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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

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4,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 216
Gots: 290 | FT: 10
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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:
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 nickfl


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of off-white foam that collapses quickly and degenerates into a this film of loose bubbles. The body is a slightly hazy, amber-brown color and the beer leaves light rings of lace on the glass as it is consumed.

S - Sweaty pine hop aromas blend with dark, bready malt and a strong dose of caramel.

T - Caramel and toffee malt up front with pine and grapefruit hops. More thick malt in the middle with lots of dark sugar and pithy grapefruit. The finish has a swelling hop bitterness that pushes back against the sweet malt and seems to actually become a bit harsh in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A pretty standard hoppy red ale. The aroma is very nice with lots of green, pungent hops and enough malt to to hint at the thick sugary character of the flavor profile. The caramel and toffee that dominate the malt character work nicely with the pine and grapefruit hops but never become excessive. My only complaint is the way the bitterness becomes sharp and almost overwhelming in the finish, to the point that some soapy notes linger on the palate after everything else fades away. This last impression kind of ruins the drinkability of an otherwise very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:46:37 | More by nickfl
Photo of Robtobfest


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer dated 5/3/11. Had this beer a couple times in the past.

A- Pours a deep amber with a huge creamy head and as I wait, unreal retention and lacing!

S- Smell is of bitter hops and spicy rye....I wish that more breweries would make ipa's brewed with rye, great style.

T- taste is piney, hoppy goodness rounded out with the spicy rye kick. I feel like the nose is a bit superior to the taste on this one.

M- Mouthfeel on Red's Rye is medium bodied and creamy. Founders always gets it right in this area, great job once again!
O- Overall this is the second best rye ipa ive had, next to Jester King's. Glad Founders has gone to the yellow dating ink on the bottles, this stuff fresh is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:05:49 | More by Robtobfest
Photo of Lillie1128


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Copper Creek pint glass

A - Pours a gorgeous orange honey color with a medium off white head

S - Just noseful of sweet, sweet rye!

T - A harmonious blend of yummy rye, citrus and lots of hops--70 IBUs! Very crisp and refreshing!

M - medium mouthfeel

D - For such a hoppy beer, it's very drinkable!!

This is a good one!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 20:39:09 | More by Lillie1128
Photo of mactrail


3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange amber in the wine glass. Hoppy nose. Creamy and rich mouth feel with plenty of malt. Hops are big and aromatic but leave a pleasant rather than painful trail of bitterness. I'm an Amarillo hop fan if that's what these are. The malt gives a good balance.

One of the best rye beers I've had, up there with Hop rod Rye. Red's is not as sweet, not as strong, but gives a big rich cornucopia of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:14:48 | More by mactrail
Photo of bamojr


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Very hoppy smell and some hints of the rye in the nose. Great crisp hop flavor with some sweet rye notes. This one has a nice round finish. It says its 70 IBU but I don't believe it. the carbonation was spot on. This is just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 23:05:30 | More by bamojr
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Champs in State College

A - Dark amber our with a fingers worth of off white head. Retention its good with a sticky lace.

S - Piney and citrus in the nose, a bit of navel orange. Caramel malts and a bit of a roasted malt aroma.

T&M - Soft peppery notes and sweet malt play nicely off one another. Lightly malty with bits of caramel flavor. Lightly astringent with a bit of dryness in the finish. Light spiciness throughout...very nice. Valencia orange also provides a counter balance to the malt and rye spiciness, lending a slight sweetness to the bitter hopping.

O - Pretty much my standard for a rye beer, and I think the added hopping lends an additional element. Love the rye spiciness through out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 18:54:14 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes taken on June 6th.

An amber with orange highlights. Head had good retention and was clinging to the glass. I got pine, grass and oily hops are strong and fill the senses. Toasted malts are subtle and come at te end. Taste of grains and yeast. Well balanced with hops, more aromatic than taste, malts, mostly for appearence, and in rye grain in both taste and feel.Chewy full body and the 6.6% abv is slightly noticeable.
This is only my second offering from Founders, but damn, they make a quality beer. Have to try more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 15:21:13 | More by spree92
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a quick review as I am balancing a sleeping baby with this computer, sorry (if anyone actually reads this).

I poured this beer from a 16 ounce bottle into a pint glass. A pretty good amount of head (about a finger and a half). I pick up the standard flavor of the red in the aroma, along with some hoppiness.

This is a very good balance of flavors. The hoppiness comes through with what seems like would be a pretty good red on it's own. The red creates bitterness that resides in the after-taste, but that is normal for reds.

This is a good beer. If you see it, I recommend it as a good pairing to red meat or pizza (without being too heavy). Just be careful, the ABV is high for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:02:09 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of azdback


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very dark orange in color. Very cloudy or hazy. Not a lot of carbonation bubbles. Head is barely a finger tall but a luscious, tan colored, masterpiece. Lace is a sticky ring

Smell is of rye seed earth tones. Maybe some biscuit and even some alcohol too.

Taste I'm gonna have to think about for a bit.
There are quite a bit of bitter citrus flavors in this. Kind of like an under ripe orange or grape. Sweet but somewhat bitter or sour. I just love Rye in a beer. No exception here. The alcohol anchors the taste.

Mouth is just fantastic!! Not a bit watery and full to the end. Just a bit of alcohol warmness on the throat. Kind of out of place for a %6.60er. Not un-welcomed though!!!

I have found that I really love Rye beers. This is no exception!!
Very defined in flavor but open to many new fans!!! I am one!! Pick this one up if possible!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 06:58:48 | More by azdback
Photo of dubinsky


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A - Pours a dark copper color with reddish amber highlights. The two finger head pours a soapy off white foam that as it recedes leaves some great peaks and valleys in the head, eventually leaving a thick ring around the rim of the glass. Great lacing.

S - Huge hop aromas followed immediately by tangy and sweet rye. The hops are mostly floral yet i can still smell citrus and pine.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Fairly bitter from the hops, yielding to tangy sweetness from the rye. A rainbow of flavors shines through as it ranges from bitter to sweet to tangy. Very cool.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.

D: This beer is well balanced and has a nice hoppy/sweet taste to it. Kind of like sweet and sour chicken is polar opposites in flavors yet it comes together flawlessly. Very easy to drink. If this was easily available in California i would make sure to keep it in my fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:31:33 | More by dubinsky
Photo of TwoHeartedMale


4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: its amber that fits its name. if my state would allow it id mary this beer off looks alone. white head that diddnt have anywhre to be any time soon.
s: rye up front up follwed close by pine hops.
t: ritch rye that is very smooth. slight smokeyness finished by grass\pine hop profile.
m: verry smooth well blanced with ritchnss nd bitterness.
o: this beer rocks. its a real treat. best of its kind and a must try. great work yet again fonders.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 02:44:37 | More by TwoHeartedMale
Photo of pinni


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bell's Snifter, beer was chilled before opening. This is a very pleasant looking beer, dark amber in appearance with a short head that never fully dissipates.
The smell is actually quite mild with some fresh, grassy hops.
When sipped, I got a definite hop impact to start and then it faded to the faintest bit of sweet before a lingering bitterness.

This was my second foray into the world of Rye ales/beers (my first was the Tyranena Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter)... Aside from the color, my palate honestly doesn't quite get much (if any) rye from the beer, almost like I'm psyching myself into what little I taste. As it warmed, I got a bit more rye sweetness, but honestly, I'd already consumed most of it at this point :P
Overall, though, i really love DIPAs and this one swings with the best I've tasted and I most certainly would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 22:25:55 | More by pinni
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 05/03/11

A: Pours a hazy golden orange/red with almost no head. Does manage to leave some decent lacing

S: A good dosage of hops along with a nice malty background and some spicy rye

T: Follows the smell, with some nice amarillo hops and spicy rye. Malts help to even this beer out and make it extremely balanced. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation

O: A great rye beer that truly proves that you can pull off both rye and aggressive hopping in the same beer. Check this out for sure if you can find it

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 20:18:53 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of zbuc919


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a uniquely delicious beer. I've not had many rye beers and have also not been terribly impressed with blended style beers but this is great.

It pours a golden red with good head that hung around for a little bit, and was back with a few quick swirls. The aroma is a powerful kick of citrus and grapefruit, can't say enough about the aroma that carries through the whole pint. The bitter component is very well balanced with the body of the beer, great finish a little spice to add to the powerful aroma.

This beer is well worth checking out especially if you typically gravitate to hoppy brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:02:22 | More by zbuc919
Photo of damndirtyape


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled on 04/20/11) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Translucent red to dark tarnished copper beer with a light tan head across the top. The head is about 1/4" on pouring and dies down to a thin skin across the top that connects all the way to the ring at the edge. Tiny islands and nice persistent strands of lacing noted. Held up to the light the beer is hazy with a distinct red-orange color. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit dominate for me - I can't pull out any other smells. With a swirl the hops dominate even more with more pine, grapefruit citrus, and some fresh cut grass. Despite the hop-only profile it's a nice smelling beer such that I keep taking really deep inhales to enjoy it.

Taste: Hop forward right away moving into an unusual middle - not sweet, definitely a bit spicy, earthy, and then a lingering bitter piney hoppy finish. I'm guessing the middle is the Rye but it's hard to pull it out with all these hops in here.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, just right carbonation on the tongue, with a nice thickness to it. Some of the hop oil clings to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm... good looking beer, good smell, good mouthfeel, but the taste is an acquired one and I'm not sure if I've acquired it yet. Maybe with the right meal I'd enjoy this beer more. Well, glad I tried it and maybe I need to revisit again when my palate has expanded more. I'm thinking that if one is a massive hophead then this beer really is appealing - no sweetness to get in the way of the hop bitterness and flavors, but for me I think I need more malt to counter the hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:36:40 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of 1Adam12


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oakish red. Beautiful smells right from the popped top. Strong citrus, hops, and caramel. Nice hoppy, citrusy taste. A lot of caramel on the finish, maybe a tad bit of oakiness to it. plus a dry bitterness. Mouthfeel actually feels a bit creamy. Quite full. Medium carbonation. This is yet another fine beer from founders. I am consistently pleased with them the more I try.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 17:49:27 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of PhageLab


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

A - Clear red oak coloration, sticky brownish head which rode all the way down. Nice lacing. Quite an attractive brew.

S - Brown sugar dominates the nose, with hints of cherries and malt coming through as well.

T - Much hoppier than I anticipated. Now I see the 70 IBUs on the bottle. Still, nicely balanced.

M - Light to medium body, sugary finish, mild carbonation level.

D - Superb. Much bigger and complex than it looked. A true wolf in sheep's clothing. Can't wait to enjoy another.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:49:12 | More by PhageLab
Photo of jmich24


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

Duvel Tulip Bottled 5-13-11

A: Dark ruby red, one big finger light tan head sticky lacing nice head retention.
S: Big citrus hops, touch of spicy ryeness. Sweet carmel malts
T: Complex flavor thanks to the rye and sweet carmel malt. Big citrus hop. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Big creamy mouthfeel for an IPA/Rye ale. Finished bitter and wet.
O: Overall this is an excellent beer. Complex malts bill, big citrus hoppiness. The rye and amarillo has a place in my heart.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:39:29 | More by jmich24
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got off work early, pumped....

First Founders review...

Appearance-Couldy. Amber body, towards the bottom a light translucent orange. 1/3 inch light brown head, big bubbles retain and nice lacing.

Smell-Sweet Caramel Malt, and some citrus hops. very pungent and inviting. Really looking forward to the first sip.

Taste-Caramel Malts followed by some citrus. Bitterness throughout. Finish was kind of watery and bitterness stays for a while, can pick up some rye. Kind of dissapointed after the first whiff.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with medium carbonation, definitely would use more body.

Overall-Kind of pissed because It had a lot of promise, and is still a quality beer that I would absolutely drink again, just a little bit watery for me. Nonetheless, go get this beer if you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:43:16 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of secondtooth


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foggy amber-red, with medium head of tan bubbles. Medium lace, but not much detail.

Nose is grains and hops. I get grapefruit citrus.

Taste is sweetly malted at first, with a bitter pine hop resin and grapefruit in the followthrough. Good, and well-balanced flavor...definitely a solid choice for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:08:55 | More by secondtooth
Photo of stellashay


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this out of the stout bottle to find a reddish-copper color with lovely carbonation. A thick head of about an inch stayed in place for a while, and there was plenty of nice lacing as well.

S: A bit metallic, with notes of grain and hops.

T: Bitter at first with a smooth and sweet (but not sugary) finish that balances out the initial bitterness perfectly. Well-rounded, and not watery in the slightest.

M: Clean, crisp, perfect amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 13:13:43 | More by stellashay
Photo of bzzpop


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

t/m- big hop flavor combined with a malty sweetness and balanced out by the sharp spice of the rye. great consistency, moderate carbonation with a slight heaviness from the malt. dryness on the tongue that usually follows with hoppy ipas not present here.

this beer is easy to drink but full of flavor, not overwhelmingly hoppy or alcoholic. strikes off in a different, refreshing direction from typical ipas.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:31:55 | More by bzzpop
Photo of Ehrnstrom


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful amber brown color with moderate head that dissipates quickly.

smell: clean, crisp hop and pine smell.

taste: delicious IPA flavor that is accented by the rye addition. Sweet initial taste followed by a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: nothing too extravagant here. The reason I graded this down was not because RRPA disappoints in this area, but simply because it doesn't really add anything particularly interesting.

overall: simply put, a great, refreshing beer that can easily be enjoyed with a variety of meals or by itself on a summer day. As far as rye ales are concerned, this is definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:23:58 | More by Ehrnstrom
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my wife and used some in our shrimp for supper.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 04/25/11.

Appearance: 2 fingers worth of creamy foam with an orange body with slight red tinges. Coats the sides of the glass well.

Smell: Hops, juicy fruit and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: A bit more malt than hops but the flavor is good. More grapefruit than tangerine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, a lasting bitterness and a nice feel.

Overall: A good flavorful ale and though i would have preferred a more pronounced hop kick, it's worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:36:52 | More by papat444
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Nice murky color of a light brown with some red hues when pressed up against the light. Eggshell head, nice peaks shown though it came and gone within minutes. Lacing was worth noticing.

S: Has a sweetness to it, the hops come out beautifully. Earthy mix of green grass with dew, on a cold spring morning.

T: Hit of the hops up front, followed by the sweetness of the malt and the grain in back. Slightly complex in notion between the two, they play well together.

M: Loose, slippery on the palate. ABV is inconspicuous, finishes clean.

O: Stellar representation of the style within all regards. Comes recommended. Looking forward to drinking more when applicable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:22:31 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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