Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Told I had an acerbic wit with this one on 5/7/2005. 12-oz. bottle gifted from Warriorsoul poured in a shaker glass.
Clinging futon, summer weight, of filmed head that sticks a good bit, laces nicely too. Glowing, practically neon, red hue with haze but still a great deal of ascending action keeping things interesting on the eye. Very hoppy on the nose, and I begin to wonder if rye has some green characteristics to it; some graduated malt essence and a core of white pepper seeps through the hairs. Very smooth, almost silky mouth feel of hop oil riding in a side car to the lemon, rose hip and ginger ale sweetness, although I would almost say it had a lemon grass aspect as well.
Completely gratifying pour with a wonderful medium body to it, perhaps imparted by the rye? What does the rye do? Time to try the black rye!
05-07-2005 22:23:30 | More by Truh
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
06-20-2011 20:22:02 | More by rand
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is my first 6-pack encounter with Founders.
A-Slightly hazed bright copper beer. Tan head, big and fluffy off the pour, with healthy retention and surprisingly-strong lacing.
S-Citrusy hops, bright and strong.
T-Slight citrus is quickly overtaken by an herbal and resinous hoppiness, pairing nicely with the rye spiciness. Malt foundation is nutty, bready, and slightly spicy. Aggressive hop bitterness provides a very pleasant balance.
M-Medium body is propelled forward by the thick hops. Carbonation is a strudy and appropriate medium-level.
D-Very drinkable. That simple. I'm glad that Founders is now available in the Twin Cities, as this brew is delicious. I look forward to further encounters with this brewery.
08-10-2009 16:20:39 | More by CHSLBrew
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-17-2012 04:04:01 | More by beerme626
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
*review from notes on 4/21/10*
Bottled on date: 3/30/10
Deep amber body with a solid 1/2 inch of light tan head and nice retention - really nice looking beer! Lots of floral and citrus hops in the nose, maybe a hint of rye as well. I get alot of hops upfront in the taste, which gets balanced out quickly with a nice dose of malt and spicy rye, and a somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, I did get a bit more heat than I would expect from a beer of this ABV percentage.
11-07-2010 00:53:01 | More by prdstmnky
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: Big, fluffy, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Very sticky with nice lacing. The beer is a tawny red color with a slgiht haze to it.
Smell: Sweet fruit nose with a pine hop scent following. Lots of fresh pine in the nose makes it smell even sweeter and earthy.
Taste: Very strong hop flavor that is almost medicinal in flavor. Strong pine flavor but not too bitter. The hop flavor is like licking a Christmas tree but luckily the sweetness of the malt adds nice balance and character. The malt is very faint and has to battle with the hops to get noticed. The rye makes a quick appearance in the middle of the beer with a sour husk flavor. Sweet and fruity but not very deep. The hop flavor is not very bitter and makes for a nice clean hop flavor. The end is long and sweet with lingering pine flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not very sticky. Despite the strong hop flavor it is very comfortable on the palate.
Drinkability: All around a tasty and good beer. Sweeter and hoppier than I expected but they match well. Nice hop flavor without being painfully bitter.
11-01-2005 04:34:25 | More by BrewMaster
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. What I assume is the born on date printed on the shoulder is “02/22/12.”
Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The Founders website calls the color “crimson” and I agree. (I do not think I have ever used “crimson” to describe a beer, but it is a fitting word.) One finger of bubbly, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin lacing.
Smell: I immediately caught a whiff of grapefruit when I popped the cap. Once in the glass, the grapefruit becomes part of a mouthwatering balance. Team Hops features grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Commanding point and controlling the offense is sweet caramel, while pine provides an outside threat. This is definitely sweet caramel’s team, though, as it forms the foundation of the overall aroma. Rye spice may be the sixth man, but I really do not smell it.
Taste: The bitterness I was expecting did not materialize. In its place, though, is an adequate hoppy bite. Much like the smell, the balance is superb. Caramel provides a thick and solid base for the grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus, and everything is garnished with a little pine. There is a little hint of pumpernickel breadiness, but other than that I really cannot detect the rye; it does not register for me (or I have no clue what I am tasting). A little bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while but it is far from overpowering.
Drinkability: A solid brewski. Enough said.
03-29-2012 04:01:09 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A- Nice ruby red with brown tint throughout. Solid two finger off-white head formed, leaving beautiful lacework throughout.
S- Great mix of aromas. Fresh hops with some sweetness of citrus fruit is clearly evident. Also can smell a sugary malt backbone at the end.
T- The rye and hops were a great mix. Throw in a sweet grapefruit flavor and you have a solid tasting brew.
M- Medium bodied with some carbonation. Went down very smoothly.
D- This is definitely a beer that can be drank all night.
Overall, very happy that I decided to purchase a bottle of this. Will have to invest in a 6-pack sometime soon.
12-13-2008 20:11:52 | More by rhinos00
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
A-Red Brown, very slight haze. 3/4 inch of off-white head, fell in about 2 minutes to a tall collar and bubbly coat. Didn't leave much lace behind
S-Ruby red grapefruit, piney hops, caramel malt, biscuit malt. Spicey grains. there is a doughy bread quality.
T-Pine and grapefruit hops abound, malty ans spicye grains. Caramel sweetness balances out the hopa nd spiciness of the rye. Has a long bitter/sweet finish.
M-Medium body, chewiness, creamy body with a tingle of carboantion.
D_very good, I only have one bottle and wich I had more.
Overall-This beer is definitely the best rye beer I've had and is a fantastic beer in any category.
11-15-2007 22:13:54 | More by jackorain
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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