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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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4,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,701
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 249
Gots: 360 | 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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Ozzylizard, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had this beer once before but have great memories of it so here we go with a proper review.

Crystal clear dark copper colored body with a light tan colored head bout 2 fingers thick that unfortunately faded quicker than I like.

Aroma is loaded with caramel and juicy malt sweetness but the hop aroma has certainly faded. Still some citrusy and piney hop aroma can be detected.

Taste is notably sweet with the loads of caramel malt but the rye cuts this with a spicier note. Hop bitterness is there but the flavor is lingering a bit. Unfortunately this bottle is 4 months old and look forward to finding a fresher batch next time I see it on the shelves.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy with a thicker fuller bodied feel than I remember.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. While I would love for this to be a bit fresher, it still taste great once the hops have faded a bit. Certainly I'll re-review if I get a fresh bottle.

Kinsman, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant, reddish copper with about a finger of light tan head. Big piny hop aroma. Starts off with a solid malty base with some spicy rye. Great hop bite that is piny with some grapefruit. Long lingering finish with the hops. I'm glad this is available in my area now. This is a great beer.

homebrewhawk, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

confer, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of mgbickel
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass form a 12oz bottle. A thick, 2 finger, bone head formed on top of the clear, burnt orange/amber body. The head dissipated slowly, leaving behind tons of lace.

The nose has lots of piney hops sitting on top of a charred caramel backbone. Lots of grainy malts in the background...

The hops hit the palate first and take hold. The bitterness fades in the middle, giving way to a sweeter caramel flavor. The finish finds the hops reemergence and the bitterness lasts until the aftertaste. Very well balanced between piney resin and burnt malt flavors.

Medium mouth feel, oily but somewhat creamy with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable...a super example of the style. Tasty and refreshing...definitely one to keep stocked!

mgbickel, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this rye beer into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Produced a very nice white head, retention was great, lacing was also outstanding. This beer poured a cloudy orangish brown color. The aroma was full of spicy rye, citrus and piney hops. The taste of this beer was medium in body, very smooth, drinkable,and full of malt, bitter citrus hops. Spicy tone set by the rye...very nice. For sure a keeper!

GossageBrewery, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

clay23, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Beestin, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cinnamon-colored with a smallish head

Spicy, fruity complex aroma wafts out of the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel
Unique spice weaving throughout the flavors; starts with fresh fruit and then ends with a nice piney hop finish, which is amplified by the rye spiciness; good caramel malt underpinning it all, though it's not a even split between malts and hops--hops and rye spice dominate the profile here; good and complex; oily texture on a medium-to-full body

Founders Red's Rye lives up to the hype. It's a big, flavorful, complex beer and one I plan to enjoy many, many more times in the future.

JEdmund, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

superdoopersauce, Jan 16, 2014
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev -4.5%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of twelvsies
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love rye beers. So unique. I always see good reviews of this on here and I've never been able to find it until last night, on the bottle list at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston. Nice amber color, murkier than average, with a huge bright white rocky head that sticks around for a while and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. We're talkin a ring after every sip here. I like it. Spicy hops, spicy rye smell. Taste is just perfect with the rye. Like a nice well balanced, though hoppy red ale, but with the added complexity of rye. I can't get enough of that rye taste in beers, and I really think every brewery should release a beer in this classic style. There really aren't that many that I can think of. It really adds a lot, though it's so simple, to what would otherwise be your average ale. If you haven't had a beer brewed with rye before, or you haven't had this particular beer, I definately urge you to go seek it out. Their black rye is just as good, if not better. Cheers.

twelvsies, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

nitter, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy red amber. Great color. About a half inch of head with decent lacing.

S- Sweet, citrusy hops. Smells like a good IPA actually.

T- Piney and bitter hops dominate. Also a sweetness in the background (rye, probably). Delicious. Good profile of piney and some citrus hops. The rye is very pleasant. A little caramel finish. I like it.

M- Carbonated and medium-light bodied. Moves things along for drinkability.

D- Could have a few of these definitely. I would make a session out of this.

LordAdmNelson, May 06, 2009
Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

archero, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of gmendez1122
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

gmendez1122, May 12, 2014
Photo of goindownsouth
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big "thanks" to warriorsoul for hooking me up with this gem of a Bier... A 12 ounce bottle, which poured a deep, rich amber colour, a big pillowy head and a lace that lingered throughout the glass.

Hops galore in the nose. Notes of fresh grapefruit, malt and some residual sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy. Snappy fruit flavors mixed with hops and malty goodness throughout. The rye offers that extra something - a whitty snap, if you will - and something I truly enjoyed. The hops are viscous and piney, but overly so. A very good balance, despite the somewhat dry finish.

Truly an amazing find. My first dive into the rye ale category, and certainly not my last...


goindownsouth, May 11, 2005
Photo of climax
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a rich red color. It's cloudy with a modest head that fades to leave a chronic ring around the edge and a patch of bubbles on top.

The nose oozes malted milk balls, cocoa, and dark rye bread. This isn't a half rye beer, this is a rye beer. The citrus tang from the hops is assertive and plays with the aforementioned flavors very politely. This is gonna be a heavy hitter.

The rye isn't quite up front and center, but it blends a spicy yet sweet malt character with a very assertive pine and grapefruit hop bill. The rye malt brings incredible warmth and balance to an already solid IPA. The finish is bitter and lingers long and obvious.

The body is on the medium side, and creamy from beginning to end. The carbonation is crisp and sharp, adding a little drama to an otherwise smooth feel.

Anyone looking for a solid IPA spiced up with a confident malt profile, give it a shot.

climax, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Michaeldmanley, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of megahurts4
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Reds Rye
On draft at Sunset Grill in Boston, MA

Appearance: reddish-copper, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, rye, and a nice citrus.

Taste: hops, rye, and a faint fruity citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and incredibly smooth.

This is a great brew. The aroma is wonderful. The flavor balance can be noted from the first taste. It is nearly perfect and flavorful.

megahurts4, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

RKing44, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden caramel copper hue, murky yet richly glowing, with a toasted caramel colored half-finger head of a thick chunky foam that slowly fades, leaving some descent lacing down the glass.

aroma echoes a rich ipa... strong caramely malts paired with some impressive green hopping. pine and herbal hop notes, with just a smidgen of spice. smells beautiful.

taste is even more impressive than the aroma, thanks to a healthy spicy rye that harmoniously intertwines within the rich caramel malt and fresh, piney hops, adding just enough unique spice. a bit of citrus, lemony and fresh. almost a lemon-pepper-rye thing goin' on. This is what I'd imagine a solidly Rye'd IPA would end up - clean, crisp, well defined, and anything but the usually muddled, murky mess that many rye IPAs try to pass as palatable.

Mouthfeel is solidly close to perfect. Carbonation is just a bit rough, although it does cut through the thick and almost syrupy body pretty nicely. Full, rich, yet vibrant and bright.

Delicious. The rye notes add to what seems like an impressive and balanced IPA at it's roots. which is how it should be. The rye notes are delicious and add depth and complexity that's unrivaled. Possibly one of my favorites that I've sampled from Founders.

djeucalyptus, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a murky amber tone with a bit of an orange glow to it when held against the light. finger of beige head is showing pretty decent retention; some lacing.

nose is a nice medley of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a distinct rye character.

flavor profile roughly breaks down along the same lines: hops (citrus/grapefruit), malt (sweet/caramel), and the the interplay of rye and some subtle spice notes. has a dry finish. really pretty tastey.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with carbonation decidedly on the low side; still, pretty drinkable in my book. enjoyable beer.

perrymarcus, Oct 24, 2010
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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