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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,647
Hads: 5,056
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 327
Gots: 521 | 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: 1,647 | Hads: 5,056
Photo of Todd
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Cloudy, dark amber with ruby hues. Healthy frothy head with a retaining clingy lace.

Massive hoppy, herbal, fruity esters, and grapefruit aroma. Lots of spice. Sweetish too, with a nice malty base beneath. Some major dank / resiny stuff going on in the nose too.

Even, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Incredibly creamy on the palate. Big juicy fruity flavors of red delicious apples, some pear and peach. Crisp twang from the rye, and spice that segues nicely into the prickly spicy/herbal hops, and their supporting flash of citric bitterness. Floral softness in the hops, with resiny oils that stick. The alcohol seems to embed its warmth into the palate, creating an estery/fume-like presence. A bit dry in the finish with apple-y notes, rye husk, and flower pith.

This is one hell of an offering. Amazing flavors and overall character! Love it. (870 characters)

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

Red's Rye fell from the sky and into my glass with a lovely dark amber colouring. Sort of reddish. Go figger. The head was substantial with a ballsy pour. Moderate carbonation. Some chunky lace formation took place. This lace is a tell tale sign that this beer has substance, unlike many of the beers I have had from other companies to this date which give you squat in this area. There is no slacking here. This bad mother is surely flagship quality for the brewery. Propers galore for the creator of this fine brew. Most beer enthusiasts worth their salt can tell you that this is some good beer. It is unique and impressive.

The smell was very herbal. Grass and chrondizzle marijuana tones. Dank. Great hop influence without question. The rye aspects may seem hidden to the untrained or unskilled nose, but they are in the mix working ever so synergistically with the hop bouquet. I am scrutinizing this brew almost one year later to add this fact (1-14-06) as my nose can now better appreciate the unique properties of this stupendous creation. Grainy base aroma underneath. The smell is like no other.

Tastes are hoppy and raw. Grassy chlorophyll and weed flavours are thick. The hop character seems to work very well with the rye to deliver this unique flavourscape. Those with truly discerning palates can taste the greatness here. There is a pronounced bitter effect from both the hops and the rye infusion. Synergy. This tight little brew is crisp and snappy. Flavour like none other. Drinking this brew before trying another less fortunate beer will cripple your ability to taste the inferior brew. This is robust and utterly friggin awesome. If you can handle something of this magnitude you will no doubt fall in love with it. Drinkable for sure. Pussy ass posers beware, this one will bite back atcha ass. By far the most kick ass "mainstay" offered by this brewery. This beer is outdone by precious few from other companies. Stellar. (1,950 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark amber/copper with a generous tan head that hangs around for 5+ minutes leaving a lumpy film on the top with nice lacing.

Smells strongly of floral citrusy hops. I'm reminded of Bell's Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada's Celebration. I like it, but was expecting more rye in the nose.

As in the nose, hops dominate. Still wanting more rye. There's some there, but you really have to search for it over a few sips. Very dry finish.

Nice full mouthfeel. Almost weighted like a good stout. Not a lot of carbonation, but the rush of hops takes its place.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It lacks the presence of rye I was looking for in both taste and aroma, unlike the Black Rye, but its still damn tasty. (750 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours scarlet-copper and slightly hazy, topped with a copious off-white head. Dominating spruce aroma with a little grapefruit. Carmel, lemon zest and grapefruit with a bitter finish. Medium body with enough carbonation to coat the tongue.

This beer is part west coast ipa and part rye beer. For the most part, the rye plays a subsurviant role. The dominat player in Red's Rye is hops. At times, the hops over run this beer, but I still thirst for more. I would be negligent, if I didn't write about the head. Red's gives you a root beer float head. It stands above the top of the glass, but does not cascade down the sides. This RyePA is not to be missed. (659 characters)

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

Pours a deep, glowing ruby red color with a huge frothy off white head that leave a thick sticky lacing in my glass. Aromatic hoppy aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Resiny pine, citrus and pineapple cake flavors, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter and dry. I think I may have found a new favorite from this brewery, this one is very drinkable at 6.8%. (380 characters)

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

Deep amber with rosy tints on the edges, this shows a slight haze and lumpy, rolling hills of a head. Looks like Swiss cheese and leaves plenty of of clumpy lace on a tulip glass.

Smells of caramel and pine with a small peppery presence. The pine fades quickly to an overbearing ogre of caramel.

Since an amber ale with rye is a fairly de rigueur recipe for homebrewers, especially a certain famous "Denny" recipe, this beer suffers in comparison. So many people have done this on a non-commercial level, many with great success, that I'll be heretical in calling this no better than those. A straight line of caramel, rye spiciness, then hop balance. Has the pepper but not quite the oiliness and calvados-like notes that rye can impart. The brick of caramel also tames the rye as well as the purported 60 IBU's. In all, not terribly different from the brewpub amber ale craze of many years back but a little funkified to interest the beer enthusiast. (958 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a rich, dark reddish color with a swirling off-white head. The smell was truly exceptional, the red smell so strong you could practically taste it before even taking the first sip. Also smells like a wonderful fruit basket of oranges and grapefruit. The mouthfeel was thick and fairly carbonated, tasting quite red with noticable hops and rye. The lacing was superb, as it stuck around on the glass for quite some time.

Overall, I was highly impressed with this beer. It has a lot of great traits, and is definitly worth going out of your way to try. I'm sure it will show up on my shopping list again very soon. (622 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulled scarlet red appearance. Thin off-white head that leaves bountiful lace. The aroma is a tropical fruit melange. Pineapple, kiwi, mango... And some of that resiny canabis in the background. The taste follows suit to an extent. You've got your tropical fruit blend. Some Mary Jane. But also some sweet marmalade like tones. The bitterness is sharp, yet clean. And there's a dulled spiciness present that is a contribution from the rye rather than alcohol I believe. Another solid offering from Founder's. And another solid Founder's offering received thanks to cokes. (571 characters)

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

Brewed with 4 varieties of Belgian caramel malts and malted rye. Dry hopped.

6.8% ABV, 60 IBU's.

Pours out to a dark ruby with orange accents, forming a large whipped sticky dark beige head with yellow tints. Retention is just awesome forming sticky pancake-like lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate with the bubbles barely able to escape the viscosity of the beer. The aroma is just awesome...fresh pungent citric hops with lots of mango, grapefruit and pine (I smell Centennial)...reminds me of Stone IPA but less pungent. Mouthfeel is oh so smooth and creamy with a tart, crisp hop astringency. Medium-dense oily body. This beer assaults your taste buds with a whallop but never overpowers them. Immediately sharp with a ton of hop bite but with a huge malt bill to back it up. I can't really appreciate any stand-out rye taste. The bitterness is actually quite mild and makes this one super-easy to drink. Impeccably fermented with absolutely no off-flavors and imperceptable alcohol. An hour later and I'm still burping mangos. Tasty!

This is an amazing brew and has definitely replaced Two-Hearted as my Michigan 'IPA' of choice. As beautiful out of the bottle as it is on tap. An infinitely more drinkable version of it's big brother, Devil Dancer. So smooth and smarmy, and now available year-round, this is my new "go-to" brew. Sexy stuff guys. Highly, highly recommended! (1,387 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel color with a medium head that settles to a thin layer on top. Aroma is rich Cascades, lots of mandarin oranges with some amber malt.

Taste is more rich hops and mild pale malts. Plenty bitter, lots of bready rye malt flavor to back it up. Faint sweetness up front but finish and aftertaste is sticky, hoppy bitter. No trace of alcohol, well hidden despite being a bit higher than normal. I like the bitterness but it limits its drinkability (couldn't session this one).

Mouthfeel is almost hefty but not thick, has some texture to it. Not quite up there with a DIPA but it tends in that direction. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this one. (663 characters)

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

Earthen auburn shaded with a pock-scared tan cream residing above.
Reeks of hops, all full of pine tar, mint, and yellow grapefruit. The malts are also stinkin' with their brown sugared, caramel lean.
Begins with a distinct notion of toasted bread (ummm...make the rye bread, with it undercurrent of spice). Doughy and warm, leaking out towards maple and brown sugar, then just gelling as caramel. This bready caramel feature lingers through the lengthy middle and up until the onlaught of hops.

Then it's on.

Westside IPAs glare menancingly at this outsider for breaching their turf. Posing with its grapefruit and pine ho's. Throwing up mint leaf signs and rolling sticky ganj up in emptied cigars wrappers.

But this ain't no moutherfuckin' wannabe, player.
This is the real deal. The new deal. Struttin' wif pride and flashing the Founder's "F" to fools.

Step back.

Sturdy in it's pimpilicious build, big where it needs to be. Easy flowing, yet up in your grill with the hizz-nops when need be.

Fake-ass IPAs run and hide.

Representin' to tha fullest. (1,083 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - slightly cloudy red, with a thick foamy head that melts down, leaving a sticky film of lace behind.

Aroma - piny hops and lots of 'em. Not much more, but the smell is nice and fresh and stays strong throughout the tasting.

Taste - a mouthful of hops right off the bat. I think the rye imparts a hearty grain fullness that I might not be able to identify if I didn't know what I was drinking. Other than that, this tastes more like an IPA than a red ale. Finishes like bitter grapefruit. Great flavor but certainly not in the style of any red I've had before.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a little heavier than average, moderately carbonated, hitting on all cylinders.

Drinkability - delicious! Bring me more!! A top-notch session beer, packed with flavor from the wonderful folks of Founders. (808 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Authoritative, scalded cream-colored foam on top of playplax-red liquid.
Aromas of piney, fresh-picked mint, sticky green resins and reeking Sauvignon Blanc wine. Well-toasted malt sugars provide meaty mass to the bouquet.
Sweet, red jawbreaker jam flavored. Reminiscent of Faygo Rock 'n Rye soda both in color and flavor. Densely packed bitterness joins the sugars to leave tarry, bitter black licorice impressions on the long finish.
My experience with rye beers is limited to various examples from Bavaria. I can't see how actual rye might have influenced the flavors of this beer in the slightest way -- it would be obliterated by caramel malt and hops. Yet as for the brand name, "rye" has so many poetic possibilities (wry Red's rye... and so on) not to mention the fact that there is not so much competition in the Rye Beer category. (843 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nicely carbonated crimson color. A dirty tan head form and leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell of this brew is great. Citrus and pine all the way, a very noticable northwestern hop profile. The taste is very piney, as to be expected from the smell. Some caramel peaks through and tries to add some balance. The rye is definitely present giving the ever famous rye taste and mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic beer. Glad I saw this stuff here in Miltown last week, knowing I dont have to go to Madison for this stuff brings a smile to my face. Simply put a fantastic beer. Much thanks to Skidz for the sample. (643 characters)

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

A good label goes with this beer as the bottle shows the scetch of a hazy man, Red.
The beer pours a hazy rusty red that looks rich with a off-white head that maintains a thin appearance. Lace is plenty, leaves a thick, ring over-lapping look all glass long. Very nice.
Aroma is a hit as soon as the bottle is opened, citric hop. That citric is carried over to the taste along with pine, grapefruit and a good dose of rye malt. The mouthfeel reflects the blast of hop while leaving a hop oil feel. Drinkability is good for its crisp, near red IPA can get. (560 characters)

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

You don't even need to get your nose very close to the bottle or glass to get a good whiff of the floral pine hop bouquet.
Pours a deep slightly murky red amber appearance.
The hop profile is a nice balance of pine and citrus characteristics, giving the best of both worlds. The rye factor plays in giving a good zip to the finish, akin to Hop Rod.
The bottle says it is red ale made with rye, but truth be told, this is much more resemblant of IPA, which is absolutely fine with me. I wouldn't have it any other way. Superbly drinkable, and i plan to seek this out in the future.
Huge thanks to Skidz for this brew. (624 characters)

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

Pours out amber brown and sits burnt amber in the glass with a large, light tan head. Keeps a good skim on the surface and coats the glass with boatloads of lacings, huzah! A dandy of a beer to hold in front of you.

Smells rich and citrusy with oranges, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Apricots run around the sides with hits of peach and apple as well. Any sign of maltiness is completly dominated by these rich, citrus hop aromas. I'm going to enjoy this.

Tastes initally malty, with nice hints of caramel, but is soon pushed aside by a sharp intrusion of hop flavors. Full, pine cone flavors are accompanied by notes of grapefruit rind and lime. Nice toasty flavor appears as hop flaovrs mellow out and brings with it a nice, light flavor of rye. Finish is well bittered and boasts more citrus and pine flavors and a nice lingering hint of rye.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth. Nice, lively carbonation in a medium body. Well done, Founders. You had me at "Centennial." I could drink this beer all day and all night. I absolutely adore the blend of citrusy hops and light rye flavor. This beer, along with it's Founders bretheren will find their way into my fridge on a frequent basis....oh baby. (1,206 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to their website, this brewery's motto is "Ignore Mainstream" and "Push The Envelope". I'm getting alarmed about the three bottles of Devil Dancer I bought the same day as this rye ale. This one pours a cloudy, copper body with a small beige head that quickly falls into ring and film. Nice spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has a ton of hops, a strong note of spicy rye, and a hint of caramel malt. Hops are pine, grapefruit, and hemp. Mouthfeel has a medium body, moderate carbonation and a coating of pine resin hops. Taste is lots of hops and a hint of rye. Caramel malt is difficult to appreciate underneath the massive hopping. This one goes down really easy, and the aftertaste is not as biting as I feared. I am very fond of rye malt in beers, and this one is no exception. The hops are allowed to romp around all over the malts here, but I just happen to be in a hoppy mood as I finish this one off. Not quite ready for their Devil Dancer, though. Impressive brewery and a bold rendering of a rye ale here. (1,036 characters)

Photo of walleye
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle, poured crimson red with a nice fluffy light tan head aroma a nose full of hops, malts, grapefruits, hints of caramel, molasses. the hops were not as strong as the aroma which was good, nice mouth feel has a pleasant bitterness to it, grapefruit. do not know what malted rye taste like but there is a flavor in here that I like so maybe that is it. good beer. (375 characters)

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

What a nice offering from the gang in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This one pours out to a dark amber in the glass with a slight to medium head. The aroma is that of pine and citrus. The taste is excellent, with said pine coming through via the hop presence this one has. Great malt backbone as well. As someone else mentioned, this reminded me of a west coast beer, and reminded me of offerings from Stone and Sierra Nevada. Very reminiscent of a Pale Ale cruising toward IPA-territory with hints of spice and pepper. (516 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked exactly like the Imperial IPA from Founder's on the pour. Crimson red in color with a one inch tan head that had good retention. Smell is very bready and somewhat sweet. The taste was sweet upfront with a caramel flavor, the top has a rye base to it and was quite thick, the finish was hoppy but not really bitter. Quite a thick and complex beer with some bold flavors but not overly sweet or bitter. A good beer to try at Founders but there are better choices at their brewery. (495 characters)

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

Pours with a one-fingered head on a red-hued clear liquid.
Aroma of rye is very prevalent but not overpowering. Caramel malt and floral hop hints also accounted for.
Flavor starts with a sweet caramel base which is immediately overrun by a grainy, rye that in turn is overpowered by a flowery and moderately bitter finish.
Mouthfeel has a gritty, grainy texture to it.
Drinkability is pretty high, could definitely be comfortable with a few of these in a row. (464 characters)

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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