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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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4,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,643
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 237
Gots: 339 | FT: 9
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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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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Have to say that this is my first ever Rye beer, so if I have a bit of trouble identifying aromas/flavors, then please bear with me. Big thanks to McNuts for this one from the lovely Founders variety care package!

Appearance - Pours a nice looking 1 finger white foamy head that fades to an ever so slight film across the beer and a slight ring around the glass. Lacing is very little, only a few spots here and there. Color of the beer is a translucent deep orange with golden tinge

Smell - This smell is absolutely wonderful! Smells like in interesting iteration of an IPA...and from the description, this is some straight up Amarillo hops smell. The nose is laced with wonderful features like citrus, smooth caramel malt, pine, spice, sweetness, substantial bready malt, and what I can only describe as Rye smell (maybe that's more of the spice).

Taste - First thing I notice is nice citrus, pine, and floral hop flavors, bready balancing malt, crisp caramel, and then these sort of spicy notes on the finish. Spicy notes are not like chili spice but just like a light bit of black pepper which seems to go very well with the overly hoppy taste. No wonder it's called "Rye P.A." Leaves a bit of bitterness and spiciness on the finish as well as some dry biscuit notes. That bitterness on the finish is like more of a bite than I've encountered with most IPAs, but it's not a bad thing. I think it works well with the beer, actually. Definitely attributing that to the Rye, which makes me really excited to try more Rye beers.

Mouthfeel - More of a creamier/velvety consistency with a moderate carbonation and medium-full body. Definitely has a bit more substance than a light bodied beer, but not thick or harder to drink at all. Finish is moderate in length and somewhat dry, again leaving a good amount of spice/bite/slight bitterness (that I believe is the Rye) and some bready malt noes. Actually as the beer warms more, the finish seems to get longer and longer...or at least the residual taste of spice and bite seems to last longer and it actually becomes a bit too much for me, leading me to want something else to drink to cleanse my palate. Marking this one down on mouthfeel just a bit from 4.0 to 3.5 because of that.

Overall - Definitely have to give this one a 4.0 overall. It's not stupendous, but it is very good. For this being my first Rye beer, and with no real prior conception of the style going in, I'm pleasantly surprised. Obviously I'm thinking this is a hoppier version than most Rye beers, but since I love IPAs/DIPAs, it's a very welcome iteration. If you like hoppy beers, definitely seek this one to give it a try!

08-15-2011 06:03:23 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured a hazy red-orange color with a beige colored 2 finger fine frothed head that hung around forever and left some glorious lacing.

Aroma is potently piney with a musty yeastiness. Taste isn't as piney as I would have thought. Bitter rye flavor dominates the pine and subtle grapefruit flavor. As i drink more the rye bitterness mellows out but its still there.

Medium bodied, slick with good carbonation. Good for a rye beer, but it really dominates.

08-15-2011 02:09:18 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of hoplover82


5/5  rDev +19.3%

First of all, WOW! This beer is truly exceptional indeed! I haven't given a beer a perfect score in a looong while and I just am so impressed plus a lack of any flaws give this beer a perfect score in my book.
A-Pours a clear deep red rose color with a medium, off white, creamy head that dissapates to a thin film on the beer, leaving very pretty, strong lacing.
S-The aroma was a suprize slap in the face with hops and spicy rye that I actually pick up in the nose. The hops are very floral and foresty pine. And the rye is in the back, but impressive to actaully smell the rye.
T-Of coarse, much like the aroma with a huge, chewy bitterness that lasts forever, followed up with piney/floral hops and a spicy rye malt flavor with just barely a hint of sweetness to somewhat balance this beer, but keeps it very hop foward, (which I like) :)
M-This beer is very creamy with a medium body, clean and slightly dry finish due to the amount of spiciness from the rye and bitterness that excentuates a dry finish.
Overall, this beer is very impressive as stated before. A wonderful suprise indeed. I was expecting just a super hoppy one dementional rye pale ale, but I thought wrong. Should've known Founders would knock it out of the park like Barry Bonds. I absolutely love this beer! Thanks Founders!

08-13-2011 22:45:09 | More by hoplover82
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

My bottle was filled on 5.3.11. It has been stored at cellar temperature and is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is clear with a deep red hue. A thick head of tan foam fills the top of my glass. Some streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising within.

The beer has a simple yet strong aroma, full of bitter Amarillo hops. Behind this are some caramel scents.

The initial flavor is of Belgian sugars and caramel. Rye malts are then tasted, followed soon after by the hops. Their bitterness tends to dominate, although some caramel sweetness can still be detected. The hop oils and rye flavors linger on.

The beer is sightly sticky. The hops are oily. Together, these qualities provide for decent coating that packs in some bitter flavors.

A very good bitter rye beer. Certainly another fine Founders beverage, one worth seeking out.

08-12-2011 01:39:27 | More by ToasterChef
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. Appears a dark amber to brown, with very little light coming through, except in the thinner bottom of the glass. Has an average, foamy off-white head that leaves little lacing but never actually disappears.

The nose is full of caramel, spiciness, citrus, and pine. The smell is wonderful. As it warms, it becomes more complex and more aromas begin to show themselves. The taste is very similar and is absolutely wonderful. The malts start this off with a nice sweetness and spiciness, following with the pine and citrus, as well as a nice earthiness. This finishes bitter and has a nice spicy sting on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with above average carbonation, providing additional sting on the palate. There is a definite stickiness to this mouth. Overall this is an amazing brew. The complexities, the mouthfeel and the aroma are all great and really bring everything together. Another great brew from Founders.

08-11-2011 19:04:19 | More by zimm421
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Custom six pack. Bottling date: 4/25/11.

A & S: very strong aroma; hoppy [(1st) most prominent], caramel, sweet malts, buttery bread (2nd). Up to mid knuckle in frothy light tan colored head. The beer is a “good/natural” maple syrup color. Good dissipation rate on the head and the lacing clings to the glass very well.

T & M: Moderately complex beer, with a wide range of differences in taste during different times in the sip. At first there is this nice bready taste, a bit spicy, with this sweet malty background to the beer. Then there is a pleasant switch to a finish that is quite bitter, citrus hoppy, and a bit of mint. Medium bodied, and shape carbonation. Very drinkable

O: I thought this beer was pretty awesome for its style. I was suprised that I rated it this high, but I can't find any reason not to. Overall better then Bells Rye beer “Golden Rye” I think, and even though I haven’t had Sky High Rye from Arcadia I can’t see myself liking that more then this.

08-11-2011 02:38:47 | More by minterro
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

I have had my eye on this beer for a long time and I jumped on the chance to drink this when I saw it on tap at the B Spot in Eaton.

The beer was served to me in a pint glass with a dark amber body and a two inch white head that left a nice lacing around the glass.

The aroma was solid with some strong citrus hops, rye spice notes and some malty sweetness.

This is a complex tasting beer with a lot going on. You got a lot of bitterness from the hops, then some spice notes from the rye and the sweetness of the malts. A lot of different flavors going on, but they are blended together so well.

The beer had a medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, easy drink and leaves a nice lingering after taste on the pallet.

Overall another solid offering from Founders, I am glad that this is an easy beer to get and I can find it whenever I'm in the mood for it. On a side note to me this almost comes off as a light version of Devil Dancer. That is not a knock on either beer because I really enjoy both of them but when drinking this beer it really reminds me of Devil Dancer.

08-09-2011 00:27:12 | More by Dan3279
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Standard 12oz brown stubby founders bottle. Poured into a snifter this brew appears a fairly clear burnt copper to orange color. A proud finger of yellowish stained head sits atop the brew composed of rather large bubbles. Bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface in support of the well retaining cap. As the head slowly fades it leaves spots and patches of lacework clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with fruity and floral notes. Quite juicy smelling with pleasant hop character that has a toasty grain base and presents a slight mineral touch. Some alcohol makes itself known right away in the aroma with an accenting fruity ester component and slight tingle to the back of the nose. A faint touch of stinky cheese and a catty aspect that only emerges once this brew warms up.

The taste is toasted bready grain which provides a mild sweetness before becoming dominated by resinous hops. Herbal bitterness resonates throughout the mouth with a touch of minerals, pine, cheese and bitter fruit rinds. Alcohol is fairly evident with a fusel touch of warmth down the back of the throat. The alcohol flavoring is equally matched and paired against the toasted grain and bitterness of the hops. All in all a very sound brew.

This is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice toasted grain flavor backing instead of the typical sweet caramel malt undertones. I felt both the bitterness of this "pale" and alcohol hit home a little harder than what was listed on the label but no complaints here.

08-05-2011 02:40:58 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Look: Finger white head, deep copper (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing, lazy carb bubbles.

Smell: Massive orange, massive grapefruit, floral, a bit of alcohol, light malt roasty, spice. I smell grains, but I can't honsetly say I smell rye really.

Taste: Grapefruit, Clementine, Big Rye, Boozy, Spicy, Pine, Good hop bite, Dry, Good carb. Good body.

Final Thoughts: It's good, but it might be a bit overhyped. People act like this will blow you away. It's good, just not the caliber the hype gives it.

08-02-2011 19:57:05 | More by bpw28
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz. bottle, slightly chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pours a reddish copper colour with a finger of soapy tan head that eventually resides to a thick ring around the glass leaving lots of spidery lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Very sweet initially on the nose with lots of caramel malt aromas coming through, lots of piney hops and grapefruit aromas coming through as well and of course the rye is present.

Taste- Just like the aromas, this one started off very sweet to me with the rye playing a bigger role on the palate, lots of sweet caramel and bready malt flavours come through next and it also finishes really sweet, with the hops coming through in the middle, with a very slight alcohol bite from the rye in there.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with average carbonation, this is a very smooth and easy drinking rye beer, very well balanced that finishes sweet and malty on the tongue.

Overall- It seems to me like Founders almost
sets the bar for every genre of beer that they create, everything that I have tried from them thus far is nothing short of spectacular and top notch in whatever beer category they are pursuing. This rye beer from them is no exception, the other rye beer I tried from another local brewery was nothing compared to the simple complexity and amazing balance that this beer has. This beer is available year round because it is just awesome; it needs to be available anytime you want a quality rye beer. Another win from Founders, do they ever do anything that is subpar?

08-01-2011 01:36:08 | More by Roke87
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottled 05/03/2011

A - pours a clear ruby/amber body with a huge eggshell head.

S - light citrusy hops, some lightly roasted malts, bit of spicy rye.

T - Kind of malty, bland hop and rye profile. Sweet fruity flavors. Need to try this a bit fresher.

M - smooth, sharp carbonation, medium-thin body.

O (D) - it's decent, will have to try it fresher.

07-29-2011 16:09:04 | More by ColdPoncho
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A delightfully hoppy rye beer, both in aroma and taste. Brilliant reddish amber - in a good way - with pleasant levels of head and carbonation.

Aroma has tropical fruits with resin highlights, while the flavours balance hops against a stiff caramelized rye & malt backbone. The alcohol is dangerously hidden, with little to no burn - just a delightfully bitter finish.

An excellent beer!

07-29-2011 01:11:57 | More by hopsolutely
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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

A: Finger of white-ish head. Muddy light brown with some orange and gold in it.

S: Lots of citrus hops -grapefruit. Faintly sweet. Pleasant enough.

T: Very hoppy. More grapefruit. Bitter and drying. Maybe a tiny hint of grain - rye? So little I can't really tell if it's there.

M: Carbonated and a little dry finish. Alright; nothing to get excited about.

O: Not a bad beer. It tastes ok, but it's just not doing it for me right now. Can't really recommend.

07-28-2011 01:18:34 | More by Meerkey
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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Finger of tight head. Beer is sort of ugly; muddy brown, translucent but very murky. Orange hints. Scattered lace.

S: Clean, hoppy, and dry. Lots of citrus, very pleasant.

T: Hrm. A good pale ale, but nothing special. Hops are slightly metallic/astringent and rye spiciness is nowhere to be found, save perhaps on the drying aftertaste. I wonder if I got a bad bottle -- no visible best before date. There is a heavy amount of citrus on the maintaste.

M: Not particularly spritzy or memorable.

O: Maybe this beer was over-hyped for me, but I don't find anything exceptional here. Still, it's a good enough beer, and I'd be keen to try another one to see if this was a one-off poor experience. In its current form, not recommended.

07-28-2011 01:13:39 | More by AgentMunky
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Founders Reds Rye
On draft at Sunset Grill in Boston, MA

Appearance: reddish-copper, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, rye, and a nice citrus.

Taste: hops, rye, and a faint fruity citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and incredibly smooth.

This is a great brew. The aroma is wonderful. The flavor balance can be noted from the first taste. It is nearly perfect and flavorful.

07-27-2011 04:01:14 | More by megahurts4
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. 'Bottled on 5/23/11' on the neck. Picked one of these up in a 'build your own sixer' from Friar Tuck in St. Louis.

A - Copper / amber with some red hues on the edges. Nice one-finger head that dissipated to a cap throughout with some nice lacing.

S - Very nice peppery rye scents, along with some pine and citrus notes from the Amarillo hops. Very pleasing on the nose.

T & M - Again the peppery rye stands out here.
Starts out nicely bittered and finishes with sweet malt. Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth with 6.6% alcohol well hidden.

Overall - Another excellent Founders beer. Definitely will buy again.

07-26-2011 21:28:10 | More by StLThrash
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Hazy orange brown with a thick cream colored head and good retention/lacing. Everything I could want, appearance-wise.

S - Grapefruit, hops, spiciness. This one hit a lot of different notes, some expected and some not.

T - Starts spicy and bitter, and finishes malty and delicious. I am not overly familiar with Rye beers and so I didn't know what to expect. The malt backbone was definitely a pleasant surprise. There was some sharp flavor in there as well.

M - Creamy and smooth.

07-21-2011 18:48:14 | More by JNewbs
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a bottle out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a flute glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper liquid with a modest 1-finger head. Spotty lacing remains as the head recedes.

S: Caramel malts with citrusy hops -- sweet grapefruit primarily. A refreshing aroma.

T: Bittersweet hops hit the tongue first. Ruby red grapefruit with sweet malts following up. Absolutely no trace of the 6.6% ABV. I'm not picking up on the "peppery rye", but I definitely like whatever it is that I'm tasting.

M: Creamy-smooth, absolutely mouth-watering. A very refreshing ale. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

O: A solid brew and one that deserves a place in any ale-lover's rotation. Definitely a west-coast style brew. A solid B+/A- for me. I just wish I could get this in my area.

07-20-2011 01:24:46 | More by DrewV
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a amber brown w/ small head and left lace patches down glass. A strong sweet malt smell of caramel and rye and a fruity, hoppy smell as well. Smooth and creamy, with caramel notes and some other sweetness; slightly sticky. There's a dry, citric hop flavor that passes over but it is balanced well and finishes dry and crisp. An easy to drink beer.

07-18-2011 12:00:17 | More by clayrock81
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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured into a stone nonic. Thanks to Cavery for the share.

A: Poured a still and mostly transparent amber with an unusually large bubbled frothy head. Rorschach lacing.

S: Wow this smells out-of-this-world delicious. Wonderful rye character with a delicious citrus/pine hop presence. Tropical fruits give a great background. I want this beer.

T: No!! Hits with bitterness that quickly gets medicinal, and mellow to allow in some of the sweeter citrus and tropical fruits but the medicinal bitterness still lingers. What an incredible let down.

M: There's no good mouthfeel for aspirin. But, medium body with medium carbonation.

O: I'm hoping there's something wrong with my bottle or something and I can retry this and get the nose to be the mouth on this one. As it is, though, the bitterness is near-impossible to get past to find some enjoyment in this beer.

07-18-2011 08:42:38 | More by Klym
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

A= Poored a deep burnt orange with red-brown edges and a tan head with tight bubbles and light lacing.
S= Hops up front. A bit of spice-nutmeg, allspice.
T= Hoppy pine and floral notes. A hint of rye and malty sweetness, but the sweetness vanishes immediatley and is dominated by the hops. Surprising amount of lingering hops considering it is rated at 70IBUs.
M= Prickly carbonation with puckering tannins and a dry after taste.
O= A tasty "rye P.A." but not particularly memorable. I am a hop head, but the hops are lingering long after the last swallow. Again, surprising for 70IBUs.

07-17-2011 03:27:51 | More by TheHungryHiker
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Picked up from a buddy who was in Chicago last week.

This is dark amber with hints of red. Nice, thick one and a half finger of off white head that provides lacing all around the glass.

Spice and hops dominate the odor. Caramel malt is in the background, as is grapefruit.

A lot of peppery spice shines through at the beginning, which is balanced by malt. Hops are very strong at the end, with a short biting bitterness that doesn't last long.

Medium carbonation and thickness.

I really enjoyed this beer, and if I had normal access to it, would add it into my regular beer rotation.

07-16-2011 00:45:32 | More by fatmcb1
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Thin light tan head atop a dark hazy amber beer. Poor head retention, good lacing.

S- Smells wonderful. Sweet. Rye notes.

T- "Rich, earthy, complex". Finishes a mix between the sweetness of the rye and hops!

M- Creamy, good carbonation.

D/O- Another treat from Founders. I'd place Two Brother Cane and Ebel in the same category and prefer that but would rate this right below it....great beer overall though.

07-12-2011 22:28:36 | More by Duff27
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Crystal clear beer with a reddish-amber color. Maybe a half finger of slightly off-white head that has medium retention and leaves very little lacing. Bubbles coat the side of the glass at first and slowly dissipate.

S: Really quite heavy on the hops with a hint of spiciness from the rye. A slight hint of malts offer up some sweetness, but most everything is overshadowed by the hops.

T: Quite a complex beer. bitterness from the hops is as present in the taste as it is in the smell, but the other characteristics come through a lot more. Spiciness from the rye, earthy malt flavors, and a lasting sweetness. Really good.

M: Body is medium, slightly sticky. The carbonation is relatively high, giving it a nice, crisp feeling.

O: Really a good beer. complex, nicely balanced. Not only worth drinking, but worth going out of your way to find. Another great offering from Founders.

07-10-2011 01:09:19 | More by DaveBlack
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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy coppery brown color. 1/2 finger of white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy and slightly resinous hops. Earthy and bready chacter from the rye. Mild caramel notes come through as well.

T - Deep, earthy and complex. That's the story of this rye beer. Brilliant rye character is highlighted in this brew, more-so than any other rye beer I've had. Floral and earthy hops compliment the rye malt backbone quite well. As the beer warms just a little bit, I get notes of dark chocolate too. Has a very balanced hop bitterness that comes in toward the middle and lasts through the finish. Overall, I'm simply astounded at how balanced, smooth and enjoyable this beer is--my first from Founders!

M - Thin-to-medium body with a slightly dry finish. Great carbonation.

07-08-2011 00:11:20 | More by rundocrun
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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