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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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4,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,922
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"
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red body topped with a creamy white (almost off white) head. Very good head retention, which stays with the beer the whole time. There is tiny lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Sharp Amarillo hops on the nose. Also, there's a lot of rich full malt in there. The rye is very noticeable. Grapefruit is also very prevalent.

T: The first thing I noticed was the rye. Then the rest of the malts came later. All the while, intertwined with the bittering hops. It's very well balanced though.

M: It’s a full, rounded ale. It fills you palate and lingers for a bit, but not in a bad way. For a hoppy rye, it has a rather easy after taste.

D: This beer is very drinkable. This would be a great tailgate companion on a brisk day.

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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.

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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.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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