramel, peach and apricot fruit flavors peaking through underneath; after the swallow, the fruitiness lingers but the rye and pithy bitterness re-asserts itself into a crescendo

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch thick; solid carbonation

Drinkability: This beer grows on you; I was not expecting the nature of the bitter flavors but really grew to enjoy them as I finished the bottle

Thanks, alaskaiscold

brentk56, May 02, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga. Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite overpowering with some malt being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some overpowering bitter and citrus hops. Rye is present though not overly noticeable. Body is above average with some low filtration, which is appreciated. While I did appreciated this beer I would have prefer less hops and a bit more rye.

Phyl21ca, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A splendiferous shade of luminous, dark coppery, reddish orange with a huge number of suspended particles. The crown is nearly as impressive. It's orange-tinted light caramel in color and milkshake creamythick in consistency. The lasting rockiness of the lid, as well as messy rings and small scraplets of lace, put the final touches on a masterpiece of an appearance.

Founders Red's Rye smells like a DIPA... all brassy, sassy hops and caramel malt. It's hard to appreciate much rye given the significant hop load, but I'm not complaining. As long as I get some spicy rye on the palate, I'll be a happy man. The aroma is amazing, with power and personality to spare. Chinook (among others) is in the house methinks.

Upon drinking, I'm still reminded of an IPA/DIPA hybrid. The hops aren't quite up front enough for it to fit comfortably into either style, but then it was never meant to be anything other than a kick-ass rye beer. And a kick-ass rye beer it most certainly is. The huge, rock-ribbed malt backbone is composed of sticky caramel and tantalizingly spicy rye. I repeat my oft uttered plea: 'please craft brewers, use more rye in your beer'.

There's an intoxicating (both literally and figuratively) interplay between bold, caramel-soaked chunks of candied grapefruit and earthy, pumpernickel-spicy toasted rye. Red's is lusciously sweet with a countering, resinous bitterness and a candy apple zing. It all adds up to flavor perfection, especially since new vistas of flavor are opening up as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is medium-full, lightly syrupy and delightfully chewy with a perfect amount of subdued carbonation.

The finish is ultra-long, which gives me the chance to contemplate this beer's many charms without hastening its departure. But all good things must come to an end and I am compelled to continue drinking until my single bottle is no more. Rarely have I been so despondent to see an empty (although nicely lace-encrusted) glass before me.

I haven't yet sampled all of Founders's offerings, but I'd be amazed to discover one that I like as well as Red's Rye. It's easily the equal of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, if not quite as assertive. An insanely hopped ale spiced with rye is the stuff of my beery dreams and I wish to thank Founders for making those dreams come true. And deejaydan, without whom this would not have been possible.

BuckeyeNation, May 06, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger off white head with nice lacing on a murky, crimson and garnet body.

S: citrus, hops and caramel Malts.

T: Nice musty and mild citrus hop flavor with nice rye note in the finish. Strong sweet caramel malt in the background.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body. Very smooth.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and an excellent rye beer. Flavor of a rye IPA and the smoothness and malt background and smoothness of a red ale.

kylehay2004, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice light brownish colored amber with a very nice clarity to it, allowing you to be able to see some nice chains of carbonation rippling up toward the service throughout the session. A very nice three finger high head of white colored foam appeared on the top of it and hung around for a good few minutes before settling down to a thin layer of perhaps a half and inch and leaving behind really tons of thick spider web like lace on the sides of the glass that gave it a thorough coating throughout the remainder of the session. Very nice overall look to it with a great slightly reddish hue overall.

S - The aroma was loaded down with hops, what a wonderful thing to pick up upon on the initial smell. There was definitely a nice light malted base here; the rye ale aroma was prevalent giving it a somewhat grainy and spicy note to it and really quite a bit of depth to the profile. The big floral hop nose blended in very well with this, giving it a nice amount of orange and tangerine hints to it, merging with the earthy spiciness and really being quite sharp and crisp to the nose. I was really quite pleased with the aroma here, and to be honest the more I smelled it the hoppier it seemed to get, really coming off quite strong actually. I was really beginning to like the direction in which this one was headed and could not wait to get a taste of it.

T - The flavor was much better then I would have expected, and I knew this was a good one going into it. The hops profile was coming through wonderfully, really putting a big bitter floral taste in this one and that was easily the first thing that I picked up on. Big notes of orange and pine were mixing throughout, really creating a very nice and strong bitter opening. Layered on top of that was a very nice layer of spiciness, notable tastes of Rye, nutmeg, even cinnamon making a guest appearance were quite readily available here. The overall profile getting thick and more complex with each sip. Very nice balance here with some earthy grain like malts making up the foundation and really just letting everything else layer itself upon that. Really quite nice and complex with really no hint of harshness. The finish was very dry and bitter with the hops really breaking out of their mold here. Drawing out that last drop of moisture from you before letting go and leaving you with this nice spice like taste to finish it off.

M - Very smooth one here. The carbonation profile was outstanding, never getting dull or flat at all, rather it was really coming across quite well and giving it that little bit of an extra bit of punch toward the end. There was a very nice crispness to it, especially in the finish that really gave it that little bit of lightness in an otherwise medium bodied ale.

D - An absolutely outstanding session ale I really could not get enough of this. It had enough of the complex malty profile to really peak your interest but at the same time was loaded own with a bitter hop twist that was utterly fantastic and really made all the difference. Not sure what the ABV here is but there is no hint of alcohol in it whatsoever and the carbonation was outstanding, offering up some really nice refreshing characteristics. I am really not sure what could be bad about this one in this area; this was easily something I could have for dinner every night.

Overall I was literally blown away by this one. I was not quite sure how good it was going to be, as I have loved almost every Rye beer I have tried, but this was by far the best. It just had that great hop profile and the spicy notes that really but it in a class above the rest., I would love to get as much of this as I could and have one every night. A fantastic beer.

mikesgroove, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I lost my review of this awhile back. I'm not sure how/when, but I just happened to come across this beer and realized my review is missing. Here it is again...

A: The pour is a hazy amber/red color with a fluffy off-white head which sticks around for awhile and has some nice lacing.

S: A very nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. It goes quite well with the spiciness of the rye and the mildly sweet caramel aroma.

T: The bitterness of the grapefruit and pine, once again, blends well with the rye and sweet malts in the beer. The citrus is definitely the more prominent of the hop qualities and works incredibly well with this beer.

M: The carbonation level is moderate and the body is full.

D: Founders can do no wrong in my eyes and this beer is just another reason why. A really good RyePA.

womencantsail, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. With a pretty good sized white head on top. The lacing is a little sticky and it also has a good retention. The smell of the beer had plenty of spicy rye mixing with floral hops. The taste of the beer was citrusy, bitter and spicy. It had a really nice drinkable mouthfeel and it went down really well. Overall it's. OT my favorite Founders brew but it's still pretty damn tasty.

Knapp85, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, white head.

Smell: Caramel malt nose marked by a distinct rye component and full hop notes of grapefruit.

Taste: Pleasing caramel maltiness with a very mild sweetness interrupted by a sharp, spicy rye jolt and held in its track by a firm bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith. Spicy, raspy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of okay! I'd go for another, really I would.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 05, 2013
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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,821 ratings.