1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,921 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,921
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 288
Gots: 441 | 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:
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"
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Red's Rye IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,921 | Reviews: 1,641 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Roger415
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of TomRB
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of AlphaKing414
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BeerMark
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Red's Rye Pale Ale from Founders Brewing Company is a welcome addition here in Alabama. It's color is dark amber with a beige head. The smell is pine, hops, and rye. The taste is fantastic. It's a well balanced beer that has equal parts sweet malt and hop bitterness. Will be in heavy rotation at my house. This beer has made me want to try other rye beers. Keep the great beers coming to Alabama.

Photo of littlelorib
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/06/12 according to stamp on bottle.

Appearance: red amber, slightly cloudy, very little head. Smell is hoppy with lots of grapefruit. Taste is wonderful - grapefruit with little spicy hints. Just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a winner in my house.

Photo of C63AMG
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1/17/2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to garnet red in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The smell of the rye is very detectable in this beer even through the fairly intense citrus/orange hop aromas.

T: Very much follows the smell of the beer, there is quite a bit of the rye spiciness that I would expect followed by the citrus/orange hops. The hop bitterness is not too intense and pairs nicely with the rye spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very pleasant drinking beer that could easily be a session beer for me. I enjoy the aromas and the flavor of this beer quite a bit. Definitely one to get another time.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 02/22/12.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with 2 fingers of head. Decent thick lacing on side of this beer.

Smell: The spicines of the rye is noticed first with pine and citris hops to compliment. Nice smelling brew.

Taste: Fairly similiar to the nose. The rye is up front and it seems to mellow the bitterness of the hop profile. Piney, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and floral notes from the hops. Little bit of caramel, biscuits and breadiness in the malt profile. I would say the bitterness is just below a moderate bitterness. The beer finishes clean with a mild rye and citrus aftertaste that does not stick around very long. Really great balance between the rye and the hops.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is crisp and refreshing.

Overall: You just can't go wrong with a Founders beer. It well balanced with the rye and hop profile that its best attribute in my opinion. Its another great option for a hot weather beer that will keep me drinking local brew!

Photo of Beerchaeology
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of hansgruber
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. What I assume is the born on date printed on the shoulder is “02/22/12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The Founders website calls the color “crimson” and I agree. (I do not think I have ever used “crimson” to describe a beer, but it is a fitting word.) One finger of bubbly, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly quickly to leave a bubbly ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: I immediately caught a whiff of grapefruit when I popped the cap. Once in the glass, the grapefruit becomes part of a mouthwatering balance. Team Hops features grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Commanding point and controlling the offense is sweet caramel, while pine provides an outside threat. This is definitely sweet caramel’s team, though, as it forms the foundation of the overall aroma. Rye spice may be the sixth man, but I really do not smell it.

Taste: The bitterness I was expecting did not materialize. In its place, though, is an adequate hoppy bite. Much like the smell, the balance is superb. Caramel provides a thick and solid base for the grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus, and everything is garnished with a little pine. There is a little hint of pumpernickel breadiness, but other than that I really cannot detect the rye; it does not register for me (or I have no clue what I am tasting). A little bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while but it is far from overpowering.

Drinkability: A solid brewski. Enough said.

Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of GregBlatz
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper orange. Head is over 1/2" thick and the bubbles are very tight and compact. It laces as it falls.

S - The spicy rye aroma is very apparent. Very strong fruity esters. Hop aroma is more citrus than floral, like oranges.
Smells sweet and sticky.

T - Very sweet malt and earthy rye. Hop bitterness is strong and plays nice with the sweet malt. Hop flavor is also aggressive. Very fruity.

M - This is a thick chewy beer. Medium carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Wow, what a great beer. One of my favorites.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Red's Rye in a nonic pint.

Appearance- Bone-white foam manages to get about to a half-finger's width before deflating to a ring around the inside of the glass. There are some strings of lace randomly thrown around.

The body certainly has an amber look to it, even some lighter copper when it is held up to the light. Lazy streams of carbonation rise to the cap.

Smell- The bouquet is strong on oranges and is slightly herbal. I cannot really get a sense of the malt, but an earthy tone seems to be underlying everything. It is probably from the rye malt.

Taste- The citrus nature of the palate is outstanding! The orange is very forward and lasts well after the swallow. There is also great bitterness to this beer.

The malt is very much in the background and has a biscuit and earth flavor to it. Mainly, what is taken away from the palate is a strong sense of citrus wtih some pleasant bitterness and slight earthy character.

Mouth feel- This beer has a solid medium body and decent carbonation. It could be a little creamier and not be quite as slick over the tongue. I could also stand for a little more stick to the cheeks for a longer finish.

Overall- This beer has a very pleasant citrus aroma with a palate that more than greatly mimics what is happening on the nose. There is also enough complexity from the malt to keep it interesting.

And enough bitterness to keep me coming back for another drink.

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rjblake1984
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mzeld
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of George2744
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mfrogs
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of SPriestle
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,921 ratings.