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Founders Red's Rye IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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4,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,915
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
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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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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in clear Shaker pint glass at Clark Street Ale House (Chicago, IL).

A: Deep amber with big-bubbled, off-white 1-2 finger head with good retention and a lot of craggy lace.

S: Stiff herbal rye aroma mixes with caramel and toffee. The hops eclipse the maltiness in the end with a big helping of pine, citrus, and earthy tobacco hops.

T: Crisp and hoppy with some spicy herbal tones from the rye which enhances the big pine and citrus hoppiness really well. The maltiness plays second fiddle but keeps the bitterness in check.

M: Medium bodied with a slick feel and no chalkiness or astringency. Supremely drinkable.

O: A fine brew out of the bottle and a real treat to have on-tap. Tops the list at Clark Street Ale House tonight.

Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber beer that has a uniform haze to it. Egg-shell head rose up a finger and dissipated to a cresent of cap/ring on one side. Thick and chaotic stings left on the sides giving this a somewhat gothic look in the low light.

S - Amarillo hops, caramel, crystalized malts and some rye. A hop forward rye beer, and it's a good combination.

T - Sweet crystal malt and caramel backbone. Typically soft citrus amarillo is soured and bittered with the combination of the rye. Rye really comes through stong on the end, souring and resiny on the end.

M - Medium bodied with a little bit of a syrupy feel. Carbonation is a little harsh.

O - Not a bad beer, interesting flavor and easy to get down. Would drink again.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this beer. I believe that my tastebuds were altered from previous beers. Had this fairly fresh, and based on my feelings now I think it's worth a real review.

A - Dark copper, amber, hazey red. Sticky to the sides, solid 2 finger head.

S - Pine, hops, citrus, bready malts

T - Strong collaboration of pine/citrus hops and bready malts. Strong Rye finishes. Really good combination of the two.

M - Sticky, chewy, and enjoyable.

O - Wow, at first I really didn't care for this beer. Re-reviewing it with a fresh palate I can really appreciate it. Probably one of the best rye's I've ever had.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for the trade on this. Dark auburn color, great head, stuck around forever. Aroma was that amarillo hop, but a distinct mutation, as I'm guessing the rye is changing the aroma of what is usually a straight dry hop grapefruit amarillo feel.

Taste, pleasantly surprised just how much rye went into this. Hopped well, but not trying to be an ipa either. Well, a little bit. Reminiscient of nugget nectar, not as bitter, but less in the appearance of a red as well. Great interplay between the rye flavor, caramel and the amarillo hops, ample bitterness is swallowed by the rye I suspect, all in all, it flows well together.

Photo of raszputini
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a whitish head that sticks around. Very hoppy nose with floral and citrus notes - a touch of pine. The mouth is a little thin for my tastes. You definitely get the rye character with a nice robust hop profile. Finishes relatively clean. A nice example of a solid rye ale - not life changing - but definitely worth a sample.

Photo of washburnkid
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper tone topped with a small froth of beige head. The nose reveals juicy hoppy bitterness and an immense bouquet of citrus--grapefruit specifically, balanced out nicely by notes of caramel malt sweetness. Flavors follow with a hit of bitterness from citrusy sticky hops and some really distinct earthiness. Not dirty, but pine on a cool, wet day. Caramel isn't sweet, but it's there as a faint backdrop. Higher carbonation, and massive bitterness left behind. Just how I like it.

So pleasing to my hop-craving taste buds. I don't have many ryes to compare it to but this one seems to be missing the somewhat wheaty character I find in Hop Rod Rye. Still amazing!

Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Light maple syrup. Off-white head sticks around for white a while.

S – Very nice nose takes you a grand tour of hop flavors. Orange, bright green wood, cilantro, rosemary.

T – Raw, green hop character. Woody plant stems mid profile build into grapefruit pith through the finish.

M – Each sip leaves you with a pleasant, rolling bitterness. Medium/light body.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this brew!

A: Amber color, fully translucent. Not much of head, but the little I get is gorgeous: half a finger of real creamy looking cream white head. Retention is ok and lacing is good for the ABV.

S: Big amarillo fan TBH and this one delivers like no other. Very juicy and strong with the tropical fruits. You get a very strong orange and mango mix right at the beginning, but slightly behind there are red grapefruits and lime zest. A little touch of pine and mint. Slight brown sugar and vanilla. Strong smell. Couldn't ask for anything better.

T: Again, big orange and mango mix straight up. But, the lime zest and red grapefruit is a bit stronger than in the smell, which is perfect for the taste department. Pine is also stronger as with the mint. Slight brown sugar and vanilla again. But, the real game changer is the light peppery, oaky and earthy taste that the rye brings to the beer. Big taste for the ABV and real interesting rye beer.

M: Medium to light body with medium to low carbonation. Would have preferred a bigger body by far.

O: This is a damn fine tasting rye/IPA beer. Really awesome. The amarillo hops did a wonderful job with this beer, as they do with most beers. The only problem with the beer is the too light feel, but like the overall score indicates, FAR from being a deal breaker for me.

Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12oz Founders bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Cloudy deep orange in color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that dissipates to a very small ring around the outside of the glass. Heavy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it empties. Really nice appearance.

S: Not a huge nose on this one, bitter and oily hops hit first, followed by sweet bready malts.

T: Definitely flavored like an IPA with citrus hops but I think they are definitely calmed by the malts...almost muted. Definite spiciness mixed into the hop-bitter and malt-sweet as well but I can't identify it. It's quite possible that's the rye but I can't quite tell.

M: Ample carbonation, strong bitterness, really creamy mouthfeel. Probably killing my palate but I welcome it!

O: Overall, I'm confused but I think I like it. It's definitely an IPA in sheep's clothes but I don't quite know what's missing. Since it's a Rye though, this is quite a delicious beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Grolsch Pilsner. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle grain, and subtle citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight grain. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. If I am honest this might have been the best Rye Beer offering I have had to-date. Very nicely balanced and enjoyable. The citrus aspect really blended well with the grain aspect going on here. The aroma was very nice as well on this one. A definite must try!

Photo of Trilogy31
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red amber with hints of burnt orange and holds a finger of fluffy head. Nose has grapefruit pith upfront along with pine resin, light malt sweetness to go along with some spicy grain. The taste has some a nice malty richness to go along with rye bread, citrus and pine forest. Finishes with a touch of resin and pretty dry and bitter on the finish compared to the malt upfront. Pretty straightforward beer, definitely good but not really that special.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in north-central Indiana, I love having Founder’s readily available. They have been some of my go-to’s for as long as I have been drinking craft beers. In fact, I credit this particular brew with igniting my love of great beer. So yes, there is some sentimental value here. I will, though, attempt to review this beer in the most objective way possible.

A: The body is a shining, fiery red with honey accents. A bright white head races to the top of the glass and sits beautifully for a few minutes. What lacing is left slides back into the body rather quickly.

S: There’s a really strong nose on this one. Fruity hops stand out big time, and the rye is readily apparent as well. There’s the faintest hint of sweet nuttiness/vanilla, too.

T: With such boisterous hops in the nose, you’d almost expect the palate to be overwhelming bitter. This, however, is not the case whatsoever. The hops and loud but smooth, making this beer excessively drinkable. That familiar rye aroma comes back with a furiously present sour-dough hue that takes the experience to a completely different level. Like any PA worth its salt, light fruits play their part (only minutely, though). A warm, whiskey-like alcohol comes in at the finish to counter the strong bitters, making the aftertaste crisp and modest.

M: The micro-carbonation is an added bonus to this already magnificent brew, giving it a bubbly creaminess that is satisfying and drinkable.

O: I have a lot of respect for this beer, and I always will. No matter how many PA’s I have in my lifetime, I can almost guarantee that this will remain amongst the top spots. I love this beer.

Photo of Pahn
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/14/11, drank 4/25/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a tight lacing ring. Pours a hazy orange-ish red and leaves a few swatches of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, mildly dank Amarillo hops, somewhere between orange and grapefruit. Faint sugary pastry backdrop that's just a highlight for the fruity and floral hops. There isn't much to say about what's going on, besides that it's perfect. Beautiful hop aroma, with the sugary sweet complement working very well. I spend as much time explicitly smelling this beer as I do drinking it, if not more.

If KBS is a irrefutable evidence as to why you bourbon barrel age a stout, Red's Rye PA is irrefutable evidence as to why you dry hop a pale ale.

Taste: Lots of bitterness (the advertised 70 IBUs aren't being held back much by the malt), subdued and a bit oily hop flavor that's reminiscent (but a shadow) of the smell, leading to an interestingly creamy finish. The lingering sweetness forms a good counterpoint to the bitterness, but neither the rye nor the caramel malts seem to be doing very much.

With some warmth the story changes. A hint of spicy rye pops up in the finish and aftertaste, and the caramel sweetness starts to work a little harder against the hop assault (but it still loses the battle). Still tastes a bit washed out, but opens up more and more as the beer warms.

All the flavors here are good, but the bitterness is a bit too prominent. I would like more flavor from the other players (the character of Amarillo hops, the rye malt, the Belgian caramel malt)... perhaps 70 IBUs is too much for this beer. Again, it tastes good, but it suggests the potential of far better flavors than it delivers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhere between creamy and juicy. Slightest dryness in long bitter finish. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Solid, everyday kind of beer. My friend, fellow BA morningthief, referred to it as a "better Cascazilla." I think the association is spot on, but, for my tastes, Ithaca's Cascazilla does the job a lot better (save for in the aroma department).

That said, I immediately had another bottle of this after my first, and would happily order/buy it again. Good beer, but elements of the flavor hold it back from being a great beer in my opinion. Smells amazing though.

EDIT: Pairing sidenote: before my second bottle was finished, I made some cheese pizza with lots of garlic and sriracha. The beer stands up really well to these bold flavors, with the sweetness coming out a lot more than when I just drank the beer on its own. This beer would be a great choice for pairing with hot and spicy foods.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby-amber with a slight cloudiness and 3 finger-widths of frothy head. Wonderful subtle aroma of fresh oranges and grapefruits.

The name of this beer (``Rye PA'') serves as an appropriate pun. Nicely balanced flavor that tilts ever so slightly towards the hops. Nobody who came to this party makes a spectacle of themselves, but the rye hangs around to help clean up a bit after everyone else has gone home. As a fan of rye whiskey, I wouldn't mind a little more rye spiciness. What's there is very subtle.

This is one of my favorite beers and I will definitely buy this again (soon and often). Wonderful flavor, spot-on balance, and very easy to drink. This is why we drink craft beers. I could drink this every day.

Photo of jsprain1
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish amber, with good head retention at two fingers, pretty foamy, good amount of lacing.
S- Amarillo hops are big and bold here. A bit of lightly sweet malts, but hops really dominate. I'm picking up some rye but would like to have seen more.
T- Up front it's a bit sweet, with some spicyness, presumably from the rye. Long hoppy finish is a bit grapefruity, and just a touch soapy.
M- Medium bodied, maybe a touch full.
O- A good beer all around. I would have to seen a more assertive character, though, I suppose, particularly in the aroma, it may be there, but is merely covered by the hops. That being said, it's a fun, tasty, well hopped beer.

Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It comes out a very dark, and...well...red amber! Not much head on this thing but it's got a very nice color.

S: It smells hoppy and has a punchy citrus scent. Smells of oranges, tangerine and apricot.

T: It has a hop kick to it, and I don't really pick up the rye. It just tastes like an IPA, albeit a nice one. I get the idea..."rye PA"...but it should probably be in the IPA category instead of rye. I can taste it a tad, but only well after the hop bitterness has faded away after a sip.

M: It has a decent mouthfeel. There's a decent pep to it, and finishes medium-dry.

O: Overall it's an ok IPA but I can get an IPA a dime a dozen that taste like this. I would really like more rye flavor to make it unique.

Photo of zrab11
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a redish copper color with a nice big fluffy head that stays with the beer the whole time

S- has a rye smell to it with some carmel notes and hints of hops

T- Starts out alittle dry on the tounge with some citrus flavors and then finish's with a nice carmel toffee ending

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a great rye beer.Had good flavors thoughout and was very drinkable. Could enjoy a 6 pack of this anyday!

Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: bright copper/brown with a bubbly one finger off-white/tan head. reasonable clarity with a some particulate visible. average carbonation can be seen.

S: bright, vibrate american hop varietals are obvious. a little caramel as well.

T:starts with the big citrus flavor. a touch of sweet crystal malt. transitioning into a chewy rye. dry finish.

M: some crisp carbonation on a medium body.

D: the color of an amber, the flavor of an IPA, and the finish of a rye beer. overall, very interesting beer. pretty drinkable indeed. interesting mix of styles. hard to put a "rye" or any specific title on it for that matter.

Photo of AEK
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Red coloured ale topped by a foamy creamy pale cream coloured head.

S. Surprisingly very little aroma. Maybe I had smelled a few too many beers today to appreciate the aromas in this but all I got was a little custard aroma and perhaps a touch of raw eggs??

T. Spicy, peppery, ginger and a lively hop finish.

M. Medium.

D. Quite a good offering. I could down a few of these. The only downside is the lack of aromas, still an okay beer though.

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 review
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 12/18/2012
Glass: Tulip

In a sea of other PAs and IPAs, Red's Rye manages to stand out a bit with its usage of rye integrated into the bitterness and other flavors. The fairly strong grapefruit bitterness complements the rye nicely, and the caramel malt backbone manages to add balance and hold all this together. The release schedule for this in the fall makes sense to me, as I could easily see enjoying this as the colder weather starts to set in, and I want a heartier ale available.

Pours a 1.5 cm tall head of small and medium-sized bubbles, beige in color, with average retention of about a minute. The declining head leaves significant lacing along the sides of the glass, large numbers of dots and lines sticking to the insides of the glass. The head gradually settles to a thin cap atop the body, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a reddish-copper color, with light bringing out stronger copper hues, with even a hint of yellow. Body is hazy (about 70% opaque), which allows for some carbonation to be seen, though it is modest in size and movement.

Aroma is richly hoppy with strong notes of grapefruit, generic citrus fruit, and a bit of pine, but also pleasantly grainy and with caramel-like sweetness alongside a touch of slightly peppery potting soil, probably from the rye.

Front of palate is sweet, as from caramel malts with a bit of slightly peppery soil and hints of grapefruit. Mid-palate is strongly bitter, with grapefruit flavor and hop bitterness being dominant over the now minor, but still present, caramel malts and peppery, soil-like rye. Back of palate features strong bitterness with equally notable caramel sweetness and a touch of peppery, soil-like rye. Aftertaste is quite bitter, with lingering grapefruit eclipsing the equally lingering caramel and grainy rye flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity. The result is a smooth mouthfeel, slightly foamy from the carbonation. Closes fairly dry, with strong residual bitterness and little lingering stickiness on the palate.

2011 review
A hard pour produces a 1cm light tan head that slowly fades, but remains at about 0.2cm throughout the entire session. The beer itself is a light tarnished copper color, semi-opaque, with visible walls of carbonation. Fantastic lacing with every sip, too.

Scent is predominantly hop-based, I pick up grapefruit and floral qualities. Some of the malt base makes its way through as well, though I don't hit upon any rye here.

Taste is largely controlled by citrusy hop bitterness, much like grapefruit rind (which I like). A bit of malt sweetness in the back, and finish of slightly bitter, citrusy hops. For calling it a rye beer, I really don't detect much in the way of rye characteristics. Perhaps this is a bit clouded over by the hop presence?

The beer is medium-bodied with gentle, rolling carbonation. This is very pleasant. Finish is not dry, or perhaps very slightly dry.

This is a solid American Pale Ale, though I'm not sure how much I'd want to call it a "rye beer." The hops are aggressive, but tempered by the malt presence. Overall good, but I'd like to see more rye presence.

Photo of kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Shark Club in Howell. Pours a deep amber-brown colour with thick off-white head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Smells of fresh grapefruity hops with lots of bready malt base. Bitterness level is quite nice, though balanced out with the sweetness. I think this could be hoppy enough to be considered an IPA even. A really nice beer.

Photo of dstc
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, burnt copper color with an incredible tan head. Head is slow to fall leaving behind an airy lace.

First thing you notice in the aroma are the hops. Floral, and pine-y. Malt base is noticeable as well.

Hops hit you up front in the taste with malts right behind. Ends with the rye flavors and finished with a lingering bitterness.

Rather full in the mouth and slightly oily. Rather simple carbonation.

Good stuff. Strong bitter aftertaste that lingers but a good beer.

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a mostly clear brilliant auburn color with some reddish hues. A froth of beige head retains well and leaves curtains of lace on the glass.

Strong scents of invigorating grapefruit hops with floral edges. Some hints of rye with caramel malt and bitterness.

Very hoppy and bitter up front with dryness on the tongue. Grapefruit and orange juiciness create a dynamic hop profile. Some bready malt with caramel and a strong rye presence (THANK YOU). Slight sweetness throughout the middle. Finishes long, bitter, and dry.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the palate. This is one of, if not my favorite rye beers where you can actually taste the rye presence amidst the other flavors. Another awesome beer from Founders.

Photo of LeftyEtc
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with a slight foaming head that lingers for quite a while.

S- A spicy note that must be rye, I’m so accustomed to associating rye with fennel that is in rye bread...Hoppy nose and sweet lightly toasted malts finish the nose of this beer.

T- Much hopper on the tongue hen i expected, what a pleasant balance with the sour citrus and sweet malts. A good taste with unexpected pop of hoppy flavor.

M- Medium carbonation and dry finish make this beer drinkable and desirable. A solid tasting beer with a deep flavor that holds your interest.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange body, nice and clear. Random slow rising bubbles. Thin layer of head.

S - Certain citrus nose on this beer. Definite grapefruit meat and some bitter peel. A hoppy touch.

T - First thing to hit the palate is the hop hop flavor. Sweet crisp hop charachter, not to warm or floral. A nice backdrop of grapefruit and warm grains. Slight alcohol presence but a smooth and mellowed effect.

M - Very clean mouthfeel with a refreshing flow of flavor, carbonation and smoothness.

O - Don't think rye bread, think actual rye making out with hops and sweating citrus. A really refreshing beer, akin to the effect tasty double IPAs have on me.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,915 ratings.