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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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4,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,570
Reviews: 1,630
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 226
Gots: 316 | FT: 9
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 Wasatch


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber red color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malts, hops, nice touch of rye and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, nice touch of caramel, and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice rye beer, I think my first.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 00:50:10 | More by Wasatch
Photo of GbVDave


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely red-orange hue. One finger khakli colored head that leaves decent lace in it's wake.

S: Spicy and tangy rye, with grapefruit from the amarillo hops, and a malty sweetness.

T: See everything above. Tart, spicy, and puckery bitterness from the use of rye malt and liberal hopping.

M: Dry, bitter, and very sticky. Very long spicy finish.

D: Incredibly refreshing! A perfect "anytime of the year" beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 20:31:31 | More by GbVDave
Photo of adammills


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep copper with a yellowish head. A nice looking beer, its head is a bit frothy and clingy and tends to fade a bit. This beer carries a hefty Amarillo hop aroma that really pulls through. In my opinion this beer is not as balanced as advertised. It is very good and very drinkable but certianly balanced toward the bitter quite well. I was hoping for the belgian crystal malt to shine thorugh a bit more as the malt character is rather muted. Aside from that, it has the ability to encourage the next quaff. The rye does lend a spicy character that blends well with the hop bitterness. The body of the beer is moderate to low, quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 18:00:01 | More by adammills
Photo of Alkey


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured reddish orange color with a nice frothy head that sticks to the glass. Smells of a light citrus hops and some malt. Taste has some citrus and floral hop flavors along with some yeast and malt. The feel is light with a bit of creamy thickness to it. This brew is another excellent drinker from Founders but has that bottle conditioned yeast flavor that I'm not a big fan of.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 16:05:18 | More by Alkey
Photo of Duster72


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby with lots of sediment from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Huge tan head with brown speckles takes several minutes to subside. Looks like the top of a root beer float. Head leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet rye. Taste is rye with sweet citrus hops and carmel malts. HInt of bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. Will buy more of these next time. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 21:48:24 | More by Duster72
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, copper colored liquid. Medium size, rocky, light tan head. Decent lacing.

Aromas of grass, caramel and grapefruit. Peaches and other fruits (melons?). Fruit scents increased as temperature went up.

Rye, for sure, helped with overall bittering. Grass, lingering in aftertaste. Bit of caramel, very subdued. Peaches and pepper at finish.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Dry.

Very enjoyable, a nice session beer but for the ABV. Very fruity with some warmth. Rye there, but mellow, nicely balances the sweet components of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 18:56:18 | More by
Photo of udubdawg


4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours a slightly hazed reddish orange color. Head is a quite thick light tan that rapidly subsides, but a thin layer is retained throughout most of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing. Some sediment made it to the glass, but it settles out rapidly.

Nose is full of citrus and pine needles. Sweet fruitiness and rye bread present behind the hops. Simply mouth-watering.

Bittersweet grapefruit is right up front in the flavor, with the rye bread again following behind and a lingering bitterness. Other than the grapefruit the fruit flavors were most suggestive of apple and lemon. Dries the palate a bit and leaves a spicy memory, and begs for another sip - who am I to argue?

relatively full-bodied beer, with oily hop notes coating the mouth. Crisp and extremely drinkable. I'm rapidly running out of this fine beer, and sadly it isn't available within hundreds of miles.
Don't underestimate the flavor - if you like hops, and are intrigued about how a bit of rye spiciness adds to it, you can't do much better. Few beers more tasty have ever crossed my lips.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 03:50:43 | More by udubdawg
Photo of liquidnoise


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A word of advice. Drink this one warm. When I first had this, I thought it was overrated, bitter crap. But luckily, my last bottle warmed up a bit and that's when it came alive. As it warms up, it gets a LOT better. This one's like coffee. Wasn't meant to be cold. I'll review this assuming you drink it slightly below room temperature.

It pours out red. The head is a little darker than normal.

Smells like rye bread.

The taste is bitter, in a good way, and tastes like bread with a little bit of alcohol.

Very drinkable, but if I haven't said it enough, wasn't meant to be cold. I reccomend storing it at room temp, and putting in the fridge for 10 minutes before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 01:32:58 | More by liquidnoise
Photo of meatyard


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, hazy, dark reddish amber with a 2 finger tan head that fades quickly leaving good lacing.
The smell is a very aromatic grapefruit hops plus a slight sweetness.
The taste is a bit of sweet malt up front and finishes with a bitter bite at the end.
Mouthfeel starts with carbonation on the tip of the tongue and has a medium body.
It's a nice, easy drinking beer that is gone before you know it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 00:38:24 | More by meatyard
Photo of andebrice


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy reddish color, small 1 finger white head that doesnt stick around very long (probably due to an unusually slow pour.) Great oily lacings all around my cup as I drink. Smells of sweet citrus hops, very overpowering thats really I can smell. Taste of grapefruit all the way on this one, impressive. Medium bodied with a great mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a nice tart pine aftertaste. The balance is superb in this brew, not too sweet not too bitter, great overall, exceptionally smooth. I could definetely have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 23:32:44 | More by andebrice
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a medium sized whiteish head and little lacing. Fairy strong aroma of hoppy citrus and faint rye malt.

Tastes of malty rye and spices up front that quickly melds into a nice hop bitterness with a nice creamy body. Strong aftertaste of rye, hops, and pine.

I found this to be quite drinkable and really enjoyed the quick transition on the palate from this one, as it made it for a quite interesting and ejoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 01:01:10 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Luchman


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Has a clear, dark amber, orange color with a hint of gold towards the bottom. Small, clumpy, off white head rests on top. Leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Woah.. hops. Strong grapefruit leads the smell with some sweet malts and hints of rye. Pretty awesome.

T: Rye makes more of a presence here than the smell, along with those strong citrus hops. Mmmm.. Sweet caramel-like malts lend there hand to balance this puppy out. Ends bitter, dry, and leaves a taste of grains in the mouth. Niiice..

M: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation, fits well.

D: A nice, well made beer. I enjoyed this. Very drinkable and very tasty. If I ever found this again, I'd be sure to pick up a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 03:33:41 | More by Luchman
Photo of BlindPig


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin off white head on a light cloudy red body.
S- Big grapefruit and tangerine hops come through. Light rye hints in the back along with a malt body.
T- Follows the smell pretty closely. Has a bit bigger rye flavor to it though. The rye along with the grapefruit linger strongly in the aftertaste. Has a nice bitterness to it and is very dry. It is more of a grapefruit rind that comes off strong.
M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.
D-It is good. I don't think I would hunt for one but if I saw it I would pick a couple up.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 21:57:29 | More by BlindPig
Photo of BMoney575


4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-6-07

Pours a fire-red color with a huge white head that leaves an equal amount of lacing. I'm a little turned off by the amount of floaters.

Smells like hops. Floral, fruity, very good.

Taste is great! The rye flavor adds a character I've not seen in other beers. Strong grapefruit, pine, the hops dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel is very good, thick and resiny the hop flavors last forever.

Drinkability is also very good, the great flavor combined with the reasonable ABV make it easy to have several of these.

Overall a fantastic brew. For anyone who likes hops, this beer is a must-taste. I keep a couple of these on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:46:15 | More by BMoney575
Photo of rattech


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark red with a one inch head forms. The color of this beer could pass for brown, though it has a good red note. It certainly looks appealing.

Smell: It smells hoppy, I detect quite a bit of citrus and pine. I did not expect this beer to smell so hoppy, it certainly isn’t unappealing, just surprising.

Taste: Bitter, malty, not nearly as sharp as I thought it would be based on the smell. The bitterness fades part way into the beer, yielding a nice malty sweetness. I honestly have no clue what to make of the beer, the taste is subtly different from most things I have had in the past. It reminds me a bit of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard ale.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and fairly carbonated. The mouthfeel is quite nice.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly nice, I honestly drank it faster then I thought I would. The fact that I am unsure of what to expect from this beer really indicates to me that I should try it again later.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:36:09 | More by rattech
Photo of OStrungT


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rusty brownish orange color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The creamy head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a crisp hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. It has a grainy peppery aroma from the rye. I smell a nice sweet caramel malt aroma also.

This beer has a nice piney flavor. It has a slighty citrusy hop flavor as weel. It is mildly sweet, with some caramel flavor. I taste some peppery flavors from the rye.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly perrery and piney aftetaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer might makde a decent session beer. It in not overly high in alcohol, and it is not overly aggressive.

Overall: Thanks go out to ggaughan for this great beer. I really like it, and would definately drink it again if I ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:04:30 | More by OStrungT
Photo of cabsandking


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/red color with a slim beige head. The nose displays notes of bright fruits, grapefruit, faint rye, and estery alcohol. Rye flavors are of slightly peppery tones, musky, and earthy florals and balanced by variable sweet to dry waves. Toasted grains and toasted hops that displays citric acidity, mild tart, pithy, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness. The finish is of spices hops that stick to the palate and a rye character that is dry, earthy, and chary. Medium body and medium carbonation leaves an overall smooth mouthfeel, a creamy middle, and some cloying to boot. This brew is such a tasty treat that I like to have extras sitting fridge for whatever occasions.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:06:43 | More by cabsandking
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a clear dark amber with ruby red highlights. A creamy off-white head burst onto the scene and left good lacing on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of bready malt and juicy/fruity hops. Hops are more of a background scent, with the bready notes taking over.

T - Malt is much more on the bready end than the sweeter side...very filling. Hops taste like that of an American Red Ale, but with a toned-down bitterness. Very refreshing, but not one to consume quickly...bread flavors come out much stronger as it warms.

M - Very creamy with a medium body...finishes with a subtle dryness that one would expect with such a bready beer. Some spices lingered with a faint whiff of alcohol.

D - Very enjoyable - would make for an excellent session beer, as it's one to be savored without worrying about excessive alcohol. Definitely recommend picking up a sixpack if you have the means.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 15:33:13 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of ndekke39


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from the distinctive Founder's 12 ozer that was bottled in September 2006. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown. Very small head but great retention. The flavors and aromas aren't as complex as I expected. Smells were dominated by the sweet hops; flavors featured mainly piny hops. These aspects of the beer were definitely good, although the beer seemed more like a great IPA than a Rye beer. Medium creaminess complements the tastes. Overall, another good beer from Founder's - I'd reach for it again, now that I know what to expect.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 14:31:28 | More by ndekke39
Photo of koolchas


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: poured a dark amber with about an inch and a half head the slowly went away. carbonation races up the side on the glass while drinking leaving a foamy trail.

s: citrus rinds indeed dominate the smell. i could not distinguish the smell of hops over the citrus.

t: starts off quite smooth with a bit of sweetness. but, once the liquid hits the back of the tongue it's all bitter and spices that lingers.

m: crisp, spicy and dry. once finished with a sip/drink, the after effect makes you want to take another sip/drink immediately. mouth gets very dry and spicy once finished.

d: nice brew in this style. overall a very tasty beer and a nice alternative to have in the fridge/cabinet next the ipa, dipa, and belgians.


Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 00:22:57 | More by koolchas
Photo of david131


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beverage took over 5 minutes to pour due to an immense amount of carbonation. Every beer from this 6 pack has done this to me. Kind of strange- considering that my friend has a newer batch that does not have excessive carbonation at all. Anyway, the beer looks amazing- fluffy white, think head, coppery, orange, luminescent... The sediment is very prevalent. Near the end of the pint, the sediment nearly covers the bottom of the glass.

S- The beer smells great as well. A lot of citrus, more of an orange rind than the actual meat of the fruit. Pretty bitter, most likely attributed to the rye and the hops. Very distinct smell. Mixed in with the bitterness and sourness is a sweet malt odor as well.

T- The first thing that hits you is the bitterness of the beer. Then the sweetness hits you. And much like the smell, the bitterness comes back and hits you in the face. I also keep getting orange rind out of this. Surprisingly complex.

M- Very dry. But oddly enough one of those beers you just want to keep in your mouth as long as possible.

D- The only thing hurting this drinkability is the dryness of the beer and the amount you want to savor the awesome beverage. Highly recommended, just be patient with the pour if you get a foamy batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:52:47 | More by david131
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass.
A - Deep amber, almost ruby in color with about two fingers of creamy white head that leaves a decent lacing with every sip.
S - Sweet malts, citrus(tangerine, orange) hop aroma, rye bread minus the caraway seeds, spicy and toffee-like.
T - Very pleasant citrus taste at first, followed by a great malty sweetness and a nice dry, bitter finish. That's when the rye flavor comes out.
M - Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Spicy on the tongue.
D - I could see myself enjoying this beer 3 or 4 at a time. One of my favorite rye beers. Seek it out and enjoy it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 06:37:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of gmfessen


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a ruby-amber color with an off-white, bubbly head. Smell is dominated by spicy hops. Taste boasts the same spicy hops with a smooth finish, alcohol is hidden well. Beer is medium bodied with a creamy consistency and not very much carbonation. This is a tasty beer and is thus very drinkable. I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 06:46:00 | More by gmfessen
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a foamy one-finger head that left some nice lacing. There was also some sediment left at the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled of hops and sweet fruits. Also, some floral notes.

T - It tasted of hops and grains. There was a caramel-like maltiness, too.

M - It was very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a great beer. My first Founders beer and I think I'll have to try many more.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:08:13 | More by zeff80
Photo of RidiculedDisplay


4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a finger worth's of brownish head. Lacing is minimal, a few spots here and there upon swirling. Body is a strinking brownish haze of amberish red. Imparts the idea of the beer being composed of rye malts very well.

Smell: Some citrus malts reveal themselves up front, a little grapefruit, a little tangerine. Fruit punch, caramel and very light toffee notes, and a rye aroma that marries to the hops very nicely, for a sort of spiced quality. Light indistinguishable grains.

Taste: Fruit punch again, probably a result of the hops, which are subdued enough to create such an impression. Wait, did I say subdued? I guess that's not such an accurate description, because the next perceptible flavors are definitely citrusey. Orange mostly, maybe a little lemoney pine afterburn. The rye is there, awashing through the nose toward the end of a taste. A little alcohol perceptible on the tongue after swallowing, but generally pretty mild stuff in that regard.

Mouthfeel: As other reviewers have said: "spicy." Prickles the tongue ever so lightly, and the hops and rye sort of tease the roof of your mouth in a spiced-like quality. Very pleasant and interesting.

Drinkability: Overall a very good offering. It does remind one of Hop Rod Rye a bit, but the hops are far more subdued here to let the rye shine through. This brew conveys a sense of richness, but with some conservatism. A fine job by Founders.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 07:57:40 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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