Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,042
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 320
Gots: 509 | FT: 8
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2004

Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"
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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a finger worth's of brownish head. Lacing is minimal, a few spots here and there upon swirling. Body is a strinking brownish haze of amberish red. Imparts the idea of the beer being composed of rye malts very well.

Smell: Some citrus malts reveal themselves up front, a little grapefruit, a little tangerine. Fruit punch, caramel and very light toffee notes, and a rye aroma that marries to the hops very nicely, for a sort of spiced quality. Light indistinguishable grains.

Taste: Fruit punch again, probably a result of the hops, which are subdued enough to create such an impression. Wait, did I say subdued? I guess that's not such an accurate description, because the next perceptible flavors are definitely citrusey. Orange mostly, maybe a little lemoney pine afterburn. The rye is there, awashing through the nose toward the end of a taste. A little alcohol perceptible on the tongue after swallowing, but generally pretty mild stuff in that regard.

Mouthfeel: As other reviewers have said: "spicy." Prickles the tongue ever so lightly, and the hops and rye sort of tease the roof of your mouth in a spiced-like quality. Very pleasant and interesting.

Drinkability: Overall a very good offering. It does remind one of Hop Rod Rye a bit, but the hops are far more subdued here to let the rye shine through. This brew conveys a sense of richness, but with some conservatism. A fine job by Founders. (1,476 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy reddish-orange with thick, pillowy off-white head that lingers for entire glass and leaves excellent lacing. Plenty of carbonation in this one, as I had to pour in three shifts to avoid overtopping. Had the pleasant aroma of citrus (grapefruit), more similar to an APA or even IPA. Flavor was a mixture of the citrus and some caramel malt. As the beer warmed, the alcohol slowly crept in to nicely add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was slightly spicy, and the aftertaste was more of the citrus.

A good, smooth, tasty beer. (536 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. snub nose bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head. Head dissipates quickly into a thin sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Earthy! Wet pine forest. Caramel or toffee. Rye bread.

T: First sip reveals a light citrus hop bite with piney residue. Caramel malt presence is follwed by a tea like or herbal blast to the palate. This brew finishes with a soft rye bite on the tongue.

M:Thick and creamy. Smooth as silk. Slight carbination. Dry.

D: This is a very original beer. A bit too rich for a six pack in one evening but a nice change of pace indeed. A highly recommended elixir for those willing to try something different! (706 characters)

Photo of AndoBrew
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*i did not mind it would not drink again*

app: looks like plain jane misses Q. a bit dirty looking.

smell: smells like a dipa, very hop foward with a sweet nut malt backing.

taste: taste like a run o the mill good dipa, nothing special at all nothing bad at all. all the standard hop and malt flavor placements. this leans toward the hop side a bit (other than some of the new dipa's that are malt favored) hops are mostly citrus and the hiddin malts are ... slightly sweet chewy ones?

mf: normal. not bad or good.

drinkable?: maybe as can be, i have had a dance or two with more drinkable dipa's. (613 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks million to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this beer via his stop at Capones Restaurant in Noristown.

Thanks also to sopor for turnning woodychandler onto rye beers as he has now passd the love on to me. I am trying to put my hands on all the rye beer I can and this is one of the bet so far.

Appearance: Pours a luminous amber with a big off white head an loads of sticky patchy lacing linung the walls of my glass.

Smell: Big bold aroma of hops and Rye. This beer is evidently Rye from the start and hoppy hoppy hoppy grapefuit lemon aroma and bread grain malts.

Taste: A very smooth start, it leads of with bready malts caramel and nuts and a dry rye attribute that quickly turns very bitter with citrus hops galore and then on the back end the rye snap that stings the uvula is back in full swing in this beer. The afterstaste is more than a flavor of rye it is an entire sensation of gye clingning to the wals of my mouth. DELICIOUS!

Mouthfeel:Thanks million to ClockworkOrange for hooking me up with this beer via his stop at Capone’s Restaurant in Norristown.

Thanks also to sopor for turning woodychandler onto rye beers as he has now passed the love on to me. I am trying to put my hands on all the rye beer I can and this is one of the bet so far.

Appearance: Pours a luminous amber with a big off white head an loads of sticky patchy lacing lining the walls of my glass.

Smell: Big bold aroma of hops and Rye. This beer is evidently Rye from the start and hoppy hoppy hoppy grapefruit lemon aroma and bread grain malts.

Taste: A very smooth start, it leads of with bready malts caramel and nuts and a dry rye attribute that quickly turns very bitter with citrus hops galore and then on the back end the rye snap that stings the uvula is back in full swing in this beer. The aftertaste is more than a flavor of rye it is an entire sensation of Rye clinging to the walls of my mouth. DELICIOUS! Long long after the beer has been swallowed I am still being reminded of it’s beautiful intense rye grain that is seemingly seeping out of my gums.

Mouthfeel: It has a thick full mouthfeel spicy and tingly on the palate and all the hop oils and bitterness interplay with the sweet dry malt ad alcohol in such a way that the beer feels big in the mouth and yet not cloyingly thick. Perfect, or darn close.

Drinkability: I hope to get my hands on a lot more of this beer and others like it. This is certainly a new pursuit of mine. This beer is not quite sessionable but two or three would go down quick and easy and then the palate would be down. If only I had a few more to test my hypothesis ;-)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (2,685 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lesson in the flavors of rye. Fruity yet dry. Delicous but strange. i'll have to try this again.

At first sip it reminded me of Hop Rod Rye, but I guess I need to try more rye beers. The beer tasted of apples and fruit punch with dry grainy edge of the rye. Some citrus hops joined in, and all in all I had an interesting drink.
Give it a try if you can find it.

Thanks to Norkyorksammy for the trade! (423 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a tan two finger head with excellent retention, and excellent lacing. Body is pure copper. This is very beautiful to behold.

Smell - Spicy !! Spicy, floral, and citrusy fom the hops, which fill the nose, and spicy from the rye malt, which also gives a scent of rye bread. There is much caramel, and going back to the hops again, some pine.

Taste - just like the nose promises, there is a spicy tidal wave wash of floral and citrusy and piney hops infused with a spicy rye taste. There is also some sourness from the rye, in the same way that rye bread is sour tasting ( which is a good, very good sourness ), and much caramel. This is basically an AIPA with the addition of rye malt - which has the effect of both increasing the spiciness of the hops ( the Amarillo being the perfect choice ), and of providing a pleasant mild rye sourness to the malt - both at the same time. It seems inspired, tastes fantastic, and I love it.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, very slick from the hop oils.

Drinkability - this is excellent, truly original, inspired, and it's entirely sessionable. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is yet another beer that just gets better and better with each sitdown with it. The first few bottles poured with a really huge head to the point where I had to wai ten minutes before I could drink the red liquid at the bottom. After I switched glasses, it poured much more smoothly, with less head, and a pleasing clear red. Lots of sediment lingered toward the bottom of the glass, which might turn off some people, but didn't seem to play a huge part in the overall experience. The first whiffs were of overwhelming cocoa and caramel, which was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. With some warming and spinning, I noticed a much more bitter smell, almost as if the initial sweetness was never really there. Taste was divine, with some crisp green apple tastes at the beginning, and some strong hops and rye towards the end, leaving a bitter taste on the palate. The hop/rye marriage gave it a really nice spicyness as well. Body was medium, and gained complexity as it swishes around in the mouth. As with nearly all Founders beers, theres a near perfect balance that has to be experienced to truly understand. Drinkability...I am pouring another one right now in the middle of is very easy to drink. In a previous review of the Black Rye, I asked myself which one I liked better. Now I have to say that this one gets my vote as the better of the two (though the Black Rye is matvelous as well). This is another example of why IMO Founders is one of the best breweries in the United States. Now if only I could get my hands on some Breakfast Stout during it's always brief stint on liquor store shelves in this state. Cheers (1,657 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga. Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite overpowering with some malt being noticeable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some overpowering bitter and citrus hops. Rye is present though not overly noticeable. Body is above average with some low filtration, which is appreciated. While I did appreciated this beer I would have prefer less hops and a bit more rye. (490 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber stubby twist off bottle
Served at fridge temp about 35F
Malty and hoppy aroma at the bottle neck
Pours with a thick body, producing a 1/2" light tan head which persists for a while then falls gracefully back, leaving fine bubbles on the surface.
Appearance: Dark orangeish red, hazy, floating flakes, leaves an excellent lace.
Taste: Moderately assertive bitterness from first taste until the somewhat dry finish. Malty, rich, sharp and a bit sweet flavored, excellent balance.
As it warms, loses balance and sharpness, bitterness stands out.
Drinkability: Very good balance between sharpness from rye, maltiness from darker grains and generous hopping. Highly recommended for hop heads and those who like maltiness that finishes dry rather than cloying. (789 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - 12 oz. bottle Aug. Notch.

A - Pours a deep copper with an offwhite head. Inviting.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, rye, hoppy notes surrounding all of the scents. Grassy and a little alcohol hint. Very Nice.

T - Bready, citrusy, rye is a big player, bitter hops and grassy notes. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy with a dry crisp finish. Dude, this beer is great.

D - I could drink this stuff all damn day. (428 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.21/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle thanks to nflmvp

Pours a very hazy reddish-brown with a mountainous tan head that breaks the plane of the glass, but eventually thins. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass. Some thick brown yeast floating on top of the head. Contaminated?

Smell is funky yeast. I suspect that this bottle has been compromised.

Taste is all funky yeast with a very sour hop flavor. Definite contamination.

Very disappointed that my first experience of this beer was a contaminated bottle. It has definitely been plagued by the grand funk of death. (551 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark rusty red with a large creamy peach fuzz colored head that lasts forever. Huge carbonation bubbles slowly pop and leave a chunk of lace on the surface of the brew.

LOTS of Amarillo hops with some doughy yeast and a little sour rye smell.

The amarillo hops really complement the sour tones from the rye very well. There's a little heat from alcohol and a spicyness from the rye. Fantastic beer. I wish I could go to the store and pick this one up daily.

Many thanks go out to trbeer for the opportunity to have this delicious libation. (548 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep red amber color into a stange glass served at a MacNivens restaurant in Indianapolis. Creamy head that left nice, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

A bit hard to determine aromas in the bar atmosphere, but it was slightly fruity with hints of pumpernickel bread.

Taste was exceptional. Awesome combination of malts and hops, perfectly balanced. Slight rye presence in the background.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the most drinkable beers I've had. This was an exceptional beer and lived up to the hype. An excellent choice. (580 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unusual and very well done.
Pours a dark red amber with a half finger head that takes a long time to melt to a sticky lacing that covers the entire top.
Aroma is bready yeast, a little amber malt and a snappy rye spice.
Taste is amber malt first then a wonderful spicy rye that is like 10 times as spicy as a wheat...followed with a citrus hop that never gives in entirely to the rye spice.
I like this.
Pretty beer...fantastically complex mix...ends dry in the mouth so you want another sip and don't get sticky full.
Mmmm....I like it.
It is so hard to find a rye beer on the west coast. Thank goodness for trades. Thanks Dave. (636 characters)

Photo of Malted
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a barley wine glass.

A six pack of any Founder’s beer is a night or three of pure pleasure I am finding.

Appearance: On the brown side of red. For a purported red beer this beer is actually pretty brown with red in its deepest hollows. Has a medium head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma: Pure perfect hop/malt bliss. Something about rye beers really seems to facilitate a great balance between hops and malt, perhaps I am just drinking the right rye beers.

Taste: More of the same with a great combination of malt and hops. The finish is a little watery, but has a kick of hop bitterness to end.

Mouth Feel: Somewhat watery in mouth feel as well as flavor. Not as creamy as I suppose I would prefer, although its slight wateriness adds to its drinkability.

Drinkability: As I alluded to in the mouth feel section, this beer is pretty damn drinkable. It has everything I would want in a session beer, lots of flavor, great balance, and a mouth feel that is not too heavy. (1,030 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy redish orange with a half inch head that lasts a while and leaves decent lacing.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, fruit, and citrusy hops.

Taste is of citrusy hops. A little pineapple, and red apples present as well. There is also a lingering rye bitterness in the aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. A solid beer. (328 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown with a 1” head that dies down a bit to ¼” and remains. It has got a light hoppy aroma with hints of roasty sweetness.

A medium bodied brew that hits the palate running with a nice roasty start and ending with a nice bit of citrusy hops. A nicely balanced brew with a polite dry finish.

Quite drinkable – thank goodness I have another one (374 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is one of my favorite beers. It is ridiculously tasty and drinkable, they go down sooo smoooth.

Pours a dark copper color with a good, solid off white head that sticks around. Decent lacing to speak of.

Smell is of sweet malts, caramel/toffee, very citrusy hops, juicy, grains..etc So good.

Taste is magnificent as well. Very juicy, citrusy, sweet malts, caramel flavors, rye/grains, nice hop finish but not very dry, mildly tropical even in the sweetness. When I speak of sweetness, I am no way talking about the cloying sweetness of some brews. This sweetness is a very juicy sweetness that is wonderfully balanced out by the citrusy hops. What a beer...and 6.8% abv?! Who knew?!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slippery on the tongue, not too carbonated.

VERY drinkable. Despite the abv%, this beer is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. It is just so damn tasty!

Hats off to Founders...again and again. (938 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosive, rocky, thick rusty tan head lords over a burnt orange-red body. Nose is largely pine and citrus (orange-lemon) hops (Amarillo, yes). Singed caramel and rum raisin malt background barely penetrates. Those hops kick off the palate with a delightfully acidic and citrus bitterness. Slightly sugary, scorched caramel and rummy malt follow. Hop bitterness pervades and makes for a tapey, pine resin finish. Medium body. Nice. (431 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Froth bomb exploder! Bottom notches on the label.

Poured with a huge beige bowl shaped foamy head cap after the bottle foamed up leaving dripping lace in the glass.

Strange almost stout like aroma. Red apple and a follow through of rye bread.

First swigs: Brisk rye, bright residual sweetness, tangy copper metallic twinge, red apple malt backing. Powdery flour. Dry bitter peanut shell finish.

Feel is frothy. Old bottle? Not sure. Lingering sizzle in the finish.

Last swigs: Picked up a red ale and a pinch of rye. Might need to try again. (560 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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!!! (1,136 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brownish amber brew that is almost strawberry when held to the light. This one has a nice one finger eggshell head with nice sticky lace and good retenttion. A good swirl can bring back the one finger head easily.

Smells citric and astringent like an IPA, but much more unique. It's not the typical grapefruit citrus of and IPA, but much more green and tart smelling. I'm reminded of rhubarb, under-ripe strawberries, and green apples.

Very citric and tart on the palate at first, then a very sweet and unique flavor that reminds me of a subdued roggenbier washes over the tongue. At first sip, this is similar to an IPA, but then the roggenish rye flavor makes itself known and lets you know that this is not an ordinary brew. Hints of overripe / rotten apples, green apples, and rhubarb. Very sweet and sour at the same time.

Mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and medium in body with a very dry almost sour-pucker finish. Keeps you sucking your teeh to get every last drop of that awesome tartness.

I could session this brew easily! The unique flavor has a novel and complex character, and I love the tart sour aftertaste. I remember eating rhubarb straight from my grandma's garden (often overindulging until I got the runs) and this one reminds me of that flavor.
I later noticed that this is my 100th review, and what a damn fine brew to have on such a momentous occasion! (1,400 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't usually buy multi-packs of craft beer...usually I buy single-serve bottles, or I buy at stores where I can mix-and-match my own six-packs. That said, I'm on my third six pack of Red Rye in the past few months. I had the good fortune to attend GABF this year, and spent a lot of time unsuccessfully searching for rye beers that are its equal (HeBew Rye PA is also very good). Great Lakes Nosferatu is also reminiscent of this beer, but I like Red Rye better.

Appearance is a deep-red with attractive white lacing. Aroma is pleasant hop odor with a significant prediction on the citrus flavors to come. Flavor is great - hop heavy, citrusy, the rye delivers big-boy malt flavor, yet Red Rye is well-balanced.

I have a hard time finding fault with this beer (it is even a good value for craft beer); I will be drinking this for as long as they're making it. I can't think of a beer I'd recommend more highly. (915 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a deep ruby red color,cloudy,with particles of yeast.The head was off-white to light tan. The head stayed with tiny strings of bubbles constantly rising to the top.
A hint of rye in the aroma,sweet caramel,bisquity,fruity,fresh and clean smelling also. A very good aroma.
The taste is friuty,sweet ,caramelly, roasted, citrusy,piney,with hints of chocolate and rye.The rye taste is in the background.Very complex and tastey.
The mouthfeel was medium to thick,cloying.A pronounced bittness,yet clean with a nice dryness.
This beer made my mouth water for more.Lots of flavor,surprising pleased about this beer.I want to drink more,I just don't know how many more I could drink.
Highly recommended beer. (731 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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