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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,692 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,692
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 246
Gots: 356 | FT: 9
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

lilsmizzul1225, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of GreenWBush
4.38/5  rDev +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
Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -4.5%

tbeer40, May 04, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Yabev15, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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
Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

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%

dt_gbpackersfan, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

ZethOfTheNorth, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Mojo
4.4/5  rDev +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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BeersAndBears, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of rand
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.

rand, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Just illin low in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though this son of a gun was bottled six months ago, hot diggity damn it still pops like Derek Jeter's ankle while trying to field a routine ground ball. Nice IPA textures with a smooth, red backbone that would make Lindsay Lohan's ginger rear end blush.

Yeah buddy.

RaulMondesi, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

s1ckboy, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of beerme626
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.

beerme626, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Brilliant,rusty crimson coloring with two fingers of durable off-white head that sticks around before revealing lacing that is equally as determined.

A-Amarillo hops are obviously present.Big grapefruit,baked sugar maltiness and subtle rye notes.

T-Grapefruit again followed by that earthy rye spiciness.Awesome!

M-Crisp,pleasantly unctuous and medium bodied.

D-I have to admit that I dig the rye a good deal,so I might be biased,but I consider this a highly sessionable beer

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Schmuckles, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of bboven
1.98/5  rDev -52.7%

Orange-copper hazy body with a half-finger of head that stays.

Rye spice initially, a lot of fruit and hot alcohol after that.

Huge amount of oxidation overwhelms everything here. There are rye notes and some hop bitterness at the end, but all in all, very hard to swallow.

Moderate carbonation and pretty drying.

This tastes like someone's third batch of homebrew. I've heard a lot of great things about Founders and being a MI native I was very excited to see it in NC. I really hope this was just a bad batch, but it makes me wary of blowing another $10 on their beer.

bboven, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a crimson red with thick, dense foam which slowly dissipates into a thin layer of lacing.
Smells sweetly malty with a bang of citrus hops.
Sweet, orange-marmalade flavor from the malt is complemented by the resinous bite from the hops. Hops are of course noticable, but not overdone. Extremely well-balanced with a dry finish.
Nice reverberation from the hops in the mouth, crisp & satisfying.
Fine example of a rye beer; perhaps not as innovative as it is balanced, but that's jsut fine by me.

Natural510, Oct 25, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

EigenBeer, Sep 18, 2013
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,692 ratings.