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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Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,044
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 321
Gots: 511 | 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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Reviews: 1,646 | Hads: 5,044
Photo of Oxymoron
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this isn't related to RedruM. Poured about a mostly amber color with some brownish red hues. A good clarity with very small bubbles and great head retention. Left ample white lacing on top as well.

The smell is rather hoppy and somewhat spicey. Some lemon mixed with grapefruit hops giving it a medium sour nose appeal. The malt is basic and detectable but has an edginess to it with some earthy and pepper aromas.

The taste is hoppy with a great mix of malt backing. The initial taste as good bitterness flavor that is heightened and balanced well with the rye bite. The rye taste continues through the tasting but the bitterness is slowly replaced with more of an herbal and somewhat citrus mix. The malt is limited but balanced very well. Overall the malt, bitterning hops, and finishing hops are very well balanced.

The body has more medium feel then high. Good amount of carbonation that isn't too overpowering, but does assist in the rye/bitterness bite. A very easy beer to drink and the extra bite goes a long way in flavor. (1,042 characters)

Photo of mattpetti
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a friend at work who said he had gotten it from someone else. So first i just want to say thanks to Mike for giving it to me. This is my first founders beer and i've heard they are reguarded very highly so i was excited to have this. Plus it is my first rye beer. It pours a semi cloudy amber color with a substantial head that doesn't want to go away. Lacing left a sold wall on my glass. The smell was of balanced floral, pine bitterness with solid underlying fruits (apricot, peach, grapefruit). There was some sort of different malt smell too which i guess i can attribute to the rye. The taste was great. It was came as a nice hop explosion up front then simmered into its separate fruit flavors, a slight kick of spice, and then ended with a lingering, semisour hop presence. I can only describe the mouthfeel as very coating. This beer doesn't let you miss much. After a short time this beer was gone and if i had more than one i would have had another. A great beer by founders. I can see why people like them so much (1,041 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what I was tasting with this one. Lot's of everything, I guess. Didn't seem very balanced and the hops lingered intensely many minutes after I drank it. Don't get me wrong, this is a real good beer. Almost like a hopped up, double American red, is how it tasted to me. Nice rye, grainy taste, I did enjoy that and some sweet malty caramel and juicy, juicy fruits, were a joy. Just a little unbalanced for a Founder's. (431 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium amber color with a significant head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Piney and slightly sour, with some underlying caramel, peach and apricot aromas

Taste: Starts out with an immediate bitter piney, sour rye and grapefruit pith aspect, with the caramel, peach and apricot fruit flavors peaking through underneath; after the swallow, the fruitiness lingers but the rye and pithy bitterness re-asserts itself into a crescendo

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a touch thick; solid carbonation

Drinkability: This beer grows on you; I was not expecting the nature of the bitter flavors but really grew to enjoy them as I finished the bottle

Thanks, alaskaiscold (700 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a large tan head, fades fast, leaves great lace. Body is hazy and red, light bubbles.

Smell: Hops are very juicy and full up front, with a strong grainy presence. The rye makes it a little nutty and earthy. Very nice.

Taste: Strong hops are up front, sweet carmel as well. The rye does take over and give this beer a large grain component. The beer does have a very pleasing fruit presence that shows up late, but only adds to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, slight carbonation edge.

Drinkability: Versus the style of rye beer, I have to give it high marks for two reasons. I haven't had many rye beers, and this is a very delicious beer, no rough edges or let-down anywhere. Thanks to Tyrawlings for the opportunity. (759 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark reddish copper with a highly carbonated head that dissipated very quickly and left behind some nice sticky lacing.

Wonderful nose of hops, bread, toasty malt, with citrusy aromas.

A very good hop flavor that leaves a great mouthfeel paired with the rye component. Seems to ease the bitterness on the finish slightly but not overly so. Could seriously drink this beer all night. A decent complexity of all the ingredients although a little more rye could have been deserved but not necessarily needed. (520 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seem to have purchased a wildly over-carbonated bottle. The cap blew off with a tremendous "Pop!" Impossible to get a good pour, I am looking at more than half a pint of head.

Body, what there is of it, is reddish-brown. Head is incredibly massive, off-white to red-tinted tan. Little flecks of some reddish substance are visible in the head.

Nose is lightly sour malt and mildly hoppy.

Flavor is spicy malt. Caramel smoothness with a medium citrus hop finish. Very good and nicely bitter.

A nice drinkable rye brew. I like it and will pick up a sixer the next time I am in the store. (599 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed brownish red (dirty penny), with a titanic tan head. it usually doesn't do this, must be an odd bottle.
lots of light citrusy hops, not grapefruit more lemon, lime and orange. it's also got a harder metallic aspect that isn't exactly a metal smell, but is most closely approximated in that way. there is a dry clearly rye bread smell.
caramel and rye hit first, followed by a big dose of citrusy bitterness. pineapple, and apricot show up with that bitterness too.
medium body with very active delicately fizzy carbonation.
good drinkability, and a very solid IPA, the more rye beers i try the more i like rye beers. (626 characters)

Photo of bearrunner44
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark-brown in color, with shades of burnt sienna. Craggy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Rich, toasty dark malts. Slight rye sourness, somewhat dry; similar to toasted rye chips. A touch of pine from the hops.

Taste: Dry, roasted barley up front. Bulky grain flavors saturate the palate. The middle brings a more creamy, slightly sweeter malt profile. Slight sourness from the rye is detectable, but the flavor remains bold, roasty and dry. Hop bitterness provides tightness to the finish, leaving a sharp and lingering pine taste on the tongue. The alcohol burns slightly on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a smooth and creamy composition.

Verdict: A rich, roasty, solid brew. Excellent. (721 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured very slightly reddish/tan body with a small off-white head.

Huge thick grainy rye and caramel malt nose with layers of fresh piney, citrusy hops. Beautiful hoppy nose, this is right up there with Bear Republic or SNBF.

Taste is medium bodied with a slightly grainy mouth-feel. Big malt taste, caramel, rye and some faint spices. Big resiny hops, citrus, peaches, black pepper, citrus peel and grapefruit. A slightly tannic and herbal tea like quality again with some peach tea like notes as well. Very bitter from start to finish with a long lingering bitterness in the finish.

A fantastic American Rye beer. I know it's 6.8%, but I could drink this all day long. More please. (702 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer poured an amber with dark sediment and a large head. It had a nice hop bite to it with a caramelly characted from the rye. It is pretty tasty, definitely. I still prefer Sixpoint Righteous Rye on tap at my local, but this is a very drinkable and tasty beer. (343 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders has to be one of the best at producing beer that smell and taste so good you forget about the alcohol. Red, opaque with lots of floaties. This rye is rich, silky, malty, caramel and hoppy and oh so drinkable. If this was available in California I would drink this on a regular basis. This is a rock solid red. (318 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer takes a few steps to pour, even with a very slow pour. Giant head. There's an amazing amount of frozen supended particles and a layer of clumpy sediment that finally falls to blanket the bottom of the the red auburn fog. Tight dense, cream-tan colored head is about four fingers above the rim of my glass. It is out of control but tantalizing. Aroma is loaded with sweet and sour fruits, mainly mellons but including various other fruits. Taste has a great smooth balance of juicy hops and grainy malts. Very abundant in flavor and smell. Slick smooth mouth with a boatload of dry yet juicy bitter hops that finish it off. Very drinkable aside from the amount of waiting invloved in pouring this. (I think the batch this was bottled from was packed with sediment.)

Very yummy in my tummy. Always good to have on hand. (830 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured *very* slowly, this beer has a deep red color with swirling sediment. A prodigious rocky head extends a half inch above the glass until it eventually calms down to a fluffy thick topping. Juicy aroma of melon-like fruits and fresh hops. Dry, flavorful hops balanced with a rounded sweet maltiness...even more fruit and an edgy rye finish. Rich, heavy medium body with a long, dry finish.

All kinds of fresh juicy flavor. I finally controlled the head on this one. A complex, crisp, cirtusy, crimson creation with character! (533 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany color, very cloudy with subtle carbonation. The wispy 1/2 inch of foam is light tan with nice retention. Good lacing. The smell is strong and pleasant, with a nose of robust floral hops, light caramel malt and mild alcohol. The taste is not very sweet, strong on hops and finishes with a bready finish and a hint of rye. Slightly sour overall, moderately bitter, but not overpowering on any level. Full body, somewhat thick with a nice coating ability and good smoothness. I definitely liked it, but I don't see it being a great session beer for some reason. I'm glad it made the 1800 mile trip down here though, and I will have another one soon... (657 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Oh man. This is a WONDERFUL beer.
It has everything you could possible want in a beer. It pours a deep ruby with a pleasant cream head.
The smell is mostly that of wonderfully citrusy hops. Mmmm. Then there is a touch of rye mixed in there too.
Oh man, and the taste is amazing. A strong blast of citrus followed by dark rye. Mmmmm, dark rye.
Man, I could drink this all day. Too bad it's 7%, or I would! (409 characters)

Photo of Tallboy
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: pours a dark amber brown with an average tan head.

Scent: at first I detected some lemon and lime. then some honey and oats, then came the rather distinct rye presence.

Taste: a bit of stout caramel at the jump but not to be outdone by the even sweeter malt,honey and strawberriess. there was also a nice earthy pine taste mixed with the rye and citrus that I realy liked...and made it so much more complex than what I am used too.

Mouthfeel: crisp and delightful for such medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I felt this was a remarkable first venture into the "Rye" beer category, score another win for Founders and me!!! (645 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no date into an imperial pint glass. An off white rocky head just explodes immediately from the initial pour. It takes several attempts to pour most of the bottle into my glass while trying to leave the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Lots of hop particles and other matter are bottled along for the ride. A deep, hazy, copper body that emits a very floral, resiny perfume with grapefruit aromas. Slightly spicy too. Lace just clump on the side of my glass as I drink. The hops are mainly the focus in the body. Citrus and spicy. Not sure if the spicy part is the hops or the rye but the mouth feel is medium. Finishes somewhat soft with lingering bitterness. A great drinker and fairly complex. (740 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a fresh bottle obtained in a trade. I've also had this one on tap several times in Boston and in Grand Rapids and it doesnt dissapoint. This one is a dark amber colour with a dishwater coloured head that lasts for a while. Aromas are all fresh, floral hops and a nice malty edge with hints of rye to round it out in the background. The taste is hoppy as all get out in typical founders style, I do find them a bit one dimensional in their hop profiles just like FFF, but with beers this good...who cares! The rye is their too and it swirls together with a nice light caramel-like malt flavor. This one is pretty resiny as well providing the end user with nice hop burps. Mouthfeel is slightly abrasive in a good palate smacking way and drinkability is way up there. (776 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a coulple O bottles of this in separate trades. Thanks, folks!

Very strong tan head fills my pint glass almost to the top. It's falling slowly, and there's a bit of very hazy light brown-peach liquid under. Held up to the light, the liquid's red qaulities come alive, wth more range emerging, as well.

Smell is lovely. Hops hit right up fornt, followd quickly by a sweet maltiness and a ht of rye rght at the end, combined with hops.

Wowza. Nice. The hop flavour builds as it goes along, with a noted woody rye kick from iddle to end. Nicely done.

Carbonation is just a touch high for me, and hits at the front of the tongue and in the throat. Liquid is medium.

Easy drinker, with enough complexity to get your attention. Well done, Founder's.

Be well
-UF (779 characters)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhh. Mmm. Wow. Mmm.

An incredible sensory journey, with a supernatural interaction of flavors dominated by hops, barley, and rye, not necessarily in that order. The rye flavor here is more pronounced than any other rye beer i've ever had. Always dominating in the finish.

Man i wish i'd had a Rueben with this.

Divine offering from Founders. Will they ever expand down South? (385 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of DeaconBluez
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled through trade with northertimber.
poured red copperish color with orange with sunset colored edges. tan/half finger head.
this has nice has a nice hoppy smell with hints of nice crisp fruit.
the flavor follows the smell. great taste. there almost seems like there are hints of apples and strawberries.
carbonation is a bit high, but the hoppiness balances out well. this would be great sessional beer. many thanks norhtertimber (440 characters)

Photo of dick783
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 bottle at 50deg into a snifter. This bottle makes a loud pop when the cap comes off, pretty nuts. The color is a nice copper red with a thick, billowy cream colored head that ever so slowly fades.

S: Apple skins are everywhere in this. Just juicy smelling. I pick up some good aroma from the hops that gives it almost a forest full of pine trees smell, not over powering but relaxing.

T: Good flavor in this beer. You can taste the rye, but more so is that apple peel taste. It made it from the smell to my mouth and i love it. Alot more bitterness than in most Red Ales, but its good.

M: The carbonation is high but works well with the taste of this. Has a medium mouthfeel, not watery but not syrupy either.

An excelent beer, probably the best red I've had yet. Tough to come by though as we dont get Founders here in Rochester. I'll have to keep an eye out for it when I travel. (913 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at the lizard

i'm in love with the black rye so i was excited to give the red one a taste

pours a garnet with amber highlights and a feeble head (could be the glass, i suppose). NW hop aroma...smelled like someone had actually put hop pellets into my glass. i'm not sure if i would have picked up on the rye if i didn't know to look for it; subtle, but i did find it

medium mouthfeel

not what i had hoped for given my afinity for the black one (455 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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