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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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4,809 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,809
Reviews: 1,636
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 261
Gots: 388 | 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 orangemoustache
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper that illuminates a bright orange with fiery red highlights. The cap and lacing left behind are the best part of this beyond delicious looking brew. The cap is almost identical to that of a root beer float,the edges fall away at a snails pace leaving a mound of cream fluff suspended by strings of lacing that connect it to the walls of the glass. The nose smells very hoppy and sweet,with big grapefruit and pine sap notes. Some banana and malty bread crust on the tail. This is hoppy but not as hoppy on the pallet as the nose leads on,don't get me wrong there are plenty of hops. The rye adds just a touch of sourness and helps strengthen the malty bread crust undercurrent. A spiciness presents itself subtly and in the form of RYE which is awesome and lingering. The body is near perfection,very creamy with a moderately dry finish that keeps drying after the last swallow. I really didn't want to take the last sip of this beer and yet I couldn't look at the last swig for a moment longer. This Founders offering is outstanding.

orangemoustache, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/red color with white cloud toilet paper poofy head.

S: Fresh hops and mild spiceage.

T: Sweet malts, spices, mellow citrus hops. I haven't had many rye beers, so I can't really pick out what part of this flavor constitutes rye.

M: Medium bodied with soft, but high, carbonation.

D: Yes, drinkable.

waltonc, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: glowing red and crimson color, fairly good head retention paired with filmy blobs of lacing

S: hops...pine, citrus and spicy grains with caramel sweetness

T: grassy, herbal, and spicy hops (hops: lemon, grapefruit, oranges), husky malts with a dab of sweet burnt sugars throughout. Great balance between sweet and hops...solid beer!

M: nice and refreshing, not the smoothest but on the brink (active carbonation). Oily hops linger with a dry grained sweetness

D: great! one of my all time favorite founders. Get a hold of this beer if you can

Magpie14, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A brilliant red pour with a nice tannish head, great contrast to the color of the beer. I could never write up a review without mention of the label. "Red" is one cooky looking old man who I would love to sit around the table with, share some of "his" beer, and indulge in his stories. But back to the brew, there is plenty of lace in the glass that accentuates this premier beer.

Smell: The hoppy aroma is bright and refreshing. Grapefruit rushes your senses and makes your mouth water with anticipation.

Taste: The grapefruit is first and foremost, but maybe that is a direct result of being so aromatic. The hoppy bitterness perfectly matches the crisp and tartness of the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Wow, this beer is full of carbonation and extremely crisp, biting the tip of your tongue. A medium bodied ale whose carbonation lasts from the beginning of the first sip, all the way through the tasting experience, down to your stomach.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely refreshing. And even with all of the carbonation, I drink the piss out of this beer and don't feel gaseous, bloated, or full. I really enjoy ryes, and this is my favorite bottled rye so far.

ncstateplaya, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pint-glassed. Pours a nice, rather clear amber with sunset orange highlights. The head is barely off-white and sticks around for a while. Tons of lacing.

S - Grapefruity hop profile coupled with a spicy rye malt background. Not terribly complex but super-clean.

T - A perfect amalgamation of spicy rye and flowery/grapefruit hops. Again, nothing distracting... just a clean, easy-drinking beer. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

M - Light enough to be refreshing, yet enough body to know you're drinking beer. Medium carbonation.

D - Yes. There's lots of it, in fact.

Notes: Just a great all-around brew, no bullshit, no gimmicks, no hype.

SaucyA, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Nice ruby red with brown tint throughout. Solid two finger off-white head formed, leaving beautiful lacework throughout.

S- Great mix of aromas. Fresh hops with some sweetness of citrus fruit is clearly evident. Also can smell a sugary malt backbone at the end.

T- The rye and hops were a great mix. Throw in a sweet grapefruit flavor and you have a solid tasting brew.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation. Went down very smoothly.

D- This is definitely a beer that can be drank all night.

Overall, very happy that I decided to purchase a bottle of this. Will have to invest in a 6-pack sometime soon.

rhinos00, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. This beer is damn good looking. It pours a clear ruby red with a massive head. The head has great staying power and leaves beutiful lacing. The smell is quite floral with a hint of citrus. The taste is heavy on grapefruit, the taste is very similiar to a good IPA. Founder's red rye is a medium bodied beer that can be easily quaffed. I really enjoyed this one.

bonkers, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - red LOTS of head. pour into a german beer stein and head nearly came over. settled into a thick center head that stayed throughout.

s - spicy, peppery, rye througout

TM - malty, hoppy and spiciness in the rye.

D - drinkable, wouldn't go out of my way to get ahold of some more however very good, my favorite Rye beer so far

drnknmnky, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep red color, although with very little head and almost no lacing. Good smell, hearty and spicy, a nice maltiness to it as well. Excellent taste, a nice wheatish beer with great spiciness from the rye; a nicely balanced beer. Goes down fine, nothing great, nothing bad.

JamesS, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors.

Appearance: Orangish Red body with lots of shine to it and a stupendous light brown head that had a ridiculous amount of retention and lots of lacing. Its a fantastic looking brew.

Smell: A large amount of rye, some hoppiness, and a strong malt backbone create a delightful nose that you just want to waft and waft!

Taste: This is one smooth rye beer. Huge malt profile that is caramel like but not overly sweet in any way. Resinous and a touch minty.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth med-full bodied brew with a desirably long finish.

Drinkability: No problems getting this one down despite how big it is.

This is one of the best rye beers I've ever had. Seek it out. Another winner from Founders.

koopa, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes
Bottle,draught,Nitro tap.Pours hazy amber with a descent off-white creamy head. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops mingled with matly sweetness and a just a hint of grain.The flavor is awesome, first you taste fresh hops, some citrus,some floral,and then you get some of the malt sweetness, the flavors deepen as it warms,nice full mouthfeel,with a dry finish. This stuff is The Bomb !

WakeandBake, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of trbergman
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful garnet color with one finger of sticky off-white head.

S - Packed with hops. Resiny pine with citrus zest also present. Some sweet malts are in the background and I also get a hint of sourdough bread aroma.

T - Hoppy but well balanced. I let the beer warm quite a bit before pouring and I think this really brings out the qualities of the rye. It's bready, earthy, and satisfying. Hop flavor tastes more piney that citrusy to me, and there's plenty of hop bitterness in the long, delicious finish.

M - Rich, chewy, and pleasantly astringent.

D - It may be a touch too alcoholic to session, but otherwise I'd say the beer is spot on in this category. Very good.

trbergman, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin tan head.

S - Red's Rye has a really strong, sweet, vibrant aroma to it.

T - Sweet sweetness. Roasted malt, mildly piney. Crisp. Citrusy, of course the rye adds a nice spicy layer.

M - Medium bodied, sort of creamy, mild carbonation

D - Delicious. I've said it before, but I've yet to try a Founders beer that I don't absolutely love.

HeyItsChili, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on 10.13.08, got in trade from mikereaser. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

looked good pouring out of the bottle even before it got into the glass. good brown copper color. small off white head, left almost immediately. great smell. nice mild hop aroma and rye smell. not overpowering, very nice, almost buttery smell. subtle notes of pine and evergreen.

nice crisp flavor. good balance of hops and rye flavors blend very well together. gives a nice creamy even coated mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Hophead101, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, mild malts, and some citrus.

T: A nicely balanced taste of vibrant hops, mild malt and some grapefruit. The rye element, never overpowers the others, as it does in some beers.

M: A nicely carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, to be sure. It goes down easy and is pretty lively.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish copper brew with caramel malt fruity sweet bread on the nose. Well balanced grapefruit with a kiss of pine on the buds. Malt came through first and foremost and bitter hoppy aspect devolved over a few sips. Mouthfeel is dusty and dry, but I mean that in a good way. Very nice! Yes, very nice!

HopHeadLouie, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of msante79
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours deep reddish amber with off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is hops, rye, caramel malt, and citrus. Flavor is hops, caramel, malt, rye, dark fruits and light citrus. Mouthfeel is perfect for a rye beer with good carbonation. Finishes nice with good malt profile and balance. A delicious brew.

msante79, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is highly ale-yeast fruity and powdery. Some roasted malt and touch of hop.

Pours with massive head - rocky peak thrice as tall as the beer. Rusty amber color, hazy. Nice sediment on bottom.

First sip showcases spicy herbal hops and rye on a malty bed. Tart, good dose of residual sugar. Good hop bitterness. Fruity sweet with touch of honey. Lemongrass/perfume hop splash. Finishes bitter and leafy.

Over-carbonated. Every careful pour leaves me way more head than I need and there's plenty of carbonation to.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy reddish brown, with a pillowy off white head.

Aroma - Sweet pink grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with light carbonation that feels very silky on the palate.

Taste - Very light pink grapefruit taste on a nice malty backbone.

Overall - I've never had a Rye beer that was this good. It's very smooth with characteristics of an IPA but different enough to make you appreciate that it is a Rye beer.

praufs01, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt red orange color. Off white head is not large but does manage to stick around quite well. Patches of lacing left.

Big hoppy fruity smell right off the bat. There is some spicy earthiness under the fruit aroma.

Spiciness from the rye and the bite of the hops hit upfront. definite tobacco like qualities click as well. Slight fruitiness and some earthy flavors rounds it out.

Fairly smooth, medium body. Finishes dry. Medium carbonation suits well.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Solid brew.

kzoobrew, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a frothy 2 finger deep off white head.

Smells of toasted grains, caramel malt, sweet, citrus hops, fruity. Nice.

Bitter bite up front, flowery, herbal, citric hops, sweet caramel maltiness, spicy rye like finish.

Smooth, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, lingering dry finish.

No worries having several in a sitting.

A solid & quite tasty brew right here. Unique flavors that work well.

bbothen, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopped like an APA with an incredible dryness, one fine brew. Hoppy aroma half pine, half grapefruit and citrus. Nice amber pour huge off white head that stays around 1/2" in thickness, lots of web-like lacing. Dry finish, very full and satisfying on the palate. Good all around flavor lots of malts, the strength of the hops seems to mask the flavor of the rye at first but eventually the rye is detected. Real good malt presence, great beer.

kinger, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with excessive amounts of thick yet pillowy off-white head that exhibits remarkable retention. Aroma is mostly spicy rye with some pleasant piney hops and a bit of fruitinesses. Taste is relatively straight forward, its pretty much just rye and bitterness with some thrown in for good measure in the finish. Mouthfeel is ok, medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't all that great. I really didn't find this very enjoyable, it seemed a bit harsh overall.

mnj21655, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders hit our state recently and I've been putting a hurt on my wallet picking up their product... I recall having this beer at Dark Lord Day and being impressed... let's see if that is still the case.

Pours a fine looking weighty, lazy dull copper. A full sticky white head lolls about on the top, subsides slowly, and leaves some lace hanging around. Pretty.

Smell is good: Grainy, slightly rough sugars, wet citrus hop, rye spice and complexity. Touch of orange. Basic, but well done.

Man, this is one easy drinking rye beer... typical (and required) rye spiciness is blended with a tasty, complex malt bill and some juicy, (yet restrained) hop bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and deliciously hoppy-sweet. Citrus and a hint of pine linger on the palate. This is well made.

As for mouthfeel, this hits all the right notes - the full body, creamy character, and mid-low carbonation means you can toss this back pretty easily. I know I sure did. To top it all off this is 6.8%? Hmm....

Red's Rye is an exceptional, easy drinking rye beer and one of my new favorites. If you like this style at all you owe it to yourself to try this.

kkipple, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep rusty red/brown under a big, fluffy slightly off white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Big hop aroma, pine and grapefruit. Some caramel and toasted malt in the background.

T: Nice hops again, a bit more subtle. Bitter finish is mixed with some sweetness. The ever slightest of drying quality gets you coming back for more.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is just right, slightly creamy. Very nice drinkability. An excellent beer. I'm continually impressed with the Founders offerings, good to have them in NC>

NCSUdo, Oct 31, 2008
Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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