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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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4,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,819
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 265
Gots: 391 | 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 webmanspidey
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at Founders.

A perfectly balanced and drinkable beer. This is an IPA made with rye. A great mix of the bitter hops flavors and the sweeter caramel/rye flavors makes this probably one of the best beers I've had from Founders, at least of the sessionable non-overpowering variety. Medium bodied and exceptionally drinkable. Not overly intense or complex flavors, but delicious.

webmanspidey, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red with a huge head that takes a while to go down. A mildly citrus aroma. Once again, citrus was up front in taste. Red's left me that bitter grapefruit skin aftertaste (not a complaint). Feel was nothing remarkable, still some carbonation left after all the bubbly head at the start. Several of these would go down well, especially on a hot, summer day. Good beer, very solid brewers at Founders.

kegger22, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany in color. Clear. A measly little white colored head rises to the top, but soon dissipates to nothing.

S: Rye. Rye is quite evident. Spicy hops and pepper.

T: A very noticeable spiciness along with roasted malts and peppery hops resulting in a long, lingering finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: Certainly a quality beer and very drinkable. I was expecting a bit more hop character out of this beer, but the rye is front and center on this one. I'm not saying that as a criticism (after all, this is a rye beer), I was just expecting more interplay with a heavy hand of hops. Otherwise, a very good beer.

Florida9, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim. Let's do it!

A- Pours a great deep amber red. A tan head is here and is not going anywhere. Very dense.

S- Rye, hop oil. Mmmmm.

T- Great. Crisp, the hops and rye do wonders together. A nice blend here. Husky rye spice with peppery hops. Very good craft beer.

M- Fantastic, crisp, dynamic, deep in range.

D- Moderately high to very high. Clean, great flavors make this beer a treat. Going to buy a case of this for sure.

ShogoKawada, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Atricapilla
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders finally made it to Central PA!

Pours a luxurious copper/burnt orange with a hazy, foamy thick head. The beer has a resiny and hoppy aroma, a little more spruce like than piney...Taste is a good balance of malt, rye and hops. Slightly sweet initially, with a good bitterness following. I think this is their best beer!

Atricapilla, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a tulip and had a nice foamy two finger head with a lot of lacing left behind. The body is a nice reddish hue and clear.

What a nice hop scent on this one... bitter grapefruit and pine hops smack me in the nose and then a nice sweet-spice combo to finish it off.

I expected this beer to be good, but damn this is better than I expected. It's a remarkable balance of citrus grapefruit, pine, and an earthy spice all backed by a nice sweet malt. The rye is a sidekick to the hops and a great one at that. There's a fresh bitterness to it all.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, and creamy. Carbonation is light but crisp. The finish is a little mouth puckering and dry.

I could drink these all night. ABV is respectable but not one that's going to knock you out after a few. The taste makes me want to take huge gulps and not put it down.

Vonerichs, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of JohnWaynes44
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark red with a creamy, sticky head. Nose is very sweet, floral, corn grainyness if that's a word. Sugars permiate the palate, malty goodness coats the jaws, then a blast of smoky hops and esters, lingering bitterness daring you to put it down, which is difficult at best. Mouth is sticky and chewy. Alcohol is in the back of your mind, reminding you that a 6 of 6.6 that goes down this quickly should probably be accompanied by a pregnant yet nagging designated driver. I love this beer. First time in a bottle. I have enjoyed pitchers of this sweet nectar at Chumley's in Broad Ripple with Royce Peacock, but never in a bottle. It's good, and damn good.

JohnWaynes44, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of batty
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: frothy off-white head, dark amber, slightly cloudy beer. nice lace, decent retention.

S: some sweet and caramel malt, bit of grassy and earthy green hop notes, and definitely getting the rye on here as well. not quite as strong as i would like it, but solid.

T: wow, i wasn't sure what i was expecting, but gives a pretty punch. just a touch of sweetness before opening up and dominating with leafy hop flavor and bitterness, strong rye flavor too. good, but not as well balanced as i would like.. the back end really overwhelms the front of the beer.. not much of a front at all, really. rye+bitter sticks in the mouth pretty strongly.

M: think IPA

D: not that high, just a bit off balance for my taste. good, but i'd probably switch to something else pretty quick.

edit: MUCH different as it warms up.. I didn't realize but my fridge must be a tad cold - drinkability is high as warming, as is taste - really balances out the beer with a slight caramel note on the front. must note though, cold = eh. cellar temp = awesome.

batty, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Dilly Deli. 10oz. Sample for $3. Even better on tap. The hops and rye really pop out when it's this fresh. Added bitterness is just perfect for this beer. Just an absolute gem. Probably their best beer. I only wish we would see more Founders kegs here in Cincinnati.

pwoods, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brownish-copper color with orange highlights. There's a nice cascading effect on the pour. A just off-white head is rocky and dense, leaving thick patches of lacing down the glass.
There's a huge pine and grapefruit hops base with a nice malt underneath. There's some citrus there and a nice spiciness as well, all behind light notes of rye that's at once assertive and mellow.
The taste really follows suit; big, bold, complex and balanced. A big hops presence is in union with a big malt backing and complimentary spice and citrus zest with a strong but nicely blending rye grains undertone. An earthy note pops up in here as well. The finish is lingering, dry and herbal.
Mouthfeel is as big, thick and bold as the flavor. There's an incredible mix of smoothness and crisp bite. Carbonation is moderate.
I knew this was supposed to be a good brew, but I didn't quite expect what I got from this. Founders does it again.

Brenden, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark-reddish amber with an off white head. Nose was hops, rye and malt. Taste was medium bodied, caramel malt flavor with rye and hops. Very malty and chewy. Mouthfeel is chewy and coating. Very drinkableand tasty. Well done as usual by Founders.

barleywinefiend, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark amber almost brown. Nice cream white caremel head with some good sized bubbles and decent lace.

Smells Hoppy like an IPA with a hint of some extra hidden goodness.

And in the taste it is revealed. Rye. Very nice blend inside this liquid. Kudos to the brewer on this one. The warmer it gets the danker it is.

Such a good beer. Don't know why isn't more popular.

JordanEllwanger, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden brown with a half finger head.

S- Citrusy/piney hop aroma with some spicyness from the rye.

T- A light grainy sweetness is upfront but fleeting at best. The rye spicyness and the sharp, assertive hops compliment and balance each other out very well. The combination of the two is near seamless. Some more sweetness comes through toward the bready finish.

M- Solid medium body with nice carbonation.

D- I could go for this again.

A great way to shake up the sometimes boring and redundant pale ale category. I gotta try this with a fish fry.

Pauly2X, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, brown pour with thin lacy head

S - Citrusy and hoppy with a hint of grain

T - Initial only citrus taste leads to more balanced citrus, hops and rye

M - Medium body, medium carbonation and medium crispness

D - Well balanced Rye... have had more extreme rye's but this one is nice and drinkable.

rfgetz, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cinnamon-colored with a smallish head

Spicy, fruity complex aroma wafts out of the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel
Unique spice weaving throughout the flavors; starts with fresh fruit and then ends with a nice piney hop finish, which is amplified by the rye spiciness; good caramel malt underpinning it all, though it's not a even split between malts and hops--hops and rye spice dominate the profile here; good and complex; oily texture on a medium-to-full body

Founders Red's Rye lives up to the hype. It's a big, flavorful, complex beer and one I plan to enjoy many, many more times in the future.

JEdmund, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a murky dirt red color. Minimal head but it sticks to the side of my pint glass. light amber color as well.

S- Oh my this is a citrus hop punch and it smells just like a grapefruit hop. Its like i am holding it in my hand. There is also some caramel malts and rye bread.

T- The rye is evermore present in the taste than in the smell. Quite a sweet tasting rye as well. that could be because of the citrus hops. The caramel malt gives a nice complement to this beer. Gorgeous flavor!

M- dry and sweet. Crips and smooth. Feels like biting into a grapefruit with some rye bread on the back end.

D- great sessionable beer. i could drink this all day. It goes down easy and is worth every penny!

Dodo2step, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good!! My first Rye Beer. Red's Rye tastes like a "balanced" IPA with rye replacing the usual caramel malts. Pours a clear amber with a big pillowy white head with good retention and pronounced lacing.

Smell is of hops but you can also get a hint of the rye as well.

Taste is very good...once again a plus IPA with a twist (rye instead of caramel malts). The hops taste is pronounced and oily like fresh hops. The rye cuts the bitterness, but unlike the usual malts, rye is a little bitter itself.

Mouthfeel is rich. The oiliness of the hops is a plus as well.

Drinkability is very good. Considering the abv, three of these would make a good session.

I will definitely get this one again.

JayQue, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Same as the other reviewers - not sure if this is its own distinct beer.

12 oz into a pint

A - I guess the name red just isn't a nickname - it has an amber red hue - almost brown in some places. Head formation is very strong, retained - off white color. Light carbonation, no hazing.

S - A sweet malt note with just only a light background of rye astringency. Some american hops notes are present, mainly in its grapefruit form.

T - Starts off rather light flavored, subdued with only a little sweetness. Mid-stream starts to show some bitter balance, and just a wee bit of rye. Finishes with a nice sweet hop bite, grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste returns to a little bit of sweetness.

M - Moderate body - not thin but not syrup. Carbonation bite is non-existent. Alpha acids do leave behind a nice oily texture on the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. I think the alcohol in this beer could sneak up on you, and the rye/hop edge is a bit bothersome over time. Moderate to low "fillingness".

A solid rye beer - not my favorite. I somewhat wish they would have dialed back the hopping to let more rye shine through.

katan, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of smithflipper
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a lovely caramel/ red colour with a nice strong head.

loads of fruity hops up front, plenty of citrus witha big caramel malt aroma coming through.

frsh fruity hops, then a lovely smooth sweet malt flavour coming through to finish off. just the right amount of bitterness to make you come back for more.

very tasty and interesting

smithflipper, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A--Caramel brown color with half finger of head when poured in my 16 oz. snifter. Spotty lacing.

S--Tropical fruits dominate. This is like a mix of a Belgian Tripel and and IPA. Very crisp and refreshing nose.

T--Not quite as good on the palate, a little too dry of a finish but still a pleasant taste. Malty with a subtle piney hop background.

M--On the thin side and too dry, average

D--Nice beer, but nothing that stands out to me. I would drink this any time it was offered, but won't be buying it again

alcstradamus, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like some minor differences between this and Founder's Red's Rye so I'm reviewing here - Red's Rye P.A. is what the bottle states.

12oz pours a luxuriant burnt, golden orange with 2 fingers of caramel head that leaves rings of thick lacing down the glass. Dead on.

Nose is citrus fruits, a hint of pine resin, a slight spiciness.

This is a nicely balanced brew. Not too aggressive with the hops but a nice bite coupled with a spicy, sweet rye backdrop. Strands of sweet caramel malt, floral and citrus hops, spicy rye, follows through with a good dry bitterness. Active carbonation to form lacing but it doesn't feel on the heavy end of the carbonation spectrum.

Edit: As it warms it turns into a bit of a malty, syrupy mess.

A solid, well done beer.

ritzkiss, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a tawny reddish copper, with a ruby brown two finger head. Generous lacing clings to the glass.

S. Malt, carmel, alcohal, hops

T. Malt flavor right off with a bitter hop finish. I could taste faintly the rye.

M. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated ale. slightly dry

D. Great beer I could have a few of these hanging out at Founders a great place to visit.

smibroncos, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders never seems to disappoint. I love the rich copper color of this beer. You can smell the hops and while their is a big hop taste it is nicely balanced with a smooth caramel flavor to bring it all into balance. I could easily drink a whole lot of these at a setting. Nicely carbonated for solid body.

Wheelinb, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. An extra in a trade... from whom, I can no longer recall (insert embarrassed look). Thanks to the man I can't remember!

A: Pours an amber/ruby body with no head at all, just a light foam cap that quickly recedes into a light donut around the brew. Uh oh. There are some webs of lacing down the glass.

S: Lots and lots of citrus, leaning toward orange but having a slight grapefruit zest. Further sniffing reveals a strong characteristic red ale aroma of caramel, along with tobacco and floral hops. There is a spicy rye bite underneath it all, but it's not obvious at first.

T: A nice backbone of caramel malt with a little clove and tobacco up front. An orange zest and floral hop flavor dominates in the mid-taste, with some grapefruit in there as well. All those flavors recede in the finish in favor of a spicy rye bite.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat low carbonation, but it works for the style. More bubbles would probably overshadow the rye in the finish. I'm not sure if this was intentional or I got a low-carbonation bottle, but it's good.

D: Very drinkable. This has a very clean and solid flavor, and the ABV isn't too high, so it's possible to put back a couple of these. I'd love to have this again.

Arbitrator, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. 70 IBU's, 6.6% abv.

Appearance: Perfect 2 fingers of tan head. Amber/red body with good carbonation. Good head retention. Awesome lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom. The appearance of the beer can't be much better.

Smell: Great citrusy grapefruit hop aroma backed by caramel malt sweetness. Smells like some of the more delicious IPA's and IIPA's that I've had. Little bit of mintiness.

Taste: Rye gives it a nice herbal spiciness. Hops provide grapefruit flavor and a nice bitter finish.

What an amazing beer.

BierFan, Jun 23, 2009
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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