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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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4,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,509
Reviews: 1,628
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 217
Gots: 296 | 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 Onenote81

North Carolina

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

This beer pours a dark copper gold with a thin tan head on top. Little retention, but there is plenty of lacing all over the glass. Smells of sweet sugary malts, rye bread, and citrus hops. Very nice smelling beer.

The mouth is decent with a good amount of carbonation and crispness. This is a very good beer. Big malty sweetness starts the beer off, but this gives way to a nice mellow bitterness. Lots of caramel, bitter rye, and finishes toasty and bready. I dig this. I guess there's a a Red's Rye and a Red's Rye P.A., I wonder how different they are. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:37:28 | More by Onenote81
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is my first 6-pack encounter with Founders.

A-Slightly hazed bright copper beer. Tan head, big and fluffy off the pour, with healthy retention and surprisingly-strong lacing.

S-Citrusy hops, bright and strong.

T-Slight citrus is quickly overtaken by an herbal and resinous hoppiness, pairing nicely with the rye spiciness. Malt foundation is nutty, bready, and slightly spicy. Aggressive hop bitterness provides a very pleasant balance.

M-Medium body is propelled forward by the thick hops. Carbonation is a strudy and appropriate medium-level.

D-Very drinkable. That simple. I'm glad that Founders is now available in the Twin Cities, as this brew is delicious. I look forward to further encounters with this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 16:20:39 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of CHADMC3


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

This fine brew pours a deep copper/red to brown with a thin; light tan head packed with dense carbonation bubbles patiently subsiding to almost no lacing.

The piney hops immediately assert themselves while the rye and citrus follow close behind.

Big hop bitterness on the palate, more rye than the aroma, tea-like spice qualities, and faint citrus.

Medium body with perfect hop bite, and medium carbonation.

This is one tasty brew, and with a relatively low abv, it can be enjoyed in multiples. This is not a style I am terribly familiar with, but the RyePA was excellent in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:09:13 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of atis


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with large rich slightly tan head that fades to patches, almost no lacing. Aroma is spicy grapefruit hops, bits of pine and citrus.

Taste is complex bittery hops, fruit with bits of sweetish, caramel-like rye towards the finish, bittery pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with mild and pleasant alcohol warming, feel of oily texture in the mouth.


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:39:22 | More by atis
Photo of DevilDogBeer


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Founders' Red's Rye PA poured a great red color with a one and a half finger white head of tiny bubbles. The smell was a great combination of rye and hops. The rye aroma was very inviting, and even more intriguing coming from this red brew. The floral and citrus hops gave the nose a distinctive IPA bouquet. The taste was an incredible combination of base and adjunct malts up front with a robust hop finish. The malts approach with a rich sweetness and the distinct taste of rye. As the malt mellows the hops take over with floral notes on the tongue and a touch of spiciness toward the back of the throat. The aftertaste is hoppy but nice. This beer finishes clean and does not leave the mouth sticky making it very drinkable, but beware of the 6.6% ABV. This drinkable beer can add up fast! Red's Rye PA is a fantastic new take on the classic IPA; rye beers are so few as it is, so coupling the unique taste of rye with the punch of an IPA makes for a unique, enjoyable, beer experience. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:27:20 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

One of my favorites from these guys so far. The beer pours a rich hazy amber with a thick white head that coats the walls of the glass. The nose is somewhat spicy, and the citrus character of the hops are well balanced with a strong malt backbone. The flavor is amazing. Citrusy, spicy, and floral at the same time, with a very nice malt profile. The finish is malty, with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel is good, but I would have expected a bit more viscosity from this style.
It is one of the most drinkable beers I have had in some time. A six-pack would not last too long in my house.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 16:39:13 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Red's Rye P.A. pours pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a small white head. The nose is big and hoppy; full of grapefruit and grass and caramel and bread crust and yummy.

The flavor starts out sweet with toasty notes with some fruitiness - something in there reminds me of strawberry jam. This is all followed by a big, spicy hop punch with all kinds of hoppy/grapefruit flavors, which leads to a nice smooth bitterness that lingers for a good while and is welcome to do so.

Overall, this beer freaking rocks and I may need to make sure I have some in my fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:07:09 | More by Spidey13
Photo of wspscott


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adam's glass

A: Dark red, a little bit of orange color,hazy, pours with a thick off-white head that drops but never disappears, leaves a bit of lace.
S: Hops, lots of piney hops, maybe a little citrus.
T: Again, lots of hops combined with some malty/caramel sweetness. Like an over the top APA. The grapefruit from the hops becomes more obvious as it warms up. The rye doesn't come across as spicy (covered by the hops?), it is more in the mouthfeel.
M: There is a creaminess here that I assume comes from the rye, the carbonation is high enough so it doesn't come across as thick. There are enough hops to leave an "oiliness" on the tongue.
D: This is a very good beer, no problem reaching for a 2nd or 3rd. I would like more rye in the flavor, but it adds a depth to the mouthfeel that makes this different from a APA/IPA. I really like this beer, will definitely purchase again. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:00:33 | More by wspscott
Photo of cullen0013

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

A - murky copper color, one finger off white head, leaves a thin layer on top which leaves sea foam lacing on the glass as you drink.

S - Strong, rye/whiskey scent

T - Heavy hop character, bitterness present and very enjoyable, reminiscent of a straight IPA but not nearly as pronounced.

M - Carbonation is fairly heavy and tingles and effervesces on the tongue.

D - Not too bitter, not too potent. You can enjoy this one all night.

One of my favorites. A nice treat. A solid beer from a solid brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 12:55:02 | More by cullen0013
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep cooper color topped with a thick off white head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong nose of grapefruit and pine hops. Notes of rye and spice as well.

T- Starts off sweet with a definite rye taste, then the hops kick in, a strong mix of pine and grapefruit. Hops trade back and forth between sweet and bitter, very nice balance. The rye comes back for the finish along with a little bit of spice and some alcohol heat. Finish has a lingering note of hops but not oily, just a nice final note.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Finish is dry with a lingering hop aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable and at 6.6% ABV not overly strong. The alcohol shows up at the finish with some heat.

Well balanced rye IPA not the best I've ever had but close.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 03:12:30 | More by ToddT
Photo of deereless


4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A thick rocky head from a medium pour, lots of foam which clings to the sides of the glass, a very clear amber to ruby color - 4.50, S: Citrusy and piney, a strong but not overwhelming sweetness the smells like overripe plums, definite spiciness on the nose, one of the most inviting and smooth aroma profiles I've experienced in some time - 4.75, T: Wonderful hop bite which is balanced nicely with a solid malt profile, a little zing - possibly from the rye, some caramel flavors and slightly toasty, grapefruit on the palate as well, quite dry - 4.75, M: Extremely smooth mouth feel which translates to a beer which seems to linger on the tongue - 5.00, D: This is one heck of a drinkable beer, edges into the territory of IPA while being an exceptional example of an amber (albeit a hoppy one), I will seek this beer out again - 5.00

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:08:52 | More by deereless
Photo of pmccallum86


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

A- Pours a very deep red color with a smooth medium size head.

S- Smells very fresh, possibly cascade and amarillo hops with a slight caramel undertone. The rye flavor is also present.

T- Very nice refreshing taste. Crisp hop flavor with a nice malty fullness.

M- A smooth clean mouthfeel, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer, almost too drinkable. I could drink far too many of these in one session.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 04:24:21 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of mdwalsh


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish brown, sort of tawny color. Two finger head that's generating some big bubbles then bursting and collapsing. Some decent carb coming off the side of the glass, not much real active carb on the bottome. Translucent.

S: When I first poured my glass the space was immediately filled with a sweet, malty smell, then some hops. Digging in, there are more hops, citrusy ones. There is an altered malty smell, whch I am going to attribute to the Rye, though I've never had a rye before. However, once I start to drink, a much more piney hop smell comes through. Much much more. And I don't like it.

T: I'm getting lots of flavor going on here. The rye, which I recognize more from eating it -such as with dinner last night- provides a very interesting note. The hops are in the taste as well, but not as much as in the nose. I get some fruitiness, sweetness, just a little bit of everything. I think this could be a great beer to compliment to food.

M: Slightly rich, but not overly thick. Not fizzy or flat, just pretty good.

D: Too many flavors here to drink a lot of it, I need a break after one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 15:55:54 | More by mdwalsh
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy brownish red color with an impressive off-white head that retains fairly well and produces some very nice lacing.

The aroma is pine resin, rye bread and hints of grapefruit.

The taste is dominated by the piney, citric hops up front followed quickly by a fruity, somewhat spicy rye and caramel malt flavor that really works well with the hops providing an interesting balance. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering pine resin aftertaste.

Medium heavy body, very smooth, almost creamy and nicely drinkable. Something a bit different for the hop lovers, well worth a try. We need more rye ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:24:27 | More by whynot44
Photo of Tballz420


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small cream colored head on top of a hazy amber body. A bit of a lace trail. Loads of malt on the nose. Some bitter hops. Rye malt on the taste, a bit of a bitter hop background. Bit of a metallic hint. Thin and watery mouth. Kind of an interesting beer, pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 00:54:42 | More by Tballz420
Photo of webmanspidey


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at Founders.

A perfectly balanced and drinkable beer. This is an IPA made with rye. A great mix of the bitter hops flavors and the sweeter caramel/rye flavors makes this probably one of the best beers I've had from Founders, at least of the sessionable non-overpowering variety. Medium bodied and exceptionally drinkable. Not overly intense or complex flavors, but delicious.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2009 00:37:53 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of kegger22


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red with a huge head that takes a while to go down. A mildly citrus aroma. Once again, citrus was up front in taste. Red's left me that bitter grapefruit skin aftertaste (not a complaint). Feel was nothing remarkable, still some carbonation left after all the bubbly head at the start. Several of these would go down well, especially on a hot, summer day. Good beer, very solid brewers at Founders.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 20:58:06 | More by kegger22
Photo of Florida9


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in color. Clear. A measly little white colored head rises to the top, but soon dissipates to nothing.

S: Rye. Rye is quite evident. Spicy hops and pepper.

T: A very noticeable spiciness along with roasted malts and peppery hops resulting in a long, lingering finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: Certainly a quality beer and very drinkable. I was expecting a bit more hop character out of this beer, but the rye is front and center on this one. I'm not saying that as a criticism (after all, this is a rye beer), I was just expecting more interplay with a heavy hand of hops. Otherwise, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 18:07:20 | More by Florida9
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim. Let's do it!

A- Pours a great deep amber red. A tan head is here and is not going anywhere. Very dense.

S- Rye, hop oil. Mmmmm.

T- Great. Crisp, the hops and rye do wonders together. A nice blend here. Husky rye spice with peppery hops. Very good craft beer.

M- Fantastic, crisp, dynamic, deep in range.

D- Moderately high to very high. Clean, great flavors make this beer a treat. Going to buy a case of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 22:50:58 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders finally made it to Central PA!

Pours a luxurious copper/burnt orange with a hazy, foamy thick head. The beer has a resiny and hoppy aroma, a little more spruce like than piney...Taste is a good balance of malt, rye and hops. Slightly sweet initially, with a good bitterness following. I think this is their best beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:35:56 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of Vonerichs


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

I poured it into a tulip and had a nice foamy two finger head with a lot of lacing left behind. The body is a nice reddish hue and clear.

What a nice hop scent on this one... bitter grapefruit and pine hops smack me in the nose and then a nice sweet-spice combo to finish it off.

I expected this beer to be good, but damn this is better than I expected. It's a remarkable balance of citrus grapefruit, pine, and an earthy spice all backed by a nice sweet malt. The rye is a sidekick to the hops and a great one at that. There's a fresh bitterness to it all.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, and creamy. Carbonation is light but crisp. The finish is a little mouth puckering and dry.

I could drink these all night. ABV is respectable but not one that's going to knock you out after a few. The taste makes me want to take huge gulps and not put it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:23:06 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of JohnWaynes44


5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark red with a creamy, sticky head. Nose is very sweet, floral, corn grainyness if that's a word. Sugars permiate the palate, malty goodness coats the jaws, then a blast of smoky hops and esters, lingering bitterness daring you to put it down, which is difficult at best. Mouth is sticky and chewy. Alcohol is in the back of your mind, reminding you that a 6 of 6.6 that goes down this quickly should probably be accompanied by a pregnant yet nagging designated driver. I love this beer. First time in a bottle. I have enjoyed pitchers of this sweet nectar at Chumley's in Broad Ripple with Royce Peacock, but never in a bottle. It's good, and damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:44:37 | More by JohnWaynes44
Photo of batty


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

A: frothy off-white head, dark amber, slightly cloudy beer. nice lace, decent retention.

S: some sweet and caramel malt, bit of grassy and earthy green hop notes, and definitely getting the rye on here as well. not quite as strong as i would like it, but solid.

T: wow, i wasn't sure what i was expecting, but gives a pretty punch. just a touch of sweetness before opening up and dominating with leafy hop flavor and bitterness, strong rye flavor too. good, but not as well balanced as i would like.. the back end really overwhelms the front of the beer.. not much of a front at all, really. rye+bitter sticks in the mouth pretty strongly.

M: think IPA

D: not that high, just a bit off balance for my taste. good, but i'd probably switch to something else pretty quick.

edit: MUCH different as it warms up.. I didn't realize but my fridge must be a tad cold - drinkability is high as warming, as is taste - really balances out the beer with a slight caramel note on the front. must note though, cold = eh. cellar temp = awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:48:32 | More by batty
Photo of pwoods


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dilly Deli. 10oz. Sample for $3. Even better on tap. The hops and rye really pop out when it's this fresh. Added bitterness is just perfect for this beer. Just an absolute gem. Probably their best beer. I only wish we would see more Founders kegs here in Cincinnati.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 23:19:43 | More by pwoods
Photo of Brenden


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brownish-copper color with orange highlights. There's a nice cascading effect on the pour. A just off-white head is rocky and dense, leaving thick patches of lacing down the glass.
There's a huge pine and grapefruit hops base with a nice malt underneath. There's some citrus there and a nice spiciness as well, all behind light notes of rye that's at once assertive and mellow.
The taste really follows suit; big, bold, complex and balanced. A big hops presence is in union with a big malt backing and complimentary spice and citrus zest with a strong but nicely blending rye grains undertone. An earthy note pops up in here as well. The finish is lingering, dry and herbal.
Mouthfeel is as big, thick and bold as the flavor. There's an incredible mix of smoothness and crisp bite. Carbonation is moderate.
I knew this was supposed to be a good brew, but I didn't quite expect what I got from this. Founders does it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 18:15:03 | More by Brenden
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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