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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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4,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,741
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 254
Gots: 375 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 NealVsBeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep caramel color with two-finger head which leaves thick lacing around the glass

S - Rye, hops, malts, and citrus

T - Hoppy taste, but nicely balanced by the rye and roasted malts.

M - Medium-bodied, flavorful and well-carbonated.

D - Very impressed with this beer. Flavorful and not too heavy. Makes me want more!

NealVsBeer, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is hazt apple cider golden orange. Even with a quiet pour the light beige head towers over five fingers. Thick sticky lace everywhere.

The aroma is no surprise, rye. Lots of citrus and pine. A solid bready sweetness comes in as well. Like a loaf of rye bread dipped in hops.

The flavor is full on rye bread mixed with toffee and caramel. Lots of citrus but not bitter at all. It almost has a porter quality to it.

Medium to full body with surprisingly mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a splendid beer. Has this many times on tap and always loved it. This is my first bottle but certainly not my last.

beerwolf77, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Pretty, ruddy amber with a thick eggshell head that settles nicely.

S-Sweet pink grapefruit, a hint of pine resin, and some pungent caramel malts in the background. Heavenly.

T-Bitter hops start the palate with malts kicking in midrange, but initially not quite getting the balance. Bitter hops predominate in the astringent finish. The sweet citrus hops that seem so up front in the nose never make it to the palate, which is a shame, as this brew seems somewhat one dimensional, but a deep dimension it is. Creamy and satisfying, as it warms, there is a nice interplay between hop and malt with the rye backbone asserting itself without overpowering the brew.

M-Medium and creamy, with balanced carbonation

D-Another very drinkable beer from Founders...one which is very different when it is allowed to warm a bit. Also, I might add, a hell of a value...I expected this to be offered in a 4 pack for the price of the 6 pack that it comes in.

caddybuyer, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the second to sample from this already impressive variety...and worth the usual PA overcharge...

a little more sheetlike lacing than the centennial ipa....beautiful deep amber with a deep off-white head that stays awhile then settles into a thickish veneer.

nose is actually more like an ipa with big citrus, oily notes which translates exactly into the taste. not so much the camphor but more grapefruitiness. finishes a bit fast and dry. clean. though not as strong as the ipa, it's a bit more bitter...nice.

mouthfeel is not as luscious as i'd like, but really, the taste makes this really stellar. and drinkable. highly. at 6.6%...session with care. this would go well with casual but elegant 'pub' fare

mempath, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a finger of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Abundant lacing, sticky and web-like.

Smell is bitter, oily, flowery, with a crumby, bready malt finish.

Taste is of oily pines, and stark bitterness. Undertones of malts add to even things out.

The feel is clean, and crisp, but leans a bit too much toward the thinner side of things. Maybe the Devil Dancer a while ago ruined me...

Good drinkability, well balanced, nice, refreshing and very satisfying.

EgadBananas, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster.

Appearance: It looks good. Dark amber hue speckled with carbonation. Just a tinge of red to it. Moderate-to-heavy lacing as the head recedes. I feel like I will enjoy this one.

Smell: It holds its own. Slightly pungent with a very detectable bitterness. Good rye, good hops. Very little sweetness to the scent. It's above average.

Taste: The large part of the taste is bitter. Slight caramel flavor to it. Citrus and spice notes are present, but are not strong enough to ruin the drink. Aftertaste is strong with this one, and leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, leading to another sip. :-) I'm happy that the sweetness does not overpower with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly, but in a good way. It stays light on the tongue with active carbonation that doesn't detract from your ability to savor the taste.

Drinkability: It's a little bitter, and definitely too heavy to be considered for a session beer. However, its flavor and bite are good enough to warrant a future purchase or two. It's a good beer to taste, and certainly holds its own. I could drink this on a weekly basis.

All in all, this beer is pretty much a standard rye beer. For what it is supposed to do, it does well. Not my favorite style of beer, but I have nothing really negative to say about it. Give it a try, only you can decide for yourself. *Shrug*

Lauthaha, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear dark red with a one finger off-white head.

S- A nice mix of citrus, bitter, and floral hops, with hints of spices.

T- Hoppy and balanced with caramel malts and a hint of spices.

M- Nice medium body, smooth.

D- Another great beer from Founders. Easy to drink and leaves you wanting more.

larryi86, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Sweasty
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red's Rye pours a hazed dark caramel color. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head falls to a ring and leaves sticky lace down the glass. A nice beer to look at.

Moving onto the aroma. Malt strikes first. Sweet caramel dominates Some light baked bread notes back things up. A restrained touch of rye makes an appearance. Rye strikes a bit of a spice note. Citrusy, somewhat juicy, hops hit next. Citrus smells of grapefruit, with a light bit of tangerine/orange underneath.

The hops are bit more dominating on the palate. Bitter grapefruit hits first. Grapefruit notes turn a bit piney. The hops lend a bit of a drying quality mid way. A solid malt backbone rounds things out. Spiced caramel, with a hint of a sour edge, pop underneath the layers of hops. The rye is more pronounced near the end, lending the finish a touch of a rye bread quality. The finish has a drying hop quality inviting one to take another sip. Things end with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Red's Rye sits squarely in the middle of medium bodied. The carbonation is a light bit boisterous. It lends a bit of lifting, spritzy quality.

Red's Rye is one of the best rye beers I have tasted. Its also a nicely balanced IPA. The rye is present, but never overwhelming. The caramel malt, and citrusy hops strike a nice balance. The alcohol never gets in the way. The drying hop qualities make this more drinkable than it should be. I tip my hat to Founders for creating a tasty world class quaff.

Sweasty, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes on 8-1-10.

A: Pours an eye catching ruby-amber into my snifter. A light to medium pour yields no head, but a nice spider web of foam stays on top of the body. Some of the carbonation bubbles make their way slowly to the top, while other speed with reckless abandon. A good lacing is present in the form of small dots and long, wavy lines.

S: This is a supremely fresh and intoxicating bouquet. Notes of orange, orange peel, lemon, and lime marry wonderfully with a nice malt presence and the slightly spicy rye grains. This is one of those beers that as soon as I pop the cap, my nose is drawing the smell from the the bottle.

T: Grapefruit-like hop bitterness grips the sides of my palate as soon as the beer hits it. That sweet orange, lemon, and lime flavor shuffles on the top of my tongue and the rye breadyness shows itself at the end of the sip, while the bittering hops clean the palate of the citrus sweetness. This is a delicious beer.

M: Medium-bodied for the style with a great puckering bitterness throughout. Just the right amount of creaminess tantalizes my mouth before the hops and rye dry my palate right out.

D: This is one of the best full-time offerings that I've ever had from any brewery. It strikes the perfect balance for a "Rye PA" for me. There is a copious amount of citrus hop flavor, nice barley and rye malt, and yeasty breadyness available to my mouth. Simply put, this is a great beer.

TCHopCraver, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of nickydel
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Really impressed with this beer.
Dark, coppery red color, with a chucky thick head that stuck all over the glass. Smell was citrus, reminded me a strong grapefruit. Similar hoppy taste, except with a surprisingly prominent maltyness and of course the rye flavor. My first rye IPA, but my impression is that this beer was particularly well balanced and delicious!

nickydel, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A - Poured copperish, light red color. Clear with nice one finger head.

S - Citrus hops with caramel malts. The hops came through a little more than the malts, but not by much.

T - Tough to tell what stands out more. The citrus hops, tasted pineapple or the bready malts. There was a good balance between the two, which made a nice drink. I was expecting more hop flavor.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. A little bitter towards the end.

D - A good beer. For a rye beer, which I'm not a fan of, it tasted ok. I would pick a IPA or PA which has a little more flavor to it. Still though I wouldn't be opposed to drinking this.

HosP, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has about four fingers of thick tan head that towers an inch over the glass, and a quite hazy brown colored body.

In the aroma the citrusy hops are detectable, bready and toasty malts, with an herbal finish.

In the taste it is very herbal, there is also a slight smokey flavor and the rye is detectable as well.

In the mouth feel it is very prickly with carbonation, a bit powdery from the excess yeast left over, and there is a mild burn in the end.

TheSarge, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founders Red Rye poured a dark amber color with a small head that went away rather quickly. It had a nice hoppy/malty smell to it. The taste was overall fantastic, it had a very nice combition of malts, and hops, and maybe a pine flavor as well. It had a very strong taste that lasted much after you finished this beer, and it was easy to drink too. Overall another fantastic beer from a fantastic brewer, would love to have this one again.

vette2006c5r, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of seh410
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to randyjuke for this! Good beer, got me into hoppy amber ales which I now love

Appearance: Dark amber, bordering on reddish/brown... limited white bubbly head, but possibly because it is too cold. Looks pretty average.

Aroma: Piney and lemony hops mix with bready warmth. The rye is pretty clear in the nose and kind of sour. Maybe a little stone fruit in the back, apricot?

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is definitely a hoppy beer, but it is extremely balanced. The bitterness hits right in the front followed by caramelly malts. The rye comes on the backside and it spicy and a little sour. The mouthfeel is creamy but also carbonated enough to have a little bite to it.

Notes: This is good. Very balanced with a good hoppy taste. Glad to have been able to try it.

seh410, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours ruby read in color with fluffy white head and great carbonation throughout.

S - Mostly of bready malts and hops with slight sour rye smell.

T - Overall well balanced. Starts bready with smooth rye grain taste finishing with a balanced hoppy bitterness. Great!

M - Medium bodied and flavors are constant in this beer.

D - Overall I enjoyed this about the same as Hot Rod Rye from bear republic but it was defiantly more hoppy which I loved more. Great beer.

DrDemento456, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Ruby red/amber with a thick off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Floral hops and a little spice.

T_Floral,piny hops with a little citrus.Nice spicy,earthy tone to it. Rounded out by a touch of caramel malt.

M_A little thin. Slippery.


nickadams2, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard some good things about this so figured I'd give it a try. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep ruby red / copper blend with a small 1/2 white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Earthy hops upfront blended with some citrus and bready rye. Good.

T: Kind of interesting flavors. Starts off bready followed quickly and sharply by an aggressive metallic hop flavor. Hint of rye blend in. It's earthy but kind of metallic earthy. Ok.

M: Leaves some good flavors on the palate. Medium body. Good.

D: Once you get past the metallic taste, it goes down easy. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing more. Just ok. I've tried some of this style before and thought others were better. I had high hopes but was left disappointed. Not worth your time. Good to try once if you have access, but that's all.

steve8robin, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of rdub
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a huge beer. Really liked the appearance of the copper color and one finger tan head. Smell was of hops, grapefruit, a bit of pine and other deliciousness. Taste was the same. I loved the hops and rye playing together nicely. Mouthfeel was medium as was the drinkability. This was big and bad in a good way.

rdub, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

color is a gorgeous, deep, hazy copper with orange highlights shining through. a perfect pour gets me a finger of off white head and a bunch of sticky lacing.

smells deliciously fruity. grapefruit, apricot, fresh cut grass and maybe a little berry.

taste wise this has sort of a toasty malt thing up front followed by a bit of sour. some fruity notes pop up with a bit of spice then an almost puckery bitterness kick in and lingers. really well done.

mouthfeel seems light for a beer with so much flavor happening.

most founders beers are so good that they make you want to drink more, this is no exception. highly recommended.

divineaudio, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant,rusty crimson coloring with two fingers of durable off-white head that sticks around before revealing lacing that is equally as determined.

A-Amarillo hops are obviously present.Big grapefruit,baked sugar maltiness and subtle rye notes.

T-Grapefruit again followed by that earthy rye spiciness.Awesome!

M-Crisp,pleasantly unctuous and medium bodied.

D-I have to admit that I dig the rye a good deal,so I might be biased,but I consider this a highly sessionable beer

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - An absolutely brilliant mulchy red that is hazy glows. Head is minimal but sticks around a while and adds substance to each sip.

S - Hops, wood, pine, a tiny bit of molasses malt.

T - Oh dear god this is one of the most refreshing beers you will ever find. WOW! So fresh tasting, like it came straight from the field. Bready, rye, cherry wood, lemon rind, cedar, and minimal malt.

M - Hands down the crispest beer that I have ever encountered. An absolutely phenomenal dry finish. Carbonation is medium and perfectly so.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I've ever come across. One of those beers that I just want to drink more and more of. PERFECT to session with basically any time of year. So crispy and delicious. Damn near perfect.

jmerloni, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 4/20/10 haha) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a reddish/copper with high carbonation and a nice sticky light tan head. Lots of citrus in the nose from the Amarillo hops with a good mix of caramel malts. Lots of doughy rye malts ride the palate with a nice spicyness at the end. Very full mouthfeel with a smooth chewy texture. This is a very good overall beer that I will have to get more of next time.

ballz50401, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff for throwing this my way.

Poured this into my tulip. Pours a nice ruby color with patches of visible carbonation that look great. A rocky off white head sits atop this beer at about two inches! Huge! Sticky lacing all along. The nose is full of citrus with a the hint of rye. The front-runner on this is a big sweet pink grapefruit smell. Great citrus flavor with a bit of hop bittering for the finish. A little bit spicy though. I immagine that is due to the rye. Overall though this taste great. A really nice mouth feel to this one. Good carbonation and a medium body. Not bad to drink but I think it is a bit spicy so that brings it down for me a bit.

Bendurgin, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Who's Red? Probably some filthy Commie... This beer pours a clear ruby-amber topped by nearly two fingers of ecru froth. The nose comprises pine needles, tangelos, creamy caramel, and a touch of peppery rye. The taste kicks up the rye a great deal, though it is still not allowed to take any position of preeminence. Instead, it shares the spotlight in a vigorous tango with hop elements that themselves gracefully combine the talents of pine and ruby red grapefruit. It's quite a dance, particularly set against the backdrop of sweet caramel. The body is a fluffy medium, with a light carbonation and a very creamy feel. This beer begs to be continually consumed and returned to. Thankfully I've got the rest of this growler to help me with that...

TMoney2591, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this from a recent BIF. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A good one finger foamy creamy head that is light tan in color. The color of the beer is a medium copper with reddish orange hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. There is some effervescence in the body of the beer. the head has good retention and is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich grainy aroma with rye notes. There are some phenols, grapefruit, pine, and floral esters. In the background of the beer there is a sublte sweetness.

Taste: A very flavorful rye taste supported by malt, and barley. Other notes in the beer is grapefruit, pine, floral esters, phenols, solvents, and a subtle sweetness in the background.

The mouth feel is dry, astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a good beer with rich and flavorful flavor. There is a lot going on in this beer, it is complex but simple. Well done, Founders.

colts9016, Jul 11, 2010
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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