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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,579 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,579
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 320 | FT: 9
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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beagle75

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing khaki foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel grain with a suggestion of dryness that is extremely clean. Citrusy and lesser earthy hops are suggested.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive toasted malt and precocious estery floral notes. Acidity is restrained but present, emphasizing citrusy qualities of the hop aromatics before bitterness arrives during the middle. Malt also becomes heavier in the second act, with slight astringent roast and rising dryness. Bitterness remains moderate into the finish with dryness peaking to a snappy and clean note of rye.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; balanced on the palate between wet, sticky, and astringent; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Never extreme, this fine pale ale extends itself masterfully across the continuum of of style-appropriate qualities. Rye, while a component of the malt bill, successfully joins an ensemble whose range includes toasty, caramel, and even slightly roasty qualities. Hops are companionable to other flavors, joining with English yeast metabolites especially well. This is an ale in the truest sense; an ale for all seasons and occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:04:33 | More by beagle75
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spokes

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-27-2011 04:31:40 | More by spokes
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a six pack of Founder's Red's Rye PA last week for $8.79 at Meijers. I was looking up one of my reviews for a Founders beer and I realized that I haven't reviewed Red's Rye Pa yet, I've had it many times but for some reason or another I just forgot to review, so I'm going to sit down with a bottle and give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 10/22/2012, it's a little old but in my experience it can hold up a little better than most. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label, it's nicely done and a little weird looking, it sticks out on the shelf. It poured a nice amber/red color that was a little hazy and it took on a beautiful ruby red color when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Rye Beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with the rye and malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some nice spicy rye aromas along with some caramel and bready malts, the spicy rye really shines through in the aroma. After that came the hops, they were slightly piney, but it was the citrus hops that really showed up and imparted some heavy grapefruit aromas along with some other citrus fruits. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the spicy rye did a great job melding and balancing out all those citrus hops.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lighter amount of medium sweetness followed by some bready and caramel malts. but it's the rye that sticks out the most and it imparts a medium amount of spicy rye flavor. Towards the end I get some nice hops that were a little floral but mainly citrusy with grapefruit still sticking out the most and they made for a medium amount of bitterness and it had rye and citrus hops like aftertaste. The hops and rye have the right amount of balance to them, I thought it tasted pretty good.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, slightly sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I thought the slight creaminess was unneeded, I was happy with it though.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty damn good example of the style, sometimes rye can be a little overpowering but Founders kept that in check nicely with a good amount of tasty citrus hops and that worked out pretty well. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I can drink around three of these but that seems to be my limit for this beer, it's a good beer for just about any season. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, it had a good amount of rye and hops in it, but neither of them were too overpowering and that made for a really nice beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad at all, but the creaminess did through me off a little. I would buy this beer again, I don't buy it often, but when I feel like a Rye Beer it makes for a pretty good and affordable choice, I recommend this to just about anyone and it's a must try if your a fan of Rye Beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it's pretty damn solid and that's what I have come to expect from this brewery. It sucks that Founders decided to make this a seasonal, I will miss being able to buy it year around, but I often forgot about it which won't be happening when it turns to a seasonal, but Founders has to make tough decisions sometimes and I respect that, but it still sucks. Good job guys, it's nice to have a world class brewery like Founders in Michigan, they make some damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:53:34 | More by StoutHunter
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GRG1313

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-27-2011 02:15:39 | More by GRG1313
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renroc

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2011 21:59:17 | More by renroc
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homerbunker

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2011 16:13:50 | More by homerbunker
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Hoopman

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2011 15:01:21 | More by Hoopman
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-25-2011 22:36:38 | More by TimoP
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-25-2011 21:20:11 | More by whallgren
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-25-2011 20:39:35 | More by WhitmansNiece
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-25-2011 20:39:02 | More by deapokid
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bmohead

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-25-2011 08:48:19 | More by bmohead
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zachary80

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-24-2011 21:23:36 | More by zachary80
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2011 15:11:05 | More by Rochefort10nh
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gvacca

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2011 13:06:57 | More by gvacca
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draheim

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 6/28/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing ruby amber with a white head that subsides pretty quickly.

Aroma is bitter, floral hops and sweet malt. Smells like a cross between an IPA and an amber/red ale.

Taste follows nose. Amber malty sweetness balanced by a sharp hoppy bitterness on the finish. Caramel and rye malts lend a fruitiness that dominates the palate.

This is my first and only rye beer so I don't have anything to compare to. Malt is certainly prominent. Not sure I'd feel compelled to pick this one up again though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 07:07:51 | More by draheim
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dexterk1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2011 03:32:03 | More by dexterk1
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.4%

11-24-2011 00:23:42 | More by jenray
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spoonhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-23-2011 23:12:17 | More by spoonhawk
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in large tulip beer glass from bottle. Bottled 9 7 2011.

Dark copper color with hint of brown with creamy head and decent lacing . Head retention wears off but a quick swirl brings it back to life.

Big pine aroma upfront with some Citrus. caramel malt shows itself but the hops is very distinct without being overpowering. well balanced. Aroma grows on you as you finish the glass.

Taste, strong bitter hops throughout and the finish lingers on your tongue but also well balanced with the malt. Creamy and smooth mouth feel with the bitterness rolling on your tongue.

Powerful tasting beer for the Abv. Couldn't pick up the rye distinction too much from other ipas. Was trying to figure it out. Founders makes some killer beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:49:56 | More by Durtdiggler
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper/amber with a thin white head, lots of lacing and good retention.

Smells of piney, resiny hops with some toasted, caramel malts. Some sweet fruity aromas as well. Smells like an IPA with a touch of rye.

Wonderful loads of sweet, fruity, caramel malts balanced very nicely by spicey, resiny, piney hops. Nice and bitter, the hops definitely dominate the palate here. The rye isn't very noticeable, but it is there and I wouldn't know it if it wasn't labeled a rye beer.

That being said, overall this is a wonderful beer, a great Pale Ale indeed, they really need to get this stuff to Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:20:09 | More by GodOfBeer
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daneatsfood

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-23-2011 21:06:27 | More by daneatsfood
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-23-2011 19:22:48 | More by beefandbean22
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-23-2011 13:19:32 | More by nathanjohnson
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GHeinze89

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-23-2011 06:31:29 | More by GHeinze89
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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