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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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4,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,691
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 245
Gots: 356 | 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 DavidSeanNJ
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

On-tap served into a pint glass.

A- Ruby red color, some mahogony and tan hues. Huge creamy head, lingering through the duration of the beer.

S- Smell was sweet and hoppy

T- Very hoppy for a rye beer and well-balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. The hops calmed down a bit halfway through and then this became extremely sweet with a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy and medium bodied, nice full finish.

D- Awesome beer. Highly recommended. Quality stuff from Founders.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz bottle courtesy of DavidEddie. Thanks Dave

Reddish orange, with a nice creamy off white head. Nice spicy citrus and some floral aromas mixed with a bready malt background. Flavor is a fantastic balence of citrus hop bitterness and sweet malted rye. Finishes a small bit bitter and a small bit sweet, very crisp. Ethanol is not a factor here, this stuff goes down nice and easy. Balence is what this ale is all about. This might be my new favorite rye ale.


drunkmonk, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

A-Good red, dark coloring. Little to no head. Lite lace, not lasting.

S-Very earthy and grainy. Rye malts apparent.

T-Not overly impressed, have had much better red ales, though pleasing to the pallete.

M-Tingly and warm, with a semi-sweet after-bite.

D-Not something I would sit down and have a few of. Definately a one or two beer kind of night.

TasteTester, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

12 ounce bottle from Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI in March 2008- price not recorded.

Pours a big rich deep red-amber with only thin whisps of head. Big bubbles in the middle of the glass show its carbonation, and nice lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of rich solid hops, herbal and oily, some piney, and only hints of fruit.

In the flavor, I can actually taste rye- very much like rye bread with the little seedsbaked right in. The hops sit on it like a veggie sandwich. The hops burn the back of the throat a bit.

Paired with a chicken salad with Michigan cherries on ciabatta bread; this may have been a bit strong for the food, but it went OK.

I purchased this as a single on recommendation of the beerman there. I would not have gotten it otherwise (as neither red ales nor rye tend to excite me in the beer world), but this is a very good beer, and I have to thank the Merchant Beer Man!

Dukeofearl, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

I got this beer in a trade with HopHobo.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, red/amber color with a tan head that thinned to a layer and left some good lacing.

S - hoppy pine scent with a malty sweetness.

T - very good tasting beer, hoppy bitterness dominates but there is a point when the rye malt flavor surfaces before a bitter finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I enjoyed this sample very much and would love to have more.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of triplecoil
3.35/5  rDev -20%

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Pours a rich amber with red highlights and a fairly generous head that laves moderate lace. Nose is somewhat malty and spicy and big on the hops. Taste is earthy, sweet, bitter, and full of more hops. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and nice and full.

This is a quality beer. It's not something I prefer due to the big hop profile, but the base beer is quality. Bring the IBUs down and I would probably be a big fan.

triplecoil, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Nice raspberry amber color, with a creamy orange tinted lid.

Sweet caramel and big citrusy amarillo's. Delish, but not very rye smelling.

The taste is everything the scent suggests and more. Sweet fresh oranges and caramel, bitter rind and spicy rye. Medium-full body with lots of prickly-spicy carb.

Enjoy and don't pass by another excellent Founders offering. Definitely a fridge stocker, you will want to sip this sud regularly.

Slynger, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of montageman
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful red and cloudy with a sturdy 2 finger head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass and on the surface of the beer.

S: Strong grapefruit, pine, and fruity aromas dominate. There is a definite sweetness as well.

T: Wow. This is excellent. Tart, sweet, and crisp. Citrus up front with a nice pronounced bread-like finish.

M: Lots of body here. Very good carbonation and a dense, creamy mouthfeel.

D: There is a strong bitterness here, but boy, is this one tasty beer. Don't know if I could drink this all night, but I could definitely build to this and end the night with it. Highest Recommendation.

montageman, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body with a small, white head.

Smell: Caramel malt nose marked by a distinct rye component and full hop notes of grapefruit.

Taste: Pleasing caramel maltiness with a very mild sweetness interrupted by a sharp, spicy rye jolt and held in its track by a firm bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith. Spicy, raspy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of okay! I'd go for another, really I would.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

A- Poured on tap at Sunset into a tulip glass. Pours an amber red with a .5" head. Some lacing as you drink the beer down.

S- This is a pretty hoppy beer. Mostly citrusy NW hops I think. They really overpower anything else in the nose.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Quite hoppy for a rye. I have to admit I wish more of the rye came through in this beer.

M- Nice strong carbonation for this beer. Medium thick body.

D- If it wasn't for the hops this would be an easier drinker. I think it is more difficult to drink b/c of them. Overall a pretty tasty brew but I wish I could taste more hops.

Mudpuppet, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Really liked this brew...

Beautiful red coloring with a nice tan head..

Smells faintly hoppy but mostly earthy and maybe even a bit funky... I like...

Underlying hoppy bitterness on the front end gives way to a funkiness that makes this one a very unique drinking experience.. I loved this brew!!

Overall, everything about this one just begs me to drink more of it... Not conventional, but very intriguing..

Tilley4, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Cloudy orange-brown with a nice thick off-white head that leaves nice lacing behind...

S: Strong citric hops play off of the more sour rye notes... balanced by malts and grains..

T: The citric notes (mostly grapefruit) power forward as sweet malts, some spice, and sour rye/grain notes keep things in check.. nice interplay.. little to no bitterness

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Crisp finish.

D: A solid brew... worthy of another glass.

callmemickey, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a dark copper with a slight haze. A thick two-fingered head forms that has good retention eventually settling to a thick cap that lasts throughout the consumption. Heavy lacing left down the entire glass surface.

The smell is of hops, mainly a citrus aroma comes through.

The taste is dominated by the hops. I do taste a little sourness from the rye that diffentiates it from a standard IPA. Medium body with a carbonation that tingles on the tongue. Has a creamy mouthfeel if allowed to settle in the mouth for a moment. Finishes dry with just a lingering citrus aftertaste.

I like the flavor of the beer. A hopped up and slightly sour beer that is unique. The high ABV being the only thing lowering the drinkability.

morimech, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of charlzm
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Consumed on 03/02/08.

Pours a hazy medium orange/copper. Lots of bubbles rising through the suspended particulate matter of this cloudy beer. A head a finger high was formed quickly, and just as fast dissapated into a thin foamy skin.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and pine aromas. A metallic tang crept in as the glass warmed a bit.

First sip: Maltier than I expected, with a sweet caramel flavor. Some mild wood notes as well. Then a surge of wet cardboard sort of ruins things for a second before the substantial bitter finish with some sweet oranges furtively appearing.

Luckily, the cardboard disappeared after the first sip. Unluckily, so did the malt character, leaving a glass full of bitter hop juice. A hint of rye flavor appeared later, right before I poured this stuff down the drain.


Mildly tingly on the tongue and a little chewy.

Sorry, but to me, this was a drain pour and was dealt with accordingly. Bitter wood isn't the way I like a beer to taste.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%

Cloudy, thick maroon with a frothy off white beige head. Smell is bittersweet malt with a lovely rich earthy hop aroma. Taste is somewhat more light bodied than expected, with a smooth earthy, grassy, faint sweetness. Nice rye flavor, and a quality beer that suffers from a metallic finish however.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a hazy brownish red with a great deal of light white foam, which leaves a thick layer on the glass. Nice aroma, malt, spice, maybe some fruit in there. Taste is a tad less impressive, mainly malt and a hint of rye, but not as much depth to the spices as the smell would suggest. Strong carbonation and a bitter aspirin aftertaste. Overall, not outstanding, but very solid and drinkable.

PhxHorn, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red slightly hazy body with a thick, puffy head.

S: Sweet caramel malts with a nice rye touch. Slightly fruity - figs and plums. Hops are present with floral and pineapple notes. Delicious!

T: Taste is surprisingly muted and muddled. I really can't tell what's going on here - there's the malt and the rye but little else is immediately apparent. Maybe i need a fresher sample

M: Slightly over carbonated but otherwise, OK

D: Easy drinking, I wish i had more

DefenCorps, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

16 oz, on tap at Vintage. Pours amber with a 1 cm off-white head. Aroma is a sweeter citrus and a little malt. Initial flavor is a bold maltiness, slight rye and hop notes. Flavor becomes drier at the end. The taste is by far the best part of this red ale. Some lacing, light carbonation, light to medium body, and well hidden alcohol. Drinks well and will continue to consume as long as its on tap.

joekfsu, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Deep crimson color. Thin yet staunch head with nice lacing.

Sweet malt/rye profile. A little caramel and maybe cinnamon? Hop bitterness provides a nice cold sensation on the nose.

A little sweet butterscotch in the first couple of sips, with a heavy alcohol presence for the style - almost a little barleywine-ish? A little bitter aftertaste. Opens up to reveal a good bitter hop profile with good rye backbone.

Coats the mouth nicely. As this opens up the balance improves well.

Overall, an easy-drinking sessionable effort. Very well done.

IBUnit63, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of trentley87
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A nice cloudy dark orange with yeast and sediment present. 2 fingers of long lasting, sticky, off-white head that left behind lots of lacing.

S: I smell citrusy hops first along with some sour rye smell and a hint of balancing malt sweetness.

T: Very tart citrus flavor predominates with some spicy rye flavors. Nice balance of sweetness in the finish with a good clean aftertaste.

M: Nice medium body without a lot of excess carbonation. Complements the flavors well.

D: I definitely noticed the alcohol content in this beer after I drank it but it is a very pleasant and well-balanced brew that I will be enjoying more often in the future.

trentley87, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%


A- dull reddish orange with a swamp water haze and little particles floating around. when held up to the light the color shines to a blazing red papaya flesh color. off white chunky gloopy head has superior retention and makes loads of sticky lace like hawaiian rock formations. it looks appealing, rich and extremely flavorful.

S- ahh the spicy sourness is what appeals most to me. it compliments the hops and transforms the flavor of the entire beer into something above spectacular. it's caramel and nutty, herbal and fruity, floral and earthy. such a complex aroma. i freakin love it. i guess a bit of barley is detectable along side the caramel and it just adds to the depth of this brew's aroma. citrus amarillo is the perfect dry hop to use here, i can't imagine anything better.

T- first sip is a burst of whole grain goodness and tangerine/lemon citrus with a good sour back-up from the rye. malty sweetness pushes through the fruity bitter defense and goes down at the 10 only to lose the ball and have it intercepted by the hops who take it all the way home! touchdown! toasted reubens with corned beef, a little cider vinegar tartness, dense resinous wood, fresh grains, tropical fruit, passionfruit, guava, and more citrus and rye sourness move into the finish. the sour drops out early leaving only a dry puckering lingering bitter that is just sublime.

MF- medium body and slightly over medium carbonation may give you a few burps but those damn things are almost as good as the beer itself. creamy and juicy at the same time, the generous hop bill feels like a solvent on the inside of my cheeks.

D- i am so unbelievably glad that i came across a six of this, it might be my new favorite beer in the world.

hustlesworth, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to trumick for this one.

A- Murky red, small head, persistent thin lacing.

S - Floral hops, some kind of wood, hinting to sweet and bitter .

T - Well balanced, firm hop finish, clean feel. Rye present in center but not overpowering.

M - Comfortable and pleasant mouth - nice carb, good coating, clean finish.

D - Could have a few more...

srandycarter, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

The last of a 6 pack broght back by a friend from Michigan. Sorry to see it go...

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty sweet and malty, but with some nice underlying rye and hoppy citrus. Smells pretty good in fact. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer is decidedly on the hoppy side (which explains why I like the beer so much). The beer has a very nice bitter citrus bite to it, and comes across as crisp and clean. This beer is not the least bit heavy and is quite refreshing on the palate. It finishes very well, with a clean, light wash at the end. The beer is very drinkable with the abv. very well disguised (is it really 6.8% abv?).

Another solid beer from Founders. What a surprise. :-)

John_M, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

12oz bottle served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice light brownish colored amber with a very nice clarity to it, allowing you to be able to see some nice chains of carbonation rippling up toward the service throughout the session. A very nice three finger high head of white colored foam appeared on the top of it and hung around for a good few minutes before settling down to a thin layer of perhaps a half and inch and leaving behind really tons of thick spider web like lace on the sides of the glass that gave it a thorough coating throughout the remainder of the session. Very nice overall look to it with a great slightly reddish hue overall.

S - The aroma was loaded down with hops, what a wonderful thing to pick up upon on the initial smell. There was definitely a nice light malted base here; the rye ale aroma was prevalent giving it a somewhat grainy and spicy note to it and really quite a bit of depth to the profile. The big floral hop nose blended in very well with this, giving it a nice amount of orange and tangerine hints to it, merging with the earthy spiciness and really being quite sharp and crisp to the nose. I was really quite pleased with the aroma here, and to be honest the more I smelled it the hoppier it seemed to get, really coming off quite strong actually. I was really beginning to like the direction in which this one was headed and could not wait to get a taste of it.

T - The flavor was much better then I would have expected, and I knew this was a good one going into it. The hops profile was coming through wonderfully, really putting a big bitter floral taste in this one and that was easily the first thing that I picked up on. Big notes of orange and pine were mixing throughout, really creating a very nice and strong bitter opening. Layered on top of that was a very nice layer of spiciness, notable tastes of Rye, nutmeg, even cinnamon making a guest appearance were quite readily available here. The overall profile getting thick and more complex with each sip. Very nice balance here with some earthy grain like malts making up the foundation and really just letting everything else layer itself upon that. Really quite nice and complex with really no hint of harshness. The finish was very dry and bitter with the hops really breaking out of their mold here. Drawing out that last drop of moisture from you before letting go and leaving you with this nice spice like taste to finish it off.

M - Very smooth one here. The carbonation profile was outstanding, never getting dull or flat at all, rather it was really coming across quite well and giving it that little bit of an extra bit of punch toward the end. There was a very nice crispness to it, especially in the finish that really gave it that little bit of lightness in an otherwise medium bodied ale.

D - An absolutely outstanding session ale I really could not get enough of this. It had enough of the complex malty profile to really peak your interest but at the same time was loaded own with a bitter hop twist that was utterly fantastic and really made all the difference. Not sure what the ABV here is but there is no hint of alcohol in it whatsoever and the carbonation was outstanding, offering up some really nice refreshing characteristics. I am really not sure what could be bad about this one in this area; this was easily something I could have for dinner every night.

Overall I was literally blown away by this one. I was not quite sure how good it was going to be, as I have loved almost every Rye beer I have tried, but this was by far the best. It just had that great hop profile and the spicy notes that really but it in a class above the rest., I would love to get as much of this as I could and have one every night. A fantastic beer.

mikesgroove, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours into a rinsed Kentucky Tavern pub glass calmly enough for the first 3 seconds, then explodes upwards and out with foam. Probably lost a third of the bottle as it foamed over again on the second, very gentle pour. A puffy whipped meringue consistency on the surface, with sudsy bubbles building up underneath. Some unfiltered specks dot the foam also. Reminds me of root-beer float disasters as a kid.

Color is a dense, tawny orange-red, heavy with suspended particles. Crazy lacing, and weird deflated tentacles of foam floating on the surface.

Floral hop notes with a strong underlying spicy aromatics.

Rich flavor, reminds me of an ESB or Scotch ale with plenty of hops. Tea-like with a heavier body, light smoky notes, and dry herbal bitterness to a mellow degree. Big rye with alot of unique flavor. Not sure if I could have more than 2 pints, but it's a damn fine Rye beer.

$1.90 single from Archer in Chicago.

emerge077, Feb 06, 2008
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