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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,823 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,823
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 264
Gots: 391 | FT: 8
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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Photo of TheCondor
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer 100 times, but never actually sat down to review it. That time has come, I finally took some notes for a formal review. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams 12oz glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful amber color, pretty transparent, with very little head to speak of and little head retention. Leaves little lacing, and the guy on the front of the package reminds of someone that should be cruising around in an ice cream truck or a panel van. Kinda creepy.

Smell - Woody, earthy, with the rye adding a little pop to it. There is a hop presence in the nose and a slight maltiness as well. Sounds complex, but there really isn't that much to it.

Taste - A smooth and tasty brew. Definite hop character mixes with malty backbone. Rye provides some spiciness and zing, almost a tobacco-like flavoring. A unique brew, for sure. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - Leaves some hop bitterness on the palate, but nothing to really get excited about. Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable.

Overall - This is certainly a good beer, but not even close to the best Founders has to offer. I could name a half dozen Founders beers better than this, although it is certainly deserving of a try. It just doesn't strike me as a Beer of Fame, although it is. Most Beers of Fame really leave an impression, but this is mildly forgettable. Give it a shot, but I wasn't too wrapped up about it.

TheCondor, Apr 29, 2013
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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,823 ratings.