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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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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 271
Gots: 397 | 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:
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 rapidsequence
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz twist off bottle, which I of course opened with an opener.

Appearance: Slighlty hazy orange-red with a big puffy off white head that leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smell: Real hoppy. Sweet candied citrus and sweet malt. Like a big IPA or even a barleywine.

Taste: Sweet and malty with big hops flavor though not overly bitter. The rye is spicy and a little sour. Very complex and still balanced. It finishes pretty clean leaving a sweet malty aftertase with a little spice from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Very full. Almost chewy. Nice and creamy. This feels like a really big beer.

Drinkability: This thing smells, tastes, and feels like an imperial something, but at just 6.8%, it makes a nice daily drinker. We drank a bunch of these on the beach a few weeks ago. Very refreshing, so delicious.

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

Founders Red's Rye pours with a thick foamy head that laces the glass nicely as you drink it down. Its reddish color is pleasant to the eye. It smells like honeyed licorice.
Chilled, or cold,* you experience a bitter hops taste that is augmented by a generous, but not cloying, sweet malt flavor. I found it to be richer and more complex than most IPA's (perhaps as a result of the rye). Well worth a taste by those who love American IPA's. It could become a favorite.

*Served warm, the heavy, licorice taste can overwhelm.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy amber color that is transparent. Heading is light brown and very thick and creamy.

Smell is very fruity at first with a nice bitter hop aroma. Really no detection of rye present.

Taste is pretty much the same heavy fruits that tingle the back of the throat with a beautiful hoppy bitterness. What was not present in the aroma is big in the taste a nice rye and slightly spiciness that excetuates the ryeness very well done.

Mouth is thicker than expected but is ridculously smooth down the hatch. Bitterness tingles the tongue and throat.

Drink is simply good a drinkable beer but a little much for me to have more than a few.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=amber/copper color, a little lighter than expected, gentle one finger head that laced nicely

S=good smell, balanced with gentle hops and even amounts of malts

T=very balanced flavors, hops are noticeable with some fruity and floral flavors, malts balance and finish with slight sweetness

M=good feel finishes strong

D=very drinkable, and enjoyable.

Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired via trade from Heliosphann again thanks.

Poured from a bottle into a glass would definately drink again.

A - Red hue copper frothy head with pour.

S - Malty, bready nice clean smell

T - Tangy some citrus bite slight similar to a IPA.

M - nice tart feeling leaves a lasting feeling even after drinking.

D - As with the Centennial IPA if this was offered localy I could easily see myself choosing this one as I would to have more of this.

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

Thanks to raznug for this one. I've seen it for quite some time, but never picked it up for some reason.

A - Ruby hue. Very nice carbonation.

S - slightly bitter. The rye grains are noticeable.

T - Definitely a rye beer. Hops are slight.

M - decent.

Not my favorite, but yet a very good beer from the people at Founders.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a small head and decent retention. The aroma is very hoppy, smells of rye, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is also hoppy, but there is a sweet malt backbone which gives this beer nice balance. The rye flavor comes through nicely. Has a medium body and proper carbonation. This is a nice drinkable beer. Very nicely made.

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

Bottle poured.

A coppery red color with 1-2 finger foam head, good lacing.

S pine and grapefruit hops pretty long lasting.

T Hops, malt, rye in that order with a very active, bursting with taste beer that takes 4 to 6 sips to fully appreciate. It reminded me somewhat of Arrogant Bastard in that way. Interesting, challenging. 4.5

M good body

D very drinkable, tartness makes me want more. That could be dangerous

as others have also said.. tasted very similar to a IPA due to strong hops

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

Red's pours a very bright orangish-red color. Its a bit auburn I guess. The head is a big fluffy one that leaves a lot of lacing. Not a bad pour, quite appealing.

The aroma is definitely citrusy, piney and a good deal of the spiciness associated with the use of rye malt. Wow, it really works well with these hops to produce a smell that is akin to walking in a pine forest or maybe looking for a Christmas tree. Its pretty special.

A big sip and all of the aromas come to life. Tons of lemon and grapefruit from the hops up front followed by a dose of spicy rye. Its balanced quite well, sweet, bitter and spicy.

Definitely an enjoyable offering from Founders, its hits all the right notes. Cheers Red!

Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Head's Brewery in North Olmsted, Ohio during the Brown's first pre-season win against the Lions earlier tonight. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. $6 for the 16 oz. glass.

A Dark ruby red translucent body with a creamy light brown head. Great lacing, creamy look. 4.5

S Hops, rye, powerful smells. 4.0

T Hops, malt, rye in that order with a very active, bursting with taste beer that takes 4 to 6 sips to fully appreciate. It reminded me somewhat of Arrogant Bastard in that way. Intersting, challenging. 4.5

M Huge beer that is tart at times but overall there is a smoothness to the feel. Interesting feel. 4.5

D Fair as this is a huge tasting beer with a moderate ABV. 3.5

Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to vinyljunkie for this. The bottle says "Red's Rye P.A." & the abv is listed as 6.6 percent, but I think this is just the most up-to-date version of Red's Rye.

Pours a hazy, reddish deep copper with a 1-finger sunflower yellow head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is immediately piney & grapefruity hops, followed by some sweet malty aromas. The taste is sour from the rye & grapefruit, along with some spiciness but no sweet malts in the flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, thicker than I expected.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's full-flavored, and its sour & spicy flavors go really well with peppery food.

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

Dark red with haze. Nice complete, yellowish head, small bubbles, cover the beer in a thick layer. Alcohol and strong aroma of hops. Almost pine like aroma. Familar, think Rogue Yellow Snow. Interesting flavor, the rye no doubt. How much rye was this made with? Very dominant rye flavor. Almost no aftertaste. Very smooth, a nice drink. Slow to drink, probably due to the lateness and my current "state."

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark copper color that was fairly clear with a modest head with some good lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma. I could distinguish the rye, the hops, and seemingly some fruit smell. Quite a mix, and quite inviting.

Taste: This is quite bitter (in a good way) with some mild fruity taste that is nicely subdued. Had a very solid kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A fair body from the carbonation, but I wouldn't call it a full body.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is a beer that I could drink consistently and often. Well worth a try.

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

Brought back by my dad from his trip to KC.

Pours a copper color with a moderate head. Plenty of lacing along the side of the glass.

The rye is VERY apparent in the nose. Also traces of orange peel.

Taste starts off with the rye and evolves into a more IPA style with the hops becoming more prevalent. Ends bitter, hoppy, and piney, like an IPA.

A full-bodied beer that is very drinkable. My first Founders, and it did not disappoint.

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

A - Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass. I'll start out by saying the head is phenomenal...2 fingers of fluffy off-white head that maintains forever! The brew is a clear amber/red color.

S - Caramel malt and slight grapefruit esters seem to dominate the nose. Smells like this one could be a hoppy number as well.

T - The hops I got in the nose are definitely abundant. Spicy rye and hop notes with some citrus in the background. Some decent complexity to this one.

M & D - Creamy and thick bodied. Leaves a bit of a hoppy ending lingering on the tongue. 6.8% ABV is well masked. This is an excellent brew...Founders has yet to disappoint me. Anyone who loves IPA's will love this brew (even though it's a Rye). One I will recommend to my friends!

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired from mikeyv35 in a trade. thanks again Mike!

A - tawny body w/ a perfedt 2 finger biege crown w/ excellent retention

S - sweet caramel malt, spiced pumpernickle bread, and tons of hops. if this tastes like it smells smells, than we could be on to something wonderful here...

T - yup, just like the aroma, incredibly bitter and spicy with very noticable spicy rye flavor. excellent!

MF - perfect amount of carbonation on this full-bodied delight.

D - very high but i cannont imagine having more than 24 oz. in a single session. outstanding flavor, but it could be an overload to the senses after 2. that being said i wish i had more to keep on-hand for when the mood strikes for another. damn you Founders, bring your nectar to the Mile High City!

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

Pours a cloudy, bright copper with about a half an inch of white head.
Smell has some rye hop notes on it, with some small bitter malts.
Taste is heavily ryed. Definitely not a classic taste, but interesting profile of bitter and rye bread.
Finish is ok but the after-taste is interesting.
Drinks ok, this is such a different taste with my first experience with rye beer. It has smooth parts though.

Photo of mwa423
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is very red and clear. One half finger of head quickly dies down to lacing. Smell is all rye and citrus hops. The taste is an excellent blend of of rye and hops that create a complex flavor that is a pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel and drinkability is such that you could sip and enjoy it or pound it on a hot summer day

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

Appearance: Red-amber, good head.

Smell: Big grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Dry grapefruit bitterness is the main thrust of this beer, a hint of rye peeks through at times.

Drinkability: Tastes like an IPA, drinks like an IPA.

Picked up a single to try this, as Founders makes some excellent beers. Not as much rye flavor as I was expecting, this reminded me more of a IPA that was shifted to the bitter side. Hopefully someday I can try their Black Rye.

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

Bottle says 70 IBUS and 6.6% abv

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours only ¼ finger of slight tan head, fades down quick. Color is an amber hued caramel brown. Decent retention with some nice lace rings.

Aroma: Caramel malts, floral hops, bright citrus flavors, and a nice rye all around. I dig the rye

Taste: Wow, the rye is really present here. Big caramel malt flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple citrus blend well with the big floral hop taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy for a beer so hoppy. It is a tad bitter though. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends with a rye/hoppy aftertaste, somewhat dry.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. I think I would definitely like to have this around for a hoppy session beer. Just a great drinking beer, at a great price, with a nice touch of rye that I really like.

Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of atis
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.


Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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