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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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4,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,514
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 221
Gots: 298 | FT: 10
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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 BelgiumBill


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, cloudy orange/brown/amber color. Thin bubbly head.

Smelled of rye and hops.

On the palate, hops dominated with rye readily present. A crisp finish as the hops linger and bite.

Well balance without too much hops or rye. Also present were some other spice and wood to add to complexity. Had a luxurious feel in the mouth. I was expecting something thinner.

I'm not a hophead but I really enjoyed this one with a reasonable 70 IBUs. I'd not drink 2 at a sitting but will go back to this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:19:45 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Stone nonic.

Look: reddish, copper body. An aggressive pour nonetheless yields only a one finger, orange tinted head. After a few minutes, the head drops down to a thin layer of foam and it leaves a good deal of lacing around the sides of my glass.

Smell: the Amarillo hops stand out heavily, with pronounced citrus and floral aromas. I'm not getting much in the way of the caramel malt or the rye, though. Smells closer to a DIPA than a pale ale.

Taste: this is a very interesting beer. It leads off with a burst of Amarillo hops, following by a caramel malt malt middle, and finishes with a heavy hand of rye. I'm surprised how powerful that rye flavor is. I haven't had many rye beers so far but this is certainly the first one with a distinct, powerful rye presence. The rye is so powerful, it feels like its coming out my nose as I exhale after my sip. Though this is categorized as a rye beer, the label says its a pale ale, and I think this beer does a fantastic job keeping me interested. Founders does not let down.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bit of stickiness in the aftertaste and it leaves a taste in your mouth reminiscent of rye bread. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could see how having more than one of this might be difficult, but this glass is thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall: this is a good beer. Its fairly imaginative and I can't say I've had any beer quite the same as this and don't really have anything in mind to compare it to. Founders is one of the best breweries in the country, if not the best and this is another example of why. I would give this one a try as soon as you can. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:56:09 | More by SkunkWorks
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had On tap at Keystone bar and grill. Served in your standard run of the mill pint glass.

A- very dark amber with Ruby hues. Casual khaki head foaming On top. Real Nice soapy lacing surrounding the glass.

S- sweet malts that remind me of sweet candy. Citrus hops sneak in and make an appearance as well. Not very strong but good.

T- caramel malts at first greet the palate. After the beer butters you up it slaps you with hop juice and some alcohol. Hops are juicy with some pine mixed in.

M- well carbonated and well made. About light medium with flavors That feel good on the mouth. Nothing extraordinary and nothing bad. Just What you want with a pale ale. Slightly bitter sting and a refreshing zip.

Overall a well crafted craft beer. Nothing offensive and tons of positives. Flavor is well balanced between sweet and hoppy. Also a slightly spicy rye flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 00:15:55 | More by Kelly88
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Winter Lager glass.

A: Pours a nice dark amber with 2 fingers of off white frothy head. Sparse lacing.

S: Lots of pine and hop notes with a touch of alcohol. This beer has a great nose.

T: Lots of pine and hops in the flavor as well. Especially in the finish. Nice lingering hop finish. Lots of bold flavors, really nice.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Smooth and slick, not too dry. Lingering bitterness.

This is my first time sampling this beer and I think it's a wonderful offering from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 15:47:31 | More by muletrane
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pocked up a sox via Bierkraft. Glad I did. It was a sub for the out of stock ruination but a great new find. One of the finest amber colored beers I have ever tried. Nice tannish head and decent lacing iny tasting glass. The smell is awesome. Herbal delight of malts and citrus. The taste is great too. O don't always pick up on subtleties but this is a complex brew. Nice bitterness of hops and citrus a sweetness and cooked malt combination. Well worth rhecweek waiting for delivery. Mouthfeelis good. Medium nodded and the alcohol is masked. Will try again and again nut too good to session out due tonlimited availability in Spain.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 17:09:25 | More by jhtipton
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber with puffy 2 1/2 finger head that dissipates slowly. Delicious looking beer.

S - Lots of grapefruit hits the nose with a good mixture of bready malt and pine. The pine comes out of nowhere it seems. It's almost contains a bit of wild onion as well. Very interesting smell.

T - The grapefruit follows through in the taste, also notes of black pepper, burnt toast, and spice. Also some mixture of zest and rye. Lots of tastes working here, nice. It's a little too peppery though. I understand the tastes of rye, but it just seemed like it threw off some of the balance

M - Medium body, grainy. The spicyness burns the top of the throat and leaves a thick coating.

Overall - A good beer, especially being a rye beer. But I feel like it was a bit over-peppered, and left an unpleasant burning sensation in my throat, as if I had a sore throat.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:04:33 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Simcoe dry-hopped cask (bombed with Simcoe hops as the notes say) at the General Sutter.

A: The ale is a dark, cloudy haze of a beer, a ruddy amber color. A thin head, larger bubbles with no action, screams 'cask'.

S: The nose, oh how the nose is divine. Simcoe is strong, perhaps there are a few cones left in the firkin! The simcoe is ridiculously strong, citrus with pine. Rye needs some time to emerge, bringing darker breads and anise along. A pleasure to sniff.

T: Suitable for my needs. The hops are strong but muted, primarily helping the aroma. The bitterness is present but has been smoothed out in the cask. It does deliver pine and citrus, almost tropical, throughout the glass. Rye, dark and bready, has pepper and anise and lingers nicely in my empty glass.

M: The mouthfeel is soft, hoppy but restrained in the cask. The nose is to-die-for and the flavor doesn't pull any punches.

O: Worthy of an epilogue. The highlight of the day, citrusy, rye-y, delicious. I'd love to see more of this.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 15:53:56 | More by akorsak
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-02 at Bull's Head Public House's 3rd Cask Beer Festival. This cask was "bombed with Simcoe".

A - Partially hazy orange caramel with almost no head or lacing.

S - Some tropical fruit and cat piss

T - Pineapple, hop cone, pine, spice, medium roasted malt with plenty of lingering bitternes and rye malt sweetness. It has more alcohol taste than on-tap.

M - Light-medium body and almost no carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O - I like it much better with carbonation but the extra dry hopping was a nice touch.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 11:14:04 | More by Tucquan
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've loved this from the bottle, but this casked version "bombed with simcoe" was a completely different animal.

a: This was a cloudy golden caramel color and it was served to me with a small khaki colored head.

s: Lots and lots of grassy, oniony, unbelievably pungent hop goodness with some citrus in the back round. Some rye and a bit of caramel sweetness does manage to come through.

t: A deliciously unbalanced hop showcase. Tons of earthy, pungent, (kind of garlic-y and onion-y), and sort of citric hopliciousness just pounds the palate. Some rye spiciness and a trace caramel sweetness does come through, bur precious little.

m: Kind of a sticky body with gentle, creamy carbonation.

o: What a fun beer to have tried. I wouldn't choose it over the regular version everyday, but I'm really glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 00:23:08 | More by DIM
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another review in my Founders binge. Poured into a pint glass.

A- almost no head on the pour, the bubbles are big but transparent. The brew is highly carbonated with bubbles all along the glass. The color is a cherry, setting sun look. A little dark but still see through.

S- First initial scent is that of pale malts. Then it is a distinct hop aroma that must be the Amarillo trademark. Fruits kick in as berry and grape. This is also kinda vinous in nature to.

T- Pale malt tastes dominate. The hop is bittering but I can't pick up on a distinct taste, suggesting they may have faded some and this is probably at least two months old. The ending flavor is some caraway seeds. Good use of the rye flavor.

M- The feel is light to medium in body. More malty feel than a hoppy one if that makes sense.

O- This was decent. I liked the rye element, but it was just a little bland for me. Maybe this isn't my style. Easily drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:37:50 | More by haazer
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taproom 307, a new beer bar in NYC; pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy off white head that faded on the slow side and left excellent foamy lacing.

Smells of rye, sweet malt, grains, light citrus hops, grapefruit and either yeast or something slightly funky or spicy; rye dominates the nose, with a lot of earthy grainy tones and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of rye, sweet malt, grass, toasted grains, grapefruit, light citrus hops, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, light spices, mild yeast and a slightly funky metallic finish that finishes dry and crisp; pretty tasty for a rye beer and it has a nice malt balance to level out the rye taste with just enough hops coming through for a real nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is creamy, light and crisp, with high carbonation, a medium body and a sweet malty finish that's dry and crisp with the rye present in a very appealing way; good drinkability, this went down easy and could make a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 03:17:01 | More by CHickman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottled 01/17/11.

Poured into a mug a nice dark semi cloudy copper with red tints, good amount of off white foamy head. Nose is dominated by sharp citrus hops, floral auroma with a great balance of spicy notes and sweet malt. Taste follows the nose, nice rye blend that is subtle and replaced with sharp hops that are bitter at first and mellow leaving a dry finish. Has a resemblance to an Imperial Amber flavour, packs alot of flavour. Great tasting beer! Chewy and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied. I love the label of this beer. Overall, nice drinkability / abv. that rounds out a very quality beer from the makers of Founders. The rye is subtle enough to keep it an interesting flavour profile and the hops bring the brew to another level.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:01:00 | More by heebes
Photo of zoolou


4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Attractive copper/red appearance with a smell that should be made into a candle.

With rye beer being my favorite style, this is definitely the best rye beer I have come across, edging out Hop Rod Rye. Red's Rye has a great balance of the spicy rye and the big hops that starts and ends with great flavor and balance.

Almost perfect in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 14:25:56 | More by zoolou
Photo of ebby82


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light red into a pint glass with a nice head.

A- Maltiness and hops mingle nicely with a definitely rye aroma.

T- Rye and malt are actually the first flavors, with the delicious hops on the back of the tongue.

M- Medium bodied, and very drinkable.

I haven't had many Rye IPA's. This one is great, not as good as Hebrew Lenny Bruce, but very very good. It's nice to have an IPA with a slightly different grain flavor from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 20:22:38 | More by ebby82
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: In an impressive example of truth in advertising, pours reddish-orange with a one-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Delectable tropical fruit bowl and spicy rye.

T: Big citrus notes. Distinctive rye spiciness. Finishes grassy.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly grainy.

D: Probably the best rye beer I've ever had. Another winner from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 05:15:43 | More by BarrelO
Photo of rlshep


3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus fruit, mangos, grapefruit, a hint of pine.

Appearance: Pours short one finger off-white head, dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Orangish amber color. A lot of particles floating in it, my fault didn't realize it was bottle-conditioned.

Flavor: A lot of grapefruit up front. Spiciness comes in as a secondary flavor. Earthy notes, especially in the aftertaste. Very high bitterness. Somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. Medium low mouthfeel. Alcohol evident.

Overall: Not bad, but not feeling it. Too much bitterness and high astringency for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:06:16 | More by rlshep
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brownish orange color. Slight head which settles down into a thin film that remains for the duration of the drink. Good lacing.

S- Tons of citrus hops here. No noticeable rye. Very powerful scent which seems like it would belong more to a DIPA than a rye beer.

T- The taste is more like an IPA than a rye beer from my experience. The hops seem to be the focus while the rye seems like a subtle nuance. It adds some spice and heat to the beer, but not a very significant amount. Caramel malt is on par with the rye. That being said both are considerably small flavors when matched with the citrus and pine in the hops.

M- Pretty creamy. Leaves a slightly dry and slightly sticky finish. Carbonation seemed slightly overdone, but wasn't offensive. Medium body.

D- Pretty solid drinkability. I could either toss a few of these back or take my time and enjoy one. It's a well crafted brew with no real flaws.

The only thing actually bugging me about this beer is the classification. As much as there's rye in it, I think it should be in the IPA category. The amount of rye I tasted was pretty slim, or perhaps buried beneath all the hops. I need to try another bottle or two to see if mine is off, but it seems like an IPA with a touch of rye added.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:07:52 | More by BBP
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber in color. Thin frothy head that quickly recedes to film w/ small bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet malts, pine and herbal hops.

T: Caramel malt starts things off and quickly moves to the bitter hops. Pine and slight citrus hops taste towards the end. Finishes with a dry, spicy rye taste.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry. There's somewhat of a savory quality to this.

O: Very easy drinking despite the bitter and dry finish. Pretty good beer that I'm sure to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 21:56:05 | More by titosupertramp
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weizenbob for this one!

A hazy dark rediish amber color with very tight head and good lacing.

S Hops are really apparent here. As soon as the bottle opens the aroma fills your nose.

T Pine and Citrus with a good amount of rye taste. Very good.

M a bit thin for my liking but nothing short of good.

O overall this was awesome. I love Rye beers and this one did not dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 15:17:02 | More by dizknee24
Photo of chilly460


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy amber, with a finger of rocky off white head. Decent layer of retention, and medium lacing.

S - Smells like citrus hops, with a spicy rye character beneath. Straightforward beer, but good.

T - Quite good combination of citrus/pine hops and rye malt character. They complement each other well, both are bitter but achieve different things. The citrus hops hit first, transferring to a bit of malt background, but then you get the earthy bitterness of the rye to finish the beer.

M - Mouthfeel is OK, medium body and carbonation, nothing spectacular.

O - One of the better rye beers I've tried, I like the big citrus profile and the "clean" taste of the rye. Could see picking a six pack of this up as my "go to" beer this summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 22:19:42 | More by chilly460
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark opaque reddish chestnut with a good amount of light tan head

S-definitely a lot of caramel malts and hops. it smells like a hoppy barley wine. the caramel smells really rich and sweet. has a good strength to it.

T-comes in with a large blend of caramel and hops and luckily this isn't a complete malt bomb like i find most barley wines to be (i realize this isn't a barley wine, but after the smell, i was prepared for one). it then gets a pretty strong bitterness to it that i'm not completely fond of. its a metallic bitterness. the after-taste is of high quality hops and caramel and then alas the rye flavor comes to play. its a good and strong after-taste. this is a fairly complex and well balanced beer, i expect nothing less from founders.

M-medium to high carbonation with a fairly crisp finish

D-well it doesn't exactly have the qualities to make this a great drinker. the tastes just aren't something i would want a lot of. i really wanted to try this, i'm glad i did, but it isn't something i need again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 18:37:25 | More by AdamBear
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was a single purchase from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into dfh snifter

Poured a nice ruby amber with a great head, easily agitated back to full head too. Moderate lacing and okay retention.
Smells awesome, big hops (centennial?) in the aroma and some spice from the rye.
Tastes of Sweet malts initially but is followed by very bitter hops for a well done balance, more to the bitter end with 70 ibus
Very good and easy drinking brew for the abv and overall I thought it was good. Not exactly the kind of beer I would seek out and buy again though. It's just not amazing

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:12:40 | More by engagechad
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with 1/4" head. Significant lacing throughout the glass.

S: The smell of this beer is not terribly complex. Strong floral hop smell and some earthy rye and malt notes.

T: Sweet citrus and caramel flavors start the sip with malt and rye coming through in the middle. Strong floral hop flavors overtake the sweetness towards the middle of the sip and dominate in a dry finish.

M: This is a smooth, well carbonated beer that drinks easily.

D: This is a good, well balanced beer. The sweetness of the rye and malts comes through, but it's clear in the taste why they used a play on words in the name "Rye P.A." The hoppiness of an IPA is definitely present, combining with the rye and giving this beer a distinct flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:09:28 | More by jgreenearrow
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 12/07/2010 @ 9:12 A.M. 70 IBUs. 12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel Tulip.

A: It pours a hazy red color with a finger of slightly off-white head that recedes to the edges quickly but holds and laces well there.

S: Floral and piney hops, grapefruit, apricot, papaya, and coriander. The rye-ness comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Spicy hoppiness, juicy citrus, caramel, rye bread, and a dry, peppery aftertaste. It's like a weaker version of Lenny's R.I.P.A.

M: The body is medium with above average carbontion and some palate stickiness.

D: It is a fantastic variation of the I.P.A; one of my favorite go-tos.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 15:29:06 | More by bucklemyshoe
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in Chicago burbs. No bottle date

A- hazy golden amber with 2 finger off white head that left solid and thick lacing

S- light fresh rye and piney hops lead and sweet malt follows

T- hops pull forward, but the bready malt is close behind. Not quite as defined as others in the style, but quite nice

M- nearly perfect. So full with just enough carbonation to accent the pine

D- overall a solid beer. I could drink several in a sitting. I'd love to get this by me, especially on tap!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 06:33:33 | More by imagese
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,514 ratings.