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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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4,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,511
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 220
Gots: 297 | 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 berkey


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

A surprise extra off my wants list from a generous trader. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

The body of this beer is a very dark and slightly cloudy auburn color. Even with a cautious pour this forms a large and fairly persistent tan head.

Big pine-y and bitter hops and spicy rye aromas are no surprise but I'll admit the rye character jumps to the forefront more than I expected based on my previous rye beer experiences.

First sip and again I'm taken back by the clarity with which the rye is shining though. While this beer is hoppy and bitter enough to keep most hop heads on board they did a great job making the spicy and vaguely tangy rye characteristics the star of this brew. Really quite enjoyable.

Balanced flavors along with the medium body and ABV are begging me to drink this faster. I'm honestly a little upset that only half a glass is left. If this comes in 22oz bottles I'll post an ISO ASAP.

Overall I'm very impressed with this one. Although they're sometimes excellent, many other well known American brews that use rye are essentially American IPA's with rye thrown in to up the complexity. While not quite as hop forward as something like Hop Rod Rye, the way the rye is so skillfully showcased really makes this a special beverage. This would definitely be a regular in the fridge if I could find it locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 04:51:09 | More by berkey
Photo of dasenebler


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

Pours a rich dark amber, with ruby red hints. Great retention. Nose is of woody spiciness and piney hops.

Flavor has a bitter bite, leaning towards spicy, woody hops. I swear there's some Simcoe in there. Rye is a nice touch. Surprisingly a bit sweet and malty in the residual end, especially as it warms. The Amarillo dry-hopping has clearly faded since this was bottled in '09, though some slight perfume lingers. Mouthfeel is medium-full with medium carbonation.

Hard to find any major fault with this beer. Very drinkable for such a bitter, flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 04:41:44 | More by dasenebler
Photo of Mavajo


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

Pours copper with a nice fluffy white head - decent retention and lacing. Taste and aroma are hop-forward, with generous helpings of malt and a touch of rye. Tasty, but not mind-blowingly so - simply good. Mouthfeel is good with appropriate carbonation. Good drinkability.

All in all a good brew, but doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 14:12:04 | More by Mavajo
Photo of abrand


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

The Red's Rye PA pours an amber almost copper color with a thin 1 finger head and some lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet malts and caramel. A solid hop backbone that rounds out the nose. The grains are much more prominent in the quaff along with a nice candy sweet finish. Also some citrus orange peels and lemons. Not much hoppiness is noted in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium weight but smooth. Drinkability is on queue with this one. A very sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 02:38:34 | More by abrand
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear amber-copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of loads of hops - pine and herbal mostly with hints of tropical fruits - with a hint of rye spiciness that intensifies as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors with a hint of breadiness kick things off and are joined very quickly by huge amounts of hops. As with the smell herbal and pine flavors mostly but there are a bit more grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors than were intimated by the aroma. Mild amounts of rye flavors join in midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. The rye flavors linger on the palate after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could very easily have a few more.

Overall this wasn't quite as good as I remembered, perhaps because the bottles I had were gushers and by the time the head settled in my glass it was absurdly smooth. Still, this remains one of my favorite beers and is well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 20:04:34 | More by glid02
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. After buying a sixer of these, I noticed the born-on date was back in July, so this is not the freshest example, but let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper amber color that is obstinately hazy and impossible to see through. It has a smaller, two-finger head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There's a wonderful scent of full, juicy hops that greet you right up front followed by a heavy dosage of sweet, syrupy malts. I'm having some trouble picking up the rye with all the hops involved with the nose, but there's really no room to complain about to that, as this is a very nice smelling beer.

Taste: The taste is hop-dominant as the smell would have indicated, but given the age of this bottle, they taste a little faded to me. I can imagine, though, how nice a fresher version of this could be. The sweet malts are again there in the background to counteract the fruity hops, as well as some grains and a touch of rye. It finishes with a nice grassy bitterness that leaves your palate dry.

Mouthfeel: This is a nice medium-bodied beer with a higher amount of carbonation to make it pretty smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability: I'm glad I picked up a sixer of these, because this makes a nice session beer, especially taking into account the fact that it weighs in at 6.8% ABV. It's got the right amount of carbonation, body and taste to make for a beer that you could gladly imbibe a few of.

Overall, this is a very nice beer and my favorite rye beer to date, although it's very hard to pick out a whole lot of the rye because of the dominating hops. I look forward to getting my hands on a fresher bottle because this is a very tasty and very drinkable beer that would be great for lounging around in the late summer or fall. I'm not going to complain about drinking it under all this snow right now, though, because this is a very good brew from a brewery that never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:45:44 | More by zoso493
Photo of MNJR


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stunning beer. Beautiful pour, rich red-amber color. Smell of honey/vanilla/pine. The flavor is exceptionally good: rich, rewarding, balanced - a real knockout. The peppery punch of the rye is offset wonderfully by the IPA hop kick. Flavors of honey and dry, clean hops are dominant, but not overbearing. This brew is your master, but it is kind and benevolent. Washes down like silk and the aftertaste really blooms the flavors nicely. Hops are very pronounced, but not straight pine or citrus, something else that is much better. Founders wins again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:05:09 | More by MNJR
Photo of pdoran10


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle of this to give it a try. Have loved everything I've had from Founder's so far.

Poured it into a standard pint glass. A good amount of thick head. I Let the beer sit while I ironed a shirt, when I came back to it, there was still some head left with a good amount of thick lacing. The smell is strong of rye but at the same time crisp and almost citrusy. The taste is exactly what I expected. It's an IPA with a good malt backbone, but with a powerful rye taste to it. Didn't know if these two flavors would blend well, but the taste is exceptional. I get a bit of caramel in the taste too, a lot of complexity. The mouthfeel it thick with a bit of sediment that you can sense. Substantial but smooth. I could only see me drinking a couple of these because they are thick and filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:50:38 | More by pdoran10
Photo of Cubsfan1087


2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must be missing something on this beer. It was my first rye beer so maybe that could explain it. I need to give this beer another try at some point. It looked very good, but the taste didn't do much for me. I found it to be much more bitter than I was expecting. I didn't find the smell of this beer to be to appetizing either. I'm way off all the other ratings, so I will need to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:10:10 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of goatgoat


3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the opportunity cmurren25.

Poured into a tulip. A nice ruby copper color with a frothy head that falls slowly. Nice sheeting lace.
Aroma is bready, spicy, earthy with a bit of citrus in the back. I'm not getting the kick of Amarillo I expected. Taste follows, with a nice bitter kick at the end.
Not as dry as I would like. It sticks around a little in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:51:09 | More by goatgoat
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Red Rye P.A.
ABV 6.6%
IBU 70

L= 4.5 Deep blood orange with a 2 finger off-white, sustaining, creamy, frothy head with good lacing

S= 4.5 Big citrus, Pineapple, and light hints of rye

T= 4.0 upfront tart sweetness the citrus bite then dissipates to light rye. Light on the cream with a bit of ester in the middle of the profile. Really tasty

F= 4.0 Lingering Tart bitterness with a hint of fruit that leads to a dry crisp finish.

D= 4.0 Great beer from founders. They make some amazing world class brews. I don't know if I'd call this one world class but it's an amazing beer and world class in it's own style. Great job founders.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 09:13:09 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of evansrdbrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on: 2/12/10

70 IBU's 6.6% ABV
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Beautiful 1/4" off-white head covering a slightly hazy copper-red colored brew. Continuous streams of CO2 bubbles. Nice lacey halo around rim.

S= Wonderful Grainy (granola) aroma, with a nice shot of piney citrus hops. Slight hint of sweetness on the nose.

T= Rye malt is definitely present and hints of toasted malt make it through the pine and citrus hop flavors. Great hop kick.

MF= Good weight in your mouth which leaves a nice coating on your tongue. Good sustained bitterness from those wonderful hops.

D= Great, leaves a nice aftertaste which brings you back agian and agian.

Overall, another delicious offering from Founder's. Love that bit of rye flavor and good hoppy bite.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 21:48:49 | More by evansrdbrew
Photo of TonyReaves


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

More Founder's from Julio's. Haven't had a beer yet from this brewery that was anything less than great.

Aggressively poured into my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, got a half inch of head that dissipated quickly.

Smells like hops first, then rye and a bit of medium caramel malt. Beautiful nose. I'd go crazy if I smelled this but couldn't drink it. Luckily...

A lot of bitterness from start to finish. There's a rye bite in there, but it doesn't register as much as all the hops around it. Some toasty malts, too. I don't love it as much as another popular hoppy rye beer, but I could see myself making a night of drinking these.

A little sweetness cuts through all that bitterness, and the rye gives it a good, smooth body so it goes down easy.

This is a good beer. I don't love it, but I had a craving for rye and it hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 06:33:44 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of hoegaardenhero


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

a: a very red amber with a few bubbles on top

s: pungeant sweet syrupy hops; some bitter floral hops; very fragrant with som elight sweet malts in the background

t: first taste is a light hint of sweet bread followed by tons of appley and fruity hops and finishing off with some lingering bitter herby hops

m: syrupy and thick; very light carb

d: a very good beer; absolutely worth a try; very sweet and very falvorful

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:23:21 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, hazy amber-bronze color. The tall, tan-tinted head has a thick, frothy texture and strong retention. A plastering of soapy lacing adheres to the glass rather attractively.

S: A double dose of malts - some caramel along with an unmistakably spicy rye character. A firm citric (orange oil) hoppiness is complemented by some less noticeable herbal/floral hints.

T: A robust caramel malty sweetness is well balanced by a firm dose of spicy rye flavor. IPA-like hoppiness here. Vibrant citrus flavors with some lingering floral notes. Bitterness is fairly high.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is mild, lending a pleasantly creamy feel overall. A dry, spicy finish.

D: Another very nice beer from Founders. I've said it before, but rye works wonderfully in this style of beer, matched with some caramel maltiness and a big kiss of American hops. It's no Hop Rod Rye, but it's a most acceptable runner-up.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:58:54 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of AmberMan22


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Williams bar in uptown Mpls.

Beer pours a brick red color with an ecru head, beautiful pour with a finger+ head that explodes with the scent of citrusy hops.

The taste is hard to describe, it almost transcends category.
-a completely amped up ESB
-a maltier, fuller IPA
-a perfectly hoppy red ale, with a citrus tang

Best way to describe it is delicious. Kind of on the same lines as the Lagunitas Red Ale.

wonderful beer, wish I'd taken my friend's recommendation sooner. won't even doubt him again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 06:24:22 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of cbutova


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a very dark red, almost brown with a two finger head that is very foamy/creamy with amazing retention. The head doesn't wanna go away and leaves off-white, thick lacing behind. The lacing itself comes off the glass about a millimeter or two! By my standards this is pretty much as good as it gets for apperance. Smell is of great, fresh hops and some pale malts with a hint of caramel. The malts remind me of homebrewing. The hops come through with earthy, fruity and herbal notes. The strength of the nose is good and the hop aroma stays throughout the whole experience. The hop aroma of this bad boy could rival almost any IPA I have had. Taste is like the nose but does not fade. The hops are great in flavor and bitterness. Piney and earthy hops dominate and the fruity ones take a back seat. The malts are very pleasant and the rye likewise. Malts are have some caramel hints and balance the hops very nicely. The rye creates a flavor I am not used to but I enjoy, I am not very familiar with rye beer. Overall the flavor is great and well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice for this beer. The body is moderate. The carbonation is right where I want it and medium in strength. The only thing I would want is a bit more creaminess. There is a huge warmth which I did not expect but it adds to the experience since I cannot taste the alcohol creating this feeling. Drinkability... I have been searching for a sessionable Founders beer that is great. This is it. The price is on the higher end for a session beer but it is worth it. After a six pack of these I would be in a perfect place. This is now my go to beer due to the great hop aroma and balanced flavor. What a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:39:04 | More by cbutova
Photo of avocadoz


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

Smells of orange peel and tangerines. Tastes of caramel and hops up front and finishes with a big citrus punch. Pours a light amber with decent head. An excellent Pale Ale.. very reminiscent of Dale's Pale Ale with more caramel tones. I do not pick up on the Rye much.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 03:18:15 | More by avocadoz
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber-red, slightly hazy body with a thick off-white head of a good few fingers, which leaves a respectable cap.

S: Great fresh, herbal and grassy hops with the rye, along with some chocolatey malts, and light yeast as it opens up.

T: Much like the smell, but the hops show more variety, with some nice citrusy tones. The yeast isn't as aggressive.

M/D: Full body, with an excellently long finish. It's brilliantly spicy and sweet, with the hop bitterness rounding it out extremely well. I wish New York had Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:56:54 | More by dudecandle
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: dark orange-amber brew with an egg-white color head that stands about 1 1/2 finger-widths tall. leaves rings and blotches of lacing, and keeps a fair cap as the drink is consumed.

S: grapefruit peel, oranges, pine, and white pepper, with a buttery, caramel, and nutty background

T: very sweet citrus fruit and spicy pine flavors up front, with a caramel malt background. finishes sweet and spicey, with a grainy, cereal-like flavor(most likely from the rye), more citrus fruit, and caramel malt.

M: medium-full body with a smooth entry but quickly becomes crisp with a citrus astringency. finishes dry and resiny. 70 IBUs indeed.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer. I didn't think it was that great the first time I tried this, but I'm glad I gave it another shot. I love the sweet, citric juice flavor that dominates this one. Also a great spiciness from the dry hopping and the rye adds a unique characteristic that I like. Definitely worth checkin' out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:10:25 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC

New York

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

A - Pours a hazy ruby copper with a large tan head that stays for quite a while, only to slowly recede to a collar

S - Grapefruit, pine, and some lemon. Many of the same floral characteristics as some of the best DIPA's out there. Very impressive

T - Pine and hops at the front, heading towards a strong rye element in the back. Alot more complex than I was expecting, with very well integrated undercurrents of roasty caramel. Bit of an alcoholic bite at the end, but a clean one.

M - Neither too thin to be unenjoyable, nor too thick to be unsessionable.

D - I really wish I could get this more often, as it would surely jump to the top of my regular brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 23:17:56 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

again, thanks to eliott who shared with me over a couple snifters

-the look was the best aspect. big fluffy cloud like head, probably 2 fingers tall. good amber in color

-lots of orange hop smell to it. a touch of malt come in too

-that orange hops again through the start and middle. malt seeps in there towards the back end

-a different style of carb bite to it, but was kind of good in a different way. a bit on the dry end as well

-unlike most of the rye stuff i have had before, but good. would definitely enjoy another

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 19:13:28 | More by juhl31
Photo of hopsbreath


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was wonderful. One of the best pale ales on the market IMO. There is grapefruit zest in the aroma and the flavor imparts grapefruit juice. Can't say I taste rye as an ingredient but there was a mineral after taste in the drying finish I could not put my finger on that may have been to rye. Slightly thick/chewy mouthfeel. This beats out Sierra Nevada pale ale any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:50:51 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of zackcg


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle poured into pint glass)

A - Deep red with some brown-amber tones, and a bit on the cloudy side. Moderately carbonated but poured well with a 1/2 inch off-white-cream-like head. Pretty poor on the retention front and the lacing was on the patchy side, but sat consistently throughout the session.

S - Picked up on some "nutty" aromas which were more of an undertone to the major hop sensation my nose was getting. Grapefruit anyone?

T - Well-hopped and heavy malt essence made for a really enticing experience. A considerable amount of crisp hoppy bitterness as the rye played notes and hinted at the initial yeast pitch in each swig.

M - almost had my mouth feeling a little dry from the big bite of the hops.

I initially had this at a bar a while back and thought it was great. I like it even more now.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 00:26:15 | More by zackcg
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

12 ounce bottle gifted from piscator34. Pours a light brown/ruby with moderate clarity. Big fluffy offwhite head and sticky soapy lacing. Nose- soapy hops, caramel. Taste- spicy, peppery rye mingles with piney hops and a solid bready caramel backbone. Medium body with a perfect level of prickly carbonation. I could session the shit of this beer. Finishes with a perfume like hop bitterness and some lingering sweetness. A rock solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 21:51:38 | More by oakbluff
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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