1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,693 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 247
Gots: 356 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Founders Red's Rye IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,693 | Reviews: 1,633 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev -4.5%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Deeeeezzzzznuts
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Deeeeezzzzznuts, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bkrueger
3.73/5  rDev -11%

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Zeller1 for sending this my way!

Appearance - Pours a quarter inch or so of bubbly off white head. Golden red, clear and clean. The head quickly goes down to leave lacing on the edges which sticks to the glass as the beer quickly loses a couple of inches.

Smell - Rye, burnt malts, hints of peppery spice, hops with sweeter tones of sugary caramel.

Taste - Smooth, creamy, and watery. Lots of cream to go with a balanced malt and hop combo. Malts are very present and give this a sweet texture and taste. Some piney bite gets in there but it is mostly the malts that carry the taste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. It has a good combination of all of the tastes and leaves a chewy texture of light bitterness on the edges of the tongue. It is easy to drink but could be crisper for my liking without such a sweet presence. The hops are there though, I'm just too used to our west coast IPA's/DIPA's.

Overall - Very easy to drink and I can imagine this would go great with a sandwich or some BBQ in the afternoon, especially if you had a keg. The rye really shows through and while I would probably drink a Hop Rod Rye instead, this is a very good offering.

bkrueger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of moserine
5/5  rDev +19.3%

moserine, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +19.3%

dwaz, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +19.3%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of IPAaron
5/5  rDev +19.3%

IPAaron, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of award0705
5/5  rDev +19.3%

award0705, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev -4.5%

sobeleg, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev -4.5%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev -4.5%

allouez86, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of meetyouoverboard
5/5  rDev +19.3%

meetyouoverboard, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of randomdanger
5/5  rDev +19.3%

randomdanger, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +19.3%

GoldenChild, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Gtg642, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Casterbridge, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RichBeer
5/5  rDev +19.3%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of teyuders
5/5  rDev +19.3%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +19.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a ruddy orangish brown with about a finger's worth of tan head. Pretty good retention, and you can you see a lot of carbonation gathering around the edges of the glass. Lacing is very nice as well, with thin wisps of foam sticking all over.

S - A heaping dose of spice and malts flood the nose immediately, much more than the hops at first. Caramel malts and toffee straight away. Earthy rye spice with a touch of bitterness. The finish has a nice amount of bitter, grapefruit hops that last long afterward.

T - Unlike the somewhat fragmented aroma, the taste consolidates all the individual characteristics together without muddling them. Overall, it's fairly bitter, but it has a nice transition from caramel and sweeter malts, to a gritty rye spice, to the citrus hops. Finish is spicy and bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. A bit heavy at times but bursting with flavor, if not a touch bitter.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Smooth drinking and a nice flavor, but the bitterness tends to overshadow the tastier parts of this beer and tends to imbalance it a little. I feel the rye is well-integrated as well and adds a nice kick to the pale side of this beer.

nhindian, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of rjvanston
5/5  rDev +19.3%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev -4.5%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,693 ratings.