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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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4,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 289
Gots: 443 | FT: 8
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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:
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 coders11
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A wonderful clear amber with fairly light head

S- Sweet with a distinct hop aroma mixed with hints of caramel and malt

T- Starts will all hops and fades to a great malt balance towards the end. Finishes with malty sweetness.

M - There is a kind of stickyness or oilyness to this one, medium body with a bit of carbonation.

D - A wonderfully drinkable beer

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is pretty striking: beautiful clear copper with a stubborn three inch rocky head. Very impressive lacing as the beer disappears down the hatch.

On the nose you get spicy hops, some pepper, pine, lemon peel and light caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium with sprightly carbonation.

The taste isn't quite as complex as the nose. A little lemon, pepper and a pine-bitter finish, but not as much of the spicy complexity that I like from a rye beer. Still a fine, quaffable example of the style and well worth a try.

Photo of fastsrt
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft pour in a pint shaker glass.

A: deep amber reddish, creamy head.

S: hoppy citrus, malts

T: snappy hops, finished by malts that add a sweet yet spicy character

M: smooth, not heavy, satisfying.

D: would be able to drink a few of these without to much trouble.

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

Pours a cloudy, amber color with a modest head, but a nice, lasting lace ring around the glass. Retains islands of head throughout. Big hop and floral aroma to start.

Starts out a tad sweet and finishes with a nice bitterness, not overpowering. Given the strong hop aroma I was expecting a lasting bitterness, but that is not the case at all. All around a great taste.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle, not too light, not too thick, leaving a little film on the tongue.

Drinkability is outstanding and like many Founders brews, iit is a regular resident in my fridge.

Photo of ramseye4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date, poured into a Bear Republic pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange color with a massive and fluffy orange head. Specks of lacing down the side of the glass, good retention. Lots of hops in the nose, with rye spiciness. Loads and loads of rye hit first in the taste, with some piney hops and bready malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling, extremely high carbonation. Drinkability is great, the tasty rye and light mouthfeel make this one I could drink a few of in a sitting,

Photo of musicforairports
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottled 12/13/10, reviewed 2/17/11.

Pours cloudy amber, not much head but some lasting lacing. Carbonation visible.

Smells like citrus hops, with a spicy rye character beneath.

Taste is a very good combination of citrus/pine hops and rye malt character. They complement each other well, as both are bitter in a different sort of way. The hops kind of win out, though. Taste is sweet up front but finishes quite dry and lastingly bitter. The flavor is complex, and despite a non-excessive ABV, this isn't a refreshing, crisp and quick drinker.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, not watery. Leaves a coating on the mouth.

Haven't had many rye beers, but this one has me interested in trying more.

Photo of turfy
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip, with a deep amber red color and a half finger of creamy off white head.

S - Nice hoppy grapefruit smell along with caramel malt sweetness

T - Great balance! A hoppy bite that hopheads will enjoy along with the proper amount of malty sweetness. Tastebuds seemed to detect a touch of peach in the flavor.

M - medium mouthfeel and stickiness, along with moderate carbonation

D - Most excellent! Not really a session beer but a great tasting, high quality brew from Founders. Liked this one a lot.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Medium amber, off white to cream coloured head, good lacing

S - Grapefruit hops, grassy and grains. Some caramel malt comes through as well

T - Predominantly the citric hops (grapefruit and orange) but the rye graininess of it is hidden more than I expected in the back palate. The caramel malt was also back there and gave it a nice sweetness in the end

M - Crisp, dry, medium

D - A pretty easy beer to drink, nice flavours.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber red with perect 1/2 inch of fine deep cream foam...

S- Spicy, malty, sweet. Nice bitter grapefruit punch.

T- Interesting and complex. A strange bitterness.

M- Nice mouthfeel with ordinary bubbly... however a nice coating from the hops.

D- "Sessionable" compared to the others... Quite palatable and enjoyable!

Photo of veinless
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shoutout to my main man Buddha22 for this, got it in a trade with him. Poured a deep cherry mahogany, with about a half-finger of white head on top that dissipated quickly, leaving decent lacing in the drink and on the glass.

Smells candy-like, with licorice and some sweet spice intermingled with caramel malt and tropical mango hops.

Taste follows with sticky sweetness balanced by the hops in the background which offer up mango once again, and finish the beer bitterly and cleanly. Distinct malt taste is pleasantly weighted with pine. Lots of licorice-like sweetness initially as well. The herbal hoppy finish perfectly sets up the next sip, enhancing the drinkability significantly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with the end, as mentioned earlier, herbally clean. Approaches thin at times, but flirts with the line well, offering up a delectably light yet full-bodied texture. Drinkability is flawless, finish + start = a great mixture of palate cleansers + sensitizers that can't be topped. Nothing is too strong, nothing is too weak; there is nothing left to be said I guess. Top, top beer, regardless of style.

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

I enjoyed from the bottle and loved it on tap.
A- great auburn color nice head
S- grapefruit and light spice
T - the rye give this beer a different flavor a good acidity and spice. The Amarillo hops give a citrus and pine flavor. This IPA is the beer I use to judge other IPA's. It is very hoppy and not to heavy on the malt. The beer is not a red beer it is named a guy named Red that is why it is called Red's Rye PA. I did not buy it when I first saw it because I thought it was a malty red.
M - good medium feels like beer
D - good on hot days served about 50 degrees great with BBQ. I drink some every month.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 12/2010, drank from large tulip. The beer poured a rich a rich cloudy amber, with two fingers of off cream colored head. There was moderate head retention, and as it receded it left clingy chunks of foam along the side of the glass.

The smell was malty sweet and floral with grapefruit notes. The sweetness carried through to the taste. There was some light spiciness from the rye, and a nice hoppy bitterness to it. There was a medium body to it, with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a very pleasant, refreshing and quite drinkable beer.

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

Appearance: Liquid is clear amber/copper with a big foamy head.

Smell: There's the rye, it's a bit earthy, along with citrus hop and orange peels, and lightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Bitterness of citrusy hop on the tongue is nicely balanced by light caramel sweetness. The rye elements are there as well, more assertive on the finish, adding dry, earthy notes, that go par and parcel with the barley and hop, overall flavor is excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, medium body.

Drinkability: This is one of the best examples of a rye beer I've had, the rye elements here work well with belgian malts and whatever hop they used. Very good. Drinkability is very high.

Photo of tsatem
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Overly aggressive pour yields a big three finger orange tinged head. Body is a copper/somewhat bright burnt orange color. Some haziness. I really like the color of the head, not quite your typical off-white IPA head. Great lacing as I continue to drink.

S: Citrus and spice come through right away. The spice leads into and blends with the rye, which isn't flashy or immediately apparent, but really becomes the dominant overall smell. The hops are trying to show off, but the rye knows it has them beat. I like how the hop spice and rye spice blend together and really bring the other characters of the two smells together.

T: Way maltier than the smell at first taste. The rye becomes more of a bready malt here. The hop bitterness is secondary up front, which is backward from the smell but works great. Again, I love the rye/hop interplay, which is working in kind of the opposite way here. A lot of rye spiciness in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, really nothing too out of the ordinary here.

D: I thoroughly enjoy how these flavors work together. They blend so nicely while being distinguishable at the same time, and result in an excellently balanced beer. I could drink another one (or more) to continue exploring this.

Photo of Marty30
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.Served at about 45 degrees.

A. Nice clear burnt orange body with 1 inch off white head. Very little carbonation.Good lacing.

S. Grapefruit is the first thing I smell, followed by bread and grains.Smell is not very strong or complex.

T. Taste is like the smell very bitter all the way through on this one.

M. Mouth is nice medium feel that stings the tounge a bit, pretty smooth.

D. At 6.6 ABV I could drink a sixer no problem.Very bitter.

Overall I enjoyed this beer don't think I would buy a case but definatly another 6er. This is my first rye beer, alot like an IPA. I would recommend this brew. Another good offering from founders

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

12oz bottle poured into wide flute. thanks to smakawhat for this extra.

A: hazy red orange.little head or lacing, but a good looking beer none the less.

S: smells hoppy-sweet. a little caramel-y.very aromatic. impressed.

T: sweet on the front end. slight citrus notes. bitter on the back end. very nice balance. dry finish. quite tasty.

M: not too thin. not too chewy. nice feel. a little sticky on the finish.

D: easy to drink. very enjoyable overall. would certainly drink again and could see it being in the rotation if available in my area.

Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DBA Manhattan

A_Pours a reddish brown with a rocky light tan head. Nice sticky lacing and above average retention.

S_Clean smelling, a nice mix of toasted malt and hop. Similar to a good APA

T_Very hoppy up front. Pine shows through but there is also a hint of fresh cut grass. The malt comes next, slightly sweet with a minor bread note. The Rye comes through right before the finish as a nice spicy highpoint. The finish is very dry.

M_Thicker bodied with an aggressive carbonation (on the verge of too much carb) Slightly sticky.

D_Drinks like a good IPA with a slight spicy note. Reminiscent of Hop Rod Rye.

Photo of AwYeh
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, reddish-tinged copper amber color with less than half a finger of white head, which dissipates quickly. Not much head or lacing.

S: Loads of rye and tons of sweet caramel/toffee malts- I'm excited for the taste after smelling this. Light citrusy hops, with notable orange peel; some floral hops too.

T: Caramel sweetness again; quickly countered by hop bitterness and dry rye flavor on the finish. Less hop flavor than I expected; a bit of grapefruit, although there was a good deal of hop bitterness. Once the beer warmed up a bit I really began to enjoy the bitter, bready flavor- bumping taste up from a 3.5 to a 4. I definitely recommend enjoying this slowly so you can taste it cool and again around room temperature.

M: Medium-bodied, light-moderate carbonation; very smooth with a long, lingering sticky finish, and a bit of dryness from the rye. Interesting and enjoyable- highlight of the beer, a reason in itself to check this one out.

D: Goes down easily; with no detectable alcohol, a complex flavor, and the uniqueness lent to it by the rye, this beer is enjoyable for a long time, and one that I'll be returning to soon.

Photo of vitrael
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy copper with a thin film of white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Big kick in the nose of sweet floral and fruity hop aromas. Light undertones of breadiness... must be the rye.

T: Same hop flavors re-assert themselves, sweet floral and fruity hops with a big caramelly malt background. Despite clocking in at 70 IBUs the bitterness is very minimal, showing up in the finish along with some earthy rye flavor. I was surprised the Rye flavors were not more pronounced--you could've fooled me and told me this was all barley. But the flavor is still excellent.

M: Smooth and light, a very crisp beer that I could drink fast. Average carbonation.

D: Dangerous.

Another treat from founders. I think I already prefer it to their standard IPA and it's at least on a par with Double Trouble.

Photo of foogerd
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Caramel/amber with a flash of orange, toffee colored head. Head is packed closely, died down and created some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sharp warm citursy hops lots of spice, freshly ground pepper, toasted malts.

T- Huge juicy hops, grapefruity and citrus. A dry bitterness from the hops. Tingling spiciness throughout. Plenty of malt backing.

M- Feels big,thick, and foamy.

D- Full of taste and drinkability, you'll want to stock up on this one.

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Foundry on Elm, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

Beautiful, orangey-crimson body with a near two-finger head of bubbly, light tan froth. A drippy latticework of lacing trickled down the top quarter of the glass.

Tons of bright, citrusy hop notes came through in the aroma. Orange peel was most apparent. Crisp and juicy. Slightly sweet with just a bit of twang from the rye.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, yet drier and more bitter. A touch of maltiness appeared up front before the hops took over. Crisp, citrusy, West Cost style hops dominated. Pithy notes of grapefruit and orange rind were quite noticeable in the hop profile. Spicy in the center with subtle indications of rye. Oily, resiny notes of pine sap came through in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied yet smooth and frothy with a fine, zippy effervescence.

Drinkability was where this beer seemed to falter. As much as I respect the style, the combination of dry, bitter hops and sour rye notes was a bit too much for me to handle. If you are a fan of Hop Rod Rye and other super hoppy rye beers, you will likely enjoy this as well.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: This pours a very appealing red amber copper color with a huge 6cm foamy tan head. The head fades to a fluffy cap and a ring, but not without leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit and tangerine hops, some spicy bitterness, and lots of rye. Some caramel as well.

Taste: A brief moment of caramel sweetness followed by a burst of juicy grapefruit hops. A bitterness grows, gaining some supporting citrus hoppiness and spice before meeting a dry, bitter rye head on. The finish is long and dries out my tongue. It cleans up nicely, though, not leaving that much of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: There is great balance between the dryness in the rye and the juicy hop feel. Ultimately I think the rye wins. A fair amount of hop resin remains behind the lips after each sip. This is still very creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Rye does interesting and wonderful things to beer, and this is no exception. The balance of wet, juicy hops and rye is amazing. Founders executes well, and this is welcome anytime in my fridge.

Photo of matjack85
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this squatty 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.89. No freshness date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed reddish bronze color that produced only a ½ finger of off white head. Even though the head was small and didn't last very long, it still managed to leave some decent lacing.

Big hoppy nose - lots of grapefruit and rye.

Hoppy, spicy, and sweet all at once. The caramel malts, spicy rye, and bitter grapefruit flavors are in perfect balance. Delicious!

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

It's a little heavy to drink 6 of them at once, but I sure wouldn't mind another one. The 6.6% alcohol is well hidden, increasing the drinkability.

Photo of Auracom
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle on February 2nd, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Slightly murky reddish-brown coloring with a one-finger white, foamy head.

S - Malts, spices, definite rye. Slight fruit attribute.

T - Bread and malts all over the place. A little bitterness more on the backend of the drink. Some citrus (banana? maybe going out on a limb there). Slight alcohol heat.

M - Pretty damn good. Lower carbonation but good thickness and a bit chewy. Creamy might be a better descriptor than just smooth.

D - Yup, pretty nice. Definitely would rock it as a session beer. The rye was a new twist for me and I enjoyed it.

Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red/amber into your glass with a one finger cream colored head that laces the glass. Based on the aromas this beer gives off, if I didn't know any better I'd guess this was an IPA and not a PA. It begins bitter before ending sweet and malty. It has excellent flavor which tends to be more on the malty side. The hops aren't as big of a characteristic as they could be. It is sweet and has a "different" accent to it as well, I'm guessing that's the rye. It drinks very crisp and has good carbonation. It's between light and medium in body and drinks well. It's very good for the style and an exceptional brew.

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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