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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 ditch
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is going to go on record as my favorite beer ever!

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a very nice off white head. Lacing is thin. Looks unfiltered in that you can see bits of deliciousness floating about. Head hangs around throughout.

Smells of sweet malts and citrus with a bit of spice.

Taste is sweet followed by bitter. Not too much of either. Malts are roasted and the rye comes through nicely. Citrus and pepper. This is amazing!

Mouthfeel is PERFECT! This is exactly what every brewer should strive for! Carbonation compliments the tastes and aromas perfectly. I need to try this on tap!

I will be buying a case of this next time I head out to the store! Everyone should try this. Rye may be where it's at. I'll have to try more rye style beers now!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to jlindros for sending this one my way!

Pours up a slightly dark amber color with just a slight touch of haziness to it. The head is three-fingers worth of creamy, light tan colored foam that stands up tall, right out of the top of the glass. Retention is kickass and the lacing is super sticky and almost curtain-like.

Well, the big burst of citrus hop notes hit me first. Not far below them though, I can tell that there is a big, sweet caramel presence. Great notes of rye spiciness are also present.

The hops are still dominant, though not palate shredders. The caramel maltiness, which is still buried below the surface, provides enough sweetness to keep them in check.
The hops, all grapefruit, citrus and pine-like hit first and continue through to the middle of the palate. Then you get a nice hint of the caramel sweetness and a small 'pop' of rye spiciness on the finish.
For me personally, I'd like the malts to be just a touch more forward, which would give this beer perfect balance, IMO. As it is though, it's not far off from it.

The body is on the higher end of medium. The carbonation is medium level. It's enough that you know it's there, yet not enough to get in the way. Very smooth and starting to get a light touch of creaminess.

I have a feeling that once I got two of these in me, I'd be able to drink them all night long. Very tasty and easy drinking.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label is a nice looking sepia tone.

Appearance: Reddish brown, large off white head.

Smell: Immediate hit of hops even before I poured the beer. Spicy mix of hops and that aroma I associate with rye. Definitely mouth watering.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel and smooth, tons of hop flavor but enough malt and spicy flavors to balance it out. Very complex.

Overall impression: Hugely drinkable - dangerously so given the ABV. Lots of interesting flavors here - great for hop heads.

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

This was a very ruby red not at all hazy beer with a thin white head to top it. Aroma was of massive citrus. The taste was a juicy citrussiness. The mouthfeel was quite sticky. The hops end and the taste is very clean at the very end. This was a very drinkable beer!

didn't realize I already reviewed it, well, it's 2013, and I"m trying a bottle; so I'll add more.

The nose is definitely spicey hops. Definitely hoppier than malty, though, what malt flavor you get is rye.

Photo of TLove
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a glass tumbler.

This beer was quite good. A strong rye that is not overly concerned with the typical rye accompaniments of caraway seed, clove, and root vegetables. This one instead possesses a pine and citrus flavors that highlights the subtleties of the grain rather than dries it out.

There is a definite floral component to the beer too, one which balances the strong flavors of grapefruit and caramel. The red rye color and finish are really noteworthy, as the creamy head lasted until I finished the beer and washed away the graininess in the finish. The hop structure was clean and the carbonation soft (not too dry). Likely used a very acidic, soft water to break down the rye as well as they did.

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

More Midwest goodness from Tyson. Thanks, Ty.

Hazy in the glass, auburn-colored, almost opaque. Pours with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lace.

The nose is spicy and perfumey, rye at the forefront, backed by herbal and citrus hops. Sage, tangerine and mango come to mind. Caramel malt is present at a tasteful level.

The punchy bitterness is a surprise at first, but it melds nicely with the spicy rye, light caramel sweetness and herbal hop flavor. This has the bitterness of an IPA, but the flavor comes more from the earthy, spicy, slightly sour rye malt than it does from the hops. I get a bit of tropical fruit mid-palate, mango and pineapple. The finish is dry, bitter and lingering, almost excessively so, but it's not an astringent bitterness. Enjoyable stuff.

Photo of qchic
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep amber with red highlights capped by a couple of fingers of cream colored head. Tiny bubbles of carbonation dance up to the surface. The aroma is a blend of citrus, grains, and caramel. In the flavor is where these are presented more interestingly, with hops and malts striking a fine balance, featuring said citrus and caramel. The rye is allowed to shine here with nutty, spicy, and earthy twang. Some hints of honey, especially in the coating mouthfeel. Body remains in the middle, and I feel like I could drink a bunch of this. On the other hand, one is oh so enjoyable. The best rye beer I've had to date--thanks again, Founders!

Photo of ansurdu
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack after a recommendation from a friend.

A: amber. Browns and reds intermingling.

S: Incredible! A perfect citrusy, orangy, grapefuity, hoppy party in my nose. I could smell this all day.

T: really great but not as good as the nose. lot's of hops obviously. Tons of citrus.

M: Medium bodied. Very refreshing. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Is a great session beer for me. Look forward to drinking again.

Photo of aewinte1
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light brownish copper with thin 1" head
S- Smells of caramel and hops. Hops are pretty much the most distinct aroma, but they aren't that strong
T- WOW, the balance of this beer could be very close to perfect. Great caramel backbone with just enough hops to keep it balanced. Definitely not a hop bomb or anything that could be considered near one, but the hops are there and add a nice touch to the beer. The flavor ends with a nice rye flavor that is subtle at first but more apparent in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not even remotely present. Can't believe this beer is 6.8%.
M- For such a thin head, the carbonation is very crisp and apparent. A little oily, but not very much. Carbonation gives this beer an excellent crisp edge.
D- As I said earlier, this beer drinks like it has 3-4% alcohol. It is hidden very well. Could drink these all night long. Too bad I don't have regular access to it.

Photo of smanders
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: as red as any beer I've seen with a bulbous head (which hung around for awhile). The lacing was intricate although not as copious as others.

Smell: grapefruit dominates! I love it already. There's spice from hops as well as...the rye?

Taste: Not as much grapefruit as expected but it's traded for the unique taste of the rye. That's really different. Very tasty. Enough hops for hopheads to rejoice.

Mouthfeel: very smooth. A tad oily.

Drinkability: You must try this beer. It's unlike anything else you've ever had. Hops, fruit, rye...what's not to like. I paired this with a hearty bowl of bean soup on a chilly autumn evening and was really enjoying myself.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer started out with a nice redish look. The taste gives way to a piney citrus taste with a great hoppy aftertaste. It is nearly IPA like with its flavor. The rye taste helps mellow out the hops giving this beer excellent drinkability. An exceptional beer with terrific flavor.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured with a massive 4F of fluffy, sea foam head sitting on the deepest of amber colored body - heavy chill haze. Tons of lacing.

The smell was nothing but fresh cut pink grapefruit... it dominated any/everything else which might be in there. Ok, touch of sweet spices comes thru as it warms.

Fresh grapefruit carries thru into the flavor, with a little piney and minty hop thrown in for good measure. Light amount of sweet bread maltyness helps to keep this from being too astringent.

Wow, what a smooth MF for such a sharp flavor. Oily smooth in the mouth, with a good crisp bite in the finish.

I would gladly have 2-3 of these in a row without getting tired of them. Very nicely balanced and finished.

Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass.

A. What a great looking beer this is. Pours red with orange highlights. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles racing up to form a foamy two fingered head. A tan head with a glowing red tint. A frothy head that leaves sticky globs of lace sticking to the pint glass to the very end.
S. The aroma of piney and citrusy hops. The sweet bitter smell of a pine forest mixed with citrusy pink grapefruit that was just sliced in half. A sweet caramel malt presence with a touch of rye malts.
T. Red's Rye is an impressive tasting ryepa. Bitter piney zing of hops upfront blended with a citrusy grapefruit rind of citrusy hops. Sweet malt character of caramel that balances out nicely. Rich caramel and whole sugar grain. The finish is bitter sweet and dry with more hops lingering, caramel, and notes of spice and rye. This is the best tasting Rye beer I've had so far...
M. The mouthfeel is resinous and crisp. A medium bodied beer with plenty of carbonation. Clean with a dry bitter finish.
D. Founders is a great brewery. Red's Rye is an exceptional session beer. Plenty of hops for my liking balanced with a strong malt profile of caramel and rye. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I say highly recommended!

Photo of bret27
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of lpb1970

Appearance: Little darker amber than usual IPA, nice tan thick creamy head on its shoulders. Quite impressive lacing. Better than most beers, let alone ipa's. Is it the rye?

Smell: Rye bready, sweet, malty, almond, citrusy (little piney) hops.

Taste: Basically same as smells. Full malty mouthfeel. Finish: dry w/hoppy rye. mm mmm!

Overall: Very nice. Maybe not as hoppy and powerful as hop rod rye but definitely tasty and worth a try. I'm surprised more brewers don't make IPA's w/rye, it seems to accentuate the hop character.
Makes me want to make a honey-baked ham sandwich one rye w/some hops instead of lettuce. mmmm.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew that shares a lot of characteristics with Arrogant Bastard.

Color is ruby red with some darker amber hues. Head retention is massive and messy, leaving gobs of white stuff all inside my glass. Aroma is packed full. Lots of pine and citrus hops. Some straw dryness in there too.

Flavor is very heavy in the pine hops department, lesser extent in citrus (orange), crisp, puckering. Lots of complex bitterness. A weak rye dryness tries to bring it all together but comes up short. There's little balance here. Lots of oils and resin in the mouthfeel.

Went pretty damn well with the fried brie and apples at Fuel and Fuddle.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger off white head. Very good head retention. Good lacing, nice collar. Dark grapefruit orange color.

S. Strong piney hop smell. Caramle malt sweetness.

T. Piney citrus hop flavor, nice rye taste. Biscuity malt flavor. Very balanced and smooth.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

D. Very drinkable. Great beer to drink a six pack of. Nice balance and flavor.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass and after pouring a thrid of the bottle the head overtook the glass. Massive thick, rocky head with lots of lacing. Hazy and rusty, off-white head. Smell was a bit strong of a sweet caramel with some hops, almost barleywine-ish. Taste was comlex. Some caramel, little hops, malt, some toasted grain and other earthy flavors. Fuller mouthfeel, smooth and somewhat velvety. Overall a good beer but somethinga about it just didnt hit home for me.

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
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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