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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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4,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,572
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 226
Gots: 317 | FT: 9
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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 gford217


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

Bottle passed along by cedromar in the High Card BIF poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with orange tints. The head is massive and dense and hardly recedes at all leaving gobs of clumpy lacing. This is a damn fine looking beer.

S: Smell starts with a decent kick of citrus hops with grapefruit leading the way, but the rye presence is very evident in the nose on top of the sweet caramel malt backbone.

T: Taste also starts with citrus hops, and gives way to the sweet malts and rye. The finish actually has a pine hop bitterness that was not as evident in the aroma.

M: The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with really strong carbonation that brings out the hops and spices on the palate.

D: This is probably the best rye beer I've had and an extremely unique and tasty brew from Founders. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:40:10 | More by gford217
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours copper/mahogany with a rich head that settles to a lasting cover. Concentric rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of a huge amount of citrus and some pine with a caramelish, rye, bready backing. This is one amazing aroma.

The taste matches it well - bitter citrus and resiny pine with a sweet balance and rye dryness. The flavor is very delicious with an amazing bittersweet balance. Long, long finish.

It has a smooth, firm medium body.

This has alcohol? Covered very, very well. This just disappears. Very hoppy, but shows a nice malt base. Great use of rye. Unique and very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 14:26:39 | More by jwc215
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

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

Traded by Csmiley-Thanks Chris!

A-Little head, reddish, orange and cloudy
S-Slightly boozy, sweet malt, some pine flavor
T-More piney hops than expected, balances out with sweet malt. There is a little bit if a rye bread flavor which adds to the bitterness on the end.
M-Creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation
D-Above average and well crafted but I don't think I'm a huge fan of rye in beer so I wouldn't reach for too many more. Well crafted beer though

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 04:04:09 | More by hopsleeroy
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New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a slightly cloudy orange amber with red highlights. An aggressive pour yielded a rocky off-white head topped off at just under a two fingers and left sticky lacing down the glass.

Rye with grapefruit, pine needles, and clean pale malt. Not an overly bold nose and not very deep. But what it does, it does well.

A bright bitter hop character of pine needles and grapefruit balanced out with an earthy, grainy rye flavor and very clean, slightly sweet pale malts.

Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Medium body with a chewy hop presence and little carbonation.

You would never know this guy is clocking in at just under 7%. A great beer for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:46:52 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. Bought at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH.

This beer pours a clear medium red/amber color with a thick off white head and thick sticky lacing.

Big citrus, earthy and malty sweet notes in the nose.

The flavor has a slight earthy bitterness followed by a citrus hop flavor balance by a big sweet malt/caramel backbone.

Very balanced and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 19:39:12 | More by HumuloneRed
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce twist off brown bottle. Shaker pint glass.

A - Very nice translucent reddish/rust color. About a finger of off white head. A few nice lacing rings.

S - Some nice piny hop along with some spice.

T - Sweet caramel malts really mix well with the rye flavor. A bitter hoppines is present is well and lasts into the dry finish.

M - It's on the lighter side of a medium body with just the right carnonation for the spicy flavors.

D - A very nice brew. Obviously not sessionable but with this much flavor going on you can sit and sip a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:50:57 | More by EStreet20
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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The top-notch appearance begins with one of the better labels I've seen in quite some time. It looks as though the late "Grandpa Munster" Al Lewis had receding but teased-out air, all highlighted in orange. The beer's appearance, intriguing picture on the label or not, merits full marks. Two full fingers of tan froth cap a clear brown-cider orange body like a foam waffle, lasting almost throughout this beer's delicious but brief glass life. Great lacing is the frosting.

Indications of heavy hops begin with the tantalizing nose, full of rye but much more hopped than I expected. Caramel malt is never far behind, in the aroma or phenomenal taste, precisely where the beer hopscotches in style and drinks like a solid DIPA. Chewy hop taste and texture find solid if junior partners in caramel, molasses, and brown sugar malts. Better with every sip, the finish proffers more spice than the rest, pepper and maybe cinnamon.

Better than I anticipated, Founder's Red is one of the very best beers I've tried (along with The Beast, Trappistes Rochefort 10) in quite some time. Tremendous, and I think the best in Founders' excellent lineup. My 400th beer review was one offered to me. The 401st, which I'd thankfully chosen, will be one I remember and revisit far more than its immediate predecessor.

This is one to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 19:53:13 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big fluffy white head. Decent retention and some nice patches of sticky lace are left behind.

Massive aroma of juicy grapefruit and piney hops. Mild hint of spicy rye and sweet malt in the back.

Hoppy, but not overly bitter or sharp. Lots of herbal and floral flavors, citrus, and minty hops abound. Hops are nicely balanced by the malt sweetness and the spiciness from the rye add a nice kick. Finishes with a lingering herbal/floral hop flavor. No bad but the floral/herbal hop character of this beer is not my thing.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Tingles on the tongue between the carbonation and spice. Pretty good drinkability, but I wasn't digging the herbal and floral hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 17:33:35 | More by Lupe
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of the tap into a regular pint glass, this brew poured deep, dark , cloudy red with a thick foam that stayed around through the whole drink. It smelled very floral and hoppy. It had a heavy body and tasted wonderfully of hops and some cirtus hints. It finished hoppy but barely bitter and would very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one and will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 20:48:22 | More by jeremyd365
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Tap Room at the Somerset Hills Hotel

A- Awesome head, the retention show its best by leaves lots of lace on the glass. Mildly hazed orangey brown color.

S- Big aroma of citrus & grapefruit and piney hop. spicy rye and a big juicy fruity maltiness in the back.

T&M- Oh so very smooth, thick malty body. The bitterness tingles with small sharp bites into the maltiness, big herbal, tobacco, pungent citrus and mint hop flavors flail about. Warming alcohol hits in the middle. Clean spiciness from the rye ... solid maltiness middle to end with a lingering sun-dried herbal hop flavor.

D- My oh my, this is one tasty treat. The rye and hops are great together, not too overpowering great balance, make sure you have this a spicy burger or some sharp cheddar

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 12:35:06 | More by bonbini26
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good glowing amber hue. No real head. Slightly opaque.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma. Very nice sourish citrus rye or is it citrus hops aroma. Malt aroma is also sugary.

T: Good well balanced flavor. Biting grapefruit citrus. Sweet. Grapefruit taste is quite strong.

MF: Dry. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D, notes: This taste a lot like a west coast IPA. It tastes good but I can't really tell how this is different from an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 16:15:42 | More by Nipitato
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: hazy reddish copper in color with a two finger head. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and ripe fruit sweetness rises from the glass and is very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, rye, ripe red grapes, and a nice balancing bitterness are the most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, much smoother at the finish. Relatively short aftertaste.

Drinkability: excellent afternoon beer that is perfect for a lazy day of hanging out and having some beers. This could be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 11:18:27 | More by Gavage
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red copper with a one inch light tan head that looks really enticing. The head leaves a nice "sticky" lacing that remains throughout.

S - As soon as I popped the cap on this beer a very nice aroma was present, I had to take a second sniff. The aroma consists of rye, sweet fruits, and caramel malts.

T - I taste lots of earthy rye with some caramel malts and some fresh hops with the alcohol being very well hidden. The earthy rye dominates the taste, which is good since I've enjoyed other rye beers that I've tasted. The bitterness is very mild and mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body.

D - I could see myself downing a few of these with no trouble, it's a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 16:57:17 | More by slatetupelo
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle

A- pours a ruby brown color with nice vibrant red highlights. A decent white head forms and leaves a bit of sticky lace. No visible carbonation...is this the trend with Founders?

S- Fresh hops, sweet toasty malts, hints of cherry and apple and a nice rye spicyness about it.

T- Very fruity, malty/grainy/rye character at first, ripe fruit notes, good hop bitterness, citrus notes and sweet floral feel. A chocolatey aftertaste mixed with some hop bitterness upon the finish. Awesome.

M/D- Medium body, good over all complexity and a great amount of carbonation makes for another delicious, easy drinking session beer from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 23:31:36 | More by ATPete
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New Jersey

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

It pours a slightly hazy new-penny copper with orange highlights. A finger of pithy light tan head sinks to patchy surface foam. Chains of lacing link up along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the grain is a mix of caramel malt and deli rye, both sweet and savory. The hops are pulpy and notable with orange and grapefruit. Fruit and flower hint mildly as well.

Upon tasting, the grain is simply sumptuous, again with sweet caramel and earthy, savory rye. The hops pop up and squirt orange, pine, and dusty dry grapefruit. Rye re-asserts with a tangy note that leads into a conforming, lightly baked biscuit toasty touch. The finish is a gradually building crisp bitterness that lingers in a very dry way. It has a very fetching balance of sass and pertinence, damn near the best of both worlds.

Light to medium bodied, it flows easily, moving along and closing with a gutsy, softly biting glow.

As much as I enjoy good deli rye bread, this is indeed the finest use of the grain. The sharp tang joins the glassy hops to blend into a very refreshing and graciously drinkable quench-fest. The long finish keeps the rye on the palate, just the quality you want if your goal is to really enjoy this beer. Simply said, this is a do over, and over, and over, and...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:33:38 | More by Foxman
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Red Ale Made With Rye" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a ruby-red, crimson-colored hue with very minimal lacing...
Aroma rendolent of amber grains, rye, ripe fruits, and a touch of cream...
Rye dominates the taste, with a strong suggestion of amber, red grains, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of bread and butter essences...
Excellent depiction of the style... up there with Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye, but with a stronger suggestion of "red ale"...
Creamy, rich, tasty mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability to match, and, like most Founder's brews, the alcohol is near-impossible to detect...
Good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 20:36:15 | More by dsa7783
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with an interesting and strange face of an old man on the label. No freshness found.

The ale poured a slightly hazy, reddish and copper color; a nice off-white head settled down to a film on top leaving elegant lacing on the glass.

When I opened the bottle, I smelled a very unique aroma of citrusy hops and rye, with the rye seeming to overtake the hop aroma. Unfortunately, most of the aroma was lost once I poured the ale into a nonic pint glass. Still, that first sniff from the bottle was amazing.

The taste begins with a straight forward hop bitterness, but unlike most domestic hoppy ales the citrus or pine flavors are overcome by the strong rye flavors. The addition of rye gives it is very crisp and refreshing taste; very unique, but I have not had much experience with tasting rye beers.

An almost full-bodied beer that leaves a satisfying rye bitterness on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

It is difficult to believe this ale is 6.8 percent alcohol as it is such a refreshing, smooth ale. This ale is appropriate for any time of the year. I would love to have this on tap at its most fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 22:55:54 | More by jkrich
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass with a dark copper and red color, slight head. Tropical fruit hops, sweet malt aromas and flavors. Floral and nice spicy characteristics. Very balanced and easy to drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and good carbonation level. Would love to be able to buy this beer or find it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 19:58:10 | More by kleffman
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle.

An orange brownish coloring with about 1 finger of thick creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is very strong of fruit,pine, grapefruit.

Taste mirrors the smell. Strong hints of grapefruit and pine.
Spice, malts and hops are very present with the hoppyness winning out.

This beer is crisp and very flavorful and extremely delicious.

An excellent beer that makes me want to crack another!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 02:13:32 | More by BigMike
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this in a mix a six. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. one finger off white head. nice lace. red/brown color. clear. looks good.

hoppy nose. fruit and spice. no of odors.

good hop crispness. sweet and spicy. balance may favor the hops- but it really works. sweet fruit aftertaste.

adequate carbonation. mid body. i like this beer. i would drink again. this could be a session beer. good rye.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:21:55 | More by ajmoody76
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear amber color with a nice thick white head that left good lacing. Looks really nice.

S- Pine and citrus hops jump right out at me. Then maybe if I search for it a bready and rye malts comes to me.

T- Very good! Nothing over powering here. Follows the nose really well. Very well balanced.

M- Medium to thick in body. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very impressed with this brew. Easy to drink and will come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 08:23:43 | More by nrbw23
Photo of hopflop

New Jersey

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

Got a six of this for my birthday.

Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice head

The smell is tasty rye with caramel malts and a big citrus hops aroma

The mouth full is a little lite. Has a great citrus hops flavor that hits first and with a nice malt balance and finishes with a bitter rye flavor that gets left in your mouth. Very tasty brew.

This is a great summer time beer, that is a easy drinker. Would love to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:49:31 | More by hopflop
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to AdamB84 for the chance to try this great brew!

Pours a dark reddish amber with a one-finger tan head that fades to a thin cap. Lots of lacing/sheets left behind.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, toffee, and lots of citrus hops: orange juice, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste is sweet bread and caramel malt up front, followed by a peppery spiciness before some floral and citrus hops and a long bitter, dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall, a well balanced beer that is very drinkable. ABV not noticeable. Really wish I had more of these waiting for me in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 16:07:23 | More by MrMonkey
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another stellar beer from Joe1510, I owe ya big, ein prosit to Joe!

Pours orange/caramel with 3+ fingers pf sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Peppery rye, caramel & citrus hops

T: Peppery rye, citrus grapefruit & caramel up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, & more spicy rye as this warms. Finishes crisp with nice biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy the crispness keeps the ABV in check. I could happily session on this, in the upper echelon of rye ales I've had!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:48:08 | More by russpowell
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the moment I cracked the cap, WOW what a great smell. It immediately got me interested. Very light, yet rich. Almost a citrus smell though it could have just been the alcohol. Very high marks from the get go.

Beautiful color with a relatively thin head for this rye, which dissipated fairly quickly. First impression of taste: nice in the mouthfeel, with a bit of bitterness on the tongue after. It was a pleasant beer to sit and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 17:57:25 | More by rocknhocky
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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