Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,646
Hads: 5,043
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 320
Gots: 510 | 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 IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a vibrant yet hazy reddish amber; hops emanate in the aroma, with a touch of sweet, biscuity malt. Very well balanced, malty and dry initially with a touch of sweetness to balance the mildly bitter hoppy finish. Cracker like biscuit flavors add to the dry mouthfeel, and herbal seedy rye bread is detectable as well. One of the few rye beers I've had that balances the rye malt and hops so nicely. Sweet malt 'twang, dry hop finish. Oh yeah. Founders does it again. Please please pleeease start distributing in PA. Every beer I've had the pleasure of sampling from this fine brewery is stellar. (616 characters)

Photo of fingolfin72
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- rich, red mahogany with a tall, palomino-colored, persistent head.

Nose- cedar, brandy, raisins

Palate- big flavor, but with a very nice dry quality. A bit of a bitter bite on the finish. It's velvety and mouthfilling, and the flavors rouse when you swish it around. I taste cedar, mineral, brandy, and maybe a hint of sherry sweetness. There is just the faintest note of raisins or prunes lurking in the long finish. (430 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours an attractive, cloudy, dark amber with a finger of khaki head and some lacing. Smell is quite floral and hoppy, some bitter rye, and light fruit. Tastes like a sweet, bitter IPA mixed with a scotch ale. Floral hops up front, some sweet malt, and citrus rounding it out. Mouthfeel is rich like Dirty Bastard, which this also reminds me of. This was pretty tasty, not as much rye as I would have guessed, which was nice cuz I really don't like rye so much. A hoppy, sweet, tasty brew. Founder's you never disappoint me. (573 characters)

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

Thanks to warriorsoul for including this in a trade. Another fine beer.

The appearance is a dark brick with an off-white head that falls to a tall ring surrounded by lace. Smell is malty rye with hop notes, very inviting. The taste is cracked black pepper, citric acid, and fizzy carbonation. The rye shines through along with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium and at times feels full. Very nice for either a red ale or a rye beer. Easy to drink. Pushing 7% ABV, I'd recommend pairing this with some munchies, like a buttery cheese to keep it all in perspective. (561 characters)

Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye looks and smells like an IPA, a cloudy reddish-brown with a white head, with a robust nose of citrusy hops. There may be some pepperiness to the hop scent as well, or that may be the rye. Tastes malty for a bit before the hops kick in, with a nice rye aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and overall I would say that Red's Rye is pretty much a smooth, easy-drinking pale ale.

Red's Rye and Black Rye are nothing like each other. (447 characters)

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

12oz single

appearance: pours a rich and deep dark red, with a creamy tan and red tinted head that laces quite well

smell: sweet roasted malts, citrus hops, sweet fruits (apples and plums perhaps), hints of rye

taste: quite tasty! very sweet fruity malts, sweet rye bread which is a nice touch, hop tingle is present as well. Very earthy, style quite comparable to an APA in my opinion

mouthfeel: quite creamy, medium bodied, hop bitterness in the aftertaste

drinkability: quite drinkable

yet another solid offering from Founders...Michigan breweries rule (574 characters)

Photo of sopor
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I thought the black rye was very stout-like, well this to me is very IPA like, except maybe it's a India Red Rye Ale. Hmm... maybe not. Either way, this beer is great in my book as I am a hophead and the Rye compliments the hops very well in my opinon!

Clear red amber with a finger of creamy head that dissipates rather slowly. Smells of rye and crisp herbal hops.

Very light caramel and toasty malt flavors quickly taken over by powerful bitter hops and rye. Slight sweetness grows as the beer gets warmer.

Moderate body, very pleasurable with delicate and almost refreshing carbonation. Not a session brew, too big, but very tasty. I like this beer a lot! (670 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: short stubby 12oz. bottle with an old paper-colored label. an illustration of an old einstein-lookin' guy on the front. "red's rye" and "red ale made with rye" printed in black across the label in an artsy script font. founders logo is very small on top of the label. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a hazy red-brown with nice bright red highlights in a pint glass. head is a very tight light reddish-tan half inch. i poured vigorously to get some more head, but this half-inch lasted forever! pillowy with nice lacing. bubbles rise through the brew constantly.

smell: first whiff is of citrus and floral hops. grapefruit and a tad spicy. some sweet malty undertones as well. more sweet fruit as the beer warms.

taste: strong grapefruity hop flavors and lightly bitter. spicy bready flavors from the rye and maybe some from the hops. nice sweet fruity flavors as the brew warms. maybe some peaches. some tongue coating resins. wow, hops and rye flavors mix very well. super tasty. finish is lightly bitter and oddly sweet. nice hoppy and spicy aftertaste.

mouthfeel: crisp, but a nice medium body. carbonation is excellent as well. rolls around nicely, but leaves a resin on your tongue. swallow is surprisingly just average.

drinkability: good drinkability. very tasty and aromatic. finish and aftertaste are no match for the sipper. alcohol is well hidden.

overall: what can i say? i like it. a lot. very tasty brew. a lot like an apa but with a delicious spicy rye kick. easy session brew. i received this in a trade, and i wish i had a lot more. (1,603 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass.

I'm a big fan of the Founder's Centennial IPA so I thought I'd give some of their other brands a try.

Appearance -- Nice deep dark red in color. Pours a foamy one finger head.

Smell -- Smells like roasted malts at first, very sweet and pleasant, but I can also smell hints of aromatic hops.

Taste -- I like it. I'm getting the bitterness of the hops a little more than the sweetness of the malt. It's a pleasant taste and reminds me of an IPA.

Mouthfeel -- Creamy: Medium feel to it. It really wonders around your mouth.

Drinkability -- Very drinkable indeed. I'm going to plug this one to my friends. I'll most likely pick this one up on a regular basis. (708 characters)

Photo of bahumutx
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice dark red with a nice head and very good lacing.


Smell: Smells of rye and hops. A very interesting and unique smell.


Taste: First taste to hit the tongue is that of rye. It slightly tastes like you are biting into a piece of rye bread. I can also taste a slight fruit taste and it also has a slight hop bite to it. It finishes with a slight malt taste.


Mouthfeel: Great Mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy but also smooth. Very unique but great mouthfeel.


Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first rye beer and I like this style. Yet another fine offering from the folks at Founders. I have yet to be disappointed by one of their brews. Keep up the great work!!! (751 characters)

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

Pours a great looking, slightly hazy, reddish brown color with a thick off white head that never completely disapears. Has really good lacing as well.

Smell: hops, plums and apples, bubblegum and rye. Very nice.

Taste: You get the rye right up front, with nice malts, pretty strong citrusy hops, and a slight apple taste . Finshes a bit bitter, but that suites this beer just fine.

This is my first beer from Founders, and I'm quite impressed. (446 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was a little skeptical after I bought the sixer from Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield; bottles had a little dust on them. Not to worry though. Beer proved to be outstanding.

Poured a serious beep and frothy red, yeast setting nicely in the bottom of a wedding gift type beer mug, that really does not get much use.

Smell is very fruity. I am detecting serious fruits, in particularity plums and orange/grapefruit. Very nice!

Taste is magnificent. Reminds me of why I drink craft beer. Hops all over the place. Very sharp acidic citrus taste, bitter aftertaste, but I like it.

A pretty serious beer, definitely not a session beer, but at this point of the night it’s disguising itself as something different. I really dig this beer. Characteristics abound in this one. Get it if you can. (797 characters)

Photo of numenor1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Founders beer and first rye beer

Beautiful amber red, a bit hazy with a very nice head that maintains til the end leaving clumps all along the way. Smells of massive hops and i've baked a few rye loaves in the past, definitely smells of rye. Up front are bready malts on the tongue and then citrusy hops intermingle with the rye all across the palate. The rye flavor is quite pronounced and excellent. Very bready too, just like a big hunk of rye (no caraway seeds!). Very very nice. Ends very dry with hops and spiciness slowly fading away. I love this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full with low to moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable. (655 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber with a moderate 1.5 inch off-white head...there aren't any noticeable particles floating in the beer but it does have a nice sheen. Nose is mainly a hoppish/floral aspect...it reminds me strongly of an IPA, sort of in the style of Two-Hearted by Bell's but not quite as over the top.

Flavour up front is a nice hit of rye (as would be expected) the hops come in softly up front, but then start to make a return during the middle...they aren't overwhelming though, which is s a good thing (TM). A nice dominant kiss goodbye on the part of the hops at the end as well. The finish leaves a strong taste on the back of the tongue. This isn't bad...sort of an IPA made with rye more or less.

Mouth is full, but not remarkable. I wouldn't expect more with an IPAish style. Drinkability is good.

My only real knock on this beer is my main knock with many of these lighter summer offerings, lack of depth. But the beer is good for what it is. No complaints. A quality summer style quaffer. (1,012 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one amazing beer. Thanks go out to my co-worker, Joe, for sharing this with me.

Pours to a really dark red amber color, almost brown, with a thin white head that sticks around for quite a long while. The words I've used to describe the color of this beer simply don't do it justice.

The smell is very bubblegum hoppy with a well blended malt backbone. Smells like amarillo. Very citrusy and sweet.

The taste is perfect. I've been craving this taste since the last time I had a Gumballhead. This is even better than that, even, though not QUITE as refreshing. Has a bitter malt to it, from the rye perhaps, complimented well by the juicy amarillo hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit odd. Very thick, chewy, and grainy, but still seems to be plenty light and refreshing. I only wish this beer were available here in Iowa, because I would drink the crap out of it. (881 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap the the brewery.
All american hops. Pungant and resiny. Clear copper/red with tan head and fab lacing. Big hop flavor with rye spicyness. Caramel, and good bitterness. Quite dry and refreshing. My first founder’s beer every. Pretty happy so far. (254 characters)

Photo of murrayswine
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my HB stick.

The head is thick and lacey with an ultra-white, soft cotton top. The beer is an awesome deep caramel-amber with a slight haze.

The aroma was very strong with deep citrus tones, bold hops and a sharp sourdough.

The taste comes on like a 2-ton hammer. The first sip is all hops, but not overwhelming, it's complex with multiple layers. The tasting yielded hints of cashew, points of sweet cream, and a medium body finish.

I downed three bottles of this stuff with ease, this beer is fantastic! (537 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very deep amber... near brown. 1/2 inch, creamy white head. Tiny bubbles that last. good legs and lacing.

Huge aroma. First whiff was grapefruit, hops and strawberry. Second whiif I picked up a touch of lavender, apricot, peach, maybe coriander. Very, very nice aroma. I verbally said, "Wow," and no one was around.

Taste is hoppy, but balanced. Smooth. very nice on the palate. I taste the strawberries I smelled... a touch of honey and a touch of caramel.

Founder's needs to find a way into the Nebraska market. (536 characters)

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

The beers arrived on the bar with a slight haze and an amber ruby color. The head was white and lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a very strong citrusy and rye aroma which was floral. The aroma contained a nice caramel component which lingered with the hops in the nose.

The flavor was bitter with a strong rye presence and a hoppy and citrusy hop flavor with grapefruit and floral. The beer was well balanced with the rye flavor, the bittering and the malt.

The finish was dry with a lasting rye and bittering long and pleasant into the afteraste. The body was just above medium but not quite medium full and well done. A great and hoppy rye beer with some well achieved complexity.

Pints, yes S, at Come Back Inn in Madison, WI at the Pre-Great Taste Founders Party. (796 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous ruby with a massive soft and meringue-like head that settled to a thin cap lasting the glass through. Slightly cloudy from yeast sediment.

Smell: Spicy and hoppy, with a huge noseful of rye and a dose of juicy, citrusy hops. Sweet malt and a celery-like character.

Taste: Nice and creamy in the mouth, with that characteristic rye bite. This is the best (commercial) example of a highly-hopped rye beer I've had. Wonderful mixture of sweet malts, slightly spicy and stalky rye, and the perfect blend of juicy hops to dry things out nicely in the end. Excellent beer. (603 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful blood red color with a creamy reddish-white head. The aroma is huge. It hits you the second you open the bottle, and never leaves. Citric hops and complex malt tones battle it out to perfection. The taste is hoppy with a strong malt backbone. It's almost like a good IPA, but with rye. The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew. I can not conceive how this beer could be made any better than it already is. (477 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy shade of red with a thick creamy white foam with great lacing.

Smelled of bitter rye notes mixing in with some nice hop odor.

Taste was great, a nice toasty bready rye taste up front mixing with a very potent bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel was full with a super dry finish.

Drinkability on this great beer is great! This one is going to have some staying power in my fridge. (407 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour. Deep ruby color, hazy, with a tight two-finger head.

Hoppy smell. Grapefruits and yeast. Dougy yeast. Nice.

Foamy, yeasty taste starting out. The hops, though strong, aren't harsh--they come in as citrus and grapfruit. It ends on more dry yeast. Bready. There's a great dry aftertaste, too. Complex and very, very good.

Honestly, I've never had a rye beer before, so I didn't know what to expect. I doubt they're all this good! (452 characters)

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

Pours deep mahogany red. Absolutely gorgeous. Bit of tan foam and accompanying lace.
Smells like a nice, bitterly rich rye bread with a side of grapefruit. Very nice.
Tastes salty sweet up front, with a tart bitterness, followed by a round, sweetness. Ends lightly bitter, not overpoweringly so. Could use a bigger maltiness, or more rye flavor. I just love rye so much.
Rich, delicious mouthfeel, with a supporting bubbliness.
Very drinkable. Get this if you can. (468 characters)

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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