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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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4,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 254
Gots: 375 | 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 duffextracold
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful burnt orange color, small head with sticky lacing. there's what look like floaties, but they're just stuck in suspension, like in jello.

smells very nice. sweet and malty, caramel malts, a hint of citrus, a bit fruity, lots of hop aroma.

tastes like a DIPA, without the over the top bitterness, in fact, not very bitter at all. just a bit on the sweeter side, but still extremely well balanced. a hint of spicyness at the end.

medium body, chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. this stuff just rolls around in my mouth.

overall drinkability is very good! very well balanced, tastes great. I will definitely try some more of this.

thanks donkeyrunner

duffextracold, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge head on this ruby red colored rye beer. Looks fairly clear. The head is nice and sticky and it's already sticking to the glass and this eventually leaves whisps of lace along the sides.

Nice amounts of citrus (grapefruit in particular) and pine come through in the nose. Very pleasant aroma without overpowering.

Whoa! Very delicious! Nice blend of spice, caramel and a chewy backbone that makes this a treat to drink. After the initial gulp I am still tasting a bold spiciness and pine that lingers on the back of my tongue and tickles my stomach. I cannot say enough about the spice. It just blends so well and adds a great deal of spunk to this beer. 'Did I just say spunk?'

The mouthfeel is creamy and just goes down so smooth. Who would have thought that adding rye to citrusy American pale ale would turn out so well? Founders just makes such a delicious rendition of this rye beer.

stewart124, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of akokandy
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in an American Pint glass. Deep, transparent red with a 1-finger tan head. Head faded, and left light lacing.

S- Sweet malts first, and then the hops hit my nose. This beer smells like a hop bomb.

T- More balanced than I suspected. Malts display themselves first and transition smoothly into strong hop flavor. Not very bitter. Rye spiciness is notable as a dimension of the hop finish.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

D- I could drink this all night. Balanced flavor and a moderate amount of alcohol make this super-sessionable. If you got the money I guess.

akokandy, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-orange colour, with a 1/2" slightly tinted red head.

Smell is big piney hops, with a nice malt backbone, some rye. Oatmeal cookie, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Smells delicious!

Mouthfeel is immediately evident. A great pillowy mouthfeel, with a soft, smooth texture reminiscent of Three Musketeer filling, drifting down sooo smoothly. Excellent.

Taste is some hops up front, immediately balanced with a great malty,carmelly taste. Spice, Dark fruit, rye and toffee are evident as it morphs back into a smooth, tugging hop bitterness.

Drinkability-ABV a little too high to be sessionable. The flavour is big, although is masterfully balanced.

darklordlager, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of bort11
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Hobgoblin tall shaker glass. Off white head leaves some spotty lacing around the glass. Color is a reddish orange, with very active carbonation.

Smell is a lot more citrusy than some other ryes. Not a lot of malt character. Taste is also pretty hoppy. Sort of comes off like an APA, but does have some rye finish.

Mouthfeel is lighter and has a dry pucker to the end. I'm not overly wowed by this one.

bort11, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a very hazy dark copper bordering on brown, with a nice, rocky off-white head that eventually fades into a creamy cap.

Nose is floral, citrus and spicy pine notes, a bit of sweet rye.

Taste is sweet up front - lots of spicy rye, slightly toasty, rich, bit of caramel underneath the rye, with a spicy, resiny hop note that sits lightly on top of the malt without dominating, until it really comes out to shine right before the finish. Finish is long, lightly bitter, but with the spicy rye hanging around as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, just enough carbonation bite to let you know it's there, medium-full body. Very nice beer, and one I could drink for an entire chilly night.

JohnQVegas, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of scooter231
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown with lovely tannish head and good lacing. Quite dark.

Nose is malty, bready, and bitter. It's kind of mild, but it's pleasant.

Taste... wow. Bitter but not painful, no back of the jaw pain at all. Bready, biscuity, and... sour near the end. Not in a bad way, just a nice citrusy sourness that adds a whole new dimension to the flavor. Sweet, bitter, biscuit, sour. Complex. Every sip is a whole flavor experience.

Mouthfeel is full and oily. A weee bit too frothy and light, but besides that, I dig it. Overall this is... really, really nice. I could see myself being in the mood for this, often. And shelling out cash for this, often. Oh come to Florida, come to Florida!

scooter231, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - Red like color with 3.5cm of light tan head. Beautiful.

S - grapefruit and a slight spicyness from the hops, rye, pumpernickel bread, caramel malt.

T - very, very weak. some caramel malt, a touch of rye, and the slightest hint of hops.

M - really, really watery

D - this beer had a very weak flavor and a watery feel to it. I could easily put down a bunch of this if I wanted to.

The smell of this beer promised so many things that the taste could not deliver on. I can understand why the hops diminished with age, but malt was barely noticeable as well.

Note: I think this a seasonal brew, so it may have been sitting on the store shelf for a long time in less than optimal condition.

bowersdm, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great crimson copper color that produced a white fluffy head that retained well and left some nice lace

S - Aromas of subtle hops and malts with some citrus

T - Caramel malts and some citrus and hops bitterness, spicy rye

M - Smooth, light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, the rye beers are different and exciting, and are great for those looking for a change

cvfish, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard about this brewery years ago but they only started showing up regularly 'round these parts a few weeks ago. I picked this one up at the Cary Whole Foods today and have been looking forward to it.

The color is a murky brown with solid maroon and orange highlights. The head is tan and lasts only a short time with no lacing. The nose is something else altogether, with citrus and herb laden hops on top of a broad, earthy malt background. Quite excellent.

The taste also opens and closes with hops but rye spice and a mellow caramel malt make this one especially tasty. The texture is full and thick but goes down easy. At at dangerous 6.8, a sixer would get you pretty toasted pretty quickly. I think I'm going to buy a sixer, this is really good stuff.

daliandragon, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a rich, deep copper color with brown highlights. A very large pillow-like head forms and the retention is quite good. As I work through this beer, I notice the lacing is massive. Huge soap-like presence decorating the entire glass. Carbonation is relatively high. So far, so good, this is exactly what I want my rye beer to look like.

S - This is definitely different than I expected. There is a heavy aroma of citrus fruits and candy. The hops are also very present and add a very earthy almost piney smell. I was not able to detect the rye in the nose. This smells more along the lines of a double IPA.

T - The first thing I tasted was a nice hint of caramel malt followed by some bitter citrus, possibly grapefruit. The rye is present and adds a complexity to the flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness in the clean and dry finish. There is a very small hint of alcohol in the finish and this increases as the beer warms.

This is a very nice offering from Founders. A good mix of sweetness and bitterness with a dash of rye mixed in. It is light bodied and somewhat less creamy than I would have expected. I would say this is a very sessionable beer and at 6.8% abv. I could get into some trouble.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of applky
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great-looking beer with a huge, voluminous, light red head. Pour slowly. Deep red, hazy body with bits of sediment from the brewing process. A very raw, wild looking beer.

As noted, sharp citrus in the nose with that wonderfully caustic, sour rye aroma. Suggestions of malt that bear themselves out in the taste.

Citrusy and bitter when it hits your tongue, and that rye sourness comes in very soon after. This is an incredibly sour, bitter, and malty beer. It finishes a bit wetter than other beers in the same style, which I think suits the beer very nicely. Its haziness and crazy head make it seem like a very wild beer -- in contrast to other rye beers like Sixpoint's Righteous Ale that seem a little more refined.

I found this beer to be a sipper, but if you slurp down Brettanomyces for breakfast, lunch, and dinner you might be inclined to empty your glass a bit more quickly (obviously this beer isn't a Brett beer, but it's still very sour). Overall, an incredibly satisfying beer from Founders.

applky, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy reddish orange with an off-white, nearly tan, head and ample carbonation

S: big citrus. grapefruit and orange, pine and underlying caramel

T: citrus, mainly grapefruit in tall order. a little orange peel and rye spiciness

M: Mouthfeel is outstanding. medium-full body with crisp carb and a spicy bite

D: Again, the word outstanding seems to fit.

Rainintheface, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red pour with orange accents. Colossal head takes up half the glass and recedes slowly. Off white, slightly orange in color with a peak of that remains while the head recedes and leaves amazing gobs of lace on the glass.
Initial blast of hoppy fragrance subsides quickly. I can't discern too much more after that.
Hops are the most prominent feature in the flavor, with a lean, very restrained malt profile and a dryish rye accent to balance things out. Very unique beer in this regard. The malt emerges a bit more as the beer warms, but it is still restrained.
Luxurious mouthfeel, one that you would expect from a much stronger beer.
I could drink a bunch of these. Extremely easy to drink. This is true drinkability despite what a certain mass marketed beer may claim.
A wonderful beer from a wonderful brewer.

kwakwhore, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brew pub in Grand Rapids.

Poured rich red color with rocky medium head that lasted with good lacing.

Complex flavor of of sweet malt and hops.

Finish was long and tangy.

Another good brew and one of the original and still top rated beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of roan22
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have bought many six-packs of this delicious beer before at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours a bright, true reddish color with a beige colored head. Nice lacing left on my glass. Nicely carbonated.

Aroma: Very citrusy and fresh.

Taste: Awesome hoppy blast from amarillo hops..that is what I notice the most. Also there is a nice coupling of rye spicy flavor and malts to give this ale a nice balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer goes down immensely easy, smooth, I can easily drink a few of these in a session, especially if I am not driving.

Overall, one of favorite beers I can regularly find and buy all year round.

roan22, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founder's Red Rye, from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A heavily hazed, dirty reddish-brown with an initial finger of bubbly, sticky tan head. The lacing it leads after it fades is moist but clingy, erratic, and patch-like, with occasional larger bubble-like formations popping up amidst blobs of more delicate sheet-like lace. Carbonation is plentiful and very fine-bubbled, creeping around the sides of the glass and up to the ring of tan foam. Very nice.

Aroma: Heavily roasted, bready malts are large up front here, coupled with a decent array of leafy, herbal (minty), and citrusy (orange zest) hops and a healthy dose of spicy, earthy rye. Darker malts emerge as it warms, with hints of cocoa and caramel. The earthy, woody crispness of the rye really comes through in the finish of this one.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Specifically, the malts are heavily roasted, with notes of sticky, doughy bread, caramel, light buttery notes, and faint coffee; the rye gives it an earthy character and crispness that begins to take shape about mid-sip and really comes into its own as it progresses into the finish; and the hops lend both a mild bitterness that again comes through mid-sip and melds seamlessly with the rye prickle nearer the finish as well as a few lightly tart, fruity, and minty hop flavors. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and even, crisp and full-bodied, both soft and silky but nonetheless firm and solid, with that good "hop protein" body, no doubt assisted by the rye.

Drinkability: One of the best if not the best rye beer I've ever tried. Everything melds very well here, with a handful of distinctly noticeable and enjoyable but nonetheless well-connected and mutually-supporting flavors and aromas. Not too terribly much wrong here - comes highly recommended.

CrellMoset, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy chestnut beer with a light tan dense head that leaves good lacing behind.

Smell: Clean, sharp, citrusy aromas, with a slight caramel graininess in the background and just a touch of dark chocolate.

Taste: Bitter; it's got nice mellow citrus hops and a mild rye spiciness and breadiness which balance well together.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with nice crispness.

Drinkability: Medium-high.

Conclusion: This is a nice, straightfoward, hoppy, rich Pale-Ale style beer with a good kick of rye spice and breadiness in the background.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium head that stays with dark red color. Can see carbonation constantly

Smell: hops, rye, a little grapefruit

Taste: Very bitter at first, some rye taste, a sweeter finish

Mouthfeel: very smooth throughout

Drinkability: I would have this again, but will not search it out. It is not a bad beer, but nothing jumped out at me either. I do like other Founder's ales better

tigg924, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of LordofTime25
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark redish amber with a thick creamy off white head that lasts for the whole drink. Leaves great lacing!

Can smell a good hops and rye aroma with maybe a lttle citrus.

This really tsted like a pale ale with a slight rye taste. There was a sweetness to also maybe a honey or citrus.

Has a medium thick body with a good carbonation. Kinda creamy.

This beer was delious.

LordofTime25, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Poser
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper hue with a healthy white top. You can immediately smell the rye and citrus hops. Caramel is in the aroma a little but comes out strong in the taste. Crisp caramel and citrus with a rye texture that helps a bitter finish.

Just a tad bit astringent, but it's a good thing. Medium-bodied with complex textures.

Very impressive.

Poser, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of brewintheLou
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber. Started with a nice 2 finger head that went down to a thin, creamy layer. Left a solid lacing a down the glass.

I am not getting much smell other than a hint of rye.

Nice smooth rye taste with a nice hop bite finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little heavy. This is a very drinkable beer, like most rye beer I suppose.

brewintheLou, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at City Flats Hotel in Holland, Michigan.

Pours a nice caramel red with a touch of head. See through with a bit of darkness in the center.

Hops and rye are prominent. Maybe a little dried cherry and bread. Caramel and malts on the nose as well.

Taste is bitter with nice rye overtones that dominate the hop taste in a good way.

Mouthfeel leaves a minor bitter aftertaste. This one tastes big.

Drinkability: Founder's continues to impress me all the time and this is another big weapon in their arsenal of beer.

midnite2sixman, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ngandhi
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was at Arcadia just a few hours before strolling into the back country forest preserve party that is the Founders Brewing Company brewpub. And Arcadia's rye might have just been the perfect primer for the Founders Rye, a beer I've had a few firkins of by the bottle and tap, but never one so close to the source. What amazes me still about the Founders Red's Rye is its insistence on freshness. Though a beer absolutely consumed by peppery, anisette hops, it verges on being a drinkable barleywine because the rye is so intense. This beer would only taste better with a corned beef shooter. Which is to say, you never see this much balance in what really amounts to a double IPA. But the graininess here provides great liquid-Jell-O-like texture and body, not to mention flavor, that makes the hops all the more interesting. It's as bitter as all get out, but maybe closer to Rogue's Old Crustacean than to something like 3F's Dreadnaught. I love that. I love that a beer can be this hoppy and still let the malt shine. Not more than five brewers in the world can balance the extremes this well, and none do it better than Founders.

ngandhi, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an awesome looking, somewhat cloudy amber colour with a BIG frothy/chunky tan head that subsides somewhat quickly but leaves globs of residue on the glass. Great looking stuff.

The aroma has a sourness to it, along with a bit of sweetness from caramel and dark berries blended with some bread and hints of dirt. Not bad, but something just seemed a bit...off.

Flavour continues the tart/sweet mixture of fruit and bread flavours from the rye, and also throws some unexpected smokiness into the mix. Strike that: it's not true smokiness, but a cross between that and what I would imagine a burnt piece of wood might taste like. It's not necessarily an out of place flavour, but it's not one hundred percent "right" for the flavour profile either. Didn't love said flavour, but also didn't hate it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy slickness to it.

I can't put my finger on this beer. Some sips I was of the mindset that it was a well crafted, interesting beer, but on others it seemed like a jumbled mess. Weird. I normally like rye in beers but wasn't completely convinced with this one. It's complex and caught my attention, but didn't make me completely enjoy the experience. Huh.

SixpointJMH, Dec 30, 2008
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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