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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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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 241
Gots: 345 | 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 KeefD


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Dark and hazy amber/dark red color with a nice two finger head that sticks around for quite a while, becomes rocky and fades after several minutes leaving some nice lacing. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma backed up by a nice caramel malt sweetness in the nose. Taste follows suit. Plenty of crisp rye flavors, a healthy bit of citrus rind bitterness, sweet in the middle, and dry on the finish. Incredibly silky and smooth on the tongue. Hopppy, semi-sweet, very well balanced and an always welcome edition of spicy rye malt. Very nice brew.

09-16-2008 02:01:27 | More by KeefD
Photo of stumac


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

when poured, it looks just like apple juice with a nice off white head with slight lacing. it smells of rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, hints of lemon, subtle sour red apple. the taste is red apple, rye, citrus hops, grapefruit, mellow lemons, caramel malts. medium to full bodied, medium carbo. A great rye beer!

09-15-2008 21:34:43 | More by stumac
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Hazy red, leaning a little towards orange. Big sticky bubbly light beige head.

Light intensity bakery aroma. Lots of yeast, a little bit of sweet.

Big burst of semi-sweet malt kicks off the taste, followed by coarse rye, and then a huge splash of juicy and earthy hops.

Smooth and full, almost chewy, mouthfeel. Nice drinkability though no lawnmower beer.

A rye beer for those who don't like rye beers...and those that do. The rye is one ingrediant, not the solo star, but a featured performer. Definitely worth a try.

09-15-2008 18:10:50 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Brew33


4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

I had heard great things about this beer but had never tried it until recently.

This beer is wonderful. I can't think of too many beers I have had that I like more. It is butter smooth. Extremely well balanced, crisp, flavorful, perfectly hopped. Wow, what a beer. It is pretty complex for an IPA.

I wasn't expecting this beer to be so hoppy but being a bit of a hop head I throughly enjoyed it. This beer may have a recurring role in my beer fridge.

09-09-2008 19:54:19 | More by Brew33
Photo of julian


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

My first Founders brew thanks to Raccoon84 who provided this as a generous extra! :)

A: pours a cloudy dark brown color with orange hues and a thin layer of lightly tan colored head that quickly disappears leaving a sole bubble island in the center.

S: medium-strong hoppy citrus aroma of grapefruit and oranges. very mildly alcoholic.

T&M: starts off with enough carbonation to make this a crisp drinking beer. Taste is smooth, consisting of prominent citrusy hops, a somewhat sweet malty taste on the mid palate, and a nice fruity dry rye taste on the finish that has a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Great balance.

D: Great drinkability. Wish I could get 6 packs of these in the NW...

09-09-2008 02:46:57 | More by julian
Photo of birchstick


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

A - pours a darker amber with a nice, one-finger head
S - malts and a strong dose of fruity hops
T - a little bit of toasty and caramel malt, which is followed by a pronounced hops and ends with a bitter, rye finish. Based on the nose, I expected this to be sweeter than it was; however, this was still delicious.
M - excellent mouth feel, full, smooth, and well-carbonated
D - this is a solid beer. Nice balance and easy to take down. Makes for a great staple in the refrigerator.

09-09-2008 02:12:53 | More by birchstick
Photo of Mauerhan


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

poured into a standard pint glass. pours a cloudy amber hue. has a nice creamy head that retains quite well. slight lacing.

has a nice smell to it. I smell some citrus, some earthiness, but alot of hops and some malts.

taste is good. very good. a very well balanced beer. from the initial sweetness through to the bitter bite to the beautiful aftertaste. i love the way this beer tastes.
i get alot of the maltiness and hops. although its from a entirely different brewery and style it seems like a cousin to pliny the elder.

beer is very smooth. nice amount of carbonation. and with an aftertaste that leaves you coming back for more again and again i think that they have a winner with this one.

solid A

09-05-2008 05:46:03 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of association330


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours a wonderful, deep red-orange with a fluffy, one-finger head that very gradually settles to a thin cap with a narrow ring of foam. Nice rings of lacing sheet the glass.

S - Earthy and mild floral hop, caramel malts, a note of alcohol, and a definite grapefruit presence. Smells a lot like a DIPA, actually.

T - A kiss of malt sweetness comes through clearly at first, while spicy rye, sour grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol dominate the middle of the palate. There is a solid, but not overwhelming hop bitterness & sour grapefruit essence on the swallow, and a moderate, floral hop aftertaste lingers.

M - Quite carbonated at first. In fact, the prickliness tones down the up-front flavor profile a little too much for the first 15 minutes or so of sipping. Otherwise medium-boded and pleasant.

D - Very palatable and flavorful. A tad rich, but not so much that it would qualify as a dessert beer. I could easily drink a couple bottles in a sitting.

Yet another excellent Founders' brew, though I think it's going to be tough for them to top that Breakfast Stout of theirs.

09-04-2008 03:41:48 | More by association330
Photo of cnally


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Scary label on this one. It stares at you when you drink it.

The beer poured a nice cloudy amber color, like apple cider. The head is a cinnamon-tan color with some good lacing as it dissipates.

Big hop scent with hints of cherry and grape.

The taste is very apple-infused initially. There is a rising bitterness, which fades into a big hop flavor and a spicy aftertaste. The rye, maybe it's because I know it's there--flavors the beer nicely.

Very creamy and bitey texture.

The beer is a heavy brick of a brew. Really not prudent to drink too much of this one. It's as filling as a milkshake.

08-28-2008 21:17:23 | More by cnally
Photo of Phocion


4.4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz. bottle courtesy of Tosque. Poured into a pint glass, dark red with a stubborn finger of frothy off-white head.

I'm not too familiar with rye beers, so I'm not exactly sure how this one's supposed to smell/taste. The nose reminds me more of an IPA or even a double. Very strong earthy hops with just a hint of grapefruit and a dab of caramel malts.

Whoa. Hops seem a bit more tamed down than in the nose now that the spiciness of the rye is a little more prevalent. As before, healthy caramel malty background.

Very smooth and creamy with a nice medium-bodied feel. Definitely a high drinkability and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. My second experience with Founders and they are definitely shaping up into one of my favorite Midwestern breweries.

08-28-2008 00:17:21 | More by Phocion
Photo of Ryanbob


4.65/5  rDev +11%

The appearance is amber with great two finger head. Nice lacing as well. This is one of the most fragrant beers i've sniffed. Fruity, faint citrus, hoppy, perfumy aroma. You can taste mild citrus hops, tangy malts with some orange, minimal dried fruit, grains. Mouthfeel is an exceptional creamy thick feeling. This beer has a nice hoppy finish that doesn't overpower the grains, but definitely balances out the semisweet malts. I first had this at Bukowski's in Boston and then got some to review. If I could get this in austin I would drink it often. What is it about Michigan? They an make an interesting beer!

08-26-2008 02:25:30 | More by Ryanbob
Photo of changeup45


3.98/5  rDev -5%

I drank this right after I had the Upper Canada Light Lager (which had a lot of flavor for a Light Beer but...) you can imagine the adjustment. Right from the first second I smelled a strong sharp hoppy aroma. Cloudy brown color with a moderate head. Quite strong rye flavor with a hoppy bite to it. Spicy, sour and a little sweet. This is a nice beer.

08-24-2008 18:02:15 | More by changeup45
Photo of ckeegan04


4.15/5  rDev -1%

A - Dark copper in color with huge thick frothy head. Slowly fades away leaving sheets of lace. Unbelieveable looking beer.

S - Huge citrusy hop aroma of grapefruit. Sweet malts lingering below but the hops are the dominant aroma. Almost no hint of the rye spice which is dissapointing. Smells very DIPAish, which I love, but would like some rye.

T - Very dry sweetness initially quickly overcome by a juicy hopiness. The spiciness definitely comes through in the taste at about the same time as the hop juice. Finishes rather dry with a somewhat grainy taste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Damn tasty beer with a nice mix of hop bitterness and rye spiciness.

08-22-2008 01:56:37 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Poured a dark ruby-orange with a huge, frothy 3 finger medium beige head that displayed amazing retention. There was a slight haze and turbidity of small speckled bran colored yeastie floaties that were suspended about. The lacing was nothing short of excellent here leaving multiple concentric circles down the sides of the glass. Really nice.

S: The nose reminded me a little of an arrogant bastard with some pungent dried grapefruit and pine which is im guessing compliments of Chinook hops. There was a slight underlying caramel malt sweetness that sneaked through along with a noticeable aroma of dried rye bread.

T: For flavor the dry crisp nature of the rye really stood out here. The palate was dry overall with loads of rye and dry toasted caramel. There was some dried pine and dried grapefruit notes as well but was the rye that really stood out. A noticeable amount of alcohol was detected and perhaps only accented an otherwise really good flavor. The beer finished with the dry crisp nature you expect from rye with some lingering dry grapefruit.

M: medium full, dry with a pungent dried grapefruit hop lacing.

D: Drinkability was good, really liked this and easy to drink. Dry, bitter, crisp and everything you come to expect from a good rye beer. definitely one to consider.

08-16-2008 13:44:46 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of xare


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Lovely mahogany color with a tan head. Nice appearance.

Smell is of hops and a touch of rye... surprisingly good aroma.

Taste is citrusy with a touch of rye. Very nice palate combination and done well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and finishes dry. Well done, especially as you can taste and feel the bitterness of the hops but they go away pretty quickly.

Drinkability is oddly enough, excellent for something that starts out as hot as this does. It simply increases the more you drink of this. At first, I wasn't impressed but the more I drank it, the easier it went down. Would recommend this beer but remind them to keep drinking it as it gets better the warmer it gets to a point.

08-13-2008 00:12:50 | More by xare
Photo of halfP1NT


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed this on 6/11/08.

This beer pours a deep ruby brown. An aggressive pour yielded a one finger, off-white head. Some thin lines of lacing are left around the top of the glass.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops; definite orange and grapefruit presence, and some rye.

Taste is citrus hops and rye. Some malt backbone. Finishes dry.

Low to medium amount of carbonation. The overall drinkability is pretty good, although too much citrus hops tend to overwhelm my palate after awhile. But I can really enjoy sipping on one of these, the taste keeps me wanting another sip. Overall, another nice brew from Founders.

08-06-2008 01:56:09 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

"It kind of looks orangey like orange juice." That's the review from my 2 y/o.

Anyway, it kind of looks orangey. Ha ha. Just kidding. Clear amber. Medium head with great lacing. Smells like lighter caramel malts and a hay field in the rain. It has an interesting light pervasive bitterness - this must be the rye. A decent summer beer. Sure, heavier than a weisen, but light enough to be thirst quenching etc.

Edit. Duh. And thanks to OHLRangers for this one, too!

08-04-2008 21:29:29 | More by charlesw
Photo of Umbra


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Part of a sixer purchased in NJ.
Orangy brown brew with a thick head that sticks around forever and leaves textbook lacing.
Citrusy and evergreen hops are mixed with a spicyness that I eventually remember as being rye.
Great mix of a beer. The sharp evergreen and grapefruit hops battle it out with a thick malty body. Finishes with ryeness. Great flavors that change from beginning to end. Mouthfeel comes in a solid medium from the hearty malty flavors and feel. Drinkability was excellent. Though the malts would normally take away from what you would call a session brew, the rye erases all that away in time for another sip.

Overall: What I like most about it, the flavor and mouthfeel, do detract from enjoying in the summer like I did. Regardless, this is one tasty brew that I really enjoyed and will be buying more of in the future.

08-04-2008 19:30:01 | More by Umbra
Photo of grandq

New York

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

Old review recently discovered on the ol' cpu:

Redish orange, the exact color of my living room walls if I could only find the name of the paint shade. warm and inviting, some floaties beckoning. Nice sized white head, leaving slowly subsiding lacing

spicy rye, biscuit malt and hop

surprisingly complex flavor - light caramel sweetness and faint citrusy hop evolves into hazelnut before giving way to the sourness of the rye. Out of all the rye beers I've had, I feel this showcases the namesake ingredient like no other, but the upfront rye hurts the drinkability a teensy bit - not sure the hops effectively balance out the sweet and sour notes. As this warms, a maltier presence emerges to help out though

a bit dry for my liking, could use a little deviation from the amarillo hops. Still this grows on me with every sip. Nice, not sure I'd session it, but I'd be happy with ordering one if on tap.

08-03-2008 23:52:58 | More by grandq
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a nice 1 1/4 finger head with a cloudy red color.

Smell is of nice toasty malts with a caramel malt sweet smell as well. Hops come through just slightly. A bit of grapefruit provides the fruity estery notes to the beer.

Taste is a mix of thick caramel malts with a nice toasty maltiness and just enough of a hop bitterness to balance. The rye lends itself perfectly to the malting with a slight slight sourness. This combines with a a lot of grapefruit flavor. Grapefruit always seems to have this slight bitterness which I find here as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. With toasty malts in a red ale I like a crisp carbonation, it seems to go well with the style.

This is a very fine red ale. I know it is a rye beer, but it's sort of a red ale made with rye in my eyes. Anyways, it's very sessionable.

08-03-2008 23:33:58 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

From tap at Hopleaf, pours a dark copper amber, with a half inch head that settles to a steady film and some nice stringy lacing. The aroma is a little weak, but some nice hops are goin on here, fruity and juicy, with some sweet malt and just a tinge of rye, probably. Wouldn't have caught it without rye in the name.

Tasty tasty taste, the hops in high regard here, almost bitingly bitter right away (but I like it!) and the rye is nice, then settles to a sweetly malty thing, lots of Belgian caramel malts supposedly used here are used quite well. The mouth is smooth, good body and carbonation. In all, not quite spectacular, but damn tasty and a fine brew.

08-03-2008 19:28:50 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a rich reddish ambery orange with a two inch head that settles into a half inch cap with a thick ice cream float looking head. Pouring the last bit of yeast into the glass gives it a nice ruddy brown hazy with some glorious looking blood orange highlights with some good amounts of lacing going all the way down the glass.

S: Has to be one of my favorite smelling beers of all time, one snif of this is just heaven, like Hop Rod Rye it is something I do not think can be improved upon in any way. Wonderful bouquet of floral and citrusy hops with a solidly sweet rye maltiness, a hop lovers dream with a good backing malt sweetness.

T/MF: Sweet and bitter brought together. At once sweet on the tip of the tongue then wonderfully bitter and fruity at the back and sides of the mouth. Grapefruit rimmed with sugar and orange juice on the side, resiny pine with a slightly nutty finish. Rye is quite noticeable and imparts that kind of flavor on this beer that is basically impossible to describe, suffice to say its tastes fantastic. Carbonation is just right, feels at once sliky and gritty and rests on the lighter side of medium bodied. The finish on this beer is its only weakness and leaves the mouth the slightest bit chalky. Edit: after another go around with this beer that aftertaste is gone and only laves a nice sticky hop goodness on the tongue, just and amazing beer, one that I should keep in the fridge at all time because I love it so much.

D: Drinkability is out of this world, the look the smell, the feel and the taste of this beer are enough to make you feel guilty about something. Most of the time I tend to find Founder's beers to be a bit off in the flavor department, I don't really enjoy the hop profiles in their beer, they taste almost metallic oftentimes. But this beer, this I am a fan of, I huge flag waving fanboy to be exact. Excellent, excellent beer.

08-03-2008 02:33:11 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Poured with 2 fingers of white head. Stratagraphic lacing from the top down. Nice deep reddish amber color.

S: A nice mix of the rye and hops with some malt

T: Again it is the rye and hops playing back and forth that makes this interesting. Probably the hoppiest rye beer I have had. Also one of the most noticeable rye flavors as well.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Wish this were available closer. Would love to always have a six pack of this in the fridge.

07-29-2008 23:47:48 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of tpd975


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A: A beautiful copper red color with a nice one finger head that settles nicely. No lace.

S: Hop aromas are a bit more muted on draft than from the bottle. There is still a nice dose of hops though with hints of pine and spicey rye.

T: Nice balance of biscuit malt and hops. The hops are mostly pine with hints of spice from the rye.

M: Medium in body fairly dry throughout.

D: I liked it in a bottle and I like it on draft. Founders make some real good brews.

07-28-2008 20:11:01 | More by tpd975
Photo of Reagan1984


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

There was a thin beige head that formed as I poured this beer into my glass. The color was a deep amber with major orange highlights. A very hazy beer indeed with only spotty lacing left behind in the glass.

The aroma was absolutely wonderful and quite assertive. Excellent mix of both some spicy rye goodness and some floral hops. I was surprised by this aroma and found it to be quite pleasing. There was a nice roasted quality that you could sense behind the hops floral tones that took center stage.

The flavor was really excellent. A nice roasted malt (caramel) flavor that was immediately followed by a perfect balance of hop bitterness. There were perhaps some toffee (burnt toast but good, not bad) and grapefruit notes.. But the aroma and taste of the hops always took me back to floral or herbal thoughts. The ending was certainly a little spicy and crisp which I believe is due to the rye.

Mouth feel is medium bodied yet big with the nice balance of flavor that stays with you. The finish is slightly dry but flavor sticks with you as you savor the recently swallowed sip.

I am really a fan and will be back for more of this beer.

07-25-2008 22:09:48 | More by Reagan1984
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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