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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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4,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,779
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 257
Gots: 383 | 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 Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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 Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of the better pale ales in the country, and i hadn't pick any up till now, wow.
redish amber clear body with a robust head.
The Rye really comes through with it's signiture spicy and course presence, and the hops lean to the piney side, but this isn't a beer that attacks with hops, just very well balanced.
On the heavy side of body for a Pale Ale, with a creamy low-mid carb bite.

ChadQuest, Dec 11, 2010
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Westuh, May 16, 2013
Photo of mythaeus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mythaeus, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish brown, sort of tawny color. Two finger head that's generating some big bubbles then bursting and collapsing. Some decent carb coming off the side of the glass, not much real active carb on the bottome. Translucent.

S: When I first poured my glass the space was immediately filled with a sweet, malty smell, then some hops. Digging in, there are more hops, citrusy ones. There is an altered malty smell, whch I am going to attribute to the Rye, though I've never had a rye before. However, once I start to drink, a much more piney hop smell comes through. Much much more. And I don't like it.

T: I'm getting lots of flavor going on here. The rye, which I recognize more from eating it -such as with dinner last night- provides a very interesting note. The hops are in the taste as well, but not as much as in the nose. I get some fruitiness, sweetness, just a little bit of everything. I think this could be a great beer to compliment to food.

M: Slightly rich, but not overly thick. Not fizzy or flat, just pretty good.

D: Too many flavors here to drink a lot of it, I need a break after one.

mdwalsh, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dtx00, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jman005, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a good feeling about this beer when I cashed out at the store. The guy says, "You had this before? Cuz it is amazing!" I had high hopes from that point on. The beer pours out a cloudy, amber-brown with a big head that lasts.

The smell is one of the biggest high points. So hoppy and sweet it almost makes me drool. Citrus and grassy notes come through as well. The taste, well it does not disappoint. The first thing you notice is how dry this beer is. I love that. Dry IPA's and Triples are among my favorites. The rye lends some great sour notes that really fit in with the whole beer. Well balanced and explosive in the mouth.

I love this beer. Great flavors that are big but still easy to drink.

CharlesRiver, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Slightly cloudy amber. Pours with massive, thick tan head, which fades very slowly into a solid cap. Incredible retention. Incredible sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit and pine dominate the initial rush. Spicy, herbal notes dominate as the beer settles and warms slightly.

T- Orange peel, grapefruit and spicy herbal hoppiness strike first, followed by a nicely balancing layer of malty sweetness.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Medium feel. Goes down smoothly.

D- Quite good. Moderate range ABV%, with great appearance, aromas, and flavors make this one that you would be happy to quaff several of.

Future outlook: After being disappointed by Founders Centennial IPA yesterday, this was quite the redemption. I'll be more than happy to have this again.

DoctorDog, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Mojo
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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
Photo of heytomcat
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lacing hits the side of the glass. Seems mostly a ruby red.

Smells spicy, piney, and pepper-like due to the strong hop aroma. Has some residual sugar aromas, yet they're quite pleasant. Smells a bit sticky sweet due to the hopping.

Tastes very even balanced with some great malt backbone. When it's cold the hops seem to be in the background. Tad sweet with some bready & slight biscuit notes. I think I get some rye but it doesn't seem to be the real headliner here.

Tastes medium full with nice carbonation, a dry then semi-sweet finish, and nice hop bitterness.

Overall, an excellent beer. Glad to have tried this and believe this further solidifies Founders as an awesome brewery.

jwhancher, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 mgbickel
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +1%
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 JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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 unclejazz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

unclejazz, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev -4.3%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of twelvsies
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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 rand
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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