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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

C2H5, Jul 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

lilsmizzul1225, Mar 20, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in September, this pours a dark red amber color, with a one finger head. Solid retention falls slowly, leaving behind thick gobs of intricate lace. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is beautifully hopped. Very floral, and slightly citric, the hops really shine here. Slight amount of rye can be detected in the nose, but not a whole lot. Minor alcohol presence as well.

Wow. Amazing interplay between the hops and rye here, with niether overshadowing the other. Slightly malty sweet up front, and finishing with a very smooth bitterness. I can't believe how well the rye and hops integrate into the beer. Beautifully balanced, and quite complex for a red/rye beer. Without a doubt the best Rye beer I've had... even Hop Rod Rye, which I love to death. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but I don't want this to be gone. Since I can't get anymore here, I'm going to savor it.

Big thanks to Kyle for bringing these down to me on a recent trip. After tasting two beers from Founders, I need to have more. Great beer, and incredibly well made. I can't wait to have more of them. Founders, start shipping to VA!!!

phisig137, Oct 24, 2006
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice and hazy copper body, with a nice off white head that pours a one finger height and holds very well. Thick and fluffy lacing is left.
S: The powerful and bold aroma of a nice rye brew welcomes the senses. The fresh picked herbal hops are also present. The intensity is medium and has a nice presence.
T/M: The rye brings a warm and creamy mouthfeel while the undertones of hops are bitter and dry. The medium fullness of the mouthfeel has a roasted malt bill. The hops add a nice and bitter lingering finish.
D: A really great brew that shows a bit of a classic of all ingredients used. A nice use of rye while still having a nice hop presence. Good classic Founder's taste that runs through all brews.

GDBEERMAN, Dec 10, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -64.2%

jp312, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Mojo
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. Pours a dark amber, almost orange in tint, with a small head and some lacing. Smell is pleasant and it has a wonderful mouthfeel. Taste is fairly complex with a hint of sweetness progressing to a bitter rye flavor on the backend. Worth a taste for sure!!!

Mojo, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

KimenTshom, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Evarigan, Aug 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

GaryMarkle84, Feb 28, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lexington's Liquor Barn, into a weizen glass.

A: A rich, deep red, but with a slight one-finger head that disappears quickly, with only a light film on top. Still a beautiful color.

S: Strong rye, noticeable hops.

T: The sour rye is clear, and balanced decently by the hoppy flavor of a pale ale, but I wasn't blown away

M: Stickier than I would have liked. Not as tingly as many other pale ales I've had, including Hop Rod Rye

O: It was good, but not the best rye beer out there, even from my limited experience. Still, founder's is never a bad choice.

beerme626, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 27, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes out a murky ruby red, with a 1" head that instantly dies to about 1/16". Speckled sticky lace even with the tiny rim of dirty white.

Nosewise this beer is an A+. Incredibly deep, dank hop aroma that smells less of grapefruit than gooey-ripe heirloom cherries...just as rich as a rain-soaked hop farm on processing day. At first I didn't believe these were amarillos at work, and i'm still not sure, but there's a ton of citrus lurking in its thinly biting way.

The taste is awash with rye-assisted bitterness; less real grain or huskiness and more into the heart of dank hop darkness. A little puckery aftertaste that lasts, and if its like other Founders i've had, it will get even tastier by the second or third. A slight bit of red-wine characteristic similar to that in Hercules Douple IPA, few flashbacks of DFH 90 in there as well...

The mouthfeel is oily and substantial like I expected, refreshing and sticky at once. This beer seems incredibly fresh and delicious, and as poorly handled as the beers in this area are, its probably downright heavenly fresh or, preferably, from their home.

GreenWBush, Mar 24, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

tbeer40, May 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As usual shared with my homeboy ariech6

A- Pours a copper hue with a finger or 2 of pale white head

S- A shit ton (2050 Lbs slightly more than a metric ton) of rye spicyness hits your nose and destroys it. Some fruit/pine from the hops in the background but the rye is the Derrick Rose of this team

T- The Derrick Rose rye tastes treat your taste buds like theyre the 2011 hawks and put them into summer break early this is a very rye flavored beer but not in a bad way. There is the background pine/fruit flavors from the hops to balance but if you want some maltiness go drink a Lebron barleywine cuz this isnt about to leave the hoppiness that depends on it

M- Smooth on the forefront with just enough carbonation to keep you coming back for more

O- I don't like rye beers but this is awesome! So glad I can get this whenever I want. All hail founders!!

pschul4, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Yabev15, Nov 15, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

A: Blood-orange in color, slightly opaque, little head with little lacing.

S: Nice bouquet of candied orange and caramel. Fresh floral hops abound. Yeasty, kind of biscuit-y. Fairly complex nose, not what I was expecting.

T: More hop-forward than the nose, with the earthy, tea-like hops and the front of the sip. Notes of orange follow, a little lemon zest. The caramelly notes of the malt blend nicely with the rye, almost like sweet, multigrain bread. Alcohol is apparent but just. The hops keep their bitter punch until the end, surprising for this style, finishing bitter-sweet. Really delicious.

M: Medium bodied, with an oily-slick complexion. Not sure if it's the rye character playing tricks on me, but there's a chewiness to the beer that you wouldn't expect from the body.

This beer is outstanding. I got this bottle about 4 or 5 months ago, placed it in the back of my fridge and forgot about it. Its still tastes completely fresh and delicious, all of the flavors blending nicely.

rand, Jun 20, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Vivid lemon and pine. Rye.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Citrus and pine hops. Spice and sour Rye.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp.

O: Solid Rye beer. The smell stood out the most to me. Very nice.

SolipsismalCat, Feb 03, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a ruddy orangish brown with about a finger's worth of tan head. Pretty good retention, and you can you see a lot of carbonation gathering around the edges of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well, with thin wisps of foam sticking all over.

S - A heaping dose of spice and malts flood the nose immediately, much more than the hops at first. Caramel malts and toffee straight away. Earthy rye spice with a touch of bitterness. The finish has a nice amount of bitter, grapefruit hops that last long afterward.

T - Unlike the somewhat fragmented aroma, the taste consolidates all the individual characteristics together without muddling them. Overall, it's fairly bitter, but it has a nice transition from caramel and sweeter malts, to a gritty rye spice, to the citrus hops. Finish is spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. A bit heavy at times but bursting with flavor, if not a touch bitter.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Smooth drinking and a nice flavor, but the bitterness tends to overshadow the tastier parts of this beer and tends to imbalance it a little. I feel the rye is well-integrated as well and adds a nice kick to the pale side of this beer.

nhindian, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

lic217, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dt_gbpackersfan, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

-NESTO-, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

ZethOfTheNorth, Mar 08, 2012
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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