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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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4,946 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,946
Reviews: 1,643
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 294
Gots: 458 | 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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Ratings: 4,946 | Reviews: 1,643
Photo of AmberMan22
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Williams bar in uptown Mpls.

Beer pours a brick red color with an ecru head, beautiful pour with a finger+ head that explodes with the scent of citrusy hops.

The taste is hard to describe, it almost transcends category.
-a completely amped up ESB
-a maltier, fuller IPA
-a perfectly hoppy red ale, with a citrus tang

Best way to describe it is delicious. Kind of on the same lines as the Lagunitas Red Ale.

wonderful beer, wish I'd taken my friend's recommendation sooner. won't even doubt him again.

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

Pours out a very dark red, almost brown with a two finger head that is very foamy/creamy with amazing retention. The head doesn't wanna go away and leaves off-white, thick lacing behind. The lacing itself comes off the glass about a millimeter or two! By my standards this is pretty much as good as it gets for apperance. Smell is of great, fresh hops and some pale malts with a hint of caramel. The malts remind me of homebrewing. The hops come through with earthy, fruity and herbal notes. The strength of the nose is good and the hop aroma stays throughout the whole experience. The hop aroma of this bad boy could rival almost any IPA I have had. Taste is like the nose but does not fade. The hops are great in flavor and bitterness. Piney and earthy hops dominate and the fruity ones take a back seat. The malts are very pleasant and the rye likewise. Malts are have some caramel hints and balance the hops very nicely. The rye creates a flavor I am not used to but I enjoy, I am not very familiar with rye beer. Overall the flavor is great and well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice for this beer. The body is moderate. The carbonation is right where I want it and medium in strength. The only thing I would want is a bit more creaminess. There is a huge warmth which I did not expect but it adds to the experience since I cannot taste the alcohol creating this feeling. Drinkability... I have been searching for a sessionable Founders beer that is great. This is it. The price is on the higher end for a session beer but it is worth it. After a six pack of these I would be in a perfect place. This is now my go to beer due to the great hop aroma and balanced flavor. What a nice surprise.

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

Smells of orange peel and tangerines. Tastes of caramel and hops up front and finishes with a big citrus punch. Pours a light amber with decent head. An excellent Pale Ale.. very reminiscent of Dale's Pale Ale with more caramel tones. I do not pick up on the Rye much.

Photo of dudecandle
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amber-red, slightly hazy body with a thick off-white head of a good few fingers, which leaves a respectable cap.

S: Great fresh, herbal and grassy hops with the rye, along with some chocolatey malts, and light yeast as it opens up.

T: Much like the smell, but the hops show more variety, with some nice citrusy tones. The yeast isn't as aggressive.

M/D: Full body, with an excellently long finish. It's brilliantly spicy and sweet, with the hop bitterness rounding it out extremely well. I wish New York had Founders.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: dark orange-amber brew with an egg-white color head that stands about 1 1/2 finger-widths tall. leaves rings and blotches of lacing, and keeps a fair cap as the drink is consumed.

S: grapefruit peel, oranges, pine, and white pepper, with a buttery, caramel, and nutty background

T: very sweet citrus fruit and spicy pine flavors up front, with a caramel malt background. finishes sweet and spicey, with a grainy, cereal-like flavor(most likely from the rye), more citrus fruit, and caramel malt.

M: medium-full body with a smooth entry but quickly becomes crisp with a citrus astringency. finishes dry and resiny. 70 IBUs indeed.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer. I didn't think it was that great the first time I tried this, but I'm glad I gave it another shot. I love the sweet, citric juice flavor that dominates this one. Also a great spiciness from the dry hopping and the rye adds a unique characteristic that I like. Definitely worth checkin' out.

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

A - Pours a hazy ruby copper with a large tan head that stays for quite a while, only to slowly recede to a collar

S - Grapefruit, pine, and some lemon. Many of the same floral characteristics as some of the best DIPA's out there. Very impressive

T - Pine and hops at the front, heading towards a strong rye element in the back. Alot more complex than I was expecting, with very well integrated undercurrents of roasty caramel. Bit of an alcoholic bite at the end, but a clean one.

M - Neither too thin to be unenjoyable, nor too thick to be unsessionable.

D - I really wish I could get this more often, as it would surely jump to the top of my regular brews.

Photo of juhl31
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

again, thanks to eliott who shared with me over a couple snifters

-the look was the best aspect. big fluffy cloud like head, probably 2 fingers tall. good amber in color

-lots of orange hop smell to it. a touch of malt come in too

-that orange hops again through the start and middle. malt seeps in there towards the back end

-a different style of carb bite to it, but was kind of good in a different way. a bit on the dry end as well

-unlike most of the rye stuff i have had before, but good. would definitely enjoy another

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

This beer was wonderful. One of the best pale ales on the market IMO. There is grapefruit zest in the aroma and the flavor imparts grapefruit juice. Can't say I taste rye as an ingredient but there was a mineral after taste in the drying finish I could not put my finger on that may have been to rye. Slightly thick/chewy mouthfeel. This beats out Sierra Nevada pale ale any day of the week.

Photo of zackcg
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle poured into pint glass)

A - Deep red with some brown-amber tones, and a bit on the cloudy side. Moderately carbonated but poured well with a 1/2 inch off-white-cream-like head. Pretty poor on the retention front and the lacing was on the patchy side, but sat consistently throughout the session.

S - Picked up on some "nutty" aromas which were more of an undertone to the major hop sensation my nose was getting. Grapefruit anyone?

T - Well-hopped and heavy malt essence made for a really enticing experience. A considerable amount of crisp hoppy bitterness as the rye played notes and hinted at the initial yeast pitch in each swig.

M - almost had my mouth feeling a little dry from the big bite of the hops.

I initially had this at a bar a while back and thought it was great. I like it even more now.

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

12 ounce bottle gifted from piscator34. Pours a light brown/ruby with moderate clarity. Big fluffy offwhite head and sticky soapy lacing. Nose- soapy hops, caramel. Taste- spicy, peppery rye mingles with piney hops and a solid bready caramel backbone. Medium body with a perfect level of prickly carbonation. I could session the shit of this beer. Finishes with a perfume like hop bitterness and some lingering sweetness. A rock solid brew.

Photo of ryanismean
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is some good stuff.

Red-brown hue with a thick, sticky, creamy head. Spicy hop aroma with a hint of rye. Dry malt flavor with a touch of black pepper, dominant grapefruit and tart berry on the back of the tongue is just about perfect. Can't imagine what they could do differently to make me enjoy the flavor more.

Somewhat thin, but not overly fizzy. A bit strong to session, perhaps. Think I won't let that stop me this time.

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

Pours a clear, dark coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with a firm evergreen overtone. Flavor is richly hoppy and evergreen, just slightly bitter and subtly different from a traditional IPA. Texture is ragged, edgy and quite tingly.

Photo of maximum12
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

700 reviews, what's to say that hasn't already been said? I'll be brief.

Brilliant ruby-red on the pour, head billows up annoyingly, delaying my enjoyment of the liquid beneath; but the color is lovely. Smell is striaghtforward citrus hops w/only a minor undercurrent of rye.

The first word that comes to mind after a sip of Red's Rye is "clean". I like my rye a little earthier, with some tang to it. This is tame & toned down, quiet, with only the barest hint of allspice coming through. The hops are present but also on mute, but they carry the rye through to a slightly bitter finish.

Good beer. I have to say I was expecting more, being a big fan of rye & Founders, & hoping for a blow-outta-the-water kind of rye. And looking at the bottling date, I wonder if MN got a few old shipments. I'll give this another shot with a bottle that's fresher with, I hope, even better results.

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love Founders, and despite this is available around here, it came as an extra from msulinski in a great trade, so who can knock extras, especially Founders!

A: Pours frothy 1 finger fluffy head that sticks around for a while, over a very clear dark rye-ish orange toasty amber color.

N: Mostly just hops! Some fresh strong hop aromas, perhaps Simcoe style with high alpha. Some rye goodness (I'm a big rye whisky fan so this is great!) A slight crystal malt.

T: Rye right away! The rye is pretty present. There is also some darker malts, crystal perhaps. Some more bitter hops, but not too heavy, adds some spicy chewy hop characteristics. A nice bitterness from the combination of rye and hops.

M: Semi thick with good carbonation.

F: Finishes dry and bitter, both accent each other. The rye flavor also lingers for a bit and seems to lead to this fruit punch like flavor as it fades. It has a spicy almost quality as well, like spicy spicy. Bitterness lingers but it's nice. This is actually a really enjoyable beer for a rye whisky fan, and it has a lot of great qualities.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is reddish amber with two fingers of foam that clings to the glass as it recedes. Thick bubbles of foam remain on the surface.

Smell is fantastic, overwhelmingly hoppy, bitter grapefruit.

Hops dominate the flavor of this beer, both up front and with a strong, lingering hoppy bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone, but this is in no way sweet - the hops really overpower the malt (in a good way).

The mouthfeel is viscous with a long lingering bitterness. This is a very good beer - I wish I had purchased more than a single bottle.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this in my Duvel glass and the head started off good and retained some small patchy lacing on the glass. The nose was very spicy like fresh cracked pepper with a candied sugar tone on the fade. The taste starts with a bold hop presence that quickly goes to a yeasty dark toasted bread flavor. The second wave of flavor seems to be a dark cherry fruit mixed with a touch of black liquorish. The finish is dry and spicy making your taste buds yearn for more. This would go great with Hot Wings. Cheers....

Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Dec 15, 2009. Pours amber with red highlights, one-finger off-white head that retains a cap and leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma is quite hoppy citrus, pine, and an earthiness with some caramel malt underneath.

Flavor starts with pine, earthy hops, great malt balance in the middle, I can really taste the rye here, with a finish that starts dry but has some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, moderate to high carbonation.

Quite tasty, recommended.

Finished my last of my first 6-pack last night and bumped the score up a bit. This is really a fantastic Rye Pale Ale, the best I've had outside of Terrapin Rye-Squared. Hop heads would love this one, very hoppy and man that rye malt works really well here to balance things out.

Photo of Thur123
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a mellow brownish orange with lots of bubbles and about a finger of off white head. The smell is a mellow spiciness and a kind of bready smell in addition to a juicy smelling hop profile below.

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The rye malt profile is great, it complements the hops nicely and has a complexity throughout the drink that changes from a soft bread flavor to a much sharper kind of spicy grain edge. The hops of the other hand are just really well balanced and perfectly involved in kicking this up. The hops are somewhat grassy but really kind of fruity and bitter at the end with an awesome finish. The mouth feel also kicks ass on this, very smooth and full.

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly amber with a little red,nice little redish copper head that dissipates quickly,no mistake this beer is a rye from the smell and taste malt and rye and nice hop balance,it reminds me of the caraway seed in a loaf of rye bread,not overpowering but wanting another slice,this is an easy drinker and a solid rye

Photo of Jimbo87
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks good in a pint glass.

Smells grainy and lighty/moderately hoppy.

this is one of the few beers for me that tastes better than it smells. I can't pretend that i would have identified rye as an ingredient from the taste, but there is something in this taste that is slightly different from most pale ale type beers, and it could be partly the rye.

mouthfeel's fine. very drinkable.

a solid brew. I wish it weren't so expensive (around $13/four-pack here)

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

A - Nice head that fades to a film of bubbles. Amber colored with hints of lighter red.

S - Clean. Crisp. Perfect blend of hops/malt. Not overly citrusy. Maybe piney...spicy

T - Sweet at first. Reminds me of iced tea that you make from the powder. Odd comparison, I know, but that's what comes to mind. Perhaps it's lemon that I'm picking up on. Very notable caramel flavor. All this is chased by a punchy lasting bitterness. Hop flavor in balance, perhaps overwhelmed by malt. Definitely an IPA. Has characteristic "old beer" flavors from oxidation as well, but not awful.

M - sweet, medium body. Medium-high carbonation.

D - a fine tasty beer. Maybe could use a bit more hop flavor. Nice though.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into the pint glass

a-deep copper amber color...1/4 inch off white head that faded quickly but did leave behind some nice lacing...carbonation is visible

s-malty sweetness up front leads into some heavy floral and citrus hop notes...the spiciness from the rye really lends a hand here as well....

t-grapefruit starts this off then the malts come in followed by the spiciness from the rye...finishes a bit dry and bitter

m-semi oily and definitely resiny....carbonation is acceptable...does make the mouth a little dry though

d-could have quite of few of these if it didnt make me even thirstier after every sip...

another solid beer from the folks at founders...

Photo of Reaper16
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive reddish brown with a fluffy, off-white head. The foam dissipates more quickly than I expected, but the notching from the lacing is very nice.

Imagine a neophyte ordering this, thinking "Rye beer. This will be malty, for sure!" They smell the beer and get punched in the nostrils by the hops. Pine -- astringent pine, at that -- is all up in the nose of this beer. Resins and a faint tobacco aroma waft around the breadiness.

The hops are the imminent flavor of this beer. DANK hops splash around the balanced malt. Once you get used to the hops, the rye makes itself known. They rye imparts a rounded quality to the drink... I don't know how else to describe it. Its almost as if the rye body is more naturally suited for balancing a heavy load of hop flavors than a typical malt body. Tannic and resiny, full of the deep, must hop flavor that only committed hopheads can appreciate; this beer has a lot going for it. A delight.

Smooth mouthfeel with some creaminess to the finish. The rye body is doing a lot of positive things here. The carbonation level is just right to prep the palate for the next, dank sip. The smoothness and balance, along with the general tastiness, make this a very drinkable beer. I would love to quaff on a sixer of this all day.

I've heard this described as a pale ale with rye, but what I had on tap was certainly more of a rye IPA. Regardless, the rye characteristics balanced the heavy hops well and added only positive things to the drinking experience. Simply put: its really good. A beer that deserves regular fridge time.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because I love the stuff that these guys produce and this was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Sure enough, this was another winner by them and maybe the best Rye Beer that I've ever had. Even though it's still freezing out, this is very good for this time of the year and I could easily see myself enjoying this during the warmer weather months!

This had a great pour to it - a nice frothy head, small and beautiful bubbles on the level of a good west coast Pale Ale, and a dark-amber like hue with a nice level of cloudy radiance to it. There could have been a bit more lacing, but that was about the only shortfall to this beer. The taste was beautifully balanced with the hops having a light, grapefruit and citrus zest to them and the rye being present but not enough to weigh everything down. This is not a floral hoppiness but rather, it's a bit more earthy with just a hint of caramel underneath everything. As odd as the combination of tastes is here, this is extremely drinkable and neither too heavy nor too light on the palate!

This is a bit strong at 6.60% ABV but I could easily see myself having a few of these in a session. It's not terribly complex but this is a good example of a beer not needing to be full of hops or having a ton of flavors in order to be great. Simpler can be better and this is a great example of how enjoyable a well-crafted beer can be. A must for any hophead looking for a more sublime drinking experience.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber brown, with three fingers of off-white head, with fantastic lacing. The smell was dominated by pink grapefruit and orange peel; very pungent. The taste was much more complex...starting with malty, toffee, caramel, earthiness which dissolved to a nice citrus fruit/malt balance, and then finishing with soft citrus. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very little evidence present of caraway/rye, but nonetheless a very sessionable and tasty brew.

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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